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My spouse and i are  EB-based I-140 category and will apply for N400 under the 5-year rule of residency. Here is my questions.

1, if my spouse and me apply through paper form N400,  Will both of our applications be assigned to the same IO officer ?  we may not be approved at the same time though. 

 

2,if we choose to e-file N400 online at the same time, we have to register individual account for each application independently.  Will our applications be assigned to different officer but at the same field office ? 

 

3, suppose if our applications both were processed by the same officer,  will one's  background check status affect negatively to the other one ? i means, is it possible that a couple is approved at different time depending on when the background check is cleared,

 

4, will couple applicants like us be interviewed by the same officer or not

 

thanks for any input. 

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9 minutes ago, usdreamer said:

1, if my spouse and me apply through paper form N400,  Will both of our applications be assigned to the same IO officer ?  we may not be approved at the same time though. 

Most likely not, since every case stands on it's own variables, but it's always a possibility since you'll be assigned the same  field office based on your address.

 

10 minutes ago, usdreamer said:

if we choose to e-file N400 online at the same time, we have to register individual account for each application independently.  Will our applications be assigned to different officer but at the same field office ? 

See above.

 

10 minutes ago, usdreamer said:

suppose if our applications both were processed by the same officer,  will one's  background check status affect negatively to the other one ? i means, is it possible that a couple is approved at different time depending on when the background check is cleared,

Regardless of whether it's the same officer, or different ones, your background check will not clear at the exact same time.  That's out of USCIS's hands and handled by the FBI.  Each applicant stands on their own merits when it comes to the background check.  In other words, one approval won't mean the other one's approved; same goes for any denial.

 

12 minutes ago, usdreamer said:

will couple applicants like us be interviewed by the same officer or not

 

Since you are filing under the 5-year residency rule and not based on marriage, it's more likely you will be interviewed by different officers, and not necessarily on the same day either.

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Some people love it, some people don't.  It's all personal preference.  Before I decided, I did a lot of research here and on other forums to see what others were saying about the process and any snags they hit (or did not hit) along the way.

 

I did the online application, and it benefited me in terms of speed, online status update frequency, and usefulness to my specific case and the evidence I needed to submit.  See my timeline below in red for my own progress filing online.  Best of luck in your filing.

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16 minutes ago, Going through said:

I did the online application, and it benefited me in terms of speed, online status update frequency, and usefulness to my specific case and the evidence I needed to submit.  See my timeline below in red for my own progress filing online.  Best of luck in your filing.

thanks. I know my questions were dump. 

"the evidence I needed to submit" --- does that mean, if they ask you for additional supporting materials, you can upload online to your account? rather than mail to the field office ?

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33 minutes ago, usdreamer said:

thanks. I know my questions were dump. 

"the evidence I needed to submit" --- does that mean, if they ask you for additional supporting materials, you can upload online to your account? rather than mail to the field office ?

You upload everything online during or after your application ---- you don't mail anything in.  Payment is done via credit card online.

If you later on get an RFE for something else---you upload that as well.

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42 minutes ago, sevimli said:

Is it even possible to file it online? :( 

Yes (I filed it online)  https://my.uscis.gov/exploremyoptions/us_citizen_through_naturalization#benefit-related-content-2

 

Scroll halfway down the page, it gives you instructions on how to complete the N400 and file online.

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