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  1. 70 points
    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG NAME UPDATED!!!!! WE WILL BE APPROVED TOMORROW!!!!!!
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  3. 63 points
    mindthegap

    Help desperately needed

    Right, I have had a cup of tea, and some chocolate (proper english dairy milk, natch, not that horrid hershey rubbish you get over here), so here is some potentially useful info for you. I suggest you also get a cup of tea, as this is a long one...... As one of the few on here who has unfortunately experienced a denial, and is still going through this hell in some form, I can offer the following advice, with the caveat that I am not an immigration attorney. Firstly, don't panic. Yes it is a scary letter. I was a f***ing suicidal mess when I received one, and spent three days initially without any sleep whatsoever reading every single thing I could possibly find on the legalities of this stuff, which served me very well, and I can hopefully help you out now too, as I have learnt a lot more in the time since. All is not as it appears... USCIS have no authority to formally terminate your status. Yes, you heard me. Only an immigration judge can formally terminate your LPR status, in court, and issue a final order of removal at which point your status is terminated for good. You currently remain a conditional LPR (with caveats). The law does sort of contradict itself in some respects, but between an I-75 denial and a final order of removal, you remain a LPR with the right to work. You are also entitled to proof of status in the form of a stamp. This is backed up by case law and also clarification by USCIS and the EOIR as you will read below. DO NOT LEAVE THE US UNTIL YOU HAVE A STAMP - not Mexico, not Canada. You are in a world of hurt if you do so...and it will be a lot harder for you. The general standard process of denial, and process for revocation of status and an order of removal is: Denial letter (or notice of intent to deny) --> NTA (notice to appear in court) ---> court date ----> upheld/overturned --> appeal if upheld --> final determination and final order of removal. Now, an NTA can take years to appear. The immigration courts are so backlogged, and these cases are low priority vs asylum or other deportable or criminal aliens. So you could continue with this stamp for as long as necessary, but it is no way to live, so there are things you can and should do to protect yourself. So, file an I-751. Prepare the I-751 exactly as you would normally, filling it out correctly, making sure you both sign it, and get it sent in, I suggest by fedex overnight as it is very secure and properly trackable. I would suggest you to get this sent in the next day or so if possible - time is of the essence at this moment. Amassing every bit of evidence can wait until later, just get it in with the main bulk of evidence you already have. The most important thing is with this I-751, is that you MUST enclose a letter stating the reason for failing to file your I-751 on time, and why you are filing late at this time. Don't bother with a full contents list of evidence and all that rubbish - just a simple, clear and to the point letter, stating why it is being filed late, and enclosing the main bulk of evidence you already have, should suffice. As long as you enclose that letter. It *should* be accepted, you will receive the receipt/extension notice, followed by the usual biometrics appointment. If you have any letters, say from a Dr or shrink at that time signing you off work, or stating you were depressed/medicated due to grief, then that only strengthens your case. I would say the death of a parent while pregnant is a pretty real and valid reason IMHO. As soon as you receive the extension letter, go to an infopass and obtain an I-551 stamp, showing them the letter, and stating that you require unambiguous proof of status, which is clarified below, taken from USCIS https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/pressrelease/CRwaiver041003.pdf "If an alien’s conditional resident status is terminated because he or she could not timely file a Form I-751, and he or she is placed in removal proceedings, then he or she may request a continuance from the immigration judge to allow for the finalization of the divorce or annulment proceedings. It is noted that the conditional resident whose status has been terminated should be issued a temporary I-551 during the pendency of his or her case before the immigration judge (see Genco Opinion 96-12)." And Genco Opinon 96-12 itself: ""Genco Opinon 96-12 - Status of a conditional permanent resident after denial of I-751 during pendency of review by EOIR August 6, 1996  Status of a Conditional Permanent resident after denial of I-751 during pendency of review by EOIR Office of the General Counsel I. QUESTIONS The Benefits Division requests a legal opinion concerning the following questions: 1) What is the status of a conditional permanent resident after his I-751 has been denied by the director and his case is under review by the EOIR? Is the alien entitled to an I-551 stamp, adapted to show that his case is pending? Is the alien entitled to any other benefits associated with legal permanent resident status? 2) If an Order to Show Cause has not been issued, what is the alien's status and what documentation is the alien entitled to possess? II. SUMMARY CONCLUSION The director should issue the Order to Show Cause at the time he or she provides written notice to the alien of the decision to deny the Form I-751. Strictly speaking, a conditional permanent resident whose Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (Form I-751) has been denied by the director is no longer a lawful permanent resident, as of the date of the director's notice of termination. However, because the alien has a right under statute and regulation to request review of such determination in deportation proceedings, the conditional permanent resident whose status has been terminated should be issued a temporary I-551 during the pendency of such review. INS should not approve any Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) filed by the alien on behalf of another alien during the pendency of such proceedings. III. ANALYSIS Section 216 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1186a, provides that an alien spouse who is granted permanent resident status by means of marriage to a United States citizen which took place less than two years earlier shall be granted such status on a conditional basis. Unless otherwise specified by the statute or regulations, an alien granted permanent resident status pursuant to section 216 enjoys the same rights, privileges, responsibilities, and duties as other legal permanent residents. 8 C.F.R. § 216.1 The conditional basis of residence is removed via the approval of a Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence (Form I-751) filed by the alien and spouse within 90 days before the second anniversary of the date on which the alien obtained lawful admission for permanent residence. The director of the regional service center has been delegated sole authority to adjudicate the Form I-751. 8 C.F.R. § 216.4(c). Where the director finds derogatory information pertaining to the validity of the marriage, he or she must offer the alien the opportunity to rebut such information. Id. If the alien is unable to overcome such derogatory information, the director ''may deny the joint petition, terminate the alien's permanent residence and issue an order to show cause to initiate deportation proceedings.'' Id. (emphasis added). Moreover, if the director proceeds to deny the Form I-751, he or she must provide written notice specifying the basis for the denial to the alien ''and shall issue an order to show cause why the alien should not be deported from the United States.'' 8 C.F.R. § 216.4(d)(2) (emphasis added). This regulatory language clearly provides that once the director denies the joint petition and terminates the alien's permanent residence, an order to show cause must follow. The regulations further specify that the alien's lawful permanent residence status is terminated as of the date of the director's written decision. 8 C.F.R. § 216.4(d)(2). As of the date of denial, the alien is ''instructed to surrender any Alien Registration Receipt Card previously issued by the Service.'' Id. Accordingly, an alien whose Form I-751 has been denied has no status as a conditional permanent resident and is not entitled to an Alien Registration Receipt Card. Therefore, in light of the termination date of an alien's lawful permanent residence, and the gap that ensues if an order to show cause is not issued, failure to timely issue the order to show cause leaves INS vulnerable should an alien file an action in mandamus to compel performance of that requirement. Concomitantly, an alien whose Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence has been denied by the director may seek review of the decision in deportation proceedings. INA § 216(c)(3)(D), 8 U.S.C. § 1186a(c)(3)(D), 8 C.F.R. § 216.4(d)(2). In fact, the statute specifically conditions termination of permanent resident status upon review in deportation proceedings. 1 Therefore, the terminated conditional lawful permanent resident should be issued a temporary Form I-551, during the pendency of the deportation proceedings. Cf. Etuk v. Slattery, 936 F.2d 1433, 1447 (2d Cir. 1991)(''To revoke an LPR's green card pending completion of the deportation process would severely undermine the integrity of the process itself and impose significant hardship on the alien involved''). To that end, the INS' policy of placing an I-551 stamp on an alien's I-94 arrival card or passport is considered appropriate temporary evidence of legal permanent resident status during the duration of the deportation proceedings. Memorandum from James J. Hogan, INS Executive Associate Commissioner (Nov. 11, 1992), reported and reproduced in 69 Interpreter Releases 1560 (Dec. 14, 1992). Further, the temporary I-551 may be used to travel, to establish employment eligibility, or to establish lawful permanent resident status for purposes of obtaining school financial aid and other benefits. However, because an alien whose Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence has been denied by the director is, strictly speaking, no longer a lawful permanent resident, the Service should not approve any Form I-130 filed by such an alien after issuance of the termination notice, but before resolution of the deportation proceeding. 8 C.F.R. § 216.4(d)(2). Nonetheless, as final termination of the alien's lawful permanent resident status is subject to review of the director's decision in deportation proceedings, we advise that if an alien in this situation does seek to file a Petition for Alien Relative, the Service should accept the petition as filed, but not adjudicate it pending conclusion of the deportation proceeding. Thus, if the alien recovers lawful permanent resident status in the deportation proceeding, the Form I-130 could be approved based on the priority date established when filed. Similarly, should the alien prevail before the immigration judge, the restoration of lawful permanent resident status would relate back to the date of termination. Thus, the period from the date of the director's notice of termination and the date of restoration of status would count as time accrued for purposes of eligibility for naturalization. Cf. INA § 216(e), 8 U.S.C. § 1186a(e)." Still with me? Good. Get yourself another cup of tea. Within a couple of days of receiving my scary denial letter, I had sent a new I-751, and I then received my receipt, then biometrics letter, and I went to get a stamp. Since then, I have left and returned to the US multiple times, with no issue - bar a quick and polite visit to secondary each time to verify my status (as my stamp is annotated with 'TC-1' , telling them it has been denied/re-opened). I am awaiting my citizenship interview now, which unfortunately has been delayed slightly due to this. To date I have had no NTA, and when I call the automated line, it shows nothing. The phone line is 1-800-898-7180. Have your A# to hand, and use the automated system, which will tell you if an NTA has been issued or there are any proceedings underway. My suspicion is that if you file quickly enough (and within the 30 days allowed for an I-290B to be filed), it stops the file being passed to the courts for an NTA. As yours is a very recent denial letter, you stand a good chance of this also happening to you. Even if you do receive an NTA, any proceedings would be immediately stayed (paused) with a still-pending I-751 (which is why you must file it). This will be adjudicated on its merits and the evidence provided, without prejudice. But ultimately my point is, DON'T PANIC....all is not lost, you have rights, and you won't be sent on the next plane home, or arrested in the street. Just get that 751 in asap and see what happens then.
  4. 62 points
    Naes

