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I had my interview today and passed! Awaiting for oath ceremony appointment. The whole experience at Fairfax, VA (USCIS-Washington DC Field office) has been amazing. My IO was extremely accommodating and nice. Half of my interview was done conversationally on the way back to the interview room :) the entire process was quick and took less than 20 minutes.

I arrived at the USCIS office half an hour early for my 9:30am schedule. My husband and 6month old baby, surprisingly, were allowed to get in. The guards were so nice to even help us carry the stroller and all baby paraphernalia :) we all had to go through the security check and were directed to the second floor, where a receptionist greeted us to collect the appointment letter and requested us to be seated.

At exactly 9:30, my name was called and was escorted by the IO to the interview room. We had a friendly chat while walking down the hallway and she asked if that was my husband and child with me and which part of Northern VA do we live. When we got inside the interview room, she then asked if there are any corrections, adjustments or changes I need to make on the N-400 form (and I do have some corrections with the dates of employment). She marked those changes and told me that she wants to give me the civics And English tests first, before we go through the n-400 form.

The test was easy. I was asked the ff:

Who is the first U.S. president?

Where is the statue of liberty located?

What is one promise you make as a US citizen?

Who is the governor of VA?

Name two US holidays.

What movement fought for racial equality?

I was asked to read an English sentence and write "The President lives in the White House." That's about it.

Then the IO asked me to stand-up, raise my right hand and pledge that i basically wouldn't lie in my application. Then we went through the n-400 form line by line. I have a binder full of supporting documents but she didn't bother look at it. She just wanted my passport both old and new; my green card; and drivers license. She made copies of my IDs, made me sign my passport photos and the n-400 form - and I was done!

She congratulated me and gave me a piece of paper that says I passed the test and was approved for naturalization. I was instructed to wait for the oath ceremony appointment and was escorted out. It was such a happy and positive experience for me. I hope this post eases other applicants' mind and hearts, and I also wish everyone the best of luck with the interview!

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I had my interview today and passed! Awaiting for oath ceremony appointment. The whole experience at Fairfax, VA (USCIS-Washington DC Field office) has been amazing. My IO was extremely accommodating and nice. Half of my interview was done conversationally on the way back to the interview room :) the entire process was quick and took less than 20 minutes.

I arrived at the USCIS office half an hour early for my 9:30am schedule. My husband and 6month old baby, surprisingly, were allowed to get in. The guards were so nice to even help us carry the stroller and all baby paraphernalia :) we all had to go through the security check and were directed to the second floor, where a receptionist greeted us to collect the appointment letter and requested us to be seated.

At exactly 9:30, my name was called and was escorted by the IO to the interview room. We had a friendly chat while walking down the hallway and she asked if that was my husband and child with me and which part of Northern VA do we live. When we got inside the interview room, she then asked if there are any corrections, adjustments or changes I need to make on the N-400 form (and I do have some corrections with the dates of employment). She marked those changes and told me that she wants to give me the civics And English tests first, before we go through the n-400 form.

The test was easy. I was asked the ff:

Who is the first U.S. president?

Where is the statue of liberty located?

What is one promise you make as a US citizen?

Who is the governor of VA?

Name two US holidays.

What movement fought for racial equality?

I was asked to read an English sentence and write "The President lives in the White House." That's about it.

Then the IO asked me to stand-up, raise my right hand and pledge that i basically wouldn't lie in my application. Then we went through the n-400 form line by line. I have a binder full of supporting documents but she didn't bother look at it. She just wanted my passport both old and new; my green card; and drivers license. She made copies of my IDs, made me sign my passport photos and the n-400 form - and I was done!

She congratulated me and gave me a piece of paper that says I passed the test and was approved for naturalization. I was instructed to wait for the oath ceremony appointment and was escorted out. It was such a happy and positive experience for me. I hope this post eases other applicants' mind and hearts, and I also wish everyone the best of luck with the interview!

That sounds almost identical to my wife's interview in Boston. Congrats to you.


