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  1. 63 points

    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. 44 points

    How long at port of entry ?

    She just got here. I'm on top of the moon right now !!!
  3. 37 points

    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!
  4. 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.
  5. 30 points

    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.
  6. 29 points
    Today I received the best news from my husband 🗣MY VISA WAS APPROVED!!!!!! To God be all the glory!!!!!!
  7. 29 points
    GOD ALMIGHTY WE PRAISE U ON HIGH!!!!APPROVED!!!!!!!....thank you everyone!!!!!!!
  8. 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.
  9. 29 points

    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.
  10. 28 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 27 points

    2nd K-1, any restrictions?

    Since this is only he second k1, you have no restrictions. But sorry, I had to laugh when you wrote you have "marriage prospects" in couple different countries. It sounds like foreign wife shopping so much.
  13. 27 points

    Very VERY bad K1 situation

    First email the embassy there and tell them of your desire to cancel the petition. Only you can cancel it. You can email USCIS too but they don't have any control of the petition anymore so. You can send all evidence and all with the email if you wish as they may be able to put something in their files about him, but doubt can "ban" him forever. Also, even if he gets the visa and managed to travel to the US... he can't adjust status except through marriage and sponsorship through you the petitioner, one fail safe of the K-1 so to say. So he would not be legal, not be able to get a green card let alone citizenship. First and foremost, get in touch with the embassy immediately and have them cancel the petition before it gets issued. He may sit in AP for along time as a lot do, but don't chance it. Get it canceled now. I would contact them first before confronting him personally. Sorry this has happened to you, but at least you found out now instead of later. This is the warning we at VJ give about knowing people because it's amazing the lengths they will go to to deceive people for their own gain. This is proof of what we have been talking about that others say we are crazy to think.
  14. 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.
  15. 27 points

    JANUARY 2019 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. Enter the petitioner's information as well as the beneficiary's in the "box". Full name, Date of Birth, NOA2 receipt number and WAC number. We have found in some cases that email are never sent and in other cases this works well. So, your mileage may vary. 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 It's been taking about 2-3 weeks for NVC to assign the case number. Then it's taking another 2-4 weeks 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. 8. Tracking your case. As a K1, when checking your case online at CEAC.state.gov you must select "immigrant visa" as it is treated as such even though it is a "non-immigrant visa". Technically the K-1 is a non-immigrant visa with intent to immigrate, but it is treated like an immigrant visa because of the AOS. It is kind of a ba$tard. Non-immigrant case treated like an immigrant case. The K-1 on its own is a single entry, with a short time limited visa that expires within 90 days after POE. That is why it is a non-immigrant visa treated like an immigrant visa. USICS states If you have a pending I-129f, I-90, I-485, I-751 or N-400, we’ve recently changed the way we’re displaying processing times online to give you a more realistic date range. To check these times, visit https://t.co/ho3dfC5KCA 9. Tracking your case file that's in transit to your Embassy. Go to www.dhl.com click Express then Tracking, then Track by Shipper's Reference, and on this page you add your search information. You change the day and month to what you think your package might have left NVC or call NVC to get the date your package had left NVC in route to your Embassy then go to the DHL website and enter the following information: EXAMPLE: * Shipper´s Reference : EXP 24 MAR 2011A  (This is the date you think it left NVC, just substitute the date and leave everything else as is) * Date range for shipment - From: 23 - 03 - 2011 * Date range for shipment - To: 26 - 03 - 2011 Account Number - Leave this blank Shipment Destination: Philippines (Works for any country Just replace your country where the Embassy is located using the drop down box) I hope these tips help you along your Journey. So, let’s share our experiences, our tips and ask questions. 10. Track your case with USCIS: Old site (also the data source for all 'USCIS case tracker' apps): https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do New: https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ (you have to create an account and add your case # to it) Neither is more reliable (and it's very possible you won't see anything on either and will have to just wait for the physical mail). For a while it looked like they were phasing out the "old" site, but that trend seems to have reversed itself and there are still lots of cases that show up on only one (or much earlier on one than the other). 11. How long will it take to NOA2. Once your case has been received from NVC by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that will process it, the length of time varies from case to case according to its circumstances. Some cases are delayed because applicants do not follow instructions carefully or supply incomplete information. (It is important to give us correct postal addresses and telephone numbers.) Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant's interview by a Consular Officer. 12. USPS Informed Delivery Service. There is a service provided by the USPS (US Postal Service) whereby each morning USPS will scan your incoming mail (just the address side of the envelope) and email you an update. It's very convenient these days to have advance notice that an important piece of mail is being delivered. The service is available to most communities, but some are still being rolling out so not all areas are available. Check the website with your zip code to verify your location is available for the service. A person in the USA can sign up for this free service here: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action
  16. 26 points
    Lol you cannot avoid vaccinations. Sorry but spreadable diseases that are back due to antivax movement are a big problem in the US right now. Please dont claim religous believes because that's clearly a lie. Not to mention most school wont admit your kids without proof of vaccines.
  17. 26 points
    Paa Qwesi


