Mike Aytes, USCIS Acting Deputy Director, posted a journal entry to congratulate USCIS and the FBI for completing all name checks that were pending for more than six months. Although this is old news, as USCIS announced it and we reported it on March 4th, Mr. Aytes did release some new information:
Let me put that into perspective. At the beginning of November 2007, there were nearly 350,000 pending name check requests. Of that total, more than 54,000 had been pending for more than two years. Another 55,000 had been pending for at least a year. Today, there’s a grand total of 6,756 pending name check requests. And of that number, not one has been pending for more than six months. In fact as of that February 17 snapshot, the FBI was completing 99.2 percent of all requests in less than 30 days.
This is significant! The original USCIS announcement emphasized that all name checks pending six month or more had been processed, but Mr. Aytes further clarified that FBI actually completed all of them.
So if your name check case has been pending for more than six months, you can point to this entry and demand an answer from USCIS. Keep in mind that if you contact USCIS, you should ask specifically about FBI Name Check, because a representative may be talking about your IBIS name check or other pending background investigation.