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Hi everybody. I just wanted to let all of those interested know that applying for a US passport doesn't take that long. I got my certificate of citizenship on May 2. On May 6, I went to the application center to submit my passport application and today I got my new american passport in the mail. I was really surprised to get it this fast since they told me it would take between 4-6 weeks but it only took 2 weeks. My certificate of citizenship was not with the passport but in the brochure that came with it said that it will be mailed separetely. Hopefully I will get my certificate soon.


Permanent Residence Card Timeline

09.14.04: Conditional PR granted

06.14.06: I-751 sent

07.07.06: NOA extending GC for a year

07.24.07: Biometrics Appt

09.10.07: Called 1-800 to inquire about Status

09.14.07: Conditional GC expired :(

09.24.07: Received Letter dated 09.19.07 -->Case pending Officer review

10.15.07: Another useless call to 1-800 line

11.13.07: Infopass Appt to inquire about I-751 status - Letter to Ombudsman sent.

12.08.07: Letter from Ombudsman received. Formal inquiry initiated. I should hear back from USCIS within 45 days.

01.05.08: Response from USCIS received: Required Review still in process. Contacted Congresswoman office.

Approved per Congresswoman's office response given in March 08.

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Citizenship Timeline

11.05.07: N-400 Submitted

11.08.07: N-400 Application Received

11.14.07: N-400 Application Check Cashed!!

12.03.07: NOA Receipt Received - Priority Date:11/08/07

12.08.07: NOA 2 --> Fingerprint Notification Received. Scheduled date is 12.31.07

01.12.08: NOA 3 --> Interview Appt Letter. Interview date is 03.04 at 9:40AM

03.04.08: Interview done. I should hear from them soon.

04.07.08: Oath Ceremony Letter Received!!!

05.02.08: Oath Ceremony completed. I am now an American Citizen

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Hi everybody. I just wanted to let all of those interested know that applying for a US passport doesn't take that long. I got my certificate of citizenship on May 2. On May 6, I went to the application center to submit my passport application and today I got my new american passport in the mail. I was really surprised to get it this fast since they told me it would take between 4-6 weeks but it only took 2 weeks. My certificate of citizenship was not with the passport but in the brochure that came with it said that it will be mailed separetely. Hopefully I will get my certificate soon.

Maybe that rush from last year blamed on the many people that thought they needed passports to drive either into Canada or Mexico when they only needed a passport if taking the airlines. Guess terrorists only travel by air. As a born US citizen paying premium service, took them 3 1/2 months to issue a passport.

I wondered about these hundreds of places on the web that promise quick US passports, but avoided them, went to my local clerk of court that is certified by the DHS and applied there. Lots of places on the web today to get ripped off.

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WOW that's excellent!! In 2006 when I applied fo rmy son's passport it took the full 6 weeks to get it back so I was dreading the wait for mine (which I will apply for next week btw)...I won't get my hopes up but your post sure made me happy! :star:


U.S. CITIZEN SINCE MAY 8TH 2008

NATURALIZATION

28th july 2007 - N-400 mailed to VSC

(exactly on the 90th day mark...applications NOT returned although some scared me into thinking they could have!)

30th july 2007 - N-400 delivered to VSC

11th august 2007 - Delivery Confirmation receipt received

17th september 2007 - Money Order (FINALLY!) cashed

9th november 2007 - NOA! (notification period given 180 days)

21th november 2007 - Biometrics appointment letter

18th december 2007 - Biometrics appointment in Baltimore, MD completed

29th march 2008 - FINALLY received letter with interview date!

8th may 2008 H 8:40 AM - Interview in Baltimore-APPROVED!

8th may 2008 H 3:00 pm (yes same day, crazy!) Oath Ceremony in Baltimore

24th may 2008 - US Passport application mailed off

6th june 2008 - US Passport received in the mail!!!

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Hi everybody. I just wanted to let all of those interested know that applying for a US passport doesn't take that long. I got my certificate of citizenship on May 2. On May 6, I went to the application center to submit my passport application and today I got my new american passport in the mail. I was really surprised to get it this fast since they told me it would take between 4-6 weeks but it only took 2 weeks. My certificate of citizenship was not with the passport but in the brochure that came with it said that it will be mailed separetely. Hopefully I will get my certificate soon.

that was fast!!

