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I'm not sure how many of you caught this news item on the front of the USCIS page.

Naturalization Delays: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

It contains the testimony of USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez before Congress. It talks about the surge in naturalization applications that happened just before the fee increase. An excerpt:

This surge will have a serious impact on application processing times for the next couple of years. As a result, based on our response plan, most customers will wait much longer to have their applications completed. As we have reported, the average processing time for naturalization applications has increased from the current average of seven months or less to approximately 18 months.

Let the complaining begin...

04 Apr, 2004: Got married

05 Apr, 2004: I-130 Sent to CSC

13 Apr, 2004: I-130 NOA 1

19 Apr, 2004: I-129F Sent to MSC

29 Apr, 2004: I-129F NOA 1

13 Aug, 2004: I-130 Approved by CSC

28 Dec, 2004: I-130 Case Complete at NVC

18 Jan, 2005: Got the visa approved in Caracas

22 Jan, 2005: Flew home together! CCS->MIA->SFO

25 May, 2005: I-129F finally approved! We won't pursue it.

8 June, 2006: Our baby girl is born!

24 Oct, 2006: Window for filing I-751 opens

25 Oct, 2006: I-751 mailed to CSC

18 Nov, 2006: I-751 NOA1 received from CSC

30 Nov, 2006: I-751 Biometrics taken

05 Apr, 2007: I-751 approved, card production ordered

23 Jan, 2008: N-400 sent to CSC via certified mail

19 Feb, 2008: N-400 Biometrics taken

27 Mar, 2008: Naturalization interview notice received (NOA2 for N-400)

30 May, 2008: Naturalization interview, passed the test!

17 June, 2008: Naturalization oath notice mailed

15 July, 2008: Naturalization oath ceremony!

16 July, 2008: Registered to vote and applied for US passport

26 July, 2008: US Passport arrived.

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yes I saw it coz I'm about to start my N400 process. I am so very upset to see that. We're supposed to pay the higher naturalization fee (around $600) for improved service but at the end we're getting a 18 months processing time.



2/8/08 Sent N400

2/12/08 CSC rec'd/Priority Date

2/15/08 Check cashed

2/22/08 Rec'd NOA1

2/23/08 Rec'd FP letter

3/6/08 FP appt

6/5/08 Rec'd IL

7/22/08 Interview

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Hey thanks for that post. i am now sitting here in y truck sick to me stomach. they hire more people, raise the fees, and what do we get out of it. we wait long to be with our loved ones. i don't have the heart to tell her about the increased wait time

June 2006 Met on Myspace
Sep 21 2007 Proposed and she accepted
Dec 9 2007 Arrived in Manila
Dec 15 2007 Returned home, very sad day
Dec 21 2007 Sent Form I-129F to CSC
Dec 24 2007 Packet received at CSC
Dec 31 2007 NOA 1 received
Jan 02 2008 Check cashed
May 05 2008 NOA2
May 12 2008 Received letter from NVC MNL2008xxxxxx
May 19 2008 Paid Delbros fee at Metrobank
May 20 2008 First day of medical
May 21 2008 Told to return for sputum test
May 21 2008 Delbros confirmed receiving payment
May 27 2008 Delbros sent proof of payment to USEM
May 27,28,29 2008 Sputum test done
June 6 2008 Delbros sent doc ver request to the NSO
June 27 2008 NSO doc ver completed, to be picked up by USEM
July 1, 2008 Called USEM, doc ver is at the embassy
July 30, 2008 Passed the sputum test and finished the physical
Aug 5, 2008 Interview, PASSED received PINK SLIP
Aug 12 2008 VISA IN HAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you God
Aug 16,2008 Flight to US. Manila to Narita, to Chicago
Sept 8, 2008 Civil wedding
Feb 14, 2009 Big fancy wedding

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Tere was a piece on NPR (radio) about this recently

Link here


I don't think the 18 month estimate will apply to everyone, I suspect it's a blanket estimate to cover their backs , worst case scenario. But perhaps I'm being optimistic.

Many who filed in July to Oct now have fingerprinting appointments, or have had FP done already, so from here on it'll depend on how busy or otherwise the relevant District Office is. I bet quite a few who filed last summer will get through in time to register and vote in November, but I'm not confident that I will. TSC seemed to be the busiest center of the four, or the slowest, and most DOs are probably going to be busy (or slow) too, I guess.

N400 26 July 2007 TSC

Cheque cashed 19 Nov 2007

NOA 26 Nov 2007

Fingerprints done first time 17 Dec 2007 (Oklahoma City)

Fingerprint re-do: 22 Jan 2008

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that scares me.... i planned to apply for i-130 for my mom in 2008, but USCIS gives me a date whole year (and 4 days) ahead from now till i even receive my interview notice.. :huh: . that would be 14 months total since NOA1, still better then 18 i guess...

My PAST Timelines:

10/2004 - Conditional GC

08/2006 - 10/2007 - Lifting Conditions timeline

10/2007 - 6/26/2009 Citizenship, Los Angeles DO timeline


CSC i-130 for my Mom

06/30/09 - delivered

07/06/09 - NOA date (rec'd - 07/10) #WAC 09xxx3, touched.

07/08/09 - check cashed, #WAC 09xxx2 (not online)

08/29/09 - APPROVED!!!


09/14/09 - NVC case # assigned, emails registered

09/17/09 - email AOS bill received and paid online, ds3032 received and returned

09/21/09 - AOS bill status "PAID", FedExed out AOS, 09/24/09 delivered to NVC

09/28/09 - AVR:AOS acknowledged

10/02/09 - 3032 was acknol. by NVC, paid IV Bill online

10/05/09 - emails: 1 pm -RFE for 3032, 3 pm - IV bill, 5 pm - status PAID

10/09/09 - ds230 delivered to NVC at 9am

10/14/09 - AVR: Checklist response was received

10/20/09 - login failed! - between 5 pm and 9 pm PST, at 5 pm it was still working

10/21/09 - case complete! (AVR updated after 10 pm) = total NVC 37 days

10/28/09 - interview date email came at 6.30 pm, no AVR changes yet

10/30/09 - AVR: "Case sent to embassy on Oct 29" = total 4 months from delivery of i130 to USCIS

11/02/09 - Medical

11/20/09 - Interview - PASSED!!!

11/28 - POE: LAX

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