Frequently Asked Questions
Get quick answers to some of the questions you may have.
Q:A:Do I need a Co-Sponsor?
If Petitioner income/assets are sufficient no Co-Sponsor is necessary. For more information you should review the income requirements in Form I-864P.
Q:A:What is a Permanent Resident Card?
Q:A:What is an Alien Registration Number? Where can I find it?
An Alien Registration Number is assigned by USCIS to non-U.S. citizens when a green card is issued. The Alien Registration Number can be found on the front of your Green Card, and usually starts with the letter “A”.
Q:A:How long should it take me to complete all of the questions?
Everyone moves at their own pace in answering the questions. However, the system is designed to easily and efficiently ask you all of the questions necessary to complete each of the required USCIS application forms. On average, it should take you less than 3 hours and will depend on the number of people for whom you are applying.
Remember, you do not need to answer all questions at the same time. Our site allows you to keep tabs on where you are in the process so you can move at your leisure and return when you want to pick-up where you left off.
Q:A:Do you guarantee that the applications will be approved by USCIS?
Unfortunately there is no guarantee and you should beware of any website that does guarantee a positive result. The most important thing for you to remember is there is no “perfect” application. USCIS may request any additional documentation or information they believe is needed.
Q:A:How much does it cost to use Pathwaytostay.com™?
A lot less than what most lawyers or any other person (such as a notario) will charge for the same services. Generally we charge $495.00 per applicant.. Some websites charge you per form. Pathwaytostay.com™ will provide you the most commonly used forms at an all-inclusive price.
Q:A:Does the purchase price include the cost of the filing fees charged by USCIS?
No. The purchase price does not include government agency application or filing fees.
Q:A:Will I still need a lawyer?
You may still need a lawyer.
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Q:A:Do you offer a money back guarantee if I am not satisfied?
Under certain circumstances you may be entitled to a refund. Please contact customer service to discuss your specific circumstances.
Q:A:In what languages is Pathwaytostay.com™ available?
Pathwaytostay.com™ is offered in Spanish and English only at this time. Please email us to request your language if it is not currently offered and we will make every effort to bring that language online.
Q:A:Do I need to use a certain device to use Pathwaytostay.com™?
No. Pathwaytostay.com™ is designed to operate on any PC or MAC, as well as tablets and smart phones.
Q:A:What if I do not qualify?
Pathwaytostay.com™ is designed to assist individuals who qualify using our Free Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. Please contact customer service if you believe you qualify but have received a message indicating you are not able to use our product. It is possible you qualify under the law, however, at this time Pathwaytostay.com™ only supports marriage based applications for Lawful Permanent Residency. Check back often as we are constantly updating the application types we support.
You may also want to consider contacting one of our development partners including Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
You may also want to consider contacting one of our screened and qualified immigration attorneys. You can contact one here.
Q:A:What if I need help with the tool?
Pathwaytostay.com™ offers free customer support from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. You can also feel free to email customer service at email@example.com, with any question you may have. A representative will promptly reply to assist you with any questions you may have. We will do our best to provide a response to your inquiry within 24 hours.
Q:A:What can Pathwaytostay.com™ do for me?
Pathwaytostay.com™ is a self help, web based immigration tool. The site is designed to allow qualified applicants to complete the various applications and forms required to file for visas, permanent residency, and citizenship. At this time, Pathwaytostay.com™ supports spousal based applications for permanent residency, and all naturalization applications. Check back often as we are constantly updating the application types we support.
Q:A:How does Pathwaytostay.com™ work?
Pathwaytostay.com™ collects the information you provide, saves it, and provides you completed immigration forms which you can print, review, and file with USCIS. If any information requires correction, you can easily navigate through the Pathwaytostay.com™ system to make the necessary corrections and reprint the relevant form(s). We also provide you with a checklist of other documents and other items that should be filed with your completed forms.
Q:A:How do I know where to file my completed forms?
USCIS provides a Zip Code look up and interactive map to locate the office in which you will file your Application. It is important that you select the correct office because this is also where your interview will be scheduled:
Q:A:How do I obtain my I-94 Information?
The I-94 is the Arrival / Departure Record, in either paper or electronic format, issued by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer to foreign visitors entering the United States. After April 30, 2013, most Arrival/Departure records will be created electronically upon arrival. Instead of a paper form, the visitor will be provided with an annotated stamp in the foreign passport. If provided a paper form, the admitting CBP Officer generally attaches the I-94 to the visitor’s passport and stamps the departure date on the form.
Upon arrival, a CBP officer stamps the travel document of each arriving non-immigrant traveler with the admission date, the class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until.
You can obtain your I-94 information here.
Q:A:What is a "Beneficiary"?
A Beneficiary is a person who is NOT a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Citizen or LPR.
Q:A:What is a "Petitioner"?
A Petitioner is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (Green Card Holder).
Q:A:What is a "C" Visa?
Transit (C) visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons traveling in immediate and continuous transit through the United States enroute to another country, with few exceptions.
Q:A:What is a "D" Visa?
Crewmember (D) visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons working on board sea vessels or international airlines in the United States, providing services required for normal operation and intending to depart the United States on the same vessel or any other vessel within 29 days. If you travel to the United States to join the vessel you will work on, in addition to a crewmember (D) visa, you also need a transit (C-1) visa or a combination C-1/D visa.
Q:A:What is a "J" Visa?
A J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to Research Scholars, Professors, and exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange, especially to obtain medical or business training within the U.S.
Certain exchange visitors (J-1) are subject to a two-year home-country physical presence requirement which requires you to return to your home country for at least two years at the end of your exchange visitor program. This is also known as the foreign residence requirement under U.S. law, Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 212(e). If you are unable to return to your home country to fulfill the two-year requirement, you must obtain a waiver approved by the Department of Homeland Security prior to changing status in the United States or being issued a visa in certain categories for travel to the United States.
Q:A:Have you ever had any problems with the police?
This should not include minor offenses such as traffic incidences or parking tickets.
Q:A:What happens if I fail the Civics Test?
You are permitted to take the Civics Test no more than two (2) times. If you fail the retake you will be denied citizenship and will have to reapply and repay the application fee.
Failing the Civics Test has no affect on your legal status or your permanent residency.
Q:A:What is the pass rate for the Civics Test?
The Pass Rate as of September, 2016 is 91%!!
Q:A:Are there any benefits to becoming a Citizen of the United States?
There are Numerous Benefits for Becoming a US Citizen:
- New Citizens Have Greater Access to Employment and Education Opportunities.
- Naturalized Citizens Enjoy Increased Spending Power.
- Naturalized Citizens Earn the RIGHT TO VOTE!!
- Naturalized Citizens Earn the Right to Sit as a Juror in the US Judicial System.
- Citizens Have the Opportunity to Petition for Family Members to Join Them in the US
- Citizens Are Here to Stay
Q:A:Where can I find Study Materials for the Naturalization Interview?
USCIS provides many materials for Lawful Permanent Residents to access and study in anticipation of their interview and Civics Test. There are also numerous local organizations which provide English for Naturalization Classes.
Pathwaytostay.com™ is pleased to also provide the following information: