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  1. Hi, I am creating this group for filers within the jurisdictions of the three field offices: NYC, Queens and Long Island, to share their N-400 application progress and experiences along the process. I am a September filer at New York City Field Office. I filed my application online on 9/6/2017. I received notification that USCIS has scheduled me for biometrics appointment. I am still waiting for the letter to arrive in the mail to find out the date and time of my appointment.
  2. 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
  3. How important are the field office for making the decision? Have filed the 751 but they are so backlogged that I will have to file the N-400 before the 751 is finished processing. Am concerned: as part of a same-sex couple, one of the places I could move has a field office in Montgomery, which has had a very very bad reputation for anti-gay legislation/attitudes OR we could spend a little bit more money and go to a place that is in a solid blue state, and be seen in San Bernardino (At the moment, I work online, so we are not totally chained to location, it just has to be affordable. Blue states are, in general, not. If the decision is largely independent of the local culture, made at some central location either way, with the local instances just doing the formalities and ferreting out possible red flags for fraud, it does not matter. However, if the decision is really left up to the local office, I am uncomfortable with having somebody from Montgomery making a decision.
  4. Hi, Does anyone have a list of dates for the naturalization ceremonies in San Antonio for 2017? Other cities in Texas publish their schedules online, but I am having trouble finding the schedule for San Antonio. Also, does anyone have an idea of how long it takes from the time you pass your interview to the time of oath-taking in San Antonio? Thank you in advance.
  5. Hi everyone! I got here on a k1 visa and applied for the removal of my "conditional status" on my green card last year December 2016. They received my application on January 4, 2017, and sent me a schedule for my biometrics. I did it on March 3, 2017, and until now I am waiting for my green card. My husband and I are hoping that I could submit my application to be a citizen this month since I will be a resident here in the US for 3 years next year in February 2018. One of the requirements to apply for a citizenship is the copy of the green card. Since I am still waiting for my new green card to arrive, I am wondering if I could use my old one? I read some posts that some people use their expired or old green card to apply for a citizenship. I am not sure if I could use mine since it's the conditional green card. I called USCIS but of course, their answers are pretty general and was not helpful at all. She told me that they are only processing October 2016 applications.
  6. Hey guys ! I just wanted to share my naturalization interview experience I had today. I am Russian married to American citizen, filed my N-400 application on June 1, 2013; fingerprints taken on June 13th, 2013; application was placed in line for interview scheduling - July 9th, 2013; received my appointment notice in the beginning of October, and interview was scheduled for October 29th, 2013 - for me to appear in Charleston USCIS office on 1 Poston Rd, Parkshore Center. Couple of weeks before interview date I receive yellow notice stating I had to bring 'state issued drivers license or photo ID' to my interview. Well, duh. OK, overall my interview experience went GREAT. We arrived 10 minutes early (interview was scheduled for 9:40 am), went through security, then in the next room they took my interview notice, took my photo and fingerprints, I was asked to wait. About 10 minutes later officer appeared and called me in. I was asked to sit down, then raise my right hand and to his 'do you swear to tell the truth blah blah' I said 'I do'. Then he asked me to show my IDs, I gave him my green card and beginners permit. Then he proceeded to ask me: my full name, date of birth, where i was born, place of work, what position i hold at my job, my husband's name, his date of birth, our marriage date.I was asked to sign 2 photos I submitted with my application, with my regular day-to-day signature. Then this very nice officer Mansford proceeded to ask me questions from my submitted N-400 (do i belong to any clubs or organizations, do i belong to any terrorist organizations, have i ever registered to vote, have i ever claimed to be American citizen in writing or any other form, blah blah). I was over-prepared for the interview I must say, I brought originals and copies of all my pay stubs, our joint account statements, all the tax forms, even the photos of me and Neil over the years..can never be over prepared AND the ONLY originals of documents he asked to present were my passports (I showed him my Russian passport and my international passport) and my husband's birth certificate. Then he asked if i was ready for my civics test, I was like 'Sure!'. I was asked 1. Who becomes president if president is no longer able to; 2. What was the main concern of US during the cold war; 3. What is 1 right or freedom from 1st Amendment; 4. Why did the colonists come to America; 5. Who is in charge of the executive branch; 6. There are 4 amendments to the Constitution about who can vote, describe one of them. Afterwards I was asked to read 'Who is the father of our country?' and to write 'Washington is the father of our country'. Aaand done! He said my application was approved, congratulated me, gave me a sheet of paper that said i was approved, escorted me back to the waiting room and asked to wait for someone to give me instructions about my oath ceremony. About 15 minutes later i was given said instructions. My oath ceremony is a week from my interview date, on November 5th, 2013. If you guys have any questions, please ask and I will answer, I really hope this helps someone!