    September 2017 I-129F Filers, Part II

    Hellooooo Berries!!!!! as mentioned before, WE ARE APPROVED!!! 4 hours after the name updated I was woken up by lovely @Swissmiss82 (whom I swore at for a good minute as I finally fell asleep at 2:30 🤣🤣 then I saw who it was but couldn’t wake up, then she sent me a screenshot of my approval. I advise anyone to have one of these @Swissmiss82 in hand cause she knew before my email came ) Now about the “name was updated” as my other dear @emekus94 said, normally “name was updated” is a correction on the petition about name or address or such. However, when they were doing May I was really in to research on some of the updates that people has no idea why. One was name was updated (never expected to get one) I confirmed this theory of name updated 99% turns to approval with quite a lot of members here so yayyyy. my case only got name update on 4/5 4am but with the date of 4/4 on the new site, and the approval came on the old site. wow can’t believe I’m writing this! received date: Sept 15 submitted: Sept 18 noa 2: April 5 I deleted the app so I’m not sure but I think I’m on day 204? from the received date. And I wouldn’t do this again even if they give me a million dollars! I don’t know how everyone is doing it, but during the past week I broke up with my fiancé 10 times at least. Because I wanted to stop the pain one way or another. And I couldn’t go to work for the past 2 days.... so I understand why couples are drained and why some people are not as “strong” (actually this is the wrong word to use) So many people helped me through this hell other than the chocolate puddings that I ate. Maid of horror: @Swissmiss82 Gal pals: @NICK & PAULA @ChuAni @Jaquelly @Thelucybelle @LizM @vocaledge (Dude just ignore the title) I have many more people to thank, but If I start I can’t end. (No seriously it would be the whole page) or some of those nicknames my brain without coffee couldn’t figure out to thank to! (Yer, seriously what was your nickname??) I want to give a brief summary of how this road looked like from my eyes: -June edition:the one with most drama -July edition: the one with the most chill -August: the one that made me go crazy -September : expediters -October : the one who always caught up in someone else’s drama -November: all k1 goes to california -December: mainly validation errors Thank you @Shoegum More than anything!! Thank you @geowrian for the scans and informed delivery and basically saving everyone’s life! You are the anxious persons dream 😁! Let’s hope I never win an oscar cause apparently that speech would not go well... (I am extremely aware I am forgetting people to thank to....I just started but half the page became people’s names....)
  5. 57 points
    Vote Trump out of office in 2020. Major pro.
  6. 46 points
    Approved in just a five minute interview!!!!! O M Geeeeeeeee
  7. 45 points
    Daniel P

    October 2017 I-129F Filers, Part II

    I wanted to share with you guys that... We got approved!! I feel very fortunate that I was one of the early approvals, but also sad because most of you are still waiting. For what I've been seeing over the last months the situation has improved significantly if we compare it with the pre-Christmas time, so I'm pretty confident that most of you won't have to wait much longer to get that desired approval. Just hold on. As for me, I'll be here running the dialy scans as usual Received date: 10/16 NOA2 date: 4/12 (updated on new website at 3:30 am Cali time)
  8. 44 points
    EllisAndRenz

    How long at port of entry ?

