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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Faroe Islands
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I will put my question here, please remove if not okay.

Well , inspired by similar question at K1 forum I have decided to ask you for an advice. My AOS is pending  ( B2) and I would like to transfer all my money from Swedish ane Faroese bank account to our join bank account in USA. 

USCIS wants us to have join account as the proof of bona fide marriage , right? 

But also, have read that might be a huge red flag for them- as " foreigner want to pay her/ his Green Card ".

Of course that I don't want to pay my husband anything- we simply want to have our money at one place. 

So ...what to do ? Do they really go that far and even check our bank transactions; have they right to do that? Are we allowed to do what we want  with your hard earned money or we have to be very careful not to be suspicious? 

Thank you for your advices! 

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2 minutes ago, Nemeseax said:

But also, have read that might be a huge red flag for them- as " foreigner want to pay her/ his Green Card ".

This is news to me...I have never heard that co-mingling money would be seen as a red flag.  In fact, combining financial resources for the purpose of supporting the every-day expenses of a marriage is considered a good piece of evidence of a bonafide marriage.


"The immigration process demands a great deal of knowledge, planning, time, patience, and money.  A deficit in any of these areas can spell heartbreak."

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Retired Registered Nurse with practice in Labor/Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, Adult Psych

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and one more thing...yes, they can (and do) look at transactions.


"The immigration process demands a great deal of knowledge, planning, time, patience, and money.  A deficit in any of these areas can spell heartbreak."

   -GB, "old man of much life experience"

 

Retired 20 year United States Air Force Missileer (Retired E-8)

Retired Registered Nurse with practice in Labor/Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, Adult Psych

Retired IT Professional, Software Developer, Database Manager

 

 

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*~*~*moved from "general discussion" to "AOS from work/study/tourist visas"*~*~*


Timeline in brief:

Married: September 27, 2014

I-130 filed: February 5, 2016

NOA1: February 8, 2016 Nebraska

NOA2: July 21, 2016

Interview: December 6, 2016 London

POE: December 19, 2016 Las Vegas

N-400 filed: September 30, 2019

Interview: March 22, 2021 Seattle

Oath: March 22, 2021 COVID-style same-day oath

 

Now a US citizen!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Faroe Islands
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11 minutes ago, missileman said:

This is news to me...I have never heard that co-mingling money would be seen as a red flag.  In fact, combining financial resources for the purpose of supporting the every-day expenses of a marriage is considered a good piece of evidence of a bonafide marriage.

I want to transfer all my saved money .A little bit more then just for every day expenses  ( not a millions lol).

But that might be suspicious as I will pay my husband for helping me for my Green Card ( they might think) .

Also; do they have legal right to check personal accounts? Seems kinda really " too much " to me.

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2 minutes ago, Nemeseax said:

I want to transfer all my saved money .A little bit more then just for every day expenses  ( not a millions lol).

But that might be suspicious as I will pay my husband for helping me for my Green Card ( they might think) .

Also; do they have legal right to check personal accounts? Seems kinda really " too much " to me.

I don't see a problem if you transfer the money.  Having money in foreign accounts is a big hassle due to the reporting requirements such as FBAR, etc.  I have seen posters who said that the interviewers have examined their bank transactions to see if both spouses were using their joint account.


"The immigration process demands a great deal of knowledge, planning, time, patience, and money.  A deficit in any of these areas can spell heartbreak."

   -GB, "old man of much life experience"

 

Retired 20 year United States Air Force Missileer (Retired E-8)

Retired Registered Nurse with practice in Labor/Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, Adult Psych

Retired IT Professional, Software Developer, Database Manager

 

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Faroe Islands
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5 minutes ago, D.Ba said:

It would only be a red flag if everything else points towards fraud, you don’t live together etc. and transfer a sum to his account that you have no access to. 

 

5 minutes ago, D.Ba said:

It would only be a red flag if everything else points towards fraud, you don’t live together etc. and transfer a sum to his account that you have no access to. 

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Faroe Islands
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4 minutes ago, Nemeseax said:

 

 

 

4 minutes ago, Nemeseax said:

 

 

We live together, have all insurances and accounts at both names  ( except health insurance as my husband has VA) .

So, I will transfer and, if asked will explain the origin of money  ( my savings through years) .

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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bonafide marriages are not just debunked by one bank transactions. you have to prove that your relationship is real. just because you came from somewhere and had huge amount of savings...doesnt't mean you where paying your wife/ husband


8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

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1 minute ago, Alabamak1 said:

bonafide marriages are not just debunked by one bank transactions. you have to prove that your relationship is real. just because you came from somewhere and had huge amount of savings...doesnt't mean you where paying your wife/ husband

I know that of course- but do they realize? As I have heard- almost all might be red flag and we have to be very very careful. Have read  ( somewhere here) that even if it was absolutely bona fide marriage, and no criminal or health issues- the case could be denied. 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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1 minute ago, Nemeseax said:

I know that of course- but do they realize? As I have heard- almost all might be red flag and we have to be very very careful. Have read  ( somewhere here) that even if it was absolutely bona fide marriage, and no criminal or health issues- the case could be denied. 

i think you are overthinking the transfer of money. concentrate on the other parts, like time you guys spend together on trips and other activities. apartment leases and mortgages. utilities payments. i mean bona fide marriages are a group of evidences put together.


8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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6 minutes ago, D.Ba said:

I am keeping a chunk of my money in Germany, and the FBAR is nothing, it’s a form with about 3 lines that you hand in annually. Not a hassle. 

 

Think about the disadvantages before you close your accounts in your home country.

i completely agree with the part of closing accounts. an established account is better with small amount of money, than a new one with a lot of it. Banking laws have changed so much that making transfers later makes it difficult. I have dual citizenship and my native country made a huge deal when i opened an account later 

Edited by Alabamak1

8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

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