This site has been such a blessing to my husband and me. We thought it was important to track our status to help provide any insight for others in a similar situation. If I have put this in the incorrect area or need to do anything different please let me know. I’m not sure how much information matters but I have included a lot.
We are a Gay male couple residing in West Hollywood, CA a city within Los Angeles between Beverly Hills and Hollywood. My husband is 11 years my junior and a Chinese Citizen. We met in Los Angeles while he was studying for his PhD in Chemistry and Environmental Engineering at UCLA in mid May 2013 with a F1 visa.
Fast forward… we were married in Long Beach, CA Late November 2013. He has met my entire family and I have met his parents and some family through online video chat. Fast forward again… we filed for a status change to permeant resident, and work permit in Early August 2014.
I am an Architecture and Design Manager for one of the world’s top denim retail chains and have been working professionally for 8 years. I have a Professional 5 year Bachelor Degree, finishing up my Master degree in the next 12 months and about 1 year away from my architectural license in California. My Husband is a PhD candidate and an assistant instructor in UCLA Chemistry department. He is considered high specialized because of his studies, published papers and patents.
Together for a household of 2 our current income in about 650% poverty line, if everything is approved and he is able to start working after completing his PhD in the next 18 months we will be about 1300% poverty line. We have combined most all assists and accounts. We currently jointly hold a few bank accounts, credit cards (all with very low balances), auto lease, own another car together and he is the beneficiary for my work life insurance and retirement accounts. All of this was included in our application. For our 2013 Taxes we opted to have him taxed as a resident and filed a joint return. This join return was also included in our application.
I think that this pretty much sums up or situation.
Married: Late November 2013
Filed I48, I765 I30: August 2, 2014
Application Accepted: August 7, 2014
Conformation Letters: August 12, 2014
Biometrics Letter: August 17, 2014
Biometrics Appointment: August 25, 2014
Status as of 9/17/2014:
I30: Initial Review
I765: Initial Review
Thank you to Visa Journey for all the forums and information that empowered us to file the applications ourselves. You saved us from un-needed stress. I will continue to update as we learn more and move further though the process. Should I be updating each form in existing threads for the month of August?