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Member Profile: lrindy (4583 posts)

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Hello, I'm lrindy (report this user)
I am from United Kingdom
I last logged in on 12 Nov 2013
I have been a member since 21 Aug 2007
I have added 4583 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 27 Nov 2012
lrindy's Immigration Cases
 
I-485 case: Approved in 1785 days (1112 days more than average)   (89 comments)
User: lrindy Nationality: United Kingdom
Country of Chargeability:United KingdomApplicant Type:primary
Service Center:NebraskaCategory:EB3
Priority Date:27 Apr 2006Application Filed:03 Jul 2007
USCIS Received Date:05 Jul 2007USCIS Notice Date:25 Aug 2007
USCIS Receipt Number:I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrent
I-140 Processing Type:regularI-140 Approval Date:24 Aug 2006
First Fingerprint Date:01 Oct 2007Second Fingerprint Date:
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Case Transferred to:Transfer Date:
Name Check Status:approvedName Check Approval Date:24 Apr 2012
I-485 Status:approvedI-485 Approval/Denial Date:22 May 2012
Card Production Ordered:22 May 2012Card Received Date:29 May 2012
EAD Applied?:yesAP Applied?:yes
EAD Approval Date:25 Sep 2007AP Approval Date:19 Oct 2007
EAD Received:AP Received:
Time to Get EAD Approval:84 daysTime to Get AP Approval:108 days
Time to Get Fingerprinting Done:90 daysTotal Time to Get GC:1785 days
Most Recent LUD:12 Sep 2009Days Elapsed:
Experience:My most recent experience was right here at trackitt. I never realized how many folks read my posts and took in what was being said! I always thought that no one liked them and that is why hardly anyone, these days, made comments unless to contradict or s
Case Added to Tracker: Last Updated: 30 May 2012
Notes: My most recent experience was right here at trackitt. I never realized how many folks read my posts and took in what was being said! I always thought that no one liked them and that is why hardly anyone, these days, made comments unless to contradict or s

I-765 case: Approved in 31 days (40 days less than average)   (7 comments)
User: lrindy Nationality: United Kingdom
Application Type:renewalService Center:Nebraska
Filing Method:electronicApplication Filed:04 Jan 2011
USCIS Received Date:04 Jan 2011USCIS Notice Date:09 Jan 2011
USCIS Receipt Number:RFE Received?:no
RFE Received Date:Reason for RFE:
RFE Replied Date:Application Status:approved
Approval/Denial Date:04 Feb 2011Card Production Ordered:04 Feb 2011
EAD Received:09 Feb 2011Total Processing Time:31 days
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: Last Updated: 23 Mar 2011
Notes:

I-131 case: Approved   (0 comments)
User: lrindy Nationality: United Kingdom
Service Center:NebraskaUSCIS District Office:
Filing Method:paper-basedApplication Filed:
USCIS Received Date:05 Jul 2007USCIS Notice Date:
USCIS Receipt Number:RFE Received?:no
RFE Received Date:Reason for RFE:
RFE Replied Date:Application Status:approved
Approval/Denial Date:19 Oct 2007AP Received:
Total Processing Time: daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: Last Updated: 13 Nov 2007
Notes: five applications for family. LUD's soft 10/19 & 10/22 for all 5.Received documents 11/12/07 at lawyers.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 27 Nov 2012
Topic: EB3 ROW Current in Oct 2012 Bulletin - Gather Here

Hi Everyone!

Congrats on being current!!!!!!

The only thing is once you're current it's like waiting for a pot to boil or paint to dry: the wait seems never ending. We were current last May 2012 and everyday felt like a week until around the 20th when an appt was made for primary to get finger printed again. We all went Just In Case and an Officer I knew from my time working on that floor said you only have to renew biometrics IF one of the original prints is weird. As digital photos/ prints have come such a long way since we originally had ours done that is the reason for the reprinting needs. So by the time we got home from that appt at Field Office our 485's had all been approved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was so exciting. It took another few days for the actual cards to get to us. I think it took 3 to 5 days via USPS.

BTW: We called once our date was current to the 800# and checked to make sure everything was correct. That is when we found out primarys prints needed to be done again. They very quickly got an appt notice out to us. I knew the days that they do biometrics there so we went on that day, even though appt date was some 2 weeks later. I just had to get it sorted ASAP as we were going away for the Memorial Weekend and would be gone when appt was for. They were all very nice, polite and very excited for us.

