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arrowCan I visit using ESTA?
October 22, 2014, 9:11 pm Last comment by Merrytooth

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My case is a bit different than your regular.

Last year I applied for a J1 Visa in New Zealand through an organisation called IEP.

I went for my interview at the consul and was denied the visa as the consul believed I had no intention to leave the USA once there. The consul believed that I didn't have enough reason to want to come back home to NZ as my parents lived in Australia. Crazy assumption. The whole purpose of me going to the USA was to get Marketing experience through J1 so that I had a differentiation point in my Marketing career.  

Anyway.. The Director of IEP then got in contact with the US embassy in Auckland and I was able to obtain another interview as they had got my intentions all wrong. After that I was approved of the J1. I have since left the USA after my J1 expired back in June and I am planning a holiday to the USA for Christmas and New Years.
Can I apply through ESTA for a visa waiver or do I have to apply for a non immigrant visa since it has it my record that I have been denied (even though one week later, I was approved). 

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arrowAuckland consulate
October 19, 2014, 7:32 pm Last comment by Lainie B

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Has anyone from New Zealand had trouble changing their interview date to a later date?


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arrowRFE response - do they update status online?
October 18, 2014, 11:22 am Last comment by yellow2

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Hi VJ members,


I recently sent a Response to RFE for my I-485. The RFE was addressed to me on September 22 and is due on October 30, 2014.


I mailed the RFE letter, along with the evidence they requested (new I-693 since somehow they do not have my medical from K1) to the Columbus Ohio Field Office via USPS Priority Mail. USPS confirmed that it was delivered there by  October 10, 2014. However, as of today, there has been no change on the online status (still says RFE was mailed Sept 22), nor have I received a letter saying that they received my Response to RFE.


I am quite anxious as I know the Due date is on October 30, 2014, and if they do not receive the response, my petition will be declined. Do they usually change the online status once receiving an RFE response?  Is there any way I can contact the office and know that my case has indeed been received by them?


Thank you

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arrowI130 Approved, question about sponsorship or not
October 17, 2014, 9:12 pm Last comment by NLR

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Good Day


Just yesterday our I130 has been approved now on to the next stage...(I am being petitioned - Wife is USA citizen)


A few specific questions I have is if we both live overseas together in New Zealand, if we don't have any job for us when we go to USA then is it guaranteed we need to prove sponsorship from a source in the USA?


We intend to have at least 20-30k saved up and our current income is above the poverty guidelines...but as we wont have those jobs in America im assuming this is the case & will need a sponsor?


Our sponsor will be my Wife's Dad , but i'm wondering if we have to go through that hassle? or whether I sponsor strengthens our case?


Kind regards,





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arrowengagement ceremony
October 16, 2014, 12:11 am Last comment by HafsaJawwad

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we exchange rings in front of my friendes and family , but we didn't had any official engagement ceremony , so does this can effect on our case in a negative way or not?
wht we do have a photographs of exchange a rings

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