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Question Regarding Citizenship with Pending Lifting Conditions

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We are coming up on our date to file for citizenship.  Our lifting conditions petition is still pending and likely will not be decided prior to our citizenship application.  I have heard that if this is so they will decide your lifting conditions and citizenship together.  If so will this expedite a decision on our citizenship application?  Thanks...

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It won't expedite, but they do tend to adjudicate both together. Sometimes this is a little faster.

Sometimes they don't, too. If so, you may even have the N-400 interview before ROC completes, in which case they will hold on a decision until ROC completes.


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9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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28 minutes ago, GuiltySpark343 said:

If so will this expedite a decision on our citizenship application

I concur it won’t expedite anything, but it forces them to do something about that pending I-751 when the time comes to adjudicate the N-400, so many offices just do both together in one interview or 2 interviews in the same day. The I-751 has to be approved before the N-400 can be approved.

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Since the ROC and N400 are processed at different offices, it really depends on how fast your local office is processing N400s.  As to our story, my wife filed her N400 when her three year window opened and the Detroit Office was processing these pretty quickly, so the I751 was combined with the N400 and maybe cut the time for the I751 approval a few weeks compared to those that filed ROC at the same time but did not file the N400 (anecdotal of course).

 

So I agree with the above, the applications may eventually be combined, but having both applications in process is not grounds for expediting either.  That being said, I for one always advise if naturalization is the ultimate goal, why wait for the ROC to complete before getting that processing clock running.

 

Good Luck!


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US Entry : 2014-09-12

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I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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22 hours ago, geowrian said:

 

Sometimes they don't, too. If so, you may even have the N-400 interview before ROC completes, in which case they will hold on a decision until ROC completes.

^^^This!^^^ There was a recent thread on this very situation. I'd file for the N-400. Can't hurt and as mentioned, it MIGHT save some time.


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