I have to admit that the Indy Field Office is one of the best I've had to deal with.


Good luck to all of you folks out there in pre approval land.

Congrats in advanced to you all.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 16 Nov 2012
Topic: change of job immediately after getting GC

Really? Are you mad???
How can you give this advice to anyone when the requirements for maintaining your LPR card are based on your employment after approval?
Do you have total proof that NO ONE has ever been denied for N-400 or LPR renewal?

Not to be rude or mean, but you cannot make such statements here without being able to backup what you say. 485 applications are based on FUTURE employment. This employment is YOUR job AFTER you've been approved. FRAUD is the word on every Immigration Officers lips and minds when they review a renewal of LPR cards or N-400 applications for citizenship. Criteria for both is a "rule of thumb" of at least 6 months with the same employer after approval of 485. Be this with the original sponsoring employer or the one you were working for as the 485 was approved. Many folks stay just the 6 months and then leave for better jobs. Other folks go to sponsoring employer once approved.

Now, as always there are acceptations to the rule. IF you are being bullied, picked on, or mentally harmed in any way and can prove it then you leave that employer. As long as you can prove unacceptable treatment to USCIS then that is cool too. I hope you never have to do this, or anyone else out there either.

Look, we all have our opinions and "rules of thumb". It is always up to each of us to make the choice of which way we will go. I can put my hand on my heart and honestly say I KNOW folks who have been denied citizenship and LPR renewal because they changed their jobs before the 6 months. I know one guy from SoCal who was in the food industry and go laid off 2 years after his LPR approval. Instead of claiming unemployment he started a little gardening business and before he applied for citizenship he was a millionaire and employed over 20 hard working Americans. His N-400 was denied because he committed FRAUD and changed jobs. I am sure this case helped change a few of the rules that now benefit us if we need to change jobs. Like: If you can prove there's no work in your area at your pay level then you can change direction. If your company is doing wrong things to you and you can prove it then you can change.

As I know a few folks who work within immigration and my interest in such problems as this thread we have discussed this situation and it is coming up more and more these days regarding 6 months at least with same employer at 485 approval time. They all say for employment based applicants N-400 applications are looked at very closely for:
Staying with employer.
Staying within your approved area of employment.
Time outside of the USA.
Crimes of moral turpitude. BIGGY as well.


So, folks do get their LPR cards revoked and N-400 applications denied due to not staying with employers or within approved jobs. There are many instances of this if you care to look closer for them.

I am not a lawyer so always consult with one before making any big changes. Research everything. Spend some time looking up what you want to know. Don't just take one persons word for it. Invest some time and effort.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Nov 2012
Topic: EB3 ROW - PD Current - InfrPass Experience - Need advice

I am so sorry that you had such a bad experience at your local field office. If it were me I'd wait until next week if a new senator is moving into your local offices or call the existing one ASAP and explain what happened to you guys at the field office. It is such a shame this happened as it is not the normal way things are approached these days.
Your senator has a dedicated person who deals with immigration issues for local folks like you and me. They have special phone numbers and contacts within the field offices that they can call and speak to regarding this situation.

Try the 800# today and explain what is going on. They might lift you to a Level Two Immigration Officer. Make sure you have all your paperwork, A#'s and receipt notice #'s at hand. Make sure both of you are there to talk to the good folks at your service center that originally held your cases. Now it is possible that your cases are being transferred to another office to approve/interview or just take care of for now.

I do hope the above helps you guys out. I wish you both the best of luck getting this cleared up and approved. Please let us know here what you decide to do and the out come. This way you will be helping folks with the same problem out as well.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Nov 2012
Topic: EB2-NIW / ROW --> I am Greened!

Hi,

Sorry I just signed and saw your question.

If you call the 800# and ask the service rep. Go thru the system and have your A# and receipt notice # as well for 485. Tell the rep you've receive an email saying to call for the tracking number. They will give it to you IF your cards have been processed and mailed. If the cards are still in the process system then there wont be a tracking number yet. So keep trying each day until you get one. We didn't get one but the cards were with us within a week. It was so very exciting and you never forget the day you hold that LPR card in your hot little hands.

