How Many Illegals Were Given Citizenship In 2022?

( – In 2022 close to 1 million immigrants became US Citizens. The figures published by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are the highest that it has been in 15 years and it was due to the backlog created in the system during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The five top countries of origin for those nearly 1 million immigrants were Cuba, the Philippines, India, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

The Pew Research Center has said that the backlog of pending naturalization applications had reached 673,000 as of June 2022. This in large part was because, during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, all citizenship interviews and ceremonies were suspended. This led to a large number of backlog applications that were approved in 2022.

At the start of the pandemic, the USCIS faced economic difficulties as its revenues predominantly came from application fees. With the suspension of applications, the agency was forced to reduce its workforce capacity and close some of its field offices. A hiring freeze was also put in place between May 2020 and April 2021. This has led to a shortage of adjudicators qualified to oversee the application process.

The USCIS has managed to return “to firmer fiscal footing, with cash reserves well on their way to the designated target level, to ensure the agency avoids another fiscal crisis” under the Biden administration. The Department of State, along with USCIS also doubled the number of employment-based immigrant visa issues in 2022.

They have stated that this operation required “all-hands-on-deck effort across the agency” as unused visas become unavailable at the start of the fiscal year.

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