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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Hi folks,

Its been a long time since I've been here, but would really appreciate a quick sanity check on my wife's Citizenship process. If you'd like to help, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. Thanks in advance.

The situation:

Wife arrived in Jan 2008 on K1 visa

3 children arrived alongside on K2 visa(s)

We married in Feb 2008, adjusted status for all on-time, got greencards Jun 2008.

Lived happily as family, same place, same everything until now.

Wife is 'finally' proceeding with citizenship process.

We've filled out the N-400 for her (only), will write check, and send in.

Questions:

1) Since she's had greencard over 5 years, it would seem better for her to file based on this instead of 3+ years married to US Citizen. True or False?

2) If she files based on possession of greencard over 5 years, it appears she ONLY has to provide resolution of previous marriage (divorce / annulments). True or False?

3) No additional paperwork appears to be needed, based on M-477 Document Checklist. True or False?

The minimal paperwork needed, just seems too good to be true, so I thought I'd ask you good people who have helped in the past. Thanks again.

PS: One child is co-applying because she aged out (She is 21 now). We will apply for other two citizenship after Wife has hers. Is this a bad plan for some reason?


K1 Visa Process
USPS Express Mail I-129F Package sent to USCIS VT Service Center 07/05/07
NOA-1 Received: Notice Date 07/11/07
NOA-2 Received: Notice Date 11/20/07
Medical conducted 12/21, 26, 28/07, 01/02/08
USEM Interview conducted 01/04/08
Visas picked up at USEM (request non-delivery) 01/08/08
Family (Mom & kids) arrive Washington, DC 01/13/08

AOS Process
USPS Priority Mail package to USCIS Chicago Lockbox 03/14/08
Arrived Chicago Lockbox 03/16/08
Checks Cashed for AOS fees 04/24/08
NOA1s received 04/25/08
Biometrics (spouse & 3 kids) 05/14/08
AOS transferred to CSC 05/23/08

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Hungary
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I am assuming you went through ROC for all of them in 2010?

If the other children are under 18 when your wife naturalizes, they will automatically become USCs.

Google "Child Citizenship Act".

Edited by EM_Vandaveer

Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
Timeline

Yep, did removal of conditions for all in 2010 (or whatever time) without a hitch.

Nope, only two children are still under 18. The third is now 21. We have just dragged our feet getting wife's citizenship.

I'm just really surprised at how little paperwork is needed. Just her N-400 app, her greencard copy, and for some reason previous marriage annulment.

That's the part I'm mostly looking to get confirmed. All the other steps were much more complicated.


K1 Visa Process
USPS Express Mail I-129F Package sent to USCIS VT Service Center 07/05/07
NOA-1 Received: Notice Date 07/11/07
NOA-2 Received: Notice Date 11/20/07
Medical conducted 12/21, 26, 28/07, 01/02/08
USEM Interview conducted 01/04/08
Visas picked up at USEM (request non-delivery) 01/08/08
Family (Mom & kids) arrive Washington, DC 01/13/08

AOS Process
USPS Priority Mail package to USCIS Chicago Lockbox 03/14/08
Arrived Chicago Lockbox 03/16/08
Checks Cashed for AOS fees 04/24/08
NOA1s received 04/25/08
Biometrics (spouse & 3 kids) 05/14/08
AOS transferred to CSC 05/23/08

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Hungary
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So those children who are still under 18, if they will be under 18 on day day of your wife's oath, they will become USCs as well. The over-18 child has to file her own N-400.

I believe you need a certified copy of your marriage certificate as well as tax return transcripts since becoming LPR to prove she has not neglected to file her tax returns. (This latter is not strictly listed, but is helpful as proof.)

Also "2 identical color photographs, with your name and Alien Registration Number (A-Number) written lightly in pencil on the back of each photo".


Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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