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arrowWorking in the US (without EAD) as K-1 Visa Holder
October 9, 2015, 10:11 am Last comment by Hypnos

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There seems to be different opinions as to whether or not a K-1 Visa Holder can begin work before receiving their EAD.    According to the Social Security Administration, a K-1 Visa Holder is included in the list of "Aliens employment-authorized WITHOUT specific DHS aurhorization:.    See link to the SSA website below.  





I think this is important information for those who want to work right away, and before receiving their EAD (which generally takes 90 days).    If I am missing something, please let me know.    





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arrowInterview for Visa K-1
October 8, 2015, 10:57 pm Last comment by TBoneTX

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Hi, I am in the process of an K-1 visa. The NVC already sent the package to my embassy (Bogotá) around 20 day ago. I have sent a couple of mails to my embassy so I can receive the instructions and papers to schedule my interview. I haven't receive any mail yet. Is it normal that it takes so long?? 20 days since they receive my package from NVC.


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arrowVisa - sealed envelope - Corner cut and stapled passport - COLOMBIA
October 8, 2015, 7:24 pm Last comment by chaoticlogic

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My fiance picked up his Visa from DHL today. We just opened the package to get his passport. The yellow sealed envelope is there, but the left corner of it is cut off. The paper attached to the front of the sealed envelope, which states to not open it, says that the left corner is supposed to be cut off.


I mean, I know right there its basically telling me its okay, but has anyone else experienced this? I don't know if this a Colombian thing or not. Also, his passport was STAPLED to the envelope. A freaking staple through his passport!

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arrowPetition for Sister who is already in the US
October 8, 2015, 5:48 pm Last comment by NancyNguyen

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Once I become a US Citizen, I wish to petition for my sister. She is already in the US studying, and plans to remain in the US under her current F1 for two years until she finishes her Masters. When she leaves the US, she'd like to come back and visit as a tourist. Can she apply for a tourist visa? and even more, if she wants to come study again for a few years while her 14-year petition process is waiting, can she apply for another student noninmigrant visa?


TL,DR: Can petitioned sibling beneficiaries apply for nonimigrant visas while waiting?


Thanks in advance,



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arrowLong-time lurker, scared about things.
October 8, 2015, 8:36 am Last comment by AndreaArizaA

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I'm a 29-year-old Colombian who recently had to call off her engagement because the costs of the whole K1/AOS process are too high and we can't guarantee that we can meet all the requirements.


We're really hurt about this, since we've been together as a couple for a year and a half, and all we want is to be together. But my boyfriend has had severe health issues that have made him spend a lot of money on treatments that haven't been effective at all. He also works part time in retail and goes to a university, but that only adds to his monetary issues. My father (a US citizen) agreed to be one of my sponsors, but his father's reluctant to do so, which we can't blame him for. He did, however, say that he was okay with me living with them until we were able to afford a place to live.


I've been working as a languages teacher in Bogotá, and I'm barely able to pay the rent for a room and all my stuff, but what worries me is not being able to get a job there (even if there is a branch office of the company I work for). All in all, I'm scared of things being denied and us being unable to be together. This is already affecting our relationship, as what should be a happy time of planning has become painful because of the distance.


If you have any advice you could give us I'd be incredibly grateful.

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