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  1. 11 points
    vawa2020

    VAWA, Part 25

    CASE APPROVED!!! more than 2 years of anguish and waiting, now my case has finally been approved. I am a Jan 2020 filer, no RFE, 3 PF, please do not lose hope!!! It's happening for all of us!!
  2. 7 points
    Visa shopping. Immigrant intent. No strong ties to home. Chances of a visitor visa are next to zero.
  3. 6 points
    Adventine

    Fiancee is ready for a baby....

    Having a baby won't really expedite your case. This question pops up fairly regularly on the forums. So much that there's a pinned post about it: Now as to how much money should you send her to support the baby: how long is a piece of string? It all depends on what kind of lifestyle you want your family to have in the Philippines. Nobody can answer that except you and your fiancee. Don't make the visa process harder, more complicated and more stressful than it has to be. A pregnancy will do all that.
  4. 5 points
    flicks1998

    Marcos? It amazes me...

    The more you research, the more you will find out that the Philippines is not a great place to start a business as a foreigner compared to most other SE Asian countries, and for that matter, most Asia countries. Interestingly, besides the executions, tortures, and reeducation camps that Marcos Sr was responsible for, he can also be contributed to creating the OFW program. The OFW program was actually quite genius (in a bad way) as the program was able to export many of the domestic economic problems, plus was a program to essentially get rid of the ambitious, vocal Filipinos who may stand in the way of his dictatorship. Only when the economic situation became so dire, did the people eventually stand up and protest in '86, but at that point they had no other choice but to do so. Poverty went from around 40% of the country in the early 1970s, to over 60% of the country by the mid-80's. Today, the OFW remittances are over $30 billion each year. You would think if an industry was bringing in that much money, it would be something to be proud of, but its not. Its a continued way for politicians to export their problems, while essentially enslaving many of their citizens outside of the country. It also leads to a terrible "brain-drain" where the best and the brightest are no longer in the country. Until that is reversed, there is no hope for the economic situation of the country. In addition, another 10%+ of their GDP is BPOs. However, many BPOs are not happy with their operations in the Philippines and some have started to move to Malaysia, and even Indonesia of all places. BPOs can quite easily be moved and have successfully jumped from the US/UK/Australia/etc etc to India, then to the Philippines now on to other countries where English is improving. Marcos Jr has no policies on anything. Essentially he has only repeated things that his Dad did. Many Marcos Jr supporters will tell you that during Marcos Sr time, it was the "Golden Age" (which has proven to be false). Many of todays Marco Jr supporters expect the 2nd Golden Age to appear. However, ask any Marcos Jr supporter if they could have any job in the Philippines or that same job in the US/UK/Europe/Middle East/Australia/etc etc etc etc, most of them will take the overseas job. All of them would leave the country at the first opportunity, except some who would not want to be separated from their family and friends, but not because they believe they will finally get the Golden Egg. Marcos Jr won not only because of misinformation, but because he had the better, more funny tik-tok videos, the better and funnier Facebook posts, and as we all know and have seen, nowadays thats all that matters.
  5. 5 points
    Bugs

    Marcos? It amazes me...

    As bad as social media is here in the USA, it is even worse in the Philippines. Marcos’ re-election is a direct result of a dumbing down of society to the point that millions of sheep will hop onto even the most self-destructive hype train without giving any of it much sincere thought.
  6. 5 points
    Why do people ask for advice and then get defensive/argumentative when they don't get the answers they want? If you don't like what you're hearing, do what you want and get back to us and let us know how it goes. People on this site are going to give you real talk based on real experience and believe it or not, they are not going to mislead you. Shopping around at different consulates for a mere visitor visa is not going to go well, like it or not. You have no ties to your home country giving you a zero chance of getting a visitor visa. That's the real truth.
  7. 5 points
    aaron2020

    Not approved, help me

    Wasting USCIS's time with an expedite request for a party when they can be working on other cases is not worth the try. This is frivolous and a waste of time and you know it.
  8. 4 points
    aaron2020

    Fiancee is ready for a baby....

    Be careful. Some women will get pregnant to trap a man. She may be thinking that your baby assures her immigration to the US.
  9. 4 points
    Crazy Cat

    Fiancee is ready for a baby....

