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NATURALIZATION PROCESS.. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ?

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hi guys

hopefully, i'm going to apply citizenship end of February to Texas and this summer i'm planing to stay in my home country for my sister wedding from june to august.

what do you think , How long does it take to get an interview letter ? any experiences, from florida ???

thanks

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If I were you, I wouldn't apply in February quite yet. Of course you can postpone the interview date. But sometimes you get a new appointment only a couple of weeks later. And since you're planning on being out of the country for two months, you might have to postpone again. I don't know how well that goes. I checked the timelines for Florida and the latest one I found took only four months between filing and interview. That would put you in line for the interview end of June if you file end of February. Of course one can never say for sure what's going to happen, each case is individual. I think, if I were you, I would file end of April, do biometrics in May and then, hopefully, do the interview in August. Or, if you want to be on the safe side, file after you return from your home country. Do you have somebody who can check your mail, just in case you receive the interview letter while you're out of the country? You have to make sure that you let them know in case you can't keep the appointment.

http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/citlis...0%2C11&cfl=

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hi guys

hopefully, i'm going to apply citizenship end of February to Texas and this summer i'm planing to stay in my home country for my sister wedding from june to august.

what do you think , How long does it take to get an interview letter ? any experiences, from florida ???

thanks

If I were you, I may file N400 after your trip.

If you file it on Feb, it may add complexity for your situation.

For an example, if your case is processed soon enough to have oath ceremony around your travel time, you can not leave the country until you have US passport in your hands.

Or if it is slow enough to put your interview and/or oath ceremony around your planned trip period, it's going to cause additional headache and delay for your N400 process.

one or two weeks travel may not be a problem.

But a couple of month travel plan may be not a good idea during N400 process.

Edited by moonhunt

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thanks for all replies..

i really want to apply this month cause at least i will have biometrics done before i leave...my spouse is going to check mails and he will let meknow if i receive interview letter.. actually i don't need to stay there that long.. better i stay only for 6 weeks :)

anyone from florida ??

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thanks for all replies..

i really want to apply this month cause at least i will have biometrics done before i leave...my spouse is going to check mails and he will let meknow if i receive interview letter.. actually i don't need to stay there that long.. better i stay only for 6 weeks :)

anyone from florida ??

Usually you have your biometrics appointment a month after you filed for citizenship. If you file end of this month, you should have your biometrics done end of March/beginning of April. As I said, there is a chance that you might have your interview in June/July if you file now. And once you took the oath, you MUST travel with a US passport.

Edited by Stella08

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As I said, there is a chance that you might have your interview in June/July if you file now. And once you took the oath, you MUST travel with a US passport.

o.k got it. once i take the oath, i must travel with a US passport..but i don't think i'm going to have my interview june or july..

thats why i'm trying to ask someone from florida to find out how long it takes ?

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As I said, there is a chance that you might have your interview in June/July if you file now. And once you took the oath, you MUST travel with a US passport.

o.k got it. once i take the oath, i must travel with a US passport..but i don't think i'm going to have my interview june or july..

thats why i'm trying to ask someone from florida to find out how long it takes ?

Did you check the link to the timelines I posted?

Last one who posted there, filed in November 2008 and had his interview this month. So, do the math.

EDIT: He/she filed in October 2008. Sorry

Edited by Stella08

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I just checked the Miami thread in another immigration forum. Seems like processing times really have sped up in Miami since last year. There are two posters who have filed in October 2008. One has his interview scheduled in February 2009 and the other one in March 2009.

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Remember that USCIS clock may not working as you expected.

In most case, it is working on their own schedule.

If somebody got N400 done in 6 months, it doesn't mean you will be same. :whistle:

Per U.S. law, US Citizen should use U.S. Passport when he/she leave/enter U.S. territories.

That means from the day of oath taken, you have to use U.S. Passport for in/out from U.S.

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anyone applied citizenship from Florida lately ?

Hi Cookiee!

I collect the stats for the September-January filers. There's one filer from Tampa that has the following timeline:

Application Sent: 12/2/08

NOA Received: 12/16/08 (14 days)

Biometrics taken: 1/3/09 (32 days)

Interview Scheduled: 4/1/09 (120 days)

Hope that helps you out a little.

Cheers,

Goran

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Take a look at the immigration timelines link at the top of the page, the stats may be helpful

...and if you'd like more numbers....

Some statistics for September, October, November, December and January filers as of 8:40AM, Monday, February 16:

Days between application sent and NOA:

........................Min.......Max.......Average...Median

September filers....3.........23................9...........8 (n=19)

October filers........4.........62...............15..........14 (n=20)

November filers.....4.........22...............10..........10 (n=23)

December filers.....4.........26...............12..........12 (n=26)

January filers........5.........16...............11..........11 (n=17)

Days between application sent and Biometrics appointment:

........................Min.......Max.......Average...Median

September filers...24.........51..............32..........31 (n=21)

October filers.......19.........84..............40..........37 (n=17)

November filers....23.........43..............31..........30 (n=19)

December filers....25.........71..............37..........34 (n=21)

January filers.......27.........36..............31..........32 (n=12)

Days between application sent and Interview appointment:

........................Min.......Max.......Average...Median

September filers...75........152............119.......121 (n=17)

October filers.......76........164............119.......115 (n=17)

November filers....92.......138............116........111 (n=17)

December filers....83.......121............101..........97 (n=9)

January filers.......70.........70.............70..........70 (n=1)

Days between application sent and Oath appointment (COMPLETION):

........................Min.......Max.......Average...Median

September filers..120........187............160.......160 (n=8)

October filers......115........154............129.......125 (n=5)

November filers...117.......117............117........117 (n=1)

December filers...XXX.......XXX...........XXX.......XXX (n=0)

January filers......XXX.......XXX...........XXX.......XXX (n=0)

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thanks for all replies..

i really want to apply this month cause at least i will have biometrics done before i leave...my spouse is going to check mails and he will let meknow if i receive interview letter.. actually i don't need to stay there that long.. better i stay only for 6 weeks :)

anyone from florida ??

You won't have biometrics again.

They expire after 15 months and you took them in August 08, so unless your case goes beyond November 09, no need for new biometrics.

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