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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: China
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I have a Q2. What are you planning to do that would necessitate a Q1 if you're currently going through the ROC process in the US?


07/14/2012: Eloped in Texas Hill Country
08/11/2012: Mailed I-130, I-485, and I-765 to Chicago Lockbox
08/13/2012: Package received by Chicago Lockbox
08/14/2012: Priority Date
08/17/2012: Notice of receipt sent
08/21/2012: Biometrics appointment notice sent
08/27/2012: Walk-in biometrics completed
09/19/2012: Interview scheduled for October 26
10/24/2012: EAD production ordered
10/26/2012: Interview in San Antonio. AOS approved!
11/5/2012: USCIS claims green card delivered, nothing in mailbox.
12/5/2012: Service request filed for non-delivered green card.
12/7/2012: Service request replied to (but not delivered).
1/4/2013: Filed I-90, paid another $450
1/24/2013: Biometrics again...
4/1/2013: First Green Card from November finally arrived...

4/22/2013: Replacement Green Card arrived.

8/9/2014: Filed I-751

8/14/2014: Received NOA for I-751

3/12/2015: ROC Approved!

7/18/2016: Sent in N-400 to Texas lockbox

7/21/2016: N-400 delivered

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I have a Q2. What are you planning to do that would necessitate a Q1 if you're currently going through the ROC process in the US?

We are moving to SH in early February. We applied for her ROC because we weren't ready to move in September when her 2 year GC expired. She will either apply for a re-entry permit and then an extension or just give up her GC all together and file for an IR-1 when we decide to move back.

I currently have an M visa but it's only good for 60 day stays so I'm looking for something that won't have me taking the train to HK every 59 days. Q1 requirements are fuzzy and seem to be different for each PSB office.

I''m just looking for some inside scoop on the do's and dont's.

How long is your Q2 good for? Are the stays less than 180 days?

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: China
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My Q2 is good for two-years, multiple entries (of 180 days or less). Based on your description though, the Q1 is the more appropriate visa. The one catch is that for a Q1 (and Q2) you need an invitation letter and documentation from a relative living in China. In other words, your wife can't "sponsor" you unless she is already in China. For my Q2, we went through my father-in-law.


07/14/2012: Eloped in Texas Hill Country
08/11/2012: Mailed I-130, I-485, and I-765 to Chicago Lockbox
08/13/2012: Package received by Chicago Lockbox
08/14/2012: Priority Date
08/17/2012: Notice of receipt sent
08/21/2012: Biometrics appointment notice sent
08/27/2012: Walk-in biometrics completed
09/19/2012: Interview scheduled for October 26
10/24/2012: EAD production ordered
10/26/2012: Interview in San Antonio. AOS approved!
11/5/2012: USCIS claims green card delivered, nothing in mailbox.
12/5/2012: Service request filed for non-delivered green card.
12/7/2012: Service request replied to (but not delivered).
1/4/2013: Filed I-90, paid another $450
1/24/2013: Biometrics again...
4/1/2013: First Green Card from November finally arrived...

4/22/2013: Replacement Green Card arrived.

8/9/2014: Filed I-751

8/14/2014: Received NOA for I-751

3/12/2015: ROC Approved!

7/18/2016: Sent in N-400 to Texas lockbox

7/21/2016: N-400 delivered

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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We were thinking that we might have to use my MIL for for the sponsorship.

Did you need a notarized (apostille) copy of your marriage certificate?

The overseas consulate (in the U.S.) may or may not require that - the PSB in China will. It will need to be certified by the secretary of (your) state (where your certificate was issued), and will need to be certified by the Chinese consulate with jurisdiction over that state.

You will need a "fresh" copy of the marriage certificate (less than six months old)

Notarization/Authentication Guidelines


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Feb 23, 2005 ........ Mailed I-129F to TSC . . . . . . . . .March 8th ............. P1 from CSC
April 11 ................. P2 from CSC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25 ................ NVC sends packet to GUZ
June 22 ................ P3 received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov 22 ................. PASSED Interview
Dec 2 ................... Made it! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 16 .................. Married
May 23, 2006 ..... TDL, EAD, AP received. . . . . . . . . June 16, 2006 ........ AOS interview - wait for FBI bkgrnd check
Apr 19, 2007 .... EAD # 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 7, 2008 ......... 10-year green card
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - K2 (son) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 2 ..................... AOS/EAD filed . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 17 ................... 21st birthday
Jan 4, 2007 .......... transferred to CSC . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 6, 2007 ............ transferred to MSC
Feb 23 .................... EAD card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Apr 16 .................... AOS denied (over 21)
Jul 26 .................... Master Calendar hearing . . . . . . Nov 15 ...................... Removal hearing
Jan 29, 2008 ........ Voluntary departure

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Not everyone who applies for a Q visa will get it. My daughter and I both applied for Q visas to go visit my wife's family; however, we were both issued L visas.

