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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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So my wife is in Pakistan and I am at the stage where I have to fill out the DS-260 application form. I have already payed the AOS and IV fees. After I electronically file the DS-260 application, I will send the AOS package and then the civil documents.

I have had many question and I have tried to contact the NVC at least 50 times but I can never get in touch with them. I call them at this number 603-334-0700 with no success. Is there a certain time to call them? I don't understand, as soon as I try to call the phone hangs up. This is really frustrating.

They finally answered an email of mine literally after 6 weeks about something else in the past.

Anyways I have some questions if someone can please help me it would be much appreciated and I have used the Google search feature but not much success there either.

I was wondering if I the petitioner can fill out the DS-260 and does it matter if I click on (1st page in sign in options menu) filing as applicant or petitioner? Between me and my wife, its just easier if I do it and I prefer to do it anyways. Also, if I fill out the form as the applicant even though I am the petitioner, will the NVC trace my IP adress and see that I actually submitted it instead of my wife? When I filled out the contact of agent form, I did it as the applicant (for my wife) on my computer and so far everything seems okay but I want to double check this since now this is an actual application.

My next question is the personal information talking about the U.S citizen or the immigrant. There is a personal information 1 as well as a personal information 2 so is this for the same person or does it consist of each one of us?

My biggest problem with this application is that it doesn't clarify who's information it needs mines or my wife's?

For example when it asks for the present address and mailing/permanent address who's address does it want?

I am assuming the family portion is asking about my wife's (immigrant) family?

Previous U.S travel would be asking about my wife of course correct?

Since were unsure what my wife's career will be, can we put student down since there's a good chance she will finish college here?

My wife hasn't had vaccinations since she was a 1 year old infant so will this matter when they ask this question?
Do you have documentation to establish that you have received vaccinations in accordance with U.S. law?
I read on this forum that its good to put down no and write in the explanation box that vaccinations will be provided after medical test at my country's embassy.

I don't understand this question.
Do you seek to enter the United States for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor but have not yet been certified by the Secretary of Labor?
Of course my wife seeks to enter the U.S and obviously she can't work until she gets a social security number and approved to come to the U.S. Do I put yes or no? My wife more than likely will be studying but were not sure 100% yet.

My last questions are about the social security number. Normally my wife would not apply for one until after she gets into the U.S correct? And I should click yes correct? for "Do you want the Social Security Administration to issue a Social Security number and a card"?

Sorry for all the questions but any help is very appreciated.

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It doesn't matter who fills out the form, just make sure that your wife is with you on the phone or whatever, so that you can answer all of the questions properly.

The DS260 is about your wife, she is the applicant therefore all of the questions are about her. There is a part that asks about the petitioner, that would be you, same thing with the part about the spouse. Therefore, except for the part where it asks about the petitioner or spouse, the info should all be about her.

For the occupation, I guess you can put student, or you can put down whatever job she intends to do. For my cousin's husband he put electrician, and my cousin put bus driver for his.

For this question, "Do you have documentation to establish that you have received vaccinations in accordance with U.S. law?" when I helped fill out the form for my cousin's husband and her stepson, I answered No, and in the explanation I wrote. "As of this date, mmddyy, I have not had an immigrant medical exam or vaccinations. I should have this documentation after I am given the medical exam."

For Do you seek to enter the United States for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor but have not yet been certified by the Secretary of Labor?, just answer No.

​For the social security question, answer yes so that they can automatically send her an SSN card without having to apply for it. If you don't receive it after a few weeks, you have to go in person and apply.

Again, all the info asked for is about your wife, except the questions where it asks specifically about the petitioner, this would be your info. Spouse's name would be yours, and address in the US, would be yours since that is where she will live.

Also, please read the questions in the end carefully to make sure that they are answered truthfully and correctly. They are somewhat confusing. Good luck.


This does not constitute legal advice.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Wow thanks a lot Ian I really appreciate it.

What you said makes since and looks like that's how I filled out my application.

Can I still fill out the DS-260 though from my computer and as the applicant?

Anybody knows?

There is a part at the end which asks if anyone has helped you fill out this application?

Should I put my information in there?

I have another question though.

In the DS-260 application, in the family part under spouse (me) it asks

Is your spouse immigrating to the U.S. with you?

I don't get this question? I already live here in the U.S. I will go and visit her and bring her with me once everything is clear so are they just asking if I am bringing her with me traveling wise?

Do I put down yes or no?

Does anyone know how someone can get in touch over the phone with the NVC or is this impossible?

I called this number 603-334-0700 so many times but no luck.

I think I might just give up on it haha.

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To contact the NVC you keep calling until you get through. It's often busy or hangs up right away. They're open from 7am to midnight m-f.

Yes you can fill out the ds-260 and yes you would put down the petitioner filled it out. No you are not immigrating, a USC never immigrates to the USA. This is a multipurpose application so visa classes that allow derivatives also use it but the IR1/CR1 class does not allow this.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Thanks NLR and thanks again Ian for your help.

I AM SO HAPPY I FINALLY GOT TO TALK TO NVC JUST NOW haha

I waited for 40 minutes but it was worth it.

Apparently I found out for my country Pakistan, police certificates are not required and because their just not reliable.

This was the only thing I was waiting for for my wife's application process.

Now I can send the DS-260 electronically, and in one package the AOS package and civil documents all together.

He said there's nothing wrong with sending the AOS documents and civil documents in one package.

However, he did tell me since I am using my sister as a co-sponsor for financial support, I need to show proof of our brother and sister relationship such as by birth certificates.

Also needed is my wife's Pakistani ID card in civil documents which I didn't know about either.

Last thing, he said I should buy the plane ticket to my country once my wife gets the interview. They will usually schedule the interview one month in advance. This is a descent window for me to shop for a ticket.

I am good to go now.

woohoo

Just sharing with others and hopefully you guys can also benefit from what I know now more clearly.

By the way this forum is great.

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You're welcome. Remember to include the confirmation barcode page of the DS260 with the package you send to the NVC.


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However, he did tell me since I am using my sister as a co-sponsor for financial support, I need to show proof of our brother and sister relationship such as by birth certificates.

I've heard others say this too, about showing proof that joint financial sponsor is related but in the instructions for the financial support form, it says the financial sponsor and the joint financial sponsor DON'T have to be related. Anyone know anything about this? So confusing! :(


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A joint sponsor does not have to be related to the petitioner or beneficiary in any way. If you are combining your income with a household member, THEN you need to have a certain relationship. A petitioner isn't allowed to combine income with a joint sponsor, only with certain household members.

I've heard others say this too, about showing proof that joint financial sponsor is related but in the instructions for the financial support form, it says the financial sponsor and the joint financial sponsor DON'T have to be related. Anyone know anything about this? So confusing! :(


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I've heard others say this too, about showing proof that joint financial sponsor is related but in the instructions for the financial support form, it says the financial sponsor and the joint financial sponsor DON'T have to be related. Anyone know anything about this? So confusing! :(

If you combine income with the i-864a you must prove you a) live in the same house and b) are related. This is why I don't suggest combining incomes unless there is no other way to get the income needed. In that case I wonder what the future holds for the couple.


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