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I just found the answer to why two identical applicants can have a totally different outcomes. The key is the IO professionalism. A very professional Asian American Officer interviewed me and she seemed to know her stuff. First she put me on ease, I guess I looked nervous, and asked me to realax and take a deep breath. Now the interview begins, she went through all my application and made sure I understood the questions and when we got to the Selective Service question she asked how old I was and I said more than 31, she said never mind about the Selective service letter. She also understood the 4 names system we use in my country and saved me from explaining it. She also complimented me on me achievements. She was a real human that felt what we went through to have the honor of U.S Citizenship. Then she asked if I want to change me name and then proceeded with the test. I answered 6 Qs correct and she moved on. Asked me to read a simple question and write the answer. She Approved my case and offered me to have the oath on the same day which I gladly accepted.
A few helpful points: 1. GC, DL and All Passports are a must have items. They even copy the 1st page of your passport before you set in for the interview. 2. Arrive like an hour early, security line takes too long, about 30 to 40 minutes to get into the building. 3. If your case is marriage based bring marriage certificate and your spouse's prove of citizenship. 4. Send ALL the supporting documents with the N400 so the IO can review them before hand and you have a short interview. 5. Don't park on the street and you will have a piece of mind, you already spent tons of money on this process, $ 12 more will not break the bank. 6. Smile to everyone even if they are rude to you. 7. Be a good citizen
Special thanks to Big Joe, Jacko, Vorpal and Bobsymth who made my application looks smart and for the endless support and time they didecated to this great forum.
Thank you ALL and good luck.
10/18/2011: N 400 Mailed 10/21/2011: N 400 Delivered 10/26/2011: Check cashed 10/28/2011: NOA recieved 10/31/2011: FPN received 11/04/2011: FP done W-I 11/28/2011: Inline for interview 12/19/2011: Yellow Letter 01/06/2012: Interview Scheduled 02/16/2012: ID, Approval and oath
06/07/06: Mailed N400 to TSC 06/12/06: Mail arrived at TSC and priority date 06/14/06: Checks encashed 06/21/06: Notice received 06/26/06: FP notice received 07/11/06: FP Date 07/21/06: Notice for interview. 08/30/06: Interview date.
It is all DONE. I am now a citizen of USA.
The interview process was very simple. It was scheduled at 8:05 in the in morning and I live 40 miles from MLK bldg and I knew traffic can be problem. As expected I got stuck in traffic and finally made it to the appointment 15 minutes late. That wasn't a problem at all. I was more worried about how my 6 month old would behave during the interview process. I had to take my daughter with me because even my wife was scheduled for citizenship interview at the same time. The interview officer was very nice and understanding and even tried to play with my daughter. Anyway, the interview process itself involved checking my application in front of me and updating any changes...my recent trip outside USA. He asked me 6 questions from a list (all of them from the book ofcourse) and after answering all the questions, he asked me a read and write a simple sentence. He then said he would recommend the approval of my application and asked me to go back and wait in the waiting room until someone calls out my name to give me the final status. As expected, it was approved and they said I can take the oath on the same day at 2:00 PM. My wifes interview was also successful and she was also asked to come for the 2:00 oath ceremony. We went home and came back for the oath and it was also a simple process. Several people came with their families and took pics and videos.
Just wanted to share my and my wife's experience during the interview process. Our appointment was around 10 am in Atlanta DO. There was not much traffic (around 8:45 am going 75 "S" from vinings). Also was a public parking opposite the federal bldg for $4.00 per day.
The officer who interviewed me was very polite. Asked me to stand up and raise the hand etc. Asked my full name. At a very fast pace went through the N-400 questions (whatever we filled in the form). She asked if there were any trips out of us after filing n-400 and also if any traffic violations after filing n-400. Other than the Greencard and the Passport (proof of trips outside us), no other documentation was asked. I think the passport was not even opened.
Then asked 6 civic questions from a sheet of paper (it had 10 questions) that she had. After which she asked me to read a very basic english sentence and write another basic english sentence. The interview was tops 15minutes.
Then the oath was around 2:00 pm which really started around 2:30pm. Since there were 60 people, it got finished around 4:00pm. We became US citizens around 4:00pm.
My sincere thanks to all the members of this forum who have taken their time to answer questions. Good Luck to you all.
