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Is N-400 taken before or during interview

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I wounder if decisions to approve or deny N-400 applications are taken before the interview and then the interview is just to confirm the information or make a change in decision if necessary? Or is the decision is taken during the interview without prior determination?

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You have to pass the test on the day of the interview. 

 

 


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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Posted (edited)

Normally the IO will review the applicant's immigration file beforehand (at least that part is laid out in their policy manual)---I suppose to make note of any questions/areas of focus they want to ask about during the interview, check over any evidence submitted, etc.  

 

The civics test, as mentioned, is done the day of...but I think they may be already leaning one way or the other by the time you sit down in front of them.  A lot of my questions seemed more of a fact-checking exercise on the IO's part.  And she also seemed well-aware of what my answers were going to be (or perhaps, what they SHOULD be?) during my interview...like when she kept asking questions about my parents marriage and if they were married at the time of my birth---for what reason, I don't know, as my parents marriage was irrelevant for my N400. (Neither of them immigrated, were ever petitioned, have relatives in the US, or ever resided in the US)  As I answered her yes/no questions about them I did notice she just nodded her head quietly and kept "checking off" something from a page on her desk with each of my responses.  In hindsight, I should have politely asked her why the questions about them to stave off my curiosity but at the time I just was thinking to myself "answer honestly, who cares why she wants to know, whatever the reason it's not important right now, answer honestly" replaying in my head.  Same replay in my head when she focused (twice) on my criminal history.

 

My piece of advice for N400 interviews---go in there with the mindset that the IO wants to help you get approved and become a citizen by looking over your application/evidence...don't go in there with the mindset that they are outright looking for any reason to deny you....or else you'll drive yourself completely nuts thinking about all possible (and impossible) "what if" scenarios.  

Edited by Going through

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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11 hours ago, Zaidba said:

I wounder if decisions to approve or deny N-400 applications are taken before the interview and then the interview is just to confirm the information or make a change in decision if necessary? Or is the decision is taken during the interview without prior determination?

Why are you thinking you will be denied?  If your record is clean and you answers all questions truthfully and honestly, you will be fine.

Edited by dilip

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On 7/29/2019 at 9:08 AM, dilip said:

Why are you thinking you will be denied?  If your record is clean and you answers all questions truthfully and honestly, you will be fine.

No that is not what I am thinking, I was just asking if the decision is taken during the interview which means very little time to really examine the case, or the application is looked at before and decision is made and the interview just confirms the decision or reverse it if necessary. It is just curiosity! ☺️

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16 hours ago, Zaidba said:

No that is not what I am thinking, I was just asking if the decision is taken during the interview which means very little time to really examine the case, or the application is looked at before and decision is made and the interview just confirms the decision or reverse it if necessary. It is just curiosity! ☺️

Obviously, they do background check and check all the information on your application and compare with your past submission and if they initially determined that y met basic requirements, the will call for interview ( and also we are knowledgeable enough to figure out whether we  have high probability to be successfully) and they clarify rest during interview.   If you meet the basic requirements, you will get an interview and you can defend yourself.  Relax and you will be fine.  If you have any concern about your case, you can ask this board for advice.

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