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  1. 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.
  2. 59 points
    Penguin_ie

    Negative attitudes in the forum

    I wanted to address the negative attitudes we have seen on the rise recently in the upper/ immigration forums towards those who ask beginner/ simple questions, or have unusually fast or slow VisaJourneys. First, there is a tone difference between the Progress forums- which are mostly for support and cheerleading, and the Info forums, which are mostly to have questions answered. While all our forums are supposed to be welcoming to all and friendly, this is especially important in the Progress forums, which are not to discuss politics, or be negative towards those fortunate to have their case dealt with quickly, or critical of those who voice sadness about their own slow progress. These forums are there to uplift eachother! Secondly- in the info forums, you may get bad news. When a question is asked, our members are encouraged to answer truthfully, even if this may not be what the Op wants to hear, because it is important to be informed. However, the emphasis is still on being welcoming and friendly. If you need to give bad news, do so gently, and stick to facts; constructive criticism of the Op's plans ARE allowed, but the emphasis is on constructive. No need to dwell on mistakes (or tell members they should be on 90 Day Fiance- that is a personal attack and automatic suspension), or illegal actions in the past- instead, encourage and explain legal options for the future. And ONLY legal options- as per our TOS, VJ does not support, condone or encourage illegal (immigration) actions, and such posts will be removed. Ultimately, we are here to help all members, old and new, easy cases and complicated, those who write a fact filled bullet point post and those who are panicking and don't make much sense in their first post. Yes, sometimes questions can be easily googled, or answered via a search of our forums. But if you feel that way, just scroll past- no need to criticise the OP for asking the question.
  3. 58 points
    Penguin_ie

    Negative attitudes in the forum

    I wanted to address the negative attitudes we have seen on the rise recently in the upper/ immigration forums towards those who ask beginner/ simple questions, or have unusually fast or slow VisaJourneys. First, there is a tone difference between the Progress forums- which are mostly for support and cheerleading, and the Info forums, which are mostly to have questions answered. While all our forums are supposed to be welcoming to all and friendly, this is especially important in the Progress forums, which are not to discuss politics, or be negative towards those fortunate to have their case dealt with quickly, or critical of those who voice sadness about their own slow progress. These forums are there to uplift eachother! Secondly- in the info forums, you may get bad news. When a question is asked, our members are encouraged to answer truthfully, even if this may not be what the Op wants to hear, because it is important to be informed. However, the emphasis is still on being welcoming and friendly. If you need to give bad news, do so gently, and stick to facts; constructive criticism of the Op's plans ARE allowed, but the emphasis is on constructive. No need to dwell on mistakes (or tell members they should be on 90 Day Fiance- that is a personal attack and automatic suspension), or illegal actions in the past- instead, encourage and explain legal options for the future. And ONLY legal options- as per our TOS, VJ does not support, condone or encourage illegal (immigration) actions, and such posts will be removed. Ultimately, we are here to help all members, old and new, easy cases and complicated, those who write a fact filled bullet point post and those who are panicking and don't make much sense in their first post. Yes, sometimes questions can be easily googled, or answered via a search of our forums. But if you feel that way, just scroll past- no need to criticise the OP for asking the question.
  4. 56 points
    You cannot hide it. And yes, the CO can and will discuss it with the fiancé at her interview. Also: dude, really?!
  5. 51 points
    JFH

    How to cancel wife's visa?

    I was on your side until I read this comment. You are quite right that there’s no need to get a 30-year mortgage at 45 if you live in a perfectly adequate place, etc. You are not doing her a favor by bringing her here. I do hate that arrogant attitude from the USCs who seem to think that we foreign spouses should be eternally grateful and indebted to you because you “rescued” us from our home lands and “gifted” us a better life. Ridiculous. She sounds like she is very self-sufficient with her own career. She owes you nothing. If this is a genuine marriage then bringing her here is just as much for your benefit as it is hers. Its almost as bad as the immigrants that say “I gave up everything to come here for him/her”. No, you did not. You made a life change that you BOTH wanted and so that you could BOTH live with the person you love. You do it for yourself as much as you do it for the other. Shes probably better off without you if that’s your attitude.
  6. 48 points
    The trump Administration is planning to pass an Executive Order in the next 24 hours to suspend immigration to America. While it's unlikely the President will change their mind on the general policy, we believe they may consider a narrow exception for immediate family members of US Citizens, including fiancés. We've started a petition a the White House which requires 10,000 signatures to get attention and 100,000 signatures to get a formal response. Please join us by signing the petition at the following link. We should have the membership to make a solid run at getting enough signatures! https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-immigration-suspension-executive-order-add-exception-immediate-family-members-us-citizens-0 (note the petition was changed to include fiance visa language... please verify you signed the updated petition if you signed earlier)
  7. 44 points
    EllisAndRenz

    How long at port of entry ?

