Waiting for Citizenship and Security

FBI security-check delays and a surge of naturalization applications are causing backlogs at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grow again, despite an infusion of $500 million that slashed wait lists from their 2004 peak. Nearly all remaining cases are outside USCIS's control — awaiting FBI checks, visas or action by applicants. Legislation pending in Congress could allow millions more to apply.

[Chart: Immigration application backlogs, 2004-07]

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