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Kathryn41 last won the day on September 13 2014

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About Kathryn41

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    crazy cat lady
  • Birthday 06/20/1955
  • Member # 18678
  • Location Stockbridge, GA, USA

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    Historic re-enacting/living history, historic costumes, art (watercolour; pen&ink;coloured pencil), gardening, cats, sailing, walking, horses, needlecrafts, reading (mysteries, sci-fi, history, science, classical literature)

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    Naturalization (approved)
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    Lewisville TX Lockbox
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    Atlanta GA
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    Our immigration journey is now complete. We met on line at a mutual interest group in 2001; started to 'chat' in 2002; started to really chat early in 2003; first met in person 2003; became engaged in 2003, and filed for K-1 in June, 2003. I moved to the US along with my 6 cats in May 2004; we married June 2004 (on the one year anniversary of our NOA for our K-1) ,and applied for AOS in July, 2004. AOS was approved 3 weeks before our 2nd anniversary in May 2006. We filed to remove conditions in February 2008, and I received my 10 year card in February 2009. I filed for US citizenship the last day of April 2009, had my biometrics in early June, my interview in mid August and became a US citizen on August 26, 2009 - by far the easiest and fastest leg of our 6 year visa journey.

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  1. I did not know there was a fluffy kitty posse at VJ! May I respectfully ask for membership?


  2. Lying to immigration is considered a crime of moral turpitude and subject to a 5 year ban or if the severity of the lie is greater - or the immigration official is in a bad mood - it could result in up to a life time ban. Worst case scenario if he lies to US immigration and says he has no intention of adjusting status when he has already admitted to them that he has. If the OP follows your advice, he will be the star in one of those 'horror' stories.
  3. Lenchick, Applying for paper work for a marriage based green card means adjustment of status. The US customs officer asked him if a) he was considering moving to the US and b) if he was considering adjusting his status based upon marriage to a US citizen to become a Permanent Resident - aka 'getting a green card'. He told the Customs Officer at the Airport 'yes' to both questions. The Customs Officer then said he could not be allowed to enter the US as he had presumed immigrant intent, and as such, had to file for and obtain the proper visa - a CR-1 (marriage based) visa - before he could be allowed back into the US. It is very straight-forward and happens far, far too often. Canadians often forget that the US is a foreign country and that Canadians are 'foreigners' just like everyone else and are subject to the same rules and regulations. USCIS does not care if you make a mistake; it does not care if your intentions were different than you said they were; it does not even care if you misunderstood what they were asking. This conversation and the results of this conversation are now a record on the file of the OP. Any time he tries to cross the border in the future, this information will come up. If he changes his story from this information, USCIS will believe in the 'worst' interpretation of his intent, and they will have no compunctions about enacting the appropriate consequences.
  4. This is immigration fraud. The OP has already said he plans to Adjust Status and has been denied entry. He has moved his whole life down to the US and is basically living there. To tell immigration that he is not planning to adjust status and is just visiting is lying to immigration and will result in being denied entry, possible detention at the border, or a ban, either minimum of 5 years or a lifetime ban. If the OP succeeds in entering the US after lying to immigration, if they don't catch him right away and put him in detention in preparation for trial and deportation (and you DON'T want to go into any of the ICE facilities), it will come back to haunt him on one of the many different petitions he and his spouse will need to file over the next few years for him to live and work in the US, and during any future petition for citizenship. One lie haunts you forever and there is no statute of limitations. Mistakes happen through ignorance of the law, which is the situation in which the OP now finds himself. It isn't an excuse nor will it hold any weight with immigration. They do not care. What the OP needs to remember is that you don't mess around with US immigration because you do not want the consequences, especially if you are married to an American citizen and want to spend a happy life together. It may be long and tedious and involved, but going through the proper immigration process - his spouse filing an I-130 and working on a CR-1 visa - is the only way he is going to get back into the US and it is not likely to be any time soon.
  5. Yeah, it is interesting to see how different states handles things. Florida has a lot of Canadian Snowbirds so I guess are more used to dealing with foreign licenses. Out of state tags with out of state licenses as a student would not cause you problems but yeah, as a resident, it does. North Georgia is absolutely beautiful! I've been here since 2004 and there is much I enjoy about Georgia - the climate (except for July and August!), the absolute beauty of nature here and the abundance of wildlife, and for the most part I have made some good friends. There are other things that I don't appreciate, the politics being one, lol! The immigration process can be tedious and cumbersome - and that will be the worst of it if you are lucky:-). It is worth it, though, in the long run:-).
  6. An old post, yes, but alas - there is no way around having to do the written and driving tests in Georgia. No, they do not have reciprocity with Canada and you are only allowed to drive for a limited period of time on an out-of-state license if you are living in Georgia. That being said, the Drivers' manual is available on line at the Department of Driver Services website https://dds.georgia.gov/ and if you are an experienced driver elsewhere you will have no problems with the driving part of the test. Study the manual and be sure to look at those items that are specific to Georgia (how long to transfer if from out of state, etc.) and you should have no problem. If you are able to do the test at one of the offices outside of Atlanta proper you will have a shorter wait and better experience :-).
  7. http://www.uscis.gov...00045f3d6a1RCRD USCIS Introduces First-Ever Fee Waiver Form New Form Results from Extensive Collaboration with the Public WASHINGTON—For the first time, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is introducing a standardized form for requesting waivers of the fees charged for immigration-benefit processing. Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, will become available for use on Nov. 23, 2010 – the same day USCIS's latest fee schedule takes effect."Our goal is to bring clarity and consistency to immigration-benefit services," said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. "The development of the new fee waiver form reflects our commitment to making improvements through extensive collaboration with the public." The fee waiver form reflects significant input from stakeholders, community-based organizations, and the general public. In stakeholder meetings, USCIS heard concerns that the absence of a standardized form led to confusion about the criteria and standards used to approve waivers. In July, USCIS published and sought comments on a proposed form through the Federal Register,generating input from numerous interested parties. Comments reflected applicants' past experiences in requesting fee waivers and recommended changes to the proposed form and instructions to make them easier to understand for non-native English speakers. The new form identifies clear requirements for documenting a fee waiver request. The form's instructions also give information on the methodology that USCIS uses to evaluate the requests. For example, if an applicant can show that he or she is receiving a means-tested benefit and presents evidence to document that claim, then there is no requirement to submit further evidence. USCIS will use the same methodology in reviewing all fee waiver requests, whether submitted on the new Form I-912 or in a written statement generated by the applicant. USCIS announced today that it is also now seeking feedback on a new guidance memorandum documenting the agency's consolidated policy for reviewing fee waiver requests. Stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to visit www.uscis.gov/outreach to review the new memorandum and offer their input.USCIS's latest fee rule, which takes effect Nov. 23, 2010, expands the availability of fee waivers to several new categories. The final rule also increases fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent, but does not increase the fee on naturalization applications. For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit www.uscis.gov. Last updated:11/22/2010
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