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  1. Hey friends, creating this thread so we can get help from our fellows who have/had there interviews in islamabad embassy. Please do let us know the experiences, tips and advices. Information related to medical or anything that can help
  2. Dear All, My case is CR1, from Pakistan, my interview was on 6th August 2018, while it went good though and kept my passport but gave me 221g to submit my wife's and sponsors tax returns as they didn't get it, however it was already submitted and approved by NVC. However as is it was written on 221g only to upload on CEAC, so i did the same, but also sent through AEG. Now my CEAC status shows Administrative processing and last case update: 17th Aug 2018. and Travel docs status shows ''your passport is being delivered to post''. Can anyone help me whats going on as I am so confused , how much time NVC will take to get my passport back? or is it a sign of approval or not ? How much i have wait more? Regards, Ovais
  3. Hello fellow beautiful member's of VJ , please after the reaffirmation of a cr1 case from USCIS how long does it take to reach NVC and then to the Embassy ? Pls help me out on this issue . Thanks.
  4. Please delete if this post is not allowed. Our case is at TSC, NOA1 August 1st 2017, we contacted USCIS many times, senators, congresswoman, and all we got was to be told to wait more or background check is still going on. No RFE yet. It's been over a year. Petitioner is USC, married for over 2 years (1 year at the time of NOA1). No criminal records, no huge age difference, no one was married before, beneficiary has never been to the US and has no one there but petitioner. We are too frustrated. Has anybody come across something like this before?
  5. Kiwsten

    Pivot Case US Embassy Manila

    Hello! Just wondering if theres also someone who got their case PIVOT? US Embassy Manila.. i feel like everyone else is non pivot 😕 it's been a month now and still no interview date. Been calling NVC everyday and they keep saying they are still waiting for US Embassy Manila and no interview available yet. But there are cases that just got completed last week and got their interview date for September already. Their case was non pivot. I feel hopeless already idk why ours was pivot in the first place
  6. Hey Everyone, My interview for my green card is next Tuesday morning and I just wanted some extra advice or any tips. I’m pretty nervous but just really want to make sure I don’t forget to bring anything, all and any advice would be great. My interview is at the Sydney Australia US consulate. Thanks
  7. Dear All, My interview went good and VO kept my passport, but at the end gave me 221g form for submission of tax returns of my wife which i already submitted at CEAC. As per instructions on 221g i again uploaded tax returns on CEAC , do i have to send them through courier also? or have to just wait for their reply, my case is under administrative processing. Kindly help or some suggestions?
  8. Hi everyone, I started this topic to help everyone waiting for her/his physical green card after she/he arrived to the United States So I hope everyone share his OS155A status and post the time between his date of entry, the immigrant fee date, the date you received the physical card in mail. Wish you all the best My status: Poe: Newark May 5 2016 Paid : April 20 2016 USCIS status: payment received on 4/20/2016
  9. Hey everyone, My husband finally received his passport with his US visa inside - hooray!!! It took about a year and two months from start to finish...not bad considering our current government. Anyway, my question is this: My husband is not yet 30 and has not yet completed his military service - he's continued his studies and hasn't been required to do his service yet. Now that we are ready to move to the States, we are wondering if we need any sort of stamp or paperwork from the Egyptian military stating that he is allowed to travel? Or will an enrollment certificate from his university be sufficient? Also, because he's not yet 30, would we be able to travel back to Egypt without fear of him being conscripted before a) he turns 30 or b) he becomes a US citizen? Any answers and advice help. Thank you and please feel free to message me with any questions regarding the entire CR1 application process - it's not as daunting as it seems, promise!
  10. Hello! Does anyone here still waiting for their schedule interview appointment date at US Embassy Manila? I got CC July 18th. Our case was Pivot.
