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Hi everyone,

I'm getting ready to file for citizenship but had 3 questions:

 

1) The form asks if you have ever been arrested, cited or detained. I looked up the definition for a citation and it says it's an official summons. I had a speeding ticket 2 years ago, which I paid by mail, this wouldn't count as a citation as I was not summoned to court???

 

2) I will be applying as I've been a lawful permanent resident for 5 years (I'm also still married to my husband) so I'll only have to send in a photocopy of my green card, 2 photos and checks for the fees? not the rest of the info??

 

3) My 11 year old son came over with me and has a green card. After I become a citizen, can I apply for a passport for him? What is the process?

 

Thanks for the help!


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Dec 31st 2011- I-129F sent
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August 21st 2012- P.O.E Boston!

September 11th 2012- Applied for SSN.
September 16th 2012- MARRIED!!!
September 17th 2012- Received SSN.
October 26th 2012- Sent off AOS forms.

January 16th 2013- EAD and AP card issued.
January 26th 2013- Card received in mail.

May 29th 2013- Service request, as outside of processing times.

June 25th 2013- Green card/EAD stamp received in passport. Green card production ordered!

July 5th 2013- Green card arrives :)

August 22nd 2014- Daughter Born!

April 17th 2015- I-751 Sent.

April 20th 2015- NOA 1

June 2nd 2015- Biometrics Appt.

February 2nd 2016- I-751 APPROVED! 10 Year Green card issued!

 

February 22nd 2019 Applied for Citizenship! 

March 14th 2019 - Biometrics appt.

April 23rd 2019 - Interview. APPROVED!!!!!  It took 60 days!!!

 

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A traffic ticket IS a citation.

"No, there is not really any difference between a citation and a ticket. A citation by definition is an official summons, especially one calling for appearance in court. A ticket has a definition of a legal summons, especially for a violation. The two words are interchangeable when discussing being written up by law enforcement for a moving violation."

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10 minutes ago, Sunshine25 said:

Hi everyone,

I'm getting ready to file for citizenship but had 3 questions:

 

1) The form asks if you have ever been arrested, cited or detained. I looked up the definition for a citation and it says it's an official summons. I had a speeding ticket 2 years ago, which I paid by mail, this wouldn't count as a citation as I was not summoned to court???

 

2) I will be applying as I've been a lawful permanent resident for 5 years (I'm also still married to my husband) so I'll only have to send in a photocopy of my green card, 2 photos and checks for the fees? not the rest of the info??

 

3) My 11 year old son came over with me and has a green card. After I become a citizen, can I apply for a passport for him? What is the process?

 

Thanks for the help!

[1] Yes, you need to report the speeding tickets and your answer will be yes

[2] Fill on line, then they will ask only those documents needed for your case and no photo needed and it is very simple process

[3] Yes, once you will get your naturalization certificate, you can apply passport for your son. 

 

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For the citations, make sure you have a full court disposition paperwork for them...  If the amounts are less than (I believe) $600, they won't ask for anything else, but it is a good idea to have the disposition notice for those on hand in case they are asked for...

 

As to the 5 year rule - it is the simpler approach to go with, and you don't need nearly as much paperwork on hand to complete.  Essentially, while you will be asked about your marriage, it is for the most part meaningless, since you are not applying on the basis of being married, but rather on the basis of having been a LPR for 5 years.

 

As mentioned, your 11 year old becomes a citizen at the same time as you do, and you simply need to apply for a passport for them.

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What is full court disposition paperwork?  I got a speeding ticket, I think it was $98, I mailed in the ticket and check. Would I just need a copy of the receipt?


Timeline:

Dec 31st 2011- I-129F sent
August 2nd 2012- INTERVIEW- APPROVED
August 10th 2012- Visas received
August 21st 2012- P.O.E Boston!

September 11th 2012- Applied for SSN.
September 16th 2012- MARRIED!!!
September 17th 2012- Received SSN.
October 26th 2012- Sent off AOS forms.

January 16th 2013- EAD and AP card issued.
January 26th 2013- Card received in mail.

May 29th 2013- Service request, as outside of processing times.

