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  1. Hello everyone, I applied for citizenship in Feb 2019. Biometrics done in March and the estimate waiting time that I was given in March was 10 months. I checked in April, it was 9 months and again in May it was 8 months. I checked again last week to find the waiting time suddenly increased from 8 to 13! An addition of 5 months all of a sudden! Has anyone faced a similar situation? Do we have an explanation on why the number would increase all of a sudden? Are these numbers accurate or can it decrease again? Thank you!
  2. Hi! I am engaged and scheduled to be marrying my Moroccan fiancé in October. We will be getting married in Morocco and then eventually applying for a CR1 Visa. I see that one of the requirements to be able to marry abroad is to present verified police records showing I am in good standing. I stopped by my local precinct and they had no idea what I was talking about. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I see that I can also request it from the FBI but it appears that would take 8-10 weeks which is way past the time I am scheduled to be here as I am going to Morocco in 3 weeks to start working on my wedding. I am located in NYC. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
  3. My wife is planning on sending this below complaint letter to our state's two senators on my behalf, and I wanted to see what people thought, and if enough of you are willing to also send something similar, perhaps we can collectively voice our concern to our federal representatives and effectuate some real change. I am sure some people here won't like me doing this, and will think me ungrateful or obnoxious, but I think the processing timelines for AOS have gotten a little ridiculous (14.5 months - 24.5 months) in my field office. I am judging that by how long it used to take as short as a couple years ago, (5-9 months) and by some other field offices which are still processing in those timeframes. Some of my language (ie "outrageous") is exaggerated on purpose to get my point across. I say that knowing full well that immigration is a privilege, not a right. And that national security and public safety are far more important than giving people green cards with a quick turnaround. As well, I am living with my spouse in the US, and have my EAD and advance parole, so I'll be the first to say I am in a really, really good position compared to others, and I am not at any disadvantage compared to others. I am lucky and grateful and happy and content. I also know that others going through K1 or CR1 or a host of other processes have similar or worse timelines and they also have to be apart from their spouse. I am grateful to not be in that position. At the same time, our Senators are there to represent us constituents and are our only real voice to push back on developments at federal agencies. The timeline going up to almost 3x as long is a negative development for the general publc. If 14.5 months - 24.5 months is the very best they can do with the resources they have, then ok we will have to accept that. But until told otherwise, I believe they can go faster, and if people don't voice their concerns they will never be aware of people's frustrations, much less feel any urgency to speed up. So I am doing this more because I want to communicate it to my representatives, and do my part to try and help the process for future filers. In short, what do people think of the persuasiveness and comprehensiveness of this complaint letter? As well as pros and cons of sending it, besides the obvious of perhaps sounding like an "ungrateful douche? Letter: Dear Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, My name is [ ]. I am a US Citizen, a lifelong NY State resident, your constituent, and a registered Democrat. I currently live with my husband, [ ] in the neighborhood of [ ] in Manhattan. I am writing to you to complain about the lengthy, unreasonable, and outrageous processing delays at the NYC Field Office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), specifically for Adjustment of Status (“AOS”) applications for immigrants applying for Permanent Residency (“PR”, or a “Green Gard.”) According to https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times, which is the official page to look up estimated processing times, the NYC Field Office estimate to adjudicate I-485s (Application to Register PR or Adjust Status to PR) for family-based applications (that is, those applying due to an immediate family connection, in our case, me as spouse) is 14.5 months – 24.5 months. Here is a screenshot: Anecdotal reports from those who have completed the process confirm that this is the processing timeline. This timeline is unreasonable and outrageous, and has significantly increased over the past couple years. Two years ago, the estimated processing time was 5-7 months, then it became 7-9 months, and now it has significantly more than doubled. It is not as if the USCIS does not have the budget or resources to process these in a timely manner – the USCIS is self-funded through application fees, which costs $1,760 per person for AOS. This considerable fee has increased over past years, too. “Extreme vetting,” for applicants already lawfully inside the country, should not lead to delays this long either. I would also like to note that many other Field Offices do not suffer from these delays and are able to adjudicate applications in a more timely and efficient manner. It must be said that the increased backlog of applicants and the lengthening, frustrating timelines are mostly the fault of the NYC Field Office and it must be within their control to speed up processing to a more reasonable timeframe. My husband, [ ], is a Canadian citizen, who has legally studied, worked, and visited in the US over the last several years. We met in NYC in [ ] 2015, fell in love, married in [ ], 2017, and applied for AOS on [ ]. He has received his Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) and Advance Parole, so he is authorized to work and travel. Nevertheless, the delay in interviewing for, approval of, and receival of, his Green Card to enable him to be a legitimate PR with all of its rights and privileges, is causing us significant stress and many, many others in a similar position with this NYC Field Office. I respectfully request your intervention and assistance in getting to the bottom of the lengthy and increasing processing timelines for the NYC Field Office and doing everything you can to speed it up to a more reasonable one, in line with both past timelines and other Field Offices. I can be reached at the address, email address, and phone number listed in the header. My husband’s A # and our case number is also listed there. I look forward to hearing from you and a resolution of this matter.
