Each packet also contained a description sheet for the study, two copies of the informed consent form, the A-FILE instrument, the perception of pregnancy rating sheet, and a card requesting results.
This group of subjects reported higher than average stress means when compared with the mean score of 7.53 found in the A-FILE instrument norms.
The mean family stress scores for the subjects in this study were substantially higher than the average norm previously established for the A-FILE instrument (Kelly Elver, personal communication, March 18, 1994).
Additionally, not all A-files contained documentation indicating that USCIS had taken steps to locate or notify applicants, as required in its April 2009 guidance.
Recommendation: To enhance efforts to expedite application processing and ensure that actions taken by USCIS personnel fully comply with the notification requirements of the MPCPA and USCIS's guidance for closing cases, the Director of USCIS should, for cases where USCIS is unable to adjudicate a military naturalization application within 6 months of receipt, institute quality assurance measures to help ensure that applicants' A-files contain a copy of the letter notifying the applicant of the reasons for the delay and an estimated adjudication date.
To document the interactions of aliens with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and other government entities, USCIS creates alien files, or A-files. While deemed critical, especially in making citizenship decisions, A-files are sometimes missing during adjudications.
A-files were not available to adjudicate naturalization applications in a small percentage of cases.