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About Starkilla09

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  1. The main advantages are the right to vote, have extended stay out of U.S. as long as you wish, serve in a jury, run for public office, work for the federal government, protection from deportation, ability to petition for your parents, siblings and married adult children, carry U.S. passport and enjoy visa free travel to 184 countries. The main disadvantage is reporting requirement on your worldwide income even outside the U.S. (same reporting requirement also applies to lawful permanent residents though) and the second is loss of former citizenship if your country doesn’t recognize dual citizenship like Japan and India. I lost my Cameroonian citizenship once I got naturalized as a U.S. citizen because my country doesn’t support dual nationality. I made the choice though for all the aforementioned reasons especially the visa free convenience. I do a lot of vacation abroad and was sick of spending money on visa application fees with my former weak passport. I now apply for visas to visit home and can only stay temporarily but well I can live with that anyway. Besides I no longer feel left out from my American spouse and kid. Now as for your eligibility you can apply as early as 90 days prior to your 3rd anniversary of being a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Your best option in this case will be to apply for a K-1 fiancé/fiancée visa. A K-1 visa requires both parties to have met at-least once in person within the last 2 years prior to applying, be legally free to marry and also be unmarried as well. If you guys marry you will not be eligible for a K-1 visa anymore and will have to do a spousal visa instead which will take roughly 12 to 14 months to complete. You’ll need to wait overseas until you get your K-1 visa before moving to the U.S. Just so you also know USCIS is dangerously backlogged now nationwide with all immigration petitions experiencing delays, so you’ll also need a big dose of patience. Immigrating to the U.S. has never been a quick process so you’ll need to bear that in mind. Again you can’t use a visit visa to come get married in the U.S. that’s why there’s a K-1 visa which will allow you to come get married and adjust your status here to lawful permanent residency. No consular officer will issue you a visa for that reason. You can also immigrate with your daughter as a K-2 dependent.
  3. It looks like a glitch but if I were you I’ll schedule an infopass as soon as possible to go there in person and clear this up just to make sure there’s no misunderstanding. USCIS has been notorious for screwing people like this so don’t take any chances. Alternatively you can still schedule while waiting for your oath ceremony letter, and once you get it then you’re certified that this was all a fluke but still call to make sure by then.
  4. You can apply for an expedited passport that you can get within 24hrs to 7 days depending on when you plan to travel internationally by paying a $60 expedite fee. You must have some proof of travel out of the country within 2 weeks to use this expedite service at a passport agency. A flight or hotel reservation will work just fine in this case. I used the Seattle passport agency for mine since I had to travel to Canada 9 days after oath ceremony. My passport was ready to be picked up in 4 days after application. If you have no travel plans and proof of such travel, you can't use a passport agency though you can still pay your $60 expedite fee and you'll get your passport in about a week to 2 weeks.
  5. Don’t lose sweat about it they don’t always go hand in hand. I also had some irregularities in status changes on both egov and my USCIS online account. Keep an eye when the notice reflects in your online account one of these days. A hard copy will also be mailed to you as well within the next few days.
  6. Yay Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Your oath ceremony notice will reflect within 24 to 48hrs. Mine took roughly 2 to 3 days to finally appear at my USCIS.gov account online. I’m glad you’re out of this nightmare finally.
  7. No, you need to use either a U.S. passport, passport card, enhanced driver license or trusted travelled document such as nexus card.
  8. Unfortunately Seattle is very backlogged with one of the worse processing times in the nation. N-400 applications currently take 13 to 14 months on average to be scheduled for an interview. The good news is it does 2 same day oaths, joint I-751/N400 interviews and also schedules oath ceremonies fast within 2 weeks. I’m a joint I-751/N-400 Seattle combo who just recently got scheduled for oath ceremony in 2 weeks and it took forever to get scheduled. I applied for my I-751 in December 19th 2016 and N-400 December 7th 2017 while I-751 was still pending. I-751 got transferred from CSC on May 3rd 2018 to be adjudicated with together N-400. It stayed pending until I had a joint I-751/N-400 Interview in Seattle on February 27th 2019 after more than 3 years! The wait didn’t end as bad luck will follow suit. Officer had to go through recertification process as system kept preventing him from approving my stuff the same day. That too added extra months and both petitions just got approved last week May 15th finally ending the wait. You’re going to be in for an eternal wait and will have no choice but use I-551 stamps until your interview several months down the road. I’m currently on my 4th and final stamp as we speak! Below is an active thread for N-400 Seattle filers that’s been going on since. I suggest you and @JFH should join our exiting thread here.
  9. There's no ETA anymore it disappeared once N-400 went to post decision activity for quality review to be approved. Current status just says we scheduled you naturalization ceremony on my USCIS acocount.
  10. Yes, mine also showed that status the very next day after my I-751 was finally approved on May 15th even though I attended the I-751/N-400 interview since February 27th. The next day it the changed 3 times within very short intervals to "case submitted for quality review", "we approved your N-400", "we placed you in line for oath." The final update was the very next day saying oath ceremony notice has been mailed. Seattle office is pretty good at scheduling oaths so once they touch your N-400 everything will flow in place. Your N-400 will stay at "we scheduled your interview" until it is touched and adjudicated. That's how mine was since I last had my interview as well.
  11. No, it hasn't regressed in any manner favorably. Matter of fact the backlog has been steady for the most part for many months now. Seattle office currently has 20,748 pending N-400 applications as of the most recent quarter of April 2019. This is roughly the same number they had around August 2018, so it makes sense as to why they have been steadily scheduling interviews after 13 to 14 months now since then. Other offices like Houston and Dallas have more than 40,000 pending, however; the difference is they're attacking it rigorously faster compared to Seattle field office taking 11-12 months on average. Based on your priority date of October 2018 chances are you'll be scheduled sometime in November this year or December unless things change vigorously which is very unlikely to happen.
  12. Once your 18th month extension letter is about to expire (preferably 30 days prior to) schedule an info pass appointment with USCIS at the local field office in Seattle to have your passport stamped with a temporary I-551 stamp which will now serve as evidence of your lawful permanent residency status for both employment and travel. You'll get stamped in about 6 months intervals until you have your I-751/N-400 combo interview together. I'm currently on my 3rd and final stamp before I swear in on June 12th. During your first info pass appointment chances are they'll confiscate the expired 2 year conditional green card by then prior to issuing you the stamp on your passport.
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