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Interview experience, Chicago USCIS office 6/17/10

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I was scheduled for interview at 10:05 am. My husband and I showed up a bit early at 9:35 as the letter said we can only come in 30 minutes early. Went through the security and were directed to third floor where they do citizenship interviews. Checked in and were given a buzzer to wait when it goes off and then go to the door number 2.

Told to go sit in the seating area. The seating area holds maybe 200-300 people and at least a hundred were there already.

As the time approached to my appointment time I knew it would be a long wait as it was taking at least 20 minutes before a person would emerge back from the interviewing offices. So we prepared ourselves to wait. At one point, an IO came out and asked if anyone spoke fluently Korean and English but no one responded.

It seemed they were giving out oath ceremony letters right after the interview for those who were from Illinois. We met a guy from Indiana who had the same appointment time so we chatted with him and then with his friend who had to go to the IRS and get the tax transcripts as she didn't read the yellow letter telling her to bring them (marriage based naturalization). She was approved, but had to go to IRS to get the transcripts, was told it will take 3 hrs, then came back to USCIS to report back to her IO and then went back to IRS. Didn't see her afterwards.

At 11:32 I was called in, went through the door and was told to leave the buzzer in the bin on the right hand side. Then we went to IO Rodriguez's office - I was told to put the papers down and raise my right hand swearing I will say nothing but truth. Then she asked me to sit down and went right ahead with the questions:

Name one state that borders Canada?

When was the Constitution written?

What is freedom of religion?

How many US senators are there?

When must all men register for the Selective service?

and can't remember the last one.

I was then asked to read three sentences (1, 2, 3) and then asked to write Washington's face is on the dollar bill.

She then went through the submitted paperwork, did the change of our address and then asked for our marriage certificate - told it was submitted, she looked until she found it, asked for husband's birth certificate - same thing even though I had original with me and asked for our 2009 IRS tax transcript as we submitted our CPA's provided copy with W-2s.

Went through the application confirming my answers, double checking where I worked, personal info, height... all the yes/no questions and oath of allegiance. I was then asked to print and sign my name on several pieces of paper and to sign my name next to my face on the photos I submitted.

I asked can I know when is the oath ceremony and she was very nice and went through the system to see the dates. The only one for me was June 29th at 8 am at the same office which I took - others were for name change oath ceremonies - those are held in the Dirksen federal building.

I was told to wait until she came back photocopying my passport and ID and was then give the N-652 results paper saying I passed the test and to wait in the seating area for the oath ceremony paper - that took another 45 minutes.

All in all, nice experience, even though we had a long wait time but definitely well worth it!


ROC 2009
Naturalization 2010

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congratulations for passing and thanks for sharing!!!


N-400 Naturalization Timeline

06/28/11 .. Mailed N-400 package via Priority mail with delivery confirmation

06/30/11 .. Package Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

07/06/11 .. Received e-mail notification of application acceptance

07/06/11 .. Check cashed

07/08/11 .. Received NOA letter

07/29/11 .. Received text/e-mail for biometrics notice

08/03/11 .. Received Biometrics letter - scheduled for 8/24/11

08/04/11 .. Walk-in finger prints done.

08/08/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Placed in line for interview scheduling

09/12/11 .. Received Yellow letter dated 9/7/11

09/13/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Interview scheduled

09/16/11 .. Received interview letter

10/19/11 .. Interview - PASSED

10/20/11 .. Received text/email: Oath scheduled

10/22/11 .. Received OATH letter

11/09/11 .. Oath ceremony

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I was scheduled for interview at 10:05 am. My husband and I showed up a bit early at 9:35 as the letter said we can only come in 30 minutes early. Went through the security and were directed to third floor where they do citizenship interviews. Checked in and were given a buzzer to wait when it goes off and then go to the door number 2.

Told to go sit in the seating area. The seating area holds maybe 200-300 people and at least a hundred were there already.

As the time approached to my appointment time I knew it would be a long wait as it was taking at least 20 minutes before a person would emerge back from the interviewing offices. So we prepared ourselves to wait. At one point, an IO came out and asked if anyone spoke fluently Korean and English but no one responded.

