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  1. Hi all! I am a US citizen filing I-130 online for my sibling. I have questions regarding filing the form. 1. I am naturalized citizen, but I have lost my Certificate of Naturalization. The guide on VJ says I can provide my US passport, but on I-130 there is no such option. 2. I don't remember my A number. Is it important if I am a citizen now. Can I just skip this question? 3. My mother's last name is now different from that on my and my sister's birth certificate. In fact, she changed it twice. But there is no such question in I-130. So I just have to put in her current last name which differs from the name on birth certificates. It doesn't make sence. Do I need to provide her marriage and divorce certificates in "Additional Information"? Thank you!
  2. Hello Guys, I wanted to take a lead in creating this group for all (Naturalization) N-400 September 2019 FILERS! Please use below table to provide your case details. (Thanks to AI135 for creating the table for July 2019 filers) I will be filing my case online in the first week of September 2019 and would like all September 2019 filers to share their Citizenship journey on this thread!! It is going to be exciting. Once I file my application, I will fill out my details. VJ Username Filing date NOA1 Biometrics Appt RFE? Interview Oath Ceremony Field Office Filed online / paper  
  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. Good morning, everyone! Created this group for all (Naturalization) N-400 JULY 2019 FILERS! Please join and provide your information. Below is the link for the shared spreadsheet. Thank you and happy 4th of JULY!!! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19rv0w-Ls_-225a0AqzhsTObXb2DcT07oACpdIHhn9dE/edit?usp=sharing VJ Username Filing date NOA1 Biometrics Appt RFE? Interview Oath Ceremony Field Office Filed online / paper AI135 07/01/2019 Online
  5. 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 😁🤗
  6. Hello, I am k1 visa holder. I got divorced than I remove the condition. Now I have 10 years Green Card. It is time to apply for N400 citzenship. BUT I had a big fight with my x wife few years ago. I kick her out of the house. He dad call the cops and the cop came to my house accusing me with insulting and threatening her. The cops just told me that they are just going too talk to me. They came inside the house. Asked me if I hit her ore anything which I did not. The cops made sure that we know the law if she hit me or I hit her. One of us will go to Jail. Then they left They did not take my ID. They did not do anything. Is that arrest or charge or anything? Should I mention it in the application? What should I mention? I never have any thing else rather than that story. Please help me Thanks
  7. Hi, I will be filing N-400 in mid-July using the 3 year rule of being married to U.S. citizen while being a permanent resident. I still have pending the removal of conditions (I-751) but since it may take a while I will go ahead to start gathering documents and apply. Please feel free to start the discussion of what documents to gather, tips, etc. Thanks!
  8. Naturalization and Social security record (possible Form SS-5 mistake) I just became a naturalized us citizen. During our oath ceremony uscis officers told us that we need to update our social security record. I got my social security number and card About ten years ago when I was an exchange student on. My English was not super great back then. The problem is that I might have mistakenly put my mother’s married last name instead of her maiden on Form SS-5 About ten years ago. It looks like I may need to fill out new SS-5 form now to update my record since I am a citizen now. When I became a permanent resident I went there and updated my record but did not fill out that form again. I am worried if that possible past mistake on the form would cause me any problems. If I put her maiden last name now and it’s her married last name in the system already? Could I have any problems with uscis because of that mistake? Would they denaturalize me? I don’t want anyone to think that I made any kind of material misrepresentation by writing my mother’s married last name instead of her maiden. If I made a mistake it is just due to my limited English proficiency at that time. I was not trying to hide any fact or lie on the application form. What should I do?
  9. I found this document that explains what you can expect at your oath ceremony. I think it's well-written and easy to read, so I hope some of you will find it helpful. I haven't found any information on it that is currently out-of-date, but note that it is old and check it for yourselves. https://cliniclegal.org/sites/default/files/231718_clinic_09.pdf Please note that this is not an official USCIS document. It covers several topics including: - receiving the oath letter - maintaining eligibility before the oath - completing the questionnaire - dressing for the ceremony - what to bring to the ceremony - checking in at the ceremony - ceremony agenda - what to do after the ceremony - possible de-naturalization - sample oath letter - sample naturalization certificate
  10. Hi guys!! the time to naturalize is getting closer. I have a few questions for the form... 1. The part where it asks if I ever failed to file a tax return- i didnt work 2015 so i didnt file. do i check YES or NO? 2. I dont have EXACT employment dates (didnt get my GC thru employer). Calling the company has been useless. Would estimate be good enough or is this a potential problem?? pls help me guys thanks so much!
