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  1. Hi Guys, So our marriage certificate has 'DO NOT COPY' - IT IS A FELONY' etc on it. We are applying under the 3 yr rule, based on marriage. So my question is, when filing online, shall I not upload this, but just take it to the *HOPEFULLY* interview? Cheers.
  2. So, my status changed on Feb 8 and it says my oath ceremony letter was mailed and to call if I dont receive it by March 10. It's been 2 weeks and no mail yet. I found out about that my oath is scheduled on March 5th because I called the district court that I chose to attend. I tried changing the location before but they would not allow it as it is not within my district. And my district only does ceremony once a year. I was trying to look for an infopass appointment in my local uscis office which is btw 8 hours drive and it does not have anything open in the next 14 days. I only have 5 business days left to wait for my appointment letter. If it does not arrive can I just attend the ceremony and have them verify my name on their list and print me out whatever I need to fill out? This is making me nervous. I have been waiting for 7 months since my approval. I cannot miss this appointment. 😯
  3. 2018 San Francisco filers please add your timeline here: ................|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Francisco, CA|NBC or IOE
  4. hey guys - for those who are wondering what happens at a naturalization ceremony, here are a couple of short clips at a ceremony in washington, dc today.
  5. Sharing my N400 experience at the Minneapolis field office, since there's not a lot of information out there for MN and ND residents. Be warned, this will be long and hopefully, detailed. Background info: I applied online July 2017, and completed my biometrics appointment in Fargo August 2017. The system autogenerated an interview date for me with the Fargo office, but that interview was descheduled the next day. My interview was on 2/20/2018 at the Minneapolis field office on Marquette Ave. I got to the main building at 9:20 and took the elevator up to the 7th floor. There were about a dozen people in line to go through security, but they moved us through quickly. They asked to see everyone's appointment letter. If you didn't have one, you were asked to step out of line and to make an INFOPASS appointment or to wait for an actual appointment letter. Many people brought several family members. After security, I checked in and was given a number (P28). There were other numbers starting with Ks and Ds. Ds were called up to 1 of 5 counters on the right side of the lobby, Ps and Ks were called to a secure door to the left of the counters. My number was called right at 9:45am, and I was led through the secure door and to the back officers by my IO, J. Suarez. He was warm and friendly, and we made small talk through the hallways. Before I even sat down in his office, he said that "when" I passed the interview today, that they would do my oath ceremony today. He said that I would become a US citizen today. First, he asked me to sign a couple of things (acknowledging I am who I say I am) and to confirm my address. Then, we moved onto the English portion and that took less than a couple of minutes. Next, was the Civics portion. He told me that it would be very easy, and that once I got 6 right, that we would be done The questions asked were: 1. What is the name of the national anthem? 2. How old do you have to be to vote? 3. What is the Rule of Law? (I stuttered here a little bit, because I couldn't decide which answer to give. He assured me again that I could do it, that it was very easy) 4. Which ocean is on the West Coast? 5. What happened on 9/11? 6. Why are there 13 stripes on the flag? Once we were done, he congratulated me and said that he would print out my oath ceremony letter right now. He said that they were doing in-house ceremonies now, and that they do them throughout the day. The next one would be in the next hour, and he led me back out to the lobby to wait. After half an hour of waiting, another IO came out to talk to me. She told me that they made a mistake. As a MN resident, I'm not eligible to take the in-house administrative oath, that only ND residents were allowed to do so. As a MN resident, I had to take my oath before an actual judge. I was a little confused as to why they didn't catch this before, since I had to confirm my address with the previous IO. It sounded like these in-house oaths were a new development, and that there were other MN residents that interviewed today that they also had to inform. She apologized repeatedly for the mistake and said they called the courthouse and arranged for a ceremony to take place later today, but that it would be in St Paul. She said that the Judge who would be doing it is the sweetest guy ever and that he's really nice. I told her I didn't mind because I didn't have anywhere to be anyways, and it sounded like there would only be a few of us at this ceremony so it seemed like it would be more intimate. She thanked me for understanding and said she would be back with information on where and when the new ceremony would take place. 