I am considering a job offer in Irvine,CA and was wondering if one of the local field offices (Santa Ana, LA county, LA etc) is better (total processing time) compared to he rest, I am aware of the 3mo residency rule, so would appreciae any advice on which field office is better so that I can look for a residence in the same field office (serviced) zip code.
The USCIS processing times website shows current date of March4, 2014 for Santa Ana, so looks like quite a long wait for N400 processing. Thanks!
Don't waster your time, nor energy, 'shopping' around for what you think might be a 'better' office.
Take the job you like ... file the papers ... you'll be a US Citizen fast enough.
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The field office in downtown Los Angeles is currently running the fastest for citizenship applications.
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You should consider the job in Irvine, California if it behooves your situation and your career. You should not be forum shopping for the sake of shortening the period of time of your U.S. citizenship application process. Good luck to you.
Hello. Naturalization applications have slowed down considerably over the last few months. Until about early 2014, we were getting interviews in Santa Ana and LA about 2-4 months after filing. However, it seems cases filed in the summer and later are being held up at the National Benefits Center before routing to the field offices. To answer your question, it will not make a significant difference whether you reside in SA or LA in terms of timing.
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