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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Brazil
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Just wanted to let all of the people going to interviews in Brasil that the forms on the embassy website are outdated. We had to redo all of our forms and use the ones directly from the state department. Thankfully we found out before getting NOA2 and scheduling our interview--still waiting nearly 4 months later for them to acknowlege us and put our case online. So my advice is to download the forms from the state department and not the consulate website.


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Brazil
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Just wanted to let all of the people going to interviews in Brasil that the forms on the embassy website are outdated. We had to redo all of our forms and use the ones directly from the state department. Thankfully we found out before getting NOA2 and scheduling our interview--still waiting nearly 4 months later for them to acknowlege us and put our case online. So my advice is to download the forms from the state department and not the consulate website.

Hey Menina,

How did you know that? Where do I get this info?

By the way, is the state department website the USCIS one?

Thanks!

Lu


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09/14/2009 - Touched

09/16/2009 - NVC received

09/18/2009 - NVC left

09/22/2009 - Consulate received

10/02/2009 - Pkt 4 received

10/29/2009 - Medical - PASSED!!

11/10/2009 - Interview - APPROVED!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Brazil
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Just wanted to let all of the people going to interviews in Brasil that the forms on the embassy website are outdated. We had to redo all of our forms and use the ones directly from the state department. Thankfully we found out before getting NOA2 and scheduling our interview--still waiting nearly 4 months later for them to acknowlege us and put our case online. So my advice is to download the forms from the state department and not the consulate website.

Hey Menina,

How did you know that? Where do I get this info?

By the way, is the state department website the USCIS one?

Thanks!

Lu

I just googled the US Department of State visa forms, but I think you can get the forms from USCIS. I was just having trouble opening them with my browser. I only found out that the forms on the consulate website are oudated because I couldn´t get one to open, so I went to the state department to download it from there. When I saw the updated forms, I checked all of my forms and found that most of them had an expiration date that had already passed. I redid all of them with the new forms and noticed that some say at the bottom that previous editions are obsolete. I found out by chance. There was no notification anywhere. Sometimes they accept previous editions, but as I said, there were some that stated they were not acceptable.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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Just wanted to let all of the people going to interviews in Brasil that the forms on the embassy website are outdated. We had to redo all of our forms and use the ones directly from the state department. Thankfully we found out before getting NOA2 and scheduling our interview--still waiting nearly 4 months later for them to acknowlege us and put our case online. So my advice is to download the forms from the state department and not the consulate website.

Hey Menina,

How did you know that? Where do I get this info?

By the way, is the state department website the USCIS one?

Thanks!

Lu

I just googled the US Department of State visa forms, but I think you can get the forms from USCIS. I was just having trouble opening them with my browser. I only found out that the forms on the consulate website are oudated because I couldn´t get one to open, so I went to the state department to download it from there. When I saw the updated forms, I checked all of my forms and found that most of them had an expiration date that had already passed. I redid all of them with the new forms and noticed that some say at the bottom that previous editions are obsolete. I found out by chance. There was no notification anywhere. Sometimes they accept previous editions, but as I said, there were some that stated they were not acceptable.

Although these documents have expiration dates on them, the embassy in Rio accepts them..so dont panic if you did expired ones. Also the police papers technically expire 3 months from the date they are issued... but the Rio embassy will accept until they are 1 year old.

We failed to receive packet 4 from the embassy, so we submitted the "expired" ones from the website with no problem.

Edited by Brad and Vera

K-1 Visa

I-129F sent : April 28th, 2008

I-129F NOA1 : May 1st, 2008

I-129F NOA2 : September 5th, 2008

NOA2 hard copy arrived : September 11th, 2008

Interview- November 4, 2008

POE - Atlanta, Ga - January 28th, 2009

Wedding - Las Vegas, NV- February 6th, 2009

AOS

Sent USPS - March 3rd, 2009

Check Cashed - March 12th, 2009

NOA date - March 11th, 2009

NOA received by mail - March 14th, 2009

Biometrics - April 3rd, 2009

Interview letter received - April 23rd, 2009

AOS interview (approved) - June 25th, 2009

Green Card received - July 9th, 2009

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Brazil
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Although these documents have expiration dates on them, the embassy in Rio accepts them..so dont panic if you did expired ones. Also the police papers technically expire 3 months from the date they are issued... but the Rio embassy will accept until they are 1 year old.

