Went through my Oath Ceremony on Wednesday. It was a tremendous event and I'm very proud to now be a US Citizen. There were 727 applicants and numerous family members present at The Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.
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This is about the experience renewing my parents visa.
I would like to share my parents visitor visa experience as it might help others who are in my situation.
They are not educated and doing Agriculture in their own land. They don't speak or understand anything other than TAMIL.
I am in US and I directly sent all the documents to a travel agent in Chennai who helped me to file DS-160 and organize documents for my parents.
My parents just prepared a affidavit document for their properties through an attorney and brought property papers along with them when they come for interview to Chennai.
Approved!! I just had my interview! It was quick and smooth. We started with going through my application. Name change, the NO questions and the YES questions. Signed some papers. Then the civic test:
1. What is freedom of religion?
2. How many senators are there?
3. Which ocean lies in the east coast?
4. What age do men join the selective service?
5. When was the constitution written?
6. Which state borders Canada?
Then the English test.
What are the Colors of the American Flag?
Applied - 11/12/14
Biometrics - 12/11/14
Interview - 3/12/15
In line for Oath- 3/23/15
Oath ceremony notice mailed -3/25/15
Oath Ceremony: 4/22/15
US passport: 4/23/2015
There were a few places that did the naturalization ceremonies in MA but it is a royal pain how long they take to schedule these. Back in 2010, I had to wait 3.5 months for my naturalization after passing the interview. They gave me my oath ceremony letter right after passing the interview. Seems like things have only gotten worse since 2010. I had my naturalization ceremony at Mechanics Hall in Worcester and no, it was not because I lived in or near Worcester. I lived in the Boston city area at the time.
I have read somewhere from another person's experience that if you want a faster Judicial Oath Ceremony, you should take matters into your own hands. What this person did was to call up most of the Judges (District Court?), who can perform such matter, & to ask/request if s/he could perform the service for her. That was how she got hers done quicker than waiting for the normal time frame it takes this type of ceremony to be scheduled. Depending on your DO, it could be a very long time (5-13 months).
I had my N400 interview last week. I passed the English questions without an issue.
Quick background: I was issued 10 year bar and deported in 2005. I had to apply for I601 and I212 (waivers) prior to returning to US. The reason I was deported was because I had overstay after deportation order. I returned to US 2010.