    She just got here. I'm on top of the moon right now !!!
  8. 42 points
    Well I was not going to post this as it could be a HUGE error, but I decided to post anyway as it serves to give other VJers information and also something to perhaps look out for if you are in the same boat as us. I'm a September 2019 AOS filer my AOS interview was scheduled for April 17th and due to the virus situation it was cancelled as I expected. My status changed back to case ready for interview on April 1st. Enter today April 3rd I get a text from USCIS get this..... that a new card is being produced for the I-485 form (GC)!!!!!!!! No interview no advance warning no nothing. I immediately logged on to my account at USCIS and low and behold the status is New Card Is Being Produced!!!!! Can you believe that? USCIS has been known to error before, so I really can only hold my breath until the card arrives in the mail. I'm sure this will happened to other folks here on VJ if in fact this was not an error. So we all can be on the look out for other people getting their GC without going on a interview. I know no interview was a common thing several years ago, but USCIS changed that to where everyone interviewed. The only thing I can think of other than being an error is USCIS decided that all the cancellations of interviews was going to set them way behind so they decided to clean out a few cases and approve without an interview. For your information we submitted the standard AOS packet (pre February 24th). In addition to the supporting documents for the I-485, I-864, I-765 and the I-131 we did not send any other documents or evidence (besides the marriage license). I have no explanation other than what I have laid out here. I'll for sure post here once the card reaches us! What a Friday!!!!!!!!! And it's early still!!!!!
  9. 41 points
    Thrillhouse

    How to cancel wife's visa?

    Many. Shocking concept, I know.
  10. 39 points
    I’m sorry that you are frustrated but aiming it at government employees is a bit unfair. Decisions around Embassy reopening are made in Washington by Dept of State so your “lazy government employees” are depending on that decision. Humble yourself - Immigration is not a right, and no timeline is granted. Even more so under current circumstances. You are physically with your Fiancé, what else do you need? Others are waiting apart from another.
  11. 39 points
    Does this mean he is also sending Melania back?
  12. 39 points
    OMg are you Brian's wife??
  13. 39 points
    Nitas_man

    How to cancel wife's visa?

    This dude don’t own the keys to anything
  14. 38 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.
  15. 37 points
    (From my blog) A Warning To Green Card Holders About Voting Do not register to vote in any election until you have officially been granted US Citizenship. Going into this election season, it is very important to understand that for a Green Card holder, (Lawful Permanent Resident) to register to vote is not only improper, but can have severe consequences in the future. Even though there are States that have instituted policies that do not require evidence of US Citizenship when registering to vote, the voter registration documents do ask whether the person registering is a US Citizen. Many have simply checked the box and gone ahead and registered, knowing that even if the State Law requires showing government issued identification, their driver license will suffice. While this is not legal advice, the publicly searchable “9 FAM” (Foreign Affairs Manual) is quite clear regarding the potential consequences of falsely claiming US Citizenship. There is no more serious a misrepresentation, based on the consequences, dealt with in 9 FAM. The potential consequence of registering to vote or for any other federal or state benefit afforded only to US Citizens includes Deportation and a LIFETIME BAN from entering the USA. If any reader who is not a US Citizen, has registered to vote in any official State of Federal election, I advise them to seek competent legal advice as soon as possible, to discuss minimizing or eliminating the risk of any future deportation and ban. The law is, what the law is. Regardless of whether this particular or any other immigrant related law is being consistently enforced today, that can change at any time. False claims to US Citizenship are taken very seriously by Customs and Border Patrol Officers. Some years ago, I was traveling with my step daughter, when we encountered a border check station on Interstate 10 in West Texas. My step daughter was quite proud of passing her citizenship test just the day before, and proudly answered yes, when a CBP Officer asked if she was a US Citizen. I quickly corrected her, so the officer would hear me, saying, “You WILL BE a US Citizen after your swearing in ceremony, but you’re aren’t a citizen yet.” Fortunately, the officer was understanding and we were soon on our way without incident. Many have registered to vote, somewhat “innocently” because of the misrepresentations or ignorance of well meaning officers at the DMV (Driver License Offices) or even a campaign worker. * * DO NOT REGISTER TO VOTE IN ANY ELECTION UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY GRANTED US CITIZENSHIP * *
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 36 points
    Well, I have been trying not to get political here but if you're potentially affected by this and you think voting for Trump is a good idea in November, it's like being a turkey voting for Thanksgiving.
  19. 36 points
    As expected, whenever a hardliner rule was set out to curb legal immigrants. You can see a bunch of elite members here who are done or almost done with their journey, gathering and chanting the rule is reasonable. I'm not going to reply or read any of you people replies, so don't waste your time. This forum is used to be good and filled with tolerant members, now it became a favorite gathering place of Trump's cult. Excuse for my bad English, I'm not from your 1st countries.
  20. 33 points
    Great summary by our valued member @geowrian
  21. 33 points
    Unidentified

    How to cancel wife's visa?

