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  1. kim ly says:

    Hi, I got married with my husband for 2 and a half year. We wasn’t happy to live together. So, we just divorce. I have a 10 years green card. By the time my divorced final, my valuable time in US( the day show on green card) is 2 years and 9 months. Can I apply for US citizenship? If not, how long do I have to wait to apply for it?

  2. kim ly says:

    Hi, I got married with my husband for 2 and a half year. We wasn’t happy to live together. So, we just divorce. I have a 10 years green card. By the time my divorced final, my valuable time in US( the day show on green card) is 2 years and 9 months. Can I apply for US citizenship? If not, how long do I have to wait to apply for it?

  3. ML says:

    Hi Paul, need your enthusiastic advise/thought. My friend is a F1 resident alien who has studied, worked and lived in US for a long period of time. He earned two degrees. Unfortunately, his previous employments could not lead him with a permanent resident card. Now, he is back to school for change of field. Hope the new field can lead him somewhere. Meanwhile, he would like to open an eBay store to sell items from overseas. Eventually, he wants to own his business and apply a green card on his own. He is a tax payer and will continue to pay tax for the business. Can he open it? Will he get in trouble with tax return when he files I-485 later on? In addition, does he need to register his eBay store with County and State? If yes, should he register his eBay store name with LLC? He has SSN. Does he need to get an EIN for LLC and register the LLC with IRS?

    • Paul says:

      While in F-1 visa, he can’t make any income.

      If he wants to open a business in US, he can obtain green card based on EB-5 category, but the investment should be $500000 amount and create at least 5 jobs. Since its small investment, I doubt he will fall in this category.

  4. Ana says:

    My alien card is expired, do i need to renew it before getting my citizenship or can i just go straight to applying for my citizenship? Someone help me please! I dont want to waste money!

  5. Moi says:

    I am a Northern European living the Los Angeles area and have been a lawful, model permanent resident in the US for more than twenty years and am now in my late 40s. My Green Card issued ten years ago will expire in six months. I’m not the type to postpone important tasks and thus began the process last week. I don’t trust the electronic filing system and decided to do things old schooI. I downloaded the forms from the USCIS site, filled them out with a black ink pen as requested, and was ready to go to my bank and get a money order for $450 ($365 for the form fee + $85 for my upcoming fingerprinting/digital photo appointment, i.e. biometrics appointment). But no where on the huge USCIS site is the vital information on which supporting documents to mail in to the address in Phoenix, AZ. (I don’t recall the requirements from ten years ago and besides, the rule may have changed.) I searched and searched until I my eyes almost crossed. No luck. I finally called the 800 customer service number, found my way through the hellish maze of a voice menu before reaching a representative: a 40-something male white with a thick southern drawl and a millitary (robotic) approach to reading his script. I have no accent, am very articulate, and my question was very specific regarding a routine renewal process of a Green Card. Although he was patient, nice, probably just as frustrated as me, he went on and on, was not able to offer any help, and kept telling me the same thing over and over again: to follow the instructions on the form. I told him there is no info on which docs (photo copies) to mail in with my application, only instructions on how to fill out the form. He kept on and on, going back to the same answer. I felt like Alice in Wonderland talking to the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Did I mention that the fee ten years ago was $130? Never have I been so frustrated during a phone call. I finally said thanks and goodbye (felt sorry for the guy who I guess has to rattle off useless info all day to angry callers) and began looking for help online. I finally found this site and now know to send in a photo copy of my current Green Card (back and front) as well as a copy of my CA driver’s license. Still, I wonder if something will go wrong and my $450 will go down the toilet. How did we get to this point? How did we create these huge bureaucratic monsters called the IRS, the USCIS (formerly Immigration and Naturalization), etc.? How is it that someone like me, who entered the US by the book, has kept my nose clean in twenty years plus has to go through that hellish maze every ten years? Ironically, there is plenty of help to get for immigrants who have not kept their nose clean: lawyers, non-profits, etc. stand by, ready to help them with everything they need. But me? No help whatsoever. So thank you, Paul – I almost lost my mind today I swear! The USICS needs to comletely redesign their lousy website, making it easy to navigate, the info concise. And their customer service? It’s a joke. Any company providing such horrific “service” would be out of business in no time whereas the USCIS continues to rake in the fees for providing the worst “customer service” in the US of A!

  6. Miro says:

    Quick question. I came to U,S in 1998, got my green card after 4 months being here, went to school, got a full time job, got kids, not married (living together), pay my taxes every year since I started working. My card expired in 2008 (5 years ago) and I’ve been told that I can apply to become U.S citizen without renewing my green card. Is that true?

    • Paul says:

      Unless they have changed the rules recently, you need to have a valid green card and it should not expire within the next six months if you wish to apply for citizenship.

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