    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.
  18. 25 points

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

    Guyssssssssssssss just letting u know i had my interview today!!!! and VISA APPROVED!!! thank you so much to you all for all your prayers and support!!!!!! I love you all!!!!
  19. 25 points

    I got scammed...

    Dude, You brought her here so you could have your son. You got that. Now you want to deport her so you alone can have your son. You would deprive him of a mother. You ain't getting that.
  20. 24 points
    Praise God!!! Just recieved IL FINALLY!!! 💃💃💃💃😭😭😭😭😭😁😁😁😁 im so full of emotins! August 13th @7am Santo Dominigo, DR Praying this is rain fall for everyone else thats waiting🙏🙏
  21. 24 points
    Hi guys, I arrived in the US yesterday. My POE was JFK and everything went was very smoothly. The officer just took the yellow envelope that the embassy gave me, my fingerprints and stamped the passport. Good Luck to everyone waiting for the ILs! I hope the floodgates open soon.
  22. 24 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.
  23. 24 points

    Case Complete to Interview July 2019

    At 3:54am this morning I received the email from NVC which is my interview letter.m my interview interview date July 30,2019 at 12:30pm. Bahamas Embassy CC June 3 Receveid interview date June 13
  24. 24 points

    Very VERY bad K1 situation

    He wont even have the money to book his ticket anyways. She was going to book it once he received Visa in hand. Now all he will get is a ticket to hell.
  25. 24 points
    John & Rose

    CR-1 Petition Approved!

    On a whim I just checked the USCIS site and the petition for Rose was approved yesterday!!! Only 131 days! The kids two petitions are still at "received".
  26. 23 points

    AOS Pending...wanting Divorce.

    1. She cannot remain in the US if you cancel AoS. She has no legal path to stay. 2. She can claim VAWA but she needs proofs. You clearly didn't prevent her from working if she doesn't even have EAD yet... Advice? Documents EVERYTHING she says/writes/texts. Do NOT be alone with her. Contact lawyer. Cancel AoS. Divorce. Move on.
  27. 23 points
    I hope you make a great salary and your child support payments are very high, I as a man could not imagine abandoning my children over bruised feelings
  28. 22 points

    Flying in the U.S. without AOS

    You can afford vacation, but you're not willing to file and pay for AoS - the only thing that keeps you from being deported? Odd priorities.
  29. 22 points
    We just received our interview email this morning! PD: 21, August CC:11 April Interview: July 30th Interview Location: LAGOS, Nigeria
  30. 22 points
  31. 22 points
    You are right, Today is a good day 😁
  32. 22 points
    You cannot "send her back" as she isn't a package or your property. You CAN divorce her & completely cut ties with her, though.
  33. 22 points

    More than 2years and several months

    she can not file, you must meet that requirements. and having not seen each other in 2 years and 4 months will result in a denial K1 Visa Requirements Be a United States Citizen. The U.S. petitioner must be able to prove he or she is a United States citizen. ... Be Legally Free to Marry. ... Intend to Marry Within 90 Days. ... Have Physically Met the Fiance Within 2 Years. ... Meet the Income Requirement. please be informed of the K1 process and do not give out wrong information
  34. 22 points

