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Hi,

I have my interview tomorrow, and I'm really scared. I didn't save a copy of my application, and just found out that they ask you details about your employment, like dates, etc. I worked in so many places at the same time (part-time jobs), it will be impossible to remember!

Did you get a lot of questions about that? What if I make a mistake and tell the wrong date? Any advice?

Thanks!

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My IO didn't care about my employment history. She just asked if my current employer is the same as I listed and what kind of work I do. Not a single question was asked to confirm the dates of my past employments. Good luck!

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Hi,

I have my interview tomorrow, and I'm really scared. I didn't save a copy of my application, and just found out that they ask you details about your employment, like dates, etc. I worked in so many places at the same time (part-time jobs), it will be impossible to remember!

Did you get a lot of questions about that? What if I make a mistake and tell the wrong date? Any advice?

Thanks!

Please don't be terrified, just let the Officer know exactly what you said here, we are not there to be mean or to try and make you nervous. Just be honest that you forgot to make a copy of the application before you sent it in, and that you have worked so many places that to remember everything if asked on the spot might be hard to remember, when I was interviewing N-400's I pretty much just asked where you were currently working and really didn't have time to go into depth about all the past employers. We are usually only give 20-25 mins per interview and most of the time we are rushing to try and get everyone interviewed on time. Just relax, don't loose sleep over this. It will be OK

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Good luck, and please let us know how it goes! My hubby's interview is next week!


Husband's Naturalization Journey: (NBC number)

9/2/16: N-400 mailed to Dallas office via UPS Ground
9/6/16: Arrived to office per UPS tracking
9/14/16: NOA1 received in mail (dated 9/6/16)
9/21/16: Biometrics notification received in mail
10/6/16: Biometrics completed
11/10/16: Notification for interview received in mail
12/15/16: Interview ("Recommended for approval")
12/20/16: In line for oath ceremony (online status)
12/27/16: Received oath ceremony letter in mail
1/17/17: Oath ceremony
Hubby is now a US citizen! :) 133 days from NOA date to Oath Ceremony

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I hope your interview goes great, please let us know!!! Sending good vibes your way!


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Day 0 (4/29/14) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765) via Fedex
Day 2 (5/01/14) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
Day 9 (5/08/14) Received NOAs in the mail
Day 13 (5/12/14) Received biometrics appointment for 06/03/14
Day 35 (6/03/14) Biometrics in Houston TX
Day 48 (6/16/14) Received email & text notification of an interview on 8/12/14
Day 65 (7/03/14) EAD card production
Day 77 (7/15/14) Received EAD
Day 105 (8/12/14) Interview (Approved)
Day 111 (8/18/14) GC received in the mail
ROC
Day 0 (5/16/16) I-751 package sent via USPS Certified Priority Mail (3 lb 0.5 oz)
Day 1 (5/17/16) I-751 package received at CSC lockbox
Day 9 (5/25/16) Check appears as pending transaction-Check cashed
Day 39 (6/24/16) Call USCIS to open case inquiry
Day 73 (7/28/16) Received Biometrics Letter
Day 87 (8/11/16) Biometrics Appointment
Day 205 (12/2/16) I-751 Approved
Day 211 (12/8/16) GC received in the mail
N-400
Day 0 (5/23/17) N-400 package sent via Fedex
Day 10 (6/02/17) I-797C NOA Reject Notice - Outdated version of N-400
Day 11 (6/03/17) N-400 package sent via USPS
Day 15 (06/07/17) Credit Card charged USCIS fee
Day 20 (06/12/17) NOA received 
Day 24 (06/16/17) Biometrics Appointment Letter received
Day 36 (06/28/17) Biometrics Appointment
Day 51 (07/13/17) Online Status changed to "Interview was Scheduled"
Day 58 (07/20/17) Interview Letter arrived
Day 86 (08/17/17) Interview Date - Recommended for Approval
 
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Thank you so much for your answers!

How did your interview go?