  11. Hi, I just recently got my 10 year green card approved based on marriage. I am planning on filing for citizenship soon. I was wondering though. Is my spouse still required to show up at the naturalization interview since I will be filing based on our 3 years of marriage? Appreciate any insight regarding this matter.
  12. Do I need to make a copy and submit the form I-912 for myself and each of my children? Ages 16 and 17? My eldest child is turning 18 on October of this year 2020 if I file the N-400 soon or before she turns 18 does it mean she doesn’t have to take the citizenship test even if maybe by the time I got scheduled for my interview or citizenship test and she’s already just turned 18? What are all the steps and requirements that I need to prepare from fee waiver to naturalization? Thank you 🙏
  13. I received the oath ceremony letter and it's asking me to bring my green card and all valid or expired EADs issued to me - Is this the standard language/requirements of the oath ceremony letter or has this been mentioned only in my letter asking me to bring all valid or expired EADs issued to me. I was issued an L2 EAD about 8 years back and I cannot find it anywhere. Can I be stopped from taking oath if i am not able to submit this? I have the green card though.
  14. Dear VJ forum members of Indian origin, my wife and I have the oath ceremony scheduled a week apart. Would it be better to wait the week and start the renunciation/OCI process together? Why i ask is : a peek at the renunciation form shows the form asks about spouse’s status of citizenship. when my OCI application is being processed, the wife’s OCI application will need to be filed with my status that will be “neither here not there “(ie I might have the US citizenship but my Indian citizenship renunciation process would still not be complete yet if I file first) to avoid confusion and delays, would it be better to submit both renunciation/OCI applications together? thanks In advance for sharing any experience and advice
  15. 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
  16. Help!!! I've applied for my N400 after 5years with my GC. I have already done the biometric and waiting for my interview to be scheduled. I just had a child a 2 months ago outside the US. What should I do next?
  17. Today me and my wife appeared for a naturalization interview. My wife was called in first. Her experience was exactly narrated by many on this forum and as shown in USCIS videos. I was called in by a different officer after about 15 minutes. My interview started by asking basic information about me, then civics test followed by test of English language. After this, officer told me that she will ask me questions about my Green Card Application (that was prepared 8 years back and was approved 7 years back.). She told me it is voluntary. I was not prepared for these questions, but I was not sure what it means by refusing to answer the questions. So, I said yes. She went into details of my application and asked me questions about my the then team , their job duties and responsibilities , their salary etc. Honestly, I was not able to answer many questions, few questions I answered incorrectly, and remaining I was able answer. She validated team structure that I told her with my application and found some discrepancies. She documented all my answers and got the statement signed by me with her colleague as witness. Then they both signed the statement. She asked me to wait for 15-20 minutes as she wanted to talk to her supervisor before making decision on my case. After about 30 minutes, her supervisor came to me and informed me that my case is approved. While I wanted to share my experience; I also wanted to know if 1. Is this experience routine for employment based GC? 2. Since there were some discrepancies in GC petition and today's answers, is it a cause of concern?
  18. Hi fellow VJs, I am an LPR ( without conditions) by marriage to a US citizen and I am also married for 6 years while living in the US for the same length of time. Now, I wish to file for N-400 naturalization process to become a US citizen. My question is which rule shall I apply here ? 5 years residence or three years of marriage ? Thank you.
  19. Hey guys, Starting this thread to make a list of all the things that we can immediately do after becoming naturalized. In my case I am going through a Judicial Oath Ceremony and a Name Change. What are the things that I/we need to focus on changing/updating immediately after this event. A few things I can think of are: 1. Apply for US Passport - What are the required documents, pre-requisites especially for those who have a name change. 2. Update SSN - after 10 days from the Oath Ceremony/Naturalization event. 3. Update DL - How soon can this be done? 4. Update Bank and Credit Card Records - How soon can this be done? 5. Update Global Entry/TSA Pre Check - Anyone aware of this process? What else?
