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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from rika60607 in Should we get divorced?   
    Do you have joint assets of any kind? Are you maintaining a joint bank account? Are you filling taxes together? If yes, these things may help you show you are still committed to the marriage. If you are essentially living seperate lives in different states, you may be in for an unhill battle. But its really impossible for us to say how USCIS is going to interpret your marriage.
    I certainly would not rush into a divorce because it may be better when filling for ROC, not if you believe you may be able to work things out. January is still a long ways away, your life may be different then. Good luck to you both.
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to Kimbear in frusturated & confused   
    Doesn't anyone read any of the GUIDES anymore?
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Marilyn. in Got Baby? Avez vous un bebe?   
    Hey moms! Were expecting our first baby September 30th. I'm approaching 10 weeks. We had our first ultrasound in Tuesday and it was amazing!
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to Krikit in changing to married last name   
    Yes, you can reenter the US with just the GC. (You can also enter Canada with just the GC, FWIW.) You don't have to surrender your old passport when applying for a new one. They will return it to you voided if you request that. In addition, you can get it expedited so you don't have to travel without it.
    Can't think of any reason why you'd need to carry your marriage certificate if both your GC and your passport are in the same name. In fact, I don't carry my marriage certificate and both my GC and my passport are in different names.
    Canada does not allow passports to be updated with a married name.... you have to apply for a new passport.
    Your maiden name on ID is legal, as is your married name. You will never lose the right to go by your maiden name. I have numerous ID's in both my names and travel often. It has never been a problem. Ever.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Krikit in I-7501 form?   
    I hope it's not a newer vehicle, because it looks like you will need to pay duty on it. That could come with a hefty price tag.
    As far as the concerns you have about them sending her back to Canada, she's going to have to go back eventually. I'm sure you are aware of 180 day rule. Has she been in the US with you since you filled in August? If so, her time is up in a couple more months. When she returns to Canada, is she going to be taking the car (that you will register in NY) back to Canada with her? First, your insurance company may have a problem with that, since the car will be garaged out of state. That's a little bit of a tricky issue. The insurance carriers I write for absolutely do not allow this, except for rare exceptions (eg. College students). And then second, if she is living in Ontario and driving a car with NY plates, it may be a problem if she wants to come back on another visit to the US before the K-1 is in hand. The fact she is driving a car registered in the US will likely cause a serious red flag for the CBP. Not saying it's impossible, but something she is likely going to have to contend with. It will look like she has been living in the US, especially if her last trip was 6 months long.
    Otherwise, it is now your car, not hers. If they question the origin of the car, it would be 100% truthful just to say your Canadian fiance gave it to you.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Kathryn41 in CDN Citizenship for Non-Resident PR   
    Take a look at this if you haven't come across it already: Who Can Apply?
    Although I definitely can't say this for sure, my interpretation of it is this: The rules for maintaining permanent residency, and the rules for citizenship eligibility are not one in the same. Although your husband may be able to maintain his PR status based on his relationship with you, to be eligible for Canadian citizenship not only does he need to be a PR of Canada for 3 years, but he also must have been living in Canada for 3 out of the 4 years proceeding the application for citizenship. I am assuming this because they list the two criteria separately: Age, PR Status, Time lived in Canada, language abilities, criminal history, knowledge of Canada.
    They have a "citizenship calculator" that may may help you out.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Krikit in Life Insurance Claim Issue   
    So sorry to hear about your step-son sly
    I'm an insurance agent, but I work in auto and home, not health and life, so I really don't have any direct experience when it comes to what you're dealing with. But, I can say that investigations are standard when it comes to the claims process, regardless of what a claim is for. In a property claim for example, it is pretty easy for an adjuster to come and verify there is hail damage to your roof or siding. When it comes to life insurance, investigating the circumstances around someones death is not as convenient and quick.
