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arrowJoint sponsor vs. I-1864A
March 29, 2014, 10:45 pm Last comment by alala23

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Hi guys,

I was wondering if anyone could enlighten me on the following:


- I married my wife, a US citizen, in July 2013 in New Zealand. We filed I-130 in August 2013, received NOA-2 in February, and now have been assigned a NVC case number.


- I'm from New Zealand, but both my wife and I are currently in Australia. She's on a 1 year working holiday visa. We thought this would be the best way to stay together while my visa processing. 


- She is not working at the moment. Her father, who lives with her in America, is willing to help me out with my I-184 as either a joint sponsor or by filling out an I-1864a.


- I'm very confused about the difference between the I-1864a and joint sponsorship. We essentially need my wife's father's income to cover my requirements. But what's the best option for us?


- It looks like to me like the best option is joint sponsorship, but I was wondering if there are any guidelines for that. Does he (joint sponsor) have to be related to me? Does he has to be living in the same house as my wife?


- Additionally: if we go the joint sponsorship route, we are unsure about which address to put for my wife, because she's here in Australia only temporarily. Should both the mailing address and residence address be her American address, or should we put down her American address for mailing and our temp Australian address for residence? How will this impact us?


Thank you so much.

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arrowMilitary records
March 29, 2014, 4:51 am Last comment by AriannaC

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So this is probably a stupid question, apologies

My husband is currently active duty in the u.s army. We are aware that he will need to provide his military records but what exactly is this? I thought it was self explanatory but when I asked him for them he really didn't know what it was. Is it proof that he's currently in the military? Is it some kind or certificate? Whatever it is how would he go about obtaining it?

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arrowNOA2 for AOS on k1
March 26, 2014, 3:56 am Last comment by Jay-Kay

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Does it matter if my NOA2 expires during the adustment of status process?

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arrowVisiting US under VWP for 85 days. Any Medical Insurance Options?
March 26, 2014, 12:32 am Last comment by Boiler

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Topic pretty much says it all. Visiting while my K1 is pending under VWP and I will be staying for almost the entire 90 days. (85 days to be exact).


Any recomendations to make sure I get some basic health coverage while I'm there?



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arrowMy first police encounter in the US
March 22, 2014, 4:50 pm Last comment by charles!

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I want to share a certain police incident involving me and I am not quite sure what to make of it. While my wife believes there is perhaps a strong element of racial profiling- I myself did not know what to make of it. Originally I am from India but have moved to the US from New Zealand. So basically this is what happened. Every night around 1 am my wife feeds some cats at a trailer near our home. She feeds the cats at night because that is when she comes back from work. Even though the trailer is just about 500 feet away, I never allow my wife to walk up to the trailer alone and I always accompany her. On the day of the incident I requested my wife to drive me around the neighborhood as I was new to this country. So my wife and I were in our truck and once we fed the cats we were about to drive around. At this point we were about 700 feet from our home and near a big shopping area.



A cop pulled us up. The cop requested our ID's, my wife showed her ID but I was not carrying my passport with me then (I did not yet receive my green card). My wife explained to the cop that we lived just a few hundred feet away and in fact showed the cop our town house from where the cop stood. The cop never gave us a reason why we were stopped. From that point on he asked questions about me--he asked me -which country did I come from, what passport do I have and when I said Indian--he proceeded to question then how did you come here from New Zealand? I told him that I was working in New Zealand. I explained him briefly the K-1 visa process through which I came into this country. The cop went back to his vehicle came back and asked me a few more questions out of which 2 specific questions stood out. Questions enquiring what was my height and my weight. I must stress that he was never rude or discourteous in his conversation with us all through the conversation. After going back to his vehicle the cop came back again and asked me few more questions about what I was doing at this time of the night?



This really stumped me because I was with my wife in the vehicle and my wife already explained to him a few minutes back that she was just driving me around the neighborhood. After about 10 minutes we were free to go. Now to be honest I really did not make much about it until my wife told me there was no reason the cop should have asked me about my height and weight and a few more questions which she thought were redundant. I believe since I come from India and I saw how cops behave there-- this police encounter meant nothing to me but my wife believes that probably he was racially profiling me. My wife believes that the actions/questions of the cop were not based on my behavior or any actionable information but were based on my ethnicity, race and national origin. For a while my wife mulled the idea of making a complaint I told her it really was a non-issue.



What do you make of this incident?

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