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Vikingoutwest

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About Vikingoutwest

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  • Location Portland, OR, USA

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    Portland
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    Oregon

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    Portland OR
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    Denmark

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  1. Hi All! So, yesterday, 2-6-2020, was the big day! I am now an American citizen:-) It was a loooong day! My letter said to be at the venue at 8.30 am and we were there 15 minutes early. The line to get into the venue stretched through a plaza and around the corner of the building. It took us until 11am to get inside the building. After we got inside, it still took another hour and a half for everybody else to get checked in. The ceremony itself was not that long - I think we were out of there by 1.15pm. Crazy day! Checking in for the ceremony was easy - they had us sign our letter in front of the officer, and she verified my name against the green card. Then, I got an envelope with a tiny flag, a letter from the President, some info about rights and responsibilities, a blank passport application, a hard folder for the certificate to be placed in after the ceremony, and a piece of paper with the words of the oath, the pledge of allegiance, and the Star-spangled banner on it. The ceremony started with a guy singing the national anthem, then the showing of 3 videos - one called "Faces of America" with quotes and pictures of immigrants, one showing some national parks and monuments set to America the beautiful, and one of President Trump welcoming us as new citizens - and then the Oath of Allegiance, and Pledge of Allegiance (I don't remember the exact order of the events). Afterwards, we went to pick up our certificates, and that is when you hand in your green card(s), work authorization, travel docs and whatever else you had issued by USCIS before. You receive the certificate and can sign it whenever you want, but then it is official:-D The wait was crazy, and very uncoordinated imo. The excuse the officers gave was that they underestimated the number of loved ones that the candidates would bring....lame! Of course people will bring loved ones to witness their special day!!! The cool thing was that we were 220 people from 61 different countries and it was a great thing to see everyone become citizens of this country.
  2. Yeah that was crazy! And they kept saying "we are so sorry for the wait, and thank you for your patience" - uhm yeah what else are we supposed to do but wait...it's not like we can just leave... it was frustrating, especially because we missed our bus to return home (non-refundable tickets too) and had to scramble to find another way, and spend about 65 more dollars and 6 more hours to get home. Don't get me wrong, it was worth it, just turned into a long day. Also, did you guys notice the handwritten sign on the door? "screeing enterance" haha! Both words misspelled, for an event where everyone has had to be tested on reading and writing...it was some good comedy:-)
  3. Hi All! So, yesterday, 2-6-2020, was the big day! I am now an American citizen:-) It was a loooong day! My letter said to be at the venue at 8.30 am and we were there 15 minutes early. The line to get into the venue stretched through a plaza and around the corner of the building. It took us until 11am to get inside the building. After we got inside, it still took another hour and a half for everybody else to get checked in. The ceremony itself was not that long - I think we were out of there by 1.15pm. Crazy day! Checking in for the ceremony was easy - they had us sign our letter in front of the officer, and she verified my name against the green card. Then, I got an envelope with a tiny flag, a letter from the President, some info about rights and responsibilities, a blank passport application, a hard folder for the certificate to be placed in after the ceremony, and a piece of paper with the words of the oath, the pledge of allegiance, and the Star-spangled banner on it. The ceremony started with a guy singing the national anthem, then the showing of 3 videos - one called "Faces of America" with quotes and pictures of immigrants, one showing some national parks and monuments set to America the beautiful, and one of President Trump welcoming us as new citizens - and then the Oath of Allegiance, and Pledge of Allegiance (I don't remember the exact order of the events). Afterwards, we went to pick up our certificates, and that is when you hand in your green card(s), work authorization, travel docs and whatever else you had issued by USCIS before. You receive the certificate and can sign it whenever you want, but then it is official:-D The wait was crazy, and very uncoordinated imo. The excuse the officers gave was that they underestimated the number of loved ones that the candidates would bring....lame! Of course people will bring loved ones to witness their special day!!! The cool thing was that we were 220 people from 61 different countries and it was a great thing to see everyone become citizens of this country. @mixxin and @malico89 what did you think? I was the one that yelled whoop-whoop when they mentioned Denmark btw haha. Congratulations everyone, and I hope that was the last of the insane lines we ever have to wait in:-)
  4. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Soon Mixxin, Malico and I will join you as citizens! I hope the ceremony is as short as yours but I think it will be longer since it is in the big auditorium - will let you know!
  5. I will definitely post an update after the ceremony - maybe thursday night, but definitely sometime friday, and I will make sure to include answers to these questions:-)
  6. Yeah! You got the same date and place as me and mixxin! That's awesome 😎 it's cool to know that some of us will reach a milestone together irl, after sharing some of the journey on here😃 congratulations and see you on the 6th🤗
  7. Latest Stats: 63 applicants 57 have had/are scheduled for interviews 43 have become citizens 1 more is scheduled for the oath This week we have 1 interview, and 2 more next week: @dannynims has an interview tomorrow 1/21 @Grumpycatnj has an interview 1/29 @negrabella04 has an interview 1/29 Congratulations all! If anyone has updates to the tracker (or is an April filer and wants to join), please take a minute to fill in the info here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19px0T7I0L1r79JhIJJriP1EXI1sO3u1ImNhcP38FETQ/edit#gid=0
  8. Hey @mixxin is your ceremony at this address? Portland 911 Federal Building Auditorium 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland OR 97232 I just noticed it is different from where I had the interview, so got curious:-)
  9. Hey NYC! Did you receive your notification letter yet? When is your date? Congratulations again!
  10. Aww, same! I am happy for you that you got the earlier date though😃
  11. For the date! 2/6/2020😃will update the tracker tomorrow🤗I'm so excited! Hugs to all!
  12. Me too!!! Just got the date, 2/6/20 at 8.30am Thank you! We didn't get the same date, but I got the same as mixxin😃
  13. Guys, I finally got a notification from Casetracker that my oath ceremony notice has been mailed! 52 days from my interview (11/25/19). Hoping that the date will show tomorrow:-D Yay, finally something is happening! Congrats to everyone whose cases are moving along! And best wishes to all who are still waiting for notifications!
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