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    #3 Abandoned residency, denied ESTA. Now what?!
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    USCIS proposes increasing application fees by 21% or more
    N-400 fees to go from $640 to $1,170 with the "weighted-average" fees across all applications going up 21%. Effective date is unclear, but notionally ~ Oct 1, 2020.
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    What if i don't get the recorded marriage certificate back before the 90 day K1 fiance visa expires?
    I am getting married next week and just learned that it may take weeks to get the recorded marriage certificate mailed to me.  This will put us beyond the 90 days. The officiant says he can take a photo of what he files at the courthouse (is that a file stamped non-recorded marriage certificate or something else)? But I am worried that it won't be sufficient to adjust status.

    What should I do?
    1. File for AoS before the 90 days expires with the photo of documentation he sends me and possibly/probably get an RFE?
    2.  Wait beyond the ninety days and file for AoS?
    3. File for AoS within and then supplement that filing in a few weeks with a nice copy of the recorded marriage certificate?

    Also, after we file for AoS, what paperwork should my fiancee carry with her to prove she is in the country legally?  
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    K1 Visa 129-F Denial -- Next Steps?
    Well after waiting for an answer from our RFE response, I got an electronic notification today that our petition has been denied.  I'm sure most people who have been denied quickly leave this forum all together but I could really use some advice.  I have not yet received the letter, so I have no explanation for exactly why we were denied but I would think it would be safe to say it is related to our RFE.  It said the letter would explain the reasons and what our options are but I have read on here that there are NO options after being denied a K1.  I guess I'm reaching out to anyone on here that has been through the same thing that could shed some light on where to go from here.
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    NVC Filers - November 2019
    Welcome to another monthly thread for those going through NVC! This is the one place you should visit if you are filing through the NVC in November 2019!
    Please read everything below and refer to it throughout your NVC journey, whether this is your first month at NVC or your third. 


    Before posting questions, please read the wiki Saylin wrote on the NVC process. Once you're done, read it one or two more times to really understand it ;). Don't forget to also read the official form instructions as well as USCIS and NVC's websites!
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    New Healthcare Requirements for US Immigrants
    Immigrant visa applicants will have to demonstrate that they will be covered by health insurance within thirty days of entering the country or have the financial resources to pay for medical costs.  Details below:
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    US Immigration Petition Approval Stats (I-129F, I-130 and others)
    Have you ever wondered how frequently petitions are denied by USCIS?  We've collected a list of statistics on common petition forms.  Interesting results!
    I-129F (Fiancee Visa Petition):  19.6% of petitions denied
    I-130 (Spouse Visa Petition): 17.8% of petitions denied
    I-485 (Permanent Residence Petition): 14.4% of petitions denied
    I-751 (Remove Conditions on Residence): 3.7% of petitions denied
    N-400 (Citizenship): 10.5% of petitions denied
    I-131 (Advance Parole): 31.4% of petitions denied
    I-765 (Employment Authorization Documents): 17.5% of petitions denied
    I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers): 7.6% of petitions denied
    Note, that all numbers above are from the last 3 months at USCIS (3Q19).
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    Avoid these Common Tax Calculator Mistakes in 2020
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    Tax Calculator for individuals should not be complicated or stressful, but it should be a part of your routine.

    Here are some common topics where you can do any mistake in Income Tax Calculator very easily

    Know yourself and your Tax Knowledge
    Know your Income Tax Calculator 2020 strategy
    Use the 2020 income tax calculator withholding estimator to be sure
    Make a habit of it

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    O1 Administrative Processing (more than 6 weeks)
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    Hi guys, I really need someone to be in the same page as me or else I am going crazy, I have been approved on Oct 30 for my O1 Visa, on Nov 12 I went for my interview in the US Consular and the officer there told me "you have been approved please give us 3-4 days and we will send your passport through courier", after 3 hours I am receiving an email from the US Consular saying " Although you were advised at the time of your interview that your visa was approved, we will not be able to issue your visa right away nor confirm its approval at the moment, Rest assured that we will contact you when a determination has been made on your visa application case." and they put me in 221(g) without wanting more documents, explaining nothing, nor what the problem is nor how long in will take, NOW its been 6 weeks and I still did not receive any update, I feel am in limbo. I am about to lose my job if I don't go back as soon as possible. Anyone on the same page? Anyone being through the exact same thing for an advise?

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    DS-160 Questions...
    7:20 am today

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    Morning all!

    Just moving my small queries to UK forum for my K1 DS-160.

    I currently have a NOA2 (yay) but no case number (I only had the NOA2 6 days) - I have filled out ALL the DS-160 questions and double checked and added a photo.

    I have a few queries with ensuring I am giving the correct info. But I am 99% there.

    I am told there is no fee for the DS-160 in some forum posts and other (not my posts) say there is. Not that it matters - just confusing.

    So, for the UK, should I just submit anyway (without CASE NUMBER) and wait - or is there a preferred method/order?

    My jabs are all up to date, I have my Police Report......

    Basically it comes down to:

    1. Does waiting create huge delay in process to the end game
    2. Does early submission hinder my festive break - where I plan to visit the USA
    3. If I submit today my last 5 visits listed to USA - won't include CHRISTMAS 2019/20 but if they read it in JANUARY 2020 it should include it. (But its true at submission).

    Thanks All


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    W2 from 2016 is missing
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    Hi everyone, My husband has completed an affadavit of support I-864ez for me. He has his tax transcript for the last 3 years (2018, 2017 and 2016). He also added W2 from 2018 and 2017 however he cannot find his W2 for 2016. What should he do? He has one for 2015 can he include that instead? He has recently moved house and think it might got lost in the move. Thank you for advice in advance.

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    Granfathered under 245i?
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    So I was wondering if my mother is protected by the 245i ... but she never became a LPR .... can i still be grandfathered under the 245i?

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