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  1. Hello, I had my interview on March 6, 2019, online status changed to approved and waiting for oath ceremony to be scheduled. Can you folks share your timeline for oath ceremony in Philadelphia USCIS.
  2. I was scheduled for an Oath ceremony at the Irving, TX center ( Judicial ceremony due to a name change). I came in early and successfully completed the check in and the rest of the paperwork and was seated for the Judge to arrive. Just before the ceremony started, an officer called my name and walked me out of the courtroom in front of some 300 people and told me that there has been some issues with my name change request and they will need to reschedule the ceremony for some other time. He declined to offer any additional insights on the next steps. It was such a humiliating experience that was carried out in a disrespectful fashion. Wondering if anyone else knew of or had experienced a similar situation during their citizenship journey. If yes, what would be the next steps, how long does it take to reschedule esp, this appears to be a mistake from the local service center.
  3. My Oath ceremony was on Monday September 24th at 8:00am. I got there at 7:55, went through security and went to the 2nd floor. There you had USCIS staff checking the oath letter and that you had your green card. Do yourself a favor and fill out the back before just to save time, please note the city where you sign it must be Atlanta, Georgia as that is where USCIS Field office and the ceremony is being held. The staff member will go through the questions with you verbally. If you said yes to anything they'll ask you what is that about. I traveled outside the US so I just told them when I left(month); where I went to and how many days I was outside, that’s all they need. After that you go inside, hand in your letter and green card and are giving a number and you must sit in the assigned seat. I got number 64. They had pamphlets out for 85, but they said only 73 persons would be naturalized, some persons had family members with the as translators. All other guests waited outside. They asked the guests to come in at 8:32. The ceremony started by talking about the process then they had someone speak about voter registration. Voter registration volunteers were on site on the third floor to assist at the end of the ceremony. Then we went through some videos on the faces of the nation; then the director speech and the video speech from the president and there was a musical video finally they had the roll-call of the Nations. This is where they call out the country from where everyone who is being naturalized is from and we would stand when they called out our countries name. In total there were 38 countries represented. One of the nice things was the gentleman leading the oath ceremony saying that after we did the call of nations and then the oath that when we sit back down we would be US citizens. So, everyone said the oath of office then we all applauded and sat down. Finally, the admin staff came out to collect the numbers and give us our certificates the they did this row by row you stood up and then you walked to the right and gave her your number and then walked to get your certificate and shake the hand of the officer who was running the program. Then we were done by 9:00 am Afterwards people went to take pictures the entire process from signing in to get in the certificate took around an hour but from the start of the ceremony to the end it was probably 35 to 40 minutes. I went upstairs to the third floor to register to vote the voter registration volunteers made a copy of your naturalization certificate as that needs to be sent with your voter registration form. Please note you have to sign your naturalization certificate and that signature needs to match what you sign on your voter registration form. The voter registration form had seven items to complete: your name; date of birth; social security; address and that you are a US citizen and over 17 and a half years once completed the voter registration volunteers made a copy of my naturalization returned it to me and said that they would send it off to the secretary of state office After leaving the field office, I immediately went to get my passport application. I stopped at a FedEx store nearby and made copies of my naturalization certificate as you need to send the original certificate and a copy with your passport application. I went downtown Atlanta to the US Postal Service passport agency located at 1072 West Peachtree Street NW. It's a good idea to get that done if you are pretty busy and at this US Postal Service location there is a dedicated passport area where you don’t need an appointment. This can be hit or miss but when I went at 10 am they had probably five officers working and no one was waiting so I got through immediately. So just to wait for my passport and naturalization certificate to return. All in all the oath ceremony was a quick and special occasion that I will always remember.
  4. I received my oath Ceremony letter and it’s for the last week of December. I will be out of country. I know now how to reschedule the ceremony but im reading online half people saying they didn’t had any issue and received a new date within 5-7 weeks. But some people are saying they knows of someone who’s case got mixed up and had to face some issues. Has anyone here rescheduled their oath ceremony?
