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Backlog of citizenship applications increases, keeps many waiting

Finding one's place in the world can be a difficult and life-long journey. When it comes to finding a place to live, it can be just as difficult. Immigration issues can easily complicate certain situations, and some individuals in California may feel that obtaining permanent residency is a great achievement. While this milestone should be viewed as such, it does not offer the same protections and benefits as citizenship.

Because the process for working toward citizenship is a long and complex journey, some parties may not feel too rushed to move forward after obtaining a green card. However, due to recent changes and actions regarding immigration laws in the United States, many people have felt more compelled to submit applications for citizenship. In fact, the backlog of applications has become more pronounced in recent years.

Soon after the last presidential election, the backlog of applications increased by 40 percent. As a result, the number of pending applications reached approximately 735,000. Now, even if immigrants do take the steps needed to apply for citizenship, they may still find themselves waiting anxiously for a considerable amount of time before possibly reaching that desired goal.

Seeking citizenship is admirable as it takes hard work, time and effort. Some individuals in California may feel apprehensive about taking the steps toward this next goal, but fortunately, they do not have to face the process alone. Experienced immigration law attorneys could help interested and concerned individuals better understand the requirements, process and potential roadblocks associated with applying for citizenship in the United States.

Source: revealnews.com, "Flood of US citizenship applications increases wait times, anxiety", Miranda S. Spivack, April 23, 2018

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