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N-400: Bearmirus's Biometrics experience in Buffalo

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Hey all, 


Just wanted to share my experience with a bit of details about Buffalo ASC.


It seems my biometric experience is different than what Bubblebee's experience (see post here).


This is my biometric experience of the Buffalo Application Support Center for the N-400 application on 01/10/17.


Parked my car in parking garage on the corner of Delaware and West Chippewa St at 8:20 am. I could have park on the street and use the parking meter but I didn't know how long I will be in the Buffalo ACS so I opted to use the parking garage to have one less thing on my mind.


There was a cafe in the Westin hotel attached to the garage, Jake's Cafe so I grab a quick bite for breakfast (highly recommended). Waited until 8:45 am at the cafe and then a quick walk up to the Buffalo ASC office (less than a minute).


Handed in my appointment letter and Green Card to the security guard, asked me the standard security questions (weapon, liquid, food, knife, or guns) which I didn't have any, and walked through the metal detector portal. Once I was cleared, both letter and GC was given back to me and was told to sit down in any seat in the main lobby area until the fingerprint announcement.  In the main lobby area, there are four windows, one for check-in to pick up a ticket and three regular sitting area where an Immigration Office can sit behind the glass. I didn't have to get a ticket or fill out any forms at this point.


Then at 9:00 am, a person came out to the lobby and announced that anybody who is in the lobby for the fingerprint appointment, please follow into another smaller lobby.  Around 12 people (including myself as the 5th person) had to line up to meet another officer inside the smaller lobby.  The officer reviewed my appointment letter and GC, stamped the bottom with a biometrics processing stamp, and asked me to take any seat in the smaller lobby. The officer kept both stamped letter and GC in a pile with others before me.


Shortly after that, an officer began calling applicants in order until my named was called.  I followed the officer to a processing station (similar to a hospital intake area) and sat down for the third time. I waited for less than a minute while the officer scanned the barcode on the appointment letter and inputted some information in the computer. The officer asked me to stand up next to the fingerprinting scanning machine and took control of my hands to start the fingerprint process. She scanned all of my fingers and both thumbs and asked me to take a seat (which becomes my fourth sit down). Then I had my mugshot picture taken. The officer filled out the information in the biometrics processing stamp at the bottom of my appointment letter, gave both appointment letter and GC back to me, and gave me a study material for the civic test. I was free to go.

I did not have to fill out any forms or worksheet throughout the whole process, and I was back in my car at 9:38 am. So just an hour overall. 


Now let the waiting began!

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On 10/4/2017 at 2:51 PM, Pauliep said:

Wow!  Very informative!  My wife and I are appointment is Friday.... So this was extremely helpful.  Thank you so so much for sharing 


This topic is 8 months old. Anyways, good luck with your journey. Don't forget to share your journey with us

N-400 Naturalization Journey SAN FRANCISCO FIELD OFFICE

Total processing time from last successful submission to Oath Ceremony: 253 days (8 months and 11 days)


02/26/2012: Arrived SF airport. 

11/28/2016: Eligible for early-filling.

Day 00 - 12/23/2016: Sent N-400 + I-942 to Phoenix, AZ lockbox via USPS.

Day 03 - 12/26/2016: N-400 application marked delivered.

Day 25 - 01/17/2017: Sent email to support regards to application.

Day 26 - 01/18/2017: N-400 rejected because incorrect payment amount.

Day 32 - 01/24/2017: N-400 + I-942 resent.

Day 34 - 01/26/2017: N-400 application marked delivered.

Day 49 - 02/10/2017: N-400 rejected again because incorrect payment amount.

Day 52 - 02/13/2017: Email form USCIS support responded package was rejected in error (!?) for the first and second time submissions, they requested 3rd resubmission + tracking number in order to apply my earliest priority date. 

Day 52 - 02/13/2017: N-400 + I-942 resent on the same day, also sent a response to Lockbox to provide information to USCIS.

Day 54 (Day 0) - 02/15/2017: N-400 application marked delivered.

Day 62 (Day 8) - 02/23/2017: E-notification, E-mail from USCIS, E-mail from Support announced Resubmission was accepted.

Day 66 (Day 12)- 02/27/2017: Notice of Acceptance as Fees Waiver Approval received. (All fees were waived instead of reduced by half as supposed by filing form I-942)

Day 69 (Day 15) - 03/02/2017: Online Status Update: Fingerprint Appointment was scheduled. 

Day 70  (Day 16) - 03/03/2017: Fingerprint Appointment Letter received. Biometric will be on 3/15/17. 

Day 70  (Day 16) - 03/03/2017: Early Walked-In for Biometric at 3:45 PM.

Day 87 (Day 33) - 03/20/2017: Online Status Update: Case was placed in line for interview. 

Day 234 (Day 180) - 08/14/2017: Online Status Update: Interview has been scheduled.

Day 239 (Day 185) - 08/19/2017: Interview Letter received.

Day 269 (Day 215) - 09/18/2017: Interview 2:30 PM at USCIS SF Field Office. Recommended For Approval. 

Day 280 (Day 226) - 09/29/2017: Oath Ceremony Letter received. N400 is approved.

Day 291 (Day 237) - 10/10/2017: Last Online Status Update: Oath Letter was mailed. Too late!

Day 307 (Day 253) - 10/26/2017: Oath Ceremony in Oakland, CA. Citizenship granted.

Day 307 (Day 253) - 10/26/2017: Passport applied.

Day 321 (Day 267) - 11/09/2017: Passport Booklet received. 

Day 321 (Day 267) - 11/09/2017: Naturalization Certificate received. Journey done.

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

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07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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