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    K1/K2. Lost & confused. Seeking help/clarification/guidance
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    Hi all. I'm new here & decided to create an account to seek help/guidance.

    I've Googled a few things before that I was trying to research. A few times, I've come across this website, & have read topics/responses. Honestly, I've seen conflicting responses, of which confused me on what I need to do that I am trying to figure out for my case in general.

    I filed my fiance's I-129F in Oct 2022. They received it on 11 Oct, & texted me on 14 Oct, stating it was received & the official I-797C would arrive by mail. I did receive a I-797, but no letter corresponded after 797 (no C). Idk if that even matters or not, cus I've seen things about an (A) & (C)....

    Anyway, they had requested additional information later on, which prolonged the process. The I-129F was approved 3 Jan 2024. Her interview was scheduled for 19 Mar, & she scheduled her medical exam first week of March. During the medical, they required a sputum test, which we were not aware of, nor knew what that even was or entailed. 3 day process. We also didn't know that it would be an 8 week waiting period thereafter for results. we weren't happy about this either. When she was cleared finally, & rescheduled her medical to finish receiving her vaccines, & rescheduled her interview. Yay!

    Now, my fiance' has 3 sons....26, 20, 18. We thought, in all of the research we had done, that any child over 18 was not eligible for us to file for them as well. It was during her interview, that she was made aware by the interview officer, that the 20 & 18 year old were eligible, because the age limitation was 21. Had we known, I would've filed for both, or whoever wanted to come as well. So, there's a mistake.

    In some of my research on what are the next steps after marriage, & reading topics/responses, did I learn about filing for her SSN. Some responses were conflicting. Some said you should've filed before you married, while others stated to file using her current last name of which matched all of the immigration paperwork. We made an appt. at SSA & filed for her SSN. The guy there stated it's easier to file under the name which she had, that is on all of the immigration paperwork, because it's easier to change her SS card later after receiving her Green Card with her new married name, than it is to change all of the immigration paperwork to her new married name. The SSC came in the mail, but is printed above her SSN, VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION. Am I still able to claim her on my taxes with this SSN when I file next year?? Will this SSN become a permanent number for her eventually?

    My fiance' arrived here in the U.S. 25 Jun 2024, & we married on 7 Jul 2024.

    Since my fiance'/wife is here now, we need to file the I-485. This form I found out cannot be filed online. Paper only. We also printed out the I-765. I see that if you file it separately, the I-765 is $520, but if you file it with the I-485, it's only $260. So, when I file these together in the same packet, do I write one check for the total amount? Or should I write 2 separate checks & note for each form?

    When I file this I-485, do I need to send an I-130 or an I-131 with it?? I'm confused on this as well.

    In the I-765 form, question 27...Eligibility Category. I need help. When I looked up Who May File Form I-765, I saw no category for a K1 visa. Therefore, I don't know what to write in the 3 square blocks provided.

    UPDATE: When I researched supporting documents to send with the I-765 on USCIS website, & scrolled way down, I saw K-1 Nonimmigrant Fiance' of a U.S. Citizen (a)(6). I'm guessing that's what I need to write in the 2 blocks??

    And finally, down to the K2. Her youngest will come, but not the middle. In my research, this topic is also VERY confusing. And with my understanding, since my fiance's/wife's petition was approved 3 Jan 24, we have until Jan 2025 to file for her son under the 1 year rule?? So I am scrambling to make sense of these things & what I need to do, quickly. In my reading in topics/responses, again, I'm seeing conflicting information. With 5.5 months left on the deadline to file, I can't afford or risk a screw up cus I did something wrong. So can I get some help & guidance, please? I've read about needing to file a DS-160 for him. Then I'm reading no, file a I-130 & I-131, & later on I would need to file a DS-260?? I'm soooo confused. Please help me. Thank you.

    And with the required documents for both the I-485 & I-765, do I send 1 copy for both together, or a copy for each form packet?

    If anyone here lives in Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Citrus, northern Hillsborough Counties, I'd be open to meeting up for hands on assistance in making sure all my T's are crossed & I's dotted. Thank you in advance to everyone.

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    Hi All,

    I've got some furniture that I need to ship which has sentimental value I was wondering if anyone used any particular shipping company?

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    Documentarily Complete to Visa Interview Timelines for US Embassy in London
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    Can someone please tell me how long is it taking currently to get an immigrant visa interview after the case is documentarily complete at NVC and priority date is current in the employment based EB1 category ? I am waiting for an appointment at the US Embassy in London.


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    Do we need to disclose traffic tickets from a foreign country on I-485?
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    My husband has a number of minor traffic violations from his home country. None of them are for actually breaking the law - he simply received them because he was pulled over and refused to pay a bride. They are for things such as having a dirty car, worn tires, having rust on his car, or speeding (without any details provided or confirmation he was actually speeding). He has not received any citations in the United States. His police and Interpol certificate were clear. On his I-485, should he disclose these traffic tickets?

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    Should US citizen use maiden name or married name on I-485?
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    I am a US citizen. My husband came to the United States on a K1 visa and we are now married and adjusting status. In our state, the marriage certificate lists only my maiden name, not my married name. I do intend to take his last name but have not yet gone to SSA for a new social security card. Our joint bank account and my personal bank account are under my married name, but nothing else has been changed. In Part 5 of I-485 (Information about your current marriage), should I put my maiden name or married name under "Current Spouses Legal Name?" There is no space to list other names. Is there any drawback or advantage to either option? If I put my married name, do I need to go to SSA before I file?

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