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  1. 37 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.
  2. 25 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
  3. 18 points
    As noted, DOS made the decision. Only USCIS has set a planned date to reopen. DOS has not yet. The individual employees have absolutely no say when they can resume normal visa processing work. Your anger and insults directed at them are misguided. The decision to resume visa processing is something from top DOS staff and/or the chief of mission for that country. It's like complaining that a DMV clerk won't issue a new license when the state's governor mandated all DMV offices closed. The worker has no say...you're talking to people at least several levels lower in the org chart than those with the power to make that decision. If the plan is to remain abroad until the interview, I'm assuming you have a co sponsor lined up (or large assets).
  4. 14 points
    Can I share somethings with you that I learned long ago about this process? • "the man with the gold makes the rules" • it will take as long as it will take • no one with any certainty can tell you when some process will be completed • Your sense of urgency will never be equaled to what USCIS, NVC or your embassy demonstrates • Your journey is not going to mirror someone else's experience - yours and theirs are not the same • They only promised you a YES or NO answer. Never an exact time that their decision would be completed • Lowering your expectations will make you a much more relaxed individual Good luck on your journey
  5. 11 points
    Is it possible that you’re part of the problem moreso than part of the solution? Immigration is not an entitlement for a spouse, let alone someone who you aren’t even married to.. nor is it something that progresses quickly and that’s without taking into consideration pandemics, embassy closures, flight bans, flight restrictions, quarantines etc etc.. and just because the numbers there are low, dosent necessarily mean the infection rate is low, chances are minimal testing is being done and they still have no clue how many of the population their are truely infected.. you should think yourself lucky that you’re with your loved one.. you’ve barely started the whole immigration process, what’s it been? 6 months? Geez many of us are 2 years into it and are still seperated from our husbands, wives and children.. if youre not happy in that country, you as a US Citezen have the option to return home, you don’t want to? That’s your choice, live with it.. you can’t eat noodles or rice? try fish, seafood and vegetables all of which are plentyful there.. you don’t want to? Again your choice, live with it.. learn to be patient, or you’re going to be in a world of hurt when it comes time to apply for AOS, EAD and ROC
  6. 11 points
    No, June 4 is for USCIS to open some offices. DOS is a different agency. It’s up to the chief of mission at each embassy to decide which phase they’re in. Phase 3 requires undersecretary of mgt approval and as far as I know no post is at that level. Additionally, there’s a worldwide suspension on regular visa processing- when it will be lifted is still unknown. Why didn’t you leave when you ran out of food? Or you’re roughing it until visa in hand?
  7. 7 points
    I suggest you show more respect to the country your future wife is from. That "third world country" has shown a much better response to the pandemic than your home country as you can clearly see. It's hard for people to feel bad about your access to delicious Vietnamese food. So much of it is gluten free and all the delicious fruit in the supermarkets is gluten free, too. Organic food is a marketing scam btw, but if you like to spend way too much money on it, that's your choice. I get missing home and your home food, homesickness and culture shock are real and that's what your fiancée is going to be dealing with, too, some be prepared for her to hate where you will be. But try to appreciate what you have right now, including the fact that you are not in lockdown unlike most of the US. It sucks that it takes so long long to get the visa, but that's what it is. No one enjoys dealing with red tape and the pandemic has made it worse. But the employees are not low IQ and lazy, their leadership sure is but the regular employees are just doing their best.
  8. 6 points
    The Department of State (DOS) headquarters and all of the US IS you refer to are in the US -- not spread throughout the world, with widely varying circumstances due to local conditions and local laws and COVID-19 policies/laws. All of this has an impact on when a particular Embassy will re-open. For example, if foreign airports are closed to inbound international flights, the consular section cannot open until they are able to fly officers back to that country -- which they likely aren't going to do even if there are flights if it means that officers are just placed into quarantine for two weeks (which you don't want to do but seem comfortable with having others to do). Current consular staffing at most posts is limited to staff needed for providing emergency services to US citizens resident in that country; there is insufficient staffing for any part of the process for routine visa services. Although, to my knowledge the DOS has not announced specific re-opening plans, based on responses to previous crisises (albeit smaller scale), the first service to be fully restored will be American Citizen Services (opening passport and CRBA services, for example), followed by rescheduling all of the cancelled appointments from March on (and dealing with any visas that may have expired while the beneficiary was prohibited from travelling due to airport closures, etc). Only then will new immigrant visa appointments open, likely with priority given to cases for immediate relatives of US citizens. You will probably not receive the Packet 3 information until this last step -- the appointments for medicals need to be available to those ahead of you in the queue. If you think about all the issues that need to be dealt with before and during a re-opening, I hope you can see there is no place for "lazy, low IQ" employees. Or, you at least better hope so -- if they are truly lazy, low IQ, or useless individuals, you will have a very long wait for your turn in the process.
  9. 5 points

