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    Updated with FOIA receipt info!

    In the Beginning
    6/2002 future husband enters without inspection (EWI) from GUATEMALA by way of Mexico and Texas; 2 throwbacks to Mexico)
    2004 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for me
    2004 met
    2006 married

    Immigrant Petition for Relative, Fiance, or Orphan (I-130) -- USCIS
    2007 applied for I-130
    2008 approved I-130. Case transferred to NVC. Contacted NVC regularly to keep case alive.

    Family
    3/2010 bouncing baby boy
    2/2012 bouncing 14-year-old stepson (successfully immigrates to U.S. from Guatemala, despite undocumented papa)
    8/1/13 Hellorebecca's mother undergoes surgery for newly diagnosed lung cancer (awful news but important timing regarding our exceptional expedite request for the 601)

    Fingerprints -- FBI
    1/26/12 sent away for FBI fingerprints to try to gather evidence that the two throwbacks in Texas/Mexico were not deportations or expedited removal
    3/7/2012 received "no arrest record"
    4/11/12 sent again for FBI fingerprints (paranoia!)
    5/3/12 received "no arrest record"
    (8/6/13 and still paranoid)

    Lawyers
    Did initial hourly consults with a handful of local lawyers. Meh.
    2012 Retained Laurel Scott for some counsel -- to advise and some paperwork (HIGHLY RECOMMEND)
    We filed the 601A on our own, without counsel. We were denied because my husband used a false name when he was caught by border patrol in 2002 and USCIS said the DOS *might* find him inadmissible for a reason other than unlawful presence. I'm not sure using a lawyer would have changed things. We used the 601A to make as certain as possible that he wasn't deported without realizing it. I guess we have more certainty of that now (though still not 100%). Still, it would have been nice to have somebody to blame besides myself. And I think the lawyer would have known how to handle it better than I did.
    2013 Consulting with Laura Fernandez for 601 (also HIGHLY RECOMMEND).

    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request -- Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
    4/23/12 sent request for CBP FOIA -- The request was extremely specific. "Sometime between these dates, at a checkpoint near this city, probably using a version of this name."
    6/6/12 acknowledgement of CBP FOIA
    8/31/12 letter from CBP FOIA - are you still interested in this request?
    9/5/12 why yes, we are still interested
    1/3/13 called CBP FOIA and they said case was still open
    6/14/13 emailed CBP FOIA requesting case status -- "Are you there CBP FOIA? It's me, Desperate." (no response, who am I kidding?)
    6/14/13 created a new request through the online system referencing the old case number and requesting expedite. (I'm kidding myself at this point.)
    2/27/14 received FOIA results in the mail! 2 reports - one for each time he was caught near the border. Disposition: "voluntary return." Both had a photograph and fingerprints!
    This arrived about 8 months after we needed it, but it's a great part of our family history and I'm glad we have it!

    Affidavit of Support (AOS) (I-864EZ) -- NVC
    11/14/12 sent AOS application to NVC
    12/3/12 received letter from NVC saying pay IV fee

    Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601A) -- USCIS -- DENIED
    3/5/13 || File 601A
    3/10/13 (and 3/26/13) || Receive text and email: 601A received and transferred to NBC; USCIS receipt number issued; biometrics fee accepted on 3/8 and to expect receipt in snail mail in 7-10 days
    3/29/13 || Snail mail acceptance of application. A number issued.
    3/29/13 || Biometrics Appointment letter received
    4/19/13 || Biometrics Appointment
    6/3/13 || Waiver denied (email/text USCIS case status update) due to USCIS's "reason to believe" he may be inadmissible for misrepresentation as a result of giving border patrol officers a made up name when he was caught and released in 2002.
    6/10/13 || Received snail mail copy of waiver denial.

