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    My worst nightmare came true.
    Yesterday I received the letter from USCIS that I missed to appear for an interview.
    I am shocked, since I never received an invitation to appear.

    They give me 30 days to explain why I did not show up???

    Please advise me what to do. Should I call and tell them that I never received an invitation? Please help.
    Every other correspondence with USCIS so far, was done right and in the timely manner.

    Thank you
    Last edited by matt22; 19th April 2006, 12:24 AM.

  • #2
    explain what happened - everyone is human, they will understand

    well, ofcourse, you must contact a lawyer, and handle this using professional advice.

    however, here is my advice:
    1) Call them and explain to them, if you have a phone number. Explanation should state that you never received the interview notice.
    2) Write to them at the address given, and explain why you missed. Basically the same reason. Try to send them a certified mail.

    Ideally, #2 should be a letter drafted by your lawyer.

    Good luck.



    Originally posted by matt22
    My worst nightmare came true.
    Yesterday I received the letter from USCIS that I missed to appear for an interview.
    I am shocked, since I never received an invitation to appear.

    They give me 30 days to explain why I did not show up???

    Please advise me what to do. Should I call and tell them that I never received an invitation? Please help.
    Every other correspondence with USCIS so far, was done right and in the timely matter.

    Thank you
    485 RD : Feb 25,2002
    2nd FP : April/2004
    3rd FP : Jun/2005
    Transfer History:
    1) First to Newark Sep 7,2004
    2) Back to Vermont on Nov 17,2004
    3) Finally Back to Newark on May 24,2005

    Interview Date Scheduled : 8/16/2005
    Approval Date : Jul 2006
    Cards Received : August 2006

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    • #3
      For quick decision, I would strongly suggest the first infopass appointment.

      Good luck.
      let's Help each other as community.

      D/O : NYC
      12/29/05 :N400 mailed to VSC
      12/30/05 :N400 VSC R.Date
      12/30/05 :N400 VSC P.Date
      01/06/06 :Check Cashed Date
      01/09/06 :N400 VSC Notice Date
      01/14/06 :N400 NOA R.Date
      01/30/06 :FP NOA Date
      02/03/06 :FP Notice R.Date
      02/21/06 :FP Appointment
      02/21/06 :FP done and sent back to VSC
      03/07/06 :IV NOA Date
      03/11/06 :IV NOA Received
      04/14/06 :1st IV Date
      03/22/06 :IV Descheduled
      XX/XX/XX:2nd IV date
      XX/XX/XX:Oath Date

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      • #4
        Nothing to panic

        Nothing to panic or worry, i know a person who was in a similar situation as yours, he did not get the oath letter and was later informed that he did not show up for oath. So he just sent a letter explaining the situation. And couple of weeks back he got a letter for oath at baltimore and he is a citizen now.

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        • #5
          I am deeply thankful for your comments and suggestions.

          Is there any other experience related to this situation that we can benefit from?

          Thank you

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          • #6
            Update

            1) Called USCIS, they told me that this happens occasionally and to write them letter explaining that I did not received an invitation for interview.

            2)Contacted my immigration lawyer who suggested to send an affidavit explanation letter to them.

            I forgot to ask them, should I still need to schedule an Info pass appointment with Local USCIS office? Any benefit of personally appearing in front of the Local USCIS officer to explain?

            This has been moving extremely fast. It is only 4 months since I applied for N400.
            I also noticed on the website that my dates are still not processing? How could they have scheduled me for the interview already?

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            • #7
              Matt, schedule an infopass anyway... if nothing else it will show you are very active in trying to resolve the situation. USCIS will cooperate with you. They need your formal statement for the files and you will receive a new appointment . There is no need to bring in a lawyer .. the facts are pretty simple as long as you did not receive the mail. And seriously, nobody would think you 'forgot' about your appointment ... that is almost impossible.

              Alex

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              • #8
                matt22,
                As everyone suggested, there is a way out of this. You already got lot of
                valuable suggestions. Let me add my 2 cents as well

                Take infopass appointment (no matter if you are going to send a letter). Bring
                all your documents (receipts, FP notices etc.) and explain the situation to
                INS personnel. Try to extract info from him/her as to when they mailed inerview notice and what was the mailing address (just in case they mailed it too late/ to wrong address). See if they can provide you name of the case officer. If you can carry a proof just in case that you were not travelling etc.
                that will be good as well

                Explain that you never received interview letter (and would be nuts to ignore/forget about it) in polite way and ask for the next available appointment.

                In the mean while, prepare a polite but firm written responce and mail it to
                disstrict office. If you know the name of the intrerviewing officer, CC him/her as well.

                As you know, there are several cases where mail gets to applicants late/incorrect address. In fact, when I was at DO for my interview, I overheard conversation with info pass person that he/she never
                received some papers from INS in time. So even though this is your first and
                hopefully last time of something like this happening, its certainly not a new
                thing for INS.
                ---
                N400 Timeline (District Office: Denver, Service Center: NSC)
                Mailed application to NSC on Jan 3, 2006
                PD: Jan 9, 2006 (Received notice with PD on Jan 20, 06)
                FP: March 10, 2006 (Received FP notice Feb 18, 2006)
                ID: Apr 13, 2006(Received notice March 20, 2006) : Passed interview, Officer said I should get oath letter in 2 to 3 weeks for ceremony to be held in June
                Oath: May 26, 2006 (Received N445 May 05, 2006)
                Became US citizen on 26th May morning

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                • #9
                  Great advice!
                  Thank you so very much.

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                  • #10
                    Was your interview rescheduled?

                    Hi,

                    I just received a letter too that I missed my appointment last week yet I never received the letter. I knew the timelines and tracked my case based on others with the same priority dates as myself so I knew something was not right. Six weeks after my fingerprinting, I sent a letter to UCIS and explained to them that I had not received any update or letter and expressed my concern that some people with the same dates had already received their letters. I never received any feedback but I do have a copy of this letter and also I got a delivery receipt confirmation.
                    I am currently out of the country so I cannot make an info pass in time and will send another letter explaining the situation and also include my last letter to them. However, I am curious to know, how long did they take to reschedule the interview and was the date many months away or a quick date. I suspect that the interview date would be possibly about 6 weeks to 2 months from the date they decide to schedule since earlier dates are already taken by others. Please post your feedback on what happened in your situation and some timelines to help me follow up better as I don't want the same thing to happen.
                    Thanks,
                    n400cali

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                    • #11
                      regarding the website....

                      You mentioned that your website information had not changed...well I would not put to much into that. Consider this....according to the website status check nothing has happened to my case since 3/10 but since then I have had my interview and have an oath scehduled for this Friday....SOOOO ignore the website
                      [COLOR=Purple][FONT=Comic Sans MS]N-400 Mailed: Feb 2-05
                      Checked Cashed: Feb 9-05
                      Receipt: Feb 28 -05
                      Fingerprinting #1: - March 19 -05
                      Fingerprining #2: - March 19 -06
                      Interview Letter: - April 1 -06
                      Interview (Greer, SC): - June 13, 06
                      Oath Letter : July 18, 06
                      Oath: July 28, 06

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