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  1. I used the "Converter+" app. It's very useful as they include many conversions such as temperature, currency, time, etc.
  2. Announced: DV-2023 Program: The online registration period for the DV-2023 Program begins on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5). https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Diversity-Visa/DV-Instructions-Translations/DV-2023-Instructions-Translations/DV-2023-Instructions-English.pdf
  3. mave

    Child dual citizenship?

    My bad. I misread as 29 yrs old. 😅
  4. mave

    Child dual citizenship?

    OP's son was born (I assume in the U.S.) before 1997.
  5. I got Police Certificate in HK as well. Yes, they accept copy of the Notice of Immigrant Visa Case Creation. Just print a copy to bring to the Police Dept (Headquarters in Wanchai) (best to make appointment online ahead of time). At the appointment, they will give a receipt. You can upload the receipt at the NVC stage to show that the beneficiary took this step and the Police Cert will be sent to the US Consulate in HK directly.
  6. This is the company I used. You can browse the About page to see their RCMP accreditation letter. http://www.cicfingerprinting.ca/international.html I'm not sure if there's any expiration on the accreditation so it's good to get the confirmed list from RCMP.
  7. I am a Canadian citizen and I also had to get my PCC outside of Canada. You may contact CCRTIS-SCICTR@rcmp-grc.gc.ca to get a list of accredited fingerprinting companies in Canada. Engage one of these companies. They will charge this for a fee for the process of obtaining PCC with RCMP. They will send you a form so you can bring it to your local police office in Dubai to take the fingerprints. Follow the process that your Canadian accredited fingerprinting agency asks for. For me, I had to send my fingerprints to them by courier. At the end, when the PCC is done, RCMP will send to the overseas applicant the PCC by regular mail. One thing to note is that you must ask your agency to put the purpose of the PCC. There's a detailed description on this in USCIS: Issuing Authority: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The Certified Criminal Record Check requested under the Privacy Act is fingerprint-based, but the report does not include an image of the applicant’s fingerprints. Procedure for Obtaining: To obtain this document, you must submit your fingerprints to a local police service or RCMP-approved partner agency. You must also specifically request the record which includes the “RCMP National Repository entire holdings.” https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/Canada.html
  8. I moved to the US in the middle of pandemic last year. I checked with different international shipping, airline excess baggage fee (per piece, and size). Then I figured out the best way was to use the Post Office in my origin. I sent two boxes of parcel by air mail on express courier (by Post Office). Each size is larger than the allowed baggage size by airlines. I posted them 3 days before my departure and they arrived around 5 days after I landed. Everything went well. I also posted a number of parcels of belongings by surface (sea) mail. Those took a few months to arrive and they were delivered to my door at different dates although I posted them together in the same go.
  9. LinkedIn is quite useful in my job hunting and I got my first job from a recruiter via LinkedIn. It worths spending some time to learn how to make use of your LinkedIn profile and make connections. I also enrolled into Upwardly Global's Career Skills program and got very useful and free-of-charge help. The best thing about it is they have systematic resources to help on resume, interview skills, networking skills, etc. The big help to me is the resume (I had to trim down mine into 2 pages) and the mock interview part. I haven't tried the informational interviews but those would be good to understand the U.S. market especially when you've mentioned about career changing. However, I'm not sure if your visa status is eligible. You may check more info on upwardlyglobal.org.
  10. I got a short-term insurance when I entered last year. Honestly I wasn't sure if it applied to me since entered with an IR1 visa, but I think this would be ok for K-1. https://www.imglobal.com/travel-medical-insurance/patriot-america-plus Welcome any other comments if I'm wrong.
  11. Thanks for your suggestions
  12. Oh, I just remember now that I had one securities account with my foreign bank which had no activity/no balance/no transaction for a few years. In 2020 it was put as "inactive" by the bank because there hadn't been any transaction/balance for a few years. I didn't have any statement in 2020 since it was put as inactive. Now since I have to file FBAR for 2020, do I still need to include this even though I don't have a statement? In addition, this securities account was officially terminated by my bank in early Jan 2021 since I became U.S. resident due to relevant dealing restrictions requirements from the bank.
  13. Thanks. Before I saw your reply, I also asked the FBAR Helpline and got the same. Digging further - even for accounts or provident fund accounts that were closed but existed in the year I file for FBAR, I still have to include them - so now it's more hassles to include multiple accounts, but I think I got them right. Hopefully less work next year.
  14. Thanks @IndigoFlowers I just talked to an assistant on FBAR Helpline and verified all is correct.
  15. Thank you so much. When our US Accountant said I don't require to file FBAR for RRSPs, I don't trust him. Then my husband and I did some research, and he thought we should just file it ourselves as it's not that complicated. I'm glad I can get some advice here.
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