Frequently Asked Questions - Citizenship
Citizenship in USA can be obtained through naturalization or through birth in USA.
- Social Security Number And Card
- N-400 Application and Prosecutorial Discretion
- Naturalization Procedures at Atlanta Office
- Naturalization Policy Regarding Adjustment of Status
- N-400 Interview
- Recanting of Misrepresentation in Naturalization Application
- Misrepresentation in Naturalization Application
- Naturalization after Extended Absence
- Green Card and last name
- Citizenship through US citizen spouse
- Citizenship for spouse
- Citizenship eligibility question
- US Citizen sponsoring wife
- Citizenship eligibility
- N400 Interview and selective services
- Citizenship and criminal record
- Reentry permits and citizenship application
- Shoplifting and naturalization
- Travel while citizenship/naturalization pending
- Citizenship Form
- Travel and citation dates on N-400
- US Citizenship, misdemeanor case
- My naturalization interview experience
- How does Immigration office verify the dates of entries/exits
- Green Card
- B1 Visa
- Eligible husband?
- Marriage to US Citizen
- H-1 without specific job/GC continuation without H-1
- Changing Careers after the GC
- How soon can I leave the employer after I get my GC
- Citizenship for Employees of Consulting Companies who have Projects in Different Cities after Green Card
- Effect On Green Card And Naturalization Of Using Public Or Government Benefits
- How To Add Forgotten Information On To A Naturalization Application/N-400?
- Form N-470
- Effect of a Speeding Ticket on Green Card or Naturalization/Citizenship
- Denial of Naturalization/Citizenship Applications
- Reentry Permit to Preserve Green Card and Extensions
- Best Methods for Spouse of a Green Card Holder to Enter the USA
- GC Holder Sponsoring Parents
- Dos and Don'ts to Qualify for US Citizenship
- Joining an employer after green card approval
- How long can a US Citizen stay outside the USA
- Traveling after applying for naturalization/citizenship pending
- Canadian Citizen (or any person) Getting Married to a US Green Card Holder
- US Citizens - Documents needed for entry into the U.S.
- I-130 Petition
- US Citizen applying for Green Card for visiting family member (spouse/parents); Birth and Marriage Certificate Issues
- Sister's Green Card
- Naturalization/Citizenship Delay
- Proving Relationship Through DNA
- Dual Citizenship
- Citizenship Denial
A Social Security number is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and receive some other government services. Many other businesses, such as banks and credit companies, also ask for your number.If you are a noncitizen living in the United States, you also may need a Social Security number. For more information, see Social Security Numbers For Noncitizens (Publication No. 05-10096).
It is unlikely that the Atlanta District Office will resume swearing-in applicants on the same day as the N-400 interview, aside from customers who come from Alabama or at least four hours away, who CIS makes every effort to swear in the same day due to the distance traveled for the interview.
Review of the underlying adjustment of status is not a new policy. Officers have always had the authority to look back at the underlying adjustment, at any time, and doing so is not a new process.
The preferred way is to advise the officer at the N-400 interview. This can be communicated to the CIS after the fact, but the preference and best way is to notify the officer at the time of the interview. In addition, if the applicant is requesting a name change, the oath ceremony/naturalization must be done by a federal court.
USCIS would submit the case to Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) counsel for determination.
It might. If Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) counsel proceeds with denaturalization and is successful, removal proceedings may be instituted.
If USCIS determines that an applicant for naturalization was not eligible to naturalize, the evidence is obtained and submitted to Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) counsel for determination of denaturalization.
These applications are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Yes you can. Having the same last name is not required.
1.5 years out of the last three and you must move back to USA before applying.
Read the instructions on Form N-400.
Since you have been out of USA for more than one year, you will be eligible for naturalization only after 4 years and 1 day after you come back to live in USA.
It is the date of approval that counts. For your son, read the instructions on the Form N600. That should tell you what you need to do.
I believe this can be a problem. You should speak with a lawyer. You will need to establish that the failure to register was inadvertent, not intentional.
Generally speaking, USCIS looks at the last five years preceding the application, but they CAN go back as long as they wish for adjudicating good moral character. My guess is, you should be fine.
If he was out of USA for more than one year at any one time, the reentry permit will allow him to file after 4 years and 1 day from re-establishing domicile in USA.
