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It started off nice. I was asked about my bodily injures from the accident. Then, he went straight into the civics and English tests. Those were easy, first six I got right. Now he began asking me questions about my parents. Then, went on to my name. And boy, there were definitely questions about my name. Since my name was different from my green card and my birth certificate, I was asked questions. Very deep penetrating questions.

 

I had previously changed my full name via court order. The IO asked me why I changed my name. I was asked to explain why, for my first middle and last name. And he didn't accept a general reason like "oh it was for spiritual reasons." No, he asked even further, what spiritual reasons? What does the first name mean? He wanted a full on explanation for the full name. Absolutely no half-arsed answers were tolerated.

 

It was like I was guilty of a crime and I had to PROVE why I chose this name and why I want this name. He wanted to know what each name means. He repeatedly asked me what each name meant until I gave him a satisfactory answer. He asked me if this name was made up on a whim, and I had to repeatedly explain to him that I had planned this name for many years. He asked me what connections the last name had to family members.  At the end of it, I had now given a full description of my first, middle and last names and what spiritual meaning each name had for me along with what those names mean if you were to look them up in a name book or something.

 

I was even asked if my name change had anything to do with my arrest those years ago. I had to again assure him that the two are not related and that I had been planning my name change for years, way before that. In fact, his interrogation about my name was far more intense than his questions about my crime that I was arrested for!!! For the crime? Just a few short questions about what I did, and how I was sentenced. But my name, wow, so much heat I got about my name. He did have to step outside to ask someone about my sentencing, but from what I overheard, they told him it was normal.

 

After all that was over with, he went over the other questions on the N400, like have you ever been in a nazi group, where I live, where I work, etc etc. All very quickly. 

 

He brought up an issue he saw in his files about my birthday, and asked me why I have two birthdays. I mean I do not ever remember having two birthdays and I told him that it must have been a mistake from years ago, cause the birthday I put on the green card and everything else is the right one, not the one he told me was the second one. It was a small issue. He didn't make a fuss about it.

 

After all that, he brought the little tablet screen towards me again, and I had to reaffirm that if I become a citizen, I promise to bear arms and pledge my loyalty and all that jazz. And then I had to sign on the tablet. He then showed me notes he typed up (like about my name...) and any changes or things he added to my N400, and I had to sign the tablet again.

 

He gave a piece of paper saying that he recommends my application for approval and that I should wait for my oath letter in the mail pending final approval.


10-year green card received: 2004-02-01

N-400 Filed Online:  2018-11-28

N-400 Biometrics Appointment: 2018-12-20

N-400 Notice of Interview: 2019-01-04

N-400 Interview Appointment: 2019-02-21

N-400 Application Approved: 2019-02-21

N-400 Notice of Oath Ceremony: 2019-04-11

N-400 Oath Ceremony: 2019-04-18

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6 minutes ago, robhostein said:

It started off nice. I was asked about my bodily injures from the accident. Then, he went straight into the civics and English tests. Those were easy, first six I got right. Now he began asking me questions about my parents. Then, went on to my name. And boy, there were definitely questions about my name. Since my name was different from my green card and my birth certificate, I was asked questions. Very deep penetrating questions.

 

I had previously changed my full name via court order. The IO asked me why I changed my name. I was asked to explain why, for my first middle and last name. And he didn't accept a general reason like "oh it was for spiritual reasons." No, he asked even further, what spiritual reasons? What does the first name mean? He wanted a full on explanation for the full name. Absolutely no half-arsed answers were tolerated.

 

It was like I was guilty of a crime and I had to PROVE why I chose this name and why I want this name. He wanted to know what each name means. He repeatedly asked me what each name meant until I gave him a satisfactory answer. He asked me if this name was made up on a whim, and I had to repeatedly explain to him that I had planned this name for many years. He asked me what connections the last name had to family members.  At the end of it, I had now given a full description of my first, middle and last names and what spiritual meaning each name had for me along with what those names mean if you were to look them up in a name book or something.

 

I was even asked if my name change had anything to do with my arrest those years ago. I had to again assure him that the two are not related and that I had been planning my name change for years, way before that. In fact, his interrogation about my name was far more intense than his questions about my crime that I was arrested for!!! For the crime? Just a few short questions about what I did, and how I was sentenced. But my name, wow, so much heat I got about my name. He did have to step outside to ask someone about my sentencing, but from what I overheard, they told him it was normal.

