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KPUA.net - KPUA Hawaii News - Honolulu immigration office reports one of worst backlogs

KPUA.net - KPUA Hawaii News - Honolulu immigration office reports one of worst backlogs


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Posted: Friday, June 18th, 2004 5:47 AM HST



Honolulu immigration office reports one of worst backlogs


By Associated Press



(Washington-AP) -- Federal officials say the Honolulu office of U-S Citizenship and Immigration Services is one of the worst nationwide in processing applications for visas, legal residency or citizenship.

The news was revealed as the Bush administration pledged to eliminate long application processing delays for millions of immigrants seeking to stay in the country.

Performance records for Houston, Atlanta and Cleveland also ranked among the worst for completing applications.

Eduardo Aguirre, head of U-S Citizenship and Immigration Services, told Congress his bureau has a plan to erase the application backlog by September 2006. Steps include reallocating resources and modernizing outdated computer systems.

The bureau _ formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service _ has about six (m) million applications pending for U-S citizenship, green cards and various visas. Of those, three-point-seven (m) million are considered backlogged, meaning they've been pending for more than six months.

San Antonio and Anchorage, Alaska, had some of the best performance records for completing applications.

(Copyright 2004 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)



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