    She just got here. I'm on top of the moon right now !!!
  9. 44 points
    Look what I am getting today!!!! Holy $#it... This is going to be the longest day EVER!!!!
  10. 43 points
    Megan&Daniel

    Interview today

    He just got out! We have been approved! Thanks to all of you for your support and contributions to this website!
  11. 43 points
    Dianalorena

    561 days after...it's over

    I've been wanting to write this for SO long! After 10 and a half months stuck at Nebraska, two months in NVC and almost six months waiting after our CC to get an interview, it finally happened! My interview appointment was stressful. There even was a point where the supervisor approached the officer and they closed the microphone. I thought I was going to faint. My case was a bit complicated and it looked weird on paper, but after explaining what happened things started to get a little better. Overall it took me 3 hours (two hours waiting and one hour of questioning!) but I fully understood it's their job and they just had to make sure everything was in order. Everyone was very nice and professional, and even being Juarez I've never felt unsafe. I have honestly nothing but nice things to say about the U.S consulate and even though the process is incredibly draining if you play by the rules and follow the requirements it's not that bad. 561 days of documents, tears, long distance, money (oh, the money) the uncertainty. It was incredibly worth it just for this moment! to hug my husband waiting for me outside and dance with my little green paper. Thank you SO much, everyone, for helping me throughout the process. I couldn't have done it without you, since you helped me not only be prepared for the process but stay sane after it kept taking longer and longer. I am also aware it didn't take as long as others and it wasn't the most complex situation, so I'm counting my blessings and I feel very lucky that overall things went smoothly and I get to drive back with my love to Texas and start our lives together, almost two years after getting married yet so ready to start from scratch as newlyweds. I wish you all the best on your journey! you deserve to experience the same joy I'm experiencing. ❤️ Lorena
  12. 42 points
    IT HAPPENED!!!! 205 days Checked the new website... Approved!!! No email. No text. No update on "old" website. I contacted my senator... a few days ago, maybe it helped!!!
  13. 42 points
    John & Rose

    June 2017 I-129F Filers, Part III

    Just got off the phone with Tier II. They say 2 days ago they sent out a request for initial evidence. I'm not sure what that is but it is some real information for a change.
  14. 41 points
    OMG OMG OMG!!! Just woke up & Jake put his phone in my face & said “I love you” & the screen was the new site saying WERE APPROVED!!!!!!! I CANT BELIEVE IT!! I asked him isit real LOL IVE JUST HAD MASSIVE HAPPY TEARS/RELIEF CRY 😂😂 NOA1: 17th October NOA2: 20th April He got an email & its approved on new site, recieved still on app & old site. HAPPY DAYS!!! Thankyou to all those who tried to keep me sane, I appreciate the support 💖💖 @Sarac9 @HTMW @Katri & everyone still waiting, rooting for you!! BEST FEELING 😁😁
  15. 39 points
    Bure

    How to marry morocco man?

    Nicole and Azan
  16. 39 points
    Rose and I are married and incredibly happy!
  17. 38 points
    Little_Vixen

    I-129F December 2017 Filers

    Wasn't I just in here to complain we hit day 200 today? !!!!!WE GOT APPROVED!!!!! Got a notification from the casetracker app. No update on the new site yet. Noa1 old site Dec 22 Noa1 new site Dec 27 Noa 2 old site June 10
  18. 38 points
    A wee update: we got married last night! A simple ceremony downtown and dinner afterward - in the middle of a snowstorm, my fiancé's first (he's a fan already!) We'll go file the license tomorrow, pick up our marriage certificate, and then hopefully get the AOS documents sent off tomorrow or Thursday.
  19. 38 points
    Jaquelly

    July 2017 I-129F Filers

    I JUST GOT AN EMAIL WE ARE APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  20. 37 points
    I created this thread for those who are waiting for their NOA2 K-1 and the case assignment from NVC. These are items that everyone ask for so I thought I just post them here for you to refer to when it's necessary. 1. How do I update my email address with NVC Once you receive your NOA2 approval then contact NVC via https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/ask-nvc.html to update your email address as well as your beneficiary's email address. This will give you an email alert when your file arrives at NVC, your case is assigned and when the file leaves for your Embassy. 2. Checking on your embassy case number from NVC: It will take 7 - 10 business days for NVC to receive your file from USCIS after you receive the NOA2, then another 2 - 5 business days for NVC to get your file in there system and produce your case number. Call 7:00 am eastern time for shorter wait times. 1-603-334-0700 or 603-334-0888. Operator assistance is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM (Eastern Time) 1 for English, then 7 (or 5, but I would go 7 as they would tell you if you should call 5 instead after they receive your case.) Best time to call: Right after they open which is around 7:00am US Eastern Time, Mon-Fri. Most have had luck getting the phone answered after the first ring if they called right at 7am. 3. How long to assign a Case # from NOA2 Currently it's been taking about 2 weeks for USCIS to send the file to NVC. Then it's been taking about 2-3 weeks for NVC to assign the case number. Then it's taking another 2-3 week depending on the Embassy to receive your case. Your mileage may vary! 4. Follow Similar VJ members timelines. Use the tools here in VJ to answer "when I am going to get etc. etc." question. Near your picture there is a link for your timeline. Select it and once you're on the next page near your picture you will see "follow similar timelines" and it will populate 12 other couples who are near your dates. Scroll down and you will see a "spreadsheet" style page showing all the variables for measurement for when others from your Embassy are getting the same notice of approval or action. Try it. It really works! 5. Follow similar VJ members timelines from other countries. And if you want to follow those from other countries that have similar timelines as yours there are several tools available to you. Go up to Immigration Timelines on the blue ribbon above and select it. Once you are on the next page looked to your left and you will see a box that states, "find similar timelines" and select it. A list will populate with those who are processing close to your timeline. When they start to change you will soon be behind them. I followed those that were in my group to give me an idea where they were in processing so I could judge if I was ahead or behind. It's pretty accurate, maybe within a day or so. If you choose to follow those twelve members then you will get an email every time their status updates. I hope these tips help you along your Journey. So lets share our experiences, our tips and ask questions.
  21. 37 points
    milimelo

    Residency without signing I864

    And this is why k visa is a visa from hell. Beneficiary totally dependent on petitioner who may do exactly what you’re doing. If you won’t sign I-864 she won’t be a legal documented resident. Either let her know you’re destroying her future and pay for her ticket home or get married, file AOS and sign the damn I-864 form!
  22. 37 points
    You do realize that in order to eligible for Obamacare, you have to have a full time job? My husband is a doctor, I am a healthcare lawyer, I guarantee you I know more about how Obamacare works than your political talking heads know. It isn't anything close to a disaster, very far from it, and take that from someone who treats patients all day long in a hospital. Also, health insurance is far from a "few hundred bucks". I own my own law firm and I can tell you what I pay for health insurance for my employees, it is a lot more than a few hundred dollars a month, try more like $600 a person per month. You are completely entitled to your opinion, but the fact of the matter is that people that receive Obamacare are working, and working hard at full time jobs. These are exactly the people that we want to keep in this country, so I have to disagree with you that we would deny citizenship to these people.
  23. 37 points
    Trinab80

    May 2017 I-129F Filers, Part III

    @AnaUmo....you are a God send!!! After 305 days of waiting which is 10 months and 5 days....RENI AND I HAVE BEEN APPROVED (APPROVAL DATE MARCH 22ND) THIS IS SO UNREAL RIGHT NOW....I CAN'T BREATHE AND I CANT TYPE BUT YES WE HAVE BEEN APPROVED!!!!!!! I JUST STARTED CRYING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT HAS HIT ME THAT THE WAY IS FINALLY OVER!!!!! THANK YOU ISNT ENOUGH TO EVERYONE HERE THAT HAS KEPT US IN PRAYER, MOTIVATED AND HELPED ME TO PUSH FORWARD. I wish my phone would allow me to upload the picture to show you guys. WE ARE APPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!
  24. 36 points
    TBoneTX

