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Hi Everyone,

I had my interview today and I was approved and now I have to wait for the oath letter :) . Forgive me for not posting my time line. My N-400 application was received on November 1, 2010 and my interview was today (that was fast). I must say I am impressed with USCIS's efficiency. My IO was very nice and very professional and the interview was over before I knew it. He asked me 6 questions, read a sentence and had to write a sentence. He then went through all the questions on the N-400 form.

A little background: My Naturalization application was based on a 1-360 (VAWA)petition greencard approval. The I-360 VAWA petition was approved sometime in 2006 and the I-485 was approved end of 2006. I was eligible to apply for Cizitenship in December of 2009 but had to wait till November 2010 when I had all the money in place. One interesting thing that the interviewing officer pointed out to me during the interview today was that he hardly sees VAWA applicants apply for Citizenship within the 3 years they qualify to apply. He said he thinks most of the eligible applicants (VAWA Greencard holders) do not know that they qualify in three years. He said I was the first early VAWA based N-400 applicant he had seen in a long time. I had no attorney from start to finish. I did consult a few attorneys but was told my case was complicated and needed to pay alot of money so i decided to do everything on my own.

I thought I would share the information might be useful to someone out there.

Visajourney family you are the best. I might not log in all the time but i am here to answer any questions relating to my immigration journey.

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That's great. CONGRATULATIONS!


I-130 for husband - see TIMELINE

10/23/2007 - Receive SSC (took 9 days from POE)

12/04/2007 - Receive Welcome Letter

12/14/2007 - Received 2nd Welcome Letter and Green card!!!

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N-400

09/21/2010 - Mailed application to Lewisville TX location

09/23/2010 - Information input in the system/check cashed

09/29/2010 - N-400 receipt received

09/30/2010 - RFE mailed

10/15/2010 - Biometrics appt (@8am) YAY!!!!

11/20/2010 - Received the yellow letter (dated 11/17/2010)

11/30/2010 - Case moved to the Testing & Interview stage (Email)

12/03/2010 - Received interview letter

01/06/2011 - Interview @ 10:15a...APPROVED!

02/12/2011 - Received oath ceremony letter (dated 02/10/2011)

02/18/2011 - Received descheduled oath ceremony letter (dated 2/15/2011)

02/26/2011 - Received new oath ceremony letter

03/02/2011 - Oath Ceremony @ 1:30p (IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!)

03/09/2011 - Oath Ceremony @ 1:30p...FINALLY A CITIZEN!!!

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Congratulations! I can feel the happy air ;)

Yeah after the oath, I suggest go to SSA for update first. Then your driver's license. Go there ready for a picture because they might take a picture of you. In my case, they tore my old driver's license and gave me a temporary paper license.

And then last is the passport. Of course unless you have urgent travel plans. I am saying this because you need to send your original certificate with your application. And for SSA and driver's license, they also need to see the original so.


IR-5 Petition for Mother:

12-31-10 - Sent Form I-130

01-04-11 - NOA 1

01-10-11 - Check cashed

05-09-11 - NOA 2

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05-18-11 - Case Number, IIN, E-mailed DS-3032

05-19-11 - Paid AOS Fee $88.00

05-23-11 - AOS shows "PAID"

05-24-11 - Paid IV Fee $404.00

05-26-11 - IV Fee shows "PAID"

05-28-11 - Mailed I-864

06-13-11 - I-864 accepted

06-20-11 - Mailed DS-230

07-07-11 - SIF and Case Complete

07-19-11 - Passed the two-day medical

09-06-11 - Visa Approved

09-08-11 - Visa On-Hand

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WHAT THE &%$#@! is VAWA ?


N-400 Naturalization

11/07/2011 - Mailed

11/15/2011 - Check Cashed

11/18/2011 - NOA Received in Mail

12/02/2011 - Biometrics Done

12/27/2011 - Yellow Letter Received

02/21/2012 - Interview Letter Recieved

03/22/2012 - Interview

05/11/2012 - Oath Ceremony

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Hello There!

Im walking in the same shoes - have my BIO-appointment tomorrow. Im very anxious about the interview - I don't know if they can ask about my VAWA-case in details. Im still trying to put everything behind me, it would be a disaster if they'll ask me about the abuse.

Can they?

...

Need an answer ASAP, please.

Congrats on the granted I400!

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Hi Everyone,

I had my interview today and I was approved and now I have to wait for the oath letter :) . Forgive me for not posting my time line. My N-400 application was received on November 1, 2010 and my interview was today (that was fast). I must say I am impressed with USCIS's efficiency. My IO was very nice and very professional and the interview was over before I knew it. He asked me 6 questions, read a sentence and had to write a sentence. He then went through all the questions on the N-400 form.

A little background: My Naturalization application was based on a 1-360 (VAWA)petition greencard approval. The I-360 VAWA petition was approved sometime in 2006 and the I-485 was approved end of 2006. I was eligible to apply for Cizitenship in December of 2009 but had to wait till November 2010 when I had all the money in place. One interesting thing that the interviewing officer pointed out to me during the interview today was that he hardly sees VAWA applicants apply for Citizenship within the 3 years they qualify to apply. He said he thinks most of the eligible applicants (VAWA Greencard holders) do not know that they qualify in three years. He said I was the first early VAWA based N-400 applicant he had seen in a long time. I had no attorney from start to finish. I did consult a few attorneys but was told my case was complicated and needed to pay alot of money so i decided to do everything on my own.

I thought I would share the information might be useful to someone out there.

Visajourney family you are the best. I might not log in all the time but i am here to answer any questions relating to my immigration journey.

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hi I have just read your letter! Congratulations to you! I have very soon my citizenship interview wit the same case too. everybody advise me to take a lawyer.If you can tell me i would appreciate it so much,what questions they gave you except 100 wich i studied already.thx in advance.hve wonderfull day

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