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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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).
  5. 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!
  6. Creating a post for 2017 I-130 filers for spouses of permanent residents, please share your PDs and any further actions going forward.
  7. 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?
  8. 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)
  9. 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!!!!
  10. Once I got my greencard and go back to the Philippines to marry my boyfriend, which is more advisable--- should I file his petition papers once I get back to the U.S, or wait it out to become a US citizen? Which wait would be shorter? The visa for spouse of permanent residents for the Philippines is limited, so I wonder which option would be best? Thank you so much!
  11. I have a question,, My mother in law has been a permanent resident for 14 years. She's going to Brazil to take care of her mother that is very sick. She's going to stay there for 8 months. We called the USCIS service center and we asked them if she is going to have any problem when she returns (because everybody believes that you can only stay outside of US 6 months) and they said that a Permanent resident can stay out of US for 1 year and return without any problems. My question is: Has anybody been trough the same situation? She is still worried that she will have problems when she get back. Thank You!!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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?
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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!!!
  20. I would like to just share my current situation and update throughout time so that others who may go through similar situation can possibly benefit from my experience. I am also seeking advice from anyone who have gone through similar situations as well. My husband and I have known each other since the third grade in grammar school and we grew up together practically all our lives. We started officially dating early 2012 and got married December of 2013. I received my conditional green card through my husband September of 2014. My husband and I have not been getting along since October 2015. He was not coming home and just out and about at bars not letting me know where he is or who he is with. Situation only got worse and we talked about divorce back and forth but he ultimately suggested that we live apart for a year so that he can determine whether or not I am "needed" in his life. He was refusing to compromise with me and only avoided me even more since I would beg him to come to his senses whenever I did get an opportunity to run into him. After 5 months of hell it was evident that my way of trying to negotiate and work things out with him is not working. He had missed spending my birthday and Valentines day with me and his time away from home only increased. He would come home when I am at work and change and leave so that he does not need to run into me. I finally decided in March of 2016 that since my way is not working, maybe it's best I give him time and try his way. I packed my things and rented a small room near my job splitting my time between this tiny room, my family's residence and my best friend's house. My husband was devastated the day I left. He was apologetic and talked about how he wants us to be together again in the next few months. I felt like I made the right choice by giving him some time as he had wanted because it seems he was back to his old self. Throughout the next month or so, we texted and talked on the phone like normal couples. He told me that he will be moving to NY to be closer to his job (our martial residence was in NJ) once our lease is up within the next month. So of course I assumed that I will be moving in with him as well later when we are ready so I withdrew from my school in NJ to start applying for schools in NY. In May of 2016, he moved and I was added to the lease. The following month in June, I started preparing my joint petition to remove conditions and he was cooperative and it seems there were no problems. My application was submitted early July and towards the end of July-early August he mentioned that he would like to get a divorce by the end of this year. Apparently, he has been seeing someone and he is currently happy with where he is and had a change of heart. I gave myself some time to process all this since I shifted my life around my husband and early September I reached out to him and agreed on a divorce. We have been having issues with the state's residency requirements to file a divorce since we just moved to NY. I spoke with a couple lawyers with some saying we can get a divorce now and others saying we will need to wait until we have lived in NY for at least a year. I am seeing a lawyer 11/1/2016 to file for divorce despite our residency issue. I will be sending in my request to amend my joint filing along with my final divorce decree if and once received. Here is my current timeline for those of you who are curious: 7/5/2016: sent completed I-751 joint packet to be filed with USCIS to my lawyer 7/20/2016: 1 year extension of my GC received 8/19/2016: Biometrics appointment completed 9/20/2016: Conditional Green Card Expired We will be filing for divorce under no-fault irreconcilable differences. I am suffering from extreme anxiety because this year has been a nightmare for me. I am uncertain if the IO will approve my waiver and I am just scared. Hopefully I can walk through my journey here and help those who are in a similar situation. Anyone with helpful suggestions would be appreciated also..Thank you.
  21. 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.
  22. In hiatus

    I just want to say hello to everyone. I'm a newbie in this forum, I just joined this morning. I'm currently in my 1st year as Permanent Resident and now in hiatus. Although I'm a new member, I've been visiting this site since 2015. This forum helped me a lot when I was still processing my k1 visa 2 years ago. Now I want to share my experience so I could help those who are having the same experience as mine. Please click here for more info about me. Cheers and good luck everyone!
  23. Dear Visa-Journey friends, I have a couple questions regarding my application for my wife's permanent Green Card. She arrived in the US in late September 2013 and we were married on Oct. 15, 2013. We applied for adjustment of status from her K-1 Visa and got the first 2-year Green Card on July 12, 2014. My wife has been employed since mid-September 2014. We petitioned for removal of residence conditions and the permanent Green Card, last Spring sending in her I-751 form with all supporting material on April 23, 2016. She had her biometrics appointment on June 10 last year. We've received no notice for the interview so far. Honestly, I'm becoming a little concerned that we've received nothing yet. Meanwhile, our first child is due on April 22nd. The questions are: a) We're working through the Vermont Service Center. When I look at the various cases of other Visa Journey subscribers it seems that it takes about a year to receive the new permanent Green Card. However, could any of you comment on how long it took for your cases ? Note that the USCIS site simply indicates that our case is being processed. I thought I'd ask you folks before I call USCIS. b) My wife is Greek and we were able to travel to Greece last summer, thanks to the special document we received which offers a one-year extension. We have bought tickets to go back to Greece in mid-July, to introduce the baby to the family. Am I correct that, if we haven't received the new Green Card by that point, my wife won't be able to travel and re-enter the US ? c) My wife just got disability leave prior to her child-birth and will then transition into parental leave. If her Green Card isn't received by April 23rd will this at all impact her ability to be legally employed ? Any feedback you may have is greatly appreciated ! Thank you !
  24. Hello everyone - new here.... I have 2 questions that I am hoping someone may be able to help with advice. I am a US born citizen, and my husband is a Japanese citizen with a US green card for about 13 years now - received through marriage. We are currently living in the US, but are planning to move to Japan (temporarily) with our 2 kids. My husband wants our kids to be able to experience the Japanese culture and learn more of the language (by living there) .... and he also wants to work in Japan for a few years. Our plan is to stay 5 years in Japan and then move back to the US permanently. We are filing an application for a Reentry Permit since we will be away for a few years. The reason would be "temporary employment abroad" I assume... And I know that the permit is only valid for 2 years, however, what is he supposed to write on the form for "length of trip"?? Will the application automatically be denied if it says 5 years or should he just write 2 years each time he applies for a new permit? We plan to file US taxes while abroad, as well as keep our US bank account, credit cards and drivers license, but we don't own a home or vehicle. My parents will hold on to some of our belongings and the rest will be given away. We are going to Japan with the bare minimum. Will this be an issue or are there any other things we can do to prove this move is just temporary - other than us just saying so? He does not have an expat contract or anything saying that he will be working in Japan for a certain time period, so there is no way to show proof that his employment abroad is temporary. He's basically going to quit when the time comes, or by chance be sent to the US by the new employer (not guaranteed). Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  25. Hi I want to know that my case was sent to nvc in Nov 2016 and my PS Is Sept 2015 and I've filed all the documents to the nvc what will be the next process ?