    K-1 Journey Completed

    Mrs. T-B. attended her oath ceremony today (23 Jan 2013) and got her Certificate of Naturalization, si man. She is a citizen now, after a 5.5-year visa journey with some giant obstacles. The story is posted in the K-1 Case Progress forum because, if you're like I was, you don't visit many of the later-stage forums or have a firm vision of the entire visa journey just yet. Indeed, I remember a buddy in my own monthly I-129F progress thread who got the NOA2 for his petition and wrote, "Can someone please direct me to the next forum?" Some of the following might yield some perspective on "the visa journey" and perhaps help you in your visa journey. I joined VisaJourney in mid-2007. I was overwhelmed, nervous, and bewildered by the upcoming K-1 process and the voluminous information on the site. Many of my first questions were met with patient variations of "read the Guides!" I sent off the I-129F petition to USCIS (the CSC) via overnight mail with green reply card. I was frantic when the card didn't come back for several days. I checked on-line case status of the I-129F at least once daily. Except for me, everyone else in the May 2007 filers group had received their NOA2 by 6 months (the timeframe then). I made several calls to USCIS (waiting on hold sometimes for hours, listening to that maddening "hold" music). I finally reached a kindly Immigration Officer who determined that my file had been sitting on a transit station for some time. I asked him to please send an e-mail to the processing floor to ask someone to move the file to the next place it ought to go. A very few days later, I got the NOA2. On this site, I reported the foregoing method of loosening the stuck application; the message was twisted and roundly mocked by a group led by a viper who still sometimes poisons this site. Being naive, I underestimated the consular process nearly 100% and was not on the premises during my fiancee's interview. She was kicked out after about 3 minutes, without her brought evidence having been considered, with these exact words: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!" In subsequent correspondence, the devious consulate referred to the second interview as a "marriage interview," hiding the fact that it would be a Stokes. The Stokes interview was not even conducted by an American, but by a Foreign Service National (a local Ecuadorian employed by the consulate). A decision was not even to be made on that day. The first interview was "not enough evidence -- go away!" and the second was "too much information -- go away!" I got perhaps 45 minutes of sleep on the 5.5-hour return flight. Being home was worse. After weeks of torment and of calling the State Department's visa line daily, I fought through the phone lines at the consulate by insisting on speaking with an American. After 20 minutes on hold, I ended up speaking with the Section Chief of the Immigration Visa Unit. We discussed the situation and I sent him a confirmatory e-mail. Within 72 hours, the visa was approved. My contemporaries and I, who had all been hosed by this mismanaged consulate, remained angry for years afterward. Mrs. T-B.-to-be wrapped up her business affairs and arrived through the Port of Entry without incident, but very ill with an upper-respiratory infection. Our first week consisted of an expensive out-of-pocket medical appointment + prescriptions toward her recovery. We married by the third week and filed for Adjustment of Status (AOS). I mailed it overnight but without extra receipt confirmation. I checked on-line case status sporadically. The NOA arrived in timely fashion, and there was no interview. Mrs. T-B.'s EAD and AP arrived in due time and without incident. We used the AP on a land border trip to Mexico. Upon our return, the CBP agent knew what AP was but had obviously never actually processed one. Parts of this were quite comical. However, having our marriage certificate with us was perhaps the chief element in our approval for re-entry. Little did we know that Mrs. T-B.'s green card was in the mail to us (and on schedule) during that very trip. We later took a driving trip through south Texas. The CBP agents at the internal checkpoints most certainly would have given us huge trouble had Mrs. T-B. not had her green card with her. The experience taught us to keep it -- and our marriage certificate -- with her at all times. We filed for Removal of Conditions (ROC) as soon as Mrs. T-B. was eligible. I had taken others' advice and, since AOS, had taken appropriate pieces of evidence and thrown them into a box. By ROC time, there was more than enough support of our merged financial & personal lives through the span of our marriage. I mailed the package first-class with delivery confirmation (yellow sticker). I never signed up for on-line case status. The NOAs were timely, and approval was timely and without interview. About a week before we filed for ROC, Mini-Bone was born, made of genuine U.S. & Ecuadorian parts. We filed for Naturalization (citizenship) somewhat after Mrs. T-B. became eligible. I mailed the package regular first-class mail and never even thought about signing up for on-line case status. The NOA2 was timely, the process was uneventful, and her interview was easy. The Oath Ceremony featured 2,272 new citizens from 126 countries. Lessons learned and insights gained from this visa journey and from spending it as a member of VisaJourney: 1. It's not necessary to freak out over how to mail the petitions or how to assemble the packages. Just include what the VJ Guides recommend, plus what knowledgeable members before you recommend (for example, front-loading evidence for tough consulates). 2. Rely upon advice from the most knowledgeable, trustworthy VJ members. Chief among these for me were JimVaPhuong, pushbrk (who thankfully is still active here), and Kathryn41. I read every post of theirs that I happened across, and I invariably learn something. Another currently active member, geowrian, is well worth heeding. 3. The squeaky wheel truly can get the grease. If your USCIS filing is grossly out of timeline, or if you have truly been wronged at the consulate, polite phone calls might yield action. (NOTE: "Grossly out of timeline" means exactly that. It does not refer to "I want my fiance(e) here NOW, no matter what. I have no patience or circumspection about the petition process, and I don't WANT any patience or circumspection!" Read the VJ forums thoroughly to see what objective factors might be influencing the processing of petitions. As hard as it can be, avoid "ready, fire, aim" reactions during this stage.) 4. Procedures, policies, and outcomes at the Manila embassy are, chances are, unique to Manila and not automatically transferable to other consular experiences. Go atop any VJ page and click "Embassy Info" and "Reviews: Embassy." Read the reviews for YOUR consulate, attending particularly to the WORST stories. Prepare accordingly. Also pay attention to general cautions offered by experienced members who did not deal with your consulate. Take offerings of "No worries -- you will be fine!" with a large grain of salt -- yes, the interview might turn out fine, but no one can assure you of this in advance. 5. Never EVER underestimate the consular phase of the process! The consular officers have 100% power over the continuation of your visa journey. Treating the consular phase casually can be like loading a revolver with 5 bullets, spinning the cylinder, and putting the gun to your temple and pulling the trigger. Bear in mind that a previously "easy" consulate's policies and procedures can change without notice if a new Section Chief is transferred in. Expect the best outcome, sure, but prepare for the worst conceivable. 6. We never got an RFE. However, an RFE is a golden opportunity to provide not just what USCIS requests to satisfy the RFE, but also to add additional evidence of bona fide relationship for the consular officer's eyes, later. Everything that you submit to USCIS goes to the consulate after the petition is approved. Front-loading (or, later, "loading along with an RFE") ensures that key information that you want the consul to see is there before the beneficiary's interview at a tough consulate. 7. There is never a disadvantage to a petitioner's being on the consular premises while the beneficiary is being interviewed. In fact, the advantages are many and distinct. Emotional support for the beneficiary is the minimum. If you the petitioner are on the premises or within range, the consul can call you in to ask questions. Your ability to provide answers "on the scene" can ward off the issuance of a 221(g) and prevent a return trip to the consulate. 8. As outrageous as this may sound (and as outrageous as it would have sounded to me during the I-129F wait), it indeed can be a relief to return to dealing with USCIS after having dealt with a consulate. Nevertheless, to this day, if I'm on hold on a business call and the music is the same as USCIS's "hold" music, my heart begins pounding faster. 9. Like me, you'll start with close friends who post regularly and support you in public and private. Sadly, many will fall away from VJ along the way. Some of my earliest friends who are no longer around are: StillThePrettiest - last log-in, 6 Aug 2010; Toshtishtash - 7 Oct 2011; Jeraly - 23 Aug 2012; DanielParul (of incomparable support during my consulate torment) - 15 June 2010. 10. As I wrote to Captain Ewok privately tonight, I could not have negotiated this visa journey -- either procedurally or emotionally -- without the help of this site and the good people on it. I hope that the foregoing will confer some helpful circumspection at this early stage of your visa journey, si man.
  25. 36 points
    Little_Vixen

