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Good morning,

 

  My wife's oath ceremony was last Friday at the Atlanta USCIS office.  After the oath ceremony we headed to the Georgia drivers license office and updated her license (took all of 15 minutes).

 

I highly recommend using the State Department online form filler.  It is free and walks you through each and every line...no way to make a mistake.  Plus the printed copy is much better than a hand written DS-11 form.  

 

We live in Marietta which is just north of Atlanta.  Some local post offices only accept appointments and the next available one was over two weeks away.  We found the post office at 1290 Gresham Road, Marietta, Ga accepted passport walk in Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 3:00.  The post office was closed on Monday for President's Day so we went there on Tuesday and arrived at 10:30.  There were maybe 6 people in line but it moved quickly.  We made our way to the window and gave the agent the original naturalization certificate (hated to part ways with that but it will be returned), a copy of the certificate, copy of my wife's drivers license, and a passport picture we had made at our local Walgreens drug store, and our check payable to the State Department (yes paid for expedited processing and express delivery) .  Agent wanted to see her original drivers license, had her sign the passport form (do not sign the form until the agent tells you and they watch you sign the form).  We then had to get in the post office line in order to pay for the post office fees.  We were given the receipt and tracking information.  The whole process took about an hour and 10 minutes.  

 

Hopefully we will receive the passport in about two weeks and the original naturalization certificate shortly after that.  The passport and certificate are not sent back to you together.  At that point we will head over to the social security office to change her status with them.  At that point I think we can officially say our visa journey is OVER!  Wow what a trip it has been.  

 

God bless

 

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We cannot believe it but the passport was delivered yesterday!  Department of State received the package from the post office on Thursday 2/21/19 and we received my wife's passport one week later on Thursday 2/28/19.  Yes we paid extra for expedited processing and shipping and it was worth it!  One week processing was unreal.  

 

 Now waiting for the naturalization certificate to be returned.  Last step in this journey is to head over to the social security office and update the social security card.  Can almost mark this journey done!

 

All the glory goes to God as it was His plan and without Him none of this would have happened.  

 

 

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