15 minutes later, another IO showed up and gave me my new oath ceremony letter. He, too, apologized for the inconvenience and explained that the others couldn't make the later time today so I would be doing this oath by myself with the Judge in his chambers. That was kinda exciting and nerve wracking... On my way out, I ran into the female IO again and she apologized once more for the mix up. I think being so close to Canada has rubbed off on us MN folk. Anyways, my oath ceremony was now at Robert St in St. Paul at 3:00pm. When I got there, the security officers thought I had the wrong place or time. I explained that I had a letter and that I was supposed to see the Judge. They let me through and told me to go talk to the court clerk. She then took my green cards (conditional, and 10 year), saying I wouldn't need them anymore. I was hoping to at least keep the conditional one as a souvenir. Oh well. The Judge's assistant came to get me and led me to his chambers. He came out to meet me right away and the IO was right.... He's such a sweet guy! He showed me pictures of his family - he has 3 adopted daughters who went through the naturalization process themselves. He told me stories of people he did the ceremony with - from a Somalian soldier going to serve in Iraq, to a Russian wrestler representing the US in the Olympics, to an Iranian man dying of cancer. The Judge said that he's done ceremonies in hospices, hospitals and even private homes for people too sick to travel. He also shed some light on the administrative oaths and the difference between MN and ND residents. The explanation is that the ND courts have given the USCIS the authority to perform these administrative oaths because they are very busy and don't want to take the time to do so. He said that the MN courts have not done so even though they are the busier court of the two, hence why MN residents have to take the judicial oath. (By the way, I also learned that if you are changing your name, even as a ND resident, you would then have to do a judicial oath because only judges can approve name changes.) He said he understood the reasoning behind the ND court's decision, but felt that new citizens deserved the time and respect of the court to perform the oath at the very least. He joked that as a Judge, most of the people he meets aren't very happy to be standing before him, and that oath ceremonies are the only time that people actually want to be in court. We also talked a little about immigration issues in the current political climate and he shared a few more personal stories. He said his favorite part of doing the oaths was to hear people's stories and to ask them questions about their lives. He said that America's strength is in her people and that immigrants are what makes this country strong. He said that there's value in every culture, language and tradition - even in the little things such as children's songs and recipes. Of course, no country is perfect, but we both agreed that sometimes people born in the US forget how good they have it. I really got the sense that even though he has performed so many oath ceremonies, some with over a thousand people, that each one was very special to him. Anyways, I'm very grateful that I was able to spend time with him and his assistant, and to hear his thoughts, opinions and experiences. It was a very humbling experience - I wish everyone could have the same experience as I did. So, thank you Judge Frank and Becky for making my oath ceremony that much more special. Thanks to all who have given me advice and support since starting this journey with the K1 visa, and good luck to all still waiting!
  6. Does anyone know what is going on with the Dallas office? It has been over a year since my husband's case is awaiting interview. Is anyone else in the same boat? Is anyone seeing any movement on their case or others?
  7. Hi, I am a US Citizen living abroad as a missionary. My wife is applying for citizenship under 319(b) of the INA. My questions are: 1) After research, we've decided we'd be best served to be interviewed and naturalized at the Fairfax, VA USCIS office. We've indicated this both on our cover letter as well as on the application itself. On my N-400 application, my mailing address is a Tennessee address (where my parents live). Will this present problems when my application is reviewed? Should I instead use an address of a friend in Virginia as my mailing address? 2) Because we want to be interviewed in VA, I am assuming I need to initially send our packet to the Lewisville ,TX location. Is this the correct place to file? I read somewhere that, in times past, there was one specific location (I think it was Phoenix) where all 319(b) cases were to be filed. Can someone confirm where we are to file our N-400 packet when filing under 319(b)? 3) Has anyone recently gone through this process? We're intending to file our application the first week of March. My wife is a month pregnant, so we're hoping that the interview will not be scheduled in the last trimester (where would mean about 5-6 months from the time of filing). Ideally, the interview would come closer to 9 months after the time of filing (a few weeks after the baby is here). Can anyone advise how long your process was with filing under 319(b)?
  8. Hi Everyone Thank you for taking the time to read and assist me. I have a quick question. I am fully eligible to file for naturalization which I will be doing next week since my green card expires this June. I consulted a lawyer for this exact question but I wanted to confirm with everyone else in regards to this issue. when I was around 13 years old my parents had just divorced and my mother had a tragic accident a couple a years before the divorce so she was going through a very tough time. When ended up getting in a small argument which triggered her to call the cops on me. They came and spoke to me and took me to a juvenile center and placed me in a cubicle. About 1 hr later my mother came to the center and told the officer that she was very sorry and apologized to me and she took me home. the officers told me not to worry about anything. Now fast forward to now I have a degree with honors. I am fully employed and have an amazing entrepreneurial career, I also belong to a very high end company that is well known for its ethics and name which I had to get security clearance for as well. My main question is do I have to disclose or mention this issue? my lawyer has told me to not disclose it. Please note that no charges or anything has ever been filed. I have a very clean record with no traffic citations either. Thank you all for your responses.
