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Old Feb 4th 2022, 11:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Maste
Got my interview notice - 24th March, Thursday.

All well and exciting, but... my passport is at the passport office in the UK being renewed right now, the wife and I move to Iowa City in a few weeks and the interview is in St Louis.... I was literally about to start the change of address stuff everywhere and we get this notice.

Naturally freaking out now of course, because I'm not where the interview is taking place, it's happening around the time of a big move/settling period, and my passport is out of country.

Any advice/words of wisdom please? Would be hugely appreciate because as exciting as this is, I'm also in panic mode.
My general interview advice is to be organized and prepared. Be ready to efficiently present any document when asked. You don’t want to stumble over things and make it awkward.

Specifically to the N-400 I would recommend using flash cards to learn the civics. Many of the online practice tests are multiple choice. The actual test isn’t multiple choice.
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Old Feb 5th 2022, 1:46 pm
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Does anyone know what I should do regarding my passport? Will it be okay to take photocopies and explain the situation, that it's in England being renewed right now?

Will having just moved cause problems with my interview itself? I'm moving to Iowa City and would have to drive 4 hours down to St Louis for the interview, which I don't mind doing if I won't get turned away, of course. We move soon about 2-3 weeks from now, and USCIS said that you should change address WITHIN ten days after moving... unsure what to do!

My wife probably won't be able to come, which I assume isn't a big issue?
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Your passport should be back to you by the time of your interview. You have at the very least 6 weeks until your interview date.

Take photocopies and your receipt of mailing with you. If your move puts you into a different office, then you need to have them transfer your file to your new field office. Call the 1-800 number and ask for a supervisor.

Your wife does not need to be there with you at your interview. If it is a same day interview/oath ceremony, however, she will miss the ceremony.
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Your passport should be back to you by the time of your interview. You have at the very least 6 weeks until your interview date.

Take photocopies and your receipt of mailing with you. If your move puts you into a different office, then you need to have them transfer your file to your new field office. Call the 1-800 number and ask for a supervisor.

Your wife does not need to be there with you at your interview. If it is a same day interview/oath ceremony, however, she will miss the ceremony.
Thanks Rete - my move would technically put me in the Des Moines office... We move 1-2 weeks before my interview... Should I still call after I've moved and see what they say?
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Default Re: N400 sent off!

Originally Posted by Maste
Does anyone know what I should do regarding my passport? Will it be okay to take photocopies and explain the situation, that it's in England being renewed right now?

Will having just moved cause problems with my interview itself? I'm moving to Iowa City and would have to drive 4 hours down to St Louis for the interview, which I don't mind doing if I won't get turned away, of course. We move soon about 2-3 weeks from now, and USCIS said that you should change address WITHIN ten days after moving... unsure what to do!

My wife probably won't be able to come, which I assume isn't a big issue?
Out of idle curiosity, why would you need your UK passport at a US naturalization interview? A curious mind wants to know.
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Out of idle curiosity, why would you need your UK passport at a US naturalization interview? A curious mind wants to know.
They looked at mine at my interview and if I recall correctly took a copy.

my guess is the OP is going by the USCIS guidance: “
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Out of idle curiosity, why would you need your UK passport at a US naturalization interview? A curious mind wants to know.
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They looked at mine at my interview and if I recall correctly took a copy.

my guess is the OP is going by the USCIS guidance: “
What tht said - the interview notice specifically asks you to bring it to the interview. They may want it for travel check reference or something, unsure, but they ask me to bring it.
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They want to verify it with the copies they already have, and the travel history with the green card. Just red tape, and if it is in renewal in UK should not be a showstopper.. I would think.
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I took a load of documents, as requested, and did not need a single one of them! Still it is better to have them and not need them, rather than need them and not have them. My whole "interview" was relaxed and informal.
Good luck Maste.
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N400 approved! Gotta change my address now so hopefully my oath happens nearby instead (moved from STL to Iowa City).

Interview was a breeze - made the promise, then did the citizenship questions which I got all 6 right off the bat so moved onto the English 'test'. Done and done. Only asked to see my state ID and green card, and none of my supporting docs. Made a few changes to my application due to new job and travels etc, but while he did that we talked about England, soccer, and living in America. Then he did the usual questions at the end about organizations etc, and asked if I'd defend the USA. Such a breeze! Was done in 30 mins.
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Yahoo! Congratulations.
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Default Re: N400 sent off!

Originally Posted by Maste
N400 approved! Gotta change my address now so hopefully my oath happens nearby instead (moved from STL to Iowa City).

Interview was a breeze - made the promise, then did the citizenship questions which I got all 6 right off the bat so moved onto the English 'test'. Done and done. Only asked to see my state ID and green card, and none of my supporting docs. Made a few changes to my application due to new job and travels etc, but while he did that we talked about England, soccer, and living in America. Then he did the usual questions at the end about organizations etc, and asked if I'd defend the USA. Such a breeze! Was done in 30 mins.
Congrats on the interview! Regarding your state move - I'd be cautious. I know there are rules around state residency, but that may be in the time before the N-400 is filed.
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Congrats on the interview! Regarding your state move - I'd be cautious. I know there are rules around state residency, but that may be in the time before the N-400 is filed.
answered here:
https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-happens-if-i-move-after-applying-for-u-s-citizenship.html

since the OP is still an alien until the oath takes place the AR-11 is required, but if they filled online a change to their account should also take care of it:


https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclope...e-address.html
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Surprisingly that NOLO link breaks the scenarios down nicely - good share.
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I filled so many AR-11s and didnt hear a peep about any of them. Love that they are simple to fill and file though!
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