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  1. So.. I'm a permanent resident and planning to go home (Philippines) this May and I just realized that I still haven't change my last name in my passport, since I got married. Question: 1. Do I really need to renew my passport to change my last name even though the expiration date of my passport is still in 2020? 2. If not will it be a problem when I return here in the US? 3. Also forgot to Register our Marriage to DFA, what is a good reason to put in the "reason for the delay in registering our/my marriage" section? Thank you very much in advance!
  2. Hi guys, This is a bit of a long story. Bare with me please! I have a couple of questions. I am a prior conditional green card holder, (due to only being married 1 year when I got my green card) when my husband separated from the USAF we moved back to NZ and he has a 2 year working visa that expires this November. We have decided to relocate back to the states, so I’ll need to go through the IR1/CR1 visa process again. I didn’t overstay my previous visa, I left 4 days before it expired and returned it to my consulate with the appropriate form and received a copy back from them. My question is will my prior green card and relinquishing it make this process more difficult? I had no issues with my previous application and nothing has changed except the length of time my husband and I have been married for. My questions are will my prior green card and relinquishing it make this process more difficult? Do I still have to do the medical? I have no issues doing it again, I just want to make sure that I’m fully prepared and have all of my paperwork ready to go. What amount per month does my husband need to be earning in order to fulfill the affidavit of support? We will be going back to his home state of Maine. He receives retirement and disability from the VA every month so he already has income in the US. Thanks!
  3. Hey everyone, I'm really worried about my visa and interview. I got married to a permanent resident of USA back in January'2017. They filed my petition in last june. He lives I Chicago basically, so is it going to take very long? Like i read somewhere it can take up to several years. I'm already dying lol. I just want to be with him. And yes, hes eligible for his citizenship since years. But due to some reasons he didn't take that. Now hes thinking to get his citizenship, will this make any difference? Cuz it'd take 6 months for naturalization process and then I'll have to go through the process of IR too! Need some suggestions and prayers. kindly share your experiences too!
  4. Hello, I need some advise on my step-son's Permanent Resident status. He just turned 18. Here's some more about the situation: Wife obtained PR status via K-1 visa in May 2014. Step-son came later (I think about 6 months?). We applied for PR status for him separately, he obtained it in April 2016. We removed conditions on my wife's PR card, she has the 10 year card. Step-son's card will be expiring in April 2018 (this year). We haven't yet filed the N-400 for my wife. We will be doing that soon. What is the best path to continue residency for my step-son? He's 18 on paper, but due to a clerical error on the birth certificate really. He was born in 2001 but for some reason the notary put down 2000. We've just rolled with it, since it would be a nightmare to get this changed. The point is that he has another year left of high school, so it is important to get his PR status renewed. Thanks!!
  5. Good morning everyone, I would like to share my story with you and get some experiences from you guys. I came to the US in 2012 in a fiance visa, we follow all the process, had a wonderful marriage until it started falling apart for several reasons. We provided USCIS lots and lots of proof of our bonafide marriage during our process, we bought a house together, had joint accounts, etc. We are now in good terms and it was a very painful divorce with lots of conflicts. It's been 5 years now since I got my green card through him, got married again and sadly my late husband was abusive and a cheater, got divorced again but had a wonderful child with him , she is my life. I have no criminal records, pay all my taxes, I am a great mom and I'm employed. I am very afraid of judgement, of USCIS officers to judge me for failing at 2 marriages in 5 years, or to even think the first one was fake somehow. Attorneys tell me this happens often and I should not be afraid but with the current administration I can not NOT be afraid. Please share your experiences.
  6. Hello, I want to know If I'm able to join the military with 1 year valid 1-551 stamped passport. When I got here, immigration officer(?) said that I should wait for 5 to 6 months to get my green card. and he said that I can use the stamped passport as a green card for 1 year. Here's my question, I wanna join the Army or Airforce as fast as I can. but on the internet the recruit center requires green card for enlisting. Can I join the military with a passport stamp which proves my legal state before getting the green card?? Thanks for your information.
