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Atlanta Oath Ceromony Experience

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I arrived at the Atlanta USCIS field office today at 11:45 am for 12:00 noon oath ceremony appointment and after clearing security proceeded to the  2nd floor and stood in line for check in.  An officer greeted me and requested the oath ceremony notification letter, ID and green card.    N-400 applicants were seated on the second floor, while immigration officers confirmed  the information declared on the back of the oath ceremony letter. Note the back of the form is supposed to be completed and signed on the day of the oath ceremony and the city below the signature is the city where the ceremony is taking place and not the applicant's city. Many of us were asked to change the city to Atlanta. Family members  and friends of N-400 applicants were instructed to wait on the 3rd floor and were assured  they would be permitted to  return to observe the citizenship ceremony.

Applicants were called into  the ceremony room row by row beginning at the front of the room. Once inside the ceremony room, applicants stood in a line and 2 immigration offers reviewed the oath letter, took the green cards and assigned each applicant a number which coincided with a seat number. Applicants were instructed to sit in their assigned seat. There was a package on each chair containing, a  congratulations on becoming a U.S. Citizen letter, voting information, a copy of "The Citizen's Almanac", copy of the  Declaration of Independence, a U.S.flag, passport application,  etc.   Once all 149 applicants were seated, the officiator discussed rights and responsibilities of citizenship and a volunteer group discussed voter registration and said they would be available following the ceremony to assist with registration. Applicants were then permitted to ask questions, then guests were permitted into   the ceremony room and the  ceremony began. At the end of the ceremony , guests were asked to wait outside the ceremony room  while officers issued citizenship certificates to each applicant . Guests were told they could return after all  certificates were issued could take photos around the room if they wished.   The entire process took a little over 2 hours. There were 149 new Americans in today's ceremony representing 49 countries.


My Visa Journey has finally ended.    Again... I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who took  time to complete timelines, post and share their experience, and offer advise, support  and encouragement.  My journey to citizenship would not have been so easy without all of you.


Warm Regards and Best Wishes




6/23/06 - mailed AOS/EAD/I-130 for K-4 together

6/30/06 - rec'd NOA for AOS/I-130/EAD

7/06/06 - Appt notice issued for children's biometric

7/10/06 - rec'd notice, children's biometrics appt scheduled for 7/18/06

7/14/06 - rec'd notice for biometrics -appt. July 27,2006, E-mail notification of RFE

7/18/06 - biometrics completed for children and self

7/31/06 - e-mail notice that RFE info was rec'd and decision will be mailed for I765

8/23/06 - I-485 touched

9/12/06 - e-mail rec'd I765 approved, new card ordered

10/21/06 - I-485 touched,130 for children touched

10/22/06- I-485 touched ,EAD touched, I-485 for children touched

4/30/07- notice EAD for kids approved, will mail card after biometrics appt

5/2/07- 2nd biometrics appt for kids for I-485

5/14/07- I-485 Interview notice, scheduled for 5/30/2007

5/30/07- AOS interview completed, reset to 6/15/2007, need TB skin test results

6/15/07- Submitted TB test results Approval, pending receipt of original I-130 application , no stamp, just wait for card in mail.

6/21/07- e-mail rec'd, I-130 approved for children, approval letter was sent

6/21/07 - e-mail rec'd, Welcoming new permanent residents X 3

6/26/07 -Green Card Production e-mail X 3

6/29/07 - Notice approval of I-130 for children rec'd in mail, Welcome letter x 3 rec'd in mail

6/30/07- 10 yr GREEN CARD rec'd in mail!!!, still awaiting children's green cards

7/02/07 - 10 year GREEN CARDS rec'd in mail for girls!!!


7/3/07 - apply for new SSN for girls and new unrestricted card

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Congrats on being a citizen!

Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here


Applied for US Passport - requested Routine/ Regular Service

Oct. 27, 2017 (Day 00) - Submitted Passport Application, filed in person at Post Office

Oct. 30, 2017 (Day 03) - Online tracker shows application has been received and is under processing

Nov. 08, 2017 (Day 12) - Online tracker shows "in final stages" and projected completion time of 11/13/2017

Nov. 09, 2017 (Day 13) - Passport received in the mail.

Nov. 10, 2017 (Day 14) - Naturalization Certificate received back in the mail.


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Congratulations.  I had my ceremony yesterday in Baltimore Field Office.  Guests and citizens were all in the same room and never separated, except citizens were seated on one side of the room, where our packets were waiting . The ceremony was short, about 1/2 hour.  We were called to receive the certificate as they read our name in front of everyone.  There were only 65 people getting certificate in our session, with another scheduled for the afternoon.  They did call out our individual country and asked us to stand.


Your ceremony sounded very nice, and good luck being a new citizen!

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