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  1. Bill Gates, who through his Foundation has been studying epidemics, had this to say just hours ago today during a Reddit interview: https://old.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/comments/fksnbf/im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill_melinda_gates/
  2. I believe it's important when declaring "borders are closed" that we mention that there are still flights for citizens returning to that country and people are not barred from leaving the country. This is an important distinction. I also believe direct government sources are important instead of news media. Regarding entry to the US from Russia, from https://ru.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ That is if a restriction to the U.S. from Russia is put in place, which has not yet happened: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/17/fact-sheet-dhs-notice-arrival-restrictions-china-iran-and-certain-countries-europe Also from the US Embassy, regarding travelers from the US to Russia: Of course, this changes daily, but the US Embassy in Russia has been good about providing daily updates and links to Russian government websites with up-to-date travel information.
  3. We did not receive an e-mail like others did with interviews scheduled at other embassies, but this is written on the US Travel Docs website and we are assuming our April 3rd interview in Moscow is cancelled. https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ru/index.html?firstTime=No
  4. It appears we can add Russia to this list. Although she hasn't yet received a notice from US docs, the Moscow embassy website has the following posted: https://ru.usembassy.gov/travel-alert-u-s-mission-russia/ I can only assume this means the interviews scheduled are cancelled. If anyone else has heard affirmatively whether this is the case or not, please share. Edit: just found this at this link: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ru/index.html?firstTime=No
  5. https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/11/homeland-security-acting-secretary-chad-f-wolf-s-statement-presidential-proclamation "...suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation."
  6. Just a quick technical explanation: Often Windows or Mac will "correct" the orientation of an image for you, giving you the impression that you've saved the file in the right orientation when in fact it's not. Very annoying "feature". This is one reason the PDF format exists: to leave no room for error in the presentation of a document, especially official documents. What gets more official than immigration?! If you are anything less than a PC expert, don't take any chances! Do spend some time learning about properly making PDF files, even if it means hiring an IT geek to give you some tips.
  7. I'm writing to report SUCCESS in receiving a passport with the correct transliteration of my name (English) on my wife's new passport (Russian). After our marriage she changed her name and updated all her documents successfully, but we'd read the many stories about international passports with a different transliteration being issued by the Russian УМВД. For example, Cruise -> Круз, then being written as Kruz on the international passport. When it came time to file for her new passport we tried presenting a notarized translation of my US passport, however this didn't pass for proof. They demanded that our marriage certificate show the desired spelling, but since we were married in Russia this of course didn't include our surname in English, only in Russian. What did work was a notarized translation of our marriage certificate. We used a local translation and notary service and after our 30-day wait received her new document with her name spelled correctly! This all took place not in Moscow, but a small town quite far away, so if it can succeed here I believe there's a good chance it will succeed at your local УМВД. Удачи Вам!
  8. Chances are that your PC is worth far less than it costs to ship it. What's important is the information on your PC, and that can be taken home much easier. I recommend either using an online cloud backup service to make a copy of all your data you can download to a new PC at home, or removing the hard drive from inside your computer which has all your information. You can take that hard drive to a PC-savvy friend or shop and have the information put on your new computer. That hard drive will be the same size and weight as a small hard cover book, so much easier to transport!
  9. When we file the I-130/CR1 I'll have been staying with my recently married wife here in Russia for around 6 months (private visa). I lived and worked in the US before coming here and plan to go back to the US a month or two after mailing the I-130 to find a new job and be ready for the I-864. Question is: Do I list her Russian address (where I am now) as my current Physical Address? If so, will this cause any issues with "US domicile" requirements? Follow up question: If where I'm staying isn't considered a Physical Address since I'm just visiting, but I list the address where we physically live together (59.a.), will this be an inconsistency? Also, would other places I stayed abroad at within the last 5 years while traveling be considered a Physical Address? I stayed at some as long as 6 months (I did some long travels!) Thanks in advance.
  10. Not sure if it is a bug or not but - I had to create an account 3 times before I got a verification e-mail. 1st Attempt - Signed up, waited a week but no e-mail, asked to resend confirmation, waited a few more days, contacted Visajourney directly, no response after a week. 2nd Attempt - Signed up with a new e-mail, waited hours, no verification e-mail. Checked junk, resent, etc. 3rd Attempt (final) - Enabled a VPN connection to home in the U.S. Was creating my account from here in Russia, thought this could be the problem? Received verification e-mail right away. So, happy to finally be here! But why does it seem that my sign-up from Russia is blocked?
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