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    Hi all,

    I just returned from my naturalization interview in Newark, NJ. My interview time was 7:40 am on the 13th floor. I waited for about two hours before my name was called by the IO assigned to me. He was a very pleasant guy, apologized for the late call. He then asked me to swear to tell the truth...etc. and asked for my Driver's license, passport and greencard.

    Then he immediately asked about the countries I've been to for the last five years. His first question was, why I didn't list France among the countries I visited, while I had an entry stamp on my passport? I told him that I have a Schengen visa which allow you to travel to various countries in Europe and that the French entry stamp was my port of entry to go to Spain as my final destination. He said OK but admitted he has no idea about the schengen visa. I had 233 days of total travels distributed in 9 trips, with 68 days as the most number of days I was out of the US. No problem.

    The next question is about my marriage, he asked for my marriage certificate, thanks to this forum I made a copy of it. But then I reminded him that my application is based on a 5 year employment GC. He said he just want to verify what is written on my N-400. I brought with me tax transcripts, bank statements, speeding ticket receipt, birth certificate and a lot more... IO didn't even bother to look at them.

    Then, he asked me how long did I work for the employer who petitioned my GC . I said 1 1/2 years but left the employer 3 months after getting the GC to work for another company under the same capacity. No comment.

    Then, he continued with the rest of the N-400 questionnaires and the history and civic questions + the English test.

    In 10 minutes I was out of his office but waited for another hour to get the oath and the certificate. The IO sent me to 15th floor to surrender my GC and to sign my Certificate and to do the oath taking (11 am.). We were told that there will be 5 oath ceremonies in Newark today. All in all, it was a pleasant experience. I'm now applying for my passport. Thanks for all your help and assistance. Here's my timeline:

    VSC/ Newark, NJ (DO)

    Sent N-400 via Fedex- April 7, 2008
    N-400 Received on - April 8, 2008
    Check cashed- April 12, 2008
    NOA received- April 21, 2008
    PD- April 8, 2008
    FP Notice received- April 25, 2008
    FP- May 6, 2008 Done
    June 2, 2008- My file disappeared online
    June 7, 2008- received IL
    Interview date- July 30, 2008 at 7:40 am (13th flr.)
    Oath date- July 30, 2008 U.S citizen finally!

  • #2
    Congratulations !! Thanks for sharing your details.
    Sent N-400 7/28/07
    PD 7/27/07
    Check cashed 12/5/07
    NOA 12/7/07
    FP notice 1/4/08 (received 1/10/08 )
    FP Date 1/30/08 (walk in done on 1/26/08 Charlotte)
    IL: 6/10/08
    ID: 8/28/08 (Durham DO) Passed!
    OL: 9/23/08
    OD: 10/06/08
    PP: 10/21/08 (applied)
    PP: 11/1/08 (received)

    IMPORTANT NOTE: I am a Volunteer Moderator - one of you. I am not a lawyer. So act accordingly.


    • #3
      3.5 months to get USC? Wow..lucky lucky! I think i am moving to NJ now.

      Resident Since Date: 12/12/04
      DO: Washington D.C,
      10/12/09 (Day 1): Mailed
      10/13/09 (Day 2): Priority Date
      10/24/09 (Day 12): Date of Fingerprint Letter
      10/28/09 (Day 16): Fingerprinted Walk-in
      11/05/09 (Day 24): FP Date(Original Date)
      11/13/09 (Day 32): FP Redone(lost by USCIS)
      11/18/09 (Day 38): Case transfered
      11/23/09 (Day 43): Received IL
      12/29/09 (Day 78): Interview Date
      12/29/09 (Day 78): Oath
      12/30/09 (Day 79): Applied for Passport @ DC, got it at 11:30am


      • #4
        Congrats and advice for wantmygcnow..


        Congrats on super fast process

        wantmygcnow...(hold your horses)
        I applied in 04/07 FP in 05/07 and still waiting due to name check.
        so if your name is like me be happy wherever you are)



        • #5
          Lawyers fee around NYC

          Originally posted by Bobsmyth View Post
          Congratulations !! Thanks for sharing your details.
          Thanks, Bobsmyth. I know you're not from the NYC area but for those in NYC area, can anyone tell me how much is the average cost to hire an immigration lawyer to petition an immediate relative (spouse) who is already here in the US on L1A visa. I recently got my citizenship. Thanks for the info.


          • #6
            How did you sign your certificate...

            As your normal signature or the fullname in caps..
            USC 8/1/08
            OCI Details:
            App delivered: 11/20/08
            Photos Scanned: 12/22/08
            Registration Status: Granted - 12/25/08
            Printed - 12/26/08
            Documents Dispatched: 12/29/08
            Documents Rcvd at CGINY: 01/06/09
            Picked up OCI at CGINY: 3/18/09


            • #7
              Originally posted by pancpgc View Post
              As your normal signature or the fullname in caps..
              Definitely not like your normal everyday signature. Your full name but not in do I say this......ok how about in a flowing handwriting.
              Atlanta DO
              Sent N-400 to Dallas, TX Lockbox USPS certified mail): 07-25-2011
              N-400 delivered: 07-28-2011
              Check cashed: 08-01-2011
              NOA Received: 08-04-2011
              FP Notice Received: 08-13-2011
              FP Scheduled: 09-02-2011
              FP (Early Walk-in): 08-19-2011
              Status Changed (In Que for Interview): 08-23-2011
              Interview Letter Rcvd: 10-06-2011
              Yellow Letter Rcvd: 10-08-2011
              Interview Date: 11-08-2011 @ 10:30am (Interview passed)
              Oath Date: 12-5-2011


              • #8
                It is called cursive writing.
                N400 CSC/San Jose DO
                PD : Aug 17 2006
                FP date: walk in on Sep 16th/ sched for Sep 20
                IV @ San jose do : Feb 15 2007
                oath letter: Feb 24th
                oath: Mar 21st 2007, became USC


                • #9
                  Which floors they conduct N-400 interviews in Newark, NJ?

                  Just fast question, does Newark office conduct N-400 interviews at 15th floor or they use other floors as well? I received my interview action letter and instruction calls that I go to 14th floor, is that normal?