Hope the above helps you out.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Nov 2012
Topic: REF question

Good Morning to you,

It is very possible that you got this RFE because the original documents for her BC have gone "missing" for some reason or other. If the actual paper version of her file does not match the one held electronically then an RFE will be issued. It is another reason why BC and Mc for each other are sent with each application for husband and wife, plus if you have kids you send copies of MC and parents BC's in with kids applications as well. The thing is even doing this they will still send an RFE if your certificate goes on walk about. Strange as it seems this is a typical RFE from USCIS that happens on a daily basis to us all.
I had it happen to me for my BC and MC, unyet they had 5 other copies within the rest of the families applications. Go figure.

If it were me sending the response back to them I would send copies of actual BC and the affidavits as they asked.
Cover yourself both ways.


Good luck and please let us know here what you decide to do.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Nov 2012
Topic: EB2-NIW / ROW --> I am Greened!

Congrats and welcome to the green side!

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 05 Nov 2012
Topic: Urgent - GC sponsor out of buisness

Good morning to you,

I am so sorry to hear about your sponsoring company. Okay, I know lots of very knowledgeable folks have told you many things and I shall now give you my opinion on this situation:

All the way thru your LPR approval process you have continued working for Company A on an H visa, if I am reading your post correctly.
Even after Company B who sponsored your LPR application went under you remained with company A.
You have been granted your LPR card (green card) and remain with company A.
You have documented proof that the original sponsoring company have gone under.

1.) You have a full time job with Company A that is the same or similar to the original sponsored job and have been working there all the way thru this process.
2.) No one was to know that the sponsoring company would take a nose dive and go under, especially not you as you would have invoked AC21 and transferred your 485 over to Company A.
3.) Company A just got a bonus as they never had to pay for and labor certification etc. to get you your LPR card approved!

In my opinion you will be fine as you had no idea and neither did your contacts within Company B that things would go bad until they closed down. A good immigration lawyer would handle this situation easy. Make sure you keep all records of contact from Company B as a precaution "just in case" in the future you need clarification. The future could be when you come to renew your LPR card in 10 years OR citizenship time. Just make sure you cover your back.

There have been many cases where companies have closed down and none of the employees knew about it until they went to go into their place of employment only to find the doors locked and everything inside GONE! Closures are part of everyday living these days and a fine mess it is causing for all of us! USCIS are very much aware of this and how times have changed. It is one reason why AC21 invocation has been an acceptable way to safe guard our 485 applications for moving employers.

Not all sides of US immigration are out to get immigrants! We have safe guards as well from USCIS. The bad side of the safe guards is there are abusers out there that have caused the "do it legally and right" folks to have to cover their backs and make sure they have good stable evidence of the truth to cover their moves. Fraud is happening all the time and USCIS have to check to make sure YOU are not the one creating fraud. So be careful and always cover your arse.

The very best of luck to you. The above is just MY opinion and I am NOT a lawyer. Before making changes please always consult with at least one good immigration lawyer.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: Question on EAD renewal

As long as they do not get it before the 120 day mark you'll be fine. My, we are chomping to get that renewal in aren't we? BTW just so you know: Sometimes when you apply right at the 120 day mark (keep in mind some months have 31 days so count 120 days not 4 actual months) you will find it is approved and runs before your expiring EAD ends and you will find you have lost some of your time.

As for the question 10 always use your A# where you can.
You can if you like, we only used our A#'s.

The above is only my opinion.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: Urgent question regarding travel for H-4, pending 485, no AP

Hi,

Actually she wont be out of status as she has a pending 485 application. She is a parolee of a pending 485; she just cannot travel outside of the USA until she either has her AP or get her 485 approved. Well she can travel but wont get back in.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: Urgent question regarding travel for H-4, pending 485, no AP

Hi,

You don't want to hear this, but I totally agree with your lawyer on this situation! PLEASE OH PLEASE do not leave the USA. There is nothing that is worth jeopardizing her application right now. It is a horrible situation to be in, but you have waited so long and you have done everything the right and legal way. If you leave and take her to India before the AP comes thru there is a very good chance you will not get back into the USA. POE's are getting really anal about dotting the "i"'s and crossing the "t" 's for entries and it will only get worse the closer to the holidays we get.

There is no telling if you would get thru or if they would make a fuss and stop her entering. The best action to take, in my opinion is play it safe. WAIT and go to India once she at least has her AP. Even then she will get a second inspection by POE Officers (port of entry).

