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    What documents are needed for a joint sponsor?
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    I am in the second portion of DCF with a job offer that I accepted and currently work on but I have been living abroad for the past 3-4 years, I filed taxes while abroad but my income is in a foreign currency. Our sponsor gave me a copy of their W-2. Is that sufficient? Has anyone had this experience? I'm preparing all the documents for my wife's final interview. I also have a broker account + wife has her own savings. If anyone has had experience with this process I would appreciate any help or orientation. Sponsor income is more than 100k.

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    Visa K1 interview. Original documents question. Argentina embassy.
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    Greetings, everybody.

    This is my first post here, but a lurker since I started the petition back in Nov 2023. The embassy requires the original documents for both my birth and police certifications. However, the government sent me said documents as PDFs, digitally signed. Can I just print these out? Unfortunately, I don't have access to the CEAC to upload my documents as they never sent me the invoice number to complete the registration process. I sent them a public inquiry as per requested but I haven't gotten an answer yet. I asked the embassy directly through their email address but they didn't provide me a concrete answer either. They said the pdf would do but they never specified how it should be presented. The interview is this upcoming Tuesday and I am extremely nervous!

    Thanks in advance!

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    K1 interview 18JUL24 -Approved sharing my experience :) UK Embassy
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    I'm excited to share that my visa was approved this morning! :) Here s my experience:

    I drove to the Sainsbury car park, which is about a 10-minute walk from the US Embassy perfect if you plan to drive and need parking. I arrived at 08:15 and waited in the car until 08:30 before heading to the embassy.

    Upon arrival, I reached a small reception area outside the building where I was asked to present my passport and DS-160 form.

    The staff there noted a number and signed my DS-160, then returned both documents to me.

    Since I was early for my 09:30 appointment, I was instructed to wait on one of the benches outside until 09:00.

    At 09:00, I returned and was kindly allowed inside, where I encountered the security area. The process was similar to airport security: they checked my passport, DS-160, my unlocked phone, and my open bag. They asked me to remove my watch and belt too. Once through security, I entered the building, where there were two queues leading to a reception desk. Only 2-3 people were ahead of me, so I didn t need to skip the queue as I had been told to skip it by the woman in the reception outside area.

    At the inside reception, a gentleman scanned my DS-160 and passport, then printed out a number starting with "I" (mine was I908). He directed me to the elevators, an to go to first-floor, instructing me to turn left after the elevators and then left again at the end of the corridor. I waited for about three minutes before my number appeared on the screen, directing me to desk 20.

    There, a sweet American gentleman asked if my fianc or I had ever been married, and about the countries I d lived in for more than six months since the age of 16 (the UK, Spain, and Portugal). He then requested my original birth certificate, criminal records from Portugal and Spain, the ACRO certificate for the UK, my passport, DS-160, I-134 form, and a 2x2 US-sized photograph.

    After collecting these documents, he asked me to read a leaflet on abuse rights while I waited for my number to be called again.

    After approximately 20 minutes, I was called to desk 23. A very nice American lady asked me to confirm my fianc s name and to swear an oath to tell the truth. She then asked five questions:

    1. How did you meet your fianc ?
    2. How did your fianc /you propose?
    3. Where does your fianc live?
    4. How many times have you seen your fianc , and has your fianc ever lived in the UK?
    5. Have your fianc and your parents met each other?

    After answering, she smiled and informed me that my visa was approved. She asked if I had any questions and confirmed the address where my passport would be sent once the visa was issued.

    The process was quicker than I expected, taking about an hour from start to finish, even in the early morning. Everyone was very nice and kind. The questions can vary; I overheard others being interviewed, and while their questions were different, they were also asked only five. I initially thought the interview would be conducted in a private room, but it took place in the same area where you wait for your number to be called.

    They returned my birth certificate, DS-160, and criminal records but kept my passport, I-134 form, and supporting evidence like the employer letter, W-2, tax return, and savings statements.

    I also want to point out that when the lady says your visa is approved, you can check the status by entering your case number (LND...) at CEAC Status Tracker. However, bear in mind that even after the lady says "Approved," the visa could still be rejected after a final screening. If they find something odd, they will send your passport back with a rejection letter and instructions on what to do. So, my recommendation is not to give notice to your work or landlord until your visa status on CEAC says "Issued." I had my interview yesterday, it was updated to "Approved," and only an hour or so ago, it changed to "Issued," which means the visa has definitely been given.

    I hope this helps, and feel free to ask if you have any questions!


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    Age Freeze/Documents Needed for IR2 in the Philippines
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    Hi, my mother (US citizen) filed my I-130 petition when I was still 17 years old and it got approved now that I m 18 years old. May I ask if my age is frozen to 17 years old or is it now considered 18 years old? (IR2)

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    Received this email on 06.27.2024 - F4 waiting since 2009 - status current - anyone has the same status?
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    This notice is to inform you that your case for an immigrant visa is documentarily complete at the National Visa Center (NVC) and has been since 13-Jan-2022. NVC has received all of the fees, forms and documents required prior to attending an immigrant visa interview. Your petition is awaiting an interview appointment. At this time, no further action is required. We appreciate your patience.

    Your case will remain at NVC until an appointment is scheduled, at which time we will send it to the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate General. We will notify the applicant, petitioner, and attorney (if applicable) when an appointment is scheduled.

    The U.S. Embassy or Consulate tells NVC which dates they are holding interviews. NVC fills these appointments on a first-in, first-out basis and is unable to predict when an interview will be scheduled.

    For the most up-to-date information about the U.S. Embassy or Consulate's operating status, please visit their website at https://usembassy.gov.

    The next communication you receive from NVC will be either a notice that your appointment is scheduled, or if an appointment is not scheduled within the next 60 days, we will send a notice confirming that your case is still in line for an interview.

    Important: The applicant should not make any permanent financial commitments until they have received their immigrant visa. This includes activities such as:
    - Selling a house, car or property,
    - Resigning from a job, or;
    - Making other travel arrangements.

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