  7. I have submitted the I-751, and just checked the timelines - the CSC is servicing people from July 2016--that's seventeen months ago! We will become eligible to apply for naturalization after January 11, 2019, which is three years from the conditional green card. However, at this rate, it is possible that in January 2019, there will be no decision on the 751 at all--it might easily be May of 2019 before we get the final verdict. So then, what do we do? Can we apply for naturalization after January 11, 2019, even though the I-751 decision might still be unknown? Or must we wait until they decide? Let's say they send us a message in May saying, okay, we allow this. Do we then immediately apply, or must we wait for a year after the permanent green card? Thank you!
  8. Hello everyone, So shortly I got stopped and charged with DUI mid October 2014 ( I will regret it forever and know it will never happen again). Case has been going on till April 2015 with conviction date of April 30th 2015 and my 3 year probation started which should end in April 2018 if no action taken. On April 30th 2017 time to send paperwork for n-400 came and I sent my package being uninformed that I can not be naturalized while being on probation. On October 27th I got email stating that my interview was scheduled (guessing it will happen by the end of November). Since I got an information that I can't be on probation I have started working with my dui lawyer to terminate probation earlier and now I will have some news about that on November 17th (so slight chance that it will be done right before interview if I have good luck with timing) but my lawyer is saying that it is low chance because it is very conservative court and Judge will not grant early termination. So here comes a question, if still on probation on a time of interview should I just give a try and maybe interviewing officer will accept my case? (heard situations like this that people were passing interview while still on probation and everything was good, I am guessing it is a discretion of officer and probably probation must be almost over and everything must be ok but this is exackly how it looks like with my case!) Or should I just try to reschedule? Problem is that I heard if I reschedule it only gives me 1 or 1,5 month time and I need 5 months of this being postponed to have interview being end of April or May (which is exackly 1 year after sending my n400 package) What happens in a case when I appear on interview while on probation and will be denied? Do I have to start all over again with new documents or can use old ones, any parts which I pass during interview will be accepted and I just need to send paperwork that I am done with probation? Or it is just completely start from blank page, new docs, fingerprints, months of waiting and interview like nothing happened before? Please let me know if there is somebody out there who had similar experience and could give me some advice or just somebody who has some good verified info In advance Thank You All for you time and help! Best Wishes!
  9. Just got back from my oath ceremony! I’m finally a citizen! Here’s everything I can recall and know about being part of the huge ceremony in Los Angeles. Firstly, did you know you can look up the date and times for all the oath ceremonies coming up in the LA Convention Center? Just Google it, I did a few days before the ceremony! I realized after doing so that the actual ceremony began at 1:30PM. My assigned arrival time was 1:00PM, and I realized (through reading other experience posts) that they stagger the arrival times for people so that the hall can slowly get filled with the 3000+ people showing up that day. So I assume there were people who were assigned to arrive at 12:00PM, 12:30PM, etc. I took a Lyft to the Convention Center, got there at around 1:05PM, found my way into the massive room with hundreds and hundreds of people in line to get through security. This took a LONG time. There were a lot of kind staff members around to answer questions and keep everything moving. I was really one of the last one hundred people to arrive. I brought water in a mason jar (too hipster for the security), which was my mistake, because they dumped out the water and threw away my jar. I should have used my collegiate water bottle! But, my banana and dried mangoes got through just fine. After security, you are corralled into the actual ceremony room with a huge American flag and two huge screens on either side of it, as well as a stage and podium in front of the flag. There is a row of tables on the left side of the room with a bunch of citizenship and immigration services workers sitting there, doing your final question/interview. I went to one, showed them my green card and my notice (for the ceremony), and they looked at the back where you have to answer No to everything as well as fill in your personal info. He asked me three questions verbatim to which I answered No, and then one question backwards “Are you still willing to…” and that was a Yes! Then, he stapled my green card to the oath notification, wrote a number on the notification, and gave it back to me. The number corresponds to the table I return to after the ceremony to get my naturalization certificate. I went to the bathroom (weirdly, there are stairs