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Hi everyone,

It is finally that time! This forum has ben so helpful and I cannot imagine this process without all of you!

Here are my questions:

1. In http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/551080-immunizations-ds-3025-or-i-693/ It lists the exact, specific way to get a waiver to not need to see a Civil Surgeon. My husband can chekc off every box except, the MMR has only one vaccine done on the day of the visit, not two. We verified beforehand (I thought) and were told only 1 was necessary. Thoughts? Clearly we are grabbing at straws here to avoid a visit, but I would really like some input.

2. I-864 - Now that I am in the last year of my phd, I got a really great paying job that started in August. But, my AGI from 2015 was $0, 2014 and 2013 are also lower than 125% poverty line. I was going to fill out Part 11 with an explanation that I was conducting research in Indonesia (where I met my husband) and wasn't able to work from part of 2014-all of 2015. Is this a red flag? I was also going to attach a more lengthy letter and my formal tax form that says I was not required to file.

Thanks in advance!


K1 Visa Application:                                                                                                                                                        Timeline for AOS
129-F Delivered: Lewiston, TX 10/29/2015                                                                                                                 AOS paperwork (including EAD & AP) sent via Express Mail: 10/1/2016
NOA1 eNotification: 11/3/2015 (Sent to CSC - yay!)                                                                                                 AOS paperwork received by USCIS: 10/3/2016
NOA1 Hard Copy: 11/8/2015 | NOA2 eNotification: : 11/30/2015 | NOA2 Hard Copy: 12/4/2015                   NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 10/5/16, ~11pm Central time, one notice for each application
NVC Received: 12/10/2015 | NVC Case Assigned: 12/11/2015                                                                             Check Cashed: 10/6/16
Mailed to Embassy: 12/16/2015 (Status shows as Ready)                                                                                     NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 10/11/16
Received hardcopy Letter from NVC: 12/19/2015                                                                                                     Biometrics Letter Received: 10/28/16
Embassy Received Packet: 12/21/2015                                                                                                                      Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/9/16 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day)
Email from Embassy for Beneficiary Email: 12/24/2015                                                                                          EAD approved on: 11/16/16 (early in the day) / AP approved on: 11/16/16 (late in the day)
Replied to Embassy: 12/24/2015                                                                                                                                  AP produced+mailed on:11/18/16 | AP letters (2) received on: 11/18/16
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 3: 12/28/15                                                                                                 EAD card produced+mailed on: 11/22/16 | EAD card received on: 11/25/16
Replied to Embassy: 12/28/15 (at night)                                                                                                                     Social Security card application date: 11/28/16 | LOST IN THE MAIL
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 4: 12/29/15 (in the morning)                                                                    Social Security card received on: 12/27/16 (Ordered a new one at the office on 12/19/16)
Interview Date: Jan 13th @ 12:30pm - Approved!                                                                                                      Interview Waiver! (6 months and 2 weeks past the first NOA1)
CEAC status changed to admin processing: 1/14/16                                                                                                Card Ordered notice (text and online): 4/19/17
CEAC status changed to issued: 1/19/16                                                                                                                     I-485 Approval notice (text and online): 4/20/17
US travel docs website shows "out for delivery": 1/20/16                                                                                          Card Produced + WILL Mail notice 4/27/17
Called by courier regarding delivery attempt: 1/21/16                                                                                                Card Mailed notice: 5/2/2017
Passport in hand:1/22/16 (he went to their office to pick it up) | Arrival date into the US: 3/09/16                    Green Card Received: 5/5/2017 
Married: 06/04/2016
Timeline for ROC
ROC paperwork sent via Express Mail: 1/24/2019
ROC paperwork received by USCIS: 1/28/2019
NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 2/4/19
Check Cashed: 2/6/19
NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 2/11/19
Biometrics Letter Received: 9/20/19 (Did not need biometrics)

Biometrics Letter Received: 10/25/19 (Biometrics Request)

Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/5/19 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day) 

Biometrics Review Completed: 11/6/19 (Processing I-751) - Online notice

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1.) You are only required to have one shot in a series marked off on your form. Post from last night on same topic > http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/609770-aos-interviewconfuse-about-form-i-693help-please/?p=8304595

2.) Just include all the information in your attached explanation of why you were not required to file taxes those years. Stress that you were a student and will be receiving your PhD soon, but have recently gained employment earning well over the 125% income requirement and that you are able to sponsor your spouse so that they will not become a public charge. Provide letter from employer and all the pay stubs you have so far. They may or may not accept it.

The job is new, so even if you are earning more than enough to meet the requirement, they could still ask for assets or a joint sponsor. You may want to get a joint sponsor lined up just in case.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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1.) You are only required to have one shot in a series marked off on your form. Post from last night on same topic > http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/609770-aos-interviewconfuse-about-form-i-693help-please/?p=8304595

2.) Just include all the information in your attached explanation of why you were not required to file taxes those years. Stress that you were a student and will be receiving your PhD soon, but have recently gained employment earning well over the 125% income requirement and that you are able to sponsor your spouse so that they will not become a public charge. Provide letter from employer and all the pay stubs you have so far. They may or may not accept it.

