Immigration agency says backlog virtually gone

DALLAS (AP) - Federal officials say they've reached their goal of more quickly completing FBI name checks on people seeking to work, live or become citizens of the U.S.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that it has virtually eliminated the backlog.

The goal requires completing 98 percent of name check requests submitted to the FBI by Citizenship and Immigration Services within 30 days. The remaining 2 percent should be completed within 90 days.

Citizenship and Immigration Services says petitions which require more evaluation or interaction with other agencies do not fall under the backlog count.

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