No decision after US Citizenship Interview due extended time out of the country

Asked about 2 years ago - Rochester, NY

My husband has been out of the country twice during his time in the US. On one trip, he stayed outside the country for more than 6 months (11 months to be exact). On his second trip, around 5 months. When we called USCIS before applying for the N-400, they said we need to prove that he did not disrupt continous residence by providing evidence that he was still connected to the US. We provided all the evidence. When we came to the interview, the interviewer was very rude and didn't even read his application before the interview started. She did not read any of the letters we had provided about the reasons for being outside the country. He passed the civics test and then handed him a sheet saying that no decision was made at the present time?
Should we cancel the application and start again?

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is it very rare for USCIS to approve such cases?

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  1. Stuart Jonas Reich

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    Answered . You need to seek legal advice (and should probably have done so before applying).

    More needs to be known about the situation/reasons for the trip - and how long ago the interview was. Not unusual for a decision to be deferred; may simply be a newer officer whose decisions need supervisor review. Too many variables to answer here; speak with a lawyer directly..

  2. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . There is no information in your posting that can be used to make a determination as to whether to withdraw the application or not.

    You really need to retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts and advise you accordingly.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  3. Deborah Lynne Karapetian

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    Answered . Unfortunately the interviewers often do not have time to review the files before the interview. And they cannot make such decisions at the interview without checking with their supervisors, etc., as these decisions are discretionary for the most part. Do not start again - you will receive a decision in the mail, or a request for more evidence. Do not take the interviewer's actions to heart. They are doing their job for the most part. Not always, but usually.

  4. Reza Athari

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    Answered . I agree with the other attorneys that answered, I suggest that you hire an immigration attorney to help you.

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