We failed to receive packet 4 from the embassy, so we submitted the "expired" ones from the website with no problem.

Yep.


NOA 2. Really?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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Although these documents have expiration dates on them, the embassy in Rio accepts them..so dont panic if you did expired ones. Also the police papers technically expire 3 months from the date they are issued... but the Rio embassy will accept until they are 1 year old.

We failed to receive packet 4 from the embassy, so we submitted the "expired" ones from the website with no problem.

Yep.

Agreed. We received the Visa last week after a June 30 interview at the Rio Consulate using all of the documents shown on their website...the Consulate Officer clearly indicated that the documents were in perfect order. We pulled them from the website during June.

KEY KEY KEY: Make sure your documents are in the EXACT ORDER shown on the website list. So, if you do decide to utilize the State Department documents, make sure you put those in the exact order shown on the RIO CONSULATE WEB SITE. Others interviewing on our day were either delayed or turned away and told to return after getting a new interview date because documents were missing.

http://www.embaixadaamericana.org.br/index...amp;itemmenu=58

Hope that helps.

Edited by Mike & Miche

04/2008: First Met in Person - Macae Brazil

04/2008-07/2008: Corresponded

08/15/2008: Second Trip to Brazil

10/16/2008: Third Trip to Brazil

10/16/2008: Engaged

11/18/2008: K-1 129F Filed w/USCIS

11/20/2008: NOA1 Received

12/19/2008: Fourth Trip to Brazil

02/17/2009: Fifth Trip to Brazil

03/06/2009: Sixth Trip to Brazil

04/14/2009: NOA2 Email – APPROVED (HURRAY <"OBA" as they say in Brazil> !!!!)

04/17/2009: NVC Recv'd Approved K-1 Petition From USCIS; “AP” Advised By Phone (ARGH! All that VSC wait & here we go again !!!!)

04/23/2009: Seventh Trip to Brazil

05/18/2009: RELEASED FROM NVC !!! On the way to the Rio Consulate (FINALLY !!!)

05/28/2009: Eight Trip to Brazil

06/30/2009: Consulate Interview Rio and APPROVAL!!!!

07/16/2009: Final Trip to Brazil before entry to the USA

07/30/2009: Mike on work trip to Singapore for 9 days, return 08/08/2009

08/09/2009: Miche scheduled entry to the USA!! POE Houston

08/10/2009: Closed on new home

08/20/2009: Married in Las Vegas

10/27/2009: Filed I-485/I-131/I-765 with Chicago CIS Office

11/03/2009: NOA1's Received for I-485/I-131/I-765

11/09/2009: Biometrics Appointment Notice Received for 11/18/2009

11/21/2009: I-485 RFE Received; responded 12/07/09 (Birth Certificate Translation)

12/15/2009: Touched

12/18/2009: Touched

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Just wanted to let all of the people going to interviews in Brasil that the forms on the embassy website are outdated. We had to redo all of our forms and use the ones directly from the state department. Thankfully we found out before getting NOA2 and scheduling our interview--still waiting nearly 4 months later for them to acknowlege us and put our case online. So my advice is to download the forms from the state department and not the consulate website.

Hey Menina,

How did you know that? Where do I get this info?

By the way, is the state department website the USCIS one?

Thanks!

Lu

I just googled the US Department of State visa forms, but I think you can get the forms from USCIS. I was just having trouble opening them with my browser. I only found out that the forms on the consulate website are oudated because I couldn´t get one to open, so I went to the state department to download it from there. When I saw the updated forms, I checked all of my forms and found that most of them had an expiration date that had already passed. I redid all of them with the new forms and noticed that some say at the bottom that previous editions are obsolete. I found out by chance. There was no notification anywhere. Sometimes they accept previous editions, but as I said, there were some that stated they were not acceptable.

Although these documents have expiration dates on them, the embassy in Rio accepts them..so dont panic if you did expired ones. Also the police papers technically expire 3 months from the date they are issued... but the Rio embassy will accept until they are 1 year old.

We failed to receive packet 4 from the embassy, so we submitted the "expired" ones from the website with no problem.

In the past couple of weeks I have read that police papers expire after twelve months, six months, and now three months. Does anyone know for certain how old they are actually allowed to be before they are no longer legally valid?

