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  1. Well as there is no November thread as yet, i guess I will start it. I mailed my application today by USPS as my window opens on Monday N-400: November 2016 Applicants ====================================== USCIS Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ====================================== UserName...............|GC-Date..|Sent..|Cashd.|NOA...|Fprints..|In Line...|Int ltr..|Intrview..|Oath.....|Field Office Jamaican_Gooner............|02/05/14|11/05|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Memphis, TN ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date..|Sent..|Cashd.|NOA...|Fprints..|In Line...|Int ltr..|Intrview..|Oath.....|Field Office Name.......|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|??, ?? =========================================================================== USCIS Lincoln, Nebraska Lockbox (Filing Under 319b, 328, or 329 of the INA) =========================================================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int Ltr..|Intview..|Oath.....|Field Office Name.............|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|??, ?? 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. Click "Quote" on the most recent/updated posting version of this list. 5. Remove the "Quote Coding" at the top and bottom of the list. 6. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 7. Make changes and Add Reply. 8. 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 by USCIS NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics) In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview shceduling 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
  2. Good luck to all of us December applicants and for those of us who ROC'ed, let's hope the process goes a lot faster and smoother on our final journey! N-400: December 2016 Applicants ====================================== USCIS Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ====================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office......|NBC/IOE .................|--/--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|???????????.......|... ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int ltr..|Intrview.|Oath.....|Field Office......|NBC/IOE CookieCat........|03/03/14|12/09|--/--|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|--/--/--.|Milwaukee, WI.....|... =========================================================================== USCIS Lincoln, Nebraska Lockbox (Filing Under 319b, 328, or 329 of the INA) =========================================================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line..|Int Ltr..|Intview..|Oath.....|Field Office......|NBC/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. Click "Quote" on the most recent/updated posting version of this list. 5. Remove the "Quote Coding" at the top and bottom of the list. 6. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 7. Make changes and Add Reply. 8. 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) In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview shceduling 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
  3. do i absolutely NEED to have my certificate of citizenship (n-600) to file the cr1? i became a citizen through my mother while i was under 18 but never thought i would need that certificate and now i see in the form for the cr1 asking me for the information... it just seems insane to pay about 1200 for this certificate that doesnt really do anything but if i need it for this then it seems i have no choice.
  4. I am filing my N400 under INA 319 (b), because my husband is in the army and we are stationed overseas. I sent it to Nebraska and it was signed for and received on the 21st of December 2016. I still haven't heard anything back from them. It is now over 2 months.They haven't taken the money out of my account but I know it got there because it was signed for. Who can I call to find out about what is happening or is this the normal waiting times? I am getting a bit worried now.
  5. Hello everyone, first time here in this forum. I tried to find a topic with a situation like mine but I had no luck so here I am. I've been wanting to apply for my citizenship and as I was looking around I found that I can get either the certificate of citizenship or a passport under the INA-320. My father is a U.S. citizen. I came to the U.S. as a permanent resident on November 2011 and I've been living here since then. And I was less than 18 years old at the time I crossed (I was 15). According to this, I automatically became a U.S. citizen the moment I stepped on U.S. soil but we didn't have the money to process the certificate or a passport at that time. So now that I have the money I'm wondering if using this process and conditions would work for me since I'm not under 18 anymore. I haven't been able to find information that states if I can still file my passport or N-600 with the conditions met after I turn 18. Also, if I'm able to file my passport, do I just show up with the required documents at the office or what are the steps I need to take. Any help would be great, thanks!
