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I always have this question in my mind why N-400 process is faster than ROC ?

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N400, to my understanding, is processed at a local office, so, depending on location, it may move “faster” (relative term) than applications processed at a service center, though, likely not the case in a densely populated metropolitan area.

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Also, (I don’t have the stats,  but just what I think) the majority of N400s are 5 years rules, and most of those are relatively straightforward. I mean, you’re a LPR for 5 years, clean background are pretty the requirements. Those are pretty easy to adjudicate vs an ROC where they have to look at the evidence and decide if this is a real or fake relationship. 

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Purely local office thing.  When my I-130 was processing the NBC was backlogged and sent most out to local offices. Some people suddenly had NOA2 in a month, others at 6 months, and yet others waited over a year.  The processing times were all over the place. 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Pragmatism and politics. No evidence for this, but I think USCIS sees I-751s as low-priority petitions. Delays in adjudicating the ROC petition have no substantive impact on one's status; many will apply for the N-400 anyway, allowing for combined adjudication; and ROCs generally have a weaker constituency than, say, employer-based petitions or naturalization applications.

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34 minutes ago, afrocraft said:

Pragmatism and politics. No evidence for this, but I think USCIS sees I-751s as low-priority petitions. Delays in adjudicating the ROC petition have no substantive impact on one's status; many will apply for the N-400 anyway, allowing for combined adjudication; and ROCs generally have a weaker constituency than, say, employer-based petitions or naturalization applications.

Makes sense.  Curious what the stats are for 751 denials?  I’m sure there are fraudulent marriages in the system, but I would wager the vast majority of them are legitimate.  So you’re right, if it took 2 years for my 751 to be approved, it doesn’t limit me in any way because I can work and travel, whereas an AoS is a higher priority, as well as employment based applications, which generate more revenue due to being able to pay a premium fee to expedite.

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It isn't, for us, at least.

Husband is a 5 year filer and is at 13 months waiting on N-400.

The ROC was 5 or 6 months.


3/2/18  E-filed N-400 under 5 year rule

3/26/18 Biometrics

7/2019-12/2019 (Yes, 16- 21 months) Estimated time to interview MSP office.

 

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11 hours ago, N-o-l-a said:

It isn't, for us, at least.

Husband is a 5 year filer and is at 13 months waiting on N-400.

The ROC was 5 or 6 months.

Our roc was also 6 months but its been a few years since that kind of timeline. 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Some people said that the late on processing ROC because of the backlog and the hiring in the USCIS is very slow due to less funding and that the background check for ROC is deeper from the N-400 since it is dealing with different types of cases.

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