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Planning ahead for our interview, my husband asked me what "swearing in" would involve. I believe I read on here that they don't use a bible. Do they make you say "so help me god"? If so, are you allowed to request a modified oath? And, would requesting that perhaps start us off on a bad note with the interviewer?

I kind of want him to just "play ball" and not risk it, but he's very principled and this is a sticky point for him. Any thoughts?


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Nope, no god. No bible. You think that would fly in multi-cultural America? A bible? Which one?

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Don't they still use bibles in court, if you don't demand otherwise?


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Don't they still use bibles in court, if you don't demand otherwise?

Yes, they do in court and it's on the money too. It is a Christian nation still.

At the interview there is no Bible or God mentioned though - likely in respect that so many immigrants come from nations that are not Christian at the core.


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Yes, they do in court and it's on the money too. It is a Christian nation still.

At the interview there is no Bible or God mentioned though - likely in respect that so many immigrants come from nations that are not Christian at the core.

Well that's a relief. I had visions of him trying to debate with interviewer. We should be ok. I don't expect to end up in court anytime soon. :)


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5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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I don't know - I have never been to court. Jdh - how do you know, you are Canadian :P

Haha. I have my ways.

It isn't required - you can just affirm that you will tell the truth to the best of your knowledge. Even some Christians prefer not to swear on the Bible, based on an old testament scripture regarding not swearing to anything.


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I didn't have an AOS interview but at the US embassy interview they just asked " do you swear to tell the whole truth " and I said yes. Then the interviewer said ok we will begin!

I would assume its more or less the same in the US.


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Yep, all true. They don't ask you to repeat the oath. They just ask you to say "yes" or "I do" after they read the oath to you.


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As was mentioned above, there are even Christian groups that do not feel comfortable taking oaths, particularly on the bible, so "affirm" is always available as an alternative to "swear" in any US government process, and no, the Bible is not used, at least not at the US consulates.


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Yes, they do in court and it's on the money too. It is a Christian nation still.

A lot of people might disagree with that, including Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Adams, Paine and Washington!


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A lot of people might disagree with that, including Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Adams, Paine and Washington!

I am not sure if you are making light of the fact that the country is so far gone from its original state that they may not see it as Christian or noting the fact that the founding fathers were primarily Freemasons and not Christian in fath. ;)

Oops... :ot2::D

For what it is worth, our IO today actually did say. "...so help you God."

My suggestion to the OP is if this happens to let it slide...not a good idea to start your interview off on a bad note because your hubby doesn't want to acknowledge God. Leave that for after he has a green card. ;)

Edited by jdh

July 2005 - met my awesome, hot, amazing love in Lousiana.
July 2006 - Married said love and moved to Canada.
June 2011 - Entered US to visit family, decided to stay.
Feb. 2012 - Sent paperwork to Chicago.

May 2012 - Received green card.

Day 0 - Package sent to Chicago Lockbox - 02/27/2012
Day 2 - UPS Tracking Confirmation - 02/29/2012
Day 4 - NOA Emails Received - 03/02/2012
Day 7 - All Checks Cashed - 03/05/2012
Day 11 - Hard Copy NOA's Received - 03/09/2012
Day 11 - Biometrics Appointment Received - 03/09/2012
--------- - Booked for - 04/03/2012 (day 36)
Day 35 - Early Biometricts Walk-in - 04/02/2012
Day 44 - Received Appointment Letter - 04/11/2012
Day 58 - EAD Approval Online - 04/25/2012
Day 63 - EAD in the mail - 04/30/2012
Day 65 - EAD in hand - 05/02/2012
Day 77 - AOS Interview - 05/14/2012
Day 77 - AOS Approved!
Day 84 - Green Card In Hand - 05/21/2012

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I am not sure if you are making light of the fact that the country is so far gone from its original state that they may not see it as Christian or noting the fact that the founding fathers were primarily Freemasons and not Christian in fath. ;)

Oops... :ot2::D

For what it is worth, our IO today actually did say. "...so help you God."

My suggestion to the OP is if this happens to let it slide...not a good idea to start your interview off on a bad note because your hubby doesn't want to acknowledge God. Leave that for after he has a green card. ;)

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Thanks for letting me know about the "so help you god" part. I can give him a heads up so hopefully he will bite his tongue and play nice.

Thanks!


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5/16/2012 - Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 1:33pm

5/21/2012 - Email/text notifications received at 4:50 p.m.

5/26/2012 - NOA hard copies received for I-130, I-485 and I-765

6/19/2012 - Biometrics completed.

7/02/2012 - Text/email/hard copy notification of interview.

7/30/2012 - EAD card production ordered.

8/02/2012 - Interview @ 2:00

8/02/2012 - Email notification of GC production at 5:30pm

8/07/2012 - Second GC production email

8/07/2012 - EAD received.

8/08/2012 - GC mailed.

8/09/2012 - Welcome letter and I-130 approval letter received.

8/10/2012 - Green card received. :)

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For what it is worth, our IO today actually did say. "...so help you God."

My suggestion to the OP is if this happens to let it slide...not a good idea to start your interview off on a bad note because your hubby doesn't want to acknowledge God. Leave that for after he has a green card. ;)

What? That is so weird :)

Ours didn't, so I guess there are differing experiences.

Congrats on the approval.


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8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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