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September 27, 2016, 11:02 pm Last comment by TBoneTX

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I cannot believe I am willingly entering  the USCIS wringer/spin cycle, but here I am. After much thought, and several delays, I am about to file my N-400. Likely an October filer (again).



After submitting everything except for my hat size, between 2008 and 2011, the requirements this time around seem extremely light.  From what I have read, this time they require simply:


The completed form

The cheque

Photocopy of my green car, fore and aft

2 passport photos.





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arrowSubmitting evidence of savings etc as "proof of assets" for Affidavit of Support
September 22, 2016, 2:41 am Last comment by mallafri76

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Looking for advice please.  I see a lot of questions and answers for those filing with income (themselves and/or sponsor) HOWEVER we will be filing with proof of funds (savings and regular checking account etc) for our Affidavit of Support as both my hubby and I are abroad (therefore his income here doesn't count).  


For those who have done this, how did you submit/present the information?  

1)  Did you print out copies of bank statements?

2)  Do I require a letter from the bank verifying the funds are ours?

3)  Does it matter than the money is in Australian, NZ, and American bank accounts?

4)  Do I need to show the current exchange rate and the funds in their original currency vs US$ or will NVC do this?


Thanks in advance!

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arrowI-129F Cover Letter
September 16, 2016, 6:14 pm Last comment by Greenbaum

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Hi All,


My fiancee is just about to submit our K-1 petition and I think we're good to go. Just have one quick question about the I-129F cover letter.


How much detail about our situation should we give?


We don't have a complicated case to explain as we have been with each other in person for most of the relationship, and lived together for just over two years before she moved back to the USA for a job.


Do we just briefly explain the situation? I.e. met at this time, moved here at this time, lived together at this time, she relocated for this reason, etc.? Or does the cover letter merely need to state what we are applying for?


Thanks in advance  :)

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arrowHelp needed - anyone who has obtained a police check from Canada?
September 15, 2016, 7:26 am Last comment by Ontarkie

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Hoping there are fellow "I lived in canada and therefore need a police report" filers out there.  I'm a kiwi but I lived in Canada for 15 months, therefore I have to get a police certificate from there.  Looking online it looks like a lengthy and expensive process.... fingerprinting here in NZ at a cost, verification of said fingerprints, then an application and fee of $70 to RCMP.  Is that right?  It seems a little over the top!  Here in NZ I just fill out a form, sign it and provide ID, and no fee. For my aussie police check (yes I lived there 6 years) I needed 100 points of ID and an online form, and $42. 


I'm wondering if perhaps I'm missing something, is there a less involved police check for canada?

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arrowVA dependency claim
September 14, 2016, 11:39 am Last comment by Ben&Zian
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I'm a veteran with a 50% VA disability rating. I electronically filed through eBenefits to add my husband as a dependent to my claim on 9/14/2015 (one full year ago today). We got married a few weeks prior to that in August 2015. Unfortunately because were in the early stages of applying for my husband's US permanent residency he did not have a SSN. Therefore I could not apply using the seamless dependency claim process the VA keeps advertising. Instead, I had to fill out a different form only and attach a copy of our marriage certificate. No big deal, right? 


Well, it turns out that US Immigration moves light years faster than the VA because not only did we get my husband's social security number in February 2016, he become a US permanent resident in April 2016. 


Anyway, this is my question: will the VA retroactively pay (back pay) the money for his dependency from the time that I filed? 


Here is the timeline:

9/14/2015 - Submit initial dependency claim on eBenefits (marriage certificate included)

2/18/2016 - Called VA and added husband's SSN to claim now that he was assigned one

4/27/2016 - Submitted Claim Decision Request on eBenefits which is a 5103 Notice Acknowledgement that you can file signifying that you have no more evidence to provide and you want a decision made ASAP.

9/14/2016 - Called VA and they said that there is no update to my dependency claim. No decision has been made yet and they could not provide me with an estimated completion date.


However, eBenefits estimated completion date range has changed several times. As of today it reads: 06/24/2016 - 04/13/2017


If anyone has gone through this process or has any information about retro/back pay for dependency claims, ANY help would be appreciated! 



Here's a link to compensation rates if anyone needs them: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/resources_comp01.asp 

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