On September 28, 2008, the House passed the Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act (S. 2840), a measure that would speed up the naturalization process for military personnel and veterans. The measure, introduced by Sen. Schumer (D-NY), would require that USCIS process and issue a citizenship decision within six months of receiving an application from a current or former member of the armed forces, or their surviving dependents. If a decision is not made within that time frame, USCIS would be required to explain the delay and provide a new decision target date.
The bill would also establish an FBI liaison office inside USCIS and processing deadlines for other naturalization applications. The bill, already passed by the Senate, now heads to the President for final approval.
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