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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Hi everyone,

I was reading some posts on here and looking at some of your timelines and am curious on when to apply for citizenship. I married my husband (USC) in December 2001. I moved to US with my GC in March 2010. For some reason I thought I had to wait two years to obtain citizenship but I could apply at a year and a half out in order to start it before two year mark. Am I correct in this or can it be sooner? I thought from looking at some people's timelines that it was a lot sooner than the two years. Thanks for any help.


Sent I130 to Chicago - March 1, 2008

NOA 1- April, 2008

Transferred to California - April, 2008

NOA 2 - March 13, 2009 (lost for awhile)

NVC case number given - March 30, 2009

NVC case complete - April 25, 2009

Email for interview - July 3, 2009

Interview - August 12, 2009 DENIED!!

PROOF OF DOMICILE:

Package 1: sent August 13, 2009

Package 1: sent back August 23, 2009 -more proof needed

Package 2: sent September 3, 2009

Package 2: sent back Nov. 1, 2009 - more proof needed

Package 3: sent January 14, 2010

Package 3: APPROVED

Received VISA: MARCH 3, 2010!!!!!!

POE: Lewiston Bridge NY, March 4, 2010

SSN: ordered March 4, 2010

SSN: received March 17, 2010

GC Welcome Letter: March 16, 2010

GC Arrived: March 22, 2010

Citizenship Application Start Date: September 2011!!

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I think you can apply after you have been a permanent resident for 3 years if you are still married at the time. If you are not married you will have to wait until you are a permanent resident for 5 years. I imagine you have a 10 year green card because you have been married to your husband since 2001. You could be getting the citizenship process confused with the removal of conditions process. If you had been married less than 2 years you get a 2 year conditional green card and in the 90 days prior to your green card expiring you need to file the I-751 and send in supporting evidence of a good faith marriage. Look at your green card, when does it expire? If your green card is only good for 2 years please don't forget to remove conditions or you will have a big headache.


I-751 Timeline

ROC sent 6-12-2010

Package received by CSC 6-14-2010

NOA sent 6-14-2010

Check Cashed 6-16-2010

NOA received 6-21-2010

Biometrics letter received 7-6-2010 dated 7-01-2010

Biometrics appointment 7-23-2010

Touched 7-23-2010

Touched 7-26-2010

Interview letter recieved 10-13-2010

Interview date 11-5-2010

Approved and approval letter given at interview 11-5-2010

Waiting on card now

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

You should have a 'resident since' date on your green card. 3 years after that date, as AlwaysWaiting pointed out' if you are still married, then you can apply for citizenship

"You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen."

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d84d6811264a3210VgnVCM100000b92ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d84d6811264a3210VgnVCM100000b92ca60aRCRD

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
Timeline

Hi everyone,

I was reading some posts on here and looking at some of your timelines and am curious on when to apply for citizenship. I married my husband (USC) in December 2001. I moved to US with my GC in March 2010. For some reason I thought I had to wait two years to obtain citizenship but I could apply at a year and a half out in order to start it before two year mark. Am I correct in this or can it be sooner? I thought from looking at some people's timelines that it was a lot sooner than the two years. Thanks for any help.

If based on an ongoing marriage to a USC, then you need to calculate three dates... your eligibility will be the latest of those three dates.

1) Third anniversary of your marriage to your USC spouse. (December 2004)

2) Third anniversary of your RESIDENT SINCE date on your greencard.... (March 2013.)

3) Third anniversary of your USC spouse becoming a USC... (I will assume from birth therefore a long time ago)

based on the above, the eligibility date will be March 2013

Edited by payxibka

YMMV

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