Winston-salem, NC asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina

Q: Naturalization taking longer than usual

My wife and I applied for US citizenship back in Feb 2019. We had our bio-metrics done in a couple of weeks. Since then we have been waiting for a letter for an interview. Currently, the status says "We are taking longer than expected to process your case. You do not need to do anything at this time". The reason we are concerned is a couple of my friends who applied for Naturalization in May 2019 already gave their interviews + Oath (Same USCIS processing Centre - Charlotte NC). We became US Perm Residence via Asylum however, my friends came here via F4. They have lived in the US for a little less than 5 years but we have been living in the US for almost 10 years now. Did our status and duration here in the US make any difference? We are wondering and slightly concerned as to why ours is taking so long but someone who had applied 3 months after we did is already a US citizen, again, the same USCIS processing center. Thank you for any information.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: It is hard to say. It could be the way you got your residence (asylum), but the fact is access to all benefits is inconsistent and taking longer than before. Each case is different, however, and there is nothing you wrote that would indicate any particular reason why your case would be taking longer.

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