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MelOe

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  1. @Redro I just looked up World Education Services, sadly it doesn't apply in my case. There is an established procedure for my profession (ECFVG by the AVMA) that has to be completed by any graduates from non AVMA licensed schools. I did complete that procedure, proving my equivalent level of education, and the AVMA submitted a letter of completion to the State Board. This was received, and they have confirmed to me that they have it and understand it means my education is sufficient. They really are just hung up on the wording in their own board rules, which is why I'm so scared that they might just leave me hanging for no reason.
  2. Thank you for your responses! I wasn't allowed to submit the transcript myself, it had to be submitted directly by my university without me ever touching it. Because I knew that I would be working abroad after graduation, my original transcript on file at the university is actually in English already. My university gave us the choice to issue it in German or English, and I figured English would be easier. But yes, the certified translations can sometimes work in our favor. Knowing what I know now I should have just gotten a German transcript and gotten it translated by a certified translator for the country in question each time I moved. Would have spared me a lot of headache even while I was in Europe (For example I once had a Spanish licensing authority doubt my transcript was real, because documents from Germany can't possibly be written in English apparently). Not sure it would have helped in this case though, as the licensing agency told me outright they only consider English language documents submitted to them. They might have just ignored a German language transcript sent by my university outright. No, I haven't heard back from my university yet as I only wrote them Friday after I found out. I'm hoping to get a reply by Monday since time is of the essence, but we will see. I really hope that they will be so kind to support me in this. I'm looking for a quick translation service to use to translate any letter of support my university might seem fit to send me. I'm gonna look up the World Education Services you mentioned to see if they might be an option, thank you for that!
  3. Hi all! I'm currently in ROC and on expired greencard with 4 year extension letter. I'm a german veterinarian, and have spent the last couple of years going through the ECFVG equivalency examination process to prove that my education is up to par for here, while working as a vet tech in the meantime. I completed the process in December and immediately applied for state licensure to obtain my veterinary license at long last. Now the Georgia State board of Licensing has decided that in spite of meeting all other requirements they can't license me because my german vet school transcripts don't contain the phrases "master degree in veterinary medicine" or doctor of veterinary medicine". They seem to fully understand that if I hadn't graduated from an accepted college I would never have been allowed to go through the ECFVG process established for the very purpose to weed out ineligible candidates, and they also seem to understand that every country has different titles for my profession, but because in their board rules it says a doctor or master degree is necessary they won't budge. I'm now supposed to apply for variance or suspension of the rule and hope for the best in a full board review next month. I'm interested to know if other immigrants in professions requiring licensure have experienced similar difficulties, and how they were able to solve them. I'm trying to figure out what documents I could submit to hopefully help my cause. I have reached out to my german university in hopes they will write me a letter of support, and I've found lists with the different veterinary titles around the world. I also have documents from previous jobs around Europe in which I'm variably adressed as Dr. or have a DMV behind my name. But I'm not sure if it would be advantageous to overload them with such evidence, since I don't know if they will have the patience to go through them or if I would just make them mad. Any opinions or experiences with US professional licensing boards?
  4. Hi everyone, I sent in my I-751 on the 5th, just received the same two letters mentioned by others above (reuse of fingerprints and uscis account access). My received date is the 7th. Some info to add that might be of use for others still waiting on the actual receipt notice: When I signed up for the online account and entered my online access code I could access all documents generated so far in digital form. That includes the two letters I got today, but also the receipt notice which I haven't received in the mail yet. Now the waiting begins once again... Good luck everyone!
  5. As I understand it, the RFE states that they did submit statements from both partners stating that they intend to marry. Odd that they request more than that, but it looks like they did in this case... Did you guys maybe forget to sign your statements in the original submission, or forget to explicitly mention the 90 days?
  6. Thank you TBone! Indeed, collecting every official looking piece of paper just in case has always been my MO, and I'm certainly not stopping now. I'm not worried that we will fail the next step for lack of evidence, and I don't really suppose that failing us for lack of pregnancy would hold up in court But yours is good advice I will definitely be following. As for him just verifying my story and randomly hitting on these things that can be construed into something: I've been trying to convince myself of that ever since, but it just doesn't feel right. The questions felt very pointed and he kept coming back to that line of questioning. But of course it doesn't really matter. Whatever it was, I obviously passed muster so I guess my answers were satisfactory. We'll see what happens at the ROC interview... Thank you for taking the time to respond!
  7. Hi guys, I have been pondering a few questions I got during my AOS interview last year and would like to know if you guys have any suggestions what they were aiming at. I didn't want to post in the AOS thread out of fear of worrying someone who is about to head to their interview and is looking for advice there. I'm sure these questions were very specific to my case and not something other people would get, so I didn't want to cause anyone to freak out. In any case, I got approved so I should just forget about it but I somehow can't. We had a fairly normal AOS interview judging by what others have posted on VJ, but when it came to my previous work experience and the organizations I am a member of I felt like the officer was fishing for something specific and it got confusing. I have worked in my profession (veterinary medicine) in three different EU countries (Germany, France, Spain) over the past 10+ years, which is easy to do since my degree is recognized throughout the EU, and EU citizens have the right to live and work wherever within the EU without needing a visa or work permit. I'm also member of several professional organizations in my field. During the interview the officer asked me if I had worked in Belgium, which was random but I guessed maybe he had connections there or had visited or something. I told him I had not worked in Belgium and we moved on. But a bit later he circled back, this time asking me if I had never worked in Brussles, to which I again said I had not but was getting a bit worried now. The next question came when he looked over the organizations I had listed and he asked me if I had worked for one of them. I confusedly told him I was member of a committee in a different organization, but I never held an actual job in any of these organizations. There were a few more questions I can't recall now, and then the officer moved on. After the interview when I mulled it over it struck me that the organization he had specifically asked me about is a Europe-wide professional organization and probably involved in some lobbying work to represent our profession, and that several EU governing bodies have their seat in Brussles. So my best guess is that he was trying to figure out if I had done any lobbying work? I guess what I just can't get over is this: If I indeed had had a job lobbying the European Parliament at the behest of a veterinary association, why would that have been of concern in my AOS interview in the US? Could they have rejected me for having had a past job in lobbying? Or maybe someone has a different idea what these questions may have been aimed at? Another thing that just kind of rubbed me the wrong way happened at the end of the interview. He told me the evidence we had brought with us was sufficient for the conditional greencard, but for ROC we would need to show a lot more. I half jokingly replied that we had not planned on buying another house and were hoping the cars we had purchased would last us a few years at least, so what in the world kind of "a lot more" evidence could possibly be expected? To my shock the reply was something to the effect of not to worry, if I was pregnant by the time the ROC interview came around we shouldn't have any problems. I don't even remember how I responded to that one, but I truly find it shocking that an immigration official suggested I have a baby to bolster my immigration case. Is this something that has happened to others here? Sorry for the long winded post. Just some things I have been quietly mulling over for a while, and I would love to get some input!
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