The "been there done that" thread: life in the US after DV

1. What do you mean by ”process”? It’s pretty simple for most people: fill in form, go to biometrics, wait for interview, then wait for oath ceremony. The times between these steps vary by FO and the full process can take anything from a few months to over a year,
2. See above
3. Yes
4. The form only asks for the last 5 years (3 years if married to usc) which should be maximum date of issue of GC
5. If you submit it on online (recommended), your myuscis account will have a copy of the form and all documents submitted.
Thank you Susie for you reply, and yes i understand the general process until the Oath ceremony, I was wondering is the applicaton will be submitted to USCIS in Arizona or TX center and then they send the file to the field office or the onlin form will be direct to the field office?
For us, we are DV lottery so it is 5 years. we will be 90 days or as you advised before 88 days to apply before the 5 years anniversary.
We did 2 international visits since we beame GC holders around 92 days total which should be OK and still can apply.. One online account for each one of us to submitt our applications as parents or we need to creat two accounts? We apprecite any comments or correction.
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
Thank you Susie for you reply, and yes i understand the general process until the Oath ceremony, I was wondering is the applicaton will be submitted to USCIS in Arizona or TX center and then they send the file to the field office or the onlin form will be direct to the field office?
For us, we are DV lottery so it is 5 years. we will be 90 days or as you advised before 88 days to apply before the 5 years anniversary.
We did 2 international visits since we beame GC holders around 92 days total which should be OK and still can apply.. One online account for each one of us to submitt our applications as parents or we need to creat two accounts? We apprecite any comments or correction.
My understanding is that it goes direct to your field office when filed online, I may be wrong.
You will need an online account for each person, the system does not accept the same account for more than one A number. (You also cannot reuse the same email or phone number for different people.)
 
Hi again all! I didn’t get the job, for those of you who read my post about declaring money earned from New Zealand. But luckily I’ve managed to convince five of my maths students to carry on with me via Skype, and we have savings. So there’s that...
More questions though. We’ve decided to make the big move on June 18th. Not the greatest timing I know, but I’d rather move while this Executive Order is current than wait for the next one, and we can’t go in and out because... New Zealand. Did you all have any problems with signing up for things when you first arrived? (Eg electric, internet, mobiles, banks...) We were going to stay with friends or Air BnB for the first month but because of Covid we’re going to move straight into a rental apartment. But worried there will be things it’s difficult to get before our SS numbers come through.
Cheers and hope you’re all keeping safe!
 
My understanding is that it goes direct to your field office when filed online, I may be wrong.
You will need an online account for each person, the system does not accept the same account for more than one A number. (You also cannot reuse the same email or phone number for different people.)
Is passport photographs needed to be send with the n-4-00 application paper?
Also confirming support documents, GC, marriage and birth certificate for each applicant.
Children’s birth certificates only or their GC too? We are DV winner/ GC holder.
Can you guys let me know anything else I have to send?
Thanks
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Is passport photographs needed to be send with the n-4-00 application paper?
Also confirming support documents, GC, marriage and birth certificate for each applicant.
Children’s birth certificates only or their GC too? We are DV winner/ GC holder.
Can you guys let me know anything else I have to send?
Thanks
You need to go through the N-400 Instructions itself for your own good. This forum is dedicated to DV lottery, you know.
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
Is passport photographs needed to be send with the n-4-00 application paper?
Also confirming support documents, GC, marriage and birth certificate for each applicant.
Children’s birth certificates only or their GC too? We are DV winner/ GC holder.
Can you guys let me know anything else I have to send?
Thanks
File online, it tells you what to submit. But no photos, they’ll do the photos at the biometric appointmen.
 
Hi all, idk if this is the right thread to post questions past the AOS approval but I have quick questions on what are my options past GC approval? Like

1. do I get to travel right away or I will have to wait a few months to make a trip? I plan to go back home asap the airports are back to normal operations back home (which I presume might take few months)
2. what happens to my sevis (F1 status)? and do I need to update my info anywhere else beside letting my DSO/school know about my change of status
3. what are the consequences of dropping school for a year so that I don't have to pay hight tutions? I plan to cont my study but may b take a break for a year so that my fees are reduced to the in-state or LPR charge category?
4. Besides applying for nonrestricted SSN what else do you all advise me to do so that my records are clear and good to excel in my career choices?
5. lastly since I am or prob by now was on F1 I am not paying SNN taxes yet, should I let my employer to chop SSN taxes from my paycheck after I have my nonrestricted SSN or they should start doing it asap I get my GC on hand?

thank you for your inputs to my questions.
 
Hi all, idk if this is the right thread to post questions past the AOS approval but I have quick questions on what are my options past GC approval? Like

1. do I get to travel right away or I will have to wait a few months to make a trip? I plan to go back home asap the airports are back to normal operations back home (which I presume might take few months)
2. what happens to my sevis (F1 status)? and do I need to update my info anywhere else beside letting my DSO/school know about my change of status
3. what are the consequences of dropping school for a year so that I don't have to pay hight tutions? I plan to cont my study but may b take a break for a year so that my fees are reduced to the in-state or LPR charge category?
4. Besides applying for nonrestricted SSN what else do you all advise me to do so that my records are clear and good to excel in my career choices?
5. lastly since I am or prob by now was on F1 I am not paying SNN taxes yet, should I let my employer to chop SSN taxes from my paycheck after I have my nonrestricted SSN or they should start doing it asap I get my GC on hand?

thank you for your inputs to my questions.


1. You can travel as soon as you want, but if you leave before your physical green card arrives you’ll need an i551 stamp in your passport, which requires an infopass, which sounds hard to get these days. So technically immediately but in practice wait for your green card.
2. You are a LPR so no longer an F1 student. Inform your DSO of your change of status. Again, you may want to wait for your physical green card for this (they may need a copy).
3. Speak to your college’s bursar department, depending on how long you have been there and college tuition rules, you may qualify for instate tuition. If not, just becoming an LPR is unlikely to change that afaik (but there may be local rules that do). There is no USC or LPR “charge category” - if it’s a public you are either instate or out of state for tuition purposes, regardless anything else. Privates charge the same for everyone. However, becoming an LPR changes your student status from international to domestic and may open up more funding sources to you, both from the college and federal sources (fill in FAFSA for your next school year).
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5. In my understanding that can start immediately. You keep the same SSN. You want to start contributing as early as you can to maximize your benefit later in life.
 
1. You can travel as soon as you want, but if you leave before your physical green card arrives you’ll need an i551 stamp in your passport, which requires an infopass, which sounds hard to get these days. So technically immediately but in practice wait for your green card.
2. You are a LPR so no longer an F1 student. Inform your DSO of your change of status. Again, you may want to wait for your physical green card for this (they may need a copy).
3. Speak to your college’s bursar department, depending on how long you have been there and college tuition rules, you may qualify for instate tuition. If not, just becoming an LPR is unlikely to change that afaik (but there may be local rules that do). There is no USC or LPR “charge category” - if it’s a public you are either instate or out of state for tuition purposes, regardless anything else. Privates charge the same for everyone. However, becoming an LPR changes your student status from international to domestic and may open up more funding sources to you, both from the college and federal sources (fill in FAFSA for your next school year).
4.
5. In my understanding that can start immediately. You keep the same SSN. You want to start contributing as early as you can to maximize your benefit later in life.
Thank you @SusieQQQ all this information is coming to a big help. I will wait for the physical card to arrive before making any moves. thank you,
 
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