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My interview and Oath Ceremony in Atlanta

#1 ED*Riza

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:53 AM

I would like to thank the creator of Visajourney, the People who shared their experiences here from Fiancee Visa up to application of US passport. A BIG thank you all.
Finally after my 2 times of being descheduled for the interview in ATL , I finally had it yesterday and even had my oath at the same day as well !

Here is my experience:

We left our house at 5am for my 7:15 Am appointment. We arrived 6:20AM and the building was not open until 6:40 AM.
Cellphones and cameras were allowed inside in the building but just be courteous when you are using your phone so as not disturb others.
I checked in my appointment @ first floor and was given a ticket for the 3rd floor even though my appointment letter stated 1st floor.

We waited for my number to be called at waiting area @ 3RD Floor. There I met a filipina and so happy to see one.
By 7:20AM I was called in and the officer introduced himself. He was a bit formal and I just kept smiling .
He never smiled at me while we had the interview. He go over my files which contained my fiance documents up to my N400 and I am amazed how thick the file was :lol:.
He asked all the information I wrote in my N-400 application and checked them all as I gave him my answers. One question he asked about my phone number and I gave him my home phone and then I said in my file I used my cell number.

He asked my if I studied for the test and I said yes. He only asked me 4 questions and every answer I gave He wrote it down.

1. What will you do when you become a US Citizen?
2. Who is the Governor of the State?
3. Where is the Statue of Liberty Located?
4. Who was the first President?

Next, he asked me to read what was written in the Paper: Who lives in the White House?
lastly he gave me a blank paper to write his dictation: The President lives in the White House.

He told me that I passed the test and the interview and asked me if I want to be a US Citizen at 2pm. I said a big yes to him.:)
He told me to wait for my name to be called at the second floor . He has to gave my files to the supervisor first and have him checked everything and oath appointment will be given to me.
After Few minutes , My IO came and asked me to come back to his office. He told me that there is a glitch on my name ( sort of) and that scared me a bit.
He said that according to my Birth certificate my middle name is my mom's maiden name. I told him that in my country when a woman married she dropped her mother's maiden name and take her father's name as the middle name then take the husband''s last name. He called an asian girl who works there and he asked her. She told him that some countries are like that. But then , the supervisor told him that if I hAve to follow that style I have to wait for 6 months for an oath. The IO said that either I take my mom's or no middle name. I told him that I felt strange to lose that name . I am so used to it. I told him that to simplify things i will just have no middle name. He asked me to affix my signature again to the oath appointment with the new name . So now I have first name and my husband's last name.

I went to the second floor too wait for my oath ceremony appointment and told my husband about it.

Anyway, @ 9 Am we were done and have to wait for 2pm oath ceremony. We went to eat and kill time at the Mall.

All I can say is that the ceremony was an awesome experience. I am proud to be an American after 3 years and 5 months of being here!

THANK YOU SO MUCH VISAJOURNEY !!! and Thank you ALL! And Thank you GOD!
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N_-400
12/13/2010- SEnt The packet
12/22/2010- The packet was returned due to missing page.
12/23/2010- Resend the packet with complete pages.
12/29/2010- Check cashed in
01/03/2010- Receive NOA
01/10/2011- Email from USCIS for the Required Evidence( Finger printing)
01/26/2011-Biometric Schedule
02/07/2011-USCIS online status update-
02/12/2011- Received Interview Letter Scheduled March 14
02/12/2011- Received Descheduled letter
02/17/2011- USCIS online Status update
02/22/2011-New IL arrived schedule for March 29
02/22/2011-Descheduled Letter Again ( 2nd Time)
02/23/2011- I called USCIS and I was told new schedule in the computer for March 22
02/23/2011-USCIS ONline update....
03/01/2011-Interview Letter for March 22 @ 7:15 AM
03/22/2011- Interview and Oath; US Citizen


#2 N400-2011

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:07 AM

Fantastic! Congratulations! :dance:
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May 20, 2008: Green card approved


