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A shorter wait for citizenship

Agency head says background check to be streamlined

Jonathan Scharfen, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, met with 100 immigration advocates and state and federal workers during a visit to Boston yesterday. Jonathan Scharfen, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, met with 100 immigration advocates and state and federal workers during a visit to Boston yesterday. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)
By Maria Sacchetti
Globe Staff / August 13, 2008

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Immigrants whose applications for US citizenship or legal residency languished for years because of delays with FBI background checks should wait no longer than a year by November, a top federal immigration official said yesterday. (Full article: 453 words)

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