  7. Our priority date is already current (Visa Statues is F2A) and when I called NVC, our case was declared "documentarily complete" as of 12/15/2017. The NVC representative refused to give me a time frame as to when the interview will be scheduled. Can anyone give me an idea how long we have to wait to get an interview schedule?
  8. I'm US Citizen, my wife currently has 10 year green card after I filed for removal of condition, she received the 10 year card around October 2016. She official arrived to the US June 12, 2014. When can she apply for US Citizenship, is it 5 years or 3 years? Note: We filed our I-130 petition CR1.
  9. Hello my question is when a k1 adjust to permanent resident does the green card expire at 2 year anniversary of the marriage or two years after the date the green card is issued? Later on how does that affect the citizenship process? Is the k1 able to apply for citizenship 3 years after marriage, or 3 years after the conditional green card is issued, or 3 years after they receive the permanent green card?
  10. Hi can my wife just had her interview to adjust her status to permanent resident. The officer who conducted the interview stated that she was approved as a CR6 Conditional Permanent Resident that she can expect her green card in about 2 weeks. We asked hi if my wife could travel to Mexico to visit her mom once she got her Conditional Permanent Resident green card and he said NO that she would have to wait until conditional status is removed in 2 yrs.... Is that true? I was under the impression that temporary travel (1 day) was allowed as a conditional permanent resident. Any help with this would be much appreciated!
  11. This is a question on a job application I am filling out. The drop-down menu only allows yes or no. Is this asking about whether I have an EAD or green card? Or is it asking 'permanent' as in 'always', as in citizenship? Having a green card means I am a permanent resident and have work authorization, but my green card also has an expiration date (2 years from now, but could also be 10 years from now, still is an expiration date).
  12. Hi vjers, my husband is shipping out to boot camp on March 2018. His conditional green card will expire also March 2018, that means that we have to apply for removal of condition on january 2018. Is it possible to process earlier than the usual 90 days before expiration?
  13. I have been pretty unaware of the entire naturalization process for a long time and have only recently made efforts to understand the responsibility associated with having a permanent resident card and the opportunity for naturalization associated with it. In 1999 I received a green card under my mother who had won the lottery. Since then, I have not left the US for longer than 6 months. Recently (August 16th, 2017) I left to begin studying in the Netherlands to obtain a Masters Degree, however, I left without realizing that I was at risk of losing my permanent resident card If I was not in the US for longer than 6 months. I want to apply for Re-Entry (I-131), But I should have done that before leaving the United States. It feels as if I'm faced with an ultimatum: Either abandon my degree before I reach the 6 months limit or abandon my green card for the sake of completing the degree. My life is in America. I understand that the difficulty I'm facing is due to my own ignorance, but I really don't want to lose my opportunity for naturalization. What can I do...? (Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I don't really know where this issue belongs)
  14. Hi everyone, Spouse has an interview coming up next month. The issue is that he previously overstay by 6 weeks and left. What could be the consequences? I am a GC holder. There were some medical reasons involved. Thank you all for your time
  15. Hi! I'm getting married with my boyfriend in weeks. We're both filipinos but he's now living in USA for a year and half as permanent resident/green card holder. Is there anyone here knows how long is the average time we should wait to get me approved after filing a petition? I read from some site it usually takes 2 years but from some, 5 years. Any experience/s you may share or any information that can help me find out the average or usual waiting period as of this moment. Thank you!!!!
  16. I have been married for 5 years and have 2 children with my husband. I am a PR, and he came into the country 7 yrs ago and overstayed his work visa. I had my appt in Ciudad Juarez for him, but he didnt go because we didnt fill out for the i601 waiver. My question is does he even need the waiver, since he came into the country legally? Would NVC have told me if he needed it? We want to reschedule his new appt asap, but want to make sure we dont need the waiver first, if at all.
