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arrowWaiting for so long for I-90 for the I-551 GC
February 3, 2016, 3:56 pm Last comment by Amhara

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My brother in law entered the US at the end of August.  All his family members have received their I-551's; however, there is a problem with his.  He does not seem to have a I-94, so there must be a problem with the information entered on his arrival.  He seems to have initiated an I-90 several months back, but has never been able to pull up his case on USCIS and whenever he calls, he's instructed to wait 90 more days.  To make matters more difficult, the city that he lives in does not allow InfoPass appointments.


Does anyone have any information on how the I-90 works?  Which service center is it processed at?  Would an InfoPass even help at all?


Thanks in advance!

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arrowAdministrative Processing for almost 2 years
December 30, 2015, 12:22 am Last comment by Amhara

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Hi guys,

I started my K-1 journey back in August of 2012. Our case has been a very lengthy case...well over the predicated nine months. This is mine and my fiancé first engagement. I'm a U.S. Citizen and we have an eight year age difference. We got engaged in 2011. We have been together for over 4 years now and very much in love! Long story short my fiancé had his first interview in Kabul back in January of 2014. He was put on administrative processing and was called back for a second interview in February of 2015. It's been a very long journey so far and my fiancé and I have been very patient throughout this whole process but the long distance away from each other has been very difficult. During the second interview the consular said that he had no doubts that our relationship is genuine....so I'm guessing they are waiting for the security clearance to come in order to issue my fiancé his visa.

I just wanted to know does the K1 application expire? Do I have to stop the k1 and get married and start a new application through the cr1/ir1 route. My only concern is that we will be put on adminstrative processing again for security checks. We are so far into the K1 route that I'm hoping things will workout fine soon.

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arrowProof of Bonafide marriage
December 22, 2015, 6:49 pm Last comment by mallafri76

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My partner and I are looking at going the CR-1 route, we are not married yet but intend to before I leave back for Australia.


Looking at all the CR-1 requirements we meet all the criteria etc. except for the proof of bonafide marriage.


We are rather private and don't want a wedding reception so we won't have pictures of that.  She will come to Australia for a honey moon in a couple of months.  We have copious amounts of evidence with regards to phone calls, pictures together, holidays and messaging however.  I have lived with her about 6 nights a week for 3 months as well although that is difficult to prove.  As I'm not a resident we don't share any bills or bank accounts etc.


Just wondering how that will look to the immigration officer looking for a bona fide marriage.



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arrowEmployment authorization before SSN?
December 18, 2015, 12:29 pm Last comment by Darnell

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Two weeks after she arrived, we went to the local Social Security office to get an SSN. Unfortunately, being from Afghanistan, her birth dates and even names are not consistent across her IDs. They sent us to the local USCIS office to get her visa corrected as that is the document SSA must go off of. However, the guy at the USCIS said she couldn't get an SSN until she got a work authorization (I-765).  This seems to conflict with the Visa Journey timeline which doesn't mention it specifically.


  Is USCIS misunderstanding this or am I?  I would just like to get her an SSN as it makes life generally easier (drivers license, marriage license, school, etc) as she will not start working right away.

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arrowName change during marriage not valid??
December 12, 2015, 12:19 pm Last comment by Amhara

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My husband only has one name and we want to give him a middle and last name.  When I sent off our Form I-129F, I split his name in half but the visa was issued as "FNU" (first name unavailable) and his name used as his surname. 


I figured that we could change his name during marriage, but so far, no luck.  The marriage certificate was issued with FNU and they told us that we could not use the last name we wanted because it's not one of our names already.  Okay, then fine.  He'll just take my last name (even though it doesn't match ethnically and it contains a word that is indecent in his language!)


We go to get his learners permit and they did not let us use my last name either because "he could only change his last name" with marriage.  It's really his only name, but since the visa says that's his surname, we couldn't change his name that way either.


So now, we are deciding whether to change his name at the county court house or to keep it FNU throughout the process.  I know there is a chance we might be able to change it during naturalization, but that seems like a lot of hoops.  (Delayed processing, specific procedures, limited areas, etc).


If we do the name change at the county court house, does anyone know if we will have problems during our Form I-485 process?  I am thinking that we may get RFE because of the name, but if we don't and we execute the name change process, can we update our case before we get an RFE or before they start processing the GC/EAD/AP?

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