    Immigrant Visa Application (IV / DS-230) -- NVC
    1/3/13 paid IV fee
    [1/4/13 emailed NVC601a intent to file 601A -- 2/27/13 received email acknowledgement of my intent to file 601A -- I don't believe this is part of the process anymore.]
    3/5/13 || File IV (The Immigrant Visa Application was being reviewed concurrently with the 601A application. I called NVC to ask if I would receive acknowledgement when the DS-230 case is complete and they are just waiting on the 601A decision before scheduling the embassy interview. The customer service rep said he didn't think so, but to call back in 30 days after filing if I hadn't heard anything to check on the case status.)
    3/15/13 || Received email Checklist from NVC (Looks like all systems go on NVC side - just waiting for 601A results)
    6/18/13 || Received email "case complete" from NVC
    7/19/13 || Receive interview appointment letter

    Immigrant Visa Application (DS-230 continued) In Guatemala at U.S. Embassy
    8/20/13 || Medical Appointment
    8/22/13 || Visa Interview. Inadmissible for unlawful presence (no mention of misrepresentation) and eligible to file 601 waiver.
    ---see 601 Process below---
    9/9/13 || Receive phone call from Embassy for interview #2
    9/11/13 || Drop off passport at Embassy
    9/12/13 || Pick up Passport with Visa from Embassy
    9/19/13 || Fly home (POE Atlanta)
    10/21/13 || Receive Permanent Resident card in the mail

    Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601) -- USCIS -- Exceptional Expedite and APPROVED
    8/22/13 || Submitted and Accepted -- Exceptional Expedite through Guatemala USCIS Field Office based on exceptional emergent medical circumstances.
    9/5/13 || Receive email of 601 approval
    9/17?/13 || Receive snail mail (to US address) of 601 approval

    After 601 Approval
    9/21/13 || Went to local Social Security office to apply for card (even though also checked "Yes" to SS card on the Immigrant Visa application)
    9/30/13 || Receive Social Security Card in the mail
    10/21/13 || NJ Driver's License

    Naturalization
    ~July 2016 || File N-400
    TBD || Fingerprints
    TBD || Interview
    TBD || Oath Ceremony
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    Updated with news of a 601A approval after reason-to-believe case re-openings

    In the Beginning
    6/2002 future husband enters without inspection (EWI) from GUATEMALA by way of Mexico and Texas; 2 throwbacks to Mexico)
    2004 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for me
    2004 met
    2006 married

    Immigrant Petition for Relative, Fiance, or Orphan (I-130) -- USCIS
    2007 applied for I-130
    2008 approved I-130. Case transferred to NVC. Contacted NVC regularly to keep case alive.

    Family
    3/2010 bouncing baby boy
    2/2012 bouncing 14-year-old stepson (successfully immigrates to U.S. from Guatemala, despite undocumented papa)
    8/1/13 Hellorebecca's mother undergoes surgery for newly diagnosed lung cancer (awful news but important timing regarding our exceptional expedite request for the 601)

    Fingerprints -- FBI
    1/26/12 sent away for FBI fingerprints to try to gather evidence that the two throwbacks in Texas/Mexico were not deportations or expedited removal
    3/7/2012 received "no arrest record"
    4/11/12 sent again for FBI fingerprints (paranoia!)
    5/3/12 received "no arrest record"
    (8/6/13 and still paranoid)

    Lawyers
    Did initial hourly consults with a handful of local lawyers. Meh.
    2012 Retained Laurel Scott for some counsel -- to advise and some paperwork (HIGHLY RECOMMEND)
    We filed the 601A on our own, without counsel. We were denied because my husband used a false name when he was caught by border patrol in 2002 and USCIS said the DOS *might* find him inadmissible for a reason other than unlawful presence. I'm not sure using a lawyer would have changed things. We used the 601A to make as certain as possible that he wasn't deported without realizing it. I guess we have more certainty of that now (though still not 100%). Still, it would have been nice to have somebody to blame besides myself. And I think the lawyer would have known how to handle it better than I did.
    2013 Consulting with Laura Fernandez for 601 (also HIGHLY RECOMMEND).

