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  1. Congratulations!! You're a very lucky person. Waiting for the interview date is arguably the worst part of the process for most people.
  2. You're allowed to clarify things with your N-400 application. I'm not sure of if the online application allows extra space for clarifying things, if not bring it up during the interview.
  3. gnakr

    Generic USCIS Email

    I naturalized a while ago, and they still have not gone away...
  4. It isn't so much that you're allowed to decide otherwise, it's more of they typically don't care where you do your bio-metrics as long as you are able to do it. Some USCIS offices outside of your original jurisdiction may even refuse to do the biometric, but from what I have seen they typically allow you especially when you go during non-busy times, and let them know why you are unable to do it at the original location. Unlike interviewing/oath, presumably your bio-metrics letter is visible to almost any USCIS location. Interview on the other hand requires your entire file etc... and you are typically assigned to a very specific person.
  5. USCIS picks the location/time etc... In my experience USCIS will typically allow you to do your biometrics anywhere/anytime, as long as you have the appointment letter and green card. Some offices may not allow you to do so at busy times, but if you come at a relatively slow day you'll typically be allowed to. Interviews and other stuff on the other hand, have to be done at the designated location/time/place.
  6. From my experience your physical address does (e.g. I believe 'permanent address' in your case). They may accidentally schedule your interview near your mailing address, but you can pretty much do the bio-metrics anywhere. Most of the rest depends on the physical address.
  7. I'm no expert, but I think it might have been a mistake by them. I have had a family member be sent an RFE for something that did not apply to her, she just sent back a cover letter explaining why I does not apply to her, as well as documents which would be relevant. If it were me I would submit a cover letter along the lines of: "I was told to submit blah blah with respect to my N-400 application of case number:XXXXXX but it seems that a mistake was made. As discussed during the interview I filled my N-400 while residing in Hawaii (which is why I had an Hawaii address whiling submitting the form), but ended up having to move to New Jersey after submit. I filled a change of address when I moved, which is presumably why my case was transferred to the NJ field office. From my understanding I only needed to have resided for 3+ months in Hawaii (as opposed to New Jersey) while filling. blah blah blah". Attach the proof of change of address, as well any document proving a residence of 3 months (5+ if possible) in Hawaii prior to filling (e.g. utility bills, bank/credit card statements (even electronic ones) etc...), as well as documents showing that current residence in New Jersey (e.g. a NJ driver's license, bills etc...). This is all assuming that the "current address" listed on your N-400 form while submitting was a Hawaii address.
  8. Where did you do your interview? New Jersey? How was the case transferred there? Was it after you did a change-of-address on your application? Or through other means
  9. Are you calling the main USCIS number (1 (800) 375-5283)? Or a local office? If the later, call the former. It may because it was a day after a holiday, call on Monday. You'll land on a level 1, they can't tell you anything beyond what you can see online. Ask to be transferred to a level 2 officer due to having a complicated case. They should transfer you (or call back 'til you receive someone who will). The wait time for a level 2 is typically at least 1.5 hours, so call at a time when you're not per-occupied with anything else.
  10. Apparently my remaining estimating wait time is 1-2 months. I naturalized 2 months ago. So extremely inaccurate. They tend to give the maximum possible wait times because past that, you are allowed to inquire about your case and escalate through other means. I did my interview about 8 months after my initial application. After my interview, I heard absolutely nothing from USCIS except their auto-generated emails for at least 7 months. There was around 5 weeks between the interview notice and the interview. This seems to be the typical amount of time.
  11. Why is this thread still open? OP seems to have obviously abandoned the thread and/or is unwilling to provide additional information about her case.
  12. At ours we were specifically told to print, and that it must include every part of your your full name (first name, all middle names, and last) as it's listed on the certificate. Some sites seem to suggest that, as long as you match the signature on the photo attached to your certificate, you should be fine too. But, the USCIS officers at my ceremony seemed very adamant on the former (e.g. printing name). If you look this up on AVVO, some immigration attorneys seem to specifically suggest one, while others suggest the other. I have seen both cases, and neither had issues receiving their passport with their certificate (as this is probably one of the few cases where you'd need to show your certificate, as opposed to your newly acquired passport).
  13. It's just that they never updated it on the USCIS account. On the eGov website it shows that the certificate has been issued. So in their systems, on the day of the oath, my citizenship information had already been updated. I know a few people who still receive the same emails despite having completed their oath. It's just bad "integration" on USCIS' part. Because when you're updating your citizenship status at the social security office they have to check your citizenship against a USCIS related database, and I was able to easily update mine.
  14. Lol, relax. By taking the oath you're officially a U.S. citizen, there are no "if/buts" about this. If they had any issues with you checking "yes" on the form, they would not have let you take the oath. The email they sent you a generic email, I naturalized more than a month ago and I still get "we are still reviewing your case" emails. I have long gotten my passport, and updated my social security record at that. The issue date thing is arbitrary, it seems to be whatever date they close out your case. The website says that my certificate was issued 2 weeks after my actual oath date.
  15. gnakr

    Before oath ceremony

    Not likely. One of the questions on the oath-form asks whether you've had a speeding ticket since the interview. Just bring a proof of payment for your ticket (and/or a copy of the ticket, something along the lines). It was the most common answer to which people checked "yes" to at my oath, the person leading the oath just asked for the aforementioned documents as proof when people were submitting their green cards. The oath went on as usual.