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    I have a question on the N-400 application. I'm intending to apply for naturalization. My family is comprised of me, my wife and my sixteen years old son. Do I complete one application for the entire family or do I have to complete separate application forms. Also do I pay one fee ($ 675) for the entire family or per person? I'm confused and would appreciate your answers

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    I have a question on the N-400 application. I'm intending to apply for naturalization. My family is comprised of me, my wife and my sixteen years old son. Do I complete one application for the entire family or do I have to complete separate application forms. Also do I pay one fee ($ 675) for the entire family or per person? I'm confused and would appreciate your answers

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    • #3
      Geez guys! Some modesty please!!
      I realize I'm asking simple questions, but could somoene respond?

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      • #4
        HI decent,

        From what I understand both you and your wife needs to fill your own form in.
        You also need to send separate checks. You can I believe send one check or money order for both the application fee and for the biometric fee together eg: $675 I think it is now?, but remember to send separate ones for each of you.

        Regarding your son, he needs to be listed on the form where it asks about children.

        If he hasn't reached 18 by the time you both Naturalize than he will automatically have citizenship through you.
        You can then obtain a certificate of Naturalization for him (N600), I don't know if there is a fee for that or not, Im sorry.

        Here is a link to the instructions of the N400:

        http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/N-400ins.pdf
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        • #5
          Thank you sprint_girl you are a class act! So you are telling me, my son should be mentioned on both applications, mine and my wife's too?

          Also, can I attach my personal check with my wife's application or is that unacceptable? Does it have to be her personal check?. Please advise.

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          • #6
            Hi Bouree,

            If you are asking if you can write a check for your wife's application and it is from your personal account than yes you can.

            Just make sure that you write her details on the check somewhere eg: what it is for (N-400 and/or Biometrics fee) for who (your wife's full name) and maybe her Alien number or something that USICS can relate the check to, just in case the check gets detached from application. Check the instructions to see what else they require for you to include on the check.

            Yes I believe that both of you have to list all children that you have, including children of all ages, whether here in the US or elsewhere. Whether from a previous marriage and so on.
            If either of you have children from previous marriages etc, then your lists will be different.

            They need to know all names of children regardless whether they are entitled to Citizenship or not.

            Once either of you (unless changed) become Naturalized then take your Certificate along with your child's birth certificate and apply for a US passport for him/her, as long as your child is still under 18 and a LPR.

            If you want a certificate for him her, you will have to file for the N600 and I now found out it costs $400+.

            Im not an immigration professional or anything so this is just what I know and have read.
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            • #7
              Thanks sprint_girl07 yet again. God bless you.
              Could you please take a stab at the other questions I posted. I was arrested overnight for false domestic violance, something my wife greatly regretted doing. Case was dismissed and sealed.

              There is a question in the N400 that askes if I've ever been to a jail. Is a Detention Center and a jail/prison one and the same thing.

              I was arrested overnight. Is that classified as citation and arrest?

              How could I tell why my case was dismissed. The disposition doesn't mention why it was dismissed. My wife didn't press any charges.

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              • #8
                You're welcome bouree.

                Regarding your other question, I am sorry I really do not know enough about the criminal history section and don't know how you can obtain proof of your case, even if it is now sealed.

                Have you spoken to the courthouse to find out what they can give you or what you need to file to obtain those records?

                You will definitely need to show USCIS some documents at least to prove how, why, when and what the outcome was as they want to know anything, even a traffic citation.

                You were arrested so that answer would be yes, but I do not know how you would answer regarding the detention part.
                From what I understood it can be classed as a jail or a prison going by certain ones around the country.
                Maybe the best thing is while you are at courthouse to ask about the paperwork, ask them what the detention center where you were hold is classed as. Failing that try google and put the name down and see what it says about the detention center, it may say jail or prison.

                Sorry I couldn't help further, just remember to be honest on the form, and give as much information as possible. Obtaining documents for USCIS is also extremely important.

                This is just my opinion but maybe someone else may come up with an idea or a clearer answer.

                All the best
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                God Bless America - God Bless Immigrants - God Bless Poor Misguided Souls Too

                National Domestic Violence Hotline:
                1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.

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                • #9
                  Thanks again! You mentioned even a traffic citation needs to be disclosed. What do I need to submit?