  11. Hi everybody, First of all, I would like to say I am really happy to have found this Forum I would like to have your advice about the best way to go to the USA to live in there. I am French and I live with a French-American Woman in Paris, France. We both work in Paris and plan to go and live in the United States, Florida to be more precise. We are not married for the moment but we will be in 3 months (November 2018). More information about our situation: - My wife-to-be doesn't have a residence, as she lives in Paris, France - My wife lived in the USA from 1 year old to approx. 10 years old but never worked there - Even if she never worked there and never had to pay taxes, she submitted her tax returns - My wife's current employer is an American company. She will have a position in the US before leaving France - She has family in the US: - American cousins who live and work in the US - her brother, who he's American and French and has been working in Florida since 1 year - her mother, who he's French & married to an American since +10 years and has a Green Card. She has incomes (buying & reselling real estate after renovating it + French pension) In your opinion, what's our best option for me to live and work in the USA in order to follow my wife-to-be? I am considering 3 VISA but I'm not sure: - K1 => If I well understood, this VISA is only suitable for a foreign fiancé. As we plan to be married in 3 months, I think we can't apply for this VISA. Do you agree? Do you think we can try it before getting married? - K3 => As I understood, this VISA is kind of obsolete or, at least, I should chose the IR1/CR1 instead. - IR1 or CR1 => I think it's the most suitable VISA for my situation but my wife-to-be must have a residence in the US and submit the Affidavit of Support. As she never worked in the US for the moment, she can't complete this document. What do you think? Thank you all very much for any kind of advice! Angie & Jeremy
  12. I was admitted into United states on 1st march 2018 on CR1 VISA. My passport was stamped and dated till march 2020. The immigration officer told me mu green card will arrive in my mail within SIX months. Can someone tell me the exact time to expect the green card and when to file for removal of the conditions in my visa. Thank you
  13. Hey all - My husband and I went to the embassy in Cairo yesterday for our scheduled interview at 7:30 AM. However, when we got to the front of the line, they told us our name wasn’t on the list. Along with 10 to 15 other people, we sat on the side until they came back out to tell us that the National Visa Center had not yet sent our paperwork to the embassy! When we asked what the next steps were, they took down our phone numbers and said they would call as soon as they receive the paperwork to reschedule the interview. I called the national Visa Center and they said they sent my paperwork on July 6, about a month ago. I’ve been called the embassy as well and they said, again, that the paperwork was not there. I emailed the embassy, but have not yet heard back from them. Not sure what else to do. I traveled here for the interview from the US and I am missing work for this. I know I don’t have to be present at interview, but I wanted to come and support my husband and just be here throughout the whole process. It’s a total bummer. Anyone else have this experience in Egypt? What ended up happening? Can anyone offer advice?
  14. Its been 1 month and 18 days since AOS (Affidavit of Support) fee has been paid. Not IV fee has been invoiced. AOS fee paid on 6/26/18 DS 261 received 6/27/18 Any idea why it's taking so long? I'm the agent on this case, no email or text for any updates on IV fee. The petitioner called NVC and had the DS 261 reviewed and processed over the phone. He was told IV fee would be invoiced within a week. No news yet.
  15. Hi guys, just wanted to update you all.. I got my interview date and its on the 24th of September, and I got a letter that supports my case from the US General Consul in Istanbul. My wife is moving back to the states to establish domicile (we're trying to avoid anything that might cause us any unnecessary delays). I also recently got accepted to Columbia University in New York. Now I'm wondering if there's anything extra we should prepare for the interview, any tips or advice will be much appreciated. Specifically I'm wondering exactly what original documents we need to bring (apart from my civil documents) and what extra information will be helpful for qualifying for the waiver. Thank you all, bashar and kat
  16. Hello! I got case complete on July 18. And on August 7th, I received an email from nvc saying they need to cancel my appointment and reschedule it due to unforseen circumstances. But I never got an email from them prior to that. My husband called them and the gentleman he spoke to said he also dont know why we got an email regarding the reschedule.. my question is, do you guys know how long do US Embassy in Manila schedules appointment? Im hoping to be able to fly by September
  17. Hello everyone, First post here. My wife just had her interview today, with everything going well except for the AOS (Affidavit of Support). The consular officer received my wife's passport, photos, and gave back all the documents I had sent up months prior in the IV and AOS packages. They gave her a checklist: marked petitioner, and then co- sponsor (I haven't chosen one) and marked Affidavit of Support I - 864 and Most recent tax returns. To give a quick breakdown, I sent up my AOS package with a tax extension and the IRS form that comes with 4688. The NVC posed no issues with that tax extension, and on the state gov website it says it is fine to give in Lieu of a tax return. Now, I have no prior tax returns because I simply did not reside in the US 2 years prior to my 2017 tax year. Prior to that, I did not make enough to declare taxes. Point being, the consulate in Bogota is now pressuring us to find a co sponsor, and I know for a fact I am well equipped to be a sponsor. I am in the military; active duty and I fall under a different income guideline. One thing I found very strange is that the consular officer told my wife I did not meet the annual salary requirement for the AOS, and I know its not true, there is a form called I-864P HHS Guidelines for income. Anyone know of a similar situation? I would greatly appreciate any input. ( P.S. The case is not on administrative hold, they are just waiting on some docs that'll be hard to get soon)
  18. Hello, Me and my wife are currently in the CR1 process. Last week we submitted all of our documents to the NVC ( we had a lawyer prepare them for us, so I doubt we will have any issues or delays. The embassy where she will be having her interview is in Athens, Greece, and I have heard that Athens can be quicker than other embassies. How long do you think it will be from Submission ( Last week) until we have an interview date and when we finally get the interview. Thanks!
