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Check Case Processing Times

You may be a member of the class action,

Rosario v. USCIS

, Case No. C15-0813JLR, if USCIS does not adjudicate within 30 days your initial (first) Form I-765,

Application for Employment Authorization

, based on your pending asylum application, AND:
  • You are a member of either CASA de Maryland (CASA) or the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) and are entitled to limited relief under the injunction in

    CASA de Maryland Inc. et al. v. Chad Wolf et al.

    ; or
  • You filed your Form I-765 before Aug. 21, 2020, and it has not yet been adjudicated.
Please see the www.uscis.gov/rosariowebpage for further information about the


class action and how to investigate the status of your employment authorization application.
USCIS has updated the method for determining I-765 processing times to provide more precise information to the public. As part of this update, we are providing processing times for additional I-765 sub-types. For more information about this updated method, please visit the

Case Processing Times

Sours: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/

My Interview Experience - Detroit

It was easy as most others have said. I arrived 25 minutes early, went through security and signed in at the front desk. The large waiting room had about 20 other people waiting. I was called about 12 minutes after my appointment time of 1:30. One middle-aged lady that came out of the process seems to have failed her civics exam, based on the conversation the IO had with her and her son. My advice to non-native English speakers who are having trouble understanding the civics questions - don't go through it alone, have someone study with you and explain them to you in your language.

I provided my GC, passports and driver's license. I had a bunch of other docs from "the checklist" on this forum but none were requested.
The IO was having problems with his computer system, he had to call tech support and said something like "CLAIMS keeps kicking me out of adjudication." Lots of mouse-clicking and repeated scanning of my NBC barcode. While he was on hold with tech support he asked me some of the application questions. He asked if I had ever been arrested and I said "No", then he followed up with if I'd ever been detained or ticketed by law enforcement. I said "Yes, a few speeding tickets." He asked if that was all, I said "Yes" and he moved on. I did not disclose any tickets on my N400 and did not have any proof that those tickets had been paid, but he didn't ask for any proof. The whole experience felt pretty informal.

The 6 civics questions were:
How often do we vote for President?
Who is the Speaker of the House now?
Who lived in the US before Europeans?
When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
Name one of the two longest rivers?
What are the first 10 amendments called?

Reading/writing was "Who was Abraham Lincoln" "Abraham Lincoln was President during the Civil War"

He said I was approved, I got the white N-652 and will receive the Oath Letter probably by the end of this week!
I was out of there 40 minutes after my appointed time.

For more details please click here 2012 February N-400 Tracker

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Becoming A Citizen Of The United States Through The USCIS

Filed Under:America, Citizenship, Community Connect, Green Card, Jackie Paige, Naturalization, test, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS

Southfield (CW50) – When becoming a US Citizen, immigrants must go through a process set by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This process includes a civics test, written in English and made up of 100 questions. The civics test is an oral test, and the USCIS Officer will ask the applicant up to 10 of the 100 civics questions. An applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test. After passing the test, there is a naturalization interview.

U.S. Citizenship Test (Courtesy of USCIS)

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There are 10 steps needed to move forward with naturalizations: Detailed description can be found here.

  1. Determine if you are already a US citizen 
  2. Determine if you are eligble to become a US citizen
  3. Prepare your Form N-400
  4. Submit Form N-400 and pay your fees
  5. Go to a biometrics appointment, if applicable 
  6. Complete the interview 
  7. Receive a decision from USCIS on your N-400 
  8. Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance 
  9. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States 
  10. Understanding US citizenship 

Community Connect Host Jackie Paige, with Ana Santiago, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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Ana Santiago, a Public Affairs Officer for USCIS, joins Jackie Paige on Community Connect to talk about the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen and what the benefits are of full citizenship vs. remaining in the country on a Green Card.

You can learn more about U.S. Citizenship at USCIS.gov.

