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Hi there everyone,

I need a little help with this question, I file in June for Naturalization, and I wanted to know if anyone knew who can attend the interview with me. Im not using a Lawyer this time round, so can it just be me, or does my Wife have to attend also like the first interview we had 3 years ago?

Cheers,

Mark.

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Hi there everyone,

I need a little help with this question, I file in June for Naturalization, and I wanted to know if anyone knew who can attend the interview with me. Im not using a Lawyer this time round, so can it just be me, or does my Wife have to attend also like the first interview we had 3 years ago?

Cheers,

Mark.

there is no obligation for her to go. she can if you want her to, but you can go by yourself.

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In as much as they might admit your wife into the lobby, the interview is only you and IO in the latter's office. It is hardly she will be asked to join you in the interview room. But you never know. You may go with her. Good luck. :dance:

Hi there everyone,

I need a little help with this question, I file in June for Naturalization, and I wanted to know if anyone knew who can attend the interview with me. Im not using a Lawyer this time round, so can it just be me, or does my Wife have to attend also like the first interview we had 3 years ago?

Cheers,

Mark.

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Yeah, no spouse in the interview room. :( I'm totally bummed about this because I'm DYING to see the inner workings of the USCIS when hubby has his interview. So I guess it will be me and the soon to be baby sitting in the lobby waiting. But I'm not missing a chance to go anyway!


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My husband is coming with me, fully aware he will only be allowed to wait in the lobby area. He's very eager to meet an IO and see how it all works but I'm doubtful it will happen.


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They just wanted to see my papers at my wife's interview, other than that, I didn't even exist as far as they were concerned. But still good to go with your spouse for moral support. We also studied her test questions on that long drive over, that was her major course of study.

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My wife has not shown any interest in my immigration matters, and I am perfectly okay with that and actually embrace it.

Therefore, I won't even tell her about my citizenship process either.

Next time we take a vacation overseas she will notice my US passport, at which time I'll say . . . oh, yeah, I became a US citizen a while back . . . didn't I tell 'ya?

:dance:

But, then again, maybe not. Maybe I'll celebrate with her once I have my US passport. We'll see . . .


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My wife has not shown any interest in my immigration matters, and I am perfectly okay with that and actually embrace it.

Therefore, I won't even tell her about my citizenship process either.

Next time we take a vacation overseas she will notice my US passport, at which time I'll say . . . oh, yeah, I became a US citizen a while back . . . didn't I tell 'ya?

:dance:

But, then again, maybe not. Maybe I'll celebrate with her once I have my US passport. We'll see . . .

That is kind of sad, aren't you a family? USCIS affected all of our lives, especially me as the sponsor, was liable for the I-864 and all the expenses to bring my wife here. If any fraud was detected, I would land up in jail.

Procedure is extremely overly complicated even for a person that was born and raised here, not only being a master of the English language, but a master of the USCIS legal language. A lot to ask of a person that just came here, even with some English background. Never liked calling the USCIS and telling, hey, this is my family, never wanted anything to do with me.

After the AOS my only responsibility to them was to tell them where I was at. It's not like you can walk in there and talk to an experienced person that asks and explains all their questions and fills out their forms. They want you to guess how to feel out their forms, make one small error, they reject your forms, don't tell you what you did wrong, keep your fees, and tell you to do it again.

Both the I-751 and N-400 are marriage based, but the hell with the US citizen sponsor, treated like they don't even exist. A very hard core cold organization that is based on marriage, but don't want anything to do with the sponsoring US citizen. Those fees and transportation expenses are family expenses, and whether you can stay together or not is entirely based on the response of the immigrant. Afraid to death in the first place when walking into an office loaded with armed guards.

The USCIS does not have to offer US citizen based on marriage, but they do, and insist on a bunch of evidence with the spouses name on it. I feel very strongly since they insist on that, that the sponsoring US citizen has every right to be there to defend that evidence. Can walk out for those two minutes for both the English and civics test.

I knew my wife had a couple of kids before I married her, and her kids would likewise be my responsibility, true in all areas of life with exception of the USCIS. In my opinion, a very screwed up organization over loaded with a group of highly incompetent personnel that don't even know their own regulations.

Very typical of our many government agencies.

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(I posted this in another message thread before, but I thought it would help here too...)

Hi Everyone,

In answer to the question about spouses during the interview:

My husband has always been there for me for all of my immigration appointments and non-appointments to my "local" office, especially so that I need him to drive me there, since it is a long-distance drive (about 200+ miles round-trip) to the city (I hate driving in cities), and more so that I need him for moral support. He doesn't mind though, and I'm always glad to have him there with me. And yes, he was there when I had my N-400 interview recently.

As well, I brought along my baby son to the interview too, as I had no other childcare arrangements and had no choice but to bring him. But both my husband and my son had to wait in the waiting room/area while I was interview by myself (which was ok, though a bit nerve-wracking)....

And at the end of the interview, the Immigration Officer got to see both my husband and my son that day in the waiting room when my interview was completed (lol..while I was breastfeeding/nursing...very awkward, even though I/the baby was covered up.......oh well baby has to eat...), as I had to wait a bit longer in the waiting room after the interview for my interview results to be given due to requesting for accomodations. The immigration officer was very nice though, and didn't mind meeting my family there.

In my opinion, overall, yes, I think it is beneficial for one to have their spouse attend, even if they are just waiting in the waiting room. It is good to know that there is "someone there by your side for support through this difficult immigration process", and can actually be quite beneficial that way. However, if they can't make it though, for some valid reason or other, I'm sure the immigration officials would understand their absence (if they are required to attend for such an interview or for whatever else). Just make sure though, the immigration officials have a good explaination as to why that is the case and a way to contact that spouse if need be. For example, give them your spouse's work or cell phone number and have your spouse answer the phone call from them.

Lol...with all that extra "joint evidence" that one sends in, you would think that would be enough for them......

Then again...maybe it's better to appear in-person anyways..."To put a human face to all that paperwork..."

Hope this helps too. Good luck with the rest of your immigration journeys.

Ant

P.S. As for lawyers....I used one for my AOS/2yr green card case, and they attended the interview with us, as ours was an 'unusual' case and we needed legal help there. For the I-751 and N-400 case, it was pretty straight-forward, so we did not use a lawyer there, and got approved anyways. Hope this helps too.

Edited by Ant+D+BabyA

**Ant's 1432.gif1502.gif "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": 10-Years 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'!"...~~~***

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