Citizenship Delays Result In Lawsuit


Delays in judging citizenship applications has resulted in the Florida Immigration Advocacy Center filing a lawsuit on behalf of ten people, claiming that they have been left waiting to find out the decision for years when they should have been advised within three months.

The Florida Immigration Advocacy Center has filed the lawsuit on behalf of ten permanent residents of South Florida, and accuses the federal government of causing unnecessary delays. The centre claims that the plaintiffs have been waiting between two and four years for a decision due to FBI checks, when federal law stated that the wait should be no more than three months from the naturalization interview.

The lawsuit aims to get the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to finalize the applications of the ten people within ninety days, and is seeking class action status.

An official from the FBI said that ninety percent of cases were finalized and completed within ninety days. He added that a central records facility is being developed, and should be completed by 2011, which could help to speed up the process.


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