Sunday, February 26, 2012

US Citizenship :The Naturalization Experience

USPS-ed the N-400 naturalization application form and the supporting documents, received the receipt in a week by mail/e-mail and finger prints appointment with in a month, gave the finger prints after 15 days, got the interview letter with in a month, answered the first six of the ten questions correctly, read out an English sentence and wrote down another, congratulating the USCIS officer handed over confirmation sheet and also an appointment letter for the Oath Ceremony. Naturalization is the easiest and smoothest process in entire immigration cycle.

Oath Ceremony

Returned the green card and made sure the name and date of birth are correct on the Naturalization Certificate. We watched the faces of Americavideo which showcased several naturalized US Citizens from all over the world. This followed by  singing the National Anthem, pledge of allegiance and then the Oath .They have handed over the Naturalization Certificate and its picture time! Mr. President congratulated the new citizens through his video message. It took two hours for the memorable Oath process right from the time we parked our car.

We have sent the following Supporting documents along with the N 400

1) Current and Previous Lease Agreement
2) Income Tax Returns
3) Green card copy

Visit the USCIS Website for more details

Below is the link to the Study Materials for the English and Civic Tests. You can also get a hard copy of this booklet for free from the USCIS Office when you go give the fingerprints.

Other Info

1) At the end of the interview the officer will ask you to sign on your photograph .He will also give you a notice of Oath document which you will fill in and take with you when you go to the Oath Ceremony. The signature on this document should match the earlier signature on the photograph .The same applies to the sign on your naturalization certificate that you take home.

2) Your family members can come along with you to the Oath Ceremony and you are allowed to take pictures.Make sure they carry IDs.