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  1. I believe I understand correctly that a Lawful Permanent Resident who has been living in the US for more than five years and is eligible to receive SNAP (food stamps) benefits can now receive those benefits without the worry of having receipt of food stamps be an impediment to the approval of their application for Naturalization. Also, this individual also has a ten year old daughter who entered the US on a visa last month. I am the financial sponsor with an Affidavit of Support for both of them. My question is: "If the mother begins receiving Food Stamps for herself and her daughter am I, as the financial sponsor who signed the Affidavit of Support for both of them, potentially liable to have to repay the government for those food stamp benefits? Not sure it is relevant in which state the mother will be receiving food stamps; the mother and daughter are currently living in CA but are likely to move to Oregon. Thanks in advance for assistance on this topic.
  2. I agree with several others that it is good that you feel free to openly ask the questions you are asking on this board. A couple of things that I would add; the amount needed to earn per quarter in 2021 is $1,470 or $5,880 per year. If you have not done so already, I strongly suggest you talk with her about a pre-nup. I assume you want to have a prenup so I suggest you talk with her about that ASAP. If she expresses doubt about a prenup then, IMO, that would definitely be a red flag. Since financial factors are important, I suggest you also ask her if she intends to and wants to work. What type of work is she suited for? How is her English? Do you live in a rural community where jobs for an immigrant who does not speak good English might be difficult to get? Do you want her work? Both your conversation about the prenup and about her wanting and ability to work will be useful in knowing more about what to expect and for you to continue to make your decision about the relationship. At the same time, she can also be making a decision about you. Not to be cynical about all of this nor to make stereotypical judgements; however if you met her through some type of match company that focuses on US men meeting Ukrainian women it may very well be that she has been corresponding with other American men. If so, she would not be the first to have some level of relationship with more than one American man. Now I will be a bit cynical and say this: If she speaks fairly good English and has a track record of working in Ukraine and has job skills to be able to fairly easily find work in the US AND if you have a good tight prenup then your financial risks are really fairly minimal in my opinion. Worst case scenario - you get married but after a few years one or both of you want a divorce; if you have a well done prenup the expenses to you are not all that great in the divorce; if she has been working in a stable job she has been building up those SS quarters and if she has a decent job she is not eligible for most "public charge" federal benefits (such as food stamps, Section 8 housing assistance, etc.) anyway so your financial sponsorship is not an issue. I hope my input is helpful in makin your decision. Having said all that, I wish you the best.
  3. Well, I did not receive any answers to this question. So, in the interest of information, I will share the information I received today from Nicaragua.
  4. I am the sponsor of an application for a child in Nicaragua of a lawful permanent resident. The application was submitted just after the June, 2020 order by President Trump blocking the issuance of visas for children in this category. The mother and I are hopeful that the embassy in Managua will begin the processing of those visa applications. Does anyone know the situation at the Managua embassy related to this? Thanks in advance
  5. I have a question about how to fix an error on an online n-400 application. I am the preparer and assisted the applicant with the application and we submitted it online just 5 days ago. In reviewing the application I noticed that I inadvertently recommended the applicant check the wrong box on Part 13 page 16 (Applicant's Statement, Certification and Signature). The box she checked was 1. A. "Applicants statement regarding the interpreter" I can read and understand English..... That was a mistake on my part as she did not use an interpreter. The second mistake on the same page was below on 2. "Applicant's Statement Regarding the Preparer" which I did not catch and she did not check "At my request, the preparer named in Part 15., (space for name of preparer). However, I did correctly complete Part 15 naming myself as the preparer with full contact information. I think the only mistakes made on the application were on this one page 16. However, now I find also myself asking if I did correctly assist the applicant on Part 13, page 17 (Applicant's Signature) by typing in the applicant's name on the form (as opposed to an actual hand written signature). As I recall I followed the instructions on that. So, my question is how to go about making the correction on Part 13, page 16? Can I send a message to USCIS via the online submission login requesting assistance with that? Also, did I correctly understand that the online application signature section on page 17 is electronic and a printed signature acceptable? I may be worrying about things that are not critical however I want to avoid any mistakes and make any corrections as early as possible. Thanks for any assistance anyone can provide on this,
  6. Yes, this is what we should, and will do. We also received essentially the same advice locally. This will delay the submission of the application however absolutely best to do everything right. Thanks for the quick review and advice.
  7. Working on the N-400 for my wife. Over the years she has done a combination of work, some that she received W-2's, paid income tax, etc. and some in what I think of as the "Informal Economy" - such as cleaning houses and offices, work in which she did not receive W2's nor pay any taxes on. She has no documentation for this informal work. In some cases this work was sporadic and in other cases that was really the only work she did for a few months at a time. Over the years covered for the required reporting I estimate it is probably about 50% "formal work with W2's" and 50% informal. My question is how to report this in Part 8 on the n-400 form, such as "Self Employment" or not to even report it at all? Obviously I know how to report the work for which she received W2's.C I appreciate any advice on this.
  8. Thanks for this response. Sorry for the errors on my reply. I am not a professional on this; you are correct, of course, on all of this. Later this year the petitioner will have been living in the US for five years and is aware that they may begin the process for naturalization. Right now the individual does not seem all that confident of being able to pass the test on questions or the conversational English requirement (if I have those listed correctly). I am encouraging the petitioner to get serious in studying the questions and answers as well as improving their conversational English (and I have provided the bilingual study materials for this individual). Again, thanks to each of you who have replied - all of your responses are helpful and I will pass the substance of them to the petitioner! Stay safe, healthy and strong everyone!
  9. Thanks for the response. I was attempting to keep the question short and so I did not provide all the information, sorry about that The petitioner entered the US in 2015 as the spouse of a US citizen and subsequently the petitioner was divorced from the US citizen in 2017. So during that initial two year period and a subsequent 14 month extension the petitioner had two year temporary green card. In late 2018 the petitioner received permanent legal residency (green card) status. In any event, my question seems to be answered that the beneficiary is not eligible for entry into the US during the current time period through Dec. 31, 2020 (and this suspension may be extended). So, now I have a corollary question. Can the review process of the AOS forms, an interview, medical exam, etc. take place during this "suspension" time period so that, potentially, the visa could be approved post 12/31/20 assuming the suspension was lifted?
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