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  1. Hello everyone, I had my interview at the Boston office on February 22nd, 2018. It was an interview for GC based on marriage to USC. Came in to the US on F-1 before that. Interview went great, officer was super nice, and at the end said he was recommending for approval and that case status would change that afternoon and to expect GC in 2-3 weeks. We're almost a month in, and still no approval notice or GC in the mail. Nothing changed online either. Any ideas what's going on? Anyone else in Boston have this experience? Thanks!
  2. Hi all. I can't get an answer anywhere to this. I married a USC, and applied for AOS back in 2015. I stayed in the USA for nearly 3 years, was granted work authorizations, did biometrics etc. My husband fell under the Adam Walsh Act, so we were in the midst of applying for the waiver with an attorney. We had received our NOID, then filed our waiver response and the case was still going when I left my husband and I will be divorcing him as soon as I can. I left the USA within a month of leaving him, and I am back home in Australia. I sent withdrawal notices to USCIS. I do however wish to travel to the USA for a tourist event in early 2019 with my teenage son. I have applied for and received the ESTA waiver approvals to get on the plane, but can't find anything as to whether we might be subject to a ban. Any advice would be gratefully received. I have tried CBP's I-94 site but can't access my history there, and in "overstay" and "time left to leave the USA" it just says N/A. Thanks so much in advance for any tips.
  3. I am a U.K. citizen married to a us citizen. My husband currently resides in the US while I am in the U.K. We applied for the I-130 2 months ago and are waiting for approval. However our circumstances have changed and it looks like we are going to be staying in the U.K. for the next few years (after I apply for a visa for my husband). Can anyone advise me what I should do about the pending I-130 application? I don’t want to cancel it as we are still in a relationship. Is it possible to withdraw the application when it gets to NVC stage or even put it on hold? Would this have any consequences for me visiting the US in the future? I can currently visit under the VWP.
  4. Hello i'm Klenn a ghanaian and my spouse(petitioner) a us citizen. We got married late last year in Ghana and we plan to file for CR1 visa. Please can anyone be of help regarding the process and documents to include. Thank you
  5. Hello everybody... need some advice as how to proceed..i130 ..I am stuck at page 2 part 12a...after my divorce I had bounced from different address....to provide 5 yrs ofphysical address ...I have to fill about 5 address....now the page only allows for 2 address...and I have very last page to answer any additional history...but how should I put the history at the last page...should I put all my address there again or just the one I can’t fill in there and if just the 1 I can’y Fill in there ...what part number and item number should I put...that’s the only thing I am confused at...
  6. Hi Everyone, Having seen that Nebraska is the slowest center out there and QUITE A FEW of you are getting your applications sent there (including myself), I was wondering who from the past have experienced their timeframe/process and if it was as it says... (soooo long). People who have just found out that their applications have been sent to Nebraska... Welcome Lets keep each other updated!
  7. We are waiting for our I-130 (CR-1) to be approved which is pending at tsc. Meanwhile I was wondering about these two questions... My first questions--> My husband is currently living in Canada, legally working and paying his taxes. Do we need to show his tax return Paper work along with petitioner's (mine) tax return to NVC when we submit supporting documents. My second question--> My husband was denied a US visitor visa the first time. But got approval the second time a year later when he again applied for a visitor visa. And both time he applied from Canada. After he got his visitor visa the second time, he has been to US three time. Staying not more than 3 weeks for each of his stays. My question is do we need to mention that he got refusal for U.S. visa in the past on his DS-260 form? Thank you all for answering my questions.
  8. Since the previous thread got too big and I didn't see another thread I thought I would start one! Our packet was sent to Potomac. Our NOA1 was received March 12th.
  9. Currently I am on B2 status (3 more month left). I will marry green card holder next month, and he will file I-130 for me. He can apply for citizenship only in 4 years, so at that time I will be out of status long way. Big possiblility F2A category visa will be available sooner than US citizen to my husband. Question: If visa will become available and I will be out of status do I still receive GC? Or I have to wait and do adjustment of status? Thank you.
