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  • How long does N-600 approval takes

    Our Oath is May 15th and we were planning to go abroad for 6 weeks starting in August. I am wondering if i should apply N-600 for my kid now or should I wait till Sept.

    I know it varies from DO to DO; but can you guys share how long it takes to approve N-600?

    Thanks
    N-400 DO MHT->
    01/27/09 : N-400 Mailed Lock Box - Texas.
    01/28/09 : N-400 Received; Priority Date
    02/04/09 : Check Cashed.
    02/13/09 : FP Notice
    02/25/09 : FP Appointment.
    03/16/09: Interview Letter.
    03/24/09: Wife Recd CFR for "arrest?"
    05/01/09: Interview Date
    05/15/09: Oath Date for both - DONE.
    05/15/09: Passports Applied (Expedited)
    06/30/09: Recd Passports

  • #2
    What is MHT district office?

    Other good solution would be to wait and apply in mid June, so hopefully nothing will happen before you return from your trip. N-600 only has one possible step (and it doesn't always happen). The only possible step is that you get called for a formality interview with you and your child, and if that happens I think they give you the certificate on the spot, so it happens at the end of the process, not in the middle. I think N-600 in most places take about 6 months, so I think you should be fine even if you apply now.

    N-400 timeline
    DO : San Jose
    11/28/2006 : Mailed
    12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
    12/05/2006 : Check cashed
    12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
    12/22/2006 : FP ND
    01/09/2007 : FP Appt
    12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
    07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
    08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
    08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
    09/06/2007 : Passport received
    08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Huracan View Post
      What is MHT district office?
      Thanks for your response. MHT -> Manchester, NH.

      I also searched in this forum and found that N-600 is not necessary to get a US passport for the minor child, if the parents can produce their Certificate of Citizenship along with the passport application - same time as i apply N-600.

      Thanks
      N-400 DO MHT->
      01/27/09 : N-400 Mailed Lock Box - Texas.
      01/28/09 : N-400 Received; Priority Date
      02/04/09 : Check Cashed.
      02/13/09 : FP Notice
      02/25/09 : FP Appointment.
      03/16/09: Interview Letter.
      03/24/09: Wife Recd CFR for "arrest?"
      05/01/09: Interview Date
      05/15/09: Oath Date for both - DONE.
      05/15/09: Passports Applied (Expedited)
      06/30/09: Recd Passports

      Comment


      • #4
        Yes, N-600 is not needed to obtain a passport. For a passport for your child you will need:

        Birth certificate of child (I think translated if it is not in English language)
        parent's naturalization certificate
        Green Card of child (original, they will staple through it).

        N-600 certificate of citizenship might be useful for some strange cases in which organizations might ask for the certificate instead or on top of a passport. It is extra proof of citizenship and can help rebuild identity if other ID documents are lost. Some people think it is not worth the money, for me it was and it is.

        PS: There is another thread about someone who is being asked to produce a certificate in order to apply for a security badge. Still waiting to hear what is the last word about it. Anyway, don't mean to scare, in practical terms there is very little need currently for a certificate of citizenship.

        N-400 timeline
        DO : San Jose
        11/28/2006 : Mailed
        12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
        12/05/2006 : Check cashed
        12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
        12/22/2006 : FP ND
        01/09/2007 : FP Appt
        12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
        07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
        08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
        08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
        09/06/2007 : Passport received
        08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

        Comment


        • #5
          Thanks for the detailed explanation Huracan.
          N-400 DO MHT->
          01/27/09 : N-400 Mailed Lock Box - Texas.
          01/28/09 : N-400 Received; Priority Date
          02/04/09 : Check Cashed.
          02/13/09 : FP Notice
          02/25/09 : FP Appointment.
          03/16/09: Interview Letter.
          03/24/09: Wife Recd CFR for "arrest?"
          05/01/09: Interview Date
          05/15/09: Oath Date for both - DONE.
          05/15/09: Passports Applied (Expedited)
          06/30/09: Recd Passports

          Comment


          • #6
            The N-600 certificate may be useful later in life, but there is no urgent need to obtain it. It almost certainly will not be needed for anything before your child becomes an adult. Get the child's passport ASAP, then you can apply for the N-600 sometime in the future at a time when it is more convenient and you don't expect any absences from the US that could jeopardize or complicate the process.
            Last edited by Jackolantern; 5th May 2009, 07:33 PM.

