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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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arrowVisiting the States twice while waiting for my K-1 visa.
September 14, 2016, 5:07 am Last comment by lostbutterfly

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My partner and I are still in the early days of the visa process.  I spent three months in the U.S this summer where we got engaged. I'm back in New Zealand working as a registered nurse and are wanting to go over in October for two weeks to see him, then visit again at Xmas for a couple of weeks.  I have a letter from my hospital stating I am still employed there and obviously a return ticket will be bought.  My question is, am I best  to go just the once or if I have strong ties to NZ then both times should be fine?  Thanks  :joy:

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arrowAdvanced Parole time out of country
September 14, 2016, 1:24 am Last comment by Maria&Seve

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I have an appointment as a visiting lecturer overseas for 3.5 months next year, and I am wondering if there is a limit to the amount of time I can be out of the country on with Advanced Parole. I realize the AP is valid for multiple entries over a year after issuance but I'm concerned there may be interviews or other matters that come up while I'm away, that the duration of my absence might jeopardize the application, or wether or not they actually let me back in. 


Any help greatly appreciated. 

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arrow2017 DV DS-260 submitted while F-1 to H-1B process is happening
September 12, 2016, 1:40 pm Last comment by SusieQQQ

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I won a 2017 DV visa and have submitted my DS-260 to start the process. After looking at these discussions I am wondering if that was a bad move. I am currently in the process of switching from a EAD (on an expired F-1 visa) to an H-1B and am concerned that having submitted the DS-260, I will disrupt the H-1B process. Does anyone know if that is the case? My case becomes current in November.


Also, if I wanted to travel home for Christmas and I haven't finished the DV process, will I have problems getting back into the country?

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