USCIS HIRES ADDITIONAL WORKERS TO SPEED UP PROCESSING TIMES

In an effort to tackle an increasing backlog in citizenship applications, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began a dramatic hiring increase of USCIS personnel. Data indicate that these measures have already significantly alleviated the backlog of citizenship applications that have overwhelmed the agency. In 2007, it was estimated that the USCIS, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, took an average of 18 months to process applications. Current processing times, however, are much lower with an average time of nine to 10 months. Within the past 2 years, the USCIS hired over 2,000 new employees, and designated over half to evaluate and process citizenship applications. The USCIS completed an estimated 1.1 million citizenship applications in 2008, over 400,000 more applications than last year. While this marks a considerable improvement, immigration experts remark that the USCIS still has many improvements to make such as continuing to reduce the amount of time citizenship applications remain pending. Reportedly, over 100,000 applications have been pending for over two years.

If you have questions about an immigration matter, call the Law Office of Robert F. Mirque, Jr. at 616-233-9300.

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  1. Awesome blog Robert. Keep up the good work!

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