New Zealand Resident Visa Dependent Child Resident Visa

New Zealand Resident Visa Dependent Child Resident Visa

Application Fee:

 

NZD $2,250

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Overview

Dependent Child Resident visa enables dependent children to join their parents in New Zealand. In order to apply under this visa category you must demonstrate that you meet all visa requirements, and make sure that your sponsor is an appropriate sponsor. You might be eligible if you are up to 24 years old, single, with no children of your own, and are fully dependent on your parents for financial sustenance.

With this visa you can

Bring your dependent children to New Zealand to live with you. If they’re old enough they can study or work in New Zealand as well.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Who is it for

If you are a citizen or resident of New Zealand, you can bring your dependent children who are 24 years or under with you by applying to Dependent Child Resident Visa. Your children can live and work in New Zealand indefinitely.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

How to qualify

Dependent children: Your children must be single and depend on you for financial support

Dependent children aged 21 – 24: Children aged 21-24 must rely on an adult for financial support

Your relationship with your children: You must be the parent of your dependent children

Custody of children 15 and under: You must have the legal right to remove dependent children from their home country

Your immigration status: You must be a New Zealand citizen or resident

Your place of residence: New Zealand must be your primary place of residence

English language: Your dependent children aged 16 and over may need to meet English language requirements

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The process

Step 1 – You send your children’s visa application to Immigration New Zealand

You must complete and sign a ‘Residence Application’. Any dependent children aged 18 or over must also sign the form. You will need to send the application to Immigration New Zealand with your application fee, immigration levy and supporting documents.

Step 2 – Decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration New Zealand will be in touch. They may ask to interview you as part of the process.

You must hold a valid visa while you are in New Zealand. If your current temporary visa will expire before they make a decision on your residence application, you should apply for a further temporary visa if you wish to remain in New Zealand.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

The document needed

  • Completed the application form. Each person included in the application has signed the form.
  • Application fee and immigration levy.
  • Passports or travel documents (the original documents or certified copies) for each person included in the application.
  • Full birth certificates for every person included in the application.
  • Medical certificates and chest X-ray certificates for all applicants if required.
  • Police certificate(s) (less than six months old) for every person included in this application.
  • Two recent passport-size photographs of each person included in the application.
  • Required evidence as outlined in sections I to O, and in the Residence Guide (INZ 1002)

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Government Fees

Application cost NZD$ 2,250

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. Immigration New Zealand does not refund application costs if your visa is refused. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Additional information

  • If your children were eligible for New Zealand residence under the Family Quota, Refugee Family Support Category, Samoa Quota Scheme or Pacific Access Category but weren’t included in your residence application, they’re not eligible for this visa.
  • If your children were eligible for New Zealand residence under any other category but weren’t included in your residence application, we may ask you to explain the reason for this.
  • Some children of New Zealand citizens or residents are New Zealand citizens by birth or descent. If your child is a citizen, they do not need to apply for residence. Check the website below to see who is a New Zealand citizen.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application Fee:

 

NZD $2,250

Processing Time:

 

12 months

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Australia Citizenship by Naturalization

Australia Citizenship by Naturalization

Application Fee:

 

AUD 4,045

Processing Time:

 

• 75% of applications: 12 months
• 90% of applications: 18 months

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Overview

If you are living in Australia as an Australian permanent resident, you might have already enjoyed living in an independent and democratic society. But, becoming a citizen will open up many doors of freedom and success for you and your next generations.

Most people get Australian citizenship by conferral. You must be an Australian permanent resident and fulfill all requirements in order to becoming a citizen by conferral.

As an Australian citizen you have a number of privileges, which include:

  • Voting in Federal and State or territory elections and in a referendum;
  • Applying for full time work in the Australian Public Service or in the Australian Defence Force;
  • Seeking election to Australian parliament;
  • Applying for an Australian passport and re-entering Australia spontaneously;
  • Asking for assistance from an Australian official while overseas;
  • Registering kids born overseas as Australian citizens by descent.

