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Philadelphia Citizenship Experience- Aug 2015

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Hi Everyone,

As per my husband:

He arrived 30 mins before his interview and parked across the street (which was $12 for an all-day pass). He went through security and was directed to the interview floor. Upon arriving, he was asked for his interview letter and was told to take a seat and that he would be called in 10 to 15 mins. 15 mins later, he was called by one of the officers. When he arrived to the room, he was told to sit down and to hand over his passport, green card, social security and driver's license. Once the officer reviewed it, he told my husband to stand up and was sworn in. He proceeded by asking my husband questions 47 to 53 on the N400 application.

He then asked him the following questions:

Do you know what a terrorist attack is?

What is a criminal? (My husband answered "someone who doesn't follow the law like someone who sells drugs", the officer asked him to give him a simpler answer so he replied “someone who steals from a store.") I thought these 2 questions were a little odd because I never read about someone being asked these questions in any VJ experience, however they can ask you anything and these two questions are relevant to the application itself.

He then proceeded to ask him the following questions:

Who is the father of our Country?

Who is the Chief Justice of The United States?

How many voting members are in the House of Representative’s?

How many years do Representative’s serve?

In what month do you vote for the President?

Name a war in the 1900's

He made him read the following sentences:

Why do people come to America?

George Washington was the first president.

He told him to write:

The people come to America for freedom.

He then asked him:

To state his full name

Asked if he has ever changed his name

How many times has he been married?

How many times has your wife been married?

Were you in the military in another country?

He then congratulated him and told him he passed. After a few signatures, he shook his hand and told him wait outside until someone delivered instructions on his oath ceremony which is scheduled for this coming Monday.

Overall, it was a real breeze. He said the officer was very nice and professional. Good luck to everyone else!!

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Thanks for sharing your experience!

We will have ours in Philly too..

If you can pls let me know the following things

When did you start your N400 process?

Did you do early fingerprinting?

How many applications did you file?

Thanks in advance.

Hi Everyone,

As per my husband:

He arrived 30 mins before his interview and parked across the street (which was $12 for an all-day pass). He went through security and was directed to the interview floor. Upon arriving, he was asked for his interview letter and was told to take a seat and that he would be called in 10 to 15 mins. 15 mins later, he was called by one of the officers. When he arrived to the room, he was told to sit down and to hand over his passport, green card, social security and driver's license. Once the officer reviewed it, he told my husband to stand up and was sworn in. He proceeded by asking my husband questions 47 to 53 on the N400 application.

He then asked him the following questions:

Do you know what a terrorist attack is?

What is a criminal? (My husband answered "someone who doesn't follow the law like someone who sells drugs", the officer asked him to give him a simpler answer so he replied “someone who steals from a store.") I thought these 2 questions were a little odd because I never read about someone being asked these questions in any VJ experience, however they can ask you anything and these two questions are relevant to the application itself.

He then proceeded to ask him the following questions:

Who is the father of our Country?

Who is the Chief Justice of The United States?

How many voting members are in the House of Representative’s?

How many years do Representative’s serve?

In what month do you vote for the President?

Name a war in the 1900's

He made him read the following sentences:

Why do people come to America?

George Washington was the first president.

He told him to write:

The people come to America for freedom.

He then asked him:

To state his full name

Asked if he has ever changed his name

How many times has he been married?

How many times has your wife been married?

Were you in the military in another country?

He then congratulated him and told him he passed. After a few signatures, he shook his hand and told him wait outside until someone delivered instructions on his oath ceremony which is scheduled for this coming Monday.

Overall, it was a real breeze. He said the officer was very nice and professional. Good luck to everyone else!!

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*** Thread moved from main US Citizenship forum to the Case Progress subforum. ***


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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Thanks for sharing your experience!

We will have ours in Philly too..

If you can pls let me know the following things

When did you start your N400 process?

Did you do early fingerprinting?

How many applications did you file?

Thanks in advance.

Hello SCUBE,

We mailed his application April 30th, fingerprints were June 6th and I am not sure by how many applications we filed but as for the N400 we only filed once.

Hope this helps.

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Appreciate your response Kaskada.

I mean when you filed N400, how many people from your home filed simultaneously?

Did you do fingerprints on the date given in notice?

Thanks

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Hi Everyone,

As per my husband:

He arrived 30 mins before his interview and parked across the street (which was $12 for an all-day pass). He went through security and was directed to the interview floor. Upon arriving, he was asked for his interview letter and was told to take a seat and that he would be called in 10 to 15 mins. 15 mins later, he was called by one of the officers. When he arrived to the room, he was told to sit down and to hand over his passport, green card, social security and driver's license. Once the officer reviewed it, he told my husband to stand up and was sworn in. He proceeded by asking my husband questions 47 to 53 on the N400 application.

He then asked him the following questions:

Do you know what a terrorist attack is?

