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arrowInterview- Set by NVC or Consulate
August 27, 2015, 4:51 pm Last comment by bluebook14

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Hey guys, I am wondering if the interview date is set by the NVC or the Consulate's office for the K1 visa?  I checked my new case number and it said,"In Transit, interview date set by NVC"  I would double check but I can't get a hold of the NVC.  Thanks!

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arrowCBP at TSA Airport Checkpoints: Why They're There & How Best to Handle
August 25, 2015, 1:18 am Last comment by TBoneTX

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People here often post questions about flying domestically when they're at various beginning stages of the immigration process.  Answers vary from "carry your complete current documentation with you" to "you will have no problems."


Customs & Border Protection agents sometimes hang out at the TSA airport checkpoints.  In August 2015, I flew out of a border-area airport in south Texas and took the opportunity to query the CBP agents at the TSA checkpoint.


T-B.:  When you hang out at the TSA checkpoints, are you checking that

           foreign travelers are in status?

CBP:  Exactly.

T-B.:  For example, what if a K-1 entrant's I-94 is expired?

CBP:  We have all kinds of ways of checking their status.

T-B.:  Would it help if they have their marriage certificate with them?

CBP:  Absolutely.

T-B.:  If they've applied for AOS and have their I-797 or at least a copy of their

           cover-letter for their I-485, does it help?

CBP:  Absolutely anything that they can provide will help a lot, and will speed things up.

T-B.:  Why are you at some airports and not others?

CBP:  We're at border airports and others that are ports of entry.  We're not at all of them.

T-B.:  But it still makes sense for legal immigrants to carry their current documentation?

CBP:  Absolutely.  It helps them and it helps us.  It speeds things up a lot.

T-B.:  I'll pass this along.  Thank you.


This confirms that it makes sense to carry your most recent documentation with you until you have your green card.


I first had Mrs. T-B. carry her marriage certificate (MC) and passport with valid I-94.

Then, she carried her MC, passport, and copy of her cover-letter for AOS/EAD/AP.

Then, she carried her MC, passport, and her NOA1 (I-797) for AOS.

Then, she carried her MC, passport, and AP.

Then, she carried her first green card (= the law).

Then, she carried that green card and her cover-letter for ROC.

Then, she carried that green card and her NOA1 for ROC.

Then, she carried her 10-year green card until she became a naturalized citizen (= the law).


These documents came in handy at various stages, including at a Texas/Mexico land-crossing POE, a couple of airports, and especially inland CBP checkpoints while driving.  At these last, the CBP agents are typically in poor humor and are looking to nail someone.  For example, if you're not carrying your green card, they'll detain you for as long as it takes to verify that you're who you say you are.


The above is presented in hopes that it will help others.

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arrowNVC- Expedited Visa
August 24, 2015, 7:24 pm Last comment by mamapuchis

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Greetings, I've been trying to get ahold of the NVC but have been met with only voicemails.  I am trying to call to get my case expedited ASAP but cannot get through.  Does anyone have a better way of contacting them or maybe a more direct number?  The volcano that I mentioned about a month ago, Cotopaxi, is erupting on a daily basis, spewing ash everywhere and it's only a matter of time before the lava comes out and shuts down the airport.  My case was approved Aug 7th from the USCIS so it won't be cutting the process by that much as it's already been two weeks, but I would like it to be moved up so I won't have to be in Ecuador for the next year dodging lava.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!



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arrowNeed help...Moved a few days before POE...
August 23, 2015, 4:55 pm Last comment by KayDeeCee

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hey everyone, my fiance is flying in in less than 2 days and i just moved to our new apartment. I was wondering if he would be hassled at POE for having a different address on his entry form then the one we used for our K-1 process. I'm flippering out and nervous what should i do? Do i do a change of address asap on USICS website and hope they don't see it as problem or use the old address and change it later? 



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arrowCertificate of citizenship.. Help entering numbers for 129f
August 20, 2015, 2:21 pm Last comment by KayDeeCee

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I'm about ready to ship my packet out but there's one thing that's bothering me.

Since I had thought I lost my certificate of citizenship, I went through infopass to request my certificate # and A#.


The lady gave me:


certificate # 01xxxxxx (8 digits beginning with a 01)

Alien #    A- 02x xxx xxx (9 digit number after the A, beginning in 0)


Now I recently found my citizenship certificate (original) and I'm seeing that first of all the certificate number looks like this : A1xxxxxxx (A1 followed by 6 numbers, total of 8 digits). it is the same number except that the first digit is 0 instead of A.


The Alien # is A2X XXX XXX . again it begins in A as apposed to 0 that the lady gave me.


Is the A interchangeable with 0 or did the lady make a mistake somehow?


Please help.

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