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This may sound like a silly question, but I just want to ask and get answers from this question.

Case: I'm planning to study nursing as a 2nd courser in the USA when I get there. I took some prerequisites while in the Philippines to be admitted.

Questions: will I be considered an "International Student", just because my credentials are from the Philippines? Or, Will I be considered as a resident? Means, I don't have pay international student fee which is expensive and I might not need to take TOEFL? Anyone here who is enrolled to a university using a CR1 visa? What documents did you bring with you for admission.

I really need help about this matter because my interview will be next month and I want to be well-prepared for everything. Thank you for those who will share their insights.


USCIS Took 5 months for me (too long)

I-130 Sent : 2008-09-02

I-130 NOA1 : 2008-09-08

I-129F Sent :

I-129F NOA1 : 2008-09-23

I-129F RFE(s) : 2009-02-05

RFE Reply(s) : 2009-02-06

I-129F NOA2 : 2009-02-10

G325A sent to USCIS- 2009- 02-05

G325A received by USCIS- 2009- 02-06

I-130 Approval : 2009-02-10

I130 and I129 F APPROVED AT THE SAME TIME

NVC Took almost 4 months

02/23/2009- NVC Received and case number assigned (Oh! God is great!)

02/26/09- Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill

03/03/09- Emailed DS3032 (using Jame's shortcut)

03/06/09- Mailed DS3032 via DHL

03/11/09- DHL arrived at NVC- 2009-03-09, DS-3032 E-Mail accepted

03/15/09-Paid I-864 Bill, Receive I-864 Package

03/16/09 -IV Bill generated

03/16/09- Received IV Bill

03/17/2009-Paid IV Bill

05/10/09- Returned Completed I-864

5/18/09- RFE received for DS230/ Sent response through DHL from PI

05/20-05/21/09- Early medical- passed

5/22/09- RFE received for AOS package (wooo..grr))

5/27/09- AOS response overnight to NVC

5/28/09- NVC received checklist (Ds230) as per AVR/ under REVIEW

6/02/09- I-1864 RFE was entered into the system- Review begins

6/05/09- NVC website log-in failed

06/08/09- case completed (per operator/US time) 6/9/09- PH time ..yeah! :-)

06/09/09- interview date assigned (through email)

07/28/09- Cr1 interview date (APPROVED)

07/30/09-Visa Received

08/07/09- US Entry : POE: LAX

08/08/09- Arrival to destination

08/20/09- Permanent card received

10/13/09- SSN received

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CR-1 = GREEN-CARD, you WILL be a RESIDENT.

The "R" in the CR-1 = RESIDENT as in Conditional Resident.

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OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.

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Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

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This may sound like a silly question, but I just want to ask and get answers from this question.

Case: I'm planning to study nursing as a 2nd courser in the USA when I get there. I took some prerequisites while in the Philippines to be admitted.

Questions: will I be considered an "International Student", just because my credentials are from the Philippines? Or, Will I be considered as a resident? Means, I don't have pay international student fee which is expensive and I might not need to take TOEFL? Anyone here who is enrolled to a university using a CR1 visa? What documents did you bring with you for admission.

I really need help about this matter because my interview will be next month and I want to be well-prepared for everything. Thank you for those who will share their insights.

You won't be considered international,,, But, you will need to find out what the requirements are for in state tuition. Might

need to live in the state for a certain period of time. Or you might derive status from your hisband. The USA is funny

in this regard because all states have different rules.

As far as any courses, the college, university, etc that will be offering the Nursing Course will most likely want you to have your

Phillippines transcripts evaluated for equivelancy. Then,, the educational institution will decide how many of your previous courses they will or will not accept as part of the credit requirements.

The course credit subjective acceptance even happens between colleges in the same state,, or even the same state college system.

Remember, any educational institution is in the business to make money. You must pay for a certain number of credits before

they will issue a degree with their instituitions name on it.

I am a little jaded on this subject,,, cause, I have paid several times for the same classes,, that were not accepted between

universities,, cause my daughter changed from one institution to another.

Regards,

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As for TOEFL I believe that is for you teaching English to others. It depends on your English if you may need to take an ESL class.

Edited by YuAndDan

OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.

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Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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As for TOEFL I believe that is for you teaching English to others. It depends on your English if you may need to take an ESL class.

I have been reading some requirements from different universities and they require a specific TOEFL score from an international student. Here in the Philippines, I have taught TOEFL many times, though I have never taken the test yet. It sounds so funny, but my boss trusted me too much that I can handle it as I majored in English. But, don't get me wrong, I know I still have lots of lapses. But, I wish I won't be required to take it. I know how expensive it is.

Thanks for answering.

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USCIS Took 5 months for me (too long)

I-130 Sent : 2008-09-02

I-130 NOA1 : 2008-09-08

I-129F Sent :

I-129F NOA1 : 2008-09-23

I-129F RFE(s) : 2009-02-05

RFE Reply(s) : 2009-02-06

I-129F NOA2 : 2009-02-10

G325A sent to USCIS- 2009- 02-05

G325A received by USCIS- 2009- 02-06

I-130 Approval : 2009-02-10

I130 and I129 F APPROVED AT THE SAME TIME

NVC Took almost 4 months

02/23/2009- NVC Received and case number assigned (Oh! God is great!)

