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arrowWhere to Acquire a Certified Copy of a n-400 Name Change Petition?
September 22, 2014, 3:38 am Last comment by Ian H.

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I was naturalized as a US Citizen a few days ago and changed my name as part of the n-400 petition with a District Court judge. :joy:  I have already successfully updated my Social Security, got my passport, and changed all the names on my bank and credit accounts within only a couple days. However, I have not been able to find out how to make a certified copy of my n-400 petition name change, and NOBODY knows how or where to get it done. 


I have already been in person to the clerks office of the US District Court who had never seen such a certificate before and referred me to the judge's clerks office. Then one of the clerks for the actual judge who presided over the ceremony said she can't make a certified copy because it is embossed by the Department of Homeland Security. :ranting: It was signed by a court clerk, but nobody knows who because the signature is intentionally vague (clerks do this so they don't get blamed), and the title of the supposed Deputy Clerk left the court last year!  :protest:


They referred me to the USCIS which is located at the same court complex, but different from the field office where I took the interview. Even though I didn't have an Infopass appointment they were also extremely nice and saw me. They said I need to go to the field office for any chance to get a copy, but they weren't sure because it was stamped by the DHS. Even though I was updating my surname to my husband's, the USCIS said they could not do a same day oath because I was also Americanizing my given name to my diminutive name. It seems though as if the DHS can though.

The only thing I have said that made any sense is that after 9/11 the INS got broken up and the DHS created confusing parallel and even secret immigration courts under the umbrella of the DHS. The DHS when called has absolutely no idea, confirming what professionals with decades of experiences in the court said about the chaos created by the apparently most useless cabinet level office in the land.  :cry: 

I am going to try and speak to the field office tomorrow as a walk-in since it is an emergency (I need an Apostille on my name change document to immigrate now to a 3rd country which I am moving to in 10 days with my husband). I don't want to dare mail the original if I have no idea how to make a copy or get another one without filing a court case. Apostilles at the Federal level are only available in Washington DC. You cannot get them abroad or from your state capital like you can with birth certificates and other documents. It took Ronald Reagan to make Apostilles happen for America and I am very glad I am not Canadian and having to pay thousands of dollars to get simple documents legalized!
Note: This post is primarily because I still have not found the answer, and partly to serve as a record for future people in the same predicament as myself. I am confident I will solve this problem. Despite the stress, everyone in the working parts of the government has been very friendly and helpful despite the absurd top down administration they are faced with because of Washington. They are the real MVPs.  (L)


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arrowNew ESTA needed with new passport? (split topic)
August 25, 2014, 2:00 pm Last comment by OLee

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Hello! It took a while to read this thread, but I couldn't find anything that worries me. I will try to make the story as short as possible.


We been dating for 3 years, my then fiance was visiting me many times as he could afford to retire. I visited him twice in the USA under VWP: last year spring - 5weeks, this year spring - 8 weeks. We got married in the USA 2 months ago and I came back to my home country. We are planning to file for CR-1 in October. I would stay in my home country, he will come to stay with me during this process. We want to go back to the USA together for like 2,5 months while our Petition is pending.


The question is:    I got my VWP verified with my maiden name on almost 2 years ago. I am changing my national passport now into my married name; do I have to update my VWP on-line changing my passport# and my married name or I have to apply for the new VWP? As I understand, since my VWP is still valid I just have to log in on-line and update new changes. Would it be any problem? Can they deny my VW?


Should I use my old VWP paper with my old data, grab my old and new passport as an authentication and pray they would let me in?


Thank you!

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arrowDS-260 form. questions for Healthcare worker. HELP
August 23, 2014, 8:44 am Last comment by vyttux

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Me and my wife are in the process to finish the DS-260 form filling. In the DS-260 form there are a couple of questions related to health care professionals.


Are you a health care worker seeking to perform such work in the United States but have not yet received certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools or from an equivalent approved independent credentialing organization?



My wife has a Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene and is currently working as a Dental Hygienist in Lithuania. Her intention is to perfom such work in the U.S. also, but she does not have any certificationfrom the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools or from an equivalent approved independent credentialing organization? If she answers "Yes" then she has to explain why. Well the main argument for this is, that she would get all the required certifications and licences to perfom such work after she gets the green card and emigrates to the U.S., she could find a job which does not require any training or experience while she will get all the licenses, because to get the diploma evaluation and to get the right certifications costs money and takes up time.

If she would answer "No" she would be lying, because her studies and her professional experience shows that she is a Dental Hygienist and she is related to Health Care. So this could end by denied viza during the interview.

Can we hope that the explanation which we have could be accepted and would not destroy our hopes to get the Green Card during the interview or it is a must for her to get all the certifications before the interview? Maybe somebody has previous experience with a similar situation?


We are a bit confused here...:(

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arrowRFE for I-864
August 9, 2014, 11:31 pm Last comment by KayDeeCee

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Hi guys,


I am looking for some explanations about the RFE we got last week and confirmation that I am on the right path responding to it.


We filed for the adjustment of status from my K1 visa in the beginning of July and recently we got a letter stating that:


1) The petitioner/sponsor's income on the Federal income tax return does not meet or exceed 125% of the poverty guideline. The petitioner/sponsor lists their current income on Form I-864 as an amount to be considered as sufficient; however, no evidence has been submitted as proof of current income. Submit evidence of the petitioner/sponsor's current income. Such evidence should include: letter of employment containing the following - dates of employment, nature of the job etc., pay stubs, evidence of other income.


2) Submit all supporting tax documentation submitted to IRS for the most recent tax year.


3) Based on the documents submitted with Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, for the petitioner/sponsor, the income did not meet 125% of the poverty guideline for the petitioner/sponsor's household size. Submit evidence of assets that meet the standards listed below or obtain joint sponsor.


As for the first one, I screwed up because we did not include anything about the current income so we collected the pay stubs for the last  months and should get the letter from employer soon too. However, I do not understand the part about the tax return not meeting the guideline. We included tax transcripts from the last 3 years and the latest one was above 30k. Is it because the tax return from the second year did not meet the guideline? Or is it just a standard beginning and the main point is about the proof of current income?


Secondly, why would they ask us the supporting tax documentation if we sent the transcripts? Not sure if I am reading too much into that but maybe it has something to do with me filing the taxes for this recent year jointly? Anyways, again not a problem to provide them with W-2s, also I plan to include the full copy of the most recent tax return just in case.


And finally the last most confusing part about not meeting the poverty guideline. Is it because we did not provide the proof of current income and this point is in case our current income that we will provide proof of does not meet the guidelines? That should not be a problem though since my husband makes over  30k. Just wondering why they keep repeating that part of not meeting the guidelines, it's kind of scary.


All in all, I am planning to send a new I-864 form (with the current income amount based on the letter from employer and pay stubs since in the original form we wrote the amount from last's years tax return), letter from employer, pay stubs, a copy of recent tax return, W-2s.


Do you guys think it should be enough? And maybe someone could explain me all these things I asked? I would really appreciate all of your help and answers! And sorry for the long post, just wanted to give as much information as possible.




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arrowFiling DS-260. Passport validation after marriage
August 4, 2014, 4:40 pm Last comment by SusieQQQ

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Hello, me and my fiance are about to get married. She was selected for further DV-2015 processing so we will send our DS-260 forms after we receive the marriage certificate. The question we have is: does my wife needs to change her passport before filling the DS-260 form? I mean her last name will change and I believe that if she will ask immigration office to get a new passport the passport id number will change also. Maybe the marriage certificate will be ok during the interview and she does not have to change her passport after the marriage to fill the ds-260? Please advise us.
Thank you for your help!

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