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    Travel and Stay in India on a US Passport

    Hello I'm in a similar situation and have pretty much same questions as you. Can you please share what you ended up doing and advising how to go about it? I won't even have 1 month. I'll have one month between Oath and travel to India. So, need to figure out quickest possible way to get PPT and Indian Visa. Thanks a lot!
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    Date of Application for N-400

    Thanks. yes - voting registration, and then of course SSN updates in addition to new PPT.
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    Date of Application for N-400

    Hello All I wanted to share with all my experience and provide an update. Based on inputs I received from JoeF here in this thread and others, we went ahead and applied for my spouse late in June '17. To be on the safe side, we hired a lawyer only to accompany us (so he could politely point to specific clauses of law, if needed). We were well prepared and interview went very smoothly. There were few minor typos on N400 which we had noticed before interview. Our lawyer pointed those out to IO before hand which is no big deal. IO touched upon long absence from US which was with Re-entry permit and took copies of Marriage certificate and Re-entry Permit. Interview happened recently in Oct '18 due to significant backlog in Houston. We are now waiting for Oath ceremony to be scheduled. It has been a long wait but we can see light at the end of tunnel! A BIG THANKS to you JoeF and Rest of the people for all the inputs and support. REALLY appreciate it!! Cheers!
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    Houston N400 Processing Times

    Hello All Can someone please answer this question? Thanks
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    Houston N400 Processing Times

    I may have to relocate to Dallas office while my N400 is going on. Does my PD remain same or it gets reset when you relocate?
  6. Hi My priority date is 3rd Jul '17 and I'm Houston based. My status is showing online waiting in-line for interview since 31st Jul '17 (after I was done with bio metrics). It's really frustrating to wait such a long time for interview, esp. since my Mother in law needs help and I need to travel overseas for it. Here's what I'm thinking - can you please advise if any of these would help and makes sense: - Relocate to area in the purview of San Antonio Service Center and do a change of address. I see San Antonio is way ahead of Houston. - Is there any expedite process we can follow? - What will be implications if I travel overseas for let's say 3 to 4 months while I retain my apartment in Houston? - Another question I have - Does the USCIS processing time show priority date of the case; i.e. when I look at Houston for e.g. it shows 3rd Sep '16 as N400 date. Should I compare 3rd Sep '16 with 3rd Jul '17 or 31st Jul '17 (when my case moved in line for interview)? I would really appreciate your guidance in this matter. Thanks
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    Date of Application for N-400

    I verified this as well. Also, the Citizenship & Naturalization manual's link says it very clearly - you can do it per 5 year or 3 year rule. https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume12-PartG-Chapter1.html Logically, if you think about it as well, if a US Citizen marries someone living abroad can bring spouse to US on family based visa and then get him/her Citizenship in 3 years. Why then should a US Citizen living in US, marrying a person living in US with GC have to wait longer (or even if the spouse has GC under different category)?
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    Date of Application for N-400

    Hi cap-gap She got GC based on E34 Category (spouse of a “skilled worker” or “professional”). Like I said, she got GC when I got mine in 2001, based on my GC process. Is that not family based?
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    Date of Application for N-400

    Hi JoeF This is really reassuring and very helpful. Appreciate your help a lot! Thanks and regards
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    Date of Application for N-400

    JoeF - Can you help with this one please?
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    Date of Application for N-400

    Thanks JoeF. Appreciate your response. There's one more thing that has been bothering me. I need to check "B" option for Q#1 in N-400 (i.e. 3-year rule for spouse and not 5-year requirement/eligibility applies). Why then part 9 question still request your 5-year travel history and does not differentiate for a 5-year v/s 3-year requirement for a spouse? The reason I ask this is 'cause my spouse does not meet the 5-year requirement - she was outside for more than 30 months in the past 5 year, but she does qualify under 3-year requirement (i.e. 2 year and 1 day). So, I'm concerned if I share all of 5 year travel history, someone may come back and tell her she does not qualify. We could protest of course, but it may result in delayed closure. Any suggestions on how to deal with it? Can I just give 3-year travel history and add to part 9 explaining that under section 319 (a) she only needs to provide 3-year travel history?
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    Date of Application for N-400

    Just to add - She got her GC in 2001 along with mine.
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    Date of Application for N-400

    Hello Friends I'm getting ready to apply for naturalization for my spouse. I need to confirm the earliest date I can do so. I'm US citizen and got naturalized on 23rd April '14. She was outside US for more than a year and returned on 26th June '15 and therefore, she becomes eligible to apply on 27th June '17 under 2 years and 1 day rule. My question is - Can we apply on 23rd April '17 as you can do 90 days ahead of time?? This would satisfy the US citizen spouse requirement of 3 years as well as 2 years 1 day (provided we can do 90 days ahead of 2 years 1 day). Appreciate the help. Regards JS
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    Application Eligibility

    Thanks JoeF. Appreciate the response.
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    Application Eligibility

    Dear Seniors/Experts - Can you help me with it? Thanks
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