  10. Hello, I will be filing I-130 for my brother and his family. my nephew is 20 years old. as we know it takes 10+ years for sibling category. I have few questions. 1) What will happen to my nephew status/immigration as he is 20 years now and will be aged our when it approves 2) is there any restrictions for my brother or nephew to visit USA.What if my nephew want to come to USA on H1B while his I130 is pending? 3) what if my brother wants to visit using Visitor via while his I-13o is pending.
  11. Greetings all! First ever post here - so glad to have found this forum! I'm a US citizen, born and raised. My Colombian fiancee and I have been researching the immigration process and I have to admit it's a little overwhelming. I'm a lawyer, but unfortunately not an immigration lawyer, and even for someone like me who is accustomed to reading laws and regulations and procedures, the multiple step processes and forms can be difficult to keep track of and daunting, and we obviously want to do everything right in order to allow us to be together as soon as possible. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada and she lives in Medellin, Colombia. While we are fortunate that I am able to spend a week a month there for work, we hope the process moves quickly so that she can move to the states and live with me and get married and live together in the US as soon as possible. As my initial post, I'd like to throw out a question as well as a general request for comments from anyone who have gone through or are going through one of the two options we are considering. Apologies if I'm posting this to the wrong forum, but here goes: First of all, our goal is for her to be able to move to the US and live with me ASAP. She's a licensed professional in the field of special education and would like to work here as soon as possible as well. We have decided that we are going to submit an I-129F to apply for a K-1 Visa, and I'm familiar with all of the steps and forms, etc. I spoke with an immigration attorney at length last week, and there was some suggestion that we might be better off and the process would be faster for her to get to the states and work here if we were to instead get married now and then submit an I-130 form to apply for a IR-1/CR-1 Visa (we have no reason to wait and would like to marry as soon as possible so long as the goal of her moving here isn't delayed). So, my questions are: From what I'm seeing on this site regarding processing times, it would appear that the 1-129F / K-1 Visa processing times are overall faster from start to finish than the average times for the I-130 IR-1/CR-1 Visa processing times from start to finish. Is that an accurate generalization? I realize that it's impossible to know exactly what's going to happen in the future and anything can happen to make either application take longer than expected. But based on the current processing times, it seems that the I-130 application takes longer if the goal is simply to get the visa allowing her to enter the country and live here. She finishes her current work contract at the end of 2018, and ideally we would like for her to move here at the end of 2018/start of 2019. So I guess my question is really: will it be more likely for her to be able to move to the US by us filing the Fiancee Visa forms now (Mid March), or would her ability to move here likely be faster if we get married in Colombia at the start of April 2018 and then submit an I-130 immediately after I return (that would be sometime in mid-April)? I'd appreciate any comments from anyone who has specifically looked into this choice, or has experience with the current wait times on an I-130 form for spouses. I've read a lot of different things and I think that maybe the longer average processing times for the I-130 might be due to the fact that they are not separating out spouses from other family members...so I'm not sure. What we really want to avoid is getting to the end of 2018 and into 2019 and still be waiting around with her unable to move here. Another question I have is whether there's a way to have the I-129F form routed to the Vermont Service Center? Based on the processing times, those applications are being processed about 100 days faster than the TSC and CSC. I know that the applications is required to be delivered to the dropbox in Texas, but for the life of me I can't figure out how it is determined which service center the application gets sent to. Obviously if we are able to submit it to the VSC and hope for continued quick(er) processing times there, we want to do that. Finally, any other thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. I'd be especially interested in hearing from anyone who has gone through the process with a Colombian fiancee/spouse. By way of background, we are compiling all of the evidence and documents we need, and I don't think it should be a problem at all to prove any of the things we need to prove. We first met in September 2017 in Medellin. I have traveled throughout South America for many years for work and pleasure, and after meeting my fiancee we have spent time together in person in Medellin every month (I have an office I am able to work from there) and another month she traveled to Mexico and we spent time together there before returning to our respective home countries. Any suggestions, tips, comments, answers to the above questions, etc., would be greatly appreciated as we embark on this journey.
  12. Good Afternoon, We applied a few years back for my wife's Brother to Immigrate to the United States. At the time of filing, he was married and had 1 child. Since then, him and his wife had another child. First question is, do I need to inform USCIS of the updated information? Second question, If so how do I do so? Thanks in advance for your help.
