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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nepal
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Hello all,

I had a few silly questions about Oath Ceremony.

I'm scheduled for an Oath ceremony in Oakland w/ reporting time of 9:15. Since I also plan on applying for Passport the very day, I was wondering if showing up earlier will increase my chances of getting in line to file for Passport sooner. Should I apply for passport there, what forms of payment do they take?

The other question is, if I were to apply for a passport at my local city office, I was thinking about stopping by at a local SS office on my way home to update my change of status. Normally, it's advised to wait for 10 days. Would it be way too early or would I be fine by visiting SS office that very day.

And lastly, the silliest of 'em all, are there 'covers' that people buy for their certificates? Can we laminate them? Also, will taking a colored photocopy be of any use/benefits?

Thanks.

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I am not sure about the first part.

But you can't laminate them. You will need the original certificate to update ssa

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AOS

day 1 -- 04/11/2012-- package sent to Chicago

day 2 -- 04/12/2012-- package was received.

day 43-- 05/23/2012-- Notice for an interview is received for 06/26 @ 2pm

day 63-- 06/12/2012-- Received a Text & email for an update- Card production EAD/AP

day 77-- 06/26/2012-- interview / approved on the spot.

day 86-- 07/05/2012-- Received my GC in the mail.

ROC

day 1 -- 04/07/2014 -- ROC Package delivered to VSC

day 16 -- 04/23/2014 -- Walk-in Bio.

day 197 -- 10/20/2014-- Approval Letter received dated 10/16/2014

day 202 -- 10/25/2014-- GC received

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Hello all,

I had a few silly questions about Oath Ceremony.

I'm scheduled for an Oath ceremony in Oakland w/ reporting time of 9:15. Since I also plan on applying for Passport the very day, I was wondering if showing up earlier will increase my chances of getting in line to file for Passport sooner. Should I apply for passport there, what forms of payment do they take?

The other question is, if I were to apply for a passport at my local city office, I was thinking about stopping by at a local SS office on my way home to update my change of status. Normally, it's advised to wait for 10 days. Would it be way too early or would I be fine by visiting SS office that very day.

And lastly, the silliest of 'em all, are there 'covers' that people buy for their certificates? Can we laminate them? Also, will taking a colored photocopy be of any use/benefits?

Thanks.

it doesn't matter if you're earlier because you can't apply for a passport without the certificate. it won't be given until the last part. i don't know in your city but in ours you gotta wait for 2 hrs or more to see someone who can take care of your passport at post office so i decided to do it after the oath

you need your certificate to be able to update SS and when you want to apply for the passport on that day as well, they will take your cert from you. the officer at the court house told us to wait 10 days or more to update SS.

you can't laminate it

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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When you arrive will have no difference on when you get your certificate. They usually hand them out by alphabet groups. Maybe is your last name is Aardvark you will get it quickly. Do not laminate the certificate, people want to be able to validate the seal and the paper, if you feel need to protect it buy a clear sleeve to store it in ( My husband wanted to laminate everything when he first got here )


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nepal
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When you arrive will have no difference on when you get your certificate. They usually hand them out by alphabet groups. Maybe is your last name is Aardvark you will get it quickly. Do not laminate the certificate, people want to be able to validate the seal and the paper, if you feel need to protect it buy a clear sleeve to store it in ( My husband wanted to laminate everything when he first got here )

My last name starts with T. So I'm guessing I'll get mine towards the end. And that essentially means, I'll be towards the end of the queue to apply for my passport, too. I guess this leaves me with no other choice than to apply for it at my local city office.

But should I apply for the passport during Oath ceremony itself, would they accept CC or only check/money order?

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But should I apply for the passport during Oath ceremony itself, would they accept CC or only check/money order?

Good question .... I have heard that the passport reps are not available at oath ceremonies anymore, and that you will need to apply for a US passport at a date later than your oath ceremony.

If anyone here knows otherwise, please let us know.


Naturalization (3-year marriage rule)

07 / 08 / 14 .. ..N-400 Application Sent
07 / 21 / 14
.. ..Case Acceptance Letter Received

07 / 26 / 14 .. ..Biometrics Notification Letter Received

08 / 06 / 14 .. ..Biometrics Complete
09 / 09 / 14 .. . .Interview Notification Letter Received

10 / 14 / 14 .. ..Interview Complete .(requested additional documentation)
11 / 04 / 14
.. ..Supervisory Review of Case

11 / 28 / 14 .. . Oath Ceremony Letter Received

12 / 05 / 14 . . . Oath Ceremony Complete ... New US Citizen !

