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  1. Thanks all for the feedback, folks ! I'll hence tell my parents to go ahead and apply. They're old, and they get easily flustered and confused, specially when under the examination of a consular officer. Good to know they won't be under a lot of pressure or being asked 200,00 questions . . . I don't want for either one to get their stress level up because of this.
  2. Folks: Came to the US long time ago on a work visa, became a lawful permanent resident, recently became a citizen. While under a work visa, my parents applied and got a B1/B2 visa, and came to visit multiple times, including after I became a resident. Alas, their B1/B2 visa expired a couple years ago, and they didn't apply for a new one at that time. So now I am a citizen, and yes, I am absolutely aware my parents could immediately apply for an immigrant visa under IR5 category. Neither one of my parents has any interest at all to immigrate to the US - they're retired, love their house, their neighborhood, they have their own friends and activities in the old country, etc. So applying for an immigrant visa would be absolutely pointless (and costly) - they just want to visit for at most a month, and then back home to keep enjoying retirement. So that said - I've done my Googling and found divergent opinions on the subject - "It is almost impossible to get a non-immigrant visa for a USC parent, because immigrant intent is assumed and hence immediately DENIED", or "There's no issue at all - matter of fact, it gets immediately approved with zero fuss". Sooo - has anyone gone through this exact same scenario recently ? How likely or unlikely is for my parents to apply and get approved for a B1/B2 visa, as it successfully happened when I wasn't yet a citizen ? Thanks !
  3. I actually disclosed my Costco and AAA membership, and I did it on purpose - not because I think they give a fig, but because "You asked? Well, you'll get". The USCIS employee interviewing me actually laughed @ my Costco membership inclusion, and asked me "Did you make up the text you put under <Purpose of this Group> or copied it verbatim from Costco's site?" So yeah, nobody cares - but hey, they ask - they get
  4. Thanks for the follow-up. Yeah, I knew that "they're not issuing 52-page books anymore" was BS . . . good to have confirmation
  5. Hm. Hm. I just went through the wizard for DS-11, and I did get to choose between "standard" and "52-page". However, I did NOT get asked when using the DS-82 wizard. I would think if the 52-pages wasn't an option anymore, they would (a) remove it from the wizard, and (b) perform some kind of announcement - but I don't see any announcement anywhere about the 52-page becoming unavailable. I am really interested to see what you get - please let us know !
  6. People have left the company that sponsored them for a work-based GC within weeks of getting their GC. The general consensus is that a year is a reasonable period of time - though of course leaving before that would also be OK if the circumstances warrant you leaving (salary cuts, significant change in your role and responsibilities, etc etc etc) Short version: you're fine.
  7. Expedited at Agency is when you go to one of the Passport Agencies - which you won't do. And yes, it doesn't matter, as long as you submit the right fee with your application. Which yes, for an ADULT, FIRST TIME passport book + passport card + expedited processing + 1-2 days delivery would be $ 217.13 as of Feb 16th, 2020. This, for the Dept of State. And yes, another $35 for the Acceptance Facility - in your case, the USPS office which you'll go to. About how many pages - my old passport had 32 pages, and after traveling frequently with it for 10 years, with multiple visas (about 10, each one using a full page), I still had pages free on it. But hey, if you want to play it safe, why not. About "Is it better to wait for the us passport and naturalization certificate in hand and then go to Social security to update or i can go to SS office when i receive my Naturalization cert?". You will get your Naturalization Certificate the same day of the oath, but USCIS suggests to wait at least 10 days before going to the SSA to update your record. And if you apply for an expedited passport, 10 days is about what it'll take to get it. So - apply for the passport, and 10/12 days later, when you get it in the mail, go to the SSA to update your record.
  8. I forgo to say - when I went to the DMV for my Real ID application, they also asked me if I wanted to register to vote, and I said yes - so, double whammy. And about a week later I got my Real ID, and about 10 days later my voter registration card in the mail.
  9. 1) Did you all apply through USPS? YES I used the passport form filler tool at https://pptform.state.gov/ to complete my form couple of days before my oath (DO NOT SIGN IT !!!). I also got my passport picture (Walgreens), went to a post office for two money orders (one for 216.48 for the Dept. of State, one for 35 for the USPS office, aka "acceptance facility"), made a copy of front and back of my driver license. Made an appointment online for an USPS office close to my home, same day as oath, about six hours after oath time (I think I got a 02:00 PM appt.) Then after the oath I went back home, used my multifunction printer to make a couple copies of my naturalization certificate, put it all together. Went to appt. Couple in front of me were filling the DS-11 in front of me (took them forever, and kept asking questions), they didn't know you can't pay with a credit card, total poopshow. In my case, I gave the guy my DS-11, the naturalization certificate, the copy, my driver license, DL copy, passport picture, and the two money orders. Guy checked DS-11 to make sure it was all OK (it was), asked me to sign it, asked me if I had made another copy of the certificate "just in case", told me to endorse the two MOs (one to "Department of State", the other to "USPS" or something like that), stapled it all together, gave me a receipt (on which he even wrote down the number I had to call if I haven't heard from the DoS in three weeks), bid me farewell. Time it took for the process (not including wait for the couple to be done) - about three minutes, if that. 2) Also can we do expedite at USPS even though i don't have travel plan right away? YES Just either buy then and there a MO for the total amount (for PP + PP card + expedite + 1/2 days return == 217.13 as of 02/15/2020) and another one for $35 for the execution fee, or take your checkbook with you and write two checks. If you go down the MO path: you can't pay for a MO using a credit card, it has to either be cash or a debit card. I did the expedite because between the $725 app + bio fee, pictures, etc - paying less than $ 80 was absolutely worth it in my opinion. As usual, YMMV. 3) Is it worth paying the extra $60 or should i just do the regular one and wait. I talked about it on #2 before. It's up to you. Applying for expedite also means you'll certificate will be back in your possession with a couple of weeks - and remember, you surrender you green card at the oath, so if you send your naturalization certificate for the passport, you're left with nothing actually proving your status. Yes, they can check - still. Also, you don't have any document to, as an example, change your SS record - again, you'll have to wait longer to do that too.