  6. After learning of the changes at USCIS and the Director resigning because of being a political appointment, there will be a change in the organisation and DACA is very important to many. At a time of great mis-information, I thought it useful to post some weblinks to "good news sources" so we can track the issues. - Asked by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham about overturning the executive order that created the DACA program, Sessions replied that “it would certainly be constitutional” to do so. - example of how local State protests against "central government" may occur. - growth in support of immigrants I am sure there are more so please add. If this helps 1 person not to be worried, you never know, we may in reality be helping 3 or 4 more :-)
  7. Hello everybody, I have been on this forum reading threads a lot during my process, and I wanted to give back by sharing my interview experience with you. So a little bit about me: I'm a female student, not married, have lived in the U.S. for 16 years, had a green card for more than 5 years, got it through the lottery. My appointment was 8:40AM at the Federal Building in DTLA. I got to the building at 8:10AM. The line in front of the Federal Building at 8:10AM was already moderately long, I waited at least 15 minutes in line before I got to the security at the entrance of the building. They made me take off my little boots I was wearing, but other people with smaller shoes (like flats) didn't have to. Also remember to take your phone out of your bag and put it next to your bag in the tub. The security guard found and took out of my purse two bottles of prescription pills, which he made a joke about, and I said something along the lines of "just in case!" with a smile and he easily let me through. I used the restroom in the lobby, then went to the 6th floor and room that's assigned on my letter. The room that's actually on my letter was an office style room (with cubicles as well as individual interview rooms) across the hall from the waiting room, and everyone assigned to that room like me was waiting in the waiting room. The security guard in front of the interview room took my letter. The waiting room was very comfortable and had a TV playing current news as well as some plants, pictures on the wall of people smiling, and a small play section with toys for children. I sat in the waiting room with about 50 other people. This very elderly Asian man was called for his interview at one point, and he turned around with a huge grin and waved at everyone else in the waiting room, which I thought was really adorable and heartwarming. Interestingly, I felt like I waited a very short time in the waiting room, as I was called before others who were there before me. My interviewer actually came to the waiting room to call me in person, whereas most others' names were called on a loudspeaker that plays in the waiting room, a name being called once every 10 minutes or so. I went with him across the hall into the office-like room with lots of cubicles, and went to his actual office in the back. He first had me swear I tell the truth, and then I sat down and he asked me for my green card and my California State ID card (I don't drive). That's all he asked me to show, even though I brought lots of other stuff related to my application. So he first had me do the civics exam "to get it over with!". He wrote my answers down pretty much verbatim on a worksheet he had in front of him, which had 10 questions on it. As you know, after getting 6 right, it's over, you pass. These were the questions I was asked: What is freedom of religion? When was the Constitution written? How many people are in the Senate? When must one sign up for Selective Service? What is the ocean on the East Coast? Name a state that borders Canada. Then, he made me read "The American flag is red, white, and blue." and then write the same sentence in a spot on a piece of paper. Ridiculously easy. Next, he went through the entire N-400 I had submitted, a copy of which was in front of him. We actually went through all of the things in the application that I had answered, but it did not take long because I am not married and have no kids. He asked me some interest-based questions, like how my undergrad experience was at the university I went to, and also what I am researching in grad school. And he did ask me about the trips I had taken outside the U.S. since getting my green card, and they were all short winter break trips to my parents' country, to "visit grandparents". Then came all the "no" questions. He looked at me in the eyes for each one, the ones about crimes, guerilla, drugs, unpaid taxes, Communism, all that stuff. Then, it was done. He told me that I passed! He had me sign a piece of paper he printed out that showed all my basic personal info, that would go on my naturalization certificate. And then he gave me a pamphlet about American facts, a flyer about "what to expect at the oath ceremony", and also the Form N-652/approval notice. Then, he told me that the next oath ceremony would be mid-February, but I probably won't be able to get into that one, so I would probably have my oath in March or later (update: I got the mid-February oath ceremony). He told me I should expect my oath notification in the mail in a month to 90 days (update: I got it in the mail in 8 days). I wasn't particularly worried about passing the interview, but I felt so happy and relieved when I stepped out of the office and out of the Federal Building. I hope this helps you know what to expect, as well as quell any nervousness you may have about this. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  8. I am ready to apply for my citizenship and I would like to know any advice and tip, I was reading that is not recommended to file the application on the computer because the process can be slower, is that true? another question is the N-400 application need to have a barcode? I found the application on the USCIS website but I don't see any barcode when I printed it, thank you in advance for any help!
  9. When is the Earliest we can start this Process??? Two years from when she first came on k1 visa, our marriage, change of status application date, or receipt of approved green Card???
  10. My parents were both naturalized before I turned 18. My green card has expired and I have not renewed it. I was just wondering if I could apply for the N-600 Certificate of Citizenship conferred from my parents naturalization with an expired green card? Or should I renew the green card first? Trying to save the fee of having to renew my green card if I can just get my Certificate of Citizenship. Has anyone had any problems applying for N-600 with an expired green card?
  11. My dad got naturalized in 1985 and my mom got naturalized in 1997 . i came to US in 1990 when i was 16 yrs old in IR2 visa . am i qualify for N-600 ?
