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USCIS AND FBI ANNOUNCE PLAN TO ELIMINATE SECURITY CLEARANCE BACKLOGS

Rating: 8 votes, 5.00 average.

According to the agencies, they hope to be able to turn around 98% of cases within 30 days and the remaining 2% within 90 days. They plan on achieving this by June 2009. In the mean time, the agencies hope to meet the following completion goals:



May 2008 - Process all name checks pending three years or more
July 2008 - Process all name checks pending two years or more
November 2008 - Process all name checks pending more than one year
February 2009 - Process all name checks pending more than six months
June 2009 - Meet the time frames noted above



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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Good luck! All talk and no action!
  2. Ren's Avatar
    Good to see some timeframes regarding namechecks. Although it is kind ironical that they have said namechecks might not delay GC issuance if pending for 6 months. Had they done this much earlier, poor souls might have been spared.

    So, it seems the realization is late but better than never.
  3. Lou's Avatar
    This is like barn door is closed after the horses have gone. Many years later USCIS took a sensible decision(inundated by lawsuits) very recently that , after 180 days of namecheck initiation it is irrelevent if FBI namecheck is cleared or not, they would adjudicate the cases without holding it back.

    Now FBI want to clear the names quickly. It does not matter anyway. Enough harm was already done.

    On side note, better late than never.
  4. hmm's Avatar
    Talk is cheap.

    I fear name check will remain a major bottleneck for years to come.
  5. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Lou, it does matter, actually. The memo about 180 days only addressed adjudications (green card applications), but was not applicable to naturalizations. Naturalizations are probably half the namecheck delays. I do agree that it took them a little too long to realize they need to start working on a solution.
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