Influx of Naturalization Applications at USCIS
The wait time for naturalization applications has nearly doubled in the last year due to the increase in applications received at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Naturalization applications used to take five to seven months to be processed, and now they are taking close to a year, if not more in some cases.
There is currently a backlog of 708,638 applications nationwide according to Immigration Impact. Within the last year, over one million lawful permanent residence have applied for naturalization, nearly an eleven percent increase from the same period last year. A majority of the applications coming from areas with heavy Mexican residence such as, Texas, California and Arizona.
Many permanent residence are choosing to apply for naturalization in an effort to further ensure their security in the United States and assist in petitioning to bring their immediate family members.