    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request -- Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
    4/23/12 sent request for CBP FOIA -- The request was extremely specific. "Sometime between these dates, at a checkpoint near this city, probably using a version of this name."
    6/6/12 acknowledgement of CBP FOIA
    8/31/12 letter from CBP FOIA - are you still interested in this request?
    9/5/12 why yes, we are still interested
    1/3/13 called CBP FOIA and they said case was still open
    6/14/13 emailed CBP FOIA requesting case status -- "Are you there CBP FOIA? It's me, Desperate." (no response, who am I kidding?)
    6/14/13 created a new request through the online system referencing the old case number and requesting expedite. (I'm kidding myself at this point.)
    2/27/14 received FOIA results in the mail! 2 reports - one for each time he was caught near the border. Disposition: "voluntary return." Both had a photograph and fingerprints!
    This arrived about 8 months after we needed it, but it's a great part of our family history and I'm glad we have it!

    Affidavit of Support (AOS) (I-864EZ) -- NVC
    11/14/12 sent AOS application to NVC
    12/3/12 received letter from NVC saying pay IV fee

    Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601A) -- USCIS -- DENIED
    3/5/13 || File 601A
    3/10/13 (and 3/26/13) || Receive text and email: 601A received and transferred to NBC; USCIS receipt number issued; biometrics fee accepted on 3/8 and to expect receipt in snail mail in 7-10 days
    3/29/13 || Snail mail acceptance of application. A number issued.
    3/29/13 || Biometrics Appointment letter received
    4/19/13 || Biometrics Appointment
    6/3/13 || Waiver denied (email/text USCIS case status update) due to USCIS's "reason to believe" he may be inadmissible for misrepresentation as a result of giving border patrol officers a made up name when he was caught and released in 2002.
    6/10/13 || Received snail mail copy of waiver denial.
    4/30/14 || USCIS spontaneously reopens the case -- reviewing earlier reason to believe denials
    5/1/14 || Waiver approved, YOU HOO!

    Immigrant Visa Application (IV / DS-230) -- NVC
    1/3/13 paid IV fee
    [1/4/13 emailed NVC601a intent to file 601A -- 2/27/13 received email acknowledgement of my intent to file 601A -- I don't believe this is part of the process anymore.]
    3/5/13 || File IV (The Immigrant Visa Application was being reviewed concurrently with the 601A application. I called NVC to ask if I would receive acknowledgement when the DS-230 case is complete and they are just waiting on the 601A decision before scheduling the embassy interview. The customer service rep said he didn't think so, but to call back in 30 days after filing if I hadn't heard anything to check on the case status.)
    3/15/13 || Received email Checklist from NVC (Looks like all systems go on NVC side - just waiting for 601A results)
    6/18/13 || Received email "case complete" from NVC
    7/19/13 || Receive interview appointment letter

    Immigrant Visa Application (DS-230 continued) In Guatemala at U.S. Embassy
    8/20/13 || Medical Appointment
    8/22/13 || Visa Interview. Inadmissible for unlawful presence (no mention of misrepresentation) and eligible to file 601 waiver.
    ---see 601 Process below---
    9/9/13 || Receive phone call from Embassy for interview #2
    9/11/13 || Drop off passport at Embassy
    9/12/13 || Pick up Passport with Visa from Embassy
    9/19/13 || Fly home (POE Atlanta)
    10/21/13 || Receive Permanent Resident card in the mail

    Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601) -- USCIS -- Exceptional Expedite and APPROVED
    8/22/13 || Submitted and Accepted -- Exceptional Expedite through Guatemala USCIS Field Office based on exceptional emergent medical circumstances.
    9/5/13 || Receive email of 601 approval
    9/17?/13 || Receive snail mail (to US address) of 601 approval

    After 601 Approval
    9/21/13 || Went to local Social Security office to apply for card (even though also checked "Yes" to SS card on the Immigrant Visa application)
    9/30/13 || Receive Social Security Card in the mail
    10/21/13 || NJ Driver's License

    Naturalization
    ~July 2016 || File N-400
    TBD || Fingerprints
    TBD || Interview
    TBD || Oath Ceremony
    *********
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    Country: Guatemala
    Updated with news of babygirl and impending N-400 application

    In the Beginning
    6/2002 future husband enters without inspection (EWI) from GUATEMALA by way of Mexico and Texas; 2 throwbacks to Mexico)
    2004 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for me
    2004 met
    2006 married

    Immigrant Petition for Relative, Fiance, or Orphan (I-130) -- USCIS
    2007 applied for I-130
    2008 approved I-130. Case transferred to NVC. Contacted NVC regularly to keep case alive.

