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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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I have seen posts from people who filed single when they were married and then saw their spouse get denied a visa because the CO did not believe the marriage was legitimate.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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The only options for filing with IRS is:

Single

Married filing jointly

Married filing separately

Head of household (which if your married to a non resident alien can be used if you have other qualifying dependents)

I filed Head of Household bcos I have 3 young children.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf

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10/02/2010 Nikah/Marriage in Karachi
USCIS JOURNEY
11/10/2010 -Sent
03/24/2011 i 130 approved!!!
NVC JOURNEY
03/30/2011 NVC received case-04/07/2011 NVC Case Number Assigned
05/03/2011 CASE COMPLETE- In Que for INTERVIEW!!-05/17/2011 Received interview letter and info via email
EMBASSY JOURNEY
05/20/2011 Medical Appt/passed
06/15/2011 Interview result AP
06/21/2011 Submitted requested docs..under review
07/25/2011 CO called did phone interview result: PENDING MANDATORY AP/CO told us they have to do namechecks

03/07/2013 Case returned to USCIS waiting for NOIR/reaffirmation

04/18/2013 USCIS received case for review

08/19/2013 Received NOIR to respond by 9/18/2013

9/9/2013 Responded to NOIR/USCIS received documents awaiting response

9/20/2013 USCIS reaffirmed sent to embassy

1/04/14 Case opened for review

8/31/15 Interview- no questions visa approved on the spot

9/8/15 visa status issued

9/10/15 visa received

9/19/15 POE Charlotte

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I filed single the first year that I was married, it didn't make a diffrence to the embassy. I did not file as married until my husband reached US soil.( I didn't need the married tax break) You can always adjust your prior year tax filing status.

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I filed single the first year that I was married, it didn't make a diffrence to the embassy. I did not file as married until my husband reached US soil.( I didn't need the married tax break) You can always adjust your prior year tax filing status.

Its actually the same reason of my husband, he said that his accountant advised him to file single and that he can always adjust his status once I'm already in the US. However, the consul questioned me about this and requested a written explanation from my husband why he didn't change his status in his IRS.

Will the consul accept the explanation that since I am not in the US by the time of filing, he opted to file single because filing married will require me to have a SSN which is impossible at that time.

Can anyone help me with this? thanks a lot

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Its actually the same reason of my husband, he said that his accountant advised him to file single and that he can always adjust his status once I'm already in the US. However, the consul questioned me about this and requested a written explanation from my husband why he didn't change his status in his IRS.

Will the consul accept the explanation that since I am not in the US by the time of filing, he opted to file single because filing married will require me to have a SSN which is impossible at that time.

Can anyone help me with this? thanks a lot

Your husband can obtain an Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN) for you which can be used in lieu of a Social Security number for tax filing. Many US citizens who marry abroad do this while they're waiting for their spouse to get a visa.

I don't know how you could explain this to the consulate. You're not supposed to file "single" if you are, in fact, married.


12/15/2009 - K1 Visa Interview - APPROVED!

12/29/2009 - Married in Oakland, CA!

08/18/2010 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!

05/01/2013 - Removal of Conditions - APPROVED!

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Your husband can obtain an Individual Taxpayer ID Number (ITIN) for you which can be used in lieu of a Social Security number for tax filing. Many US citizens who marry abroad do this while they're waiting for their spouse to get a visa.

I don't know how you could explain this to the consulate. You're not supposed to file "single" if you are, in fact, married.

Filing status for taxes have nothing to do with immigration. According to my professional tax accountant. Therefore the IRS was glad to have me pay more in taxes as a filing status of single. I was not taking care of my husband financially, therefore I had no need at that time to claim him as a dependent on my taxes. Since my accountant prepared and signed off on my taxes, I believe he knows more about the tax laws than I or IBB.

NVC, nor the embassy questioned my tax status, nor were there any concerns, maybe because my income was more greater than required.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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it didn't make a diffrence to the embassy.

nor the embassy questioned my tax status, nor were there any concerns,

I really think it depends on the individual Embassy or Consulate. The Embassy in Kingston in your case or the Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay in the case of another poster on another thread regarding this issue, tax status turned out not to be a problem.

However, I would be willing to bet a large sum of money that if this had been in Lagos or Casablanca, the outcome would have been different.

IMO, if someone is going through an Embassy or Consulate that is known for high fraud, putting your tax status as single when you are married is asking for trouble, regardless of what a CPA or a tax preparer at H&R Block says. While they would be very familiar with tax law, they will probably have no clue as to the inner workings of individual IV units at Embassies and Consulates overseas.

On the other hand, if the Embassy or Consulate is known for low fraud, then I think it becomes more of a gray area. It may or may not be an issue to a CO.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Filing status for taxes have nothing to do with immigration. According to my professional tax accountant. Therefore the IRS was glad to have me pay more in taxes as a filing status of single. I was not taking care of my husband financially, therefore I had no need at that time to claim him as a dependent on my taxes. Since my accountant prepared and signed off on my taxes, I believe he knows more about the tax laws than I or IBB.

NVC, nor the embassy questioned my tax status, nor were there any concerns, maybe because my income was more greater than required.

Your professional tax accountant isn't liable for the penalties or the potential perjury charges for filing a false return. Under IRS rules, you are "single" if you are unmarried, divorced, or widowed on the last day of the tax year.

Not everyone who files single will pay more. Married couples generally pay less by filing a joint return, but will pay more than a comparable single person if they, for whatever reason, choose to file separate returns. This is the so-called "marriage penalty", and many married people have been caught by the IRS filing "single" status returns in order to try to avoid the additional taxes they would owe if they filed as "married, filing separately".

The IRS is always happy to accept a higher tax payment from a taxpayer, but you don't have to change your filing status in order to pay more taxes. You simply don't claim deductions or exemptions you're otherwise eligible to claim. You're also welcome to make gifts to the US government to help reduce the public debt.


12/15/2009 - K1 Visa Interview - APPROVED!

12/29/2009 - Married in Oakland, CA!

08/18/2010 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!

05/01/2013 - Removal of Conditions - APPROVED!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Here is a lady that posted today that was sent home without a visa because her husband filed as single instead of married.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/314713-irs-2010-filed-single-ground-for-refusalcan-someone-pls-help-me-fix-it/

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