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N-400 San Antonio Interview Experience (from an Austin-based filer)

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Had my interview on 12/29 at the San Antonio field office, and wanted to share the experience. I hope this helps anyone with an interview coming up, and also those considering filing the N-400. My case was fairly straightforward, with the exception of the fact that I have a ton of speeding tickets (5-6 over the past decade), so the questions concerning criminal offenses were tricky for me. We covered those in the interview as well, which might be helpful to some. Details are below. I also filed under the 3 year married rule, having been an LPR for about 3 years 7 months at the time of filing the N-400.

I was scheduled for 8:00 am, so the wife and I walked in at about 7:50. Went through security, walked to the information desk and were given a token. Side note, this was a little different from the AoS interview 4 years ago when our interviewer was actually waiting for us right after security, 'intercepted' us and took us upstairs; on that occasion we didn't even have to go to the front desk.

Anyhow, waited about 15 minutes and heard my name called by the interviewer from the front of the room. The two of us walked up, but he immediately said my wife was not needed, and asked her to wait in the lobby area. His demeanor was very polite, which I very much appreciated. Another side note - he maintained a high level of politeness and professionalism throughout, while still being very clear and firm about what he expected me to do during the interview. CBP/border officers, please take note.

We went into his office, and he asked me to remain standing to administer the oath, after which we sat down. We began with the testing. For the reading part of it, he presented me a sheet with 3 sentences. The first one said "When is Columbus day?" which I read out (don't remember the other two sentences). For writing, he dictated "Columbus day is in October", which I correctly wrote in my absolutely terrible trademark handwriting. For the civics test, I don't unfortunately remember all the questions (he read them off a computer screen), but here are a few:

- What did the Declaration of Independence do?

- For how long do we elect Senators?

- Name a branch of government.

- What does the cabinet do?

I got the first 6 correct, so we stopped there, he printed the sheet and marked the first 6 responses correct. Then we moved on to the 'interview' portion of the meeting. He spent about 10 minutes reviewing most of the questions on the N-400, with a bit of focus on what kind of work I do. He also asked if I had travelled abroad since filing the N-400, which I have, so I provided him those details (verbally, no documentation needed). He also asked to see my Selective Service confirmation/printout, which I had with me (simply putting in the number on the N-400 form was apparently not sufficient for him). He also asked what kind of work my wife did, and who her employer was.

We then moved on Part 11 of the N-400 (i.e., with all the questions about crime, terrorism and communism). I don't remember every single question he asked, but among other things, he covered communism, failing to file taxes, the Nazi party, hurting/killing others, using a weapon against someone, being a member of a militia, working at a prison or similar place, and crime.

For the section covering crime, I had responded "Yes" on the form to the following questions:

- 23: Ever been detained/arrested/cited by a LEO? Yes, cited for speeding

- 24: Ever charged with a crime/offense? Yes, for speeding

- 26: Ever been in probation etc.? Yes, used deferred adjudication as a means of dismissing speeding ticket

I told him that I thought that these questions, particularly 24, were fairly strongly worded and seemed to be directed to those who had committed actual crimes, but the wording could also be interpreted to apply to simple traffic offenses (since the word 'offense' is used in the question). So out of an abundance of caution, I answered "Yes" and listed every single speeding ticket in question 29. He said he appreciated this, since not everyone was as diligent as me in responding, and asked if I had paid off or otherwise taken care of all the tickets. A verbal response was fine, he didn't need any paper evidence. So, word of advice if you have some tickets, not a bad idea to disclose everything cleanly.

Finally, he made me sign the last sections of the form in front of him, and advised me to expect an oath letter in a couple of weeks. Oh, and this was when he handed me the N-652 indicating a recommendation for approval. I did ask if there was any way to get the oath date right then (since some offices print it out on the spot), but he said I would have to wait. I also expressed my preference for an Austin oath ceremony, instead of in San Antonio, and he said that this was already recorded for me (showed me the section in the file where he did so).

