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does anyone know what happens to the envelope that the embassy gives you when you receive your visa? i know you give it to your point of entry but do they open it there? also do they give you back any papers that are in that envelope, like the birth certificate? thanks!

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I believe it includes a copy of your original petition, and some medical information.. if I'm not mistaken... But don't open it :)

Some people also bring their chest X rays along, just in case, because CBP can ask for it, if they want to.

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Yeah I know, it doesnt make sense. You will need to get another photocopy for when you file the AOS. Everything that the Embassy has for your I-129f case stays in the envelope and you probably wont be getting it back. I dont know why they need another if they already have it, then again, I have learned not to ask questions when it comes to the USCIS ;)


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Personally I plan on getting 2 or 3 copies of everything so I have them for the processes and not have to wait to get them.


K-1 journey, AOS/EAD and ROC in my timeline

2011 March 31 - Sent off Naturalization pkg overnight to Texas

2011 April 1 - Arrived in Texas at 10:21 am

2011 April 1 - NOA (rec'd via snail mail April 8)

2011 April 7 - Cheque cashed

2011 May 5 - Biometrics (letter rec'd via snail mail April 15)

2011 May 9 - Placed in line for interview scheduling

2011 June 13 - Rec'd yellow letter (no change in status online)

2011 June 23 - Rec'd text that my case has been scheduled for interview

2011 August 1 - Interview (rec'd via snail mail June 27) PASSED

2011 August 3 - Rec'd email that my case has been scheduled for Oath

2011 September 1 - Oath ceremony (rec'd snail mail Aug 5)

2011 September 1 - All done, yeah.

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does anyone know what happens to the envelope that the embassy gives you when you receive your visa? i know you give it to your point of entry but do they open it there? also do they give you back any papers that are in that envelope, like the birth certificate? thanks!

You should submit photocopies of evidence like birth certificates and show the original at the interview.

If he hasn't already had his interview (I lost track of the time!) he could get an original back, but it's unlikely from the POE on.


Now That You Are A Permanent Resident

How Do I Remove The Conditions On Permanent Residence Based On Marriage?

Welcome to the United States: A Guide For New Immigrants

Yes, even this last one.. stuff in there that not even your USC knows.....

Here are more links that I love:

Arriving in America, The POE Drill

Dual Citizenship FAQ

Other Fora I Post To:

alt.visa.us.marriage-based http://britishexpats.com/ and www.***removed***.com

censored link = *family based immigration* website

Inertia. Is that the Greek god of 'can't be bothered'?

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does anyone know what happens to the envelope that the embassy gives you when you receive your visa? i know you give it to your point of entry but do they open it there? also do they give you back any papers that are in that envelope, like the birth certificate? thanks!

You should submit photocopies of evidence like birth certificates and show the original at the interview.

If he hasn't already had his interview (I lost track of the time!) he could get an original back, but it's unlikely from the POE on.

oh. yeah he had his interview and got the visa. do you think that they will give us at least a copy of it at the poe? where do those papers go after the poe? its hard to get a birth certificate from his country. i cant believe we forgot to make copies. thanks

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does anyone know what happens to the envelope that the embassy gives you when you receive your visa? i know you give it to your point of entry but do they open it there? also do they give you back any papers that are in that envelope, like the birth certificate? thanks!

You should submit photocopies of evidence like birth certificates and show the original at the interview.

If he hasn't already had his interview (I lost track of the time!) he could get an original back, but it's unlikely from the POE on.

oh. yeah he had his interview and got the visa. do you think that they will give us at least a copy of it at the poe? where do those papers go after the poe? its hard to get a birth certificate from his country. i cant believe we forgot to make copies. thanks

I dont honestly think they will give you anything at POE!!!

you should realy always take the original plus a copy of all documents to the interview, otherwise you will have to apply for a new one!!


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April/04/2005- Visa journey began!!

We did both K3 & CR1 visa's, got both!!- I returned to England for my CR1 interview after first arriving on a K3 visa!!

May/25th 2006- Green card arrives in the mail................YAY!!

19th June 2006 I Had to go to the Social Security Office to get my number, the DS-230 didnt work for me!!

