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Our Interview experience at the Chicago office

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Had mine and spouse's interview yesterday at the Chicago office -

We both had the same interview timing - 11:05am

Wife was called first (about 30 min late) and she was done in about 15min. Was very easy - Standard 6 civics questions, english read and write. Went over the application. The officer told her that she would get the oath date letter after my interview is done with so that we are both placed together for the oath. They don't give the oath on the same day as the interview in Chicago.

I was still waiting and waiting. I was then called (1hr 20min late). The civics question and english test was very easy. Then went over the entire application. The officer asked if the name in the birth certificate and other documents were correct. I said no as there was a alphabet issue regarding my first name in the birth certificate and other documents. (An extra 'h' was in the first name in birth certificate but not in any other document) I told that I had already addressed this during my Green card process and sent affidavits. The officer checked everything (The Green card documents that the officer had in the folder including affidavits and suggested to do a name change right there so that all the records are clean. The officer just printed a document and got my extra 'h' out and got it signed. Then the officer appoved my application and gave me a receipt.

Then about the oath - the officer said she would have issued an oath certificate right here (takes about 1-2 hours), but since its already past noon they don't do it. The officer apologized for the delay and said the oath appointment letter would be mailed for both of us and we should get it in two weeks.

The officer was very friendly - When I asked if I don't get the letter, the officer smiled and told me that "Don't worry, you would get it - till now you have got all your documents"

My interview questions in civics -

1) What is the name of the national anthem?
2) What is the “rule of law”?
3) What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
4) How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
5) What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
6) Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

English test -
Write - There are one hundred US senators.
Read - How many U.S. Senators are there?

Took about 20 min for me.

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