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Sours: https://cwdetroit.cbslocal.com/2021/06/30/becoming-a-citizen-of-the-united-states-through-the-uscis/
N 400 Application For Naturalization - Application For Citizenship Processing Time - 30 Aug 2021 USA

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One of the most frustrating aspects of immigration for most people is just the uncertainty regarding the nature and length of the process. This article will provide an overview of what the processing of an N-400 Application for Naturalization looks like and how long it typically takes. This article will not address any issues related to determining whether or not one qualifies for U.S. citizenship.

Filing of the N-400

The application for citizenship process commences when the applicant files the N-400 application with the USCIS. The application must be filed with the appropriate USCIS office with the required filing fee and supporting documents. For more information about the filing addresses, filing fees and required documents please visit the USCIS N-400 page. I would strongly encourage self-filing applicants to submit their applications via UPS or Fedex.

Assuming the application is properly filed it will be accepted by the USCIS. The USCIS will then issue an I-797 Receipt Notice indicating that the application has been accepted for filing. The applicant should expect to receive a receipt notice within about 30 days from the date the application is filed. The receipt notice will be mailed to the applicant and contain a receipt number. The receipt number can be used to track the status of your case online using the USCIS case status tool. As a practical matter I do not find this tool entirely useful because it generally only provides two status updates: one when the case is accepted for filing and another when the case is adjudicated. It doesn't ever give any indication of how much longer a case will take before processing is complete.

Biometrics Appointment

The next step in the processing is completing the biometrics. Biometrics is a fancy way of describing fingerprints and photographs. You will receive a Biometrics Appointment Notice in the mail from the USCIS instructing you to appear at a USCIS office to have this done on a certain date and time. The biometrics notice usually arrives in the mail reasonably soon (30-60 days) after the receipt notice.

Requests for Evidence

In some cases the USCIS will find that the N-400 application is somehow deficient. In such cases they will mail the applicant a Request for Evidence which requests some additional documentation be sent by a specific date. The case will not move forward until the requested evidence is received; thus, it is best to respond to the request as soon as possible if one is received.

Naturalization Interview

After initial processing of the case has been completed and if it appears to the adjudicating officer that the applicant meets the basic criteria for naturalization the case will be scheduled for a naturalization interview. The applicant will receive a notice in the mail requesting that the applicant appear at a local USCIS District Office for the interview. Upon completion of the naturalization interview (which includes administration of the naturalization test) the USCIS officer will make a final decision on your case and either approve or deny the application. Some applicant's who otherwise qualify for naturalization but fail to pass the naturalization test will be given an opportunity to take the exam again.

Naturalization Oath Ceremony

The final step in the naturalization processing is the oath ceremony. The oath ceremonies are commonly held in a federal court building and the oath is administered by a federal judge or magistrate. In certain locations the ceremonies are held at other federal buildings. You will receive a notice in the mail instructing you to appear at a specific place and time for your oath ceremony. 

At the oath ceremony you (and several other applicants) will appear before a federal judge or magistrate and be asked to take an oath of allegiance to the United States. Upon completion of the oath ceremony the applicant is officially a U.S. citizen and will receive his or her Certificate of Citizenship.

Overall Processing Time

Processing times for N-400 applications at the time of writing this article are longer than normal due to COVID-19 related shutdowns. You can view current USCIS case processing time reports to get an idea of average processing times. The numbers reported in these reports are not static numbers and are continually changing depending on case volume and USCIS resources. The reported processing times are also an average of all the cases processed by that particular office. Any specific case may be processed more quickly or may take more time depending on the specific facts and circumstances related to that case.

For example, the current processing time for an N-400 at the USCIS Detroit District Office is reported to be 10-15 months. I am currently seeing client's cases being processed right around the 10-12 month time frame so this appears to be relatively accurate.

If you would like assistance processing your N-400 Application for Naturalization please contact me.

Sours: https://www.philipcurtislaw.com/news/2021/5/28/anatomy-of-a-n-400-application-for-naturalization

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A New Road to Citizenship in Detroit

Federal judges in the Motor City are embracing a novel approach to welcoming people eager to take their citizenship oaths in the age of coronavirus: Drive-through naturalization ceremonies.