    If you feel as though you are being wronged in some way, you can always contact the commissioner of insurance in your state. The commissioner overseas all insurance companies that are licensed to operate in your state, and it is part of his or her job to insure companies are operating ethically and following state laws. However, they may not provide much service until a decision is made on your case, but I can't be certain. If it is denied for whatever reason, putting a complaint in with the commissioner will force an investigation. Otherwise, if the claim is paid and you are still unhappy with the process, you can still log a complaint which will at least be on record, and may force an investigation into the companies practices.
    As far as a lawyer, that is up to you. Lawyers can actually be quite effective. Insurance companies often do whatever they can to avoid a lawsuit, and will sometimes just pay out a claim to avoid a confrontation in court.
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to Nik+Heather in Just Beginning...Need my UK fiance' here yesterday.....   
    Some of the phrasings in this thread have been pretty harsh. No one in love appreciates having their relationship called into question. But, I think kenny's right from an overall point of view. And there's a lot of perfectly needless "Poor victimized me!!!!" in this thread.......I know online couples can feel pretty defensive sometimes (we are, I've felt it) but get a grip on it, especially here - because a lot of us are in that same boat. I've learned to own and embrace our relationship and how it evolved. The more you play up and the harder you defend the unusual-ness, the stranger and more suspicious it feels to 3rd parties, and the cycle continues. Treat your relationship as normal and true, and so will others.
    There are a lot of people who feel like they are in love based on their online relationships. One day they meet, and sometimes all their dreams come true. Sometimes it doesn't work out. On VJ, we don't hear from that second outcome because they never make it this far, but they are out there. And, until you do meet, you'll never know which side you're on! I think it's really great that our relationships which started out online came to such beautiful fruition when we all met in person, but to assume that anyone who feels in love in a virtual relationship will absolutely just keep growing when they meet in person is just silly.
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to Fandango in divorcing after 6 mos,what to do?   
    Speaking generally here and not this case specific: I wish people would stop thinking this way...she's not some merchandise you can just discard when you no longer want it. I'm not taking sides in this fight between husband and wife, it's the concept of 'put her on a plane' that I have serious issues with. Petitioners need to know that it is NOT THAT SIMPLE. You brought this person here, whether it was being duped on your part or not. As far as the I-1864, you are ON THE HOOK for 40 quarters of work (which IS NOT ALWAYS 10 years from the start), until you die, the bene dies, or bene gets citizenship. People need to seriously remember what they sign.
    Off on a tangent for another sec: it's funny how I see people complaining bout the processing times ('the gov't is standing in the way of my rights to happiness!) and then when it goes pear shaped, it's 'oooh, let's call ICE to so they can help me get out of this mess by deporting her'
    I look at it this way: you asked Mommy and Daddy (the govt) for a puppy. You made all sorts of promises how you were gonna walk the puppy daily, feed it, play with it, etc. You got the puppy! Now, for one reason or another, you and the puppy are not gelling. It's not a case of throwing the puppy in the street....you made the case to get the puppy here, now you need to deal with it.
    Oh, and Hopp? In this particular case, she has her GC, so 'flying her home asap' would do nothing more than give her a holiday with her family.
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to AlinaH in illegal family   
    I don't really have an answer for you. I just wanted to say, good on him for wanting to do things the right way! He could have easily just stayed in the US and never changed anything.
    I hope everything works out for you two!
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Kathryn41 in Canadian wanting to move to the US   
    You can visit the US for a period of 180 consecutive days, which doesn't always equal a perfect 6 months, so keep that in mind. Extending that stay is possible, but I have never heard of anyone doing this successfully (Canadians on VJ). Also, keep in mind that the officer who clears you at the Port of Entry can always limit the duration of your stay by issuing you an I-94 with an expiration date. If they believe you intend on taking up residency in the US without the proper visa, they can turn a 6 month stay into a few months or weeks. They have complete discretion. They also have the power to deny you entry completely. It is recommended that you bring evidence of ties to Canada showing compelling reasons you would want to return. This can be something like a lease or mortgage, job, children waiting for you, etc. For more advice on this or to hear personal experiences, you may want to post in the Canada regional forum.
