Another thing that has taken up my time a lot lately, is to study for my Citizenship interview. A few weeks ago already, I had my last evening in the Citizenship course, and the teacher finished off with holding an interview with all of us, asking us questions like it would be for "real". I did well, even if the teacher "embarrassed" me with asking me to sing the national anthem! I don't have a wonderful singing voice, but still, I did it..At least I knew the words, but I also know that I won't get any bookings for singing at any sport events in the future...:)
Something that I didn't know by heart was the "Preamble" which wasn't really required either. The question was what are the first three words..which are "We the people.." those I knew, but as she wanted to test me, she asked me for the rest. Still, after answering a couple of other questions, she said that I would have passed any interview, which felt very good.
The teacher had decorated the room very patriotic and it was nice to have such a great finish to this course. Everyone had pitched in to bring a few side dishes and we had a nice meal with a cake for dessert to finish this off. I know have everything filled out that I need to have to send in to get an appointment for my interview. I had planned to hold off on this until I got back from Sweden in August, as my husband wouldn't be here when it was time to go to Phoenix for the interview, as he was supposed to go to San Diego for a 7 week Staff Academy. If I would have sent it in now, and gotten an appointment early or even during the weeks that I'm in Sweden, I would be put in the very bottom of the pile again if I couldn't show up. To get this progress going, I rather go right away when I can get an appointment, but they just can't say how long that will take from sending in your paperwork. Sometimes it goes fast, sometimes it takes a few months before they call you for an appointment for the interview.
The next steps in this process will be for me to send in my paperwork with the $685.00 process fee, then wait for an interview. When that is done, and I have passed, I will have to wait for another appointment for taking the oath, and receiving my American Citizenship on paper. After that, I'm an American Citizen. Or rather, A Naturalized American Citizen. Then I will have to apply for an American Passport and when I have that, I don't have to worry about anything anymore with extra cost of getting a new Green Card or having to pay a lot of money for getting a renewed Swedish Passport, which isn't that easy when you live far from Washington D.C. I will be so happy when this process is over and done with! In one way, I wish that I could have gone in for an interview the same week as I had finish this course, as everything was still fresh in mind and I would have felt very confident going in for the interview. But, on the other hand, I have everything I need to practice and review before the big day.