    Why is the backlog even relevant? I find it curious that having a newborn is even discussed at this stage....my opinion. I would exercise a great deal of caution....I would wait.
  10. 4 points
    It could mean a delay if she is too close to delivery to fly. It will mean another K-2. On a personal note, I would be very cautious....very.
  11. 4 points
    I am aware most Russians support Putin but my feeling is that is not a good look when seeking to visit the US I am of the try and find out view but you seemed wanting to travel to different Consulates which seems a bit extreme for a tourist visa
  12. 4 points
    You're digital nomads. Not in Russia. Not in the Ukraine. So how are "current circumstances" relevant? What's the danger to a Russian citizen who is not living in a war zone?
  13. 4 points
    Crazy Cat

    Not approved, help me

    You didn't file the I-131? It should have been filed with the I-485 package. An EAD, alone, grants no re-entry (after travel) benefit. EADs and Advance Parole documents are separate entities, each requiring its own application. Expedite for a party? Unlikely. Emergency AP? Highly unlikely. Note to all new folks who read this: When filing for Adjustment of Status, ALWAYS submit an I-765 and an I-131, too. They are free, and you might regret not filing them later.
  14. 3 points
    Xiaova

    APRIL 2021 I-129F K-1 FILERS

    Here are the end of the day updates: 69500: 1 RFER, 1 Other (Notice Mailed) (1 new / 1 in progress) 71000: 1 RFER (0 new / 1 in progress) 71500: 3 RFERs (0 new / 3 in progress) 72000: 1 Approval (1 new / 0 in progress) 73000: 2 Approvals (1 new / 1 in progress) 73500: 4 Approvals (3 new / 1 in progress) 75500: 2 Approvals (1 new / 1 in progress) 76000: 1 RFES (1 new / 0 in progress) 76500: 1 Approval (1 new / 0 in progress) 77000: 4 Approvals (4 new / 0 in progress) 77500: 2 Approvals, 1 RFES (2 new / 1 in progress) 78000: 2 Approvals, 1 RFES (2 new / 1 in progress) 78500: 5 Approvals, 6 RFESs (11 new / 0 in progress) 79000: 2 Approvals, 2 RFESs (4 new / 0 in progress) 79500: 1 RFES (1 new / 0 in progress) 05/13/22: 43 Total Updates: 25 Approvals, 12 RFESs, 5 RFERs, and 1 Other NOTE: I updated my report to show both RFES(RFE Sent) and RFER (RFE Received). March(26 with 16RFESs and 2 RFERs) + April (43) + May (3 with 1 RFES) + June (22 with 15 RFESs) = 94 Total updates Although the updates look like a lot, over half of them are RFEs which is not good. I don't know if anything at USCIS changed but they seem to be getting more strict. Hope these two days are just outliers... I'm at 395 days now. Will surely reach 400+ at this rate.
  15. 3 points
    flicks1998

    Fiancee is ready for a baby....

    The team I managed while working in Makati made 15K to 30K pesos a month. All of these team members had 4 year degrees. The foreign company HR departments I interacted with (Coca Cola, HSBC, Chevron, Phillip Morris, etc etc) made around 35K to 65K for more senior positions. If your finance will be living in Makati and renting her own condo, I can see 50K being OK to cover rent, food, utilities, doctor appointments, etc. If your fiance will be living with family or living in the province, 50K is insanely high. In these cases, 15K to 20K would be more than enough.
  16. 3 points
    Display Name2

    JUNE 2021 I-129F K-1 FILERS

    Looks like there is more approvals today for June, so far I see: Approved: 6 RFE: 5 Expedite Request Denied: 2 Expedite Request Approved: 1
  17. 3 points
    I was living with my husband in his country for 18 months and though we both desperately want kids, we never seriously considered trying for a baby while I was there. We knew it was not the right time, especially since I would be coming back to the US to start the immigration process for him. I could not imagine going through pregnancy without my husband with me. Is there a reason why you and your fiancée are thinking about trying for a baby at this stage in the immigration process? Depending on how long it takes, she will go through the pregnancy alone, the birth alone and the first months/year of the baby's life without you being there. As someone else pointed out, immigration is unpredictable. What if there are delays or her visa is denied? Then she is there with your baby and you will be missing out on a lot. You mentioned you have a stable income but how often will you be able to visit her? I just wouldn't risk it, and the timing seems a bit odd.
  18. 3 points
    Honestly you're gonna get people advising you to not even attempt to start conceiving until after she has entered the US with her approved K1. The visa process and pregnancies are both unpredictable. The financial aspect is fine. It is the timing aspect that is dangerous. If she has some kind of pregnancy related emergency too close to her interview and she suddenly becomes unable to attend, you risk putting yourself in a position where you guys aren't able to notify the consulate in time to reschedule. The consulate will NOT be extra accommodating or helpful to you guys just because you guys are expecting. If the pregnancy interferes with the K1 process or even completely derails it, the consulate will simply say, "Nobody told you to get pregnant now and risk the K1 process. You guys had the option of waiting until after the K1 to conceive." At that point, the consulate will tell you guys need to wait for a new interview to be scheduled or to start over completely, depending on how it plays out.
  19. 3 points
    SteveInBostonI130

