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Wait times up for U.S. citizenship

The process of becoming a U.S. citizen can have its challenging and frustrating aspects. For example, the process can sometimes take longer than one might have wanted. It appears that this frustration may be a particularly common one these days. Statistics point to wait times for naturalization being up significantly lately.

According to this data, since 2014, the average application processing time for U.S citizenship has nearly doubled. The past couple of years have seen a particularly big spike in this regard. The average wait time jumped from 5.6 months in 2016 to 8.1 months in 2017 and 10.2 months in 2018.

And this is just the national average. Some areas are seeing even longer wait times. Washington D.C. is among the areas that have trended towards longer waits.

Why the significant backlog? Things that have been suggested as contributors to the spike in wait times include:

  • Recent high application levels for naturalization
  • Increases in the length of application forms
  • Increased scrutiny of such forms by officials

One wonders if any steps in particular will be taken in upcoming months to try to cut down wait times. What do you think should be done regarding the backlog?

Given the recent backlog, avoiding unnecessary delays can be particularly important when pursuing U.S. citizenship. Skilled naturalization attorneys can advise individuals applying for U.S. citizenship on what they can do to avoid pitfalls that could further slow down the process. Such lawyers can also assist individuals with addressing challenges that arise during the process and help them with pursuing their goals.

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