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tamcloud

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About tamcloud

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  • Member # 218038
  • Location Baltimore, MD, USA

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    Maryland

Immigration Info

  • Immigration Status
    Naturalization (approved)
  • Local Office
    Baltimore MD
  • Country
    Bermuda
  • Our Story
    08/09/2015: I-129F mailed08/14/2015: NOA1 received by email; hardcopy received approximately 08/17/201509/14/2015: NOA2 received09/30/2015: NVC received case10/02/2015: CEAC status changed to "In Transit"10/08/2015: CEAC status changed to "Ready"10/09/2015: Consulate acknowledged receipt via phone; Hardcopy from US DoS with case number. 10/19/2015: Received information from Consulate.10/28/2015: Medical Exam11/18/2015: Interview...Approved!11/24/2015: Picked up passport w/Visa and sealed packet02/14/2016: U.S. arrival (POE Bermuda)02/18/2016: Married**************************03/02/2016: AOS/EAD/AP submitted03/14/2016: I-485/765/131 NOAs received by mail. USCIS Receipt Date 03/04/16; USCIS Notice Date 03/10/1603/25/2016: Received biometrics appointment letter04/04/2016: Biometrics appointment04/26/2016: Notification that the I-131 was approved and name was updated on the I-765.05/23/2016: Received notice that a new card was being produced for I-765.05/28/2016: Received EAD/AP card.06/01/2016: Received electronic notice that AOS interview has been scheduled.06/30/2016: Interview at USCIS Baltimore Field Office.09/01/2016: No determination received; able to get an InfoPass appointment for 09/07/2016.09/06/2016: Received electronic notification that I-485 was approved on 09/02/2016.09/09/2016: Received hard copy Notice of Approval 09/14/2016: Green Card delivered! 06/13/2018: Mailed I-751 application packet for Removal of Conditions. 06/25/16: Received NOA/18 month extension letter.
    06/19/2019: Received 10yr Green Card
    06/23/2019: Filed form N-400
    01/13/2020: Interview completed and application approved! Oath ceremony scheduled on-site for 01/16/2020.
    01/16/2020: Journey complete. Citizenship ceremony was held at the USCIS Baltimore Field Office. My wife is now a citizen of the United Staes.

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  1. We first went to the SSA to change my wife's file, then immediately after to the Post Office to submit for her passport. Keep in mind, when you send in your Naturalization Certificate for your passport it will be returned in a separate mailing about 10 days after your passport is received. Another thing to consider - if you applied for TSA Pre with your Green Card, that record should also be amended to reflect your change in status.
  2. Thank you! She said the civics questions were obviously a random selection; she only had to answer 6 as her answers to that point were correct, which meant a pass. We'd been practicing the full 100 questions with index cards each night for a couple of weeks, so she was prepared for whichever ones came up. She wrote them out by hand to start the learning process.
  3. We filed my wife's application online and I noticed the same thing after I downloaded a copy for printing/saving - 1 for her, 0 for me. We also reviewed the full application, multiple times, before submitting and all questions were answered appropriately. So, I'd agree that there's something about the way the form maps to the questions that caused the issue. I was concerned but forgot to remind her about it on interview day; it didn't come up at all in her interview (she passed). You can mention it, if it makes you feel better; or just address it if they ask. I'm thinking if it's a flag they'll bring it up themselves.
  4. Journey complete! My wife took the oath and became a U.S. citizen on 16 January 2020. 😊
  5. It's done! My wife took the oath and became a U.S. citizen on 16 January 2020.
  6. Congratulations! And, it's so awesome that your husband could get time to return and attend with you. They scheduled her ceremony on-site after the interview. It's tomorrow morning. The letter showed up in the online account today.
  7. If you're on the June 2019 N400 filers post, this part is a repeat of my comment there: Wife's interview completed and her application approved yesterday! Not sure why, but they really seem to be pushing the processing. Our estimated interview time still shows as August 2020 on the https://myaccount.uscis.gov/ site, despite today's updates of interview completion and recommendation for approval. Oath Ceremony was scheduled on-site after her interview (Baltimore Field Office) and we got Thursday morning. SO happy and grateful, because I have surgery scheduled for Thursday afternoon and it will be a relief going into that knowing that we don't have to worry about an Oath appointment during the time that I'm laid up (::knock wood::). I'd reschedule if I had to, because this takes precedence; the surgery is planned not an emergency and I wouldn't make her wait a moment longer than necessary. I told her to take whatever they offered and we'd adapt. She said her interviewer "was lovely" and first dealt with the civics test because he knew people stressed about that and he wanted to offer relief by getting it out of the way. He updated her post-application travel history and looked at our identification (birth certificates, passports). He barely touched on the relationship information in the application but did go through all of the questions related to moral character and allegiance. She was so comfortable with him that she asked if he wanted to see things like our marriage certificate or relationship proof, but he was satisfied with what he had reviewed in advance. She offered the fact that we've been together for 23 years and he asked why we took so long to get married; she responded that it wasn't legal and his response was "Oh yes, sorry, I forgot". One more step and we're done! The staff at the Baltimore Field Office were great and we made sure to tell them so.
  8. Wife's interview completed and her application approved yesterday! Not sure why, but they really seem to be pushing the processing. Our estimating interview time still shows as August 2020 on the https://myaccount.uscis.gov/ site, despite today's updates of interview completion and recommendation for approval. Oath Ceremony was scheduled on-site after her interview (Baltimore Field Office) and we got Thursday morning. SO happy and grateful, because I have surgery scheduled for Thursday afternoon and it will be a relief going into that knowing that we don't have to worry about an Oath appointment during the time that I'm laid up (::knock wood::). I'd reschedule if I had to, because this takes precedence; the surgery is planned not an emergency and I wouldn't make her wait a moment longer than necessary. One more step and we're done!
  9. Hello everyone, I'm happy to report that my wife's interview was successfully completed yesterday! She said her interviewer as "absolutely lovely" and the whole thing took about 30 minutes, but only because his computer kept freezing with each input. She believes it was probably closer to 25 minutes actual interview time. He did her civics test first thing, as he knew that people stressed about it enough to not be able to focus on the application questions; so, he preferred to offer the relief of getting that over with as soon as possible. She received a letter indicating the recommendation of Approval and they sent her out to wait for scheduling her Oath Ceremony. We were incredibly fortunate to get an appointment for tomorrow morning! ::knock wood:: We're just one step away from concluding this process. The staff at the Baltimore Field Office were great and we told them so.
  10. How was the interview? Oath scheduled?

    1. tamcloud

      tamcloud

      Success! Wife reporter her interviewer as "absolutely lovely" and the hole thing took about 30 minutes, but only because his computer kept freezing with each input. She believes it was probably closer to 25 minutes actual interview time. Oath was scheduled on-site for tomorrow morning.  I'll repeat this in the thread.

    2. Pupa

      Pupa

      Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

    3. tamcloud

      tamcloud

      Thank you!

  11. @Godsfavor, any further information on your situation? Have they contacted you again or have you followed up to see if your file has arrived?
  12. Yes, it's definitely happened before; and yes, you're doing the right thing by going and having it re-packaged. They wouldn't accept any excuse for it being opened when you hit CBP at your port of entry.
  13. My wife's interview is scheduled for January! 🙂 She got the electronic notification last week, the letter arrived yesterday. Fingers crossed that her file will have arrived before her date. When we went for her AOS, the file hadn't been with the officer yet; we still interviewed, but I think that played a part in the delay of her official decision notification three months later than it should have come.
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