  12. I have decided to become a citizen, but I am not sure if I can apply now. I became a Green Card holder on May 14, 2010, but I have taken two 6 month+ trips during these past 7 years. As follows: December 26, 2012 - September 15, 2012 (264 days) October 12, 2012 - September 25, 2013 (348 days) February 23, 2014 - July 16, 2014 (143 days) May 12, 2016 - August 22, 2016 (102 days) Looking at my two long absences, can I still apply for naturalization? I was outside the U.S. because I have been receiving medical care back home, and I have a proof from the doctor. I also received a re-entry permit for my second leave. I also have my taxes for the past 6 years, but my earnings are not much for 2012, and 2013 because of my absences? Please let me know what you guys think?
  13. Hi there, i am applying for a citizenship and my question is i get re-married before the divorce was finalized. About me im a Lawful permanent residents ( class admission IR2 ) since June 1990 i was petition by my naturalized father before im turning 16 yrs old. My first wife is a U.S citizen we got married in July 1999 and we got separated in December 2002 due to marriage didn't work out and we had one son . I got remarried in october 18 ,2007 from the Philippines ( she still in the philippines as of now ) i came back to U.S in October 28,2007 . The divorce decree was finalized in September 2008 in State of Maryland. My question and concern is this will affect me applying a citizenship. Do i need to bring a lawyer in N400 interview or what advice do i need to do . I heard i can be deported or send to jail for commiting bigamy .
  14. Hello, I know I've done a terrible and horrible mistake that left me a nightmare. I got arrested for DUI on 6/2016 and had convicted as DUI last 10/2016 and still working on my way and reflecting on myself. The worst part of the whole "DUI" happening was that I was scheduled to have an interview for naturalization on 7/2016. (Finished fingerprinting) Well, I did go to the interview and told them what had happen a month ago. They told me that they cannot process any further due to the arrest and that I will be in probation. Therefore I withdrew. Now, I am planning to pay off all the fines within 2~2.5 years and finish all the court ordered tasks so that I can hire an attorney for the early termination probation. After that, I am planning to re-apply for my naturalization. I've read many articles say that DUI doesn't automatically bar you from getting a citizenship. I even read a post about getting naturalized even before the 5 years of DUI conviction dates. However, this is the part where I think I have messed up. My DUI case was a refusal DUI conviction, which I failed to follow the officer's orders. I have not consulted this problem with any of the immigration lawyers yet. I just want to hear about you guys' opinions on whether to apply after my probation term is over (if I do get it off in 2.5 years) or just wait full 5 years after the probation period is over. Any suggestions or stories that you know about DUI's and naturalizations? Thanks in advance.
  15. Multinational Question. I'm a woman in case this matters. Born in Brazil Brazil is a country that does not allow their citizens to renounce their citizenship. Naturalized American As an adult Will be marrying a German born citizen, and will be moving to Germany. Can I become a naturalized German citizen and keep both my Brazilian and American citizenships?
  16. My wife wants to begin the N-400 process to become a citizen soon. But we just realized that when we bought a house in 2013, we might not have updated our address with USCIS. Is this going to be a problem? Should we just use the new address on the N-400 forms? I worry trying to submit a separate address change form now might confuse things as we will be doing the N-400 soon. We had previously updated our address during several moves, but with so many things on your mind when buying a house, I think it slipped our minds this last time. Will she be ok?
  17. I am not sure if this is a right place to start the thread. Background - In 2010 - IJ has approved my AOS based on marriage in along with 212 (h) waiver (CIMT offense) and received GC in 2010. No appeal from DHS and decision was final at the hearing. CIMT (Misdemeanor )offense occurred in 2002. It has been 7 years since I got my GC and thinking of applying citizenship. However I have read many things about GMC perspectives and making me think hard again whether I should go ahead and apply this year or wait a little bit more longer. I have no further troubles with laws whatsoever since 2002 event. I pay taxes, have steady jobs, support family, and participated in community volunteering activities. I understand that the agency can look back past history outside of statuary periods. What do you think of my situation as far as GMC concerns and eligibility status. I appreciate your feedback.
  18. My spouse would like to apply for citizenship this year and is under the impression there is no need to complete paperwork to obtain a 10 year green card if citizenship is obtained. Is that correct?
