Archive for the ‘ Citizenship’ Category

11May2021
What if I don’t remember all my addresses?

What if I don’t remember all my addresses? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows some flexibility on this section of the green card application, and is generally understanding if the sponsoring spouse or spouse seeking a green card can’t remember certain addresses or dates. However, if there are significant gaps in address history, a […]

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:

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

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 them again if you send those in.

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.

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 […]

23Dec2017
USCIS & NVC Scrutiny on Self-Employed Income Earners

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 tax returns instead of one year of tax returns.

10Nov2017
Why Is Citizenship Better Than a Green Card?

Next question comes from Pedro Estevez: “What’s the main benefit or benefits to becoming a citizen rather than just keeping my green card?” You know, that’s an excellent question. One of the biggest benefits that I’m aware of is that as a US citizen, you can get a US passport.

06Oct2017
Can I Apply For Citizenship With a Conditional Green Card?

Okay let’s see Che-Che Acote Quisada asks, “My daughter and I received our green card May of 2015, should we renew our green card this coming May? Or can I apply for citizenship instead of renewing the green card? Thanks in advance.”

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