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About ricnally

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    Los Angeles
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Immigration Info

  • Immigration Status
    Removing Conditions (approved)
  • Place benefits filed at
    Chicago Lockbox
  • Local Office
    Los Angeles CA
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  • Our Story
    Met at Canadian university in 1979, Stayed friends, but married other people. Those marriages ended and we re-connected in 2009.

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  1. Usually a photocopy is acceptable to send in and then you bring in the "real" thing( i.e. the certified copy that you mention you got 3 of) if you have an interview. I do have experience with this. I sent in the certified copy with the AOS app just as you did. We didn't get an RFE but were called for an interview where they said, "hey, you didn't send in the marriage certificate". I just assumed they lost it, cuz I know I sent it with everything (it was the last document we were waiting for to get the AOS rolling). Anyway, I had another certified copy with me at the time which they looked at and made a photocopy of for their records. That void thing is weird on your photocopy. They definitely don't mind if you send a certified copy, the only thing is, you might not get it back (definitely won't if you don't have an interview). When we did the original K1, before finding this site, I sent in pictures of us together on a disk. The disk was in a baggie along with the hard copy required passport photos. They immediately sent back the baggie with disk and passport photos saying that the disk was not going to work for them. Months later we got an RFE for having no passport photos! Annoying.
  2. roadtocanada.com is like this site, but for people wanting to move to Canada.
  3. How much stuff do you have, and is there furniture involved? I shipped 2 bunches of stuff from 2 different locations--one from BC, and one from Ontario. The load from BC was just boxes and ended up being 1 pallet, (so a pile of boxes about 4' x4' x 5' high). I used Shipsmart and was pretty happy with it. They only do boxes, though, no furniture. For my bigger load from Ontario, I used UPack. This load had some furniture, but unfortunately I wasn't able to fill up even their minimum space, so that ended up being pretty expensive. For Upack, they come and park a truck at your place. You load it up yourself, and then they come and drive it to your destination where you unload it yourself. With either company, you, yourself, have to cross the border either before or with your belongings. Shipsmart came and got my stuff a few days before I crossed, and then just held on to it until I sent them the paperwork showing that I'd activated my visa. The stuff arrived within a week. Hope that helps!