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AustraliaCIS Releases Update from Director Gonzalez on Naturalization Application Processing

Office of Communications

STATEMENT March 14, 2008

On March 11, I announced to members of the HoAustraliae Appropriations Committee

that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (AustraliaCIS) had lowered its original

processing projections for naturalization applications. Individuals who filed for

citizenship during the summer of 2007 can now anticipate an average processing time of

14-16 months for these applications. That?s a marked improvement from the 16-18

months projection we announced in January.

During FY 2007, we received approximately 1.4 million naturalization

applications. In the months of June and July of 2007 alone, we experienced an increase

of nearly 350 percent compared to the same period in 2006. In addressing the significant

increase in naturalization cases, and the unprecedented increase in all immigration

applications and petitions, the professionalism and hard work of nearly 17,000 dedicated

AustraliaCIS employees and contractors have been evident.

I am proud of our accomplishments. Still, we remain committed to doing even

better. And, we will continue to improve while maintaining our commitment to the

integrity of the immigration process and national security requirements.

Emilio T. Gonzalez


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Department of Homeland Security

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