The job is new, so even if you are earning more than enough to meet the requirement, they could still ask for assets or a joint sponsor. You may want to get a joint sponsor lined up just in case.

Thank you very much for helping me clarify these two things. We will likely get his second shots anyway, but avoiding Civil Surgeon at this point is key.

May I ask a follow up question to my I-864? Firstly, thank you for warning me about the RFE. I have been terrified about how new the job is. I will absolutely include a letter. Thankfully, I also have assets totaling way over the requirement due to savings and real estate and you can see my average balance has remained high for extensive periods of time. I will be including that information in the hopes to avoid a joint sponsor - because there is no joint sponsor. This has been made 100% clear to me months ago. If the US gov requires one, my husband goes home and we start all over. Now my followup question: I also receive income from one of my rental properties. The PDF form forces me to choose either Employed as or Self employed, not both. But, I can fill these both out and simple hand write in my X's correct? I will be including the rental agreement along with the my employer paperwork.


K1 Visa Application:                                                                                                                                                        Timeline for AOS
129-F Delivered: Lewiston, TX 10/29/2015                                                                                                                 AOS paperwork (including EAD & AP) sent via Express Mail: 10/1/2016
NOA1 eNotification: 11/3/2015 (Sent to CSC - yay!)                                                                                                 AOS paperwork received by USCIS: 10/3/2016
NOA1 Hard Copy: 11/8/2015 | NOA2 eNotification: : 11/30/2015 | NOA2 Hard Copy: 12/4/2015                   NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 10/5/16, ~11pm Central time, one notice for each application
NVC Received: 12/10/2015 | NVC Case Assigned: 12/11/2015                                                                             Check Cashed: 10/6/16
Mailed to Embassy: 12/16/2015 (Status shows as Ready)                                                                                     NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 10/11/16
Received hardcopy Letter from NVC: 12/19/2015                                                                                                     Biometrics Letter Received: 10/28/16
Embassy Received Packet: 12/21/2015                                                                                                                      Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/9/16 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day)
Email from Embassy for Beneficiary Email: 12/24/2015                                                                                          EAD approved on: 11/16/16 (early in the day) / AP approved on: 11/16/16 (late in the day)
Replied to Embassy: 12/24/2015                                                                                                                                  AP produced+mailed on:11/18/16 | AP letters (2) received on: 11/18/16
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 3: 12/28/15                                                                                                 EAD card produced+mailed on: 11/22/16 | EAD card received on: 11/25/16
Replied to Embassy: 12/28/15 (at night)                                                                                                                     Social Security card application date: 11/28/16 | LOST IN THE MAIL
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 4: 12/29/15 (in the morning)                                                                    Social Security card received on: 12/27/16 (Ordered a new one at the office on 12/19/16)
Interview Date: Jan 13th @ 12:30pm - Approved!                                                                                                      Interview Waiver! (6 months and 2 weeks past the first NOA1)
CEAC status changed to admin processing: 1/14/16                                                                                                Card Ordered notice (text and online): 4/19/17
CEAC status changed to issued: 1/19/16                                                                                                                     I-485 Approval notice (text and online): 4/20/17
US travel docs website shows "out for delivery": 1/20/16                                                                                          Card Produced + WILL Mail notice 4/27/17
Called by courier regarding delivery attempt: 1/21/16                                                                                                Card Mailed notice: 5/2/2017
Passport in hand:1/22/16 (he went to their office to pick it up) | Arrival date into the US: 3/09/16                    Green Card Received: 5/5/2017 
Married: 06/04/2016
Timeline for ROC
ROC paperwork sent via Express Mail: 1/24/2019
ROC paperwork received by USCIS: 1/28/2019
NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 2/4/19
Check Cashed: 2/6/19
NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 2/11/19
Biometrics Letter Received: 9/20/19 (Did not need biometrics)

Biometrics Letter Received: 10/25/19 (Biometrics Request)

Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/5/19 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day) 

Biometrics Review Completed: 11/6/19 (Processing I-751) - Online notice

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The instructions state you can select all the boxes that apply to you. If it will not allow you to mark more than one when filling it in your pdf reader program, then yes, simply hand-write in an X and other info needed there.

Provide documentation of ownership and value of all assets. Read the instructions about using assets. You will need an appraisal for property. For savings, show the last 12 months of bank statements to show that the money has been there for a while. You would need 3 times the income amount in assets, but hopefully they accept the new job's current annual income being above the requirement plus the fact that you have rental income and assets too. If your documentation is solid, then you should have a good chance of your I-864 being accepted.

And if the AOS was denied because of not having a joint sponsor and your job being too new for them to accept, your husband will not have to go home. You could refile, and by that time you would have been at your current job for a longer period of time. Just wanted to let you know that, since you seem worried that your husband will have to leave.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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The instructions state you can select all the boxes that apply to you. If it will not allow you to mark more than one when filling it in your pdf reader program, then yes, simply hand-write in an X and other info needed there.

