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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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Hey fellow VJ members,

Wasn't quite sure if this was the place to post my question, but I am hoping you could give me some direction here. My husband and I are still at the very beginning of our long I-130 journey, but as I read along I am finding questions that should be answered before it's too late. Anyway, my husband is a German citizen and the NVC will be shipping everything to the US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany (provided that application gets approved).

First: When we go for the interview in Frankfurt, will it be done in German, or in English. If done in English, will there be a translator present, or can you request one. I will be attending the interview as well, but I can speak both German and English... I am just worried that he will struggle because he really has very little knowledge of the English language.

Secondly: I was reading the US Embassy site for Frankfurt, Germany and they said that documents that were in German required no English translation. Is this true? So both English and German emails, cards, letters, etc. will be accepted without translation?

I think that's about it for now. I also have a question regarding the I-864 in the immigration new thread that I am still seeking an answer for. I thank everyone here for the help and knowledge and can't wait to return my knowledge to someone else.

Best regards,

Przy


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I-130 Petition

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

Married in Germany : 10-19-2007

I-130 Sent : 01-03-2008

I-130 NOA1 : 02-07-2008

I-130 NOA2 : 04-28-2008

NVC Case Number Assigned : 05-02-2008

DS-3032 and AOS Fee Received from NVC: 05-17-2008

DS-3032 Choice of Agent Emailed to NVC: 05-17-2008

AOS Fee Paid Online: 05-19-2008 (PAID 05-20-2008)

AOS Sent To NVC: 05-27-2008 (Coversheet printed online)

DS-3032 accepted by NVC: 05-27-2008

I-864 Arrived at NVC: 05-28-2008

I-864 Entered into NVC System: 06-02-2008

IV Bill Received: 06-02-2008

IV Bill Paid: 06-03-2008

DS-230 sent to NVC via USPS Express Mail: 06-26-2008

DS-230 arrived at the NVC: 06-27-2008

DS-230 entered into system: 06-30-2008

Case Completed at NVC: 07-07-2008

Case Left the NVC for Frankfurt, Germany: 07-15-2008

Case Received at the Consulate: 07-17-2008

Interview Letter Received: 07-25-2008

Medical Appointment in Hamburg, Germany: 08-04-2008

Interview in Frankfurt, Germany at 8:00am: 08-13-2008 - APPROVED - VISA GRANTED

Visa Received in the Mail: 08-15-2008

Flight to the USA: 09-26-2008 (POE - LAX @ 3:40pm)

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Hey fellow VJ members,

Wasn't quite sure if this was the place to post my question, but I am hoping you could give me some direction here. My husband and I are still at the very beginning of our long I-130 journey, but as I read along I am finding questions that should be answered before it's too late. Anyway, my husband is a German citizen and the NVC will be shipping everything to the US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany (provided that application gets approved).

First: When we go for the interview in Frankfurt, will it be done in German, or in English. If done in English, will there be a translator present, or can you request one. I will be attending the interview as well, but I can speak both German and English... I am just worried that he will struggle because he really has very little knowledge of the English language.

Secondly: I was reading the US Embassy site for Frankfurt, Germany and they said that documents that were in German required no English translation. Is this true? So both English and German emails, cards, letters, etc. will be accepted without translation?

I think that's about it for now. I also have a question regarding the I-864 in the immigration new thread that I am still seeking an answer for. I thank everyone here for the help and knowledge and can't wait to return my knowledge to someone else.

Best regards,

Przy

Consulates are prepared to conduct interviews in the local languages applicable to their service area. Lack of English skills is sometimes an issue when there is no common language or the couple is unable to demonstrate the ability to communicate with each other. Your fluent German will rule the day on that issue.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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Hey fellow VJ members,

Wasn't quite sure if this was the place to post my question, but I am hoping you could give me some direction here. My husband and I are still at the very beginning of our long I-130 journey, but as I read along I am finding questions that should be answered before it's too late. Anyway, my husband is a German citizen and the NVC will be shipping everything to the US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany (provided that application gets approved).

