Due to Department of Homeland Security Inspector General recommendations and the fact that CIS has been losing a large number of mandamus lawsuits, CIS has changed its policy of deferring adjudication of many permanent residence applications where the foreign national has been waiting years for a decision but FBI name checks have not concluded. CIS has approximately 47,000 applications for permanent residence that are otherwise approvable, but for the fact that an FBI name check is pending. Under its new policy, CIS plans to approve such applications if the FBI name check request has been pending for more than 180 days and that application is otherwise approvable. CIS anticipates that by mid-March 2008 it will have decided most of the 47,000 cases. CIS has asked applicants to refrain from inquiring until after mid-March. This new policy does not impact naturalization applications which are delayed for the same (incomplete FBI name check) reason.