    Removing Conditions for 5 Years

    Hi All! Although I just registered on this site, I have been reading it for a very long time and wanted to share my extremely long path to citizenship, in hopes that someone will benefit from it. Thank you everyone who shared their stories and comments, and I want to give specifics thanks to @mindthegap for your contribution: your situation is very similar to mine, and as your posts kept me going, I sincerely hope this post will raise your spirits as well. I came to this country with J1 visa in 2009, met my ex-husband, fell in love, and we decided to start our life together here. I was able to get a tourist visa while in the country, extended it couple of times, till we got married in 2011. And so I applied for residency in the beginning of 2012. This step was very straightforward, the interview was very nice and quick, so I was set with my conditional green card by May 2012 (very fast, right?). That is when the honeymoon phase of my relationship with immigration ended. We filed out a joint petition to remove conditions 2 months before the green card expired, in the beginning on 2014. At the end of 2014, we got RFE, and then we had an interview in May 2015. That was the worst day of my life. And I've had some pretty bad days in my past, believe me. I have never felt that way, so threatened as my privacy was being violated in such a rude way. Don't get me wrong, I understand that the officer is supposed to know all you private paperwork stuff. I understand they are supposed to make you feel scared of them. But the way I was treated felt like something out of a horror movie (for lack of a better comparison). The interview was in NJ. While they do not have stokes interview like NY does (officially), they do separate couples without notice. The only difference is that you are not being recorded, so they can "tah-dam" do it wouthout notifying you. They did not let our lawyer stay in the room with my ex (as the lawyer represented just me on G-28 form, not us together), and threatened him with jail and fines to sign a paper that our marriage was fake. He didn't do it, so they questioned him, then brought me in, questioned me, and commented on the results. All the questions were pretty standard, although I found it very odd that the officer asked us to draw the bedroom, but with her hands - I was not allowed to even touch the paper. Needless to say, it was like drawing though a glass wall - no matter what I say, she would draw it completely differently (I have to admit I am a perfectionist, but how hard could it be to draw a bed that takes up most of the room in the middle? no, she would draw it in the corner taking up 1/8 of the room. then move it to the other side. then when I said it is in the middle, she would give me a look like I have two heads and like no one in this world can access their bed from both sides). My ex told me he had the same issues with drawing. To this day I can't understand why I couldn't draw it myself. Then at the end she asked us when was the last time we were intimate. Yes, she did. And my lawyer didn't say anything. I did realize by the end of the interview that this specific lawyer was useless, but the whole reason you take them with you is for them to object these types of questions, right? Oh well, I guess the officer got everybody scared in the room, not just me. I would say we got about 95% of our questions matching. So I am not sure what was the issue (still don't know, after all these years), however that's when everything went silent. The issues I had to deal with while getting the stamps every half a year (and you know, renewing the driver's license every time too)... They probably deserve a different post. I filed for divorce in 2017. It was supposed to be easy, we agreed on everything, he even signed the paper to waive 30-day "waiting for his response" period. Then after waiting for a month, my lawyer calls me to say that the clerk lost my paperwork (after stamps and signatures provided by them that they received it). At exactly the same time, I receive a letter that we are invited for an interview in two weeks. Do you think that was a coincidence? Doesn't look like one to me. The officer held my case for 3 years, and suddenly, the same month we file for divorce, I get that invitation. If I went to that interview, I would have been denied on the spot as we were not officially divorced yet. To me this looks like a set up, and after reading hundreds of similar posts, it looks like it's a very common practice that makes the immigrant look very bad. Would love to hear other people's thoughts on this. This is the point of my story when I got extremely lucky. I was actually in the middle of moving to NY. Yes, it is a different state, a different jurisdiction, so they HAD TO move my case to NY. So I made sure I went to NJ office to hand them my new NY address and ID, as well as a letter from a new lawyer that he has a hearing in a different state on that day (although the letter itself would have probably been useless in that situation). I was very worried about not showing up for the interview, and I am not sure how, but it worked. They moved the case away from NJ!! The wait didn't end though. I actually started seeing a psychologist around that time because of my anxiety over immigration. So... I got fed up with all of that, and in February 2019 (five(!) years after I filed I-751) I filed for citizenship based on the 5-year rule. That's when everything changed. They scheduled I-751 waiver interview for May, it was very long and detailed, but the officer was very respectful and did not make me feel threatened at all. I received my green card, and ironically, before I got time to enjoy it, I was called for the 440 interview I think in October. I cried when I got my certificate - literally a little over 10 years after I came to the country. Damn, this turned out very long, and I didn't even included all the details I wanted to. Enjoy the shortened version At the end, I just want to say that there's always hope, and I hope all of you who are waiting (for whatever immigration owes to them), will get it resolved very soon. I hope you will meet all the great people of this country who are nice, helpful, and who genuinely care about others. Believe me, especially important in this day and age, there are a lot of people like that.
  10. 5 points
    I am the US petitioner and I have been living in Vietnam since November 2019. I have never left. My female vietnamese fiance and I are doing the K - 1 visa and our case has been "ready" at the embassy since late Feb 2020. We are now waiting for Packet 3. I emailed the embassy FOUR times (twice in April and twice in May) and asked them very kindly if they could email me packet 3 and they all gave me the same BS response saying "we will do so once we resume operations". For those who are still wondering if it is the socalled "virus" that is preventing them from opening, well, I have news for you. The economy here has opened up completely since early May and every single business and schools are open. The only business closed are discos. Hell, even Bui Vien is open. Vietnam has one of the lowest number of cases in the world. Only like 327 cases.. So it aint the "virus" that is preventing them from opening completely. I don't understand why it is so hard for these lazy low IQ government employees to start emailing/sending packet 3? These people are just sitting in their chairs texting on their cell phones for the past 2 months instead of actually working and try to atleast do something useful.
  11. 5 points
    Never had an issue with food in Vietnam whether it’s Asian, Vietnamese or Western. Great food!!! As for K1 being faster - not these days I’m afraid it’s almost the same as CR1.
  12. 5 points