N-400
February 22, 2011: Sent N-400 VAWA package
February 23, 2011: FedEx package signed for and delivered
March 15, 2011: Email NOA
March 15, 2011: Check cashed
March 17, 2011: Email re: Fingerprint Notice mailed out
March 18, 2011: NOA received (Notice Date 03/14; Priority Date: 02/23)
March 23, 2011: Biometrics notice received for 03/31
March 31, 2011: Biometrics completed
July 5, 2011: Online status: Now scheduled for interview
July 12, 2011: Received interview letter finally!
August 11, 2011: Interview Date (Garden City) - PASSED!!!
August 15, 2011: In line to be scheduled for Oath
August 16, 2011: Oath scheduled, notice sent
August 20, 2011: Oath notice received
September 15, 2011: Oath ceremony @ 8:30 AM
September 17, 20011: Passport application
September 21, 2011: Passport received

#3 LADYDARE

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:20 AM

congratulations
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Citizenship next step!


#4 Markieboy

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:29 AM

Wow! Congratulations on being a U.S. citizen!!! Wonderful news!!!
That does seem strange to wait 6 months if you decide to use your maiden name as your new middle name. Most, if not all, Filipinas follow that convention.

Congratulations again! :dance:
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NATURALIZATION
02/15/13 - Mailed N-400
02/19/13 - Received by Phoenix Lockbox (day 01)
02/21/13 - NOA1 issued (day 03)


REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS (WIFE)
02/18/12 - Eligible for Removal of Conditions on Residence
03/23/12 - Mailed I-751 to CSC
03/26/12 - Received by CSC (day 01)
03/31/12 - Received NOA1 (day 06)
05/02/12 - Biometrics done (day 38)
10/23/12 - Received approval email (day 212)
11/01/12 - Received green card (day 221)


IR-2 (STEPDAUGHTER)
06/01/10 - Mailed I-130 petition
06/03/10 - Package delivered to USCIS (day 01)
06/08/10 - NOA1 issued (day 06)
11/03/10 - Received approval email (day 154)
11/08/10 - Received approval notice in mail (day 159)


NATIONAL VISA CENTER (STEPDAUGHTER)
11/08/10 - NVC received case from USCIS
11/09/10 - NVC case # & IIN generated, email addresses given, DS-3032 sent via email & USPS (day 01)
11/16/10 - Received and paid AOS bill (day 08)
11/17/10 - AOS bill marked as PAID; AOS packet express mailed (day 09)
11/19/10 - Received and paid IV bill; DS-3032 accepted (day 11)
11/22/10 - IV bill marked as PAID; IV packet express mailed (day 14)
12/03/10 - Sign-in failed (day 25)
12/09/10 - INTERVIEW SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 10, 2011 @ 6:45AM
12/28/10 - Medical exam done at SLEC Manila - PASSED! (day 40)
01/10/11 - Interview at USEM Manila - APPROVED! (day 53)
01/21/11 - Stepdaughter received passport with IR-2 visa! (day 64)


#5 ED*Riza

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:20 AM

Wow! Congratulations on being a U.S. citizen!!! Wonderful news!!!
That does seem strange to wait 6 months if you decide to use your maiden name as your new middle name. Most, if not all, Filipinas follow that convention.

Congratulations again! :dance:


Thanks Markieboy. Yes , it is strange really. It must be a case to case basis.I felt really sad about it.
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N_-400
12/13/2010- SEnt The packet
12/22/2010- The packet was returned due to missing page.
12/23/2010- Resend the packet with complete pages.
12/29/2010- Check cashed in
01/03/2010- Receive NOA
01/10/2011- Email from USCIS for the Required Evidence( Finger printing)
01/26/2011-Biometric Schedule
02/07/2011-USCIS online status update-
02/12/2011- Received Interview Letter Scheduled March 14
02/12/2011- Received Descheduled letter
02/17/2011- USCIS online Status update
02/22/2011-New IL arrived schedule for March 29
02/22/2011-Descheduled Letter Again ( 2nd Time)
02/23/2011- I called USCIS and I was told new schedule in the computer for March 22
02/23/2011-USCIS ONline update....
03/01/2011-Interview Letter for March 22 @ 7:15 AM
03/22/2011- Interview and Oath; US Citizen


