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  1. Hey everyone, I want to ask something really important, please share your experiences and opinions. My husband is LPR (eligible for citizenship) my cas got filed in June'17. Its already more than 6 months now! And we're thinking to apply for citizenship. But it'll take him 1,2 months. I need to know after getting citizenship do we really need to upgrade our case? Cuz according to timelines it says 8-12 months takes for naturalization after that we'll upgrade our case it'll take around 2-3 months and they'll process our case from the start right? So its gonna be more than 2 years! I need to get my visa asap. I'm already fed up and frustrated by this waiting and all. Should we stay on PR status? Or what. I just want to be with my husband
  2. What are all the fees needed to be paid after I-130 approval for child of U.S citizen mother under 21 (one boy is 14 and another is 17). I haven't been approved yet, but I want to prepare financially. I've only just started, application was sent to Potamac service center, although I'm not sure if that center is slow or not for IR-2 ; they received it on Feb 6th (don't have physical NOA1, but I did call and they gave me the receipt numbers that says received on feb 6th so that's probably my PD)
  3. I had my interview today at the Atlanta Field Office. I got there at 8 for my 8:35 interview, traffic in Atlanta in the morning is a killer so strongly recommend leaving out early. There was an oath ceremony in the morning so lots of people which made for a long line before security. I got through security and was processed at the 1st floor reception at 8:15. Around 15 persons waiting for interviews. Called back at around 8:50. total interview took around 20 minutes. I had to provide evidence as I am filing by the three year rule. I provided our IRS Tax Transcripts for the last four years, a property deed for our home in Georgia, and our mortgage statements. The evidence that we submitted before she said wasn't needed, so she didn't need to see my marriage certificate or my previous divorce decree. She had me verify my name, birth date, address, workplace, citizenship and provide my drivers license. She took a picture, had me use the fingerprint reader. She had me read a statement. The Statement was "How many Senators do we have", then she asked me to write: "We have 100 Senators". Then she started reviewing my application and in parallel asking me the civics question, that kind of th me off as she asked one civic question then went ahead with asking me to confirm things on my application. The Questions asked were: What is the name of the national anthem How old do citizens have to be to vote for President What is the “rule of law” What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States Why does the flag have 13 stripes After we finished reviewing the application she had me sign and made copies of my ID and evidence. Then she said that a decision cannot yet be made about my application, that she would have to review my evidence and if all goes well then i'll get an oath letter. So the wait continues but at least now i don't have to study for anymore tests :-)
  4. Hello everybody. A little background on me. I married an american citizen on 2011, he filed I-130 for me and my two children, we were approved and moved here on June 2012. I already had the children before we got married, so the children are his stepchildren. Now after 5 years, and now that I have some extra money to put towards this, I have applied for citizenship under the 5 years rule. I have listed my children in the N-400 and I know they will become citizens if I am approved (boy is 14 and girl is 11 yo). Now the question is: when I receive my certificate of naturalization, do they automatically receive one too? Or is there a separate petition I have to file (N-600?) so they can receive their certificate of naturalization too? They moved here with me and have been living here with me for the entire time. Thanks in advance!
  5. I sent my N-400 (application for citizenship) form in about 2 weeks ago. I sent it via USPS and it was delayed somehow in the mail and then 7 days later it finally arrived at the PO Box in Chicago. I am in Michigan so I sent it to: For U.S. Postal Service USCIS P.O. Box 4380 Chicago, IL 60680-4380 I paid to have signature confirmation. I received notice it was received and then a signature confirmation was received as shown in the image attached. I sent this to USCIS but under the signature it says INS. Why would they use the letters INS? I have not heard anything from the USCIS yet. Should I be worried? How long does it take to get notice?
