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BringSp 20 Jan 2009

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I know this topic has already been discussed, but I am very concerned about this cause nobody confirms if it really works. I am US citizen by naturalization and I am trying to file the I-130 for my spouse but i dont have my naturalization certificate cause i lost it and i cant find it, and on the I-130 form the certificate number is asked but i dont have it since i dont even have my certificate. Now, for what i read in the other discussions I could use my US passport as proof, but my questions is. Does anybody already tried this. without the certificate and just using the US passport. and Did it work. without problems. cause I am afraid that if I send just the passport with all the documentation they are gonna ask me for the certificate which i dont have and my petition is gonna get denied. PLEASE HELP I really need to know from somebody who knows this for sure and has already gone throught the same problem THANK YOU

YuAndDan 20 Jan 2009

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BringSp 20 Jan 2009

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i was told that the A# was the green card number and is not the same cause if it is i stil have that number but I would like to know for sure if the passport if enough. maybe somebody already went throught the same problem

Edited by BringSp, 20 January 2009 - 07:27 PM.

Teofi79 23 Mar 2009

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I figure this question out myself (I'm filing a I-130 petition for my spouse).

Most of us naturalized citizens don't have our Naturalization Certificate anymore because we had to turn in the Certificate to obtain a US passport and they don't give it back to you.

There's a way to get a replacement of the Naturalization Certificate, but it costs $380!!!

The I-130 application asks for my Naturalization Certificate number.

I called USCIS and they told me that I don't need the Naturalization Certificate number. Instead, I can simply write "N/A" (meaning, not applicable) on all the spaces in the petition that ask for this while including a photocopy of the first page of my passport in my application package; thus, proving my citizenship.

The representative told me that doing this will in no way delay or jeopardize my application.

pushbrk 23 Mar 2009

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QUOTE (Teofi79 @ Mar 23 2009, 11:25 AM)

I figure this question out myself (I'm filing a I-130 petition for my spouse).

Most of us naturalized citizens don't have our Naturalization Certificate anymore because we had to turn in the Certificate to obtain a US passport and they don't give it back to you.

There's a way to get a replacement of the Naturalization Certificate, but it costs $380!!!

The I-130 application asks for my Naturalization Certificate number.

I called USCIS and they told me that I don't need the Naturalization Certificate number. Instead, I can simply write "N/A" (meaning, not applicable) on all the spaces in the petition that ask for this while including a photocopy of the first page of my passport in my application package; thus, proving my citizenship.

The representative told me that doing this will in no way delay or jeopardize my application.

N/A can mean not applicable or not available. I'd write "unknown". Of course you can use a copy of every page (even the blank ones and front and back cover) of your

US passport instead. That's why you see the word "or" in the instructions.

Minya's wife 23 Mar 2009

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QUOTE (Teofi79 @ Mar 23 2009, 01:25 PM)

I figure this question out myself (I'm filing a I-130 petition for my spouse).

Most of us naturalized citizens don't have our Naturalization Certificate anymore because we had to turn in the Certificate to obtain a US passport and they don't give it back to you.

There's a way to get a replacement of the Naturalization Certificate, but it costs $380!!!

The I-130 application asks for my Naturalization Certificate number.

I called USCIS and they told me that I don't need the Naturalization Certificate number. Instead, I can simply write "N/A" (meaning, not applicable) on all the spaces in the petition that ask for this while including a photocopy of the first page of my passport in my application package; thus, proving my citizenship.

The representative told me that doing this will in no way delay or jeopardize my application.

That does not make sense. writing N/A (not applicable) in a space that asks for the naturalization certificate indicates that its not applicable to you, or that you do not have a naturalization certificate, i.e. you're not a citizen. I would write "None" (please see enclosed US Passport) in the space where the Naturalization Certificate Info is needed.

On that note. if using the passport to prove citizenship, and visits between spouses, copy every page of the passport to satisfy the citizenship requirement, and copy the identity page and each page containing an entry/exit stamp to prove visits w/ your spouce.

Edited by Minya's wife, 23 March 2009 - 01:39 PM.

dekagunda 23 Mar 2009

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eros_EX_Plumber 23 Mar 2009

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Yes the are two different numbers.

the A# is your old Alien number when you use to have a green card.

The Naturalization Certificate number is completely different number.

When you applied for US passport and your Naturalization Certificate was mailed in with you passport request, they sent it back for sure.

The new passport and the naturalization certificate are mailed back to you in different envelopes and at different times.

You should have received you passport first and the Naturalization certificate later..usually few days difference in completely separate envelope.

You should go ahead with you application anyway. with your US passport copies instead of the certificate.

If for some reason they really want to see it. they will issue an RFE (request for additional evidence) but at least you get the application going since it may take some months.

If I was you. I would still apply for a Naturalization certificate replacement anyway. it always good to have and make sure you make few copies of it this time once you receive the replacement.

Do not worry so much. and good luck in your journey.

Mrs.Cage 23 Mar 2009

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Hi, we went through the same thing, when my hubby (a USC) was about to file for our CR1 he coudn't find his naturalization cert. so he had to reapply for a new one and it cost $380, they told him that he could go ahead a file the petition with just the receipt of the new certificate he applied for plus his passport.

I Miss Her 23 Mar 2009

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Alien Number (A #) has nine digits on US permanent resident card and US naturalization certificate has eight digits written in RED on upper right corner.

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