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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Meg101 in January 2020 AOS filers   
    We're in Cape Cod! I fostered a litter of kittens (and we kept 2)I'm so grateful for them, think I'd have gone mad without the company. Doing lots of crafts and painting but beginning to miss friends and family
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Meg101 in January 2020 AOS filers   
    We're in Boston! Someone on a fb group told me today that they filed in October and have an interview early Feb which is less than 4 months! 
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Caitlin Kennedy in Confirming timing of when Visa is approved   
    90 days was up in October so we have to wait now 😥. We posted aos yesterday and Boston seems pretty quick sorry hoping it won't be 7+ months
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Letspaintcookies in January 2020 AOS filers   
    We're in Boston! Someone on a fb group told me today that they filed in October and have an interview early Feb which is less than 4 months! 
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Caitlin Kennedy in Confirming timing of when Visa is approved   
    During the 90 days, apply for a SSN, that's something I didn't know I could do. 
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    Seanandrach reacted to Mwkaasj in January 2020 AOS filers   
    We sent our i485, i131, i765 in today as well.      I was looking at the stats listed here for Dallas I485 for K1s and it looks like it may be approved in three months.   I hope what I’m seeing is a good reflection of what we will experience.
     
    My fried from boston turned in his i485 k1 and his was approved in 6 weeks.    That was crazy fast.  It would be great if our results here are the same!!    
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    Seanandrach reacted to Sarge2155 in January 2020 AOS filers   
    AOS Checklist
    Cover Letter listing Table of Contents (Check Payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security - $1,225.00)  
    Form I-485 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary)
    Form G-1145  Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page  Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp  Copy of NOA2 Approval letter (from K1 process)  I-94  Copy of beneficiary's Birth Certificate  translation of birth certificate Certified copy of Marriage License  Passport Photos (2) name written on the back  Copy of DS-3025   
    Form I-864 (completed and signed by USC) (goes with form I-485)
    Proof of USC's citizenship (copy of birth certificate, copy of passport bio page, or other) 2018, 2017 (optional), and 2016 (optional) Tax Return (with W-2) or Transcripts Employment Verification letter (updated one - not the one used during K1 process)  Paystubs (last 3 months)   
    Form I-765 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary)
    Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page  Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp  I-94  Passport Photos (2) name written on the back  Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process)   
    Form I-131 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary)
    Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page  Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp  I-94  Passport Photos (2) name written on the back  Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process Be sure to check for the current fees as fees do sometimes increase for the new year, so please check especially the forms as listed above i.e., current version and or edition date. Consider sending tax transcripts instead of the 1040, and W2's. Also consider preparing a cover letter for each form in addition to the main  cover letter. Hope this helps in your preperation of your AOS. When in doubt ask questions.
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    Seanandrach reacted to BBGG in How I shipped my personal belongings from UK to US   
    How I shipped my personal belongings from UK to US
     
    Part 6.    Insurance
     
    My timing was tight, so I did not go deep into researching insurance options, and I went with Transglobal “standard” insurance that covered something like £2500. It was already included in my quote described above.
     
    I already knew that the contents of my boxes were worth approximately £16K, but most shipping companies don’t insure more than £1000-2000, and even for that, as I was told, you would need to provide recipes or proves of cost of the lost/damaged items which I of course did not have as the items were old and used.
     
    There is an option to get insurance from a 3rd company that specializes on that. The shipping company you are talking to may direct you to them, or you may choose your own.
     
    To make up for the lack of insurance, I made sure that all fragile items are packed deep inside the boxes and padded well, and I also made my peace with the fact something may get lost. I also carried the most important items (i.e. unrecoverable documents) in my carry-on luggage.
     
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    Seanandrach reacted to BBGG in How I shipped my personal belongings from UK to US   
    How I shipped my personal belongings from UK to US
     
    Part 4.    What items CANNOT be put in the boxes
     
    First of all, it’s generally recommended to never put unrecoverable personal documents or particularly valuable items in unaccompanied shipment. This is not any kind of regulation, just common sense. It may be a good idea to buy a second check-in luggage place and take your documents/valuables with you on the plane.
     
    Secondly, when thinking about what to put or, more importantly, NOT to put in the boxes, need to review the two following groups of requirements:
     
    Group 1. US Customs rules: Items that cannot be imported in the US
     
    Group 2. Carrier rules: Items that cannot be transported by air
     
     
    On the “Group 1. US Customs rules” – use this link for information:
     
    https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/know-before-you-go/prohibited-and-restricted-items.
     
    Points of focus – food, alcohol, weapons, art/antiques, cash over $10,000. I was not carrying any of that.
     
