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Member Profile: zion2 (241 posts)

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Hello, I'm zion2 (report this user)
I am from Kenya
I last logged in on 12 Jan 2018
I have been a member since 20 Sep 2007
I have added 241 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 12 Jan 2018
zion2's Immigration Cases
 
I-485 case: Approved in 1861 days (1197 days more than average)   (2 comments)
User: zion2 Nationality: Kenya
Country of Chargeability:KenyaApplicant Type:primary
Service Center:TexasCategory:EB3
Priority Date:24 Aug 2006Application Filed:03 Jul 2007
USCIS Received Date:05 Jul 2007USCIS Notice Date:18 Oct 2007
USCIS Receipt Number:I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrent
I-140 Processing Type:regularI-140 Approval Date:25 Jun 2007
First Fingerprint Date:07 Nov 2007Second Fingerprint Date:
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Case Transferred to:Transfer Date:
Name Check Status:approvedName Check Approval Date:
I-485 Status:approvedI-485 Approval/Denial Date:06 Aug 2012
Card Production Ordered:06 Aug 2012Card Received Date:10 Aug 2012
EAD Applied?:yesAP Applied?:yes
EAD Approval Date:13 Nov 2007AP Approval Date:21 Nov 2007
EAD Received:AP Received:
Time to Get EAD Approval:133 daysTime to Get AP Approval:141 days
Time to Get Fingerprinting Done:127 daysTotal Time to Get GC:1861 days
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:
Experience:No LUDs and RFEs since I submitted I-485 for filing on 7/3/2007. Good lawyers help, they kept the process running smoothly. Congressional inquires can help to give your case that extra push.
Case Added to Tracker: Last Updated: 10 Aug 2012
Notes: No LUDs and RFEs since I submitted I-485 for filing on 7/3/2007. Good lawyers help, they kept the process running smoothly. Congressional inquires can help to give your case that extra push.

I-140 case: Approved   (0 comments)
User: zion2 Nationality: Kenya
Applicant Type:Service Center:Texas
Category:EB3Priority Date:24 Aug 2006
Application Filed:USCIS Received Date:15 Dec 2006
USCIS Notice Date:24 Aug 2006USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:regular
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:25 Jun 2007
Total Processing Time: daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: Last Updated: 23 Oct 2007
Notes:

I-765 case: Approved   (0 comments)
User: zion2 Nationality: Kenya
Application Type:new applicationService Center:Texas
Filing Method:paper-basedApplication Filed:
USCIS Received Date:05 Jul 2007USCIS Notice Date:
USCIS Receipt Number:RFE Received?:no
RFE Received Date:Reason for RFE:
RFE Replied Date:Application Status:approved
Approval/Denial Date:13 Nov 2007Card Production Ordered:
EAD Received:Total Processing Time: days
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: Last Updated: 13 Nov 2007
Notes:

I-131 case: Approved   (0 comments)
User: zion2 Nationality: Kenya
Service Center:TexasUSCIS District Office:
Filing Method:paper-basedApplication Filed:
USCIS Received Date:05 Jul 2007USCIS Notice Date:
USCIS Receipt Number:RFE Received?:no
RFE Received Date:Reason for RFE:
RFE Replied Date:Application Status:approved
Approval/Denial Date:21 Nov 2007AP Received:
Total Processing Time: daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: Last Updated: 14 Dec 2007
Notes: Received AP document in mail on 12/13/2007.

US Citizenship case:   (0 comments)
User: zion2 Nationality: Kenya
Service Center:DallasApplication Filed:01 Jul 2017
Priority Date:05 Jul 2017Check Cashed:06 Jul 2017
NOA Received (I-797C):05 Jul 2017USCIS Received Date:05 Jul 2017
Fingerprint Notice Received:15 Jul 2017Fingerprints Done:31 Jul 2017
Interview Letter Received:28 Nov 2017Interview Date:10 Jan 2018
Oath Letter Received:Oath Date:
USCIS District Office:San Antonio, TXU.S. Passport Applied Date:
U.S. Passport Received:Total Processing Time:
Days Elapsed:199 days
Case Added to Tracker: 02 Jul 2017 Last Updated: 10 Jan 2018
Notes: 11/27/17 - Received text "Testing and Interview" scheduled 1/10/18 - Interview completed and approved for citizenship
zion2's Posts
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 12 Jan 2018
Topic: San Antonio FO N-400 Filers

For those waiting for an interview at the SA FO, I wrote about my recent experience in the July 2017 Filers discussion (interview date 1/10/2018).

http://www.trackitt.com/usa-discussion-forums/n...
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 11 Jan 2018
Topic: Excessive short trips outside of the US

Nothing to be concerned about. As long as the dates you provided in the N-400 application match the CBP records, you're golden. You can check for yourself using this link, which will return all your records associated with an exit and re-enter date.

https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/history-search
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 10 Jan 2018
Topic: July 2017 Filers

I completed my interview today at the San Antonio FO and my citizenship application was approved. The entire process took less than 15 mins, it was a smooth and enjoyable experience. Kudos to the USCIS staff at this FO, they're courteous and friendly.

It was a busy day at the FO, the waiting room was packed with folks there for various reasons. I arrived 30 mins earlier, a good thing because it took at least that long to get through security and get my assigned number. I sat in the waiting for about 15 mins before my name was called.

The USCIS officer was very friendly and I made small chat. I have done consulting work with DHS at their Washington DC HQ and I talked about my experience working on a long term project with them and visiting their various offices. I took my oath to tell the truth and the interview began immediately thereafter. He asked for my passport, Green card and driver's license. He started with the civics questions right off the bat, after answering the first 6 questions correctly it was on to the next stage. He reviewed my N-400 application, flipping through the first 10 pages quickly and making check marks but never asked me to confirm any of my responses. He did spend a little time reviewing my travel history and I braced for a question on a trip I took when I was out of the country for over 7 months, but it never came. I wasn't asked for provide additional documents or verify any other details. I never had to reach into the large folder of paper work I brought with me. Thus far, it was a breeze!

