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  1. I am starting a simple timeline thread for N-400 filers whose field office is Los Angeles, Santa Ana or San Diego. I complied three timelines from May 2016 - March 2017 VJ filers. I would appreciate if you can add or update your case status so that everyone can get an idea about field office progress in southern California. These timelines may be not reflect the current status because some of VJers may have given up, was denied or didn't update their status. Los Angels Field Office UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints|In Line.|Int ltr..|Intrview|Oath....|Field Office Charlesrs........|04/17/13|04/26|05/03|05/02|05/23/16|09/23/16|10/03/16|10/31/16|12/13/16|Los Angeles, CA S & H ...........|07/24/13|05/02|05/06|05/13|06/08/16|05/27/16|--/--/--|06/08/16|06/18/16|Los Angeles, CA soheil...........|08/03/13|05/06|05/11|05/10|06/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CAVngbusa..........|08/21/13|05/23|05/26|05/26|06/14/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Em01.............|06/29/09|06/10|06/17|06/16|07/22/16|--/--/--|12/20/16|01/23/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA furious.lion.....|09/02/11|06/12|06/15|06/17|07/05/16|11/30/16|12/01/16|01/06/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA DandK............|09/18/13|06/20|06/27|06/24|07/11/16|--/--/--|01/12/17|02/17/17|03/15/17|Los Angeles, CA Melusine.........|04/01/09|06/20|06/27|06/29|07/22/16|02/02/17|02/09/17|03/09/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA qbertz7..........|03/07/08|06/24|06/30|06/29|07/21/16|--/--/--|01/26/17|03/06/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Vancouver12......|09/11/13|06/27|07/06|07/01|07/19/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CAjordan85.........|10/15/13|07/15|07/21|07/21|08/10/16|--/--/--|02/27/17|03/31/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA haron1930........|--/--/--|08/18|08/23|08/27|09/13/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA HeatGun..........|11/19/13|08/24|09/08|09/07|09/26/16|10/19/16|11/15/16|12/16/16|01/18/17|Los Angeles, CA apple21..........|12/26/11|10/01|10/06|10/07|10/31/16|02/13/17|02/17/17|03/20/17|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Coffeetealatte...|--/--/--|11/30|--/--|12/04|02/23/17|02/24/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Klsoul...........|06/26/02|12/14|01/05|01/05|01/31/17|02/03/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA California_girl92|03/18/14|12/17|12/21|12/21|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Andy2891.........|04/01/14|12/30|01/12|01/19|02/08/17|03/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Jadon_Germany....|03/31/14|12/31|01/03|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Lalalala321......|04/07/14|01/10|01/18|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA ac8238...........|09/01/07|01/12|01/18|01/20|02/16/17|02/23/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Elisar...........|01/01/14|01/23|--/--|02/03|02/24/17|03/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA KleoLove.........|03/--/13|01/23|02/02|02/04|02/24/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA DisneyLovers.....|02/11/09|01/31|02/09|02/09|03/03/17|03/07/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA reevolve.........|08/19/11|02/02|02/03|02/08|02/27/17|03/02/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA texaspanpan......|10/08/09|02/06|02/13|02/17|03/06/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Los Angeles, CA Santa Ana Field Office UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA..|Fprints|In Line.|Int ltr..|Intrview|Oath....|Field Office E-A..............|07/18/13|05/07|05/11|05/11|05/31/16|03/04/17|--/--/--|04/10/17|--/--/--|Santa Ana => San Diego, CA 02/16/17 ladyrant.........|04/21/09|06/14|06/16|06/18|07/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA Kamex009.........|11/08/11|08/11|08/11|08/16|09/06/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA oc_citizen_2016..|07/01/10|--/--|--/--|09/07|10/07/16|10/13/16|12/27/16|01/25/17|02/15/17|Santa Ana, CAoc_citizen_2016..|07/01/10|--/--|--/--|09/23|10/20/16|10/25/16|01/06/17|02/09/17|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA scroll...........|03/11/07|11/01|??/??|11/26|12/12/16|12/15/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA DN Medellin COL..|01/17/14|11/16|11/21|11/19|12/13/16|12/17/16|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA DoomDog..........|09/10/10|12/12|12/16|12/16|01/11/17|01/16/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA Shine11..........|02/23/12|12/13|12/20|12/15|01/12/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Santa Ana, CA San Diego Field Office L and T..........|07/26/13|05/14|05/18|05/18|06/10/16|--/--/--|11/16/16|12/16/16|01/18/17|San Diego, CA Frannyglass......|12/10/13|09/30|--/--|10/07|11/04/16|11/10/16|02/21/17|03/28/17|--/--/--|San Diego, CAJerreg...........|11/19/13|12/19|12/30|01/07|01/24/17|01/26/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA Leon & Mylen.....|04/15/14|01/17|01/24|--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA T & S............|03/06/14|02/01|02/04|02/10|03/03/17|03/09/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|San Diego, CA Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Click "Quote" on the most recent/updated posting version of this list. 5. Remove the "Quote Coding" at the top and bottom of the list. 6. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 7. Make changes and Add Reply. 8. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics) In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview sheduling Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview Interview: Date of your interview Oath: Date Oath taken Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview
  2. The whole process was very professional and straightforward. We brought way too many documents than requested but it turned out that's better than not having enough! We showed everything they wanted on the Chiang Mai CRBA checklist, had a short interview, and was told it was approved! The next week we picked up the CRBA and passport. We had passport stamps showing we were together in the same place at the same time, both names on the birth certificate, Thailand passport was obtained by both of us, we had everything in Thai translated for 300 baht a page, and brought it all to the interview. It was quick and painless. The week before we talked to a married couple that went and they said it was a breeze, but we were still nervous! Haha, it turns out we didn't have to be! Next step is the K-1 visa interview and hopefully to America! Whoa! What a process!
