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    Otto got a reaction from shmalex in I-751 Section: Accomodations for Individuals with Diabilities and Impairments   
    I see what you're saying but most folks (ourselves included) checked "NO" as seen on the example form. It is a non-issue really - you are not requesting any kind of accommodations for an interview (which is what they're asking) so I'd just go with the "no" check boxes and leave the remaining three (follow up) boxes blank.
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    Otto got a reaction from Tatane in Next step after entering US on K1 visa   
    Review Steps 15 through 22 on the K-1 Visa Flowchart for an overview of the next steps. The Adjusting Status Guide will fill in the details.
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    Otto got a reaction from n8blogg in Letter of intent/ Statment of intent to marry   
    bnr,
    If you check here for Fiancé Letter of Intent you'll see an example.
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    Otto got a reaction from forena99 in Question on the annual income part 7 of the I-134   
    Just an FYI - if you meet the income requirements, you can chose to not include bank accounts and other assets.
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    Otto got a reaction from ~Alessa~ in Original Docs are Laminated   
    Yes- laminated originals are usually viewed as unusable.
    Lesson for others - don't do this to original documents (including birth, death, marriage certificates, social security cards, etc). You can store them in a sleeve (one made of the proper plastic so the documents don't stick or otherwise deteriorate) but don't laminate them.
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    Otto got a reaction from chimichanga in No Birth Certificate for AOS   
    If you go ahead and submit the AOS package - you will very likely (at a minimum) get an RFE for the lack of birth certificate (there's a chance an initial inspection of the package will turn up it is missing and the package could get returned to you - but that may not be very likely).
    Is it possible for you to obtain a BC at all? (The time between when you submit the AOS package and when you get an RFE would give you time to get the BC.)
    What is your country of origin?
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    Otto got a reaction from algerinou in IR1 / CR1 General Guides and Info   
    ** Topic Locked - for questions pertaining to your own personal case, please start a seperate thread so you'll get a dedicated response.
    Reminder/TIP:
    Posting questions in this (or any Pinned Thread really) may lower your chances of it being seen by other VJ members which may limit the number of specific responses you get.
    It may be better if you:
    Research a thread that specifically addresses your question (this may not be possible every time), or
    Start a new topic (this is often the better choice).
    Thank you,
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    Otto got a reaction from Joseph13 in Form 1-485 "Current Status"   
    I would simply write "F1 Visa Holder" and in the next field fill in the expiration date (on the I-485, expiration date not asked on the I-765) (They can do the math)
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    Otto got a reaction from user19000 in A life turned upside down   
    Responses like this, do not exactly contribute to the conversation and may be best kept unsaid.
    **Moving topic from ROC to Effects of Major Family Changes on Immigration Benefits; where it may be more appropriate.
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    Otto got a reaction from user19000 in want to send her home while i can   
    Great First Post...
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    Otto got a reaction from EminTX in US Birth Certificate   
    As silly as it sounds - we copied the back of our BC (which was blank) and hand wrote "Back of Birth Certificate" on it and sent it in. Some BCs do have text/graphics on the back - it is probably no big deal, but just in case.
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    Otto got a reaction from Marshmallow in Cheap way to get passport photos in the US   
    Here's an easier tip.
    I took the pair of passport photos I got from Walgreen's - scanned them (I scanned them 8 to a page) and printed them out on photo paper (could do the same with a color copier too). Saved the hassle of trying to get the background, size, etc just right. and I had 10 for about a $1 more.
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    Otto got a reaction from Merrytooth in help plzzzzzzzz (K-1 but 'married' - Morocco)   
    Please (please!) proceed with caution. Do not take this lightly.
    **I've moved this thread to our MENA forum - there may be specific regional/cultural specifics that can clarify things.
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    Otto got a reaction from ^_^ in Language   
    There is no written rule that compels members to use English outside of the Regional Discussion forums - we do ask that folks use English whenever possible though.
    Captain Ewok (VJ's administrator) has said - [We do not want to berate or otherwise make members feel uncomfortable for not using English and especially if they may have trouble with it.] This whole "English Only Outside of Regional Forums!" can seem very impolite/harsh. It is a request (not a demand) and should be addressed that way.
    The main reason(s) are: So that folks can get help from all members (not just those that speak their native language) and/or so other members can benefit from the discussion (whether they read a topic now or in the future). If members are much more comfortable using their native language (or have very limited English) they should try to use the Regional Discussion forums as much as possible (it would be the most logical place to do so).
    That said - folks that might use non-English as a means to violate/circumvent our Terms of Service should be discouraged from doing so.
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    Otto got a reaction from marklovetina in subas herrero   
    Subas Herrero
    **Topic seems PI Regional Discussion-related (rather than an OT topic); moving thread there.
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    Otto got a reaction from TBoneTX in Aruba POE information needed   
    In many cases - 2hours to clear CBP and catch a connecting flight could be pushing the envelope of comfort (meaning, not much/any time for lollygagging). For example in very large airports and especially those that separate their international and domestic connections by different concourses. Most airlines take this into consideration when scheduling flights as well.
    There must have been so few VJers who have used Aruba that it's not on our list of POE Reviews but judging by the very small size of the airport itself - I can't imagine there being an issue with time there. In all likelihood it will be a breeze. (There are only 8 total gates in the entire facility.)
    Ground Floor Map
    First Floor (Passenger area) map
    Source
    To clear CBP, she'll really simply need to present her passport (which will contain her visa) and hand over the 'do-not-open' brown envelope - there may/may-not be much interaction between her and the CBP officer.
    Now Miami on the other hand, will be a stark contrast to the postage stamp of an airport in Aruba. Busy - everyone in a hurry and hard to find someone to help. What I've seen some members do is prepare a sheet of paper with a few key phrases (both in English and in their fiancé's native language) that she can point to when asking for assistance.
    Things like:
    I need assistance - my English is not so good, can you help me with (Where I need to go? What should I do? I'm pregnant, may I board first? etc etc and include "Can you call my fiance - he speaks English so he can help?) Or things of that nature. Seems to have worked for may folks in your position.
    If she's never traveled before (or it's been limited) - you could go over the basics with her. Travel safety - don't lose the passport, how boarding passes work, how to make a phone call (a US cell phone might help) etc. Another international travel subject would be customs - she'll need to fill out a customs form (not sure if that would occur for Aruba or Miami - am guessing Miami - usually done on the flight itself. Source for this)
    Just a few thoughts for the nervous dad/fiance..
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    Otto got a reaction from Moonlight2011 in Visits after starting the process Of K1   
    I would think that multiple trips (and/or less trips but for extended periods of time, if possible) during this process (time between petition filed and interview) would be nothing but positive. Bonus points for timing one of those visits to coincide with the interview.
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    Otto got a reaction from TBoneTX in Visits after starting the process Of K1   
    I would think that multiple trips (and/or less trips but for extended periods of time, if possible) during this process (time between petition filed and interview) would be nothing but positive. Bonus points for timing one of those visits to coincide with the interview.
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    Otto got a reaction from VanessaTony in AOS and misdemeanor   
    **Just to be fair - it was a bit of a hijack (can be confusing to the OP and/or those trying to help them, and you); will leave everything here but next time, perhaps a new thread/topic would be in order. Thanks
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    Otto got a reaction from bahisgirl in is it a problem ( Petition approved,US Fiance only visited once - Morocco) [edited title]   
    ** You know, if there was ever a place where some folks might have trouble with the English language, it might just be Visajourney.
    The OP has a legitimate (and perhaps serious) question and some folks clearly have not used their best judgment in posting so far. I'm leaving all such comments in place - to serve as a reminder.
    Please post responsibly or refrain from posting.
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    Otto got a reaction from KittyPollitt in is it a problem ( Petition approved,US Fiance only visited once - Morocco) [edited title]   
    ** You know, if there was ever a place where some folks might have trouble with the English language, it might just be Visajourney.
    The OP has a legitimate (and perhaps serious) question and some folks clearly have not used their best judgment in posting so far. I'm leaving all such comments in place - to serve as a reminder.
    Please post responsibly or refrain from posting.
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    Otto got a reaction from TBoneTX in Moving from England to America on a K-1 Visa   
    It isn't as complicated a process as it first seems - trust me - there's a lot of information to digest at first but eventually the picture will become clear(er). It helps to do some reading and break things down into 3 stages.