    Not approved, help me

    An illness, accident, or death in the family are events that could not be foreseen and therefore are valid emergency reasons for expedite requests. Parties, no matter how important, are something that can be scheduled in advance and, if required, re-scheduled. These are not emergency situations.
  20. 3 points
    ROK2USA

    May processing

    NO ONE KNOWS... that is the answer. USCIS is going to do what is best for USCIS and if that means that forget K1 May filers that means they forget May filers. All that matters are the numbers reported to Congress. If you are unhappy you should petition to have K1s treated differently. The truth is every US citizen should care about the process involved in petitioning a foreign fiance/spouse even after their process is done. Only after caring about every single petitioner will the backlog clear... (just my opinion... if you only care about your case reach out to your congressman).
  21. 3 points
    Dual citizens successfully petition aliens for US immigration benefits each day. Case in point: me. My dual citizenship came up during my fiancée’s K-1 visa interview: “do you plan to live in Canada?” My fiancée answered correctly: “no I am going to live in the US” So provided your spouse can stay on script, there will be no problems.
  22. 3 points
    So I assume you were born in the US and therefore does not have a Mexican citizenship yet? Since both the US and Mexico allows for dual citizenships, I would assume that it would not affect your application - as long as you are keeping your US citizenship 🙂
  23. 3 points
    I am looking to be cryogenically frozen and then re-animated once this process is over. It's pretty expensive but I will save money by not buying gas for my car while I am sleeping.
  24. 3 points
    Zoeeeeeee

    Student visa for 16yr old niece

    I know this must feel like we're all being super negative - and that it can't be as difficult as we're saying - but the immigration system/process isn't set up to allow people to easily just bring their entire family over...because if it was, everyone would be doing it. Unfortunately, your neices are not immediate family, which essentially means they have no more rights to come to the US above any other random person. And the usual ways that most random people come to the US are via having very special, desirable skills (and getting sponsored for a work visa)...or having lots of money (and being able to afford to study here - or invest here). Or applying for the diversity lottery. There isn't a way to short-cut it or do it on the cheap (which seems to be what you're trying to do) - the system has been very carefully set up to prevent this, or again, everyone would do it. So, whilst it may not be what you want to hear, it's the truth - and if you do try to play the system, whether intentionally or not (ie, register her in your local school for $20 because you've not researched her ineligibility for that), you will have a negative and lasting impact on her long-term ability to visit here (I say visit, because again, a student visa isn't an immigrant visa - you have no direct path to helping her immigrate). Good luck in navigating this situation.
  25. 3 points
    Pleasework89

    Expedite Request Opinion Please

    When you Ask Emma what time of day did you do it? If you want to do it through there, you have to ask to speak to a "live agent" between 8am-8pm eastern time. If you try outside that window you can't file a request through Ask Emma. It will just give you links to how to file an expedite request. I recently submitted one through Ask Emma. They gave me a reference ID number. Here is a screenshot of mine. Also a couple days ago I tried the live agent chat again through Ask Emma and it still works. Just make sure you do it between 8am-8pm eastern time.
  26. 3 points
    Crazy Cat

    May processing

    As stated by @geowrian, one the best known members here since I joined "USCIS is like a large grocery store with many checkout lanes. Some are just faster than others". There are a lot of variables.....
  27. 3 points
    Crazy Cat

    May processing

    Have you seen this from the VJ processing times page? There are a lot of petitions pending. I wouldn't call "typical American fashion" as backwards....I would call it first come-first served.
  28. 2 points
    It's ultimately your guys' choice as it is your lives. But as we've pointed out, it's not advisable as both the immigration process and pregnancy process are very unpredictable. It is possible the interview may happen much sooner or much later than you're expecting. Any complications related to the immigration process become part of the record forever and because of their bureaucratic nature, there is no way to know how long it may take to work around the complications, even something as seemingly simple as rescheduling an interview. There is no way to know exactly how her pregnancy, birthing process and post-partum recovery will go and how all that may affect her ability to travel when the time comes.
  29. 2 points
    JR & RT

    September 2021 - AOS Filers

    I got the approval email on January 17, got my card on the mail on Jan 22
  30. 2 points
    MarJhi

    Fiancee is ready for a baby....