    She is coming because she now has a Green Card, she is a LEGAL permanent resident. She can do what she wants. She's not some Amazon package you can return.
  22. 32 points
    Yahoo! Our visa is finally issued it was such a long process I can't believe it's finally over 🥳
  23. 32 points
    I wanted to address the negative attitudes we have seen on the rise recently in the upper/ immigration forums towards those who ask beginner/ simple questions, or have unusually fast or slow VisaJourneys. First, there is a tone difference between the Progress forums- which are mostly for support and cheerleading, and the Info forums, which are mostly to have questions answered. While all our forums are supposed to be welcoming to all and friendly, this is especially important in the Progress forums, which are not to discuss politics, or be negative towards those fortunate to have their case dealt with quickly, or critical of those who voice sadness about their own slow progress. These forums are there to uplift eachother! Secondly- in the info forums, you may get bad news. When a question is asked, our members are encouraged to answer truthfully, even if this may not be what the Op wants to hear, because it is important to be informed. However, the emphasis is still on being welcoming and friendly. If you need to give bad news, do so gently, and stick to facts; constructive criticism of the Op's plans ARE allowed, but the emphasis is on constructive. No need to dwell on mistakes (or tell members they should be on 90 Day Fiance- that is a personal attack and automatic suspension), or illegal actions in the past- instead, encourage and explain legal options for the future. And ONLY legal options- as per our TOS, VJ does not support, condone or encourage illegal (immigration) actions, and such posts will be removed. Ultimately, we are here to help all members, old and new, easy cases and complicated, those who write a fact filled bullet point post and those who are panicking and don't make much sense in their first post. Yes, sometimes questions can be easily googled, or answered via a search of our forums. But if you feel that way, just scroll past- no need to criticise the OP for asking the question.
  24. 31 points
    Greenbaum

    Top 10 Mistakes at Visa Interviews

    Top 10 Mistakes at Visa Interviews The Visa interview is the most important part of the whole visa process. A successful interview has a positive impact on your visa being granted. Following are some of the most common mistakes people make during their interview. 1. Not Prepared Well for the Interview Being prepared for interview can better equip you for the interview. Prepare beforehand for commonly asked questions and their appropriate answer will be helpful prior to the interview. 2. Not Providing Complete and Truthful Information It is very important that you provide complete and truthful information. Any incomplete/false information can lead to unnecessary delay(s). False information can have severe impact on your future ability to apply for US visa. It may also cause you lot of frustration and legal actions against you. You could be band for life from receiving a US visa. THINK before answering. 3. Providing Incomplete Documentation Prepare all the required documentation with complete and authentic information. Read all the prerequisites and prepare all the documents accordingly. Keeping your documentation well organized can also leave to a positive impression on the consulate officer. 4. Not Carrying Appropriate Fee US consulate has strict methods of payments. Make sure you know the method and the exact amount of the applicable fee. For example, most US consulates don't accept cash as the payment method and would prefer separate bank drafts for visa application and visa issuance fee. Refer to an appropriate source for more detailed information. (most fees are paid upfront, but...) 5. Providing Unnecessary Extra Information Do not give away any information voluntarily which is not being asked. In many cases, people trying to be over confident and over smart give out more detailed answers than is required. This may trigger additional related questions which may not work in your favor. For example: Question: Why do you want to go to the US? Wrong Answer: I want to see how USA is and if I like it I want to stay back with my son. Preferred Answer: For tourism purpose and/or to spend some quality time with my son/daughter. 6. Inconsistent Information Inconsistency in the information about what you provide in the documentation and what you say during the interview can go against your case. 7. Arguing with the Consulate Officer Never ever have an arguments with the consulate officer. If you want some information ask in a polite manner. 8. Having Poor Communication Poor communication is the number one reason that can affect your case in a negative way. If your English is not that great, then you should request for a regional language interpreter. They are offered at the beginning of the interview. 9. Having too Much Communication (talking too much) Remember, you are the one being interviewed and not the other way around. So, keep your communication brief and to the point. Speak only when asked for an answer. 10. Appearing to be Nervous Being confident can bring positive results. Especially, in case of visa interview where a consulate officer has to rely on limited information provided by you. Their judgment is highly influenced by the way you react to questions, your body language, and the authenticity of you answers.
  25. 31 points
    zochu

    This is frustrating!

