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    my father have a honorary citizen from Sioux city, Iowa since 1970 and he is not an american citizen he lives outside USA, so can he obtain an immigration visa (green card) or have i any advantage ?

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    my father have a honorary citizen from Sioux city, Iowa since 1970 and he is not an american citizen he lives outside USA, so can he obtain an immigration visa (green card) or have i any advantage ?

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    • #3
      I found this after doing a google search, it's just a passage, the link to it is below


      An Honorary Citizen of the United States does not appear to have the same rights with a regular US citizen. For example, 7 FAM 1172 from the Foreign Affairs Manual of the State Department states explicitly that honorary US citizens are not eligible for US passports. (Churchill's US passport that is pictured was likely issued under a previous version of the FAM) At present, it is unclear what rights honorary citizenship bestows to an individual, if any at all.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorar..._United_States

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      • #4
        This is not to challenge what the OP stated, but it is very rare that the US bestows honorary citizenship:

        http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2005,0819-crs.pdf

        Honorary Citizenship Distinguished.

        A private law to grant citizenship
        should not be confused with honorary citizenship. Honorary citizenship is a rare and
        extraordinary honor granted to foreigners who have rendered great service. Only a
        handful of individuals have received this honor, including Mother Teresa, renowned
        for her charitable works on behalf of the destitute; Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish
        diplomat who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II; Winston
        Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II; and William
        Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and Hannah Callowhill Penn, his wife. Honorary
        citizenship "is a symbolic gesture. It does not grant any additional legal rights in the
        United States or in international law. It also does not impose additional duties or
        responsibilities, in the United States or internationally, on the honoree."41 It "does
        not give the recipient any voting privileges. This has been a concern in the past. It
        is crystal clear from the legislative history of the Churchill, Wallenberg, and Penn
        bills that conferral of honorary citizenship is purely a symbolic gesture. It is
        recognition of their outstanding commitment to their fellow man and to America."42
        Then-Representative Pat Schroeder noted that Mother Teresa would not
        automatically have the right to reside in the United States even with the honorary
        citizenship unless she met the usual immigration requirements.43 Honorary
        citizenship is normally granted through a joint resolution enacted as a public law,44
        not a private law, since it is a public honor granted by the United States to a
        meritorious individual, not private relief waiving the application of the public
        immigration and nationality laws for an individual. For further information on
        honorary citizenship laws, see CRS Report RS21471

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        • #5
          You learn something new every day.
          That was an interesting read.
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          • #6
            Thank you for all these informations, but my father have a honorary citizen diploma with the signature of the Mayor of the Sioux city, Iowa.
            I don't know if there is a difference between it and a foreign minister distinction (gived to mother theresa, churchill....)
            so i don't know what advantages can this honorary distinction give to my father

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            • #7
              Hi Anas,

              I tried to find information on this, but had no luck. Are you sure it wasn't an honorary award given to your dad? As stated in the previous posts, honorary citizenship is rare. You should check the certificate to be sure. Come back if you have additional information to provide.

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              • #8
                hi proudUSC, thanxs

                that what is writing in the certificate

                Honorary Citizen
                of
                Sioux City, Iowa
                United states of America

                By virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Sioux,Iowa, and as the representative of the City Council and the people of Sioux City, it is a distinct pleasure for me to officially welcome you to the city of Sioux

                Mr...... be and is an honorary citizen of the city of sioux, Iowa

                (with a seal and mayor signatue)

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                • #9
                  Hi Anas,

                  You should contact the mayor's office in Sioux City to find out exactly what this means. I used Google to try and find something for you, but I think a phone call will be the faster method. Good luck.

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                  • #10
                    From what I read around online, all sorts of people have been given the Honor from various cities for different reasons.
                    It doesn't seem that by receiving one, allows you to obtain an immigrant visa on those merits alone I am afraid.
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                    • #11
                      Here's contact information should you need it:

                      City of Sioux City Iowa
                      405 6th Street
                      Sioux City, Iowa 51102
                      phone: 712-279-6109

                      info@sioux-city.org

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                      • #12
                        May I ask what connections did your father have with Sioux City? We might be able to get more information with any extra info you have.
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                        National Domestic Violence Hotline:
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                        • #13
                          There is another way to receive an Honor, but not in your dad's case of course, but just for knowledge:

                          One little-known type of naturalization is posthumous citizenship. This is an honorary citizenship given to non-U.S. citizens who died in the service of the United States (in the armed forces, for example). This is strictly honorary and does not confer any citizenship rights upon the person so honored.
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                          • #14
                            he have also a certificate of achievement from agency for international development, departement of state

                            a technical cooperation programm

                            signed by the director of AID

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                            • #15
                              Hi Anas,

                              Has you dad ever been on a visa to the USA? In what capacity did he receive these honorary certificates? Is he interested in moving to the US permanently? If you'll share more of his story, perhaps there are people here who can give some pointers.

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