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interview on Jan 17 oath on Jan 19. will I make it? Or only next month?

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Hi everyone. Thank you for taking the time to answer this question. So my naturalization interview is on Jan 17, 2016 and after much research I found that the Alexandria, VA field office holds naturalization ceremonies only once per month, more precisely every 3rd Thursday of the month. In my case that will be only 2 days after my interview. My question is... do you think based on your experience that USCIS will let me participate in the oath ceremony on the 19th of January or is it too close to my interview?

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Considering the big screw up USCIS had with not checking people on the FBI database, I would be very surprised if you had the oath 2 days after interview. There's very few places that have same day oaths. I don't think they let you choose your oath date, normally. They put you to the next available date. Could be following month or two months after...

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My husband just had his interview yesterday (in Dallas) and they told us it will be 2-3 weeks until we receive a letter with the oath ceremony date. It's a different field office, but that gives some idea of the possible timing. I'm sure it all depends on how busy your office is and how much of a backup they have.

Also, are administrative oath ceremonies only once a month at your office too, or is that only judicial oath ceremonies? It seems like an office in the DC area would be busier than that? Our field office in Dallas has administrative ceremonies daily, and judicial ceremonies three times per month. The third Thursday ceremonies at your field office might be judicial ceremonies?


Husband's Naturalization Journey: (NBC number)

9/2/16: N-400 mailed to Dallas office via UPS Ground
9/6/16: Arrived to office per UPS tracking
9/14/16: NOA1 received in mail (dated 9/6/16)
9/21/16: Biometrics notification received in mail
10/6/16: Biometrics completed
11/10/16: Notification for interview received in mail
12/15/16: Interview ("Recommended for approval")
12/20/16: In line for oath ceremony (online status)
12/27/16: Received oath ceremony letter in mail
1/17/17: Oath ceremony
Hubby is now a US citizen! :) 133 days from NOA date to Oath Ceremony

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Considering the big screw up USCIS had with not checking people on the FBI database, I would be very surprised if you had the oath 2 days after interview. There's very few places that have same day oaths. I don't think they let you choose your oath date, normally. They put you to the next available date. Could be following month or two months after...

Yeah I really know what you mean. Too bad this big screw up with the background checks has happened at the same time the new IT system is being implemented. It certainly did not help my

Case. But you're right in the sense that they will probably schedule me for the following month or so. I mean, there are so many people here in DC and they wait for such a long time before getting their application reviewed that I'd also be surprised if they scheduled me for 2 days after my interview.

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My husband just had his interview yesterday (in Dallas) and they told us it will be 2-3 weeks until we receive a letter with the oath ceremony date. It's a different field office, but that gives some idea of the possible timing. I'm sure it all depends on how busy your office is and how much of a backup they have.

Also, are administrative oath ceremonies only once a month at your office too, or is that only judicial oath ceremonies? It seems like an office in the DC area would be busier than that? Our field office in Dallas has administrative ceremonies daily, and judicial ceremonies three times per month. The third Thursday ceremonies at your field office might be judicial ceremonies?

I don't really think the Washington Field Office has administrative ceremonies for civilians. They state on their website that same day ceremonies are very rare in that FO. And I read somewhere that the Washington FO prefers to hold ceremonies with a large crowd once a month rather than smaller crowds every week. That really sucks but after 16 years of battle with USCIS I'm finally at the end of the line.

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You might be able to attend an oath ceremony a little further from home, even in a neighboring state. I don't know how to find out their schedules. I just know that someone from a state that borders mine recently attended an oath ceremony at the location where mine was.


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2007, 2009, 2011

Naturalization

2016-05-17 - N-400 package sent

2016-05-21 - NOA1 (IOE receipt number)

2016-06-15 - Biometrics

2016-11-08 - Citizenship interview in Detroit: approved
2016-12-16 - Oath ceremony

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Omg are you serious ? Is that even a thing? I didn't know that was possible. How can I do that since USCIS is the one that actually schedules your ceremony for you. As far as I know we don't have much of a say when it comes to the date of the ceremony, do we? Can you please try to find out more about it and let me know. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks

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Sorry, I can't find out more. All I know is that at my oath ceremony in Michigan, a staff member at the ceremony location mentioned that someone came to one of the ceremonies from Indiana (a bordering state) to become a citizen here.


K-1, AOS, ROC
2007, 2009, 2011

Naturalization

2016-05-17 - N-400 package sent

2016-05-21 - NOA1 (IOE receipt number)

2016-06-15 - Biometrics

2016-11-08 - Citizenship interview in Detroit: approved
2016-12-16 - Oath ceremony

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

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