  9. Hey everyone, Does anyone know if working in Canada for couple months break continuous residency requirements? I used to live in Canada till May 2015. In may 2015 I went through POE to endorse my CR1 visa and came back to Canada for about 7 weeks before permanently moving to USA in July 2015. I continued my Canadian Job during that 7 weeks, and reported my 2015 Canadian income as foreign income on my US 2015 taxes. My green card says resident since May 2015 and I filed both my US and Canadian taxes as a US resident since May 2015. Since I am married to US citizen, am I eligible to apply in Feb 2018 with 3 years-90 days rule? Or does working in Canada for 7 weeks after my POE break my continuous residency?
  10. Hey everyone, Got a very weird question that came up all of the sudden. I just realized that I didn't have to write in my stepparent for the question asking for a parent's citizenship. My stepmother is naturalized USC, my biological mother is deceased. I wrote my stepmother in for that question, does this affect the application in any way? Also, if my dad gets a divorce, will it have any effect on my documents as well? Thanks!
  11. I had my interview today at the Atlanta Field Office. I got there at 8 for my 8:35 interview, traffic in Atlanta in the morning is a killer so strongly recommend leaving out early. There was an oath ceremony in the morning so lots of people which made for a long line before security. I got through security and was processed at the 1st floor reception at 8:15. Around 15 persons waiting for interviews. Called back at around 8:50. total interview took around 20 minutes. I had to provide evidence as I am filing by the three year rule. I provided our IRS Tax Transcripts for the last four years, a property deed for our home in Georgia, and our mortgage statements. The evidence that we submitted before she said wasn't needed, so she didn't need to see my marriage certificate or my previous divorce decree. She had me verify my name, birth date, address, workplace, citizenship and provide my drivers license. She took a picture, had me use the fingerprint reader. She had me read a statement. The Statement was "How many Senators do we have", then she asked me to write: "We have 100 Senators". Then she started reviewing my application and in parallel asking me the civics question, that kind of th me off as she asked one civic question then went ahead with asking me to confirm things on my application. The Questions asked were: What is the name of the national anthem How old do citizens have to be to vote for President What is the “rule of law” What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States Why does the flag have 13 stripes After we finished reviewing the application she had me sign and made copies of my ID and evidence. Then she said that a decision cannot yet be made about my application, that she would have to review my evidence and if all goes well then i'll get an oath letter. So the wait continues but at least now i don't have to study for anymore tests :-)
  12. Good Luck everyone I just applied for N-400 online. ================================== Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Chicago, Illinois Lockbox ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Online Filing ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE d3si.h3art.......|05\08\15|02\07|--\--|--\--\--|--\--\--|--\--\--|--\--\--|--\--\--|--\--\--|Newark, NJ.......|IOE
  13. I am filing N 400 online and I have the employment history like this: to complete 'Information about your employment and schools attended', Self-Employed 01/01/2018 - Present Company1 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017 Self-Employed 01/10/2016 - 12/31/2016 Company2 01/01/2015 - 10/13/2016 Self-Employed 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014 Company3 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013 But when i am reviewing before submit, I see the following order: Company1 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017 Company2 01/01/2015 - 10/13/2016 Company3 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013 Self-Employed 01/01/2018 - Present Self-Employed 01/10/2016 - 12/31/2016 Self-Employed 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014 My question is why the self-employeed jobs are coming lastly instead of showing one by one the way I added? Anybody facing the same issue? Is this okay to submit or something else? Thanks
  14. Is there any chance to corrections employment history. Like someone was doing 2 job in same time.. he put one employment history.. becuse Pdf file didn't allow put 2 employment history in same date. After biometric fingerprints is there any chance to corrections employment history in interview??
  15. For those of you who have done the interview already, what questions did they ask you? EDIT: and how hard were they with your answers? Thanks.
  16. Hello all, welcome to the February filers for N-400. I am an early filer with my green card date 04/28/2015 but with my window open, i decided to apply early and I did online. Now the waiting game begins.
