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  1. Hello, Due to unfortunate circumstances/family emergency I ended up missing my Oath Ceremony twice. After the first one, I sent a letter notifying the local USCIS of my travel situation and requested for scheduling the second one after my return + 14 days. However, I got the second appointment 3 weeks later and I had to miss that one too due to the 14-day travel-related quarantine requirement (it was on the notice). I followed up with a letter again to the local office explaining the reason for missing the ceremony. I have contacted USCIS multiple times over phone, created a SR etc to no avail. The status I keep getting is that "my application is in queue" to be scheduled for Oath Ceremony. It's been the same status since May and it's almost three months since the second appointment. Do I have any recourse at this time? Can I contact the senators' office? Gurus, please advise. Thanks.
  2. Hello, Here is an update on my status. I attended my interview and got an Oath Ceremony appointment, which I missed due to travel. I'm currently attending to my sick dad. I informed the officer during the interview about my travel, followed instructions on the N-445 notice to reschedule the ceremony prior to the actual date (returned N-445 with letter). However, no action was taken by USCIS prior to the appointment. Following the Oath Ceremony date, I saw my status updated online, as follows: "On #####, we sent you a notice for Receipt Number XXXXX, confirming that you did not attend your scheduled oath ceremony. The notice we mailed you outlined the steps you must take to reschedule your oath ceremony. Please follow the instructions in the notice." I'm yet to see this notice. Does anybody have any idea as to what the next steps are to reschedule the ceremony if you missed the original date? I will need this information so that I can book my return flight accordingly. JoeF or other experienced folks, it would be great if you could offer some insight on this. Thank you.
  3. Hello, I'm in a similar boat with respect to travel. Have you seen the following information on the USCIS site? " If you cannot attend your scheduled naturalization ceremony, return the notice, Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, to your local USCIS office, along with a letter requesting a new date and explaining why you cannot attend the scheduled naturalization ceremony. Failing to appear more than once for your naturalization ceremony may lead to a denial of your application. " I'm curious to know if you had an opportunity to pick a date for the Oath Ceremony during the interview? Is it possible at all? General question: Do we have to wait for the letter or can we call USCIS contact center to reschedule? It would be great if gurus can weigh in on this topic. Thanks.
  4. Thanks, JoeF, for your response. I appreciate it.
  5. Hello, I have some general questions on travel while I'm going through my citizenship process. Note that my GC is valid for a few more months. 1. Can I travel after the interview, before the Oath ceremony on my GC? Is there any travel freeze during this time? On that note, can I request to expedite the Oath ceremony during the interview? 2. I'm assuming that I will need a passport to travel following the Oath ceremony. Is there a way to expedite passport processing based on upcoming travel needs? I would appreciate it if gurus on this site can offer some insight. Thanks.
  6. guest33

    N400 pending at since March 2020

    Hello newcomer, One more question. Did you request for "expedite processing" when you contacted the senator? Also, did you provide any evidence/documentation other than stating processing delays for your citizenship application?
  7. guest33

    N400 pending at since March 2020

    Thanks, newcomer. I'm not sure if you are aware of this new development with GC renewals. Apparently, the I-797 notice you receive after filing I-90 will extend the validity of your GC by a year: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-to-replace-sticker-that-extends-validity-of-green-cards I think GC renewal will be helpful if you were to change jobs, extend your driver's license etc. I'm not sure if an I-551 stamp will be a substitute for the aforementioned situations. Hope this helps. It will be nice if gurus here can weigh in on this topic!
  8. guest33

    N400 pending at since March 2020

    Thanks, newcomer. for the response. Would you mind sharing details of how you contacted your senator's office? By email, phone or mailing out a form ? (on my senator's website, it says to mail out a form for help with federal agencies). Also, if I understand correctly, the senator's office recommended you for an I-551 stamp (in their request to USCIS)? Do you have details on how to set up the InfoPass appointment? Can it be done online or we have to contact USCIS by phone to set up the appointment? Finally, I think it would still be useful to apply for GC renewal, as a back-up plan. Any insight on the above will be appreciated. Thanks,
  9. guest33

    N400 pending at since March 2020

    Hello newcomer, pontevecchio, I'm also in a similar boat. I'm considering applying for GC renewal. Does the "180 days before expiration rule" for GC renewal still apply? I'm also curious to know about the 1-551 stamping process. Additionally, are there any travel restrictions while citizenship and GC renewal applications are pending, assuming I still have a valid GC? How close to GC expiration date can one expect to travel? Any advise from gurus will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  10. guest33

    Travel to India - Covid Requirements

    Based on my research, RT-PCR swab test is the best bet for travel. Although pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens offer such testing, it is best to go to a private clinic/lab to schedule testing and get results within 72 hours of travel - this will exempt you from institutional quarantine in India. Again, the requirements vary from state to state and you will have to check the local requirements. The following are some useful links for travel-related testing. https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel-partners/ https://thepointsguy.com/guide/where-to-get-covid-test-travel/ https://www.wendyperrin.com/how-to-get-a-quick-covid-test-for-travel/ Hope this helps.
  11. Hello, I would like to travel to India from the US due to a family emergency. I did some research on Covid requirements and per my understanding, I would need to get a RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to departure in order to be exempted from institutional quarantine. I have had a hard time finding an appointment for the testing. I discovered that some places offer saliva-based testing as opposed to nasal/throat swabs. -Does anybody know if saliva based PCR testing is accepted by Indian authorities? -Are there any testing or quarantine requirements on returning from India? I understand that there are state specific requirements and in CA, a 14-day self-quarantine is recommended but not required, per my research. I would really appreciate it if folks who have traveled to India recently can provide any feedback. Thanks.
  12. guest33

    Follow-up on Application

    Also, I wonder if GC renewal application can be done ahead of the 180 days prior to expiration, due to delays or the 180-day rule still holds? Any advice?
  13. guest33

    Follow-up on Application

    Thanks again, pontevecchio. Do you know if it is okay to travel with a valid GC while citizenship application is in process? As a general update, I called USCIS to check on the status of my application and they said that the expected completion date (prior) in November was not accurate. Now, my status does not show any expected processing time due to delays.
  14. guest33

    Follow-up on Application

    Thanks, pontevecchio. On a separate note, my GC expires in July 2021. Is it advisable to apply for renewal of GC while N-400 is pending? Or can I get by with an I-551 stamp for any travel needs? Any advice/suggestions? Thanks.
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    Follow-up on Application

    Any advice gurus? Thanks.
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