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DivineAngel posted a topic in US Citizenship Case Filing and Progress ReportsHi Everyone, what determines the naturalization biometrics and interview location on N400? The mailing or permanent address? Thanks!
Hello everybody, I have been on this forum reading threads a lot during my process, and I wanted to give back by sharing my interview experience with you. So a little bit about me: I'm a female student, not married, have lived in the U.S. for 16 years, had a green card for more than 5 years, got it through the lottery. My appointment was 8:40AM at the Federal Building in DTLA. I got to the building at 8:10AM. The line in front of the Federal Building at 8:10AM was already moderately long, I waited at least 15 minutes in line before I got to the security at the entrance of the building. They made me take off my little boots I was wearing, but other people with smaller shoes (like flats) didn't have to. Also remember to take your phone out of your bag and put it next to your bag in the tub. The security guard found and took out of my purse two bottles of prescription pills, which he made a joke about, and I said something along the lines of "just in case!" with a smile and he easily let me through. I used the restroom in the lobby, then went to the 6th floor and room that's assigned on my letter. The room that's actually on my letter was an office style room (with cubicles as well as individual interview rooms) across the hall from the waiting room, and everyone assigned to that room like me was waiting in the waiting room. The security guard in front of the interview room took my letter. The waiting room was very comfortable and had a TV playing current news as well as some plants, pictures on the wall of people smiling, and a small play section with toys for children. I sat in the waiting room with about 50 other people. This very elderly Asian man was called for his interview at one point, and he turned around with a huge grin and waved at everyone else in the waiting room, which I thought was really adorable and heartwarming. Interestingly, I felt like I waited a very short time in the waiting room, as I was called before others who were there before me. My interviewer actually came to the waiting room to call me in person, whereas most others' names were called on a loudspeaker that plays in the waiting room, a name being called once every 10 minutes or so. I went with him across the hall into the office-like room with lots of cubicles, and went to his actual office in the back. He first had me swear I tell the truth, and then I sat down and he asked me for my green card and my California State ID card (I don't drive). That's all he asked me to show, even though I brought lots of other stuff related to my application. So he first had me do the civics exam "to get it over with!". He wrote my answers down pretty much verbatim on a worksheet he had in front of him, which had 10 questions on it. As you know, after getting 6 right, it's over, you pass. These were the questions I was asked: What is freedom of religion? When was the Constitution written? How many people are in the Senate? When must one sign up for Selective Service? What is the ocean on the East Coast? Name a state that borders Canada. Then, he made me read "The American flag is red, white, and blue." and then write the same sentence in a spot on a piece of paper. Ridiculously easy. Next, he went through the entire N-400 I had submitted, a copy of which was in front of him. We actually went through all of the things in the application that I had answered, but it did not take long because I am not married and have no kids. He asked me some interest-based questions, like how my undergrad experience was at the university I went to, and also what I am researching in grad school. And he did ask me about the trips I had taken outside the U.S. since getting my green card, and they were all short winter break trips to my parents' country, to "visit grandparents". Then came all the "no" questions. He looked at me in the eyes for each one, the ones about crimes, guerilla, drugs, unpaid taxes, Communism, all that stuff. Then, it was done. He told me that I passed! He had me sign a piece of paper he printed out that showed all my basic personal info, that would go on my naturalization certificate. And then he gave me a pamphlet about American facts, a flyer about "what to expect at the oath ceremony", and also the Form N-652/approval notice. Then, he told me that the next oath ceremony would be mid-February, but I probably won't be able to get into that one, so I would probably have my oath in March or later (update: I got the mid-February oath ceremony). He told me I should expect my oath notification in the mail in a month to 90 days (update: I got it in the mail in 8 days). I wasn't particularly worried about passing the interview, but I felt so happy and relieved when I stepped out of the office and out of the Federal Building. I hope this helps you know what to expect, as well as quell any nervousness you may have about this. Please let me know if you have any questions.
MiraW posted a topic in US Citizenship General DiscussionHi everyone. I just had my naturalization interview today, maybe some fellow Bostonians would be interested. I filed online around mid October 2017, and they scheduled my interview to be on Jan 8, 2018. This is way faster than I expected. My interview was scheduled at 10:30 at JFK building, and I live in a suburb that's about 45 mins away. We left home around 9 and got stuck in traffic for a looooong time, I almost had a panic attack in the car lol. My husband dropped me off at the building at 10:40 and then went to park the car. Long story short, it was 10:50 when I finally checked in for my interview at the front desk. I was praying they'd still accept me and thank goodness the lady at the front desk said it should be ok. At about 11:05, an IO came out and called my name. I went into his office, and he told me to put down my bags and then swore me in. After I sat down, he looked at me extremely seriously and said "You're late, this isn't good." I apologized and got slightly shaky, AHHHHH I wish I had taken the commuter rail T_T. The officer seemed slightly annoyed with me but then sighed and said "Ok let's begin your interview." He asked to see my green card, but not my passport. While clicking on his computer he started the civiv questions. Ok I can't really remember what they are, but I got 2 wrong.... My nerves were killing me. The two I got wrong. 1. How many people are there in the House of Representatives? The correct answer is 435, but I don't know why I said 437. 2. We elect our representatives for how many years? This is so easy, it's 2. My brain was jammed at that time for some reason and I said 6 (probably thinking about senators...) Anyway I got the rest correct so we moved on to the next section. He asked me to write down the sentence he read out, which was "Washington was the first president." After I got that right, he started to warm up a little. He asked if I studied here because my English sounded native like, and I told him I got my Master's degree from xxxx University. He seemed to like that and said good school. Then he started asking me some of those yes or no security questions. I think he only asked about 5 questions. After that he confirmed with me how I wanted to change my name, and asked me to sign the name change petition. We talked a little bit about how taking your husband's name isn't common in my home country. The whole interview was short, but still took approx. 30 mins I'd say. But most of the time it was just me sitting there listening to him type lol. In the end, he asked if I got any extra documents for him. I gave him the deed of our house with both my husband's and my name, and then he asked for the 2016 tax return document. He took these 2 things and said "This is good enough." And then he typed some more and gave me a piece of paper saying I've been recommended for approval! Overall, it was a very easy interview. Just don't be late!!!