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Emergency -- I have hit what might be a roadblock. I didn't realize until right now (kicking myself) that in our white-book of the marriage certificate, on the page that is translated into English it says my passport information, which is correct... but then it says "now living in USA". Similarly for my wife it says her ID card number and then "now living in Suichuan County, Ji'an City, Jiangxi Province". That is incorrect, we are both living in Shenzhen, China. In the same apartment building. My wife called the gong zheng chu where we had it done and they said that's how they do all their notaries/translations, by saying "now living in" wherever that person's hukou or passport is registered to. That seems crazy to me because that's just an incorrect translation or a failure to ask us where we are currently registered to live. They said that if the US embassy has a problem with it we'll have to send the white-book back to them with proof of our residence here in Shenzhen, which we do have, and then they will fix it.



Are we screwed for the time being? Do you think the embassy will accept this? I do have a copy of my passport and residence permit in with my packet of i-130 stuff. I really hope this isn't a problem because we're trying to get this done as quickly as possible and I'm taking time off work to go to the embassy, which isn't easy. If my petition is likely to be rejected because of this, I would rather cancel the appointment tomorrow and try to get it corrected first.


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Okay I've actually figured out through another forum that this is normal and it's fine.

Now I have a new question... One more thing (I really hope). My wife's birth certificate says word for word "Zhang Wenzhao was born in Suichuan County, Jiangxi Province" without mentioning the city. On the i-130 and G-325A whenever I wrote city or town of birth for her, I wrote Suichuan, partly because it doesn't mention on her birth certificate that she was born in the city of Ji'an (which contains Suichuan county) and partly because a county in China is smaller than a city, so I thought it would be more specific. Now I'm seeing that at the top of the page it says her household registration address is: "Darao Village, Yutian Town, Suichuan County, Ji'an City, Jiangxi Province". I'm wondering if I should change her forms to say Ji'an city.

I have to leave for Guangzhou in 12 hours and it's bed time soon. Hoping someone can answer this, otherwise I'll just fill out extra forms with Ji'an as the city and hope the USCIS person is patient with me.

Thank you!!!

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If I see correctly you wrote the county instead of the city? The senior embassy staff should have some knowledge of the country, I don't see the problem here too much. But be prepared if they will hold it against you.


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I don't think she will be rejected for mismatched address,

but she may be asked to provide more evidence of current address or

correct the certificate. Did she get police certificate as well?

It's required for fiancee visa...but I'm not sure if that applies to IR/CR-1.

That said, such mismatched information can only cause problems.

Regardless of whether the US consulate accepts them or not for current visa processing,

I would fix Hokou and marriage certificate and bring extra copies to US.

Also, I know you guys are mostly focused on bringing her to US,

but also think ahead into other things she may want to take care of before coming to US.

1) Since she's still young, if she plans to attend school in US, get her all school transcripts.

And see if they provide English translation as well.

2) Close unnecessary bank accounts, credit cards, etc.

My wife tried to do them from US through her family, and they refused.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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