If you are filing for Naturalization to become a US Citizen or for Adjustment of Status to become a permanent resident this is a good time to file. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced their goal to decrease the processing time for N-400 and I-485.
USCIS announced plans to “shift caseloads between field offices to decrease processing times” and that they “may schedule applicants to appear for an interview at a field office outside of their normal jurisdiction.” They predict about 5.6 million green card or U.S. naturalization applicants will benefit from this expedited course of action.
There has been an increase in applicants over the past 2 fiscal years. In 2016 there was an increase of 25.5% N-400 and I-485 applicants, followed by another 15.6% increase in 2017, resulting in backlogs up to two years in busy offices while less busy offices took only six months to process applicants.
This is good news for people who reside in areas of the country where wait times are extremely long. Applicants will be called for interviews at the office where their case is being processed. Biometrics appointments are not affected by this decision.
An Immigration Simplified attorney can guide you through the naturalization and adjustment of status process and help you file correctly the first time. We review your situation, provide you with the proper forms and help you submit your citizenships application. Contact us today to get started. Please contact our office or call us at 1-800-447-1660.
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