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Alright, so i just got back from my citizenship interview at San Francisco office. My appointment was at 2:15 and i arrived there at 1:30. there was no line to get into the citizenship and immigration building and the security was easy. i went to the second floor where i checked in with the reception and received the passport application packet. There was 5 people ahead of me and i waited around 30 minutes before i was called by the IO.

when i get in the office, the IO swore me in first and then she started the interview. she first asked for my Passport, Green card and ID, i gave her all the documents. she then asked me to verify my name, date of birth and all of that. then she went through my application, each section to verify all the information. The IO then asked me all the yes,No questions on the application. then she asked me to sign my application.

without giving me heads up, she started asking me the questions for the test right away :-) she asked me 6 questions and i got all of them right, the questions were:

which state borders Canada?

how many US Senators?

which ocean is in the East Coast?

what is freedom of religion?

when was the Constitution written?

when do men has to register for selective service?

Then she asked me to read a sentence and then asked me to write " we pay Taxes". she then congratulated me on passing all three tests an asked to see my selective service registration card, luckily i had it with me :-)

at the end of the interview the IO gave me a piece of paper stating the i passed the test and that a decision can't be made yet, since my 5 year anniversary is on 03/03/2011. so she said that she will have to wait until that day to approve my application. i thanked her and that was it. good experience and i hope i get approved and get my Oath letter soon :-). the whole interview took about 20 minutes.

Good luck everyone and thanks for your help with sharing your experiences to make it easy for us.

Oh she didn't ask me to sign the back of my photos, so i hope she didn't forget that unsure.gif


I 751

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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Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience. star_smile.gif


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)

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Mabroooook :dance:


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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Congratulations!!!!:dance:

Thanks for sharing your interview with us!!


"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. " – Herm Albright

POE: JFK New York: 04/18/2010
Receive Green Card in mail: 06/03/2010
Received SSN: 06/17/2010
Received NEW SS CARD: 07/20/2010
(to match GC!)
Got JOB!!: 09/27/2010
Got a better JOB!!: 11/20/2010

ROC Mailed: 02/16/2012
Check cashed: 02/24/2012
NOA received dated for: 02/22/2012
Biometrics dated:
04/18/2012
RFE:
10/23/2012
RFE Response Confirmed: 11/16/2012
Interview at Orlando office: 02/13/2013

2nd RFE!!: 10/03/13

2nd RFE Response: 10/09/2013

Update Biometrics: 10/13/2013 NEVER GOT 10 yr card!

N-400 mailed: 01/21/2014

Biometrics (N-400): 02/21/2014

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I wish I could say I had such a good experience as our friend Safroot.

I had my interview at the same San Francisco office but I got a different IO.

After I promised to tell the truth not but the truth, Ms. IO said "I see here that you submitted your application on December 6 but your 3 year residency is on December 15". I had to explain to her that the instructions allowed you to submit the application before the 3rd anniversary, but that one person cannot be sworn it as a citizen until that 3rd anniversary is met. And she was like "huummm... you are the second person I see today with this case, I have to talk to my supervisor about it, I am not sure if this is the case".

Anyway, she continued and went through every single line of my N400, when she came to the employment and school history she was like "what did you do between this and this job? I don't see anything here". I told her I was looking for a job at the time. And she was like "but it has to show continuity". I politely said "I wish I could show continuity but unfortunately I could not find a new job right after moving cities because of my husband's job".

I was getting angry. Who is this person? Was she new to the process? No, she was not I later found out.

Then she was going through my papers and said "oh no, I see here that your fingerprints were rejected". I explained I received a second appointment and that I retook fingerprints, etc. And she said that BOTH were rejected. I was in shock. I didn't even know you could have an interview before the fingerprints were cleared! She told me I would need to get a clearance record from the Police Department from every city I lived in the past 3 years.

I was already getting red in anger but being polite. Then she said "let's go to the test part so we can get that out of our way".

First question: "Which promise do you make when you become a US Citizen?". I responded "To defend the laws and the Constitution of the United States". And this Ms. IO told me

IO: Your question is different.

NycBra: How is it different? I am sorry but I don't understand.

IO: Most of the people I interview give a different answer.

NycBra: My answer is one of the alternative answers given in both the print and CD study guide. I am confident my answer is correct.

IO: Let me check (then she look at her computer). What was your answer again?

NycBra: To defend the laws and.....

IO: Ok, I see it here. That's fine.

I was in SHOCK...trying to keep a calm yoga breath...

The next questions were:

- What is the name of the governor

- Where the Statue of Liberty is located

- Which movement tried to stop racial discrimination

- Name 2 US holidays

- Who was the first president

I answered all correctly.

Then she told me that she needed to attest my English compression (as if we were not talking in English for the last 20 minutes, with me educating her in the laws and instructions for the N400 application and test). I had to read a very basic sentence and write a very basic answer.

Then she gave me the paper that "we cannot approve you at this time", but that I passed the tests. Then gave me the form that I need to submit the clearance records for all the cities I've lived in the last 3 years. Once I receive the records, I need to submit to USCIS so they can continue to review my request/application.

