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I live in Maine, and will be sending next week (probably) N-400. Now, I looked up where to mail it. I expected USCIS here in Maine. Instead, I’ll have to send it to Dallas. I am a bit confused. Is it so that they receive the forms in Dallas (or Phoenix), and then send to your closest USCIS office? Or what do they do (and decided) there? This procedure appears to me very cumbersome.

Why do they do it like that?

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WEST: If you reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Territory of Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, send your application to the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility at the following address:

Regular Mail:

  • USCIS
  • P.O. Box 21251
  • Phoenix, AZ 85036

Express Mail:

  • USCIS
  • Attn: N-400
  • 1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
  • Suite 100
  • Phoenix, AZ 85034

EAST: If you reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, send your application to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility at the following address:

Regular Mail:

  • USCIS
  • P.O. 660060
  • Dallas, TX 75266

Express Mail:

  • USCIS
  • Attn: N-400
  • 2501 S State Hwy 121
  • Business Suite 400
  • Lewisville, TX 75067

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12/12/2007: Met her at BJ's Restaurant

04/15/2009: H1B approved

11/18/2011: Married

-----Adjustment of Status-----------------------------------------------

04/07/2012: Mailed documents I130, I102, I485, I765, Medical to CSC for Adjustment of Status

04/09/2012: Received Date/ Priority Date - NOA Received

04/16/2012: Received NOA Biometrics for I485 Appt: 05/07/2012

05/02/2012: Received NOA Biometrics for I765 Appt: 05/23/2012

05/07/2012: Went for Biometrics appointment at Bellflower, CA

06/05/2012: I765 Approved! Received EAD card

08/01/2012: Conditional PR APPROVED at CA service center

-----ROC-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

04/10/2014: Received a notice from USCIS stating that I need to file I751

04/12/2014: ROC sent via FedEx to VT service center (VSC)

04/14/2014: ROC package delivered

Sent ROC 3weeks earlier than the 90day window, now waiting for USCIS to mail the packet back

05/08/2014: Check got cashed

05/09/2014: NOA1 received- Receipt date: 05/05/2014

06/06/2014: Called USCIS helpline to raise a Service request for biometrics status

06/09/2014: Received email from USCIS that my Biometrics is CURRENT

02/01/2015: Moved my residence from New Jersey to Los Angeles, California

02/02/2015: Updated my address in USCIS website

03/23/2015: Infopass appointment- Officer said that my case was approved on 03/19/2015

03/23/2015: Approval letter received dated: 03/19/15

03/30/2015: Card Mailed

03/31/2015: Received tracking# update

04/02/2015: Card in hand

-----N400------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

06/01/2015: N400 Package Sent via USPS to Arizona Lockbox

06/03/2015: Package delivered

06/12/2015: NOA1 received- Receipt date: 06/05/2015

06/22/2015: Received Bio-metric Appt. Dated: 07/02

07/02/2015: Bio-metrics complete

02/25/2016: In-line for Interview

04/04/2016: Citizenship Interview

04/05/2016: Status changed to Oath ceremony notice was mailed

04/08/2016: Received Oath ceremony appointment letter in mail dated: 04/21/2016

04/21/2016: BECAME A US CITIZEN

 

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Hi,

I live in Maine, and will be sending next week (probably) N-400. Now, I looked up where to mail it. I expected USCIS here in Maine. Instead, I’ll have to send it to Dallas. I am a bit confused. Is it so that they receive the forms in Dallas (or Phoenix), and then send to your closest USCIS office? Or what do they do (and decided) there? This procedure appears to me very cumbersome.

Why do they do it like that?

Because they get hundreds of thousands of applications each year and it's easier and more efficient to handle them in a central facility than at dozens of individual local offices. It's like an assembly line where certain central offices only focus on certain parts of the process.

Once your application is received in Texas, Arizona, or Nebraska, it will be initially screened and accepted or rejected and your check will be cashed. After that it will be sent to the National Benefits Center in Missouri for further processing. This is where it remains as you do your biometrics and background check. It will then be sent to your local office when it is time for your interview.


For a review of each step of my N-400 naturalization process, from application to oath ceremony, please click here.

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