June 25th 2013- Green card/EAD stamp received in passport. Green card production ordered!

July 5th 2013- Green card arrives :)

August 22nd 2014- Daughter Born!

April 17th 2015- I-751 Sent.

April 20th 2015- NOA 1

June 2nd 2015- Biometrics Appt.

February 2nd 2016- I-751 APPROVED! 10 Year Green card issued!

 

February 22nd 2019 Applied for Citizenship! 

March 14th 2019 - Biometrics appt.

April 23rd 2019 - Interview. APPROVED!!!!!  It took 60 days!!!

 

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1 hour ago, Sunshine25 said:

What is full court disposition paperwork?  I got a speeding ticket, I think it was $98, I mailed in the ticket and check. Would I just need a copy of the receipt?

My experience. I said no on my application because I wasn't sure. I had no paperwork. In the meantime I was able to track down which court the state troopers would use (since it wasn't city cops or the county sheriff). Luckily they had recently digitized the records from back then and easily gave me a receipt showing I had paid. At the interview, they go over the entire application. When it got to that part, I said I had a speeding ticket but I didn't know whether to declare it or not. He made notes on the application and asked if I had a record with me. I gave him the receipt and he carried on. 

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13 hours ago, Wuozopo said:

My experience. I said no on my application because I wasn't sure. I had no paperwork. In the meantime I was able to track down which court the state troopers would use (since it wasn't city cops or the county sheriff). Luckily they had recently digitized the records from back then and easily gave me a receipt showing I had paid. At the interview, they go over the entire application. When it got to that part, I said I had a speeding ticket but I didn't know whether to declare it or not. He made notes on the application and asked if I had a record with me. I gave him the receipt and he carried on. 

Does that include tickets in the UK then? 

 

Like going forward, I got a ticket in the UK paid on the spot fine and that was it? Just a SAR shows this (not ACRO) so I'm stumped now. 

 

Long, long way away for me to be thinking about this but I'm just browsing all different stages of this whole process :) 


Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

NVC Case #: Fianceé (USC) Called and received it: 01/08/2019

Case Shipped: 01/08/2019

Case Received: 01/15/2019

P3 Letter received: 01/19/2019

Medical: 02/08/2019

Interview: 03/11/2019 - Approved

Visa In Hand: 03/15/2019

US Entry: 05/11/2019 - DTW

Marriage: 06/22/2019

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I just spoke to the DMV, the lady said she couldn't get a receipt for me, but I could show my bank statement with the check that I used to pay and also I could get a certified copy of my driving record for $15 and that would also show I had paid the ticket.

 

Luke U, I have no idea about English tickets, sorry.


Timeline:

Dec 31st 2011- I-129F sent
August 2nd 2012- INTERVIEW- APPROVED
August 10th 2012- Visas received
August 21st 2012- P.O.E Boston!

September 11th 2012- Applied for SSN.
September 16th 2012- MARRIED!!!
September 17th 2012- Received SSN.
October 26th 2012- Sent off AOS forms.

January 16th 2013- EAD and AP card issued.
January 26th 2013- Card received in mail.

May 29th 2013- Service request, as outside of processing times.

June 25th 2013- Green card/EAD stamp received in passport. Green card production ordered!

July 5th 2013- Green card arrives :)

August 22nd 2014- Daughter Born!

April 17th 2015- I-751 Sent.

April 20th 2015- NOA 1

June 2nd 2015- Biometrics Appt.

February 2nd 2016- I-751 APPROVED! 10 Year Green card issued!

 

February 22nd 2019 Applied for Citizenship! 

March 14th 2019 - Biometrics appt.

April 23rd 2019 - Interview. APPROVED!!!!!  It took 60 days!!!

 

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17 hours ago, Wuozopo said:

My experience. I said no on my application because I wasn't sure. I had no paperwork. In the meantime I was able to track down which court the state troopers would use (since it wasn't city cops or the county sheriff). Luckily they had recently digitized the records from back then and easily gave me a receipt showing I had paid. At the interview, they go over the entire application. When it got to that part, I said I had a speeding ticket but I didn't know whether to declare it or not. He made notes on the application and asked if I had a record with me. I gave him the receipt and he carried on. 

