The DHS recently acknowledged that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are changing parts of the name check process which will clear the backlog for a large number of cases which are still pending name check clearances. However, the USCIS cautions that some name checks which are still pending may continue to be delayed if further investigation is necessary, but the vast majority of cases should clear. The USCIS and the FBI have allocated additional resources to the process, with the USCIS committing a total of $15.5 million over the next year to address the name check backlog. The USCIS expects that the current backlog should be cleared within six months. The DHS also hopes that a more streamlined process will reduce the number of cases which have previously been caught in the name check web and result in quicker clearances.
The new approach is not meant to eliminate the name check requirement from the immigration process. The USCIS will continue to require FBI name checks for permanent residency and citizenship applications and no case will be approved without a cleared name check. The USCIS will not compromise national security and public safety for speedier processing times