    I don’t know where to submit this so move if in wrong forum or delete if not allowed but am frustrated! This whole visa waiting game is hard but it has to happen ... But what makes us (husband and I) frustrated is people who want to enter the US on a tourist visa and just stay because it’s quick and easy. it’s the people who don’t do it the “proper” way - the way we are doing it.... via consular processing etc if that’s even the proper way - who knows 🤷‍♀️ Ive told the same person on FB 1 million times that “wife cannot enter USA on tourist visa with intent to immigrate” ... but they just want a quick, easy way for a “green card” - like don’t we all? Don’t we all want to be with our spouse? if all due respect to others I really find it hard to also believe that someone went on JUST a holiday and then “circumstances changed” and they just stayed 🧐 no furniture to sell? No rental to cease? No car to sell? I don’t know, resign? Do the right thing and give your 2 weeks notice? Get all your belongings? End your life in your home country before you make a new life? this is really frustrating to see. It’s a really lonely process that is just full of the “unknown”. it is the path we picked - consular processing because (a) don’t wanna commit visa fraud 😆 especially if I want to be an attorney and (b) because it’s the right way? Correct me if I’m wrong. single parenthood while we wait is hard. Lonely and hard and yes a consequence of our actions still lonely nonetheless. 😞
  26. 31 points
    LilyJ

    NVC Filers - February 2020

    DQ!!!! First submission: Nov 14 2019 Second submission: Dec 18 2019 DQ: Feb 19 2020
  27. 31 points
    I would not mind as long as they provide a commensurate increase in their service level.
  28. 31 points
    Boiler

    Visa DENIED within Seconds?????

    We detected it within seconds.
  29. 31 points
    That has been a concern for years. Why should the American taxpayers bear that cost?
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 30 points
    It's just cruel. We have a legal path to bring our loved ones here. We follow the path. We do everything they tell us to do, meet all the challenges, and then this guy thinks "hey, what will get me reelected?" and we're all put up like sacrificial lambs? This is not right, and it's NOT American.
  33. 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.
  34. 30 points
    So I became an LPR on 3rd April, 2013. This meant that according to USCIS' filing calculator I became eligible to file an N-400 on 3rd January, 2018 (plus five years minus 90 days). I filed my N-400 online through ELIS at 2:30am, staying up late because I was excited to finally begin this final chapter in my immigration journey. I hit an early roadblock when the receipt NoA for some reason assigned me an N-400 priority date of the previous day, 2nd January. The "application received on" date was correct since it said 3rd January. I posted about it here more than once, and the consensus seemed to be that USCIS would honour the "received" date, not the "priority" date. It took a year of waiting (thanks, Dallas backlog) but I eventually got my naturalisation interview scheduled for 14th January of this year. I dutifully attended, answered all questions and passed all the tests, but was told a decision could not be made. Well the decision was made tonight, and a denial notice popped up in my online USCIS account. The reason? I applied too early. The notice stated that I applied on 2nd January, 2018, and was only eligible to file on 3rd January, 2018. Again, this wasn't mentioned at the interview, and I brought all my emailed ELIS receipts and other documents showing I filed on 3rd January in case they ever brought it up, but they didn't. So it's been a fun night. After a brief period of shouting, loudly, I began to move into attack mode. What I have done so far: 1) Emailed the CIS Ombudsman giving them the entire story, receipts with timestamps showing I applied on the correct date, and all that jazz. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure the Ombudsman is closed right now as part of the partial federal government shutdown, so I'm not really expecting much out of this immediately. 2) I'm going to my Congressman's local office tomorrow to give them the story and all the same documents and seeing if they can intercede with USCIS on my behalf. 3) Emailed my old lawyer and another lawyer that helped me back in 2013 to see if they can offer suggestions. Not trying to freeload on them; I offered to pay whatever fee they deem reasonable on this, since it's obviously no longer in DIY territory. 4) I'll be contacting the two biggest local newspapers, the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, to see if they're interested in doing a story on this. I figure the more attention I can get on it the more likely I am to get something done. I also have the option of either filing a fresh application, together with its $725 fee and one year wait time, or an N-336 formal appeal of their decision. Fun fact on the N-336: it costs $700 to file, and you will often wait almost as long as it costs to process a new N-400, so they kinda get you coming and going on that one. I'm not ruling anything out yet, but for now I'm hanging my hat on something from 1-4 getting me somewhere on this. So at the end of the day, anyone intending to file for naturalisation on the day they become eligible: DON'T DO IT. Wait a couple of days, then submit. You will avoid all this bull, and can instead deal with some other USCIS bull that will be unrelated to this. Now it's time to write some letters to newspapers and see if I can get anywhere. I will post replies here as to what happens, if anything meaningful does.
  35. 29 points
    Jorgedig

    USCIS Office re-openings?