to get up to the bathroom, and I felt bad for the older folks who seemed to struggle to get up the stairs) and then went to the main ceremony seating area for the applicants. Like I said before, there were many staff members, and they swiftly guided us to our seats. At this point we are also given a welcome packet and a tiny American flag! We are seated pretty much in the order we arrive/finish the final interview/walk in towards the seating area. The ceremony itself was short and sweet, you will enjoy it! There’s a speech by the judge, and then he immediately administered the oath of allegiance, and we became citizens! There was lots of cheering and flag-waving. Then there was another speech by someone from USCIS, then we did the Pledge of Allegiance (good times in Elementary School), and finally we sang the Star Spangled Banner along with a very talented guest singer. Then, they played a music video (prepared by USCIS) of America the Beautiful, which was really sweet and showed naturalization ceremonies from cool places all over the U.S., like Mt. Rushmore. I knew from reading past oath ceremony experience posts that a video of the President congratulating us was supposed to play, but they didn’t show any sort of video by the President...this was the first oath ceremony (well, the 9AM one was technically the first) in Los Angeles after Trump’s inaguration. It was funny, they misspoke when presenting the video, they said something along the lines of “we will now show two...excuse me, one video, please enjoy”. After that it was pretty much over. We sat around for a good 15 minutes before we were allowed to get up and go to our assigned table (table number written on our notice!) to pick up our Naturalization Certificate. I got a random lady to take a picture of me holding the certificate and the flag. Then, I went to the bathroom, walked out through all the families and friends waiting for their loved ones (felt kinda sad to do it alone), hopped on a Lyft and went home, barely beating the return traffic. I called the Lyft at 3:38PM. I definitely got teary-eyed a couple times during the ceremony, and I thought it was amazing how they honored people who served in the military who were being naturalized, by having them sit in the front row, reading their names aloud, showing them on the big screens, and allowing them to be dismissed first! Personally, I thought it was great that I was able to get there right before the ceremony began. I was probably one of the last hundred people to get through security, do the questions and take a seat. Because, it takes less time to dismiss everyone by their arrival/seating order, than the time it takes to be in the massive crowd, get through security, do the questions, and get into a seat before the ceremony. So personally I’m glad I didn’t have to sit around in the ceremony hall waiting for everyone to trickle in. It was also really hot today and I got sweaty armpits, so go for something flowy if you’re doing this in LA on a hot day. The dress code is really whatever you think is proper - I saw girls wearing graduation style/borderline inappropriate dresses as well as older folks just wearing comfy everyday “out of the house” clothes, and everything in between. I’m so happy that this process is over and I’m finally a citizen of the United States! I’ve lived here for a total of 16 years (I’m currently 24) and I am so excited to contribute and give back to this country I call home! (I had my interview in late January, and I want to make a post about that too. For some reason, they processed my approval after the interview SUPER quickly! I think it was just because I was a really simple (?) applicant in the fact that I have no children, am not married, am a student, am perfectly fluent in English, lived here forever, etc. I received my oath ceremony notification in the mail literally one week after my interview.)
  10. My brother inlaw came to America with DV lottory (visa free lottory) in 2009 and he apply for citizenship in the year 2014 and he was denied. Reason for the denial was that he listed his children's name on the n400 form but he didn't list the names of his children on the DV lottery form while in Africa to the Africa consular embassy and form n336 also denied.
  11. Hello All, I wanted to change my name during the naturalization process but my office (San Jose, CA) does not do judicial ceremonies, so I can't do that. I think I would need to change my name after becoming a US citizen. Does anyone know if it is OK to change your name via the court before you have your Oath Ceremony? I think the name change process through the court system takes about a month. I have not received my oath ceremony letter yet but most likely it is going to be in exactly a month (I just got the text/email that my ceremony has been scheduled). I think I have just enough time to do the name change before I receive the Naturalization Certificate at the Oath Ceremony. I'm wondering how long in advance they produce the Certificates with my current legal name. If I bring proof of my name change, would they issue my Naturalization Certificate with my new name? If you have had this experience, please do share it. I would love to hear it. I will call USCIS tomorrow and try to get an infopass to ask this question. Thank you all!