    If you intend on living in the US, then consider the options that Vanessa describes above. Visiting for long periods of time are not a solution, as you cannot work, go to school, obtain state ID, etc. without residency status. You would essentially be in limbo between the US and Canada with very limited residential ties to both countries.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from OBX in Medical exam USA or Canada   
    For a K-1, you can book your medical when you have your packet 3 in hand. When you go for the medical, they want to see something with your MTL case number and your name on it. When I had my medical done in Toronto, I was still waiting on an interview date from Montreal (back under the old system) and I just used the cover page of my P3 to get in. When I booked my appointment over the phone, I explained this to the receptionist and she said it is perfectly fine. The confusion comes in because CR-1's need to have an interview date in order to book a medical appointment.
    Dr. Seiden in Toronto and in Montreal offers 2 days service for medical results. I believe the other doctor on Montreal only does 3 day service, but he charges a lower rate, so it depends on how quick you need it.
    Medicals are valid for 1 year. However, you want to make sure you don't do it to early. It needs to be less than a year old when you file for AOS, or you will be required to have a new medical done after you get to the US.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Krikit in Medical exam USA or Canada   
    Unfortunately not. The only doctors who can conduct your immigration medical are in Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal.
    The civil surgeons in the US are qualified to conduct your AOS medical. However, if your K-1 medical is less than 1 year old at the time of AOS, you are not required to have another medical done.
    A lot of people wait until they have an interview date, and then coordinate their medical with their interview time. So if it's possible to spend a few extra days in Montreal, you can have it done at the same time and avoid a trip.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Krikit in Medical exam USA or Canada   
    For a K-1, you can book your medical when you have your packet 3 in hand. When you go for the medical, they want to see something with your MTL case number and your name on it. When I had my medical done in Toronto, I was still waiting on an interview date from Montreal (back under the old system) and I just used the cover page of my P3 to get in. When I booked my appointment over the phone, I explained this to the receptionist and she said it is perfectly fine. The confusion comes in because CR-1's need to have an interview date in order to book a medical appointment.
    Dr. Seiden in Toronto and in Montreal offers 2 days service for medical results. I believe the other doctor on Montreal only does 3 day service, but he charges a lower rate, so it depends on how quick you need it.
    Medicals are valid for 1 year. However, you want to make sure you don't do it to early. It needs to be less than a year old when you file for AOS, or you will be required to have a new medical done after you get to the US.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from souljah4christ in Wedding celebration pictures for AOS interview   
    At our AOS interview, the IO wasn't the least bit interested in our wedding pictures. We had a small wedding here in the US with family and friends, and have tons of pictures, but they were not important to the person interviewing us. He was focused on evidence we brought regarding commingled finances, like evidence of our joint bank account, insurance, etc. I would put your focus on gathering solid primary evidence and not worry so much about pictures.
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to Sprailenes in Starting to panic   
    Wow you're really abrasive, I feel sorry for you.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Inky in Wedding on Location not in CIty Hall   
    What exactly do you mean by "on location?" You can get married pretty much anywhere you want (in the US of course, as a K-1), you just need to find an officiant who is willing to conduct the ceremony and make it legal. I came to the US on a K-1 and my husband and I got married in a small ceremony with family and friends outdoors. We found a very nice officiant who travels all around the state and conducts marriage ceremonies wherever people want them. A quick google search will likely find you someone in your area.
    As far as the marriage certificate, you and your fiance(e) need to apply for one after you move to the US. You then give it to the officiant on your wedding day, and he/she, will sign it, along with your signature and the signatures of witnesses (if applicable in your state). You will then either mail it, or hand deliver it to the state recorder.
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to Kathryn41 in What's going on with Montreal and CR-1 Visa interviews!?!?   
    Your information is incorrect. I don't know what you friend told you or did but she is not a K-1 applicant still waiting for her K-1 visa and using an AP to visit the US for 6 months. That is not what an Advance Parole does - it is for 'leaving' the US and being allowed to return - not for 'entering' the US. A K-1 applicant cannot file for Advance Parole and go to the US for 6 months at a time. Only someone who is already living in the US , who has already entered on a valid visa and has applied to adjust status to become a permanent resident (eg. get a green card) is eligible for an Advance Parole and can apply for and receive an AP.
