My sincere gratitude for all the help that you offered in these months leading up to my husband's Citizenship interview. Our journey has come to an end! March 16th was my husband's interview. Here's a little about our experience: If you are scheduled for the Fairfax office, there is free parking in front of the building. But it is limited, so you must arrive early. My husband went to the entrance 15 minutes before his interview as instructed in the letter.
He said that he was let in and passed through security. Here is the interesting thing: you are not only allowed to have your cellphone, but it is the way you will be called for the interview. My husband turned his off and the IO had to walk downstairs to get him. Oops.
He said that she was EXTREMELY friendly. She made him feel at ease.
She started right away with the civic questions. From what he could remember they were:
Who is the father of our country?
Name one Native American tribe.
Name one branch of the federal government.
What is one freedom guaranteed in the Bill of Rights?
He couldn't remember the others. But he got them all right.
She told him to write on an iPad. "Everyone wants to vote." I can't remember what the reading question was.
She asked him about our last trip and got excited when he said Mexico. She's heard a lot about Tulum. 😄 She asked about his current address, employment, job, what I do and where I work and she asked him about his history paying taxes. She didn't ask for our tax transcripts although we had them ready. She asked him about a traffic citation that he had and was pleased that he brought the original paperwork and fine payment receipt. So bring any paperwork. This makes a good impression. You all were right, she did not ask for my birth certificate at all. After that she asked the final oath questions (he had a modified oath), and cleared up some things on the form, then she congratulated him! We were over the moon when he told me the good news. I was waiting in the car. hahaha
Another thing to note Washington DC folks--the ceremony was the next day! So, it may be a good idea to take off two days from work instead of just one. We were very happy about this. We just booked another night at our hotel and called my husband's job. They were thrilled and happily gave him the day off. Today was the super quick oath ceremony. The officials apologized for a more subdued ceremony and congratulated each new citizen. And then we were on our way!
It's absolutely surreal that his journey from K1 visa holder to citizen is over just like that! This site has been an immense help! Thank you to each one of you for help, answers and reviews. We could not have done it so affordably without you. For those still waiting, I wish you the best. You're at the final stretch. I'm happy to answer any questions.
A peaceful journey to all!