First: When we go for the interview in Frankfurt, will it be done in German, or in English. If done in English, will there be a translator present, or can you request one. I will be attending the interview as well, but I can speak both German and English... I am just worried that he will struggle because he really has very little knowledge of the English language.

Secondly: I was reading the US Embassy site for Frankfurt, Germany and they said that documents that were in German required no English translation. Is this true? So both English and German emails, cards, letters, etc. will be accepted without translation?

I think that's about it for now. I also have a question regarding the I-864 in the immigration new thread that I am still seeking an answer for. I thank everyone here for the help and knowledge and can't wait to return my knowledge to someone else.

Best regards,

Przy

Consulates are prepared to conduct interviews in the local languages applicable to their service area. Lack of English skills is sometimes an issue when there is no common language or the couple is unable to demonstrate the ability to communicate with each other. Your fluent German will rule the day on that issue.

Thanks for the speedy reply... that's one less thing to worry about. :thumbs:

Regards,

Przy


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I-130 Petition

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

Married in Germany : 10-19-2007

I-130 Sent : 01-03-2008

I-130 NOA1 : 02-07-2008

I-130 NOA2 : 04-28-2008

NVC Case Number Assigned : 05-02-2008

DS-3032 and AOS Fee Received from NVC: 05-17-2008

DS-3032 Choice of Agent Emailed to NVC: 05-17-2008

AOS Fee Paid Online: 05-19-2008 (PAID 05-20-2008)

AOS Sent To NVC: 05-27-2008 (Coversheet printed online)

DS-3032 accepted by NVC: 05-27-2008

I-864 Arrived at NVC: 05-28-2008

I-864 Entered into NVC System: 06-02-2008

IV Bill Received: 06-02-2008

IV Bill Paid: 06-03-2008

DS-230 sent to NVC via USPS Express Mail: 06-26-2008

DS-230 arrived at the NVC: 06-27-2008

DS-230 entered into system: 06-30-2008

Case Completed at NVC: 07-07-2008

Case Left the NVC for Frankfurt, Germany: 07-15-2008

Case Received at the Consulate: 07-17-2008

Interview Letter Received: 07-25-2008

Medical Appointment in Hamburg, Germany: 08-04-2008

Interview in Frankfurt, Germany at 8:00am: 08-13-2008 - APPROVED - VISA GRANTED

Visa Received in the Mail: 08-15-2008

Flight to the USA: 09-26-2008 (POE - LAX @ 3:40pm)

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Hey fellow VJ members,

Wasn't quite sure if this was the place to post my question, but I am hoping you could give me some direction here. My husband and I are still at the very beginning of our long I-130 journey, but as I read along I am finding questions that should be answered before it's too late. Anyway, my husband is a German citizen and the NVC will be shipping everything to the US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany (provided that application gets approved).

First: When we go for the interview in Frankfurt, will it be done in German, or in English. If done in English, will there be a translator present, or can you request one. I will be attending the interview as well, but I can speak both German and English... I am just worried that he will struggle because he really has very little knowledge of the English language.

Secondly: I was reading the US Embassy site for Frankfurt, Germany and they said that documents that were in German required no English translation. Is this true? So both English and German emails, cards, letters, etc. will be accepted without translation?

I think that's about it for now. I also have a question regarding the I-864 in the immigration new thread that I am still seeking an answer for. I thank everyone here for the help and knowledge and can't wait to return my knowledge to someone else.

Best regards,

Przy

J's interview was last week; they didn't even ask him if he preferred English or German, they just conducted everything in German.

Also, they didn't ask to see any of our backup information; the offical documents, such as his birth certificate, were already in both languages.


AOS

Date Filed: 2008-08-27

NOA Date: 2008-09-02

Bio. Appt.: 2008-09-18

AOS Transfer: 2008-09-22 to CSC; 2008-11-25 to local office

Approval/Denial Date: 2009-02-10 card production ordered

Greencard Received: 2009-02-20

Removal of Conditions

Date mailed: 2010-11-12

NOA Date: 2010-11-15

Approved: 2011-04-28 card production ordered

Received card: 2011-05-04

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia
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Don't worry about the documents not being in English, the COs should be fluent in German and be able to read the documentation you sent the NVC with the DS-230. The only time people should be concerned is there is a document not in English nor in the native language of the beneficiary.