    Filing for illegal immigrants

    as long as he can prove that he entered legally into the US, with some type of visa, he will be fine. he will be able to go through adjustment of status and get his GC
  13. 5 points
    Wonder why you are going the K1 route when marry and CR1 would seem the much better option. Sadly many on here are separated from their loved ones for long periods of time, just part of the process. Alaskan Salmon is usually processed in China, wonder why it can not be obtained there?
  14. 5 points

    December 2019 I-129F (K1) Filers

    My friend the bottom line is they are looking at the prior petition, the bulk of your response should be directed towards that. There is really nothing you can do other than addressing the issues, talking about it won't help. Use your energy to address the RFE you only have one shot. Beneficiaries having been petitioned multiple times in short time spans is a big deal. They are giving you a chance to explain it to them. Take this chance don't read into it.
  15. 4 points
  16. 4 points

    U.S. Embassies reopen?

    Kuwait will try to resume June 22: https://kw.usembassy.gov/ambassador-alina-l-romanowski-on-the-embassys-post-lockdown-work-resumption-plan/ Cambodia starting visa waiver/drop off processing June 3: https://kh.usembassy.gov/notice-on-visa-services/ Sweden's update seems to imply visa interviews could occur shortly: https://se.usembassy.gov/message-for-u-s-citizens-embassy-stockholm-covid-19-update-15-embassy-closed-may-25th-face-coverings-required-for-embassy-visitors/ An Indian embassy mentioned they're accepting non-immigrant interview appointment rescheduling starting in October: https://twitter.com/USAndMumbai/status/1266426133513244675 The global suspension of visa processing doesn't appear to have lifted so it's unclear if that has an unpublished expiration date, embassies can start operations at their leisure, or the that the state department may ask the above examples to pause longer. I would strongly advice watching embassy news sites, embassy twitter feeds (including their replies to other) as these are the official US government updates on these matters, and that appointments opening without the embassies acknowledging it may be a limitation of their systems on how long the interviews can be paused for.
  17. 4 points
  18. 4 points

    VAWA, Part 18

    Some people are altogether TOO popular.
  19. 4 points
    If USCIS is sending the RFE instead of NVC, this is not a visa case. "Past" pay stubs are not evidence of anything "current". Please clarify if this is a visa case or you are adjusting status. It makes a difference on how you will be properly advised.
  20. 3 points
    Many folks in MI have clearly stopped listening to our Governor. As to the protesters in Minneapolis, apparently getting some new electronics is more important than the ChiVi.
  21. 3 points
    Life is going to be much tougher for any genuine leader trying to stop an outbreak because of this TDS-related crying wolf. These shutdowns and regs are clearly a political stunt aimed at harming Trump (as well as power grabs), believing that such economic chaos is going to look bad on him, and thus hurt him in the 2020 elections.
  22. 3 points
    Lucky Cat