Provide documentation of ownership and value of all assets. Read the instructions about using assets. You will need an appraisal for property. For savings, show the last 12 months of bank statements to show that the money has been there for a while. You would need 3 times the income amount in assets, but hopefully they accept the new job's current annual income being above the requirement plus the fact that you have rental income and assets too. If your documentation is solid, then you should have a good chance of your I-864 being accepted.

And if the AOS was denied because of not having a joint sponsor and your job being too new for them to accept, your husband will not have to go home. You could refile, and by that time you would have been at your current job for a longer period of time. Just wanted to let you know that, since you seem worried that your husband will have to leave.

Doh! Right - the tome of instructions that I should have by now memorized... Thank you for that.

I read the assets section extensively and I think I have everything I need. I can absolutely provide bank statements, but I got an official letter from my bank that lists my current balance, and my average monthly balance on all accounts for the last 12 months. I have seen conflicting reports as to whether this is sufficient or not. And of course the instructions are not clear on what they consider the best support. I know that for the K1 visa process, the consulate didn't even accept my statements. They were handed right back to me at the window and they only took the bank letter. But, AOS is a different process. Thankfully, the 3x amount is not a problem in the slightest. My rental property is in a booming area and I have been smart with savings over the last 20 years. Fingers crossed that everything combined is enough!

And finally THANK YOU for your last paragraph. Honestly, I really believed that if we were denied that we would have to start all over. It has been a terrifying thought for me and my husband. Being a scientist, I am fastidious with details and paperwork, but if they would not accept my new job + assets, no amount of filing things perfectly would help. You lifted an enormous weight off my shoulders.

Tonight we intend to sit down with everything and build the packet. Hopefully we can get it all ready to go within the next week. I love this forum, I cannot imagine this process without this support network.


K1 Visa Application:                                                                                                                                                        Timeline for AOS
129-F Delivered: Lewiston, TX 10/29/2015                                                                                                                 AOS paperwork (including EAD & AP) sent via Express Mail: 10/1/2016
NOA1 eNotification: 11/3/2015 (Sent to CSC - yay!)                                                                                                 AOS paperwork received by USCIS: 10/3/2016
NOA1 Hard Copy: 11/8/2015 | NOA2 eNotification: : 11/30/2015 | NOA2 Hard Copy: 12/4/2015                   NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 10/5/16, ~11pm Central time, one notice for each application
NVC Received: 12/10/2015 | NVC Case Assigned: 12/11/2015                                                                             Check Cashed: 10/6/16
Mailed to Embassy: 12/16/2015 (Status shows as Ready)                                                                                     NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 10/11/16
Received hardcopy Letter from NVC: 12/19/2015                                                                                                     Biometrics Letter Received: 10/28/16
Embassy Received Packet: 12/21/2015                                                                                                                      Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/9/16 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day)
Email from Embassy for Beneficiary Email: 12/24/2015                                                                                          EAD approved on: 11/16/16 (early in the day) / AP approved on: 11/16/16 (late in the day)
Replied to Embassy: 12/24/2015                                                                                                                                  AP produced+mailed on:11/18/16 | AP letters (2) received on: 11/18/16
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 3: 12/28/15                                                                                                 EAD card produced+mailed on: 11/22/16 | EAD card received on: 11/25/16
Replied to Embassy: 12/28/15 (at night)                                                                                                                     Social Security card application date: 11/28/16 | LOST IN THE MAIL
Email from Embassy Regarding Packet 4: 12/29/15 (in the morning)                                                                    Social Security card received on: 12/27/16 (Ordered a new one at the office on 12/19/16)
Interview Date: Jan 13th @ 12:30pm - Approved!                                                                                                      Interview Waiver! (6 months and 2 weeks past the first NOA1)
CEAC status changed to admin processing: 1/14/16                                                                                                Card Ordered notice (text and online): 4/19/17
CEAC status changed to issued: 1/19/16                                                                                                                     I-485 Approval notice (text and online): 4/20/17
US travel docs website shows "out for delivery": 1/20/16                                                                                          Card Produced + WILL Mail notice 4/27/17
Called by courier regarding delivery attempt: 1/21/16                                                                                                Card Mailed notice: 5/2/2017
Passport in hand:1/22/16 (he went to their office to pick it up) | Arrival date into the US: 3/09/16                    Green Card Received: 5/5/2017 
Married: 06/04/2016
Timeline for ROC
ROC paperwork sent via Express Mail: 1/24/2019
ROC paperwork received by USCIS: 1/28/2019
NOA1 E-notification Date (email and text): 2/4/19
Check Cashed: 2/6/19
NOA1 Hardcopy Date: 2/11/19
Biometrics Letter Received: 9/20/19 (Did not need biometrics)

Biometrics Letter Received: 10/25/19 (Biometrics Request)

Biometrics Scheduled for: 11/5/19 (Did not try a walk-in, went on scheduled day) 

Biometrics Review Completed: 11/6/19 (Processing I-751) - Online notice

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