  13. I am a legal permanent resident and I submitted I-130 for my Swedish husband and it has a prio date of November 30, 2016. According to visa bulletin, that date is now current as the Dates for filing can be used. We have the receipt for the I-130 but not the approval. He is here on an E-2 investment visa if that makes a difference. Questions: 1. can we send in the I-485 WITHOUT the I-130 approval when the sponsor is a green card holder, not a citizen? I.e. send the I-485 with the RECEIPT only, and not wait for the approval? 1a. if yes, we can send the I-485 with only the I-130 RECEIPT, is there somewhere online where I can see this written (from USCIS) 1b. is there any risk with doing this? 2. How long does the I-130 approval usually take once the priority date is current? In case we want to or have to wait for the approval? Thank you, Gisela
  14. Opinions, pretty please. We filed i-130 in Frankfurt (DCF) early Jan, I just requested case status since it's been over 2 months, and received an email that our case has been approved by them early Feb. That's over a month ago and we haven't received any mail or email about it. Should I be worried noa2 has got lost in mail or something? I would think I should of got the case number and next pile of directions to proceed by now. Any thoughts or knowledge of the using timelines in these cases?
  15. Looking for help for a very complicated situation. I'm going to type the whole story so all information is here... it may be long but I appreciate the help more than you know! My boyfriend of over 2 years is trying to obtain his residence and I am looking to help him/maybe be his (new) sponsor. Here is his story... When he was approximately 9 years old he first came to the US with his family and lived (and went to school, 4th grade) here for about a year (around 1990). They returned to Mexico after that year and he came back to the US with his father and uncle and other adult men when he was 17 years old (1998). They were caught in Oklahoma (on his 17th birthday) and he was in jail for about 2 months before seeing a judge (1999). When he had his hearing, the judge was present via speaker phone. He was deported and said he remembers signing something saying he wouldn't return for 10 years; this was his one "forgiveness". He came back to the US about 3-4 months later (still 1999) and has been here ever since. In 2007 married a US citizen, and they had a baby; they had their second child in 2012. She applied for the I-130 on his behalf twice and was denied both times because of the deportation. He applied for DACA at the advice of his lawyer and was approved (almost/about a year ago). She then reapplied for the I-130 and it was finally accepted (roughly 8 months ago, maybe less). He has a US SSN, driver's license, and a 2 year work permit. He also meets with ICE annually or every 2 years. They have a lawyer that they've been working with for the last few years but he's discouraged with the lack of progress. He has sought the advice of two other attorneys and has basically been told that his case is very complicated and he should wait and see what Congress decides about DACA. The last one told him that a U Visa would be the only thing that "forgives" the deportation. He was also told to keep his I-130 with him and be sure to continue to renew it (I think in case of amnesty). Here's where the questions lie: we want to be together and are trying to find out if he can continue the process with me. The only reason they ever got married was because she got pregnant. They were never in love, but now he's feeling trapped in a situation he doesn't want to be in, though he loves his children more than anything in the world. What can we do? (Please no hateful stuff here.... we're very much in love and we are both good people who have found themselves in a difficult situation.)
  16. When filling out the I-130/I-130A and a question does not apply to you (or you do not need to fill out the whole section) do I: a) Write 'N/A' in the first box of the question's spaces and leave the others blank b) 'N/A' all the questions spaces that do not apply/ need to answer c) Leave all that do not apply/need to answer blank
  17. I finally submitted our packet!! Let the countdown begin.⏳🕐 Anyone else submitted or planning to submit this month? Come over here!!
  18. Hello VJer, According to ya'll recent experience which is a better route to take for my in-law. My in-law has visitor visa for 10yrs and now planning to get GC thru my wife (She is US Citizen). Is it better for us to do adjustment of status while they are here in the states or consular processing? What are the pros/cons of doing adjustment of status vs consular processing? What is the current filling guideline for adjustment of status (Any recent post here on VJ someone can guide me)? If you guys can please share your experience I would really appreciate it. Thanks in Advance!!
