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If an IO verbally tell that he/she is recommending the application for approval, does that mean a 100% approval?

 

Or does it go thru more steps and approvals before it is final? Basically even if IO approves, the app can still be denied?

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No. It is exactly what they said - a recommendation for approval. Barring something coming up during final review, checks, and/or supervisory review, I would expect an approval. But it's not approved yet. An RFE or denial is still possible if they were to discover an inadmissibility before approval.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

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, geowrian said:

No. It is exactly what they said - a recommendation for approval. Barring something coming up during final review, checks, and/or supervisory review, I would expect an approval. But it's not approved yet. An RFE or denial is still possible if they were to discover an inadmissibility before approval.

The only two outcomes listed on the N-652 are "Congratulations!  Your application has been recommended for approval." and "A decision cannot yet be made about your application."  There isn't a "Congratulations, your application has been approved." option.

 

That's because, as @geowrian said, the interview is followed by a final review.  Specifically, per the USCIS policy manual:

 

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If an officer approves a naturalization application, the application goes through the appropriate internal procedures before the USCIS office schedules the applicant to appear at a ceremony for the administration of the Oath of Allegiance. [2] The internal procedures include a “re-verification” procedure where all approved applications are reviewed for quality. The officer who conducts the re-verification is not the same officer who conducts the interview. While the officer conducting the re-verification process does not adjudicate the application once again, the officer may raise any substantive eligibility issues.

 

USCIS does not schedule an applicant for the Oath of Allegiance in cases where USCIS receives or identifies potentially disqualifying information about the applicant after approval of his or her application. [3] If USCIS cannot resolve the disqualifying information and the adjudicating officer finds the applicant ineligible for naturalization, USCIS then issues a motion to reopen and re-adjudicates the naturalization application.

Generally, though, a "recommended for approval" result swiftly turns into an approval.  In my case, I think that had happened before I got out of the parking lot.  (Admittedly, I had been sitting in my car for 20 minutes texting a close-up of the "Congratulations!" checkbox to all and sundry 😆)

 


Eighteen years in the US and I still don't understand Velveeta, TV ads for prescription drugs, only getting 2 weeks paid vacation, or why anyone believes anything they see on Fox "News".

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14 hours ago, LightDisplay said:

If an IO verbally tell that he/she is recommending the application for approval, does that mean a 100% approval?

 

Or does it go thru more steps and approvals before it is final? Basically even if IO approves, the app can still be denied?

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You will see following online notices after IO recommended for approval.  My interview was on June 28, 2019.  Done with oath on July 15, 2019. Did you get N-652 and what it says?

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