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    We met online while I was looking for travel information. He said hello, we chatted a couple of minutes but he didn't have any useful information. So I forgot about it. He said hello again a few days later, and we began to have more frequent and longer chats and talked on Skype. I had planned a vacation in Panama already for a few months later and we net for the first time then. We married in Iceland on a trip to Europe. Honeymooning in Paris and Rome was such a treat, we managed to pull off with low season travel deals and points. The visa process really went smoothly and I have been happy every day to finally have him here!

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  1. You’re right, I did side step that point. NVC will take anything in English or the Embassy’s Country’s language.
  2. Since your language is Spanish, it’s relatively inexpensive to do professionally. There are a lot of services to choose from. I would say that as someone who opted for professional translation as opposed to doing my own, the benefits are: 1) they have much nicer templates for forms and 2) you’ll need marriage and birth certificates in English for other purposes later (Social Security for one). It’s easier to have copies of a certified translation on hand.
  3. My husband got an X-ray in an unsealed envelope. I sort of panicked when I realized I took it home with je after joining him at his interview. No one asked for it. POE doesn’t read x rays. The instruction to carry them is outdated but still published. It’s not useful later for anything at all.
  4. I have read people here translated their own documents and seem to not have trouble. There is really no nationally recognized translation certification or accreditation like you have for CPA’s or attorneys, so people can do their own and attest to it. I would say forms are trickier to format on your own. Just to make it understandable as to what correspondents to what.
  5. We used an online translation service. Uploaded a document and hat it back the same day. I could have done it but they had nice templates for forms and I got the letter certifying the translation. It was around $20, price depends on the language and how many speakers they have of that language. You can do your own, but I was very happy with the service for multiple reasons. Unless you need to watch money closely I would say it’s well spent.
  6. If they accepted it and she had an interview scheduled, all you can do is provide it if they ask at the interview. She can offer if they are material, but without knowing which questions I can’t say for sure.
  7. That’s exactly what she should do. Sure ask away.
  8. Yes, do provide that. She should also be able to confirm the address once she arrives at POE to see what they have and update there if needed. That’s the final paperwork submitted for green card processing.
  9. Nah. We had the same question and left it blank after trying to figure out what it might be from the last time we were on. After the case was accepted by mail we went into Myuscis.com and logged in (I think using just the email address) and you have the option to link a new case to it (initially it will just show your visa case is closed). It just came up. As for the form, there’s no case yet as it’s new, so you can leave it blank. Note: biometrics appointment will not show here, it come in a few weeks by mail.
  10. If it were me, I would just scan these on a sheet of paper with a label below saying whose receipt, date, what and where. I wouldn’t do a formal translation.
  11. They really shouldn’t “interview” you. They may ask when you plan to get married. It could be very fast but the paperwork takes several minutes but it’s all a matter of how many others are in line. It’s cutting it close under normal circumstances. My husband was out in an hour when he came through. But we stood in line for 3 hours another time.
  12. I may be thinking of out of stats tuition rates. I remember he was asked for a green card and Social Security number but that may not have been the only option.
  13. CR1 v K1: think through this carefully. A K1 is a bit cruel. The day you arrive, you are not able to do much of anything as far as work or study for months. That’s a long time to sit around and miss your loved ones back home while trying to keep expenses down. If a family member becomes ill and you have to decide between going back and abandoning the visa or staying to not start over, it can be very tough. There are also more forms and fees to pay with a K1. It may be a bit faster (not guaranteed to be significantly faster), but there are significant trade offs. Those of us who went the CR1 route can attest that the waiting was no fun, but it was so nice to have the green card and social security number so much faster. Many on VJ have complained that the waiting for AOS after entry led to depression and marital problems, some bad enough to end the relationship.
  14. You can only be an authorized user without a social security number. This technically doesn’t grant credit. I checked my husband’s credit history a year after he was here and he had some cards that had been mine tied to his credit, though probably incorrectly. Some showed a credit history for him going back 10 years. Fortunately, they were all good so it was a benefit for him. So, like it or not, you’ll get at last some of your spouse’s history right away.
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