  12. I have a naturalization interview scheduled this week in San Francisco, and I see that an Oath Ceremony is scheduled for Nov 9, 2017 in Oakland, and then the next one on Dec 7, 2017. I was wondering if I can request the Officer at the interview to schedule me for the Nov 9, as I need to travel during December timeframe.
  13. Hello, I am a 22 year old student who is outside of the US with only a legal permanent resident status. I left the US August 16th, 2017 and I intend on returning to the US between Feb. 5th and Feb 10th, 2018 a little under 180 days, to avoid abandonment (should I come back sooner? or will that be fine? That is when my second academic quarter ends.). Prior to leaving August 16th I had been a LPR for 10+ years continuously, I was just unaware of the entire citizenship process... I am leaving my Masters program from early February until the start of the next academic school year in September (~6 months) to deal with my LPR status. My question is: Should I apply for a reentry permit, or should I just apply for naturalization? Will the past 6 months i've been out of the US delay the processes? Will 6 months be enough to get a reentry permit/citizenship? Also: do I have to be in the US to begin the naturalization process? (Edit) Any advice is greatly appreciated, Thank you, Tim
  14. I've seen a lot of people on here ask about same-day oath ceremonies and name changes. Here's some information that might be helpful. Same-day ceremonies Some offices offer same-day oath ceremonies and some do not. For those that do, you usually have to be interviewed in the morning to be offered a same-day ceremony because they fill up quickly (see link below). Name changes Although the N400 form has a place where you can request a name change, only a judge can approve a name change. USCIS offers two types of ceremonies: Administrative and Judicial. Name change requests can only be accommodated at Judicial ceremonies. Some people automatically assume that a name change request will delay your application, but this depends on the local office (see link below). Judicial ceremonies can also be carried out by the Federal District Court. Here are three examples: 1) Houston offers monthly Judicial ceremonies and "rarely" offers Administrative ceremonies - so a name change request is very unlikely to cause a delay. 2) Seattle conducts Judicial ceremonies once per year, but regularly offers Administrative ceremonies - so a name change request can cause a significant delay unless the District Court holds its own ceremonies (you would have to check the court's website). 3) San Jose conducts an Administrative ceremony 2 to 3 times per month, but does not offer Judicial ceremonies - so a name change request will not be accepted if your N400 goes through San Jose (this is a recent change, but if you search, you'll find interview experiences describing this). Where to find this information Click on the link below and use the map to find your field office. When you're on your field office's page, scroll down to Naturalization Ceremonies. That will tell you whether or not they offer same day oath ceremonies. http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices
  15. I was hoping someone could please give me a +/- time frame or expectancy and please help with one or two questions below. I came over on a K1 visa and have received my Permanent resident card 04/12/17 and it expires on the 04/12/19. I plan to remove conditions and then apply for naturalization with the intend of sponsoring my mom as soon as I can. 1) Once I have the conditions removed, how soon could I apply for naturalization? 2) How long does is take to become a citizen from the time you apply? 3) At what point could I start the process of sponsoring my Mother? Basically bottom line is I am hoping for someone here to advise when I could expect to have my mom living here? Thank you!!
  16. Hi everyone! I’m about to file N400 3rd week of this month but I’m really confused with the forms. I got multiple question to ask to make sure I’m not making any mistake: 1.) Every “Alien” box in the N400 forms, do I have to put my 9 digits number per page as long as there is an alien box even if it’s not applicable to me? Like questions regarding parents , children and it has A box on the right, should I fill it up? 2.) Every box thats not being filled. Do I really have to put “ N/A “ there? Like dates and the rest of empty boxes not applicable to me. 3.) Physical addresses, I don’t remember all of my entire address, exact dates I moved in/out to a new address for the last 5 years. If I put there wrong date that i moved in/ out, will this gona cause me some issue/problems towards my application? 4.) Work History , same question with the physical addresses. I’ve had plenty of temp jobs the last few years before I landed the job that I’ve been working for about 3 years now. Do I need to list it all eventhough It was just temp jobs? I also wasn’t sure about the dates I got hired/left. All I remember was the month & year. 5.) Do I need to include or submit a photo to my package if I will file online? 6.) Part 17 Renunciation of Foreign titles - I don’t know what to put here. Can anyone explain what is this part all about? 7.) Can I travel overseas in the middle of my N400 before the Oath Taking? 8.) USCIS Online Account Number , How can I obtain that number? Do I need to submit my N400 before they gona assign me a USCIS number?Or I can just register then have the number on my profile? Coz its being asked in Part 2 , number 6 box. 9.) I’m planning to file online that way it’d be more easier to track since I go out of town everyday coz of my job. So, is it necessary to have a scanned/pdf file with a hand written signature? Or a regular pdf file form with computerized based signature is acceptable? A response is highly appreciat! Thank you so much!!
