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Should British Virgin Islands be listed as British Virgin Islands or United Kingdom in the N-400 travel history?

One has to indicate in the travel history in the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror). If I went to the British Virgin Islands, should British Virgin Islands be listed as British Virgin ...
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Do masters and phd count towards citizenship in Germany?

I am a master student currently in my 2nd year in Germany. I have been accepted to a 5 year phd program also in germany that will be funded through a job position at the university. My question:Does ...
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Do my student years in Germany count for applying for a citizenship?

I am a non-EU citizen, I moved to North-Rhein Westphalia and studied Computer Engineering. Also: I have lived on a student visa for 5 years (because of part-time work). The official study duration is ...
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Are there any nuances around 30 month physical presence requirement when applying for US citizenship N-400

Is there any basis for thinking that USCIS would frown upon a case where somebody who applies for citizenship has accrued the physical presence days mostly at the first half of the 5 year period? Let'...
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Does the USCIS publish some statistics on the most common reasons for RFEs for Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization Form)?

I wonder whether the USCIS publish some statistics on the most common reasons for RFEs for Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization Form). As mkennedy mentioned in a comment, the USCIS publishes the ...
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How does one get one's tax transcript for the 5th year for the US Naturalization process?

It is recommended to bring one's tax transcript for the past 5 years (or 3 years if naturalization via marriage) to the US naturalization interview. How does one get one's tax transcript for the 5th ...
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Approximately how long does one have to wait for the naturalization interview after submitting the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form?

The estimates I read regarding long one has to wait for the naturalization interview after submitting the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror) vary from 4 months to 14 months: Souce ...
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Does changing one's name increase the processing time of the N-400 (Application for Naturalization Form)?

I have three first names, which are separated with commas in my French passport and spaces in my birth certificate. I'm considering only keeping my first first name on my future US passport. Does ...
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What documents are optimal to bring for one's naturalization interview, in the simplest situation, to minimize the time to obtain the US passport?

Assume the following simple case: single (no divorce), no kids, employed and living in the US for >5 years, filed taxes each year, no citations/arrests/warrants, >5 years with green card ...
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How many days does the 3-month requirement to apply for naturalization in a US district/state represent?

To be eligible to apply for US naturalization in a US district/state, one must have established and maintained residence for 3 months (but not necessarily being physically present) in that district. ...
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What criteria does the USCIS use to decide when the applicant has established residence in a US district/state for the 3-month requirement?

The 3-month requirement to apply for naturalization in a US district/state is computed from the date on which the applicant first established that residence [...] including any part of the applicant'...
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How does one count the 3-month requirement to apply for naturalization in a US district/state?

To be eligible to apply for US naturalization in a US district/state, one must have lived/resided for 3 months in that district. I'm confused on how one counts the 3-month requirement to apply for ...
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Is there any upsides to filing one's Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization) via mail instead of online?

I read https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/reports/SIGNED-Section-4103-FY2021-Report-9-7-21.pdf (mirror): For example, in FY 2020 approximately 49 percent of applicants choose to file ...
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Does one have to bring documents at the naturalization interview showing that one has paid one's traffic tickets, if traffic tickets were below $500?

From the Form N-400 Instructions: You do not need to submit documentation for traffic fines or incidents that did not involve an arrest or did not involve drugs or alcohol, if the only penalty was a ...
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What's the proper way to provide proofs of payments for citations in the N-400 (Application for Naturalization Form)?

In the N400 application or at USCIS naturalization interview, how to prove one has paid one's traffic tickets? Bank statements? Does the DMV provide proof of payment? From the Form N-400 Instructions:...
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Why does the processing time for the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form vary so much within the same USCIS field office?

I read that the processing time for the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form varies a lot within the same USCIS field office. The processing time the 93% slowest application is quite higher than ...
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How to get certified copies of Canadian ID documents while abroad?

I am trying to apply for Canadian citizenship for my Bolivian adopted daughter. The first step is to prove the Canadian citizenship of the parents and they ask for certified copies of ID and proof of ...
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When applying for a new US passport at a Passport Acceptance Facility, can I go to any Passport Acceptance Facility or does it have to be nearby?

I wonder whether, when applying for a new US passport at a Passport Acceptance Facility (e.g., some USPS or county clerk locations) via Passport Application Form DS-11, I can go to any Passport ...
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How can I find out whether the U.S. State Department will be providing staff to accept passport applications at my swearing-in ceremony?

I read: You will not receive a U.S. passport on the day of your swearing-in ceremony. But in some places, if you plan ahead and also leave yourself some time at the end of the ceremony to stand in a ...
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What's the point of bringing passport photos to one's naturalization interview?

I read: Although not required (unless residing outside of the US), it is recommended that you bring two additional passport-style photos (2”x2”). The photos must be in color with face, frontal view, ...
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When an applicant submits Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization), in what case(s) does the USCIS reuse previously submitted biometrics?

I read: USCIS is authorized to reuse previously submitted biometrics under limited circumstances to verify an individual's identity and perform security checks. When an applicant submit Form N-400 (...
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What is the timezone used to compute the 90-day early filing date?

https://www.uscis.gov/forms/uscis-early-filing-calculator mentions: You may file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, 90 calendar days before you complete your permanent residence requirement ...
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What's the proper dress code, if any, I should follow for the US citizenship oath ceremony?

I wonder what the proper dress code is, if any, for the US citizenship oath ceremony. I read on https://www.boundless.com/immigration-resources/us-citizenship-oath-of-allegiance-ceremony/: USCIS ...
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Is it ok to group old sport clubs into a single entry in Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization)?

Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization) asks me to list ask the clubs I participated in: Provide information about your membership, involvement, or association with an organization, association, ...
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What supporting documents do I need for filing Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization) in the simplest situation?