As soon as I drove back from SF to my town, I went to my local police and I had to pay $30 to get a clearance record plus $18 to get a fingerprint card that need to be mailed to NY where I used to live. Then I need to submit another $35 to NY along with this fingerprint card. Why did I have to pay $80 for biometrics for God'sake? Can I have it back?

That was my AWFUL experience.


02/2001 - Met in Europe

08/2004 - Moved to USA

08/2007 - Married in Brazil

09/2007 - Submitted AOS to VSC

12/2007 - AOS approved

09/2009 - Submitted I-751 to CSC

10/2009 - ROC approved (1 month 2 days from receipt date)

12/2010 - Submitted N400

01/2011 - Biometrics (twice)

02/2011 - Citizenship Interview and Civics Test

04/2011 - Oath Ceremony/American Citizen

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I wish I could say I had such a good experience as our friend Safroot.

I had my interview at the same San Francisco office but I got a different IO.

After I promised to tell the truth not but the truth, Ms. IO said "I see here that you submitted your application on December 6 but your 3 year residency is on December 15". I had to explain to her that the instructions allowed you to submit the application before the 3rd anniversary, but that one person cannot be sworn it as a citizen until that 3rd anniversary is met. And she was like "huummm... you are the second person I see today with this case, I have to talk to my supervisor about it, I am not sure if this is the case".

Anyway, she continued and went through every single line of my N400, when she came to the employment and school history she was like "what did you do between this and this job? I don't see anything here". I told her I was looking for a job at the time. And she was like "but it has to show continuity". I politely said "I wish I could show continuity but unfortunately I could not find a new job right after moving cities because of my husband's job".

I was getting angry. Who is this person? Was she new to the process? No, she was not I later found out.

Then she was going through my papers and said "oh no, I see here that your fingerprints were rejected". I explained I received a second appointment and that I retook fingerprints, etc. And she said that BOTH were rejected. I was in shock. I didn't even know you could have an interview before the fingerprints were cleared! She told me I would need to get a clearance record from the Police Department from every city I lived in the past 3 years.

I was already getting red in anger but being polite. Then she said "let's go to the test part so we can get that out of our way".

First question: "Which promise do you make when you become a US Citizen?". I responded "To defend the laws and the Constitution of the United States". And this Ms. IO told me

IO: Your question is different.

NycBra: How is it different? I am sorry but I don't understand.

IO: Most of the people I interview give a different answer.

NycBra: My answer is one of the alternative answers given in both the print and CD study guide. I am confident my answer is correct.

IO: Let me check (then she look at her computer). What was your answer again?

NycBra: To defend the laws and.....

IO: Ok, I see it here. That's fine.

I was in SHOCK...trying to keep a calm yoga breath...

The next questions were:

- What is the name of the governor

- Where the Statue of Liberty is located

- Which movement tried to stop racial discrimination

- Name 2 US holidays

- Who was the first president

I answered all correctly.

Then she told me that she needed to attest my English compression (as if we were not talking in English for the last 20 minutes, with me educating her in the laws and instructions for the N400 application and test). I had to read a very basic sentence and write a very basic answer.

Then she gave me the paper that "we cannot approve you at this time", but that I passed the tests. Then gave me the form that I need to submit the clearance records for all the cities I've lived in the last 3 years. Once I receive the records, I need to submit to USCIS so they can continue to review my request/application.

As soon as I drove back from SF to my town, I went to my local police and I had to pay $30 to get a clearance record plus $18 to get a fingerprint card that need to be mailed to NY where I used to live. Then I need to submit another $35 to NY along with this fingerprint card. Why did I have to pay $80 for biometrics for God'sake? Can I have it back?

That was my AWFUL experience.

OMG, i'm really sorry to hear this. that's weird that she didn't know anything about instructions or even the answers to the questions. wow i really hope it won't take too long for you to get the records and for them to get you approved. i'm shocked how different it is between Immigration officers. it's weird that she asked for the clearance from all cities you've lived in as well. i thought that was their job to do that!!!!!!!

Anyway i wish you the best and sorry again for the bad experience


I 751

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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Sorry you had such a frustrating experience. Hope things get cleared up quickly.


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)

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I reached the immigration office 45 minutes before time. They check everything downstairs and allow everything, even the phone, food etc. 

 

Once you get upstairs check in at the reception and wait for your turn. There were maybe 10 people waiting in the room already (huge room). There were signs not to eat, drink or cell phones, but people were doing all three. Btw, there were restrooms on the ground floor and there were restrooms in the wait area also. 

 

I was called in 5 mins before my actual interview time. Somebody who came in after me got to go in first because they obviously had the sense to not come so much in advance :)

 

The interview officer was polite and soft spoken. Asked me take oath and then took a scan of all my travel documents and id. Then he said lets get the test out of the way and asked me 6 simple questions from the 100 questions civics quiz. Then I read and wrote a sentence in english. 

 

Then he asked me to verify all info on N400. He went through it step by step and I had to answer every question. 

 

That was it. Total interview time was about 20 mins. Good Luck Fellaws.

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The two recent replies above were to a thread from 2011.  Old thread is now closed to further comment.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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