    A K-1 visa applicant must wait outside of the US the same as a CR-1 applicant, and has just as much opportunity or likelihood as a CR-1 to visit during the process. While a Canadian is allowed to visit for up to 6 months at a time, each individual must be able to show proof of ties to Canada when they apply to enter - K-1s as well as CR-1s. Neither get a 'preference'. Neither is allowed to 'live' in the US and few are able to 'visit' for 6 months as they have responsibilities to fulfill back home. Both must process their visas through the Consulates. Complaining that the only Consulate that does immigrant visas should stop doing K-1 non-immigrant visas because there is another Consulate several thousand miles away that also does them sounds very petty.
    I can appreciate your frustration but you are making some very derogatory comments about other applicants and are definitely coming across sounding like you believe you deserve preferential treatment because you are married rather than 'just engaged'. It was your choice to get married and your choice to pursue a CR-1 visa. You have the advantage over K-1s who end up waiting just as long as you do for their processing to be complete in that once you get to the US you will already have a green card and will be allowed to work and to travel. K-1s will not have that option until after they are married and file to adjust their status - and then receive permission to work and permission to travel - often a matter of another few months.
    While you were denied entry to the US you do have some options. You can establish stronger ties to Canada by getting a job or taking a month to month apartment lease. It is your choice whether you decide to pursue that option or just complain that you are not allowed across the border because you have insufficient ties. I can appreciate that your husband is busy but he also has a choice of priorities - he could travel to visit you on a weekend as well, finding the least inconvenient time for his business to do so. Many Canadian American couples work and have to figure out their visiting priorities - some are able to visit and some are not - but the option is always there.
    You are not in this alone but you may find yourself at odds with those who do understand what you are going through and who can help you through the process if you continue to belittle their relationships and sound like you are the only one that matters.
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to SupportGeek in ive got a question for yall   
    Where are you even getting that mtlgato is insulting you?
    In an earlier post, you mentioned that you lived with your mom, and had some small issues with proving ties to Canada, possibly mtlgato simply misread this to be you would have a hard time proving any ties, I seriously doubt you were being judged by anyone, I know I certainly read it the same as mtlgato did and thought there was a chance you might have to go to a little more effort collecting ties.
    Here is your Quote from your thread "About Visiting U.D suring Visa Process"
    [quote name=D&JDianaM' date='22 July 2010 - 11:41 PM' timestamp='1279856516' post='4082473'
    Hello everyone. My name is Diana im from Montreal. My Fiancee (my petitioner) is from Ohio. Im a new member here but so far learned a lot and I thank everyone advice, support! I read you can visit your Fiancee during the K-1 Fiancee process. Ok so who does that apply to? What does someone need with them? We have filed the I-129F form and recieved the confirmation number. Does is matter I dont have a normal job persay. No boss that can write a letter? and that I dont live alone but with my mother so im under her wing persay? I have proof of residency and ties even without those two. thanks.

    For such a "Positive" person, you seem to jump into defensive posture for no reason rather quickly.
    All we are doing here is to prepare you properly with advice, people have been denied for valid as well as garbage reasons when crossing for visits even when everything seemed in order. Be prepared that it can happen to you, although it is rare fortunately.
    If you jump to the defensive with the CBP officer when crossing as quickly as you do to people here, be prepared to find yourself dragged into secondary processing rather quickly.
    To reinforce what Huggles said above, no matter how similar the countries are, YOU ARE ENTERING ANOTHER COUNTRY, they can turn you away just as easy as a restraunt can deny service for bad breath, so be careful what you say when crossing, short, sweet, and to the point, dont get defensive, or offended, dont offer any more information than they ask and it will all be fine.
    Good luck!

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    Hugglebuggles reacted to LiLMermaid in Birth Certificate   
    As far as I'm concerned anybody willing to sign up to possibly die for their country deserves whatever special treatment we can give them. I think letting them marry and spend some time with the ones they love before being shipped off is the least their country can do for them.
