Where’s my damn interview notice?
Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our office here in St. Louis, Missouri, and in our office in San Diego, California. Our new San Diego office is right upstairs from USCIS. Yes, we’re very excited about this fact and I’ll be out there in about a week to handle our first case in San Diego. It was so great. We opened our office on January 4th and Andrew Boomer from our office signed up two naturalization interviews that I’m going to attend towards the end of January. And we’re very excited about that and it’s so exciting because I’ll get to go to the office and then I’ll just go downstairs on a leisurely elevator ride down to USCIS. So that is pretty exciting. And for us here in St. Louis, we’re pretty far from we’re about 20 minutes from the USCIS office, so this’ll be a real game-changer, I think, for us.
All right. So in any event, let’s get to today’s question. And it comes from [Juma 00:01:01]. Juma says that seven months ago, USCIS updated his application notification and told him that his interview was ready to be scheduled, and he has not received his interview notice. Now we’ve been seeing this more and more. Now, of course, if you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I don’t put much stock in the online updates, but they are helpful. We do sign up for them. We advise our clients to sign up for them. People in immigration land are always starving for that little piece, that little morsel of information and I totally get that. But Juma, sorry, is troubled by the fact that he hasn’t received his interview notice. And I totally get that.
You would think that if they’ve notified you electronically, that your case is ready to be scheduled for an interview, that your interview notice would be coming shortly thereafter. Now seven months is sort of on the outer edge, but we’ve seen cases take nine or 10 months from the time that the electronic alert comes and the actual physical interview notice. And of course, it’s just another month or six weeks after you get the notice when you actually have the interview. So as part of the legacy of the Trump administration and their long delays baked into immigration, this is one of the things that we are seeing. So Juma, you’re not all by yourself, you’re in company with a lot of other people who’ve all been experiencing similar things. And so I hope you don’t get too disheartened. I would think that you probably live in a very busy city, a highly populated city.
So, usually around here in St. Louis, or even in San Diego, if someone gets an interview notice or gets electronic notice that their case has been scheduled for an interview, that notice usually comes in about five or six months, but really in the big cities like, or the very busy immigration offices like Miami, New York, Chicago, it can be months and months, but I would think that you’re going to get your notice pretty soon and hope you get ready for your interview. We have lots of videos about how to get ready for your green card interview or your citizenship interview. We also have a new book coming out on everything you need to know about green cards. So hopefully you’ll find that helpful. And hopefully your case will get approved.
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