    Well considering this baby will probably be a year old by the time your fiance gets her interview you better plan on monetary support beyond just during her pregnancy. I understand she is 38 and her clock is ticking, but the timing of her getting pregnant in the middle of what will probably be a 2 year process is not ideal. Good luck.
  31. 2 points
    cdneh

    Save The Last Rants For Me

    We had an oven breakdown on , I think it was thanksgiving, some time ago. All I can tell you is what I did. I heated the the thing that took the longest first. Covered the container with a lid to keep the heat in. Next thing, same deal. Once everything was heated, I put it all into separate serving bowls. All that had to go to the table then was four bowls, one trip. Everything else was already on the table.
  32. 2 points
    Crazy Cat

    May processing

    I wish there was a way to extract the number of expedite requests and the number of expedites granted.
  33. 2 points
    DaveAndAnastasia

    Save The Last Rants For Me

    It's legal for a dad in Texas to not have a grill, man? But no ideas for producing something good for five or six with just a microwave, sorry.
  34. 2 points
    not really its up to u to prove
  35. 2 points
    trac3rt

    El Paso Port of Entry Tips

    I did my process back in February 2022. There are two or three bridges. Have a taxi take you to "Puente Internacional Paso del Norte". They will leave you at the bridge. You walk the bridge and at the end of the bridge you'll see a building with multiple doors. You need to go through the doors on the right side labeled "Visas" to have your passport stamped. Then you go back out and enter through any of the other doors for inspection. If you get confused, simply ask any officer and they will tell you where to go. Once you're inspected, keep walking forward and you'll end up in El Paso in a small shopping district. You can call for an Uber/taxi from there to the airport, or wherever you want to go. Some taxis will take you to the bridge and pick you up on the other side, but not many do this.
  36. 2 points
    slavaskii

    May processing

    I think the real TLDR here is that yes, posted processing times are and have always been, inaccurate, but for I-129F, they're only worse than what's posted and not better. @DSBeijing has run numbers for us religiously and confirmed what was noted since October: processing halved and never truly recovered. There is, absent an expedite or random pull of cases, no way that a filer will get their NOA2 within 10.5 months anymore. Perhaps other forms are different, but at least for I-129F, we're at 13+ months and that won't change anytime soon based on the numbers we run. 93% of cases do not get processed within 10.5 months. I have no idea how that number is allegedly calculated but that's confirmed impossible at this point. My only theory is that the expedites from 2022 are dragging that number down immensely so we get 10.5, and that's why they've set the real inquiry date at 13, but who knows. My point is that every March filer was in-and-out of expected processing at least three times before it got pushed back. Little on USCIS' wait page should be trusted, we have the accurate numbers here which, imho, are definitive. Random point: apparently there was a pretty devastating fire in Laguna Niguel today. Hopefully that didn't impact CSC.
  37. 2 points
    and Biden's war on Oil and the American people continues. These people continue their agenda......regardless of the costs to the American people and their own party. It is insanity...... https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-05-12/biden-cancels-offshore-oil-lease-sales-in-gulf-coast-alaska
  38. 2 points
    Joyoussinger

    I-751 September 2021 Filers

    I love that, too! We're about helping each other, so why not! I second your wish and Happy Friday to you and everyone!
  39. 2 points
    ROK2USA

    Expedite Request Opinion Please

    You really might want to consider getting married and filing an I-130. The timeline of the K1 and adjustment of status is lengthly and could prove to be a major stressor. 10.5 months is the minimum time at USCIS. Some people have been waiting for a year now. and interviews out of Manila are seriously backlogged (think another year after I-129F approval). I've seen some cases where an existing I-129F leads to faster processing time for the I-130. Getting married might also help you if your next expedite is denied. As @Boiler mentioned "I need my spouse" sounds better than "I need my fiance".
  40. 2 points
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  41. 2 points
    TBoneTX

