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USCIS backlog of citizenship applications reportedly grows

  1. Original Date Announced

    July 30, 2018

    Dozens of U.S. mayors urge USCIS to reduce citizenship processing times, noting that USCIS backlog of naturalization cases has increased by 87% over the last two years. (There is a 729,400+ backlog as of July 30, 2018). The mayors state that USCIS lacks an adequate policy response to the backlog and is committing its resources to stripping citizenship of naturalized citizens. [ID #628]

    Letter from U.S. mayors to USCIS Director
  2. Effective Date

    July 30, 2018
  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    March 29, 2022

    2022.03.29 USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing, and Provide Relief to Work Permit Holders

    This Biden administration action attempts to address the Trump-era phenomenon identified in this entry.

    On March 29, 2022, USCIS announced new actions to reduce backlogs, expand premium processing, and provide relief to work permit holders.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
March 29, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: USCIS


  • AILA Policy Brief: USCIS Processing Delays Have Reached Crisis Levels Under the Trump Administration

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  • The State of New American Citizenship

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