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nepal
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Good question .... I have heard that the passport reps are not available at oath ceremonies anymore, and that you will need to apply for a US passport at a date later than your oath ceremony.

If anyone here knows otherwise, please let us know.

That actually depends on your Oath ceremony location, just like where you get interviewed. There are so many places that allow you to take Oath the day you get interviewed. Similarly, at Paramount Theater in Oakland along with a ton of other places, there are reps that are there to collect passport applications. Someone did tell me about a long queue. So I was wondering about that. That's all.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany
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Don't laminate it! That makes it invalid and you can spend $345 for a replacement. You get a paper folder with it and that is all you need. It can't hurt to make a copy of it.


And lastly, the silliest of 'em all, are there 'covers' that people buy for their certificates? Can we laminate them? Also, will taking a colored photocopy be of any use/benefits?

Thanks.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jamaica
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My last name starts with T. So I'm guessing I'll get mine towards the end. And that essentially means, I'll be towards the end of the queue to apply for my passport, too. I guess this leaves me with no other choice than to apply for it at my local city office.

But should I apply for the passport during Oath ceremony itself, would they accept CC or only check/money order?

In my oath ceremony, the certificates were not handed out alphabetically. They did it by rows and had about 3 persons handing them out. There were 151 of us naturalizing. Different locations may allow different things. For example, at my location - the Federal Building - they had different areas set up so that we could take pictures.

Also, I applied for my passport on November 14th and it is already at my local post office; it will be delivered tomorrow. If you have EAD or AP documents they should be submitted along with your GC. Follow all instructions. There was one individual who was not allowed to naturalize at my ceremony. Don't know why but they called him to the window and was talking with him for a while. They made it a point of duty to tell us to hand over all immigration documents because they are properties of the US and as citizens we won't be needing them anymore. All the best at your oath ceremony.

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STANLEY & KAREN
01/15/2009 - Fedex I-130, I-485, I-693, I-864, I-765, G-325A
01/20/2009 - Received in mail-room and signed for by J CHYBA
01/28/2009 - Checks cashed by Homeland Security
02/02/2009 - Received in mail 3 pcs of NOA1 one each for I-485, I-130, I-765 dated 01/28/2009
02/03/2009 - Received email RFE. What did I not send now, whew!
02/09/2009 - Received mails for initial evidence and Biometric appointment (02/19/2009); mailed evidence
02/19/2009 - biometrics done - in a out in 45 minutes
03/14/2009 - Receive NOA2 dated 03/10/2009. AOS interview April 29, 2009
03/18/2009 - Touched. EAD Card production ordered
03/25/2009 - Touched. EAD approval sent
03/27/2009 - EAD card received in the mail; applied for SS# immediately (office is across the street from my home)
04/02/2009 - Received SS# in the mail
04/29/2009 - Interviewed. I- 130 approved, I-485 pending IO's review
05/05/2009 - Received NOA2. Welcome letter for Permanent Residency. I-130 and I-485 approved 04/30/2009
05/08/2009 - Touched. I-485 approval letter sent
05/11/2009 - GC received in the mail. Expires 2019
05/11/2009 - Applied to remove restrictions on my SS Card
05/18/2009 - Received unrestricted SS card

10/13/2009 - My darling husband of 2 yrs 5 months 3 weeks 3 days passed away :(

Naturalization Process (5 Yrs Later) :goofy:

Mar 28, 2014 - Mailed N-400
Apr 08, 2014 - Check cashed
Apr 09, 2014 - Receive Notice letter Priority date April 3, 2014
Apr 11, 2014 - Touched - Email - Biometrics letter mailed
May 08, 2014 - Biometrics done
May 12, 2014 - Touched - Email - In line for interview scheduling
July 12, 2014 - Pre-interview letter (Yellow letter) received in mail
Aug 20, 2014 - Touched - Email - Interview scheduled
Aug 25, 2014 - Interview scheduled for Sept. 24, 2014
Sept 24, 2014 - Passed interview
Oct 06, 2014 - Touched - Email - In oath scheduling que
Oct 08, 2014 - Touched - Text - Oath ceremony scheduled
Oct 14, 2014 - Received letter - Oath ceremony Oct 28, 2014
Oct 28, 2014 - I AM A US CITIZEN! :joy: :joy: :joy:
Nov 12, 2014 - Updated my status from permanent resident to citizen at Social Security
Nov 14, 2014 - Applied for US passport
Nov 29, 2014 - Received US passport book
Dec 01, 2014 - Received Passport card
Dec 04, 2014 - Received Naturalization Certificate

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