According to today’s USCIS press release, it currently takes almost 9 months to process a naturalization case filed in San Diego County during Summer of 2007. Cases filed in Washington DC seem to have the most delays with close to 15 months.
Why the delay? Last July, USCIS received 460,000 applications for naturalization. That was three times the record for any previous month. For the year, USCIS received 1.4 million naturalization applications, almost double the normal annual volume.
USCIS is hiring and training hundreds of additional immigration officers to adjudicate these cases. The agency is also conducting naturalization interviews on weekends, after normal business hours and in additional locations.