Based on my Interview Experience. I was told any traffic tickets were less than $500 and didn't lead to be arrested or license suspend you don't have to include them. So I had 6 normal traffic tickets two of them were dismissed and the other four were no more than $180. So I didn't mention them on my application. Also I didn't have the court paper work. so I went to the county court and get certified letter that shows that I don't have any records and never been arrested. also I had renewed my driver license two weeks before my interview. During my interview when IO get to the question Have you ever been arrested, detained ,.......etc. I was clear with her about there is no arrests but there is traffic tickets. she asked me how old they are?. and if they were more than $500. she said OK and she wrote No arrests on that section of my application. then she went over to the next part..... My interview was very easy and quick and I think that's how it was for every person was with me in the waiting area because while I was waiting for my interview all persons finished their interview were waiting for their oath letter, and all of them were taking oath with me. What I mean that it's different from stat to another and from city to another. so please check with people experiences from your district to find out what to be concerned about>.
Hello All - Just want to let you know of my interview experience today. We were scheduled for a 9:00 AM interview at the Baltimore office, and having woken up bright and early, both my wife and I were in the waiting room by 8:10 AM. Fairly simple process to check in once you get in the building and find the room. It was early so there just a few people there waiting. Seemed like people were getting called in quickly and the environment was pretty light, stress-free. I was called in 30 minutes early and was ready to go. I introduced myself to a very nice officer who seemed like he would be very pleasant to deal with. Its always good to start with a happy face.
We went in, he advised me that he would record video of our meeting, and then started going down the N-400 form and asking general questions. I liked his style, very conversational yet probing in the right areas to test for correctness. we got to the civics test, easy...then the reading and writing which was quick. The officer was very diligent, as he made notes of practically everything I said and explained, as he went down the entire n-400 form. He asked about my job, where I live, how long, etc. He also told me that there was an oath ceremony in the afternoon and that me and my wife could do that. I was elated.
I had a slew of documents with me which I never had to use. We got down to the travel part and he saw my long list of international travel (all very short business trips, nothing impacting continuous stay), and he started to go down the list and checking against passport stamps. He made it down a third of the way and told me he will need to go through all the list and check against his records once we are done. He told me that he just needed to look in his systems to validate the timing of all these trips. Soon after, we were done and he told me that all is good, but he couldn't make a decision until he finished his due diligence on the travel, but I would get approval soon enough. Of course I was disappointed and I asked if there is any way we could do this together right now, and he said he just needed some time. Then he realized that my wife will likely take the oath today and he told me that if his next appointment is not here he would work on it now while I waited outside.
I went out to the waiting room, knowing all was good but not quite excited. Then my wife gets called in by another officer and in she goes. While I wait, my officer comes out and tells me that he checked everything out and all is good, and hands me my oath letter. I thank him for going the extra mile and finally get a big smile on my face. My wife's interview was very smooth too and she comes out with an approval!
The oath was a few hours later in the same office, so we headed out for lunch and hung outside. we came back in and had to wait in a waiting area for 45 minutes before they finally shuffled us into the oath room. There they checked everyone's oath letter one by one, had us hand in our GCs and letter, and sit down. Then we said the pledge as a group, sang the national anthem, and watched a video by President Obama. Soon after we were done!
This marks the end of a long journey for me as I passed through F, H visas and GCs and I am really glad to be done. As long as I have lived here, I have always felt at home here and this was just the official stamp to seal the deal. To all of you waiting, be patient, be prepared, and most importantly, be respectful to the officer that you deal with. Your time will come!
Total GC time: 5.5 years Total USC time: 4.75 months
Interview done and Recommended for approval. I have been impressed with the Orlando office. Ours was a very good experience. We arrived 20 mins early got checked in and were called on time for interview. 8 am for me 8:30 for my wife. I was sworn in by my interviewer a really nice ex marine. Basically told me everything was a formality and as our case was straight forward we would be approved. Gave me the test as we chatted and he did the paper work. Who was 1st Prez What is capital of my state When do celebrate independence What last day to send in Taxes What is capital of USA Who is current Prez Signed my photo's and the form that they use for the certificate he gave me the form with the results check on passed test and recommended for approval and I was done. Took about 30 mins cause We chatted while he filled out the paper work. All in all a really cool experience. My wife went about same way even same questions her's took 45 mins cause her guy was slow and meticulous with her paper work. she had to get police report cause fP did not take twice. Now we wait for Oath letter. Wanted a 4th of July at Disney but they don't do that any more cause Disney upped charges.
