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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. Good evening, I am filling out form N-600 for my son to get his citizenship certificate. I am confused on Part 2, question 14.B. i used the following travel document to be admitted to the United States: Passport or Travel Document Passport number or Travel Document Number Country of Issuance for Passport or Travel Document Date Passport or Travel Document Issued He was issued a US Visa at his interview in Vietnam. The visa was pasted into his Vietnamese Passport. So do I select Passport and enter the Passport info or select Travel Document and enter the Visa info? thank you for your help.
  17. Hello, I took my citizenship interview on November-28-2017. Luckily I passed all USA history, Government, and reading & writing test. but when officer gave me form N-652, on that form it says I passed the test, but A decision cannot yet made about your application. I want know why does it says on my form since I pass the test. I took test New-York 26 Fedral Plazza. Can some please help me out. M little worried about it.
  18. Hi! I received a letter from USCIS indicating when and where the ceremony will take place. But I noticed that my name on the letter is wrong. The interviewer insisted that I should check to change my name, I just listened and it ended up having a wrong middle name. What to do next? Thank you friends for ya’ll help!
  19. We are applying for our son to get his Citizenship Certificate. His mom became a citizen years ago and we would like to get his certificate. Do we submit just copies of all evidence or are originals required? Thank you you for your help
  20. Hi everyone! I got here on a k1 visa and applied for the removal of my "conditional status" on my green card last year December 2016. They received my application on January 4, 2017, and sent me a schedule for my biometrics. I did it on March 3, 2017, and until now I am waiting for my green card. My husband and I are hoping that I could submit my application to be a citizen this month since I will be a resident here in the US for 3 years next year in February 2018. One of the requirements to apply for a citizenship is the copy of the green card. Since I am still waiting for my new green card to arrive, I am wondering if I could use my old one? I read some posts that some people use their expired or old green card to apply for a citizenship. I am not sure if I could use mine since it's the conditional green card. I called USCIS but of course, their answers are pretty general and was not helpful at all. She told me that they are only processing October 2016 applications.
  21. These are the facts I applied for citizenship, at the moment that I applied I was living in California. I had to leave the country due to family emergency, while I was out My roommate told me I received a letter with the biometrics appointment. I sent them a letter to change the appointment. a couple of months pass and my roommate sublets our apartment, I'm still abroad due to my mother being ill. The person who is subletting returned all the letters to the postoffice marking them as "not living here anymore" (obviously this person is nuts!!) So, I don't know what the letters are about, and I'm finally coming back to the states to fix all this up. Finally I changed my address to a new one and I let USCIS Know online, but this was just after all this letters where sent back to sender. Could you please give me suggestions on how to approach this? I've always been very transparent with every letter I sent to USCIS. IS there a chance that I will lose the chance of citinzenship? also the fee that I paid? Thank you very much before hand for your replies! This community is amazing! G
  22. Hello everyone and thank you in advance i am trying to find out what i need to do so that me and my children and husband can obtain citizenship. Me and my 8 year old son moved to the US 7 years ago through assylum. When our case was approved we filed for my husband and 2 other children to come to the US which they did on 12/26/2013. We all now have green cards and its time for me to apply for citizenship. I would like to know how do i file for my children and husband and am i supposed to wait until i obtain the citizenship so i can apply for my husband or is it one application and which application can i do for us all and what would the fees be. Thank you so much
  23. I am filling out the N-400 application based on marriage. Resident since 2014. I have a few questions I hope someone can help me out. 1. Is it ok if we don't remember the exact day of all the employment for the last five years (would month/ year be sufficient)? I am not sure if they contact all the employers and cross verify the dates. 2. Do I put only 3 years of employment and school or 5 years? I've read in other forums that people have filled it out only for 3 years because it is based on marriage. (I've been in the US since 2008) 3. In 2013, I volunteered for work for the entire year, should I put that in? That was listed under employment in my initial Adjustment of Status application. 4. Do I have to enter employment AND school info or just one of them for the last few years? (The text reads List where you have worked OR attended school) Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
  24. Hello, I'm a green card holder (UKC) and left the U.S. in May to return to the U.K. to visit family for the summer. Whilst in the U.K., I was offered a job that I decided to take. I've been working since July and made an appointment at the London U.S. embassy to abandon my permanent residency and surrender my green card today. However, when the embassy employee noticed that I had only left in May, he refused to accept my abandonment as I had not been abroad for over a year. He asked if I was planning on going back to the U.S. in any form before 1 year of leaving. I said I'm returning to visit in November, as well as, Christmas and a few weeks early next year. He stated that I have to continue to enter on my green card until I have "abandoned" my residency for over a year. I informed the employee that I am currently working in the U.K. and he said I could still maintain my citizenship timeline if I returned to the U.S. within 6 months of leaving regardless of having employment abroad. He also said that I had the option to go back to the U.S. at any time before May 2018 to file a reentry permit even though I obtained my job after leaving the U.S. and am currently employed abroad. My wife (USC / UKC) and I are very confused as we thought obtaining work abroad automatically means you've abandoned your residency. However, I was in the embassy today, and they told me that having employment abroad didn't matter toward citizenship as long as I reentered before six months of being away. My work contract is only a year and we could move back to the US at that point. If I enter in November (before 6 months have lapsed) and then reenter in April 2018 (before another six months have lapsed) and stay until I am eligible to file for citizenship in July 2018, does this mean I might still stand a chance of gaining citizenship? Thank you so much for any help. We are trying to make this decision quickly as I would need to book a flight soon to avoid being out of the country for more than six months.
  25. N-400: October 2017 Applicants ================================== Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd...|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Chicago, Illinois Lockbox ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd...|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Online Filing ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE Ko_..............|09/23/14|10/02|10/02 |10/02/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Phoenix, AZ......|IOE 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 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.