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Hey guys,

 

I'm the beneficiary, my fiance is the petitioner. I was born and raised in Canada, am a Canadian citizen, and have lived here my whole life except for a three month window when I was 11/12 where I lived in Slovenia. I didn't really consider it, because I wasn't there for a year or longer (which I believe would require a police certificate from that country), and it was well outside of the usual 5 year period that they tend to ask about. However, I believe that by birth I am also technically a citizen of Slovenia through both my parents, so I'm not sure if that is going to cause some problems and to what degree I need to disclose that information in the petition/interview. I noticed that some people have been asked if they ever lived in another country (time frame not specified) during the interview in Montreal, so I want to make sure I have everything completed properly in case it is asked and then followed with more questions. I recall reading that I only need to list the citizenship for the primary country/the one I would be applying from (Canada), but I've been having a bit of a hard time finding that information again and I'm not 100% sure if it's up to date at this point.

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14 minutes ago, isak said:

Hey guys,

 

I'm the beneficiary, my fiance is the petitioner. I was born and raised in Canada, am a Canadian citizen, and have lived here my whole life except for a three month window when I was 11/12 where I lived in Slovenia. I didn't really consider it, because I wasn't there for a year or longer (which I believe would require a police certificate from that country), and it was well outside of the usual 5 year period that they tend to ask about. However, I believe that by birth I am also technically a citizen of Slovenia through both my parents, so I'm not sure if that is going to cause some problems and to what degree I need to disclose that information in the petition/interview. I noticed that some people have been asked if they ever lived in another country (time frame not specified) during the interview in Montreal, so I want to make sure I have everything completed properly in case it is asked and then followed with more questions. I recall reading that I only need to list the citizenship for the primary country/the one I would be applying from (Canada), but I've been having a bit of a hard time finding that information again and I'm not 100% sure if it's up to date at this point.


I realized after I posted this that Slovenia wasn't an independent country when my parents were born, so should I be putting their country of birth as Slovenia or Yugoslavia? 😨

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I would list the country as it’s legal name at the time your parents were born there.   Or, to be more specific, you could say something like “Slovenia, formerly Yugoslavia.”   USCIS realizes that countries change names and political boundaries, particularly former Soviet countries.  

 

Although you may have a birthright citizenship, for immigration purposes, unless you have a documented claim to citizenship in that country (a passport, or a document of birth abroad), they won’t care.

 

In terms of living there when you were a child, that will not matter for the police report, since you were under 16.

 

Best of luck.   Btw, I have been to Slovenia.   Lovely place and people!

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