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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Ireland
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At the moment I'm in the process of applying for my US citizenship. And yesterday when I told my neighbor, she asked if I would be giving up my Irish passport? I know I am not required to surrender my citizenship, but if the law changed, and it became mandatory to do so, would it be worth renouncing my current citizenship, to become a US citizen?

I don't think it is. My Irish passport to me, seems more valuable and not worth the trade.

Would you voluntarily surender yours?


Oct 19, 2010 I-130 application submitted to US Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Oct 22, 2010 I-130 application approved

Oct 22, 2010 packet 3 received via email

Nov 15, 2010 DS-230 part 1 faxed to US Embassy Seoul

Nov 15, 2010 Appointment for visa interview made on-line

Nov 16, 2010 Confirmation of appointment received via email

Dec 13, 2010 Interview date

Dec 15, 2010 CR-1 received via courier

Mar 29, 2011 POE Detroit Michigan

Feb 15, 2012 Change of address via telephone

Jan 10, 2013 I-751 packet mailed to Vermont Service CenterJan 15, 2013 NOA1

Jan 31, 2013 Biometrics appointment letter received

Feb 20, 2013 Biometric appointment date

June 14, 2013 RFE

June 24, 2013 Responded to RFE

July 24, 2013 Removal of conditions approved

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Ireland
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It is a moot point because our immigration laws do not presume that a LPR will or should become a citizen. You can keep your greencard for the rest of your life.

I know it's moot point. Keeping your green card is okay, except for having to worry about loosing it, if you leave for an extended period of time. My question was more along lines, what if you had the choice of either retaining your green card or renouncing your citizenship to become a US citizen.

Oct 19, 2010 I-130 application submitted to US Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Oct 22, 2010 I-130 application approved

Oct 22, 2010 packet 3 received via email

Nov 15, 2010 DS-230 part 1 faxed to US Embassy Seoul

Nov 15, 2010 Appointment for visa interview made on-line

Nov 16, 2010 Confirmation of appointment received via email

Dec 13, 2010 Interview date

Dec 15, 2010 CR-1 received via courier

Mar 29, 2011 POE Detroit Michigan

Feb 15, 2012 Change of address via telephone

Jan 10, 2013 I-751 packet mailed to Vermont Service CenterJan 15, 2013 NOA1

Jan 31, 2013 Biometrics appointment letter received

Feb 20, 2013 Biometric appointment date

June 14, 2013 RFE

June 24, 2013 Responded to RFE

July 24, 2013 Removal of conditions approved

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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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My parents are LPR's as are my grandparents and 3 uncles/aunts. Last time my grandmother went to renew her greencard she was asked why she didn't want to become a citizen. She looked the worker in the eye and simply said "young man that is none of your business". Hilarious!

For family it's all about losing their Canadian identity as they prefer to travel with Canadian passports.

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Filed: Country: England
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At the moment I'm in the process of applying for my US citizenship. And yesterday when I told my neighbor, she asked if I would be giving up my Irish passport? I know I am not required to surrender my citizenship, but if the law changed, and it became mandatory to do so, would it be worth renouncing my current citizenship, to become a US citizen?

I don't think it is. My Irish passport to me, seems more valuable and not worth the trade.

Would you voluntarily surender yours?

No. :no:

I did not leave my home country to get away from anything, I came here for family. If I had to make a choice, I'm fine remaining on LPR status. :thumbs:

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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It's not a choice I had to make. Australia changed their law a good thirty years ago and you can hold as many citizenships as you like... if I had to choose between them, I don't know... I'll probably never see Australia again short of catastrophic emergency, and my passport expired nearly five years ago.


Karen - Melbourne, Australia/John - Florida, USA

- Proposal (20 August 2000) to marriage (19 December 2004) - 4 years, 3 months, 25 days (1,578 days)

STAGE 1 - Applying for K1 (15 September 2003) to K1 Approval (13 July 2004) - 9 months, 29 days (303 days)

STAGE 2A - Arriving in US (4 Nov 2004) to AOS Application (16 April 2005) - 5 months, 13 days (164 days)

STAGE 2B - Applying for AOS to GC Approval - 9 months, 4 days (279 days)

STAGE 3 - Lifting Conditions. Filing (19 Dec 2007) to Approval (December 11 2008)

STAGE 4 - CITIZENSHIP (filing under 5-year rule - residency start date on green card Jan 11th, 2006)

*N400 filed December 15, 2011

*Interview March 12, 2012

*Oath Ceremony March 23, 2012.

ALL DONE!!!!!!!!

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Completely renounce citizenship...will be a tough decision, but I might for the simple reason that South Africans need visas for almost everywhere. Dual citizenship...definitely.


Naturalization:

12/13/18: File online application

12/15/18: Receive notification for biometrics appointment (no date)

12/31/18: Biometrics

02/25/19: Receive interview letter (April 8 )

04/08/19: Interview, approved!

