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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Australia
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I'm posting to get some opinions on how to approach my current dilema.

I submitted my N-400 back in Sept, 2007.

I received my 1st NOA on 3rd Dec, dated 20th Nov, with a priority date of Sept 12th.

My N-400 had been processed incorrectly, in that my mailing address was not listed - the 1st NOA was mailed to my residential address. This is a rural address that I do not use to receive mail at - there are 5 boxes for about 12 properties, it is hit & miss where the mail arrives at - if at all. It was sheer luck that I received the notice.

I phoned the service center on 21st Dec to have my address corrrected ( the online form does not give an option to correct a mailing address, only to update a residential address).

I called the service center on 3rd Jan to see if 1) the address has indeed been corrected & 2) if a biometrics appointment letter had been sent. They couldn't confirm the address change, but, lodged a service request to check if an appointment letter had been sent.

A few days later I received written notification that my mailing address had been corrected.

Today I received a response to the service request. It states

"The notice was sent to the address on record on 12/22/07 and was not returned. It has not been 30 days since the appointment date and there was no jurisdiction change with your address change. Attached is the appointment details that you can present when you appear to the ASC location. Thanks"

The attached appointment details showed my appointment had been for 10th Jan!

So I called the service center, and am advised ASC centres only accept walk-ins on Wednesdays- and, it is up to their disgresion whether they will do you then, or re-book you for later.So, I can wait and go in next Wednesday - but.. The service center could not explain the significance of the reference to 30 days of the letter I received. Next Wednesday is more than 30 days since my first appointment was scheduled. I am worried that this may mean they will consider my application abandoned. Obviously this would be bad - I do not want to have to pay $675 again to refile, not do I want to go "to the back of the line". I am tempted to go to the ASC center first thing tomorrow when it opens and try to wangle my way to having my fingerprints taken (this would be the last day within the 30 day margin - whatever it is).

I would welcome any comments on insights anyone may have on my situation. he only info pass type of appointment I see that I can make is "Info" - I can't even see a way to make an appointment for information on my particular case - since I don't have the service request number I need to schedule that type of appointment. I'm frustrated that this has all happened because my initial application was not processed correctly, and just overall worried........


N400 at California SC, Field office- Los Angeles

Sep 3, 2007 Application Mailed

Sep 12, 2007 - Priority date

Nov 9,2007 - check cashed

Nov 20,2007 - NOA1: "expect to be notified within 425 days of this notice",

Jan 10, 2008 - fingerprints appointment (letter lost due to mailing address receipted incorrectly)

Feb 7, 2008 - fingerprints done (took about 10 min - as a walk-in)

Sept 8, 2008 - Interview date (letter received Jul 18) - rescheduled at my request

Jan 6, 2009 - Interview date

Feb 26, 2009 - Citizenship Oath

*online status "case received Oct 29", no touches showing.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Thailand
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So I called the service center, and am advised ASC centres only accept walk-ins on Wednesdays- and, it is up to their disgresion whether they will do you then, or re-book you for later.So, I can wait and go in next Wednesday - but.. The service center could not explain the significance of the reference to 30 days of the letter I received. Next Wednesday is more than 30 days since my first appointment was scheduled. I am worried that this may mean they will consider my application abandoned.

On your I-797 NOA in the paragraph explaining the fact that you can show up on any following Wednesday it should also state that if you don't have your finger prints taken by a given date your application will be considered abandoned. That date, in our case, was May 1, 2008, which is just short of 3 months from the originally scheduled date.

At the time of finger printing the CIS employee noticed a difference in addresses in the computer. My wife explained that we have a different mailing address. She was then asked which one she wanted in her file and she chose mailing and her file was updated on the spot.


Bob & Mon

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