Does that include tickets in the UK or just ones received during your time in the USA?

 

Long, long way away for me to be thinking about this but I'm just browsing all different stages of this whole process :) 


Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

NVC Case #: Fianceé (USC) Called and received it: 01/08/2019

Case Shipped: 01/08/2019

Case Received: 01/15/2019

P3 Letter received: 01/19/2019

Medical: 02/08/2019

Interview: 03/11/2019 - Approved

Visa In Hand: 03/15/2019

US Entry: 05/11/2019 - DTW

Marriage: 06/22/2019

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39 minutes ago, LukeU said:

Does that include tickets in the UK or just ones received during your time in the USA?

 

Long, long way away for me to be thinking about this but I'm just browsing all different stages of this whole process :) 

While you're waiting on visa delivery, you ought to browse through the whole application as a preview of what will be expected of you, especially since you're already thinking ahead. It was a bit less specific when I did it. https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/n-400.pdf?download=1

 

 

The question says EVER so that means anytime in your life. Also, the instructions for the form include:

If you have ever been arrested or detained anywhere in the world, by any law enforcement officer, for any reason...........

 

If any of Item Numbers 22. - 28. apply to you, you must answer "Yes" even if your records have been sealed, expunged, or otherwise cleared. You must disclose this information even if someone, including a judge, law enforcement officer, or attorney, told you that it no longer constitutes a record or told you that you do not have to disclose the information. 

  1. Have you EVER been arrested, cited, or detained by any law enforcement officer (including any immigration official or any official of the U.S. armed forces) for any reason? 

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23 hours ago, Sunshine25 said:

Hi everyone,

I'm getting ready to file for citizenship but had 3 questions:

 

1) The form asks if you have ever been arrested, cited or detained. I looked up the definition for a citation and it says it's an official summons. I had a speeding ticket 2 years ago, which I paid by mail, this wouldn't count as a citation as I was not summoned to court???

 

 

 

i had a speeding ticket 10 years before i filed N-400, so I said no in my application.  At the interview, I asked the officer about this, she said it was okay since the fine was much less than $500

 

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23 hours ago, Sunshine25 said:

 

3) My 11 year old son came over with me and has a green card. After I become a citizen, can I apply for a passport for him? What is the process?

 

Thanks for the help!

 

your child will automatically become US citizen. At the Oath Ceremony,  they will provide info about this. 

 

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17 hours ago, Wuozopo said:

While you're waiting on visa delivery, you ought to browse through the whole application as a preview of what will be expected of you, especially since you're already thinking ahead. It was a bit less specific when I did it. https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/n-400.pdf?download=1

 

 

The question says EVER so that means anytime in your life. Also, the instructions for the form include:

If you have ever been arrested or detained anywhere in the world, by any law enforcement officer, for any reason...........

 

If any of Item Numbers 22. - 28. apply to you, you must answer "Yes" even if your records have been sealed, expunged, or otherwise cleared. You must disclose this information even if someone, including a judge, law enforcement officer, or attorney, told you that it no longer constitutes a record or told you that you do not have to disclose the information. 

  1. Have you EVER been arrested, cited, or detained by any law enforcement officer (including any immigration official or any official of the U.S. armed forces) for any reason? 

As always thanks Wuozopo! 

 

I just don't want people to think I'm asking just for the sake of it, it's all good I think to get a rough idea for the future :) and I'm a stickler for knowing what's what :P 

 

Thankfully this didn't show up and even on the SAR (Subject Access Request) it shows it as a "Non-conviction" on this offence. So I'll just declare it and go from there, £80 or £100 I think it was. Many more years to prove it was a one off and hopefully nothing else in front. 


Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

NVC Case #: Fianceé (USC) Called and received it: 01/08/2019

Case Shipped: 01/08/2019

Case Received: 01/15/2019

P3 Letter received: 01/19/2019

Medical: 02/08/2019

Interview: 03/11/2019 - Approved

Visa In Hand: 03/15/2019

US Entry: 05/11/2019 - DTW

Marriage: 06/22/2019

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