    July 2018 NOA2 ----> NVC

    Just got approved!!!!!! Visa will be ready for pickup in the next 10 days
  26. 36 points
    YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!! my CASE HAS BEEN APPROVED!!!!!!! TODAY!!!!!!
  27. 35 points
    Hi Readers, We filed my AOS via a lawyer who cost us an arm and a leg. Subsequently we discovered VisaJourney. We prepared my ROC entirely by ourselves thanks to VJ and I was approved without RFE or interview. So now I'd like to give back to the community. Below is the exact cover letter and list of evidence we submitted for my removal of conditions. Of course, I omitted all private identifying information but the format and remaining words are intact. In publishing this cover letter and list of evidence sample, I am in no way suggesting that this is the ideal sample or format that you should use. My objective in publishing this is merely in the hope that it helps someone in some way when they need to refer to a sample or need ideas of what evidence to include in their immigration journey. Obviously my husband and I belong to the "everything but the kitchen sink" group and our evidence came up to 5.5 pounds. If you are in the "less is more" camp, then perhaps this list of evidence sample is not for you. We got very creative with some of the evidence to come up with and we actually had fun! For example, thanks to TBoneTX (Thank you, TB!) who has been suggesting to include MPOAs since eternity, we created health care power of attorneys that not only helped us with the I-751, but more importantly will continue to be vital should something, God forbid, happen to one of us. This is where VisaJourney was tremendously, immensely helpful. Had we not known of VJ, we would have never, ever come up with such a list. So thank you everyone and a special thanks/shout-out to moderators TBoneTX and Pitaya, who both helped me shape up my I-751 evidence. In another post later, I will be including a sample of an affidavit my best friend wrote for us. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 04, 2015 United States Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS California Service Center P.O. Box 10751 Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1075 USPS Priority Mail Tracking Number: xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xx ORIGINAL SUBMISSION RE: I-751 JOINT PETITION TO REMOVE CONDITIONS ON RESIDENCE FOR HAPPY CHIC #Axxx-xxx-xxx U.S. Citizen Spouse: John Doe (DOB: xx/xx/19xx; SSN:xxx-xx-xxxx) Conditional Resident Spouse: Happy Chic (DOB: xx/xx/19xx; SSN:xxx-xx-xxxx) Dear Sir or Madam: Please find appended Form I-751 and materials to support removal of conditions on residence for my wife, Happy Chic. USCIS granted Happy Chic conditional permanent residence on March 03, 2014. The materials, which show a merging of our personal and financial lives since marriage (May 1, 2013), are organized in tab dividers for your convenience. For ease of review, pertinent information is highlighted in yellow. Thank you for your prompt processing of this petition and for what we hope is your favorable response at your earliest opportunity. Sincerely, John Doe & Happy Chic Address Line 1 Address Line 2 Phone (Home): xxx-xxx-xxxx Phone (Cell): xxx-xxx-xxxx / xxx-xxx-xxxx E-mail: John Doe e-mail Happy Chic e-mail Table of Contents Exhibit A: Original ______ Bank Personal Check, in the amount of $590.00 for payment of the I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence + Biometric fee Enlarged copy of USCIS Form I-551 front and back (Permanent Resident Card) Original Form I-751 filled and signed by John Doe and Happy Chic Addendum I and II to Form I-751 Exhibit B: Certified marriage certificate between John Doe and Happy Chic, showing marriage on May 01, 2013 in "City", Wisconsin Copy of the Marriage Certificate signed and stamped by the registrar of the French Republic – Foreign Affairs Ministry showing that our marriage is registered in France Original notarized certified translation of the French Marriage Certificate from French to English Copy of pages 10 and 11 from the French Family Record Book showing that our marriage is registered in France Original notarized certified translation of pages 10 and 11 from the Family Record Book from French to English Exhibit C: Copy of Happy Chic’s biometric French passport showing “Our Address” as the address of residence on page 3 of passport Copies of Happy Chic’s former permit & current driver’s license, and John Doe’s current driver’s license showing joint residence at “Our Address” Exhibit D: 2013 Tax account and tax return transcripts from the IRS and copy of 2013 refund check from the IRS addressed to both of us in our joint residence Copy of 2013 Wisconsin State tax refund addressed to both of us 2014 Tax account and tax return transcripts from the IRS and copy of 2014 refund check from the IRS addressed to both of us in our joint residence Exhibit E: Three original notarized affidavits attesting to the bondafide nature of our marriage Exhibit F: Copies of monthly bank statements of our joint checking and savings accounts since inception of the accounts on xx/xx/2013, showing various financial co-mingling such as rent payments, car loan payments, insurance payments, grocery shopping etc. Exhibit G: Copy of lease agreement listing us as joint tenants at “Our Address”, beginning July 01, 2013 and copies of lease renewals for the same address for subsequent terms until June 30, 2016 Copies of monthly rent checks issued by both of us to our landlord’s agent from our joint checking account Copies of monthly newsletters from our landlord’s agent addressed to both of us Copies of Our Insurance Company yearly account statements beginning August 12, 2013 until August 12, 2016 listing us as jointly covered under homeowners insurance policy number xxxxxxxxxxxxx for our residence at “Our Address” Exhibit H: Copies of The City of ____ Utilities quarterly statements showing us as jointly responsible for paying water in our joint residence at “Our Address” Copies of ______ Gas and Electric Company monthly statements showing Happy Chic as responsible for paying gas and electricity in our joint residence at “Our Address” Copies of AT&T monthly wireless phone statements showing us maintaining a joint cellular phone plan, which we have been sharing with John Doe’s mother/Happy Chic’s mother-in-law, from the beginning. From July 10, 2015, John Doe’s father/Happy Chic’s father-in-law, also entered our joint cellular phone plan. Exhibit I: Copy of previous health insurance cards, via John Doe’s employer, showing us both covered under the same (former) insurance plan Copies of monthly health premium checks issued by Happy Chic to John Doe’s employer, “Insert employer name”, from our joint checking account beginning May 01, 2013 until April 30, 2014 John Doe’s cancellation request via e-mail to cancel our former health insurance and enroll in “Current” Health Insurance Copy of “Current” Health Insurance cards, showing us both covered under the same ongoing health insurance plan and monthly invoices beginning May 01, 2014 showing John Doe as responsible for paying monthly premiums Exhibit J: Copy of John Doe’s Power of Health Attorney for Health Care dated xx/xx/2014, filed in his medical record at _________ Hospital, designating Happy Chic as his health care agent in case he is no longer able to make health care decisions by himself Copy of Happy Chic’s Power of Health Attorney for Health Care dated xx/xx/2014, filed in her medical record at _________ Hospital, designating John Doe as her health care agent in case she is no longer able to make health care decisions by herself Copy of John Doe’s Access Request Form dated August 01, 2014 requesting to grant Happy Chic full access to his medical chart and access approval from _________ Hospital Copy of Happy Chic’s Access Request Form dated August 01, 2014 requesting to grant John Doe full access to her medical chart and access approval from ________ Hospital Copy of John Doe’s indefinite authorization of disclosure of medical information to Happy Chic, registered at our local clinic, __________ Copy of Happy Chic’s indefinite authorization of disclosure of medical information to John Doe, registered at our local clinic, __________ Exhibit K: Copies of “Store1” Rewards account statements for Account Number: xx-xxx-xxx-xxx-x, for various periods from October 2011, listing us as joint owners Copies of “Store2” Master Cards for Account Number xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx and corresponding statements for various periods from October 2013, with John Doe as the account owner and Happy Chic as the authorized user. Beginning October 2015, the same account changed to new account number xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx. Latest statement with the new number is enclosed Copies of “Store3” Visa Cards for Account Number xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx and corresponding statements for various periods from December 2013, with John Doe as the account owner and Happy Chic as the authorized user Copies of “Credit Company1” Master Cards with two numbers under one account; Numbers xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx & xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx and corresponding statements for various periods from July 2013, with Happy Chic as the account owner and John Doe as the authorized user Copies of “Credit Company2” Visa Cards for Account Number xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx and corresponding statements for various periods from August 2013, with Happy Chic as the account owner and John Doe as the authorized user Copies of “Credit Company3” Visa Cards for Account Number xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx and corresponding statements for various periods from July 2014, with Happy Chic as the account owner and John Doe as the authorized user. Copies of “Credit Company4” Visa Cards for Account Number xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx and corresponding statements for various periods from March 2013, with Happy Chic as the account owner and John Doe as the authorized user. Exhibit L: Copies of John Doe’s Roth Individual Retirement Account statements beginning July, 2014 listing Happy Chic as the primary beneficiary and giving Happy Chic power of attorney for full trading authorization. Happy Chic’s mother is listed as one of the contigent beneficiaries Copies of Happy Chic’s Roth Individual Retirement Account statements beginning July, 2014 listing John Doe as the primary beneficiary and giving John Doe power of attorney for full trading authorization Copies of Brokerage Account statements beginning July, 2014 listing Happy Chic and John Doe as joint tenants by entirety Exhibit M: Copies of down payments, Motor Vehicle Purchase Contract, Wisconsin Title & License Plate Application, Wisconsin Certificate of Vehicle Registration showing joint purchase of the 2014 Brand/Model car and subsequent monthly loan payments from our joint checking account Copies of down payments, Motor Vehicle Purchase Contract, Wisconsin Title & License Plate Application, Wisconsin Certificate of Vehicle Registration showing joint purchase of the 2014 Brand/Model car and subsequent monthly loan payments from our joint checking account until September 2015 Copies of Motor Vehicle Lease Order, Motor Vehicle Lease Agreement, Request for Lien Release, Transfer of Ownership of the 2014 Brand/Model as trade-in, Wisconsin Title & License Plate Application, Wisconsin Certificate of Vehicle Registration showing us as lessee and co-lessee to the 2015 Brand/Model car, and subsequent monthly loan payments from our joint checking account Copy of Our Insurance Company Personal Auto Policy statements listing us jointly covered under vehicle insurance policy number xxxxxxxxxxxxxx from April 2013 to April 2016 Exhibit N: Travel details of Happy Chic’s Conference trip to Tampa, FL with John Doe as guest in February 2014 Travel details of Happy Chic’s Conference trip to San Fransisco, CA with John Doe in March 2014 Travel details of Happy Chic’s Conference trip to Philadelphia, PA with John Doe as guest in April 2014 Travel details of our international travel to France between January 24, 2015-February 15, 2015 to visit Happy Chic’s birth place Travel details of Happy Chic’s Conference trip to Washington, D.C. with John Doe as guest in August 2015 Travel details of our upcoming leisure trip to Dallas, TX in December 2015 Travel details of our upcoming international travel to India between January 23, 2016-February 14, 2016 Exhibit O: Copies of photos of us together at various events with family and friends throughout the years Exhibit P: Copies of details of our first and second wedding anniverary celebrations; invitations to guests, cards received from family and friends, event bills Exhibit Q: Copies of greeting cards, letters and packages from family and friends addressed to us throughout the years Exhibit R: Copies of Jared The Galleria of Jewelry receipt dated December 2014 and pictures showing John Doe’s purchase of two pendants and an earring for Happy Chic
  28. 35 points
    mcdull

