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  1. 28 points
    If you think it's better to cross illegally, then try it. See what happens. You're not going to like it. P.S. The current system is the same one that existed under Trump, Bush Jr., Bush Sr, and Reagan.
  2. 22 points
    You have many misconceptions about this process. I'll try to clarify some of them. 1) You are married, so you are no longer eligible for the K-1. After your next visit, you can petition her for a CR-1 visa. 2) I-130 petitions for spouses are not adjudicated at service centers based on where you live, so moving to a different state is irrelevant. Accepted petitions are batched to the service centers from the lockbox based on some secret USCIS algorithm. Yes, US immigration is expensive. Visits are expensive. The process is time-consuming. All of these factors should weigh in when we choose overseas partners. As far as the vaccine requirements, that is not a US immigration issue. If it becomes a barrier to seeing your wife though, you may have to reconsider your stance on the vaccine. Good luck - sounds like you need it.
  3. 16 points
    Contact the embassy to withdraw your I-864. Contact USCIS to withdraw your I-130. No you can’t cancel his tourist visa. And sorry this happened to you. But be thankful you discovered this now.
  4. 16 points
    For some perspective: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/410945-k-1-journey-completed/ For more perspective: pay a Coyote and she could end up dead or wishing that she were.
  5. 15 points
    Sorry to hear about your loss. As for your visa case, you will need to inform the consulate that your wife has died. You are no longer eligible for an IR1 visa. But if you still want to immigrate to the US, inform the consulate that you would like to switch to an IW visa case for widow(er) of a US citizen. You will need to submit a copy of your wife's death certificate and any other documents that the consulate may require. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the visa processing will finish in time for you to be able to attend to your wife's funeral arrangements in the US. My condolences to you and your family.
  6. 14 points
    JuliaNE

    VAWA, Part 24

    Happy happy new year. it has been a happy new year indeed . God, I am so happy. I just got an update on my case. New card is being produced. vawa 360 filed May 2019. c31 May 2019. new card being produced. 01/07/2022 now how long do I wait for my card?
  7. 14 points
    Gogetter18

    VAWA, Part 24

    Hello All, Finally, GC in hand, starting new job soon which pays twice what I was earning, can I get a thank you Jesus for the Lord? Thank you Jesus!!! I love you Lord. Never fight a child of God, one whose hands are clean and a pure heart, cos you will ALWAYS lose that fight. Praying for all who are still waiting on approvals that this beautiful month of January 2022 brings you all your greatest hearts desires in Jesus mighty name, amen!!
  8. 14 points
    FAP

    VAWA, Part 24

    Finally... After almost 26 months... 🤗 Thank you @sandranj. You were so right. Thank you guys. Your help and inspiring words in these tough times are so valuable. Thank you family! Now preparing for the final shot!
  9. 14 points
    Really? What’s the reason you’re dragging your feet filing for her petition and adding time until she can join you as an immigrant? It’s online.
  10. 13 points
    SJLN

    VAWA, Part 24

    I would love to say thank you all for your encouragements, your valuable advices as well as your sharings via this forum, specially @sandranj @Demise @Pinkrlion Finally my card in hand. Below is my timeline: 2018: I-486 and I-130 submitted. Oct 2019: I-360 submitted. My attorney requested the local office hold I-485 waiting for I-360 decision Jul 2021: C31 was issued after 3 PFs, no RFEs Sep 2021: I-360 approval letter was issued Nov 2021: Interview notice for I-485 was issued. Dec 21 2021: Interviewed Jan 6 2022: Card was ordered Jan 18 2022: Card in hand. I hope that my sharing will help you.
  11. 13 points
    Amanda&David

    March 2021 K1 I-129F filers

    Somehow on a slow day today, we finally got our approval and let me tell you the feeling is unreal after such a long wait!😄 It will be so worth it when every one of you sees the good news and hopefully it will be soon!
  12. 13 points
    AA.Bailey

    VAWA, Part 24

    Yeees guys finally the vawa journey is over. My greencard just got approved, then few minutes after it went to card being produced. 🥰❤️❤️ Time to join the military now 😁😁😁
  13. 13 points
    Loren Y

