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  1. Good luck to all of us December applicants and for those of us who ROC'ed, let's hope the process goes a lot faster and smoother on our final journey! N-400: December 2016 Applicants ====================================== USCIS Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ====================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office......|NBC/IOE .................|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|???????????.......|... ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office......|NBC/IOE CookieCat........|03/03/14|12/09|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Milwaukee, WI.....|... =========================================================================== USCIS Lincoln, Nebraska Lockbox (Filing Under 319b, 328, or 329 of the INA) =========================================================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int Ltr..|Intview..|Oath.....|Field Office......|NBC/IOE .................|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|???????????.......|... Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Click "Quote" on the most recent/updated posting version of this list. 5. Remove the "Quote Coding" at the top and bottom of the list. 6. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 7. Make changes and Add Reply. 8. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics) In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview shceduling Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview Interview: Date of your interview Oath: Date Oath taken Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview
  2. Well as there is no November thread as yet, i guess I will start it. I mailed my application today by USPS as my window opens on Monday N-400: November 2016 Applicants ====================================== USCIS Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ====================================== UserName...............|GC-Date..|Sent..|Cashd.|NOA...|Fprints..|In Line...|Int ltr..|Intrview..|Oath.....|Field Office Jamaican_Gooner............|02/05/14|11/05|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Memphis, TN ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date..|Sent..|Cashd.|NOA...|Fprints..|In Line...|Int ltr..|Intrview..|Oath.....|Field Office Name.......|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|??, ?? =========================================================================== USCIS Lincoln, Nebraska Lockbox (Filing Under 319b, 328, or 329 of the INA) =========================================================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int Ltr..|Intview..|Oath.....|Field Office Name.............|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|??, ?? Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Click "Quote" on the most recent/updated posting version of this list. 5. Remove the "Quote Coding" at the top and bottom of the list. 6. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 7. Make changes and Add Reply. 8. Red Font="I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS Cashd: Date your check was cashed by USCIS NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics) In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview shceduling Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview Interview: Date of your interview Oath: Date Oath taken Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview
  3. I am starting a simple timeline thread for N-400 filers whose field office is Los Angeles, Santa Ana or San Diego. I complied three timelines from May 2016 - March 2017 VJ filers. I would appreciate if you can add or update your case status so that everyone can get an idea about field office progress in southern California. These timelines may be not reflect the current status because some of VJers may have given up, was denied or didn't update their status. Los Angels Field Office UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints|In Line.|Int ltr..|Intrview|Oath....|Field Office Charlesrs........|04/17/13|04/26|05/03|05/02|05/23/16|09/23/16|10/03/16|10/31/16|12/13/16|Los Angeles, CA S & H ...........|07/24/13|05/02|05/06|05/13|06/08/16|05/27/16|--/--/--|06/08/16|06/18/16|Los Angeles, CA soheil...........|08/03/13|05/06|05/11|05/10|06/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CAVngbusa..........|08/21/13|05/23|05/26|05/26|06/14/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Em01.............|06/29/09|06/10|06/17|06/16|07/22/16|--/--/--|12/20/16|01/23/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA furious.lion.....|09/02/11|06/12|06/15|06/17|07/05/16|11/30/16|12/01/16|01/06/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA DandK............|09/18/13|06/20|06/27|06/24|07/11/16|--/--/--|01/12/17|02/17/17|03/15/17|Los Angeles, CA Melusine.........|04/01/09|06/20|06/27|06/29|07/22/16|02/02/17|02/09/17|03/09/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA qbertz7..........|03/07/08|06/24|06/30|06/29|07/21/16|--/--/--|01/26/17|03/06/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Vancouver12......|09/11/13|06/27|07/06|07/01|07/19/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CAjordan85.........|10/15/13|07/15|07/21|07/21|08/10/16|--/--/--|02/27/17|03/31/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA haron1930........|--/--/--|08/18|08/23|08/27|09/13/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA HeatGun..........|11/19/13|08/24|09/08|09/07|09/26/16|10/19/16|11/15/16|12/16/16|01/18/17|Los Angeles, CA apple21..........|12/26/11|10/01|10/06|10/07|10/31/16|02/13/17|02/17/17|03/20/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Coffeetealatte...|--/--/--|11/30|--/--|12/04|02/23/17|02/24/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Klsoul...........