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  1. I sent most of the boxes (10-ish) at the same time -- on the day I moved out. The only issue was with the post office here in America. Seems they were overwhelmed by the number and size of my packages, and so they didn't bother delivering them 😠 But they also couldn't be bothered to notify me 🤬 Had to ask around a lot at two different post offices and finally rent a U-Haul and get the boxes myself. Good thing that I didn't have much else to do at that time, having just arrived on a K1.
  2. Maybe your credit union isn't used to serving foreigners. I've had good experiences with Bank of America. They let me open an account and get a joint credit card with my wife even before I got my SSN.
  3. I mailed my stuff when I moved here two years ago. I attached a CBP form 3299 in a transparent envelope to the outside of each package. Everything went through no problem.
  4. I have no personal experience, but I've read reports about people wo did DCF bringing their American spouses to the interview. No problem. Still it's best to ask the consulate directly. I emailed them a few times, and they always replied within a few days.
  5. It probably should, but when I renewed my VA license with my 2-year GC I got an 8-year license. Same for a colleague of mine. Makes me wonder if we both got lucky or if that's VA policy now. Anyway, it will make things easier during ROC, so I'm definitely not gonna complain.
  6. No, it's not quite that easy. He will need to bring a few more documents: — his foreign passport (as proof of his identity) — his I-94 (as proof of his legal status) — his Social Security Card — 2 proofs of address I don't think he can get a license or learner's permit before he gets his SSN. Once you're married and have filed for AOS he should bring the NOA1 instead of the I-94.
  7. Legally yes, but if they take away her EAD/AP card she wouldn't have any document to prove that she has AP.
  8. The EAD card is invalidated once permanent residence status is granted. That means if he gets approved on the spot USCIS might keep his card. In that case he could ask to get his passport stamped. If they don't make a decision right away he can keep his EAD card. Either way he will remain legally authorized to work during the whole time (unless they deny his Greencard).
  9. 1% and 0.5% sound small, but at >13,000 ICE arrests per month that means that >130 U.S. citizens get arrested and >65 deported every month. Too many, for my taste, to cut down on due process. Another interesting text on that issue: https://www.cato.org/publications/immigration-research-policy-brief/us-citizens-targeted-ice-us-citizens-targeted Quotes: "Unlike with criminal warrants, an ICE agent can issue a detainer without first presenting evidence of probable cause to a federal judge." "These cases can be so difficult that even the Board of Immigration Appeals admitted in 2015 that it had misinterpreted citizenship law and wrongfully denied some people’s U.S. citizenship claims for seven years."
  10. According to this web page he would not need to wait for the EAD. His foreign passport + the "I-797 Receipt Notice" should suffice.
  11. It seems that quite a few people manage to get them, so it's definitely not impossible. If you google Beibehaltungsgenehmigung you will find lots of information and discussions about it, albeit mostly in German.
  12. Except that she would lose her German citizenship in the process making if difficult for the family to move there. That is, unless she gets a Beibehaltungsgenehmigung before applying for naturalization. She will have to show that (1) not aquiring American citizenship would be a hardship for her, and that (2) she retains sufficient ties to Germany.
  13. I had found an some old posts from 2011 and before where DCF seemed to be an option in Costa Rica. Anyway, @Jonajimz, you could ask in the DCF subforum how DCF works and if you might be eligible. If not, the best way would be the CR-1 route. Read the CR-1 guide and then ask in the CR-1 subforum if you need help with that.
  14. @ All the experts: Can you still do DCF in Costa Rica? Other things to consider: You will most likely need a sponsor in the U.S. with sufficient income and/or property. You will also probably also need a written permit from your first daugher's father that agrees to her moving to the U.S. with you. And lastly, if you haven't done so already, see if you can get U.S. passports for your daughters. You might need a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for each of them.
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