    I wore jeans to my oath ceremony.

    "Honey, you sure you don't want to change?" My husband yelled as he was jumping out of the shower. "You look gorgeous in that cheongsam!" "I am 100% sure!" My husband was baffled. Why would I wear jeans at a such solemn event? on this very day I became an American? little did he know, I wore it to honour my aunt, who was killed by the Chinese communists over a pair of blue jeans. My dad escaped the Chinese civil war and arrived in Hong Kong, left behind two other siblings who remained in communist controlled China. Dad worked few odd jobs so that every time we visited our relatives, we would be able to bring necessities, be flour, rice, clothes, radio or even salt and sugar. I still remember my dad's loud cry when upon returning to China, he learned my aunt had committed suicide, over the very pair of jeans he brought her from Hong Kong. Only when I grew up, I heard the story from my cousin that auntie Mui lost her life to the heydays of cultural revolution, when every single wrong doing could land you in jail and every little mistake earned you a good beating. Jeans in all the madness became a gesture of contradicting supreme leader Mao and a symbol of supporting American Imperialism. So her very friend and comrade stripped her and did the unthinkable and unspeakable in public. My aunt couldn't take the humiliation and took her own life the same afternoon. As years go by, all my families escaped communist China and landed in Hong Kong, Aunt Mui was gone, but she was never forgotten. And that is why I wore jeans, a indisputable symbol of Americanism at my oath ceremony, and if aunt Mui is above there somewhere watching over me, she knew I did it for her honour.
  29. 35 points
    OMG I JUST GOT APPROVED!! I AM A DEC 1 NOA1 (OLD WEBSITE). THE OLD WEBSITE UPDATED. NEW ONE DID NOT. NO TEXT AND NO EMAIL! SO DAMN HAPPY RIGHT NOW!!! MY FELLOW DECEMBERIANS, DECEMBER HAS STARTED!!! @Naes @ChuAni @Little_Vixen @x_driven_x @ToniAnn @Daniel P
  30. 35 points
    GUYS !!!! i just stalked @Naes WAC and it finally says APPROVED SHE IS APPROVED! RIGHT NOW WOHOOO!!! OMG OMG OMG THE WAIT IS OVER!!!! GURRRRLLLL!!!! @Thelucybelle @NICK & PAULA let's sing a song for this chic!
  31. 35 points
    ChuAni

