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  1. Hello, For my wife's Latvian birth certificate that we are submitting with our I-485, she has an English word-for-word translation that was done by a licensed translator in Latvia. The translator signed the document in front of a notary, her signature is notarized, and she certified that the translation is correct and stated her translator ID number and her knowledge of some law (Latvian? EU?) about incorrect translations. I have attached an image of the translator's certification statement below (I redacted names of the translator and notary). Will this translation certification work for the purposes of the I-485? I am a little concerned that the language used to certify correctness doesn't exactly match the USCIS language for certifying a translation. E.g., it doesn't say "I certify that I am competent to translate from this language to English..." and doesn't follow the language found at this link: Thanks in advance!
  2. I am not a lawyer, but according to immigration law, "Immediate Relatives" (including spouses) are an exception to the rule that aliens will be denied Adjustment of Status for "unauthorized employment." Said another way, "unauthorized employment," by itself, is not grounds for denying Adjustment of Status in the case of a spouse who came to the U.S. on a K-1. Lying about working IS grounds for denying AOS (intentionally misrepresenting anything in the application process is grounds for denial). You can read this law here: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid%3AUSC-prelim-title8-section1255&num=0&edition=prelim#0-0-0-274. Definition of "Immediate Relatives" can be found here: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title8-section1151&num=0&edition=prelim. You can also read about this here: https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-7-part-b-chapter-8. I haven't found the definition of "unauthorized employment" yet, so I don't know if remote work for foreign employer is even unauthorized. I also do not know if plans to work in the U.S. before being authorized could affect you receiving the K-1 in the first place (e.g., could it be a problem in the K-1 interview if you admit you're planning to work?). Finally, I do not know what happens if ICE shows up at your door while you're working without a Green Card or EAD (seems highly unlikely to happen). Personally, I'm in the position where we've already been doing this. My K-1 wife has continued her foreign employment working remotely. We're about to submit our I-485 application for AOS. The application asks for the applicant's work history and it also asks "have you EVER worked in the U.S. without authorization?" We're disclosing that she's been working, but I'm trying to figure out how we should answer the latter question. We'll answer truthfully in the interview if asked about it.
  3. I rented from Sixt (met agent to pick up car at Belgrade Courtyard Marriott). I had an International Driving Permit ("IDP") because I read in a couple places they were required for U.S. citizens. The Sixt agent asked for my U.S. driver's license, passport, and credit card. I offered the IDP but he said he didn't need it. Not sure if this would be the case in an actual Sixt office or with a different rental agency. Might want to call in advance and/or get IDP just to be safe. Have fun driving in Belgrade. I broke a rear reflector within 15 minutes of picking up the car. Haha. A taxi driver told me that was normal and compared driving in Belgrade to driving in Egypt (whatever that means). It's a hectic city, though. Outside of Belgrade, major highways were really nice. Smaller highways/roads were mostly okay, although depending on your driving experience you may find them stressful compared to driving in the U.S. They can be small and winding with no/little shoulder and no separation from oncoming traffic. Some drivers can be aggressive with passing and such. Outside of Belgrade, we traveled to the National Park Djerdap area and to Novi Sad. Djerdap had some nice scenery with mountains and views of the Danube and Djerdap Gorge. We did a really nice, but fairly long hike up a mountain trail to Veliki Strbac. There's also a really cool fortress on the Danube in this area at Golubac. Novi Sad is a smaller city about 1.5 hours northwest of Belgrade. We liked Novi Sad a lot and ended up staying there longer than we originally planned. It's a lot less hectic than Belgrade and has a nice central pedestrian area with lots of pretty buildings where you can hang out. Also has a fortress on the Danube that affords some nice views and a nice river path that we walked and ran along. We also stopped by the fortress in Smederevo because it was on our driving route. Kind of interesting, but not sure it was worth a stop unless you're really into fortresses. We were interested in checking out National Park Tara (mountains bordering Croatia), but we didn't make it because of weather and time constraints. All of this was before the recent resumption of lockdown and protests in Belgrade. Not sure how any of that would affect travel; my fiancee just read that protests had blocked the road from Belgrade to Novi Sad. Would recommend learning some Serbian pronunciation before you go. A lot of people speak English, and they're generally friendly and very hospitable, but they might not understand your references to Serbian places/things if you can't pronounce them. For instance, a 'c' is pronounced like 'ts'. E.g., "Golubac" sounds something like Goh-loo-bahts. Other recommendation is to try lots of the wine and food. Serbian wine is fantastic and the food is delicious (albeit salty and meat heavy). Also, we drank the tap water everywhere we stayed (hotels and AirBnBs).
  4. Thanks! Can US citizens enter Croatia now? I thought it was only open to EU. Also, I was remembering and I don't think I ever checked the restrictions for North Macedonia so maybe that could be an option.
  5. I'm a US citizen in Serbia now. Have been here for the past two weeks and am flying to JFK with my fiancee tomorrow morning. I did some research on the countries bordering Serbia early in my trip because I thought it might be cool to travel somewhere else during the two weeks, but everything I read indicated that US citizens couldn't enter. The only one I wasn't sure about was Kosovo. Don't think I ever found conclusive evidence that I wouldn't be allowed in. Apparently, Serbia still doesn't consider Kosovo to be a separate country and the border situation is kinda weird. However, I read that car rental companies wouldn't let you take a Serbian rental car into Kosovo (I think because cars with Serbian plates aren't treated very nice in Kosovo), so I just gave up on the Kosovo idea. I believe there are buses that will take you across the border, but I wasn't interested in crowded public transport right now.
  6. It's not related to the coronavirus. Just a normal regulation in Serbia. If you're visiting, you have to register with the police to let them know you're there and where you're staying. I believe if you stay in a hotel that the hotel takes care of it for you. Google "Serbia Police Registration" and you'll find lots of mentions. For example, this document mentions it: https://eca.state.gov/files/bureau/serbia_-_police_registration_and_residency_permit_2013.pdf
  7. Are you saying that because you've heard Serbia is unsafe or just because you aren't familiar with Serbia? I'm familiar with Mexico (have lots of family there and have traveled there) but not so much with Serbia, Thailand, or Cambodia (other than internet research and secondhand accounts). My impression was that Serbia is pretty safe now, but I honestly don't know much.
  8. It sounds like Serbia is also an option now. Serbia is not a Schengen country so travel from Serbia to the USA is not restricted. Air Serbia just started direct flights from Belgrade to New York JFK, and Serbia doesn't currently have restrictions on foreigners visiting and staying in the country (think they were requiring foreign visitors to present a health certificate showing they were negative for COVID but that restriction has been lifted). There is an earlier post in this thread by someone who is planning to transit via Serbia.
  9. Congrats, Ela! Glad you and your fiance made it here safely. Thanks for the update!
  10. Okay, that's good to know. Sounds like he shouldn't have any issues meeting you. Thanks for responding, Ela! All the information you've shared on the forum is very helpful. Good luck with the rest of your Mexican "vacation" and entry into the U.S.! I hope you can provide us all with an update once your fiance has joined you and you've crossed into the U.S. Safe travels!
  11. Hi Ela. Did your fiance have any trouble traveling from the U.S. to Mexico to meet you down there? I've seen people mention that entry by flight between USA and MEX isn't restricted, but there's lots of conflicting information. Am considering having my fiancee come from Europe to USA via two-week stay in MEX, but I'm not sure she or I would want her to spend the two weeks in MEX by herself. Would be good if I could join her. Thanks for all the information you've been providing!
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