Over 300,000 immigrants will likely not become United States citizens in time to cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency that processes immigration benefits, suspended in-person interviews and citizenship ceremonies this spring amid the coronavirus pandemic. Over 66,000 citizenship ceremonies per month were put on hold. According to projections, by 2020 voter registration deadlines, there will be over 300,000 citizenships backlogged resulting in those immigrants being unable to vote in the 2020 elections.
Although citizenship interviews and ceremonies began to resume in June on a limited basis, there is a backlog of both citizenship interviews and oath ceremonies that will take months to catch up. In addition, 75% of USCIS staff is expected to be furloughed real soma online this summer due to an agency budget shortfall, which will increase and prolong the immigration backlog.
The deadlines to register to vote in the November elections is approaching. Most states have a voter registration deadline in October. Illinois’s 2020 voter registration deadline for the November elections is
• October 8 if you are registering in person
• October 18 if you are registering online
The procedures for citizenship (naturalization) are complex and stressful. It is important to have legal guidance from a knowledgeable immigration attorney. The skilled immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office can answer any questions about immigration and guide you through every step of the citizenship process. Call us today at 855-554-6369.