It's like shooting a game of craps, but not for money. This game will keep you both separated and then she will have to Consular Process and not see you in the USA until her visa (485) is approved.

I'm sorry not to reply with the news you wanted to read:(
I'd rather help you stay legal, safe together here than give you questionable info that could separate you for months.

Good luck to you both. Congrats on the wedding.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: USCIS should approve EAD for 3 yrs

Hi,

Better still file electronically at www.uscis.gov
That is the way we did all our renewals until we got our 485's approved.
If you have any problems just post a new thread asking for help with whatever questions you are having trouble with.
For EAD remember to have your old card at hand so you can get your dates from it etc.

Anyway it's very easy and most folks save between $150.00 to $500.00 per application. Our lawyers charged what they thought you could afford.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: Divorced friend planning to marry

Aw Thanks! I do appreciate it.

Have a great day!

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: Divorced friend planning to marry

Hi,

As you have not given enough info for anyone here to give you an informed answer that would work well for your friend; I'm sorry to say NO you can't sponsor anyone on your H visa.

If your friend wants to sponsor his soon to be Indian wife then he would have to put his hand in his pocket and pull out a big wad of cash to pay for a lawyer to deal with it. This would be a very wise move if he got his LPR card thru FB as well because he could have his LPR card revoked as they are conditional for the first TWO YEARS! IF he got it thru EB then it will be easier.

Please talk to a good immigration lawyer as this is not just a simple marriage case. If you were to apply thru Family Based and the approving officer takes a good close look either way, FB or EB, you might have a little trouble for chopping and changing wives. There would be even more trouble if your previous wife had called 911 during a domestic dispute whilst still with you/him. BTW: It makes no difference that his son is a US citizen until that child is 21 years of age.

Please, oh please talk to a good immigration lawyer. If the new wife means anything to him then he will safe guard her ability to be with him here BEFORE they marry!

The above is just my humble opinion and I am not a lawyer.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: biometrics appointment letter for child

Hi,

Take the child anyway with you to your appts. Just in case they want to do a print. Our daughter was under 14 when we applied for 485 and she was fingerprinted along with the rest of the family. No problems there. I guess the rules are changing to include everyone.

If I were in charge of USCIS I would have everyone, regardless of age printed. Just as a safe guard for the children.

The above are my personal opinions.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: EAD renewal -- Question # 11 on I 765

Hi,

I can help you with your first question:

You start with the first EAD you ever had. You can put the start date of each card OR the date it was applied for. Usually the application goes to the service center that your 485 is held at; so if your 485 is at NSC you would put Lincoln Nebraska.
Then you would go thru each EAD you've applied for even if it was denied.

For question 16:
You have to give a reason why you are qualified for your EAD and we have always put for question 16 (there's a reference # on your EAD card receipt notices C09 is on ours) they give a choice you then put that ref # in and then: I485 , LIN#
(receipt notice number), PENDING PAROLEE.

As for your AP I did not do the renewals, but if I find the answer I shall post it here.

Hope the above helps you out. It's served many a time for us. In fact 15 applications during our pending time.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Oct 2012
Topic: USCIS asking for a court disposition on an expunged case, what

Hi,

This is very easy to get sorted out. You will need to go to the courthouse that held the records of the arrest. Please take good ID. DL and or EAD or whatever ID you have with you. Go to the Clerks Office and show them the RFE and explain that they want a disposition for the expunged case arrest of 2003. Get the Clerk to do you a letter to USCIS and the address for them that the RFE has to be replied back to.
*******************************************************************************************
Ladies and Gentleman,

"your name" has come to this courthouse on this day, put date in", to get a disposition of the arrest record from 2003 for a driving offense. There are no records of this arrest as the records were expunged in 2004.
If you need any further information please use our telephone number above to contact us.

Regards,

"court clerks officer name."

*********************************************************************************

Keep a copy of the letter for future reference and send the original off for the RFE response.
This has worked for everyone I have ever helped out with such things. USCIS just want to know that all is fine and good. A quick short letter on HEADED courthouse paper from the Clerks office does the trick. Well, has done the trick for more folks than I care to mention!!!!

Hope this helps you out and please update your thread once you have sent the RFE back for future dudes who have the same thing happen.

The very best to you and yours.
I am not a lawyer the above is my personal opinion of past situations with the required outcomes.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 29 Oct 2012
Topic: how often can you switch job by filing AC21?

