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arrowROC with a valid green card
May 23, 2016, 5:19 pm Last comment by RiceCake
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I recently received a letter from USCIS reminding me that its about time i applied for my ROC on my conditional residency. I was initially approved for the 2 year conditional residency in August 2014. After the approval, we waited for our daughter and I's green cards to arrive in the mail to no avail. After much following up with UPS and sending in another application with a fee waiver that was denied, we finally sent in the documents, with full payment (2nd time), had a second set of biometrics and got the green cards in August 2015. The validity date on the green cards is up to August 2017.


Having received a reminder form USCIS recently that i should remove the conditions following the near 2 year anniversary of our initial approval, what should i do? Will my green card be technically invalid even though the validity period has not reached. Will i be out of status if i do not apply to remove conditions within this time? The thing is, I would gladly send in the ROC packet with the ~1200$ (for my daughter and I) but finances are a little too tight. Anybody been in a situation like this?

What would you advise me to do?


A & E.


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arrowNon-immigrant male married to a drug addicted USC Wife
May 22, 2016, 5:59 pm Last comment by blest.but.strest

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Greetings Everyone!


I am a non-immigrant male, that came here to the United States, on a F1 Student Visa. Upon completing my OPT, I was sponsored for an H1b work visa. Met my wife in 2011. Were friends for 3 years as she was dating someone else at the time. When she broke up with her ex, we started dating in 2014, and after 1 year, we got married on Oct 1st, 2015. After she moved in with me, came to realize she was taking anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium because she said she suffered from anxiety and panic attacks. I thought nothing of it since I am not knowledgeable on mental health and anti-anxiety medication. 


Long story short, she is apparently addicted to the pills, to the point where she has threatened me that if I don't help her to gain access to more pills, she will not show up to my green card interview. She has attempted to inflict pain on herself by cutting her wrists so as to make me afraid and make me feel guilty that she is suicidal because I as a husband have not met to her demands of helping gain pills illegally (buying them on the streets from a dealer). She has drawn money out of our bank account to go get the pills herself. I have suffered PTSD and depression from this whole ordeal as I did not realize that I married someone who became a drug addict to the point where they were affecting my well-being. I have seen a psychologist and sought therapy sessions because I am going through a rough time.


Meanwhile, I discussed this issue with my lawyer and he said to file a VAWA petition. And given that the lawyer represents the petitioner, my wife, he said he could not represent me because of "conflict of interest". Thus, I consulted with another immigration attorney, who happened to be a woman, and she said I had a weak case simply because I am male, and immigration officers tend to attend to more women-based acts of cruelty than men. She also said that my wife is simply a victim of drug addiction, and she does intentionally mean to harm me, but more so, she just takes it out on me. I argued, the same can be said of an alcoholic man who abuses his wife while drunk. No one says he's a victim of alcohol abuse, and thus, he didn't intentionally mean to harm his wife. So the lawyer says to fix my marriage, and just go to the marriage interview and suck it up. Well, I want to go to the interview, as my wife and I did have a "bonafide marriage", but how do I know she's not going to go through her mood swings, or decide not to show up last minute to the interview? How do I know she won't stumble on simple questions asked of her? I am living in fear and torment right now as I don't know what I should do. My friends said that the female lawyer was being sexist, and seems like she is just holding a bias opinion. I am open to thoughts from the public here on what your opinions and advice are. I appreciate some feedback.


My VAWA file so far:


1. Proof of bonafide marriage: marriage certificate, wedding photos, dating photos, photos from trips, joint auto-insurance, driver's license under same address, joint bank account, joint tax return, joint Roth IRA, joint COSTCO membership, affadavit letters from her dad, friends, my brother.


2. Proof of living together: letter from landlord, lease agreement, and joint renter's insurance with our address listed.


3. Good Moral Character: Police report from department that clears me.


4. Personal declaration letter: I outline how our relationship developed, why we married, how was living together, how the abuse started, what were the forms of abuse, and how I felt. Discussed my good moral character (volunteer work with children after-school tutoring).


5. Witness affadavits: my brother, friend.


6. Psychologist report outlining my emotional abuse and that I am diagnosed with PTSD and depression. Therapist sessions transcripts.


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arrowDallas TX and same day oaths
May 12, 2016, 10:40 pm Last comment by TBoneTX

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Is the Dallas Field Office still giving same day oaths. It states that they do on their website but I have heard others saying they stopped. Any ideas? My interview is next week at 6.30 in the morning and I was hoping they could send me to one of the two ceremonies scheduled for that day.

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May 4, 2016, 2:18 am Last comment by A'n'L
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hey my name is cartoon gamer...I recently went to the embassy with a fiancee visa but they denied me and told me to add additional evidence of the relationship and send it to the embassy,after sending additional evidence it took ten days then they told me to send my passport...so is that a good sign or what may be going on?!!

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arrowAdjustment of Status Rental Applications
May 3, 2016, 4:17 pm Last comment by NLR

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I brought my fiance (now wife) to the US recently and have supporting her financially as we await her AOS and work authorization. I recently got a job offer and am looking for a rental house in another area. Do any of you have any advice in terms of handling rental applications, particularly as many landlords insist on evaluating my wife's credit history, using SSN, credit, rental histories which she has not yet established in the US. While I know that I will probably have to end up having to ask for accommodation from the land lord, I am apprehensive about revealing too much information that may subject us to housing discrimination. How have others handled this issue in the past? Are there any laws, or protections for reasonable accommodation in these cases that might inform my interactions with potential landlords? Thanks for the advice!

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