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Elimination of Backlog of FBI Name Checks


Apr 2, 2008

4-2-2008 The USCIS and the FBI announced a joint plan to eliminate the backlog of name checks pending with the FBI. A background check is a necessary prerequisite to obtaining many immigration benefits such as citizenship or greencard. By increasing staff, expanding resources and applying new business procedures, the goal is to complete 98 percent of all name checks within 30 days. USCIS and FBI intend to resolve the remaining two percent, which represent the most difficult name checks and require additional time to complete within 90 days or less. The goal is to achieve and sustain these processing times by June 2009. The FBI will prioritize about 29,800 pending name checks from naturalization applicants submitted to the FBI before May 2006 where the naturalization applicant was already interviewed.

Immigrants are advised by this firm to provide all of the names that they have used when going to the USCIS for biometrics (fingerprint scan). At time time, the USCIS generally asks the immigrant to complete a questionnaire. It's generally important to indicate all names that have been used so that a check can be conducted on all names. For example, women who have used a married name and a maiden names should indicate both names on her questionnaire. Failure to indicate all names used may cause delays in the USCIS application process.

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