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Based on reading how the process is going, I learned the IO might ask every single question on your n-400, but i cannot seem to remember what was the date I completed the form on Part 11, right to your signature. Is it going to be ok if you honestly answer to that question that you are not sure? what would you do when you are unsure ? ideas and tips much appreciated.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico
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Well the first tip which is too late for you is: Make a copy of your application before sending it in.

I doubt they'll ask when you completed the application.

Top gotcha: tell me when you first arrived in the US and list you travel dates.


N-400 5 year 2/21/2012

District Office: Hartford, CT

Mailed Date: 12/21/2011

Received Date/Piority Date: 12/23/2011

Check cleared/Notice Date: 12/28/2011

FP Notice: 1/6/2012

FP Appointment: 1/18/2012

Received Yellow Letter: 2/13/2012

In line for interview: 2/21/2012

Interview letter email received: 3/6/2012

Interview Letter: 3/9/2012

Interview Date: 4/12/2012

Oath Letter: 4/12/2012

Oath Date: 4/20/2012

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Well the first tip which is too late for you is: Make a copy of your application before sending it in.

I doubt they'll ask when you completed the application.

Top gotcha: tell me when you first arrived in the US and list you travel dates.

+1 on the travel dates. The officer asked me about the dates of my latest travel, I did not know them by heart but said last Summer :)

Well, he did not drill on this issue further but it is always good to know what you have on your form.

The key thing is always be sincere and truthful in your answers and you will be fine.

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I doubt they will ask as the signature on the application is not the "official" one. When they complete your interview, they will ask you to sign it again and that's the official signature.

I agree with the previous posters that the travel dates, certain anniversaries are more likely to be asked. I remember in my interview that the IO asked me about if I still live at the address I listed as current and if I work at the company that I listed current. No address, just verified it they are still valid.


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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I doubt they will ask as the signature on the application is not the "official" one. When they complete your interview, they will ask you to sign it again and that's the official signature.

I agree with the previous posters that the travel dates, certain anniversaries are more likely to be asked. I remember in my interview that the IO asked me about if I still live at the address I listed as current and if I work at the company that I listed current. No address, just verified it they are still valid.

Indeed, IO's can be very thorough but I can't see them asking the exact application date as it is the least relevant information on the complete form. Well, the date is used in determining your eligibility but there is no reason you should engrave this date in your memory.

The IO who I was interviewing with even told me I was to literal in answering the question about trips and days outside the US in last five years. According to him I would have been fine leaving the first 1.5 years out as my application was marriage based. It's funny as I'm the kind of person who has a tendency to interpret question (something people shouldn't do with the USCIS)


N-400 application timeline

02-22-2012-- (00): documents sent

02-23-2012-- (01): NOA date

02-27-2012-- (05): check cashed

03-02-2012-- (09): bio appointment notice sent, bio date 03-15 (23)

03-05-2012-- (12): bio notice received

03-06-2012-- (13): early bio

03-12-2012-- (19): in line for interview scheduling

03-21-2012-- (28): scheduled for interview

03-28-2012-- (35): interview notice received

05-02-2012-- (70): interview. Rec. for Approval!

05-16-2012-- (84): in line for oath scheduling

06-19-2012-(118): scheduled for oath

06-21-2012-(120): oath letter received

07-06-2012-(135): oath

Passport application timeline

07-10-2012-- (00): application sent (card+book/routine service)

07-17-2012-- (07): application status online

07-26-2012-- (16): application on hold (name too long)

07-28-2012-- (18): RFI Tucson passport center (proposed shortened name) letter received

07-30-2012-- (20): reply sent to Tucson passport center

08-18-2012-- (39): passport book received

08-21-2012-- (42): passport card received

08-21-2012-- (42): CON received

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Indeed, IO's can be very thorough but I can't see them asking the exact application date as it is the least relevant information on the complete form. Well, the date is used in determining your eligibility but there is no reason you should engrave this date in your memory.

