Action: CAIR-NJ Seeks Reports of Citizenship Delays

Action: CAIR-NJ Seeks Reports of Citizenship Delays


(TOTOWA, N.J., 1/25/2007) – The New Jersey office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) is calling on Muslims who have experienced a citizenship delay from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to contact its office in Totowa.

The law, 8 USC 1447(b), states:

“If there is a failure to make a determination under section 1446 of this title before the end of the 120-day period after the date on which the examination is conducted under such section, the applicant may apply to the United States district court for the district in which the applicant resides for a hearing on the matter. Such court has jurisdiction over the matter and may either determine the matter or remand the matter, with appropriate instructions, to the Service to determine the matter.”

Under this law, if you have taken the citizenship examination, you are entitled to a decision within 120 days from USCIS. CAIR-NJ is trying to determine if citizenship delays are a widespread problem in New Jersey. Once we know the extent of this problem in New Jersey, we will then determine what action needs to be taken to provide relief to those experiencing delays.

If you or someone you know has experienced a citizenship delay, please contact
CAIR-NJ Community Relations Director Afsheen Shamsi at 908-938-5990 or