A long and stressful journey - FINALLY!
I hope this gives some of you hope. I know that this is stressful and it isn't fun when you see people getting approved who applied long after you. Try to hang in there! 817 days GC is finally approved. I know several folks will have questions so I'll try to provide additional details here. I have a PhD in Environmental Science and currently work as a state government scientist. I'm from Canada and came to the USA as a J-1 scholar in 2016 (postdoc) and then as a TN visa holder in 2019. When I applied under the NIW, I had about 13 articles published in the peer reviewed literature with >1100 citations. No dependents. Unfortunately, it took over 500 days to approve my I-140, but no RFE. My case was then transferred to the Imperial FO on October 13, 2022. Found this out from Emma. I received two RFEs...the first (early Feb 2023) to prove my birth certificate was real and show my passport. The second was in late Feb 2023 to prove I wasn't subject to the J-1 home residency requirement. Had to get an advisory opinion from the State Dept. even though I knew I wasn't subject. This took about 4-6 weeks. Frustrating. My GC was approved ~12 days later once the Imperial FO received my response to RFE on May 19/23. My lawyer was Dunn Law in Illinois (I recommend them). I'm happy this is now somewhat behind me. This is such a stressful process and one that you almost want to quit since, for me, I haven't been home for awhile. My only advice: don't sign onto this app on a daily basis and drive yourself crazy with stress and anxiety! It isn't worth it and everyone's experience can be different. Count yourself fortunate if you received a quick approval.


Advanced degrees or exceptional ability requesting a National Interest Waiver

Total Days: 818 days
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Nebraska Service Center: I-765, I-131, I-140, I-485
Billy Bass
N-400 Expedited Request. approved or not?
I recently called USCIS to Expedite my N-400 for a humanitarian reason. USCIS called me the next day and asked me more questions about the request and send this email shortly after the call. Does it mean the expedited request was approved or not? “Dear xxxx, Thank you for your inquiry dated June 01, 2023. Our system shows that a Service Request was created for you on June 1, 2023, regarding the status of your N-400 Application for Naturalization. Your Service Request was assigned to the National Benefit Center and given Referral ID number XxxxxxxxMSC. If you do not receive a response to your inquiry or further notice concerning your case within 30 days, please contact the USCIS Contact Center with a secure message from your USCIS online account inbox located under the MyAccount menu. If you are having technical issues with accessing your account, go to to submit a request for assistance. If you have any other questions, please visit the USCIS Contact Center, where you can access our online tools 24/7. If you move, you must update your address with USCIS within 10 days using our online tool at, and in your USCIS Online Account. If you haven’t done so already, visit to sign up for a USCIS online account where you can explore filing online, send us secure messages through your account inbox and get instant updates on the status of your case.


Application for Naturalization

Total Days: 48 days
48 Days
Texas Service Center: N-400