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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Brazil
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12-14-07 Sent K-1 petition

12-17-07 Received NOA1

01-06-08 Got engaged!!!

02-21-08 NOA2 Approved

02-27-08 NVC processed petition

02-28-08 Received NOA2 in mail

03-03-08 Consulate in Rio de Janeiro received petition

03-21-08 Received packet for interview

04-22-08 Visa Interview and Visa APPROVED!

05-06-08 Visa received in mail

07-28-08 Wedding Date (Reception was 26th, but forgot to reigster for MC...oops)

10-04-08 Applied for AOS (EAD and AP also)

10-09-08 NOA1 for I-485

10-27-08 I-485 transferred to CSC

11-04-08 I-485 Biometrics appointment

11-13-08 NOA1 for EAD

12-09-08 EAD Biometrics appointment

01-08-09 AP Approved

01-13-09 AP Received

Cost of 3 roundtrip tickets to Brazil in last 3 years...... $2,900+

Cost of filing petitions for K-1 visa & AOS.................... $1,465+

Cost of monthly calling cards to Brazil........................$20

Cost of marrying the woman of my dreams.... PRICELESS

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i filed my n-400 almost end of november i've seen people who r way ahead of me getting their interview even though the service centers r saying they r doing june 20.2007 people who filed in january 2008 r already citizens

i already wrote my question.. why is it that people who filed way after me r citizens by now. and i wanted to ask also do u have any guess on when i should be called i already got my finger prints done in febuary 13th 2008. will my interview be soon or r they seriously going to take 16-18 months? im a female and live in NYC

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Australia
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i filed my n-400 almost end of november i've seen people who r way ahead of me getting their interview even though the service centers r saying they r doing june 20.2007 people who filed in january 2008 r already citizens

i already wrote my question.. why is it that people who filed way after me r citizens by now. and i wanted to ask also do u have any guess on when i should be called i already got my finger prints done in febuary 13th 2008. will my interview be soon or r they seriously going to take 16-18 months? im a female and live in NYC

it depends on what office you are going through - offices throughout the country are processing a huge range of dates. You cannot compare dates from different offices. Have you seen people who are going through the same office as you - if so, what are their priority dates compared to yours?


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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In addition to the random variations due to different offices, there's another factor. You won't get an interview appointment until after you're through the FBI name check. If your name happens to be common or similar to the name of someone who is on their terrorist watch list, it may take a long time to get through the name check. That's not fair, and the whole name check thing is kind of stupid, since applicants for citizenship are already in the US, able to commit terrorist acts if they were going to do that. That name check doesn't keep anyone out of the US. But it's the way the bureaucracy works.


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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Filed: Other Country: Argentina
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i filed my n-400 almost end of november i've seen people who r way ahead of me getting their interview even though the service centers r saying they r doing june 20.2007 people who filed in january 2008 r already citizens

Flava, we're probably one of the couples that you're talking about, as the interview letter was received very soon after the biometrics and NOA1.

I saw your other post and you are in New York City DO, correct? Sadly, you're in one of the busiest DOs in the entire USCIS system - which can be a major precursor to how long your wait will be. We're in Jacksonville DO - a midsize Florida city that serves all of north Florida and a few north-central Florida counties. There are plenty of immigration files that move through this office, but it is nothing like a NYC, Miami, Atlanta or Los Angeles DO. You have to take the good with the bad, or the bad with the bad - as is the case with the larger offices.

Aside from that, I have learned that in this whole process patience is a virtue and is crucial for getting through the immigration journey. I feel for those that have been waiting a long time to have their N-400 applications processed, but we had to wait for 11 months to process our I-751 because everyone got on the "Dang, I better apply for citizenship before these fees go up" bandwagon. When, in all actuality, many could have applied years before that. Because of this, it caused every single service center - especially Texas, to come to a screeching halt in processing applications.

I know for us, we have submitted every application as soon as we could because we didn't want to be a slave to this system forever.

Good luck - and remember your application has only been hanging out for 5 months - where some have been there for 10+ months or more for those that are stuck in the FBI name check process.

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oh ok i understand it better now..im still waiting paranoid i hope they call me for the interview soon i dont want to wait months.. if anyone from NYC filed the n400 plz do tell me

i filed my n-400 almost end of november i've seen people who r way ahead of me getting their interview even though the service centers r saying they r doing june 20.2007 people who filed in january 2008 r already citizens

Flava, we're probably one of the couples that you're talking about, as the interview letter was received very soon after the biometrics and NOA1.

I saw your other post and you are in New York City DO, correct? Sadly, you're in one of the busiest DOs in the entire USCIS system - which can be a major precursor to how long your wait will be. We're in Jacksonville DO - a midsize Florida city that serves all of north Florida and a few north-central Florida counties. There are plenty of immigration files that move through this office, but it is nothing like a NYC, Miami, Atlanta or Los Angeles DO. You have to take the good with the bad, or the bad with the bad - as is the case with the larger offices.

Aside from that, I have learned that in this whole process patience is a virtue and is crucial for getting through the immigration journey. I feel for those that have been waiting a long time to have their N-400 applications processed, but we had to wait for 11 months to process our I-751 because everyone got on the "Dang, I better apply for citizenship before these fees go up" bandwagon. When, in all actuality, many could have applied years before that. Because of this, it caused every single service center - especially Texas, to come to a screeching halt in processing applications.

I know for us, we have submitted every application as soon as we could because we didn't want to be a slave to this system forever.

Good luck - and remember your application has only been hanging out for 5 months - where some have been there for 10+ months or more for those that are stuck in the FBI name check process.

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