This month in Detroit, federal district and magistrate judges began swearing in new citizens in drive-through ceremonies in a parking structure at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office.

Citizens-to-be drive into the parking structure, are checked in by USCIS employees clad in protective gear, and then roll up to a podium where a federal judge swears them in – all without ever leaving their vehicles. The new process eliminates the need for people to gather for indoor ceremonies at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in downtown Detroit, in the Eastern District of Michigan.

“It is always a pleasure to swear in new citizens,” said U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Stafford, who swore in the first group of immigrants in a June 4 drive-through ceremony. “They are so grateful to become Americans and eager to contribute to the community. I found the drive-through citizenship ceremony to be especially meaningful because I witnessed the dedication of the USCIS professionals to innovate so that they could continue to serve immigrants during the pandemic. During this challenging time, seeing such humanity from both the new citizens and the professionals who serve them was nothing short of inspiring.”

USCIS and federal court officials met several times by teleconference to plan the drive-through ceremony, which they modeled after COVID-19 testing stations in Detroit.

The drive-through process is designed to accommodate six groups of 10 to 15 new citizens per hour – 60 to 90 per day. When they drive into the parking structure, they are asked by USCIS employees whether they are sick, have a fever, or have been out of the country within the previous 30 days. They are required to wear face masks.

If they answer no to every question, they are directed to two more checkpoints to verify their eligibility and receive a packet containing information about applying for a passport, their Oath of Allegiance to the United States, a congratulatory brochure, and a miniature American flag.

At the fourth stop, they roll down their car window and are greeted by a judge at a podium, which is flanked by American and Department of Homeland Security flags and socially distanced USCIS employees. The judge spends the next five minutes administering the Oath of Allegiance.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Morris, who got up at 5 a.m. on June 17 for the two-and-a-half hour drive from her home north of Bay City, Michigan, to swear in the new citizens, said she was thrilled to be there.

“This is fun for me because it is a happy day,” Morris said. “We don’t have many happy days in court. This is good for me and it’s good for my soul. It reminds me of how great it is to be an American.”

Among those Morris swore in were Bob Karwal, 49, and his wife, Sonia, 50, who immigrated to the United States from Toronto, Canada, in 1999. He’s an automotive engineer and she’s a certified public accountant. Their two American-born children, Rhea, 15, and Sophia, 7, sat in the back seat of their SUV while their parents took the oath.

“We love this country,” Bob Karwal said afterward. “We are here, our children are here, our roots are here. This is a land of great opportunity.”

Sours: https://www.uscourts.gov/news/2020/06/18/new-road-citizenship-detroit
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N-400 Denied after Interview

Lawful permanent residents start the process of naturalization hoping to be citizens, but what happens when the N-400 denied after interview? What does this mean, and what are your options? Please keep reading if you need more information. If you know now that you need help,  and you live in Montana, Wyoming or North Dakota, please contact us.

N-400 Denied After Interview

N-400 Denied after Interview

As part of the naturalization process, you submitted an application, attended a biometrics appointment, and attended an interview with a USCIS officer on your application. If you received a notice stating that your N-400 was denied after the interview, this means that the USCIS officer has found you ineligible for naturalization. The USCIS policy manual on naturalization lists nine grounds that the USCIS officer may deny your application. In practice, these nine grounds are experienced by applicants has three general categories.

Categories for the N-400 denied after interview

The three general categories that N-400 denials fall into are 1. Failure to show competence on the English and civics tests. 2. Failure to show residence and physical presence requirements. 3. Failure to show good moral character. Taking these in turn, some applicants receive a denial notice after the application because they could not read or write English. The naturalization applicant can fix this problem by accepting the denial and working on a better mastery of English as a language. More common is the USCIS denying applications due to a poor knowledge of civics. During the naturalization interview the USCIS officer asked the applicant 10 questions about his or her knowledge of the United States. To pass, the applicant must have got 6/10 questions correct. If you failed for this reason, working harder with the many resources the USCIS provides to naturalization applicants will yield success a second time.