    Family
    3/2010 bouncing baby boy
    2/2012 bouncing 14-year-old stepson (successfully immigrates to U.S. from Guatemala, despite undocumented papa)
    8/1/13 Hellorebecca's mother undergoes surgery for newly diagnosed lung cancer (awful news but important timing regarding our exceptional expedite request for the 601)
    12/2014 bouncing baby girl
    10/2015 moved to Seattle


    Fingerprints -- FBI
    1/26/12 sent away for FBI fingerprints to try to gather evidence that the two throwbacks in Texas/Mexico were not deportations or expedited removal
    3/7/2012 received "no arrest record"
    4/11/12 sent again for FBI fingerprints (paranoia!)
    5/3/12 received "no arrest record"
    (8/6/13 and still paranoid)

    Lawyers
    Did initial hourly consults with a handful of local lawyers. Meh.
    2012 Retained Laurel Scott for some counsel -- to advise and some paperwork (HIGHLY RECOMMEND)
    We filed the 601A on our own, without counsel. We were denied because my husband used a false name when he was caught by border patrol in 2002 and USCIS said the DOS *might* find him inadmissible for a reason other than unlawful presence. I'm not sure using a lawyer would have changed things. We used the 601A to make as certain as possible that he wasn't deported without realizing it. I guess we have more certainty of that now (though still not 100%). Still, it would have been nice to have somebody to blame besides myself. And I think the lawyer would have known how to handle it better than I did.
    2013 Consulting with Laura Fernandez for 601 (also HIGHLY RECOMMEND).

    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request -- Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
    4/23/12 sent request for CBP FOIA -- The request was extremely specific. "Sometime between these dates, at a checkpoint near this city, probably using a version of this name."
    6/6/12 acknowledgement of CBP FOIA
    8/31/12 letter from CBP FOIA - are you still interested in this request?
    9/5/12 why yes, we are still interested
    1/3/13 called CBP FOIA and they said case was still open
    6/14/13 emailed CBP FOIA requesting case status -- "Are you there CBP FOIA? It's me, Desperate." (no response, who am I kidding?)
    6/14/13 created a new request through the online system referencing the old case number and requesting expedite. (I'm kidding myself at this point.)
    2/27/14 received FOIA results in the mail! 2 reports - one for each time he was caught near the border. Disposition: "voluntary return." Both had a photograph and fingerprints!
    This arrived about 8 months after we needed it, but it's a great part of our family history and I'm glad we have it!

    Affidavit of Support (AOS) (I-864EZ) -- NVC
    11/14/12 sent AOS application to NVC
    12/3/12 received letter from NVC saying pay IV fee

    Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601A) -- USCIS -- DENIED
    3/5/13 || File 601A
    3/10/13 (and 3/26/13) || Receive text and email: 601A received and transferred to NBC; USCIS receipt number issued; biometrics fee accepted on 3/8 and to expect receipt in snail mail in 7-10 days
    3/29/13 || Snail mail acceptance of application. A number issued.
    3/29/13 || Biometrics Appointment letter received
    4/19/13 || Biometrics Appointment
    6/3/13 || Waiver denied (email/text USCIS case status update) due to USCIS's "reason to believe" he may be inadmissible for misrepresentation as a result of giving border patrol officers a made up name when he was caught and released in 2002.
    6/10/13 || Received snail mail copy of waiver denial.
    4/30/14 || USCIS spontaneously reopens the case -- reviewing earlier reason to believe denials
    5/1/14 || Waiver approved, YOU HOO!

