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  1. Starting off the thread for December 2017 N-400 filers as I just submitted mine. Wishing good Luck and short wait to all! ================================== Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .........................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName..........|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .............................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Chicago, Illinois Lockbox ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .........................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Online Filing ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office...........|NBC/IOE|ECD Gabreigns........|02/25/15|12/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--...................|Chicago, IL............|IOE..........|13 months 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. Copy this whole section including instructions and legend and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. 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). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. 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 ECD: Estimated completion date as reported in USCIS website for your case in months
  2. Will they do a name change at the Jacksonville field office? I know these things change from time to time but I wanted to hear back from someone who had experience with that field office in particular.
  3. N-400: October 2017 Applicants ================================== 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 Ko_..............|09/23/14|10/02|10/02 |10/02/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Phoenix, AZ......|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. Copy this whole section including instructions and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. 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). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. 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. Let's start the thread: N-400: August 2017 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/IOESETTI................|06/--/08|06/29|07/03|07/03|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|San Jose|... ======================================================= Online ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office......|NBC/IOESETTI................|06/--/08|06/29|07/03|07/03|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|San Jose|... ======================================================= 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. Copy this whole section including instructions and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. 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). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. 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. 0
  5. The in-line for interview status is something that causes a lot of applicants some angst, mainly because it's the only update you get between biometrics and having your interview scheduled, which can be a period of several months. Quite a while ago, some VJ members started noticing that many applicants who file 90 days early (or at least more than 60 days early) are placed in-line exactly (often to the day) one month before the 3rd of 5th anniversary of their green cards. Just based on all the monthly threads I've read, I'd guess that this has been going on for a couple of years now and that it applies to about 60%-80% of each month's early-filers. If you don't file early, you obviously can't be placed in-line before your anniversary. Also, if you file 50 days early, and do you biometrics a month after that, you also won't be placed in-line a month before your anniversary simply because there isn't enough time. So most people who don't apply early enough to fall into the category I'm talking about, are placed in-line within a week or so of biometrics. The remaining group; those who aren't placed in-line exactly one month before their anniversary or within a week or two of biometrics usually have a longer wait ahead of them due to a prolonged background check which can take anywhere from a month to, in rare cases, over a year. 3 - 6 months seems to be a more common wait time for this group. This is all just based on my observation, so we decided to keep track of it for the December 2015 filers. Out of 35 applicants, 11 applied early. Of the 11, 1 got his biometrics appointment less than 1 month before his anniversary, and so does not fall in this category. For the remaining 10, the 1 month before anniversary inline prediction tracker is shown below. There are always exceptions to these predictions, and no one should worry if they are not placed in-line when they expect; note that every one on the table was eventually placed in-line when their biometrics checks were completed. Also remember that being placed in-line isn't all that special... you could get an interview notice two days later, or you may have a wait of several months ahead of you. I hope this helps some of you. Inline date predictor Keeping track of December 2015 early-filers to test the accuracy of the prediction that you'll be placed inline for interview 1 month before your GC anniversary date assuming you've completed biometrics by then. Applicant GC Date Inline Prediction Groovyaardvark 02/15 04/18 Incorrect spring333 02/19 01/19 Correct quan12 03/01 02/01 Correct osune22 03/05 02/05 Correct Kwakun 03/07 02/08 Correct * Pete's Dragon 03/13 02/15 Correct ** Ms Hogan 03/14 02/15 Correct ** JimmyHou 03/15 04/26 Incorrect trangyakan 03/15 02/15 Correct ** Sixer 03/18 02/18 Correct * 02/07 was a Sunday ** 02/13 and 02/14 were a Saturday and a Sunday - applicants were placed inline on 02/15, which was Presidents Day Out of the 10 of us who filed early, 8 were placed inline exactly 1 month before the green card anniversary date (with exceptions for weekends). Two of us were not placed inline by the predicted date.
  6. For N400, do they want certified copies of marriage certificates (raise seal) and divorce decree? or is a copy of the certified copy ok?
  7. Does anybody here have experience with applying for special accommodations? Were you approved or denied and what were specifics? My N400 interview is next week and I also have a surgery scheduled a day before. I have not talked to doctor about the care after but from what I gathered, they want you to lay down and don't walk for at least few days after this type of surgery. No heavy lifting for several weeks after. It does not involve open wounds and it also does not impair my ability to walk and write. Due to the scheduling and other reasons, I don't think I am able to reschedule the surgery for other day and I would also hate to miss my interview for N400 and have to reschedule for the future (and further delay my whole application). I called USCIS and they told me to apply for special accommodations but they can't tell me if I will be approved or not for special accommodations. The immigration center is over an hour drive from my home. I wonder if I should apply or not? Not trying to be difficult but on their website they state "4. for those unable to travel to a designated USCIS location for an interview, you may be visited at your home or a hospital."