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I-R5 at USCIS California Service Center

Consulate: Manila Philippines

5/19/09 Filed I-130 at Chicago Lockbox

5/22/09 USCIS rcvd I-130

6/01/09 Checks cashed

6/03/09 NOA1 rcvd for both parents

8/12/09 Email approval for Dad

8/17/09 Rcvd NOA2 for Dad

8/20/09 Rcvd RFE email for Mom

9/08/09 Email approval for Mom

9/12/09 Rcvd NOA2 for Mom

NVC

8/19/09 NVC rcvd dad's case

9/18/09 NVC rcvd mom's case

9/22/09 Emailed DS3032

9/28/09 Paid AOS/ I-864 fee of $70 for both

10/08/09 rcvd emails: DS3032 accepted

10/08/09 sent I-864

10/09/09 IV bill generated for both cases

10/10/09 Paid IV bill $800 for both

10/13/09 I-864 rcvd by NVC

10/15/09 DS230 mailed to NVC

10/16/09 I-864 accepted & entered into the system

10/19/09 DS230 rcvd by NVC

11/02/09 rcvd checklist emails

11/09/09 sent RFE to NVC via UPS

11/12/09 NVC received RFE

11/19/09 AVR: checklist response rcvd 11/18/09

11/28/09 Log-in failed for both

12/01/09 Case complete as of 11/30/09

12/14/09 rcvd emails of interview date

01/04-05/09 medical @ St.Lukes done

01/11/10 Interview @ USEmbassy Manila 6:30am

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Hi everybody. I just wanted to let all of those interested know that applying for a US passport doesn't take that long. I got my certificate of citizenship on May 2. On May 6, I went to the application center to submit my passport application and today I got my new american passport in the mail. I was really surprised to get it this fast since they told me it would take between 4-6 weeks but it only took 2 weeks. My certificate of citizenship was not with the passport but in the brochure that came with it said that it will be mailed separetely. Hopefully I will get my certificate soon.

Maybe that rush from last year blamed on the many people that thought they needed passports to drive either into Canada or Mexico when they only needed a passport if taking the airlines. Guess terrorists only travel by air. As a born US citizen paying premium service, took them 3 1/2 months to issue a passport.

I wondered about these hundreds of places on the web that promise quick US passports, but avoided them, went to my local clerk of court that is certified by the DHS and applied there. Lots of places on the web today to get ripped off.

I don't know why people would wanna go to these third party handlers and pay an additional fee to get the passport appl submitted. Can they actually get it expedited? I mean, do they have somebody on the inside that can do the work faster for them? I think that if I was in a rush I would had used the states expedite service but it looks like now it is not worth it to pay a premium for this service since it seems like the turnaround is 2 -3 weeks. Maybe it will change when we get closer to the summer and the processing will slow down to the usual 4 - 6 weeks so take advantage now.


Permanent Residence Card Timeline

09.14.04: Conditional PR granted

06.14.06: I-751 sent

07.07.06: NOA extending GC for a year

07.24.07: Biometrics Appt

09.10.07: Called 1-800 to inquire about Status

09.14.07: Conditional GC expired :(

09.24.07: Received Letter dated 09.19.07 -->Case pending Officer review

10.15.07: Another useless call to 1-800 line

11.13.07: Infopass Appt to inquire about I-751 status - Letter to Ombudsman sent.

12.08.07: Letter from Ombudsman received. Formal inquiry initiated. I should hear back from USCIS within 45 days.

01.05.08: Response from USCIS received: Required Review still in process. Contacted Congresswoman office.

Approved per Congresswoman's office response given in March 08.

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Citizenship Timeline

11.05.07: N-400 Submitted

11.08.07: N-400 Application Received

11.14.07: N-400 Application Check Cashed!!

12.03.07: NOA Receipt Received - Priority Date:11/08/07

12.08.07: NOA 2 --> Fingerprint Notification Received. Scheduled date is 12.31.07

01.12.08: NOA 3 --> Interview Appt Letter. Interview date is 03.04 at 9:40AM

03.04.08: Interview done. I should hear from them soon.

04.07.08: Oath Ceremony Letter Received!!!

05.02.08: Oath Ceremony completed. I am now an American Citizen

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That was really fast.

I know that they send passport in one mail and certificates in other....at least that happened with passports for my kids. Their birth certificates came few days later in separate envelope.


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