It is my turn today to share Citizenship interview experience with you guys, which was indeed a pleasant one.
Citizenship Journey started on 8/3/09 with submission of application via Fedex Overnight. My interview was at 8:30AM, reached there around 7:30AM, submitted the interview letter at the receptionist window and name was called by a courteous immigration officer at ~ 8:15AM. He just interviewed lady from India and escorted her back to waiting room before calling in my name.
After approaching his office and before sitting, asked me to take the oath to tell truth. As soon as we sat he asked for my GC & DL and said "Let's have the tough part of the interview first". I was like "??????". He then said "What does the cabinet do?". "sighhhh..."I thought and answered "Advises the President"; which he wrote with red pen on paper where he read the question from. He then asked 5 more questions which I answered all correctly. "Good you passed the test" He said. Now Lets move to the second part. "Can you read this sentence?". Columbus came to America (or something of that sort). He said "Good, you part second part too. Now last and final. Write down here (on a piece of paper) Columbus day is in October". I wrote that and test finished. "Very Good, so you cleared the exam".
Application review process started after successful completion of the test. Started going over all the pages in order and marking information with red pen. He said "You just went to India once ?". "Yes, for 13 days including travel time" I replied, and he moved forward to next section. Note that, I visited COP just once with my renewed NP and for very genuine reason. I had my passport, reason for the visit and documents related to it available but was never asked for. Went over the traffic ticket information. I had printout from DMV and Traffic ticket payment records from online. I offered him the papers, he simply punched them and added to the file without even reviewing or asking about any tickets. Then he asked section H very clearly and I responded "YES" to all; asked me to sign section 13 and 14. Took my pictures from a small ziploc bag (which I did not used during application submission, seems like USCIS takes good care for you picture ) and asked to write first and last name on both of them.
And there comes final long awaited words which were like music to the ears "I am approving your application, are you feeling better now?". I was like "Yes. Thank you." and in my mind "dude, are you kidding me ? ". Printer did its intended operation and there comes N-652, "Here is the proof that your application is approved today". He ticked out 2 options "# 1 "and section "A) Congratulations ......". Gave me another piece of paper about information on oath ceremony to review and asked if I have any question, to which I quickly reviewed and said "No". He then quickly mentioned about time it takes for ceremony to occur (4-5 hours and parking related stuff) and welcome to bring family and guests at the ceremony. I inquired about if he is going to give me Oath letter same day (yeah rite, you wish ) or I will get in mail, to which he responded that I should get it in mail and oath could be any time between now and January.
After all this he closed my file which was about 4-5 inches thick and I bet has all my application and papers submitted to USCIS till date. He started talking about housing market and economy and we chatted around 7-10 minutes on this topic. I think this took more time then actual review of the application . He then escorted me back to the waiting area and wish good luck. I thanked him again, wish him nice day & weekend and left.
Remember that every case, individual situation, immigration officer and information submitted in application is unique. So please don't compare and apply one's situation and outcome of case to yours. Keep your response & answer simple, clear and to the point. Avoid offering long answers and explanations unless asked for, this can warrant for more questions. Go over your application before interview to ensure you remember what you have written and submitted with application.
So folks this is my interview experience, hope this will help some. I would like to thank each one of you for your contributions to the forum, sharing experiences and making it a successful community. This has been a great journey, it still reminds me of those GC days and long waits in 2005. Hope I will get my oath letter and oath ceremony done soon.
Wish you all, best of luck to achieve this important goal in land of the free and the home of the brave!.
