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I know I made a mistake here and should have been more patient, so please refrain from any comments of that nature. I just want some opinions on how to proceed given that I can turn back the clock and wait a couple more days to mail my N400 package.

Facts:

I am married to USCitizen, filing 90 days before 3 year mark of 9/28/2015.

Earliest filing date would be 6/30/2015 according to calculator.

I mailed my application 9/27/2015 (Saturday) via USPS Priority Mail which estimates a 2 day delivery. I didn't think USPS would count Sundays, so I expected it to be delivered right on the 30th which is the earliest filing date. I checked the USPS tracking and it shows an estimated delivery date of Monday which is 1 day too early!

Best case scenario, USPS delivers it late and it ends up being delivered on the right day, the 30th. I am hoping that USPS is slow and their estimated delivery date online is wrong.

However, if it really does get delivered 1 day early, what should I do? Here's what I have gathered as scenarios that can happen:

1) USCIS will reject it immediately and then I can just mail it back in. - no big deal, just the cost of shipping would be lost

2) USCIS will accept it and process it, then I could get denied at the interview for 1 day early filing - this would be a waste of $680 as well as time. Definitely worst case!

  • Does the lockbox always accept applications the same day they are delivered by USPS or is there a delay at the lockbox stage that might bump me to within the 90 day window?
  • Should I write to the lockbox email address and ask them to hold it a couple of days (this is a long shot but might be worth it?)
  • Should I book an info pass appointment and ask them what they think I should do? (the nearest office is 2.5 hours away from me, so not a convenient option at all)
  • If it doesn't get rejected at the point of acceptance, should I ask them to withdraw it anyway just in case the interviewer rejects it?
  • Should I just cross my fingers and hope for the best and try to explain what happened at the interview?

Any insight or opinions would be super helpful, thanks.

I found one case where the person's application arrived 2 days early and they ended up getting approved (http://forum.murthy.com/index.php?/topic/39374-n-400-early-submission/) but it seems like a lot of people also get rejected.


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(Day 290) 10/01/12: Social Security Card sent automatically

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(Day 1) 03/16/16: Applied for U.S. Passport for son

(Day 22) 04/07/16: Passport book and original docs received...(Card rec'd 04/16/16)

N-600 for child age 9
(Day 1) 01/27/16: Application sent

(Day 12) 02/08/16: NOA received

(Day 23) 02/19/16: Case received at local office

(Day 88) 04/23/16: In line for oath scheduling *Called USCIS to inquire about why there is an oath required for a child under 14. They sent a service request to the field office.

(Day 95) 04/30/16: Received letter from field office to say no oath necessary and that they would mail the certificate.
(Day 106) 05/11/16: Cert of Citizenship received by registered mail (they never sent tracking. case status was never updated either)

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Lets say if it is delivered tomorrow ( June 29 ), but they will process it next day ( June 30 ). This is based on my experience. My app was delivered on Jan 15th morning before 10:30 am via Fedex, but they did process it next day only. So there is good chance that everything should be okay with your application. When you receive your NOA, you will see exact date when they did actually process your application.

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usually when you send with priority mail, they will tell you when it will be delivered.

Try to intercept the package https://retail-pi.usps.com/retailpi/actions/index.action

- Also, try tomorrow early morning to call the usps delivery post office hopefully they can stop/ return the package back.

If your priority date is before your eligibility date, there is a big a chance you will be denied on/after the interview.


AOS

day 1 -- 04/11/2012-- package sent to Chicago

day 2 -- 04/12/2012-- package was received.

day 43-- 05/23/2012-- Notice for an interview is received for 06/26 @ 2pm

day 63-- 06/12/2012-- Received a Text & email for an update- Card production EAD/AP

day 77-- 06/26/2012-- interview / approved on the spot.

day 86-- 07/05/2012-- Received my GC in the mail.

ROC

day 1 -- 04/07/2014 -- ROC Package delivered to VSC

day 16 -- 04/23/2014 -- Walk-in Bio.

day 197 -- 10/20/2014-- Approval Letter received dated 10/16/2014

day 202 -- 10/25/2014-- GC received

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In most cases I've read about where an application was recieved early, USCIS returned the application without cashing the check.

