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Fresno, CA - Oath Ceremony

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Albania
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My husband is a citizen and we are so happy, but the ceremony in Fresno is a joke! It was a 100 degree day and there was no air conditioning in the building. When the lady announced the different countries that were represented she mispronounced several countries, including my husband's, and then laughed about it. We were given 5 minutes to go up and take pictures and 3 minutes into it she started yelling it wasn't social hour and we would see them later so go back to our seats. The actual ceremony took 10 minutes after 1 1/2 hours of waiting in the heat. The judge wasn't much better. She told them to raise their hand for the pledge of allegiance instead of putting their hand on their heart and when she said the oath for them to repeat she would string together 10 or so hard words, but when it came to the easy part she'd stop after 3 or 4 words.

Overall, I am embarrassed that the new citizens of this country had to experience that and I hope other ceremonies are better and that this was just a fluke.


AOS

AOS, EAD, AP mailed 3/13/07

AOS Appt-Fresno, CA 6/14/07

AOS APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Green Card Received in the mail 6-29-07

Removal of Conditions

I-751 mailed 3/17/09

Card Received 7/11/09

Citizenship!!!!!

N-400 mailed 3/17/10

Interview 6/28/10

Oath 7/19/10

Sisters' I-130

I-130s mailed 8/14/10

checks cashed 8/23/10

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My husband is a citizen and we are so happy, but the ceremony in Fresno is a joke! It was a 100 degree day and there was no air conditioning in the building. When the lady announced the different countries that were represented she mispronounced several countries, including my husband's, and then laughed about it. We were given 5 minutes to go up and take pictures and 3 minutes into it she started yelling it wasn't social hour and we would see them later so go back to our seats. The actual ceremony took 10 minutes after 1 1/2 hours of waiting in the heat. The judge wasn't much better. She told them to raise their hand for the pledge of allegiance instead of putting their hand on their heart and when she said the oath for them to repeat she would string together 10 or so hard words, but when it came to the easy part she'd stop after 3 or 4 words.

Overall, I am embarrassed that the new citizens of this country had to experience that and I hope other ceremonies are better and that this was just a fluke.

We raised hand too at my oath ceremony - has to do with swearing in, not oath of allegiance.


ROC 2009
Naturalization 2010

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Congratulations!!! thanks for sharing. It probably was an off and hot day for everyone so all had trouble with their temper....

milimelo is correct - many members reported that they raised their hands when taking the oath.


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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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Albania
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No, they said the pledge of allegiance to the flag like we all did in school, but they didn't cover their hearts she told them to raise their hand. Later they said the oath to become a citizen and then of course they raised their hand to swear in.


AOS

AOS, EAD, AP mailed 3/13/07

AOS Appt-Fresno, CA 6/14/07

AOS APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Green Card Received in the mail 6-29-07

Removal of Conditions

I-751 mailed 3/17/09

Card Received 7/11/09

Citizenship!!!!!

N-400 mailed 3/17/10

Interview 6/28/10

Oath 7/19/10

Sisters' I-130

I-130s mailed 8/14/10

checks cashed 8/23/10

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: India
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Thanks for posting! We are in Fresno too. :star: Now I have to look up your Citizenship interview experience to see how that will go, we just gave our application. There is another VJ member in Fresno, merijan, they will be applying also in 2-3 months.

I remember how our AOS interview was a joke, the guy didn't seem interested at all and didn't ask a single question, just absentmindedly looked at our papers and said we passed.


***Nagaraju & Eileen***
K1 (Fiance Visa)
Oct 18, 2006: NOA1
Feb 8, 2007: NOA2
April 13, 2007: INTERVIEW in Chennai -Approved
May 25, 2007: USA Arrival! EAD at JFK
June 15, 2007: Married
AOS (Adjustment of Status)
June 21, 2007: AOS/EAD Submitted
Sept 18, 2007: AOS Interview - APPROVED!!
ROC (Removing of Conditions)
June 23, 2009: Sent in I-751 packet
Sept 11, 2009: APPROVED!!
Sept 18, 2009: Received 10-year Green Card!

Naturalization
July 15, 2010: Sent N-400 packet
July 23, 2010: NOA Notice date
Oct 15, 2010: Citizenship Interview - Passed!
Nov 15, 2010: Oath Ceremony in Fresno, CA
Nov 24, 2010: Did SSN and Applied for Passport
Dec 6, 2010: Passport Arrives
Dec 7, 2010: Sent for Indian Passport Surrender Certificate
Dec 27, 2010: Surrender Certificate Arrives
Jan 3, 2011: Sent for Overseas Citizenship of India Card
March 1, 2011: Received OCI card!

Divorce

Feb 2015:​ Found out he was cheating (prostitutes / escorts)

​May 2015: Divorce Final

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