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Point 4 of what to attach to N-400 based on marriage to a US citizen

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Based on the number 4 of the checklist for N-400. Which is a list of documents to attach with the N-400 based on a marriage to a US citizen:

4. Documents referring to you and your spouse:
- Tax returns, bank accounts, leases, mortgages, or birth certificates of children, or
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)-certified copies of the income tax forms that you both filed for the past three years, or
- An IRS tax return transcript for the last three years.

So my question is: is it enough if I only attach the birth certificates of our 2 children ?

According to mathematical logic, I think so. Because it's either the first line or the second one or the third.

So if I choose the first line, when I look at the location of the "or", I see that have to attach either "Tax returns, bank accounts, leases, mortgages", either "birth certificates of children".

But maybe I'm wrong with my logic, you can tell me.

Anyway, I have joint tax returns but I don't have joint bank accounts and I have no lease or mortgage.

If I need to provide tax returns, do I need the last one or the 2 last ones ?


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You're right -- "or" means "or." Throughout this process, reading carefully and interpreting literally are the keys to success.

It won't hurt a bit to include copies of your last couple of joint tax returns, too. (It's easier to order transcripts from the IRS, many folks have found.)


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