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Different N400 Application processing time for City and Urban Applicants

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Hi All,

It looks like if you stay in major cities then your N400 gets processed faster ( faster interview date and faster oath date) as compared to the applicant who live in urban areas. My friend, who lives in Chicago, IL have already got his interview letter in hand and my application is still in "initial review". We filed our application on 2nd week of September, 2012 and I got yellow letter on 2nd week of November saying I need to bring drivers license and passport with me during the interview. He did not get yellow letter. I live in Decatur, IL and its about three and half hours far from Chicago and sometimes I read news about happening of oath ceremony in Springfield, IL for Decatur area applicants. I guess since number of applications are less from my area, my application is getting delayed. I don't know how long I have to wait to get naturalized or at least to get interview letter. Is it true that major city applicants gets naturalized faster than urban city applicants?

Wife's CR1 Visa Journey:

Feb 17, 2012: Mailed I-130 Petition.

Feb 20, 2012: Received NOA 1 ( Priority Date Feb 18, 2012).

July 12, 2013: Requested USCIS to Upgrade petition from F2A to CR1.

July 27, 2013: USCIS sent confirmation email regarding upgrade.

July 29, 2013: I-130 Petition Approved dancin5hr.gifwow.gifdancin5hr.gifstar_smile.gifsmile.png

August 02, 2013: NOA 2 Received.

August 12, 2013: NVC Received the Petition

August 29, 2013: NVC Assigned the Case Number

September 4, 2013: AOS Bill Invoiced.

September 4, 2013: NVC requested to fill DS-261 via email.

September 4, 2013: Filed DS-261 online.

September 4, 2013: Paid AOS bill online.

September 6, 2013: NVC Accepted AOS bill payment.

September 6, 2013: Mailed I-864Ez to NVC

September 11, 2013: NVC Entered AOS Documents into their system for Review ( NVC Says it may take 30 business days to review)

September 16, 2013: IV Bill Invoiced.

September 16, 2013: IV Bill Paid.

September 17, 2013: NVC Accepted IV Bill Payment.

September 19, 2013: Filed DS-260 Online

September 20, 2013: Mailed Civil Documents for IV application

September 23 ,2013 : NVC Entered Civil Documents into their system for Review ( NVC Says it may take 30 business days to review)

October 1, 2013 : NVC Accepted AOS. smile.png

October 17, 2013: Case Complete smile.png

October 28, 2013: Interview Scheduled wow.gifdancin5hr.gif

December 11, 2013: Interview

December 26, 2013: Visa Received

January 4, 2014: POE, Chicago

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