  19. Hi I am willing to apply for citizenship with form N-400, I am a permanent resident since oct 2007, however, for the past 5 years I have been traveling a lot and was out of the USA for 460 days. Will that be a problem, may my application be denied because of that ? The USA was country of my permanent residency and I have been paying taxes every year. Please advice. Thank you very much
  20. After going through many informative websites about a possible expedited naturalization for military spouse, I finally decided to go to the immigration counselor residing on post. And I feel like she gave me an advice that is completely different than what I read on VJ and USCIS websites. Those are websites I'm talking about: and First what the immigration advisor told me today: I'm not eligible for the expedited naturalization. I have to first remove conditions on my green card, wait a year and then (based on the 3 year rule) file for naturalization. What websites says: Sure I can file for expedite naturalization anytime as long as I have military orders for my husband and me and I don't even have to do RoC. (A spouse of a U.S. citizen employed abroad based on authorized employment is not required to have any specific period of residence or physical presence in order to naturalize. [9] Consequently, a CPR spouse is not required to file the petition to remove conditions if the spouse files his or her naturalization application before he or she reaches the 90-day filing period to remove the conditions on residence. [10] A CPR spouse of a U.S. citizen employed abroad may naturalize without filing a petition to remove conditions if: •The CPR spouse has been a CPR for less than one year and nine months; and •The CPR spouse does not reach the 90-day filing period for the petition to remove conditions prior to the final adjudication of his or her naturalization application or the time of the Oath of Allegiance. [11] ) I'm genuinely confused. We are PCSing to Germany either March or July (depending on our expedite request). My conditional green card expires in September. I know that this summer is when my 90 day RoC window opens. What I'd like to do (if possible) is apply for naturalization maybe before we go to Germany or as soon as we get there, without the need of going through the RoC. I'd really like for someone who went through the expedite process to advise me on what to do here. Am I eligible? When can I file? Was the immigration advisor right or are USCIS websites right? Thank you in advance.
  21. Hello everyone and thanks for opening my thread. To make a long story short, in December of 2014 I applied for my N-400 citizenship and was scheduled an interview after 2 months on February of 2015. Everything went well and I passed every section of the test. The person who tested me informed me that I should receive an oath ceremony letter in the mail within 180 days from my interview date. However, It has now been almost 2 years and I have yet to receive anything which is causing me so much distress and anxiety. For the past 2 years I have been sending status requests to my USCIS office and visiting them regularly to know if anything has changed in my application but all they can tell me is that they're still running background checks. I recently contacted the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman about my case and although I did not get a clear response as to why my application is delayed I did notice the status of my application has changed on the official USCIS website. It says on February 3rd, 2017 I was scheduled for another interview and I should receive a letter in the mail soon. My gut feeling is telling me this might have to do with an incident I had during my first job at a retail company 2 months prior to applying for my N400 where I shoplifted $140 worth of merchandise. I was questioned by loss prevention in the store and had to fill a written statement where I pleaded guilty to the charges and of course was later terminated. There was no police report and I paid the company back for the loss. Now my question is, would this still impact my application considering it was petty theft? I don't see any other reason why I would be asked to be interviewed again and if they bring this situation up in my interview how should I respond to it? Any advice would be highly appreciated thank you.
  22. My wife cant find her proof of her i-94 from when she entered the country as a child with her parents. And unfortunately her parents can't even find her passport from 24 years ago. We've been married going on 2 years. How can we go about getting her citizenship?"
  23. How soon after removal of conditions can you apply for citizenship?
  24. Hi all! My LPR husband's kids from a former relationship live in the Netherlands. He's obligated to pay (and has unfailingly paid) his child support payments since his split with their mom 8 years ago. We all get along well. Question is: The child support amounts were not "mandated" by a court order or any legal decree; they were just agreed upon and that was fine with all parties. What should we include with his N-400 for the child support part, if we have no court-ordered statement about how much child support he's supposed to pay? The childrens' mother would be fine with providing a signed and notarized statement to this effect, but is that enough?
  25. Hi everyone, This is my first ever post and hopefully I'll get some help from the members. I submitted my N400 in November and have already done my biometrics. Couple days ago I remembered that I opened a retirement account with fidelity last year (in october) and mistakenly put us citizen. I say mistakenly because there were two questions right after one another, one asking about citizenship and one asking about what country do I file taxes. I don't remember that I ever put USC, so I'm guessing US is the default option (it is a drop down menu) for citizenship and I never realized that I didn't change it or some error. Anyway after submitting the application I realized my mistake and immediately (same day) changed it to the original citizenship. I've already chatted (so I can have the conversation in writing) with a representative and she confirmed that there is a note on the account that says that the nationality was changed on the same day. FYI, anybody from any country living legally in the US can open the account as long as you pay taxes here, so it is not just a benefit for US citizens. Will that be a problem when I disclose this info during the inerview?