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Online N400 for Married Applicant-Urgent Question

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Hi,

I am about to submit my online N400 and I have an urgent question. I am a married, applying for naturalization based on 5-year of residency after getting my green card. My wife and daughter (under 18) got their green card the same time as mine and we have been living together all the time (I married many years ago and this is our only marriage and neither my wife nor myself have no prior marriage). Our address is the same (same address entered in N400 forms).

 

To my surprise, when I was almost finishing to update the evidences (e.g. birth certificate of my child, etc), I was asked about attaching evidence of child support. I know and am sure that this does NOT apply to me as I have not divorced or not adopted a child, so I clicked next without providing a proof. However, the page loads again with a note that YOU SHOULD PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF CHILD SUPPORT OR YOUR APPLICATION MAY BE DELAYED.

 

I am very concerned as I am not sure why even USCIS is asking this question from me, at first place. The only thing that comes to my mind is that this a normal question from all married applicants with a child that file N400 online.

 

I wonder if anyone encounter with this question? If so, what did you answer or better to say what should I do? I appreciate any advice.

 

Thank you.

 

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Just to add, USCIS is asking to provide evidence of child support "...if your child is living away from you...", but then it asks for additional evidence and reiterates that if not attaching the evidence, application can be delayed.

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14 hours ago, RonN400 said:

Just to add, USCIS is asking to provide evidence of child support "...if your child is living away from you...", but then it asks for additional evidence and reiterates that if not attaching the evidence, application can be delayed.

Would really appreciate if anyone has an advice.

 

thank you.

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I hope someone with more knowledge about this will be able to give you advice. I would like to know too.

 

Are you able to go back in the application to check everything? Maybe you missed something which causes it to ask for child support. I hope you will be able to proceed. If you find the solution please let me know.


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I did not, in fact I returned and checked everything. My spouse and my address are the same as my child.

not sure if this is common for all married applicants and I should ignore it, or this is only happening to me.

any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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27 minutes ago, RonN400 said:

I did not, in fact I returned and checked everything. My spouse and my address are the same as my child.

not sure if this is common for all married applicants and I should ignore it, or this is only happening to me.

any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

I applied online for N400 (based on marriage after 3 years), and we have a 2yo child. I didn't have this warning about the support. I chose all normal questions and fulfilled all info about my child. I dont know what is right for you, I am just informing you what I had. 

Try to read on USCIS official website all about it, or N400 form explanation.

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1 hour ago, Dzenana said:

I applied online for N400 (based on marriage after 3 years), and we have a 2yo child. I didn't have this warning about the support. I chose all normal questions and fulfilled all info about my child. I dont know what is right for you, I am just informing you what I had. 

Try to read on USCIS official website all about it, or N400 form explanation.

Thank you. Me too, I don’t know why this has come up on my application. Nothing in USCIS website, too. Apparently this is for divorced applicants or those who have their child living away from them.

I’m really confused.

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Do you  mean the online application? It came up for my husband also, who has a deceased son who was over 18 at the time of his death. I assumed it was an automatic alert and if it applied to you then you would upload evidence, and if not, you wouldn't. 


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I know its 'child support', but in your case the prevailing circumstances might make it difficult to produce any tangible documents as proof of ' child support'.

Now what I'm thinking is if you have your child as the beneficiary of any insurance plan or as dependent on you tax records you could probably upload those documents.

At the interview I'm sure you can expalin your way out with the officer.

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6 hours ago, CGP said:

I know its 'child support', but in your case the prevailing circumstances might make it difficult to produce any tangible documents as proof of ' child support'.

Now what I'm thinking is if you have your child as the beneficiary of any insurance plan or as dependent on you tax records you could probably upload those documents.

At the interview I'm sure you can expalin your way out with the officer.

Thank you. That is why I’m asking this question.

there is nothing in this form that to my opinion trigger this question. I

I should mention that I can bypass this step, but it will alert me that my application can be delayed. If I move to the next step, which is review of the file before submission, USCIS does not return an error or warning message.

It is very confusing, specially because there is not a specific instruction for online applicants.

 

Is this a generic supplementary request for all married applicants (supplementary because it is not part of the mandatory evidence request and is happening as part of the supplementary evidence which is a step after previous mandatory evidence step)?

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9 minutes ago, RonN400 said:

Thank you. That is why I’m asking this question.

there is nothing in this form that to my opinion trigger this question. I

I should mention that I can bypass this step, but it will alert me that my application can be delayed. If I move to the next step, which is review of the file before submission, USCIS does not return an error or warning message.