    Immigrant Visa Application (IV / DS-230) -- NVC
    1/3/13 paid IV fee
    [1/4/13 emailed NVC601a intent to file 601A -- 2/27/13 received email acknowledgement of my intent to file 601A -- I don't believe this is part of the process anymore.]
    3/5/13 || File IV (The Immigrant Visa Application was being reviewed concurrently with the 601A application. I called NVC to ask if I would receive acknowledgement when the DS-230 case is complete and they are just waiting on the 601A decision before scheduling the embassy interview. The customer service rep said he didn't think so, but to call back in 30 days after filing if I hadn't heard anything to check on the case status.)
    3/15/13 || Received email Checklist from NVC (Looks like all systems go on NVC side - just waiting for 601A results)
    6/18/13 || Received email "case complete" from NVC
    7/19/13 || Receive interview appointment letter

    Immigrant Visa Application (DS-230 continued) In Guatemala at U.S. Embassy
    8/20/13 || Medical Appointment
    8/22/13 || Visa Interview. Inadmissible for unlawful presence (no mention of misrepresentation) and eligible to file 601 waiver.
    ---see 601 Process below---
    9/9/13 || Receive phone call from Embassy for interview #2
    9/11/13 || Drop off passport at Embassy
    9/12/13 || Pick up Passport with Visa from Embassy
    9/19/13 || Fly home (POE Atlanta)
    10/21/13 || Receive Permanent Resident card in the mail

    Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601) -- USCIS -- Exceptional Expedite and APPROVED
    8/22/13 || Submitted and Accepted -- Exceptional Expedite through Guatemala USCIS Field Office based on exceptional emergent medical circumstances.
    9/5/13 || Receive email of 601 approval
    9/17?/13 || Receive snail mail (to US address) of 601 approval

    After 601 Approval
    9/21/13 || Went to local Social Security office to apply for card (even though also checked "Yes" to SS card on the Immigrant Visa application)
    9/30/13 || Receive Social Security Card in the mail
    10/21/13 || NJ Driver's License

    Naturalization
    January 2016 || Sending for the Selective Service Status letter
    June 19, 2016 (90 days b4 9/19 - date of permanent residency)|| File N-400
    TBD || Fingerprints
    TBD || Interview
    TBD || Oath Ceremony
    Last edited by hellorebecca; 01-02-2016 at 11:33 PM. Reason: forgot chronological order
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    Country: Guatemala
    Updated with news of becoming a citizen!

    In the Beginning
    6/2002 future husband enters without inspection (EWI) from GUATEMALA by way of Mexico and Texas; 2 throwbacks to Mexico)
    2004 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for me
    2004 met
    2006 married

    Immigrant Petition for Relative, Fiance, or Orphan (I-130) -- USCIS
    2007 applied for I-130
    2008 approved I-130. Case transferred to NVC. Contacted NVC regularly to keep case alive.

    Family
    3/2010 bouncing baby boy
    2/2012 bouncing 14-year-old stepson (successfully immigrates to U.S. from Guatemala, despite undocumented papa)
    8/1/13 Hellorebecca's mother undergoes surgery for newly diagnosed lung cancer (awful news but important timing regarding our exceptional expedite request for the 601)
    12/2014 bouncing baby girl
    10/2015 moved to Seattle

    Fingerprints -- FBI
    1/26/12 sent away for FBI fingerprints to try to gather evidence that the two throwbacks in Texas/Mexico were not deportations or expedited removal
    3/7/2012 received "no arrest record"
    4/11/12 sent again for FBI fingerprints (paranoia!)
    5/3/12 received "no arrest record"
    (8/6/13 and still paranoid)

    Lawyers
    Did initial hourly consults with a handful of local lawyers. Meh.
    2012 Retained Laurel Scott for some counsel -- to advise and some paperwork (HIGHLY RECOMMEND)
    We filed the 601A on our own, without counsel. We were denied because my husband used a false name when he was caught by border patrol in 2002 and USCIS said the DOS *might* find him inadmissible for a reason other than unlawful presence. I'm not sure using a lawyer would have changed things. We used the 601A to make as certain as possible that he wasn't deported without realizing it. I guess we have more certainty of that now (though still not 100%). Still, it would have been nice to have somebody to blame besides myself. And I think the lawyer would have known how to handle it better than I did.
    2013 Consulting with Laura Fernandez for 601 (also HIGHLY RECOMMEND).