    October 2017 I-129F Filers, Part II

    Hi Sweet People! THANK GOD FOR HIS GRACE! I just received an email on a Case Status Change now (1:13 pm My Time). It reads APPROVED (April 4th)!!! The old website states the same, the App updated later, but the new website isn't yet updated. Sent: 10/05/2017 Received: 10/10/2017 NOA1: 10/13/2017 NOA2: 04/04/2018 We all are getting there!🎆🎆🎆 @Naes Babegirl, your Approval is on the way.😍😍😍 @NICK & PAULA Sweet, I'm having my kitchen dance with my mum now.😂😂 @emekus94 and @EllyNelly Sisterly! Chineke emela!💖💖💖 @jean baptiste your approval is on the way.🤞 @o0o, I just got it.😍
  32. 35 points
    JSCGPV

    July 2017 I-129F Filers, Part II

    Hello to all VJ family members. As most of you know I am in the Philippines right now enjoying time with my better half. Anyway......., Yesterday, or well I should say the 27th in the Philippines was my Fiancees birthday. This is the first time we have been able to be together for a birthday, so we wanted to really celebrate with a nice dinner and some wine. After getting ready and waiting for a Grab (Uber) if your not sure what grab is, my email notification went off on my phone. So looking for something to do I checked my email, and the email I received was from USCIS, it said there was a case status change. I quickly grabbed my laptop, logged in, and WOW!!!! It said our case was Approved on the 26th!! Honestly I couldn't think of a more perfect way to get an approval notice! Almost like a storybook notice. We are together, it's her birthday, we were all dressed up and leaving to celebrate. Needless to say we now had two reasons, and of course we over celebrated, if that's such a thing. he he Just wanted to let everyone know and thanks for all the support. I'm glad I could help in the past with scans and answering questions and will continue to help in the future.
  33. 35 points
    Congrats, I made something special for you @John & Rose
  34. 34 points
    I didn't need one. I did my k1, AOS and ROC all by myself. Also good luck with your case but no point helping someone who rejects every piece of advice people try to give him. You seem to be 100% sure you're right anyway.
  35. 34 points
    Sarac9

    October 2017 I-129F Filers, Part III

    After my post, an hour ago, I prayed and prayed... and begged God to give me the strength to wait another 100 plus days if that is what's written for me. I had accepted my fate. When I wake up in the morning, I check VJ first then my case status on the new website, and then the old website but not today.. And after I prayed and prayed, I called my fiance but he didn't pick up (snoozing) Then I finally decided to log in And I couldn't believ my eyes that we were APPROVED Received date October 12, 2017 NoA 1 October 16, 2017 NoA 2 May 8, 2017 No email, only updated on the new website Days it took 209 Thank you so much for all of your support @HTMW (you're next booboo) @Meisha&Jake @Naes @SONIA AND MICHAEL @Katri (praying for you) @EllyNelly @BnK @IamAR @jean baptiste @ColdSpag&Pizza (rooting for you) @DonAnn (you got this soon soon) @sumbunny(my prayers are with you) @DPP123@ToniAnn @Daniel P @L & E @Little_Vixen @tampa83 and everyone whose name was not mentioned but supported me THANK YOU!! THIS IS TRULY the best feeling and I pray those waiting will get to experience it really really soon.
  36. 34 points
    So Tony is in town and we got our visa on Tuesday, March 6th. Then yesterday we went shopping for his wedding suit and shoes. The tired monster got the groom, I guess.
  37. 34 points
    The RFE response has been delivered to the post office and will be in California tomorrow!
  38. 33 points
    I AM APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LITERALLY JUST NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  39. 33 points
    Trinab80

    June 2017 I-129F Filers, Part IV

    Hey my Junies...just wanted to let you know all know that after 305 days which is 10 months and 5 days WE HAVE BEEN APPROVED!!!! (March 22nd) No email or text or app.....waiting on the hardcopy as we speak!!!
  40. 32 points
    Naes

    April 2018 NOA2 ----> NVC [Part II]