 

After all that was over with, he went over the other questions on the N400, like have you ever been in a nazi group, where I live, where I work, etc etc. All very quickly. 

 

He brought up an issue he saw in his files about my birthday, and asked me why I have two birthdays. I mean I do not ever remember having two birthdays and I told him that it must have been a mistake from years ago, cause the birthday I put on the green card and everything else is the right one, not the one he told me was the second one. It was a small issue. He didn't make a fuss about it.

 

After all that, he brought the little tablet screen towards me again, and I had to reaffirm that if I become a citizen, I promise to bear arms and pledge my loyalty and all that jazz. And then I had to sign on the tablet. He then showed me notes he typed up (like about my name...) and any changes or things he added to my N400, and I had to sign the tablet again.

 

He gave a piece of paper saying that he recommends my application for approval and that I should wait for my oath letter in the mail pending final approval.

A least he approved you that's great news 

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8 minutes ago, Redheadguy03 said:

Well they recommended you for approval, so I wouldn't be complaining. They're allowed to ask anything they want. 

I'm not complaining, I'm just sharing my experience.


10-year green card received: 2004-02-01

N-400 Filed Online:  2018-11-28

N-400 Biometrics Appointment: 2018-12-20

N-400 Notice of Interview: 2019-01-04

N-400 Interview Appointment: 2019-02-21

N-400 Application Approved: 2019-02-21

N-400 Notice of Oath Ceremony: 2019-04-11

N-400 Oath Ceremony: 2019-04-18

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33 minutes ago, robhostein said:

It started off nice. I was asked about my bodily injures from the accident. Then, he went straight into the civics and English tests. Those were easy, first six I got right. Now he began asking me questions about my parents. Then, went on to my name. And boy, there were definitely questions about my name. Since my name was different from my green card and my birth certificate, I was asked questions. Very deep penetrating questions.

 

I had previously changed my full name via court order. The IO asked me why I changed my name. I was asked to explain why, for my first middle and last name. And he didn't accept a general reason like "oh it was for spiritual reasons." No, he asked even further, what spiritual reasons? What does the first name mean? He wanted a full on explanation for the full name. Absolutely no half-arsed answers were tolerated.

 

It was like I was guilty of a crime and I had to PROVE why I chose this name and why I want this name. He wanted to know what each name means. He repeatedly asked me what each name meant until I gave him a satisfactory answer. He asked me if this name was made up on a whim, and I had to repeatedly explain to him that I had planned this name for many years. He asked me what connections the last name had to family members.  At the end of it, I had now given a full description of my first, middle and last names and what spiritual meaning each name had for me along with what those names mean if you were to look them up in a name book or something.

 

I was even asked if my name change had anything to do with my arrest those years ago. I had to again assure him that the two are not related and that I had been planning my name change for years, way before that. In fact, his interrogation about my name was far more intense than his questions about my crime that I was arrested for!!! For the crime? Just a few short questions about what I did, and how I was sentenced. But my name, wow, so much heat I got about my name. He did have to step outside to ask someone about my sentencing, but from what I overheard, they told him it was normal.

 

After all that was over with, he went over the other questions on the N400, like have you ever been in a nazi group, where I live, where I work, etc etc. All very quickly. 

 

He brought up an issue he saw in his files about my birthday, and asked me why I have two birthdays. I mean I do not ever remember having two birthdays and I told him that it must have been a mistake from years ago, cause the birthday I put on the green card and everything else is the right one, not the one he told me was the second one. It was a small issue. He didn't make a fuss about it.

 

After all that, he brought the little tablet screen towards me again, and I had to reaffirm that if I become a citizen, I promise to bear arms and pledge my loyalty and all that jazz. And then I had to sign on the tablet. He then showed me notes he typed up (like about my name...) and any changes or things he added to my N400, and I had to sign the tablet again.

 

He gave a piece of paper saying that he recommends my application for approval and that I should wait for my oath letter in the mail pending final approval.

Congratulations 

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The website has updated. Case status is now, "We approved your application."

 

Interestingly, though, the estimated completion time has now gone from November 2019 to July 2019.


