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Member Profile: zion2 (253 posts)

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Hello, I'm zion2 (report this user)
I am from Kenya
I last logged in on 11 Apr 2018
I have been a member since 20 Sep 2007
I have added 253 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 19 Apr 2018
zion2's Immigration Cases
 
I-485 case: Approved in 1861 days (1188 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:   (1 comment)
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:02 Feb 2018Oath Date:22 Feb 2018
USCIS District Office:San Antonio, TXU.S. Passport Applied Date:23 Feb 2018
U.S. Passport Received:03 Apr 2018Total Processing Time:
Days Elapsed:298 days
Case Added to Tracker: 02 Jul 2017 Last Updated: 08 Apr 2018
Notes: Mailed application (NBC). 2/2/18 - Received Oath Ceremony letter in mail (no text or email notification prior). 2/23/18 - Applied for passport at local USPS 4/3/18 - PP received.
zion2's Posts
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 19 Apr 2018
Topic: Passport fees

Visit your local USPS and apply for it using routine service. You'll usually get the passport in 2-3 weeks.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 19 Apr 2018
Topic: 504 days since priority date- still no interview

I find that unacceptable. Something is out of whack and you should follow up with USCIS. My FO is San Antonio, my application took a little over 6 months from filing to oath. Based the processing time estimation link provided here, San Antonio shows 9.5 Months to 15 months. Take these estimations with a grain of salt. The "Trump effect" has certainly increased the workload for USCIS and it is entirely possible it is getting worse with each passing day.

Be assertive and follow up.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 28 Feb 2018
Topic: Experience with frequent foreign trips with/without N470 app

They never asked about my trips during the interview. Like I mentioned, I documented all my travels, dates, countries visited and purposes (business and leisure). I think a lot of folks get too caught up on international travel and how it will affect their N-400 application. As long as you show proof of maintaining your residency in the US and paid your taxes, there is nothing to worry about.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 27 Feb 2018
Topic: Experience with frequent foreign trips with/without N470 app

Never applied for N470 as I had no intention of staying outside the country for more than 1 year.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 27 Feb 2018
Topic: Experience with frequent foreign trips with/without N470 app

I took numerous trip outside of the US, one trip was over 7 months (totaling 400 days over the last 5 years since attaining GC status). For my N-400 application, I submitted documentation proof of continually maintaining a US home address, bank statements, credit card payments, mortgage and HOA payments for my rental properties and insurance payments.

During the interview, the USCIS office never asked me about my trips. My assumption he was able to verify whatever information he needed based on the paper trail of documents I provided. Also make sure you can correlate your travel dates with CBP I-94 arrival/department travel history (https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home).
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 23 Feb 2018
Topic: Dallas, TX filers in 2016- 2017 ( new president era)

San Antonio is processing relatively quickly, my application took 7 months. I know of 2 other applicants in the same time range as well.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 22 Feb 2018
Topic: July 2017 Filers

I attended the oath ceremony today in San Antonio, I am officially a US citizen! It took 7 months and 17 days to complete the process.

There were two sessions, an AM and PM ceremony. I attended the PM ceremony. It began at 12pm and ended at 3pm. In total, 242 people participated, representing 50 plus countries. It was an emotional end to a hard fought journey. I arrived in the US as a college student, progressing through F1, OPT, H1B, GC (company sponsorship) and finally Naturalization. Tomorrow I will be applying for the passport at my local USPS.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 02 Feb 2018
Topic: July 2017 Filers

This evening I received the Oath Ceremony letter (N-445) in the mail. I did not receive a text or email confirmation that it had been scheduled. I'll be attending the ceremony in San Antonio on Feb 22, 2018. I am thankful the process has gone smoothly thus far and certainly faster than I expected. Glad its almost over.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 29 Jan 2018
Topic: November 2017 Filers

Congrats on receiving the Oath Ceremony letter. Please add/update your N-400 case in Trackitt, collectively this data helps in coming up with predictive reporting - https://www.trackitt.com/addmycase
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 26 Jan 2018
Topic: San Antonio FO N-400 Filers

SA FO processing is faster than other Texas locations. Interview is scheduled about 4-5 months after Fingerprint verification and background check is completed. Then its 1-2 months to get the Oath letter and finally the Oath ceremony date is about 1 month from the date of receiving the letter. In total, 6-8 months.

Good luck!
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 22 Jan 2018
Topic: July 2017 Filers

This morning my case updated to “Oath Ceremony Will Be Scheduled”. The notice letter with the scheduled date will be mailed within 30 days.
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Posted in N-400 (Naturalization) Forum on 20 Jan 2018
Topic: Government shutdown can affect USCIS?

Shutdown will delay issuance of new passports.
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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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