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Hi,

After having dated my GF for 2.5 years, we decided to tie the knot. We are getting married in october but I am already looking into filling out the required documentation.

Looking at the I485 I seem to have run into several snags:

1. I entered through Canada the last time i came to the USA and an US immigration officer inspected my passport there. He took my I94 i filled out and kept it. What to do now?

2. My opt grace period is ending AUG 24. I was supposed to go on a CAP_GAP since I have a h1b approved for october first. My job at that company however ended. They are not revoking the H1b, but, I guess its pretty worthless if i wont get a job there. (they are not revoking it so i can apply for other jobs there). WHAT DO I FILL IN UNDER CURRENT USCIS STATUS? OUT OF STATUS or F1? and what about the expiration data? my I94 from my second to last entry states D/S...

3. I need to write down the location of latest entry and it is in canada, however, it asks for US state. Should i write CHI, IL as I flew to O'hare?

4. The officer did not gave me my i94 back, i only have a stamp in my passport. Should i pay the 300 dollar fee to get a new i94?

5. Should my GF, the USC, fill out the i130 with her maiden name or with my last name after we get married? We are planning to file immediately

Thanks you so much for answering these questions. I am at the end of my Latin.

A concerned immigrant.

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1. I entered through Canada the last time i came to the USA and an US immigration officer inspected my passport there. He took my I94 i filled out and kept it. What to do now?

Dunno. Scream. Cry. Get drunk?

2. My opt grace period is ending AUG 24. I was supposed to go on a CAP_GAP since I have a h1b approved for october first. My job at that company however ended. They are not revoking the H1b, but, I guess its pretty worthless if i wont get a job there. (they are not revoking it so i can apply for other jobs there). WHAT DO I FILL IN UNDER CURRENT USCIS STATUS? OUT OF STATUS or F1? and what about the expiration data? my I94 from my second to last entry states D/S...

Whatever visa you have in your passport. F1? H1B?

3. I need to write down the location of latest entry and it is in canada, however, it asks for US state. Should i write CHI, IL as I flew to O'hare?

Yes, if that's where you were "admitted" to he U.S.

4. The officer did not gave me my i94 back, i only have a stamp in my passport. Should i pay the 300 dollar fee to get a new i94?

Perhaps you should. But since you have an entry stamp in your passport, I would rather buy booze for that money.

5. Should my GF, the USC, fill out the i130 with her maiden name or with my last name after we get married? We are planning to file immediately

With her name. It's up to her to choose under what name she wants to be known after the marriage.


There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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