|06/26/02|12/14|01/05|01/05|01/31/17|02/03/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA California_girl92|03/18/14|12/17|12/21|12/21|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Andy2891.........|04/01/14|12/30|01/12|01/19|02/08/17|03/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Jadon_Germany....|03/31/14|12/31|01/03|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Lalalala321......|04/07/14|01/10|01/18|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA ac8238...........|09/01/07|01/12|01/18|01/20|02/16/17|02/23/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Elisar...........|01/01/14|01/23|--/--|02/03|02/24/17|03/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA KleoLove.........|03/--/13|01/23|02/02|02/04|02/24/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA DisneyLovers.....|02/11/09|01/31|02/09|02/09|03/03/17|03/07/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA reevolve.........|08/19/11|02/02|02/03|02/08|02/27/17|03/02/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA texaspanpan......|10/08/09|02/06|02/13|02/17|03/06/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Santa Ana Field Office UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints|In Line.|Int ltr..|Intrview|Oath....|Field Office E-A..............|07/18/13|05/07|05/11|05/11|05/31/16|03/04/17|--/--/--|04/10/17|--/--/--|Santa Ana => San Diego, CA 02/16/17 ladyrant.........|04/21/09|06/14|06/16|06/18|07/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA Kamex009.........|11/08/11|08/11|08/11|08/16|09/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA oc_citizen_2016..|07/01/10|--/--|--/--|09/07|10/07/16|10/13/16|12/27/16|01/25/17|02/15/17|Santa Ana, CAoc_citizen_2016..|07/01/10|--/--|--/--|09/23|10/20/16|10/25/16|01/06/17|02/09/17|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA scroll...........|03/11/07|11/01|??/??|11/26|12/12/16|12/15/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA DN Medellin COL..|01/17/14|11/16|11/21|11/19|12/13/16|12/17/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA DoomDog..........|09/10/10|12/12|12/16|12/16|01/11/17|01/16/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA Shine11..........|02/23/12|12/13|12/20|12/15|01/12/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA San Diego Field Office L and T..........|07/26/13|05/14|05/18|05/18|06/10/16|--/--/--|11/16/16|12/16/16|01/18/17|San Diego, CA Frannyglass......|12/10/13|09/30|--/--|10/07|11/04/16|11/10/16|02/21/17|03/28/17|--/--/--|San Diego, CAJerreg...........|11/19/13|12/19|12/30|01/07|01/24/17|01/26/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA Leon & Mylen.....|04/15/14|01/17|01/24|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA T & S............|03/06/14|02/01|02/04|02/10|03/03/17|03/09/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Click "Quote" on the most recent/updated posting version of this list. 5. Remove the "Quote Coding" at the top and bottom of the list. 6. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 7. Make changes and Add Reply. 8. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics) In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview sheduling Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview Interview: Date of your interview Oath: Date Oath taken Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview
  4. Has anybody had naturalization interview at Louisville recently? (past 12 months or so). Wonder how long it takes receive oath letter. My brother had his interview 2 months ago and he still hasn't received his oath letter. He plans to travel outside within 2 months and he's starting to wonder if he should request for postponement (Oath). Also, is there a place to check oath schedule for Kentucky? He's been told he'll most likely have Oath in Lexington or Frankfort.
  5. About two years ago I set up a Roth IRA with my bank. Then last year as I was preparing the evidence for my I-751 application I realized that the bank representative had listed me as a US citizen on the paperwork. I had no idea that he did this and was surprised as he is well aware of my immigration status (I’ve known him for some time). I submitted the paperwork with the I-751 as it listed my husband as a beneficiary and also included a note about how I had no idea the banker did this and I attached a receipt from the bank showing how I immediately went in to have it changed. Now I am starting to prepare my N400 application and I noticed the question: 1. Have you EVER claimed to be a U.S. citizen (in writing or any other way)? 
 I am concerned about how to answer this. I have genuinely NEVER done this but I am concerned about how USCIS will react to the fact that it took me a year to notice it on the paperwork. Is this something to worry about? Thank you.
  6. Hi, My wife applied for US Citizenship (N400) in September 2016 after being GC holder for about 9 years. Her status online is still Fingerprint Scheduled - which was completed in October 2016. She is permanent residence of US, ever since she migrated to the states. Her current non-us passport has address of country of origin - India. To my surprise, recently, local authorities in India approached my parents (Who luckily happens to be in India for few months) in reference to getting Police Clearance Certificate for immigration purpose. This is extremely surprising as what may have caused USCIS/FBI Name Check process to lead all the way back to India. Needless to say, her records are clean (minor traffic violation). I certainly have faith in US Government processes but I have no idea what to expect from Indian authorities because we don't live there. anyone else who applied in last year or so has observed change in process? In my extended family almost everyone is naturalized citizen and USCIS never asked for Police Clearance Certificate. Thanks in advance, God Bless America.
