Sharing what I thought was a total impossibility but just happened- my brother s N400 case status changed to approved and scheduled for naturalization ceremony even though his I-751 interview has yet to be scheduled much less even approved.
On August 2021, my brother filed his I-751 to remove conditions on his 3 year conditional PR status.
On July 2022, he was eligible to file for N400.
On October 2022, due to the N400 USCIS transferred his I-751 case file to the Queens local field office (to prepare for what I was assuming a combo interview).
On Jan 2023, he was scheduled and attended his N400 interview. Anticipating a combo interview, he brought all I-751 evidence (photos, bank records of married life) but officer shockingly did not do a combo interview- recommending his N400 for approval pending a future scheduled I-751 interview decision.
On March 2023, he reached out to congressman to assist with moving his I-751 along since it was filled over 18 months ago and the paperwork has been sitting in the local FO at the time of his N400 interview and still remains there for 6 months now.
Today April 2023, USCIS Queens FO reviews the congressional inquiry and changes status of N400 case to recommended for approval in line for ceremony scheduling with no update/ waiver approval to the i-751.
Chatted with level 1 USCIS chat agent via Emma and agent states adamantly that N400 can be approved and naturalization can take place before I-751 approval which doesn t sound right.
I m going to advice my brother to ask the congressional liaison to send a followup message to the local Queens FO to approval the I-751 or schedule the I-751 if they require an interview because I m pretty sure my brother will be turned away at the N400 ceremony if the system hasn t have record of a i-751 approval.
Baffles me that a conditional resident can be scheduled for naturalization with 2 different USCIS staffers (field office plus chat agent level 1) not seeing this as a paradox?