  3. Hi, I am creating this group for filers within the jurisdictions of the three field offices: NYC, Queens and Long Island, to share their N-400 application progress and experiences along the process. I am a September filer at New York City Field Office. I filed my application online on 9/6/2017. I received notification that USCIS has scheduled me for biometrics appointment. I am still waiting for the letter to arrive in the mail to find out the date and time of my appointment.
  4. Starting off the thread for December 2017 N-400 filers as I just submitted mine. Wishing good Luck and short wait to all! ================================== Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .........................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName..........|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .............................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Chicago, Illinois Lockbox ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE|ECD .........................|--/--/--| --/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|City, State.......|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Online Filing ================================== UserName......|GC-Date.|..Sent..|..Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office...........|NBC/IOE|ECD Gabreigns........|02/25/15|12/01/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--...................|Chicago, IL............|IOE..........|13 months Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Copy this whole section including instructions and legend and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card. Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS. Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS. NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification. Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview. Interview: Date of your interview. Oath: Date Oath taken. Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview ECD: Estimated completion date as reported in USCIS website for your case in months
  5. I had my interview today, passed my civic test but the officer needed updated documents from me that wasn’t on list to bring . I got flustered, I truly could not remember what happened afterwards. She just then told me that they will send me a letter and it will state what documents they need. Has anyone heard of any same cases like mine? I am now really depressed. I thought we were done with everything to.any information would be helpful
  6. Hi all, I just had my naturalization interview today 04/24/2018, and thought of coming up here and share my experience you y'all. A little background info., I submitted my application online on 01/12/2018, received biometric notice on 01/13/2018 scheduled 01/31/2018 for fingerprint. Then 03/15/2018 received notice for an interview scheduled on 04/24/2018 at 09:45 am. Interview took place at DTLA's federal building. I took the metro to Civic Center/ Grand Park. From the train station, it is about a 10 mins walk. I arrived around 09:10 am and theres already a line forming to go through the security at the entrance. It took me about 15 mins for the security. After the security, I followed the sign to the elevator and went straight up to the 8th floor (listed on my appointment notice). I followed the sign to the assigned room on the 8th floor. Theres a security guard at the counter collecting the interview appointment notice, and he asked me to wait in the waiting room. The waiting room is pretty big, it has about 50 seats and a kids area to the side with some toys. A TV with news, some pictures on the wall and some plants in the room. There were about 10 people in the waiting room when I arrived, most of them are on their phone (there were no signs about cellphone use). I waited for about an hour and a half. During this time more people showed up and other people's name were called either via a speaker in the waiting room, or an interviewer will come to the waiting room. Around 11:00 am, my name was called, so I went up the to counter and followed the interviewer to his office. Before sitting down, he asked me to swear to tell the truth..etc. then he asked for my green card, drivers license, and since I'm under the age of 26, he also asked for my selective service registration. (He scanned all of them) Then he said, "let's start with the test and get it over with." He had me read a sentence on a piece of paper, "Where is the White House?" then he passed me another piece of paper and asked me to write down "The White House is in Washington D.C. ". Civic Test: 1. What is an amendment? 2. Who vetos the bill? 3. What is the capital of your state (California)? 4. What is the supreme law of the land? 5. Who did the US fight in WWII? 6. Who do we show loyalty to when we say the pledge of allegiance? Then he said, "Triple-A, you passed, now we need to go over the information on the application." -- So we went through the address history (I lived in another state up until 09/2017), employment history, travel history, and contact information. I reminded him I plan on doing a name change (I filled out the name change section on my online application) since he didn't ask me about it. So we went over the name change part, and he printed out name change forms for me to verify the information and sign. Then we moved on to the yes/no questions about crime and drugs, etc. They were all pretty straightforward. At the end, he print out my N-652 (Interview Result) along with some oath ceremony information, and a booklet about US history and constitution, and told me its all done and wait for the oath ceremony notice in the mail, it should come within the next 60 days. - The whole interview process took about 50 mins. I walked out the federal building around 12:00. I hope this post helps you with the preparation process, and let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!