    Issued!!!!
  41. 31 points
    Greenbaum

    NOVEMBER 2018 K-1 NOA2 ----> NVC

    This thread was created for those who are waiting from their NOA2 K-1 to the case assignment from NVC. These are items that everyone asks for, so I thought I just post them here for you to refer to when it's necessary. 1. How do I update my email address with NVC Once you receive your NOA2 approval then contact NVC via https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/ask-nvc.html to update your email address as well as your beneficiary's email address. This will give you an email alert when your file arrives at NVC, your case is assigned and when the file leaves for your Embassy. 2. Checking on your embassy case number from NVC: It will take 7 - 10 business days for NVC to receive your file from USCIS after you receive the NOA2, then another 2 - 5 business days for NVC to get your file in their system and produce your case number. Call 7:00 am eastern time for shorter wait times. 1-603-334-0700 or 603-334-0888. Operator assistance is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM (Eastern Time) 1 for English, then 7 (or 5, but I would go 7 as they would tell you if you should call 5 instead after they receive your case.) Best time to call: Right after they open which is around 7:00am US Eastern Time, Mon-Fri. Most have had luck getting the phone answered after the first ring if they called right at 7am. 3. How long to assign a Case # from NOA2 Currently it's been taking about 2 weeks for USCIS to send the file to NVC. Then it's been taking about 2-3 weeks for NVC to assign the case number. Then it's taking another 2-3 week depending on the Embassy to receive your case. Your mileage may vary! 4. Follow Similar VJ members timelines. Use the tools here in VJ to answer "when I am going to get etc. etc." question. Near your picture there is a link for your timeline. Select it and once you're on the next page near your picture you will see "follow similar timelines" and it will populate 12 other couples who are near your dates. Scroll down and you will see a "spreadsheet" style page showing all the variables for measurement for when others from your Embassy are getting the same notice of approval or action. Try it. It really works! 5. Follow similar VJ members timelines from other countries. And if you want to follow those from other countries that have similar timelines as yours there are several tools available to you. Go up to Immigration Timelines on the blue ribbon above and select it. Once you are on the next page looked to your left and you will see a box that states, "find similar timelines" and select it. A list will populate with those who are processing close to your timeline. When they start to change you will soon be behind them. I followed those that were in my group to give me an idea where they were in processing, so I could judge if I was ahead or behind. It's accurate, maybe within a day or so. If you choose to follow those twelve members then you will get an email every time their status updates. 6. Be sure your profile is complete so that we can determine your Embassy. Many of our answers are predicated on the information you supply in your profile. When we look at the left column and can't determine your timeline or your Embassy it's hard for us to give you a factual answer. If you look at the profile of others here, they have a flag for their country, so it makes it easy for us to reply as we can quickly determine your Embassy. Our answers will sometimes be tailored to a specific Embassy hence the reason for you to complete your profile. So, if you could help yourself out and complete your profile that sure would help us out when we want to reply to your question with factual information. Go to the top right of this page select your name (it's on the upper right-hand corner)>my profile>[below your picture on the right column] edit my profile. Scroll to the bottom and fill in "Immigration Info". There now we can better serve you. Thanks 7. Timelines. Complete your timeline. In your profile to the left of the page you will see the word “timeline” toward the bottom. Select it and it will take you to the page that has the link for you to complete your timeline. This to can help us to answer some of your questions. I hope these tips help you along your Journey. So, let’s share our experiences, our tips and ask questions.
  42. 31 points
    So today I get to give the update I have been hoping to give since all of this nonsense began. I received a flurry of text messages from USCIS this afternoon indicating that my case was updated. Puzzled but hopeful, I began to login to my online account, but before I could do so received a call from a Dallas number. They identified themselves as Officer SomebodyOrOther (I forget the name; I recall it wasn't the person who interviewed me) calling from the Dallas field office. They said they had received my case today, and had seen there was an issue. That she had gone ahead and reversed the denial and approved it, and could schedule me for an oath ceremony next Thursday afternoon, on Valentine's Day, if that would be ok. I said that would absolutely, completely, and totally be fine with me. She said she would mail out a copy of the letter today, and that I should receive it soon. I thanked her, and then called the congressional liaison working my case to let her know what had happened. So... there we are. It's been a rough couple of weeks. I lost about 5 lbs the first week, which I can't say I'm unhappy about since I wanted to lose 10-15 lbs before the police academy begins later this year that I will hopefully (now) be attending, but this wasn't how I had planned on doing it. I just want to say that the system works. And by the system I do not mean USCIS. Everyone who has read VJ for more than 5 minutes knows that USCIS is an inefficient and poorly run federal agency in drastic need of an overhaul. No, by system I mean the checks and balances of oversight of them. I'm not sure whether it was my congressman's office or the CIS Ombudsman that got this reversed. I'm choosing to believe a little of both. But to anyone whose naturalisation eligibility date is approaching, I would strongly urge you to wait just a day or two to head this issue off, unless you enjoy uncertainty and stupidity, in which case have at it. My online USCIS account is currently showing no changes. It still indicates that my application is denied, and there's no oath letter there yet. Perhaps it will change, perhaps it won't. But the older case status site is showing my oath letter was mailed. I'm glad to finally be able to put this behind me. Thanks to all the well-wishers here on VJ who have given public and private messages of support. It has been very much appreciated during what has not been a stellar couple of weeks up to now.
  43. 31 points
    You obviously have not been a victim of having your SSN used by someone else. Many children have had their identities stolen. Imagine being 18 and trying to get a job, car, phone, ... and be refused because you are accused on lying because another person - an adult no less - has used the SSN you received shortly after birth and really screwed up your life and finances. I know; it happened to my son. His SSN was used for years while he was younger than 18. She (and you) should stop using a sob story to justify her behavior. A lot of people in similar situations did not act as she did. She needs to be honest. You do not seem to understand the severity of the problems that are created by a person using a SSN that is actually or potentially another individual's. You do not seem to be sorry for the problems she has caused herself and others. If you did, you would not have stated she was a "good" person; you would have said she was "wrong". I hope she is more contrite. People who have not had to deal with the issues created by identity theft do not understand how it affects a person's life. As for the helpful advice you are seeking, she should get an attorney. IMO, one a person has committed an illegal act, they should use an attorney for all immigration filings. She has demonstrated the lack of understanding the consequences of breaking US laws; she cannot afford another mistake. Your attempts to justify her conduct makes you a poor candidate to provide her with good legal advice. FWIW, I am as frustrated and angry by you justifying what she did as much or more than her doing it in the first place.
  44. 31 points
    4/11/2018 full day scan Last date updated: 10/20 As promised the extremely awesome number of approvals and RFE's , a movement of more than 200 cases!! ***OVERALL*** Case Was Approved 159 Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 40 Response To USCIS' Request For Evidence Was Received 7 Request for Initial Evidence Was Mailed 3 Case Was Reopened 1 Name Was Updated 1 GRAND TOTAL 211 ***APPROVED CASES*** Previous Status Current Status Previous Update Last Update Case Was Received Case Was Approved 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Case Was Approved 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Case Was Approved 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Case Was Approved 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Case Was Approved 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Case Was Approved 10/03/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Case Was Approved 10/03/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Case Was Approved 10/03/2017 04/11/2018 Name Was Updated Case Was Approved 10/11/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was 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Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Document Was Returned To USCIS Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/31/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/05/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/05/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/05/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/05/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/05/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received 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Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/06/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/06/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/12/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/12/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/12/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/12/2017 04/11/2018 Document Was Returned To USCIS Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 11/02/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/16/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/17/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/17/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/17/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/18/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/18/2017 04/11/2018 Case Was Received Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed 10/19/2017 04/11/2018 ***REMAINING VIRGIN CASES*** 10/02/2017 150 10/03/2017 61 10/04/2017 38 10/05/2017 79 10/06/2017 97 10/10/2017 233 10/11/2017 116 10/12/2017 61 10/13/2017 122 10/16/2017 291 10/17/2017 143 10/18/2017 80 10/19/2017 125 10/20/2017 131 10/23/2017 319 10/24/2017 140 10/25/2017 97 10/26/2017 124 10/27/2017 114 10/30/2017 325 10/31/2017 181 GRAND TOTAL 3027
  45. 31 points
    Nearly 3 months after NOA2: visa issued!
  46. 30 points
    JFH

    Moving to the U.S. with my boyfriend

    You’re 18 years old and planning to live with (and possibly marry) someone you’ve never even met? Sit down and have a talk with yourself about this for just a little while. What’s the rush? Are you just desperate to get into the USA for some reason? Certainly sounds like it! Get to know each other first. You should be eligible for the VWP (meaning you can visit without need of a visa) so take advantage of that and visit a lot before you make this decision. Not sure if you’ve been here before but it’s nothing like the movies, I can assure you.
  47. 30 points
    GUUUYSSSS!!! THE DAY HAS COME!!! I landed back in Zurich this morning and as soon as my mister woke up, he facetimed me, and said he has to send me something, sent me a text with a pic: You don't see the 1/1 part but below you see the text (not clear in this picture though cos i had to resize) where it says: your petition has been approved!!! WE GOT APPROVED!! UAHHHH!!!!! how ironic the day I left and landed back home! NOA1 - Sept 8 NOA2 - will let you know as soon as we get the hardcopy but estimate March 13 (stamp on letter for postage) PS: no updates online of course...!
  48. 30 points
    purplepink

    June 2017 I-129F Filers, Part III

    We got APRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDD!!! No update online, but he got it in the mail. OMG GUYSSS!!
  49. 30 points
    Lotts

    June 2017 I-129F Filers, Part III

    After months of tears, a death, him in the ICU, illnesses, some fights... 06/02/2018 WE 👏 ARE 👏 APPROVED!!!
  50. 30 points
    Allthephils

    June 2017 I-129F Filers, Part III

    He passed!!!!!! We are about to video call. I’ll give a more detailed update soon. 😀😀😀
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