N-652, Naturalization Interview Results- Decision cannot yet be made. What's the next step?

Asked about 2 years ago - Plainfield, NJ

My mother and father both went to their interviews on July/12/2011 at the same time, by different officials. My mother received her decision that same day and took her oath. My father however was told he passed the tests, yet a decision could not be made and they would notify him of a decision by mail. It is now 11/04/2012 and he has not received anything stating a decision or requesting any additional information. We keep trying to call but we can never reach someone and we've tried to go online but we need a "receipt number", which we cant find anywhere in his paperwork. What could be causing such a long delay and what do we need to do to get a decision? Can such a long time period cause him to have start this process all over again?

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  1. Eric M. Mark

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    Answered . Background checks sometimes take a while, bu this is a very long time. It is particularly strange given his wife's swift completion. Get a lawyer to review his file and put pressure on uscis. There are things that can be done to force uscis to make a decision.

  2. Jeffrey Adam Devore

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    Answered . By law USCIS has 120 days to make a decision on an application for naturalization. If that time elapses then the alien may file an action in U.S. District Court seeking review of the application. Under the timeline you have provided the 120 day period has not yet elapsed.

    There could be many reasons why your father's application was not recommended for approval at the time of his interview including his criminal or immigration history, past travel, etc. Since we don't know any of the facts of his case anything said he is speculative at best.

    Consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review the facts of your father's case, advise you what to expect, and recommend how best to proceed.

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  3. Veronica Tunitsky

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    Answered . Schedule an infopass appointment to make inquiries or retain an attorney to make inquiries in your behalf, including possibly with the naturalization chief of your local district office.

    The information offered is general in nature and not meant to be relied upon as legal advice. Please consult an... more
  4. Robert Henry Beer

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. It is now time to get an immigration attorney involved. USCIS can now also use Sandy as an excuse.

    This communication does not create an attorney client relationship. If I can be of further assistance, please feel... more

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