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Old 08-12-2010, 01:17 PM
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Hi Everyone,
here's the details of my I-485/I-130 Case

Married USC - June 2003
Filed AOS - Aug 2003
Had AOS interview - Nov 2005 - no GC on spot due to namecheck delay
Received I-551 Stamp - Aug 2006 (needed due to emergency medical travel)
Received 10 year GC by postal mail - Sept 2006
Approval date on 10-yr GC - Mar 2006
Divorce Date - Dec 2006


Is it recommened to file N-400 application or stay on GC.

Exactly one year after I had my AOS interview, we had divorced. However, even if the GC has validity date starting from Mar 2006, I did not receive the card in mail until september 2006.

During I-551 temporary stamping in Aug 2006 due to urgent travel
needs, I was asked by USCIS officer if "you are still married to the same USC". I replied "yes" to that question as we were still married then. I was reminded that "by penulty of perjury if i am lieing, i can be denied immigration benefit later or something". The divorce proceedings were initiated a month ago from the I-551 stamp date and I wasn't sure USCIS knew anything about it. The final divorce decree arrived in Dec 2006. To my understanding, the date on decree decides the divorce date, not applying for it.

I don't really think that I lied to the USCIS officer and I believe that the law
says that I need to remain married for 2+ years with the USC for LPR status, which was 3 years in my case. But I don't really know how USCIS thinks about it.

Now,i was planning to apply for N-400 in next few months based on the 5-year rule. Since my divorce was finalized within next 7 months of getting the GC and just around an year after having the AOS interview, do I run the risk of jeopardizing my GC if I apply for citizenship. Have asked few lawyers around here and have heard conflicting responses and so am still very confused. Will really appreciate if anyone knows a situation something to mine.

Thanks
Shon
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:28 PM
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I doubt anyone here would you able to advise you, since most are employment based applicants. Moreover you should really consult a lawyer you trust.
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