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  1. Hello Everyone! August 2017 fillers of I-130 to NEBRASKA SERVICE CENTER. Kindly start your updating status here as we are near to starting approval. Stay updated. Thank you.
  2. Hi everyone, I have immigrated to the US from Canada on Dec 23, 2017. I have CR1 visa. I have been researching about my situation whether or not I need to file tax for 2017. As CR1 visa holder, I believe I do. Do I simply file 1040? If so which one of 1040 form? Any advise would be appreciated.
  3. Thank you in advance for your guidance and support. I've mentioned some of the following information before, but never for this particular question. I will do my best to keep it precise. My fiance / wife arrived to the U.S. in November 2016. I lost my job with the federal government two days before her arrival (11/2016) We were married within a week. I was unemployed for one year through November 2017 I am working full time now with an annual salary in the high 80's (well above requirements) Because I was unemployed, we neglected to file for my wife's AOS until now Now that I am working, we are in the process of building the AOS packet. Because I won't have to file taxes for 2017 until April, am I safe in providing tax records for 2016, 2015 and 2014 respectively? My 2017 taxes will show just two months of salary. I would like to avoid the most current tax year if I can. Considering W2s are just now going out, can I send only the previous three years as long as we send the AOS package before April?
  4. Hello all, I am starting this topic under: Adjustment of Status from Work, Student, & Tourist Visas I accidentally had mine under K1/K3 posting. So I decided to make this one here. You can see my timeline in my signature below.
  5. Hello all, I'm hoping someone will be able to offer some advice, I've see a few posts on various forums about this particular matter but have yet to see an answer or definitive outcome to this situation. Some context about my case - For nearly two years I have been working on my O1 visa case with my lawyers; Kate Raynor & Associates. I have two job offers in Los Angeles waiting for me as a musician; one to join a band and the other to be an on call session guitarist to one of LA's top song writer/producers. We submitted my case with USCIS in June 2017 to which I was asked for more evidence. I was annoyed but did as requested and gathered more evidence then re-submitted at the end of October 2017. I then received a positive outcome mid December 2017 stating my O1 visa had been approved. I booked an appointment for my interview and to send off my passport to get stamped at the US embassy in London on January 3rd 2018. The interview didn't go as expected as I was told they would need to review my case further, the next day I received an email from the embassy with a 'notification of revocation'. The decision will now go back to USCIS who will either agree with the London embassy's recommendation to revoke my visa, or they might still think I deserve the O1 (I would think they would side with the embassy though). The average response time from USCIS seems to be about 6-12 months, possibly longer. As anyone can understand this is pretty ridiculous as no job offer will realistically wait indefinitely for an answer, even if it is positive, especially in the music industry. I have been given no specific reason as to why they are trying to revoke my visa other than one short line in the email saying 'The request for revocation is based on further administrative review of the applicant’s qualifications conducted subsequent to your visa interview at Embassy London.' This seems incredibly unreasonable as the interview only lasted about 5 minutes, I was asked about 5--10 questions which were somewhat vague, so I was unable to talk about 90% of the evidence that granted me the initial approval. It also appeared the consular officer who interviewed me had no previous knowledge of my case, so was basing the entirety of his decision on my answers in that moment. Does anyone have any knowledge/experience on how to resolve this matter quickly, ideally with the visa ultimately being approved? (as it has been approved in principal in the US). This decision will have massive long term ramifications on my life as, from now on, if I travel to any other country and they ask if I have ever been denied a visa, I will have to say yes and explain why. This will obviously count against me and will potentially impact my ability to work as, being a musician, I'm often required to travel all over the world for gigs. So the embassy's decision to refuse a visa to work in the US will now risk my ability to work anywhere else. It will also affect the band and producer who have offered me jobs as they will now have to start looking for other guitarists to fill my spot until this matter can be resolved, which again will affect their ability to work and progress. Thanks for reading, I can give more info if needed, I didn't want to post too much straight away as that'll probably scare people off! Jake
