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Citizenship Interview - Decision Not Yet Made Status

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Hello, I thought I would start a thread for those with a Decision Not Yet Made status after their Citizenship interview. My citizenship interview was on April 18. My GC is employment based. Both my wife and I interviewed same day. 

My wife's interview went without issues. She got a friendly officer and she was told her n-400 was approved and we saw the USCIS status online changed to approved and that she will hear about oath ceremony info. 

My interview resulted in a Decision not yet made. The officer was quite reserved and seemed a bit unfriendly/stern. He asked for my GC, drivers license, passport, appt letter. He looked at my passport and asked for my old ones. I stated I did not bring it as they expired. He stated, how am I to verify if you didnt travel outside the country for more than 6 months to a year. I wasn't sure how to answer. I weakly stated that I think all my travel is in there. In actuality, I received my new passport two years before my green card. So it had all 5 years of travel during the time I had my Green Card. All the other questions I was able to answer without issues. I passed my Civics/English test. After he handed me the Decision not yet made letter, I asked him whats the next step in the process. He stated, you have to wait and i will hear in 6 weeks or so. He also said something about going through the application with a fine tooth comb as this is a naturalization application. 

I did have 12+  trips abroad in the 5 years I had the GC. most of them were for business and lasting about a week each. 

The officer asked for no other docs. If folks have a Decision not yet made status where the officer was non-committal about approval, would be great to hear your experience and what the outcome was? Other comments welcome as well

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Don't worry, everything will be fine

After the Interview, depending on the place, it may take 4 to 6 months for Oath ceremony

Also it is common now a days for the officer to not make decision on the spot in some cases

If there is any problem, you will always have a chance to contest it 

Have faith and relax, things will be fine

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They are required by law to make a decision within 120 days of the interview, if I remember right. If they take longer it is possible to file a writ of mandamus to force them to make a decision. Everything I've seen about that is that they approve it within a day of receiving the WoM.

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Many thanks JoeF. I was a bit concerned because of how the IO conducted the interview. My wife received her oath ceremony appointment. I will keep you all posted on my status - as of now, no news.

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"He stated, how am I to verify if you didnt travel outside the country for more than 6 months to a year."

With all these fancy systems in place, it's funny he thought he had to see the passport book to know this. I am sure your every entry and exit if recorded on a passport, is also recorded in a networked system - you would think an immigration officer handling a citizenship interview would be able to access if needed!

 

 

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