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Spouse of US citizen entered US on J1

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Just wanted to share our story. My spouse and I were married in the US two months ago. I'm a USC, and he is not. He was here on his OPT, he left for his home country and had to go to the embassy in his home country to get his J1. He listed that he was married to a USC on his DS-160 application. He J1 was approved without the 2 year rule and got the VISA in a weeks time. He was able to enter the US without any problem at the airport tonight.

The moral of this is that there is A LOT of fear mongering on this site and others about "immigrant intent." I even had an immigration lawyer tell me the chance of him getting the J1 was 0%. As long as you're honest you'll be fine is what we said and it worked for US!

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11/29/2015 - Mailed I-130/I-485/I-765 concurrent AOS filing to USCIS Chicago Lockbox

12/02/2015 - AOS packet Delivered to USCIS via USPS

12/08/2015 - Received 3 NOA text messages from USICS at 11:25 PM / $420 and $1070 checks cleared

12/12/2015 - Hard Copy of NOA received in the mail for the I-765 and I-485

01/05/2016 - Biometrics Appointment

12/31/2015 - RFIE - Request for Initial Evidence

01/10/2016 - Received RFIE - requesting proof of I-130 sponsor being US Citizen

01/12/2016 - FedEx RFIE Response

01/14/2016 - USCIS received RFIE Response

01/27/2016 - Ready to be scheduled for INTERVIEW

02/16/2016 - NEW CARD BEING PRODUCED / I-765 Case Approved

02/19/2016 - NOA2 Approval for I-765 received / EAD Card was mailed

02/23/2016 - EAD Card arrived today via Priority Mail

11/02/2016 - Interview Scheduled for 12/01/2016 !!!

12/01/2016 - Interview date (Interview cancelled on 11/18/2016)

01/12/2017 - ACTUAL INTERVIEW IN ST. Louis (need to get new medical submitted)

01/19/2017 - New medical dropped off at USCIS & CASE APPROVED ! I-485 & I-130

01/25/2017 - GREEN CARD IN HAND! - DONE!!!!!!!

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"If you're honest you'll be fine" is as poor advice as "he had 0% chance of getting the visa".

His odds for approval of the J-1 were lower being married to a US citizen, but not 0. Equally, plenty of other people have been in similar situations, been honest, as it was not "fine" for them.


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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

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One swallow does not a summer make.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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I know not everyone has the same expeirence. People worry about just having a boyfriend/girlfriend in the US. We actually declared that we're married on the DS-160 and apparently the emabassy had no issues with it, they didn't even ask him about it.

His J1 is a J1-Professor VISA for a major US university. He's been in the US for almost 10 years now on various student VISAs while getting his PhD.


11/29/2015 - Mailed I-130/I-485/I-765 concurrent AOS filing to USCIS Chicago Lockbox

12/02/2015 - AOS packet Delivered to USCIS via USPS

12/08/2015 - Received 3 NOA text messages from USICS at 11:25 PM / $420 and $1070 checks cleared

12/12/2015 - Hard Copy of NOA received in the mail for the I-765 and I-485

01/05/2016 - Biometrics Appointment

12/31/2015 - RFIE - Request for Initial Evidence

01/10/2016 - Received RFIE - requesting proof of I-130 sponsor being US Citizen

01/12/2016 - FedEx RFIE Response

01/14/2016 - USCIS received RFIE Response

01/27/2016 - Ready to be scheduled for INTERVIEW

02/16/2016 - NEW CARD BEING PRODUCED / I-765 Case Approved

02/19/2016 - NOA2 Approval for I-765 received / EAD Card was mailed

02/23/2016 - EAD Card arrived today via Priority Mail

11/02/2016 - Interview Scheduled for 12/01/2016 !!!

12/01/2016 - Interview date (Interview cancelled on 11/18/2016)

01/12/2017 - ACTUAL INTERVIEW IN ST. Louis (need to get new medical submitted)

01/19/2017 - New medical dropped off at USCIS & CASE APPROVED ! I-485 & I-130

01/25/2017 - GREEN CARD IN HAND! - DONE!!!!!!!

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I also used to say I was visiting GF when entering as a visitor, now this was before I joined VJ and never had any issues.

And vice versa.

Not sure why you would think he would have an issue visiting, seems to have pretty solid credentials.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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