Immigration officials say those who applied
for citizenship after June 1st will have to wait more than a year
to become Americans.
The delay will prevent many from voting in next November's
The delay is due to a deluge of applications as immigrants
rushed to beat drastic fee increases for naturalization, legal
residency, work permits, international adoptions and a host of
other immigration benefits.
That means naturalization applications filed after June 1st will
take 15 months to 18 months to process.
A total of 2.5 million applications were filed with the agency
during the months of July and August.