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robhostein

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  • Location Cincinnati, OH, USA

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  1. Well, good. Cause every statement was as truthful as could be. I crossed all my T's and dotted all my I's.
  2. Well, from what I've read, the people from the Trump administration wanted to put a team together of around 300 USCIS immigration employees, and some investigators and paralegals. With a budget of, I think 200 something million dollars, their job would be going over past cases of naturalized citizens, all 20 million of them, find evidence of fraud and such, and bring those cases to immigration court.
  3. I was lucky during my interview, cause I was only asked the easiest of all the questions. Questions like, who is the current president, who makes federal laws, the last day to send in your taxes, etc. The hard questions that I was uneasy about, those never came up.
  4. So this Denaturalization Task Force I've been hearing about has me just a bit concerned. I became a citizen back in April, this year. At the time of my interview, the subject of my name was a bit of an issue because my legal name didn't match my IDs. That's because back in 2010, I got a court order approved to change my birth name. But I didn't change it on my IDs, I left them unchanged and continued to use my birth name. Even in 2015 when I decided to renew my green card (which was already expired for over a year), I still kept it in my birth name as I sent in the renewal application. 6 months later, new green card arrived in my birth name. Now, fast forward to last year, when I was putting together my N400 application. I knew the name thing would be serious. Like, right, this is the N400. The big one. The application to become a naturalized citizen. There's absolutely no mucking about here. So using all the little bits of common sense that I had, I figured, the part where it asks what my current legal name was, I had to put down the name that I chose on that court order from 2010. And so I did. Where it asks of any other names I used in the past, I put down my birth name. Current name on green card, my birth name. And of course, I attached a copy of the court order. But hold on, not only was my legal name from 2010 not on my renewed green card from 2015, but I also put down on the N400 application that I wanted to change the spelling of my currently legal name by a couple letters. Not the whole thing, just a couple letters. Now you would think that all of this would be a little suspicious to an immigration officer. And you'd be right, it was, because at the interview, I was asked a ton of questions about my name, and what my intentions were with changing my name. A lot of questions. In fact, most, if not all of the interview, was focused on my name. I thought for sure, my application was going to be denied right then and there. But for some reason, the interviewing officer gave me an approval at the end of the interview. I was stunned, but happy, nonetheless. Couple months later, oath ceremony. So you've read my story. Do you think I have anything to fear from this Denaturalization Task Force?
  5. You guys got actual physical letters in your snail mailboxes? That is cool. I wonder why I never got any paper letters in my mailbox. I mean, I got one for my biometrics, but I never got one for my interview, and I never got one for my oath ceremony. The PDF notice for my oath ceremony was posted at the last minute, after waiting almost two months after my interview. I swear, if I didn't have the hunch to check my account, I would have MISSED my oath ceremony!!!!! My oath ceremony was 7 days after the notice was posted. If an actual letter would have been mailed, I think it would have arrived a day or two in the mailbox before the ceremony. After the first month of checking my account every two days, I got tired of it and thought maybe it might be another month or two before they actually schedule my oath ceremony. So I was only checking it like once a week. Anyways, congrats to you all for becoming citizens. We are citizens now.
  6. Well, just an update, my oath ceremony was on April 18th here in our city's downtown court house. It was quite a show. 78 people were being naturalized. We all had to wear nametags and we had assigned seating. Before handing out the certificates, they had each person being naturalize stand up (a mic was being passed around) and say their name and their country of birth. Then they proceeded to have everyone stand up and we all said the oath of allegiance together. There were a bunch of people from these organizations, one of them was the women's voters? I think. Another was this civil war reenactment group, and they were dressed in costume. We were all given voter registration forms to sign, which they collected at the end. The court clerk lady was a friendly one, this is a highlight of her job, doing these ceremonies once a month (I believe that's how often oath ceremonies are held.) She went around asking all 78 of us where we're from, how we're doing, and other stuff about our culture and our country of birth. She was also the lady who had to hand out our name change court orders, so after the ceremony we had to wait for her down at her office to get our court orders, those of us who changed our names on the N400, me included. The whole thing took about 3 hours. And after we were handed our certificates, we were all allowed to line up and take photos with the judge at her bench. Yeah, everyone took photos. Came home with a big ol' fat envelope of pamphets and other stuff, including those little american flags. What an experience, what an experience. Where do I go from here. I am an American Citizen now...
  7. Sorry, man. No advice from me. I haven't even begun to contemplate getting my US passport.
  8. Just a heads up, some states, their DMV will require you to change your name on your immigration document (green card, in your case) before they'll allow you to change your name on your driver's license. I know that definitely happened to me, here in Ohio. They denied my name change because my green card was still in my old name. But, I got my naturalization certificate now (which is in my new name) so I can change my name on my license.
  9. Hahaha, It's been a month and a half since I became a citizen and I'm still getting these notices in my email and phone from the USCIS website about my N400 case. Hello!!! There's nothing to review!!! I am a citizen now!!! Hahaha. Silly website. 🤣 But in all seriousness, being a citizen rocks. I'm still planning the day I'll go to the DMV and SSA to present to them my certificate and update my IDs. 😊
  10. Yeah, I changed my name, but I doubt that was the reason for the delay. Our district, Cincinnati only does judicial ceremonies, and from what I remember, they do them once a month. My ceremony was on on April 18th, and they had like 78 people there being naturalized, so I guess they also wait until they have enough people to have the ceremony.
  11. Wow, you guys have been to a lot of countries. I am jealous! I hope to travel to the UK after I become a citizen.
  12. I finally got my oath ceremony scheduled yesterday. It's only been, 7 weeks since the interview. The ceremony is next week!
  13. After almost two months since my interview, they finally scheduled me for my oath ceremony. The notice was posted today. And they're not wasting time, it looks like, cause my ceremony is next week!
  14. Lol, hilarious. You should see the videos of kids trying to figure out how cassette players work.
  15. I don't think those would count. When I came to the USA, we didn't have a direct flight. We had to stop at a couple countries. We never left their airports.
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