US Naturalization - N400 Interview


2017 Timeline:
August 15 - Sent Application
August 18 - Status Online - Application Received
August 22 - Text Notification - Application Received
September 5 - Mail Notification Received - Biometrics Appointment
September 14 - Biometrics Appointment
September 18 - Status Online - Started Interview Scheduling
October 11 - Status Online - Process for Interview
October 31 - Status Online - Scheduled Interview
November 6 - Mail Notification Received - Interview Date
December 5 - Interview Date


Background:
23 years old. Female. Only child. Moved from Philippines to America in 2012. 5 year mark September 30, 2017.
Arkansas 2012 - 2015
California 2015 - 2017


Place:
995 Hardt St
San Bernardino, CA 92408
United States

Door opens on the back end. Free Parking. No food and drinks allowed inside. Once you enter you’ll go through security. Give your belongings like bags and shoes and it’ll go in a machine and you’ll have to pass thru metal detector. Second Floor is where the Interviews are. Use the Elevator.
You’d have to give your Appointment Letter right away and they’ll say we’ll call you by name. You can use your phone, as long as you’re not making any noise you have nothing to worry about. Please use common sense and always put your gadgets on Silent.
Then the waiting game begins.
1205 - Started waiting on chair
1300 - I was called.


Interview:
Before you sit down, you will be asked to raise your right hand and say you yes that you will tell all truth.
Sat down and took a picture. Left index then Right index fingers.
She read where I lived and worked for the past five years.
Asked who supported me from September 30, 2012 until I was employed - My wonderful parents :)
All of those questions in the N400 Application regarding ‘were you a part of blah blah’, Lots of No then Six Yes.

Then the Exam Part.
Was given a paper with three choices, was told to read “Who is George Washington?”.
Then another paper and was asked to write “Washington was the first president”.

1. Name one war US fought in 1900’s - WW1
2. Who is US Chief of Justice - John Roberts
3. In what month we vote for President - November
4. How many US Representatives are there - 435
5. We elect US Representatives for how many years - 2 years

I’m sorry can’t remember the sixth one!

Sign here and there. Then received paper saying I am Recommended for Approval and instructions once I received the Notice for the Oath Ceremony.
Was out 1323, all done in 23 minutes (excluding waiting time of 55 minutes).


Tips:
1. Arrive earlier than your appointment so you’re okay with finding it without rushing like me, but don’t arrived 30 minutes early (instruction per letter)
2. Get your photo taken. My good coworker heard about my interview and told me to have passport photo ready since his experience was ony last year. He told me that it wasn’t included in the letter but the serious officer he had had him get out and get his photo taken and come back. He also said that not all officer are like this only that particular one. I wasn’t asked a Photo when waiting for this interview and didn’t include any on my application since it’s not required that’s why I got scared. So of course I didn’t have photo ready so before heading here I dropped by CVS.
3. Use coupon to save $2.00 in CVS. Hey, this whole process is not easy money so don’t mock me regarding saving couple bucks. Find the coupon online, print it and show it when paying. From 13.99 minus 2.00, plus taxes = $12.92 for 2 copies.
4. Make sure you are well fed before arriving. Waiting game remember? You don’t wanna be Hangry when doing your important Interview, right?
5. I’m not a mom (yet) so you might hate me for this, but if you can, leave your children at home. They’re not your lawyers to help and they will only make noise. Of course the officers will be kind enough to let them play as long as they’re not making too much fiasco.
6. Do not take any photo. I witnessed one man who was told to stop it.
7. Study repeatedly so it’ll be a breeze when you’re in it.

Good Luck!