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Will I need half this stuff?

Old Aug 27th 2012, 11:27 pm
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Our emigration is really close now. I still have folders of paperwork I needed for my visa. Bank statements, payslips, rental agreements, bills.... you know the type of thing.

This paperwork is heavy. Am I going to need it in the States? Keeping records is usually wise, but I don't want to fly over a tree's worth of paper for no reason
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Old Aug 27th 2012, 11:38 pm
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If you can, scan it. I used a document feeder copier at work, and it took about 30 minutes. Then I had it on a password protected USB, along with PDF password protection. I still find it useful to this day.
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Default Re: Will I need half this stuff?

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Our emigration is really close now. I still have folders of paperwork I needed for my visa. Bank statements, payslips, rental agreements, bills.... you know the type of thing.

This paperwork is heavy. Am I going to need it in the States? Keeping records is usually wise, but I don't want to fly over a tree's worth of paper for no reason
Been here six years, and a citizen for two and a half. All I've need from anything for my visa application, were official personal documents such as birth, marriage certificates etc. The rest never touched them since.
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Old Aug 28th 2012, 1:30 am
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If you want to apply for a mortgage it might be helpful. I know it was when we got ours four years ago. Our mortgage co (Bank of America) would not accept emailed docs they wanted everything faxed - yes FAXED . We gave them 2 years worth of credit card statements plus a bunch of utilities, council tax etc. we even opened our storage container to get more stuff for them.
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Old Aug 28th 2012, 3:27 am
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Chances are you won't need it, but it can be helpful for loans and more importantly utilities in lieu of having any credit history.

Scanned is probably a good idea though if you want to save space.
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Old Aug 28th 2012, 2:10 pm
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Advice above is sound. Scan it. I brought some of mine over and it was very useful in getting a mortgage. Haven't needed it for anything else.
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Old Aug 29th 2012, 5:33 am
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This past week i have been having a clear out. I kept EVERYTHING, and now 8 years later am shredding everything but the most recent correspondence.

Point is - keep everything until you KNOW its useless.


**But absolutely keep a copy of EVERYTHING you ever send to US immigration***.
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I shouldn't have shredded that loan agreement from 2002. I might be in for a PPI rebate!
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