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arrowInterview waiver cases - timeline
September 13, 2014, 12:28 am Last comment by GiuseppeG

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Apologies if this has already been asked - I scrolled back a couple pages and couldn't see anything.


Is there any chance of adding interview waiver case details to AOS timelines, whether it be a simple "Interview Waiver Case: Y/N" or "Interview Waiver Letter Received Date" field? At present there doesn't seem to be a way of tracking when interview waiver letters are received or cases are approved.



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arrowLong Story ... Please Help
September 11, 2014, 6:44 pm Last comment by IRIScv

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My story is somewhat long and complicated but I need some help.


I'm a New Zealand citizen and I entered the US in Feb 2011 on the Visa Waiver Program. I had never been to the US before or travelled alone internationally for that matter. I was visiting my long distance girlfriend of 2 years who I had not yet met in person, she lived in Colorado with her mother who works child welfare for DHS. She insisted that she loved me and wanted me to stay and start a new life with her in the US, so we got married in April 2011 before my 90-day visit expired in May. We were married for 5 weeks before she decided to have an affair with a middle school friend and separated from me May 18. I had accused her of misconduct but her pride prevented her from taken responsibility for her actions. I tried my best to save the relationship but she wouldn't have it. We had an intervention with her family and she agreed to try to make it work if I could find a job. By the end of the week I had illegal employment as a dishwasher, but her promise was superficial and didn't make a difference. I had already cancelled my return flight home upon getting married and my stay had expired. She threatened to involve the police and immigration authorities if I didn't suck it up and leave. This girl had deceived and taken advantage of me and clearly was not mature enough for a committed adult relationship. I had no friends and nowhere to go. I explained the situation to a couple of co-workers and one offered me a couch. I left her house on June 5 and began a 2 years and 7 months journey as a vulnerable out-of-status immigrant in the US. I've been taken advantage of and threatened by several paranoid schizophrenics I thought were friends, had thousands of dollars of property irretrievably stolen from me (Macbook, music recording gear, expensive travel accessories given as xmas presents by family before leaving NZ.) I spent a lot of time homeless, dirty, hungry, exhausted and in pain, unable to find work due to my lack of immigrant status and transport. I've had some odd jobs which have helped me get by temporarily but nothing sustainable.


Jump ahead to the beginning of 2014, I met my current girlfriend and fiancée on January 8 and we have been together since. I have been living with her and she has been supporting me. We're very happy together, best friends, and both agree it's the healthiest relationship either of us have been in. I finalized my divorce from my epic disaster of a first marriage in August. My fiancée and I plan to get married tomorrow.


My mum bought me a plane ticket and I will be flying back to New Zealand this Sunday the 14th. I need to be able to work and be self-sufficient again and to contribute financially to our relationship. I cannot do that in the US, and even if I were to apply for a Green Card, it would cost $1600 which we don't have and have to wait a long time. I can't expect my fiancée to keep supporting me for at least another year. The past 8 months have been tough on her financially, but she's done it because she loves me and wants to take care of me. She even surprised me with a trip to New Mexico for my birthday last week.


Because my circumstances weren't entirely my fault (getting kicked out on the street by the person I loved and married in a strange country with no friends or family and no legal status to work) I need to know how I can waive the 10-year re-entry ban. My fiancée does want to visit me in New Zealand, but there's always a chance she won't be able to adjust and won't want to give up the life she's independently built for herself in Colorado (she moved from Maryland by herself nearly 2 years ago.) We will be married before I leave the US so it will be family-based immigration. New Zealand is also extremely expensive and less developed than the US, so I wouldn't mind moving here permanently if it means I get to be with my wife. I don't think she would be able to adjust to the insanely high cost of living in New Zealand. I'm dreading it myself.


I know people will probably say that I shouldn't leave the country if I want a Green Card, but my mum has already paid $1200 for a non-refundable ticket and my grandmother is terminally ill. I also haven't seen my dad in 8 years and I don't know how long he'll be around, he's had cancer before. I just don't want to have to wait 10 years to come back to the US because an arrogant and dishonest little girl chose to make my life extremely difficult a few years ago.