(0) arrive at USCIS building (1) pass secuty check (2) go to designated floor (3) check in with the receptionist (4) sit in the pew, waiting to be called (5) Go to an IO's office or cubicle you can overhear other interviews (6) If represented by a lawyer but layer is not present, sign the release form (7) Take an oath to tell truth. (8) IO ask some questions, verify your ID (9) THE IO ask if any thing changes since you sent N-400 (10) IO go over some N-400 questions and you answer verbally, if some Yes to seom sesitive question g to (11) otherwise go to (12) (11) give your explanation why you answer Yes to certain questions (12) civic tests - up to 10 questions (13) read one English sentence (14) Write down one Enlish sentence the IO read (15) be handeed the intervie result letter (16) Say good bye and thanks. If the same day oath is there go to (17) otherwise go to (18) (17) Oath , the detailed experience of which can be another topic (18) Exit the IO's office (19) Exit the floor by stair or elevator (20) exit the USCIS building (21) go home
03/25/2009 - N400 sent 04/28/2009 - FP 05/15/2009 - IL received but interview was descheduled three times over a 7 month period 01/07/2010 - The USCIS interview receptionist called by phone for interview appointment next tuesday 01/12/2010 - Interview (20 min - decision can not be made) 02/06/2010 - Oath letter received 02/24/2010 - Oath 03/04/2010 - Passport application 03/24/2010 - passport book received 03/26/2010 - passport card received & certificate returned
Hi to all! I want to tell you my experince. My interview was on 2/2/2006 in Plaza,NY. I was called after 5 hours, but interview lasted for 15 minutes only.. Immigration lady spoke with a heavy accesent, like russian or slovakian and so fast!!? I can hardly understand her! Anyway, I passed the Interview, but to my surprise she asked for more documents, like phone bills,morgage, lights bill, joint account, health insurance since 2002! I was lucky to have most of papers like health insurance, joint account, but who has morgage, phone, light bills since 2002? Legally you destroy all this after 3 years! And the way we moved to so many states, who need to keep them? After Interview she gave me a form N-652, that I passed, but decision pending! When I got this form I told her, that I have most documents with me, so do you, because I send them before and saw my file was full. Anyway, dont argue with them, I just felt she did not want to spend time looking througth! Her answer was to "go to the girls and they will help you"!My citizenship was based marriage to an American, who was in the Navy for 25 years serving his country! Is that the way to treat us like skam bags?
Anyway, we went to the "girls window'' as was described. We met a superviser, but a lady in her 50th, took our documents, and promised will be fine. She said the letter for my oat to be expected a in 30-60 days time. Im happy, that its almost over, with former INS, and I and my husband still feel disgusted, the attitude, overall, I said all!!!!!! I wish to say something positive!
Step 1 I had my Citizenship Interview today at 1450 Coleman Ave Santa Clara CA -95050 Got through the civic & english tests But the officer gave me a N-14 and N-652 Naturalization/Interview Results forms
Step 2 The N-14 form says The fingerprints you have taken were rejected twice by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as unclassifiable. In lieu of obtaining another set of fingerpritns, USCIS regulations require you to obtain police clearances form all cities that you have lived in from 01/07/2008 to the present. This includes, but npt limited to: Sanjose, California, Santa Clara California, Sunnyvale California or Santa Clara County, California.
Step 3 I went to Santa Clara Sheriff's Office at 55 W.Younger Ave San Jose, CA 95110 Showed them the N-14 letter.
Step 4 The officer at their gave me a sealed letter and told me that she mentioned the current address only (in the sealed letter addressed to USDeoartment of Homeland Security 1887 Monterey Road Sanjoe CA - 95112)
Step 5 I requested the officer to add/mention the other address I last lived in the letter. But she said "she can't do that" coz the driver license has the current address only.
Step 6 Now the question is what should I do? Since the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (as given above) said they need police clearance for the past five where I lived.
Though both the places I lived (Santa Clara and Currently Sanjose) come under Santa Clara County Sheriff Department.
I am confussed whether to just mail the sealed letter (which I got from the sheriff's office) along with the letter (N-14) to the US Department of Homeland Security office.
I mailed the Police Clearance letter on Apr-09-2013 to US Department of Homeland Security 1887 Monterey Road Sanjose CA - 95112
Today I checked my case status and it shows as given under.
Oath Ceremony On May 1, 2013, we scheduled you for your oath ceremony and sent a notice providing the date, time, and location. If you move prior to the scheduled ceremony, please use our Change of Address online tool to update your case with your new address or call our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.
Naturalization Applicants: you will receive your certificate at your oath ceremony. You can expect to be scheduled for an oath ceremony within 45 days of receiving your recommended approval. Many offices schedule approved applicants for the oath ceremony on the same day as the day of the interview. Please check the local office profile page on our website to determine if the office where you will be interviewed schedules same day oath ceremonies.