Asylee N-400 Interview Experiences and 2011 Tracker

Mauricio22

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Ivanlozada,

Your application is taking about the same time mine is, we both got our interviews scheduled after two months. Mine is this Tuesday, the 15th.

I checked the Naturalization Ceremony schedules and there's one here in LA two days after my interview so I'm hoping I'll be placed on that way and be over with it. Wish me luck!!!
I'll post my experience on here.
 

Mauricio22

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My interview experience, Nov 15, 2011 in Los Angeles

(thk u Ivan)

Hey guys,

I just got back from my naturalization interview downtown Los Angeles and wanted to share my experience:

I arrived 10 mins before my appointment and was called about an hour later;
A male officer greeted me and took me to his room, did not even close the door.

Asked me to raise my hand and swear to tell the truth, state my age, name and address. Then he asked me to see my driver’s license and green card.

He started to ask me questions in the application and review as he checked it with a red pen, and went thru questions like “are you married?”,basically nothing outside the actual application.
On the part that you list all the trips you took, he did not go thru them, just said “So, these are all the trips you’ve taken? I said yes and he moved on. Note: I did go back to COP earlier this year and had stated that in the application.


Then when he reached the part where you state any organizations you belong or have belonged to, he said “oh you are a Mormon”, I said no, “I used to be one” (I had stated that in the application), he asked why I’m not a Mormon anymore, I said the reason (“I’m gay, and you can’t be gay and Mormon) and he said “Even the military accepts gays now, I don’t understand why the Mormon church doesn’t”, sympathizing with me.

He then continued to the civic questions and asked the title of the national anthem, why the original flag had only 13 stars, what is the rule of the law and how old you need to be to vote.

He asked me if I owed any taxes I said yes, he asked how much and if I was making payments. He wrote that down and moved on.

Finished reviewing the (already answered) questions in my application, asked me to read a short sentence in English then write it down, did the paperwork for my name change and recommended me for approval. He said “we have oath ceremonies every month so you should be getting your soon, and you’ll see me there.

That all took about 15 minutes. I am beyond excited.
 
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flamingopark2

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(thk u Ivan)

Hey guys,

I just got back from my naturalization interview downtown Los Angeles and wanted to share my experience:

I arrived 10 mins before my appointment and was called about an hour later;
A male officer greeted me and took me to his room, did not even close the door.

Asked me to raise my hand and swear to tell the truth, state my age, name and address. Then he asked me to see my driver’s license and green card.

He started to ask me questions in the application and review as he checked it with a red pen, and went thru questions like “are you married?”,basically nothing outside the actual application.
On the part that you list all the trips you took, he did not go thru them, just said “So, these are all the trips you’ve taken? I said yes and he moved on. Note: I did go back to COP earlier this year and had stated that in the application.


Then when he reached the part where you state any organizations you belong or have belonged to, he said “oh you are a Mormon”, I said no, “I used to be one” (I had stated that in the application), he asked why I’m not a Mormon anymore, I said the reason (“I’m gay, and you can’t be gay and Mormon) and he said “Even the military accepts gays now, I don’t understand why the Mormon church doesn’t”, sympathizing with me.

He then continued to the civic questions and asked the title of the national anthem, why the original flag had only 13 stars, what is the rule of the law and how old you need to be to vote.

He asked me if I owed any taxes I said yes, he asked how much and if I was making payments. He wrote that down and moved on.

Finished reviewing the (already answered) questions in my application, asked me to read a short sentence in English then write it down, did the paperwork for my name change and recommended me for approval. He said “we have oath ceremonies every month so you should be getting your soon, and you’ll see me there.

That all took about 15 minutes. I am beyond excited.
Congratulation Mauricio22
 

ivanlozada

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I'm lucky to be alive

On Thursday around 7:15AM, when I was two blocks away from immigration office in Atlanta for my Naturalization interview, I had a car accident. A black Suburban hit my car and ran away, my car spun out about 5 times, air bags were deployed, but thanks God I didn't suffer any physical damage. My Interview had been scheduled for 8:20AM

I had to wait one hour until police officer appeared, made the report and my car was towed. I was so afraid because I was pretty sure I was going to miss my interview, finally I was released by the police officer, then I ran two blocks to the immigration and arrived just on time!

30 minutes later I was called by an Immigration Officer (28 years old African American lady), we went two her office, she asked me to raise my right hand and swear to tell the truth so I did it, then she started asking me the questions from N-400 document, then she started the questions from naturalization test, once I answered the question number 6 she stopped the interview and told me I passed the test and I was recommended for approval and I had two wait for the oath letter to be mailed.

