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  1. Since doing the biometrics I've received a courtesy email stating "We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time" exactly every 2 weeks. It was supposed to come yesterday but it did not. Does that mean anything? Should I call to check what's happening, or should I take it as a glitch in the automated email system? Thanks.
  2. Thank you very much. Appreciate your help.
  3. I've done my biometrics a little over two months ago and no interview has been scheduled yet. My mother is quite ill and I might need to go abroad for a few months. If they schedule an interview while I'm away, I intend to request a re-scheduling. I have 2 questions First, when I request rescheduling, can I ask for an approximate date? As in saying in the letter "I will be back to America on March 15th and hope you can schedule the new interview sometime after March 15th". Is this doable, or do I have NO say in when the re-scheduled interview will be? Second question, can I request re-scheduling an interview more than once? If they re-schedule and I still could not make it back on time because of the health issues, can I request a second re-scheduling, or it's only allowed once? Thanks
  4. You do not need photos to apply online.
  5. Yeah, the interviewer will ask you angrily why you kept sending them messages, then when it's time to test your English he or she will ask you to write "Chiaroscurist" or "Myxosporidiida" 😋 Just sent a message, and hopefully the automated answer would at least specify if it's still in the name check phase or it's past that and waiting for a slot to open.
  6. When you log into your USCIS online, there is a link named "send us a message". Has anyone used it for general inquiries about the state of a naturalization application before? Wondering if it's appropriate to do that or if that's not what it's supposed to be used for.
  7. That's a yes. Good luck.
  8. Yes, just did it myself. If you go early morning it will be busy and you will not be allowed in. Go right after 12 noon and it will be almost empty and you will most likely be allowed. Just be courteous to the security guy and tell him you're there for an early walk in and would appreciate it if he lets you in. Don't act as if it's your right to do a walk in and if he says no don't get combative. Good luck
  9. havil80

    n-400 online or via mail

    This is the quickest processing I have ever heard of. Even before the current jump in application numbers I do not recall hearing about anything even close to this.
  10. havil80

    USCIS online account number

    The safest thing to do is to say yes and explain exactly what happened. It won't affect you.
  11. When one changes their name during the citizenship process, they are supposed to change it on driver's license and bank accounts and credit cards etc. But what if one needs to leave the country immediately after citizenship and would not have the time to change these before they leave. Is it illegal or problematic to delay changing name on the mentioned items for almost a year while out of the country if one will change them immediately after coming back?
  12. I was reading about the FBI's name check procedure and it contains the following Definitive responses used to support other applications are valid for 15 months from the FBI process date. A new name check is required in cases where the final adjudication and naturalization have not occurred within that timeframe or the name check was processed incorrectly. https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume12-PartB-Chapter2.html My situation is I filed n-400 based on 5 years but with an absence of more than 6 months but less than a year at the very beginning of my residency, so it could go either way based on what they think of my evidence. If I get rejected, I get to apply again in a year's time because by then that absence would have become irrelevant and would have fallen out of the 5 years prior to applying. Since I believe the FBI name check takes a good amount of time, does that mean that if I apply again in about 11 months it will be quicker because the first FBI check would still be valid, or is there something I'm missing? Would like to hear from anyone who re-applied within the 15 months FBI check validity and if the process was quicker the second time. Thanks
  13. An update- followed the advice and went back right after 12, and there was barely anyone there and I was allowed in. People were extremely nice and friendly, and I sure hope my interviewer will be similarly friendly. A few hours later my online status changed to We reviewed your biometrics You do not need to do anything at this time We will let you know if we need anything else from you as we continue to review your application. Now it's the anxious waiting game 😩
  14. I think I know the answer to my question, but I'll ask it anyway just in case I'm missing something- I never met tax filing requirements because I've not worked or made any money since I came to America. When I first became a resident I brought over a substantial amount of money into the USA and have been living a retirement on it. I filed taxes anyway since it was easily done online, and since I had no income I was exempted from paying the penalty for not having any health insurance. Does the fact that I was exempted from paying that penalty make me someone who took public funds or benefits??
  15. Thanks for sharing your experience and the wishes