02/26/09- Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill

03/03/09- Emailed DS3032 (using Jame's shortcut)

03/06/09- Mailed DS3032 via DHL

03/11/09- DHL arrived at NVC- 2009-03-09, DS-3032 E-Mail accepted

03/15/09-Paid I-864 Bill, Receive I-864 Package

03/16/09 -IV Bill generated

03/16/09- Received IV Bill

03/17/2009-Paid IV Bill

05/10/09- Returned Completed I-864

5/18/09- RFE received for DS230/ Sent response through DHL from PI

05/20-05/21/09- Early medical- passed

5/22/09- RFE received for AOS package (wooo..grr))

5/27/09- AOS response overnight to NVC

5/28/09- NVC received checklist (Ds230) as per AVR/ under REVIEW

6/02/09- I-1864 RFE was entered into the system- Review begins

6/05/09- NVC website log-in failed

06/08/09- case completed (per operator/US time) 6/9/09- PH time ..yeah! :-)

06/09/09- interview date assigned (through email)

07/28/09- Cr1 interview date (APPROVED)

07/30/09-Visa Received

08/07/09- US Entry : POE: LAX

08/08/09- Arrival to destination

08/20/09- Permanent card received

10/13/09- SSN received

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You will have no problem. I believe you are considered a resident when coming on a CR-1. This however doesn't have anything to do on whether or not you will need to take TOFEL or not. That will depend more on college entrance exam test scores and how well you score on the English portion of the test depending on the institution. If you have any other questions I will be happy to try to help you as I'm a college guidance counselor at a large community college in Illinois. Good luck and please feel free to pm me if you like. Mike


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As for TOEFL I believe that is for you teaching English to others. It depends on your English if you may need to take an ESL class.

No, that's not right about teaching english. That's not the purpose of TOFEL but yes your English, specifically your grammar will be evaluated to see if you need an ESL class or not. That will actually depend on your TOFEL score. Anything below 540 if I'm not mistaken and you will need to take atleast one ESL course, probably more.


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As for TOEFL I believe that is for you teaching English to others. It depends on your English if you may need to take an ESL class.

No, that's not right about teaching english. That's not the purpose of TOFEL but yes your English, specifically your grammar will be evaluated to see if you need an ESL class or not. That will actually depend on your TOFEL score. Anything below 540 if I'm not mistaken and you will need to take atleast one ESL course, probably more.

Yes, TOEFL is the test of english as a foreign language, that will test your english macroskills(Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) and grammar. Wow! That is awesome! I wish I were in Illinois but I would be in Ohio.


USCIS Took 5 months for me (too long)

I-130 Sent : 2008-09-02

I-130 NOA1 : 2008-09-08

I-129F Sent :

I-129F NOA1 : 2008-09-23

I-129F RFE(s) : 2009-02-05

RFE Reply(s) : 2009-02-06

I-129F NOA2 : 2009-02-10

G325A sent to USCIS- 2009- 02-05

G325A received by USCIS- 2009- 02-06

I-130 Approval : 2009-02-10

I130 and I129 F APPROVED AT THE SAME TIME

NVC Took almost 4 months

02/23/2009- NVC Received and case number assigned (Oh! God is great!)

02/26/09- Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill

03/03/09- Emailed DS3032 (using Jame's shortcut)

03/06/09- Mailed DS3032 via DHL

03/11/09- DHL arrived at NVC- 2009-03-09, DS-3032 E-Mail accepted

03/15/09-Paid I-864 Bill, Receive I-864 Package

03/16/09 -IV Bill generated

03/16/09- Received IV Bill

03/17/2009-Paid IV Bill

05/10/09- Returned Completed I-864

5/18/09- RFE received for DS230/ Sent response through DHL from PI

05/20-05/21/09- Early medical- passed

5/22/09- RFE received for AOS package (wooo..grr))

5/27/09- AOS response overnight to NVC

5/28/09- NVC received checklist (Ds230) as per AVR/ under REVIEW

6/02/09- I-1864 RFE was entered into the system- Review begins

6/05/09- NVC website log-in failed

06/08/09- case completed (per operator/US time) 6/9/09- PH time ..yeah! :-)

06/09/09- interview date assigned (through email)

07/28/09- Cr1 interview date (APPROVED)

07/30/09-Visa Received

08/07/09- US Entry : POE: LAX

08/08/09- Arrival to destination

08/20/09- Permanent card received

10/13/09- SSN received

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Your immigration status doesn't influence your residency status for school. I'm here on a CR-1 visa and take classes to be admitted to a nursing program and the first year I was considered an international student. In my town there is a different university who would take my husbands residency status so considered to them I would pay in-state tuition. You have to check with the school your planning to attend. Usually they have information on their site about the requirements for your residency status.

I needed to take the TOEFL-test, although I had studied/worked in the US for 1,5 year. To be on the safe site I would just take it, it's not a very hard test if you have some basic knowledge of the English language.

I also was required to take the TASK test. This was even more simple than the TOEFL-test, so if feels like wasting money, but that is how this whole visa-journey goes. Check with your school if they will transfer your transcript, they gave me a very hard time and it took me almost a year till they were willing to transfer half the classes I took.

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You might want to consider a community college at first, they are cheaper to attend and the credits you earn will transfer to a 4 year college 99 times out of a 100. I'm thinking that there must be a common sense approach to the TOEFL, I think it is probably dependent upon the college for which you are applying and the person who is applying, I don't think it is absolute. When they see that you majored in English, I seriously doubt they will make you take the TOEFL.




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