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arrowwrong email add of employer, is it a checklist?
October 24, 2014, 5:48 pm Last comment by nurse2us

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My lawyer received a letter yesterday regarding a wrong email of my employer, is this considered a checklist? My lawyer has updated NVC with the correct email add. My 60 days will be nextweek...

Thanks for your insights guys

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arrowWill I be able to get a B2 with my circumstance?
October 24, 2014, 12:13 am Last comment by Stressed Out

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Hi all, 

I had posted a topic earlier on whether I would be able to go through ESTA as I am a New Zealand passport holder. 
Long story short, I was denied for a J1 visa back in March 2013 because the consular at that time believed I wouldn't leave the country and I didn't have enough ties to leave. I was going through the J1 with a organisation called IEP and their director was able to explain my situation that my parents live in Australia and I live in NZ alone and even though my ties are minimal, my purposes of visiting USA is plainly to get Marketing experience for the year so that I when I went back home I have that differentiation point from all other new graduates. 


Another factor which I believe my J1 was initially denied was the consular was bias. I grew up in New Zealand since I was 8 years old (I am now 24) and I am a New Zealand citizen however, my ethnicity is Filipino. 

So anyway, 2 weeks after my first denial - I went for my second interview and was approved. I left for the USA May 2013 and left the country and moved to Australia June 2014. I did not overstay or breach the J1 at all. 

I plan on now spending Christmas and New Years in USA with relatives and friends I met there while on the J1 and have found out that I can't use ESTA for a visa waiver due to the initial denial being on my record. I have to apply for a B2. 


It gets complicated because how do I show I have ties to Australia? My parents live here and since arriving in June, it has actually proven hard to find a job in Marketing as it is super competitive. I plan to holiday in the USA December 23 - Jan 3rd and then after that trip Im going to try applying for jobs back in NZ and start my career again. 

The only issue is obviously I would interview in Sydney, and I have to show ties. The only ties I have are my Mum and Dad. I am jobless at the moment too. I have documentation that all my personal effects have been shipped here to Australia from NZ, I have a bank account. But that's really all I have.. I have an itinerary of what I plan on doing whilst in the states and that would be Christmas with relatives and New Years with friends and hiking. 

Can anyone give me insight on what else I can bring? 


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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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