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Went for my interview today. Arrived 20 minutes early and they let me in. I was called to the window about 5 minutes before my appointment time, and I was done in 30 minutes. There are 5 windows and there were 5 people including myself. While we were doing our interviews the next batch of 5 trickled in to wait.

 

After the interview was done I waited for 20 minutes or so and was led to another room to perform the oath ceremony. Again there were 5 people so I think I only waited for our batch to proceed together. Handed a form to fill to say none of my status had changed since the interview 20 minutes beforehand, given an envelope with a letter from the president, another envelope with passport application and some other stuff, the naturalization certificate and a little US flag. I was walking back to my car at around 1h20 after my appointment time.

 

I was not expecting to become a citizen today! Now I need to go register to vote, as they couldn't do that part.

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That is awesome, congratulations! Can you please fill out your visa journey timeline so we can see when you applied, etc? Thank you!! 


Our K1 Journey    I-129f

Service Center : Texas Service Center   Transferred? California Service Center on 8/11/14

Consulate : Port au Prince, Haiti             I-129F Sent : 4/14/2014

I-129F NOA1 : 4/24/14                            I-129F NOA2 : 9/10/14

NVC Received : 9/24/14                          NVC Left : 9/26/14

Consulate Received : 10/6/14 CEAC status changed to ready

Packet 3 Received : 10/27/14 packet received by petitioner in USA ( beneficiary never received packet 3)

Medical: 10/30/14 Dr. Buteau                  Medical picked up: 11/3/14

Packet 3 Sent : 11/10/13.. Had to schedule interview appointment and attach confirmation receipt to packet

Interview Date : 12/1/14                           Interview Result : Approved !

Visa Received : 12/10/14 picked up at Jacmel location

US Entry : 12/15/14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Apply for Social Security Card: 12/30/14 Connecticut

Marriage: 1/26/15

 

Adjustment of Status

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Biometrics : 4/15/15

Approved: 8/31/15                                     Received: 9/8/15

 

EAD

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Approved: 6/12/15

Received: 6/20/15

 

Removal of Conditions I-751

Filed: 8/14/17 at VSC                                 NOA: 8/15/17 Received 8/21 by mail

Biometrics: Dated: 8/25/17   Received 9/2/17   Appointment 9/11/17 

Approved: 10/23/18 -no interview

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27 minutes ago, potfish said:

Went for my interview today. Arrived 20 minutes early and they let me in. I was called to the window about 5 minutes before my appointment time, and I was done in 30 minutes. There are 5 windows and there were 5 people including myself. While we were doing our interviews the next batch of 5 trickled in to wait.

 

After the interview was done I waited for 20 minutes or so and was led to another room to perform the oath ceremony. Again there were 5 people so I think I only waited for our batch to proceed together. Handed a form to fill to say none of my status had changed since the interview 20 minutes beforehand, given an envelope with a letter from the president, another envelope with passport application and some other stuff, the naturalization certificate and a little US flag. I was walking back to my car at around 1h20 after my appointment time.

 

I was not expecting to become a citizen today! Now I need to go register to vote, as they couldn't do that part.

Congrats please update timeline to share with other! Thank you

Edited by Pats5415

 

AOS
09/23/2016 - I-130 & I-485 Concurrent Filing 
09/27/2016 - I-485 NOA date 
10/2016 - Biometrics 11/03/2016 - RFE for I-864 
11/7/2016 - Sent response 
12/14/2016 - Case ready for interview
03/28/2017 - Interview scheduled for May 3rd 2017 
05/01/2017 - Interview canceled: (waiting on other paperwork to be transferred) 
07/14/2017 - New interview scheduled for 8/28/2017 
8/28/2017 - Interview attended  Approved on spot 
09/14/2017 - Received PR card for 2YR

 

 

 

ROC Process:
*Earliest filing date 5/30/2019
5/29/2019 - Sent ROC packet via Fedex overnight to Lewisville, TX
5/30/2019 - Packet delivered and signed
6/4/2019 - Text notification for case received with EAC#
6/6/2019 - NOA1 received
6/29/2019 - Biometrics letter received
7/10/2019 - Attended biometrics
4/10/2020 - New Card is being produced
4/13/2020 - Case was Approved
4/15/2020 - Approval notice received

4/17/2020 - Card was received
**No transfers, No RFE, No interview**

 

 

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Hi, I live in Massachusetts and filed my naturalization application online on 03/07/2020 (I believe my field office is Lawrence, MA, based on the zip code). My biometrics was scheduled on 03/28/2020 in Hartford and got cancelled due to COVID. On 08/07/2020, they have updated my status online, saying they could reuse my biometrics and don't need to go to the ASC office for biometrics. I am waiting for the citizenship interview notification and it may happen in a couple of months and I will update the status. Thanks.

