Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Immigration Backlog. Open a little light to the Immigrants future.

Good news but not great news. Immigrants trying hard to reached their American Dream but their Still a huge Backlog at Immigration Offices. .

LOS ANGELES -- Some federal immigration offices in the Los Angeles area are being kept open on weekends to help reduce the nation's largest backlog of immigration applications.

According to figures from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, its Los Angeles District had 127,533 pending applications in January. The district covers seven Southern California counties.

That figure is nearly 70 percent larger than the nation's second-biggest backlog, in Miami.

District Director Jane Arellano says applicants in Southern California typically wait nine months to a year for an interview. But officials say weekend schedules at offices in East Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Bernardino are helping cut that wait.

Nationwide, Citizenship and Immigration Services received 1.4 million applications in 2007, nearly double the number for 2006

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