USCIS Will Automatically Extend Green Cards for Naturalization Applicants

Starting December 12, 2022, all applicants for N-400 (naturalization) will receive an automatic extension of their green card for up to 24 months. Applicants no longer need to file a separate I-90 to extend their green cards. The automatic extension will be stated on the N-400 receipt notice. The receipt notice can be presented with the expired Green Card as evidence of continued status as well...

Is the New Estimated Case Processing Time Better than Before?

On May 5, 2022, USCIS announced changes to simplify and improve how the agency communicates case processing time data to the public. Users can now immediately find the processing time information for their particular type of case, rather than seeing an aggregate of all related case types. Additional changes include: Adding drop-down options for form categories will help narrow results to only...

USCIS Schedules and then Cancels Multiple Interviews Repeatedly

Update 10/29/2021 This is not over yet! The interview scheduled for 10/28/2021 was canceled on the date of the interview. We received a case update that a new interview date has been scheduled. Original Post 09/29/2021 No one knows what's going on but these things do happen from time to time. Naturalization client attended the first interview in June 2021 and did not pass the civics test. That's...

Why Is My Case Taking So Long?

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Anxious About Not Having Received a Receipt Notice? Ask Emma

As USCIS continues to grapple with backlogs and extended processing delays, the issuance of receipt notices has also be impacted with some taking 3 weeks or longer to arrive by mail. Coupled with mail delivery issues at USPS, it has now become a challenge just to get the receipt notice in hand. It is no longer easy or expected to receive the receipt notice within a few short days. Receipt...

Children Born Outside of the U.S. / Born Through Assisted Reproductive Technology

On August 5, 2021, USCIS updated its guidance on children born outside of the U.S. and for children born through assisted reproductive technology (ART). USCIS will consider a child to be born in wedlock when their legal parents are married to one another at the time of birth and at least one of the legal parents has a genetic or gestational relationship to the child. USCIS considers the...

Naturalization Processing Updates

Update 01/27/2023 Here's a recent sample for the Baltimore Field Office showing processing time from filing to interview in about 7 months. Update 01/16/2023 USCIS continues to adjudicate naturalization applications faster than what's posted. Here's a sample showing the naturalization time frame from filing to interview at just 3 months. The case is processed at the Philadelphia field office....

Applicants for Naturalization may be Forgiven if They Had Unknowingly Registered to Vote

USCIS issued new policy guidance on May 27, 2021 regarding an applicant's registration to vote and its impact on good moral character determination during naturalization. Some of the policy highlights include: USCIS will not penalize an applicant who unknowingly or unwilfully registers to vote.USCIS does not consider an applicant to have unlawfully registered to vote if the applicant did not...