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Consulate / USCIS Member Review #28826

Jacksonville FL Review on November 24, 2020:


Review Topic: Naturalization

Interview Date was today, 11/23/2020.

I didn't bring in any electronics with me but cellphones are allowed just as long as they are on silent mode. Before entering the door, due to COVID, they have new protocols. I was wearing a cloth mask - I was told by security that they only allow surgical masks. They gave me one.

I proceeded to get past the security and headed towards the receptionist to get my # and went inside the waiting room.

My appointment was for 1:30pm but I was only called at 2:25pm. The officer, Mr. T Ferrill was very nice and I felt that even at the beginning of the conversation.

He asked for my passport and 10 years greencard and had me raise my right hand and swore to tell the truth snd nothing but the truth.

He started off by getting the civics test out of the way.

Civic Test Questions:
What is freedom of religion?
Why are there 50 stars in the flag?
Why are there 13 stripes in the flag?
What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?
Who is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court right now?
What is the supreme law of the land?

Reading and Writing:
Who elects Congress?
The people elects Congress.

**I wasn't asked to define any words.

Officer asked me a few questions to confirm a few details / info about myself and my husband:

Where do you work?
What do you do there?
Did you travel outside of the US in the last 3 years?
Was your husband born inside or outside the US?

He asked about the address change since the one we had when I filed was different from the current one in the system. He asked me when we moved to the new place and if I have the lease with me. I told him we actually bought the place, and I didn't have the title with me because the title company has not sent it yet and I have proof of that. I had a feeling that could be brought up and I am so glad I brought some paperwork with me that shows we did buy a condo: letters from the mortgage company + the printed email exchange I had with the title company proving that COVID delayed their process of sending out the deed of our home.

He also asked us why we filed our taxes separately during the last tax season (we have always filed jointly except for 2019) and I have a ready and printed out explanation for that as well. YES I CAME PREPARED! 😆 He asked for the 2019 Tax forms with the attached W2s.

He asked how our marriage is and if we plan to divorce each other, lol.

Yes and No Questions followed.

He then told me he is approving my application, printed my oath ceremony appointment letter and told me to come back on December 4, 2020 to get sworn in.

Officer was so nice, greeted me "Happy Birthday" and told me that this is their (USCIS and America) birthday gift for me as it is my birthday 10 days after the oath taking ceremony.

A TIP: In the letter for the interview appointment, it tells us to bring the originals of everything we submitted online. Make sure you bring originals of everything you filed PLUS all evidences of your marriage that you incurred AFTER you already filed because the officer could ask you for those things just like what happened to me. Officer was very happy I came in prepared, makes his job easier he said.

All in all it was a very good experience. Thank you USCIS, thank you Mr. Ferrill and thank yoy America!!

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