                  My other question is regarding whether I need to submit originals or copies of arrest case disposition. Some say only copies need to be submitted not originals. As for traffic citations, The N400 guide says if it's not DUI related or if it was traffic related but less than $500 then don't submit anything. My traffic citation was crosiing red light and the fine was $75 only.

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                  • #10
                    Hi Bouree,

                    I am only going by what I know and what I have read about the N-400 so if unsure best to call USCIS to verify.

                    My intake on this is, you need certified copies of the depositions from the court. (records for arrest, citations, dismissed etc).

                    For the traffic citations you need to declare every single one on the N-400 form regardless of the amount of fine.
                    However if the fine is under $500 then USCIS do not require you to send or bring with you to the interview the proof of that citation payment.
                    Fines above that, then yes you do. They want to see proof that you paid them.

                    So there is a difference to disclosing and showing proof. You have to disclose everything on the form.
                    Personally I would take proof of everything in case anyone did ask to see proof. It is better to be fully prepared where immigration is concerned.
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                    God Bless America - God Bless Immigrants - God Bless Poor Misguided Souls Too

                    National Domestic Violence Hotline:
                    1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.

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                    • #11
                      Sprint Girl_07
                      You are awesome, thanks!

                      In the Guide and Document Checklist, it says: If you answered "NO" to any of questions 1 through 5 in Part 8, send:
                      A written explanation on a separate sheet of paper.

                      Well, part 8 is about Marital History and there are no questions there to answer Yes or No. Is there a typo here or an error in the checklist?

                      The same applies to Part 7, which doesn't have the 15 questions mentioned. Could you shed some light on that?

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                      • #12
                        Can somone resolve this dilemma:

                        In the Guide and Document Checklist, it says: If you answered "NO" to any of questions 1 through 5 in Part 8, send:
                        A written explanation on a separate sheet of paper.

                        Well, part 8 is about Marital History and there are no questions there to answer Yes or No. Is there a typo here or an error in the checklist?

                        The same applies to Part 7, which doesn't have the 15 questions mentioned. Could you shed some light on that?

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                        • #13
                          Sorry Bouree, I didn't see this last posting

                          I am not sure about the question, but I will have a look and see.
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                          National Domestic Violence Hotline:
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                          • #14
                            Which version do you have Bouree?

                            Does it have a published date or expiration date one form.

                            I think they are referring to Part 10 not Part 8.
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                            National Domestic Violence Hotline:
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                            • #15
                              From USCIS website:

                              Document Checklist for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

                              All Applicants for Naturalization must send the following items with their N-400 application:

                              1.
                              A photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card or "Green Card"). If you have lost the card, submit a photocopy of the receipt for your Form I-90, "Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card"; and
                              2.
                              Two identical color photographs, with your name and "A-number" written lightly in pencil on the back of each photo. For details about the photo requirements, see Part 5 of A Guide to Naturalization and the Form M-603 instructions. Do not wear eyeglasses or earrings for the photo. If your religion requires you to wear a head covering, your facial features must still be exposed in the photo for purposes of identification; and
                              3.
                              A check or money order for the application fee and the biometric services fee (Applicants 75 years of age or older are exempted from the biometrics services fee). Write your "A-number" on the back of the check or money order. The application fee is $595 and the biometrics services fee is $80. You may combine the fees into one check or money order. Make your check or money order payable to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security."

                              Send copies of the following documents, unless we ask for an original.
                              If an attorney or accredited representative is acting on your behalf, send:

                              A completed original Form G-28, "Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative"

                              If your current legal name is different from the name on your Permanent Resident Card, send:

                              The document(s) that legally changed your name (marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court document).

                              If you are applying for naturalization based on your marriage to a U.S. citizen, send the following four items:

                              1.
                              Evidence that your spouse has been a U.S. citizen for the last three years:
                              *
                              Birth certificate (if your spouse never lost citizenship since birth), or
                              *
                              Naturalization Certificate, or
                              *
                              Certificate of Citizenship, or
                              *
                              The inside of the front cover and signature page of your spouse's current U.S. passport, or
                              *
                              Form FS-240, "Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America," and
                              2.
                              Your current marriage certificate, and
                              3.
                              Proof of termination of all prior marriages of your spouse - divorce decree(s), annulment(s), or death certificate(s); and
                              4.
                              Documents referring to you and your spouse:
                              *
                              Tax returns, bank accounts, leases, mortgages, or birth certificates of children, or
                              *
                              Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - certified copies of the income tax forms that you both filed for the past three years, or
                              *
                              An IRS tax return transcript for the last three years.