26-June-2006- Social Security# arrived in the mail....YAY!!

Feb 2008 lift conditions <<<reminder to self!!<<<< went to England for a visit instead, no rush right, 90 days is a long time,LOL

Removing Conditions Begins

Mailed I-751 April 12th 2008

signed for @ NSC April 16th

NOA date April 16th

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I was wondering if any of you wonderful people could tell me how long after the interview this BROWN envelope is received. My baby's interview is next week and I'm hoping he can buy a ticket right after...but I dont want to be in a pickle when the flight is coming up soon and he still hasnt received the brown envelope. :lol:

Any feedback would help

Thanks :thumbs:


The journey begins...got the package together sent FedEx OV 2/22/06

Packet received in VT Center 10:53 AM Signed by G.Merrihew 2/23/06

Packet returned, check made out for the wrong amount, I feel stupid :( 3/4/06

New check made out, given to Fedex today but will go out Monday morning 3/6/06

Packet received SECOND time signed by same person at 11:00 am, please God let this be it! 3/7/06

NOA 1-------------------------3/8/06

Check cashed----------------3/9/06

Touched----------------------3/21/06

NO2 approved electronically!!!!!!!!!------3/22/06

Touched, I guess they mailed the petition out today-------3/23/06

NVC sent out approved petition!!! YAYYYYYYYY-------------3/27/06

Packet 3 received by my fiance----------------------------4/9/06

Medical appnt.------------------------------------------4/10/06

Packet 3 sent back-----------4/14/06

Interview Date Given for MAY 15------------------4/24/06 Interview cancelled 5/11/06

Case reopened by VSC---7/13/06

Touched-------------------7/14/06

Touched------------------7/15/06

RFE Update!!!!----------7/17/06

RFE Sent back---------7/22/06

RFE Update Online----7/26/06

Touched---------------7/27/06

Touched--------------7/28/06

Touched-------------7/29/06

Touched------------8/09/06

Re-APPROVED-----8/09/06

NVC sent out to the embassy---8/14/06

Interview re-scheduled for----- 9/26/06!!!!!!!

APPROVED_RECEIVED VISA IN HAND 10/03/06!!!!

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oh. yeah he had his interview and got the visa. do you think that they will give us at least a copy of it at the poe? where do those papers go after the poe? its hard to get a birth certificate from his country. i cant believe we forgot to make copies. thanks

Hey, congrats on the interview success! Can you link me to his interview experience or ask him to jot down some details? I know there is at least one Athens K-1 here looking for info on the packet 3 that you could really help... :) Her nick is Bunnygr (I think!)

Anyway, he can ask really nicely at the POE (big smile, I'm such a doofus etc) and see if they will make a copy to keep in his file and return the original to him. No guarantees, but it never hurts to ask.

I would put in an application for a new BC at home and ask Mana to keep an eye on that and fwd him a new copy when it comes through. I know it's hard to get.. that's why we got like 6 certified copies of our marriage cert from the Dimos--I can only imagine trying to get a copy today, from here---ay yi yi!


Now That You Are A Permanent Resident

How Do I Remove The Conditions On Permanent Residence Based On Marriage?

Welcome to the United States: A Guide For New Immigrants

Yes, even this last one.. stuff in there that not even your USC knows.....

Here are more links that I love:

Arriving in America, The POE Drill

Dual Citizenship FAQ

Other Fora I Post To:

alt.visa.us.marriage-based http://britishexpats.com/ and www.***removed***.com

censored link = *family based immigration* website

Inertia. Is that the Greek god of 'can't be bothered'?

Met, married, immigrated, naturalized.

I-130 filed Aug02

USC Jul06

No Deje Piedras Sobre El Pavimento!

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I was wondering if any of you wonderful people could tell me how long after the interview this BROWN envelope is received. My baby's interview is next week and I'm hoping he can buy a ticket right after...but I dont want to be in a pickle when the flight is coming up soon and he still hasnt received the brown envelope. :lol:

Any feedback would help

Thanks :thumbs:

He gets the brown envelope when he gets his visa :thumbs:


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