#6 ED*Riza

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:24 AM

Fantastic! Congratulations! :dance:


Thank you much . Your turn soon.

congratulations


Thank you Ladydare!
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God is Great .. God is good... all the time..
N_-400
12/13/2010- SEnt The packet
12/22/2010- The packet was returned due to missing page.
12/23/2010- Resend the packet with complete pages.
12/29/2010- Check cashed in
01/03/2010- Receive NOA
01/10/2011- Email from USCIS for the Required Evidence( Finger printing)
01/26/2011-Biometric Schedule
02/07/2011-USCIS online status update-
02/12/2011- Received Interview Letter Scheduled March 14
02/12/2011- Received Descheduled letter
02/17/2011- USCIS online Status update
02/22/2011-New IL arrived schedule for March 29
02/22/2011-Descheduled Letter Again ( 2nd Time)
02/23/2011- I called USCIS and I was told new schedule in the computer for March 22
02/23/2011-USCIS ONline update....
03/01/2011-Interview Letter for March 22 @ 7:15 AM
03/22/2011- Interview and Oath; US Citizen


#7 Sand

Sand

    Allah's The Greatest



Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:15 PM

Congratulations!
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بســــم اللـــــه الــــرحمـن الــــرحــــيم

My N-400 timeline, I hope it will help - Local Office (Chula Vista Field Office - San Diego)

10/01/2010: Application was sent.
10/04/2010: Application was received.
10/06/2010: Email received "Application has been received" & Noticed Date.
10/07/2010: "Touch"
10/08/2010: "Touch" & Check was Cashed
10/09/2010: NOA1 Received via mail.
10/22/2010: Status Changed Online "Request for evidence" It was for Biometrics.
10/25/2010: Request for evidence recieved "Biometrics Notice".
11/18/2010: Biometrics date ==> 11:00AM. Biometrics was taken On time.
12/03/2010: "Yellow Letter" Received.
12/06/2010: "Touch" Case Moved to "Testing and Interview".
12/08/2010: Interview Letter received via mail.
01/13/2011: Interview Date. Done, " Thanks To ALLAH, I Passed the Test.
01/18/2011: Oath Letter was Sent.
01/20/2011: Oath Letter Recieved via mail.
01/28/2011: Oath Date. ==> Done, I am a U.S. Citizen
01/31/2011: Applied for a U.S. Passport Book, And, U.S. Passport Card.
02/25/2011: Passport Book's Received.
02/26/2011: Passport Card's Received.
02/28/2011: Certificate Of Naturalization's Returned.

Game Over.

#8 aleful

aleful

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:19 PM

I would like to thank the creator of Visajourney, the People who shared their experiences here from Fiancee Visa up to application of US passport. A BIG thank you all.
Finally after my 2 times of being descheduled for the interview in ATL , I finally had it yesterday and even had my oath at the same day as well !

Here is my experience:

We left our house at 5am for my 7:15 Am appointment. We arrived 6:20AM and the building was not open until 6:40 AM.
Cellphones and cameras were allowed inside in the building but just be courteous when you are using your phone so as not disturb others.
I checked in my appointment @ first floor and was given a ticket for the 3rd floor even though my appointment letter stated 1st floor.

We waited for my number to be called at waiting area @ 3RD Floor. There I met a filipina and so happy to see one.
By 7:20AM I was called in and the officer introduced himself. He was a bit formal and I just kept smiling .
He never smiled at me while we had the interview. He go over my files which contained my fiance documents up to my N400 and I am amazed how thick the file was :lol:.
He asked all the information I wrote in my N-400 application and checked them all as I gave him my answers. One question he asked about my phone number and I gave him my home phone and then I said in my file I used my cell number.

He asked my if I studied for the test and I said yes. He only asked me 4 questions and every answer I gave He wrote it down.

1. What will you do when you become a US Citizen?
2. Who is the Governor of the State?
3. Where is the Statue of Liberty Located?
4. Who was the first President?

