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Advice Please- Should I Change of Address and I'm Unemployed

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Hello Everyone,

I wish you all luck in your visa processes. I have a few questions I am hoping that some of you might be able to help me answer.

First off, my fiancee is in Ghana. I met her while I was serving in the Peace Corps. I lived there from June 2010 until Dec of 2012. I filed for the K-1 visa immediately when I got back to the States. USCIS sent my application to the Vermont processing center. In my application I used my family's home address in Pennsylvania. I have been searching for a career beginning job since then and I still haven't found one. I am a physicist and my friend convinced me to come out to California to look for work. I have three interviews next month but each of those positions are for teaching and if I get one I still won't be starting work until August or Sept. I know that the Vermont Service Center has begun to process the December applications and I am getting very nervous. Here are my questions:

1. For the Fiancee Visa I am sure that I will need to document an income. Since I am unemployed is it possible that I could have someone co-sign in support of my fiancee? If so what type of form should I fill out?

2. If I decide to stay in California instead of going back to Pennsylvania I know I will need to change my address with USCIS. If I do this will my application be transferred to the California center where the processing time is several months slower. Will this cause my application to be delayed? Should I just go back to Pennsyvania and anything for a job???

Please help me. I have spent months stressed about not having work and I am going crazy thinking that she won't be able to come over because of my inability to get a job. I do have a friend who has a substantial income and says that she would gladly sign as a sponser on my behalf. Can this be done? Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer me. -Nathan

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Your application will stay at Vermont no matter where you move to so no worries about that. Your co-sponsor (if Ghana allows one) will fill out the I-134 with the supporting documentation (read the instructions) and that's that - no biggie, just remember that even if you're unemployed, you still have to submit an I-134 for yourself as well as for your co-sponsor - good luck to you!



Oh, and by the way, fill out your timeline and join the Ghana forum - both actions will serve you well in the months to come!

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HawaiianCecil,

Thank you for you reply. Sorry, I am new to the site and will try to find out how to join the Ghanaian forum and fill out my timeline. I was trying last night but unsuccessfully. Somehow I also managed to lose my password and had to create this new account. I am trying not to reask questions that already are answered, but I couldn't find info about whether the cases stayed in place if the american petitioner moved. It is great to hear that my case will stay with the Vermont Service center. (Are you sure about this?) I was worried that moving would cause a delay and a reassignment to the CA center. Knowing that it won't I will update my address immediately even though I am still jobless. It seems that from the stats on this site Ghana actually has the slowest turnaround time from NOA2 to interview (four more long months). So it does look like I will have some more time to get a job before she goes for her interview.

How do I know whether Ghana Embassy will accept a co-supporter?

Thanks again

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Hi N&A

Speaking from personal experience, I know they do accept co-sponsors. Go ahead and complete your I-134 and add that of your co-sponsor. Attach all the neccesary supporting documents. You may want to add your tax transcripts going back to the last year you had a full time job. You may also add a letter of appointment/employement letter that distinctly shows your salary and the type of position (full/part and temp/permanent). Also, I don't think your move will impact your K1 process untill she needs to do her biometrics here. You still have a whole five to seven months to get employed.


Our Timeline

07.04.2011 - Heard about J through a mutual friend

07.15.2011 - First 4-5hr conversation into the night

07.16.2011 - First Date

07.17.2011 - Definitely exclusive!!!

07.28.2011 - I met J's mom

08.07.2011 - J met my parents

11.11.2011 - J asked and I said yes

12.02.2011 - I returned to the US

01.30.2012 - We decided to K1

03.01.2012 - Mailed I-129F to TX

03.12.2012 - Text Confirmation from CSC

03.16.2012 - Check for $340 cashed

03.16.2012 - NOA1 in hand (I thought this was exciting)

07.16.2012 - One year, happy, healthy and in love with my baby

07.27.2012 - Nerves Nerves and a side of Nerves!!!

08.06.2012 - Baby arrive in Ghana for the best vacation ever!!!

08.28.2012 - After all the anxiety, NOA2 arrives (Now this is exciting)

09.04.2012 - App packet reached the NVC (that was fast!!!)

09.06.2012 - App packet left the NVC and is on a train to Ghana! (well, because I dont think its there yet(9/18/2012))

09.18.2012 - Knowing we'll see each other soon, so I am not uber-sad...

10.07.2012 - Sitting here in the 'getting colder USA' thinking of my baby and filling out this signature!

10.10.2012 - J picks up Packets 3 & 4

10.17.2012 - I think baby just got a new job..... I bounced way off the poverty line and yes, I can float my business!

01.06.2013 - Interview packet is completed and ready for submission

01.08.2013 - J had the interview and was APPROVED FOR A K1 VISA

01.08.2013 - (Later today), I finally slept!

01.08.2013 - I made a shopping list for all the GH'ian things I 'need'

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Thank you everyone for your replies. I will add my 134 form of my cosponser's to my own. Apparently Ghana has the longest average wait time between second notice and actual embassy interview of any country, so I still have time to get a job. I filed in Dec 2012 so I am expecting the second notice this summer and the interview in November.

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