  6. I am filing N 400 online and I have the employment history like this: to complete 'Information about your employment and schools attended', Self-Employed 01/01/2018 - Present Company1 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017 Self-Employed 01/10/2016 - 12/31/2016 Company2 01/01/2015 - 10/13/2016 Self-Employed 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014 Company3 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013 But when i am reviewing before submit, I see the following order: Company1 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017 Company2 01/01/2015 - 10/13/2016 Company3 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013 Self-Employed 01/01/2018 - Present Self-Employed 01/10/2016 - 12/31/2016 Self-Employed 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014 My question is why the self-employeed jobs are coming lastly instead of showing one by one the way I added? Anybody facing the same issue? Is this okay to submit or something else? Thanks
  7. Hey I really want to get some general info about citizenship. I'll be thankful if someone would help me in coping with this. My husband is eligible for citizenship since 3 years. He's now going to apply for it soon. He applied for me in last June under F2a. What's the processing time for chicago for N-400 these days? And what date is current for N-400 Chicago Illinois? In which category I'll get my visa soon? IR or F2a, including his N-400 whole processing time. Thought weve already been spend 7months under F2A category. So getting citizenship would really help? Kindly suggest!!!
  8. Hi All, I am asking for a friend; This is what the USCIS site says: "On October 31, 2017, we started the interview scheduling process for your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization........" And that he will receive an interview date soon. He has yet to hear anything. Is this normal? or should he call? Thanks
  9. I just had my interview yesterday and I'm nervous about what I got. I passed my interview and written test. Everything went fine until she saw my travel dates. My first two years as an immigrant, I kept going back and forth to my country but it wasn't more than 6 months. I made sure my stay in my home country did not go over 6 months. After that, I stayed here in the US without going home until I reached five years. She was looking at a paper and was highlighting some stuff. After the interview, she made take some photos and give it to them. I don't know what's happening but I hope someone could tell me that it's the same as others too.
  10. Hi guys My PD 12’14 2016 Case was in line on 1’30 2017 Any one knows how long might take? I got tired from waiting~
  11. Good morning everyone, I would like to share my story with you and get some experiences from you guys. I came to the US in 2012 in a fiance visa, we follow all the process, had a wonderful marriage until it started falling apart for several reasons. We provided USCIS lots and lots of proof of our bonafide marriage during our process, we bought a house together, had joint accounts, etc. We are now in good terms and it was a very painful divorce with lots of conflicts. It's been 5 years now since I got my green card through him, got married again and sadly my late husband was abusive and a cheater, got divorced again but had a wonderful child with him , she is my life. I have no criminal records, pay all my taxes, I am a great mom and I'm employed. I am very afraid of judgement, of USCIS officers to judge me for failing at 2 marriages in 5 years, or to even think the first one was fake somehow. Attorneys tell me this happens often and I should not be afraid but with the current administration I can not NOT be afraid. Please share your experiences.
  12. Hello all, I've been browsing the forum trying to find answers to my specific situation but couldn't find any so I started a new topic here. Here's my situation; My 10 years GC is expiring in April of this year (2018). I've been meaning to apply for citizenship but couldn't do it due to financial reason and honestly just waiting for the GC to expire so I save some money with the filing fee (renew vs applying for citizenship). Right now, I am filling out the application for N400 and will send it in some times this week, hopefully by Tuesday. I've read here that it could take up to 6 months or more for the process to be completed (I live in Indiana). In the meantime, I always travel back home to Thailand every summer. My mom is visiting and I'm hoping to head back together this year around June. So my question are: 1) Can I travel with the expired green card? If not, what should I do? 2) I've heard people talking about an extension letter. What is that? Does it cost money to extend my GC validation? I also noticed most people that did it were the conditioned GC holders. 3) I've also heard of a stamp on the passport that let people know I can reenter. Will this help? I'm just trying to see if I should leave or stay in the country or if I can even leave. I just want to make sure I can re-enter without problem. So, any help is greatly appreciated!