  7. Hey everyone, I want to ask something really important, please share your experiences and opinions. My husband is LPR (eligible for citizenship) my cas got filed in June'17. Its already more than 6 months now! And we're thinking to apply for citizenship. But it'll take him 1,2 months. I need to know after getting citizenship do we really need to upgrade our case? Cuz according to timelines it says 8-12 months takes for naturalization after that we'll upgrade our case it'll take around 2-3 months and they'll process our case from the start right? So its gonna be more than 2 years! I need to get my visa asap. I'm already fed up and frustrated by this waiting and all. Should we stay on PR status? Or what. I just want to be with my husband
  8. I have a problem. I'm am doing my form N-400 and I am stuck at the part where I have to submit the tax returns for the past 3 years. My husband and I have been filing as married filing jointly for the past two years. However three years ago I filed as head of household under a different address other than the one I lived on. The reason is because I supported my mom and siblings 100%. I rented an apartment under my name and paid all of their bills since my mom had separated and couldn't work due to health issues. She would take care of my child while I worked. I did not lived with them. The person who filed my taxes convinced me this was the best choice to get most of my tax return and the right one because since I was supporting them I was Head of Household. That is now a problem since I can't submit that as proof of our marriage and it seems to be required. On top of that all of the bills are under my name. We don't have joint bank accounts. I only have him as a driver under my auto insurance and that's it. I am thinking about waiting another year to submit my application since then I would have 2017, 2018 and 2019 under both of our names. I recently had gotten my permanent green card on November, 2018 and since it's been over 3 years I really wanted to submit my application for citizenship. Regarding the tax thing, is that even legal? If it is, are they going to have a problem with that?
  9. Alright let's get this rolling June 2017 filers! After a long journey, we have finally made it to the last step! I'm quite surprised that there isn't a thread yet for June! So here it is! I'm eligible to file on June 12th so as of the moment, I am still getting our packet ready. Please update the list below. Here we go!!! N-400: June 2017 Applicants ====================================== USCIS Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ====================================== ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ ======================================================= Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Copy this whole section including instructions and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card. Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS. Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS. NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification. Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview. Interview: Date of your interview. Oath: Date Oath taken. Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview.
  10. I’m looking for some information on how long it is taking to complete the US citizenship process (filing/fingerprinting/interview/oath) in San Jose, CA My status : 1. ONLINE APPLICATION around Jan 25, 2018 2. FP (Finger Printing) Feb 21, 2018 3. Online status says "We reviewed your biometrics" I'm waiting for interview and trying to see when it would approximately arrive since I need to plan some travel. If anyone has filed around the same time, could you please update.
  11. Found this video of an American trying to answer some of the questions on the Civil Test - https://youtu.be/RoeyfqChxxE
  12. N-400: October 2017 Applicants ================================== Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd...|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Chicago, Illinois Lockbox ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd...|NOA..|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Online Filing ================================== UserName.........|GC-Date.|Sent.|Cashd.|NOA.....|Fprints.|In Line.|Int ltr.|Intrvw..|Oath....|Field Office.....|NBC/IOE Ko_..............|09/23/14|10/02|10/02 |10/02/17|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|--/--/--|Phoenix, AZ......|IOE Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Copy this whole section including instructions and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card. Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS. Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS. NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification. Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview. Interview: Date of your interview. Oath: Date Oath taken. Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview.
