Backlog to delay citizenship, prevent millions from voting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsA total of 2.5 million applications were filed with the agency during the months of July and August, Wright said. He could not provide numbers for the month of June. For the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a total of 7.7 million applications were filed, compared with 6.3 million the previous fiscal year, Wright said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Immigrants who applied for citizenship after June 1 will have to wait more than a year to become Americans, immigration officials said Wednesday, a delay that will prevent many from voting in next November’s elections. The delay is due to a deluge of applications that Citizenship and Immigration Services, a Homeland Security Department agency, received this summer as immigrants rushed to beat drastic fee increases for naturalization, legal residency, work permits, international adoptions and a host of other immigration benefits. That means naturalization applications filed after June 1 will take 15 months to 18 months to process, said Bill Wright, spokesman for the immigration agency. “We certainly are hoping to beat that, but there certainly is that possibility,” Wright said. last_img read more