  13. Hey! We REALLY need any advice! Our situation is pretty complicated so I'll bullet point it all. - we have been together nearly 3 years and married for 1 year this May. - I am on an ESTA visa, it runs out at the end of this month, as is my daughter. - my daughter is technically a US citizen, however she was born in the UK, we were married when she was born. (HOW DO WE GET HER CITIZENSHIP PROVEN?) - We have been told we will be facing large fines, and possibly banned from the USA if we file or permanent residency whilst I am on the ESTA visa, is this true? your experiences? - my husband is in the USMC, stationed in NC, is there anything that the military can do to help us? (base legal do not help, at all) - we have been told that myself and our daughter NEED to go back to the UK at the end of the month, before our ESTA runs out and then apply for the B1/B2 visa, THEN apply for the I-130 - we have also been told that on ALL paperwork we put my address back in the UK, and I have my interview / medial exam at the London Embassy. - can i travel back and forth to the UK/USA on a B1/B2 visa if the I-130 is in process? - after we file for the I-130, what next??? thank you so much in advance!
  14. I had given my Citizenship interview on Oct 13th 2017 at Holtsville, Long Island NY field office and had passed the interview, the officer told me to expect the oath ceremony letter in 6 weeks but its now 12 weeks and I've still not received the oath ceremony letter. When I call USCIS they say we have 120 days to make a decision. My wife who gave her interview on Oct 19th (1 week after me) received her oath ceremony letter in December 2017 and got her passport in Jan 1st week 2018. Wondering why the delay? Any suggestions what are my options?
  15. N-400

    Hi all, i have a question. what documents i have to send for N400? under 5 years rule. I am divorced now. i have 10 Years GC my window will open in May 1 2018 Thank you in advance.
  16. Hi everyone! I am sorry we has to pass through this but I went to the local office and the IO didn't want to stamp my passport because she said its not proof of citizenship. I born in a country X and I got the dual citizenship with Italy. I have been traveling since 25 years now with my Italian passport and residing in Europe with my italian passport . I never used my X passport country and all the paperwork for inmigration I did with the italian passport. the IO said if I dont have a birth certificate from Italy she cant stamp my ITALIAN passport. my answer: I have dual citizenship I born in X country not in Italy but I am italian. she refused to stamp the I 551she said they dont have all my papers at the local office. DARN! can she make a phone call? what are my rights here?
  17. hi I just filed my N400 online yesterday 01/01/2018 and they already updated me in the system after 8 hours and sent my NOA ....super cool here is what you will get when everything goes smoothly and how it supposed to be (check the pic I took from my profile) I have 28 days till my fingerprints appointment (based on the website info) BUT there is no way the process will take up to 15 months to be done!!! I think it's just the approximation (maximum time an application may take in case any complexity or lack of evidence the application needs) because I know/contacted 2 people that did it online too back on in Feb 2, 2017 and they got theirs after 68, 90 days respectively .............which I am sure that what the case will be......but they filed from California and I filed from Arizona! hopefully the E-files will be handled all in one center ............if you have any questions or suggestions or info you would like to share, please enlighten us Thank you
  18. Hello, When I am filing to become a citizen through marriage (I already have been in the USA for 3 years) it tells me to provide proof of all of the times I have left the united states in the past 5 years. Since Im filing through marriage, do I only fill the dates in for the three years I have been in the US? Or do I need to include the dates also for when I was living out of the USA?