  8. Let's start this thread guys! N-400: Septermber 2017 Applicants ================================== 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 thepeeeeej.......|10/30/12|09/05|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA..|NBC ================================== 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 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. Copy this whole section including instructions and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. 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). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. 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.
  9. Starting the thread for December 2017 filers. May we all have a fast processing time! N-400: December 2017 Applicants ================================== 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 Babe18...........| 11/17/14| 11/27/17| 12/06/17| 12/04/17| ........| ........| ........| ........| ........| San Bernardino, CA..| 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 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. Copy this whole section including instructions and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. 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). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. 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
  10. I entered wrong green card issued date on my N400 form and got rejected. By mistake I entered Green card issued year as 2017 instead of 2012.They also sent me green letter to include it when I resubmit my N400 again. Rejected form has printed information at the bottom of all pages. Do I need to sent same package by replacing one page that has green card issue date or new package with green paper?
  11. Legal Name

    I'm about to apply for naturalization based on 5 years. I recently married and went to change my name (not to my spouse's but rather to shorten my 6 names to 2). The Social Security office had no problem, they just had to run it by DHS so it took a few weeks to get the all clear and my new card with my new name came in last week! But then I went to the DMV in Florida and they told me that my legal name was the one on my Permanent Resident card and not the one on my SS card and that they wouldn't change my name on my Driver License till I got my immigration document changed. Now, my question is pertaining to the application. At the top of the form I get to put in my "Legal Name" (Part 2.1) and then after that (Part 2.2) I get to put in my name exactly as it appears on my Permanent Resident card. I am now confused since FL DMV refused to take the name on my SS card as my legal name. What is my legal name?? And why in the world would they have the option to differentiate between a legal name and your green card name if the states won't???
  12. Hey guys! I've been a Permanent Resident for almost 5 year and I'm about to submit my N400 application. I also recently got married and decided to change my name. I went it to get my new SS Card and everything turned out fine after waiting about 3 weeks for it to clear. Now I'm going to go get my name changed on my Driver's License here in Florida. I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with this step. I am concerned that the DL office will make me change my name on my immigration document before they allow the change to be made on my Driver's License. Since I'm about to apply for naturalization, I see no point in updating my new legal name on my Green Card. Obviously, not getting that name change on my DL will mean I have to wait to get my name changed everywhere else (like banks and work). Feel free to move this questions to the right topic if there's a better one than "off topic"!
  13. Alright let's get this rolling June 2017 filers! After a long journey, we have finally made it to the last step! I'm quite surprised that there isn't a thread yet for June! So here it is! I'm eligible to file on June 12th so as of the moment, I am still getting our packet ready. Please update the list below. Here we go!!! N-400: June 2017 Applicants ====================================== USCIS Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ====================================== ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ ======================================================= 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. Copy this whole section including instructions and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. 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). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. 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.
