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Dear Editor:
I have a question for any of those out there who have had similar experiences. In the process of a I-751 (removal of conditional status of permanent residence based on marriage to USC), when a petition has been approved by the national service center (NSC) (I-751 petition) and a letter is sent to the petitioner (IR1) for follow-up with the District office (not for interview) for renewal of I-551 (initial permanent resident card-not 10 yr. issue) and the person follows up and gets fingerprints taken and application for renewal is sent to NSC (fee included in I-751) and the waiting period for the I-551 is 15-22 months for processing, can the person file for N-400 (citizenship) while I-551 renewal (from I-751) is pending? I asked BCIS this question when the application for renewal I-551 was made and they stated that "no" NSC will not process a N-400 while I-551 renewal is pending (even though person is eligible to apply for citizenship at the end of this month). Is there a way to bypass 15-22 month processing time (especially since this is final processing of a I-751 - not regular I-130) Also what does a person do if the employer will not accept the stamp in the passport which states "employment authorized" along with pending I-551? Isn't this document discrimination? Is this a DOJ or DOL issue?

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