Archive for the ‘ Citizenship’ Category

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?
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 […]

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

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 […]

10Nov2017
Why is Citizenship Better than a Green Card
Citizenship better than 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. With a US passport, you […]

06Oct2017
Can I Apply for Citizenship With a Conditional Green Card?
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.” Well yeah you can’t … So we’re assuming that you have a conditional […]

19Nov2015
Bringing a Fiance or Spouse to the USA [Infographic]

We’ve designed this helpful infographic which is a flow chart depicting the path to citizenship available to fiances and spouses of US citizens and lawful permanent residents. We hope it’s helpful in simplifying the overall big picture of what you can expect. Share this Image On Your Site </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p><strong>Please […]

29Oct2015
Green Card vs. Citizenship
green-card-vs-citizenship

There are over 13 million immigrants in the U.S. who are lawful permanent residents, otherwise known as green card holders. According to DHS, approximately 8.7 million of those permanent residents are eligible to naturalize, or become a U.S. citizen. Of those eligible, only about 680,000 naturalize each year. Many permanent residents are content with the benefits of simply remaining a […]

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