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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: India

I am a brand new US citizen. Attended my oath ceremony yesterday at LA Convention center at 12:30. 4000 people in the afternoon batch and just as many in the morning batch.. Man alive!! It was a flood of people in there!

We reached at 10:30 and stood in an already long queue. In a few minutes, the queue reached the other end of the building and the security people started a parallel line which eventually cut into the original line left and right and it was chaos. At 11:30 or so, they started letting people into the building - and it was a competition of who can walk faster. At the entrance of the designated hall, guests were separated from applicants and there were many queues to enter the hall through a single narrow door. They let people into the hall in small batches. There were 40 or so counters where the GC and oath notice were verified. And they punched a hole right through the heart of the GC :(

People were seated in a first come (!!!!) basis. The hall was large and it was full!

Ceremony started at 2 and lasted for maybe 20 minutes. Some videos, some speeches, a recorded message from the President.. it was all very thrilling..

California voter's registration closed on Oct 22nd; yet, we were given a chance to register to vote provided we signed and submitted the form there.

We were sent to the aforesaid counters to collect the Naturalization certificate. What a beautiful certificate! I was proud to hold it in hand. Verified the document; there were no issues. Confirmed that the name change petition was attached and correct. (There was no document to show that i officially changed my signature; but decided to not stand in the queue and ask about it.. Does any one know of a proof for legal change of signature? )

I was all set to get my passport there; i had my pictures with me.. But silly me; I didn't remember to bring the checkbook. They do not take credit card at passport application. So here is the reminder - if you wish to apply for passport at the oath ceremony counter, remember to bring 2 identical passport pics and checkbook :) And there is a mandatory field in the application form for spouse and both parent's birth date and place of birth. Remember to have this information with you as well.

We were on our way out at 3ish. When we were driving in, we had followed printed signs which said 'Citizenship Parking'. On our way out we noticed that they had taken those signs down. Also, since we followed the signs we forgot to notice the street name. And how stupid of us to think there was only one parking lot and only one entrance ramp.. On our way out, we were so totally lost :(((( After 30 minutes of walkign aimlessly, for a splitsecond, I did think of ditching my car and taking a cab, but at that very moment, I saw my car smiling at me from a distance.. We just got lucky!!

Traffic on the way back was bad.. But altogether, one of the very exciting days of my life. Happy Happy Happy!!!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco




Marriage: 7/12/10
Filed I-130: 9/10/12
NOA1: 9/17/12
Transferred to NBC: 9/19/12
Sent to local office for adjudication: 9/21/12
RFE for Beneficiary BC received 12/13/12
Mail BC in response to RFE 12/17/12
NOA2: 12/20/12
NVC case number assigned: 1/29/13
Sent DS-3032 email: 1/31/13
Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 2/1/13
Pay I-864 Bill: 2/5/13
NVC Accepted DS-3032: 2/12/13
Received IV Bill: 2/13/13
Send Completed I-864: 2/16/13
NVC Received I-864 Package: 2/19/13
AOS Package accepted: 2/26/13
Pay IV Bill: 2/28/13
IV Packet Sent: 3/2/13
NVC Received IV Packet: 3/4/13
Case Completed at NVC: 3/13/13
Interview date: 4/30/13


POE: pending

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Congratulations!!! :dance::dance:

I was at the morning oath ceremony yesterday at the LA convention centre! :) There was 5101 people who were becoming US citizens in the morning. The doors opened at 7am and it took 25 minutes to line up to get inside the centre... Lots of people!! The ceremony was wonderful! :star:


06/01/2011 - Mailed ROC package to CSC

06/02/2011 - Package arrived and signed for at CSC

06/02/2011 - NOA receipt date

06/06/2011 - Check cashed

06/07/2011 - NOA arrived in the mail

06/15/2011 - Biometrics appointment letter arrived in the mail

07/11/2011 - Biometrics appointment

02/02/2012 - Phoned USCIS and put in a service request

02/08/2012 - Email from USCIS confirming my request

02/11/2012 - Letter from USCIS - says i should receive news within 30 days

03/14/2012 - Phoned USCIS again. 30 days has passed. no news. Took details again.

03/15/2012 -Received letter from USCIS - have to go to interview April 24th

04/24/2012 - Interview and ROC approved!!

05/07/2012 - Received email, card production ordered

05/11/2012 - Green card arrived


06/22/2012 - Mailed N-400 package to Phoenix/AZ Lockbox

06/26/2012 - NOA date

06/28/2012 - Check cashed

06/29/2012 - NOA arrived in the mail

07/02/2012 - Biometrics appointment letter arrived in mail

07/19/2012 - Biometrics appointment

07/30/2012 - Received text +email. Application placed in line for interview

07/30/2012 - Received text +email in evening - interview letter sent

08/03/2012 - Received interview letter

09/19/2012 - Interview - passed interview/test!!

10/24/2012 - Oath Ceremony!

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