  13. When USCIS sends a notice for the Citizenship (N-400) interview, does it list the things you will need to bring with you to the interview? If not, what do you all recommend to bring to the interview? Applied under the 5 years permanent resident status category.
  14. My Oath ceremony was on Monday September 24th at 8:00am. I got there at 7:55, went through security and went to the 2nd floor. There you had USCIS staff checking the oath letter and that you had your green card. Do yourself a favor and fill out the back before just to save time, please note the city where you sign it must be Atlanta, Georgia as that is where USCIS Field office and the ceremony is being held. The staff member will go through the questions with you verbally. If you said yes to anything they'll ask you what is that about. I traveled outside the US so I just told them when I left(month); where I went to and how many days I was outside, that’s all they need. After that you go inside, hand in your letter and green card and are giving a number and you must sit in the assigned seat. I got number 64. They had pamphlets out for 85, but they said only 73 persons would be naturalized, some persons had family members with the as translators. All other guests waited outside. They asked the guests to come in at 8:32. The ceremony started by talking about the process then they had someone speak about voter registration. Voter registration volunteers were on site on the third floor to assist at the end of the ceremony. Then we went through some videos on the faces of the nation; then the director speech and the video speech from the president and there was a musical video finally they had the roll-call of the Nations. This is where they call out the country from where everyone who is being naturalized is from and we would stand when they called out our countries name. In total there were 38 countries represented. One of the nice things was the gentleman leading the oath ceremony saying that after we did the call of nations and then the oath that when we sit back down we would be US citizens. So, everyone said the oath of office then we all applauded and sat down. Finally, the admin staff came out to collect the numbers and give us our certificates the they did this row by row you stood up and then you walked to the right and gave her your number and then walked to get your certificate and shake the hand of the officer who was running the program. Then we were done by 9:00 am Afterwards people went to take pictures the entire process from signing in to get in the certificate took around an hour but from the start of the ceremony to the end it was probably 35 to 40 minutes. I went upstairs to the third floor to register to vote the voter registration volunteers made a copy of your naturalization certificate as that needs to be sent with your voter registration form. Please note you have to sign your naturalization certificate and that signature needs to match what you sign on your voter registration form. The voter registration form had seven items to complete: your name; date of birth; social security; address and that you are a US citizen and over 17 and a half years once completed the voter registration volunteers made a copy of my naturalization returned it to me and said that they would send it off to the secretary of state office After leaving the field office, I immediately went to get my passport application. I stopped at a FedEx store nearby and made copies of my naturalization certificate as you need to send the original certificate and a copy with your passport application. I went downtown Atlanta to the US Postal Service passport agency located at 1072 West Peachtree Street NW. It's a good idea to get that done if you are pretty busy and at this US Postal Service location there is a dedicated passport area where you don’t need an appointment. This can be hit or miss but when I went at 10 am they had probably five officers working and no one was waiting so I got through immediately. So just to wait for my passport and naturalization certificate to return. All in all the oath ceremony was a quick and special occasion that I will always remember.
  15. Hi All, I was looking for some clarification on when my wife can file for citizenship. She came over on a K1 Visa and now has a Green Card (received in July 2016). We have filed for removal of conditions in 2018 and as it is for everyone else, the process has been delayed up to 18 months. We have received the letter so we are patiently waiting. No issues there. However, my wife will have her Green Card 3 years as of July 2019 at which time the conditions will not have been removed. We are expecting the conditions to be removed near the end of 2019 based on the extension letter. My question is: Can we file for citizenship after she has been here 3 years or do we have to wait for the conditions to be removed before we apply? Thank you all for your help as always. Charlie
  16. My situation is a bit unusual. I found a couple of posts here for people going through something similar but not exactly the same, that's why I'm starting a new post. Here is the story: I filed I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence in January 2018. I received an I-797 Notice of Action which extends my conditional resident status for an additional 18 months. My conditional green card (permanent resident card) expired in March 2018. I lost my wallet with the expired conditional green card in it last month. So now, I have the I-797 Notice of Action documents that extend my conditional permanent residency status but I do not have the expired conditional green card itself (The physical, original card itself). Now, I'm eligible to submit my N-400, Application for Naturalization to get my citizenship Now, given the above context, here are my questions: What happens if the N-400 application is approved, the biometrics and interview are done, and it's the oath ceremony when I'm supposed to be getting my naturalization certificate, but by that time, I still don't have my 10-year green card and I don't have my old expired green card? I read somewhere that they wouldn't give me my naturalization certificate if I don't hand them my green card on that day! Should I file an I-90 application? Does it even apply for my case? I already have an I-751 going. Also, does it even work to file an I-90 to replace a lost green card that also happens to be expired? I'd really appreciate your input here. Thank you!