It seemed they were giving out oath ceremony letters right after the interview for those who were from Illinois. We met a guy from Indiana who had the same appointment time so we chatted with him and then with his friend who had to go to the IRS and get the tax transcripts as she didn't read the yellow letter telling her to bring them (marriage based naturalization). She was approved, but had to go to IRS to get the transcripts, was told it will take 3 hrs, then came back to USCIS to report back to her IO and then went back to IRS. Didn't see her afterwards.

At 11:32 I was called in, went through the door and was told to leave the buzzer in the bin on the right hand side. Then we went to IO Rodriguez's office - I was told to put the papers down and raise my right hand swearing I will say nothing but truth. Then she asked me to sit down and went right ahead with the questions:

Name one state that borders Canada?

When was the Constitution written?

What is freedom of religion?

How many US senators are there?

When must all men register for the Selective service?

and can't remember the last one.

I was then asked to read three sentences (1, 2, 3) and then asked to write Washington's face is on the dollar bill.

She then went through the submitted paperwork, did the change of our address and then asked for our marriage certificate - told it was submitted, she looked until she found it, asked for husband's birth certificate - same thing even though I had original with me and asked for our 2009 IRS tax transcript as we submitted our CPA's provided copy with W-2s.

Went through the application confirming my answers, double checking where I worked, personal info, height... all the yes/no questions and oath of allegiance. I was then asked to print and sign my name on several pieces of paper and to sign my name next to my face on the photos I submitted.

I asked can I know when is the oath ceremony and she was very nice and went through the system to see the dates. The only one for me was June 29th at 8 am at the same office which I took - others were for name change oath ceremonies - those are held in the Dirksen federal building.

I was told to wait until she came back photocopying my passport and ID and was then give the N-652 results paper saying I passed the test and to wait in the seating area for the oath ceremony paper - that took another 45 minutes.

All in all, nice experience, even though we had a long wait time but definitely well worth it!

Congratulations Milimelo! I passed my interview today as well.. My appt. was at 10:25 am. I got to the building at 9:30am. My buzzer went off at 11am. The officer Lloyd came out to greet me from door # 1, asked me for my Drivers licence, Passport (Old and new), my PR Card and showed me to the "Copy Room" to make copies of all of the above. When we got to the room I told her that I already had made copies of everything so she didn't have to.. gave her my copies and we went to her office. She asked me to remain standing, raise my right hand and swear to tell the truth.. I did. We set down and she started going through the paperwork submitted during AOS and ROC.She had my entire file on her desk. She said everything looked good and we would start taking a test, but before we got there she asked me if I was still married (yes), lived at the same address (yes), , date of birth, height, if I still worked at the same place (yes), my job title, when I got married and how I got my GC. After that she asked me if i wanted to legally change name(No) and asked for my birth certificate to make copy of it, I already had a copy so I gave it to her. I didn't submit tax transcripts with my application but brought them with me at the interview,. I asked her if she wanted to have them, she said no, she also didn't want to see the original Passport of my wife. Besides the copies of my both old and new passport (Front page and every page with visas and entry/exit stamps), my drivers licence and my GC, only thind she kept was Status information letter from SSS.

Test

Who makes federal laws?

Why did colonists fight British?

Who was taken to america and sold as slaves?

Who is Vice President now?

Who signes bills to become laws?

How many amendments does the consitution have?

Read

"Who can vote?"

Write

"Canada is north of the United States"

After the test we went through Yes/NO questions, I signed th application, my photographs and something else.

She congratulated me and said I passed the test and i could go to the waiting room and in about 45 minutes someone would call out my name and give me an oath letter! It took about an hour.

Overall, whole experience was pleasant and the officer was very nice!


I-751

01/27/09 Sent to CSC

01/29/09 Delivered to CSC

02/02/09 Check Cashed

02/04/09 NOA received, dated 01/29/09

02/13/09 Biometrics Appt letter Received

02/24/09 Biometrics done

04/08/09 Approval notice in mail (Dated 04/03/09)

05/21/09 Called USCIS "Where is my GC?"