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Congratulations!


 

 

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3/10/2013 - Married

Green Card Process Summary
3/25/2013 - Submitted I-130's
01/13/2014 - Embassy Interview - Approved!
05/28/2014 - POE (U.S. Customs and Immigration Overseas Preclearance Facility - Abu Dhabi)
08/20/2014 - Green Card received.

Naturalization Process

01/20/2015 - Submitted N-400 for immediate naturalization under INA 319b.

02/10/2015 - Check cashed.

02/14/2015 - NOA

04/07/2015 - Case shipped to local field office.

04/08/2015 - Interview scheduled for July 6, 2015.

04/08/2015 - Wifey better be studying her butt off for the citizenship test!

07/08/2015 - Wifey was studying her butt off and passed the test easily. Oath ceremony completed on same day! We are done with our journey!

 

 

 

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Sounds identical to mine and my daughter's in Fairfax as well - congrats


Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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Congratulations! ?and thanks for sharing your experience.

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281c4fr.jpgN-400 CITIZENSHIP TIMELINE12-11-2014 = Eligible to apply for Naturalization based on the 5-year rule (90-days rule applied) 01-02-2015 = N-400 packet sent (to P.O. Box Dallas via USPS Priority Mail)01-06-2015 = N-400 packet delivered01-09-2015 = Check cashed01-17-2015 = NOA1 received (Priority Date 01-07-2015)02-02-2015 = Biometrics Letter received (Bio set for 02-11-2015)02-12-2015 = In line for interview03-23-2015 = Interview Letter received (Interview set for 04-22-2015) 04-22-2015 = Interview completed --- = Oath letter received04-24-2015 = Oath Ceremony! I am a U.S Citizen! ♥♥♥ CR1/IR1 JOURNEY ♥♥♥

  • Jun 02 2015: FILED I-130 petition
  • Jun 04 2015: NOA1
  • Jul 01 2015: NOA2 - USCIS APPROVED
  • Jul 10 2015: Case sent to NVC
  • Aug 04 2015: RECEIVED Welcome Letter from NVC
  • Aug 20 2015: SUBMIT DS-261 Choice of Agent online
  • Aug 24 2015: PAID AOS fee online
  • Sep 18 2015: SENT AOS and IV packets to NVC (No IV Invoice yet)
  • Sep 23 2015: Email received from NVC: Documents received (21-Sept-2015)
  • Sep 25 2015: PAID IV fee online
  • Oct 02 2015 : COMPLETED DS-260
  • Oct 23 2015 : RECEIVED email P4 interview letter from NVC
  • Nov 05 2015 : COMPLETED Medical at St. Lukes
  • Dec 04 2015: INTERVIEW Schedule at US Embassy Manila
Dec 08 2015: VISA ON-HAND!!

Jan 25 2016: FLIGHT TO US ?

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Congrats ! And thanks for sharing.


AOS

day 1 -- 04/11/2012-- package sent to Chicago

day 2 -- 04/12/2012-- package was received.

day 43-- 05/23/2012-- Notice for an interview is received for 06/26 @ 2pm

day 63-- 06/12/2012-- Received a Text & email for an update- Card production EAD/AP

day 77-- 06/26/2012-- interview / approved on the spot.

day 86-- 07/05/2012-- Received my GC in the mail.

ROC

day 1 -- 04/07/2014 -- ROC Package delivered to VSC

day 16 -- 04/23/2014 -- Walk-in Bio.

day 197 -- 10/20/2014-- Approval Letter received dated 10/16/2014

day 202 -- 10/25/2014-- GC received

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Congratulations! Whatcha cooking, to celebrate?

We had PIZZA! :)

Thanks everyone and thank you visa journey, you've been a great source of info and advice. Met lots of cool people here.

Congratulations! We also had a positive experience at the office in Fairfax and my wife will be taking the oath on Thursday morning.

Cheers!

Joe

Congratulations!! Wow, your wife got scheduled quick! :)


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