  19. Hi All, I am a Derivative US Citizen from my Father, I have lived maybe 3 years when I was a kid in the US, but have lived abroad for the most part of my life, I had a baby out of wedlock and he was born outside the US. He lived with me most of the time we lived abroad. I got a job offer in the US, moved here 3 years ago and since then my son comes to visit everytime he is on School Vacation with a B2 Visa. he is 9 years old right now and I usually go and pick him up and drop him back again. He came back on vacation a couple of months ago and everything was good and cool but his mom dropped me a bomb saying that she cannot take care of him anymore because she is having a housing problem. I called USCIS to see what my options were since he is here in the US, got in legally, the lady on the phone said I could Apply for an N-600 but I do not meet the requirements. Then she said that I should get him i-485 to change his status with a i-130. I took notes and checked those forms, had more questions, called USCIS back and this time I told them that n-600 was not an option due to my missing requirements but this time they told me about the N-600K since my Dad is a US Citizen. She told me that my son met the requirements through my dad, but then she said something on the lines of you can even apply for a Passport... Now is that even an option?? Now the what I see is that I have several options. N-600K while my kid is still here, using my dad for it. the interview would be in 90 days which means that his Visa B2 would still be active. and in case it stretches more I can travel with him abroad and come back? If I file the I-130 + I-485 for a Residency for my Son, would he still be getting the US Citizenship once his GC is approved? I am sorry I have tons of questions but the more I read this the more confused I get, I got noticed about this yesterday and I spent the whole day yesterday reading, and it seems like this site is the best option to get community help
  20. Hello, my husband died 1 year ago after been married with him for 10 years. I have a permanent resident card for 10 years and will expired in 2020. While my husband was alive, we never fill up for citizenship for multiple reasons. Now, I want to complete my citizenship, but I do not know if been a widow will affect my petition or my renewal of green card. Can you please share your experience or advice? Olga
  21. Good morning everyone, I know this question has been asked before, but I have to admit that the activity on my wife's file is kind of weird. She filed her application for citizenship on October 4, 2016 and did her biometrics here in Phoenix on November 16th, 2016. We have put in two inquiries with USCIS regarding the timeframe for processing since it's now outside the processing window according to their site for the Phoenix field office. The last response for the last inquiry was that the file was "in transit to the Phoenix field office and may take two weeks". Recently she received a second request to go for biometrics again on December 29th, 2017. Does this mean that an interview comes next because the finger prints originally taken are over a year old or does this simply mean nothing?AC Any insight on this topic would be appreciated. Thanks so much, Steve
  22. Hi, I became Permanent resident on 11/23/2010. However, I had a one travel outside of 6 months and 7 days once in 2013 thus losing the continuous residence (I didn't know the rule then otherwise I would have taken care). All other travels during the last 7 years I have been a green card holder are short ones. I held a job in a foreign country for about 3 months during the long visit I mentioned above I checked eligibility calculator on one site and it showed my I am eligible. However, I am not sure if I should go ahead apply for citizenship now or wait another 7 months when I wouldn't have any travel outside of US for more than 6 months in last 5 years from that date.. Any advise would be helpful.
  23. I reside in Knoxville TN. My bio/prints were taken in Nashville, TN. What office location processes my citizenship case? Where do I go for the interview? Nashville or Memphis, TN Thank tyou.
  24. Good evening! I am looking for information and am hoping you can help me. My daughter was born in Germany and has no official father in her birth certificate. My husband is American and we live together in the states, since our daughter is 4 weeks old. I have a green card. We applied our daughters greencard twice and it got messed up twice. The first time our lawyer messed up the paperwork by applying a work permit also and she got denied. The second time the USCIS lost the paperwork. Our daughter will be 3 soon and I would love for my husband to legally adopt her. We have been waiting with the adoption process until the greencard is done and now that it got lost it would take another 14 months. At this point I was wondering if it would be easiest to screw the greencard and do adoption right away. That´s a super fast process of less than 3 months. But then what? How can our daughter get citizenship after that? Does she HAVE to have a greencard first? Could we file Birth Abroad and get citizenship through that? Our second baby will be born (in the US this time) in June and I would love to have everything figured out by then! Thank you in advance and please excuse if this is the wrong forum!
  25. Starting off the thread for December 2017 N-400 filers as I just submitted mine. Wishing good Luck and short wait to all! ================================== Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .........................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName..........|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .............................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Chicago, Illinois Lockbox ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .........................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Online Filing ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office...........|NBC/IOE|ECD Gabreigns........|02/25/15|12/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--...................|Chicago, IL............|IOE..........|13 months Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Copy this whole section including instructions and legend and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card. Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS. Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS. NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification. Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview. Interview: Date of your interview. Oath: Date Oath taken. Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview ECD: Estimated completion date as reported in USCIS website for your case in months