Continuous residence often involves subjective decision making by the interviewer (and his/her supervisor, if involved). Spending 80-90% of the time outside the US for the next 2.5 years will put you at risk of denial, but it could go either way and we can't predict how the interviewer will exercise their discretion.
Originally Posted by amans
Processing time is currently about 5 months on average. That could change between now and 2014. But I wouldn't expect it to take much longer in 2014 unless there is something that triggers a flood of applications, like a new anti-immigrant law or a major increase in the application fee. In 2007-2008 there was the combination of the election year (people wanting citizenship so they can vote) and a fee increase that caused a flood of applications, increasing the average time to over a year.
Question 2 is if i do stay on till 2014, when i can expect to complete all the formalities and be able to move to India - 2014 itself or would it involve a wait well into 2015 by the time I actually get the USC.
Note that you can apply 90 days before completing the full 5 years, so that would be May 2014.
Last edited by Jackolantern; 13th February 2011 at 11:31 AM.
EB3 ROW I-485 Approved: July 2007
USC: July 2013
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