    Driver license

    Texas requires several things before they will issue a driver's license. There are requirements such as proof of lawful presence in the US, proof of a SSN (or waiver letter), proof of residence, proof of identity, and proof of vehicle insurance (if applicable). Texas is pretty strict concerning lawful presence in the US I had to submit my passport when I was exchanging my Arkansas DL for a Texas one....... Here are a couple documents which define the requirements. https://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-57.pdf . https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/documents/verifyingLawfulPresence.pdf According to the information I found the last time I researched this, a person who has a receipt for a filed I-485 can use it to show lawful presence. https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/documents/verifyingLawfulPresence.pdf Good luck. Let us know your progress......
  23. 3 points
    Loren Y

    Driver license

    Someone that can help you with this is @Lucky Cat . He is from Texas and pretty familiar with the license process I have seen in previous posts. I tagged him here, so hopefully he will get back to you as I believe he will have valuable information on the license process in Texas.
  24. 3 points
    I really feel positive about Trump lifting the travel ban real soon, hopefully we can all be with our loved ones whether it be directly or via another country
  25. 3 points
    I just booked a flight from Amsterdam to Mexico City for June 17th. I will stay there for 4 nights and fly to Cancun on the 21st 🙂 It is a refundable ticket, so if Trump lifts the travel ban, I can still cancel my flights and my hotels are refundable as well.
  26. 3 points

    All things Corona Virus

    Convey her feelings to her friend but without the anger, matter of fact, with compassion but convey the message yhat exposing her was selfish and not to be tolerated
  27. 3 points
    With literally everything that is reopening and Europe that is doing definitely well, I truly hope that this travel ban will be lifted as soon as possible and that Embassies will reopen by July. But then again, I don’t want to get my hopes up because at this point we don’t have any way to know. And I absolutely believe that it would be helpful for all those hundreds of thousands of people that have been waiting in the dark to at least know when their Consulate or Embassy is planning on resuming services, exactly as USCIS did.
  28. 3 points
    Hold off on filing until he has his job back?
  29. 3 points

    NVC Filers - May 2020

    Super surprised, but we got DQed today. Submitted everything 5/13 Got DQed 5/29 Just have to wait for the Colombian Embassy to open up
  30. 3 points
    I know. Watching the first video made me sick to my stomach. I don't care WHAT the official cause of death was... he was murdered by a cold, uncaring person who had some sort of axe to grind. I would have risked my life to save his, had I been there. Two or three gun-carrying citizens COULD have prevented his death, though I realize it might have ended in a bloodbath. George Floyd didn't deserve this. I don't even care what he did (maybe passed a phony $20 bill?). NO ONE deserves to die like that. No matter what comes of the autopsy, the officer needs the death penalty, IMO.
  31. 3 points
    It's not the dying of hypoxia that gets me, it's the fact that the cause of such death was by a law enforcement officer who had to know better, had to have understood what was happening when the mans body went limp, and some how still decided to keep pressure on the guys neck for 3 more minutes after that. All of us will certainly die, many of us may die of hypoxia, but most of us won't get murdered by someone whose job is supposed to be keeping people safe.
  32. 3 points
    Technically unemployment compensation does count as income, but it is not something any CO is going to consider to overcome the public charge decision. Get a joint sponsor.
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    Notice anything striking about the protesters in Detroit? https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/05/30/protests-continue-detroit-violent-floyd/5292039002/
  35. 2 points
    Paul & Mary

    DS260 social

    Nuts- Beneficiary is the correct one!
  36. 2 points

    VAWA, Part 18

    You can't help it if you have to wait that long..it's really one step at a time in this matter. Also your AOS petition goes to Vermont..they will transfer accordingly! Above all I pray you get it quickly as I totally understand your anxiety! You can ask your representative to enquire on your behalf as sometimes doing so, helps to set things in motion!☺👍
  37. 2 points
    Yes The point is, as with any protest, once the violence and lawlessness starts in the name of the protest, the message is completely lost.
  38. 2 points

    Driver license

    Depends on the state. DLs and state IDs are issued by the state and each has their own requirements. Some let you get one during the first 90 days (married or not). Some may have this expire at the end of the 90 days. Some may let you get one with the NOA1 from AOS. Some may need an EAD or green card.
  39. 2 points

    All things Corona Virus

    She should quarantine herself for 14 days. If any symptoms develop talk to her Dr asap and the staff. She can let them know how it was possibly transmitted.
  40. 2 points