  6. Hello, all. Hopefully you can help me in answering a few questions. I'll explain it very simply - or as simply as I can... Husband and I married 07/27/17 after his admittance on a K1 Visa. He has a social security number. He's lived here now since July 2017. He doesn't work - did not work in the US at all during 2017. He has an EAD we received 12/26/17... has not used... does not work. Current status: Adjustment of Status (AOS) - waiting for date for Green Card Interview - USCIS informed us he's ready to interview as of end of October 2017 - just waiting on a date they are to schedule. Questions: 1) I've seen a lot of posts asking about whether to file, jointly, single etc.... I'm filing 2017 taxes. He moved here July 2017. Never worked here. a) Do I file Married filing jointly b) If I file Married filing jointly, do I mark him down as a resident alien, non-resident, or whatever else? He is in AOS at the moment. I'm assuming resident alien? He has resided here since July 2017 and will continue to. c) He made $0 in 2017 in the US. So does he have to be on the taxes at all????? I'm sure it'll help with getting more $ back obviously but is it necessary? Harder? Easier? Your experience? Your move? 2) Say after answering the above, I DO file Married Filing Jointly and listing him as _________________, what are the benefits of doing this? What would be the losses of not doing this? 3) If I am putting him on my 2017 taxes, am I still claiming head of household? I work. I have a daughter (I'm her primary residence and custodial parent). So it's me, my daughter and my husband. 3 people. 4) If I am putting him on my 2017 taxes, will it take longer to get the tax return refund back? I usually have filed online with HR tax software online and past year Turbo Tax software online and they were quick - it was simple returns - no house, bonds etc or stocks or 401k - and just my daughter and I and my jobs I listed. Will putting him on taxes slow the process down (ie. will they be looking closer at my return as a result and slowing it down in the process)? 5) #4 brings me to my last question - how did you (or someone else) go about filing taxes when the got married to a K1 visa immigrant and they were in AOS for that tax year and didn't work? 6) Finally, #6 - thanks for bearing with me, guys! ... does he have to report ANYTHING about his taxes from the United Kingdom for the year of 2017? (He worked in the UK until he moved over in July 2017). This has been a major question of both his and ours. THANKS! Add anything else if you feel it's helpful! HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!
  7. Am I wrong but does the K1 Visa process seem to be moving prettyyyyy slow this year . My fiancé and I have known each other for six years now and have been dating a year. After a few attempts of the B1/B2 Visa (solely for the purpose of spending time with each other)and it being denied , we finally decided we wanted to be married anyway so why further prolong the courtship . We filed back in August and received the NOA1 just two days after sending it to USCIS Texas . We were extremely excited and ready to begin our beautiful journey and immediately started planning our wedding, apartment details and even furnishings . Well as the months continue to grow it is beginning to get harder and harder. This process has definitely put a serious toll on our engagement and not being able to see him 5 Months now is painful. Christmas is in the air and it gets really depressing especially the thoughts of not beginning the year with your fiancé at your side . I’m wondering why has the process become so long . A 5-6 month process has now become a 8month - 1 year process. This is ridiculous! The main reason the K1 Visa was invented is to not only have the alien fiancé be eligible to marry and live with their spouse , but to also be with the love of their life. Why put people through all of this ? It is totally unfair ! Having movie and dinner dates are not memorable over the phone every time . I understand there is an order and process BUT how about working with us for your sake and ours’ . How about hiring new Consulars or Clerks or Staff in general to assist with the obvious backlog of cases . Develop a program that can navigate the countries that has the most filers and in need of extra attention for legal purposes etc . Come on people it’s just a couple weeks shy of 2018. There are gonna be more filers added on to the existing ones. You get to go home to your family, spouse etc . Think about the K1 filers on bending knees every night asking God to help them receive another notice soon . This post may never get the eye or attention from the respective representatives of USCIS and I’m for the record not stating that the information and their job is an easy process , however I do suggest regardless of President elects or immigration laws or even general staff shortage please be more mindful of what you guys are doing. My fiancé told me trust in him America is well organized, professional and orderly. Then why such a drastic change in the process? Recruiting new staff not easy??? Ahhhh I think not ! There are millions of people out there looking for a good Government job. Military wives and administrators are also a great suggestion for such delicate information being provided to USCIS . I have been on this journey for sometime now fighting to be with the love of my life, finally feeling complete and finally seeing why God waited for the right time to bring us together. But, instead of being able to take care of my sick fiancé I have to watch him on a screen and try to be humble enough to be afforded to at least have some visual of him. What was suppose to be a beautiful time in our lives has turned out to be the most torturous thing ever. Thank you USCIS . Signed - The Grinch Happy Holidays to those that made it though the end . May God continue to guide you and your Fiancé till the very end and beyond. XOXO...