Next day I received a call from insurance company and told me that my car was declared as a total lost.

The day of my Naturalization almost was the last day of my life, thanks God I keep my life and passed the test!
 
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TSC05S

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Is it a good idea to hire a lawyer to go with for the Naturalization interview ?Any thoughts and suggestion will be highly appreciated.
 

ramjays2000

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Post Naturalization interview

I filed my N400 on 25 oct 2011 when completed 4years 9 months of my Legal residency. FP was done on 14 Nov2011. naturalization interview was on 21 Dec 2011 at San Jose . The officer was extremely nice and cordial. I had an issue of 182 days in one trip and total 846 days away from USA, total 6trips. As advised by Rajiv, i enclosed a letter with N400 about visiting India to see my aged mother yearly who passed away this year and explained the over stay due to my younger brother daughter's marriage as Host after my father's death. Also enclosed mother's death certificate and marriage invitation and photo. interview over 21 Dec San Jose. interview went off very well . passed English US History and Government. I was told I will be completing 5 years on 10 Jan 2012 He did not tick col A congratulation. ticked B 'A decision cannot be made about your application'. He informed a letter will come around 2nd week January. The point is the officer read my letter in my presence only and not asked any question on over stay or India trips . He got the forms and photographs signed by me. But no approval now. There is some suspense now; not knowing whether any thing else needed before I get my approval letter. worried. Can Some body clarify on this.
Srinivasan

For those of you who are applying to become a US Citizen in 2011, please post and share concerns and so on. Let us update our signature using the following format:



LPR :
D/O : (your district office)San Jose
10/25/2011 : N-400 Mailed to (Name of Service Center)
/11 : Forwarded to (location of Lockbox.)
xx/xx/11 : USPS mail delivered
xx/xx/11 : Check cashed
10/28//11 : NOA Received.
10/30/11 : FP Notice Received.
11/14/11 : FP Appointment.
11/19/11 : Interview Letter.
12/21/11 : Interview Date.
xx/xx/11 : Oath Letter.
xx/xx/11 : Oath Date.
xx/xx/11 : Applied for Passport
xx/xx/11 : Passport in Hand[/QUOTE]
 

Mauricio22

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I don't see

why you'd need a lawyer except for if you have been convicted of a crime... people interview alone eveyday without any problems. save your money to travel with the US passport



Is it a good idea to hire a lawyer to go with for the Naturalization interview ?Any thoughts and suggestion will be highly appreciated.
 

TSC05S

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why you'd need a lawyer except for if you have been convicted of a crime... people interview alone eveyday without any problems. save your money to travel with the US passport
Thanks Mauricio22 for your input, I was arrested in my country for political reason and I don't have any paper to provide. The lawyer marked my N-400 form that I'v been arrested for political reason and offered me to come with me to the interview. I am not sure how this will help.
 

shefe

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TSC05S,

Are you paying extra if the lawyer goes with you? and when you applied for your green card, did you also say you were arrested in the past ?


Ramjays2000,

why not wait until after Jan 10th 2012 and update us here on the forum.
 

TSC05S

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TSC05S,

Are you paying extra if the lawyer goes with you? and when you applied for your green card, did you also say you were arrested in the past ?
Shefe:

No Extra money it was part of the N-400 agreement ($700) already paid for it. I applied for green card in 2005 and received it 2007. I was arrested in my country for political reason (the lawyer mentioned it in the application). I am just concern of having a lawyer in Naturalization interview will have the wrong imprison that there is something with my application to the immigration officer, is it common to have a lawyer ? Also, I don't have proof of arrest. They sent me the YL and ask to bring proof I was arrested.
 
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Mauricio22

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Lawyer

In my opinion, if you have already disclosed your arrest on your GC application you shouldn't fear much. Bring your lawyer, I saw a lot of people accompanied by one in the wait room for my interview. If you don't have proof then you don't, trust me the interview process is not as scary as most people thing it will be. Think this way- it's not that big of a deal and if you tell the truth everything will be ok.
 

TSC05S

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I went with my lawyer. My interview was only for 10 min. no questions asked about my case. Test and scheduled for Oath same day. Now I am a proud US citizen, the best of luck for everyone.
 

ivanlozada

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Finally! US Citizen

Finally! I become US Citizen, it was not a very long Journey (6 years, 10 months) but I counted every day until it finally arrived and it felt like an eternity.

It was a beautiful ceremony, I'm very proud of being part of this great country. God Bless America and God bless you all!!!!
 
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