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If I move while my n-400 interview scheduling is pending and file an AR-11, will my application at the new field office retain my original priority date or will my priority date change to the date I changed field offices? I applied in May 2019 in Dallas and am planning on moving to Saint Louis in late August. I'm wondering if my application will be delayed despite Saint Louis having faster processing times.

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On 8/1/2019 at 3:06 PM, Yess said:

If I move while my n-400 interview scheduling is pending and file an AR-11, will my application at the new field office retain my original priority date or will my priority date change to the date I changed field offices? I applied in May 2019 in Dallas and am planning on moving to Saint Louis in late August. I'm wondering if my application will be delayed despite Saint Louis having faster processing times.

As long as you meet the residency requirement (living in Dallas at least 3 months prior to your filing date) then you are fine.  Your priority date will always be the date on your first receipt.  Once you file AR-11 (and you should also update the address on your online account if you filed online), USCIS will update your address and the new zip code will trigger a jurisdiction transfer of your file.  Your case status will show “we transferred your case to another jurisdiction...” (not verbatim, but along that line).

 

Your priority date will then get in line chronologically with all other applicants who are under St. Louis jurisdiction.  You will not have to get back in the line.  Moving does not affect your priority date.
 

I filed in Boston, MA  in May and got transferred by the same employer to Tampa, FL a month later.  I filed AR-11 and a week later I got an interview appointment scheduled for August 12. One of my friends lives in Tampa and filed a week before me, and we both got the same interview date.  So I can confirm that moving does not put you all the way back in line.

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On 8/4/2019 at 5:56 AM, GBOS said:

As long as you meet the residency requirement (living in Dallas at least 3 months prior to your filing date) then you are fine.  Your priority date will always be the date on your first receipt.  Once you file AR-11 (and you should also update the address on your online account if you filed online), USCIS will update your address and the new zip code will trigger a jurisdiction transfer of your file.  Your case status will show “we transferred your case to another jurisdiction...” (not verbatim, but along that line).

 

Your priority date will then get in line chronologically with all other applicants who are under St. Louis jurisdiction.  You will not have to get back in the line.  Moving does not affect your priority date.
 

I filed in Boston, MA  in May and got transferred by the same employer to Tampa, FL a month later.  I filed AR-11 and a week later I got an interview appointment scheduled for August 12. One of my friends lives in Tampa and filed a week before me, and we both got the same interview date.  So I can confirm that moving does not put you all the way back in line.

@Yess - I had my interview yesterday as scheduled.  Everything went well.  The officer asked to see my driver’s license to confirm that I now live in Tampa, FL.

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On 8/4/2019 at 4:56 AM, GBOS said:

As long as you meet the residency requirement (living in Dallas at least 3 months prior to your filing date) then you are fine.  Your priority date will always be the date on your first receipt.  Once you file AR-11 (and you should also update the address on your online account if you filed online), USCIS will update your address and the new zip code will trigger a jurisdiction transfer of your file.  Your case status will show “we transferred your case to another jurisdiction...” (not verbatim, but along that line).

 

Your priority date will then get in line chronologically with all other applicants who are under St. Louis jurisdiction.  You will not have to get back in the line.  Moving does not affect your priority date.
 

I filed in Boston, MA  in May and got transferred by the same employer to Tampa, FL a month later.  I filed AR-11 and a week later I got an interview appointment scheduled for August 12. One of my friends lives in Tampa and filed a week before me, and we both got the same interview date.  So I can confirm that moving does not put you all the way back in line.

So when you transferred your case, how did you confirm that it was successfully transferred? Also, did you have the message “your case was transferred” on the status page up until when the interview was scheduled?

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20 minutes ago, Yess said:

So when you transferred your case, how did you confirm that it was successfully transferred? Also, did you have the message “your case was transferred” on the status page up until when the interview was scheduled?

@Yess - You can send a message to USCIS through the online account and ask the officer to confirm that the address has been changed as you indicated in AR-11 and that the field office has been reassigned based on your new zip code.  The online message will usually be responded to within 48 business hours, in my experience.

 

I do have the "Case Transferred" status the next business day after I filed AR-11, and the next status would be "Interviewed was scheduled".

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