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Hello, friends.

The big day for the hubby and me is next week - interview in Montreal.

Hoping you can help calm me down by answering/addressing a couple of questions/concerns:

1) TAXES. His accountant filed Single, so we file amended returns indicating Married Filing Separately. I have all the paperwork, but not a "receipt" or anything saying the governments got the amended forms. Is that a problem? What are they even looking for on taxes - just proof of income i.e. ability to support? UGH.

2) ADDRESS. His permanent address is in SC but the plan is to move to either Boston or NYC where he can be based for work and where I will be able to find work in my field. We are not moving until I get work and we therefore know the city. I have to imagine we're not the first people in this scenario, but I'm wondering how I should position this??

3) DS-260. I keep reading that they want to "see" the DS-260 when you arrive. What exactly do they want to see? Just the receipt page showing you filed it? I just don't understand why they would want to see that since we would have needed to submit that to even be there??

4) LOOMIS. My confirmation page looks like something you'd whip up in Microsoft Word - no headers, logos, etc. - is that normal?

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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Hello, friends.

The big day for the hubby and me is next week - interview in Montreal.

Hoping you can help calm me down by answering/addressing a couple of questions/concerns:

1) TAXES. His accountant filed Single, so we file amended returns indicating Married Filing Separately. I have all the paperwork, but not a "receipt" or anything saying the governments got the amended forms. Is that a problem? What are they even looking for on taxes - just proof of income i.e. ability to support? UGH.

2) ADDRESS. His permanent address is in SC but the plan is to move to either Boston or NYC where he can be based for work and where I will be able to find work in my field. We are not moving until I get work and we therefore know the city. I have to imagine we're not the first people in this scenario, but I'm wondering how I should position this??

3) DS-260. I keep reading that they want to "see" the DS-260 when you arrive. What exactly do they want to see? Just the receipt page showing you filed it? I just don't understand why they would want to see that since we would have needed to submit that to even be there??

4) LOOMIS. My confirmation page looks like something you'd whip up in Microsoft Word - no headers, logos, etc. - is that normal?

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I can't answer re: taxes for sure, but refiling as married filing separately is a good thing… I am not sure they get a "receipt" - my husband never gets a "receipt" of any sort like we do in Canada (we get our notice of assessment from CRA), he just gets a deposit if he is owed a balance.

Re DS-260 - it's that confirmation page that you should have gotten an emailed copy of, titled Immigrant Visa and Application Registration Confirmation. It just says that you filed the IV and it has a couple of scan bars at the bottom, and has in red letters "this is not a visa."

Yes, th eloomis confirmation page looks like a three year old typed it up. And I bet you today's three year olds would do a better job.

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Are those US or Canadian taxes?

If it is US then he could attempt to get a tax account transcript which will show them any changes that have been made to your account after the 1040 "original form" was processed. If you request your transcript online you can get it with no wait. Also available online is a "Record of Account Transcript" which combine both the tax transcript - original filling, and the account transcript - any adjusted filing. More information can be found here: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript

(I would recommend getting all of the forms that are available. There is also a wage and income transcript that you can get online. My wife used that in conjunction with the tax transcript to show how much of all of our income was hers when she went to immigrate her parents here.)


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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