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USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled

USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled

The average wait time on a U.S. citizenship application was about five months in 2014. Today, the average time a green card holder will wait for their citizenship application to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 10 months. With the increased wait time, the backlog of pending applications has also grown […]

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Removal of ‘Nation of Immigrants’ from USCIS Mission Ignores Agency’s Mandate and American History

Written by on February 26, 2018 in History of Immigration, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Removal of ‘Nation of Immigrants’ from USCIS Mission Ignores Agency’s Mandate and American History

Francis Cissna, Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unveiled a new mission statement for the agency last week, notably deleting the words “a nation of immigrants” as well as other key principles central to the agency’s work. Given the sweeping changes underway in the enforcement and adjudication of immigration laws, changing […]

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USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Adjustment of Status with 2 Comments
USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

The average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants by and large are […]

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Welcoming Thousands of New Americans on Citizenship Day

Written by on September 16, 2016 in Integration with 0 Comments
Welcoming Thousands of New Americans on Citizenship Day

September 17 marks the day the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is dedicated to all U.S. citizens, including those who have become naturalized U.S. citizens by choice. The day is marked by ceremonies and celebrations around the country, including nearly […]

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What the New Citizenship Fee Structure Means for Aspiring Americans

What the New Citizenship Fee Structure Means for Aspiring Americans

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is primarily a fee-funded agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Every two years they are required to review the fees they collect and adjust as needed. Earlier this month USCIS announced they have completed their “fee study” and have proposed raising fees across the board by an […]

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Citizenship Day to Be Celebrated Around the Country

Written by on September 16, 2015 in Integration with 0 Comments
Citizenship Day to Be Celebrated Around the Country

Related Content: Why Legalization Must Lead to Citizenship September 17 marks Citizenship and Constitution Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the United States’ constitution and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. The day is marked by ceremonies and celebrations around the country, including over 50 naturalization ceremonies throughout September, […]

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The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Written by on January 9, 2015 in Demographics, Integration with 7 Comments
The Cost of Citizenship is a Barrier for Some Immigrants

Of the 13.3 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, 8.8 million are currently eligible for citizenship. Many, however, are not making the leap from legal permanent resident status to citizen. The number of those naturalizing has been less than 800,000 for the past five consecutive years, and in 2013, a mere 8.9 […]

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Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Cities in States Suing Over Executive Action Are Welcoming Immigrants

Half of the states have joined a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action on immigration, the latest being Tennessee. Yet leadership of cities across the nation support the administration’s actions—even those within states whose governors and attorneys general are suing to stop it. What explains the disconnect? It seems the higher-up the elected official, the […]

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Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Integration, State and Local with 0 Comments
Cities Recognize the Power of Naturalization During Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week

Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the constitution in 1787 and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by […]

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Remembering the Promise and Power of the American Dream on Independence Day

Written by on July 3, 2014 in Integration with 1 Comment
Remembering the Promise and Power of the American Dream on Independence Day

More than 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers declared our nation’s independence from England, and ever since, men and women from around the world have sworn to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America” as they become U.S. citizens. The Fourth of July is our annual opportunity to not […]

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