Other things: Since we filed based on marriage, I had sent in my marriage certificate as well as some evidence at the time of filing including a few bank statements and housing leases covering 3 years. Nothing as comprehensive as AoS or RoC. I was armed with much more comprehensive joint paperwork during the interview, including tax transcripts, but he didn't ask for any of it. The only thing he wanted was the Selective Service confirmation.

So all in all, very easy process. In and out in about 45 minutes from the time we walked in. Now I just need to watch the mailbox and hope my ski trip plans don't conflict with the oath ceremony date. Would hate to have to reschedule. :)

Edited by Fifth Echelon

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07/09/2008: F-1 Interview - Successful
05/01/2013: (L) Married (L)

AOS from F-1:
07/09/2013: AOS package (I-130/I-485/I-756/I-131) fedexed
09/25/2013: AOS Interview with my husband at Milwaukee, WI
03/03/2014: AOS Approved

I-751 Removal of Conditions:

11/13/2015: Received reminder notice dated 11/08 from USCIS to apply for ROC
Day 00 - 12/04/2015: Mailed I-751 package to CSC via USPS Priority Mail
Day 03 - 12/07/2015: I-751 package delivered
Day 05 - 12/09/2015: Check cashed
Day 07 - 12/11/2015: NOA1 received dated 12/07/15
Day 22 - 12/26/2015: Biometric appointment notice received dated 12/19/15
Day 35 - 01/08/2016: Biometric appointment

Day 235 - 07/26/2016: Approved (E-notification of Card Production)

Day 238 - 07/29/2016: Status changed to 'Card Was Mailed to Me'

Day 241 - 08/01/2016: CSC returned original docs that were submitted at the time of application.

Day 241 - 08/01/2016: New status update 'Card was picked up by the United States Postal Service' Priority Mail 2-Day with tracking number provided.

Day 243 - 08/03/2016: Received 10 year Green Card

Day 255 - 08/15/2016: Received NOA2 with approval dated 07/26/2016

Click here for a sample of my cover letter, list of evidence, package assembly & shipping box

Click here for a sample of my I-751 notarized affidavit from a friend



N-400 Naturalization:

12/03/2016: Eligible

Day 00: 12/12/2016 Mailed N-400 to Phoenix, AZ lockbox via USPS Priority Express

Day 01: 12/13/2016 N-400 application delivered

Day 03: 12/15/2016 Credit card charged

Day 07: 12/19/2016 Text & e-mail notification received with a NBC receipt #

Day 11: 12/23/2016 NOA received via mail with priority date 12/13/16

Day 16: 12/28/2016 Received E-mail notification reg. biometrics scheduling

Day 19: 12/31/2016 Received Biometric notice via mail with notice date 12/24/2016

Day 32: 01/13/2017 Biometric appointment

Day 53: 02/03/2017 Received e-mail notification stating I am "in line" for interview scheduling

Day 144: 05/05/2017 Filed an e-request that interview notice was not yet mailed to me

Day 148: 05/09/2017 Received e-mail notification that interview has been scheduled after being in line for 95 days

Day 151: 05/12/2017 Received N-400 Interview notice via USPS

Day 183: 06/13/2017 N-400 Interview at USCIS Milwaukee, WI field office (Approved!) ***To read about my interview experience, click here***

Day 192: 06/22/2017 Received e-mail notification stating I am placed in line for oath ceremony

Day 206: 07/06/2017 Received e-mail notification stating oath ceremony notice was mailed

Day 210: 07/10/2017 Received oath ceremony notice (N-445) via USPS

Day 227: 07/27/2017 Oath Ceremony at Milwaukee, WI!

Dual citizen (France & U.S.A) / OCI card holder


Day 00: 07/27/2017 U.S. passport application at Milwaukee, WI (routine processing)

Day 05: 08/01/2017 Passport application locator number provided

Day 06: 08/02/2017 Checks cashed

Day 12: 08/08/2017 Received 2 e-mails stating that passport processing is over and it has been mailed with tracking # provided

Day 15: 08/11/2017 Received passport book via Priority Mail

Day 18: 08/14/2017 Received passport card via First Class Mail

Day 22: 08/18/2017 Received naturalization certificate back via Priority Mail / Updated citizenship status with SSA

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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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