  4. Interview Experience at 26 Federal Plaza: - Please see my signature for the dates Some pointers for those who are still waiting for your turn in Queens / NYC field office: (based on my observations only) 1. Usually online filers are getting processed very quickly (But as more people tend to file online, even onliner's will be facing heavy backlogs in near future) 2. The reason why onliner's were processed quickly is to test the system and provide valuable feedback to upgrade it for a better system. It happens for any major overhaul and in any industry 3. Paper filers will have the the additional process of updating their info into the new system that was built by USCIS by ISO's so yes that will be one of the reasons for the slowness (while the onliner's will update their own information by themselves - that plays the advantage) 4. Females are tend to be processed little faster than Males. This opinion is based on avg timelines 5. Specific countries tend to be processed faster than most other countries (so if you find someone getting processed faster timeline - we need to look at country of origin, gender and as well background history and how they got the GC plays a pivotal role as well if needed to be scrutinized or not) 6. Since I come from New York City, as the city is also largest in churning out more citizens. Anywhere between 50000 to 75000 are alone being naturalized from Brooklyn Eastern District Court (New York area as well has Manhattan, Westchester and Holtsville Long Island oath's as well) so the number of applications have really gone up here... one person seems to be doing 3 or more persons work. So arguably the number of processing days has gone up to staggering 10 - 12 months in average (again this is my opinion - I don't have exact stats to prove it - guestimation only) 7. Those who come from NYC please have patience. Common guys, we have been in GC for years and were very happy. So why to ruin our lives just because you haven't heard anything about your N400. It will happen. 8. Sorry for those who were either struck in long wait at local field offices like in Queens or Long Island or Manhattan but we cannot compare ourselves with those one or two unlucky folks (who eventually got through with determination and patience). The probability is very very very less here. Out of 50000 just from Queens office in a year we read about 3 or 4 cases who had a weird unusual experience. But we cannot generalize it for everyone. If you are being delayed understand there are many in the waiting and it takes time to process everything. 9. Statuses - Don't depend on those, (how many of us will ever respond to our own emails - there are many unread emails in our own inbox. Likewise these guys who are processing are working on thousands of applications and just imagine how much they have scrutinize each application and ensure there are no errors or issues before declaring them citizens. It's lot of stress and pressure for those USCIS folks as well. Above all, don't compare your statuses with others from the same field office. It's a nightmare for you and your family. Take it easy. Trust me we all have started our journey on the same highway. Some go more than state speed (very few) and some go with the traffic and some prefer to be on cruise speed no matter how the traffic is moving) like wise I believe all of us will reach the destination at some point of the time. Just wait and be patience. My Experience: I was happy to receive my interview letter and when I read the address it was showing as to report at 9th Floor in Federal Plaza. I have read numerous experiences on this forum and everyone spoke about either 7th or 8th floor but no one spoke about 9th floor. So it starts giving you jitters is it just me or everyone else. After extensive search, I found one of the vjer @Anu19 happened to get the same and this happened in 2017 December so was relieved to realize that you will report there but will be redirected to 4th floor or so. Well in my case went to 9th Floor and submitted my interview letter to the receptionist and she in turn gave me a laminated card and my interview letter to take it to the 4th floor and this was expected. Took elevator back to 4th floor and then went to the receptionist there and submitted both the card and my letter. She in turn gave me a receipt with number on it and asked me to wait to hear my number or name. The waiting room on the 4th floor is like any other room filled with people. Some came with their spouses and some with their lawyers. Just relax and don't bother looking at other folks as everyone seems to be lost in their own world. I had to wait for very long almost 3 hrs before being called (Partly because there was an early morning snow storm in nyc that day and later on the ISO apologized to me saying that they were short staffed that day). My appointment was 11:50 AM but was called in at 2:10 PM. Wife accompanied me. Finally ISO (Guyanese Indian I guess) called my name but I was so tired that I missed hearing out my name, but my wife was quick enough to alert me and this was noticed by ISO as well as he made a joke out of it on our way to his cabin. He led me to his cabin and then he asked me to stand and had me to swear in and told me to take my seat. Then he asked me for my GC, DL and Passport. He removed my application from a very thick folder (easily it was about 3 or 3 1/2 inches). Then asked about my name, dob and country I come from and then directly went to N400 application browsed through it quickly (checked on my current employment and am I still working for the same company). I had a traffic violation but did not mention initially so I had mentioned right away about it when he asked are there any changes to your application. He was not interested in documents. I told I have some documents related to our marriage etc but since I was applying under 5 year rule, he did not care about anything probably because he made fun of how wife's are more organized earlier so he was I guess convinced as well. We were married for close to 10 yrs now. So that could have played it. Yes / no questions and done. It was about 5 minutes in all. Then quickly went over the english reading / writing part "Who is the first President?" and writing was "Washington is the first President" or something and then asked me 8 questions even though I answered correctly the first 6. Not sure why but he asked me more tougher questions for 7 and 8th. Probably wanted to have some fun there. Note: I prepared my test questions by recording each question with a time gap (all 100) and everytime I used to listen to them while driving etc and answer them out loud (this is exactly like your interview). That's it and it was about 3 or 4 minutes at most. So in all I think he just consumed about 10 - 11 minutes and then he said, congratulations! you are approved. You will receive your oath in mail. He wrote in red ink "Mail" on my N-652 form. I told him I took off today can wait for the oath letter. He mentioned that I missed the cutoff for april 10th oath since it's almost 2:20 and they will only issue oath letters if it's before 12 Noon or so. I told him about planned travel trip end of april but he told me clearly that wait for the letter and then make your plans. But he promised that he will update into his system today and let the oath department know. He told that it is a long line so you will be having it somewhere in May first or second week. that's it. I was out of his office. Now the waiting time starts. Read from many folks that they had instant update on their status but in my case it stood as "Interview Scheduled" that's it for about 2 weeks. It changed to "Inline to oath ceremony" or so on April 16th and in exactly two weeks i.e. Apr 28th, the status changed to "Oath letter mailed" and the oath was 2 weeks exactly from the date I received my oath letter. So please be patient. Queens NYC FO they might not update immediately and take their time to schedule and go through the oath process.
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