Next, he asked me to read what was written in the Paper: Who lives in the White House?
lastly he gave me a blank paper to write his dictation: The President lives in the White House.

He told me that I passed the test and the interview and asked me if I want to be a US Citizen at 2pm. I said a big yes to him.:)
He told me to wait for my name to be called at the second floor . He has to gave my files to the supervisor first and have him checked everything and oath appointment will be given to me.
After Few minutes , My IO came and asked me to come back to his office. He told me that there is a glitch on my name ( sort of) and that scared me a bit.
He said that according to my Birth certificate my middle name is my mom's maiden name. I told him that in my country when a woman married she dropped her mother's maiden name and take her father's name as the middle name then take the husband''s last name. He called an asian girl who works there and he asked her. She told him that some countries are like that. But then , the supervisor told him that if I hAve to follow that style I have to wait for 6 months for an oath. The IO said that either I take my mom's or no middle name. I told him that I felt strange to lose that name . I am so used to it. I told him that to simplify things i will just have no middle name. He asked me to affix my signature again to the oath appointment with the new name . So now I have first name and my husband's last name.

I went to the second floor too wait for my oath ceremony appointment and told my husband about it.

Anyway, @ 9 Am we were done and have to wait for 2pm oath ceremony. We went to eat and kill time at the Mall.

All I can say is that the ceremony was an awesome experience. I am proud to be an American after 3 years and 5 months of being here!

THANK YOU SO MUCH VISAJOURNEY !!! and Thank you ALL! And Thank you GOD!



congrats!!!

:dance:
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#9 JA Tam

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:26 PM

That was awesome Ed*Riza. Congratulations, my fellow citizen! :dance: :dance:
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10/23/2007 - Receive SSC (took 9 days from POE)
12/04/2007 - Receive Welcome Letter
12/14/2007 - Received 2nd Welcome Letter and Green card!!!


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N-400
09/21/2010 - Mailed application to Lewisville TX location
09/23/2010 - Information input in the system/check cashed
09/29/2010 - N-400 receipt received
09/30/2010 - RFE mailed
10/15/2010 - Biometrics appt (@8am) YAY!!!!
11/20/2010 - Received the yellow letter (dated 11/17/2010)
11/30/2010 - Case moved to the Testing & Interview stage (Email)
12/03/2010 - Received interview letter
01/06/2011 - Interview @ 10:15a...APPROVED!
02/12/2011 - Received oath ceremony letter (dated 02/10/2011)
02/18/2011 - Received descheduled oath ceremony letter (dated 2/15/2011)
02/26/2011 - Received new oath ceremony letter
03/02/2011 - Oath Ceremony @ 1:30p (IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!)
03/09/2011 - Oath Ceremony @ 1:30p...FINALLY A CITIZEN!!!

#10 Caroline and Phil

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 10:09 PM

Congratulations!!!!!!! :dance:
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#11 ED*Riza

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 07:29 AM

congrats!!!

:dance:

Thank you !

Congratulations!

Thank you my Fellow Citizen!

That was awesome Ed*Riza. Congratulations, my fellow citizen! :dance: :dance:

Thank you My fellow American:)

Congratulations!!!!!!! :dance:

Thank you Lisa.... Ur turn in at least 3 months!
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N_-400
12/13/2010- SEnt The packet
12/22/2010- The packet was returned due to missing page.
12/23/2010- Resend the packet with complete pages.
12/29/2010- Check cashed in
01/03/2010- Receive NOA
01/10/2011- Email from USCIS for the Required Evidence( Finger printing)
01/26/2011-Biometric Schedule
02/07/2011-USCIS online status update-
02/12/2011- Received Interview Letter Scheduled March 14
02/12/2011- Received Descheduled letter
02/17/2011- USCIS online Status update
02/22/2011-New IL arrived schedule for March 29
02/22/2011-Descheduled Letter Again ( 2nd Time)
02/23/2011- I called USCIS and I was told new schedule in the computer for March 22
02/23/2011-USCIS ONline update....
03/01/2011-Interview Letter for March 22 @ 7:15 AM
03/22/2011- Interview and Oath; US Citizen


#12 NickD

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 08:06 AM

He said that according to my Birth certificate my middle name is my mom's maiden name. I told him that in my country when a woman married she dropped her mother's maiden name and take her father's name as the middle name then take the husband''s last name.