  17. Hi All, I have a question about continuous residency requirement- I received green card in December 2015. And from that time to July 2017 I was working in Canada, and visited USA regularly. During that time I didn't stay in USA more than 3 weeks at a time and most of my visit to Canada was for for 30/40 days except couple for 150 days. Now, USCIS rules are not very straight forward for breaking continuous residency , where it does say absence of more than 6 month ( 180 days) will break continuous residency and it is also mentioned in policy guidelines that - officer may also consider multiple short absence to determine continuous residency. wanted to ask you guys if anyone has experience for similar situation and/or some advice when I should be applying for citizenship [ p.s. 3 year rule applies to me] Thank you ..
  18. USCIS made an error for "Country of Birth" on my Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), it says "USA" but I was born in a foreign country. Caught the error late and never had it corrected/replaced. My PRC expires on June 20, 2019. Here is my dilemma: There will be important things I need to do within the next 8 months that requires me to prove valid resident status. The instructions on USCIS website for filing I-90 says, "If you are a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will expire within the next 6 months, you may begin the renewal process" AND "Additionally, if you applied for naturalization at least six months before your Green Card expired, you may be able to receive an ADIT stamp instead of filing a Form I-90." Today is January 12, 2019. The Green Card expires on June 20, 2019, is "within 6 months" between the period of 01/29/2019-06/29/2019? And is "at least 6 months before" before 01/29/2019? I'm trying to figure out if I qualify to skip filing I-90, file N-400 instead, and get a temporary stamp to prove legal status considering it takes almost a year to process N-400 where I am located. The other issue is my Green Card contains an error made by USCIS/DHS. If it is necessary to file I-90, should I put the reason as "My existing card has incorrect data because of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) error. (Attach your existing card with incorrect data along with this application." or simply choosing the renewal option for soon to be expired Green Card and attach a letter explaining that there is an error on the card to avoid delays/rejection. Chances are if I choose that reason and send in my Green Card with the application, I won't get it back for a while considering the processing times. Currently, InfoPass appointment is not available because "This office is not accepting walk-in requests or scheduling InfoPass appointments." Any suggestions or recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  19. Hi, I have a few question. My husband is filing N400 based on marriage. He was 26years old when he came here in the US. 1. What should be the answer to Part12 item 44? 2. He has a stepchild (my daughter) who is still in the Philippines, shall we include her birth certificate? 3. How much bank statements should we include as supporting document?
  20. Hi all, As we prepare to apply for my wife’s naturalization, we have to prove strong ties to the U.S. during an 11-month window within the three years for naturalization based on marriage. Situation: I had a research grant to country X, which is not the country my wife is from; the grant was jointly sponsored by the US and Country X The grant was for a temporary, specific time period (10 months), plus a little travel we did immediately before and after She accompanied me during this time; as she is a national of a country with an agreement with Country X, she did not need a foreign residence permit or any other official paperwork to join me We filed US taxes (married, jointly) She maintained her enrollment at a US university (writing dissertation), and we have tuition bills & confirmation of payment statements During these 11 months, she returned to the US three times for school-related reasons and a job interview, 4 to 14 days each time (see details on # of days below) She received US university reimbursements for two of the US trips, paid to our US bank account, as they were for her research and some consulting she did through a university-sponsored program She had US health insurance through the university We used and paid off our joint US-based credit cards each month and made occasional withdrawals from our US bank account (my grant was paid to an account in my name only in Country X, but it certainly did not cover all of our living expenses!) We paid her US cell phone contract monthly We continued to jointly insure our car in the US, pay registration, etc. She attended an official event with me at the US Embassy in country X, and we have paperwork to show this She had a re-entry permit on the off chance our stay ended up being extended (it didn’t, but better to be safe than sorry) Within a period of just over 11 months, here’s her schedule. 66 days out of US 11 days in US 99 days out of US 14 days in US 24 days out of US 4 days in US 119 days out of US The longest continuous chunk of time abroad was just under four months, right at the end of my grant period. Any other ideas on how we might show close ties to the US? We had to give up our lease & put belongings in storage (could not afford to pay rent in two countries on the grant stipend) We had a US PO box, which a friend checked periodically We know we could just wait until most of this time away drops off the three-year radar, but as a same-sex couple, we're at the mercy of politics, and we'd like to get her citizenship as soon as possible, before anything changes. (If the whole ROC backlog at CSC ever gets through, but that's another matter...) Thanks for any suggestions!
