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  1. Hi beautiful people. I know this may sound absurd but my husband and I have been informally separated and did not get a divorce. We have no ties together and have been living separately for three years. Can I still file for naturalization and be approved? Please, anyone, share your experience. Thank you.. Side note: my husband is aware that I need to file... and will sign any document if he needs to. He has hope of us getting back together but thats a big no no.. S
  2. Hello. I have been a Permanent Resident since 2/26/19. Single male, no kids. Never travelled outside of USA since I arrived in USA and don’t plan to either as PR. I have a 5 year waiting period. I hired an attorney to process my PR so I will be using the same attorney to apply for Naturalization. What documents do I need to gather/prepare?
  3. Hi! When applying for naturalization my husband wanted to change his name (he’s Latin so he has two last names. He wanted to drop one.) Now that his interview is scheduled and he’s had more time to think about it, he has decided he doesn’t want to change his name. Will this be an issue? Or can he just tell the officer at the interview he does not want to go through with the name change? Thanks!
  4. 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.
  5. This forum is to start early discussion around N-400 for June 2021 filers and to be in touch with other filers to learn about progress and any new updates.
  6. I thought this might help those of us considering a legal name change. The N400 application is (in most cases) a great time to legally change your name. It's fast and it's free. Outside of the N400 process, a name change requires a visit to your local courthouse, may require a public announcement in a newspaper (depending on your state and local laws) and will cost you money. In New York City, the cost is about $65 while on Houston it is over $400, so cost varies from city to city. You can change your name to anything you want within certain limitations. You can't change your name to impersonate someone or in an attempt to hide your identity for illegal purposes. Other than that, it's up to you. If you are Arthur Robert Wilkinson, you can become Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz. It's important to note that if you are just changing your last name to take your spouse's last name or to revert to your maiden name, then a legal name change is not required. This is because a marriage certificate or a divorce certificate acts as proof of legal name change. This is true EVEN IF your certificate does not show the new name that you want to take. For example, if Anita Mary Harrolds marries Geraldo Mohamed Leibowitz, she can legally be known as Anita Mary Leibowitz even though that name does not appear anywhere on the certificate. In fact, she can also hyphenate both last names without a legal name change. However, if she wanted to change her middle name from Mary to Margaret, she would need a legal name change. To request a legal name change through the naturalization process, fill out the name change section of the N400. The interviewer may ask you to confirm that you still want to change your name because some people change their minds between the application and the interview. The interviewer may ask for proof of your current legal name. In case of a discrepancy between your green card and your passport, a birth, marriage, divorce, or name change certificate determines your current name, so make sure you have these with you (if they apply in your case...it's always a good idea to have your translated birth certificate with you at the interview). The interviewer will print out some forms (three I think) for you to check and sign. These should have your old and new names on them. You will have to be scheduled for a judicial oath ceremony. This is because USCIS does not have the legal authority to change your name and must ask a judge to do so. If your city has regular judicial ceremonies then there shouldn't be any delays. If your city holds regular administrative ceremonies, but not many judicial ceremonies, then the name change may cause a delay. Some cities (including San Francisco and San Jose) have stopped scheduling judicial ceremonies altogether. Applicants in these cities cannot legally change their names through the N400 application. Your interviewer will inform you of this and will cross out the name change section during the interview. You will have to request a regular name change before or after naturalization if you live in these cities (see above). At your oath ceremony you will be given your naturalization certificate as well as a name change certificate signed by a judge. This second certificate will show your old and new names and you'll need it to update your name with your banks, on your drivers license, credit cards, etc. In addition to doing all the paperwork to make these changes, you'll also have to consider the effect of the name change if you have dual citizenship; your name on your two passports may not match and your other country may require you to go through different name change procedures or may not allow name changes at all. People do travel using passports with different names, but you have to be careful when booking tickets and you may want to travel with your name change certificate (and translations). If you want to check whether or not (and how often) judicial ceremonies are held in your location, find your office here and look under naturalization ceremonies: http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices
  7. My spouse got her temp GC on Sept 19 2019, we filed the I-751 since June 2021. She receive enxtensions of 18 months and 24 months . Notice was dated 6/24/2021 and the second 11/8/2021. We filed the N-400 in June 2022 and USCIS rejected it said its outside the 90 days. Which dates are going by? Is it the extension dates or the original date on her GC?