  20. Hi all - My spouse's naturalization interview was just scheduled. When he filed form N-400 in August 2019, he met all requirements (Lawful residence, Continuous residence and Physical presence). Since filing form N-400, he has accepted a job with a US University in a satellite campus physically located overseas. I believe he still meets the requirements of: ✓ Continuous permanent residence in the United States for at least 3 years - specifically that he has never been outside the country for >6 Months (He returned in October 2019 and will return again in December 2019) ✓ Physically present in the United States for 18 months ✓ Lawful permanent residence What other considerations should be taken into account here? Keep in mind: • The country that he is working in is not his native country, and he has no ties to the country he is working in other than his ties to the US University he works for • I, as his spouse, still reside and work in the US, and we maintain all of our finances in joint bank accounts. • He is on a temporary contract of maximum 2 years (although likely shorter) and he has and will always maintain trips of <6 months as per continuous residency requirements Please tell me everything is going to be OK... Thanks.
  21. Hello, here's the situation -- My husband is a US born citizen and I immigrated through marriage and have been a LPR for 4 years. He has been offered a temporary job in Europe for 2.5 years and we are trying to figure out what to do given that re-entry permits are only good for 2 years. Some further details -- We have lived in the US for the last 4 years and we own a car (that we may or may not sell) and a condo that we currently rent out because we relocated to a different state for work (that we do not currently plan on selling). The job starts in 8 months so I don't think we have enough time for me to naturalize even though I currently meet the requirements. We are expecting our first child in a few weeks, who will be a dual US-Canadian citizen. Our plan is to move back to the US permanently after the temporary contract is up. There is no chance it will be renewed and it has a firm end date. Some questions -- Is it still worth applying for the re-entry permit, given the cost and that it is not long enough? Is it a problem that the temporary employment is for the USC (hubby) not the PR (me)? I will likely be a stay at home mom, not employed. Will returning to the US periodically to visit family and friends help the situation at all? Should I maybe leave a bit later and/or return a bit earlier than my husband so that I am only away for 2 years? Not ideal with a newborn Should I start the naturalization process and return for the appointments, or is it not possible to leave while that is processing? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks all!
  22. My I-751 has been deemed abandoned and denied because I failed to submit the requested additional evidence (I had already sent these requested documents for my N-400, and mistakenly disregarded what I thought was a duplicate request for the I-751). There even have been two naturalization interviews that USCIS de-scheduled onsite due to this matter. Following this, I submitted my I-290B (within the requested timeline), as a request for a motion to reopen and a motion to reconsider. As of today it has been over four months since USCIS received my application and cashed the check. Would you reapply with a new I-751 application because USCIS cannot provide a timeframe for the processing of the I-290B we previously sent? My green card extension stamp, which is in my passport, expires May 2020.
  23. Hi all! I’m new to VJ. I appreciate everyone’s help here I obtained my GC based on asylum. I submited my N400 in March 2018 and had my biometrics done soon after that. In September 2018, I received a letter from USCIS that my IV is scheduled in November 2018. Upon arrival to the field office, I was told that my IV was canceled because my file was not there. I was surprised that I had not been informed about the cancellation. I received another notice that my IV was rescheduled 6 weeks later. However, it got canceled again the day before the IV because of the same reason: they didn’t have my file. After taking to level 2 immigration office over the phone, I was told that my file is at (asylum center) in an X state (not my state) where my asylum lawyer is based. No updates since then. It’s been almost 6 weeks. I checked with the lawyer and he told me that nothing is wrong and this can happen. Any similar experiences? I appreciate your feedback and help!
  24. Hello! We are in the process of applying for citizenship for my husband. He is from South Korea and had served his mandatory two years of military service back in 2009 (before we were even married). We marked the necessary boxes on the N-400 regarding him having military and weapons training and also wrote an explanation. Does this explanation sound good enough or is it too short? "In South Korea, it is mandatory by law for all adult men to serve two years of military service (excluding those with health or religious limitations). I completed my two years of service in April 2009 to February 2011 and was assigned as a medic two months into my service until the end of my service. As a medic, I worked alongside a doctor and helped treat any minor injuries on soldiers and helped the doctor make medicine for soldiers. I completed volunteer service in the local town to help seniors as well. I was also trained on first aid and CPR. In reference to part 12, question 19, I received two months of weapons training with a K2 at the beginning of my service and then received training on the M-16, which was what I trained with for the rest of my time in the military. All soldiers are required to train with these weapons." We are also planning on including a copy of his Military Discharge card, but it is all in Korean. We were planning on just translating it on the same document that he used to explain his military service. Would that be okay? Do we need to find someone to "officially" translate the card? Do we even need to provide a copy of the discharge card? Thank you!
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