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    The N-25 form is used for the USCIS to request verifications of a person's naturalization status from the court where the person took the oath of naturalization. The Clerk of the Court from the court where the oath was administered will complete the form. As long as all the requirements for naturalization status are met there are a number of individuals who may file for naturalization status. Some of them are as follows. Foreign nationals who live in the U.S. and are lawful permanent residents for at least 5 years, and who has had no single absence from the country for more than one year, may apply for naturalization. Certain veterans of the United States Armed Forces, spouses who have been permanent residents for at least 3 years who has been married to a U.S. citizen for a period of at least 3 years at the time of filing. [ more ]
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    The N-300 form is used when a permanent resident wants to apply for a Declaration of Intention to become a United States citizen. Although this form is not required for the purposes of naturalization, there are certain states within the country that may require the N-300 form if the permanent resident wishes to engage in certain business practices within said state's borders. The N-300 form should be filed with the USCIS office which has jurisdiction over the place where the applicant resides. There are a number of categories an individual can fall into in order to be eligible to file an N-300 form. If they are the spouse, unmarried child or step child, the adopted child, the parent or stepparent or brother or sister of a United States citizen, they may file. If they are the relative of a Green Card holder, asking for an employment bases immigration, if they won a Green Card lottery or if they are an investor who invests $500,000 in an enterprise that will benefit the United States they may file. [ more ]
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    The purpose of the N-336 form is for a person to request a hearing who has had an unfavorable finding ruling related to a naturalization application they filed. The N-336 form must be filed with the USCIS office that made the unfavorable decision. There are a number of reasons that a USCIS office may find an individual unfavorable for naturalization status. Because there are strict guidelines regarding who may and may not file for naturalization sometimes a person simply doesn't meet the requirements. Often times a person isn't familiar with what these guidelines are and as such they don't comply, though unintentionally. Sometimes the form itself hasn't been filled out properly. It is very important to read, understand and follow all applicable guidelines when filing for naturalization status. [ more ]
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    The N-4 form is always filed by the clerk of any court where naturalization activities take place. The N-4 form may be submitted on a monthly basis if desired. The N-4 form must be filed with the USCIS office that presides over the jurisdiction in which the applicant resides. The information that is in the N-4 form is used by USCIS in determining payment to the court. The form is also used to finalize a naturalized person's record process. The N-4 form is also referred to as the Monthly Report Naturalization Papers, form N-4 or the immigration form N-4. It is extremely important that this form is filled out correctly. There are specific guidelines that are relevant when filling out the form. If it is not completed properly, all relevant documentation isn't provided, or the applicant fails to complete it, this could mean that the application will be denied. [ more ]
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    -400 Application For Naturalization:
    The process through which a lawful permanent resident in the United States becomes a U.S. Citizen is Naturalization. In order to begin the Naturalization process, lawful permanent residents must submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The eligibility rules for Form N-400 are quite complex, but for the vast majority of applicants, the naturalization process is open to those who are at least 18 years of age and who can demonstrate at least 5 years of lawful permanent residence in the United States. The USCIS has published an eligibility worksheet to aid applicants in determining their eligibility for the naturalization process. For most applicants, filing the application is subject to a fee of $675 payable to the Department of Homeland Security. The form requires the applicant to provide information verifying eligibility, identity, residence and employment, and family. Any document used as evidence to verify information given in the form must be submitted to USCIS with a certified English translation. Applicants who knowingly and willfully falsify or hide information with Form N-400, may have their applications denied and any existing immigration permissions revoked, in addition to fines or criminal charges [ more ]
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    The N-400 form is used when a permanent resident want to apply to become a citizen of the United States. There are requirements that must be adhered to if this form is used, and there can be stiff penalties for omitting information or including false information on the form. It is important to note that the N-400 form must be filled out correctly. If it isn't, there could be a delay in processing it through the system. You must also provide any and all required documentation with regard the N-400 form. When downloading the form, it is recommended that the applicant also download the immigration guide as well. The guide contains valuable information that can assist with making sure the form is filled out properly, and that all pertinent information and documentation that is required is included with the application. There is a $595 filing associated with this application. [ more ]
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    The N-426 form is called a request for Certification of Military or Naval Service form. It is used when a person is filing for naturalization status. The form is an official request asking the Department of Defense to verify an applicant's military or naval service history. The N-426 form is a lengthy form and must be filled out correctly in order for the processing procedures to run smoothly and in a timely fashion. This form is used in conjunction with the application for naturalization. Individuals applying for U.S. citizenship under Section 328/329 of the INA should also include Form G-325B and Form N-400 with the citizenship application. The N-426 form is sometimes referred to as the USCIS Form N-426, N 426, Form N426 or immigration form N-426.ᅠOnce the form is filled out it should be returned to the USCIS office that requested the certification. [ more ]