  8. Hello!! Im having doubts on this topic. My i130 was recently approved and now moving to NVC, i understand that at NVC i will have to show supporting documents of income. Now that 2017 is almost gone and it will be tax filing season in the US. When its time for me to send my tax transcripts? W2's? (Most likely in January 2018) For the past 3 years will i have to send 2016, 2015 and 2014? Or would i have to send 2017, 16 and 15? I mean i probably wont even have filed my 2017 taxes yet? Anothers questions my wife is abroad, does not work abroad, has never been to the US but i've been reading posts about people having problems filing married separately because they are asked for a ssn or ittn? Itn? Number. Is there a way to not claim her? I feel like doing so would make it more complicated to file. Thanks in advance!
  9. Starting the thread for December 2017 filers. May we all have a fast processing time! N-400: December 2017 Applicants ================================== Dallas/Lewisville, Texas Lockbox ================================== UserName.........| GC-Date.| ..Sent..| ..Cashd.| NOA.....| Fprints.| In Line.| Int ltr.| Intrvw..| Oath....| Field Office........| NBC/IOE ================================ USCIS Phoenix, Arizona Lockbox ================================ UserName.........| GC-Date.| ..Sent..| ..Cashd.| NOA.....| Fprints.| In Line.| Int ltr.| Intrvw..| Oath....| Field Office........| NBC/IOE Babe18...........| 11/17/14| 11/27/17| 12/06/17| 12/04/17| ........| ........| ........| ........| ........| San Bernardino, CA..| IOE ================================== USCIS Chicago, Illinois Lockbox ================================== UserName.........| GC-Date.| ..Sent..| ..Cashd.| NOA.....| Fprints.| In Line.| Int ltr.| Intrvw..| Oath....| Field Office........| NBC/IOE ================================== USCIS Online Filing ================================== UserName.........| GC-Date.| ..Sent..| ..Cashd.| NOA.....| Fprints.| In Line.| Int ltr.| Intrvw..| Oath....| Field Office........| NBC/IOE Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. 3. Please make sure you are using Rich Text Editor as your message setting. 4. Copy this whole section including instructions and paste it to your typing field. 5. Make changes and Reply. 6. Red Font = "I'm A United States Citizen"! Legend: GC-Date: The 'Resident Since' Date located on your first green card. Sent: Date N-400 was mailed to USCIS. Cashd: Date your check was cashed / credit card was charged by USCIS. NOA: Receipt Notice Date Printed on your official I-797 notification. Fprints: Date assigned for fingerprinting (Bio-metrics). If you do your biometrics via walk-in prior to your scheduled appointment, please enter the date in bold blue. In Line: Date you received e-notification about the start of your interview scheduling. Int Ltr: Date you received the official letter in the mail regarding interview. Interview: Date of your interview. Oath: Date Oath taken. Field Office: Your local USCIS office where you will have the N-400 interview
  10. Hello all, Hoping to use this as a place where applicants who applied around the same time, can discuss questions and experiences. Myself and my fiancé just applied, our timeline as of today is as follows: Sent i129F - 11/10/2017 Received NAO1 - 11/15/2017 Hoping for the quickest and smoothest operation. Where you at November applicants!?
  11. Has anyone received any approval for form I-130 filed in March?
  12. Does anyone want to share their overall AOS experience at the filed office in honolulu, hawaii and/or experiences in general? -How long did it take you to get an interview date? -When did you guys recieve your ead's? -Any interview experiences? -PD and visa type -SSN, driver's license, health insurance, military (if applicable) process -etc. TIA!
  13. Starting new thread for November 2017 AOS Filers in proper standard VJ format.. MONTH YEAR AOS Filers Hope all novembers filers enjoy this jouney. Some references for November Filers; https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do https://www.uscis.gov http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/k1list.php?cfl=&op1=&op2=&op3=1&op4=1&op5=&op6=All
  14. Hi there, Have any Jan filers got i130 approvals yet? We got a notice saying they receivrd our petition back in Jan 12 2017 and still haven't heard anything back. We know Nebraska's been behind but this is really behind. Anyone know any other news ?