    I-751 March 2019 Filers

    Hello fellow March 2019 ROC filers! Assuming this is my last post to this group... ROC case, filed March, 2019/approved May 22, 2020. App status changed May 29 PM to "Card Was Delivered To Me By The Post Office"...and indeed it was! Arrived by USPS Priority Mail @ 2:30 PM. Mailed K-1 visa application on April 13, 2016...4+ years later, permanent green card in hand. Its been a long road full of anxiety, confusion, hard work, and frustration! But we're so very happy to be where we are today! Just a bit farther to go...N-400 filed in March. Just waiting now for biometrics appt to be re-scheduled, then interview, citizenship test, and oath; USCIS online acct shows estimated case completion time August 2020. We'll see... Good luck everyone! And thank you for your insights, opinions, encouragement, and good humor over the past 14+ months. --Noom and David
  41. 2 points
    Hey! Assuming this is my last post to this group... ROC LIN case, filed March, 2019/approved May 22, 2020. App status changed May 29 PM to "Card Was Delivered To Me By The Post Office"...and indeed it was! Arrived by USPS Priority Mail @ 2:30 PM. Mailed K-1 visa application on April 13, 2016...4+ years later, permanent green card in hand. Its been a long road full of anxiety, confusion, hard work, and frustration! But we're so very happy to be where we are today! Just a bit farther to go...N-400 filed in March. Just waiting now for biometrics appt to be re-scheduled, then interview, citizenship test, and oath; USCIS online acct shows estimated case completion time August 2020. We'll see... Good luck everyone! And thank you for your insights, opinions, encouragement, and good humor over the past year+. --Noom and David
  42. 2 points
    AFAIK... Visa validity is tied to medical... If you do it too early your visa will be shorter or worst case scenario you will have to redo it again. it's from a post by @Greenbaum. Before I shared it with you I went through it and it specifically said do not schedule interviews until the embassy sends you the P3. I would advise you you it for informative purpose only and gather the necessary documents you need for the process in advance. Your process will be significantly faster if you respond to P3 24hrs after the embassy sends it to you... That will only be possible if you already know what they will ask for.
  43. 2 points
    Submit a photocopy of a certified copy, whatever that is. Yes, all of it.
  44. 2 points
    That might be all that satisfies the protesters. However, I heard it reported that the current charges carry "only" a cumulative 35 years. Edited to add: Unclear that an imprisoned cop would survive for his entire sentence, or that he would want to... some fates might be worse than death.
  45. 2 points
    I've never conveyed my anger over something by ripping off the local Target. Once people cross that line, the message is lost. I don't care how angry they are, looting is not protesting. I do think it's mostly a small number of people taking advantage of the situation.
  46. 2 points
    You need a joint sponsor.
  47. 2 points
    Thank you so much! My fiancee will simply say she going to see her husband-to-be!
  48. 2 points
    Sure, I can try, but this is the most complicated and unstable part to understand. It seems that mentioning "tourism", "visiting as a tourist", "staying in Mexico" or stating that "Mexico is open to tourism" is a red flag for them. Given what I've been told, and seeing the rumours @ohohoho mentioned; there's something floating around the immigration authorities and airlines right now about tourism being denied. There's no official statements, though and the whole thing is going off hearsay and undisclosed information. I would suggest that you be openly vague (contradictory, I know, but allow me to explain😞 Let's say they ask why you're traveling -Tell them you're meeting your fiancee (wife/family to be) in Mexico. That's why you're traveling. They might ask if your fiancee is Mexican, so just be honest about that and say no, they're American, but you're meeting them in Mexico to reunite. In reality, your fiancee might not have travel plans to go to Mexico, but as far as they need to know they will be. I can see this as potentially giving some ray of hope to bypass the "tourism" aspect since you're not a holidaymaker or going on a vacation. You're going for family. Please understand that I'm not an immigration lawyer and the advice i'm providing here comes from the experiences I've had the past two days. The whole thing is a gigantic mess.
  49. 2 points

    I-130 September 2019 fillers

    We just got approved after 249 days!! PD September 26th Some updates... Update December 10th Update May 28th Approval May 29th SC: Potomac. No transfer. No k3 I don't know how I didn't end up totally crazy because it felt like a lifetime and we still have a long road ahead. Best of luck for everyone
  50. 2 points

    Removing Conditions for 5 Years

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I am so sorry you were treated like that. I'm glad that you and your now ex-husband stuck with it and didn't allow them to coerce you in to saying something that wasn't true. That does sound like such a terrifying experience. I am glad that you now have your citizenship and that dealings with immigration are now only a thing of the past.
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