Also, does anyone know how and when they determine the re-entry ban? Is it when you leave or when you try to come back? Is there a way to slip through the cracks?


Thank you for reading. Please help.

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arrowHello everyone! :) J1 Visa and K1
September 10, 2014, 8:59 pm Last comment by AlissaCarly

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Hi everyone!

Im new to the forum and I am so excited to join as I didn't know a website like this existed.

It is quite a long story.... but here goes.

Last year, March 2013 - I was in New Zealand and started the process of getting a J1 Working Holiday Visa for the USA. I went for my interview and was denied after 2 questions because the officer basically believed that I had no intention of exiting the USA. My parents live in Australia and I lived in New Zealand by myself, single, have a student loan (as most NZers do), I have relatives in the USA as well... so basically a "red flag" that I wouldn't be coming back home. The sole purpose of getting a J1 was for my career more than anything. I was a new graduate with a Marketing degree and I wanted to go to the USA to get marketing experience so that when I return home, that is my point of differentiation and thus more enticing to hire than new grads.


Anyway, I was so distraught that I was denied but luckily IEP (the organisation I went through for J1) had spoken to one of the officers and got me another interview and explained the situation that although my parents don't live in NZ, I would certainly be leaving USA at the end of my visa. I went to my second interview and the officer was a lot more welcoming than the other. I was asked more than 2 questions (unlike the first) and was approved of the J1. I went to the USA May 2013 and stayed for the 1 year and the extra 30 days we are allowed, obtained my Marketing experience and left. 


During my time there, I met my boyfriend who is absolutely amazing and now we are doing long distance and are in talks of marriage for next year - November 2015. He is coming to NZ to visit this November and I am so excited! 

Now here are my questions...
1) As I was denied for the J1 Working Holiday Visa the first go, is this on my record?

2) Will the officers take this into account when we file for a fiancé or spousal visa? Or is that no longer on my record as I have successfully left the country and not overstayed like what they feared?

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3) Which route do you guys believe would be better? My dream is to get married in New Zealand and have a destination wedding. We have two options which is to either get a K1 and get married in the USA or get married in New Zealand and do the spousal visa. I fear doing the K1 because when it comes to the interview stage, my fiance will be doing his interview in USA and I will be doing it back in Auckland where I was denied a J1 for the first time... I guess essentially Im worried about getting the same officer and having my previous denial on my record. It was a heartbreaking experience.
4) My other question is how long does the process usually take? 

5) What supporting documents for proof should we start gathering? I know we have to do phone records. It sucks because we are in a digital world where my bf and I use FaceTime and Viber a lot as its cheaper than the usual phone call and there is no way of getting certified copies of those records... we communicate every single day via those methods.

So sorry for the long post! Thank you all in advance. 

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arrowI-130 QUESTION 22
September 6, 2014, 5:38 am Last comment by ryanpan

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I am a US citizen and my husband is a New Zealand resident and we are current living New Zealand. I'm almost ready to submit I-130 for my husband , but there are still some unanswered questions. For question number 22:

 Complete the information below if your relative is in the United States and will apply for adjustment of status”; It then says: “if your relative is not eligible for adjustment of status he or she will apply for a Visa abroad at the American Consular post in”
Should I fill “N/A” for left side and put “AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND” for the right side, or should I fill “N/A” both side both since we are both living in New Zealand now?

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arrowJob Scam Alert- My experience with a scammer last evening
September 5, 2014, 10:19 pm Last comment by Teddy B

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Last night what I thought was an online interview for a job that I had applied for -turned out to be a potential defrauding scam. I am making this post to share my experience so that people who are desperate to get a job may not fall for this or any other similar trap.