This is for permanent residents of Australia who would like to become Australian citizen.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Who is it for

This is for permanent residents of Australia who would like to become Australian citizen.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

How to qualify

Like a visa application, applying for Australian citizenship has certain requirements you must meet. Australia Citizenship Requirements:

  • You must be an Australian permanent resident;
  • You are over 16 years of age;
  • You have physically lived in Australia for a period of four years, including 12 months as a permanent resident;
  • You must not have serious criminal offense;
  • You have an adequate knowledge of your responsibilities and privileges as a citizen.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The process

Step 1 – Meet the basic eligibility

You need to check that you meet our requirements before you apply. Check your eligibility.

Step 2 – Organise your documents

You will be required to submit some documents along with your application. You can scroll down to find the documents checklist for Australian citizenship application.

Step 3 – Apply for citizenship

You can apply and pay online whether you are in Australia or another foreign country. Completing your application online, and providing all the documents listed for your application type, helps immigration officer to finalise your application faster.

Step 4 – Come to your appointment

Most people aged between 18 and 59 years will have an interview with the Department of Home Affairs. They must sit for a citizenship test as well. Others might only have to face an interview. The DHA will send you an appointment letter with the details. The time from when you apply to your appointment date varies, but this may take a long time,

You can find out about the interview and citizenship test

Step 5 – Wait for our decision

Provide all required documents and let the DHA know if there is any change of circumstances. If you do not update your changes, you might face some complications and the application may take long time.

Step 6 – Outcome

DHA will notify you in writing. You will receive a letter from DHA when they have made a decision on your application.

Step 7 – Attend a citizenship ceremony

Most applicants for citizenship by conferral must attend a citizenship ceremony and make the Australian Citizenship Pledge to become an Australian citizen. This could be one of the happiest moments in your life!

Generally, you will receive an invitation to a ceremony within 6 months of your application being granted, but waiting times may vary. You can check the citizenship processing times here.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The document needed

  • You need to give us evidence that you meet our requirements.
  • Federal police check
  • Scanned copies of your original documents including your passports
  • certified copies of all other documents if you have to lodge a paper application
  • Photographs
  • evidence of eligibility for any exemptions, discretions and concessions
  • evidence of eligibility for the special residence requirement
  • evidence of residence (for New Zealand and British migrants)
  • evidence of your relationship with any children included in the application
  • medical evidence of an enduring physical or mental incapacity from a specialist medical practitioner registered in Australia
  • medical evidence of permanent loss or substantial hearing, speech or sight impairment from a specialist medical practitioner registered in Australia
  • evidence of your birth in Papua before 16 September 1975 to an Australian citizen parent
  • evidence of your birth to a former Australian citizen who lost citizenship before 4 April 2002
  • Evidence of exemptions, ministerial discretions and concessions
  • Evidence to meet the special residence requirement
  • Evidence of residence for New Zealand migrants
  • Evidence of residence for British migrants
  • Documents relating to a child in your application

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Government Fees

The Citizenship Application Fee is AUD490.

AUD300 if aged 16 or 17 years at the time of application.

There is no cost for a child 15 years or younger applying on the same form as a parent. Other exemptions and concessions apply.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Additional information

If you have applied for Australian citizenship by conferral:

  • 90% of applications are processed within 14 months
  • 90% of approved applicants will have the opportunity to attend a ceremony within 8 months of approval.

If you have applied for Australian citizenship by descent, 90% of applications are processed within 6 months.

If you have applied for Evidence of Australian citizenship, 90% of applications are processed within 28 days.

Application Fee:

 

AUD 490

Processing Time:

 

14 months

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United States Citizenship Through Parents

United States Citizenship Through Parents

Application Fee:

 

$1,170

Processing Time:

 

5 – 9 Months

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When a child comes into this world, most families are appreciating in the joy of new additions and getting to know their new family member. The current laws of the United States have set clear picture on who can be entitled to have United States citizenships. For others, those who are born in a foreign country, there are important aspects of citizenship to keep in mind. Depending on the situations, there may be some difficult rules for requesting the U.S. citizenship through parents. So, children may be able to obtain U.S. citizenship at the time of birth overseas or apply for citizenship from parents after birth.

Who Is It For

You may be eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship Through Parents if you are:

  • a child born abroad and wishing to claim US Citizenship;
  • an adult child born abroad wishing to claim US Citizenship; and
  • a child wishing to become US Citizen after birth

How to Qualify?