                              If you were married before, send:

                              Proof that all earlier marriages ended - divorce decree(s), annulment(s), or death certificate(s);

                              If you were previously in the U.S. military service, send:

                              A completed original Form G-325B, "Biographic Information."

                              If you are currently in the U.S. military service and are seeking citizenship based on that service, send:

                              *
                              A completed original Form N-426, "Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service;" and
                              *
                              A completed original Form G-325B, "Biographic Information."

                              If you have taken any trips outside the United States that lasted six months or more since becoming a Permanent Resident, send evidence that you (and your family) continued to live, work and/or keep ties to the United States, such as:

                              *
                              An IRS tax return "transcript" or an IRS-certified tax return listing tax information for the last five years (or for the last three years if you are applying on the basis of marriage to a U.S. citizen).
                              *
                              Rent or mortgage payments and pay stubs.

                              If you have a dependent spouse or children who do not live with you, send:

                              *
                              Any court or government order to provide financial support; and
                              *
                              Evidence of your financial support (including evidence that you have complied with any court or government order), such as:
                              o
                              Cancelled checks,
                              o
                              Money and receipts,
                              o
                              A court or agency printout of child support payments,
                              o
                              Evidence of wage garnishments,
                              o
                              A letter from the parent or guardian who cares for your children.

                              If you answer "Yes" to any of Questions 1 through 14 of Part 10 of form N-400, send:

                              A written explanation on a separate sheet of paper.

                              If you answer "No" to any of Questions 34 through 39 of Part 10 of form N-400, send:

                              A written explanation on a separate sheet of paper.

                              If you have ever been arrested or detained by any law enforcement officer for any reason, and no charges were filed, send:

                              An original official statement by the arresting agency or applicant court confirming that no charges were filed.

                              If you have ever been arrested or detained by any law enforcement officer for any reason, and charges were filed, sind:

                              An original or court-certified copy of the complete arrest record and disposition for each incident (dismissal order, conviction record or acquittal order).

                              If you have ever been convicted or placed in an alternative sentencing program or rehabilitative program (such as a drug treatment or community service program), sned:

                              *
                              An original or court-certified copy of the sentencing record for each incident; and
                              *
                              Evidence that you completed your sentence:
                              o
                              An original or certified copy of your probation or parole record; or
                              o
                              Evidence that you completed an alternative sentencing program or rehabilitative program.

                              If you have ever had any arrest or conviction vacated, set aside, sealed, expunged or otherwise removed from your record, send:

                              An original or court-certified copy of the court order vacating, setting aside, sealing, expunging or otherwise removing the arrest or conviction, or

                              NOTE: If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime, you may send any countervailing evidence or evidence in your favor concerning the circumstances of your arrest and/or conviction that you would like USCIS to consider.
                              If you have ever failed to file an income tax return since you became a Permanent Resident, send:

                              All correspondence with the IRS regarding your failure to file.

                              If you have any federal, state or local taxes that are overdue, send:

                              *
                              A signed agreement from the IRS or state or local tax office showing that you have filed a tax return and arranged to pay the taxes you owe; and
                              *
                              Documentation from the IRS or state or local tax office showing the current status of your repayment program.

                              NOTE: You may obtain copies of tax documents and tax information by contacting your local IRS offices, using the Blue Pages of your telephone directory, or through its website at www.irs.gov. If you are applying for a disability exception to the testing requirement, send:

                              An original Form N-648, "Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions," completed less than six months ago by a licensed medical or osteopathic doctor or licensed clinical psychologist.

                              If you did not register with the Selective Service and you (1) are male, (2) are 26 years old or older, and (3) lived in the United States in a status other than as a lawful nonimmigrant between the ages of 18 and 26, send:

                              A "Status Information Letter" from the Selective Service (Call 1-847-688-8888) for more information.


                              http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb9...CM10000048f3d6a1RCRD
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                              God Bless America - God Bless Immigrants - God Bless Poor Misguided Souls Too

                              National Domestic Violence Hotline:
                              1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.

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