The Wait to Become a U.S. Citizen or Get a Green Card Has Gotten a Whole Lot Longer

The Wait to Become a U.S. Citizen or Get a Green Card Has Gotten a Whole Lot Longer

According to immigration lawyers and advocates, the wait to become a U.S. citizen or get a green card now has lengthened considerably. WNYC is reporting that when a 60-year-old Dominican immigrant recently applied for citizenship, his attorney expected the process to move quickly. The man had lived in the U.S. for 17 years, and received a green card in 2011. Instead, immigration authorities demanded court transcripts of a illegal sports betting charge that was dismissed five years ago. The delay was stressful to the man, whose right leg had been amputated several years ago, and who had no income during the significant delay. He had paid Social Security taxes during the years that he had worked, so becoming a U.S. citizen would enable his to collect Social Security disability benefits. Instead, he faced a months-long wait. Immigration advocates claim that the wait to process a new citizenship application is now about eight months, which is two to four times the length of time that it took only a year or so ago. Other organizations report that their clients have been waiting as long as one year for their citizenship applications to be processed. Some are even referring to the delays as a “second wall” meant to purposely deter immigrants from seeking citizenship. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), however, attributes the delay to the 24% increase in citizenship applications since the previous fiscal year, and claims that it is adding extra overtime hours for staff and filling all vacancies. Even as the wait for naturalization and green cards has become lengthier, deportations continue to occur. We are the California deportation defense lawyers to whom you can turn if you or a loved one are facing deportation proceedings, no matter whether you are facing criminal charges, you have a criminal conviction, or you simply have no legal status. Regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.has the experience, knowledge, and skills to advocate on behalf of you and your family throughout the course of any deportation proceedings. Contact our office today and let us answer all of your questions about any aspect of deportation proceedings.
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