Thanks for all your helpful replies so far....
....Hmmm...gives me something to think about, indeed!...
Lissa04-Good idea about going business casual or business professional, as immigration is somewhat "business-like" anyways. Lol...though I'm not the business type, so I admit, I'm somewhat clueless as to what a "businessperson" wardrobe is exactly suppose to contain..lol...I don't have a nice formal business suit or a nice formal business dress either..But I do have some dress pants/nice pants and some nice shirts, so I hope that is "business" acceptable here. I have nice jeans too, but I guess that would be a no-no here? As for my hubby, he has nice dress pants and a nice dress shirt, so I hope that's ok too (he's not a businessman either..lol...). My little one has cute outfits..so I should be able to find something there (lol..though he doesn't have any business outfits..too young for that...). I know that my husband and son won't be in the interview room with me, but they will be with me in the waiting room/area, so they will more likely than not be seen by some immigration workers who are in the building too, which means they have to look nice/well-dressed in some way or other. And yes, for the oath ceremony, they have to look nice too, especially for the photos. So either way, we're all going to dress up nice...but the question is: "is this business-like enough for the USCIS"?
I would dress either business casual or business professional. Perhaps a suit or a nice dress. I would say no jeans for sure. I would also say the same for the hubby. The little one can wear a cute little outfit. I am sure they won't be in the room with you during the interview, but have them dressed up nice the same....especially if you want to take pictures later. Good luck,
Nayalamb-That's great that you'd be dressing up like you would in a job interview. The outfit of pants, blouse, sweater, coat, flats, etc. sounds good! And yes, this give me somewhat of an idea what to dress too. Good luck with your interview too, and hope you get "approved" for the job of the oath later. Likewise, I agree about dressing in comfort and weather too, especially if it is cold outside too. Brr...My date is in November (interview) and/or December (maybe oath by then?)...It does get very cold up here in Buffalo, NY! Bundle up, indeed! And yes, the baby will be bundled up and dress warmly for the cold weather. Not sure if they would turn up the heat in the building, but if they do...oh boy, that's going to be way too hot for us! Dress in layers, maybe, in case it gets too hot and/or cold and we can adjust accordingly? As for the patriotic route, yeah...I probably wouldn't try to hard there...Though I think something small patriotic-wise would be ok. For example, I have a small American/Canadian flag pin which I will wear too, which should be ok, but not too flashy there. Lol..as for the IO glancing at the baby...not sure....if they do, fine, if they do, that's fine too (though more people, even complete strangers notice when a baby is in the room...weird...). The thing I worry about here, is if the baby makes too much of a fuss and then everybody negatively notices the baby...which is not good at all...Will have to figure out what to go there.....
i'm dressing same as i would for a job interview -- pants, blouse w/ dark sweater over top and jacket/coat. in deference to comfort and weather [as my date is december], i'll wear flats. i wouldn't go the patriotic route... they might think you are trying too hard!
as for your baby, Ant, he'll be bundled up because of the cooler fall weather anyway so i wouldn't worry. just make sure its layers in case the office has the heat on very high. i doubt the IO will do more than glance (unless you happen to get someone who is gaga for babies). i think your hubby is fine with what he wore before.
NickD-I agree, I know that my husband and son won't be in the interview room with me, but they will be with me in the waiting room/area, so they will more likely than not be seen by some immigration workers who are in the building too, which means they have to look nice/well-dressed in some way or other. And yes, for the oath ceremony, they have to look nice too. Lol...
