I missed my naturalization interview, what can i do?
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Hopefully it not too later... Call the nationwide 800 number "call center" and ask to urgently speak with a
"2nd Tier" (USCIS) officer, then present your tragic story to that officer and literally "beg" him/her to "give you a second chance." Sometimes works.
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I am sorry to hear that you missed your naturalization interview, this could have been avoided by (i) providing USCIS with your actual address, instead of using your mom's address, or (ii) renting a P.O. Box if for some reason you don't have a stable resident.
Now, once you missed your interview without a valid excuse, USCIS will probably “administratively closed” your case. You might be able to reschedule if less than a year has elapsed. If more than a year has passed, USCIS will likely deny the application due to the abandonment of the process. Best of luck.
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Depending on when the interview was, you may be able to motion to USCIS to reopen your case. It's possible that they may understand your situation and reopen the case. At this point, your case has been denied based on your missed interview. At the worst, you'll just have to reapply and pay the filing fee again. Talk to an attorney within your area to see if there is hope of reopening the case.
Best of Luck!