This is how it began:


A few days back I had made a job application for the following position,10_KE11,24.htm?jl=1157040780&paoIdKey=MA==


Once I clicked on the APPLY button I was led to this following website:



After making the job application I had received the following email response:


Dear Applicant,


Our recruitment team viewed your resume Application : Data Entry - Full Time/ Part Time) and we are pleased with your qualifications,we believe you have the required qualifications to undergo an online are required to setup a yahoo mail account ( and a yahoo instant messenger( this process is done,you are to add up Mr Mike Anderson on His yahoo ID ( to your yahoo buddy list and Instant Messenger him for the interview Asap for the interview so that you can get Started for the position.Interview schedule: ASAP


Hope to read back from you as soon as possible.


Best regards,



Although I felt it was slightly unusual for a job interview to be conducted through yahoo messenger- I had known of friends being interviewed via Skype so I did not pay much attention to this detail.


Last night this is how the interview proceeded in the yahoo messenger. I have edited some parts where not relevant and I have some sentences in bold and italics where the scam can be detected. Sentences beginning with "hroffice900" is the guy who was interviewing me and replies beginning with "r" is me.



hroffice900: Hello

hroffice900: How are you doing today?



hroffice900: I believe you are here and set for your job briefing and interview?



I am Mr Mike Anderson,age 54. The personnel manager/Chief Executive Officer of  Access Company LTD Please introduce yourself and indicate your  age state and city



To know more about the company please visit  ,You have 5 minutes to go through it .once done do let me know so we can proceed further.



The positions available are Data Entry / Administrative Assistant Specialist? / Executive Assistant  / Customer Service


Which of the above listed positions do you think you will fit in ?




Just follow the briefing and you can ask questions when i am through. Let me know when you have finshed reading and understanding every line. You will be allowed to ask questions later.With each line just respond with an OK?



Next would be the briefing about the Job and the company. I advise you read with care OK?




The name of the Company is Access Company LTD .Founded in April 1979 and headquartered in Japan, this branch hiring you is located in  48371 FREMONT BLVD STE 101 FREMONT, CA 94538 USA



ACCESS is a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets. With research and engineering centers throughout the world and a progressive company culture that emphasizes and nurtures innovation and creativity, ACCESS delivers unique solutions that bring value to its customers and partners and which help make life easier, more productive, and more enjoyable.



Our goal is to always have the capacity, competence and flexibility to meet our clients' needs, whatever they may be. The company is now going into DATA ENTRY CLERK and ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK POSITION work from home job to create employment opportunity for the less privilege, disables and mainly to decrease the rate of unemployment in the economy




hroffice900: This is strictly an online and work from home Data Entry job the working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice,the pay is $30 per hour, During training is $25 per hour and will be get payment bi weekly via direct deposit or paycheck working 30 to 40 hours weekly full time 20 to 25 hours weekly part time. You will be working as a full time employee.




Benefits for eligible employees include: Health, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, Employee Wellness and 401k plans.Annual performance review for salary increase


Working hrs  are flexible.All activities and corresponding time are to be recorded in excel spreadsheet.As for your duties, i will assist you with any difficulties by email.




Job Duties & Responsibilites :


1.  Call Clients/ Customers on Phone

2. Transcribe, review, and interpret all lease data before entry into the database.

3. Ensure all data is accurately and quickly entered.

4. Review all documents that come in for accuracy (this makes the data entry people's jobs easier).

5. Update and correct any and all inaccuracies in the database.


Preparation of Balance sheets (Mini), account balancing, invoicing recording,proper data analysis of sales records and recording pay slips into accounting database all these will be done through the use of the Accounting Software.The Supervisor, who would be attached to you online, He/She would assign logs of duty daily and you would be required to work according to instructions, using the Microsoft Office tools and the Accounting software. Now the function of the Accounting software is to arrange, formalize and manage the data you have processed, sent to your supervisor via E-mail.