  21. Hey, I’m from Pakistan. And I just heard that Pakistan has been added to USA blacklist for religious freedom violations. It’s been more than year and I’m waiting for my visa which has applied under f2A by my husband who’s LPR. There’s going to be any issue in getting visa from Pakistan? So worried ! Please help. And other issue is that my husband’s green card has been expired month ago. Can he come to visit me? While applying for citizenship. What’s the process? TYI.
  22. I had given my Citizenship interview on Oct 13th 2017 at Holtsville, Long Island NY field office and had passed the interview, the officer told me to expect the oath ceremony letter in 6 weeks but its now 12 weeks and I've still not received the oath ceremony letter. When I call USCIS they say we have 120 days to make a decision. My wife who gave her interview on Oct 19th (1 week after me) received her oath ceremony letter in December 2017 and got her passport in Jan 1st week 2018. Wondering why the delay? Any suggestions what are my options?
  23. Hi Everyone! I AM FINISHED!! I would like to share my entire process for the Philly FO since I barely saw any here when I first started. I attached my timeline taken from USCIS.gov but I also have a few pointers and a little more detail that it doesn't show. I filed by mail (because I didn't know you could do it online at the time). My GC had expired about 3 months before I started the application. I sought advice from some online lawyers about whether I should have my GC renewed since I already started the citizenship process & they all said yes. SO, June 20, 2018, I applied for a GC and the lady automatically put in a 1-year extension when I went for my 2nd set of fingerprints (1st set of prints was for n400 in March). My N400 interview was originally scheduled for October but for some reason, they canceled it and automatically rescheduled me for November. I went for my interview on November 20th. Now, this is IMPORTANT! this is a different location then the fingerprints you go through security like you're at an airport (take off shoes, jackets, belts, etc.) check in at the desk so they can put in the system that you are present. The staff will tell you which door you'll need to go to The interview is on the second floor and there are 3 doors. Sit as CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO YOUR DOOR or you will NOT hear them call your name! (a lot of people talking!) Someone comes out of the door you are assigned to and calls out (apparently I was called 3 separate times but I sat too far and couldn't hear). Fingerprinted again, another photo, and then the staff goes through your application to make sure everything is correct and there are no changes. Finally, the test begins: civic first, reading, then writing. Passed! YAY! Given paper stating, I passed and left.😁 Literally hours later I received a notification online that my oath Ceremony is scheduled to be in 10 days! Got my letter by mail. you have to fill out the back with the date of the ceremony. Ceremony Time!!! (52 people, 33 countries) 😎 Same building as interview except now you're on the first floor The staff hosting it was very friendly and funny Line up row by row to surrender your GC (FOREVER!), verify name spelling and birth date on the certificate (but you don't get it yet!) Watch a couple of videos, sing the national anthem, say the oath, and voila! you're officially sworn in! Row by row we stand and wait for our names to be called to receive our certificates (Like graduation). Watch about 2 more videos and THE END! 💃 You get to register to vote right there also and it takes less than 1 minute to complete. Still, haven't heard anything about my GC but it's useless now! TOTAL TIME: 9 Months
  24. Hi Everyone, do we need to add parking tickets on the N400 under citations? (Like speeding tickets without any additional documents to be attached?
  25. I may be overthinking this BUT, any advice welcome I have my N400 interview end of this month, in April I went to Australia to travel with a family I work for (I am a nanny). I told them I was traveling for 'pleasure' but while there I was paid to care for the children I'd travelled there with. When / if I get asked in the interview my reason for visiting and I say I was working out there with an American family (10 days) will that be an issue? I was paid legally and pay taxes in 2019 of course, just wasn't sure whether I'm fixating too much on things that wont be an issue. Thank you!
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