It is very confusing, specially because there is not a specific instruction for online applicants.

 

Is this a generic supplementary request for all married applicants (supplementary because it is not part of the mandatory evidence request and is happening as part of the supplementary evidence which is a step after previous mandatory evidence step)?

It is not a mandatory request to all married applicants. Applicants with a child( children) are asked to submit proof of same. i.e birth cert, etc. I would understand that applicants who don't share the same address(residence) as their child might be requested to show proof of child support.

In your case, I would just advice you to submit something (insurance docs, tax transcrpits showing child as dependent, etc etc) than ignoring the request altogether.

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this is a normal issue and does happen due to software glitches and not necessarily your mistakes! since you can not go ahead unless you provide that document ( child support), you can very easily in word application  write something like this, " This is just to confirm all my family (my wife, my child and myself) all live together all the time and we share the same address, but i have no idea why i am being asked to provide a proof of child support which has nothing to do with my status. "   then save it as "Child support issue.Doc "  then convert it to PDF file and upload it. so this way you can bypass what is stopping you in here, and when the USCIS is going through your file they understand what has happened !  i have had issues like this many places and this has been the best way to bypass it.

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On 1/15/2019 at 6:48 AM, jer216 said:

Do you  mean the online application? It came up for my husband also, who has a deceased son who was over 18 at the time of his death. I assumed it was an automatic alert and if it applied to you then you would upload evidence, and if not, you wouldn't. 

Thank you. Yes online application. It is interesting as it did not come up for Dzenna, as an example. The fact that it happened to me (and also to your husband) makes me feeling if we made a mistake when filling the forms or by answering a/some questions which triggered this question. In my case, I initially ignored it, but then when I clicked Next button, I got a warning that YOU SHOULD PROVIDE THIS EVIDENCE. IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE THIS EVIDENCE YOUR APPLICATION CAN BE DELAYED. Of course, another click on the Next button allowed me to proceed to the “Review and Submit” section. There I did not get any warning or error message, which is odd.

 

Could I ask when did your husband apply and what was the outcome? Has he been scheduled for interview/oath? Was he able to move on and submit the application without receiving the warning message that “if you do not upload it, your case can be delayed”? Has he gotten any request by USCIS after application?

 

It will be very helpful.

 

Thank you.

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We applied for my husband's N400 online, and it did not ask us for proof of child support.  I'm a citizen, we had our daughter in the US, and he's a stay at home dad.

Maybe just include a word documents or PDF labled "Child Support Evidence" and list the obvious in it - your child lives with you.  That way at a glance the person (or computer system) reviewing your package will know that box is checked, and upon further investigation they'll realize it was a silly question.

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On 1/17/2019 at 8:00 AM, RonN400 said:

Thank you. Yes online application. It is interesting as it did not come up for Dzenna, as an example. The fact that it happened to me (and also to your husband) makes me feeling if we made a mistake when filling the forms or by answering a/some questions which triggered this question. In my case, I initially ignored it, but then when I clicked Next button, I got a warning that YOU SHOULD PROVIDE THIS EVIDENCE. IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE THIS EVIDENCE YOUR APPLICATION CAN BE DELAYED. Of course, another click on the Next button allowed me to proceed to the “Review and Submit” section. There I did not get any warning or error message, which is odd.

 

Could I ask when did your husband apply and what was the outcome? Has he been scheduled for interview/oath? Was he able to move on and submit the application without receiving the warning message that “if you do not upload it, your case can be delayed”? Has he gotten any request by USCIS after application?

 

It will be very helpful.

 

Thank you.

He applied 1/11/19 and his biometrics appt is set for 1/29/19. It seems like that warning is generic - there was another section this warning came up for that didn't apply to my husband at all, so I think we should be good. Basically we're planning on him just taking all relative evidence he has!


AOS

6/2007: Sent in I-485, I-130, I-765

7/2007: Biometrics

12/2007: Interview at Local Office, GC approved/received in mail

ROC

10-13-2009: Sent I-751 to CSC

10-14-2009: Package received at CSC

10-22-2009: I-751 check cashed

10-24-2009: Received NOA in mail

11-13-2009: Biometrics

12-8-2009: Card Production Ordered

12-10-2009: Approval Notice Sent

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1-29-2019: Biometrics 

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