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My Oakland Park, FL Oath Experience

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Today/yesterday... Feb 17... I had my Oath Ceremony at Oakland Park, FL. The time given was at 7:30am, however after dividing the line in two, one for new citizens and the other for families and friends they didnt get going until 8:30am. In the waiting line outside the building, they stapled our greencards to the oath date letter and gave it back to us. They sent the families & friends in the waiting room, then had the new citizens-to-be in the room where the ceremony was going to be held. On our chairs were packets & a flag. Packets included but not limited to, a copy of the Presidents speech, passport application and voters registration form. We had to stand up and raise our right hand and swear that everything we put on the form stating after the interview was true and correct. Sat down, then they brought in the families and friends. MC introduced herself, played faces of America on tv (showing immigration from when it was through Ellis Island.. the Boat... up until recent times). We sang the Star Spangled Banner. There was a recorded speech to us being new American Citizens by President Obama. A police officer (female) read out all 46 countries with 176 people. My home country JAMAICA had 24, CUBA 15, COLUMBIA 26 & HAITI 29. We repeated the Pledge of Allegance (this was done by a citizen-to-be). At the end we sang, I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN, WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE, And I wont forget the men who died,

who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. ‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA. While singing that song, we waved our flags and the USCIS workers walked around waving their flags and singing at the top of their voices. We were told to wait for our Naturalization Certificate in our seats and the USCIS employees will bring it to us. We were also told to double check for any errors so it can be corrected right then and there.

It was a very nice experience, I felt proud, and emotional especially during the songs, because NOW they mean something to ME!!!

I would like to also say thank you to everyone who helped me on my journey through their advice and experience. I will be coming online from time to time, to see if I can assist others on their journey. God bless you and may God bless America.

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YAY!!! I know, it took me all of 3 weeks to finally read your review. Thanks hon, will share with hubby later.


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! Sounds like you had a wonderful Oath Ceremony


Naturalization Timeline

N400 sent - 03/14/2011 to Lewisville, TX

N-400 Received - 03/17/11

E-mail Notification Acceptance Confirmation Received- 03/22/11

Priority Date- 03/17/11

NOA Date- 03/21/11( Received 03/26/11)

Case updated on USCIS website- FP notice sent 03/28/11

FP letter received 03/31/11

FP Appoinment Date 04/20/11 Done!

E-mail notification Scheduled for Interview Received 06/03/11

Interview Letter received 06/10/11 mailed by USCIS on 06/07

Interview Date 07/12/11 PASSED!!!

Oath Ceremony Date 07/22/11 at Federal Plaza NYC

changed to 07/29/11 at 500 Pearl Street( District Court)

due to name change!

FINALLY I AM A US CITIZEN!!!

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All of 3 weeks!!! Cho!!! Your hubby is Wednesday? I can't wait to hear about it. You should ask them what happened last week.

YES!!! I can't wait for it to happen. I'll definitely put up his experience and knowing him, he will definitely ask them.


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!!!

======================================================

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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Thanks AlmaD. It was a good experience

I will wait for your phone call JA Tam. Am planning to go JA soon, before the month ends. I will let u know.

I'm so JEALOUS :D. We were talking about the trip we are planning to do this year. We were thinking of going home, but his parents are coming here to NY and we don't know what my dad is up to, so we may go to another small island for a vacation. Let me know if you are going home; FYI - remember if you are bringing home any presents for people, use your JA passport when you enter Ja so you don't get charged.


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!!!

======================================================

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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Oh yes, I will definitely call! :D


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!!!

======================================================

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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