Diana


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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Hey fellow VJ members,

Wasn't quite sure if this was the place to post my question, but I am hoping you could give me some direction here. My husband and I are still at the very beginning of our long I-130 journey, but as I read along I am finding questions that should be answered before it's too late. Anyway, my husband is a German citizen and the NVC will be shipping everything to the US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany (provided that application gets approved).

First: When we go for the interview in Frankfurt, will it be done in German, or in English. If done in English, will there be a translator present, or can you request one. I will be attending the interview as well, but I can speak both German and English... I am just worried that he will struggle because he really has very little knowledge of the English language.

Secondly: I was reading the US Embassy site for Frankfurt, Germany and they said that documents that were in German required no English translation. Is this true? So both English and German emails, cards, letters, etc. will be accepted without translation?

I think that's about it for now. I also have a question regarding the I-864 in the immigration new thread that I am still seeking an answer for. I thank everyone here for the help and knowledge and can't wait to return my knowledge to someone else.

Best regards,

Przy

Thank goodness someone else asked this question! It seemed like everyone's spouses spoke English at the interview. I speak fluent Portuguese and my husband is learning English but I am not sure he will be up to par for the interview... having read some reviews saying that it may make a difference in the outcome based on whether or not the intending immigrant speaks English at the interview, I was getting a bit worried... but the answers that people have given here makes more sense, regarding the couple's ability to communicate, etc.

My personal relief aside, I would say that yes, the interviewer should always be bilingual (English and the national language in the given country). My understanding, at least for Brazil, is that any documents sent to NVC need an English translation, but anything sent to the consulate doesn't (since they should generally be bilingual there.)

Good luck!


USCIS

August 16, 2007: Filed 1-130 at VSC for CR-1 Visa

December 21, 2007: NOA1 issued (I-130 now at CSC)

February 27, 2008: NOA2 issued

NVC

March 07, 2008: NVC case # received

March 26, 2008: Fee bills arrive

April 01, 2008: Fee bills paid

April 11, 2008: NVC processes fee bill payments

April 24, 2008: AOS and DS-230 requests arrive from NVC

May 13, 2008: Completed AOS and DS-230 packages sent to NVC

May 23, 2008: RFE for Police Certificate (even though all original docs were sent!)

June 30, 2008: Checklist Letter Response received at NVC (new documents)

July 8, 2008: Case complete

July 16, 2008: Case forwarded to Consulate

US CONSULATE - RIO DE JANEIRO

July 22, 2008: Case arrives at Consulate

July 24, 2008: Medical Exam

August 14, 2008: INTERVIEW! Visa issued!

August 18, 2008: Received immigrant visa and document package via DHL

January 16, 2009: Enter US at LAX POE

1-751 JOINT PETITION

November 5, 2010: Mailed file for 1-751 Removal of Conditions

November 6, 2010: Petition package arrival at CSC [check cashed on 11/10/10]

November 12, 2010: NOA1 received

December 14, 2010: Biometrics appointment

February 11, 2011: Approval of Removal of Conditions

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Germany
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Thanks everyone! Appreciate the quick and helpful responses. Great group of people here. Thanks again.

Regards,

Przy


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I-130 Petition

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

Married in Germany : 10-19-2007

I-130 Sent : 01-03-2008

I-130 NOA1 : 02-07-2008

I-130 NOA2 : 04-28-2008

NVC Case Number Assigned : 05-02-2008

DS-3032 and AOS Fee Received from NVC: 05-17-2008

DS-3032 Choice of Agent Emailed to NVC: 05-17-2008

AOS Fee Paid Online: 05-19-2008 (PAID 05-20-2008)

AOS Sent To NVC: 05-27-2008 (Coversheet printed online)

