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NATURALIZATION PROCESS.. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ?

#1 cookiee

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 10:26 PM

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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Posted ImageN-400 Naturalization

03/23/09 Sent N-400 to Lewisville, Texas by UPS
03/25/09 delivered
03/30/09 check cashed

03/31/09 NOA
04/03/09 Touched
04/24/09 Biometrics
07/18/09 Interview letter received
08/19/09 Interview -*APPROVED*
08/27/09 Oath date -** US CITIZEN **

09/01/09 Applied for passport
09/14/09 Passport Received !!!

#2 Terca

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 11:47 AM

Hi I did mine in NJ , took 6 months and a few days total... Filed in Feb 15 2007, my interview and oath was on August 31 2007.

Don't remember when they sent me correspondece for biometrics and interview date.
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Met: Sept 2005
Married: Aug 2009
I-130 Sent:11-25-2009
NOA1 notice date:12-02-2009 (took 1week, 5 days from sent date)
touched:12-04-2009
Approval e-mail from USCIS:02-24-2010 (no letter yet, probably on the way)
NOA2 notice date:02-23-2010 (received in mail on Mar 1st)

Received approval without RFE's, and without any touches
Approval came exactly 3 months after mailing I-130, 83 days after NOA1

update: we delayed our journey a bit to allow husband to finish a paid certification from employer, and his college degree :)
Got RFE's NVC missing my paystubs or employer letter
NVC case complete:05-04-2011
NVC sent package to embassy:05-05-2011
EMBASSY received package:05-11-2011
NVC e-mail with scheduled interview:05-14-2011
Interview:06-21-2011 (missing docs no visa yet)
Dropped off docs+passport and paid for visa courier:06-29-2011
visa in hand:07-08-2011 :D
POE:JFK Oct 23 2011
Green card: 11/23/2011
social security card: 11/30/2011 (had to personally fill out form)
Beneficiary has been employed full-time since:12/27/2011

#3 Stella08

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:25 PM

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.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE (cookiee @ Feb 13 2009, 09:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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, 14 February 2009 - 02:46 PM.

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#5 cookiee

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 03:55 PM


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 smile.gif

anyone from florida ??

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Posted ImageN-400 Naturalization

03/23/09 Sent N-400 to Lewisville, Texas by UPS
03/25/09 delivered
03/30/09 check cashed

03/31/09 NOA
04/03/09 Touched
04/24/09 Biometrics
07/18/09 Interview letter received
08/19/09 Interview -*APPROVED*
08/27/09 Oath date -** US CITIZEN **

09/01/09 Applied for passport
09/14/09 Passport Received !!!

#6 Stella08

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:07 PM

QUOTE (cookiee @ Feb 14 2009, 03:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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 smile.gif

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, 14 February 2009 - 04:09 PM.

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#7 cookiee

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:12 PM

QUOTE (Stella08 @ Feb 14 2009, 04:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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 ?

Edited by cookiee, 14 February 2009 - 04:13 PM.

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Posted ImageN-400 Naturalization

03/23/09 Sent N-400 to Lewisville, Texas by UPS
03/25/09 delivered
03/30/09 check cashed

03/31/09 NOA
04/03/09 Touched
04/24/09 Biometrics
07/18/09 Interview letter received
08/19/09 Interview -*APPROVED*
08/27/09 Oath date -** US CITIZEN **

09/01/09 Applied for passport
09/14/09 Passport Received !!!

#8 Stella08

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:22 PM

QUOTE (cookiee @ Feb 14 2009, 04:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Stella08 @ Feb 14 2009, 04:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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, 14 February 2009 - 04:24 PM.

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#9 Stella08

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 04:30 PM

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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#10 moonhunt

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 09:47 PM


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. whistling.gif

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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#11 cookiee

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 11:08 PM


anyone applied citizenship from Florida lately ?

Edited by cookiee, 15 February 2009 - 11:09 PM.

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Posted ImageN-400 Naturalization

03/23/09 Sent N-400 to Lewisville, Texas by UPS
03/25/09 delivered
03/30/09 check cashed

03/31/09 NOA
04/03/09 Touched
04/24/09 Biometrics
07/18/09 Interview letter received
08/19/09 Interview -*APPROVED*
08/27/09 Oath date -** US CITIZEN **

09/01/09 Applied for passport
09/14/09 Passport Received !!!

#12 Goran

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:21 AM

QUOTE (cookiee @ Feb 15 2009, 11:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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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01/31/2009 - Mailed N-400 to the Texas Lockbox
02/05/2009 - USPS "Priority" mail package delivered to Texas Lockbox
02/05/2009 - Priority Date
02/10/2009 - Notice Date
03/03/2009 - Biometrics Appointment
03/19/2009 - Interview Letter Received
05/21/2009 - Interview Appointment
05/21/2009 - Interview Passed
07/15/2009 - Oath Appointment
07/15/2009 - Oath Completed
07/15/2009 - Submitted Passport Application (Standard 4-6 week service)
08/22/2009 - Received letter stating that I did not sign passport application (not true) and need to re-apply
08/24/2009 - Resubmitted passport application
09/05/2009 - Received Passport

#13 Jasman0717

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:37 AM

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

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:44 AM

QUOTE (jasman0717 @ Feb 16 2009, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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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01/31/2009 - Mailed N-400 to the Texas Lockbox
02/05/2009 - USPS "Priority" mail package delivered to Texas Lockbox
02/05/2009 - Priority Date
02/10/2009 - Notice Date
03/03/2009 - Biometrics Appointment
03/19/2009 - Interview Letter Received
05/21/2009 - Interview Appointment
05/21/2009 - Interview Passed
07/15/2009 - Oath Appointment
07/15/2009 - Oath Completed
07/15/2009 - Submitted Passport Application (Standard 4-6 week service)
08/22/2009 - Received letter stating that I did not sign passport application (not true) and need to re-apply
08/24/2009 - Resubmitted passport application
09/05/2009 - Received Passport

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:56 AM

QUOTE (cookiee @ Feb 14 2009, 03:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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 smile.gif

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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RD: 6/21/06
Biometrics: 7/25/06
ID: 10/24/06 - Approved
Conditional GC Received: 11/3/06

I-751
RD: 7/31/08
NOA 1: 8/6/08
Biometrics: 8/26/08
Transferred to CSC: 2/25/09
Approved: 4/23/09 (email received)
Card mailed: 4/28/09 (email received)
Card Received: 5/1/09

N-400
RD & PD: 7/28/09
NOA 1: 8/1/09
Biometric appt: 8/12/09
Interview Letter received: 10/02/09 (notice dated 09/29)
Interview Date: 11/10/09 at Federal Plaza in Manhattan
Oath Letter: 11/10/09
Oath Date: 11/13/09 - Special ceremony at USS Intrepid - Done - USC



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