  19. Both my husband and I met and worked on multiple yachts (which have their own registered addresses) as a chef/stewardess over the last 5 years and we are a little unsure whether to put them down as our 'address in the last 5 years.' The confusion is that all our post and everything we have ever registered (banks, passports, licences etc) has always been at our home address in the UK for me and US for him. We have never received post or registered anything with the yacht address (Simply worked and slept on them 24/7 for years). We went home to our UK/US address every few months for a few weeks at a time. We have put down our most recent yacht address as where we LIVED TOGETHER (2016/2017) as that is where we met and worked together and was going to use it as 'evidence of relationship.' Should I change this then or keep it? Please help! Do we include the ALLLL the yacht addresses or not!
  20. Can you select any field office? I am fling family AOS from H1B. I know my field office is Denver as I am living in CO. But it seems like Denver office takes especially long time, average of 320 according to the stats, until interview. I know all applications are sent first to Chicago, then transferred to each field office. There is a place I enter the field office. The beneficiary is in the United States and will apply for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in: There I selected Denver, but was wondering if you see the stats and select the field office that seems to have shorter processing time. I know this requires traveling, but I might not mind it if I could get approved 100 days sooner... Or if anybody has experience with Denver office, please share! Thanks!
  21. I know there are check lists others submitted and I can look at, but since regulation and required documents do change sometimes, I was wondering if anybody can take a look at my list and correct me if needed. It'll be very very greatly appreciated! I know this list is lengthy. Thank you so much for whoever decided to take a look and give me feedback!!!! I am filing marriage AOS from H1B. H1B will expire soon, my employer will file extension request soon, so I plan to include the Receipt Notice from the extension request. Our I-864 has a lot of documents. We have a joint-sponsor because we don't think our income and asset would qualify us. But we are including everything we have to show that we do not intend to financially rely on the joint sponsor. The primary sponsor doesn't have W2 because he is not employed full-time. Only works as an independent contractor, and has Gi Bill from VA. I-130 1-130A Filing fee Two passport-style photos of the petitioner Two passport-style photos of the beneficiary Form G-1145 Copy of petitioner’s birth certificate as a proof of U.S. citizenship Copy of beneficiary’s most recent I-94 Certified copy of marriage certificate Evidence of Bona Fide Marriage Copy of car title showing joint ownership Copy of rental lease showing joint tenancy Copy of health insurance statement showing joint insurance Copy of bank statement showing joint bank account Collection of photographs of the petitioner and the beneficiary I-485 Two passport-style photos of the beneficiary Copy of beneficiary’s birth certificate (certified translation from the original language) Copy of current passport that includes the followings: Photograph page Entry stamps Previous and current non-immigrant U.S. visas Copy of old passport that includes the followings: Photograph page Entry stamps Previous U.S. non-immigrant visas Other forms indicating lawful residency in the U.S. Copy of previous I-20 (F-1) Copy of previous EAD card (OPT) Copy of previous I-797 (H1B) Copy of current I-797 (H1B) Copy of Receipt Notice (Extension of current H1B, recently filed) Travel history Copy of most recent I-94 Form I-693 Medical Examination and Vaccination Record Form I-864 Affidavit of Support signed by the Primary Sponsor Copy of petitioner’s three most recent federal tax returns Recent payment history from Post 9/11 GI Bill to support current annual income Bank statements from the petitioner’s bank account (joint account with the beneficiary) Titles of two cars owned KBB value of one of the two cars Bank statements from the beneficiary’s bank account Form I-864 Affidavit of Support signed by Joint Sponsor Copy of joint sponsor’s birth certificate as a proof of U.S. citizenship Copy of joint sponsor’s three most recent federal tax returns and W-2 forms Copy of joint sponsor’s recent pay stubs I-131 Application for Travel Document Two passport-style photographs of the beneficiary Copy of passport photograph page Copy of US issued Driver’s License Copy of current I-797 Approval Notice (current H1B) and Receipt Notice (recently filed extension) I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Two passport-style photos Copy of most recent I-94 Copy of passport photograph page Copy of previous EAD (from year 2013-2014)
  22. What is the best phone number to check on a CR-1 application? What is the best way to go about finding out details. Thanks and Happy Friday!
  23. Hello everyone! I filled out my I-130 for my spouse who is abroad in July 2017. Many people I know have gotten an answer by the 6th or 7th month. I am almost 8 and nothing. I checked the processing times for the office my case is being process and by Dec 31st,2017 they were reviewing cases from July 2nd. It's already march. Help!! I am U.S citizen. Thanks.