    Entry after Deportation

    He won't have any problems until he gets arrested and fingerprinted, or has his fingerprints run for a job, or any other reason. Since he had prints taken under both names, it will take the NCIS computer about 3 seconds to flag his profile for review, and then the nightmare will begin. He will be fine until something happens and they catch him. I don't see any legal way for him to ever obtain any type of legal status here in the US. Any way he gets petitioned by family such as from USC spouse requires fingerprints to be taken, and he will be found out. I'm not sure if having his USC wife file for him and being honest from the get-go is going to help in this situation. From the sounds of things the rules and regulations he possibly violated will end up with a permanent ban. in 2000 did he enter with a tourist visa and overstay? even entering with inspection I don't think he will have a way to legal residence in the US. Definitely consult the " Johnny Cochran" of immigration attorneys on this one.
  14. 13 points
    Commish10

    Wedding Day today

    After a 2.5 year engagement caused by delays from Covid, we are finally getting married. Through all our trials and belief that god would choose the right time for us, we came out much stronger on the other side.
  15. 13 points
    Ontarkie

    Would like to withdraw a petition

    At this stage it is your petition and you can withdraw it without her being notified. Now if she has the file number she may be able to find information online about the status. If she doesn't have anything then don't worry about it. Do not petition anyone who is causing you anguish. Mother or not you do not owe her anything if this will be harmful to yourself.
  16. 12 points
    I got a response from OP03 just now. Their asking me to send my passport back. Hopefully this is good.
  17. 12 points
    peacefulFor

    VAWA, Part 24

    Good evening Fam! I attended my interview for my AOS this morning and a new card is produced after an hour. My timeline is this - Sep '19 - I-360 and I-485 filed Oct '19 - Biometrics Jan '20 - Received EAD Consistently received Prima Facie Apr '21 - I-360 New Card is being produced June '21 - I-360 Approved Oct '21 - Another Biometrics for 485 Nov '21 - Reached to Senator's office as my 485 is out of processing times Dec '21 - Received interview schedule I hope this can help if anyone is waiting for their petitions.
  18. 12 points
    You will not have any issues. The medical inadmissibilities are related to infectious diseases and mental health/substance abuse issues that could pose a danger to the public.
  19. 12 points
    e_xterrixx

    VAWA, Part 24

    Just got notified - VAWA is approved 😇 Timeline: - Filed I360: Sept 2019 - 1st PF: Nov 2019 - 2nd PF: Nov 2020 - RFE: August 2021 - RFE response received: Nov 2021 - 3rd PF: Oct 2021 - I360 Card is being produced: 1/6/2022
  20. 12 points
    You would need to file an I824 to transfer the case from AOS to consular processing. Expect that to take a long while. You would not apply abroad for an I-485. You will need to file an DS-260. You would not have any days of unlawful presence. Your B1/B2 is toast. You overstayed the I-94. You filed to AOS as an immigrant. A B1.B2 requires you to have non-immigrant intent when you enter the US. You're not going to be able to do that after filing for AOS. Emergency AP is your only option - and it's discretionary. So maybe, maybe not. Worth a shot. If you can't get Emergency AP, then your options are to leave before AP and abandon the AOS and apply for an immigrant visa which will take 1-2 years or wait until you get your AP and leave.
  21. 12 points
    I'm in shock right now... my status changed to "Issued" on Dec30?!!? The last time I checked CEAC was around 3-4pm on Dec30, I remember seeing an update but it was still refused, I guess they logged in shortly after to approve it? Part of me thinks this is a mistake/that it'll go back to refused today/tomorrow (not sure if they're open today?) 😳 I'll keep everyone updated as to what happens next. I truly hope that this is a sign that everyone else's approval is just around the corner 🙌 I'm comparing my case to the recent approval (FB User RC) and the only similarity I see is that we both reached out to our reps early December? She got an email from her rep the same day of her approval and I haven't gotten anything cause the reps office has been closed since Dec 17. Could just be a coincidence but ?? What does everyone else think?
  22. 12 points
    Wow, you won 3 cases against everyone from VJ. (Didn't even know we had cases against you.) And wow. Thousands of people and a lawyer are making videos on YouTube following your posts. Wow. Can you link these YouTube videos for us. Wow. What an incredible immigration genius. If you are so sure of yourself, then why keep coming back here for advice, then rejecting that advice? You are an immigration genius. You don't need our help. These 3 cases that you won, did they get you closer to a US visa? lol
  23. 11 points
    Sk1992

