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It is finally time for me to apply for naturalization! I'm excited but a little nervous about the process. I was trying to fill out the online application, but I have several questions. I searched different sources and the forums here too, but couldn't find satisfying answers so far. I appreciate any insight or advice on any of these questions!

 

  • I live in a city where filing local tax return are only required if taxes are not withheld as a part of the paycheck. As a result of this, I am unsure about how to answer this question: "Have you EVER not filed a federal, state, or local tax return since you became a lawful permanent resident?" I feel like since it is not required, I could answer this as No, or I could answer as Yes and explain that my city doesn't require tax return filing. Does anyone have any experience with this?
  • I have 2 traffic tickets - one speeding ticket, which was removed from my record, and one blocked license plate ($50) (I had my bike on the bike rack over the trunk, and the officer ticketed me because it was blocking the license plate :rolleyes:) . Should I answer yes to this? "Have you EVER been arrested, cited, or detained by any law enforcement officer?" I read conflicting comments online, just curious what you guys think. 

 

The following questions are more related to the online application:

  • What do I need to add as additional documentation? I cannot find too much information online about this. My tax return forms, W-2s, latest paychecks, birth certificate, passport pages etc?  I am single/never married, and non-military, 
  • With the online application, how does the fee submission work?
  • I assume I don't have to submit passport photos?  

 

Thank you in advance!! I will keep looking online for some answers, but if you had a similar experience, I would love to hear it. :) 

 

 


Adjustment of Status through Diversity Visa Lottery (Fiscal Year 2014, Europe)

Filed I-485/I-765/I-131: 04-08-2014

Receipt Date: 04-13-2014

Biometrics NOA Date: 04-16-2014

Biometrics Appt (I-485, I-765): 05-14-2014

Interview NOA: 05-19-2014

Interview: 06-11-2014

I-485 Approved: 06-11-2014

Welcome Letter Received in the mail: 06-16-2014

GC shipped (got USPS tracking number): 06-17-2014

Received GC: 06-18-2014 :dance:

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10 minutes ago, zbd142 said:

I have 2 traffic tickets - one speeding ticket, which was removed from my record, and one blocked license plate ($50) (I had my bike on the bike rack over the trunk, and the officer ticketed me because it was blocking the license plate :rolleyes:) . Should I answer yes to this? "Have you EVER been arrested, cited, or detained by any law enforcement officer?" I read conflicting comments online, just curious what you guys think. 

You would answer YES.  The tickets were citations.  You have to disclose them, you just don't have to provide documentation on them with your application unless the fines exceeded $500.

 

10 minutes ago, zbd142 said:

What do I need to add as additional documentation? I cannot find too much information online about this. My tax return forms, W-2s, latest paychecks, birth certificate, passport pages etc?  I am single/never married, and non-military, 

The online system will prompt you as to what further required documents are to be uploaded based on how you answer the questions.  For 5 year residency filers, basic required documentation is a copy of the front & back of your green card.  

 

Under the "additional" tab, you can upload whatever you wish USCIS to consider along with your application---they are not under any obligation to use those additional documents as determining factors towards an approval, however.  I uploaded my passport bio page and State ID as further identification/further proof of residency in the jurisdiction I was applying in, respectively.

 

10 minutes ago, zbd142 said:

With the online application, how does the fee submission work?

You will be taken to a separate page to submit payment via credit card.  Until payment is submitted, your application is not complete/received by USCIS.

 

10 minutes ago, zbd142 said:

I assume I don't have to submit passport photos?

Only if you are applying for the N400 from outside the US.

Your photo (which will be used on your naturalization certificate) will be taken at your biometrics appointment.

Edited by Going through

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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Thank you @Going through! That was very helpful!


Adjustment of Status through Diversity Visa Lottery (Fiscal Year 2014, Europe)

Filed I-485/I-765/I-131: 04-08-2014

Receipt Date: 04-13-2014

Biometrics NOA Date: 04-16-2014

Biometrics Appt (I-485, I-765): 05-14-2014

Interview NOA: 05-19-2014

Interview: 06-11-2014

I-485 Approved: 06-11-2014

Welcome Letter Received in the mail: 06-16-2014

GC shipped (got USPS tracking number): 06-17-2014

Received GC: 06-18-2014 :dance:

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Hopefully someone can come along and respond to your tax question.


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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For tax question- answer is no.  You filed federal and state taxes and local tax filing is required, so you met all the tax filing obligations in my view.  Also, based on five year filing, tax documents are not required to submit.  However during interview, you can take IRS tax transcripts ( Federal), if they would like to see. 

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@dilip Thank you! That is what I thought too but wanted get another opinion. I'll make sure to request the certified documents from IRS for the interview for federal tax return.


Adjustment of Status through Diversity Visa Lottery (Fiscal Year 2014, Europe)

Filed I-485/I-765/I-131: 04-08-2014

Receipt Date: 04-13-2014

Biometrics NOA Date: 04-16-2014

Biometrics Appt (I-485, I-765): 05-14-2014

Interview NOA: 05-19-2014

Interview: 06-11-2014

I-485 Approved: 06-11-2014

Welcome Letter Received in the mail: 06-16-2014

GC shipped (got USPS tracking number): 06-17-2014

Received GC: 06-18-2014 :dance:

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