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    FaithfulinAllah is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Immigration Help!

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    Hey All,

    I'm a bit confused and worried about some things about this process.
    On the welcome package it states that they need "an official or true copy" of birth certificate. What does that mean? Do they mean a general copy you make it home is fine? or an official copy meaning you get it from the Dept. of Health?

    Also, this whole process seems like it will take some time. What if I can't finish in time? The administration told me that as a US citizen I can stay in Aruba for 30-90 days but I have read around these forums and people had trouble getting home & what not?

    if I make a general copy with a notarization from a general notary will it get apostilled?

    Any help is greatly appreciated

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    Ramadan Mubark.
    I dont know much about this process, but here is what I know.

    Call the state that you were born in and order copies of your birth cert. I say get 2. Take 1 to get it apostilled, keep the other for yourself. Some states willl do it same day turn around.
    It is rare that you have an orginal birth cert. And if you do then you need to hold on to that and get copies. The copies are what you order from the Deparment of Health.
    If you were born in other than a state than you reside then you need to send it/ take it to were you were born to get the process taken care of.


    Hope that helps

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    i also have a similar ques, they will let me enter for abt 90 days without visas but does the school really take care of the visa process within those 90 days, other wise i might have to file for an extension and all..

    anyone knows abt tht?

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    Pls. pay attention to this matter and obtain requisite documentation for processing your student visa ASAP. These documents are required by immigration authorities in Aruba (Netherland Antilles) and the anyone else may have limited (if any) influence on this matter.

    Besides, once you start your studies, you would not want to be distracted by this.

    Two documents needed for you are "PCC/Criminal Record Check" and "birth certificate". In many states in USA, you can obtain the PCC/CRC on the web itself by paying a small fee. Make sure that you download it from an "official site" and not from one those "document brokers". Take the downloaded document to a local notary (along with a legally valid ID - such as the drivers license). Sign it in his presence and he will notarize it for ~ $5.00. Then send (or if you can take it personally then pls. do so) this along with the birth certificate (see below) to the authority listed for your state for Apostille.

    As regards the birth certificate, it is a bit complex. If your are born in the USA and you live in the state where you were born - well you are lucky (from the documentation stand point). Most states will "Apostille" the original and some may also Apostille a notarized copy of your birth certificate.

    If you can get a copy notarized and Apostille then it may be prudent to send this along with the PCC (see above) AND few other items listed in your admissions packet to Mr. Paul Angelini ASAP. Between Paul, Zobaida and Olga, they probably have enough experince to get a Ph.D. on this subject.

    (I hope that I am right about the above but if not then I stand corrected.)

    If you were born outside of the USA (and are a naturalized citizen) and your original birth certificate is not yet Apostille - well it gets to be more complicated and if your original birth certificate happens to be in a foreign language then I would strongly recommend that you get your parents/ guardians involved in this matter urgently.

    I will be happy to help and would share whatever info. I can.

    Just remember to become good physicians - with some (if not all) philanthropic disposition.

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    Great advice Yoda.

    Definitely get in touch with Paul or Olga or other people listed on the website. They handle this all the time and will give you the right info.

    Get on it soon though, don't get lazy about it.

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    Yoda,
    Thanks for your post it helped out alot.

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    FaithfulinAllah is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Thanks Yoda & MissyB for your input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by riyap View Post
    i also have a similar ques, they will let me enter for abt 90 days without visas but does the school really take care of the visa process within those 90 days, other wise i might have to file for an extension and all..

    anyone knows abt tht?
    I looked up online for you, some more info here:

    Aruba

    Aruba Entry Requirements And Visas - VisitAruba.com

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