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N400 Not Approved Right Away; IO said he'd need to review my marriage

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Hi guys, here is my experience today about my naturalization interview:

 

So I had my naturalization interview today but I didn't get an immediate approval on site.  The IO gave me N-652 indicating that I passed the English and civics test but a decision cannot be made yet.

My application was in the afternoon and I was pretty much the last person in that room.  My IO seemingly was in a rush as he explained he had problems with his computer and the system was slow and not responding in the afternoon.  He had to ask his coworker for help on getting my fingerprints in a different office room.  He said he wanted to go home but the IT system was holding him back.  Actually his coworkers went home already.  I felt that he didn't have enough time to go over my file.  He asked for my passports, green card, driver license and marriage certificate.  And he also asked me about my marriage couple of times, e.g. when were you married? How many times have you been married? After that we quickly went over the questions and English tests which were pretty easy and I passed them all without issues.He also confirmed my name change and asked me all the generic questions about morals.  But the IT system seemed not working as he had to manually submit my signatures on name change and the oath of allegiance.  He said he would need to review my marriage case and if there were any other documents needed he would mail a notice to me. He said I passed the tests but he said I was married less than five years so he'd need to review my marriage, which kinda confused me.

 

When I was going home, I googled again and made sure I should be eligible for naturalization after 3 years of being a permanent resident and being in a marriage with an American citizen, not 5 years. So I was wondering why he would say stuffs like that. Because my petition to remove the 2 year restraint was approved this year already and my marriage should have been reviewed for authenticity by USCIS already . But another reason why might be that he didn't have time to go over my case because he was either overloaded with other cases or had the IT issues or he was too junior to make the call (Although he didn't seem like it). 

 

I don't wanna be paranoid about it and was somewhat relieved in the same time because I will be travelling abroad soon and might not be able to get my American passport in time to return to the U.S, had my application been approved right away. I googled and people said the wait could be 120 days.  I am ok with it so the timing might work out.  The only thing that concerns me is that why he would say he needed to review my marriage case for naturalization? 

 

Any ideas?

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I would imagine he would need to review your marriage since you are applying for naturalization based on your marriage. I would imagine they will review your evidence of your marriage to clarify that it was entered in good faith etc.


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Everything sounds normal.

Well minus the IT stuff. 


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If you would not be eligible the USCIS would not called you for an interviewed well the officer might need to do some case reviewed since his computer was acting weird, I woulda advised you to just relax and wait for their response.

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It's normal to not be approved on the spot.

 

It's also normal for the IO to review your marriage when filing the N400 based on marriage.


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July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

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Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

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Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

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