In a few cases they cashed the check and the applicant was denied months later at the interview.

In two cases that I know of the interviewer approved the application because that particular office's policy was to use the date the application is first processed, not the day it was recieved (at least that's what the interviewer told the applicant).


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usually when you send with priority mail, they will tell you when it will be delivered.

Try to intercept the package https://retail-pi.usps.com/retailpi/actions/index.action

- Also, try tomorrow early morning to call the usps delivery post office hopefully they can stop/ return the package back.

If your priority date is before your eligibility date, there is a big a chance you will be denied on/after the interview.

Wow that package intercept link so awesome! For $12.15 I can either have them redirect it back to me, or to a different address.

Should I have them redirect it to a different lockbox (mine is Arizona, so I could have them ship it to Texas) which would cause a delay and by then it would certainly be within the 90 days.

Would that be too much of a mess?

as per USCIS (http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/directorates-and-program-offices/lockbox-intake/lockbox-intake-processing-questions-and-answers )

What happens when an application is sent to the wrong filing location?

The Lockbox facilities forward applications to the correct Lockbox facility. If the application is not processed by a Lockbox facility, it is returned to the customer. If customers or their representatives have specific cases where this is not happening, please provide details to Lockboxsupport@dhs.gov and we will make any required corrections.


CR1 / CR2 Visa:

(Day 1) 12/16/11: I-130 Application sent

(Day 283) 09/24/12: Interview at US Consulate – Approved!

(Day 287) 09/28/12: Visa Received & Immediately entered US using Visa

(Day 290) 10/01/12: Social Security Card sent automatically

Removal of Conditions CR1 / CR2
(Day 1) 07/28/14: Application sent.
(Day 135) 12/10/14: ROC Approved!
(Day 143) 12/18/14: 10 year GC received (IR1 / IR2)

Naturalization:
(Day 1) 06/30/15: Application sent.
(Day 210) 01/26/16: Interview and Oath Ceremony. DONE!

***Son and I became US Citizens 01/26/16***

(Day 1) 01/27/16: Applied for my U.S. Passport
(Day 14) 02/10/16: Passport Book & Cert of Naturalization received

(Day 1) 03/16/16: Applied for U.S. Passport for son

(Day 22) 04/07/16: Passport book and original docs received...(Card rec'd 04/16/16)

N-600 for child age 9
(Day 1) 01/27/16: Application sent

(Day 12) 02/08/16: NOA received

(Day 23) 02/19/16: Case received at local office

(Day 88) 04/23/16: In line for oath scheduling *Called USCIS to inquire about why there is an oath required for a child under 14. They sent a service request to the field office.

(Day 95) 04/30/16: Received letter from field office to say no oath necessary and that they would mail the certificate.
(Day 106) 05/11/16: Cert of Citizenship received by registered mail (they never sent tracking. case status was never updated either)

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my advice send it back to you if you can. Do it right, don't send it to another lockbox which you may wait a month to hear back. You gonna be more stressed


AOS

day 1 -- 04/11/2012-- package sent to Chicago

day 2 -- 04/12/2012-- package was received.

day 43-- 05/23/2012-- Notice for an interview is received for 06/26 @ 2pm

day 63-- 06/12/2012-- Received a Text & email for an update- Card production EAD/AP

day 77-- 06/26/2012-- interview / approved on the spot.

day 86-- 07/05/2012-- Received my GC in the mail.

ROC

day 1 -- 04/07/2014 -- ROC Package delivered to VSC

day 16 -- 04/23/2014 -- Walk-in Bio.

day 197 -- 10/20/2014-- Approval Letter received dated 10/16/2014

day 202 -- 10/25/2014-- GC received

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Have it redirected to you, then wait a few days to mail it in.

If the package is redirected to the wrong lockbox, the wrong lockbox will open your package to process it. They will use their internal system to reroute it and you have no idea if that will take a week or several months. Do not assume that your package will quickly make it ways to the correct lockbox facility.

