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arrowBank account help
November 25, 2015, 4:39 pm Last comment by military-wife

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I have recently moved over to the states on my K1 visa, but have not yet completely adjusted my status (in the process of getting married atm etc). I received a letter from my bank back in Australia (Citibank). I have pasted it below. How have you all handled this? All of the money in it was earned in Australia and it is only there temporarily until i open my US bank account and transfer it over. Why do they need this information? I can no longer send them a certified copy of my passport etc as I'm not in the country anymore. Would it just be easier to get the money out and close the account. It states if I don't send it within 30 days of getting the letter they will start to charge me backup withholding tax, which is ridiculous as all the money was earned in Australia and I paid taxes on it.




In accordance with our obligations under the Foreign Account Tax 
Compliance Act (FATCA), we have reviewed our records and identified that
you may have an association with the United States (US).
Citibank is required to collect the information on this form for the 
purposes of complying with US tax laws (FATCA) and our internal global 
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is a US law aimed at 
ensuring that income and assets held by a US person directly in accounts
outside the US, or indirectly through ownership of entities outside the 
US, are reported to the U.S tax authorities (Internal Revenue Service - 
IRS) via the Australian Tax Office (ATO). 
US Person: A United States person is any of the following: 
? a citizen of the United States
? an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence  
? an unincorporated association with a substantial number of members who
are citizens of the US or are aliens lawfully admitted for permanent 
? a corporation that is incorporated in the US. 
We require that you complete and return the W-8BEN to declare your 
status as a non-US person. 
Please also provide the following documentation to ensure our records 
are correct and up to date;
? certified copy of your current Passport 
? certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States (if you are no
longer a US Person)

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arrowStatement from friends / family
November 24, 2015, 4:17 pm Last comment by scotinmass

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I couldn't find anything on this but if you have a friend / family member doing a statement, does it have to be witnessed by a solicitor like a Stat Dec or is it only signed by the person preparing the statement?

Many thanks!

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arrowMarried within 90 days, but haven't filed for AOS.
November 24, 2015, 3:22 pm Last comment by Tim & Olga

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So, my wife and I were married September 5th and have had our paperwork ready since then, we've only been waiting on my wives uncle to finish his Affidavit of Support, he only just filed for his federal tax return transcript which takes 5-10 business days. We have until tomorrow (November 25) before the I-94 expires and I'm out of status. My question is, will we still be able to file for AOS and will we be okay?

The only text I could find on the USCIS website was the requirement to MARRY within 90 days, it said nothing about filing in 90 days.


Thank you for your time and consideration, we're incredibly nervous and scared.

Ben and Sara.

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arrowFirearm ownership: K1 Visa
November 23, 2015, 12:05 pm Last comment by MorganandMichael

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I've been researching the gun ownership/purchasing laws for non-immigrant aliens. It seems ATF/FBI have loosened the requirements in recent years.

The only way a non-resident alien (such as me on a K1 visa) is able to obtain a firearm is to fall into an exemption (such as owning a hunting licence). I obtained my WI hunting licence a few weeks ago.

The FBI have a 'cheat sheet' for FFL's processing alien's ATF 4473 (the form required for all gun purchases): https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/federal-firearms-licensees/ffl-tip-sheet-for-non-u.s.-citizens-purchasing-firearms-1



- Valid #A or I-94 (printout acceptable) - I have.

- Valid Visa - I have.

- Exemption - WI hunting licence, I have.


So my understanding is that I would turn up to the store with my visa, passport, hunting licence (also official proof of residency in WI) and I would be OK.


Just asking for any advice that you all may have. I will print off that FBI tip sheet to take with me in case some education may be required.

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arrowNVC Question
November 23, 2015, 7:39 am Last comment by Seebec

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Hey all,


I was wondering, how long do we have to start our NVC process for the CR1 visa. We both live together in Australia, so we're a little more relaxed

when it comes to how long things take?


Thank you !!

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