    As an RN on the front lines, and also at ground zero, I disagree. Not interested in debating Trump's job performance with you. Thanks.
  36. 29 points
    MorganandMichael

    How to cancel wife's visa?

    It’s pretty cliche, but I think more people need to adhere to the idea of marrying someone for who they are, not who you want them to be or see them becoming. If you think it’s wrong of her to expect you to work with it being hard on your body, your should probably do some looking into how hard pregnancy and childbirth can be on your body. That’s absolutely not something to force on someone who is unwilling. Not to even mention the responsibility of having a child. I don’t really blame her for not wanting to bring a new person into the world with someone who is willing to just cancel a visa after 2 years of marriage.
  37. 29 points
    Today I received the best news from my husband 🗣MY VISA WAS APPROVED!!!!!! To God be all the glory!!!!!!
  38. 29 points
    GOD ALMIGHTY WE PRAISE U ON HIGH!!!!APPROVED!!!!!!!....thank you everyone!!!!!!!
  39. 29 points
    File for divorce. Move on. You won't be impacted by it at all honestly. What she chooses to do is on her, not you. She knows she needs to leave because she is out of status, and if she doesn't, it's on her. She knows you're the only one who can help her adjust so. Divorce, and just keep away from her and protect yourself. Trying to "force" her to go home might backfire in some sort of abuse claim, so again just stay clear or her.
  40. 29 points
    Hypnos

