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I've recently filed N400. The USCIS site shows that it should take around 5 months (which seemed surprisingly quick, since previous stages of my immigration journey took much longer).

 

I was wondering how things work with the Oath Ceremony. As far as I understand some states have a same day oath, but in North Carolina where I live it appears that ceremonies are held in various locations periodically throughout the year. Is it usual to be given a choice of locations/dates - or is one allocated for you? I'm in Wilmington NC, and I know they have occasional ceremonies here, but they are held more regularly in Raleigh. I was hoping I'd be given the option of waiting longer and having ceremony in Wilmington (or close by), or waiting shorter time and going to Raleigh. I have travel planned later in the year, so might opt for short wait to get passport in time for that, unless Wilmington dates fit better with my plans.


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Married: 21 Jun 2015

---Adjustment of Status---
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EAD and AP combo card received: 18 Sep 2015
Green Card Received: 3 Dec 2015 [ :)] Previous letter stated interview requirement was likely to be waived

 

---Removal of Conditions---
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Biometrics: 20 Nov 2017
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Green Card Received: 2 Jan 2019

 

-- Citizenship --
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NOA1 (Online): 22 Feb 2020
Biometrics: 10 Mar 2020

Interview: 29 Jul 2020 (Approved - Oath taken immediately due to covid19)

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Nepal
Timeline

You will be provided a location to go for oath, no choice.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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24 minutes ago, Limey said:

Is it usual to be given a choice of locations/dates - or is one allocated for you?

You, usually they will send you a letter that specify what time/date and where you need to go. You will not be offered a choice. 

There are two types of ceremonies: judicial and administrative. Judicial ceremonies are held at a US district courthouse and officiated by a federal Judge. All name changing cases will be held at the judicial ones, plus if there are still spots, non-name-changing cases. Judicial ceremonies are usually less frequent. Administrative ceremonies are usually held at the local USCIS offices or they sometimes rent other venues for special events (for example, sometimes you can hear on the news that ceremonies are being held on board the USS Constitution for the Boston Field Office. I think in Los Angeles, due to sheer numbers, sometimes they have to get an auditorium that could accommodate 800-1000 people, ... )

 

Yes, some states of same day ceremony. I have seen cases where some people were interviewed and just so happened that there was a ceremony that same day in the after noon and they have spots available so they as the newly passed interviewees to join the ceremony right there. 

 

My recommendation is to go to the whatever date they first assign to you, whether it's Raleigh or Wilmington and get it over with. It's not that bad of a drive from Wilmington to Raleigh, I used to make the drive all the time when I used to live in Cary. This is an important enough occasion for that. 

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11 minutes ago, USS_Voyager said:

My recommendation is to go to the whatever date they first assign to you, whether it's Raleigh or Wilmington and get it over with. It's not that bad of a drive from Wilmington to Raleigh, I used to make the drive all the time when I used to live in Cary. This is an important enough occasion for that. 

 

Thanks for the info, really useful.

 

I have no problem doing the drive to Raleigh (my biometrics and interview will be there, as were my previous immigration appointments). Like you say, its an important occasion so it would be good to make a day of it - I hated the idea of a quick legal ceremony after the interview, and was happy they don't appear to do that in NC . In Wilmington I have seen that they've done ceremonies on the Battleship, which would be cool. I just wasn't sure whether they'd allocate the first available ceremony (probably Raleigh) or the nearest (Wilmington), even if that requires a few weeks wait.


--- k1 visa ---
Texas Service Center (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here)
I-129F sent: 12 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA1: 15 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA2: 2 Mar 2015 (199 days from NOA1) **No RFEs!**
NVC Received: 19 Mar 2015
Case#, IIN, BIN assigned: 19 Mar 2015
NVC Left: 20 Mar 2015
Consultate Received: 23 Mar 2015
Package 3 Received: 26 Mar 2015
Medical: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 3 Sent: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 4 Received: 23 Apr 2015
Interview Date: 8 May 2015 (Approved!!!)
Visa Issued: 14 May 2015
Visa in Hand: 19 May 2015
Entry to USA: 5 Jun 2015
Married: 21 Jun 2015

---Adjustment of Status---
Sent I-485, I-131 and I-765: 7 Jul 2015
NOA1 for I-485, I-131 and I-765: 14 Jul 2015
Email notification that I-765 was approved: 12 Sep 2015
Email notification that I-131 was approved: 15 Sep 2015
Email notification that EAD/AP combo card was mailed: 15 Sep 2015
EAD and AP combo card received: 18 Sep 2015
Green Card Received: 3 Dec 2015 [ :)] Previous letter stated interview requirement was likely to be waived

 

---Removal of Conditions---
Sent I-751: 13 Oct 2017
NOA1 for I-751: 23 Oct 2017

Biometrics: 20 Nov 2017
Approved: 20 Dec 2018

Green Card Received: 2 Jan 2019

 

-- Citizenship --
Filed Online: 21 Feb 2020
NOA1 (Online): 22 Feb 2020
Biometrics: 10 Mar 2020

Interview: 29 Jul 2020 (Approved - Oath taken immediately due to covid19)

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7 minutes ago, Limey said:

In Wilmington I have seen that they've done ceremonies on the Battleship, which would be cool. I just wasn't sure whether they'd allocate the first available ceremony (probably Raleigh) or the nearest (Wilmington), even if that requires a few weeks wait.

Yes! The USS North Carolina. Been there! I would be cool. My ceremony was at a courthouse, boring. 

 

I am not sure how they allocate. It's all from a computer of course. I suspect it would be first available within acceptable driving distance from your address. How they decide "acceptable", no one knows... 

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Filed: Timeline

I asked my IO if I could have my oath in a different city since ours only holds it once every 2 months . Quick answer was NO. I was willing to drive 2 hours or more if I could have my oath much sooner. Good news was that the naturalization calendar was already set for the year so I knew which possible days to block if I wanted to go out of town.

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I'd do an oath ceremony in the desert if they told me. Goal is to become a citizen! 

 

Jokes aside, no choice involved. The letter - when the time comes - will specify where to go.

 

I think if there is a name change though the citizen-to-be has to participate in a court-based ceremony (and those, from what I hear, are much more boring). 


CITIZENSHIP TIMELINE

4/2019: Submitted N400

5/2019: Biometrics (3 weeks)

2/2020: Interview (10 months)

3/2020: Oath & naturalization (11 months)

6/2020: Passport received (3 months)

Officially a U.S. Citizen! 

 

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