    VAWA, Part 24

    Below is my timeline 1:- i360, i765 (c31) and i485 package sent all together in July 2019 . I did send my medicals at the same time too 2:- case was received 08/01/2019 3:- biometrics October 2019 n RFE was sent in the same month for good faith marriage and good moral character. So i send letters from friends , family and tons of pictures. Police clearance from my county and the country i lived before. 4:- RFE was sent in December and after that it was a complete silence. 5:- i360 was approved 04/29/2021 6:- i765 c31 got approved on 07/14/2021. Yes i lived without and EAD for all that long because of my lawyer’s mistake . She never agreed to do c09. I would recommend everyone to apply c09 if you have your i485 concurrent too. 7:- I didn’t receive any transfer notice for i485 or nothing after my i360 approval. So i did inquire through my congress man in October 2021 and after couple of weeks they send me bio appointment for i485 8:- bio done for i485 on 12/09/2021 9:- New card is being produced for i485 on 01/13/2022. There was no interview , No medical being asked again. so this is it.! I hope i have answered all your questions in my timeline. Thank you once again🙏🙏🙌
  24. 11 points
    Chancy

    Brrr!

    Before my husband and I got married, we had a conversation about where I want to live -- Chancy: I'm ok with anywhere that is not a war zone and that has stable internet access. But I can't stand the cold. Future-MrChancy: Ooh, you'll love it here in Louisiana! It's so hot and humid, people wear shorts on Christmas! Now, a month after I moved to the US, it's 30F/-1C. Last night, I slept with my sweater, gloves, and socks on. Under a quilt. With the heater on. In southern Louisiana. Tonight, the forecast is 28F/-2C. Chancy: "Shorts", huh? MrChancy: Honey, I'm sorry for bringing you to this frigid wasteland. Happy New Year! -- from Chancy the Popsicle 🥶
  25. 11 points
    This was my exact feeling in 2008, when the [censored] Guayaquil consulate wouldn't give Mrs.-T-B.-to-be her visa. I told her (verbatim), "If you were an illegal Mexican, you'd be here already and be on top of the world." She didn't disagree. However, as the (nothing but) painful legal immigration process unwound, things worked out, and she became a U.S. citizen. She need not look over her shoulder in regard to deportation. What goes around comes around, or it will come around. Governmental leaders, and their policies, change. Avoid endangering your wife's future status and possibly getting into trouble yourself.
  26. 11 points
    TBoneTX

    VAWA, Part 24

    May 2022 bring internal and external peace to you all -- and approval of whatever you're patiently waiting on.
  27. 11 points
    Gogetter18

    VAWA, Part 24

    Hello All, I hope you all are doing great. I've been so busy at work these past few months due to staffing shortages and sometimes have to work straight 4 day shifts, juggle children's activities, but I'm so grateful to God Almighty for the opportunity. After 3 long years, my I485 has been approved!!! What a beautiful New Year's present!! My attorney's office sent me the I693 first week in December on a Friday immediately they received it, I got my medicals done the very next Monday, received the results back on a Thursday and that same Thursday dropped it off at my attorney's office. Barely 11 days later, which was 2 days ago, I received the notification "card in production" and yesterday "your case has been approved". I normally read where people say it takes 2 months to get the notification for card production, so I was pleasantly surprised and overjoyed that it came so quickly. Being the daughter of The Most High God SURELY has its perks, it grants me VIP status wherever I go, thank you Jesus!! My Father in heaven, the creator of heaven and earth, I am SO PROUD to be your daughter 🥳 🙏🙌. I just got home from work, so if I don't respond to messages immediately please bear with me as I'm probably passed out on my couch :-), but I will respond as soon as I can. Jet setting, let's get it!! Thank you all and may you be blessed now and always. Timeline: I360, I485 AND I765 submitted Sep 2018 I360 approval April 2020, no RFE Received 2 year EAD renewal July 2021 Received request for medicals and GC approval December 2021
  28. 11 points
    Crazy Cat

    I'm New to this process

    That is only a small part of the whole process. You have no idea as to how long their backlog is or what category of applicants they are interviewing...they could be interviewing people from 2020. My point is: Prepare for a long wait, but rejoice if your journey is shorter. Good luck.
  29. 11 points
    BOKURAGAITA

    Visa Approved!