  7. I thought it's beneficial if people can list their experiences with Dallas field office during their naturalization interview. Like questions asked, atmosphere or any other useful information others can use.
  8. I recently became a citizen and my wife's F2A case is currently under document review @ NVC ( scan date mid Feb). Does it make sense to upgrade my case or not without further delay? I am expecting case to completed soon and transferred to Embassy. Also, Is it required to inform NVC about citizenship asap?
  9. Good morning everyone. I’m applying for citizenship using the three year rule based on VAWA. In 3 weeks I will be able to submit the n-400 I’m doing everything myself and wanted some feedback from you guys. I’m currently working on the cover letter. I know in the cover letter I need to explain the three year rule and attach the 89 Memo . I have a record, do i need to explain in a separate letter? Do i have to submit evidence of the marriage? Could anyone share their timeline? Or maybe their cover letter? I can’t afford a lawyer and I’m nervous I’m going to miss something.
  10. After going through many informative websites about a possible expedited naturalization for military spouse, I finally decided to go to the immigration counselor residing on post. And I feel like she gave me an advice that is completely different than what I read on VJ and USCIS websites. Those are websites I'm talking about: https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume12-PartG-Chapter4.html and https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume12-PartG-Chapter5.html First what the immigration advisor told me today: I'm not eligible for the expedited naturalization. I have to first remove conditions on my green card, wait a year and then (based on the 3 year rule) file for naturalization. What websites says: Sure I can file for expedite naturalization anytime as long as I have military orders for my husband and me and I don't even have to do RoC. (A spouse of a U.S. citizen employed abroad based on authorized employment is not required to have any specific period of residence or physical presence in order to naturalize. [9] Consequently, a CPR spouse is not required to file the petition to remove conditions if the spouse files his or her naturalization application before he or she reaches the 90-day filing period to remove the conditions on residence. [10] A CPR spouse of a U.S. citizen employed abroad may naturalize without filing a petition to remove conditions if: •The CPR spouse has been a CPR for less than one year and nine months; and •The CPR spouse does not reach the 90-day filing period for the petition to remove conditions prior to the final adjudication of his or her naturalization application or the time of the Oath of Allegiance. [11] ) I'm genuinely confused. We are PCSing to Germany either March or July (depending on our expedite request). My conditional green card expires in September. I know that this summer is when my 90 day RoC window opens. What I'd like to do (if possible) is apply for naturalization maybe before we go to Germany or as soon as we get there, without the need of going through the RoC. I'd really like for someone who went through the expedite process to advise me on what to do here. Am I eligible? When can I file? Was the immigration advisor right or are USCIS websites right? Thank you in advance.
  11. Hello, I hope you can answer my question, I became a US citizen a year ago so my 15 year old daughter became a US citizen too. After I received my certificate of naturalization I immediately applied for our u.s. passports (my daughter and I). Now that I am applying for her SSN I realized that the birthplace on her passport is "Maryland" and not Philippines, when I checked the envelope with the passport there was a printed note saying that the birthplace was changed to Maryland instead of Philippines In form-SSN-5 there is a part that requires the birth place, what should I put? a) should I follow the one stated on her passport ? or b) the one stated on her Philippine birth certificate? Since my daughter is now a u.s. citizen, the only proof she has is the u.s. passport. AND it is the only proof that SSN require to prove that she is a u.s. citizen. I figured that if I put in Philippines as her birthdate, I will have to bring her Philippine Birth Certificate which is not required to prove that she is a u.s. citizen. Did this ever happen to you or to anyone you know? Please advise me to help me what to do. Thanks.
  12. Hi, I've often read the analogy that a trip abroad for 6-12 months "pauses" the citizenship clock and that a trip of 12+ months stops it. But what does "pauses" mean in this case? For trips of 6-12 months, isn't it on you to prove strong ties to the U.S. (for example, maintained job, full access to abode, close family stayed in U.S., didn't work abroad)? There's no actual "pause" in terms of the 3-year (or 5-year) timeline? Just confused about terminology. Thanks for any help!
  13. In 2012 I was arrested but the charges were later dismissed. This will be 5 years in Oct. I am planning on applying for citizenship this year. I was told that I should apply while there is still 6mos left on my GC, however my GC expires in Oct, so I'll be applying this month, 4.5 years after this incident. I have also heard that there should be at least 5 years since any incident that could bring your moral conduct into question. My question to others is.... will 4.5 years rather than 5 be an issue? Has anyone had citizenship denied from an old, dismissed case? I applied to the local court system for a certified copy of the disposition of the case. Do I need anything else? Should I hire an immigration attorney, or will this be likely something I can handle by myself? I'm beyond nervous about this effecting my application, so any advice is greatly welcomed. I have had no other incidents before or since. TIA!
