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I had my interview yesterday at 9:45 am yesterday in Seattle. It started promptly. The interviewer was a man in his 50's who was warm, welcoming, and thorough. I saw once I sat down that he had made several marks on my file - it was clear he reviewed it before I came in. He asked me to take the oath, then went through each question one-by one. He asked about a $25 summons I received for drinking a beer on a beach in New York - I showed him the certified court disposition showing it had been paid. (I paid an attorney $100 to get this for me - it was worth it). He barely looked at it, made a joke about how such fines cannot bring the city much revenue, and placed it in my file. He did not mention an arrest I had several years ago in my home country for assault (no charges). I had disclosed this throughout the immigration process and I saw he placed a check mark on the note of explanation I had provided. I brought a certified police statement showing there were no charges, prosecution, etc., but he did not ask for it. After this, he asked me six questions on US knowledge - I answered them all correctly - and asked me to write a brief sentence. He then approved my application and asked if I was able to attend the 1:15 ceremony that day, which I did. I am now a proud US citizen.

The advice I would give to people is not to worry / obsess over this process. I did not get the impression he was trying to catch me out, and a youthful indiscretion from years ago was not an issue; neither was the open container citation. Be thorough and honest, and unless you are a serious criminal or liar, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Good luck everyone.

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Congratulations, and thanks for your thoughtful post!

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Congratulations! Wow they put you in the oath ceremony that same day. That was fast! Do you mind if I ask you what those 6 questions were? I'm curious. Congratz again. :thumbs:

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Congratulations mijomast! :dancing:

I'm in Seattle too, good to hear about your interview experience! Thanks for sharing!


03/03/11 filed for K1

03/08/11 NOA1

06/06/11 NOA2

07/06/11 pack 3

07/22/11 pack 4

08/04/11 interview

08/10/11 visa in mail


11/19/11 POE @ Seattle
12/08/11 Wedding heart.gif
01/11/12 filed for AOS/EAD/AP
01/17/12 NOA 1 (hardcopy)
02/08/12 biometrics
03/21/12 EAD/AP combo-card received // applied for SSN
03/22/12 AOS interview - approved! (after 2 month 11 days)
03/26/12 received "Welcome to the United States"-letter and SSN
03/30/12 GC in hands!!!


01/04/14 filed for ROC

01/07/14 NOA 1

02/03/14 biometrics

04/17/14 approved

04/23/14 GC in hands


02/24/15 BBG approved (permit to retain German citizenship)

04/15/15 N-400 filed

04/21/15 check cashed

04/24/15 NOA1 (priority date 04/16)

05/11/15 biometrics (early walk-in 05/04/15)

05/14/15 in-line for interview

10/17/15 interview letter in mail

11/17/15 interview

11/20/15 oath ceremony

I'm a U.S. citizen!

12/04/15 U.S. passport

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Thanks! The interview questions were as follows:

  1. If the President cannot serve, who would take his place?
  2. What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
  3. Who is in charge of the Executive branch?
  4. What is one reason colonists came to America?
  5. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?

I'm scratching my head and can't remember the sixth question.

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I had an InfoPass a few weeks ago, just to ask why there were delays in Seattle (turns out a lot of interviewers had retired). He advised that in Seattle, for the majority of cases the ceremony is on the same day as the interview.

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How long was the process?

I will send my paperwork in on Monday (which is our 10 year anniversary ;-) )

Met on May 17,2005

Got engaged on Sep 15th,2006

Came to the US for good on Jan 27th,2009

and we got married on March 28th,2009

GOD , grant me the serenity

to accept the things I can not change

the courage to change the things I can

and the wisdom to know the difference!

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