            EB3 ROW I-485 Approved: July 2007
            USC: July 2013
            I am a layman, not a lawyer. What I write here is not official or professional legal advice. In addition, my answers on this forum are specific to the scenarios discussed in each thread and should not be generalized to other situations.

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            • #7
              Fine advice, but I would also add not to let it til much later as you might end up misplacing the GC or something else might happen, you decide to move out of the country and the whole thing gets more complicated. I agree with doing the passport first and then the N-600 when you think it fits your trip plans. I have seen cases of people having to apply N-600 when they are adults because their parents didn't do it and it tends to be a hassle for them to collect all the evidence (legal/physical custody, and any other) It is much, much easier if you do it as a parent when they are still minors. At most you'll need to provide school records.

              N-400 timeline
              DO : San Jose
              11/28/2006 : Mailed
              12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
              12/05/2006 : Check cashed
              12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
              12/22/2006 : FP ND
              01/09/2007 : FP Appt
              12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
              07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
              08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
              08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
              09/06/2007 : Passport received
              08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Huracan View Post
                It is much, much easier if you do it as a parent when they are still minors.
                True, it is easier to prove legal and physical custody when the child is actually still in one's legal and physical custody. And waiting for several years could result in a huge fee increase. But it shouldn't be a big deal to wait until late September after returning from the overseas trip.

                EB3 ROW I-485 Approved: July 2007
                USC: July 2013
                I am a layman, not a lawyer. What I write here is not official or professional legal advice. In addition, my answers on this forum are specific to the scenarios discussed in each thread and should not be generalized to other situations.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Agreed

                  N-400 timeline
                  DO : San Jose
                  11/28/2006 : Mailed
                  12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
                  12/05/2006 : Check cashed
                  12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
                  12/22/2006 : FP ND
                  01/09/2007 : FP Appt
                  12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
                  07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
                  08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
                  08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
                  09/06/2007 : Passport received
                  08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I am thinking of applying n600 for my minor child and people told me that it takes 2 months after you have mailed for the interview.so i do not know what to do can u suggest me something.plzzzzzzzzzzz.I will appreciate it

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 99kevin View Post
                      I am thinking of applying n600 for my minor child and people told me that it takes 2 months after you have mailed for the interview.so i do not know what to do can u suggest me something.plzzzzzzzzzzz.I will appreciate it
                      Do you have a US passport for your child? Get that first if you don't have one. The entire time frame from applying for the N-600 until receiving the physical certificate may be longer than 6 months.

                      EB3 ROW I-485 Approved: July 2007
                      USC: July 2013
                      I am a layman, not a lawyer. What I write here is not official or professional legal advice. In addition, my answers on this forum are specific to the scenarios discussed in each thread and should not be generalized to other situations.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        There is not much to the N-600, just send copies of documents, not originals. Fill out the form and send the pictures and that should be it. I think 5 to 6 months should be the expectation. I am not sure where you heard about 2 months. Let us know if you have any specific question when you fill out the form. Of course you can download the form from the uscis website at www.uscis.gov and follow links to the forms page.

                        N-400 timeline
                        DO : San Jose
                        11/28/2006 : Mailed
                        12/04/2006 : PD (and Receive Date)
                        12/05/2006 : Check cashed
                        12/11/2006 : Notice Date (Received on the 14th)
                        12/22/2006 : FP ND
                        01/09/2007 : FP Appt
                        12/29/2006 : FP Done. Walk-In
                        07/17/2007 : Interview (ND May 17)
                        08/22/2007 : Oath (Received Jul 26, issued on the 23d, mailed on 24th)
                        08/23/2007 : Applied N-600 and Expedited Passport
                        09/06/2007 : Passport received
                        08/20/2008 : Sent N-565 (Approved Feb 17, 2009)

                        Comment

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