  14. i need the answers on this one so bad.Im applying for my parents to come here to US so upon completing the form i-130 i notice that my certification of citizenship marital status is married then i remember the time of my interview for citizenship that i forgot to bring my divorce paper so the interviewer told me that since i didnt bring my divorce paper its either he can reschedule the interview and bring the paper OR he can change the status to MARRIED so i dont need to comeback.So i agree.So in form i-130 there is a questions about my marital status(DIVORCE),how many times i got married(1) and name of previous spouse and date of marriage ended.If i put divorce and its ended 2014 then to my certification of citizenship status is married which is dated 2016, am i getting any problem with the timeline? i cant send the form because of these questions.Please help
  15. Hey guys, I'm about to apply for my dual citizenship now do I need reasons why to 'get' the American citizenship. What good reasons are there besides voting? I'm Military wife too so if there are some good reasons I couldn't think about by myself yet. Id appreciate every help.
  16. I am on a green card right now. Because of hard times after a business failure, I went on food stamps and I applied for Medicaid few months ago. I am not on food stamps anymore, but I was reading through some old threads on Visa Journey and I was shocked to hear that Medicaid is considered a public charge. Should I cancel my Medicaid so that it won't affect me when I apply for citizenship? I have only been getting it for past 4-5 months. I would rather just pay the Obamacare fines if it's going to affect me negatively when I apply for citizenship.
  17. Hi everyone, My cousin is an unconditional permanent resident and her 10 year green card is about to expire. She has applied for citizenship and has a date for the biometrics appointment. What happens if her GC expires before her citizenship is approved? I've been reading that legal status doesn't change even if the plastic itself is expired, but could it still lead to some issues? Anything that can be done to prevent potential issues? Thanks!
  18. My husband who is a permanent resident through marriage is undergoing the process of US citizenship! My question is this. As I understand it, as long as he is a citizen of India and I am married to him, I can apply for the OCI card (as the PIO is being done away with soon). Now, once he gets citizenship here, would that make an OCI invalid? And while we're at it, if our daughter (a US citizen by birth) travels with us to India, what visas/documents would she need.
  19. My wife has two family names due to her dual citizenship. We've provided both of my wife's names on the application for citizenship, and copies of both passports (each with a different family name). At the citizenship interview, we discovered that the USCIS failed to check both names against the FBI database. In fact, the name they failed to check was even the one on her birth certificate. So while she passed the civics test, we now have to wait several months while they run another background check before she can take the oath. I'm not sure how a oversight like this takes place, especially since we've gone through the IR-1/CR-1 process, the condition-lifting process, and now the citizenship process. Has anyone else experienced something like this?
  20. do i absolutely NEED to have my certificate of citizenship (n-600) to file the cr1? i became a citizen through my mother while i was under 18 but never thought i would need that certificate and now i see in the form for the cr1 asking me for the information... it just seems insane to pay about 1200 for this certificate that doesnt really do anything but if i need it for this then it seems i have no choice.
  21. I am filing my N400 under INA 319 (b), because my husband is in the army and we are stationed overseas. I sent it to Nebraska and it was signed for and received on the 21st of December 2016. I still haven't heard anything back from them. It is now over 2 months.They haven't taken the money out of my account but I know it got there because it was signed for. Who can I call to find out about what is happening or is this the normal waiting times? I am getting a bit worried now.
  22. Hello everyone, first time here in this forum. I tried to find a topic with a situation like mine but I had no luck so here I am. I've been wanting to apply for my citizenship and as I was looking around I found that I can get either the certificate of citizenship or a passport under the INA-320. My father is a U.S. citizen. I came to the U.S. as a permanent resident on November 2011 and I've been living here since then. And I was less than 18 years old at the time I crossed (I was 15). According to this, I automatically became a U.S. citizen the moment I stepped on U.S. soil but we didn't have the money to process the certificate or a passport at that time. So now that I have the money I'm wondering if using this process and conditions would work for me since I'm not under 18 anymore. I haven't been able to find information that states if I can still file my passport or N-600 with the conditions met after I turn 18. Also, if I'm able to file my passport, do I just show up with the required documents at the office or what are the steps I need to take. Any help would be great, thanks!
