If you’re a non-asylum seeker applying for immigration to the U.S., your application will be processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the homeland security dept.
While there’s a lot of information and services available through the official USCIS website, for some tasks you will have to visit a physical location of the federal agency. Field offices are the venues for applicant interviews and other services, such as citizenship ceremonies.
To find a field office – besides Googling USCIS offices near you – you can also use the office locator tool provided by the agency. An added benefit of using the tool is that the address you’ll get will likely be the current one. You can locate the office by providing your zip code.
The Nashville Field Office
The USCIS divides its wide network of local offices into Districts (26 in total). Some States have many Districts while others have one or none. The Nashville field office is located at:
Nashville (NTN) 340 Plus Park Boulevard Nashville, TN 37217
Something important things to know about field office visits are:
- Visiting is an appointment-only affair, so you should make an appointment if you need information or some other service.
- Recording and taking photos is usually only allowed in a naturalization or citizenship ceremony.
- You should keep your phone on silent in the waiting area and turn it off during your interview.
- Carrying a weapon into the office is prohibited under federal law.
Case Processing Times
The federal agency processes cases as it receives them. Here are the processing times for citizenship and naturalization cases at the Nashville office:
- Naturalization (N-400): 7.5 to 15 months
- Certificate of Citizenship (N-600): 6.5 to 14.5 months
- Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (N-600K): 10 to 22.5 months
Note that these times are in the form of range. USCIS is currently piloting this format for these and some other application forms. In this range, the second or highest figure is the months required for processing 93% of the applicants. So, for example, most N-400 applications will be processed by the office in 15 months.
Besides checking the processing times, you can also check the status of your case online. The status checker provided by the agency asks for your Receipt Number to show you the progress of your application/ petition.
If you’re looking for information about citizenship, you can find it online in the resource center dedicated to this subject. If you’re looking to check your edibility for naturalization, you can do so online by first creating a USCIS account.
Besides eligibility requirements and procedures for applying for citizenship, the resource center also informs you about free study materials and resources for the naturalization test.
If you’re wondering when you should submit the N-400, you can calculate your “earliest accepted filing date” from the USCIS site as well. You’re allowed to file 90 days in advance of your PR requirement if you are a three-year permanent resident who’s married to a U.S. citizen or a 5-year permanent resident.