    Residency without signing I864

    Thought about it for some time before deciding to post. You've received mostly appropriate advice as to the consequences of what you propose. What I will say is this: I lived in the US as an undocumented (out of status) immigrant for a little over a decade. I do not recommend it. Our situation was different in that my wife and I wanted to file for AoS but could not, for reasons that aren't really germane here. The end result was that I had a choice on whether to remain here with her and our children, or return to the UK and face an uncertain future as to when I could see her and them again. It was entirely my choice to remain here; my wife did not coerce me in any way. I had my eyes open going into it. That said, being a non-person in the US is not enjoyable. No ID, no driver's license (back then anyway; these days you can in some immigrant-friendly states like NY and CA), no ability to legally work. Were it not for the fact that you can see your reflection in the mirror, you essentially do not exist. And you go to great pains to ensure that people don't pay any great attention to you, because you don't want them to notice you and start asking questions. So I kept my head down and essentially became afraid of my own shadow. Living in that kind of fear is a singular experience. Is this the day ICE to going to catch up to me? A friend of a friend of a friend says there was an ICE raid at some businesses a couple of towns over this morning, is today the day they will come and get me? There were times where it made me physically ill. And don't even get me started on being able to hold a modicum of self-respect for yourself as that's going on. This is what you would voluntarily subject someone you purport to care for to? From reading your replies I am going to draw the conclusion that you do not love her. Care for her a great deal? Perhaps. But not love. If it were love you would have signed your soul away to be with her and damn the consequences. So, if there is any part of you that does care for her, either get fully on board or let her go. This half-in half-out bullshit is not fair on her or you, but she is the one that's uprooted her life to come here for you. So if you cannot commit to filing for her AoS and letting her begin to have a normal life here (and coming from Ukraine it's going to take some time to adjust to US culture), let her know that it's time for you both to move on (unsure if you're married yet, so divorce may or may not be necessary). There is enough cruelty in this world; you should not aim to add to it.
  41. 28 points
    As one of those "lazy government employees" you referred to, I can assure you we are not sitting around doing nothing on our cell phones. The vast majority of the federal workforce continues working from home or alternate work sites. Consulate officers still have plenty of work without conducting visa interviews. It isn't laziness that delays your packet 3. The consulate is deliberately slowing your progress. They have to reschedule hundreds of cancelled interviews before you continue through the process. Sorry you are having issues finding the foods you are accustomed to eating. Given the rising beef prices in the United States and Vietnam, I am sure many families in Vietnam and the United States would have difficulty empathizing with your struggle eating beef, chicken, eggs, noodles, and rice every day. Vietnam is one of the greatest foodie/seafood destinations in the world. Definitely reconsider where you are shopping if you are having so many issues with food quality. Bread made with rice flour - like the traditional Vietnamese baguettes - are gluten free. Ask if it's rice or a rice/wheat mix. Vietnam is not a third-world country. It is usually referred to as "third world" (or "hellish") by people trying to insult the country and/or its people. Leadership's decision to close embassies will have long-lasting impacts on immigration. The entire immigration process is a long and frustrating ride. Patience is even more necessary now than ever before. Best of luck to you and your fiance. Jason
  42. 28 points
    Immigration could hardly be "more paused" than what it currently is for most of us here.
  43. 28 points
    I would like to share my recent medical examination (ME) experience at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) at 1177 Jorge Bacobo Street, Ermita, Manila (Philippines) for CR1 - US Visa to give you a peek, knowledge and understanding of what happened to me inside. Since I am not from Manila and SLEC is the only medical facility for a US Visa ME, I emailed them for my queries and waited for their response before I filed my leave of absence at work and booked my flight to Manila. After 2 days, I got their response that female applicants may now undergo ME even during their period. Though an online appointment with SLEC was not necessary (since they operate on a first come, first serve basis) I made sure to accomplish my US Immigrant Visa - Online Registration to reduce registration time. Me and my mom arrived around 4p.m. in Manila, a day before my scheduled ME and we stayed in a hotel 6 mins. away from SLEC. DAY 1 04:45 am → Me and my mom arrived at SLEC. I was approximately the 50th person in line 05:00 am → Two guards opened the entrance door & started accepting applicants 05:35 am → When it was my turn, I handed my organized documents to the guard. He took two (2) NVC Interview Letter, one (1) photocopy of my passport biographic/data page, four (2) 2x2 visa photos with my full name written at the back of each photo (make sure you have the neutral facial expression in your photos otherwise the guard will ask you to submit another photos/ this visa photo guide will help you ---> http://www.slec.ph/img/us_photo_guide.png), one (1) copy of the SLEC online registration confirmation and my passport 05:45 am → The guard stamped my papers and handed them back to me with the number 14 (small rectangle green card) on top. He stamped the back of my right hand with “SLEC A”. He checked my bag and saw the bottler of water and small biscuits that I packed. I was allowed to keep the bottle of water but he asked me to leave the biscuits (since foods are not allowed inside) so I gave it to my mom. Good thing, we already ate before we went to the clinic. I was the only one allowed inside and my mom had to wait outside the clinic. But don’t worry, SLEC has a waiting area for your relatives who accompanied you 06:00 am → Reception Counters at the ground floor started to open. They started calling out numbers & colors. I saw three different colors, mine is green, some are blue and some are red. It was pretty cold inside but I had my jacket to keep me warm. 06:15 am → When it was my turn, I gave the receptionist all the documents and he started asking me questions (is this your first time at SLEC, complete name, date of birth, educational attainment, civil status, occupation, last country visited etc.) After that, he took my photo and fingerprint scan. Then he instructed me on what to do next, handed me my PDS form with my patient number and passport back 06:20 am → I went to the 5th floor to pay the Medical Examination Fee at the Cashier. It was still closed when I got there. The lady guard took the PDS form, instructed me to sit at the waiting area and wait for my name to be called 06:35 am → Lady guard called my name, gave me my PDS form. I handed my PDS from, passport and P17,025.00 to the cashier. SLEC doesn’t accept checks, credit nor debit cards for payment. The cashier instructed me what to do next, gave me my passport, receipt for the fee and PDS form. 07:12 am → I went to the 3rd floor for the X-ray. I handed my PDS form, receipt and passport. The nurse asked me to read, sign a waiver and/or consent and fill out all items she checked. She asked me to write the date of the last first day of my period. I returned it to the nurse and waited for my name to be called. 