    I do believe that the poster you replied to was being sincere and just meant you congrats. This whole process is a PAIN in the A$$. It was two weeks short of a year between our file date and my POE. Montreal's slowness has tried all our patience I'm sure.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from VanessaTony in Wait for Social security card????   
    Yep, check that you're allowed to work. If you want to be technical, K-1's are allowed to work... once they get an EAD. It's not a class of visa that prohibits working in the US.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from joe_robin66 in Need some Direction from some pro's!   
    Hi Julie
    Since you are married, you will need to apply for CR-1 visa. You can read about the steps involved here: The Guides
    Your husband will need to file a petition for you from the USA, at which time you will remain in Canada to wait out the approval of the visa. However, you can still make trips to the US to visit him if you wish, staying as long as a regular visitor is permitted to stay (possibly up to 6 months) He cannot apply directly at a consulate in Canada (DCF) unless he is residing in Canada.
    All CR-1 visa interviews take place in Montreal. He certainly can come to the interview with you if he wishes, but it isn't required, you can go alone. The interview is to ultimately determine your eligibility for the visa. The interviewing officer will ask you questions about your relationship to ensure there is no visa fraud at play, and you will also need to present certain documents that are required before they issue the visa to you. For most couples the interview is rather straightforward.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from coraliesolms in Need some Direction from some pro's!   
    Hi Julie
    Since you are married, you will need to apply for CR-1 visa. You can read about the steps involved here: The Guides
    Your husband will need to file a petition for you from the USA, at which time you will remain in Canada to wait out the approval of the visa. However, you can still make trips to the US to visit him if you wish, staying as long as a regular visitor is permitted to stay (possibly up to 6 months) He cannot apply directly at a consulate in Canada (DCF) unless he is residing in Canada.
    All CR-1 visa interviews take place in Montreal. He certainly can come to the interview with you if he wishes, but it isn't required, you can go alone. The interview is to ultimately determine your eligibility for the visa. The interviewing officer will ask you questions about your relationship to ensure there is no visa fraud at play, and you will also need to present certain documents that are required before they issue the visa to you. For most couples the interview is rather straightforward.
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    Hugglebuggles got a reaction from Nik+Heather in My Friend's Fiancee was Adopted   
    I was adopted and put my birth name as "other names used" Because, at one point, I did use that name.
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    Hugglebuggles reacted to trailmix in Montreal denied!!!   
    98% of the time, where domicile is involved, he is the guy that does the interview. In more than one case he has mentioned to the interviewee that he had to be apart from his wife for some time as she was also an immigrant.
    One would think that this would have made him more compassionate, based on people's stories I have heard, it appears to have just made him bitter - now all of you are paying for that bitterness.
    Some of the people who work at the Mtl consulate, at least the 'top' guy, read some of these threads, or at least have. I had hoped that in reading some of these stories there might have been some action - that domicile had been reviewed, that people could have clearer instruction etc etc - obviously that is not the case and is not going to be. When people are at the interview and are asked for more proof, they are not given a clear picture of what they need to submit. Why is that? Is there a U.S. immigration law that states that a CO cannot tell an applicant what documents they need to submit to prove their intent?
    I cannot understand why the U.S. consulate in Montreal wishes to put people through extended waits for no particular reason. Even if we look at the case of Jonesg111's wife - proving domicile - it took them 9 months and the intervention of a senator to get approved.
    While I completely understand that there are rules to be followed, when there is clear intent to reestablish domicile (even if the person gave inadequate proof or stated incorrect intent during the interview) why can they just not be approved.
    It's been several months since a few of us wrote to Montreal regarding clear guidelines for proving reestablishing - I never received a reply to my letter and i'm sure no one else did either.
    So if anyone is under the false impression that Montreal does actually care - you can put that aside right now. That is the reason why, when I see the Thank You Montreal!! threads, I just shake my head.
    Normally I would probably just close the window here and not post this, because what is the point really - but i'm not going to this time.
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