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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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Not everyone who applies for a Q visa will get it. My daughter and I both applied for Q visas to go visit my wife's family; however, we were both issued L visas.

That is what I understand. What was the length of stay you requested?

Unlike the US if you apply for one type of visa they might issue you another that they feel is more appropriate. The US will just flat out deny it.

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That is what I understand. What was the length of stay you requested?

Unlike the US if you apply for one type of visa they might issue you another that they feel is more appropriate. The US will just flat out deny it.

49 days for me and my daughter was the length of stay requested per the invitation letter. They gave me 60 days of authorized stay and her 90 days of authorized stay.


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: Citizen (pnd) Country: China
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Getting the Q visa requires a fair amount of documentation. I needed to bring a copy of my father-in-law's national ID card, a copy of my wife's national ID card, a signed invitation letter, and a copy of our marriage license (untranslated). A copy of the front page of my wife's passport was requested, but proved ultimately unnecessary, and I can't remember if we included my wife's notarial birth certificate or not. Basically you need enough documentation to connect the dots between yourself and your Chinese relative through your spouse. Ultimately, it ended up taking more effort than applying for an L visa since we ended up needed to do most of the same work plus all the family stuff.


07/14/2012: Eloped in Texas Hill Country
08/11/2012: Mailed I-130, I-485, and I-765 to Chicago Lockbox
08/13/2012: Package received by Chicago Lockbox
08/14/2012: Priority Date
08/17/2012: Notice of receipt sent
08/21/2012: Biometrics appointment notice sent
08/27/2012: Walk-in biometrics completed
09/19/2012: Interview scheduled for October 26
10/24/2012: EAD production ordered
10/26/2012: Interview in San Antonio. AOS approved!
11/5/2012: USCIS claims green card delivered, nothing in mailbox.
12/5/2012: Service request filed for non-delivered green card.
12/7/2012: Service request replied to (but not delivered).
1/4/2013: Filed I-90, paid another $450
1/24/2013: Biometrics again...
4/1/2013: First Green Card from November finally arrived...

4/22/2013: Replacement Green Card arrived.

8/9/2014: Filed I-751

8/14/2014: Received NOA for I-751

3/12/2015: ROC Approved!

7/18/2016: Sent in N-400 to Texas lockbox

7/21/2016: N-400 delivered

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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So this is a big question. When my wife gets her US citizenship she will want to travel back to China to visit her family on a Q visa. <180 days. Trying to skirt the fact that she has dual citizenship until she travels to China and they cancel that as not being allowed seems dangerous and unnecessary if she can get a plus year multi visit Q visa it would fit her needs very well.

I wouldn't mind paying for a visa every couple years but to get the first one I am really curious of real people's experiences. We would get it in Chicago. I don't know if I would try to get one at the same time even though I don't have specific plans to visit it might make it easier in future.

thoughts?


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So this is a big question. When my wife gets her US citizenship she will want to travel back to China to visit her family on a Q visa. <180 days. Trying to skirt the fact that she has dual citizenship until she travels to China and they cancel that as not being allowed seems dangerous and unnecessary if she can get a plus year multi visit Q visa it would fit her needs very well.

I wouldn't mind paying for a visa every couple years but to get the first one I am really curious of real people's experiences. We would get it in Chicago. I don't know if I would try to get one at the same time even though I don't have specific plans to visit it might make it easier in future.

thoughts?

From the research that my wife and I have done it seems as though your wife's situation is what the Q visa really supports. Have her research what other Chinese are saying about it, my wife says there is lots of discussion about it on the internet. I also believe that an L-Visa can be pretty easily extended once you are in China.

I'm currently waiting for the DOS to authenticate our marriage certificate and then I plan to head up to Washington to apply for my Q-2. I'll be sure to report back.

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Went to the embassy last Friday with my application and other documents in hand for my Q2. Waited all of 3 minutes for my number to be called and handed the young lady my stack. She handed me back a slip to pick up the visa on Wednesday (today). No questions, 5 year up to 180 day stays. I could have applied for a 10 year but my passport expires in 4 and I didn't want to have to carry two passports.

We also had our marriage certificate authenticated while we were there in case I need to renew my visa while in China because you can't get that done in China.


So this is a big question. When my wife gets her US citizenship she will want to travel back to China to visit her family on a Q visa. <180 days. Trying to skirt the fact that she has dual citizenship until she travels to China and they cancel that as not being allowed seems dangerous and unnecessary if she can get a plus year multi visit Q visa it would fit her needs very well.

I wouldn't mind paying for a visa every couple years but to get the first one I am really curious of real people's experiences. We would get it in Chicago. I don't know if I would try to get one at the same time even though I don't have specific plans to visit it might make it easier in future.

thoughts?

They now offer a 10 year visa. It shouldn't be an issue for her to get.

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