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Thanks Aaron2020 and DC85.

Now to make things more stressful - I am reading a lot of stuff online that the USPS Package Intercept doesn't even work and they take your $12 even if they don't manage to intercept the package. Ugh... I hate that I made such a stupid mistake.


CR1 / CR2 Visa:

(Day 1) 12/16/11: I-130 Application sent

(Day 283) 09/24/12: Interview at US Consulate – Approved!

(Day 287) 09/28/12: Visa Received & Immediately entered US using Visa

(Day 290) 10/01/12: Social Security Card sent automatically

Removal of Conditions CR1 / CR2
(Day 1) 07/28/14: Application sent.
(Day 135) 12/10/14: ROC Approved!
(Day 143) 12/18/14: 10 year GC received (IR1 / IR2)

Naturalization:
(Day 1) 06/30/15: Application sent.
(Day 210) 01/26/16: Interview and Oath Ceremony. DONE!

***Son and I became US Citizens 01/26/16***

(Day 1) 01/27/16: Applied for my U.S. Passport
(Day 14) 02/10/16: Passport Book & Cert of Naturalization received

(Day 1) 03/16/16: Applied for U.S. Passport for son

(Day 22) 04/07/16: Passport book and original docs received...(Card rec'd 04/16/16)

N-600 for child age 9
(Day 1) 01/27/16: Application sent

(Day 12) 02/08/16: NOA received

(Day 23) 02/19/16: Case received at local office

(Day 88) 04/23/16: In line for oath scheduling *Called USCIS to inquire about why there is an oath required for a child under 14. They sent a service request to the field office.

(Day 95) 04/30/16: Received letter from field office to say no oath necessary and that they would mail the certificate.
(Day 106) 05/11/16: Cert of Citizenship received by registered mail (they never sent tracking. case status was never updated either)

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Can anyone who has filed at Phoenix let me know their delivery date then the acceptance date? We're they the same? How long after the delivery was it accepted?


CR1 / CR2 Visa:

(Day 1) 12/16/11: I-130 Application sent

(Day 283) 09/24/12: Interview at US Consulate – Approved!

(Day 287) 09/28/12: Visa Received & Immediately entered US using Visa

(Day 290) 10/01/12: Social Security Card sent automatically

Removal of Conditions CR1 / CR2
(Day 1) 07/28/14: Application sent.
(Day 135) 12/10/14: ROC Approved!
(Day 143) 12/18/14: 10 year GC received (IR1 / IR2)

Naturalization:
(Day 1) 06/30/15: Application sent.
(Day 210) 01/26/16: Interview and Oath Ceremony. DONE!

***Son and I became US Citizens 01/26/16***

(Day 1) 01/27/16: Applied for my U.S. Passport
(Day 14) 02/10/16: Passport Book & Cert of Naturalization received

(Day 1) 03/16/16: Applied for U.S. Passport for son

(Day 22) 04/07/16: Passport book and original docs received...(Card rec'd 04/16/16)

N-600 for child age 9
(Day 1) 01/27/16: Application sent

(Day 12) 02/08/16: NOA received

(Day 23) 02/19/16: Case received at local office

(Day 88) 04/23/16: In line for oath scheduling *Called USCIS to inquire about why there is an oath required for a child under 14. They sent a service request to the field office.

(Day 95) 04/30/16: Received letter from field office to say no oath necessary and that they would mail the certificate.
(Day 106) 05/11/16: Cert of Citizenship received by registered mail (they never sent tracking. case status was never updated either)

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in most cases - Receipt date is the same as priority date

does that mean that delivery date (as per USPS tracking) is usually the same as the receipt date / priority date?


CR1 / CR2 Visa:

(Day 1) 12/16/11: I-130 Application sent

(Day 283) 09/24/12: Interview at US Consulate – Approved!