  5. Today my husband's visa journey has come to an end. He and 49 other people stood before the federal judge and took their Oath. We arrived a little before 10 and went through the security checkpoint. We found the waiting room at about 10:10, and a USCIS officer was explaining the process. They also had a slide show with a timeline of events. 10:15 turn in green card and paperwork. 10:45 US Citizen candidates head to the courtroom. 11:15 family and friends head to the courtroom. 11:30-12:15 Oath Ceremony. Some of the things I particularly enjoyed include: they had each candidate stand and state their former country, there was a court-appointed photographer who took pictures of each candidate receiving their naturalization certificate (we could also take photos), they had people ready to help the new citizens register to vote, and the words offered to the new citizens were supportive and uplifting. Overall, the day turned out great. My husband said there was a moment when he felt a bit emotional (teary-eyed). There were three ceremonies in Kansas City today. We were the second ceremony. I'm so happy my mom, sister, and I could be there for this big event. Thanks to all here who offer words of support and advice. It sure makes things feel a bit easier.
  6. Oath Ceremony Will Be Scheduled We placed you in line for your oath ceremony and will send you a notice for Receipt Number ******, with the date, time, and location of your oath ceremony. You should receive your notice within 30 days of its mailing date. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.
  7. Hi, at the Oath Ceremony you submit the N-445. My paranoid question is, "Does USCIS check that the form is complete and to their satisfaction during the Oath Ceremony?" I mean, they give out the Naturalization Certificate at the end and I'm thinking what if I forgot to sign the form or something and it comes back to bite me later. They have time to check the forms during the ceremony so I was wondering if anyone is familiar with whether quality checks are done prior to handing out certificates. Would they ever write you later saying they found a missing signature or date (even after they gave out the Naturalization Certificate)? Thanks! See how paranoid this process makes you?!
  8. My oath ceremony was scheduled for 9:30am. The appointment letter gave no indication of how early we should arrive, so my girlfriend, Sarah, and I got there just before 9am. The security check-in was straight-forward, just as it had been for the interview, but the line was snaking all the way out the front door due to the number of people attending the ceremony. After security, I was directed to the large room on the left, while my girlfriend was asked to wait in the waiting area. There were about 6 or 7 9-seat rows in the room I was in. Gradually, the room started to fill up, so there must have been about 60 or so applicants for that session. 9:30am came and went, and I was keeping in tough with Sarah via Facebook's messenger. She told me the waiting room seats were all taken, and I recalled there were about 50 or 60 seats out there. Eventually, a supervisor emerged and told 2 couples their children would have to wait outside the room, as the seats were only for the applicants. The kids were only 6 or 7, so this struck me as quite harsh, especially in light of the recent immigrant child separation scandal in the news. Luckily, the 2 boys got on well and kept themselves occupied the whole time, but I could easily see this not going so well, especially seeing as both boys were out of the line of sight of their parents. We discovered a number of applicants had received letters without a questionnaire printed on the reverse side. An assistant went and printed some pages for those who'd experienced this. We were told that the part of the letter where you sign and date, the location should be the city and state of the center at which you attend the oath ceremony. This wasn't clear on the instructions printed on the letter, so several of us had to cross out what we'd entered and re-write that field. (It's definitely worth taking a pen into the ceremony with you.) The supervisor moved on with things and let us all know what to expect. We were given a packet which included a small US flag, pocket constitution, and various documents and pamphlets for voter registration, passport application etc. There was also some drama between the supervisor and the assistant, which helped relieve some of the boredom of waiting. Next, the supervisor had us "check-in", which involved taking in our letters and green cards after checking that all was in order. With only the supervisor doing this one person at a time, it seemed to take forever. And only at this point did someone realize an older gentleman had showed up at the 9:30am ceremony with a letter for the 1pm ceremony. (Luckily they let him take part in our one, but I could easily have seen this going the other way.) The whole process seemed very inefficient. A lot of "hurry-up-and-wait". Finally, at around 11:20am the check-in process was complete. The family and friends were packed into our room. The supervisor snapped at a child who'd pulled up a seat next to the parents he'd been separated from for 2 hours, and she told him to go wait at the back of the room. I was fuming. And at this point I realized no-one had instructed us on religious/non-religious options for the pledge of allegiance. The supervisor just had us en-masse, repeating after her as we renounced our allegiance to other countries/princes etc and swearing under god. (I'm non-religious so I just didn't say the god stuff, but it would have been nice if there'd been some prep on that during the 2 hours we were stuck there.) We were presented with our certificates and that was it. Some stopped to take pictures in front of the large flag display at the exit, but I was not one of them. It hadn't been a great experience for me. The wait time seemed unnecessarily long, and I felt bad for the parents whose children had been sent away and snapped at. Montgomery's painfully inefficient oath ceremony process stood in stark contrast to the speed and efficiency of the interview I'd had at this location just a few weeks before. I think with some simple changes and the addition of some compassion, this could have been the exciting and special occasion it was meant to be.