  19. Hello, Currently me and my wife have our case at the National Visa Center. As with every application, We need to get police certificates from every country she has lived ( Greece , USA, and UK). Unfortunately, the process to get the penal certificate for judicial use from Greece is EXTREMELY complicated. She tried to get it from Greece ( to send to the US Embassy in Athens) but was told she had to apply through an Embassy. I called the Greek Embassy in the US and they told me it had to be done through Greece ( but also said it was able to be done online) I am confused and unsure how to proceed being that our NVC application cannot proceed without this important document , but we cannot seem to be able to get our hands on it. I called the NVC three times and got two different answers; 1. You dont need the document until the interview, the US gov knows about the circumstances in Greece, 2. You need a receipt saying that you applied for the penal record to be sent to the US Embassy in order to apply. Being that my wife currently resides in London and not Athens it makes things much more complicated. Looking for some help from anyone who has been through this before. Thanks
  20. My priority date is july052016. I received a letter from NVC on June052017 saying that Theyve received all the requested documents for this immigrant visa case and is now in a queue awaiting an interview appointment overseas and that it takes within 3 months to schedule the interview. Now today its September062017 3 months exactly since receiving that letter and nothing from Abu Dhabi embassy or NVC and still waiting for an interview date! Please share your own experience & timeline. Thanks & Good luck for all.
  21. Just need help finding the section on Visa Journey that allows me to view applicants with similar timelines to when I applied. Also if anyone knows of an exemption to avoid the flu shot. Thank you
  22. Hello, my husband has an upcoming interview in turkey this week. We got denied for k1 because we found out that my husband was inadmissibile due to being a former daca recipient and having illegal time. We got married in turkey and filed i 130 and the 601 at the same time. Both were approved. Interview is this week and I am wondering if anyone sees a potential problem that will cause a denial. Thanks!
  23. Hey, can anyone please help me with telling me everything I need to file form W7? And how do we file it? I mean, where do we send it and are there any fees? Thanks
  24. Hello! This is a very unique question that I just thought of regarding my situation. I just filed for my husband and we received the I-130 receipt for the CR1 visa. I am currently in graduate school to become a physician assistant which is great, but does not allow me to currently have a job or a 2017/ 2018 tax return. My parents are co-sponsoring with me so financially, I will not have an issue. The problem I just thought of is that I am 26 so I do not qualify any longer to be on my parent's Aetna plan for health insurance and I had to pick up Husky quickly for this current year. I could not join my school's insurance at the time that I was dropped from my parent's plan, enrollment was not open. In May of 2019 I will graduate and will be making a very good salary and have full benefits from my job. Is my current health insurance status going to cause an issue with my husband's visa processing when we get to the NVC step? I need to decide if I want to try to get on to the school's insurance before my next semester will begin. I have never used any other state-funded program and neither has my family. The school's insurance is extremely pricey so I was hoping not to opt in for it this upcoming semester, but if I have to, I certainly will. Thanks in advance!
