Processing immigration cases of non-asylum seekers are the responsibility of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For this purpose, the federal agency has field offices across the country and abroad.
It’s important to note here that a field office is not the only option you have to submit your application. In fact, the USCIS accepts online applications for many different types of immigration matters, including naturalization, petition for alien relatives, replacement of permanent resident cards, etc.
The field office in your area of residence is where your naturalization interview and test will take place. However, field offices can transfer part of your case processing to another office. This may mean that you receive a notice from another office, but it won’t affect where’s your biometric will take place. A field office is also where your naturalization ceremony – the final step of naturalization – will take place.
The San Bernardino Field Office
The USCIS has divided the state of California into four districts – Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The San Bernardino Field Office is located in the Los Angeles district at:
995 Hardt Street San Bernardino, CA 92408
This USCIS office serves the following two areas:
- San Bernardino
Case Processing Times
Here are the case processing times for three common applications at the local office:
- Naturalization (N-400): 13.5 months to 15.5 months
- Certificate of Citizenship (N-600): 7.5 months to 16 months
- Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (N-600K): 8 months to 23.5 months
These processing times are based on historical data and they can change in the future. The USCIS processes applications according to the order in which they’re received. The second number in all of the time ranges is the time it takes to process the vast majority (93%) of the cases.
The USCIS website has a section dedicated to resources for citizenship applicants. There you can find a tool to assess your eligibility for naturalization, N-400 early filing calculator, practice civics test, Citizenship Resource Center, and information about the civics test mobile app developed by the USCIS.
Early N-400 Filing
It’s possible to file the N-400 90 days in advance if your eligibility is based on the following:
- You have been a permanent resident for a minimum of 5 years, or
- You are married to a U.S. citizen and have been a permanent resident for a minimum of 3 years
This resource center has study materials and content on several immigration-related topics.
The Learn About Citizenship section covers topics like should you consider U.S. citizenship, 10 steps in the naturalization procedure, interview, test, common questions, etc.
The Apply for Citizenship section has information about free info sessions, where you can learn about different aspects of naturalization, community help for English and citizenship classes, etc. As mentioned earlier, the N-400 is a type of form you can submit online. You can learn more about this filing in the citizenship section as well.