Finally, we went through the yes/no questions on the application. Then it was on to signing the final page and I was done. I received a paper from the officer showing I had passed and the oath ceremony was the next step (he estimated it would be in 3-4 weeks, but not promises). Officer Jose walked me to exit door and I was on my way.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 27 Dec 2017
Topic: Estimated Case Completion Time Dallas

I mailed my application in. I prepared a very detailed application and provided all the supporting documentation in a well organized packet. Whether that helped in securing an interview in less than 4 months is anyone's guess. Once again, these estimates are subjective and its very difficult to predict timelines. I can't give much insight into the Online application experience, some folks claim its faster. Its a new system and they invariably have to iron out the kinks as its rolled out. I would take the "overstated estimates" with a grain of salt.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 26 Dec 2017
Topic: Estimated Case Completion Time Dallas

Its highly subjective and depends on various factors such as the Field Office (some have larger backlogs than others), country of chargeability, employment vs marriage/family based green card applicants, background check status, the Trump administration factor, etc. Personally, I think 23 months is too high of an estimate. We're seeing time ranges of a couple of months to under 12 months. Those taking longer likely have hit a snag somewhere along the vetting process.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 05 Dec 2017
Topic: September 2017 filers

Congrats and good luck!
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 05 Dec 2017
Topic: September 2017 filers

Most likely in the first or second week of Jan 2018.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 03 Dec 2017
Topic: July 2017 Filers

Interview notification recieved on Nov 28th and the interview date is Jan 10th, 2018 in San Antonio.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 29 Nov 2017
Topic: San Antonio FO N-400 Filers

Also contact your Senator and Congressional Representative offices for help as well. They were very helpful when I needed to get movement on my I-485 application for the green card.

https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 29 Nov 2017
Topic: San Antonio FO N-400 Filers

If you're past the normal processing time (which you likely are), request for an InfoPass or create a Service Request.

https://www.uscis.gov/tools/your-guide-infopass

https://egov.uscis.gov/e-request/Intro.do
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 28 Nov 2017
Topic: San Antonio FO N-400 Filers

Some movement in San Antonio FO. Last night I received a text and email message from USCIS, my case status changed to "Testing and Interview".
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 28 Nov 2017
Topic: July 2017 Filers

Last night I received a text and email message from USCIS with my case status changing to "Testing and Interview". I'm waiting for the official letter to arrive in the mail. Hopefully the interview will be in Dec or early Jan. My FO is San Antonio.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 25 Nov 2017
Topic: San Antonio FO N-400 Filers

San Antonio FO processing times seems to fair a little better than other TX based FOs. I'm starting this thread to help others who are waiting in line for their interviews at this FOs and would like share their experiences. Also would love to hear from those who have recently completed their application process and are finally citizens....congratulations and don't forget to register to vote!
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 27 Oct 2017
Topic: Apply for N400 with Multiple Trips Abroad

As long as you can prove you maintained some of the criteria listed below, your application should be fine. Valid documents to mail along with your application are tax returns for the last 5 years, bank statements, pay slips, car payments and mortgage statements.

Reference USCIC legal basis "Disruption of continuity of residence" section C.

https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB...

The types of documentation which may establish that the applicant did not disrupt the continuity of his or her residence in the United States during an extended absence include, but are not limited to, evidence that during the absence: (Amended 9/24/93; 58 FR 49913)

(A) The applicant did not terminate his or her employment in the United States;
(B) The applicant's immediate family remained in the United States;
(C) The applicant retained full access to his or her United States abode; or
(D) The applicant did not obtain employment while abroad.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 08 Aug 2017
Topic: Ticket few days to interview

If the interviewing officer asks about recent tickets, just be honest and update them. If they don't ask, don't say anything. Show your receipts for fine payments or letters for court hearings/adjudications. What gets candidates into trouble is not telling the truth.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 07 Aug 2017
Topic: Your Case Status: Testing and Interview

You determine your FO based on the State and County you live in - https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office...
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 07 Aug 2017
Topic: July 2017 Filers

You're fine as long as you can prove you maintained your domicile at the current address or an address in the state you're apply from (home mortgage, rent, utilities bill, etc).
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 06 Aug 2017
Topic: July 2017 Filers

Likely because they're still running backgrounds checks (name and fingerprints). My check may have been completed quickly because I'm heavily involved in Federal Government consulting work, which has required extensive background checks, I travel extensively and have Global Entry. In all cases, I submitted fingerprints which are processed by the FBI.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 02 Aug 2017
Topic: July 2017 Filers

It typically takes at least 6 months or more to process N-400 applications, from file date to oath ceremony. I would set expectations to coincide with that time line. Many FOs are backlogged with a large number of pending applications, USCIS has been recording a steady YoY increase - based on N-400 Performance Data.

https://www.uscis.gov/tools/reports-studies/immi...
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 02 Aug 2017
Topic: July 2017 Filers

Received a text message this morning, "Case Is In Line For An Interview". Timeline thus far:

Application Filed (mailed): 7/1/2017
USCIS Received Date: 7/5/2017
Priority Date: 7/5/2017 (NBC*)
Notice of Action: 7/7/2017
Bio-metrics Appointment Received: 7/15/2017
Bio-metrics Done: 7/31/2017
Case Last Updated: 8/2/2017 ("Case Is In Line For An Interview")

My case will likely be processed at the San Antonio FO.
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