What is a criminal? (My husband answered "someone who doesn't follow the law like someone who sells drugs", the officer asked him to give him a simpler answer so he replied “someone who steals from a store.") I thought these 2 questions were a little odd because I never read about someone being asked these questions in any VJ experience, however they can ask you anything and these two questions are relevant to the application itself.

He then proceeded to ask him the following questions:

Who is the father of our Country?

Who is the Chief Justice of The United States?

How many voting members are in the House of Representative’s?

How many years do Representative’s serve?

In what month do you vote for the President?

Name a war in the 1900's

He made him read the following sentences:

Why do people come to America?

George Washington was the first president.

He told him to write:

The people come to America for freedom.

He then asked him:

To state his full name

Asked if he has ever changed his name

How many times has he been married?

How many times has your wife been married?

Were you in the military in another country?

He then congratulated him and told him he passed. After a few signatures, he shook his hand and told him wait outside until someone delivered instructions on his oath ceremony which is scheduled for this coming Monday.

Overall, it was a real breeze. He said the officer was very nice and professional. Good luck to everyone else!!

Congratulations and thank you for sharing his interview experience. All the best to both of you.


K1- Visa Journey

July 2007-Met Hubby online
January 2008-Started K1 visa process
11/07/2008-NOA(I-797C,Approval Notice)
03/05/2009-K1(K2) Visa Approved
06/23/2009-POE( JFK,NY)
08/15/2009-Married


AOS Journey
11/19/2011(Day00)-Mailed AOS(I-485/EAD/AP For me and my son)
11/21/2011-(Day2)-AOS delivered(no text,no email though from USCIS)
11/22/2011-(Day3)-Application routed to NBC for processing,as stated in the text/email notice received on 12/08/2011
12/08/2011-(Day20)-Text/Email received)
12/09/2011-(Day21)Check cashed
12/13/2011-(Day24)I-797C,NOA hard copies received in the mail(dated 12/08/2011)
12/30/2011-(Day41)Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing(don't know yet which office)
01/06/2012-(Day47)Received text/email that our case is being now processed to another USCIS office
01/09/2012-(Day50)Notice(dated 12/30/11) received in the mail,case transferred to CSC,still no biometrics appt yet
01/25/2012-(Day64)-AP approved-still no biometrics appointment yet...
02/16/2012-(Day86)-Received Biometrics Appt.Notice in the mail
02/29/2012-(Day99)-Biometrics done and EAD approved,email received the same day EAD card/document production ordered
03/05/2012-(Day104)-2nd EAD email update received Card/Document production ordered
03/06/2012-(Day105)-3rd EAD email update received Card/Document mailed
03/09/2012-(Day106)-EAD/AP combo card received in the mail
04/13/2012-(Day140)-10 year Green Card approved(no interview)

...and the Journey continues...in about 3 years...

Naturalization Journey

07/03/2015-N-400 Application mailed via USPS Priority Mail

07/13/2015-N-400 Application Rejected on the basis of insufficient supporting documentation for the Fee Waiver

07/18/2015-N-400 Application mailed via USPS Priority Mail

(F) Be still, and know that I am God. (F)

Psalms 46:10 NIV

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Appreciate your response Kaskada.

I mean when you filed N400, how many people from your home filed simultaneously?

Did you do fingerprints on the date given in notice?

Thanks

Hi SCUBE,

My husband was the only one who applied since I am a citizen by birth.

As for biometrics, we did not rush getting it done early because he had to wait regardless. See, my husband filed for his citizenship 3 months prior to being in America for 3 years. I found out on VJ that the USCIS schedules interviews 1 month prior to someone's 3rd anniversary here in the US. (But only if they arrived in America based on marriage.) If that's not the case for you, I would definitely try and walk in early. Many have done it and have succeeded. He had no problem walking in early for his 10 year PR card.

Good Luck :joy:

Congratulations and thank you for sharing his interview experience. All the best to both of you.

Thank you!! Best of luck to you as well!

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Hi SCUBE,

My husband was the only one who applied since I am a citizen by birth.

As for biometrics, we did not rush getting it done early because he had to wait regardless. See, my husband filed for his citizenship 3 months prior to being in America for 3 years. I found out on VJ that the USCIS schedules interviews 1 month prior to someone's 3rd anniversary here in the US. (But only if they arrived in America based on marriage.) If that's not the case for you, I would definitely try and walk in early. Many have done it and have succeeded. He had no problem walking in early for his 10 year PR card.

Good Luck :joy:

Thank you!! Best of luck to you as well!

Thanks Kaskada!

In our case both me and my husband both applied at the same time. We got the NOAs together but FP notice I got last week and him today!

Also I went for my early FP today and they let me do it as I'll be away on the actual date..

So how long after FP did you get the interview notice?

And when did the online status changed?

:thumbs:Good luck to you guys for the remaining journey and keep me posted for any updates!

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