  25. I would like to share my recent medical examination (ME) experience at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) at 1177 Jorge Bacobo Street, Ermita, Manila (Philippines) for CR1 - US Visa to give you a peek, knowledge and understanding of what happened to me inside. Since I am not from Manila and SLEC is the only medical facility for a US Visa ME, I emailed them for my queries and waited for their response before I filed my leave of absence at work and booked my flight to Manila. After 2 days, I got their response that female applicants may now undergo ME even during their period. Though an online appointment with SLEC was not necessary (since they operate on a first come, first serve basis) I made sure to accomplish my US Immigrant Visa - Online Registration to reduce registration time. Me and my mom arrived around 4p.m. in Manila, a day before my scheduled ME and we stayed in a hotel 6 mins. away from SLEC. DAY 1 04:45 am → Me and my mom arrived at SLEC. I was approximately the 50th person in line 05:00 am → Two guards opened the entrance door & started accepting applicants 05:35 am → When it was my turn, I handed my organized documents to the guard. He took two (2) NVC Interview Letter, one (1) photocopy of my passport biographic/data page, four (2) 2x2 visa photos with my full name written at the back of each photo (make sure you have the neutral facial expression in your photos otherwise the guard will ask you to submit another photos/ this visa photo guide will help you ---> http://www.slec.ph/img/us_photo_guide.png), one (1) copy of the SLEC online registration confirmation and my passport 05:45 am → The guard stamped my papers and handed them back to me with the number 14 (small rectangle green card) on top. He stamped the back of my right hand with “SLEC A”. He checked my bag and saw the bottler of water and small biscuits that I packed. I was allowed to keep the bottle of water but he asked me to leave the biscuits (since foods are not allowed inside) so I gave it to my mom. Good thing, we already ate before we went to the clinic. I was the only one allowed inside and my mom had to wait outside the clinic. But don’t worry, SLEC has a waiting area for your relatives who accompanied you 06:00 am → Reception Counters at the ground floor started to open. They started calling out numbers & colors. I saw three different colors, mine is green, some are blue and some are red. It was pretty cold inside but I had my jacket to keep me warm. 06:15 am → When it was my turn, I gave the receptionist all the documents and he started asking me questions (is this your first time at SLEC, complete name, date of birth, educational attainment, civil status, occupation, last country visited etc.) After that, he took my photo and fingerprint scan. Then he instructed me on what to do next, handed me my PDS form with my patient number and passport back 06:20 am → I went to the 5th floor to pay the Medical Examination Fee at the Cashier. It was still closed when I got there. The lady guard took the PDS form, instructed me to sit at the waiting area and wait for my name to be called 06:35 am → Lady guard called my name, gave me my PDS form. I handed my PDS from, passport and P17,025.00 to the cashier. SLEC doesn’t accept checks, credit nor debit cards for payment. The cashier instructed me what to do next, gave me my passport, receipt for the fee and PDS form. 07:12 am → I went to the 3rd floor for the X-ray. I handed my PDS form, receipt and passport. The nurse asked me to read, sign a waiver and/or consent and fill out all items she checked. She asked me to write the date of the last first day of my period. I returned it to the nurse and waited for my name to be called. 07:20 am → The nurse called my name, gave me my documents (PDS form, receipt, passport and radiology number), instructed to me go to radiology room, take my shirt, bra, jewelries off, wear the hospital gown and make sure my long hair is tied up. There are seats inside the x-ray changing room and I waited there for my number to be called. 07:25 am → It was my turn, the radiographer took my documents and asked me a series of questions (full name, date of birth, educational attainment etc). She then asked me to stand in front of the x-ray unit positioned at my chest level, placed both my hands on my hips and hold the pad, roll my shoulders forward, lift my chin and take a deeeeeeeep breath, exhale and then another deeeeeep breath. That was it and I was done. She asked me to take my documents which she placed on the chair, change my clothes and go to Laboratory. 07:37 am → I went to the Laboratory at the 4th floor for my blood and urine tests. I handed the nurse my PDS form, receipt and passport. She gave a paper to read and sign (consent/waiver document). I returned it to her, took a seat and I waited for my name to be called. 