  14. I have compiled a list of DC filers going back to October, Feel free to add/update/correct accordingly. Note, DC Field office comprises of all the counties listed here. UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int Ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE Uwe..............|11/16/96|10/03|--/--|10/10|11/03/16|11/08/16.|02/22/17.|03/17/17.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...| jc84.............|01/12/12|10/15|10/27|10/25|11/14/16|01/26/17.|03/20/17.|04/24/17.|--/--/--.|Fairfax, VA......|NBC CGu13............|--/--/--|10/17|10/21|10/24|11/17/16|11/21/16.|03/19/17.|04/18/17.|--/--/--.|Fairfax, VA......|NBC Mehmet&Elena.....|10/20/11|11/30|12/05|12/01|12/28/16|01/04/17.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Alexandria, VA...|NBC Bubblybee........|05/30/13|12/02|12/06|12/07|01/03/17|01/30/17.|04/20/17.|05/22/17.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...|NBC Lavoparents......|02/23/12|12/12|12/15|12/22|01/11/17|01/30/17.|04/22/17.|05/24/17.|--/--/--.|Fairfax, VA......|NBC Blazers..........|02/22/09|12/13|12/20|??/??|01/10/17|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Fairfax, VA......|NBC SC333............|06/13/05|12/15|12/23|12/22|01/17/17|01/19/17.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Fairfax, VA......|NBC SimpaticoJT......|04/04/13|12/16|12/21|12/21|01/18/17|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Alexandria, VA...|NBC Cybermax.........|03/27/12|12/27|12/29|01/14|01/30/17|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Annandale,VA.....| vik376...........|02/27/14|12/28|01/11|01/12|01/31/17|04/19/17.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Washington,DC....| LJVA.............|01/--/13|01/17|01/25|01/30|02/14/17|03/06/17.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Fairfax, VA......| ToRo.............|05/02/14|02/02|02/08|02/08|02/28/17|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...|NBC Reda.............|05/02/14|02/11|02/15|02/13|03/01/17|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...|NBC nmic7............|05/05/14|02/15|02/16|02/17|02/28/17|03/23/17.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...|LIN DGTB.............|07/23/94|02/27|03/06|03/06|03/20/17|03/29/17.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...|NBC KSWSKY94.........|01/25/12|02/28|03/07|03/07|03/27/17|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...|NBC VAMAS............|09/23/13|03/06|03/08|03/13|04/13/17|04/17/17.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...|NBC SHAIZ............|--/--/--|03/08|03/14|03/14|04/04/17|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Washington, DC...|NBC
  15. I found this document that explains what you can expect at your oath ceremony. I think it's well-written and easy to read, so I hope some of you will find it helpful. I haven't found any information on it that is currently out-of-date, but note that it is old and check it for yourselves. https://cliniclegal.org/sites/default/files/231718_clinic_09.pdf Please note that this is not an official USCIS document. It covers several topics including: - receiving the oath letter - maintaining eligibility before the oath - completing the questionnaire - dressing for the ceremony - what to bring to the ceremony - checking in at the ceremony - ceremony agenda - what to do after the ceremony - possible de-naturalization - sample oath letter - sample naturalization certificate
  16. So I currently live in Jersey City so my local USCIS field office is Newark. The problem is, I work in NYC and the New York City field office is 5 minutes walk from my office. Needless to say if I had to go to Newark I would have to take the day off, drive there, pay for parking and waste so much more time for no reason. If i could do biometrics and interview at the New York field office I would just tell my boss I would be out of the office for a few hours and just walk over to USCIS.. Any idea if this is possible?
  17. I thought this might help those of us considering a legal name change. The N400 application is (in most cases) a great time to legally change your name. It's fast and it's free. Outside of the N400 process, a name change requires a visit to your local courthouse, may require a public announcement in a newspaper (depending on your state and local laws) and will cost you money. In New York City, the cost is about $65 while on Houston it is over $400, so cost varies from city to city. You can change your name to anything you want within certain limitations. You can't change your name to impersonate someone or in an attempt to hide your identity for illegal purposes. Other than that, it's up to you. If you are Arthur Robert Wilkinson, you can become Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz. It's important to note that if you are just changing your last name to take your spouse's last name or to revert to your maiden name, then a legal name change is not required. This is because a marriage certificate or a divorce certificate acts as proof of legal name change. This is true EVEN IF your certificate does not show the new name that you want to take. For example, if Anita Mary Harrolds marries Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz, she can legally be known as Anita Mary Leibowitz even though that name does not appear anywhere on the certificate. In fact, she can also hyphenate both last names without a legal name change. However, if she wanted to change her middle name from Mary to Margaret, she would need a legal name change. To request a legal name change through the naturalization process, fill out the name change section of the N400. The interviewer may ask you to confirm that you still want to change your name because some people change their minds between the application and the interview. The interviewer may ask for proof of your current legal name. In case of a discrepancy between your green card and your passport, a birth, marriage, divorce, or name change certificate determines your current name, so make sure you have these with you (if they apply in your case...it's always a good idea to have your translated birth certificate with you at the interview). The interviewer will print out some forms (three I think) for you to check and sign. These should have your old and new names on them. You will have to be scheduled for a judicial oath ceremony. This is because USCIS does not have the legal authority to change your name and must ask a judge to do so. If your city has regular judicial ceremonies then there shouldn't be any delays. If your city holds regular administrative ceremonies, but not many judicial ceremonies, then the name change may cause a delay. Some cities (including San Francisco and San Jose) have stopped scheduling judicial ceremonies altogether. Applicants in these cities cannot legally change their names through the N400 application. Your interviewer will inform you of this and will cross out the name change section during the interview. You will have to request a regular name change before or after naturalization if you live in these cities (see above). At your oath ceremony you will be given your naturalization certificate as well as a name change certificate signed by a judge. This second certificate will show your old and new names and you'll need it to update your name with your banks, on your drivers license, credit cards, etc. In addition to doing all the paperwork to make these changes, you'll also have to consider the effect of the name change if you have dual citizenship; your name on your two passports may not match and your other country may require you to go through different name change procedures or may not allow name changes at all. People do travel using passports with different names, but you have to be careful when booking tickets and you may want to travel with your name change certificate (and translations). If you want to check whether or not (and how often) judicial ceremonies are held in your location, find your office here and look under naturalization ceremonies: http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices
  18. Can someone please provide information ? I had my interview done last week, however I was arrested and convicted of Simple Assault / Harassment so I was given a paper " Decision can not be made ". The incident happened after I filed for N400 and before the interview. I told IO everything about the arrest, I told him it was a conviction and I have next court day on feb 24, 2018. I have been PR for 8 years and this is my only criminal history. Base of people experience, I don't know if I will get denied, or put on hold till my probation is over and approve me or anything?