    Residency without signing I864

    Are... you seriously wanting your wife to be on the US illegally? To never work? Never have driving license? Never go to school? Are you honestly serious? Because yeah she will probably bound to sit at home all the time so she doesnt get deported. She CANNOT work if you don't send out AOS. Even if you marry but dont do AOS she will still be there illegally and deportable at any moment. Just marriage doesnt mean ####### in regards to immigrations. ...I hope she sees this and run. If she can't be here legally then what's the point? You dont even seem to care if she's with you or not. Let that woman go. Honestly. Some people should be banned from bringing in foreign spouses.
  35. 22 points

    Residency without signing I864

    A. She would be an undocumented immigrant subject to arrest and deportation. B. She would be an undocumented immigrant subject to arrest and deportation. Marriage to a USC does not make her a "documented resident." Under A or B, she can not legally work. She would be another undocumented immigrant living and working in the US illegally. If you don't sign the I-864, then she will be living here illegally. Buy her a ticket home if you aren't willing to do your part. Stop holding her hostage.
  36. 22 points

    I got scammed...

    The second one is written on a legal pad. ... Like it's still inside of the legal pad. Did he send her a legal pad full of letters? That and ... why would you have letters she wrote to him.. shouldn't those be with him...
  37. 21 points
    Saci Singh

    ALL Nebraska I-130 Filers -- Part 4

    My family here in VJ, Today around 4pm my time, which was about 5am, early morning in US. I got an email saying, we have taken an action has been taken on your case. I logged in the new uscis account. And there it was y'all.... 🙏🏼🙂😭🌷🙏🏼 Old account not updated, still says case received.
  38. 21 points

    Case Complete to Interview July 2019

    2hrs ago I turned off my wifi and told myself, I should stop worrying for something I can not control, leave it all in God’s hands and already planned to book a July vacation tonight. I put my phone on silent and started cleaning while talking to God and myself like crazy. Few minutes later, my husband left a voice msg and lots of messages on messenger, tried facetiming me, regular texts, regular calls to tell me “Check ceac!!! All our documents are accepted and there were two msgs saying we are DQ!” I did not believe him and told him to stop joking about it coz it’s not funny. 😅 He then sent me a pic of our CEAC account with two new msgs!!! 🤓 So I went online to check. I saw the two msgs! I didn’t know what to feel. I was smiling, crying and in denial. 🌝 I said, I wont believe this until we receive the e-mail. I dont want to jinx it lol! Almost an hour after the ceac msg, we both received 3 e-mails!!! Thank you Lord for this! Thank you to everyone in here specially @nyokie and @jenifferrecio426!!! Interview waiting game is next!!! I love Monday! Woooohoooo! Thank you also @shoowlaar for always checking on us! 💖💖💖 CR1 for Montreal Canada embassy June 28, 2018 - PD (texas service center) Dec 11, 2018 - 130 approved Feb 16, 2019 - NVC receieved/case number April 1, 2019 - first submission April 17, 2019 - rfe (multiple file) - resubmitted edited file May 7, 2019 - rfe (asking for additional W2) May 8, 2019 - submitted additional W2 May 15, 2019 - first W2 that was accepted since April got rejected all of a sudden (docs submitted May 8 untouched) May 18, 2019 - reuploaded same W2 they rejected June 3, 2019 - DQ e-mail!
  39. 21 points
    I'm starting to think troll or sovereign citizen given the OP's inability to listen to wisdom and experience. Your pick.
  40. 21 points

    November 2018 AOS Filers

    I AM CRYING SOOOOOOO HARD RIGHT NOW!!! MY EAD HAS BEEN APPROVED!!! 222 DAYS OF WAITING!! 😭😭😭😭 THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!! I CAN FINALLY GET A JOB!!!! Thank you so much everyone for all your positive energy!!! It means the world to me!!! Let the job search begin!!!! Who knows when my Green Card will come, 22 days since my interview but I don’t even care right now. I am FREE!!! 😭♥️😭♥️
  41. 21 points

