Until recently, if an applicant’s naturalization petition was denied, he or she would be instructed to file the appeal with the USCIS office that made the Decision. Now, however, it appears that appeals of naturalization denials need to be filed with the USCIS lockbox in Phoenix, Arizona.
The USCIS denial letter should also contain an instruction as to where to file the appeal. All applicants only have thirty days to file the appeal, and so it becomes extremely important to file the appeal with the correct USCIS office in order to avoid missing the deadline.
In 2011, April seems to have been the month for agencies offering services to people who want to file for naturalization. Both the Florida Coastal Immigrant Rights Clinic and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) offered a day in the month of April where free services were offered to immigrants wanting to file for naturalization.
In order to help, I joined Florida Coastal on April 16th, 2011 in assisting individuals to complete their Form N-400. I enjoyed helping a lovely Vietnamese couple to complete the wife’s naturalization application, as well as a Haitian applicant applying for naturalization. I look forward to participating next year as well.