07:20 am → The nurse called my name, gave me my documents (PDS form, receipt, passport and radiology number), instructed to me go to radiology room, take my shirt, bra, jewelries off, wear the hospital gown and make sure my long hair is tied up. There are seats inside the x-ray changing room and I waited there for my number to be called. 07:25 am → It was my turn, the radiographer took my documents and asked me a series of questions (full name, date of birth, educational attainment etc). She then asked me to stand in front of the x-ray unit positioned at my chest level, placed both my hands on my hips and hold the pad, roll my shoulders forward, lift my chin and take a deeeeeeeep breath, exhale and then another deeeeeep breath. That was it and I was done. She asked me to take my documents which she placed on the chair, change my clothes and go to Laboratory. 07:37 am → I went to the Laboratory at the 4th floor for my blood and urine tests. I handed the nurse my PDS form, receipt and passport. She gave a paper to read and sign (consent/waiver document). I returned it to her, took a seat and I waited for my name to be called. 07:45 am → It was my turn, the nurse returned my documents and asked me to scan my finger. She lead me to the laboratory room where I waited for a few minutes. I gave my documents (PDS, receipt and passport) to the nurse, she scanned my finger and took my blood sample to be analyzed for many things. She returned my documents and instructed me to go to the first door at the right side for the urine test. 08:00 am → I drank the bottle of water I brought with me before the blood test so by this time, I was ready to pee. I handed my documents (PDS, receipt and passport) to the nurse, she asked me when was the last first day of my period and what was the time when I last peed. She gave me a clean sterile container to collect my urine sample. There was a line drawn on the cup, she instructed me to fill the cup up to that level line (do not add water if you did not reach the level line and if it exceeds just let it be) cover the container, if you get anything on the outside of the cup, wipe it off with toilet paper. After I collected my urine sample, the nurse asked me to place it on the round tray with my name on it. I washed my hands and went out of the room. She handed me my documents back and instructed me on what to do next 08:00 am → I went to the 2nd floor for the immunization interview, I submitted my documents (PDS, receipt and passport) to the man at the immunization reception. He gave me a form to read and sign. I returned it to him, took a seat and waited for my name to be called. 08:40 am → After the long wait, my name was finally called, I went to the reception area where the man gave me my documents back then I was lead to the immunization interview room. The doctor asked for my finger scan and she asked me a lot of questions. It was quick though. 09:00 am → I went to the 5th floor and submitted my documents to the nurse at the vital signs counter. I waited for my name to be called. When it was my turn, she took my weight measurement, temperature, blood pressure and then asked me to go to another room where my height measurement and eye test were taken. Then they forwarded my documents to the US Counter and instructed me to wait for my name to be called. 09:25 am → US Counter called my name, the lady handed me my documents with number 7 (Room 8) attached. She instructed me to wait outside the room. 09:40 am → I was called by the doctor inside the physical test room, I handed her my documents and she asked for my finger scan. She asked me to sign a document stating that I have not given birth nor had any pregnancies and/or abortions. Then she asked me a series of questions (full name, date of birth, educational attainment, occupation, operations, hospitalizations, mental health etc… it was a lot of questions) and she types all of your answers in their database. She then asked me to take my clothes off (except for bra and underwear) and wear the hospital gown. She checked my throat and asked if I have other tattoos aside from the ones on my left arm. She then asked me to lie on the bed. By this time, my heart was pounding and the doctor felt it. She asked me if I am scared or nervous. I said I am scared that I will be asked to get totally naked. She smiled. Then she asked me if I have given birth, I said no. Any pregnancies…… no.. she checked below my tummy and my back and legs. And that was it. She returned my documents and instructed me to submit them to US Counter outside. 10:30am → I submitted my documents to the US Counter and after 10 minutes, my name was called. The lady instructed me to return tomorrow at 9:00 am for immunization and collection of my medical examination result. She returned my receipt which was stamped 9:00 am at the back and my passport which was stamped and signed at the 2nd last page. DAY 2 08:30am → I handed my documents (receipt and passport) to the guard at the entrance and he asked for my finger scan. He instructed me to leave my passport and receipt at counter A. I took a seat and waited for my name to be called 08:45am → I heard my name was called and I was asked to wait on the 2nd floor for the immunization. Yeap, it was a super long wait… I took my phone and played games while waiting. 10:20am → Finally, my name was called. I went inside the immunization room where I got my four (4) shots. The first two shots didn’t hurt but the third and last shots hurt so bad. The nurse told me to avoid becoming pregnant during the first 60 days from the date I got the vaccines. 10:45am → I went to the ground floor - counter A and waited for my name to be called. 10:55am → yhaayy I was called. The receptionist asked me to leave my passport on counter A and wait for my name to be called. 11:00am → Counter F called my name. I went there and was greeted by a lady nurse. She asked me a series of questions (full name, date of birth, educational attainment, occupation, inteview date, husband’s name, my medication for my asthma, my last hospitalization etc) she then asked me to check my name and date of birth which were written on the CD of chest radiograph. Then she asked me to check the details written on the Vaccination Documentation Worksheet. Then she handed me the US Dept. Of State Form (Vaccination Record) which will be presented for application of work in the USA. Then she gave me a sealed short brown envelope with the huge warning “DO NOT OPEN” written on it. This will be brought at the time of interview and only the consular officer has the right to open it. Then she stamped the 2nd last page of my passport and signed it. Before you leave SLEC, make sure you have your passport, official receipt, CD, sealed brown envelope and your vaccination record (Vaccination Documentation Worksheet). The whole medical examination process was exhausting yet I am so glad everything turned out well. It was such a wonderful experience. If you are about to do your medical examination. I am wishing and praying it will turn out well too. I hope this post helps.
  44. 28 points
    aaron2020