  8. Hello US Naturalization gurus, I recently got my K1 beneficiary to the US for marriage, and we are planning/working on the AOS route. Looking ahead to the requirements for Naturalization for spouses of US citizens, I'm trying to understand the continuous residence and physical presence requirement? https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/continuous-residence-and-physical-presence-requirements-for-naturalization https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid%3AUSC-prelim-title8-section1430&num=0&edition=prelim When does the 3-years of continuous residence and physical presence start for the spouse of the US citizen? From the marriage date? From the K1 entry date? From the AOS application date? From AOS approval date? Would the time traveling abroad internationally with Advanced Parole while waiting for the AOS interview and AOS approval NOT affect the continuous residence and physical presence regardless since the applicant doesn't have the green card yet, and will the time will only start after the green card? If there is a delay to the AOS process, does that count against the continuous residence and physical presence since time starts with the green card? Or would the delay just be part of the "time served" since it starts counting from the AOS application date? If there is a delay to the AOS process say for like 3 years or more to get the green card, can we apply for the Naturalization without having to apply for the Removal Of Condition? Thanks in advanced for any response.
  9. Hello VJ, My wife got her Oath Ceremony Scheduled, but she wanted to know which photo they will mostly likely use for her Naturalization Certification. The one from Bio metrics Appointment? - They did not take her photo at the Naturalization Interview. - They used old Bio metrics for N-400. Question 1: Is there any way to change the photo, or is it kinda too late for that? Question 2: The 8 Questions on the last page of the Oath Ceremony Notice Letter, are you suppose to fill them out on the day of the ceremony and before you enter? Question 3: Most offices give the naturalization certificate the same day as ceremony right? Thank you.
  10. Hello All, I got my green card through marriage. First, my conditional green card with no problems. During the covid, I applied for the removal of conditions and did not have an interview due to the Covid restrictions. They approved my request, and sent me the 10 year permanent resident card, re used my biometrics. Now, next week I will have my N400 interview. They didn't mentioned in the letter that my wife needs to go to the interview. does she need to go with me, or since it's for naturalization, she is not required to go? Any tips/advices for me to be prepared for the interview? Thank you so much.
  11. Hi!! This may be a stretch but I wanted to get all the West Palm Beach FL members who are filing or have filed, and are still waiting, to join this forum. It's a great way to keep updated on the West Palm Beach office and how fast they are processing our applications. WELCOME 😁🤗
  12. Hello, I really hope someone would be able to share their experience with me. So I'm having my oath ceremony in mid February, and I plan to apply for my passport soon after. I have an upcoming international trip in late April, which leaves about 9-10 weeks from my oath ceremony to my travel date. What confuses me is that, I'm changing my name during naturalization. I'm originally from Taiwan, and my name is Yi-Wen Chang (this is an example not real), sometimes that hyphen in my name gets omitted. Now, I'm changing my name to Jessica Yiwen Chang Brown, the reason being I've been using my English name since a long time ago, and I changed my last name to my married name. My question is here, when I apply for my passport after oath, would it be a problem that my government ID still shows my old name? While the NC shows my new name. On passport application form, it asks you to list out all other names you've used, I listed my old one, is that enough? Thank you.