    12-22-21 Sputum Medical Result 8:AM 12-23-21 Manila Embassy 8:AM Everything is all good, the medical result is not on time during my interview (slec forwarded) and Embassy has to call and verify. before my turn there is a consul whose really grumpy and i said Oh Lord don't put me into that guy but 🙄 he ended up my interviewer but um happy that he was. Questions: Your name? Do you know your F was married before? Yes sir, divorce 2013 How old is he? 36 young and he was smiling Maybe you really have a strong bond? I said, he meet me and he's hooked🤣 he laughed. What is the name of the dating site? I said .... .com but idk if it still exist and he was laughing and said IDK maybe hmmm for sure but i never been there 🤣. You must like him immediately? He likes me first 🤣 Why did he and his ex wife divorce? I said because they dont understand each other and nah idc 🤣 and the consul was laughing😄. p.s VISA APPROVED! but I'm glad that the consul asked me a lot so i could verify info and explained. I don't think he's grumpy anymore after my interview. Carin 😁
  30. 10 points
    Marieke H

    Marriage after receiving Visa

    His visa category specifically states he is unmarried. If he marries before entering the US on that visa, he is no longer eligible for the visa. Even if it does not cause issues when he enters the US, it will definitely be a problem if he later tries to file an I-130 for his wife to have her immigrate as well. USCIS will then see the date on the marriage certificate and know that he was not eligible to enter and receive permanent residence using this visa. Have him travel to the US first, preferably wait until he receives his green card, and then he can travel back to Russia, marry her, come back to the US, and file a petition for her.
  31. 10 points
    Your choice on taking a 3 month old away from his mother while breastfeeding. The US Government is not forcing this. You may want to take time to understand how the immigration system works. You'll need a little bit of knowledge and a lot of patience.
  32. 10 points
    I think @Danii is voluntarily shepherding the rest of us through the long, painful road of AP, perhaps to achieve eventual sainthood.
  33. 10 points
    TBoneTX

    VAWA, Part 24

    It is Sunday -- time for our highly effective* Official Weekly VAWA-Thread Joke: *in evoking approvals, if correlation = causation ========================================== ONE-LINERS If you ever get cold, just stand in a corner for a while. They're usually about 90 degrees. Did you hear about the two guys who stole a calendar? They each got 6 months. My grandpa has the heart of a lion... and a lifetime ban from the zoo. What's something that's red and bad for your teeth? A brick. I think I want a job cleaning mirrors. It's just something that I could really see myself doing. What do you call a sleepwalking nun? A roamin' Catholic. Why can't you hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom? Because the "P" is silent. Two fish are in a tank. One is driving and the other is operating the gun. Two soldiers are in a tank. They both drown. What's orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.
  34. 10 points
    KSVJ

    March 2021 K1 I-129F filers

    I think we're all qualified for these open positions at USCIS at this point lol
  35. 10 points
    Option 1: Apply for emergency AP at USCIS. Option 2: Leave before receiving approved AP. This will result in abandonment of your adjustment of status. Option 3: Wait it out for approved AP.
  36. 9 points
    Sk1992

    VAWA, Part 24

    Hello everyone, i am writing this post with mix of emotions, As my vawa journey has finally came to an end.! YES.!! My i485 status shows New card is being produced.!!!! Yehhhhh.!! I only did post a question about i485 couple of days ago n guess what i just got it today. It is still so hard for me to believe that it has actually happened. I would like to thank each and everyone of you because you guys r the best. Giving each other strength and courage throughout the journey , has made it so easier for us. Whoever is waiting i will say it will surely happen one day to all of you as well. Just keep your faith in Almighty. Stay strong. I will share my timeline in the next post..!
  37. 9 points
    We don't speak in absolutes. We base our claims on policy manuals. Please read Chapter 5- Requests to Expedite Applications or Petitions. Breastfeeding is not under the criteria: https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-1-part-a-chapter-5 While you think it's urgent to YOU, there is a thousand cases prior to you that have real emergencies. Mostly related to life threating health- related issues to the USC, who needs constant care. Your child is a citizen, but to USCIS, he can stay with mom and breastfeed abroad while they await their process.
  38. 9 points
    Normally immigration does not care why u divorced now , are not in control of his immigration proceedures .Remember u went thru a lot to document the marriage was bona fida and immigration holds both of you responsible If u made a complaint with the police and / or had him arrested, that can affect his naturalization but at this point he is free to file a divorce waiver and continue to live in the US
  39. 9 points
    I'm thinking of putting together a FAQ (using answers in the threads) as that may be easier for any new comers here than reading all the pages. I received my passport today and noticed something interesting. At the bottom of the visa, there is an annotation that says "clearance received Dec-17 2021". I remember getting an update that day, and then again on Dec 20. So it looks like it took almost 2 weeks for Montreal to issue the visa after they received this clearance... Looks like the updates aren't always meaningless!
  40. 9 points
    No, a letter is neither needed nor can it increase your possibilities. If anything, it can hurt you. You need to apply on your own merits for a tourist visa -mainly proving strong ties to your home country.
  41. 9 points
    You have obvious immigrant intent. Chance of a B being rejected is extremely high, not to mention a lot of countries right now have exceedingly long wait times for B visa interviews. It sounds like you are bouncing between "this client in the US needs to see me in person" versus "this client abroad needs to see me in person." Since we're still dealing with Covid, have you considered talking about just having a Zoom meeting in either of these cases? Just some food for thought. If you explain to people the immigration situation and especially how processing times have been affected by Covid, it seems like they would be accommodating.
  42. 9 points
    millefleur

