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honey_apply_1955     07/15/2018 13:11 PM

Filed May 15, 2017 In line for interview June 23, 2017. Hopefully the long wait to here something is near!! Good Luck to everyone that has waited so long.....

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Busa     07/14/2018 19:05 PM

Please does anyone have an idea if it the processing time is faster if the N400 is filed online especially for Houston field office? Thanks in advance

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Patiently     07/13/2018 22:52 PM

Received the below text in an email from the USCIS today:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today posted a policy memorandum (PDF, 113 KB) (PM) that provides guidance to USCIS adjudicators regarding their discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) when required initial evidence was not submitted or the evidence of record fails to establish eligibility.

This updated guidance is effective September 11, 2018 and applies to all applications, petitions, and requests, except for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) adjudications, received after that date. Due to preliminary injunctions issued by courts in California and New York, this new PM does not change the RFE and NOID policies and practices that apply to the adjudication of DACA requests.

“For too long, our immigration system has been bogged down with frivolous or meritless claims that slow down processing for everyone, including legitimate petitioners. Through this long overdue policy change, USCIS is restoring full discretion to our immigration officers to deny incomplete and ineligible applications and petitions submitted for immigration benefits,” said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. “Doing so will discourage frivolous filings and skeletal applications used to game the system, ensure our resources are not wasted, and ultimately improve our agency’s ability to efficiently and fairly adjudicate requests for immigration benefits in full accordance with our laws.”

The 2013 PM addressed policies for the issuance of RFEs and NOIDs when the evidence submitted at the time of filing did not establish eligibility. In practice, the 2013 PM limited denials without RFEs or NOIDs to statutory denials by providing that RFEs should be issued unless there was “no possibility” of approval. This “no possibility” policy limited the application of an adjudicator’s discretion.

The policy implemented in this guidance restores to the adjudicator full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first issuing an RFE or a NOID, when appropriate. This policy is intended to discourage frivolous or substantially incomplete filings used as “placeholder” filings and encourage applicants, petitioners, and requestors to be diligent in collecting and submitting required evidence.

USCIS will continue issuing statutory denials when appropriate without first issuing an RFE or NOID when the applicant, petitioner, or requestor has no legal basis for the benefit/request sought, or submits a request for a benefit or relief under a program that has been terminated.
If all required initial evidence is not submitted with the benefit request, USCIS, in its discretion, may deny the benefit request for failure to establish eligibility based on lack of required initial evidence. Examples of filings that may be denied without sending an RFE or NOID include, but are not limited to:

Waiver applications submitted with little to no supporting evidence; or
Cases where the regulations, the statute, or form instructions require the submission of an official document or other form of evidence establishing eligibility at the time of filing and there is no such submission. For example, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864), if required, was not submitted with an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485).
This PM updates Chapters 10.5(a) and 10.5(b) of the USCIS Adjudicator’s Field Manual and contains an “additional considerations” section. The policy in this “additional considerations” section is not new, and is nearly identical to the policy contained in the superseded 2013 PM.

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BSmiley     07/13/2018 21:55 PM

I am finally a US citizen, I took an oath of allegiance today with other 51 nationality in Atlanta. It was very sensational and emotional experience and I would like to thank great people on this forum for guidance and support esp Allan and Robb.
I would like to share my timeline with you guys.
PD Aug 17th, 2017
FP Sep 10th, 2017
Case been online for interview since Sep, 2017
April 27th, case changed to interview has been scheduled
June 5th, interview. Passed the interview but decision cannot yet be made
June 27th, case changed to oath ceremony letter is mailed
July 13th, oath ceremony at Atlanta field office.

It requires more patient and prayers guys, it shall happen on due time. Never get weary and all shall come to pass.

God bless America!

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chicago23     07/13/2018 16:09 PM

Both my spouse and I with a PD date of 9/1/2017 had our interview at the Chicago office yesterday (7/12/18) and today (7/13/18) respectively.

We both passed our English and Civics test. While reviewing our forms, the officers (different) found a typo in the end date where we had put 2016 instead of 2017 in the address section.
In my case I had another item where I did not answer a question about how many times my spouse has been married. I answered it there and the I/O updated the same for me.

We have no criminal history and paid all our taxes on time. Still we both got 'A decision cannot be made at this time' and were asked to wait 3-4 weeks for a written decision. Any one else in the same boat or thoughts on what may be going on. Is it because of the typo in the form.

BTW we got the same 6 civics questions
- 435 voting members
- Father of our country
- War fought by US in 1900
- state rep for a term of how many years
- chief justice of the supreme court
- in what month do we vote for president

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kittymclean     07/13/2018 09:35 AM

I just applied for citizenship in May 2018, I live in Orlando, and I would like to get some experiences on this specific field office.

I'm also divorced from my husband whom I got the green card thru and this makes me a little nervous even though our marriage was bonafide and never been requested for evidence during our green card progress.

Let me know how it went for you!

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frenchie4ever     07/12/2018 22:50 PM

Anyone in the Miami area who is going to have an interview in August ?

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frenchie4ever     07/12/2018 20:44 PM

Hi all,

been silently reading this threat since last year and I think you are all fabulous with oyour advice and support.

I have been waiting for my n400 interview for over a year.
I applied in May2017
Did fingerprints in June2017
And my status was 'in line for interview' ever since...

My Greencard expired in the meantime...

 2 weeks ago, I had to reapply for a new Green Card, because of an emergency I have to travel back home for a few weeks. After multiple trips to the USCIS I got granted an extension on my GC.

Now, I am ready and able to travel; will be leaving next month.

To my surprise, yesterday, I saw that my status changed and that my interview for N400 has been scheduled! That means, I will receive a letter in the mail! and my interview might be while I am gone!

How can they give me an interview now "knowing" that I have an emergency and I have to travel?!!

I can't believe it, I am freaking out.

As anyone had to reschedule an interview??

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toowavy     07/12/2018 16:57 PM

I'm a Jamaican my immigration lawyer which is Catholic Charities immigration lawyer just filed my citizenship which just delivered to Texas Center do you know how long it will take get a receipt number mailed to me and biometric

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janeela     07/12/2018 16:24 PM

12 Oct 2012 Green Card Received
27 Nov 2017 N-400 posted
1 Dec 2017 Parcel Received by USCIS
7 Dec 2017 App Fee deducted from Credit Card
27 Dec 2017 Biometrics scheduled - could not take because of holidaying in Texas
                     Rescheduled to 25 Jan 2018
25 Jan 2018 Biometrics completed
31 May 2018 Interview Letter received for 10 July 2018. Interview at Newark
10 July 2018 Interview, Oath completed. Cert. of Naturalization received at Newark
12 July 2018 Applied for US Passport

I had to change my job in New York during 1st week of Jan 2018, between 2 Fortune 50 Companies. Between Dec 2017 and June 2018, I had to visit to UK, Canada and Mexico as demanded by the new job.

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