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Just wanted to let all of the people going to interviews in Brasil that the forms on the embassy website are outdated. We had to redo all of our forms and use the ones directly from the state department. Thankfully we found out before getting NOA2 and scheduling our interview--still waiting nearly 4 months later for them to acknowlege us and put our case online. So my advice is to download the forms from the state department and not the consulate website.

Hey Menina,

How did you know that? Where do I get this info?

By the way, is the state department website the USCIS one?

Thanks!

Lu

I just googled the US Department of State visa forms, but I think you can get the forms from USCIS. I was just having trouble opening them with my browser. I only found out that the forms on the consulate website are oudated because I couldn´t get one to open, so I went to the state department to download it from there. When I saw the updated forms, I checked all of my forms and found that most of them had an expiration date that had already passed. I redid all of them with the new forms and noticed that some say at the bottom that previous editions are obsolete. I found out by chance. There was no notification anywhere. Sometimes they accept previous editions, but as I said, there were some that stated they were not acceptable.

Although these documents have expiration dates on them, the embassy in Rio accepts them..so dont panic if you did expired ones. Also the police papers technically expire 3 months from the date they are issued... but the Rio embassy will accept until they are 1 year old.

We failed to receive packet 4 from the embassy, so we submitted the "expired" ones from the website with no problem.

In the past couple of weeks I have read that police papers expire after twelve months, six months, and now three months. Does anyone know for certain how old they are actually allowed to be before they are no longer legally valid?

Err on the side of caution....get your certificates within 4-8 weeks of the interview. The BR Federal Certificate takes 15 days to obtain once you request it. My fiance obtained her local certificate in about the same time.

She didnt have any problems with her documents submitted at the Consulate on the interview day, but she / we put alot of time into ensuring they were all correct, current and in the required order shown on the website. I was amazed to hear about the number of couples at the Rio Consulate the day of the interview who did not have their documents completed.

Here is a tip when it comes to the medical. You dont have to wait to receive the Packet 4 before getting this done. Get this started as soon as you know the documents have been received by the Consulate. You can find this out by calling the US State Department at 202-663-1225 (Press "1", then press "0" without listening to the long list of options). Have you NVC Case Number available...they can confirm receipt by the Consulate from the NVC.

Also, if your BR fiance is working and has medical insurance (which I believe most do), you should try to get the xrays, blood work and vaccinations done through your insurance. This seemed to save us quite a bit of money. But, you obviously cant arrange for those until you get your appointment and meet with the consulate physican first.

Hope that helps.


04/2008: First Met in Person - Macae Brazil

04/2008-07/2008: Corresponded

08/15/2008: Second Trip to Brazil

10/16/2008: Third Trip to Brazil

10/16/2008: Engaged

11/18/2008: K-1 129F Filed w/USCIS

11/20/2008: NOA1 Received

12/19/2008: Fourth Trip to Brazil

02/17/2009: Fifth Trip to Brazil

03/06/2009: Sixth Trip to Brazil

04/14/2009: NOA2 Email – APPROVED (HURRAY <"OBA" as they say in Brazil> !!!!)

04/17/2009: NVC Recv'd Approved K-1 Petition From USCIS; “AP” Advised By Phone (ARGH! All that VSC wait & here we go again !!!!)

04/23/2009: Seventh Trip to Brazil

05/18/2009: RELEASED FROM NVC !!! On the way to the Rio Consulate (FINALLY !!!)

05/28/2009: Eight Trip to Brazil

06/30/2009: Consulate Interview Rio and APPROVAL!!!!

07/16/2009: Final Trip to Brazil before entry to the USA

07/30/2009: Mike on work trip to Singapore for 9 days, return 08/08/2009

08/09/2009: Miche scheduled entry to the USA!! POE Houston

08/10/2009: Closed on new home

08/20/2009: Married in Las Vegas

10/27/2009: Filed I-485/I-131/I-765 with Chicago CIS Office

11/03/2009: NOA1's Received for I-485/I-131/I-765

11/09/2009: Biometrics Appointment Notice Received for 11/18/2009

11/21/2009: I-485 RFE Received; responded 12/07/09 (Birth Certificate Translation)

12/15/2009: Touched

12/18/2009: Touched

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