     
    In this section I will focus on “Group 2. Carrier rules” that seemed to me a bit more ambiguous.
     
    First of all, there are a few categories here: Dangerous & Hazardous, Prohibited, Restricted. I did not have time to make sense of difference between them and just took everything that was listed under any of these categories out of my boxes.
     
    I used these resources to gain understanding of the list of “prohibited” items:
    Rules published on UPS website: https://www.upstoday.com/prohibited-items Transglobal website: https://www.transglobalexpress.co.uk/information/dangerous-and-hazardous/  
    My points of focus are listed below, I was a bit paranoid and just took all these items out of the boxes to avoid any questions or delays during transportation:
     
    Art/antiques – I had four paintings packed in boxes, they were not at all valuable paintings, but rather something I painted myself or my friends did. But my suspicion is that if they attract attention, it may need to be proven they don’t have any significant value.
     
    Batteries – I took all removable batteries out of the shipped devices where it was possible even though I was advised by Transglobal that I could leave them inside the devices as long as there are not more than two devices with batteries per box. Devices with non-removable batteries did not seem to be a problem. I also forgot to remove battery from my photo camera, but that did not cause any problems.
     
    Fragrance/perfumes – all taken out of the boxes and transported in check-in luggage instead.
     
    Jewellery – looks like it is only about “real” jewellery (gold, silver, platinum, precious stones, etc.), but I took all the “fake” (plastic, etc.) jewellery out of the boxes to avoid questions and put them in carry-on luggage.
     
    Knives – I took a couple retractable utility knives out of the boxes, just in case, but looks like rules only mean knives that are weapons, and are also of a certain length.
     
    Liquids – I took all liquids out just in case. I put most of liquids (i.e. cosmetics, jewelry cleaner) in my checked-in luggage when I traveled to the US, they did not raise any questions then.
     
    Magnets – I had some fridge and office magnets, took most of them out, but forgot some in souvenir boxes, they did not raise any questions.
     
    Mobile phone with battery – I had an old cell phone that had no real value, I took it out and disposed of it.
     
    Money (cash) – I made sure to take out all the notes and coins from the boxes.
     
    Nail polish/varnish – I had to take all nail polish out of the boxes and throw it away.
     
    Oil – some my cosmetics was oil-based, I took it out and transported it in my check-in luggage.
     
    Personal data – should not be a problem, but I took all hard drives with my personal information out of the boxes and carried them in check-in luggage instead.
     
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    Seanandrach reacted to BBGG in How I shipped my personal belongings from UK to US   
    How I shipped my personal belongings from UK to US
     
    Part 2.    Packing and sealing boxes (with pictures)
     
    I used Youtube videos like these to gain understanding on how to better pack my things:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrhzs7C6qTQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5ENsbU66B8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvTqRTYRorY – specifically on how to pack dishes
    It’s a good idea to put labels with number on the empty boxes from the start and to keep track (i.e. in Excel spreadsheet or in writing) of what you are putting in each box. This saved me a lot of time when I was preparing customs packing lists or when I was taking the “prohibited” items out later.
     
    On the inside, in most of the boxes, I would put a smaller box with electronics and fragile items in the middle, and then I would pad it with clothes or crashed paper from all sides, top and bottom. My idea was that this way the boxes would not be too heavy, and the fragile items will also be protected with clothes.

    After closing the boxes, I sealed the openings with strong duct tape, and also every single “rib” and corner. I also sealed the pre-cut-out handles with duct tape on the inside and outside to make sure they don’t cause tear of the boxes during transportation if someone pulls the box using them.
     
    After that I applied all the labels (see the separate “Labeling” post further in this thread) and wrapped each box in clear stretch wrap (2 layers) so that all the labels stay visible, but cannot easily peel off.
     
    Please see attached "Packing and sealing boxes.pdf" for the photos of what is described above.
     
    I've also added there a photo of the boxes before transportation (while still in the UK), and a photo of the same boxes after they arrived in the US.
    Packing and sealing boxes.pdf
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    Seanandrach reacted to BBGG in How I shipped my personal belongings from UK to US   
    How I shipped my personal belongings from UK to US
     
    Part 1.    Packing materials that I used
     
    7 boxes - 53 x 53 x 41.5 cm each
    Item name: “10 Strong Extra Large Cardboard Storage Packing Moving House Boxes Double Walled with Carry Handles and Room List Fragile Tape Marker Pen and 10 Large Fragile Stickers 53cm x 53cm x 41cm 115 Litres”
    Item link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00J8K6K0M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Comment: Good boxes, no complaints, I only had to seal the pre-cut-out handles
     
