June 16, 2018
I looked for the application form online and found it easily enough. Since the last time I started the process, the application form can now be submitted electronically. I like that...
So I go through the form and came to the first stumbling block. I need to list all the times that I have been out of the US in the last five years.. including departure and return dates and countries visited. That is difficult for me because I love to travel internationally quite a bit, and of course, there are always trips to Canada to see my family.
When I originally started filling out the application form years ago, this was a bigger stumbling block because they wanted to know every time I left the country back to when I got my green card in 1993! This new form only asks for the last five years.
From my passports and my American Airlines AAdvantage account summaries I was able to get a pretty good list of dates, but when going to and from Canada, especially driving over the border at Buffalo, they often don't stamp the passport any more.
I called American Airlines and for $75 was able to get a list of all flights taken in the past 5 years, so with this information was able to compile an accurate listing.
The only other item I needed was a scan of my green card for submission.
In the application, they ask if you've ever been cited for anything. Well I had two traffic tickets back in 2007. I debated whether to even put them on the application, but decided it was better to be safe than sorry and include them. Hopefully that doesn't cause any issues. They also asked for me to submit documentation related to those tickets. Well I don't have any.. hopefully that isn't an issue either.
June 30, 2018
I've got all of the information pieced together, form reviewed and everything seems complete. I hit the button to submit and pay $725.
Last edited by: rsactuary on Jul 14, 2018