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Should i leave blank or put N/A?  For example: Should I type N/A in everything including my middle name ( i dont have a middle name) ? 


I am confused with the manual instruction when it says  unless otherwise directed. see below 



The manual says :  page 6   file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/i-485instr.pdf


Answer all questions fully and accurately. If a question does not apply to you (for example, if you have never been married and the question asks, “Provide the name of your current spouse”), type or print “N/A,” unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question which requires a numeric response is zero or none (for example, “How many children do you have” or “How many times have you departed the United States”), type or print “None,” unless otherwise directed.

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In the two years I've been on VJ, I've seen lots of people ask questions about leaving fields blank (especially when the PDF wouldn't let them answer). My wife doesn't have a middle name (a Russian patrynomic is not a middle name, and using it like one apparently confuses the both the US and Russian governments sometimes, so while I put it that way on our petition, we haven't done that for AOS). We left the 'middle name' question blank. It was fine; her green card is in the mail.


I've never seen anyone here on VJ report an RFE or RFIE because they left something blank where the technically by the directions correct answer was "none" or "n/a" (failing to answer something they should have answered is another matter entirely).

K-1                             AOS
NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31    NOA1 Notice Date: 2019-04-11
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16           Biometrics Date: 2019-05-10
Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03     EAD/AP In Hand: 2019-09-16
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28   GC Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Interview date: 2019-02-14      GC In Hand: 2019-10-02
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14


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