In my wifes' home country, surname is her fathers' surname followed by her mothers' maiden name. When a woman gets married, her fathers' surname is remains the same, but her mothers' surname is replaced by her new married name.

In this country typical to separate those two last names with a hyphen, like maiden-married name. Wife also used that format here, could have corrected that, but just let it go. She also has a given first and middle name, so really not a name, but a paragraph, LOL! On like credit cards and your drivers' license, not enough space to print all that, so just used her first given name, middle initial, dropped her maiden name, and used her married last name. This was also done on her certificate and on her SS card as well.

What gets complicated is when filling out mostly USCIS type forms is typing in all those other names or aliases as they call them. In her case, birth name, previous married name, new married name with her dads' name stuck in the middle, and then finally her new married name. On other stuff like taxes, I just used her married last name, but the phone company put in her maiden name first so she was way back in the directory.

She is just using her married name now, and feel as long as we don't deal with the USCIS again, won't be a problem. Ha, one of her friends was married and divorced five times, she definitely needed a separate sheet of paper, had two kids with different last names, yet another sheet of paper to explain that.

Least your alien and SS number always remains the same. It was no problem for my wife to drop her maiden name for citizenship and will also make life here a lot simpler for you.
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#13 ED*Riza

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 10:49 AM

Thank you for your post Nick! We are going to SSA and DDS tomorrow. I will just follow my certificate. I have a question, did your wife change her at the bank?
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N_-400
12/13/2010- SEnt The packet
12/22/2010- The packet was returned due to missing page.
12/23/2010- Resend the packet with complete pages.
12/29/2010- Check cashed in
01/03/2010- Receive NOA
01/10/2011- Email from USCIS for the Required Evidence( Finger printing)
01/26/2011-Biometric Schedule
02/07/2011-USCIS online status update-
02/12/2011- Received Interview Letter Scheduled March 14
02/12/2011- Received Descheduled letter
02/17/2011- USCIS online Status update
02/22/2011-New IL arrived schedule for March 29
02/22/2011-Descheduled Letter Again ( 2nd Time)
02/23/2011- I called USCIS and I was told new schedule in the computer for March 22
02/23/2011-USCIS ONline update....
03/01/2011-Interview Letter for March 22 @ 7:15 AM
03/22/2011- Interview and Oath; US Citizen


#14 Kathryn41

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 01:27 PM

Congratulations!

The reason why it takes so long to change the name is that it is considered a legal name change and it has to be approved first through a Judge. The paperwork is sent to the Judge who reviews it and then approves it and sends it back. The Oath ceremony is then scheduled so it can take up to 6 months depending on how long it takes for the Judge to approve the name change petition.
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#15 ED*Riza

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 01:40 PM

Thank you Kathryn41.
I guess I need to with my new name with out my maiden name. I hope it won't create any confusion in the future. Do you think I need to change my name in my banks?
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N_-400
12/13/2010- SEnt The packet
12/22/2010- The packet was returned due to missing page.
12/23/2010- Resend the packet with complete pages.
12/29/2010- Check cashed in
01/03/2010- Receive NOA
01/10/2011- Email from USCIS for the Required Evidence( Finger printing)
01/26/2011-Biometric Schedule
02/07/2011-USCIS online status update-
02/12/2011- Received Interview Letter Scheduled March 14
02/12/2011- Received Descheduled letter
02/17/2011- USCIS online Status update
02/22/2011-New IL arrived schedule for March 29
02/22/2011-Descheduled Letter Again ( 2nd Time)
02/23/2011- I called USCIS and I was told new schedule in the computer for March 22
02/23/2011-USCIS ONline update....
03/01/2011-Interview Letter for March 22 @ 7:15 AM
03/22/2011- Interview and Oath; US Citizen




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