  23. After learning of the changes at USCIS and the Director resigning because of being a political appointment, there will be a change in the organisation and DACA is very important to many. At a time of great mis-information, I thought it useful to post some weblinks to "good news sources" so we can track the issues. http://time.com/4632293/donald-trump-cabinet-dreamers-confirmation-hearings/ - Asked by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham about overturning the executive order that created the DACA program, Sessions replied that “it would certainly be constitutional” to do so. http://journalstar.com/news/local/refugees-daca-recipient-ask-crowd-to-keep-nebraska-a-welcoming/article_1c91d368-e426-576d-88ca-d9a84af045b7.html - example of how local State protests against "central government" may occur. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/01/12/programs-help-immigrants-refugees-grow-2017/96502612/ - growth in support of immigrants I am sure there are more so please add. If this helps 1 person not to be worried, you never know, we may in reality be helping 3 or 4 more :-)
  24. Hello everybody, I have been on this forum reading threads a lot during my process, and I wanted to give back by sharing my interview experience with you. So a little bit about me: I'm a female student, not married, have lived in the U.S. for 16 years, had a green card for more than 5 years, got it through the lottery. My appointment was 8:40AM at the Federal Building in DTLA. I got to the building at 8:10AM. The line in front of the Federal Building at 8:10AM was already moderately long, I waited at least 15 minutes in line before I got to the security at the entrance of the building. They made me take off my little boots I was wearing, but other people with smaller shoes (like flats) didn't have to. Also remember to take your phone out of your bag and put it next to your bag in the tub. The security guard found and took out of my purse two bottles of prescription pills, which he made a joke about, and I said something along the lines of "just in case!" with a smile and he easily let me through. I used the restroom in the lobby, then went to the 6th floor and room that's assigned on my letter. The room that's actually on my letter was an office style room (with cubicles as well as individual interview rooms) across the hall from the waiting room, and everyone assigned to that room like me was waiting in the waiting room. The security guard in front of the interview room took my letter. The waiting room was very comfortable and had a TV playing current news as well as some plants, pictures on the wall of people smiling, and a small play section with toys for children. I sat in the waiting room with about 50 other people. This very elderly Asian man was called for his interview at one point, and he turned around with a huge grin and waved at everyone else in the waiting room, which I thought was really adorable and heartwarming. Interestingly, I felt like I waited a very short time in the waiting room, as I was called before others who were there before me. My interviewer actually came to the waiting room to call me in person, whereas most others' names were called on a loudspeaker that plays in the waiting room, a name being called once every 10 minutes or so. I went with him across the hall into the office-like room with lots of cubicles, and went to his actual office in the back. He first had me swear I tell the truth, and then I sat down and he asked me for my green card and my California State ID card (I don't drive). That's all he asked me to show, even though I brought lots of other stuff related to my application. So he first had me do the civics exam "to get it over with!". He wrote my answers down pretty much verbatim on a worksheet he had in front of him, which had 10 questions on it. As you know, after getting 6 right, it's over, you pass. These were the questions I was asked: What is freedom of religion? When was the Constitution written? How many people are in the Senate? When must one sign up for Selective Service? What is the ocean on the East Coast? Name a state that borders Canada. Then, he made me read "The American flag is red, white, and blue." and then write the same sentence in a spot on a piece of paper. Ridiculously easy. Next, he went through the entire N-400 I had submitted, a copy of which was in front of him. We actually went through all of the things in the application that I had answered, but it did not take long because I am not married and have no kids. He asked me some interest-based questions, like how my undergrad experience was at the university I went to, and also what I am researching in grad school. And he did ask me about the trips I had taken outside the U.S. since getting my green card, and they were all short winter break trips to my parents' country, to "visit grandparents". Then came all the "no" questions. He looked at me in the eyes for each one, the ones about crimes, guerilla, drugs, unpaid taxes, Communism, all that stuff. Then, it was done. He told me that I passed! He had me sign a piece of paper he printed out that showed all my basic personal info, that would go on my naturalization certificate. And then he gave me a pamphlet about American facts, a flyer about "what to expect at the oath ceremony", and also the Form N-652/approval notice. Then, he told me that the next oath ceremony would be mid-February, but I probably won't be able to get into that one, so I would probably have my oath in March or later (update: I got the mid-February oath ceremony). He told me I should expect my oath notification in the mail in a month to 90 days (update: I got it in the mail in 8 days). I wasn't particularly worried about passing the interview, but I felt so happy and relieved when I stepped out of the office and out of the Federal Building. I hope this helps you know what to expect, as well as quell any nervousness you may have about this. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  25. I am ready to apply for my citizenship and I would like to know any advice and tip, I was reading that is not recommended to file the application on the computer because the process can be slower, is that true? another question is the N-400 application need to have a barcode? I found the application on the USCIS website but I don't see any barcode when I printed it, thank you in advance for any help!