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07May2019
Legal Marijuana Users To Be Denied Naturalization

On April 19, 2019, the USCIS issued a policy guidance update in the USCIS Policy Manual. The update clarifies that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, are generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, even where that conduct would not be an offense under state law. So, as […]

25Mar2019
What Can Disqualify Me From U.S. Citizenship?

Although the USCIS is not overly specific as to what “good character” is, they are very specific as to what it is not. Accordingly, the following conditions are considered disqualifiers when it comes to naturalization eligibility: A person who has been convicted of murder is ineligible for the duration of their lifetime A person who […]

08Nov2018
Should I Send Originals or Copies of Supporting Evidence to USCIS?

Is a copy of a birth certificate and divorce papers acceptable to USCIS or do I need originals? You should never send original supporting evidence to the USCIS, unless they specifically ask for it. Always send a photocopy. The USCIS won’t return you your original supporting documents back either, so be prepared to never see […]

11Oct2018
Proving 3 (or 5) Years of “Physical Presence” for Naturalization/Citizenship

When applying for US citizenship, you have to show evidence of physical presence in the US for 5 years (for most green card holders) or 3 years (for marriage-based green card holders). This evidence should verify from various sources that you have not been out of the country for extended period(s) of time, and have […]

25Jun2018
Will USCIS or a U.S. Embassy Look at My Social Media?

“I’ve read they passed a bill on where they go into your social media after interview, which would prolong the process, and that’ll effect a lot of K-1 Visas and my fiance is from the Philippines.” The government has always had that authority to investigate pretty much anything. They already do a background check on […]

13Apr2018
How Do I Qualify For U.S. Citizenship?

“What do I have to do to qualify for U.S. citizenship?” The first step is to enter the US and become a permanent resident, or green card holder. There are many different paths to a green card, but most of RapidVisa’s customers fall under the family category, and more specifically, marriage-based. This is usually through […]

17Jan2018
How Many Questions are on the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test?
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This question has been asked by several people, so we’ll wrap it up and say, “How many questions will I have to answer for the U.S. citizenship civics test?” That’s a great question. You have to get a 60%. They’re going to give you up to 10 questions out of a pool of a possible […]

23Dec2017
USCIS & NVC Scrutiny on Self-Employed Income Earners
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We have noticed that the USCIS as well as the National Visa Center has started scrutinizing affidavit of support documents that list a petitioner or the sponsor as being self-employed and so what they want to see is now at least 6 months of bank statements. They want to see at least three years of […]

12Dec2017
How Do I Qualify For the RapidVisa Payment Plan
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How do I qualify for your payment plan? Excellent question. Everybody qualifies. If you have a debit card, or a credit card, you can make the first payment, you qualify. Now, just to set your expectations. We do not write the check for the filing fee until after the third payment is processed, providing there’s […]

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