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Hi VJ'rs,

 

The following questions are intended for dear friends of mine and I hope I have this topic categorized correctly. A single mother and her 3 sons were invited by our government to enter the US with refugee visas many years ago. Fast forward, they are now nearing the end of their 10 year green card and have received a notice that they can all apply for their citizenships in a month. They dont have alot of money to hire a lawyer to do the paperwork. Since they are so dear to me I will volunteer to help them with paperwork to apply for their citizenships.  I just need to know of there are any links available here or if you can point me to a thread where I can start following procedures, download applications, etc. They were told they didnt have to pay the fee to apply since they were refugees. Not sure if this is true but want to start gathering data and paperwork (it helps the time pass as I wait for my own NOA2!). THANKS ALL!


 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, SJordanS said:

Hi VJ'rs,

 

The following questions are intended for dear friends of mine and I hope I have this topic categorized correctly. A single mother and her 3 sons were invited by our government to enter the US with refugee visas many years ago. Fast forward, they are now nearing the end of their 10 year green card and have received a notice that they can all apply for their citizenships in a month. They dont have alot of money to hire a lawyer to do the paperwork. Since they are so dear to me I will volunteer to help them with paperwork to apply for their citizenships.  I just need to know of there are any links available here or if you can point me to a thread where I can start following procedures, download applications, etc. They were told they didnt have to pay the fee to apply since they were refugees. Not sure if this is true but want to start gathering data and paperwork (it helps the time pass as I wait for my own NOA2!). THANKS ALL!

https://www.visajourney.com/content/naturalization_guide/

https://www.uscis.gov/n-400

 

See the VJ guide above and read the N-400 instructions from the USCIS site very thoroughly

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36 minutes ago, SJordanS said:

They were told they didnt have to pay the fee to apply since they were refugees.

Their i-485 was free due to being a refugee.  They will have to pay for the N400 unless they qualify for a fee waiver due to proven financial hardship.


Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

 

 

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26-Jul-2016: Married abroad (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sept-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

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28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail 

??-???-2019: TBA...

Mar-30-2020: N-400 early filing window opens! 🇺🇸

 

 

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3 hours ago, SJordanS said:

Hi VJ'rs,

 

The following questions are intended for dear friends of mine and I hope I have this topic categorized correctly. A single mother and her 3 sons were invited by our government to enter the US with refugee visas many years ago. Fast forward, they are now nearing the end of their 10 year green card and have received a notice that they can all apply for their citizenships in a month. They dont have alot of money to hire a lawyer to do the paperwork. Since they are so dear to me I will volunteer to help them with paperwork to apply for their citizenships.  I just need to know of there are any links available here or if you can point me to a thread where I can start following procedures, download applications, etc. They were told they didnt have to pay the fee to apply since they were refugees. Not sure if this is true but want to start gathering data and paperwork (it helps the time pass as I wait for my own NOA2!). THANKS ALL!

There are citizen application workshops/events conducted by non-profits and community orgs.. Find out if you have anything in your local area and take them there!

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Just now, love_my_wife said:

There are citizen application workshops/events conducted by non-profits and community orgs.. Find out if you have anything in your local area and take them there!

I definitely dont have time for that.  Id rather help them with the paperwork from cozy home office. But thank you so much! Very good to know.


 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

Also keep in mind you will have to sign and complete the last two pages of the application as the "Preparer" and/or "Interpreter" since you are doing this for them...don't forget to fill out those pages.

 

Also, how old are the 3 children?  If they are under 18 they will automatically acquire naturalization when the mother takes her oath.

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Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

 

 

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