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I only have one month before I leave the States due to study abroad. Semester will start in a month and I won't be back until end of July. I'm frustrated.

My Field Office is Chicago and this is one of the slowest offices. But it seems many people around my timeline of Chicago cases already received interview letter.

My Priority date was Sep 17th

Bio was Oct 2nd

Placed inline on Oct 5th.

Yellow letter on Dec 17th

I called USCIS on Jan 7th for service request. Failed to talk with 2nd tier officer and haven't heard anything yet.

I thought I could finish Naturalization by Feb considering average timeline of slow Chicago. Once semester starts, I won't be back for an interview till summer break in late July.

I just wrote a letter to senator for my case. What else can I do?

Here are possible issues that I think may have caused the delay for my case

1. Fingerprint was not clear, so need redo (lady told me that acceptance rates weren't good when I did my finger)

2. Tax issue. My state tax hasn't been completely paid yet due to a residency disagreement with IL. The case is still pending. We submitted an appeal but haven't heard back yet. (Does USCIS look at both federal and state tax or just federal?)

For the 18/36 month physical presence requirement, when is the exact 3 year period taken into consideration? Is it based on the filing date, or the interview date?

Last question. Can I reschedule my interview for a specific date? For example, can I request to reschedule my interview to be between late July and mid August?

Any comments are appreciated.

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Chicago is very frustrating indeed... 2 months+ inline for interview for me. I already had to pass up a job opportunity because it required US citizenship mad.gif

Maybe try calling again since it has been more than 90 days since you were placed in-line?

AOS Timeline (From H1-B)

09/27/2008 Sent AOS package (I-130/I-485)

09/28/2008 USPS delivered package

10/03/2008 NOA I-130, I-485

10/14/2008 Received Biometrics letter

10/16/2008 *TOUCH* I-130

10/17/2008 *TOUCH* I-130... The suspense!

10/25/2008 Biometrics appointment.. easy peasy!

10/27/2008 *TOUCH* I-485

12/29/2008 Interview Notice Date

03/02/2009 AOS interview.. Approved!

03/06/2009 Welcome letter received today! (Letter is postmarked March 4th)

01/05/2011 Applied for removal of conditions (I-751)

01/07/2011 USPS delivered package

05/19/2011 I-751 approved

10/15/2012 Applied for Naturalization (N-400)

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I also applied on 2nd week of september 2012, did my fingerfprint on 1st week of october and received yellow letter on 1st week of November. I have NOT been "in line for interview" yet. My online status still says "Initial Review". Looks like the office is really really slow. I wish I could be citizen asap so that I could upgrade my wife's I-130 petition

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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