  17. A friend from a foreign country has been working at a consulate office for his country here in Chicago since 2010. He has since gotten married (to someone from his country) and brought her here on his A-2 (diplomatic workers & family) visa. They had a child who is a US Citizen and carries a US passport two years ago. In other ways, they do not own property here and the child hasn't started school yet. They have just learned that their A-2 visas will become non-renewable in 2021 due to a new rule in their country or the US. In any case, they'd like to stay. He says his coworker is doing an adjustment of status from A-2 to green card, but he has older kids and owns a home. His country is not at war, there are no other asylum-related issues or concerns about safety if he returns to his country. He just feels this is a better place to raise his child and has already established a home, family, and friends here. I can't see any cause for adjustment since the section 13 requirements do not apply. Has anyone heard of such a case or seen any success in this type of adjustment? I'm happy to help him submit all his documents, but I feel like it might be wasted money if they'll never approve it.
  18. I will be moving to the States on my IR1 visa and wondering how complicated it will be for my mother to get a tourist visa in order to just visit me for a short period of time? Has anyone had an experience, helping their stay home parents get B2B2 visa? Thank you
  19. Hi everyone, My wife was recently rejected for a green card application, and she left to China while I attempt to get her paperwork sorted in America. I'm an American citizen, and I was trying to get my wife a green card (Chinese citizen) through marriage. Basically, my wife was here on a F-1 visa, but originally started on a J-1 student visa. We tried to get her under a permanent resident status through marriage, but on the final I-130 interview, the officer noted that the 2 year rule for the J-1 visa still applied and was never waived. In order for her to become a permanent resident, she would have to take care of the two year rule, so we were ultimately rejected. I'm working with a lawyer to get the paperwork through now, and we've already waived the two year rule from the J-1 visa. We’re requesting that USCIS send the approved I-130 to the National Visa Center, so that my wife can start the green card paperwork in china through Consular Processing. However, this process has already taken 3 months, with an estimated 5 months remaining. My depression has come back in full force since my wife left the country, and I can provide documentation for my emotional distress. My question is this: if I can provide a letter detailing my emotional distress, can I speed this process up at all? It seems that the National Visa Center simply needs to receive our I-130 in order to allow her to begin the Consular Processing. Is there anyway to expedite this?
  20. Creating a post for 2017 I-130 filers for spouses of permanent residents, please share your PDs and any further actions going forward.
  21. Form -130 submission, I am petitioning for my wife's (she is a legal permanent resident) son. Must I submit any passport photographs? The instructions are unclear, but I tend to believe I must only submit photos if I were petitioning for my spouse, which I am not.
  22. Hi, Please review the following cover letter. What I'm missing? is it very long? It is already over 500 pages of evidence (yes we're the kind of people who send everything) Should I include phone bills? We have a family account with my mother-in-law, our names and address do not show up in the bill but our phone numbers do. A little bit of background. Permanent resident entered on F-1 VISA on 2012, we married on 2015 and applied for Green card a few months after. Got approved the same year and now is time to remove conditional green card. Thanks USCIS California Service Center P.O. Box 10751 Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1075 Both of our names Address Date Nature of submission: Form I-751, petition to remove conditions on residence for: Name and A-XXXXXX To whom it may concern: Enclosed please find a JOINT I-751 petition for removal of conditions of permanent resident status of "name" Permanent resident entered the US on a F-1 visa in Date, married U.S. citizen on date, and was awarded Conditional Permanent Residence on XX/XX/XXXX and expires on XX/XX/XXXX. We are happily living together and jointly request that this petition be accepted for removal of conditions on the residence of permanent resident. Contents include the following documents: 1. Check for $680: includes $595 the I-751 filling fee and $85 biometric service fee 2. Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence 3. Copy of green card: front and back sides 4. Copy of marriage certificate 5. Copies of lease contracts showing joint tenancy in the following addresses: a) Address 1 b) Address 2 c) Address 3 6. Copies of driver licenses from showing the same address 7. Tax records and pay stubs a) IRS tax transcripts and account transcripts showing joint tax filling for years: 2015 and 2016 b) Copies of W-2 wage and tax statements for years 2015 and 2016 c) Complete joint Federal tax returns: 2015 and 2016 d) Complete joint State tax returns: 2015 and 2016 e) Pay stubs 8. Records showing joint ownership and joint registration of three different cars: a) Car 1 · Copy of certificate of title showing joint ownership of Car 1 · DMV registration card of Car 1 showing both of our names · Copy of bill of sale b) Car 2 · Copy of sales contract showing both our names buying Car 2 · Copy of DMV joint registration card of Car 2 · Car 2 loan monthly statements showing both our names c) Car 3 · Copy of certificate of title showing joint ownership of Car 3 · Copy of DMV registration card of Car 3 showing both of our names 9. Joint policies and beneficiary of life insurance and retirement accounts a) Joint car insurance b) Joint renter’s insurance c) Work documents showing health and dental joint coverage d) Joint Health and Dental insurance cards e) Documents showing U.S. citizen as beneficiary of Permanent resident's work benefits: stock incentive, employee life insurance, employee AD&D insurance, long-term incentives, and 401k retirement. f) Documents showing permanent resident as beneficiary of U.S. citizen work benefits: 401k, group like and AD&D insurance g) Dog health insurance showing both as pet parents 10. Documents showing joint bank accounts: a) Documents regarding joint checking and savings account b) Bank statements of joint savings account h) Letter from bank stating that U.S. citizen is an authorized user of permanent resident credit card i) Copies of credit card j) Copies of monthly credit card statements 11. Utility bills showing joint occupancy a) Address 1 · Monthly electricity bills · Internet monthly bills b) Address 2 · Letter of residency from electric company · Gas and electricity monthly bills · Internet monthly bills · Water monthly bills 12. Two (2) original affidavits of bona fide marriage signed and sworn by U.S. citizens 13. Pictures together and with family and friends since marriage 14. Copies of letters from friends and family sent to our address 15. Dog ownership and dog training documents showing both of us as pet parents Copies of documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered documents and we understand that we may be required to submit original documents to an Immigration or Consular officer at a later date. Please advise us if you have any further questions or concerns related to this petition. Sincerely, Our names and signatures
  23. Hello everyone, I'm US Permanent resident and married to my girlfriend last month, who is on F1 student visa. We never lived together more than 7 days after marriage. Am I be eligible for filling I-130 for her? Does it require both of us to have same physical address (or lived together) before I fill petition for her? Will filled/approved I-130 affect her post grade OPT application? Please give provide your advice & experience. Any help will be appreciated! Thank you
  24. Finally, I can breathe! I have my Green Card after 1 year and 1 month! The story was quite "funny", my EAD/AP will expire at the end of June (as I explained in another post), and my AOS was pending since April 2016 -on USCIS site only showed Fingerprint was received- so my husband and I decided to apply for a EAD/AP card renewal. We were again at USCIS office for biometrics appointment on May 4. All fine. On May 6 I checked my AOS status again, as almost everyday since one year ago and I saw the miracle "My case was approved" and by May 9 "Card was mailed", and last Friday May 12 my GC was already on my hands!! I could not believed it, everything in a week. So happy right now and impressed how fast it was since the case was approved, even if it took a year, and we did not have an interview or anything. Although I wonder what is gonna happen now with those biometrics I took for the EAD/AP renewal. I know with the GC is all set but, should I call to let them know? I am a little lost here. Now just waiting to apply to remove conditions in 2019! :-) Yay!!!
  25. My husband came her on a work permit visa P-3 to be precise, he has been out of status for some time now and now that we're married we're looking for some guidance on how to proceed with his AOS application and so forth and so on. Can someone please guide me in the right direction.