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Hey guys, I passed my interview yesterday at the Baltimore USCIS center, but after my interview ended, I was told that I can not become a citizen on that same day for 2 reasons : 1. the ceremony later that day is already full. 2. My name change must be submitted to the court. I understand the reason, but I am not sure how long this will delay my process of becoming a citizen. The officer told me that I should be set within 14 days, but I don't really find that believable.. I also read that people who are getting their name changed during naturalization have their oath ceremony in a court with a judge, is this true? I don't know how long I will have to wait before I have my oath ceremony, can someone please advise me on this? any relevant input are greatly appreciated! thank you.

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Filed: Timeline

I've been looking at people's time line for their process of naturalization, and i don't think anyone became citizen within 14 days of their interview date (unless they did same date ceremony), some receive the letter within the time frame but it looks like the date for the ceremony indicated in the letter is usually a month away

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I'm a Baltimore filer as well and I'm also changing my name. I was told that the request is being send to the court and then back and that it takes about three weeks. BTW don't worry about my timeline, it's not the norm for Baltimore.

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I have stopped looking at my online status. There are judges in the building that attend the oath ceremony when needed. There was one at my ceremony, but lucky me, they forgot to process my name change request and I had to walk out of the room.

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I'm waiting for my oath letter. Hope it comes soon

mine took three months from interview. it's a lot of factors such as judge's availability, number of people that have to take oath, among other. it's worth the wait though. just got my passport with my new name!

I-129F, AOS, ROC

02-11-2008 Sent out I -129F in mail

02-13-2008 NOA 1

03-14-2008 NOA 2

04-07-2008 Medical exam passed

04-25-2008 Interview, visa aproved, no RFEs!

04-25-2008 Waiting for DELBROS/NSO

05-07-2008 Visa on hand ! Wow, less than 3 months! Thank you Lord!

05-26-2008 POE Detroit, no problems, thank God!

07-01-2008 Married 07-01-08, civil, just us w/ his parents

07-16-2008 Mailed out AOS package

07-19-2008 wedding ceremony

08-19-2008 biometrics appointment

08-25-2008 i-485 touched

09-23-2008 i-485 touched

09-30-2008 i-131 approval notice THANK YOU LORD!!!!

10-04-2008 Received my EAD

10-06-2008 Received my AP...yehey, i can go back to Phil for xmas!

11-14-2008 DMV driving test-passed! thank you Lord!

11-18-2008 Received RI driver's license

11-30-2008 Went home to PHILs for the holidays

12-21-2008 Church wedding!

01-08-2009 AOS Approved! thank you Lord! no interview required!

01-16-2009 Received GC in mail

09-02-2010 Sent out application for ROC

09-08-2010 Received NOA1

09-10-2010 Received Biometrics Notice

10-06-2010 Biometrics

12-06-2010 Approved! Thank you Lord God!

12-11-2010 Received NOA2 and 10-yr GC in the mail =)


10-03-2011 Sent N-400

10-07-2011 NOA1 date

10-25-2011 Biometrics

12-02-2011 Civics Test/Interview (passed)

04-09-2012 Oathtaking (got my little USA flag and souvenir photo!)

Matthew at 1yr


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador

We've been waiting for 3 1/2 months!

Marriage: 09-22-2007

Conditional Residence

I-130 Sent: 10-10-2007

I-130 Approved: 06-03-2008 (236 days from VSC receipt to approval)

Case Complete at NVC: 07-30-2008 (52 days from NVC receipt to approval)

Consulate Interview date: 09-24-2008

POE Miami: 10-04-2008

Removal of Conditions

I-751 Sent: 07-08-2010

NOA1 Date: 07-12-2010

Biometrics Appt.: 09-01-2010 (Early Bio 08-13-2010)

Approved: 11-03-2010 (114 days from VSC receipt to approval)

GC Rec'd: 11-06-2010


N-400 Sent: 07-08-2011

Confirmation Text Message: 07-14-2011

NOA Priority Date: 07-12-2011

Biometrics Letter Rec'd: 08-01-2011

Biometrics Appt.: 08-19-2011 (Early Bio 08-12-2011)

"Placed in Line" Email and Touched: 08-16-2011

"Interview Scheduled" Email and Touched: 12-23-2011

Rec'd Interview Letter: 12-27-2011

Interview Passed: 01-30-2012

Email from Senator's Office Stating Application Was Approved: 06-18-2012

"Oath Scheduling Que" Email and Touched: 07-03-2012

Given Oath Date at InfoPass Appt. and Touched: 08-28-2012

Rec'd Oath Date Letter in Mail: 09-01-2012

Oath Date: 09-27-2012

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Filed: Timeline

Thanks guys for the input! so bascially there is no way for me to become a citizen within 14 days right?

because my original plan is to become a citizen the day of my interview and go get my passport from the passport agency the next day and get my visa and visit my family in China during the summer.. but apparently this plan isn't going to work out. if the process will definitely take more than 14 days, I will just travel with my greencard+PRC passport first and have my parents change the date of the ceremony whenever they get the oath letter.

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It took 6 workdays to get my name change approved and to schedule the oath date. I received my invitation today and my oath date is June 1, which is next week Friday.

The oath will not be in the Federal Building where we went for the interview, it will be at the US District Court in Balimore.

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