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JER2020

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About JER2020

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  • Location Charlotte, NC, USA

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    South Carolina

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    Naturalization (pending)
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    Greer SC
  • Country
    Spain

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  1. Awesome. This gives me hope On average, how long is it taking to get interviews after doing biometrics. Not reuse though, after new biometrics being taken?
  2. Hello everyone. Still waiting for my interview to be scheduled, had my biometrics done a month ago in Charlotte, NC. I am a bit concerned about upcoming travels starting in September. As long as I have a GC, I don't have any problems and am able to travel. Problem will be after my oath ceremony where I will have to turn it in. Passport applications, even expedited ones are taking close to 12 weeks from what I heard due to backlog. That would leave me at least 3 months without being able to leave the country. Hopefully its not the case. Has anyone else thought about this?
  3. Yes that is correct. You have to make sure you go at a time when it will not be busy, they open at 6AM and I was there first thing in the morning and they took me in but they did explain that had they been busy they would've said no and I had to come back another day and try.
  4. Walked in today and got my biometrics done earlier. Status on my account changed to Case Is Being Actively Reviewed By USCIS.
  5. I tried to update the google sheet but its all jacked up, my line has all the wrong information. I am 5YR, field office is Greer SC and filed 7/18/20, had not had an update since then.
  6. Saturday 6/5 I received my Biometrics appointment on my account. Received the email from no-reply@uscis.dhs.gov with "We have taken an action on your case and it needs your attention". Appointment is for 7/2/2021.
  7. Yes so renunciation cannot be accomplished by just an oath. For instance, in Spain, if I wanted to renounce, there is an entire process I would have to follow and even stand before a judge that will dictate on my case and strip me of that nationality. This oath is only for the purposes of US law and does not require for you to show proof of renouncing to anything. Just accept that while in the US you will be only recognized by the government and its laws, as a US citizen. They also hope that you will remain loyal and be loyal primarily to the US. Anything USCIS related, I am sure you're familiar with the nature of all their questions, they are heavily political and anti-communist. So this is their main motivation in making you take that oath, to protect the foundation on which the US was built and if you intend to become naturalized, they hope you will renounce to allegiance to a communist/socialist nation you may be coming from.
  8. Hey, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I have been working through this dilemma myself. I think we understand the admin side of it, but its the fact you give your word importance. An oath is an oath, for those who just want a US passport at all costs and don't care what they have to say to get it, different story and I respect that. As you well said, an oath is binding, and if in the future an administration wants to hold you to your oath, who can say that it wont happen? Its a concern based in fear and thats where the problem came in. I had to ask God to give me peace about it, whether it is to take it or to just cancel my N400 application and call it a day. I dont like the line about renouncing and abjuring to any sovereignty to which I am subject to. I wish they would specify it is talking about the nations lol. It is just too overbroad. I will probably ask to wave the bearing of arms, I dont mind non-combatant service. The work of national importance under civilian direction is crazy too because that could be just anyone in the private sector with a project that government votes that is of national importance and then I HAVE to serve to it. Just crazy.
  9. Do you mind me asking how does a Kenyan respond to questions?
  10. I am a Christian myself and appreciate you understanding and sharing your experience. As you said one does have to give it thought because words have meaning and weight. We're not all the same, but there's a reason why USCIS accommodates a few revisions to the oath for the sake of peace of mind of the applicant and clear conscience. Spain does not recognize that renunciation so to them it has no effect. As someone just said, it just means to the US you are only a US citizen. I have a feeling one day this will be modified, in a near future and even be made optional.
  11. I dont know what a true Kenyan means but you need to take it down a notch. Its a forum and I shared with a broader audience to hear other peoples thoughts, not the same one that chases me down the threads lol. You already shared your opinion once on a different thread as you well said, thank you, Good point, it 100% is speaking to that aspect, the wording just makes it feel deeper lol Thank you.
  12. Has anyone in here given any thought to the oath of allegiance? This would be my third nationality and although I understand it is only to the effects of US Laws, the way it is written its like what I read in the bible and it made me uneasy for some time as I know I am making an oath not only before men but also before God. It is definitely loaded so was just wondering if it was only me lol. I serve the one above all earthly kingdoms and the one who allows them to stand or fall. At one point I even wondered if I really needed to be naturalized as I am a EU citizen as well and can travel more on that passport than I would on a US one. But my purpose for naturalizing is not for the passport, I love this country, all the good things that it was founded on and even as I see it is not what it used to be there is still hope. It has given me many opportunities, and to my family. I have a lot to be grateful for. You can modify the oath but only remove one of the US Armed forces option, however the work of national importance directed by civilians (forced to move to Mars under the direction of Elon Musk lol lol, jk). It is just very loaded. Spain does not recognize the oath so no problems there, my birth country I believe the same applies. I just wonder why the US is so invested in making new citizens commit at this level. Clearly those born here are not subject to this. Anyone wants to share their thoughts? Germany: I solemnly declare that I will respect and observe the Basic Law and the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, and that I will refrain from any activity which might cause it harm. Israel: "I declare that I will be a loyal national of the State of Israel." Canada: I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen. Russia: I, (surname, name, middle name), swear that, by taking the citizenship of the Russian Federation, I will observe the Constitution and laws of the Russian Federation, and the rights and freedoms of its citizens; that I shall fulfill my duties as a citizen of the Russian Federation for the welfare of the state and society; that I will protect the freedom and independence of the Russian Federation; and that I will be loyal to Russia and respect its culture, history and traditions. UK: I, [name], [swear by Almighty God] [do solemnly, sincerely and truly affirm and declare] that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs, and successors, according to law. Norway: As a citizen of Norway I pledge loyalty to my country Norway and the Norwegian society, and I support democracy and human rights and will respect the laws of the country. Applicants for Norwegian citizenship are not required to take the oath; it is optional. USA: I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
  13. Yes you are right, probably should be on its own thread. I will do that. Thank you
  14. No I did not take two oaths, it is my first one. My first was by birth and second one through my Father. This is the first one and I respect your view, I don't believe they are just words.
  15. Some examples for comparison. Australia: From this time forward, [under God], I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey. Germany: I solemnly declare that I will respect and observe the Basic Law and the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, and that I will refrain from any activity which might cause it harm. Israel: "I declare that I will be a loyal national of the State of Israel." Canada: I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen. Russia: I, (surname, name, middle name), swear that, by taking the citizenship of the Russian Federation, I will observe the Constitution and laws of the Russian Federation, and the rights and freedoms of its citizens; that I shall fulfill my duties as a citizen of the Russian Federation for the welfare of the state and society; that I will protect the freedom and independence of the Russian Federation; and that I will be loyal to Russia and respect its culture, history and traditions. UK: I, [name], [swear by Almighty God] [do solemnly, sincerely and truly affirm and declare] that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs, and successors, according to law. Norway: As a citizen of Norway I pledge loyalty to my country Norway and the Norwegian society, and I support democracy and human rights and will respect the laws of the country. Applicants for Norwegian citizenship are not required to take the oath; it is optional. USA: I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
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