    Save The Last Rants For Me

    You're a beautiful human bean, LL ma'am. In miu news, miu again sprawled on the din-din table and began chewing up all the Burger King coupons, egad man. This, of course, cannot easily be forgiven, no man.
  42. 2 points
    That is great news! There are always outliers and every case is different. No one is telling OP her husband should not apply for the visitor visa but rather receiving a tourist visa is not guaranteed and not filing the I-130 doesn't help the case or hurt it. Also, the wait times these days for visa appointments is super long out of most countries. So, if they are counting on getting the tourist visa before applying for I-130 they might be delaying the move to the US by several years.
  43. 2 points
    This is insanely uncommon. I'm glad for your situation that you were approved but it's extremely out of the ordinary. In the situation of OP, given the extremely long wait times now to even get a tourist visa interview, I don't think it makes sense for OP to wait to file the I-130. If there is an eventual plan to immigrate to the US, then it's better to start that sooner than later.
  44. 2 points
    Having a petition on file or not having a petition on file doesn't really change his odds of obtaining the visa. One needs to be honest about ties to the US. If he is honest and has good reason to return to Russia after his vacation he should be approved. A poster a few months back was approved for a tourist visa with a pending I-130. So, having a USC spouse or partner is the issue. Not having an I-130 on file. You can and should file for the I-130 as soon as possible. It can take 1-2 years.
  45. 2 points
    Rocio0010

    May processing

    I never did. True. However, the concept of backlog and the excuses they use are barely the same. You’re missing the point. The box of chocolate concept means that no two cases are equal. I seriously doubt that they were at the 6 month mark prior to the pandemic. Read old VJ posts and you’ll see that it was not the case for most people
  46. 2 points
    flicks1998

    Marcos? It amazes me...

    The has been the ultimate game of chess won by the Duterte's/Marcos who will continue to wreak havoc on the country. 2010 onwards - mass misinformation and disinformation campaign set upon the Philippines, orchestrated in large part by the Marcos who used China, Filipinos, and Eastern Europeans for this . 2016 - Duterte wins and immediately starts threatening journalists, TV/radio stations, has some shut down, some arrested, etc. Very similar tactic to Marcos Sr. 2022- BBM wins by a landslide through continued mass misinformation campaign. Average age in the Philippines is 25, so they have no idea what really happened previously. 2022- Sarah Duterte allows Marcos to be President, but she takes the consolation price of VP but also gets thrown a bone to serve as Secretary of Education. She will have full control to continue the misinformation campaign for the next 6 years. 2028 - Most likely Sarah gets her turn to be President and another Marcos will be VP 2034 - VP Marcos assumes the Presidency and the cycle continues. The main issue is that the 2022 campaign wasnt even close and it would take the country burning to the ground to change public opinion on those in power. It is a very grim future for the country and if you thought the Philippines was a province of China during Duterte, the country will be owned by China after 6 years, most likely in subtle ways to not scare the public too much. Misinformation, disinformation, and manipulation is far more powerful today then tanks, missiles, guns, grenades, etc etc etc.
  47. 2 points
    laylalex

    Save The Last Rants For Me

    ❤️ I miss my baby Tibbs every day. I'm sure First Miu and Tibbs are having a lovely time on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, sleeping in sunbeams, chasing toys, and eating all the treats. They'll be there for us when it's our time, too.
  48. 2 points
    Crazy Cat

    DQ but may need joint sponsor

    As a US citizen, there is no physical presence test except to determine foreign income exclusion. You are required to report world-wide income. Perhaps you meant tax exempt after foreign income exclusion. Have you filed US taxes for the last 3 years? The Consulate Officer will have complete discretion regarding financial qualification. If in doubt, the immigrant should carry a joint sponsor I-864 and all supporting documentation to the interview. Good luck.
  49. 2 points
    arken

    DQ but may need joint sponsor

    Your current income won't be accepted for i864 because it will be zero once you move to the US unless you can provide evidence that your income will continue even after you move to the US. Even in that case sometimes they may not accept it as it will be hard to justify based on the nature of the work. If your liquid value of your acceptable assets is substantially higher than 3X the poverty guidelines, you may not need a joint sponsor. You can update new i864 with 0 income and only the assets info and evidences into ceac and have your husband bring it to the interview. If it is just marginally above, you will need a joint sponsor. It's bette to have a joint sponsor regardless. If you find a joint sponsor, upload his/her documents into ceac and have your husband bring those docs to the interview as well. Lawyer can't do anything other than just preparing i864 with 0 income and assets only which i would assume you can do by yourself.
  50. 2 points
    TBoneTX

    Save The Last Rants For Me

    This reminds us of a sign that we want to get for our POTS office suite, see ma'am: "We are always here, si man (unless we are not, no man)." And if your plans were to move to the U.S., stick with them, si ma'am.
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