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USCIS Overwhelmed: 2.5 million Applications Filed in Two Months To Beat Filing Fee Increase

dhs.JPG Agency sources reportedly have told spokespersons for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is completely overwhelmed by applications that were filed in the two months leading up to July 30, 2007, the date on which a major filing fee increase took effect.

It is anticipated that the backlog which will result from this surge in filings will delay the naturalizations of hundreds of applicants, with the result that they will be prevented from voting in the November 2008 election. The “paperwork tsunami” consists of approximately 2.5 million petitions and applications for various immigration benefits filed during June and July. USCIS leadership candidly admitted their surprise:

“Were we caught off guard by the volume? Let’s just say it was anticipated it would increase. It was not anticipated it would increase that much” said USCIS Director Emilio Gonzales.

Read the NY Times coverage.

See the current USCIS fee schedule.

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