  9. Anyone else waiting for a judicial Oath ceremony in Philadelphia ? I'm in line for the Judicial Oath since July 31st. Please post here if you are in the same boat. Thanks
  10. Just got back from my oath ceremony! I’m finally a citizen! Here’s everything I can recall and know about being part of the huge ceremony in Los Angeles. Firstly, did you know you can look up the date and times for all the oath ceremonies coming up in the LA Convention Center? Just Google it, I did a few days before the ceremony! I realized after doing so that the actual ceremony began at 1:30PM. My assigned arrival time was 1:00PM, and I realized (through reading other experience posts) that they stagger the arrival times for people so that the hall can slowly get filled with the 3000+ people showing up that day. So I assume there were people who were assigned to arrive at 12:00PM, 12:30PM, etc. I took a Lyft to the Convention Center, got there at around 1:05PM, found my way into the massive room with hundreds and hundreds of people in line to get through security. This took a LONG time. There were a lot of kind staff members around to answer questions and keep everything moving. I was really one of the last one hundred people to arrive. I brought water in a mason jar (too hipster for the security), which was my mistake, because they dumped out the water and threw away my jar. I should have used my collegiate water bottle! But, my banana and dried mangoes got through just fine. After security, you are corralled into the actual ceremony room with a huge American flag and two huge screens on either side of it, as well as a stage and podium in front of the flag. There is a row of tables on the left side of the room with a bunch of citizenship and immigration services workers sitting there, doing your final question/interview. I went to one, showed them my green card and my notice (for the ceremony), and they looked at the back where you have to answer No to everything as well as fill in your personal info. He asked me three questions verbatim to which I answered No, and then one question backwards “Are you still willing to…” and that was a Yes! Then, he stapled my green card to the oath notification, wrote a number on the notification, and gave it back to me. The number corresponds to the table I return to after the ceremony to get my naturalization certificate. I went to the bathroom (weirdly, there are stairs to get up to the bathroom, and I felt bad for the older folks who seemed to struggle to get up the stairs) and then went to the main ceremony seating area for the applicants. Like I said before, there were many staff members, and they swiftly guided us to our seats. At this point we are also given a welcome packet and a tiny American flag! We are seated pretty much in the order we arrive/finish the final interview/walk in towards the seating area. The ceremony itself was short and sweet, you will enjoy it! There’s a speech by the judge, and then he immediately administered the oath of allegiance, and we became citizens! There was lots of cheering and flag-waving. Then there was another speech by someone from USCIS, then we did the Pledge of Allegiance (good times in Elementary School), and finally we sang the Star Spangled Banner along with a very talented guest singer. Then, they played a music video (prepared by USCIS) of America the Beautiful, which was really sweet and showed naturalization ceremonies from cool places all over the U.S., like Mt. Rushmore. I knew from reading past oath ceremony experience posts that a video of the President congratulating us was supposed to play, but they didn’t show any sort of video by the President...this was the first oath ceremony (well, the 9AM one was technically the first) in Los Angeles after Trump’s inaguration. It was funny, they misspoke when presenting the video, they said something along the lines of “we will now show two...excuse me, one video, please enjoy”. After that it was pretty much over. We sat around for a good 15 minutes before we were allowed to get up and go to our assigned table (table number written on our notice!) to pick up