N-400 Denied for Physical Presence and Residence Requirements

An N-400 denied after the interview for residence and physical presence requirements means you failed to show that you have lived in the district where you submit your application for at least three months. The USCIS may also have denied your application because you do not have at least three years presence in the United States within the last five years. Sometimes, you may think the USCIS made a mistake in denying your application because you have spent more than four years in the United States.

If you think that you do meet the USCIS physical presence requirements, but you have received a denial, the usual reason is that during the last five years you broke your US residence. If you leave the United States for more than six months, you stop accruing residence in the United States. Under this rule, if you left the United States for more than six months in the last five years, the USCIS will deny your N-400 application.

Review N-400 Denied for Physical Presence and Residence

Sometimes naturalization applicants know that the USCIS denied the N-400 after the interview for residence or physical presence requirements, but cannot understand the USCIS denial letter. We have helped many clients that the USCIS denied under this ground understand what they did wrong and how to fix it. If the unsuccessful applicant sends us a copy of the letter we can go over it with them during a strategy consultation. After the consultation, you will understand where you went wrong and how to fix it.

N-400 Denied after Interview for Failing to Show Good Moral Character

The USCIS requirements provide that an applicant for naturalization must show good moral character. Generally, this is for five years before the applicant files for naturalization. Good moral character is a nebulous concept. Most often the USCIS denies applicants under this ground for a variety of reasons like failing to pay taxes or criminal convictions. An applicant may also receive a denial under this ground for fraud.

Failure to File a US Tax Return

IRS requirements that US citizens must pay taxes on worldwide income catches naturalization applicants off guard. For example, an applicant may have spent some time in Canada. Moreover, the applicant paid taxes in Canada. But, the applicant failed to file a US tax return. Even if the filed US tax return showed no US tax due, the USCIS could still deny the application due to the failure to file. We have fixed this problem before for naturalization applicants by fixing the failure to file problem. Next, we then re-file the naturalization application with an explanation. If this is your problem, and you need help, please contact us for a strategy consultation on your N-400 denied after the interview.

Criminal Conduct

An applicant’s serious criminal convictions will cause the USCIS to deny the N-400 naturalization applicant. A single conviction of driving under the influence is enough for the USCIS to deny the application. The USCIS may look behind a plea deal that the applicant thought would help. If an applicant’s DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving, the USCIS will often deny the N-400. The USCIS can independently gather documents related to the criminal charge. Alternatively, it can require the applicant to bring in documents. You must bring in the documents that relate to the criminal conviction. This is as part of the N-400 application process. If you have criminal convictions, contact us for a strategy consultation. You need to see whether filing for naturalization is in your best interest. It is better to plan and receive guidance than to forge ahead and receive a denial.

N-400 Denied after Interview Remedy

So far this article has discussed the reasons that you may have received an N-400 denial. In this section, we discussed the remedy. In the letter that you received from the USCIS, the USCIS informs you that you can appeal. You appeal the denial of your N-400. To do this you would file an N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings.

Filing the N-336 appeal will give you a hearing with a different USCIS officer on your naturalization application. You will also have the chance for you to fight the denial. If the USCIS denial was a mistake on the law and facts it is possible that you can prevail at this stage. We have successfully assisted people in the N-336 appeal process. However, it is critical to appeal only if you have a chance of success. That is why it is so important to get professional advice on the USCIS denial before appealing.

If your N-336 appeal is unsuccessful, you have exhausted your administrative remedies and may now appeal to federal district court. An appeal to federal district court is expensive and time-consuming. An applicant should consider his or her options before pursuing an appeal to the District Court. Professional guidance is key to making the right decision.

How We Can Help

From analyzing your N-400 denial after the interview through filing the N-336 appeal, and everything between, we can provide professional immigration advice that you can rely on. If you would like help with an N-400 denial, please contact us.

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