Claiming U.S. Citizenship for a Child Born Abroad

Presently, you must please multiply conditions to establish a claim to U.S. citizenship for a child born outside of the United States:

  • At least one of the parents has to be a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth;
  • The child born abroad continues to be under the age of 18;
  • The parent has to establish a relationship with the child – either biological or legal (including adoptive parents); and
  • S. citizen parent must have been physically present in the United States.

Adult Children Born Abroad May Claim U.S. Citizenship through Parents

If you were born abroad to two U.S. citizen parents and at least one of your parents lived in the United States for some time, then in most cases you are a U.S. citizen. Also, if you were born overseas to one U.S. citizen, on or after November 14, 1986, you are probably a U.S. citizen if all of the following are accurate:

  • One of your parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of your birth
  • Your U.S. citizen parent lived as a minimum as five years in the United States before you were born
  • Minimum two of the five years in the United States were after your U.S. citizen parent’s 14th birthday.

When a Child Becomes a US Citizen through Parents after Birth 

For getting US citizenship through parents after birth, the following three criteria must be fulfilled at the same time:

  • At least one of the child’s parents is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization;
  • The child is a permanent resident under 18 years of age; and
  • The child is living in or has lived in the United States in the lawful and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent.

Process

You may apply for U.S. Citizenship Through Parents online or by paper.

File online

Create a USCIS online account to file online and:

  • Submit sufficient evidence and pay appropriate fees;
  • Accept case status updates about your case and see whole case history;
  • Communicate with USCIS
  • Reply to requests for more documents.
  • If you already have a USCIS online account, simply sign into your accountto get started.

File by Paper

After You File

Once USCIS receives your Form N-600, you will receive a:

  • Receiving notice confirming USCIS received your application;
  • Biometric services notice,
  • Notice to attend for an interview,
  • Notice of decision.

Documents Needed

If you were born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent overseas and you have a request for citizenship, you may apply for a U.S. passport in the same way as someone born in the United States. But you will have the additional requirement of establishing your citizenship claim. The evidence you’ll need to have on hand might include:

  • your overseas birth certificate, demonstrating your relationship to your parent
  • Proper evidence of your parent’s U.S. citizenship
  • your parent’s marital documents
  • Documents that verify that your parent fulfilled U.S. residency requirements or was physically present in the U.S. for the required duration to pass on U.S. citizenship to you, and
  • evidence that you fulfilled any essential residency requirements, or that you were excused from doing so because you didn’t know about the immigration rule.

Government Fees

The application fee for the U.S. Citizenship Through Parents or by Birth is $1,170.00 (Biological Child of US Citizen)

Source: U.S. Department of State

Application Fee:

 

$1,170

Processing Time:

 

5 – 9 Months

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United States Citizen Through Naturalization

United States Citizen Through Naturalization

Application Fee:

 

$725

Processing Time:

 

14 to 20 Months

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Naturalization is the ultimate procedure through which a immigrant to the United States can obtain the U.S. citizenship. There are specific rules for becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization and not all immigrants are eligible.

Becoming a U.S. citizen comes with many benefits, and it also means taking on new responsibilities.

Who Is It For

Naturalization is only for those who either have been green card holders (permanent residents) for 3–5 years or meet various military service requirements.

How to Qualify?

U.S. Citizenship Requirements for Naturalization:

  • Be at least 18 years of age during the time of your application;
  • Have been a legitimate permanent resident for the past three or five years
  • Have continuous physical presence in the United States;
  • Demonstrate good English language proficiency;
  • Prove good moral character;
  • Establish a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;
  • Prove a loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and
  • Be keen to take the Oath of Allegiance.

Please visit our Citizenship Resource Center for additional information.

Process

U.S. Citizen By Naturalization process:

Step 1. Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen

Your actions: If you are not a citizen by birth, or you did not obtain U.S. citizenship from your parent(s) automatically right after birth, jump to the next step.

Step 2. Determine if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen

Your actions: carefully read the naturalization eligibility worksheet to support you decide if you are suitable to apply for naturalization.

Step 3. Prepare your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

This form is available to file online. Start by creating your free online account.

Your actions: Follow the guidelines to complete Form N-400. Collect the necessary documents to determine your eligibility for the naturalization process. understand the document checklist to make sure you collect all the important documents.

Step 4. Submit your Form N-400 and clear your fees

This form is available to file online. You may also pay your fees online.

Step 5. Give your biometrics, if applicable

Your actions: If you must take biometrics, USCIS will send you an appointment notice that contains your biometrics appointment date, time, and location.