DS-3032 accepted by NVC: 05-27-2008

I-864 Arrived at NVC: 05-28-2008

I-864 Entered into NVC System: 06-02-2008

IV Bill Received: 06-02-2008

IV Bill Paid: 06-03-2008

DS-230 sent to NVC via USPS Express Mail: 06-26-2008

DS-230 arrived at the NVC: 06-27-2008

DS-230 entered into system: 06-30-2008

Case Completed at NVC: 07-07-2008

Case Left the NVC for Frankfurt, Germany: 07-15-2008

Case Received at the Consulate: 07-17-2008

Interview Letter Received: 07-25-2008

Medical Appointment in Hamburg, Germany: 08-04-2008

Interview in Frankfurt, Germany at 8:00am: 08-13-2008 - APPROVED - VISA GRANTED

Visa Received in the Mail: 08-15-2008

Flight to the USA: 09-26-2008 (POE - LAX @ 3:40pm)

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Thanks everyone! Appreciate the quick and helpful responses. Great group of people here. Thanks again.

Regards,

Przy

Not at the interview...they should speak the native language....My husband speaks Spanish...and his English is ok but limited. he has been in school for 1 year trying to learn it before he comes...so your spouse should be fine!

but the port of entry they will ask your spouse several questions in English....so he sould be prepared....


!!Our Journey!!!

Karla and Jaime

Married on 4-14-2007

I130 sent- 5-8-2007

I130 approved-9-7-2007

5-9-2208 APPROVED VISA!!!!!!!!!!!!! (second interview)

5-26-08 VISA IN HAND FINALLY!!

6-12-08 MY HUBBY IS COMING HOME YAY!! POE LAX!

6-23-08 social security received WOW SUPER FAST!!!

6-24-08 green card arrived!!! WHOOT WHOOT!

3-24-2010 Sent I-751 paperwork to California service center

8-3-2010 I-751 approved!!! WHOO HOO!!!

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Thanks everyone! Appreciate the quick and helpful responses. Great group of people here. Thanks again.

Regards,

Przy

Not at the interview...they should speak the native language....My husband speaks Spanish...and his English is ok but limited. he has been in school for 1 year trying to learn it before he comes...so your spouse should be fine!

but the port of entry they will ask your spouse several questions in English....so he sould be prepared....

It was actually kind of funny because my husband's first time in the USA was last year. He had a new passport and everything. We arrived together, I cleared customs without a problem and we met on the other side. The custom's officer started asking my husband questions and then the officer just called me over to translate. After that, the office took my husband to another room so he could register (or so they say because of his new passport) his information. The officer there then started asking my husband questions and he answered them in English without a problem, but the officer insisted I come over and translate again. My husband and I will be returning to the States together when/if his visa gets approved, so I am hoping there won't be any problems with English. Either way, his English is slowly, but surely getting there. After a year in the US, it will be just as good as anyone else's. :D

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I-130 Petition

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

Married in Germany : 10-19-2007

I-130 Sent : 01-03-2008

I-130 NOA1 : 02-07-2008

I-130 NOA2 : 04-28-2008

NVC Case Number Assigned : 05-02-2008

DS-3032 and AOS Fee Received from NVC: 05-17-2008

DS-3032 Choice of Agent Emailed to NVC: 05-17-2008

AOS Fee Paid Online: 05-19-2008 (PAID 05-20-2008)

AOS Sent To NVC: 05-27-2008 (Coversheet printed online)

DS-3032 accepted by NVC: 05-27-2008

I-864 Arrived at NVC: 05-28-2008

I-864 Entered into NVC System: 06-02-2008

IV Bill Received: 06-02-2008

IV Bill Paid: 06-03-2008

DS-230 sent to NVC via USPS Express Mail: 06-26-2008

DS-230 arrived at the NVC: 06-27-2008

DS-230 entered into system: 06-30-2008

Case Completed at NVC: 07-07-2008

Case Left the NVC for Frankfurt, Germany: 07-15-2008

Case Received at the Consulate: 07-17-2008

Interview Letter Received: 07-25-2008

Medical Appointment in Hamburg, Germany: 08-04-2008

Interview in Frankfurt, Germany at 8:00am: 08-13-2008 - APPROVED - VISA GRANTED

Visa Received in the Mail: 08-15-2008

Flight to the USA: 09-26-2008 (POE - LAX @ 3:40pm)

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