  15. The Nebraska Service Center received the requested evidence on October 11, 2017. I just want to know an estimate of how long it's taking them to make a decision on my case. I want to be patient it's just it will be a year soon since I started the whole thing and I really want to be able to take my husband back home. Anyone else waiting or have received a response? Please any info on time it will take them would really help.
  16. Hello, See below my J1 waiver based on hardship application timeline. The length was almost exactly a year. Background of our case: 2009 :J-1 visa obtained with US funds for a 2 month program 2010: Came to the US for grad school with a F-1 visa 2014 - 2017: Used OPT and OPT STEM extension to work 2016: South American and American Citizen marry Late 2016: With the help of a team of experienced lawyers in J1 waivers we applied to the hardship waiver based on: medical and psychological hardship, career disruption, economic disruption, and severe political and social conditions in the home country Couple has no kids I know how hard and painful this process is. But believe it or not one day it will be over! I can't believe I no longer have to check the j1waiver website everyday. I promise myself that once our case was finalized and I would share our case with other J1 waiver fellows. Wish you the best, stay positive, stay busy! Office Item Action Date USCIS Form I-612 Received October 19 2016 DOS Fee Received November 02 2016 DOS Form DS-3035 Received November 02 2016 DOS Form DS-2019 Received November 02 2016 DOS Passport Data Page Received November 02 2016 DOS Form G-28 Received November 02 2016 DOS Statement of Reason Received November 02 2016 USCIS Non-USCIS advisory opinion for Form I-612 Requested March 31 2017 DOS Form I-612 Received April 04 2017 DOS Form I-613 Received April 04 2017 DOS Request for Sponsor Views Sent April 05 2017 DOS Sponsor Views Received September 11 2017 DOS Recommendation Sent October 10 2017 USCIS Approval October 17 2017
  17. Hey everyone, mi PD is may 2 2017 Married with Us Citizen, whats yours? im waiting for my approbation , u see about april files aprrobed? what PD?
  18. Hello people. What does it mean? Field Office Processing Dates for Potomac Service Center as of: August 31, 2017? Does this mean they are up to August? thankyou for any input or clarification?!
  19. Petition sent October 5 Text notification acceptance notice 10/13/17
  20. Is anyone here a greencard holder and is filing for spouse and minor child in the year 2017. How far along are they with interviews? My next question is does anyone know how long it is taking to get an approval notice in this category?
  21. Hi Guys! So I'm new to this whole process and this is my first time posting here. I searched for a little while to find a topic for October filers but I couldn't find one so I started one but if there's already one, could someone please direct me to that thread? I'm looking forward to the help and support from others and I hope to be able to help others as well.
  22. My husband and I are submitting his aos packet this week. Hiso I 94 expires Oct 8th so we are just putting the finishing touches on it now. We are including the application for advance parole to travel because he has a 3 year old daughter, my step daughter, in his home country he would like to visit either for the holidays or soon after. I have only really seen people applying for the ap for emergencies, is this a good enough reason for them to approve his request? Also I don't know if my work schedule would allow me to take the trip with him although I would like to depending on the timing. I'm submitting a cover letter with the request, should I say I'll be traveling with him or leave that out?
  23. Hi guys. Does anybody know how long it takes to get the EAD card after the biometrics? My husband and I are moving out on Oct 1st and I will call USCIS to update my address on that very same day. Do you think it will be enough time for them to send my EAD to my new address? I'm worried they won't update it in their system on time and they will send it to the previous address and I won't receive it and they will refuse to re send it to my new address. Anyone knows what's the options in case they send it and I don't receive it? Thanks
  24. Does anyone have an estimate for how long the process will be from sending the petition to getting the visa? We filed our petition in early August. I read that on average it's usually 5-6 months for the overall process but found on one site it should be expected to be looking at a 9-12 month wait
  25. Hello Everybody, maybe anybody know how long can take an administrative process for visa F1 in Colombia ?, in October 20 I start my clases , but my current state is "administrative processing". Help Please thanks.