Hello, I’m officially a citizen of the USA as of this morning.
It was so different from what I anticipated pre-COVID...
I texted my husband when I parked at the USCIS office at 7:44, at 8:02 I was back in my car. We were being let in the building one by one to maintain social distances, one security person had me read through laminated paper to answer basic question about Covid-19 exposure, then security check before being sent in the naturalization room. Everything was very efficient! There was one man ahead of me, I was almost immediately called, showed my papers, given my certificate to verify the information, then waited in a small line where my GC and interview paper were picked up. In the corner of the room 4 people were taking their oath ahead of us. When it was our turn I picked up a flag on the table, walked to the next available mark on the floor. There were 4 of us plus one interpreter. The USCIS agent welcomed us, said congratulations, had us repeat the oath. After that he pointed to voting registration packets to pick up, told us we needed to sign our certificates and said that unless we had questions we were free to go. So it was straight off to the exit.
I’m seeing it as the students who are graduating this year. It doesn’t take away my « diploma », but there was no ceremony.