From what you have described it does not appear you have a criminal conviction. Nevertheless, in my view, you should get yourself a local lawyer to assist you with the naturalization process.
Temporary absence of three months while your citizenship application is pending should not pose a problem as long as you remain a permanent resident of USA.
I am assuming she has been a green card holder for 5 years the form is N-400.
The burden of proof is placed on you. USCIS can deny an application where proof is insufficient. For entry/exit, I would recommend an affidavit from you giving the best possible approximation. The tickets - go back into your driving record at the DMV and see what you can pull from there.
Thanks for your kind comments about our web site. You can apply, but USCIS can certainly make an issue about the misdemeanor. You may want to retain a local lawyer.
I see no problem with the visits - they were all less than 6 months. I think it should be ok. It is difficult to estimate how long it will take.
As far as I know they rely upon your passport and their own entry-exit records through Form I-94 system. This situation is common and can be corrected by supplying affidavits from applicants along with any other evidence you may have.
May be Section 245(i) can help. Call and check with your mom's lawyer. Also explore the fact that you are married to a US citizen.
They can do a lot of things, and often do, even things that are unreasonable. If you feel the decision is in error, contact the consulate through your Congressman.
Because you are a US Citizen, there could be waivers available for offenses committed by spouse. You may want to check first with the US consulate in the country where you are living.
I see no reason to wait.
1. I don't have a work order or client letter to support my H1B extension which is expiring on 2nd June. Is it legally not allowed to file for H1B extension without this or to avoid RFE one need to support extension with this.
A1. I see no problem with this nor do I see any red flags.
A2. Sure. Why not. Permanent does not mean forever.
A3. Not at all.
A4. Nothing else I can think of.
A1. There is no brief answer to this question. Let me explain. The basic premise (or theory) behind permanent residence through offer of employment is that an employee is accepting a job on a "permanent" bases. What does "permanent" mean? Does it mean for ever. Obviously not. That would be unreasonable. But "permanent" also does not mean that you pack your bags the moment you receive your green card. So what is the answer? No one really knows. Each case has to be determined upon its own merits.
The law says:
1. Generally, you must have been physically present and residing in the United States for an uninterrupted period, without any absences, for at least one year after your admission as a lawful permanent resident before you can file Form N-470.
2. You do not have to be in the United States to file Form N-470, but you must file it before you have been absent from the United States for a continuous period of one year.
1. You have to be a US citizen to sponsor her Green card. For Green Card holders as I recall the only family other than the children and wife they can sponsor is unmarried adult children over 21 but unmarried you can apply for their Green Card. Once you become US citizen your possible beneficiaries can be larger including your parents. There is little-known provision that is sometimes used, use it if it's necessary when let say your parents they don't have anybody in India to take care of them.
Pay your taxes, don't default on your taxes, try not to get too many traffic tickets. If you get few that's OK, but if you get too many that can be ground for troubles. Don't get into any criminal plot, as you can lose your Green Card if you have a felony conviction. There are other things that can hurt your Green Card like DUI more than one or two of them then you can get into trouble. So, as long as you are like regular people I don't think there is anything to worry about.
As long as you like. You could stay outside for thirty years and never come to the USA. You will still be a US citizen. Green card holders don't have that benefit, but US citizens do.
Hi Loay. Times are highly variable from a few weeks to a few months. Expedites are only granted for showing of some sort of urgent humanitarian situation in cases like yours. We would like to help, but I am not sure we can add much value at this stage. Contact us if there are any issues (other than timing).
See clip from Attorney Rajiv S. Khanna's conference call video that addresses this question.
This is one thing very common in many cases. The issue of applying for a green card, when you are visiting on a tourist visa or even converting a tourist visa to H-1, L-1 and student visa is always a problem.
Siblings Green Card is like planting mango trees, in India we used to have saying that mango trees takes so long to bring fruit that one generation plants the tree and the second generation eats the mangoes. It's kind of that for sibling cases, it takes 13 years for the Green Card to come through and there is no way we can expedite that Green Card.
This issue has been coming up more frequently in family-based immigration petitions than it ever did before.
All U.S. citizens, even dual citizens/nationals, must enter and depart the United States using his/her U.S. passport.
This is likely to be a long discussion. My bottomline recommendation: let your husband obtain his naturalization first. Thereafter you apply for yours. If something goes wrong, his naturalization gets you another green card right away, without ever leaving the USA.