Birdo's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Birdo
Beneficiary's Name: Birdo
VJ Member: Birdo
Country: Finland

Last Updated: 2014-04-10
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Immigration Checklist for Birdo & Birdo:

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USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

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Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : San Bernadino CA
Date Filed : 2013-11-12
NOA Date : 2013-11-19
Bio. Appt. : 2013-12-05
Interview Date : 2014-03-12
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-04-09
Comments : Ceremony at L.A. Convention Center was amazing!

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: San Bernadino CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 13, 2014
Embassy Review : Well I had my interview yesterday at the San Bernardino field office. Just to make sure that there won't be any traffic nightmare running late scenarios, we left an hour earlier than necessary. So since there wasn't any traffic, we got there an hour and 20 mins before my interview time. So we just kind of drove around the downtown area of San Bernardino (nothing to see) and then went to the parking lot of the USCIS building. The parking lot is a pay parking lot and it's connected to the building. Very convenient and plenty of spaces.

There was no line to get in the building and the two security guards were very nice. I was told to go to the second floor. There is a large room on the first floor also and I'm assuming different interviews/other USCIS stuff goes on there. Second floor had three windows and only one had someone behind it, so I dropped my appointment letter into the tray as directed and took a seat. After maybe 20 minutes I was called to the window and had my two index fingers fingerprinted and my picture taken. He also checked my green card. Then I sat down again and waited for maybe another 45 minutes and then a lady called my name and told me to go with her to the third door on the right behind the door where every interviewee was taken. She told me to remain standing and raise my right hand and asked me if I was going to tell the truth today and I said yes!

Then she told me to take a seat and give her my drivers license, green card, passports and social security card and asked if I brought my marriage certificate with me and she took that too. She started going over my application very quickly and she either wrote down answers or checked things off as we went. I had to remember my husband's birthday, so good thing I didn't freeze and the date of our marriage, and the date of my previous marriage and divorce. So make sure you remember all that - mine was from 20 years ago so I had reviewed everything the night before.

When she got to the arrested etc. part i said I haven't been arrested but I got a speeding ticket, and she said "but you paid it, right?" to which I answered yes, and she moved on. She was NOT interested in that at all. She sped through the rest of the application, then went on to the writing test. I had to read "who can vote" and write "any citizen can vote". Then the civics questions:

Who was taken to America as slaves?
Why did the colonists fight the British? (I said for freedom and she prodded me with "freedom from what" and I added from high taxes and she was good with that
How many amendments are in the constitution?
Who makes Federal Laws?
Who is the Vice President?
.... I don't remember the sixth question...

Then she said congratulations you passed and I am going to recommend you for approval! I almost got tears in my eyes and said thank you very much and she told me to sign on the two spaces of the application. I asked if I should sign with my full name including middle name, and she said to sign just the way I would normally sign. Then she said she wanted to make a copy of the approval letter and my green card etc. and that I should go and wait in the waiting room. Then she handed me two booklets (the constitution and the declaration of independence and citizens almanac). I went to the waiting room and in two minutes she was back and gave me my original items back including the marriage certificate and congratulated me one more time.

She had no interest in anything old in my file or the speeding ticket. The interview took less than 10 minutes. While I was in the waiting room I saw some people come out who clearly did not pass the interview and it was really sad.

Harassment Level : Very Good

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