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    The N-455 form, titled Application for Transfer of Petition for Naturalization, is used by an applicant that is filing for naturalization to request that his or her petition for naturalization be transferred to a different court other than the one in which it was filed. The information contained within the form may be used by the USCIS to make recommendations to the court. This form is filled out in quadruplicate and is filed with the clerk of the court in the court where the petition for naturalization is pending. Should the district director not consent to the transfer, the reason for the denial shall be recorded on each copy of the form, and additionally, a memorandum shall also be filed with the court indicating the reason for the denial. The district director shall also inform the applicant whether the application was approved or denied. [ more ]
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    The N-470 form, titled Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes, is used when a person who isn't a legal citizen of the United States who has permanent residency status within the United States wishes to preserve his or her permanent resident status as an immigrant. By filing the form, the applicant is stating that they wish to continue to pursue his or her naturalization in spite of the fact that they must leave the country for certain employment purposes. The N-470 form is also called a USCIS Form N-470, N 470, Form N470 or immigration form N-470.ᅠIt is extremely important to complete the form correctly. As such, it is recommended that the applicant read the instruction guide that tells how to fill out the form correctly. The instructions are detailed and will help the applicant to avoid any delays that may result from the form being filled out incorrectly. [ more ]
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    The N-565 form, titled the Application for Replacement Naturalization Citizenship Document, is used to request a replacement of Declaration of Intention, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or Repatriation Certificate. The N-565 form is also used to apply for a special certification of naturalization as a United States citizen to wishes to be recognized as such in a foreign country. The documents being requested will be processed within 24 hours of receiving the request. The documents will be mailed first class to the applicant. Any updated submission fees associated with the request will be included with the documentation. All pertinent information that is requested in the form must be provided. It is highly recommended that the instructions regarding how to properly fill out the form be read and adhered to. If the form is not filled out correctly there could be a delay in processing it. [ more ]
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    The N-600 form, titled the Application for Certification of Citizenship, is used when a United States citizen wishes to obtain their United States citizenship by showing that they are the birth-child of a United States citizen while living outside of the United States or while residing in the United States by action of law. Prior versions of this form may be accepted, but it is recommended that the applicant use the most recent version. The applicant must adhere to the specifications for photographs used by USCIS. Acceptable forms of payment with regard to the filing fee for the N-600 form may vary from one office to another. The form must be complete correctly in order to be processed properly. Instructions for completing the N-600 are available, and it is recommended that the applicant read the instructions, and be certain they understand them before filling out the form. [ more ]
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    -600/N-643 Supp. A:
    The N-600/N-643 Supplement A form, which is titled Applications for Transmission of Citizenship Through a Grandparent, is used in conjunction with the N-600 (Application for Certification of Citizenship) or the N-643 (Certificate of Citizenship in Behalf of an Adopted Child) forms. The supplement form must be attached to the N-600 or the N-643 form. The supplement form must be completed in black or blue ink and must be printed or typed. Any supplement form that is completed with cursive writing may be denied. Although the supplement form is not long, it is strongly recommended that the applicant read the instructions for filling out the form so as to be sure that it is filled out correctly the first time. It is also important to include an appropriate forwarding address as well as the requested documents will be mailed first class to the applicant. [ more ]
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    ACARA :
    Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act. [ more ]
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    ational :
    A person owing permanent allegiance to a state. [ more ]
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    ational Visa Center (Nvc):
    The National Visa Center (NVC) is the office that provides Affidavit of Support Processing and Applicant Documentation collection for the United States Embassies and the United States Consulates. The NVC will contact a person that intends to immigrate to the United States once their immigration form(s) are completed and filed with the appropriate office. An applicant should never send in either a payment or any documentation to the National Visas Center unless it has been requested. Failing to wait until the NVC has contacted the applicant could mean there will be a delay in processing. When appropriate the NVC will contact the applicant with regard to the collection of fees and documentation. Once the applicant has been contacted for the interview process it is important that they are properly prepared for the interview. It's vital that all preparation instructions be adhered to in order to prevent a delay in processing. [ more ]
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    aturalization :
    The conferring, by any means, of citizenship upon a person after birth. [ more ]
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    aturalization Application :
    The form used by a lawful permanent resident to apply for U.S. citizenship. [ more ]
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    aturalization Ceremony:
    A naturalization ceremony is the final step towards an individual becoming a citizen of the United States. For an individual to make it to this step of the process means that they have fulfilled all of the requirements set forth by the United States government and therefore are now officially being sworn in as citizens of the country. In this ceremony, individuals proudly say the Oath of Allegiance that thereby commits their intentions and dedication to being a citizen of the United States. At the conclusion of the naturalization ceremony, individuals are sworn in and can enjoy their new status as a United States citizen from that moment on. [ more ]
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    aturalization Interview:
    For individuals in the process of becoming citizens of the United States, who have already submitted Form N-400 and completed the fingerprinting and background check requirement, the interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is an important step forward. Once the preliminary verification of eligibility and the background check has been completed, the USCIS schedules the applicant for citizenship an appointment for an interview. Applicants receive a notice by mail which details the time, date and location of the interview as well as any requests for additional documentation that may be necessary in order to demonstrate eligibility as a U.S. Citizen. The following documents are always required at the interview: the applicant's Green Card, or Permanent Resident or Alien Registration Card; the applicant's passport; the applicant's State-issued identification card; and any re-entry permits that the applicant may have for travel to and from the U.S. USCIS also strongly recommends that applicants bring two passport-style photographs to the interview. At the interview applicants are questioned on their backgrounds and desire to attain citizenship. The interviewer will ask for evidence supporting the application, about where the applicant has resided in the U.S. and about the applicant's character, his attachment to the U.S. Constitution and his willingness to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. Additionally, at the interview USCIS tests the applicant's ability to read, write and speak English as well as the applicant's knowledge of U.S. civics. In some cases decisions are received the same day as the interview and applicants may take the Oath, immediately becoming U.S. Citizens. In other cases, depending on the jurisdiction, decisions are delayed and applicants are notified by mail regarding the outcome of their interviews and tests. [ more ]
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    aturalization Oath:
    For immigrants to the U.S., the culmination of the process to becoming a U.S. Citizen is in pledging the Naturalization Oath. The oath affirms an individual's loyalty and allegiance to the United States and requires the oath taker to renounce "all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty" to which the individual was previously subject. For those in the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen, the Naturalization Oath is scheduled following the successful completion of an application (Form N-400), background check, interview and testing process overseen by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Naturalization Oath is taken either at the interview with USCIS or at a local Naturalization Oath Ceremony presided over by a judge or an officer granted authority to administer the oath by the USCIS. Individuals participating in the ceremony will receive a Form N-445, "Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony" specifying the location, date and time at which their attendance is required. Once the Oath is taken, the individual is entitled to all of the benefits and responsibilities as a U.S. Citizen. [ more ]
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    aturalization Provisions:
    Naturalization provisions is a term that is used to describe the basic requirements that each application for naturalization must meet. Naturalization, or the becoming of a citizen of the United States, is a process entailing a variety of requirements. Unless an applicant falls under a specific special classification, the general provisions must be met. These general provisions include being at least 18 years of age. The individual must be a lawful, permanent resident of the United States for the previous five years of continuous residency. Of that period, the application must be physically present in the country for at least half of it. More so, the naturalization provisions also state that an individual must establish good moral character for at least this length of time. [ more ]
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    on Immigrant Visa:
    A non immigrant visa is for international travelers, who are citizens of other countries and are coming to the United States on a temporary basis. This visa allows an individual to travel to a United States port of entry and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security to enter the United States. Though a non immigrant visa helps to get an individual access to the United States, it doesn't necessary guarantee it. An individual may use a non immigrant visa for a variety of temporary reasons including vacation, business, and medical treatment. The purpose, intent, and duration of the trip to the United States will need to be declared well in advance and be part of the application process to determine if an individual is granted a non immigrant visa. [ more ]
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    onimmigrant :
    An alien who seeks temporary entry to the United States for a specific purpose. The alien must have a permanent residence abroad (for most classes of admission) and qualify for the nonimmigrant classification sought. [ more ]
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    A person with a nonimmigrant visa who comes to the United States only on a temporary basis in order to do a particular task is called a nonimmigrant. The nonimmigrant can only stay in the United States for a certain length of time, and cannot act as if they intend to stay in the United States on a permanent basis. Several kinds of nonimmigrant exist, but for the most part students and workers are in this country on a temporary basis make up the bulk of nonimmigrant people in the United States. Those who are only visiting the United States on a short-term basis are also considered to have nonimmigrant status. The nonimmigrant status can apply to a certain specialized work activity that will take place in the United States, or be a type that is best suited for investors. [ more ]
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    onimmigrant Visa:
    The nonimmigrant visa application is necessary for anyone who wants to come to the USA for a transitory stay. In order for them to receive the nonimmigrant visa, certain requirements must be met. Federal laws and regulations are an important part of the whole visa picture. Obeying these can be the deciding factor as to whether or not a person's application for a nonimmigrant visa is issued or refused. The eligibility requirements for one of these visas are not difficult. A person can enter the United States for business purposes, medical treatment, or just for pleasure. They should be able to prove that they have a place to live out of the United States as proof of an obligatory tie, which signifies they will return to their home. [ more ]
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    onpreference Category :
    Nonpreference visas were available to qualified applicants not entitled to a visa under the preferences until the category was eliminated by the Immigration Act of 1990. [ more ]
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    orth American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA) :
    Public Law 103-182 (Act of 12/8/93), superseded the United States-Canada Free-Trade Agreement as of 1/1/94. It continues the special, reciprocal trading relationship between the United States and Canada (see United States-Canada Free-Trade Agreement), and establishes a similar relationship with Mexico. [ more ]
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    VC :
    National Visa Center
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