04/12/19: Oath scheduled for April 26 

04/26/19: Oath Ceremony! 🇺🇸

 

ROC:

04/26/17:  Sent ROC package

04/27/17:  Package received

05/20/17:  Biometrics letter received

06/02/17:  Biometrics

08/22/18:  Card being produced

 

AOS from F1 visa:

08/16/14: Sent AOS package: I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131

08/19/14: Package received at Chicago Lockbox

08/22/14: Acceptance confirmation text messages/emails

08/22/14: Checks cashed

08/26/14: Hard copies of NOA's received in mail

08/27/14: Biometrics appointment notice received. Scheduled for 9/8/14.

09/08/14: Biometrics

11/14/14: File service request (Day 88)

11/24/14: EAD/AP approved (Day 98)

12/01/14: EAD mailed

12/03/14: EAD received

03/12/15: Status changed to Testing & Interview

04/16/15: Interview, no decision

07/17/15: "Your card is in production" email!

08/07/15: Card mailed

08/10/15: Card received!

~11 months, 3 weeks & 4 days from filing to green card in hand, no RFE's~

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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Nope

But as others have said not an issue.

I do know a Canadian who has been here for years and has not, something to do with Inheritance Tax, I know he is loaded.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Husband just said he'd give up his South African citizenship (where he was born) before he'd give up his Irish citizenship (where he immigrated to before we met). I know a Danish lpr who's been here for a couple decades. She is only now in the process of getting us citizenship because Denmark is now allowing dual citizenship. I'd never give up my US citizenship. I'm American.


K1 Visa timeline:

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

02/01/2014 - mailed our petition

07/25/2014 - Johan arrives in Los Angeles! 

*See updated timeline for specific dates.*

AOS timeline:~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

08/02/2014 - AOS, EAD, AP applications mailed. 

11/17/2014 - K2 gets an interview waiver letter in the mail (dated November 12th) (K1 has never gotten this letter)

08/24/2015 - Green cards are FINALLY in hand after nearly 13 months of waiting. 

ROC timeline: ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

05/01/2017 - ROC application sent 

05/02/2017 - CSC receives our package

05/03/2017 - Official NOA1 date

05/10/2017 - MO cashed at our bank

05/12/2017 - NOA 1 is in the mailbox.

05/20/2017 - Biometrics letter in hand

05/31/2017 - biometrics appt (Oxnard, CA)

06/19/2018 - ROC still pending with no news but that wonky glitch back in February, so we went ahead and filed for citizenship

N-400 timeline: ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

06/19/2018 - N-400 application filed online

06/20/2018 - NOA1 received online for Naturalization application

06/25/2018 - Biometrics notification online (PDF Document)

07/12/2018 - Biometrics appt (Oxnard, CA)

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At the moment I'm in the process of applying for my US citizenship. And yesterday when I told my neighbor, she asked if I would be giving up my Irish passport? I know I am not required to surrender my citizenship, but if the law changed, and it became mandatory to do so, would it be worth renouncing my current citizenship, to become a US citizen?

I don't think it is. My Irish passport to me, seems more valuable and not worth the trade.

Would you voluntarily surender yours?

I would.

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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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Nope

But as others have said not an issue.

I do know a Canadian who has been here for years and has not, something to do with Inheritance Tax, I know he is loaded.

Interesting. I had no idea about inheritance tax.

My parents are able to get a double pension between their service with the same company in Canada and the USA. I was surprised to hear this one.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Kosova
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My hubby says he wants to become a US citizen and burn his Kosovo passport. I told him he should keep it. He asked me "Why?"


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See my Timeline for details of our visa journey
17-Aug-2011 Our Wedding Day in Kosovo heart9.gif
07-Nov-2011 Filed I-130
21-Nov-2011 NOA1
23-Aug-2012 NOA2 Approved 276 days
10-Jan-2013 Case complete via email

28-Feb-2013 Interview, result AP
11-Apr-2013 Embassy appointment - VISA APPROVED and issued in 4 hours
30-Apr-2013 POE Chicago O'Hare - He's home!

04-Sep-2014 Moved to northern California

12-Mar-2015 Filed ROC
16-Mar-2015 Documents delivered
18-Mar-2015 Check cashed
19-Mar-2015 NOA1 dated 03/16/2015 received in mail
13-Apr-2015 Biometrics completed
02-Feb-2016 Contacted USCIS about case, was told it's on hold because of security checks (email)
04-Mar-2016 Moved to Wisconsin
12-Aug-2016 New Biometrics appointment
14-Sep-2016 Contacted USCIS again about case (email said we should hear from them by Oct 6)
22-Sep-2016 Letter from USCIS dated 9/20 explaining the Service Request is currently being reviewed by an officer.
22-Sep-2016 Letter from USCIS dated 9/20 with Interview appointment for both of us for 28-Sep-2016
28-Sep-2016 Interview, both of us, separated, not hard, 10 min. each, result---said hubby will get GC in about 10 days
26-Oct-2016 *****STILL WAITING*****
02-Nov-2016 Card is being produced!!!
08-Nov-2016 Card is mailed
10-Nov-2016 Card is Delivered!!!! YAY

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