The IO who I was interviewing with even told me I was to literal in answering the question about trips and days outside the US in last five years. According to him I would have been fine leaving the first 1.5 years out as my application was marriage based. It's funny as I'm the kind of person who has a tendency to interpret question (something people shouldn't do with the USCIS)

I also answered based on 5 years but by the time I had my interview I was almost sure the number of days I was out of the country would be 0 even if it was a 5 years based application (mine was based on 3 years). Then I said, I didn't do the math but I'm sure it's 0 days. She said to me it would only count as 3 years and the corrected the number I had put there before (because it would be a number of days when I started my application since I was also literal to answer it). The rest is easy because the answers didn't change anyways. Oh, only one thing I changed, my name and I picked one name and typed there and I changed my mind, but there was no problem at all with that.


Caroline (Brazil) and Phil (USA)

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Don't mean to hijack this thread but it's pertaining to similar information.

In my case I've waited for some 8 years since I got my 10 yr unconditional green card to go for citizenship. I just didn't see the need for any hurry to get it sooner as long as I'm living here legally. I have 2+ years remaining on my 10 yr green card and am now going through same N-400 process.

There is no way I can remember exactly when I entered the US or other dates which pertained to acquiring my green card all those years ago.

I can give and have given on N-400 forms all the information on all my trips outside the US since becoming an LPR.

If they ask questions which go back more than 5 or 6 years to do with original green card process they may have to do a brain scan to extract the information as I just don't remember.

I did complete the necessary N-400 forms and supplied all the necessary documentation so have submitted the correect package with all the necessary information. Have been for bio and just waiting on interview notification/appointment.

Do you think I should undergo hypnosis in the hope of tracking down information from 10+ years ago? :wacko:

I see that most people will get their citizenship at either 3 or 5 years from entering the US. Has anyone EVER just dawdled with citizenship process or renewed a 10 year green card? I've never read about anyone actually renewing a 10 year green card.

Just wondering.

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Don't mean to hijack this thread but it's pertaining to similar information.

In my case I've waited for some 8 years since I got my 10 yr unconditional green card to go for citizenship. I just didn't see the need for any hurry to get it sooner as long as I'm living here legally. I have 2+ years remaining on my 10 yr green card and am now going through same N-400 process.

There is no way I can remember exactly when I entered the US or other dates which pertained to acquiring my green card all those years ago.

I can give and have given on N-400 forms all the information on all my trips outside the US since becoming an LPR.

If they ask questions which go back more than 5 or 6 years to do with original green card process they may have to do a brain scan to extract the information as I just don't remember.

I did complete the necessary N-400 forms and supplied all the necessary documentation so have submitted the correect package with all the necessary information. Have been for bio and just waiting on interview notification/appointment.

Do you think I should undergo hypnosis in the hope of tracking down information from 10+ years ago? :wacko:

I see that most people will get their citizenship at either 3 or 5 years from entering the US. Has anyone EVER just dawdled with citizenship process or renewed a 10 year green card? I've never read about anyone actually renewing a 10 year green card.

Just wondering.

:ot2:

No need to worry. As far as I know, travel, residence address and job information only for the last 5 years of your permanent residency were actually enough on your N400 form. If for example Mr. Green Lantern had been a green card/lantern holder for 30 years, USCIS would not expect travel, residence address, and job information for the last 30 years. They are just interested in the last 5 years prior to your N400 application. Of course, this applies only to the travel, residence address and job information. They are still interested in all other information starting from birth like all names used, or party associations etc.

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Thank you nwctzn. I have provided all the requested information. If they ask me stuff that's on the N-400 forms I'll tell them I wrote it in the forms so I wouldn't have to remember it. :whistle::yes:

It's enough information to absorb to get through my civics questions. I have those memorised now. I just hope I get the interview before I forget them again. Although I do study them every day I hope I don't overstudy them right out of my brain. :wacko:

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