  17. Okay so this is interesting. I just received 3 identical emails from USCIS that our case status has been updated. Then immediately after we received 12 identical consecutive text messages within seconds of each other from USCIS. Certificate Of Naturalization Was Issued On September 29, 2017, we issued your Certificate of Naturalization for your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization , Receipt Number IOEXXXXXXXXX. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address. Problem is my wife was sworn in last year and received her certificate in 2016 immediately following her swearing in ceremony in Honolulu. Let's hope the Russians have not hacked USCIS. Anyone ever experienced this? David
  18. I just submitted my n400 application. My employment/education history for the last 5 years didn't fit in the form so I had to type it on a separate sheet of paper. I failed to print it out and was not mailed with the rest of the documents. Will my application be denied?
  19. This story is chilling. Now of course selling cocaine is not a good idea. But he'd already served his sentence for that when ICE detained him -- and deprived him of his liberty for 3+ years due to sheer incompetence. Clearly there were a lot of terrible factors in play here that led to this, and I would like to believe that such cases are rare. That said, since becoming a U.S. citizen recently myself, I've found myself feeling very strange about the fact that, after years of guarding my green card with my life, I now don't have a wallet-sized proof of my legal right to be here. That's why I'm applying for both a passport and a passport card, not because I think I will be crossing the Canadian or Mexican borders frequently, but if I carry it around, no one will ever be able to question my legal status in the unlikely event that it ever comes up. The U.S. is, in theory, not a "show your papers"country, but in practice... http://www.npr.org/2017/08/01/540903038/u-s-citizen-held-by-immigration-for-3-years-denied-compensation-by-appeals-court "Davino Watson told the immigration officers that he was a U.S. citizen. He told jail officials that he was a U.S. citizen. He told a judge. He repeated it again and again. There is no right to a court-appointed attorney in immigration court. Watson, who was 23 and didn't have a high school diploma when he entered ICE custody, didn't have a lawyer of his own. So he hand-wrote a letter to immigration officers, attaching his father's naturalization certificate, and kept repeating his status to anyone who would listen. Still, Immigration and Customs Enforcement kept Watson imprisoned as a deportable alien for nearly 3 1/2 years. Then it released Watson, who was from New York, in rural Alabama with no money and no explanation. Deportation proceedings continued for another year. Watson was correct all along: He was a U.S. citizen. After he was released, he filed a complaint. Last year, a district judge in New York awarded him $82,500 in damages, citing "regrettable failures of the government." On Monday, an appeals court ruled that Watson, now 32, is not eligible for any of that money — because while his case is "disturbing," the statute of limitations actually expired while he was still in ICE custody without a lawyer. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that the ruling is "harsh" but said it was bound by precedent. "There is no doubt that the government botched the investigation into Watson's assertion of citizenship, and that as a result a U.S. citizen was held for years in immigration detention and was nearly deported," the court ruled. "Nonetheless, we must conclude that Watson is not entitled to damages from the government." "We think that the analysis of the law by the majority opinion is clearly wrong, respectfully," says Watson's lawyer, Mark Flessner. Flessner is considering a number of possible next steps, including an appeal to the Supreme Court. .
  20. Hi, guys! My question is about the situation of my friend. She came here under K1 visa since 2012 and now working on her n400 application based on 5 years of living in USA. But the thing is, she had never apply for green card or green card removal. Can she still continue the n400 without any GC record? She said she purposely did it to save tons of money. Just wait 5 years to be legal for us citizenship and then apply n400 and only pay $725. It was shocking to my part and I told her I've never heard a case like her. I mean how convenient it would be to save $2000 for the whole process.
