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Paying Filing Fee for I-130 with Credit Card
6:14 pm


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Hi - just wondered if anyone has had any experience successfully paying the filing fee for the I-130 (filed at the Chicago Lockbox) with a non-US credit card, using form G-1450.

It seems like this should be no problem? But I keep seeing instructions saying to pay by check. Any advice?


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Entering "Date To" in I-130
10:58 pm


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Hi, form I-130 requires that you enter the "date from" and "date to" in relation to your address history and employment history.

If I enter a "date to" in relation to my current address or current employment, that looks like I stopped living or working there on that date.

If I enter the words "Present" that contradicts the express instruction to provide a date in the format MM/DD/YYYY.

What have you guys done?



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4:43 pm


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We got married yesterday! We eloped to a Pacific Northwest island, and miraculously were able to have our little ceremony in a beautiful garden......outside, in October!

We wanted to thank VJ for all the support and answers to questions along the way, particularly @Greenbaum, @geowrian, @Naes. It sure helps to have advice from friendly folks further along in their journeys.

On to the next chapter! ??

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Possibly a stupid question, but do our civics answers have to match the official answers exactly?
12:43 am


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Hi all, hoping to hear from people who have completed the N400 interview. My husband and I are studying for my test next week and we're having a debate as to whether I need to be answering EXACTLY as written on the flash cards - I mean, this is a government department after all!

For example, with the question:

There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
? Citizens eighteen (18) and older (can vote).
? You don t have to pay (a poll tax) to vote.
? Any citizen can vote. (Women and men can vote.)
? A male citizen of any race (can vote).

If I answer "that any citizen, male or female, or any race can vote" would this be marked as "wrong"? Because I am not repeating their approved answers exactly?


What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?

? freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)
? saved (or preserved) the Union
? led the United States during the Civil War

I answered "issued the Emancipation Proclamation to change the legal status of some slaves" which again is correct but not exactly as they have written on the list of questions.

Apologies if this is a stupid question, but this has been such a journey I would hate to mess up at the last step on a mere technicality!

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Question about Bank Statements
11:40 pm


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I have been putting the package together for the ROC, and I kept coming across where people have joint bank accounts from the second they were married. So my spouse and I got married in January and we officially setup the joint bank account in December of 2016. I have statements reflecting that as well. I always thought you had to have a SSN to join a bank account based on the small reading I did so I waited until she got the SSN to sign her up. Also, Discover card refused to add her as an authorized user without a SSN which made me convinced I could not add her. Will this be a problem when submitting the package that it took a few months to get it opened? I have her as beneficiary on my retirement account and we have health insurance together. I did not know if they were too nit-picky on dates with the joint bank account. Thank you for your help.

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