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Naturalization receipts in December 2001 increased 64 percent and denials were down 49 percent when compared to December 2000. During the first three months of fiscal year 2002, 100,607 applicants for naturalization took the oath of citizenship, a decrease of 17 percent compared to the first three months of fiscal year 2001.

Data Source: PAS G-22.3

1 October 1999 started a new data series based on unadjusted receipts and pending. MSR reports prior to October 1999 showed Adjusted Receipts and Pending. The N-400 direct mail program eliminated the need for these adjustments.

2 Receipts and Pending do not reflect an estimated 16,758 N-400s filed but not data entered.


  • The INS conducted a labor-intensive audit during the first two weeks of October, which reduced the amount of time available to process applications. The rebound in November receipts reflects a post-audit resumption of application processing for cases that had been received in the mail, but not entered into the INS case tracking system. While December receipts returned to the 50,000 range, they are still 64 percent above the previous December.
  • The number of pending cases decreased 11 percent compared to one year ago. Nevertheless, pending cases have increased for the months of September through December.
  • December 2000 naturalization approvals/oaths increased by 3,302 compared to November 2000. The same comparison for December 2001 showed a decrease of 5,498.