  21. Sticking this here so people can find it. I hope its helpful! Office: Raleigh Application: 3 year My appointment was at 10:30am, I arrived at 10:00am with my Husband and two year old. We went through security (couldn't take snacks for the toddler, so no food or drink). One really friendly security guard, who was happy to fist bump my kid and learn his name, the other not so friendly I lined up with the other applicants to receive our order number, I was J35. Then we all took an elevator to the next floor. Into a smaller waiting area facing a wall with two doors and with TV screens up, one showing TV shows and one showing the next number to be called. Sometimes an officer would open a door and just call the number. There were roughly 7 of us waiting, and people were called randomly, so don't count on order number. I waited around 30 mins, and in that time some people came out after 5 mins, some were a lot longer. I got called in, and through the door was a series of small interview offices. My officer was nice enough, professional and compassionate but still going through the motions he must do so many times a day. He was quick to tell me not to sit down and to take the oath. I then sat down and said I had additional paperwork and amendments to my form, he said to hold off as we'll get to that. He handed me a printed paper with 3 questions and asked me to read question 1: Who elects Congress? Then he handed me a second piece of paper showing me where to put the answer he dictates: The people elect Congress. After each stage, he enters it into his computer and files the paper. I could see his list of Civics questions which put me at ease as I could mentally prepare for it. My questions were: Who wrote the Declaration of Independence What state borders Mexico What is the political party of the President What are the two main political parties Who is Commander in Chief of the Military There were 13 original States, name 3 He asked them verbally, and wrote down my reply in the box next to it. Again, he entered it all into his computer. He had all of my previous forms in a giant folder with post it notes at various points. He had also already made notes on my application, like 1,2,3 circled in red at various points, which I'm guessing are just the regular points they have to discuss. So here's where it got a little weird. On page 1 we addressed my name, and as I never had a middle name at birth, I had elected to use my maiden name as my middle name after my US marriage. Which is what I thought were the "rules" you do it via Social Security, so its on passports, Social Security even my Green Card (which is odd.. ) etc. News to me today was the Government only recognizes the last official document, so as it doesn't feature on my marriage certificate, its not legal. So, before he's even done my application, he is telling me the only way I can change my name for it to be official is at the Judicial Oath Ceremony, which is not the regular ceremony. This is where he brings up needing the passport photos. For name changes you need to sign photos in front of him, he says they can't use the biometrics photos any more. He gave me the choice of which Oath ceremony I wanted, name change or without. He then logged it into the system and said once we are done here, to go to the nearest FedEx, get photos and bring them back. We then returned back to my application, confirmed my parents weren't citizens, asked about my husband and if that was the man sitting outside. Asked if I still worked where I did, asked that my biological children lived with us, all the while he would check back to my submitted documents, (birth certs etc). Then he moved on to the questions which he had condensed, and he knew without reading so he flew through them. I had to ask his advice on "have you ever received weapons training) as I have a Conceal and Carry Permit so in turn have received handgun training. He wasn't concerned at all with it and said he will just log it because I raised it, but definitely not what it meant. At this point he hadn't even told me I'd passed but I had to just assume, since he had me sign the oath part of the form. I then left to get my photos, and ten minutes later I was back in the waiting area ready to be seen again. He came out to get me, had me sign both photos, had me sign 3 acknowledgments of what took place and that I'm recommended for approval (Yes, scary wording that makes you feel like its not as secure as you'd like...) and that I will get a letter regarding my oath ceremony. **Observations** Every step has a printed piece of paper that he acknowledges a pass or a fail with his red pen. He then logs it in before moving on. He did not ask for anything other than my letter and Green Card. I was in there for a while mainly due to the paperwork and logging. My contribution was minimal and fast. I would almost say the decision is made before you even have your interview, and they are just looking for red flags in person. Thank you to VisaJourney and everyone on here, My six year journey would have been far more stressful without you guys. I wish you all the same luck and fortune!
