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  1. Hi! Thanks for your reply! Really? I believe it is linked. Cuz again, when we drove to Canada from NY, immigration only needed my GC. They didn’t ask for my passport. And when I went to check my travel history (i94) on cbp website using my old passport information, my departure and arrival to/from Canada/USA appeared there.
  2. Hello guys. So, I just received my new passport under my married name. I also have my green card under my married name. (Thankfully, both using PH way!) Anyway, I know that my gc is linked with my old passport (maiden name/used for k1 visa). Because my husband and I droved twice to Canada, and they only needed to see my gc. Upon checking on i94.cbp website using my maiden name and old passport number my departure and arrival was recorded. My question is: do I need to tell USCIS about my new passport so they can link my GC to it? So that when I travel next time, I can input my new passport information to cbp website to get my travel history..? I am planning to go to Philippines next month. and I just want to make sure everything will go smoothly. Thank you so much!
  3. Hi! Yes you can. Make sure to bring all necessary documents. It’s better to be over prepared than miss a single file, or else you might have to come back. Also it’s not gonna hurt to bring extra copies of your files. As far as I know they charge $1/photocopy. Also tell them you flew all the way from Florida.
  4. Well, she went behind the counter where she have folders of (I believe) how a marriage certificate looked like in every state. She said that’s her only copy, and asked me to just take a photo of it. And no, I didn’t email them copies of my docs, unfortunately. (I even thought I was over prepaid. My husband always says “I am loaded for bear”) But that’s the only thing they didn’t accept. Otherwise, all is good she said.
  5. * my friend from Florida said her marriage certificate didn’t have what NY is looking for. BUT she was able to register her marriage in pcg-washington dc. And I believe, she didn’t even have apostille.
  6. Hi guys! Does any of you got married in a state under the jurisdiction of (PCG) Philippine Consulate General of New York? Our trip here today to report our marriage and renew my passport at PCG-NY is a total disappointment. They didn’t accept the marriage certificate I have from Vermont. 😞 The one issued to me by the City Clerk. They said the one I have is a standard Vermont Marriage Certificate. And they needed the one with the “Confidential Information”. It’s the one that states how many marriages my husband and I have had prior to ours. And that I need to make a “special request” for that from VT Department of Health. ———(The pcg employee told me at first to request it to the city where I got married. And when I called the city clerk she told me that she cannot do that. So I asked her if she could talk to the pcg which she did. And from there, we got the information about Dept of Health. So, new knowledge for the pcg employee too). I was able to confirm that when I called the VT Dept of Health. Luckily, the staff was very informative and helpful. He helped me order it and told me I must also request for an “Apostille”. Anyway, I found out that other Philippine consulate around USA like LA and Washington, DC didn’t even require that. Sigh. I have a friend from Florida and she said her marriage certificate didn’t have what NY is looking for. I’m so sad and so frustrated. (We btw flew to NYC from upstate NY!) What a waste of money and time. And to be honest, I was actually 5th in line and the first 4 wasn’t so successful with their ROM either. So, I thought maybe it’s not just me or them, it could be PCG-NY themselves. Sigh. Lastly!! I couldn’t even believe that pcg employee for suggesting to me to just renew my passport today and stick with my Maiden Full Name! I told her why would I do that when USCIS even let me use PH naming on my GC. I told her it’s gonna mismatch all my documents and she even said it should be okay like “#######?” I just ignored her cuz I was already getting worked up. My husband handled it calmly and took me to Jolibee and told me that there’s really nothing we can do. And that we should just enjoy our stay here and come back next time. 🥺 Anyone had the same experience? I attached below the sample marriage certificate PCG-NY wanted. (Unfortunately, mine didn’t have the info encircled in red). So for all of you who got married in the state under NY jurisdiction, if your Marriage Certificate didn’t have that information, go ahead and give your Dept of Health a call.
  7. Thanks for all your replies! I found a helpful blog if ever someone came across this thread. https://happilyhaberlafter.wordpress.com/2018/05/13/adjustment-of-status-greencard-application/
  8. Hi Greenbaum, actually no. As far as I know I had everything done in St. Luke's Manila. I had the I-693 only because some guides I saw online included it in the forms I needed to fill out. Just to clarify: I need to remove I-1693 and submit my DS-3025 together with my AOS form. Is that correct? And I need to submit original copy DS-3025? Thanks
  9. Well, I wont be quickly to judge other people who used an attorney. They just might have so much extra money to spend. Who knows? 🤷🏻‍♀️ But yes, an immigration lawyer is not a must that’s why I am actually doing most of it myself except the affidavit of support form to be filled out by my American husband. And we are mostly done. Just need to recheck everything now. Thanks!
  10. Hi! My fiancé didn’t received any letter from USCIS aside from the receipt, and a letter from NVC for my case #. Mmm...
  11. Mine says "Notice Type: Receipt". Should I still attach it as supporting document? And thank you for your reply about the I-131
  12. Hi! I've read so many blogs, posts and comments about this matter. It is very confusing. I think it works for some, and didn't for others. And they said it's really up to you. That's why I decided to use whatever is written on my visa except the surname since I am taking my husband's.
  13. Hello Guys, My fiance and I decided to do-it-ourselves to file for my adjustment of status. Our previous immigration lawyer (who worked to process my K1 visa) fee is just way higher than what we expected, specially with the USCIS filling fee too. All is good so far though. I have prepared the following: Cover Letter G-1145 I-485 G-325A I-864 I-693 I-765 Supporting Documents Passport Bio Page (photocopy) Passport Visa Page (photocopy) Birth Certificate Most Recent I-94 and Travel History (printed) I-129F USCIS Approval Letter (scanned copy - my fiance lost the original one! thankfully he scanned it and sent it to me thru email before) Marriage Certificate I have also prepared I-131 (Advance Parole) but I wasn't sure what to write on "Reason". Will it be acceptable if I write "To visit family"? And for the "Country to visit" I only wrote "Philippines". I was just wondering, when the time comes, can I still travel anywhere aside from Philippines? or is it something I need to include in advance? TBH, I am still thinking about submitting this since I am following US naming standard, and I want to avoid questioning. 😣 Another question, do I need to attached a copy of my Vaccination from St. Luke's Manila as supporting document to my I-693? Does my supporting documents such as Marriage and Birth Certificate needs to be original or can I send copies instead? Lastly, since I decided to follow US naming for now which is (Maiden first & middle Name (as used in visa) + husband's surname) will it be okay to write my married surname on all the forms instead of my maiden surname? That's all I can think for now. Please let me know if I missed any form/s or supporting documents. Thanks in advance!
  14. Hello everyone! Thanks for all your reply. I went to another SSA office, unfortunately, according to the staff there again, it is being "denied". I booked an appointment USICS this Friday and we'll see what's gonna happen. It just sucks because I now only have 33 days to have this fixed. Anyway, ,my Fiance and I decided to work on my AOS since our lawyer's fee are just insanely high. And I noticed on Form I-765 there was a question if I was given a SS Card and if I want one. Is it okay to choose "Yes" on both even if (let's say) I didn't get SSN on time? Thanks again!
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