In my opinion, I would agree with prithvips.
Invoking AC21 is a privilege of having a pending 485 and this was not always the case. You would have had to reapply for your 485 at one point in time. Use this benefit only when really needed and not just to jump about from one job to another. Please note that I am not implying that the OP is doing such things. My statements are for everyone reading this thread.

A benefit/privilege can be taken away as easy as it is given. Plus, none of us want USCIS to be on our backs regarding AC21 in the future. The acts of today can and will affect the immigrant of future.

Keep good records and be able to back up why you left your sponsoring employer at any point before and after 485 approvals. I believe in the "just in case" theory.

Back to OP you can change as many times as you like, but you could end up in the line of fire from USCIS if they feel you've been hopping a little too much in their book. Keeping in mind that each Immigration Officer has their own take on what the memos and rules say! You might just have to clarify why you changed more than once or twice during your pending status. In this day and age jobs change with the seasons, companies let folks go and wages are known to be cut along with hours:( So keep all emails, letters and anything that can backup why you left that employer. Cover your arse at all times is what I say JUST IN CASE.
The above is only my opinion and I'm no expert or lawyer!

The very best of luck to you and yours.

May everyone be safe, warm and dry in the storms from Hurricane Sandy!

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 25 Oct 2012
Topic: Days it took you to get your Green card in mail after approval

Hi,

Getting approved is heart lifting, but then paranoia sets in and every little bit is important to each of us.

Rule of thumb:

Text message and usually emails to say "welcome new resident" or "decision" notice. (We had both together. Some do not.)
Text for another update: Card production ordered plus the backup email. (Some get this and others do not.)
Text/email: tracking number for cards mailed and/or welcome letter sent. (We did not get tracking notices!)
Our cards came on same day and then the welcome letters came the next day. (We warned our wonderful mail lady and she hand delivered them to us.)

Hope this helps you guys out.
A BIG CONGRATS from me to you guys on your approvals.
See you all at citizenship time.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 25 Oct 2012
Topic: EB2 ROW GC Approvals update herein

Big CONGRATS to you on your approval! Well done. It really does take the load off once you get approved. Enjoy your new greened life my friend.

I'd just like to point out a couple of things about finger prints and security checks.

Firstly, the biometric appointments that we did the very FIRST time after we filed our 485 applications is the most important prints that affect us at approval time. These are the prints that are used for your LPR card. The photo will be that first one as well. At least they were for us out of NSC. When we were current my husband had to get reprinted before they could approve us as the original prints were not acceptable to the latest high tech HD equipment. I was told by the Officer at the local field office that with the use of electronic files for everything within USCIS the original prints and photos would be used for the LPR cards as they help get you approved quicker. There is also less fraud this way. The original prints for the rest of our family were ok and used. Actually if you think about it your photos will all be when you were way younger, for those who've been around here for years. Like us :)))))

So, when you get your first biometric appointments make sure your hands are taken care of running up to the appt and watch what you wear as it's going to be the photo that is used in the future. There is no Best Before Date on biometrics anymore like there used to be of 15 months.

Hope this helps everyone. Once again congratulations to you and yours.

Welcome to the green side of immigration. The new cards are very cool.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 24 Oct 2012
Topic: USCIS is breaking the law

Hi,

I don't answer many post these days and I most certainly am not a GURU, but here are my thoughts on your situation:

1. The correct time to change is after 180 days of 485 being filed according to USCIS.
2. Do it the day you join as your 485 is over 180 days pending. I take it this is correct as your EAD is over 180 days of approval...
3. It can sometime trigger an RFE, but usually no and those who get an RFE usually it is just luck of the drawer or USCIS wish to have more info on the new job OR you might have missed something when you applied the AC21 invocation.
4. NO issue with H visa when canceled. YOU will receive a weirdly phrased/worded letter from USCIS that might frighten you a little regarding the H visa cancellation and how you might be out of status, but you've got the pending 485 and have invoked AC21 for job move. Just a little info so you are prepared for such a letter to arr5ive at your home address. This can take up to 3 months after H is canceled to arrive with you.
5. Loads of folks have that I know and they all have had no problems. In fact they all used the templates that are on my profile. If you want to troll thru back to 2010 to use them then please do.

The very best of luck to you and your family. My your 485 get approved without any hiccups.

Cheers,

LRIndy.
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