  22. I'm just wondering where the N-400 application gets sent over the course of its adjudication. Based on the state you live in, you sent it either to Lewisville/Dallas, TX; Phoenix, AZ; or Chicago, IL (assuming you don't file online). After acceptance, it then gets sent to the National Benefits Center. From there, I'm assuming it gets sent to the applicant's local field office. But at what stage? After fingerprints but before interview scheduling? Does one check his or her local field office only for N-400 processing times? Is there a way to see the processing times or backlog for the three lockbox locations and NBC with regards to the N-400?
  23. Hi all. I have a question regarding this - if i plan to naturalize using the 3 year rule, what do i need to do? Background info: 1. Wife is a natural born USC - left USA at the age of 2 and never stepped foot on US soil ever since then. 2. I got selected for DV lottery, activated the GC Nov of last year (2016). 3. My eldest child got included in the DV so he has a GC now. (DV3) 4. 2nd child (youngest) was not included and wife is petitioning for him now (I-130) 5. Currently out of the USA and plan to go back to USA this month (just me and my kid - wife still has to work in home country and taking care of the youngest) 6. Planning to get re-entry permit this month too (I-131) and return to my home country after the I-131 biometric. 7. Will make a move to the USA some time middle of next year after the petition is approved and visa in hand for the youngest. Now my questions: 1. Let's just say i arrive on US soil again maybe July next year (July 2018), how soon can i apply for naturalization? 2. Would having Re-entry permit affects my application? 3. Also once I naturalized using 3 year rule, would my offspring , regardless where he/she is born (obviously out of the USA), be considered as a USC at birth? (i know that the offspring of parents where both parents are USC, will always be a USC IF one of them has been in the USA prior to the birth - but i just want to know that IF, just IF, USCIS considers only my citizenship (via naturalization after being LPR for 3 years), would my child automatically be considered as a USC? Or do i need to spend 5 years as a USC on US soil before that takes place?) - SIDE INFO, prior to getting a GC, I spent 4 years in the USA on J1 visa years ago, completing my bachelors degree - not sure this period can be counted towards that 5 years being USC rule before my offspring can be considered USC at birth). Thoughts?
  24. I am in the process of filing N-400 for myself and came across a question whether I meet the 3 months local residence requirement. I am a student at a university where I am filing, and I live in a dorm. I lived in different dorms for last 2 years, and I took trips to Korea every summer, including the recent 100-days trip that I got back from on August 19th. Do I meet the 3 months local residence requirement? USCIS website says, "In general, an applicant for naturalization must file his or her application for naturalization with the state or service district that has jurisdiction over his or her place of residence. The applicant must have resided in that location for at least three months prior to filing." I am not sure if this means a continuous residency of 3 months. I have definitely lived here for more than 3 months but I was not physically here for the LAST 3 months.
  25. Hello, I'm applying soon in few months for citizenship (n-400) based on 5 years, but I have a concern: about a year and a half ago, I flew to visit my family overseas and my layover was in UK, as I bought a ticket with a layover in UK less than 24 hours (a flight agent from british airways here in USA called UK airport and an officer "cleared the way" for me to come since my layover was less than 24 hours). But once I'm in UK airport they rejected me leaving the airport and detained me and asked me to apply on the spot for a temporary visa (layover visa), I did online in their presence, and I got rejected after 2 hours. Then they moved me to wait for the next flight in a center being escorted as if I'm an illegal immigrant, but they treated me nicely as they know I'm not illegal and just here for few hours and catch my flight in the morning. They gave to the flight pilot a yellow envelop which he gave me once I arrived to my home country. the Decision says they denied my transit visa because I already applied to study in UK several years ago and got rejected, he rejected me based on that lol really weird excuse. I'm worried if this incident being detainee for few hours (regarding good moral character) will affect my n400 application Once again: it was NOT my mistake, it was the officer mistake to "clear the way" and confirm that I'm good to go and do my layover passing the border check point just fine as I meet the requirements for a less than 24 hours layover... but how can I prove that now? I call the heathrow airport and have this officer guy who made the mistake (I know his name) to write an aknoledgement letter to add to my n-400 form? but I guess no way he will do it I'll just waste my time I guess. Is it even worth all this hassle? since my US background record is clear with no crimes whatsoever (except for the driving record I had few parking tickets that are paid and not even showing on the record and a speeding ticket of 15mph). since my US background is clear, why would I worry about "international background" for something that's just a detention while waiting for a transit visa decision