Assume the following simple case: single (no divorce), no kids, employed and living in the US for >5 years, filed taxes each year, no citations/arrests/warrants, >5 years with green card, ...
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Where can I see my USCIS Online Account Number?

On my N-400 Application for Naturalization form online, I am asked to indicate whether I have a USCIS Online Account Number, and if so, to provide it. Where can I see my USCIS Online Account Number? ...
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Is it possible to receive email notifications when the USCIS send notices for the N400 Application for US Naturalization process?

To apply for U.S. citizenship, one has to submit the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror). After some time, the USCIS send notices the applicant for the next steps. Is it possible to ...
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Does the French Defence Preparation Day count as being a member, serve in, help, or otherwise participate in, a military unit in the N-400 form?

I participated in the Defence Preparation Day (Journée d’Appel de Préparation à la Défense) in France around 15 years ago. The N-400 Application for Naturalization form online asks me the following ...
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How am I supposed to count the days on the N400? Eg if I left the US at 3 PM PT and came back the next day at 4 PM PT, does that count as 1 or 2 days?

The N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror) asks for the "total days" outside the United States, for each stay outside the United States: How am I supposed to count the days ...
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Can one submit the N-400 (Application for Naturalization Form) while temporarily outside the US on vacation?

I reside in the US and will become eligible for US naturalization during my company's vacation week. I may be temporarily outside the US during this vacation week. Can one submit the N-400 (...
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In the N400 application or at USCIS naturalization interview, is it an issue if the address on one's driver license differ from one's current address?

In the N400 application or at USCIS naturalization interview, is it an issue if the address on one's driver's license is different from one's current address? Assume that the driver's license is ...
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How can I know whether a USCIS field office does same-day oath ceremony?

Some USCIS field offices do same-day oath ceremony, i.e. offer naturalization applicants to join the oath ceremony on the same day as the interview, assuming they passed the interview. How can I know ...
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When is an N-400 (Application for Naturalization Form) considered approved or denied when the USCIS computes the processing time?

The USCIS publishes processing times for the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror). https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/more-info says: Processing time is the number of months that ...
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Could a naturalised British citizen lose his/her citizenship after moving abroad?

Basically this question is in relation to UK citizenship requirement of having the intent of continuing to live in the UK. At the moment, I have that intent. However, you never know where life might ...
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If one moves after submitting an N-400 Application for Naturalization Form, can this cause the application to be transferred to another USCIS office?

If one moves after submitting an N-400 Application for Naturalization Form, can this cause the application to be transferred to another USCIS field office?
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Australian immigration best contact number

Has anyone got a correct number to call for Australian citizenship enquiries? I am trying 0061 261 960196, as per the Australian website, but I keep getting the response: This service can not be ...
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When submitting an N-400 Application for Naturalization Form to apply for US citizenship, which USCIS field office is assigned to the application?

When submitting N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror) to apply for US citizenship from the US, which USCIS field office is assigned to the application? The closest to the residence at the ...
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Can an Indian Muslim legally migrate to Pakistan?

Kashmir has been an unrelenting problem. In addition to that, there have been a lot of incidents nowadays under BJP rule in India. Can Indian Muslims legally migrate to Pakistan, if they want to?
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Irish Citizenship: Residency Requirements

I'm looking at possibly applying for a job in Dublin and would be interested in obtaining Irish citizenship. I'm a UK citizen, so getting job permits for Ireland is pretty easy. I travel a fair amount ...
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What is the next Step after applying for a CRBA --

I am trying to figure out what is the next step after getting completed with the CRBA for my daughter that was born abroad. She was provided an American passport and currently resides in the United ...
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Irish citizenship revoked if I live abroad after naturalization?

One of my initial questions on this site:) I have been searching about Irish naturalization requirements on the internet since quite some time and I see all the usual requirements: 5 years residence, ...
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Irish citizen through Naturalisation living abroad

I am an Irish citizen through Naturalisation living abroad since December 2020. I read that if I live outside Ireland for continuous of 7 years without sending the declaration annually to retain my ...
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Do my years as a student in Germany count for applying for a citizenship?

As a non-EU citizen I moved to Bayern and I finished both my bachelor's and master's degree on a german university. While I was in Bayern I lived with a residence permit for non-EU citizens for 5 ...
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What happens when Chinese acquire foreign citizenship?

China doesn't recognize dual citizenship. What are the practical consequences today if a Chinese citizen also acquires the citizenship of another country, but does not formally renounce their Chinese ...
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Can you obtain OCI for minor US born child if you do not have a valid H1B visa stamped on passport?

To apply OCI for minor born in USA, using VFS San Francisco - ( not CKGS ). The document requirement clearly states under passport section "In case of a Minor, parents are requested to provide a ...
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How far back does the UK make background checks for naturalization

How far back does the UK naturalization background checks go for an overseas British territory applicant? My brother had entered US in 2002 on a different passport he was sent back the same day back ...
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More than 6 months outside USA for a greencard holder?

I am a lawful permeant resident in USA. Because of the current situation due to COVID-19 and the travel limitations I will be outside USA for more than 6 months from my last exit. Will that have any ...
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Born in France before jus soli was repealed (but in the same year)

As mentioned here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_nationality_law The 1993 Méhaignerie Law required children born in France of foreign parents to request French nationality at adulthood, ...
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Proving English proficiency for my Canada Citizenship application

I have completed four years in Canada and as a permanent resident, I was thinking of applying for citizenship. Do I need to do a test to prove my English speaking skills? I scored 109/120 on a TOEFL ...
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Is it possible to obtain Croatian citizenship simply by birth?

My partner was born in Yugoslavia. Today that city is a part of Croatia. Both their parents were both born in Bosnia. Is it possible for them to still obtain Croatian citizenship given these ...

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