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So, I went in for my N-400 interview yesterday. ( Based on 3 years of marriage to a US citizen. ) Below is my experience, to help anybody else who may be interviewing at this office know what it is like.

I don't know if I just happened to have a really good IO, but I received a call the day before from the IO who interviewed me, saying that she'd like me to bring some Christmas cards, utility bills & bank statements, she noticed I didn't have any in my application. ( My bad! I included bigger things like house mortgage and vehicle deeds. ) She also said she noticed my interview time was early in the day and it might be foggy on the 2 and a half hour drive there, so I wasn't to worry if I arrived late, just get there and they'll fit me in.

When we got to USCIS, we went through security ( you have to take off your belt and everything, like at the airport, and some people who had the kind of nail clippers that has a blade in it had to take those back to their cars or throw it away ) and they had us candidates stand off to the side, directing our spouses and the like to the waiting area. When a few of us were gathered together, they took us up in the elevator to the floor our interviews were on. I was about 30 minutes early for my appointment, and waited maybe 12 minutes to be called. The IO was friendly and professional, she had me stand with right hand raised to swear to tell the truth. Then we sat down and she asked for my passport and green card, and after that, the additional evidence. She went to make copies of it and handed the originals back to me.

After that, we went through my application. She basically just asked me things like birth date, current employer, and how long we've been living at our current address - just stuff on the application. She did inject a couple of questions as we were going through the application that seemed aimed at checking if I was lying about the marriage, for instance, asking if my husband was out in the lobby waiting for me [ he wasn't, he was downstairs in the waiting area there, because they don't allow spouses up to the lobby ]. She also went through the questions that had the yes/no tick marks, the moral character stuff. I mentioned that I had a traffic ticket which was only a $200 fee and traffic school, so I didn't add it to the application. She made a quick note about that on the application and we moved right on. She didn't ask to see the receipt and notice and stuff I saved from that and brought with me.

When this was all done, she had me sign my two photos with my normal signature, not the long hand one I used on the form.

Then on to the tests. As others reported, really straight forward, easy sentences to read and write, and six questions from the study material. I remember I got the one about how many representatives ( 435 ) and the chief justice ( John Roberts ) , first president ( George Washington ), how many years a representative is elected for ( 2 ) and to name a war the US fought in the 1900's ( World War II ). I can't remember the last question.

After that, she gave me the forms to sign ( name, birthday, etc details correct ) and I got my recommendation for approval, as well as my oath ceremony letter.

Yay!

It was very easy and quick. In fact, I walked out of there with my husband at 8:25, 5 minutes before my scheduled interview time.

Now I just have my oath ceremony left, and then the final push of admin: SSN update, DMV, and the scary part of mailing off that certificate to get a passport.

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12/11/07 I751 Sent to CSC

12/12/07 Delivered to CSC

12/18/07 NOA Received Date

12/25/07 ASC Appointment notice (Biometrics) Received

01/05/08 Biometrics Appointment

10/13/08 Received Denial Letter

Preparing to refile

10/20/08 Sent the I-751 Package to CSC

10/21/08 Delivered at CSC

10/22/08 checks cashed

11/01/08 NOA Received Date

11/18/08 Received the Biometrics appointment letter. Appointment on 11/26/08 at 11:00 am in San francisco:-)

11/26/08 Biometrics Done

11/27/08 Touched

02/04/09 Approved Card production ordered YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

02/16/09 Received Card in the mail, soooooooo happy Expires 2019.

N-400 Naturalization journey!!!!!

12/03/2010 Sent package to Phoenix, AZ

12/04/2010 Package delivered

12/07/2010 Check has been cashed

12/11/2010 NOA 1 Received

12/27/2010 Received the Biometrics appointment letter. Appointment on 01/06/2011

01/06/2011 Biometrics Done

01/28/2011 Received the interview letter, Scheduled for 02/15/11 at San Francisco, CA

02/15/2011 Passed the Citizenship Interview, Thanks god

03/09/2011 I received my Oath letter scheduled for 03/23/2011 in Oakland, CA

03/23/2011 Finally became a US Citizen, it was a great Experience for the Oath Ceremony in Paramount Theatre.

03/24/2011 I applied for the Passport at San Francisco Passport Agency

03/25/2011 I received the Passport, FINALLY US Citizen, thanks god :-)

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So, I went in for my N-400 interview yesterday. ( Based on 3 years of marriage to a US citizen. ) Below is my experience, to help anybody else who may be interviewing at this office know what it is like.

I don't know if I just happened to have a really good IO, but I received a call the day before from the IO who interviewed me, saying that she'd like me to bring some Christmas cards, utility bills & bank statements, she noticed I didn't have any in my application. ( My bad! I included bigger things like house mortgage and vehicle deeds. ) She also said she noticed my interview time was early in the day and it might be foggy on the 2 and a half hour drive there, so I wasn't to worry if I arrived late, just get there and they'll fit me in.

When we got to USCIS, we went through security ( you have to take off your belt and everything, like at the airport, and some people who had the kind of nail clippers that has a blade in it had to take those back to their cars or throw it away ) and they had us candidates stand off to the side, directing our spouses and the like to the waiting area. When a few of us were gathered together, they took us up in the elevator to the floor our interviews were on. I was about 30 minutes early for my appointment, and waited maybe 12 minutes to be called. The IO was friendly and professional, she had me stand with right hand raised to swear to tell the truth. Then we sat down and she asked for my passport and green card, and after that, the additional evidence. She went to make copies of it and handed the originals back to me.

