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Old Jan 15th 2013, 11:42 pm
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Just a little update... received my biometrics appointment letter on January 3rd, for January 9th (in Cleveland, indeed).

Online notice today: "On January 15, 2013, your N400, APPLICATION FOR NATURALIZATION was scheduled for interview. You will receive a notice with a time and place for your interview."

Going quite nicely, timewise.
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Old Jan 16th 2013, 1:13 pm
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Yes, they are on the ball these days for naturalization interviews and the swearing in ceremony. You will be one of us soon.
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Old Jan 20th 2013, 3:46 am
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Love it, Rete! Can't wait.

Received the interview letter today, interview date is February 22nd. Better get studying.

Looking at other recent timelines for Cleveland I am on the track for 4 months start to finish (filing to oath). Not too shabby!

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Old Feb 22nd 2013, 9:49 pm
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Had my interview today.

"You passed the tests of English and US history and government. Congratulations! Your application has been recommended for approval".

The USCIS officer was very friendly and even fun. It was a really nice experience. Based on my county he said he thinks my oath ceremony will be in about a month! Which is way faster than the standard. Usually people seem to receive the oath letter about a month after their interview, and then the ceremony is another month after that in general. Not that I'm complaining.

He just went over the application questions, then asked me six civics questions, then I had to read a sentence (it was something along the lines of "Which state has the most people") and write a sentence ("California has the most people". I told him I was going to Google that and see if it was actually true. He chuckled. LOL)

My questions were:

There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
I answered: citizens 18 and older can vote.

Who is in charge of the executive branch?
I answered: the president.

During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
I answered: communism.

What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
I answered: freedom of speech.

What is one reason colonists came to America?
I answered: because they wanted freedom of religion.

If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
I answered: the vice-president.

The answers were all correct, obviously, since he stopped after six. I was actually a bit bummed and wished he would have asked me all hundred so I could've shown off a bit, LOL!
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Old Feb 22nd 2013, 10:00 pm
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Old Feb 22nd 2013, 10:56 pm
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Congrats! You did well 6 out of the first 6 correct!

I have just started studying myself...

A question, what do you mean by this: "He just went over the application questions"? Anything to be nervous about? *paranoid as usual when it comes to immigration*
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Old Feb 22nd 2013, 11:07 pm
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Congrats! You did well 6 out of the first 6 correct!

I have just started studying myself...
Unless English is not your first language and/or you have some sort of learning disability I would hazard that 6 out of 6 is fairly common. Really it isn't that hard, relax.

A question, what do you mean by this: "He just went over the application questions"? Anything to be nervous about? *paranoid as usual when it comes to immigration*
They just run down what you entered on the N-400 form. Standard stuff really, it mainly checks that you are the person who you say you are and that nothing has changed, such as been out of the country since you filled it in, had children etc.

Again relax, at this stage they want you to become a Citizen. It really is the easiest part.
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Old Feb 22nd 2013, 11:09 pm
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A question, what do you mean by this: "He just went over the application questions"? Anything to be nervous about? *paranoid as usual when it comes to immigration*
The officer reviews the N-400 form with you, that's all. If there are any yes/no questions on the form, he might ask those verbally.

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Congratulations HunterGreen!!

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Old Feb 22nd 2013, 11:17 pm
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Ok cheers... I'm not worried about the "civics", I'm a good student!

I just have these thoughts that I've done something wrong although I really haven't. It's called immigration paranoia. But you guys have just made me feel better.
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 1:07 am
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Thanks everyone! I'm pretty stoked!

LOL slummymummy, I understand your immigrations paranoia all too well. During the interview he went over certain questions on the application, where he just asked me the questions verbally and I answered verbally (even though I didn't have any out of the ordinary answers). When he got to the part about the crimes and convictions etc. he asked if I had ever had anything else (all answers had been no), like speeding tickets, and I said 'no' again - because I haven't, LOL. But apparently that's pretty out of the ordinary, because he looked up and said "that's pretty good for Ohio" and I'm immediately nervous and thinking OMG what if he thinks I lied?!? LOL I know darn well I've never gotten a speeding ticket, but I got nervous anyway.

Don't worry though, you'll be fine. I can't speak for all of the officers, but the general consensus seems to be that they're very friendly, and mine wasn't any different.
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 1:18 am
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OMG! I haven't had a speeding ticket either! Maybe I should try to get one before the end of the year so he/she won't think I'm lying!

Thanks for sharing, I do feel better knowing that it's not just me...

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Congratulations!! I just did mine at the end of January. I got lucky and had the interview and oath ceremony on the same day. I wasn't expecting it so was very pleasantly surprised.
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Originally Posted by slummymummy View Post
Congrats! You did well 6 out of the first 6 correct!

I have just started studying myself...

A question, what do you mean by this: "He just went over the application questions"? Anything to be nervous about? *paranoid as usual when it comes to immigration*
As everyone else said, nothing to be nervous about. It's all quite painless. I was nervous too but people on BE put my mind at rest. The interviewer isn't trying to trip you up and they want you to become a citizen.

I stuck the CD in my car and listened to it a gazillion times. I also loaded it into iTunes and played it on shuffle on my laptop when I was cooking dinner. I did find it helped me to actually read the booklet so it all made a bit more sense.
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 8:33 pm
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A couple of people said: "they want you to be a citizen". Why? Just curious.

Yes I will stick the CD in the car later on!
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