  17. Hi everyone, I have a quick question about the oath ceremony scheduling. I am sorry if this question has been asked before, but I could not find an answer. I submitted my n400 in November 2016, and had my interview in early September 2017. I was recommended for approval after the interview, but did not receive any update until January 2018. I knew that USCIS had 120 days to make a decision, so after waiting 121 days, I called, placed a service request, and my status changed the next day to "Your oath ceremony will be scheduled." It's been a month since my online status changed, and I have not received an oath ceremony date yet. It's been 5 months since my interview, so I am getting a bit impatient. Here is the question: I know that USCIS has 120 days to make a decision on a case after the interview, but how long does USCIS have to schedule/administer the oath, if there is such regulation? I requested a name change, so this is probably the reason why this whole process is taking so long (my case is really simple otherwise). I cannot make an infopass appointment. I live 7 hours away from where I had my interview (and with a small child, I don't want to drive all the way there if I can avoid it). Thank you, everyone, for the help! Mimi
  18. Starting the thread for February 2018 filers. Good luck to all of us! N-400: February 2018 Applicants ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office..|NBC/IOE .................|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|?????????????.|... ================================== Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office..|NBC/IOE .................|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|?????????????.|... ================================== USCIS Chicago, Illinois Lockbox ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office..|NBC/IOE .................|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|?????????????.|... ================================== USCIS Online Filing ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office......|NBC/IOE Hicks81..........|02/25/15|02/01|02/01|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|New York City, NY.|... =========================================================================== 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. Click "Quote" on this new template or most recent/updated version of this template. 4. Copy the entire template or most recent update (Mac users: Select the entire template, then select Command + C) 5. Remove the "Quote Coding" located at the top of this template. 6. Paste the entire template or most recent update (Mac users: Select Command + V) 7. Now make whatever updates/changes you would like, then hit Submit Reply 8. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 9. 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
  19. Hi All, I am asking for a friend; This is what the USCIS site says: "On October 31, 2017, we started the interview scheduling process for your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization........" And that he will receive an interview date soon. He has yet to hear anything. Is this normal? or should he call? Thanks
  20. Hello, my husband entered US 5 yrs ago and obtained his green card immediately in F43 category. We got married last year and he applied i130 for me so I can join him in US. When he completed his 5 years of residence he applied N400 and planned to upgrade my application as soon as he gets his citizenship. Yesterday in his naturalization interview he was told that he cannot be approved because he is a derivative to his mother (sponsor F41) and he entered US one month before her, and by that he violated the accompanying or following to join condition. He had activated his green card immediately when he arrived and no one pointed this issue for him before, until now when he applied for citizenship. So what happens now? Is his green card in risk of deactivation? What happens to my i130 application? How should we proceed? Please advise!
  21. I just had my interview yesterday and I'm nervous about what I got. I passed my interview and written test. Everything went fine until she saw my travel dates. My first two years as an immigrant, I kept going back and forth to my country but it wasn't more than 6 months. I made sure my stay in my home country did not go over 6 months. After that, I stayed here in the US without going home until I reached five years. She was looking at a paper and was highlighting some stuff. After the interview, she made take some photos and give it to them. I don't know what's happening but I hope someone could tell me that it's the same as others too.
  22. Hello My wife went to her interview and passed English and Civics tests. She received a N-14 resquesting more evidence. She filled N400 based on marriage and the 3 year rule. We mailed requested documents yesterday Jan 20. Question what happens after they get the documents? Who reviews those documents? Is it same officer who interview the person? Thank you for any help.
  23. Good afternoon, i have applied for naturalization based on 5 years in the middle of February 2017. i have made an interview in july, immediately the officer gave me a RFE for my birth certificate and I have submitted immediately. Short after they have sent me an another rfe, asking: how i have gotten my H1b and taxes. i have submitted it a week later. sice then (late july) i haven't heaard anything. i had: been to 4 infopass sent them 2 letters asked for a service request. After almost 1 year they have replied just to my service request (middle of january) telling me They have assigned my case to an officer. what do you think? thanks
  24. Is there anyone here waiting for the interview? And How long do i need to wait? Case Is In Line For An Interview On October 18, 2017, we started the interview scheduling process for your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization , Receipt Number NBC*xxxxxxxx. We will send you an interview notice. Please follow any instructions in the notice. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.
  25. I'm applying for naturalization based on five year residence. Since my green card was granted based on marrying to an LPR, now they ask for marriage certificate. I have married outside US and have no official registration in US. Is the translation of the document acceptable?