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Strange Question from N-400 Interview

Hello ,

I did go for my N-400 Interview and the officer was reviewing my documents for G.C.
He saw that i changed my job once while my GC was in progress. 
He mentioned that my original employer withdrew I140 after i changed my job and  the new employer did not file a new Labor and new I-140 even though i received GC.

I mentioned to him that my law firm filed AC21 Portability and other docs to support that. He still was not convinced with the GC process and wanted more time and my case might go for supervisor review.

Is anything wrong with my GC Process? I obviously moved to a new job more than 4 Years after filing I140 and 3 years after approval I140. If my previous employer withdraws I140, Should my new employer file again?

Below is my Green Card Path.

I140/I485 Filling- Sept 2005
Company Change - Oct 2009
RFE received from USCIS - Dec 2009
AC21 Filed with New Employer -Dec 2009
Green Card Approved - July 2010
N400 Apply in - March 2017
 

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On 8/29/2017 at 3:53 PM, pontevecchio said:

Get your lawyer involved ASAP. A forum is not the right place. You seem to be OK if the facts are as stated. Wait for the supervisor to correct the new recruit/Intern and if no joy in a few weeks get a Lawyer involved.

 

The person interviewed did not seem to be an Intern but ...very hostile.

It has been close to 30 days since the interview completed. The response from USCIS has been it takes 60-90 days for review. Should i hire an attorney at this point?

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1 hour ago, pontevecchio said:

Maybe a Murthy Lawyer can chip in with any new degree of hostility and delay experienced in Naturalization Interviews by their ex clients?

It is true there are more frequent examples of USCIS officers being hostile and unprofessional during naturalization interviews. We are hopeful these are only rogue officers, and not a policy guided trend. Nonetheless, it is important to maintain your own composure and professionalism during interviews, and fight ignorance with the facts and law. AC21 is recognized law and therefore if you find you are having issues it may be advisable to contact our office to discuss the matter in more detail. You may also find congressional support helpful.      

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Hello AmmarImmi

Do you mind sharing which center was this at? Also would you mind sharing further information on this, as the case progresses?  There would be a lot of people who have changed their job on EAD/AC21 and would like to know how to handle this situation.

Wish you all the best

 

Ashok

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Actually, a colleague of mine was asked during the citizenship interview to provide documents that he has worked in the same field as stated in his NIW I-140. He is from S. Korea so there is no reason to be hostile with him whatsoever (even by a Trumpist) plus he works at one of the most known/famous IT corporations in the US and his NIW was in the same field. 

 

I hope it's not a policy guided trend.

 

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2 hours ago, Attorney_22 said:

It is true there are more frequent examples of USCIS officers being hostile and unprofessional during naturalization interviews. We are hopeful these are only rogue officers, and not a policy guided trend. Nonetheless, it is important to maintain your own composure and professionalism during interviews, and fight ignorance with the facts and law. AC21 is recognized law and therefore if you find you are having issues it may be advisable to contact our office to discuss the matter in more detail. You may also find congressional support helpful.      

I have reached out today to Murthy law-firm for consultation. The immigration officer seems to be experienced but surprisingly hostile. 
He Hardly had a smile.  Got a sense they are doing me a huge favor to grant me citizenship. 
He Wanted to know how much salary i make today compared to 8-10 Years back. Lots of questions about 8-9 years back on the reasons why i changed a company.  I was patient and courteous through out the interview. I was definitely not prepared for such grilling.  
 

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2 hours ago, pontevecchio said:

Trumpism refers to race and not country of origin. He said, she said is not proof of what actually happened specially if a friend is giving his slant to another friend. It is not a requirement to smile .

1) Tumpism is not really as simple as that. Furthermore, race and country of origin are synonymous with high percentage in the Old World countries.

2)  There is no proof about anything you or I post, either, even as an OP. The forum is about exchanging experiences and providing advice. It also has moderators who approve or decline comments based on whether they are relevant.

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If something was legally wrong, you have the courts to fix that.

Often, it doesn't need the courts. Way back when, ca. 10 years ago, a friend had an issue where he wanted the oath modified to have the reference to a deity removed. The examiner said, no way, you take the oath as is or you can't become a citizen. After the interview, my friend contacted a DC-based organization dedicated to separation of church and state. That organization wrote a letter to the head of USCIS, and my friend had his ceremony with the modified oath 3 days later.

I had a related experience, with the examiner saying I can't have the modified oath. She went to her supervisor, who said the same. 10 minutes later, the supervisor came into the room, said it is ok. He obviously looked it up... The examiner still didn't get my reasoning, asking, "so, you don't believe in God?" I explained to her that it was about separation of church and state, not about what I believe or not. I think she still didn't get it... It was funny to see that I knew more about this part of the law than the people from the agency enforcing.It...

Anyway, as was said by Attorney_22, always stay professional. Fixing things later is much easier if you stay calm. "You'll hear from my lawyer" would be the extend of my reaction.

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Had a Phone Consultation with Murthy Law Firm. The lawyer was in agreement that i was well within the bounds of AC21 and was surprised the immigration officer was blatantly  off the mark. Might have to file an addendum to the application now. Also reached out to Ombudsman with no luck since it is within the time frame (60-90 days review).

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  • 2 months later...

Apologies..for the delayed response.  

We flew Overseas in Nov-Dec '17  for Family reasons.  My Wife received a call from USCIS when we were out of the country .

We could not take the call at that time and there was NO Voice Mail. They send out a Letter asking for Photos for her (since its a name change)

We knew at that point in time our Case Was Approved for Naturalization. Once we returned from overseas, we meet the immigration officer of my wife(the nice guy) and provided the photos required for Name Change.

We Enquired with him about the reason for the delay and he had NO answer. We did not Press him too much on why they delayed our case for such a blatant reason (since he had no issues ).  

Our Oath Ceremony has completed as well.  But the whole experience has left me baffled and question their motives.

 

My Suggestion would be , prepare yourself for all these curveballs and take nothing for granted. Good Luck all !!!

 

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