Step 6. finish the interview

If all the initial processes on your case are done, USCIS will schedule a face to face interview with you to complete the naturalization process.

Step 7. Get your decision from USCIS on your Form N-400

USCIS will send a mail of decision. If you filed your N-400 online, you can also see the electronic copy of notice in your USCIS account. You may see the following status in your online account:

  • Granted
  • Continued
  • Denied

Step 8. Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance

What to expect: If USCIS granted your Form N-400 in step 7, now you may be able to join the naturalization ceremony

Step 9. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States

You cannot be a U.S. citizen until you go to take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony.

What to do:

  • Complete the form on Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
  • Report for your naturalization ceremony and check in with USCIS. A USCIS officer will review your responses to Form N-445.
  • Turn in your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
  • Take the Oath of Allegiance to become a U.S. citizen.
  • Receive your Certificate of Naturalization, review it, and notify USCIS of any errors you see on your certificate before leaving the ceremony site.

Step 10. Understanding U.S. citizenship

Citizenship is the common thread that links all Americans. Check out this list of some of the most significant rights and responsibilities that all citizens should practice.

Documents Needed

Documents required to become a U.S. Citizen Through Naturalization:

  • A copy of your Green Card
  • A copy of your marriage certificate (if you are married)
  • Form N-426, Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service (if applying for naturalization based on military service)
  • DD Form 214, NGB Form 22, or discharge orders (if applying for naturalization based on military service and separated from service)
  • A copy of your official military orders (if applying for naturalization based on military service and currently serving)
  • Evidence of your citizen spouse’s job abroad (if applying under 319(b))
  • Two passport-style photographs (if you live outside the United States)

Government Fees

The government filing fees to apply for becoming U.S. citizen by naturalization is $725.

Additional Information

Follow the guide called “ A Guide to Naturalization” (Form M-476) carefully before filing this form. The Form N-400 guidelines often refer to information in the guide, and it provides important information about citizenship admissibility requirements and processing steps.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Application Fee:

 

$725

Processing Time:

 

14 to 20 Months

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Canada Citizenship

Canada Citizenship

Application Fee:

 

Start from: $630

Processing Time:

 

12 Months

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All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements, pass the examination and interview, and pass the French and English language skills exams are eligible for Canadian citizenship.

Once you apply for Canadian citizenship, you will reap the rewards. You gain access to a large number of well-paying work opportunities. You may participate in civic events, vote, and run for office as a citizen.

You can fly to several countries without a visa if you have a Canadian passport. It becomes easier to obtain a visa if one is even needed. If their people are in trouble abroad, the Canadian embassies will help and assist them as long as they have their passports with them.

Furthermore, if you become a Canadian citizen and your children are born in Canada, they automatically become Canadian citizens.

You will completely engage, contribute, and exercise your rights in Canadian society once you become a citizen.

Who is it for?

To become a Canadian citizen, most applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • be a permanent resident
  • demonstrate proficiency in English or French

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

How to qualify?

To become a Canadian citizen, you must be a permanent resident who has lived in Canada for three of the previous five years.

  • if required, have filed your taxes
  • pass a citizenship examination

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Process

The process steps are given below:

  1. Get an application package
  2. Pay your fees
  3. Send your application

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Documents needed

The application package includes:

  1. Instruction Guide
  2. Application for Canadian Citizenship – Adults [Form CIT 0002] (PDF, 379 KB)
  3. Document Checklist [CIT 0007] (PDF, 1.1 MB)
  4. Citizenship Photo Specifications

If required:

  1. Residence Outside Canada [Form CIT 0177] (PDF, 1.5 MB)
  2. Use of a Representative [Form IMM 5476] (PDF, 138 KB)
  3. Request to Correct a Date of Birth for Citizenship [Form CIT 0464] (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  4. Request form for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier [Form CIT 0404] (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Government fees

Fees $CAN
Adult (18 and over)

Processing fee ($530) and right of citizenship fee ($100)

630
Stateless adult (18 or over) born to Canadian parent

Right of citizenship fee ($100)

100
Minor (under 18)

Processing fee ($100)

100

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Additional information

The processing time is usually 12 months.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Application Fee:

 

Start from: $630

Processing Time:

 

12 Months

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