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When Do I Get a Decision On My Naturalization Interview?

There are three ways someone can become a citizen of the United States, either through birth, derivation or through naturalization. Naturalization occurs when a person voluntarily applies to become a permanent US citizen.



There are various steps to prepare for naturalization which include:

  • Determining eligibility
  • Overcoming barriers to ineligibility
  • File USCIS Form N-400
  • Getting fingerprinted
  • Attending a citizenship interview
  • Attend an oath ceremony

The citizenship interview is your last hurdle before becoming a U.S. citizen. After your naturalization interview, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer may tell you whether your application is recommended for approval. In other cases, the USCIS officer cannot make a decision after the naturalization interview. The final decision may require additional evidence which you did not have available at your interview or review by a supervisor.

Watch: Chicago Immigration Lawyer Explains How Long You Have to Wait for a Decision On Your Naturalization Application


In this video, we will answer “How long does USCIS have to make a decision on my naturalization application?”

In nearly all naturalization applications, USCIS will likely take months to process your application, However, under the immigration law, USCIS has a time clock to make a decision on your citizenship case.

The time clock for USCIS starts after the initial officer interview. USCIS has 120 days from that interview to make a decision on an application. If it fails to do so then you can file a lawsuit in your local U.S. district court for relief.

It’s important to note that the 120-day period is measured from the interview, not the FBI check. It’s measured from the interview.

If you have any naturalization questions please contact us for an appointment. 

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