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Immigrants Anxiously Await Citizenship As Processing Times Nearly Double

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15:  Immigrants take the oath of allegiance to the United States held in the observatory of the One World Trade Center on August 15, 2017 in New York City. Thirty immigrants took the oath of citizenship to become American citizens at One World Trade, which at 1,776 feet high is the tallest building in the Western Hemishere. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 15: Immigrants take the oath of allegiance to the United States held in the observatory of the One World Trade Center on August 15, 2017 in New York City. Thirty immigrants took the oath of citizenship to become American citizens at One World Trade, which at 1,776 feet high is the tallest building in the Western Hemishere. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

By Kimberly Yam

November 17, 2017

Courtesy of Huffpost.com

For immigrants, the road to U.S. citizenship has always been a long and difficult one. But things could be getting worse.

The average processing time for naturalization applications has almost doubled, from about five months in early 2016 to an average of almost nine months today, according to a report from the National Partnership With New Americans.

The wait has undermined people’s access to critical rights, John C. Yang, president and executive director of nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, told HuffPost in an email.

Many of these individuals want “to be engaged in the American political process,” Yang said. “We must remember that they are citizens-in-waiting; almost all of them have been in the country for many years and have been fully integrated into American society.”

Immigrants Anxiously Await Citizenship As Processing Times Nearly Double

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