    4 boxes - 55 x 36 x 36 cm each
    Item name: “BANKERS BOX 10 SmoothMove Heavy Duty Double Wall Cardboard Moving and Storage Boxes with Handles, 67 Litre, 35 x 35 x 55 cm”
    Item link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073V728CL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Comment: Good boxes, no complaints, I only had to seal the pre-cut-out handles
     
    Reinforced duct tape – the main tape for sealing boxes!
    Item name: “Scotch DE272958237 Bi-Directional Filament Tape Heavy Duty Tape, 50 mm x 50 m, Translucent”
    Item link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01191JWKW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Comment: This was the best tape ever for sealing boxes for overseas shipping, nice, sticky, and strong. It was pretty expensive though (£14.11 for a 50m roll). I used two full rolls for sealing my 11 boxes as described below, and I had to use 2 more rolls of the secondary tape and 2 rolls of the third tape (see below). It’s 282m of tape in total.
     
    Secondary duct tape – transparent, good for labels
    Item name: “Fixman 192545 UV & Weather-Resistant Clear Tape 50mm x 25m”
    Item link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00FHXGV2G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Comment: This tape was less expensive than the first one, but still strong and sticky. As it was transparent, I kept it till the end to make sure I have enough to put it over the labels to protect them from smudging.
     
    Third duct tape – the least strong tape for less critical parts
    Item name: “Packatape Fragile Packaging Tape for Parcels and Boxes. This 6 roll pack of Heavy Duty Fragile Packing Tape Provides a Strong, Secure and Sticky Seal for your Boxes, 6 Rolls 48MM x 66M”
    Item link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Packatape-Fragile-Packaging-Parcels-Provides/dp/B01ABXS40I/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=fragile+tape&qid=1575692244&sr=8-5
    Comment: This was the cheapest tape, and it would not properly stick to boxes, so I would not use it to seal critical parts like the bottom of the boxes, but it still worked for some non-critical parts
     
    Labels
    Item name: “Avery Self Adhesive Address Mailing Labels, Inkjet Printers, 10 Labels per A4 Sheet, 250 labels, QuickDRY (J8173)”
    Item link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000I5VXXU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Comment: Good sticky labels, I used them to not only write with sharpie on them, but also to print information on them using my HP inkjet printer. In this case, I would put a piece of my transparent secondary duct tape over the printed label to make sure information does not wash off during transportation.
     
    Packing paper (for porcelain)
    Item name: “100 Sheets of Thick White Packing Offcut CHIPSHOP Paper”
    Item link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008DJEFS8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Comments: About half of this pack of 100 sheets was enough to pack a set of 18 porcelain plates and pad it securely from all sides inside the box. I used the rest of the paper to pad items in other boxes.
     
    Stretch wrap
    Item name: “Realpack Clear Pallet Stretch Wrap Cling Film 400mm x 250m”
    Item link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0055R48Z6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Comment: I used about 1.5 such rolls to wrap all 11 boxes to protect them from rain and wet ground. Each box was wrapped in approx. 2 layers of this film.
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    Seanandrach reacted to carmel34 in K1 to cr1? Bad idea?   
    Tough decision for sure.  I would suggest that you file AOS paperwork immediately and also request an expedite for your EAD so that you can work in the US as soon as possible based on the medical expenses and bankruptcy situation.  You could also find a job and submit the job offer with the expedite paperwork, based on financial hardship reasons.  If that doesn't work, then return to the UK, work and earn income there, and your spouse could file an I-130 petition for a spousal visa.  Sorry you are going through this.  Good luck!
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    Seanandrach reacted to payxibka in Please help!! K1 Visa expiration question   
    It means exactly that.   She had no evidence to prove she is legally in country because the i94 will have expired.   
     
    It is typically a moot issue, but there has been a recent report where someone was in the wrong place and came upon law enforcement and not having submitted the AOS documents was a  problem. 
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    Seanandrach reacted to sydney424 in Please help!! K1 Visa expiration question   
    My (now) wife is here on a K1 visa. She arrived in the US in July. Her 90 days ends October 2nd. We got married last Thursday. We are waiting for the marriage certificate now. Does our paperwork need to be sent out by the end of the 90 days, or do we just need to be married before the 90 days are up?
    thank you!
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from ConnorS in A piece of advice and a question!   
    I flew in 4th July, no landing card, you go to the visa/first trip queue and hand over documents. They might ask a couple of the questions. Was easier and quicker coming on in the K-1 than it has been every other trip
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    Seanandrach reacted to Etek&Ahududu in FEBRUARY 2019 K-1 NOA2 ----> NVC   
    Hi all - crossposting from August 2018 Filers. Congrats to those who have finished this process, and best of luck to those still wading through it. We finally got our approval and my fiance flies to New York tomorrow. Here is our complete timeline, if it's helpful to any of you still waiting. Getting an appointment at the embassy took much longer than we expected, in particular. We checked hourly for several weeks before something opened up. I couldn't find a secret WhatsApp group for Turkey, alas. 😄 Also, we worried for a whole year about the fact that I (female petitioner) am 19 years older than my partner (male beneficiary). Everyone said it was a "red flag," and it never came up ONCE, not even in the interview. Go figure.
     
