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Filed: Other Country: India

Hey guys, 


Just wanted to share our success story at San Jose. We went for interview recently in San Jose office of USCIS.  My wife applied for Citizenship based on 3yrs of marriage. The interview was smooth and easy. As far as documents go, we went fully prepared (perhaps over prepared) with all docs, including taxes, mortgage info, bank statements, utility bills, insurance. You name it and we had it. In the end, all that the IO asked for was my Naturalization Cert, my wife's passport, the 6 test questions and few general questions related to marriage. Nothing too difficult. Not much documentation related questions at all. 


Then came the pleasant surprise we never expected: The IO said the Oath ceremony is in 2 days, yes you read that right. 2 DAYS!! She said if you can wait here for 30 minutes, we can give you an oath ceremony invite letter. After about 30 mins, we walked out with our oath letter. 


So if you have an interview coming up at San Jose office: don't stress. Go FULLY prepared just in case and you will be successful:-)



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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada




N400 - Naturalization                                                                                                           U.S. Passport

Aug 05, 2018 (Day 1): Applied for Naturalization online                                                Oct 01, 2019 (Day 1): Sent US Passport Application

Aug 06, 2018 (Day 2): Check Cashed, NOA1 received online                                        Oct 08, 2019 (Day 8 ) : Passport trackable 

Aug 11, 2018 (Day 6): Recvd notification that Biometrics appointment scheduled  Oct 17, 2019 (Day 17) : Received Passport

Aug 13, 2018 (Day 8): Received biometrics appt letter online                                      Oct 21, 2019 (Day 21) : Received Naturalization Cert. back

Aug 28, 2018 (Day 23): Biometrics Appt

May 06, 2019 (Day 274): In Line For Interview

Jun 11, 2019 (Day 311): Interview Date

July 01, 2019 (Day 327) : Oath Ceremony I AM NOW A US CITIZEN!!!!




TO SEE MY FULL TIMELINE GO HERE: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/user/125109-cdnon-usavt/


"that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding." -Colossians 2:2-

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

I would like to add on my summary/timeline of the n400 interview experience at the San Jose office on 11/4/19:

-location name is confusing as address is actually Santa Clara
-originally filed in Seattle based on 5 years GC, used online portal to change address and interview was quickly re-scheduled
-short security screening, then check-in at front desk to get a waiting ticket number, takes 5 minutes
-appt. time was 2pm, 1 hour delay, did not get called until 3pm  - I was the last appointment
-officer had a trainee with them
-take oath 
-take webcam picture and fingerprints
-reviews N400 applicant in detail, correct any missing fields, looks at passport to confirm international trips and asked me for approximate durations of each trip, added in trips that happened after applying 
-reads and asks you to answer all the security/allegiance questions 
-english test: Read "Who lives in the White House?" and write on an ipad "The president lives in the white house" 
-civics test: taken directly from the booklet guide given at the biometrics appt. just reviewed that booklet a couple days prior and questions are easy. Also used this website that has the questions in electronic quiz form: https://civicsquestions.com/
-got recommendation for approval, stated there would be a final review and then oath ceremony letter to be mailed later (could not give accurate timeline for receiving, only that one can make an appointment if not heard back in 120 days)
-received envelope with passport application that can be turned in at the oath ceremony (but only if you have a morning slot, afternoon has to apply at post office)
-with waiting and appointment, total time was about 2 hours


Hope this informs and helps someone. Good luck.

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