Immigrants who want to become United States citizens may face a few barriers before and during the process. The Federal Register reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wishes to reduce these barriers and allow those seeking citizenship to have better access to the services available.
While these upcoming policies may streamline the process, those currently applying or wish to apply in the near future may want to remain aware of current barriers and how they may slow the naturalization process.
Some individuals applying for naturalization may face an extended wait time once they file their paperwork. This type of barrier is often caused by administration shortages and other issues within the system, such as labor shortages. Wait time may vary depending on the status of any individual, such as whether he or she requests asylum.
Some immigrants may face paperwork barriers, and although individuals can request forms in their native language, some may still face problems with filling out all the required information. For example, if an individual does not have the support he or she needs to complete the paperwork and does not know where to turn, this could cause a significant delay in the process.
Immigrants facing extreme poverty, unemployment and poor living conditions may have difficulty accessing online assistance and other benefits. Those living in these stressful situations could face serious delays in getting assistance, especially if they live alone.
The United States government currently remains aware of these possible barriers and, along with President Biden, strives to make the naturalization process simpler for all who qualify and wish to apply.