06/01/09 Received 10 yr GC

N-400

03/03/10 Sent to Phoenix, AZ

03/05/10 Delivered to Phoenix, AZ

03/15/10 Check cashed

03/17/10 NOA received, dated 03/13/10

03/18/10 Online status indicates RFE was mailed

03/22/10 Biometrics Appt letter Received

04/12/10 Biometrics done

05/01/10 Email Notification from USCIS " Case transfered to a local office for a standard interview"

05/05/10 Interview letter received

06/17/10 Interview

06/28/10 Oath Ceremony. I am a U.S Citizen!!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: India
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congratulationssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!! Happy for ya...God bless ya


ROUND 4 - KNOCK OUT ROUND [N-400 Naturalization!!!

30-Mar-2010 N-400 Form sent to Phoenix Service Center

31-Mar-2010 N-400 Packet Recieved at 10:30am

13-Apr-2010 Check Cashed

16-Apr-2010 Recieved I-797C Notice of Action

20-Apr-2010 Mailed RFE (I believe must be Biometrics)

22-Apr-2010 Case Updated

27-Apr-2010 Received Biometrics letter set for May 13

13-May-2010 Biometrics Completed in PHX

11-Jun-2010 Receieved Text at 1:00 AM from USCIS "CASE TOUCHED"

11-Jun-2010 Case Transfered to Local Office, PHX for Interview

12-Jun-2010 Case Touched

14-Jun-2010 Interview Letter Recieved, Set for July 19th

16-Jun-2010 Case Touched

19-Jul-2010 Interview Day in Phoenix AZ @ 9:40am

19-Jul-2010 Case Approved Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

29-Jul-2010 Received N-445 Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony Letter set for Aug 6th from local office Phoenix,AZ...wooohoooo!!! Praise the LORD

31-Jul-2010 Received 2nd N-445 Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony Letter for Aug 6th from NBC Missouri

06-Aug-2010 Oath Ceremony at Dist.Court PHX....Proud to be a US Citizen...wooohoooo!!! Thank you Lord

06-Aug-2010 SSN Updated at District Court PHX

06-Aug-2010 Register for Voters Card at District Court PHX

22-Feb-2011 Applied for U.S. Passport - lol oops been lazy

07-Mar-2011 US Passport Issued

09-Mar-2011 US Passport Received...yipeee

11-May-2011 Sent Renunciation Application to India Embassy, San Francisco CA

25-May-2011 India Embassy recieved Renunciation application

06-Jun-2011 Received Renunciation Surrender Certificate from India Embassy.....grrr $ 190 bucks for one small tiny seal humph!!!

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Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience!


N-400

5/29/2010 - USPS Express Mail Out N-400

6/2/2010 - Priority date

6/9/2010 - Check cashed

6/11/2010 - NOA in my mail box

6/17/2010 - Able to see case status "Initial Review"

6/18/2010 - LUD

7/2/2010 - Called mis-information line to put in a service request for STILL HAVEN'T RECEIVED "FP NOTICE"

7/8/2010 - LUD, at 2:32am, received text msg and e-mail for req. for add'l evidence being mailed out on July 6th, believe it's for the FP

7/12/2010 - Received FP notice in mail, scheduled for 8/2/2010

7/15/2010 - Walk in FP

7/22/2010 - Online status changed to "Case sent to local office for interview schedule"

7/27/2010 - Received interview letter for 8/23/2010

8/23/2010 - Passed interview, was informed that next oath date is 9/22/2010 and oath letter will come in the mail

9/3/2010 - Received oath letter in the mail for 9/22/2010

Disclaimer: All comments, advice and information are given out by my kind intention, please use them at your own risk and do not hold me liable or responsible for any inaccuracy.

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Thank you!

Another1, you seem to have been in the fast-moving side - door 1 :-) Good luck on the oath ceremony on 28th - can you report how it went? Mine is on 29th.


ROC 2009
Naturalization 2010

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Congratulations!


Immigration Process (DCF Japan)

08/06/2008 I-130 petition at Tokyo, Japan

08/13/2008 I-130 approved

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| Waited until we were ready to move back

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07/13/2009 IV interview at Tokyo, Japan

07/15/2009 IV(IR-1) in hand

Post-DCF

07/29/2009 POE at Las Vegas

08/17/2009 GC(10yrs) received

Click here for the detailed timeline.

Done with USCIS until

- naturalization in May 2012 or

- GC replacement in February 2019

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