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I became a naturalized US citizen!

 

A few days ago, I had my oath ceremony with my almost 1 year old daughter (and hubby) in tow.  There were nearly 4000 of us getting naturalized in Los Angeles.  I cannot believe how well organized it was!  It does take a few hours but given the amount of people there, I was surprised we were in and out in about 2.5 hours!  

 

The judge and USCIS representative that spoke at our oath ceremony were amazing.  There was a lot of hope, love, and caring... they mentioned to bring our cultures into the US and how we, Americans, need it more today than ever.  It was actually quite beautiful.  I didn't expect to get so emotional during the process (maybe part of it was because the guests and applicants are separated so during the ceremony my husband and daughter were sitting in a different section).  To be sworn in as a US citizen, I don't think I'll ever forget that feeling.

 

It's great to finally feel at peace and to be able to say, I'm really finally home. 

 

Wishing you all love and light on your journey! 

 

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AOS

2014

July 05 - AOS package sent

July 14 - NOA 1

July 25 - Biometrics Appointment Letter

July 28 - Walk in Biometrics successful

Aug 27 - Request for Expedite on EAD (Job Offer)

Sept 12 - EAD approved and in production

Sept 12 - AP is approved but USCIS status is in 'Post Decision Activity'

Sept 18 - EAD marked as mailed

2015

April 09 - Interview - Delayed due to sealed package from civil surgeon not at local office

May 07 - GC in production

May 18 - GC in hand!!!

2017

Feb 9 - ROC 

Feb 14 - Check Cashed

Feb 16 - NOA 1

Feb 25 - Received Biometrics Appointment

2018

April 10 - N400 Application

April 29 - Biometrics

January 29 - Combo Interview / Recommendation for Approval 

February 20 - Oath Ceremony - NATURALIZED 

 

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Many congratulations to you!


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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Those were my feelings as well. It is one of those days and feelings that you will never forget for the rest of your life. It is the feeling that the long journey was finally over. All the sleepless nights checking status on USCIS website :)), all the nerve wrecking days waiting for that interview,.... We all have our own stories to tell. We all have shed tears from separations from our loved ones. We all had that ecstatic feeling that day we first held our green cards on our hands and when I called Mom and said “Mama I’m coming home”.

 

It was that moment that you took that oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, that all of that just flashed through your mind. And you were overwhelmed with the profound pride that you’re now officially part of this great nation, a place you now call home. It is what makes this country great, people from every walks of life, every corner of the globe have come here and decide to build a life for themselves and we live together through a common bond that hold us us together: friendship, cooperation, openness, ... That's what make this country great. That is my America and I am pround to be an American.

 

Please vote in 2020!

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22 minutes ago, Lights said:

  There were nearly 4000 of us getting naturalized in Los Angeles.  I cannot believe how well organized it was!  It does take a few hours but given the amount of people there, I was surprised we were in and out in about 2.5 hours!  

Jeezez, 4000?!! That's an army of new citizens!


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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1 hour ago, USS_Voyager said:

Those were my feelings as well. It is one of those days and feelings that you will never forget for the rest of your life. It is the feeling that the long journey was finally over. All the sleepless nights checking status on USCIS website :)), all the nerve wrecking days waiting for that interview,.... We all have our own stories to tell. We all have shed tears from separations from our loved ones. We all had that ecstatic feeling that day we first held our green cards on our hands and when I called Mom and said “Mama I’m coming home”.

 

It was that moment that you took that oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, that all of that just flashed through your mind. And you were overwhelmed with the profound pride that you’re now officially part of this great nation, a place you now call home. It is what makes this country great, people from every walks of life, every corner of the globe have come here and decide to build a life for themselves and we live together through a common bond that hold us us together: friendship, cooperation, openness, ... That's what make this country great. That is my America and I am pround to be an American.

 

Please vote in 2020!

Already filled out my voters registration.  There was a table there and I made sure to register right away.  

 

You're so right though.  It's a place I've called "home" for a few years but now America has accepted that this is now my forever home as well.  This was exactly the tonality of the ceremony.  What America truly is suppose to be and that gives me hope and gives me a purpose here.  2020, I will 100% be voting.  

 

 

1 hour ago, robhostein said:

Jeezez, 4000?!! That's an army of new citizens!

Yes!!  It was at the LA Convention Center.. completely packed BUT very well organized.  I was nervous because they allow rows at a time to line up at their number to get their certificate.  They would not distribute it until all guests have left the room.  It was so smooth though... literally took me 15-20 minutes from end of the ceremony to having my certificate in hand (amongst 4000 others getting theirs!).  Still very surprised! 

 

 


AOS

2014

July 05 - AOS package sent

July 14 - NOA 1

July 25 - Biometrics Appointment Letter

July 28 - Walk in Biometrics successful

Aug 27 - Request for Expedite on EAD (Job Offer)

Sept 12 - EAD approved and in production

Sept 12 - AP is approved but USCIS status is in 'Post Decision Activity'

Sept 18 - EAD marked as mailed

2015

April 09 - Interview - Delayed due to sealed package from civil surgeon not at local office

May 07 - GC in production

May 18 - GC in hand!!!

2017

Feb 9 - ROC 

Feb 14 - Check Cashed

Feb 16 - NOA 1

Feb 25 - Received Biometrics Appointment

2018

April 10 - N400 Application

April 29 - Biometrics

January 29 - Combo Interview / Recommendation for Approval 

February 20 - Oath Ceremony - NATURALIZED 

 

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Thread is moved from the US Citizenship main forum to the US Citizenship 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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