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Groups, societies and associations


There is a section in the I-485 form that asks for membership in societies, groups or associations. I noticed your filled form left that section blank. Am I expected to fill that part if I am a part of professional associations like American Public Health Association, especially considering I mentioned that I was in my I-140 petition that I was a member of these professional associations?

One Response to Groups, societies and associations

  • Tigran Kalaydzhyan says:

    There is no clear opinion on this point. What USCIS wants to actually know is your membership in politically-affiliated organizations, so most people can leave it blank. However, I believe, in you case, it would be no harm to mention American Public Health Association in this field.

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