  13. I have recently completed the naturalization process for my wife through the Section 319(b) clause and would like to share the A to Z experience. Background I am a US citizen living overseas working for a US university overseas. My wife is a non-US citizen and I wanted to get her US citizenship. The typical way of getting your spouse a US citizenship is to get a green card and live together in the US for 3 years and then apply for citizenship. One of the requirement for getting the immigrant visa is to show a proof of domicile for the US citizen. This is proof that you are living in the US either by showing rent contract, proof work, or anything that shows that you are actually living in the US. In addition, your non-US citizen spouse will also need to live in the US for three years to get US citizenship. I had given up on getting her the US citizenship since I did not live in the US and did not have plans of moving to the US yet. Everything change when I learned about Section 319(b). What is Section 319(b)? Section 319(b) allows you to get an immigrant visa without the US citizen spouse needing to live in the US and the non-US citizen spouse does not need to live in the US to become a US citizen if you meet its requirements. As per USCIS, (https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learn-about-citizenship/citizenship-and-naturalization/i-am-married-to-a-us-citizen) Generally, if your spouse is a U.S. citizen who is employed by the U.S. government, including the military or another qualifying employer, and your spouse is scheduled to be stationed abroad for at least one year at the time you file your Form N-400, you may be eligible for naturalization under Section 319(b) of the INA. Qualifying employers can include: Certain American institutions of research; American firms or corporations engaged in the development of foreign trade and commerce; Certain public international organizations; and Certain religious denominations or interdenominational mission organizations. In general, at the time of your naturalization interview and ceremony, you must be present in the United States under lawful admission for permanent residence and you must meet of all of the requirements listed above, with the following exceptions: No specific period as an LPR is required (but you must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence); No specific period of continuous residence or physical presence in the United States is required; and No specific period of marital union is required; however, you and your U.S. citizen spouse must be in a valid marriage from the time you file your Form N-400 until the time you naturalize. To check if you work at an American Institution of Research, you can check the list here. https://www.uscis.gov/list-of-recognized-american-institutions-of-research-and-other-recognized-organizations Your institution can also apply to become an American Institution of Research: https://www.uscis.gov/requesting-recognition-as-an-american-institution-of-research I-130 Filing and Immigrant Visa There is no difference in the I-130 process except in the NVC process and interview process. For the NVC process, you will need to upload proof that you are working at an American Institution of Research in lieu of the proof of domicile. For the interview process, you will need to bring proof that you are working at an American Institution of Research and you might need to convince the consular officer as they might not know about it! N-400 Filing Once you have received the green card, you may start the N-400 filing. The process is the same except that you will select that you are applying for naturalization under Section 319(b). In addition, you will need to do fingerprinting either at the US embassy in your country of residence or in a field office before you complete your interview in the US. You will then be interviewed and will get your Certificate of Naturalization. Congratulations! Our Experience We applied for the I-130 and had no issues until the interview for the immigrant visa at the US embassy. Originally, they rejected our case as they did not accept that my work at an American Institution of Research counted as a substitute for domicile. After a bunch of emails with the embassy, they accepted it and we got the immigrant visa. Unfortunately, COVID happened and we did not travel and the immigrant visa expired. When COVID was done, we got in contact with the embassy and again they gave us the same issues regarding the domicile. Eventually, they accepted it as they had done before. This was very stressful and was thankful that it was done. We had no issues travelling to the US and we got the green card within a month of entering the US. We flew back home a few weeks after receiving the green card. We applied for the N-400 on the same day we received the green card. You must select the option that you qualify for Section 319(b) when you fill out the N-400! We applied to the Washington DC Field Office as we had read online that they know the Section 319(b) process very well. The N-400 was approved but we needed to do fingerprinting before they could schedule an interview. We asked to do the fingerprinting at a different field office and they had no issues scheduling it. We flew to the US completed fingerprinting at the field office and then the interview was scheduled. We then flew to Washington DC to complete our interview. We brought all documents submitted. We did the interview and my wife became a US citizen. Please feel free to comment below and I will answer any questions that come up. Please try to limit questions to Section 319(b) American Institution of Research!
  14. Can someone please tell me what happens if one abandons their citizenship application and: keeps their green card (remaining in The States as a permanent resident)...is that even possible to keep your green card after ditching the citizenship application? doesn't keep their green card, moves back to home country. Would one have trouble entering the US after such a thing? I've been waiting for 23 months now, had my interview and got approved but no oath ceremony since September.
  15. Hi, I passed my naturalization test, in New York City, on June 2 2021 and I'm still waiting for the date of my oath ceremony. That's 7 months, when the documentation says it shouldn't take more than 30 days. I understand that these are extraordinary times, but I was wondering if anyone else has had as long a wait for theirs, or longer? Is there some way to find out how long you might be waiting? Thanks in advance.
  16. 2014-2022 Entered the US with J1 visa. Married to a US citizen. Got the conditional GC Marriage annulled by default, due to me not being present at the court for the verdict, and my ex’s accusations of infidelity in court… Moved on and married again. My wife and I are married for more than 3 years now. After the second marriage, I joined the US Navy. (Got discharged under honorable conditions) Applied for naturalization through the military. But my first application was denied; due to being on informal probation for DUI.🤦🏻‍♂️ While still on active duty, and after my probation terms have ended, I re-applied for naturalization! I passed the civics test, completed my interview and have been waiting for a decision for over a year now. My conditional green card through my first marriage has expired/got lost/terminated…I just have never been notified by the USCIS about it. Honestly, I’m just tired of this whole process…it is so frustrating and stressful to wait for a decision! It’s taking a huge toll on me and my health…I don’t remember how many times I called USCIS to get an update, but they don’t have any. I don’t even know what’s going on, or what my status currently is. I need help! I need to be able to travel and come back to US. I haven’t seen my family in 7 years now, and I need to be able to adjust my status, or get some type of documentation/stamp/visa/permit/card, ……anything! On top of that, my immigration attorney ghosted me. I haven’t been able to get any correspondence from her, or her law firm for 3-4 months now…I would appreciate any insight, advice and referrals. Thank you!
  17. I got an interview notice to show up for my interview. However, I get to the office, they call my name but I see "requested" written by my name. The agent indicates to me that my case file has been requested and is not at the field office hence they could not proceed with my N400 interview. I tried to get indication on next steps but all they said was it varys and I will receive another interview notice when they eventually get the file. My case status on the portal has not changed to reflect this and still reflects my case has been scheduled for interview. Has anyone encountered similar issues? I am freaking out. This occured in the Newark office. Thanks
  18. Hello, Please help! I am filing online and they ask me about trips outside USA last 5 years. Well, I am filing at 3 years (since I am married to the same person US citizen) and I have an issue because... I LIVED outside of the USA till 12/20/2018. Initially I added the dates Poland 08/15/2017 - 12/20/2018 (491 days) So it shows I was outside USA for over a year within last 5 years... Can this somehow trigger some sort of automatic response and find me being not eligible? Should I just leave this information out then? I appreciate all responses. Thank you guys for all the work and time spend aiding immigrants.
  19. Hey!! i have just got my 2 year green card and I am filing for N-400 under 319(b) im wondering if I have to file I-751 along with the form N-400 or not since I'm a conditioned green card holder ? is it correct that I-751 only filed when you're in the 90 day window (90 days before your green card expires)? thank you
  20. Good afternoon guys?? I’m about to apply my N400 on January 19th 2022 (90days rules) Since the tax return 2021 deadline is on May 17th, My question is: Do I still have to file and bring my 2021 fifth tax return, if interview will be scheduled before 2021 tax return deadline???
  21. This is for those folks who applied during pandemic (mostly in 2020) and whose cases are stuck and not moving while those who applied in 2021 are already becoming citizens, I came across this post by @AH2020 in one of the threads and thought this would help if anyone is in the same situation The below was posted in the May 2000 thread and in the "Federal Records Center" thread. I just sent an email to Susan, we should all contact her. Anything she can do to get things moving would be fantastic. ----------- The law firm Mintz Levin is interested in talking with constituents about their naturalization applications that are not moving forward because the files are sitting at the Federal Records Center. If this is of interest to you, please reach out to Susan Cohen at SJCohen@mintz.com and title the subject line "Federal Record Center" in your email. Please know that this outreach will be at no cost to you and they will not provide legal advice. They are exploring how large an issue this is nationally so that they can address the situation head-on. ------------
  22. Hi all! I've become a US citizen in February of this year and I also applied for a name change during that time. I've been trying to get a new SSN card but they keep sending my form back saying I need the actual document that says I changed my name and it was approved. I don't remember what this document looks like and I can't find any in my documents folder from USCIS. I have my naturalization certificate but not the name change document. For all naturalized citizen who also changed their name, do you know what this document looks like and where can I find a replacement?
