Estimated Processing Times For Summer Surge Naturalization Applications Reduced to 14-16 Months

USCIS has reduced its processing time projections to 14-16 months for naturalization applications filed during the surge last summer, increasing the chance yours will be approved in time to vote in the November presidential election, according to a recent statement.

Processing times were originally estimated to be between 16-18 months.

USCIS reports that during FY 2007, it received approximately 1.4 million naturalization applications. In the months of June and July of 2007 alone, it experienced an increase of nearly 350 percent compared to the same period in 2006.

The summer surge is attributed to a desire to beat the fee increase and to stepped up campaigns promoting naturalization in anticipation of the upcoming presidential election.

4 Responses to Estimated Processing Times For Summer Surge Naturalization Applications Reduced to 14-16 Months

  1. AOS applicant says:

    Looks like USCIS is committing itself to another deadline that it won’t be able to honor if history is any guide.

    Are you hearing anything related to pending AOS applications that are eligible now pursuant to new name check memo?

    USCIS was supposed to process all of these application (10,000 as reported by USCIS on their website) by mid March?

  2. Vonda K. Vandaveer says:

    Thank you for visiting our site and your comment. With regards to processing of cases by mid-March, here is USCIS’ response to those questioning about what to do next if they have not heard anything. This comes from the USCIS Q & A, which is available here:

    Q11. Should customers contact USCIS through the 1-800 customer service number or make an INFOPASS appointment to visit their local office if their case is outside of normal processing times and they believe their application meets the criteria of this new policy?

    A11. For pending applications outside of normal processing times, we recommend that customers wait until March 10, 2008, before inquiring about cases affected by this policy modification. This will allow each office sufficient time to identify and adjudicate the relevant pending cases. If no action is taken by mid-March, we recommend inquiring with the USCIS customer service line at 1-800-375-5283. This procedure is for customers who have been previously informed that their case is pending due to the FBI name check. (Cases that are still pending within the processing times will be completed when the related adjudication actions are completed.)

  3. AOS applicant says:

    Thank you for response. I had received in response to my inquiry through the congressman’s office that my I485 was held up because of “FBI name check”. In response to second letter, . I was informed that there were security checks pending.

    Just recently when I called the customer service line, was told “under extended review”.

    Do you think is it of any use to call customer service? Are there any other steps I can take to make them take action on my pending I-485?

    Your feedback will be much appreciated.


  4. Vonda K. Vandaveer says:

    It will not hurt to try calling customer service, so you might as well. In fact, they may be able to give you more up-to-date information about your case, which will give you a better idea of how to proceed.

    Another option is to write a demand letter to USCIS, requesting they process your case pursuant to the new policy. For more information about writing a demand letter, please see our article here:

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