10-year green card received: 2004-02-01

N-400 Filed Online:  2018-11-28

N-400 Biometrics Appointment: 2018-12-20

N-400 Notice of Interview: 2019-01-04

N-400 Interview Appointment: 2019-02-21

N-400 Application Approved: 2019-02-21

N-400 Notice of Oath Ceremony: 2019-04-11

N-400 Oath Ceremony: 2019-04-18

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Congrats!

 

Some IOs like to hone in and try to push buttons and see how people react. Getting people on the defensive tends to make liars, frauds, etc. come out. It sucks to have to go through it, but it sounds like once you answered the questions the IO was satisfied.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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^^^ Came to say the same as the above two posters. Sometimes, the questions they ask aren't so much about the answer you give, but the reaction you give. In all honesty? They should feel like interrogations. Granting someone citizenship is a great privilege to extend. Thankfully, you were able to answer all the questions as needed, and you were approved. Congratulations!! That's a huge accomplishment worth celebrating.


Håll ut, y'all.

 

               K1 Process                                                                                AOS Process

July 2015 - met online thanks to Zak Bagans                                                            May 25, 2018 - South Carolina marriage license issued

June 2016 - first in-person meeting                                                                             May 26, 2018 - legally married

August 2016 - stateside visit                                                                                        June 7, 2018 - applied for Social Security Number [manual verification required]

February-April 2017 - stateside visit                                                                           June 18, 2018 - SSN/card received in the mail

April 4, 2017 - got engaged                                                                                          June 30, 2018 - submitted I-485 (AOS)/I-765 (EAD)/I-131 (AP) together

June 5, 2017 - submitted I129F                                                                                   July 9, 2018 - AOS/EAD/AP electronic NOA1 received

June 12, 2017 - received NOA1                                                                                   July 13, 2018 - AOS/EAD/AP hard copy NOA1 received (dated July 6, 2018)

December 1, 2017 - received NOA2                                                                            July 25, 2018 - Biometrics appointment (Charlotte, NC)

January 17, 2018 - NVC received case                                                                      August 1, 2018 - case status updated to "Ready to be Scheduled for Interview"

January 18, 2018 - received NVC case number by phone                                      August 11, 2018 - case status updated to "I-485 Interview Scheduled"

January 24, 2018 - packet received via email                                                           August 16, 2018 - AOS Interview Scheduled letter received

February 15, 2018 - medical appointment                                                                 August 28, 2018 - visited civil surgeon (Winston-Salem, NC) to complete I-693

February-March 2018 - trip to Gothenburg                                                                                                [beneficiary had to get one remaining vaccination stateside]

February 22, 2018 - interview at the US Embassy in Stockholm                            September 18, 2018 - I-485/AOS Interview in Greer, SC

                                    [passed, pending receipt of medical papers]                           September 18, 2018 - case status updated to "Card Has Been Issued/Mailed"

February 27, 2018 - medical papers received by Embassy                                     September 25, 2018 - Green Card received in the mail

March 5, 2018 - visa received in the mail with passport                                          October 6, 2018 - traditional wedding with family & friends

May 16, 2018 - POE in Charlotte, NC

 

 

Up next.... Removal of Conditions!

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26 minutes ago, MariekeH said:

Two different dates of birth, a name change, and an arrest... of course the officer questioned you thoroughly; he was just doing his job. And you were able to answer all questions satisfactorily. 

Congratulations on your approval!

Yeah, but I think the date of birth was a trick question, because I don't ever remember my parents telling me the government screwed up my date of birth when I was a child. I remember being issued two EAD cards with two different alien numbers at one point when I was a child. But the second alien number ended up being my official number by the time I got my green card. My parents sorted that out.

 

I made sure the officer knew this. In all the documents from my past, my birth date was always the same correct one from my birth certificate.


10-year green card received: 2004-02-01

N-400 Filed Online:  2018-11-28

N-400 Biometrics Appointment: 2018-12-20

N-400 Notice of Interview: 2019-01-04

N-400 Interview Appointment: 2019-02-21

N-400 Application Approved: 2019-02-21

N-400 Notice of Oath Ceremony: 2019-04-11

N-400 Oath Ceremony: 2019-04-18

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Congrats! :) 


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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Congrats


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Congrats---you're almost at the finish line!


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

 

 

 

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