(Day 287) 09/28/12: Visa Received & Immediately entered US using Visa

(Day 290) 10/01/12: Social Security Card sent automatically

Removal of Conditions CR1 / CR2
(Day 1) 07/28/14: Application sent.
(Day 135) 12/10/14: ROC Approved!
(Day 143) 12/18/14: 10 year GC received (IR1 / IR2)

Naturalization:
(Day 1) 06/30/15: Application sent.
(Day 210) 01/26/16: Interview and Oath Ceremony. DONE!

***Son and I became US Citizens 01/26/16***

(Day 1) 01/27/16: Applied for my U.S. Passport
(Day 14) 02/10/16: Passport Book & Cert of Naturalization received

(Day 1) 03/16/16: Applied for U.S. Passport for son

(Day 22) 04/07/16: Passport book and original docs received...(Card rec'd 04/16/16)

N-600 for child age 9
(Day 1) 01/27/16: Application sent

(Day 12) 02/08/16: NOA received

(Day 23) 02/19/16: Case received at local office

(Day 88) 04/23/16: In line for oath scheduling *Called USCIS to inquire about why there is an oath required for a child under 14. They sent a service request to the field office.

(Day 95) 04/30/16: Received letter from field office to say no oath necessary and that they would mail the certificate.
(Day 106) 05/11/16: Cert of Citizenship received by registered mail (they never sent tracking. case status was never updated either)

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Get it back and send it again or are you short of the $12.

Never understood why people not wait a couple of days longer but rather screw it up.

I submitted a mail intercept request to USPS but I'm not sure if it will work. Seems to be a somewhat unreliable service. I checked tracking this morning and it is in Phoenix already. It will probably be delivered today regardless of the request to intercept.

as for your side commentary, I said in the first sentence of my original post that comments such as that are really not necessary. I obviously already know that I made a mistake, no need to beat a dead horse.


CR1 / CR2 Visa:

(Day 1) 12/16/11: I-130 Application sent

(Day 283) 09/24/12: Interview at US Consulate – Approved!

(Day 287) 09/28/12: Visa Received & Immediately entered US using Visa

(Day 290) 10/01/12: Social Security Card sent automatically

Removal of Conditions CR1 / CR2
(Day 1) 07/28/14: Application sent.
(Day 135) 12/10/14: ROC Approved!
(Day 143) 12/18/14: 10 year GC received (IR1 / IR2)

Naturalization:
(Day 1) 06/30/15: Application sent.
(Day 210) 01/26/16: Interview and Oath Ceremony. DONE!

***Son and I became US Citizens 01/26/16***

(Day 1) 01/27/16: Applied for my U.S. Passport
(Day 14) 02/10/16: Passport Book & Cert of Naturalization received

(Day 1) 03/16/16: Applied for U.S. Passport for son

(Day 22) 04/07/16: Passport book and original docs received...(Card rec'd 04/16/16)

N-600 for child age 9
(Day 1) 01/27/16: Application sent

(Day 12) 02/08/16: NOA received

(Day 23) 02/19/16: Case received at local office

(Day 88) 04/23/16: In line for oath scheduling *Called USCIS to inquire about why there is an oath required for a child under 14. They sent a service request to the field office.

(Day 95) 04/30/16: Received letter from field office to say no oath necessary and that they would mail the certificate.
(Day 106) 05/11/16: Cert of Citizenship received by registered mail (they never sent tracking. case status was never updated either)

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Try to call the post office that will deliver you package, and ask for supervisor. Maybe they can redirect it to you.

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AOS

day 1 -- 04/11/2012-- package sent to Chicago

day 2 -- 04/12/2012-- package was received.

day 43-- 05/23/2012-- Notice for an interview is received for 06/26 @ 2pm

day 63-- 06/12/2012-- Received a Text & email for an update- Card production EAD/AP

day 77-- 06/26/2012-- interview / approved on the spot.

day 86-- 07/05/2012-- Received my GC in the mail.

ROC

day 1 -- 04/07/2014 -- ROC Package delivered to VSC

day 16 -- 04/23/2014 -- Walk-in Bio.

day 197 -- 10/20/2014-- Approval Letter received dated 10/16/2014

day 202 -- 10/25/2014-- GC received

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