Message from the
National Immigration Forum:
of Prospective Citizens Stuck in the Backlog
previously reported, USICS has developed a backlog of naturalization
applications. The agency is now saying that immigrants who applied for
citizenship after June 1 of 2007 can expect to wait 16 to 18 months to
have their applications processed.
To help us keep this issue before
Congress (which has oversight responsibilities over USICS), several
organizations are collaborating to collect stories of immigrants who are
now stuck in the backlog, as well as of those who have been in limbo due
to the FBI name check delays. These stories will be compiled into a
report to illustrate the problems. Our hope is to release the report in
the next several weeks, possibly in conjunction with further House
oversight hearings related to these issues.
You can help.
If you know of anyone who is affected by the delays who would like to
share her story for the report, we would love to have a short write-up
of the story discussing how long the applicant has been waiting, why she
applied for citizenship, and what effects the delay is having for her.
You can use the survey form attached below to provide this information.
As part of this effort, we would
like to highlight select cases in a press event, if the opportunity
Send your stories to
Maurice Belanger at the National Immigration Form,
firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to finish
collecting these by February 29th.
Naturalization Applicant Report Form
Name of applicant:
City/ State where applicant
Age: How long have you had
your green card?
When did you send in your
Why do you want to become a
U.S. citizen (check all that apply)?
I want to vote.
I want better opportunities for myself and my family.
My family and I will be better protected from discrimination.
My family and I will be better protected from deportation.
I want to petition for relatives that I wasn’t able to before, or so
that my relatives will be able to immigrate more quickly.
My children can become citizens.
I want better job opportunities.
I consider the U.S. my home now.
Other (please explain):
Can you tell us in your own words why you’d like to become a U.S.
How have the delays in citizenship affected you?
Have you done anything to try to move your case forward? Please provide
Would you be willing to speak with newspapers, radio or TV regarding
your citizenship story?
Contact information (of either the applicant
or the contact organization):
Please return this form to Maurice Belanger at the National
by Friday, February 29. Thanks.