  23. Hi everyone, I wanted to share my Naturalization Interview at the USCIS office in the JFK Federal Building in Boston. My interview was originally scheduled for March 31st but was "de-scheduled" on 3/17. On 7/27 I received the "Re-scheduled" notice for the interview on 8/19 at 10:45am. Here is what the notice told me to bring: "You MUST BRING the following with you to the interview: • This letter. • Your Alien Registration Card ("green card"). • Any evidence of Selective Service Registration. • Your passport and/or any other documents you used in connection with any entries into the United States. • Those items noted below which are applicable to you: If applying for NATURALIZATION AS THE SPOUSE of a United States Citizen; • Your marriage certificate. • Proof of death or divorce for each prior marriage of yourself or spouse. • Your spouse's birth or naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship." Since I am applying for naturalization as the spouse of U.S. Citizen I brought all of the above (except the proof of death/divorce as this is our first marriage) to the interview. If you are using Google Maps to get to the interview, it will likely direct you to the Employee Only entrance, as it did for me and another woman. The security guard had to come out and direct us to the appropriate entrance. The main entrance is off Cambridge Street NOT Sudbury Street. When you enter, someone will ask you for your appointment notice, if it is 15 minutes or less before your appointment, they will let you pass through to security. I believe I saw someone turned away for not wearing a mask. Security was typical, put your bags in a tray, empty your pockets, walk through a metal detector. Once you're through security, just follow the signs for "Immigration Interviews E-160" down a long hallway. Once you arrive in the USCIS lobby, there are marked spots on the floor to stand while you wait to be called to the front desk. The lady at the front desk will check your appointment notice and assign you a number, then tell you to find a seat wherever you'd like and wait until an officer calls your number. There were seats that were taped off and seats with signs saying "please leave room" encouraging social distancing. There was hand sanitizer everywhere. I waited probably 10-15 minutes before my number was called. I followed the officer through a door, she led me to her office with the door open. There was a big piece of plexi-glass between the two of us and she asked me to sit in a chair that was against the wall. She asked to take my picture just to prove I was there. She asked to see my interview notice, my green card and my passport. She asked me to take an oath that I would tell the truth. We did the English & Civics test first. There was an iPad mounted on her desk on my side of the plexi-glass. She asked me to read the sentence on the iPad, which was "When is Columbus Day?", then she asked me to write on the iPad using a stylus, "Columbus Day is in October". She asked me the civics questions, the ones I got were: What is an amendment? What are the first ten amendments to the constitution called? Who is the chief justice of the United States? Why are there thirteen stripes on the American flag? What age do you register for the selective service? And I can't remember the last one! We spent the rest of the interview going over my application. Everything seemed in order until she asked me if I had proof that I am still married. This was not something listed on my Interview notice, so I hadn't brought anything. I told her I had our marriage certificate and my husband's birth certificate but she did not ask to see those. She told me that I would need to submit more evidence and that she was putting in a "Request for Evidence". She said they're looking for documents that show that my husband and I still love together, like mail or bills with our names and address. I had already submitted tax returns but I guess they wanted more. She said I could submit the evidence online through the myuscis portal or via mail. She told me she would check my account later today to see if the evidence is uploaded. I told her I would submit those documents as soon as I got home. That ended the interview and she printed out a letter explaining what documents I could submit as evidence. She also printed an Interview Results document saying that they needed more evidence before they could make a decision. Then she asked if I had any questions and when I didn't she walked me out to the waiting room. I got home as quickly as I could and uploaded the evidence requested. This was as of about 12:30pm today all said and done. Now I am waiting to see if my application will be approved. The officer told me I should receive notice in the portal, but if I don't, it will come in the mail. Feeling a bit in limbo right now so fingers crossed this all works out! Word to the wise: bring proof of marriage to the interview (bills, bank statements, child's birth certificate, lease, mortgage, etc.) whether the letter tells you to or not!
  24. Question to those who naturalized already: Did you ever get into your USCIS account after your naturalization? I went in today just to see and it still says "Oath Ceremony Notice Was Mailed". I was expecting to see something like "case completed" or "naturalization completed" or something like that. What do you guys see in your accounts?
  25. Hello, 😊 I will be soon applying for citizenship, I began gathering and filing all documents required for N-400 as well as interview. I am applying with the minimun 5yrs green card. This requires submission of 5yrs past tax return transcript during the interview process and I am not sure if i have to send this along with N-400 too. However, my main issue is that I went online to get my transcript and also called IRS and they are only able to issue 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 basically not '2014' and I'm clueless how to get the 2014 tax return transcript. Can someone please advise? i've really tried researching online and not finding a solution. also to clarify I do have my tax return documents but not the 2014 tax return transcript as required for the interview and application. after doing much research it sounds like they want to see the transcript over docs. please advise. Thanks!
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