    Petition Stage (This is involves USCIS)
    Interview/Embassy Stage (This involves DOS)
    Hop on a Plan Stage (followed by get married then the AOS Stage)- yes, USCIS is involved again...

    Simple terms (see Guides above for details).
    US Citizen = Petitioner, foreign Fiance (or Spouse for spousal visas) = Beneficiary (know these terms)

    US Citizen sends petition to USCIS (along with some stuff you'll both contribute to)
    USCIS makes you wait about 5 months before you hear anything.
    USCIS approves the petition (no reason not to right?)
    USCIS sends approved petition to DOS (Dept. of State...impressive huh?) DOS runs all US Embassy/Consulates.
    The Embassy in London (in your case) will get your approved petition.
    Foreign beneficiary takes a medical, completes some more forms - US Petitioner will complete some more forms and send them to you.
    Foreign beneficiary has an interview at the Embassy/Consulate.
    Once approved - passport will be issued a US Visa (Fiance visa) and you'll be free to enter the US to be married.

    Very oversimplified of course. Most folks find that they're perfecly fine doing this process on their own - especially if there are no fuzzy immigration issues in their past.
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    Otto got a reaction from Matt & Bing in NOA1 hardcopy missing   
    I can't say whether (or not) they'd reissue this receipt notice but if you call, don't refer to is as a NOA1 - they'll have no idea what you're talking about (that'd be VJ-lingo). It'd be your Notice of Action/I-797c (receipt notice).
    I'd give it another couple of weeks to see if it shows up - sometimes it takes a while for some odd reason.
    (In case folks have never seen one - below is an example.)

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    Otto got a reaction from TBoneTX in I-134   
    The OMB number/date (in this case 1615-0014; Exp. 05/31/11) doesn't have the meaning you're thinking - the form's revision date (in this case 05/21/10, bottom/right of pages) is the date to keep an eye on and is the most recent revision date of the form.
    Their website says which is the most recent revision date accepted and if previous revisions are accepted (which in this case, they are).
    So the short answer is - the form you're looking at is the most recent and, if it were me, I'd go ahead and use it.
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    Otto got a reaction from Matt & Bing in ? on RFE   
    Respond to the RFE with what they are asking for - resist the temptation to include 'extra' stuff they did not ask for.
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