Can you handle these duties effectively ??


hroffice900: Yes go on



You will undergo a one week training from your training supervisor,he will training you on how to work with the programs accurate and other Data entry works you will need to get done.Your training is going to be done online through your Pc  and Phone


You will Earn $30 per hour,You will receive your pay via Direct deposit or Paycheck bi weekly.Training $25 per hour


r: So I would receive comprehensive training on all the above before I begin working


hroffice900: Yes correct




I am going to ask you few questions now you are to signify the word DONE after answering the questions Are you ready ?


r: It mentioned about an accounting software, which software are we talking about? And will it be installed in my PC?


hroffice900: Yes


r: Ok




I am going to ask you few questions now you are to signify the word DONE after answering the questions Are you ready ?





(1) What type of jobs have you had?

(2) How did you get your previous jobs?

(3) What were your main responsibilities? Achievements?

(4) Are you currently employed?

(5) Are you willing to work flexible or long hours?

(6 ) When would you be available to start?

(7) Are you seeking employment in a company of a certain size? Why?(How long do you intend working for this company ?

(8) How would you like to be Paid ? Weekly Or Bi-Weekly/Direct deposit or Wire Transfer ?

(9) What bank do you operate with ?





Here are the name's of the softwares you will need to start working with Myob business essentials software 2014, US Patent Single Users Pack simply accounting 2014,3.5 HD Upgrade,9.0,Microsoft Office XP 2014 Standard Upgrade,Peach tree Premium Accounting 2014 with a brand new Hp laptop


r: can I not use my Dell laptop?




The company will be providing you with the funds you will be using in purchasing the software's you will be working with .You will be getting a check mailed to your home via fedex and once you get the check with You are to get the cashier check deposited to your account .



Then after you have deposit it into your account then you are to cash it out and you are to purchase this softwares from the shipping agent who we have been buying from for years now....and means of payment accepted by the vendor is via western union which i will be providing you with the vendors information which you will be using in purchasing the softwares and other needed working materials.




ravi_dravid12: Is it not possible for you to purchase the software directly and send it to my home?



You will be issued a check of $2,250 which you will have to use the funds to purchase your needed working materials from the Vendor, all you are to do when you get the check is to get it depodited into your account and the funds will be available for withdraw within 24hours or less Understood  ?


r: Is it not possible for you to send the software directly to my home?


hroffice900: The software vendor is the vendor all our employee has been buying from for years now.and you will make the order from her to enable her install the accounting software programs with disc and have it shipped overnight to you via FedEx


hroffice900: Is the job briefing very well understood?






hroffice900: Can we proceed with your job interview?


r: Sure



Are you seeking for  part time or full time job?


Why do you want the job?


What is your greatest strength and weakness?


What are your career goals?


How do you see yourself fitting in the company?


How much training do you think you need to become a productive employee?


Do you have a printer,scanner,photocopier and Fax machine?


Do you have an idea of how to use ms excel?


what do you understand by privacy and code of conduct?


Do you know your typing speed?



I need you to hold on online because i need to forward our conversation to the Head Dept to enable them see if you are committed and good  for this job.I need you to hold back online

r: sure


hroffice900 has signed out. (9/4/2014 7:51 PM)



Posters can read from the above that --Mr. Mike is going to send me a cashier's check for $2,250 which I am supposed to deposit in my bank account---cash it-- and then send $2,250 through Western Union to a vendor to purchase the software.    We can see here how the scam is going to operate. Once I cash the cashier's check--I will be sending $2,250 in cash through Western Union. In due course the bank will inform me that the cashier's check was a counterfeit and I would have to pay back the money to the bank. In the meanwhile this vendor would disappear into thin air after receiving $2,250.


I had made a complaint to the local police and also to the FBI since these guys are making job advertisements all over the US. My fear is that there are- at this very point in time- some people who might be in the process of being defrauded or worse some of them may have already been defrauded.


It is very cruel for these unscrupulous characters to be taking advantage of people who are in desperate need for a job.  


Anyway my post is intended to share my experience and thus for people to be aware of these  scams.





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