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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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Retiring to Europe- need US phone number for Bank transactions. Bank only accepts 2 FA through SMS from a US number. Can not find a provider-NO VoIP

My question is about Banks, 2 factor authentication, US phone number, SMS
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What's the cheapest way (to hire another person) to move furniture from Buffalo (NY) to Toronto (Canada)?

I must relocate just my expensive $3K USD office chair, which my employer bought for me. I kept — and can REuse — the manufacturer's original packaging. Rule out driving, crossing the border, and ...
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Discrepancy of the length of stay between DS-160 and F-1 visa

In my I-20, the total course duration is mentioned as 7 years while in my PhD Assistantship award letter, my stipend is applicable till 4th year. Can you please tell me whether I should put 4 years or ...
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What to do if there is no entry stamp on passport (Immigrant EB-3) visa? Thanks

We just arrived in US lst May 10, 2022 under immigrant visa, but there is no entry stamp on our passports. What do we need to do? Will this cause problem in generating SSN and GC? Thank you!
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Parents going though medical issues and possibility of expediting I-130 [duplicate]

My parents and I are naturalized U.S. citizens, living in the U.S. for the past 15 years. However, I have two much older siblings who are married and have kids but are not U.S. citizens and do not ...
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Parents going though medical issues and possibility of expediting I-130

My parents and I are naturalized U.S. citizens, living in the U.S. for the past 15 years. However, I have two much older siblings who are married and have kids but are not U.S. citizens and do not ...
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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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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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Unable to create online-only I-134 for a child

Suppose that a person is trying to submit an online-only version of USCIS I-134 (Affidavit of Financial Support) for a relative of that person and her child. It seems that the nline version of the ...
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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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Applying for EB-1B visa when my parent company has 3 full time researchers

I finished my Ph.D. last year and am currently working as a full-time researcher at a company. I have 10+ publications and am currently part of the program committee for a conference. One ...
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Which employer's address should I indicate on my N-400 Application for Naturalization Form if I worked at different branches over the past few years?

I worked for the same company but at different locations over the past few years. Which employer's address should I indicate on my N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror)? E.g., the most ...
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Effect of 10-year UK ban on US Visa Lottery winner

I would like to find out how a UK 10 year ban can affect a friend's chances of getting a US visa when he wins the US Visa Lottery.
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Which countries in the travel history in the N-400 Naturalization may cause one's application to undergo a considerable amount of additional scrutiny?

One has to indicate which countries one visited for the past 3 or 5 years in the travel history in the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror). Which countries may cause one's application ...
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How long does it take to get a Green Card if you win DV lottery while you are inside the USA?

If a student (F-1 visa holder) or his/her relative (F-2 visa holder) wins the DV lottery for a green card, while they are living inside the USA, how should they proceed with their application and how ...
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What's the proper order for the countries visited during a single trip outside the US that one has to indicate in the travel history in the N400 form?

One has to indicate in the travel history in the N-400 Application for Naturalization Form (mirror): What's the proper order for the countries visited during single trip outside that one has to ...
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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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Why is premium processing available on only certain USCIS immigration forms and not all USCIS immigration forms?

I read on https://www.uscis.gov/forms/all-forms/how-do-i-request-premium-processing Premium processing provides expedited processing for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, ...
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Is there any point in keeping one's old EADs (Employment Authorization Documents)?

I wonder whether there's any point in keeping one's old EADs (Employment Authorization Documents). May I need it in some later processes or can I discard them?
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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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Can a Form I-485 applicant preemptively submit a new Form I-693 to the USCIS to avoid getting an RFE that would delay their Form I-485 approval?

When submitting Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), one has to attach Form I-693 (Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record). Form I-693 expires ...
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Does concurrently filing for I-140 and I-485 speed up the green card obtention?

I wonder whether concurrently filing for I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker) and I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) speeds up the green card obtention, ...
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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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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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Expat resident in Ireland and trading Vanguard Index Funds while visiting United States

I'm a US (California) Citizen currently working/living in Ireland on a visa. I am currently in the United States (California) visiting my parents. I own some index funds on Vanguard. I want to trade ...
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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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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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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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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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Getting a drivers licence in US Florida with a valid EU drivers licence and green card

I just received my green card and now I need to apply for driver's license. I'm wondering what the procedure is if I have valid drivers license from the EU and have been driving for more than a decade ...
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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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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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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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Will I be able to get a US working visa, as someone who already works for a US company?

I've been working for a US based company for about 3 years now as a VP of Engineering, I'm a British citizen currently living in the UK, because of this I am engaged with the company as an independent ...
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How can I get a Washington driver's license within 30 days of my move to Washington? [closed]

https://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/moving.html states: By law, you have 30 days after you move to Washington (WA) to get your WA driver license. You will also need your WA driver license before ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How long does it take for a firm in the US to get an export license for an Iranian F1 student to work fulltime for the firm in the US via CPT or OPT?

I wonder how long it takes for a company in the US to get an export license for Iranian F1 student for them to be able to work fulltime for the company in the US via Curricular Practical Training (CPT)...
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USA PERM Processing EB-2/EB-#/Other?

I did B.Sc. (IT) from India and have 10 years or working experience after that. My employer is filing USA Green card for me. However I have been told that since my graduation was only 3 years I'm not ...
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