After that, we went through my application. She basically just asked me things like birth date, current employer, and how long we've been living at our current address - just stuff on the application. She did inject a couple of questions as we were going through the application that seemed aimed at checking if I was lying about the marriage, for instance, asking if my husband was out in the lobby waiting for me [ he wasn't, he was downstairs in the waiting area there, because they don't allow spouses up to the lobby ]. She also went through the questions that had the yes/no tick marks, the moral character stuff. I mentioned that I had a traffic ticket which was only a $200 fee and traffic school, so I didn't add it to the application. She made a quick note about that on the application and we moved right on. She didn't ask to see the receipt and notice and stuff I saved from that and brought with me.

When this was all done, she had me sign my two photos with my normal signature, not the long hand one I used on the form.

Then on to the tests. As others reported, really straight forward, easy sentences to read and write, and six questions from the study material. I remember I got the one about how many representatives ( 435 ) and the chief justice ( John Roberts ) , first president ( George Washington ), how many years a representative is elected for ( 2 ) and to name a war the US fought in the 1900's ( World War II ). I can't remember the last question.

After that, she gave me the forms to sign ( name, birthday, etc details correct ) and I got my recommendation for approval, as well as my oath ceremony letter.

Yay!

It was very easy and quick. In fact, I walked out of there with my husband at 8:25, 5 minutes before my scheduled interview time.

Now I just have my oath ceremony left, and then the final push of admin: SSN update, DMV, and the scary part of mailing off that certificate to get a passport.

When is your schedule for the Naturalization Ceremony in Fresno, CA? My wife is scheduled to be interviewed on Feb 9, 2011. I am excited to know when will be the naturalization ceremony on that month. They usually hold it every second Monday of each month. In fact, I had mine last Jan 10, 2010. Thank you and congratulations!


01-24-2011 - Sent I-130 for Parents (USPS Priority)
02-02-2011 - Notice of Action 1
05-11-2011 - Notice of Action 2 - Approved! (104 Days)
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05-24-2011 - Case numbers assigned
05-26-2011 - Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill (Email)
05-26-2011 - Paid I-854 bill
05-31-2011 - AOS Fee showed as PAID
05-31-2011 - DS-3032 received per NVC email
06-01-2011 - IV bill generated
06-03-2011 - I-864 Sent and delivered, June 06, 2011
06-07-2011 - Paid IV bill
06-07-2011 - Medical at St. Lukes - PASSED
06-08-2011 - IV bill marked as PAID
06-09-2011 - DS-230 sent and delivered, June 13, 2011
06-21-2011 - Received I-864 Checklist
06-27-2011 - NVC received DS-230
06-28-2011 - Mailed DS-230 and I-864 checklists
07-12-2011 - Re-scheduled interview appointment to Aug 16, 2011
07-13-2011 - Sign In Failed for Dad's Case
07-26-2011 - Sign In Failed for Mom's case
08-03-2011 - Case forwarded to USEM
08-08-2011 - Cases received by USEM
08-16-2011 - Interview schedule. APPROVED!
08-19-2011 - VISA on hand
08-23-2011 - POE - LAX (Yes, they finally made it to the US!)
09-05-2011 - Baby Due. It's good to have Lolo and Lola when this special day happens.
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Citizenship of Parents:

07/22/2016 - Sent N-400 to Phoenix, AZ by USPS Priority
delivered
check cashed
07/30/2016 - NOA
Touched
Biometrics
Interview letter received
Interview -*APPROVED*
Oath date -** US CITIZEN **
Applied for passport
Passport Received!

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USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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Congratulations !


بســــم اللـــــه الــــرحمـن الــــرحــــيم

My N-400 timeline, I hope it will help - Local Office (Chula Vista Field Office - San Diego)

10/01/2010: Application was sent.

10/04/2010: Application was received.

10/06/2010: Email received "Application has been received" & Noticed Date.

10/07/2010: "Touch"

10/08/2010: "Touch" & Check was Cashed

10/09/2010: NOA1 Received via mail.

10/22/2010: Status Changed Online "Request for evidence" It was for Biometrics.

10/25/2010: Request for evidence recieved "Biometrics Notice".

11/18/2010: Biometrics date ==> 11:00AM. Biometrics was taken On time.

12/03/2010: "Yellow Letter" Received.

12/06/2010: "Touch" Case Moved to "Testing and Interview".

12/08/2010: Interview Letter received via mail.

01/13/2011: Interview Date. Done, " Thanks To ALLAH, I Passed the Test.

01/18/2011: Oath Letter was Sent.

01/20/2011: Oath Letter Recieved via mail.

01/28/2011: Oath Date. ==> Done, I am a U.S. Citizen

01/31/2011: Applied for a U.S. Passport Book, And, U.S. Passport Card.

02/25/2011: Passport Book's Received.

02/26/2011: Passport Card's Received.

02/28/2011: Certificate Of Naturalization's Returned.

Game Over.

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You say you sent mortgage and vehicle deeds with the application, and the IO wanted to see utility bills and bank statements as well.

Did you send tax transcripts too? Or just the above documents, which sounds like Removal of Conditions again.

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