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18 minutes ago, Narayana said:

Hi, I live in Massachusetts and filed my naturalization application online on 03/07/2020 (I believe my field office is Lawrence, MA, based on the zip code). My biometrics was scheduled on 03/28/2020 in Hartford and got cancelled due to COVID. On 08/07/2020, they have updated my status online, saying they could reuse my biometrics and don't need to go to the ASC office for biometrics. I am waiting for the citizenship interview notification and it may happen in a couple of months and I will update the status. Thanks.

Are you closer to Hartford than Lawrence? I've read some posts on here that some applicants had interviews in Springfield.


 

AOS
09/23/2016 - I-130 & I-485 Concurrent Filing 
09/27/2016 - I-485 NOA date 
10/2016 - Biometrics 11/03/2016 - RFE for I-864 
11/7/2016 - Sent response 
12/14/2016 - Case ready for interview
03/28/2017 - Interview scheduled for May 3rd 2017 
05/01/2017 - Interview canceled: (waiting on other paperwork to be transferred) 
07/14/2017 - New interview scheduled for 8/28/2017 
8/28/2017 - Interview attended  Approved on spot 
09/14/2017 - Received PR card for 2YR

 

 

 

ROC Process:
*Earliest filing date 5/30/2019
5/29/2019 - Sent ROC packet via Fedex overnight to Lewisville, TX
5/30/2019 - Packet delivered and signed
6/4/2019 - Text notification for case received with EAC#
6/6/2019 - NOA1 received
6/29/2019 - Biometrics letter received
7/10/2019 - Attended biometrics
4/10/2020 - New Card is being produced
4/13/2020 - Case was Approved
4/15/2020 - Approval notice received

4/17/2020 - Card was received
**No transfers, No RFE, No interview**

 

 

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1 hour ago, Narayana said:

Hi, I live in Massachusetts and filed my naturalization application online on 03/07/2020 (I believe my field office is Lawrence, MA, based on the zip code). My biometrics was scheduled on 03/28/2020 in Hartford and got cancelled due to COVID. On 08/07/2020, they have updated my status online, saying they could reuse my biometrics and don't need to go to the ASC office for biometrics. I am waiting for the citizenship interview notification and it may happen in a couple of months and I will update the status. Thanks.

Hi I applied the same date and I’m in Lawrence too, I also received a biometric reuse notice. Please let me know once you get an interview notice and I’ll do the same! 


B1/B2 -->married USC---> I-130 + I-485 + I-765 :

Sent: 06/20/2016

Biometric: 07/20/2016

RFE: 09/01/2016

RFE reply sent: 10/31/16

EAD received:  11/15/2016

Interview 03/15/2017 APPROVED

 

ROC:

Package Delivered: 12/21/2018

Text and email with case # received: 12/26/2018 Vermont Service Center

Biometric app. 01/30/2019

Approved: 12/06/2019

Green Card received: 12/12/2019 ❤️📬

 

N400:

Submitted: 03/06/2020

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On 7/27/2020 at 4:11 PM, potfish said:

Went for my interview today. Arrived 20 minutes early and they let me in. I was called to the window about 5 minutes before my appointment time, and I was done in 30 minutes. There are 5 windows and there were 5 people including myself. While we were doing our interviews the next batch of 5 trickled in to wait.

 

After the interview was done I waited for 20 minutes or so and was led to another room to perform the oath ceremony. Again there were 5 people so I think I only waited for our batch to proceed together. Handed a form to fill to say none of my status had changed since the interview 20 minutes beforehand, given an envelope with a letter from the president, another envelope with passport application and some other stuff, the naturalization certificate and a little US flag. I was walking back to my car at around 1h20 after my appointment time.

 

I was not expecting to become a citizen today! Now I need to go register to vote, as they couldn't do that part.

Hi Thank you so much for sharing, If you can’t update the timeline please just let us know when did you apply and when did you receive the interview notice. Congratulations!!!!! Good luck with your next endeavors! 


B1/B2 -->married USC---> I-130 + I-485 + I-765 :

Sent: 06/20/2016

Biometric: 07/20/2016

RFE: 09/01/2016

RFE reply sent: 10/31/16

EAD received:  11/15/2016

Interview 03/15/2017 APPROVED

 

ROC:

Package Delivered: 12/21/2018

Text and email with case # received: 12/26/2018 Vermont Service Center

Biometric app. 01/30/2019

Approved: 12/06/2019

Green Card received: 12/12/2019 ❤️📬

 

N400:

Submitted: 03/06/2020

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11 minutes ago, Narayana said:

Yes, I am closer to Hartford, CT than Lawrence, MA. It would be great if they schedule my interview in Springfield, MA which is 30 minutes drive. 