    3 August 2018: I-129F package sent
    9 August 2018: NOA1 notification
    17 August 2018: NOA1 hard copy received
    11 January 2019: RFE notification 
    18 January 2019: RFE hard copy received (requesting separate letter of intent to marry from beneficiary) 
    25 January 2019: RFE response sent to USCIS
    28 January 2019: RFE response received by USCIS 
    7 February 2019: NOA2 date (no notification or website update)
    12 February 2019: NOA2 hard copy received 
    18 March 2019: Case # assigned @ NVC
    26 March 2019: Email from NVC that petition being forwarded to embassy
    28 March 2019: P3 email from embassy (no paper packet sent)
    31 March 2019: DS-160 submitted
    3 May 2019: Interview appointment scheduled & P4 email from embassy (no paper version sent)
    14 June 2019: Interview date (approved!)
    19 June 2019: Status changed from AP to Issued
    21 June 2019: Passport/visa delivered to local postal office and picked up
    27 June 2019: Flight to U.S.
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Pooley in Not the best experience   
    I had a rude one too. In all the reviews, everyone seemed to have lovely warm COs. It felt very much like an interrogation for me and took me back as I was expecting a friendly person. Answers were cut off too, I think they are just matching up your answer with the data they have on file to hunt for discrepancies. 
    Mine was approved and took a week to get issued and sent to the courier. I know it's going to be a painful wait for you but the fact that all the evidence they need for the package was kept, it sounds like you have a good chance. The way I see it, they don't want to catch us out, it's their job to find the fraudsters. As long as the paperwork is all in order and the relationship valid, be confident that they will see that.
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Pooley in Not the best experience   
    Yeah I would say the fact they kept it is a good sign. They may pass it off as a mistake as its not a serious crime or anything. Fingers crossed for you
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Wuozopo in Visa issued   
    this is all mine says- 
     
    Delivery Status
    Your item tracking number is: xxxxxxxxxx
    Your item has been received by DX and will be scheduled for delivery on the date below
    Date: 10-06-2019
     
    Can the courier sign for the delivery of an item?
    Some DX customers prefer to despatch packages using 'DX Courier Track Only' which means that no one at the destination address is required to sign for the parcel, as the courier will confirm delivery without a recipient customer signature.
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Wuozopo in Visa issued   
    try using the tracking number. mine worked straight away even though they say that
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from rachelann in Mental Health + Medical Exam Concerns   
    You will absolutely need something to detail her current mental health. 
    My gp wouldn't write the letter in time so I had them print out all the consultation notes which was fine but my history was only mild anxiety and depression caused by work/berevement. 
     
    I would recommend she books an appointment with her Dr to discuss the situation, explain the visa and assess her current mental health. You need detailed in the letter previous issues (with dates), prognosis, treatment and the key thing is to say " is now not a harm to self or others". That line seems to be what they need. Beware it might take a couple weeks to get this written up as they'll need to look at her notes so do it in advance but not too far that it won't be relevant come the actual medical exam. Having an appointment is best as they can assess and be sure they're writing the truth (after all, it would be their medical expertise in question if they were wrong). A medical is valid for 6 months so if you are sitting at the 6 or 7th month mark, you could actually start getting it done now
     
    Hope this helps!
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    Seanandrach reacted to Zoeeeeeee in Interview today....Approved   
    Congratulations @Carl. and @Seanandrach! Fingers crossed you get your visas in hand this week! 🎉🎉🍻🍻
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Zoeeeeeee in Interview today....Approved   
    Congratulations!
     
    Us too! I didn't leave til 12 so probably there at the same time haha
     
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Drenimarcus in FEBRUARY 2019 K-1 NOA2 ----> NVC   
    Approved! Thanks for everyones advice and the great people in the lobby today in London making the wait a little easier 😊 just surreal! 
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    Seanandrach got a reaction from Fingercross in FEBRUARY 2019 K-1 NOA2 ----> NVC   
    Approved! Thanks for everyones advice and the great people in the lobby today in London making the wait a little easier 😊 just surreal! 
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