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After my wife passed her test/interview, as they were scheduling her for the oath ceremony, they told her they'd like her to give some sort of speech at it.

Is this something everyone does...i.e. everyone just gets up there as they are taking the oath and says a couple of things about being happy, etc., or is it something else? What are they wanting her to do?

Whew--at least this whole process is almost over!


2012-04-17 N-400 filed

2012-04-19 NOA

2012-06-15 biometrics in Houston

2012-08-13 interview in San Antonio (why not Houston?) -- Passed!

2012-08-23 Oath ceremony

2012-08-23 U.S. Citizen!

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At some of the ceremonies people are asked to share their thoughts on what it means to them to become a US citizen. It's just a voluntary thing to make the ceremony a little bit more special. It is not required.


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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After my wife passed her test/interview, as they were scheduling her for the oath ceremony, they told her they'd like her to give some sort of speech at it.

Is this something everyone does...i.e. everyone just gets up there as they are taking the oath and says a couple of things about being happy, etc., or is it something else? What are they wanting her to do?

Whew--at least this whole process is almost over!

I've never heard of this. They never asked me, nor any member of my family, in fact, the only person who gave a speech during my husband's ceremony had to ask to see if they would allow her to give a speech. In some cases there are so many people who need to take their oath that by the time they're done watching the videos from the president as well as others, there's no time to let everyone else give a speech.

Diana


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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