MY FRIEND WENT TO HIS FIRST INTERVIEW BACK IN SEPTEMBER OF 2012 AND PASSED THE HISTORY TEST. HOWEVER, HE WAS ASKED TO GO BACK FOR A SECOND INTERVIEW TO SUBMIT EVIDENCE ABOUT AN OFFENSE HE HAD IN THE PAST. HE WENT TO HIS SECOND INTERVIEW AND WAS ASKED TO WAIT FOR THE DECISION BY MAIL. IT HAS PASSED ALMOST A YEAR AND HE HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY RESPONSE. IS THIS NORMAL?
No, that is not "normal." By law USCIS has 90 days after the last interview during which to render a decision on the application for naturalization. Your friend should schedule an Infopass appointment to inquire about the status of the case, but I wouldn't be holding my breath about getting a meaningful answer. If this is an otherwise approvable case, then a Mandamus action in federal court should be contemplated. Schedule a consultation with a local immigration lawyer to investigate this further.
Normal is relative. It shouldn't happen, but does all the time. An infopass appointment is not going to help. They won't give any information and it will not get the case moving. Meet with a lawyer. There could be a reason for the delay that needs to be addressed. If not, a lawyer can push the case through contacts with supervisors or through litigation in federal court b
Get free answers from experienced attorneys.
25,541 answers this week
2,680 attorneys answering
Don't speak legalese? We define thousands of terms in plain English.Browse our legal dictionary