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Naturalization Interview Times Now Include Weekends and After Business Hours

March 23rd, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

USCIS is expanding work hours and increasing staff to help process the record number of naturalization applications filed in Fiscal Year 2007. More resources should be welcomed. But the less obvious secondary benefit – some applicants might not have to miss a day of work for their appointments.


In Fiscal Year 2007, USCIS received a significant increase in naturalization applications (Form N-400). To address the increase, USCIS is expanding work hours and adding staff to complete these filings within our processing time goals.

If you have received a notice from USCIS that your naturalization interview has been scheduled on a Saturday, Sunday, or after traditional business hours, the notice is correct and you should appear at the scheduled time.

Immigration lawyers are happy because the additional resources should help USCIS process clients’ applications faster. Immigration lawyers are not happy because they now have 7-day work schedules.

On a related note, a New York Times Editorial bashed USCIS soon-to-be-ex-Director Gonzalez in a story about the processing delays. Director Gonzalez published a direct response on the Leadership Journal, a blog published by the Department of Homeland Security. Whether you prefer the NYT or USCIS version of the story, give Director Gonzalez credit for addressing the issue so directly.

  1. March 24th, 2008 at 23:23 | #1

    The Bush admin. has given you a serious case of the “lowered expectations.” Because there’s been a muzzle on every employee at every federal bureaucracy over the past 7 years, hearing someone talk about ANYTHING during a period of controversy may seem like a breathe of fresh air.

    But don’t breathe too deeply. Rather than refute the NY Times on specific charges or address their concerns, Mr. Gonzalez basically offered up a knee-jerk defense of the indefensible.

    Don’t believe me though – just read the hundred + comments from some of our “would-be” fellow Americans.

  2. jojo
    March 27th, 2008 at 01:23 | #2

    The sons and daughters of American citizens waiting time (petitions) seems too long ( now its 15 years and more) the U.S. government should do something about this since immigrants petition takes only 5 years, although there are back logs in the numbers of availability, still U.S. citizens should be given priorities than those of other ciitizens (immigrants) now if it is impossible to do so can we just look into the professional backgrounds for those would be petitions especially right now that the U.S. is experiencing a down trend in their economy these professionals waiting in the Phils. can most likely help in one way or another. Or we can also look into the possibility that the U.S. government should put up diplomatic ties with Canada as substitute place for U.S. citizens/ immigrants since Canadian government is in need to fill up their population requirements. Thank you very much. Jojo Bautista

  3. macoy
    April 1st, 2008 at 07:21 | #3

    i am a f2b category i almost wait for so many years . and my prioritry date is october 98 in the philippines . how long for me to wait if my priority date become current?


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