....not sure if walking around naked is an option, nor is walking around with a gun and hunting gear.....though don't think that would make inspection easier...., so don't think my family will attempt that route...Though I wonder what would happen if someone actually did try that..possibly an arrest?...(lol..I could see it now...my neighbours (we live out in the country/rural area)...with their hunting rifles and hunting clothes following behind me in their pickup truck and rooster to the USCIS office....funny...). We'll make sure to leave the cell phone and digital camera in the car too, as those aren't allowed anyways, and are questioned about at the door of the local office when we pass by the metal dectors...(oh and they ask about staplers and razors too...weird...). But yes, I will remember to bring the paperwork/evidence (the 100+ pages I submitted before), and the actual human evidence (the husband and baby) in case they want to run some sort of DNA test on them too....(just kidding...lol...). I have yet to see what they specifiy specifically in their "guidelines" as to what exactly to wear, as their description to dress "properly" and "appropriately" is kind of vague here. Lol..heck, pyjamas seem to be "comfortable" enough to me and it meets that vague description here..But yeah, common sense wise, I know I can't wear those..so no pyjamas, dollar dresses, or fancy blue jeans here. I hope I don't get stuck in a traffic jam for the interview too. Thank goodness the interview is in the afternoon, so I should be able to avoid rush hour there. We'll leave extra early too, just in case, as we don't want to be late for such, and it's a long drive (2-3 hours) just to get to our 'local' office. And yes, I'll make sure the baby is fed and changed before the interview too (lol..even if it means feeding and changing them in the car while on the way there..yikes...). As for a reasonable IO...luck of the draw there, really. But from my past experiences of IOs at my local office, they seem pretty nice and friendly (though somewhat clueless at times, I admit). In the meantime, I have my evidence ready, and am studying for the civics/history test...so hopefully I'll be prepared that way too. So let's see what happens for the interview...and hope luck is on my side for that day too...
As the USC husband to the applicant, maybe I would have been noticed by her IO if I went in naked. Would have made those armed guards inspection of me a lot easier for them. Since Minnesota is also a hunting state, think I could have brought in my 7.62 mm rifle in if I commented I was going hunting afterwards, but definitely not my cell phone or my digital camera. Just saying, doesn't make much difference what your husband or baby wears, this is your show. But do bring along plenty of paper work that proves he is your husband, also paperwork of proof that the baby is yours and his.
You should wear, according to the guidelines, there is guidelines on how to dress, that makes you feel comfortable. Believe you can wear a two dollar dress, but not a 500 buck pair of designer blue jeans.
Good luck on your interview means not getting into a traffic jam and getting a decent reasonable IO, wish you good luck. The evidence, you knowing the N-400 frontwards and backwards with all the questions answered properly, and the civics test, is up to you.
Ok, thanks everyone again, for the humour and helpful suggestions!....
A lot of great ideas...Meanwhile, I'll still deciding...
Will let you know what my final wardrobe choice for me and my family will be for the interview and oath...
Stay tunned for more wardrobe updates here....
Yikes..I can't believe my interview is in 2 weeks or so (or whatever it says on my ticker below)...oh my!....
Ant (Raiding the closet..don't know what to wear...yikes...)
Edited by Ant+D+A, 03 November 2009 - 02:20 PM.
**Ant's "Once Upon An American Immigration Journey" Condensed Timeline...**
2000 (72+ Months) "Loved": Long-Distance Dating Relationship. D Visited Ant in Canada.
2006 (<1 Month) "Visited": Ant Visited D in America. B-2 Visa Port of Entry Interrogation. 2006 (<1 Month) "Married":
Wedding Elopement. Husband & Wife, D and Ant !! Together Forever! 2006 ( 3 Months I-485 Wait) "Adjusted":
2-Years Green Card.
2007 ( 2 Months) "Numbered": SSN Card.
2007 (<1 Months) "Licensed": NYS 4-Years Driver's License. 2009 (10 Months I-751 Wait) "Removed":
5-Months Green Card.2009 ( 9 Months Baby Wait) "Expected":
Baby. It's a Boy, Baby A !!! We Are Family, Ant+D+BabyA !
2009 ( 4 Months) "Moved": New House Constructed and Moved Into. 2009 ( 2 Months N-400 Wait) "Naturalized":
US Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization. Goodbye USCIS!!!! ***Ant is a Naturalized American Citizen!!***: November 23, 2009 (Private Oath Ceremony: USCIS Office, Buffalo, NY, USA)
2009 (<1 Month) "Secured": US Citizen SSN Card.
2009 (<1 Month) "Enhanced": US Citizen NYS 8-Years Enhanced Driver's License. (in lieu of a US Passport)
2010 ( 1 Month) "Voted": US Citizen NYS Voter's Registration Card. ***~~~"The End...And the Americans, Ant+D+BabyA, lived 'Happily Ever After'!"...~~~***