our Naturalization Certificate. I got a random lady to take a picture of me holding the certificate and the flag. Then, I went to the bathroom, walked out through all the families and friends waiting for their loved ones (felt kinda sad to do it alone), hopped on a Lyft and went home, barely beating the return traffic. I called the Lyft at 3:38PM. I definitely got teary-eyed a couple times during the ceremony, and I thought it was amazing how they honored people who served in the military who were being naturalized, by having them sit in the front row, reading their names aloud, showing them on the big screens, and allowing them to be dismissed first! Personally, I thought it was great that I was able to get there right before the ceremony began. I was probably one of the last hundred people to get through security, do the questions and take a seat. Because, it takes less time to dismiss everyone by their arrival/seating order, than the time it takes to be in the massive crowd, get through security, do the questions, and get into a seat before the ceremony. So personally I’m glad I didn’t have to sit around in the ceremony hall waiting for everyone to trickle in. It was also really hot today and I got sweaty armpits, so go for something flowy if you’re doing this in LA on a hot day. The dress code is really whatever you think is proper - I saw girls wearing graduation style/borderline inappropriate dresses as well as older folks just wearing comfy everyday “out of the house” clothes, and everything in between. I’m so happy that this process is over and I’m finally a citizen of the United States! I’ve lived here for a total of 16 years (I’m currently 24) and I am so excited to contribute and give back to this country I call home! (I had my interview in late January, and I want to make a post about that too. For some reason, they processed my approval after the interview SUPER quickly! I think it was just because I was a really simple (?) applicant in the fact that I have no children, am not married, am a student, am perfectly fluent in English, lived here forever, etc. I received my oath ceremony notification in the mail literally one week after my interview.)
  11. Creating this thread to keep track of applicant who finished N-400 interview and waiting for oath ceremony to be scheduled in Seattle field office. From my side, completed the interview on 05/14/2018, moved to oath ceremony will be scheduled on 05/17/2018 and no update after that. Hopefully, there are other folks who are in similar situation and help out each other with timelines, info pass status check, etc. My N-400 Timelines: 04/03/2017 Mail out the application. 04/05/2017 We received your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. 04/12/2017 We scheduled you for a fingerprint appointment 05/24/2017 We are scheduling your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, for an interview. 04/10/2018 We scheduled an interview for your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. 05/14/2018 Interview. Approved. 05/17/2017 Oath Ceremony Will be Scheduled.
  12. Hello All, I wanted to change my name during the naturalization process but my office (San Jose, CA) does not do judicial ceremonies, so I can't do that. I think I would need to change my name after becoming a US citizen. Does anyone know if it is OK to change your name via the court before you have your Oath Ceremony? I think the name change process through the court system takes about a month. I have not received my oath ceremony letter yet but most likely it is going to be in exactly a month (I just got the text/email that my ceremony has been scheduled). I think I have just enough time to do the name change before I receive the Naturalization Certificate at the Oath Ceremony. I'm wondering how long in advance they produce the Certificates with my current legal name. If I bring proof of my name change, would they issue my Naturalization Certificate with my new name? If you have had this experience, please do share it. I would love to hear it. I will call USCIS tomorrow and try to get an infopass to ask this question. Thank you all!
