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arrowJudicial Ceremony Oath Tampa N-400
October 20, 2014, 4:51 pm Last comment by deidre

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Hey Folks ,

Has anybody had Juridical Oath ceremony in Tampa recently ?

What is the time frame between the interview and oath ? 
I had passed my interview on October 2nd at Tampa office.
The officer said the next available date for Judicial Oath is on October 23rd and they will try to schedule me for that date and said  the oath appointment letter should come in 2 weeks. Almost 3 weeks had passed, I have no  onlinestatus change  ,no email notification and no letter. 
I scheduled my infopass app, but the soonest I can get  in is on October 31st.
I am anxious I have international travel plans in less then 4 weeks. And  hope I can get everything done before that. 

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arrowI-601 Waiver of inadmissibility
October 13, 2014, 1:19 pm Last comment by Mark88

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My husband and I are currently working through the immigration process.  I am the US citizen and we were married in Latvia.  Janis came to the US in 2011 where we met and fell in love.  He traveled to the US on a tourist visa.  He left in July of 2013 before we were married to take care of his father who took ill and has since passed. I traveled to Latvia in Nov 2013 and we were married and started the immigration process.  At this time we have submitted all of our civil documents and application to the National Visa Center and waiting for information on next steps and interview etc.     I have been told that we will need to file a i-601 waiver but that I will not know this until the interview????  


I am wondering if there are ever instances when an overstay has occurred that the green card was approved without having to go through the waiver process.  We have been apart 14 months already and I was hoping not to have to go through a long waiver process.  


I have also been told it is best to retain a lawyer to help navigate the waiver process?  Thoughts?


I plan to travel to Latvia to join Janis for his interview if this helps our situation.  


Thanks for any information!  



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arrowCR-1 NVC Filing Original Documents Question
October 7, 2014, 5:27 pm Last comment by tmeetre

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Hi we have just completed the online DS 260 and now need to send our supporting documents.  My husband is in Latvia and I am the US citizen.  I have his original birth certificate and our original marriage license from Latvia but am scared to send those for fear they will be lost.  Do I have to submit his originals and will I get them back?  I sent copies in our I-130 filing so was hoping I could do the same but not sure. 


Thank you in advance for any information!

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arrowVisa Approved - With Questions Covering Possible Misrespresentation
September 8, 2014, 10:40 am Last comment by cappucino boy

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My wife had her Visa Interview this morning and was approved.  We were worried for the longest time, because though her mom is a U.S. Citizen and she has been traveling there regularly over the past 10+ years, she did run into some issues during her most recent visits.  She had worked illegally one summer for a few weeks while visiting, and a few years later had continued that job while visiting her mom for an extended time.  She also pushed the tourist visa stay to the max while visiting her mom twice in a row (which is when we met).  


She was also worried about possible false statements to immigration officers at POEs - but couldn't remember what she said or what was said to her.  In the end, they had her voluntarily give up her passport on her last attempt to enter, after we had been dating for nearly 6 months.  


So we had a few red flags - but we were as forthcoming with the immigration process as possible regarding her past transgressions, but in the end, none of them were viewed as material (I suppose as her working was not the primary reason for her being in the country, and they either had no record of what she said to the immigration officers when she thinks she may have possibly lied - who really knows.  I also feel my attending the interview probably went a long way.


Questions involved:

  • Is that your fiance (which she corrected, that I was her husband - this calling me a fiance would go on, not sure if they were trying to trip her up
  • Where did you get married?
  • What do you do for work?
  • What does your husband do for work?
  • Where/When did you meet?
  • What was the timeline of your meeting (asked how long after meeting online did we meet in person, then realized while we met online, we lived a few metro stops away from each other, and met nearly right away, then stopped this line of questioning)
  • Asked about what her past work in the U.S.
  • Asked if she paid taxes
  • Asked where she worked while in the U.S.
  • Asked if she knew she wasn't supposed to work in the U.S.
  • Asked why she worked in the U.S.
  • Asked if the business knew she was not allowed to work (Trying to see if she claimed to be a U.S citizen I assume, they never asked her to give any info on this besides her SSN, which she had had for years)
  • What do you plan to do/where do you plan to live in the U.S.?
  • Who's idea was it to go to U.S.
  • Have you previously adjusted status? (She answered yes, though started talking about an I130 her mom had started on her and they seemed to get she wasn't sure what she was answering)
  • What happened to the I130 (she wasn't sure)
  • Will you be married within the 90 days? (Again, confirmed we were already married)
  • Asked where we got married

The Latvian Foreign Service National at the desk at the beginning also asked to see her old passports, when she was initially questioned regarding her earlier surrendered visa and possible overstaying (which she hadn't, and had no dates marked in her passport indicating when she had to leave the U.S. upon previous entries.  They didn't ask to see any additional information that we had brought other than her old passport to verify dates.


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arrowVisa approved; can't fiance process here in the US since he is here visiting?
March 28, 2014, 1:08 am Last comment by divikaki

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I am a US citizen and met my fiance while on a mission in Latvia. 2 weeks ago, he came to the US with me on a visitor visa waiver. 


2 days ago, our I-129F petition for fiance visa was approved. We are inquiring as to why would they make him return to Latvia to be interviewed at the US Embassy there? Can't he get the medical checks here in the states and be interviewed here in the US? 


I can't seem to convey to the USCIS phone staff that the trip back to Latvia is unnecessary bureaucratic red tape. He is already here! He is supposed to stay here as a visitor until mid-June. There is no reason to go to the embassy in Latvia.


Can anyone give me suggestions, directions, similar situations, success stories, contact information? I am not sure who or where to go to appeal that he just be processed here.

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