AOS

09/04/13 Package received
09/11/13 Checks cashed
09/14/13 NOAs hardcopies received in the mail
09/17/13 Biometrics letter received in the mail for 10/09/2012
10/09/13 Biometrics
10/09/13 Moved to "Testing and Interview"
11/13/13 EAD changed to "Card Production"
11/22/13 EAD delivered by USPS mail
05/16/14 Text notice of interview scheduled for June 23rd, 2014

06/23/14 Interview day. Approved on the spot.

06/27/14 E-mail/Text for Card Production

06/27/14 E-mail/Text with USPS tracking number

06/28/14 Received welcome letter in the mail

07/01/14 Green card in hand!

ROC

03/24/2016 Package mailed

03/25/2016 Packaged delivered at CSC

03/29/2016 Check cashed

03/31/2016 NOA1 received in the mail

04/14/2016 Biometrics letter received in the mail for 04/27/2016

04/27/2016 Biometrics

10/26/2016 E-mail for Card Production

11/01/2016 Received ROC Approval letter in the mail

11/02/2016 E-mail stating Card was mailed today

11/02/2016 E-mail with USPS tracking number

11/04/2016 Green card in hand!

N-400

03/24/2017 Package mailed

03/25/2017 Package delivered at Dallas/Lewisville, TX

03/30/2017 Check cashed

04/07/2017 NOA1 received in the mail

04/14/2017 Biometrics letter received in the mail for 04/24/2017

04/24/2017 Biometrics

05/23/2017 Moved to "In Line For An Interview"

05/30/2018 E-mail for interview scheduled

07/09/2018 Interview day. Recommended for Approval.

07/12/2018 E-mail/Text for "We are Scheduling your Oath Ceremony"

07/25/2018 E-mail/Text for "We Scheduled your Oath Ceremony"

07/30/2018 Received Oath Ceremony letter in the mail

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I didn't have a copy of my application either. And they didn't ask me any questions about my employment. I think you'll be fine. Good luck!


Boston field office, GC holder for 10 years.

Citizenship received in 2016, took ~5 months from application to passport.

 

04/04/16 Mailed N-400.

04/13/16 Check cashed

04/08/16 NOA (rc'vd letter 04/16/16)

05/05/16 Bio-metrics appointment

05/09/16 In-line for Interview

07/21/16 Interview, told to wait 2 weeks for oath letter.

8/18/16 Oath ceremony - I'm all done!

Passport applied for at post office 8/22/16, no expedite.

Passport received 9/10/16

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Hi,

I had my interview last week and something really strange happened: the officer told me I spent over 400 days out of the US in the last 2 years. That is not true, I was out for 3 weeks only. He told me that according to the USCIS records I was out for more than 6 months, so he could not approve my application. They are going to investigate and let me know in 30 days what the final decision is.

How is that possible? How do they calculate? There's obviously a mistake from their part. I hope they get this straight and approve my citizenship.

Has this happened to anyone before?

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Hi! They did't ask me almost anything special, just to confirm the current address and employment, how many kids I have, very relaxed. I passed the English and civics test.

I did have a problem, because according to their records I spend more than one year abroad, which is not true. They'll investigate more and let me know what the final decision is in 30 days. I asked if I needed to provide proof that I was only out of the country for 3 weeks, but they said that no, they have to investigate, I cannot provide any evidence. So, still waiting...

Thank you for your your support! Good luck to all!!!!

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Did you tell them at the time that they were mistaken?

It sounds like CBP recorded a departure but not the re-entry three weeks later, meaning their records reflect that you were gone for much longer than you actually were.

You should be able to prove they are in error by showing financial and other documents indicating that you were physically present in the US during the period they believe you were overseas.


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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

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Continuation thread has been merged with main thread and moved from the US Citizenship main 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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Did you tell them at the time that they were mistaken?

It sounds like CBP recorded a departure but not the re-entry three weeks later, meaning their records reflect that you were gone for much longer than you actually were.

You should be able to prove they are in error by showing financial and other documents indicating that you were physically present in the US during the period they believe you were overseas.

Yes, I told them it was a mistake. I told him that I cannot take off from work more than 3 weeks, so it was impossible for me to leave for a year. I asked the officer if he needed proof from me, and he said no, they have to do their internal investigation. I guess all I can do now is wait...

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