  10. Yes. If you already have a card without the legend "VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION" - they will NOT issue a new one. But you need to update your record to reflect the fact you're now a citizen. It is even listed @ USCIS as one of the things to do after naturalization - here. Scroll all the way down. Also - not such a big deal. I guess it depends on each office, but in my case, I was in and out in about 35 minutes. Out of which I spent 33 sitting down reading a book while waiting for my number to be called, and two minutes actually talking to a SS employee. I just gave him my completed SS-5 form (completed it at home before even going to the SS office), my passport - guy typed on his computer for maybe 10 seconds, we were done. He even congratulated me on becoming a citizen ! And the same day I also went to the DMV to get my Real ID - I regularly travel for work, and prefer to use my driver license instead of carrying my passport each time I travel domestically.
  11. I do not have experience applying for naturalization with a DUI - but I applied with a traffic ticket (paid a fine, less than $500). Note that M-476 says the following : Q 7. If I have been convicted of a crime but my record has been expunged, do I need to write that on my application or tell a USCIS officer? A Yes. You should always be honest with USCIS about all: Arrests (even if you were not charged or convicted); Convictions (even if your record was cleared or expunged); Crimes you have committed for which you were not arrested or convicted; and Any countervailing evidence, or evidence in your favor concerning the circumstances of your arrests, and/or convictions or offenses that you would like USCIS to consider. Even if you have committed a minor crime, USCIS may deny your application if you do not tell the USCIS officer about the incident. Note that unless a traffic incident was alcohol or drug related, you do not need to submit documentation for traffic fines and incidents that did not involve an actual arrest if the only penalty was a fine less than $500 and/or points on your driver’s license. I did disclose the ticket (better safe than sorry), and even if it says "you do NOT need to submit documentation", I did submit such documentation (certified driving record, copy of receipt for my payment of the fine, etc.). And it did came up, and I had marked #4 as NO ("I didn't commit any crime, I paid a fine", I thought). I was told "well, you paid a fine, hence you were found guilty, hence you were convicted of an offense". I didn't feel like arguing. I did go back and check the USCIS Policy Manual for Naturalization, and yeah - according to the USCIS Policy Manual, I was "convicted". See https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-12-part-f-chapter-2 <quote> 1. Statutory Definition of Conviction for Immigration Purposes Most of the criminal offenses that preclude a finding of GMC require a conviction for the disqualifying offense or arrest. A “conviction” for immigration purposes means a formal judgment of guilt entered by the court. A conviction for immigration purposes also exists in cases where the adjudication of guilt is withheld if the following conditions are met: A judge or jury has found the alien guilty or the alien entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere[8] or has admitted sufficient facts to warrant a finding of guilt; and The judge has ordered some form of punishment, penalty, or imposed a restraint on the alien’s liberty.[9] </quote> Very flexible. In your case, there's no doubt you WERE convicted of a crime or offense - so . . . 1) Have you EVER committed, assisted in committing, or attempted to commit, a crime or offense for which you were NOT arrested? NO - you WERE arrested 2) Have you EVER been arrested, cited, or detained by any law enforcement officer (including any immigration official or any official of the U.S. armed forces) for any reason? YES 3) Have you EVER been charged with committing, attempting to commit, or assisting in committing a crime or offense? YES 4) Have you EVER been convicted of a crime or offense? YES 5) Have you EVER been placed in an alternative sentencing or a rehabilitative program (for example, diversion, deferred prosecution, withheld adjudication, deferred adjudication)? You answer this as appropriate to your particular case 6) Have you EVER received a suspended sentence, been placed on probation, or been paroled? You answer this as appropriate to your particular case 7) Have you EVER been in jail or prison? You answer this as appropriate to your particular case Based on my personal experience, you should be 110% thrutful here - remember that if you lie, or hide facts, you are under oath - and even if you ARE approved, and go through the oath of allegiance, and become naturalized - there's always a chance your naturalization can be revoked, because you lied under oath to obtain a benefit. Also remember that when it comes to DUI, two strikes and you're out - see https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-12-part-f-chapter-5 - and even when it is rebuttable, good luck with that. Unrequested advice: for the remainder of the process, and until naturalized (and also after it) - if you drink, take an Uber, or stick to club soda.
  12. 1. All applicants (including minors) have to apply in person. 2. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/need-passport/under-16.html - you need to prove citizenship, parents relationship to minor, and both parents ID. So - naturalization certificate (and copy), birth certificate (which should have both parents' names as they are on the parent IDs you'll also need to present), parents IDs (driver license, passport, etc.), of which you'll need to also provide copies. Read the link.
  13. You are correct. That being said - I feel reasonably confident if this ended in front of a jury, and OP's lawyer was to explain the facts of the case ("needed to attend USCIS interview, offered to take PTO, offered to take unpaid day off, was denied and fired"), things would not go the employer's way . . . The jury is, after all, made from twelve of your peers - pretty sure they wouldn't side with the employer. And was the OP's spouse to be fired, I have seen in many cases companies come up with a severance package which will only be paid *if you agree to sign an agreement on which you agree not to sue*. Most people do sign, because (a) they know they wouldn't win a trial, and (b) need the money. In any case - I would be really, really surprised if the employer didn't let this person's spouse take a paid or unpaid day. If that is the case, then that manager, that job and that company all suck big time. Sue.
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