  13. Hi all, I’m going to start by saying THANK YOU SO MUCH to VisaJourney community. Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge. Like most of us here, we started our immigration journey without any idea how to start. We stumbled upon VisaJourney’s page and decided to try it out. We were a bit skeptic about it, but it turns out to be one of the sources of information (aside from USCIS website) we always go to. My oath ceremony experience was wonderful. We are impressed by the efficiency of the Immigration officers in USCIS Portland, Oregon. We got there around 1pm and there were quite a bit of people at the security check, but we got through quickly. We started on time @ 1.30pm and got done by around 2.30pm. First, they called the applicants( the ones who will take their Oath), and we went downstairs and everyone took a seat. It seems that everyone was a bit tense, maybe we were all hoping that nothing will go sideways at the last minute (you never know), but it all changed when the officer said something like "You can smile, you're at the end of the process, reason to be happy". After that they arranged our seating, and brief us with the Oath ceremony process, then they called our family and friends. It was packed. If I'm not mistaken 54 new citizens and 13 countries represented. Everyone in the room got emotional especially when they showed a video of US immigrants from the beginning up to now. It was a wonderful and a meaningful day. I registered to vote after the ceremony. They didn't have passport application that day. So far, we’ve been lucky that our applications have been smooth and fast. The processing time for our N400 was 6 months. I think it was mostly luck and attention to detail. It also depends on how intricate the paperwork. We gathered every information and documents we could find that were necessary, then sorted it out in order. We put our paper work together in such way that it will be easy to read and locate for the person who’ll review it. We thought, you know, this person receives tons of paperwork everyday, so why not make it easier for him/her. We added color coded tabs and cover letters. Have lots of patience, and ask for help. I consider this forum as a community, we may seem strangers to each other but we share the same goal, to live the American dream, to seek the betterment for ourselves and our family. May it be positive and negative experiences, both are considered valuable lessons for those will come after us. Hope for the best to all.
  14. Hi, hopefully someone has encountered this situation before. My step son applied for his citizenship certificate and received a letter in the mail a year later to say that his oath ceremony was scheduled. Since then he's lost this letter (we looked everywhere) and missed his ceremony. I requested a new letter to be sent but it hasn't arrived yet. We've called the USCIS multiple times and they said we have to make an appointment at a local office. We tried to make an appointment at the local office and they sent us an email saying we can solve this issue with the tools on the website (we can't!). He just needs to go to his next ceremony. Any thoughts?
  15. I applied N600 for my son last July 2016 and received a NOA Aug 2016. that was the first and last letter I received from them until I decided to write them a letter this February 2018 after numerous times of calling them and doing online inquiry. Finally, they updated the case status online to scheduled ceremony. The problem was I didn't receive the letter. Thus, I called USCIS and thankfully, talked to an officer. That's when I found out that they sent the letter to Oak Harbor WA. it was the wrong address since we are staying overseas here in Japan since my husband is member of the military. The officer then told me to change my address. I did the AR-11 online but just put our old address here also in Japan just another base. and put our current address as my new address. The oath ceremony will be held in Oak Harbor this coming April 18. We cannot go to Oak Harbor for the ceremony especially I didn't recieve the letter they mailed. I'm still waiting for their reply but still worried that they might say we neglected the oath taking. even if I already sent them another mail 2 weeks ago explaining that we never moved and still use the same mailing address they used in sending the I-797C. up till now, I never heard anything from them.  thank you for your help
  16. Hello everyone, Does anyone recently had his/her oath ceremony in Irving, TX office? if so, what time was the ceremony? i heard both 12:30 and 2:00 but are they accurate time? also what was the time frame from interview to oath ceremony? my parent is having his interview 4 weeks before his flight to Europe for my wedding. My questions is, can he request an expedited time for his oath ceremony given the situation so he can get passport in time? is same day oath ceremony possible give his interview is at 12:15pm? Please help out. Thank you in advance
  17. Hi, I have a vacation planned and today I received USCIS notice with Oath ceremony schedule date. And the date is falling while I am out of state. Is it good to request to reschedule the Oath and how long is it talking to get the rescheduled letter. Also will it be possible to walk-in at the field office and request for any other date that's available.
