USCIS and Counsel for class members in the class action complaint of Kaplan v. Chertoff, 06-5305 (E.D. PA) reached a settlement on the lawsuit regarding the various delays and backlogs associated with citizenship/naturalization and adjustment of status applications. Under the settlement, class members that have had an application pending for more than six months are permitted to request expedite processing of their petitions.
The USCIS and FBI are also directed to request priority processing of any pending or future security checks. Under the agreement, the social security administration is to identify and contact individuals whose benefits were terminated and those at risk of termination while waiting for a stalled naturalization application. [Class Action Settlement To End Naturalization And Adjustment Of Status Delays].