• Eliminating the FBI Name Check Backlog
  • April 16, 2009 | Authors: Gregory P. Adams; Douglas Halpert
  • Law Firm: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP - Cincinnati Office
  • In March U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of mid-February USCIS and the FBI had completed all name checks that had been pending for more than six months. USCIS and the FBI confirmed that they are on track to meet the May 31 milestone of completing name check requests pending longer than 90 days. By the end of June, the FBI will complete 98 percent of USCIS’ name check requests within 30 days and process the remaining two percent within 90 days.

    At the beginning of November 2007, there were nearly 350,000 pending name check requests of which 54,000 had been pending for more than two years. Another 55,000 had been pending for at least a year. USCIS stated that a total of 6,756 pending name check requests remain. See http://www.dhs.gov/journal/leadership for more information.