07:45 am → It was my turn, the nurse returned my documents and asked me to scan my finger. She lead me to the laboratory room where I waited for a few minutes. I gave my documents (PDS, receipt and passport) to the nurse, she scanned my finger and took my blood sample to be analyzed for many things. She returned my documents and instructed me to go to the first door at the right side for the urine test. 08:00 am → I drank the bottle of water I brought with me before the blood test so by this time, I was ready to pee. I handed my documents (PDS, receipt and passport) to the nurse, she asked me when was the last first day of my period and what was the time when I last peed. She gave me a clean sterile container to collect my urine sample. There was a line drawn on the cup, she instructed me to fill the cup up to that level line (do not add water if you did not reach the level line and if it exceeds just let it be) cover the container, if you get anything on the outside of the cup, wipe it off with toilet paper. After I collected my urine sample, the nurse asked me to place it on the round tray with my name on it. I washed my hands and went out of the room. She handed me my documents back and instructed me on what to do next 08:00 am → I went to the 2nd floor for the immunization interview, I submitted my documents (PDS, receipt and passport) to the man at the immunization reception. He gave me a form to read and sign. I returned it to him, took a seat and waited for my name to be called. 08:40 am → After the long wait, my name was finally called, I went to the reception area where the man gave me my documents back then I was lead to the immunization interview room. The doctor asked for my finger scan and she asked me a lot of questions. It was quick though. 09:00 am → I went to the 5th floor and submitted my documents to the nurse at the vital signs counter. I waited for my name to be called. When it was my turn, she took my weight measurement, temperature, blood pressure and then asked me to go to another room where my height measurement and eye test were taken. Then they forwarded my documents to the US Counter and instructed me to wait for my name to be called. 09:25 am → US Counter called my name, the lady handed me my documents with number 7 (Room 8) attached. She instructed me to wait outside the room. 09:40 am → I was called by the doctor inside the physical test room, I handed her my documents and she asked for my finger scan. She asked me to sign a document stating that I have not given birth nor had any pregnancies and/or abortions. Then she asked me a series of questions (full name, date of birth, educational attainment, occupation, operations, hospitalizations, mental health etc… it was a lot of questions) and she types all of your answers in their database. She then asked me to take my clothes off (except for bra and underwear) and wear the hospital gown. She checked my throat and asked if I have other tattoos aside from the ones on my left arm. She then asked me to lie on the bed. By this time, my heart was pounding and the doctor felt it. She asked me if I am scared or nervous. I said I am scared that I will be asked to get totally naked. She smiled. Then she asked me if I have given birth, I said no. Any pregnancies…… no.. she checked below my tummy and my back and legs. And that was it. She returned my documents and instructed me to submit them to US Counter outside. 10:30am → I submitted my documents to the US Counter and after 10 minutes, my name was called. The lady instructed me to return tomorrow at 9:00 am for immunization and collection of my medical examination result. She returned my receipt which was stamped 9:00 am at the back and my passport which was stamped and signed at the 2nd last page. DAY 2 08:30am → I handed my documents (receipt and passport) to the guard at the entrance and he asked for my finger scan. He instructed me to leave my passport and receipt at counter A. I took a seat and waited for my name to be called 08:45am → I heard my name was called and I was asked to wait on the 2nd floor for the immunization. Yeap, it was a super long wait… I took my phone and played games while waiting. 10:20am → Finally, my name was called. I went inside the immunization room where I got my four (4) shots. The first two shots didn’t hurt but the third and last shots hurt so bad. The nurse told me to avoid becoming pregnant during the first 60 days from the date I got the vaccines. 10:45am → I went to the ground floor - counter A and waited for my name to be called. 10:55am → yhaayy I was called. The receptionist asked me to leave my passport on counter A and wait for my name to be called. 11:00am → Counter F called my name. I went there and was greeted by a lady nurse. She asked me a series of questions (full name, date of birth, educational attainment, occupation, inteview date, husband’s name, my medication for my asthma, my last hospitalization etc) she then asked me to check my name and date of birth which were written on the CD of chest radiograph. Then she asked me to check the details written on the Vaccination Documentation Worksheet. Then she handed me the US Dept. Of State Form (Vaccination Record) which will be presented for application of work in the USA. Then she gave me a sealed short brown envelope with the huge warning “DO NOT OPEN” written on it. This will be brought at the time of interview and only the consular officer has the right to open it. Then she stamped the 2nd last page of my passport and signed it. Before you leave SLEC, make sure you have your passport, official receipt, CD, sealed brown envelope and your vaccination record (Vaccination Documentation Worksheet). The whole medical examination process was exhausting yet I am so glad everything turned out well. It was such a wonderful experience. If you are about to do your medical examination. I am wishing and praying it will turn out well too. I hope this post helps.