    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request -- Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
    4/23/12 sent request for CBP FOIA -- The request was extremely specific. "Sometime between these dates, at a checkpoint near this city, probably using a version of this name."
    6/6/12 acknowledgement of CBP FOIA
    8/31/12 letter from CBP FOIA - are you still interested in this request?
    9/5/12 why yes, we are still interested
    1/3/13 called CBP FOIA and they said case was still open
    6/14/13 emailed CBP FOIA requesting case status -- "Are you there CBP FOIA? It's me, Desperate." (no response, who am I kidding?)
    6/14/13 created a new request through the online system referencing the old case number and requesting expedite. (I'm kidding myself at this point.)
    2/27/14 received FOIA results in the mail! 2 reports - one for each time he was caught near the border. Disposition: "voluntary return." Both had a photograph and fingerprints!
    This arrived about 8 months after we needed it, but it's a great part of our family history and I'm glad we have it!

    Affidavit of Support (AOS) (I-864EZ) -- NVC
    11/14/12 sent AOS application to NVC
    12/3/12 received letter from NVC saying pay IV fee

    Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601A) -- USCIS -- DENIED
    3/5/13 || File 601A
    3/10/13 (and 3/26/13) || Receive text and email: 601A received and transferred to NBC; USCIS receipt number issued; biometrics fee accepted on 3/8 and to expect receipt in snail mail in 7-10 days
    3/29/13 || Snail mail acceptance of application. A number issued.
    3/29/13 || Biometrics Appointment letter received
    4/19/13 || Biometrics Appointment
    6/3/13 || Waiver denied (email/text USCIS case status update) due to USCIS's "reason to believe" he may be inadmissible for misrepresentation as a result of giving border patrol officers a made up name when he was caught and released in 2002.
    6/10/13 || Received snail mail copy of waiver denial.
    4/30/14 || USCIS spontaneously reopens the case -- reviewing earlier reason to believe denials
    5/1/14 || Waiver approved, YOU HOO!

    Immigrant Visa Application (IV / DS-230) -- NVC
    1/3/13 paid IV fee
    [1/4/13 emailed NVC601a intent to file 601A -- 2/27/13 received email acknowledgement of my intent to file 601A -- I don't believe this is part of the process anymore.]
    3/5/13 || File IV (The Immigrant Visa Application was being reviewed concurrently with the 601A application. I called NVC to ask if I would receive acknowledgement when the DS-230 case is complete and they are just waiting on the 601A decision before scheduling the embassy interview. The customer service rep said he didn't think so, but to call back in 30 days after filing if I hadn't heard anything to check on the case status.)
    3/15/13 || Received email Checklist from NVC (Looks like all systems go on NVC side - just waiting for 601A results)
    6/18/13 || Received email "case complete" from NVC
    7/19/13 || Receive interview appointment letter

    Immigrant Visa Application (DS-230 continued) In Guatemala at U.S. Embassy
    8/20/13 || Medical Appointment
    8/22/13 || Visa Interview. Inadmissible for unlawful presence (no mention of misrepresentation) and eligible to file 601 waiver.
    ---see 601 Process below---
    9/9/13 || Receive phone call from Embassy for interview #2
    9/11/13 || Drop off passport at Embassy
    9/12/13 || Pick up Passport with Visa from Embassy
    9/19/13 || Fly home (POE Atlanta)
    10/21/13 || Receive Permanent Resident card in the mail

    Unlawful Presence Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601) -- USCIS -- Exceptional Expedite and APPROVED
    Read my post about this process.
    8/22/13 || Submitted and Accepted -- Exceptional Expedite through Guatemala USCIS Field Office based on exceptional emergent medical circumstances.
    9/5/13 || Receive email of 601 approval
    9/17?/13 || Receive snail mail (to US address) of 601 approval

    After 601 Approval
    9/21/13 || Went to local Social Security office to apply for card (even though also checked "Yes" to SS card on the Immigrant Visa application)
    9/30/13 || Receive Social Security Card in the mail
    10/21/13 || NJ Driver's License

    Naturalization
    January 2016 || Sending for the Selective Service Status letter, got it a few weeks later.
    6/19/16 (90 days b4 9/19 - date of permanent residency)|| File N-400
    7/19/16 || Fingerprints
    2/15/17 || Interview
    2/15/17 || Oath Ceremony
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