According to a Government Accountability Office report, the backlog of eligible citizenship applications has more than doubled between 2015 and 2020. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for processing and approving immigration applications for US Work Visas, Permanent Residence (Green Cards), US Citizenship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requests, and more.
What Is the Current Backlog of US Citizenship Applications?
The overall USCIS backlog from the 2015 fiscal year to 2020 increased by 85%, according to the report. This means that permanent residents who have been living in the country for many years are still waiting for the USCIS to process their citizenship applications. The waiting period has increased from the average processing time for naturalization applications. Between October 2020 and September 2021, the average processing time for citizenship applications was 11.5 months, according to the USCIS historical processing times table.
However, the backlog of naturalization applications reached an all-time high in March with more than 950,000 applications pending across the country. According to the latest data, this number has dropped slightly to 907,000 in June. This backlog is also affecting other immigration visa applications.