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Get ready for your U.S. Citizenship Interview!

Aug 13, 2018

Applicants who used to wait about four months for a Citizenship Interview appointment are now waiting eight months or more. This weekend I received a joyful text from my long-time student, Min Hui, that she finally received her citizenship appointment
letter. (She applied in Sept 2107).  Here is her practice interview from June plus a round-robin civics quiz from her fellow citizenship students. After her interview, I will talk a bit more  about how to check USCIS Processing times.

How to check USCIS Processing Times
1. Go to
2. Click the CHECK PROCESSING TIMES link (under TOOLS)
3. Select Form: N-400; Field Office: (your field office)
4. click GET PROCESSING TIME button
5. USCIS will give you a processing date range and “Receipt date for a case inquiry" (for example the SJ office is 8-14 months and the receipt date for a case inquiry is June 20, 2017)

Note 1: You can also create an account to see your personalized case completion time on this Get Processing Time results page.

Note 2: If your receipt date is before the “Receipt date for a case inquiry", you can submit an “outside normal processing time” service request online. The link is on this Get Processing Time results page under CASE MANAGEMENT TOOLS.

Note 3: You can also use the USCIS digital assistant EMMA to guide you through this procedure.

Note 4: If you prefer to talk to a USCIS officer in person, go to the TOOLS, the APPOINTMENTS. You can make an appointment at the INFOPASS page. The officer can check your case status but cannot give legal advice.


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