USCIS has decided to redistribute cases throughout various US field offices. This decision means that there will be faster processing times for applicants who are seeking naturalization (N-400), citizenship status forms adjustments (I-485), and permanent residence registration (I-485).
The N-400 and I-485 receipts boosted by 25% in FY 2016 and 15.6% in FY 2017. These increases contributed to longer processing times and uneven backlogs across various field offices. Ultimately, there was a maximum of a two year delay for the busier offices which less busy ones only needed six months. That’s why USCIS has shifted caseloads for a more even processing and distribution time.
Here are a few helpful tips about the filing process for those who are filing N-400:
- Your case might not be processed in the same field that you sent it to.
- Your interview might be held at a different field office or location.
- Be prepared to potentially travel outside of your normal jurisdiction to interview.
- USCIS will provide sufficient time to accommodate the additional travel.
- USCIS has increased the amount of staff and field offices working the cases.
- Anticipate appointment or request notices from offices outside your jurisdiction
- All biometric appointments will take place in applicant’s jurisdiction
- Heed the instructions on all notices advising of the next steps in the process