  18. Hello everyone! If you have filed online recently for your N400 - and you got your citizenship approved, a few questions: - If you filed in VA, how long did it take for you to get an oath letter after your test interview? - Has your experience been faster by filing online? - If you went to Norfolk, how was your experience? - If you filed online in the last year, how long did it take for you to get an oath letter after your test interview? I have filed online and have my test interview on 04/24 in Norfolk VA, I am just trying to estimate how long it will take until I receive the oath. Any pertinent, relevant info will be greatly appreciated. Blessings,
  19. Anyone knows when we will be having oath ceremony in April 2018 for Houston Texas regards
  20. Hello everyone! This is my first post, so forgive me if I'm posting the wrong place or doing anything else I shouldn't be doing. My case has been complicated and very long, but I'll spare you the details. However, it seems like it's finally coming to a happy conclusion. On Feb 2 my case was updated to "Oath Ceremony will be scheduled." It's been a six weeks and I've been understandingly anxious about the wait, particularly because I have professional traveling opportunities pending on the conclusion of this process. With that in mind, I've been trying to schedule an InfoPass appointment, which has been impossible, because there's never any available. However, I got lucky this morning and was able to schedule something for tomorrow morning. Still, I have a few questions that I hope someone can answer for me: 1. What type of assistance can I expect from my appointment tomorrow? Is it even worth going? What will s/he be able to tell me about the timeframe and expected wait for the ceremony? Am I delusional in hoping that talking to someone tomorrow somehow will miraculously expedite my situation because I'm so nice and pleasant to talk to? 2. Does anybody know how many ceremonies the Philadelphia FO holds? I've seen that depending on the city, it can be a couple a month or a couple per year, which, frankly, is terrifying. 3. Has anybody gone through this process recently in Philly? If so, what was your wait time? 4. Would be better served and save mine and the officer's time in simply calling customer service, instead of using up a precious InfoPass slot? If so, I've read here and elsewhere about L2 reps… how do I make that happen and is it automatic or will it depend on the person on the other end of the phone line? Thanks in advance for helping me out.
  21. So, my status changed on Feb 8 and it says my oath ceremony letter was mailed and to call if I dont receive it by March 10. It's been 2 weeks and no mail yet. I found out about that my oath is scheduled on March 5th because I called the district court that I chose to attend. I tried changing the location before but they would not allow it as it is not within my district. And my district only does ceremony once a year. I was trying to look for an infopass appointment in my local uscis office which is btw 8 hours drive and it does not have anything open in the next 14 days. I only have 5 business days left to wait for my appointment letter. If it does not arrive can I just attend the ceremony and have them verify my name on their list and print me out whatever I need to fill out? This is making me nervous. I have been waiting for 7 months since my approval. I cannot miss this appointment. 😯
  22. I finally got my oath ceremony notice! Anyway, I read the notice and it doesn't say if I can bring my cellphone or not. Hoping to learn about some of your experiences regarding cellphone regulations. I'd love it if my husband can take some pictures of me. Please share your experience and your oath ceremony location as I know different locations may have different rules. My location is Boston, MA.
  23. My wife has her oath ceremony next week, on Jan 24th. The Federal Government may shut down tomorrow, due to non-approval of the Fed Budget. If this happens, is the ceremony off? Will it be delayed? The other problem is we wanted to get her US Passport ASAP as we fly out to the Philippines on Feb 12. I appreciate any thoughts!
  24. Just trying to gauge other people's experiences with Camden Plaza in Brooklyn. My oath ceremony is in 2 days. From searching other threads here (and there are not that many for Brooklyn-based oath ceremonies that go indepth), I'm seeing conflicting experiences with whether guests are actually welcome at the courthouse (no I'm not doing a name change, all of the Queens filers end up having the oath ceremony at the Brooklyn courthouse automatically.)...I've seen a couple of stories where guests were able to enter the courtroom to witness it in person, and other stories where guests were forced to huddle around a small television with no volume and watch the proceedings from the cafeteria. Mind you, all the threads I've read were from years ago too. Any one had their oath ceremony in Brooklyn's Camden Plaza building and can share some insight...specifically how guests are handled? I plan on calling the courthouse tomorrow to ask but wanted to check on VJ first.