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.
NOTE: On pace to exceed 1 million. SOURCE: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General. | GRAPHIC: The Washington Post, June 17, 2007