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  1. The Department of State website does not require sole custody but "physical and legal custody". For people with court documents stating they have sole custody it makes it an automatic proof of both legal+physical custody.
  2. Thanks for the response. Interesting, in my case they specifically asked for tax records, medical and school records. I have those but only copies which I guess I could get notarized. The only other document I have is his birth certificate declaring me, and me alone, as parent. I'm desperate for ideas, as I cannot afford a lawyer or a USCIS N600 certificate of citizenship (it is currently around $1200 now!)
  3. Hi OP, I see that this is an old thread so this is a long shot but.... What evidence did you provide to meet the "physical custody" part of the requirement? I believe they honored your son's birth certificate as evidence of "legal/sole custody". For me they are wanting more proofs such as tax records, medical, school, etc. Did you have to send in those or did your explanation for the birth certificate made it suffice to meet the whole "physical and legal custody" criteria?
  4. Hi VisaJourney experts. I have some questions regarding my minor son's passport application. Some background: I submitted my and my son's passport applications together on Aug 23rd, 2019. Both applications would need my original naturalization certificate so the intake office clipped the 2 folders together with a coverletter. Yesterday I got a notification that MY application was approved. A couple hours later another notification that it was shipped. Today I got this email saying MY SON's application needs more documents. A couple of hours later I got a new notification that MY application is approved. I called the hotline (National Passport Information Service) but they said the "processing office" in San Diego will have to call me back for the clarifications I am needing. I waited all day and have not heard back. They basically have a bullet list of 3 things (attached and marked for emphasis). Req#1 (greencard) -- not a problem. Req#2 (evidence of legal separation of "PARENTS" and custody decree) -- I am not sure if I can claim this as "NOT APPLICABLE". My son's birth certificate bears only my name and father is indicated explicitly as "Unknown". I was married when my son was 9 yrs old, but we didn't adopt him. My status now is divorced, but the divorce decree with my ex does not have any custody clause as he was neither my son's biological nor adoptive father. My son is only mine since birth. Req#3 (evidence of legal and physical custody after entry to the US as permanent resident and before he is 18yo) So here are my questions: 1) Would Req#2 be N/A ? 2) Would Req#3 also have to be originals or would notarized copies suffice? 3) Will I need documents to cover ALL our years as permanent resident until my recent naturalization? That's a lot of documents. Can I just send the latest? 4) TBH I'm not even sure what constitutes an "original tax record", "original school record", or "original medical record". Ugh I hope someone here can help. Any help at all is appreciated.
  5. Hi TopGear77, how did your passport application go? I just submitted mine last Friday along with my child's. They reluctantly accepted it (as they're just an intake office for DOS). I am anxious if it would be accepted and processed and delivered (along with my originals) correctly and in a timely manner.
  6. There was no passport desk at our naturalization ceremony last Friday, Aug 23rd, we had to go to one of their locations to apply in person for myself and my child. They took my original certificate and clipped both applications' folders together and attached a note. The lady admitted she was unfamiliar of the process where multiple applications share a supporting document, so she was unsure if this will be accepted. She got up a few times to consult her manager, who also seemed to be making decisions on the fly. Fingers crossed the DOS will accept and process them both correctly, and that I get our passports in a timely manner as well as all my original documents back.
  7. Some of the info I read here in VisaJourney indicate that on the same day and venue of my naturalization ceremony, I can register to vote and apply for a passport. But in the DOS website, it indicates I have to apply in person. Seems like there's an inconsistency in this information or am I missing something ?
  8. Since they both require the original naturalization certificate of the parent, is there a way to submit the two applications together / at the same time? Or is applying sequentially the only way? Thanks in advance.
  9. Had my interview yesterday, Aug 12th in Tucson, AZ. I was among the 'lucky' ones whose case got transferred from the Phoenix office. Tip: they said they didn't just randomly pick up a batch of PHX applications to transfer to Tucson, it was all the southern areas (Not sure what that meant, but my friend who filed her application around the same time I did, had her interview and oath taking in PHX. She lives in northeast Mesa and I am from Chandler. Basically I am south of the US-60 and she is north. Go figure.) My appointment was at 8am. Came in with my son but he remained in the wait area-- in case anyone was wondering if they can bring a companion. Got called by the officer into the interview room. He asked the expected questions and some smalltalk. He obviously reviewed some of my application snapshots PLUS previous files. He asked 6 questions for the civics quiz. English speaking/writing test also from the civics review material. He congratulated me and asked me to wait for the oath taking notice. Within 10 minutes I was called again along with 2 others and were given the oath taking information that will take place in Casa Grande, Aug 23rd.
  10. Had my interview yesterday, Aug 12th in Tucson, AZ. I was among the 'lucky' ones whose case got transferred from the Phoenix office. Tip: they said they didn't just randomly pick up a batch of PHX applications to transfer to Tucson, it was all the southern areas (Not sure what that meant, but my friend who filed her application around the same time I did, had her interview and oath taking in PHX. She lives in northeast Mesa and I am from Chandler. Basically I am south of the US-60 and she is north. Go figure.) My appointment was at 8am. Came in with my son but he remained in the wait area-- in case anyone was wondering if they can bring a companion. Got called by the officer into the interview room. He asked the expected questions and some smalltalk. He obviously reviewed some of my application snapshots PLUS previous files. He asked 6 questions for the civics quiz. English speaking/writing test also from the civics review material. He congratulated me and asked me to wait for the oath taking notice. Within 10 minutes I was called again along with 2 others and were given the oath taking information that will take place in Casa Grande, Aug 23rd.
  11. Had my interview yesterday, Aug 12th in Tucson, AZ. I was among the 'lucky' ones whose case got transferred from the Phoenix office. Tip: they said they didn't just randomly pick up a batch of PHX applications to transfer to Tucson, it was all the southern areas (Not sure what that meant, but my friend who filed her application around the same time I did, had her interview and oath taking in PHX. She lives in northeast Mesa and I am from Chandler. Basically I am south of the US-60 and she is north. Go figure.) My appointment was at 8am. Came in with my son but he remained in the wait area-- in case anyone was wondering if they can bring a companion. Got called by the officer into the interview room. He asked the expected questions and some smalltalk. He obviously reviewed some of my application snapshots PLUS previous files. He asked 6 questions for the civics quiz. English speaking/writing test also from the civics review material. He congratulated me and asked me to wait for the oath taking notice. Within 10 minutes I was called again along with 2 others and were given the oath taking information that will take place in Casa Grande, Aug 23rd.
  12. Had my interview yesterday, Aug 12th in Tucson, AZ. I was among the 'lucky' ones whose case got transferred from the Phoenix office. Tip: they said they didn't just randomly pick up a batch of PHX applications to transfer to Tucson, it was all the southern areas (Not sure what that meant, but my friend who filed her application around the same time I did, had her interview and oath taking in PHX. She lives in northeast Mesa and I am from Chandler. Basically I am south of the US-60 and she is north. Go figure.) My appointment was at 8am. Came in with my son but he remained in the wait area-- in case anyone was wondering if they can bring a companion. Got called by the officer into the interview room. He asked the expected questions, gave the expected instructions, made some smalltalk. He obviously reviewed some of my application snapshots PLUS previous files. He asked 6 questions for the civics quiz. English speaking/writing test also from the civics review material. He congratulated me and asked me to wait for the oath taking notice. Within 10 minutes I was called again along with 2 others and were given the oath taking information that will take place in Casa Grande, Aug 23rd.
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