US Naturalizations Rise To Highest Level In Decade

  • 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.

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