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arrowCitizenship Alien or Non-Citizenship Alien?
November 19, 2014, 11:29 am Last comment by kzielu

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Hello, I came to The US by K1 visa.I got my Authorization work and travel document and my green card still is on the process. my question is when I go to apply the Form I-9 for a job, there is a question asks me that you are a citizenship alien or Non-citizenship alien. Actually I don't know which one is right. would u pls. tell  me which one is my correct position at this state.

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arrowCan not make the bio appointment, what to do?
November 13, 2014, 2:29 pm Last comment by Ryan H

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So short and sweet cause I'm on my way to go overnight the letter, I can't make the bio appointment scheduled for the 19th. Do I just tick the box that says " request to reschedule " or attach a letter as well?

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arrowGot Checklist & NVC needs original documents?!?
November 4, 2014, 10:56 am Last comment by Hikerwa

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Hi all,

So I have an issue with the checklist I recieved on Sep 23, 2014 saying I forgot to put N/A on my AOS form and that they need "original" birth & marriage certificate in Farsi.

I had sent them the copied of translated copy but they said they wanted the original translated copy with original birth and original marriage certificate.

Has anyone send their original documents that is not in english?
What if they loose them?
This is fraustrating cuz NVC site says: originals OR translated copies!

Thanks in advace

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arrowNo status in the website
November 2, 2014, 1:27 am Last comment by thelastpetitioner

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Hey guys,
My noa 1 is dated October 24th, but when I checked the website, it said " your case can not be found ". Does that mean it has not even been looked at to be put in the system? Should I call the national costumer service ?

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arrowHow to list Iranian compound last names (Family/Last, and 'Tribal'/Village)? I-129F
October 25, 2014, 4:25 pm Last comment by ChuckM

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US and Persian naming-conventions do not 'map' onto each other exactly.


It is not clear what is the proper way to list these, in Form I-129F, Part 2, Questions 2a-c.


In the US, everyone has one Last Name (a.k.a. Family Name), sometimes hyphenated. E.g., Smith.  Or Smith-Jones.

We have a Given Name (a.k.a. First Name). E.g., Mary.

Many (though not all) have a Middle Name (rarely used). E.g., Katherine.

So the full name would be: Mary Katherine Smith-Jones (first  middle  last). Or: Smith-Jones, Mary Katherine  (last,  first  middle).


In Iran, the naming conventions are different. Many people have what I'm calling "compound last names" -- one name more specific to a particular family, and a broader name that may have originated from a tribal or village name (even though in theory tribal or village names have been eliminated in modern Iran), and the latter may almost never be used in everyday life.


E.g., the immediate family might be named Arshi, the broader ('tribal/village') family name might be Meradloo. The given name might be Zahra. The full name would be Zahra Arshi Meradloo. But in everyday life the woman would go by just Zahra Arshi or Ms. Arshi (never using the broader name). Her business card might just say "Zahra Arshi," her friends and colleagues would know her only as Zahra Arshi, while her passport might say "Arshi Meradloo, Zahra."  (Note that "Arshi" is *not* a Middle Name -- her father's full name might be e.g. Mohsen Arshi Meradloo.)


What and where is the appropriate way and place to list these names in the I-129F?


I'm guessing to put both names in the "Last Name" field (Part 2 Q.2a), like this: Arshi Meradloo

And, of course, for Given Name it is: Zahra

And nothing anywhere else, e.g. no Middle Name, and nothing in Q.10a-c (Other Names Used).


Is that right? (This question must come up with every Iranian-Western K1 aplication. :-) )  I wouldn't want to confuse a US clerk, who might inadvertently think that "Meradloo" is the Last Name, and Arshi is a Middle Name (in the wrong place), or that it should be hyphenated (Arshi-Meradloo), or something like that.


Thank you!


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