    Marriage while in USA

    I've been helping you. Instead of being rude to someone helping you, maybe you should actually read the Guides so you can help yourself. This is a do-it-yourself forum. Pointing you to the Guides so you can read and understand the AOS process is better than you asking random questions about different parts of the AOS process. Don't play the "helpless woman" part. That's demeaning to women. Read the Guides and empower yourself. Good bye and good luck.
  45. 28 points
    DO NOT engage in any sort of marriage ceremony/celebration/whatever before entry into the US on the K-1 visa. The visa may be denied as a result, or you may be denied entry into the US, even if not legally recognized. If it is a legal marriage in any way under customary or statutory laws, it can be considered fraud to obtain or use a K-1 visa. Just to clarify, a requirement of the K-1 visa is to marry within the US within 90 days from entry.
  46. 28 points
    Because the person who denied your husband's DL might just be an idiot who happens to work at that particular location. Go to a different location and try your luck with finding a non-idiot.
  47. 27 points
    He referred to her as his property. If that’s what he believes then his behavior is not surprising at all. Hard to miscommunicate that, it’s pretty clear. Marriage counseling has it’s time and place, but I hate when people use it to try and guilt scared, abused partners to work out issues that are irreparable. Fighting is one thing, but when it gets to the point of abuse, there is a line being crossed. A basic respect of your partner as a human being, and knowing not to abuse them, isn’t something that should need to be counseled.
  48. 27 points
    I just got off the phone with my husband HE WAS APPROVED I’m so overwhelmed and I can’t stop crying 😢😢❤️❤️❤️😱 Thank you to everyone who supported me , provided your words of wisdom and experiences.
  49. 27 points
    I’m sorry to hear about this. It’s so frustrating and heartbreaking to be taken advantage of and feel like there is nothing you can do about it. And it’s true that unless you have concrete evidence of fraud it’s hard. However.... one thing you can do if he truly disappears out of your lives and shirks his obligations to your child is to put on record that he owes child support. That wlll be an issue for when he tries to naturalize as it will go against good moral character and prevent him naturalizing. You don’t even need a court order for child support for this (although that would be better anyway for a number of reasons), as the courts hold that it is a moral/ethical obligation rather than a purely legal one.
  50. 27 points
    Paa Qwesi

    YOUTUBE VIDEOS

    I seriously have much to say but i will try and keep it simple. To us believers, we know and acknowledge God in all we do and at the right time it will surely happen. I have been so anxious and couldn't understand why even date for interview could take a whole 3months but it finally came on the 17th of December,2018. My appointment was scheduled for today 17th January, 2019 and i went with all my documents and album. This is what i think. You are approved or denied even before you get there and so me i think filing and front loading is key. I got to the embassy at 5:45am (Interview time was 8:30) and it was like i was the first to be hanging around. At exactly 7:00am we were all lined up and marched to the gate for inspection of our appointment letters. We went through the scanning and into the consulate. We plenty rough and funny enough it was the old women who were getting the Visa's....lol. Fast forward, i was called to the counter to present my documents. She asked for 1. Original Birth and marriage certificate, Police report 2. Proof of relationship (Pictures/Financial transaction/Tickets) which is all she took and rejected the pay stubs, Wedding cards, whatsapp chats and social media print out that i did. I went back to join another queue for the interview and the lady called. CO: Can you please raise your right hand? Me: Right hand raised CO: Do you promise/swear that all the information you have given are true? Me: Yes CO: Who is petitioning for you? Me: My wife (I mentioned her full name) CO: Have you traveled outside Ghana before? Me: No CO: Do you have a child? Me: No CO: Does she have a child? Me: No CO: Can i see your left fingers? Me: I raised them. (She nods seeing my ring) CO: Can you place them on the machine for a scan? Me: I did Co: Congratulations, i'm gonna issue you the Visa. All instructions are on this paper. Go for it at the DHL Office within 2-3weeks. Whaaaaaat! That's it? Hmmmm. In as much as people share their experience, if what i experienced is anything to go by, then this Youtube videos i kept watching about peoples experiences really affected me. Sleepless nights, studying the documents like i'm going to write my final paper at school. Chai. So this is my story and what i think. If your case is genuine, just make sure you get the right documents. Just use the check list, pray to God to guide you and sleep. No need to be scared of anything. They are not there to refuse you. A woman almost collapsed right behind me cos of what she had been told. Her Son was trying to calm her down but still and i told her, they need to place the Visa in her Passport and that why they called her to come with her passport so she shouldn't be afraid. She heaved a sigh and guess what? The CO was smiling with her when it was her turn. Relax guys. Nothing to be scared of if your marriage is genuine and your documents are intact. ALL GLORY TO JESUS. My prayers is with those of you going. Thank you to all who supported me on this journey.
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