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About jxn

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  • Member # 189566

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  • Gender
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  • State
    District of Columbia

Immigration Info

  • Immigration Status
    Naturalization (pending)
  • Place benefits filed at
    Lewisville TX Lockbox
  • Local Office
    Washington DC
  • Country
    El Salvador
  • Our Story
    I'm from the northeast U.S., my wife is from El Salvador. She came to the U.S. in 2009, we met and started dating in DC in 2010, got engaged and married in 2013, and filed for and completed AoS in 2014.

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  1. I'm asking this on behalf of my sister-in-law. My wife and I did her marriage-based RoC ourselves so it was very straightforward. In this case, for the I-751 the immigration lawyer is going for a divorce waiver (their marriage was indeed entered into good faith and ended fairly amicably), but also wants to check Part 3, section 1.g., "The termination of my status and removal from the United States would result in an extreme hardship," and submit a State Department country report to back up the claim regarding El Salvador. The country certainly has its problems, but in this case she doesn't fear for her life. We are all trying to understand the lawyer's logic of having her also claiming extreme hardship. If a divorce waiver is granted for marriages entered into in good faith, why even add an additional waiver request? Doesn't it add the possibility that she could be overall denied based on USCIS not agreeing with the extreme hardship waiver request? Thank you!
  2. I was under the impression that new citizens had to go to the Social Security Administration office after becoming a citizen so that their SSA record would correctly reflect their U.S. citizenship status, regardless of if there was a name change or DHS restriction on it. Can anyone clarify what must be done in the case of a permanent resident who updated the Social Security card to remove the work restrictions during the green card, and then naturalizes without a name change?
  3. This can be really dependent on each unique DMV location and worker, regardless of their actual policy. In our case, the timing ended up working out fine (the ten-year green card was approved right before her driver license expired, but I was nervous since they gave her her license for one year from the date of the extension letter, not the green card, essentially creating a two-and-a-half-month difference), but I was able to escalate the issue via the DMV's social media (which then led to email exchanges with the appropriate people). That worked out a lot better, strangely, than asking to speak to a manager at the local DMV branch.
  4. Thanks for all the site work, Captain Ewok! I know you're aware, but I'll describe the issue for those who aren't aware. Previously, if there were unread posts in a thread that the user had not commented in, the title of the thread would be bold and the folder icon would be a light blue color. If there were unread posts in a thread that the user had participated in, the folder icon would be a dark blue color. It was an easy way to distinguish updated threads that you had participated in. With the current update, all threads with new content have the dark blue folder icon, regardless of if the user has written in that thread or not.
  5. I don't recall the specifics but we changed the address after biometrics and before ever being scheduled for an interview, so it was pretty seamless.
  6. Hi there, we ended up getting an interview at the correct location after updating the address. I would suggest calling USCIS and seeking advice from a tier 2 agent. Good luck!
  7. Does anyone know if the online case status includes steps for rescheduling the oath ceremony? Will it not change or will there be stages like "We received your reschedule request," "We de-scheduled your original oath ceremony," and "We've re-scheduled you for a new oath ceremony?" We recently mailed the N-445 to the local field office (strangely, the letter says to "Send it back if you need to reschedule" but doesn't say where to send it, and the from address is the National Benefits Center), so I'm also wondering on the general timeline. Does it take just a week or two for them to remove you from the original oath ceremony, or is there always a risk of them not properly processing it and then thinking you missed it (this forum has quite a few stories about that)?
  8. My spouse received her citizenship oath ceremony notice in the mail today and the the date is in two and a half weeks. Unfortunately the naturalization date doesn't work for us and we'll need to reschedule. I know how important this is but we've had long-standing travel for that date and it's too late and expensive to cancel or reschedule airfare, hotels, approved vacation time from both of our jobs, et cetera. The USCIS notice says to send the form back to reschedule, so I just wanted to check on the proper procedure. Are there any specific boxes on the form to check? I don't think so, so I'm assuming we just have to write a cover letter explaining the need to reschedule. Is there a template or recommended format for that cover letter? Where do we actually send the letter back to? The "from" corner of the envelope is the USCIS National Benefits Center, but the letter itself lists the local U.S. District Court. I don't see the local USCIS Field Office mentioned anywhere. Also, the address of the ceremony location, the local U.S. District Court, says "Guest Limit 2." How strict is this? We'd love to have three guests, so I'm curious how to accommodate that. Is there any way to predict when the oath ceremony will be rescheduled for? Washington, DC has ceremonies on the second Tuesday of every month, but I'm wondering if someone rescheduling gets sent to the end of the scheduling line or somehow gets placed in front of people that are just now being approved in their interviews since they had already been approved earlier. Lastly, should we send the original letter or a photocopy—does it matter? Thanks for your help!
  9. Although the N-400 form and the instructions don't indicate it, on this thread people say that if you are applying under the three-year rule, you only need to list the last three years' worth of trips abroad.
  10. Is there any way to know the jurisdiction of VisaJourney members filing at the Washington, DC / Fairfax, VA field office? Because the oath scheduling happens in Virginia for the Virginia filers and Washington for the District of Columbia filers, it means we are part of the processing times we are gleaming are actually from two separate court districts and not one. I'd be curious to know the status of pending filers who live in DC proper.
  11. The case status (at least the one here, I've never used the one for online applicants), does not include any personal information. It only lists the case number and the status update.
  12. Just want to add I'm still having the issue. Changing to CR-1/IR-1 visa type doesn't bring up a marriage date field for me.
  13. We'll plan on bringing the original documents (bills and whatnot) presented in the N-400 application and all new ones since then. Other than tax transcripts, is there any reason we would need to bring documents from our Adjustment of Status or Removal of Conditions period?
  14. I'm wondering if, in jurisdictions where they don't do same-day oath ceremonies after the N-400 interview, the immigration officer who holds the citizenship interview is also the one who schedules it. I ask because in our field office the naturalization ceremonies are held only once a month and we have some upcoming travels. We would be able at the interview to state "We would not be able to attend a ceremony during months X and Y and would have to reschedule if slated for a ceremony during those months," so I'm wondering if that is something that the interviewer can take into account (or pass on to whomever would end up doing the scheduling). Ideally we'd write a letter with the travel dates and hand it over at the N-400 interview. This seems much easier than not mentioning it and potentially being scheduled for a time when we're out of the country, but I was just wondering how it works behind the scenes.
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