  19. I'm in the process of filing out my n400 and I'm a little unsure as to what should be included for part 12 question 9, the question seems pretty broad. Should answers to this question include organizations I've donated money to, e.g. charities or political campaigns and if so how would you define the dates of 'membership'? Seems like a lot of things fall under the umbrella of this question given the way it is worded things like membership of AAA, what sorts of things did you include?
  20. I had an interview scheduled for Dec 7 at the Oakland Park office. Today I received a notice of cancellation and a new notice to appear for an interview only problem is that the new interview is for SATURDAY Dec 2! The new notice for the interview is identical but does not have the USCIS letterhead. Do they schedule interviews for Saturdays or was this a mistake? Has anyone heard of something like this? What would you recommend me to do. I tried to get an infopass but could not get one as there are no available appointments at the time
  21. I got a mail saying that I missed by appointment which was supposed to be last week Wednesday not this Wednesday. I'm panicking, not sure why I mixed up the date!! The mail said I have 30 days from this notice to explain why I did not appear, and I just wanted some clarification as to which address I'm supposed to send the mail to. Do I send the mail to the address on the bottom left which is the USCIS Office Address: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 300 N. Los Angeles Street Los Angeles CA 90012 or Do I sent it to the location where I was supposed to have my interview: Los Angeles County Field Office 300 N. Los Angeles Street Sixth Floor, Room xxxx Los Angeles CA 90012 I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to send it to the 1st address, but I would like some input :(. If so, how long would it take for me to get a response from them? Thank you in advance!!
  22. I am planning to apply for citizenship. I am a long term permanent resident. However, I did work without INS approval when I was still a F1 student. I disclosed this during the I-485 process and got adjusted though the 245(i) provision. Aside from one traffic ticket (driving with expired vehicle registration) from my student days, I have a clear record. The question is when filling out the N400, there are a couple of questions 31 and 32 (Part 12) that I want to answer "YES" and come clean on what happened. The form requests that a typed explanation of details needs to be provided for each "Yes" answer. Any advice on how best to proceed with this? Thanks
  23. Hello, I applied on March 25th and my Fingerprint Appointment was on April 17th. What worries me is that my case is still stuck in "Fingerprint Appointment Was Scheduled" and based on N400 data from Trackitt people who applied just one month before me (February) had already gotten their Interview letters back in August. Would you recommend submitting a case inquiry to USCIS considering all the circumstances? Thanks in advance.
  24. Filed my N400 beginning of July (end of June possibly not 100% sure) Had my fingerprints done July 27th. On July 31st I checked my status saying that I am in line for an interview. Since then I have heard nothing. Since it shows that I am in line for interview I assume that my fingerprints were completed. Anyone else from the Chicago office that filed around the same time as me waiting for their interview? I'm unsure if it matters but I filed by mail rather than online. thanks!
  25. Good Evening All, We have been married for almost 4 years and I (foreigner) was just approved for ROC and will receive my 10yrs GC in the next week or so. As soon as I do, I will apply for the N400 and have a few question for you who have applied already, if you could please help and share your experience: - I understand there is an online application, where is it? Would you recommend using that or the regular mailing method? - How long is it taking now to process N400? If I apply by the end of October when should I be expecting to receive an answer? - Do you have any dos/donts before I apply? I'd really appreciate any suggestion from you. Thank you!
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