Monday, March 8, 2004

Immigration applications down, waiting time up

"There has been a 21% decrease in the number of new immigration applications but a nearly 60% increase in the application backlog in the past year, according to the General Accounting Office."

"Citing the Nashville area's rapid growth in immigrant populations, local advocates also want a full-service immigration office here. Now, Memphis has the only office."

"There are no plans to open a Nashville office, said Temple Black, an agency spokesman. However, staff in U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper's office said recently that immigration authorities would hire at least eight new citizenship processors for the state — four in Nashville."

The Tennessean

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