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About Lazor335

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  1. My residence is actually in Texas and I got sent to Nebraska. In their guidelines they said you are distributed randomly. Maybe they are sending fewer cases to Nebraska so the backlog will eventually level out.
  2. Looks like they're still on November for NSC. 2 months down, 6 more to go. Been living in Israel for the past year to be with my spouse, but alas I am glad to be leaving. And now it looks like everything is heating up in the region. It took me months to be able to go to crowded public places without being quietly terrified. In February I went to a street party and someone set off a firecracker, almost causing a stampede. Can't wait for us to settle in America. Any recommendations on where we should live in the USA (if all goes well)?
  3. Hey, In the same place as everyone else. May 11 priority, Nebraska Center, processing from Israel. Wish we had just done adjustment of status in the US, like everyone else I know, and which a lawyer even recommended. But alas, here I am and it sucks. Looks like we will be here until March 2018 at this rate. whoopdeedoo.
  4. I have decided to get married as soon as possible in a country with a fairly straightforward marriage process-Cyprus. She is from Israel, I am from the US and we plan on doing the CR-1 process together. I would prefer not using a service, so if there is anyone who has gotten married here and can explain the process, that would be great. I saw that you have to give Notice of Intended Marriage and 15 days after that you can get married, so alternatively if you apply for the Special License you can skip the 15 days? How long do either of the applications (Notice or Special) take to process and do you have to give it in person or can it also be sent from afar? I noticed you have to be there for 3 working days, can that be included in the 15 days? Or the 3 days is only for the Special License? We want to get married asap, so how do you know who is eligible for the express marriage option? Is proof of singledom necessary for US citizens? Why are apostille's necessary for all documents and how do I get them in the US? Does Cyprus gives apostille stamps, as I heard it's necessary to submit to USCIS? And how much time would I have to spend their total at the very least?
  5. How do you know if DCF is possible in any given country? I didn't see it come up for this country when I googled it, and when I called the embassy before no one answered at all.
  6. She can leave, the police told us to do what we want and travel where we want. We left the country for a Valentines Day trip to Italy. Needless to say, the charges are not all that serious and have little basis.
  7. Yeah, no criminal charges as of now. But I'm guessing the police record will show the investigation or something like that. It might be a good idea to write an explanation letter, as once it's explained it sounds like there isn't much ground for criminal charges. I know there are plenty of options on what to do regarding visa and marriage choices, but kind of feel like I'm burning the candle at both ends and slowly losing things that are important to me. It seems getting married in both of our countries is a problem, not to mention the visa process might just be a big waste of time with the criminal charges. Meanwhile I am getting pressured to get married and take my life off pause, and if I choose the wrong visa path or travel to any country without the proper proof of return I will be out thousands. Sigh, it's like gambling.
  8. I thought using the B2 to host a destination wedding was allowed. I even read in the guidelines for the State Department that you are allowed to marry on a B2 visa so long as you declare it at the border with your intent to return. So if she were to return home after why would she be immigrating? And in this country people only get K visas if they can't get B visas, as it's usually easier. At first I thought adjusting status in the US wouldn't be a problem, but I guess it is. So we won't do that.
  9. One of the Wikileaks memos was about how many Israeli B2 visa owners commit visa fraud by working on their B2 visas, yet they continue to get visas and extensions and allow this to happen. I even had a friend who married a guy she barely knew because he got caught and was about to get blacklisted for 10 yrs. So I guess this example and getting married on B2 and extending would be the gray area of the B2 visa, but marrying in the US and leaving when your visa expires is ok?
  10. It's a possibility, and I will look into it. Although it is far from my favorite. The idea of a green card marriage made me balk, this option is similar. I did have a friend who had two weddings, and when she got divorced she actually had to get divorced in both countries.
  11. Yeah, it's a relationship problem but it also shapes our visa choices. At this point I think it might not be best to have a wedding in Israel, and I can come to terms with that. But if her K-1 visa is denied after opting to wait for marriage in the US, what then? The perks of choosing K-1 are to expedite the process and spend more time in the US together--but if denied you get nothing. Then I will be forced to come live in Israel for who knows how long while we try our luck at CR1. Alternatively, we could come to the US on B2, get married after 90 days, she leaves the country and waits on CR1 in Israel or extends status in the US. Who cares if the tourist visa gets cancelled after that. Even today she spoke with a friend who got her green card 7 months after getting married on a B1 visa.
  12. I know a lot of Israelis get married in Cyprus, but I don't want to have to go there for every step of the visa process. I thought you had to do all of the interviewing etc in Israel, so wouldn't a third country complicate things? I know part of the process of starting CR-1 is getting the marriage documents translated, so the third countries Embassy would translate it and then we would bring it to the Embassy in Israel? I have no clue. I was worried there may be a problem with coming to the US on a visitor visa again, but if she has a job, the other home ties paperwork, a return flight why would they say no? It is a 10 year visa.
  13. When did this happen? So the option just no longer exists? I guess I was reading too many old forums.
  14. Unfortunately I can only get married in this country if I prove I am Jewish as there is no civil marriage in this country. So I have to wait for that approval process to finish, which will probably be around August, which is when we hoped to have a wedding here. I was considering K-1 because I was worried I would not be considered Jewish, so we could just move to the US and do a city hall wedding there after the K-1 is approved. CR-1 or K-3 are options. We are just trying to choose the visa option that has both of us spending the least amount of time in Israel. I think we've both had enough of living here. The only reason we chose to get married here is because her family demands it. But it sounds like all the visa choices will be equally affected by the criminal charges.
  15. Gah, none of this is fair. This whole trial is going to probably cost tens of thousands of dollars and is a waste of years of our lives--all for something I am positive she did not do. And we can't even put some of that wasted time to good use by getting the visa process started. Her lawyer told us to just get married and get on with our lives, but I don't want to live in a country with so much dysfunction. I know it sounds crazy, but right about now I MISS the US bureaucracy.