Do you have an estimated completion date?


 

AOS
09/23/2016 - I-130 & I-485 Concurrent Filing 
09/27/2016 - I-485 NOA date 
10/2016 - Biometrics 11/03/2016 - RFE for I-864 
11/7/2016 - Sent response 
12/14/2016 - Case ready for interview
03/28/2017 - Interview scheduled for May 3rd 2017 
05/01/2017 - Interview canceled: (waiting on other paperwork to be transferred) 
07/14/2017 - New interview scheduled for 8/28/2017 
8/28/2017 - Interview attended  Approved on spot 
09/14/2017 - Received PR card for 2YR

 

 

 

ROC Process:
*Earliest filing date 5/30/2019
5/29/2019 - Sent ROC packet via Fedex overnight to Lewisville, TX
5/30/2019 - Packet delivered and signed
6/4/2019 - Text notification for case received with EAC#
6/6/2019 - NOA1 received
6/29/2019 - Biometrics letter received
7/10/2019 - Attended biometrics
4/10/2020 - New Card is being produced
4/13/2020 - Case was Approved
4/15/2020 - Approval notice received

4/17/2020 - Card was received
**No transfers, No RFE, No interview**

 

 

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10 minutes ago, USAjune2016 said:

Hi Thank you so much for sharing, If you can’t update the timeline please just let us know when did you apply and when did you receive the interview notice. Congratulations!!!!! Good luck with your next endeavors! 

I applied in early January but was unable to attend the first biometric appointment they offered me so that added a month of delay. I'm sorry I don't have the detail of the other dates to hand.

 

While I'm here though, just yesterday I got notice that my passport is on its way. I applied immediately after getting the citizenship so that makes it something like 6 weeks, which is much faster than I was expecting.

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35 minutes ago, potfish said:

I applied in early January but was unable to attend the first biometric appointment they offered me so that added a month of delay. I'm sorry I don't have the detail of the other dates to hand.

 

While I'm here though, just yesterday I got notice that my passport is on its way. I applied immediately after getting the citizenship so that makes it something like 6 weeks, which is much faster than I was expecting.

I really appreciate your reply. It’s great that you came back here and put the effort to help us. Again I wish you the best! Enjoy the American dream :) 


B1/B2 -->married USC---> I-130 + I-485 + I-765 :

Sent: 06/20/2016

Biometric: 07/20/2016

RFE: 09/01/2016

RFE reply sent: 10/31/16

EAD received:  11/15/2016

Interview 03/15/2017 APPROVED

 

ROC:

Package Delivered: 12/21/2018

Text and email with case # received: 12/26/2018 Vermont Service Center

Biometric app. 01/30/2019

Approved: 12/06/2019

Green Card received: 12/12/2019 ❤️📬

 

N400:

Submitted: 03/06/2020

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On 7/27/2020 at 3:11 PM, potfish said:

Went for my interview today. Arrived 20 minutes early and they let me in. I was called to the window about 5 minutes before my appointment time, and I was done in 30 minutes. There are 5 windows and there were 5 people including myself. While we were doing our interviews the next batch of 5 trickled in to wait.

 

After the interview was done I waited for 20 minutes or so and was led to another room to perform the oath ceremony. Again there were 5 people so I think I only waited for our batch to proceed together. Handed a form to fill to say none of my status had changed since the interview 20 minutes beforehand, given an envelope with a letter from the president, another envelope with passport application and some other stuff, the naturalization certificate and a little US flag. I was walking back to my car at around 1h20 after my appointment time.

 

I was not expecting to become a citizen today! Now I need to go register to vote, as they couldn't do that part.

Hi! Congrats! I also became a US citizen in June and I haven’t registered to vote yet because SS office has been closed due to covid and can’t update my social.  

 

Did you register to vote?

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41 minutes ago, Eli_za said:

Did you register to vote?

Yes, and I voted in the MA primary this week :)

Voter registration is nothing to do with social security. I registered via my town hall. I have not tried to do anything with social security or the RMV yet.

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4 hours ago, potfish said:

Yes, and I voted in the MA primary this week :)

Voter registration is nothing to do with social security. I registered via my town hall. I have not tried to do anything with social security or the RMV yet.

Thank you for the info. So means I can go to county hall and register in person 🙏

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