    CR1 Denied and Possible Revocation

    While arranged marriages are common in India, most people don't have your particular facts. Most arranged marriages in India don't involve immigrating to the US. People have been know to arrange fake marriages for their children to immigrate to the US. Your USC sister-in-law filed for her parents as Immediate Relatives. Derivative beneficiaries are not allowed. Your wife was never going to immigrate with them. (CSPA and aging out is not an issue here). Shorting after immigrating to the US without their daughter, the US Embassy suspects that they arranged a fake marriage for their daughter to immigrate. You are connected to her family, you weren't a suiter that she met. Her family arranged your love affair. That's suspicious given that it was done shortly after they immigrated and she couldn't. You knew her about a month before going to India. How long before hand did you buy the tickets? Did you buy them a week after talking to her and then waited 3 weeks to take your trip? You married her after 2 weeks there. In 6 weeks between meeting her, you were married in a giant wedding with 1200 people. How easy is it to arrange a wedding that quick? Seems like something that would take a few months to arrange. Seems like the wedding was planned and the only thing missing was a US citizen groom. That's the suspicion. How was a 1200 guests wedding arranged after you started to talk six weeks prior? Sound normal to you?
  42. 21 points

    K1 for ex wife sister

    Thanksgiving and other holidays should be interesting Legal, yes. Expect questions, yes.
  43. 21 points
    and this is the very reason I would like to see laws changed to stop this kind of abuse of the visa process.......this action makes it difficult for legitimate visitors to get visas to see their families.....
  44. 20 points

    ALL Nebraska I-130 Filers -- Part 4

    We are approved!!! Thank you Jesus.. PD June 28, 2018 Approval June 25, 2019 Nesbask...
  45. 20 points

    November 2018 AOS Filers

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Day 139: NEW CARD is being produced for EAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  46. 20 points

    November 2018 AOS Filers

  47. 20 points
    Well, as an update, Kristina flew in Saturday evening, no problems. She received passport in hand Friday, flew in the next day. The flight was rough, it was her first ever, but all in all not too bad. Lots of tears on her part, but that's normal for her anytime she gets stressed. For anyone transferring in JFK, be aware that international to national flights must go through immigration, take their bags, take a train to another terminal, turn bags back in, then go back through security. make sure your non English speaking spouses are prepped well. Also, her immigration interview was conducted in English, even though she doesn't really speak it, but she made it through. They basically just asked her why she was here. She stated "to marry Justin" while shaking and nervous, then they laughed, told her to calm down she was fine, then stamped her passport and she was on her way. Before the interview, they asked why she didn't speak English and she said "because I was stupid in school and I didn't pay attention enough" and they all laughed and the officer said "I appreciate your honesty". On another note, she arrived here raving about how amazing her travel through JFK was, stating "never in my life have I seen so many happy people everywhere, everyone in America is so happy. When I cried, 2 different grandma's came to me, one bought me water, I tried to pay her but she wouldn't take the money. everywhere I went everyone helped me so much without even asking. America is not like Ukraine, it's not like Europe, people here, they are nice, they help, they are happy to help you". I'll let that reflect onto everyone here, because even though she really didn't know it, even before leaving she had already received help from dozens of Americans that she didn't even know, out of the kindness of their heart, so I thank each and every one of you for that, for all the help we received during this process.
  48. 20 points

    Urgent Doubt!!!

    The government switched the languages when they hacked the email......
  49. 20 points
    It’s an easy mistake for ESL learners. Especially when their native language doesn’t depend on the pronoun to define the sex of the person.
  50. 20 points

    USCIS Closed Monday and Tuesday

    I'm sticking around for the doom and gloomers who will ask "why isn't USCIS working today" questions. They shouldn't take the day off as my file needs adjudicating. Another wasted week because of USCIS and their holidays. And on and on. Grinch never had it so good.
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