    Just sharing a thought.

    Another reality is the lack of political will from the masses to actually reform immigration. Most Americans have zero clue about USCIS and how it actually works, so they have no idea of the problems and what to even vote for change on. How can we expect reform to make it to Capitol Hill if the vast majority of people aren't even aware of the problems? In my experience, most Americans just assume if you're married to an American, you get US citizenship automatically like it's an overnight thing. The topic of legal immigration is hardly discussed and so few know anything about it. I vaguely remember H1B's being discussed in the news for a while but that was it. Congress is only going to care about this issue if large swaths of the population start caring about it, and how to make that happen? I don't know. Immigration law is a boring topic, it requires research and reading, I don't see it becoming a popular point of interest for most people anytime soon.
  43. 9 points
    Odessa85

    VAWA, Part 24

    Hello VJ Family, Happy New Year to all! Finally, my case has been approved! Thanks God 🙏🏼 Thanks to everyone taking their time to answer all the questions. Thanks to all your support and contributions 🙌🏼 Vawa filed Oct 2018 in Seattle I-485 filed Dec 2018 No RFE Vawa approved Aug 2020 GC Interview Dec 28, 2021 GC approved Dec 30, 2021
  44. 9 points
    TBoneTX

    What's the point of doing things legally?

    Thread is locked for violation of this provision of the site's Terms of Service: "Condone or instruct, either directly or indirectly, others on how to commit fraudulent or illegal immigration activities in any way, shape, manner or method." This thread and topic are NOT to be restarted or revisited. VJ Moderation
  45. 9 points
    Jorgedig

    I'm New to this process

    But he talked directly to the security guard!
  46. 9 points
    Odessa85

    VAWA, Part 24

    Hello VJ family, Thank you for all your message. My interview today went well and the decision will be in 24hrs. He asked me questions about my I-485 only. He asked all the old EADs and passports. He also asked me if I travel out of the US. I have my lawyer on the phone on standby. I hope that I will get an approval soon. Thank you again VJ family 🙏🏼
  47. 9 points
    If the time between your marriage and the time when he became a legal resident was 2 years or more, then he should gotten a 10 card....period. There is no question.......period. You spoke to idiots at USCIS.
  48. 9 points
    I've not seen one for grandparents. Expedite for the father of the baby is much different.
  49. 8 points
    lsu_mike

    A SUPER huge THANKS!!

    Our journey to immigrate my wife here started in December of 2015. From the first form we filed, I-130, to most recently, the I-751. Through the help and advice from fellow forum members, I was able to accomplish this entire process with No RFE’s or legal help. logged into USCIS online status update this am and it showed, “New card being produced”. 👍🏻 I-751 filed May 2019 Interview was scheduled on Nov 8 for Dec 13. Dec 13 ROC interview completed. Status updated today, 12/21/21 to “New card being produced”. we’re done for now. Taking a breather from USCIS for awhile before filling the N400. We’re both stressed to the max!!! THANKS to all here for the advice and support! 🙏🏻🙏🏻
  50. 8 points
    I'm glad you found VJ - it is a much better resource for you than Reddit. Good luck
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