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Hello, at the time of application for N400, i was living in Maryland. about 2 months before i recieved the interview notice, I moved to Virginia. I made sure to notify USCIS that i had moved. My interview notice told me to come to the maryland office (which i thought was strange) but i went anyway. in the middle of the interview, the interviewer and I realized that USCIS has not updated my change of address. So I passed the interview but she told me she had to transfer all my files to the Virginia office and do my oath there. she said "it wouldnt take long" for VA office to notify me to come do the oath. its been 1 week.

my problem is, i need to move to indiana for college...sooner the better. should i let them know that im moving to indiana so i can do my oath there? because that would be better for me. would there be a long delay??

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Hello, at the time of application for N400, i was living in Maryland. about 2 months before i recieved the interview notice, I moved to Virginia. I made sure to notify USCIS that i had moved. My interview notice told me to come to the maryland office (which i thought was strange) but i went anyway. in the middle of the interview, the interviewer and I realized that USCIS has not updated my change of address. So I passed the interview but she told me she had to transfer all my files to the Virginia office and do my oath there. she said "it wouldnt take long" for VA office to notify me to come do the oath. its been 1 week.

my problem is, i need to move to indiana for college...sooner the better. should i let them know that im moving to indiana so i can do my oath there? because that would be better for me. would there be a long delay??

Keep in mind that wherever you live permanently, you have to report with USCIC for them to transfer your application to. And, before you take the Oath of Allegiance to become a US Citizen you must still meet all the requirement including 3 months residency in USCIS district where you are applying for citizenship so that they have jurisdiction over your application. That being said, if you move to Virginia, you have to wait at least 3 months before they can send you a letter to take the Oath of Allegiance, same thing if you move to Indiana.

Good luck.

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The three month residency requirement applies to the three months prior to filing the application. Not the three months prior to the interview or the three months prior to the oath. This is states in the USCIS policy manual.

"An applicant must also establish that he or she has resided in the State or Service District having jurisdiction over the application for three months prior to filing.​"

The 3 months prior to filing determine eligibility.

The period prior to the interview determines jurisdiction, but not eligibility... once an applicant's application is accepted, jurisdiction can be transferred to another office without resetting the eligibility requirement. Several applicants have been moved between interview and oath or application and interview without having to wait another 3 months. However every time you move you risk further delays and USCIS mistakes.

If you live in Maryland for 3 months, then file and then move to Virginia, you can technically be interviewed the following day in Virginia if your paperwork is transferred immediately.

Edited by JimmyHou

For a review of each step of my N-400 naturalization process, from application to oath ceremony, please click here.

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so at this point, there is really no harm done if i move it again to indiana, right? I don't really NEED to have my citizenship right this instant. moving for college is more important for me.

The only harm is further delays.

Also, since you moved before your interview, I don't know I'd Maryland had jurisdictio over your application... you should have been interviewed in Virginia. So I don't know what the outcome of your interview will be. But it sounds like your interviewer didn't think it was a problem.

Edited by JimmyHou

For a review of each step of my N-400 naturalization process, from application to oath ceremony, please click here.

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