After a drop during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of immigrants choosing to become U.S. citizens is increasing. The annual total is the third-highest on record. It’s the highest since the fiscal year 2008 when more than one million immigrants naturalized.
The previous eight years had seen an average of about 190,000 naturalizations each three-month period.
Naturalizations for immigrants from most countries increased by 20% in 2022, except for China. Green card holders from Europe and Asia are the most likely to become U.S. citizens. There was a backlog of 673,000 applications for naturalization as of June 2022, down from more than a million in 2020.