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  1. 44 points
    Paul & Mary

    And we are done!

    Mary had her interview this morning in Phoenix. It took about five minutes after waiting about an hour. I was outside in the car and she called me crying; I thought some disaster happened. Took about 45 minutes then she and 5 other were naturalized. We have a trip to London next week so the only Passport Offices with openings are Honolulu, San Juan and El Paso! We will work on reacquiring her Filipino Citizenship when we return. Thanks for all the support!
  2. 36 points
    Lucky2Lucky

    Covid Vaccine and Immigrants

    This will be my last comment to not further derail this post as OP received their answer- but I think it’s important that misinformation does not continue to spread and allow unnecessary deaths (or strain on the health care system)- I have yet to see a covid vaccine be the cause of death to thousands of people and ALL vaccines and drugs have side effects- it’s sad to see someone prefer to choose death from covid over a day with body aches and chills, if they even experience side effects at all (from vaccine). All these deaths from those not vaccinated- I guess it’s Gods way of having Darwin’s theory play out. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I have no time for those who can’t appreciate advances in modern day medicine (that’s why we have a higher life expectancy-thanks to modern medicine) or those who flood their “brains” with conspiracy theories.
  3. 32 points
    JFH

    Not adjusting to new life in the US

    My situation was different but similar. There was no COVID when I arrived, I haven’t had to adjust to motherhood and I was able to work from the very beginning. But I went through similar emotions of feeling “lost” and that I would never settle here. It was almost like a grief for my old life. And I’d visited over 40 times before I moved! Case in point that no amount of visits can prepare you for living here. Anyway, here’s what I did. It may or may not work for you. Stop comparing things to back home. Accept that things are different here and the life you had in Europe has gone for good. Mourn the loss of it, for sure. But convince yourself to start to see things as “different”, not “wrong”. I’m in a group on Facebook for British ex pats and I see posts from people who’ve been here a decade of more still lamenting that they can’t find custard powder or fairy liquid here. Some of them even resort to importing things at huge expense from Europe. Don’t. Just find a new way to make custard or wash your dishes. Find a new way of doing things. I can’t stand the bread here. I grew up in a bakery that my family had owned for generations. Until I went to university I’d never eaten bread that wasn’t made in our own kitchen. The stuff they sell here and call bread, it’s an abomination. Yes, I know they sell so-called artisan stuff here. Still not good enough for me. Much too sweet. So I make my own now. And I actually enjoy it rather than seeing it as the twice-weekly chore that it was throughout my childhood. And much better than ordering from British food suppliers online. It’s my connection to my past and brings fond memories. Allow yourself the memories but don’t be angry that those days are gone. I’m finding that I’m less and less saying “we don’t do it like that at home” and more and more “that’s different. But it obviously works here”. Some things don’t change, and that’s OK. You will still be you. And your homeland will still be your homeland. But start to see it as a favorite vacation destination now, and look forward to going back again, rather than seeing it as a the home you been pulled away from. Carve out a new you. Keep some bits of the old you but accept that some bits are gone for good. When my mum comes to visit all I hear is “well we don’t do/say/have that in the UK”. My response? Well, this isn’t the UK. Things are not “wrong”, just “different”. Last month I became a US citizen. People I work with were thrilled and sent messages of congratulations like I’d run a marathon. To me it was just paperwork. I’m still me. Someone said “how does it feel that you’re now an American?” And I really don’t know. I’m still me. Still can’t understand the rules of baseball. Still need to use a knife and fork to eat and will never be able to cut food with the side of a fork. Still expect “chicken salad” to be a garden salad with slices of grilled chicken rather than chopped chicken in mayonnaise. Still say “Aubergine” and not “eggplant”. But that’s ok. Not everything has to change. But not everything will stay the same either. It’s an adventure to be enjoyed.
  4. 31 points
    aleac

    I had to sue USCIS

    Hi all, This is just a summary of the events that led me to file a lawsuit with al lawyer called "Writ of Mandamus" to move my case forward. Removal of conditions filed in July 2019. October 2019 Fingerprints taken No movement for 2 years. In the meantime all my fellow July 2019 filers had been approved. In March 2021 my case was very much outside processing times, so I started contacting the DHS Ombudsman, my local representative and my 2 US Senators. Not one of them ever replied, nor contacted me in any way. With USCS I filed about 8 or 9 Service Requests. Not a single one was ever adressed. They were closed without any explaination. After 30 months waiting, I decided to file a lawsuit in October of this year, within 3 weeks my Removal of Conditions was approved and my N400 interview was scheduled and last week I became a Citizen. This should not be normal. Blaming COVID for these ridiculous delays is an easy excuse. I have a strong case, both me and my wife have good jobs, I am not from a "conflictive" country (whatever that means) of course no criminal records and I pay a lot in taxes to Uncle Sam. This process has been a complete nightmare to me and my family and I hope I never have to step inside a USCIS office ever again. I wish you all the best of luck,
  5. 31 points
    DmytriiD

    VAWA, Part 23

    Hi Community, My I-485 got approved today without interview and I wanted to thank all of you who gave me pieces of advise and information during this VAWA journey. I wanted to share my timeline and advise for those who currently is surfing through here and looking for info: August 25, 2018 - US Entry on a K-1 Visa September 14, 2018 - Marriage September 28, 2018 - I-485 Application (together with EAD+AP) October 2, 2018 - NOA 1 I-485 (biometrics took place 3 weeks later) January 2019 - EAP+AP approved April 2019 - Divorce April 24, 2019 - I-360 Application (applied with a lawyer, but moving forward acted on my own without lawyer's help) September 2019 - Sent in more evidence on my own by reading this forum (I think my lawyer didn't include those docs on purpose in order to get RFE and charge me more). Please note that I sent in more evidence on my own without receiving a request for it twice total (once divorce paperwok and another time police clearances and my birth certificate). 3 times extended EAD + AP while waiting for I360 decision based on still pending I485. May 24, 2021 - I360 Case Was Approved August 2021 - I485 Request for updated medicals (my original medicals expired 1 months prior to this request) September 27, 2021 - I485 Approval (Card being Produced status) To all of you who is reading - I think very important for you to know that you are allowed to submit evidence for your I360 case (if you think your case is missing something) on your own without a lawyer. I only used an attorney in the first place because I didn't know about VAWA at all and I needed urgent help. But after reading this forum even the attorney I worked with was telling me that I know too much and I could do it on my own, etc. After I read the case she prepared I found that there were multiple mistakes made with names of people, facts, dates etc etc (I had to send another letter to Vermont to just correct her mistakes) and also some docs needed for this case were missing, which I think my attorney didn't put there on purpose. Those docs are required for a decision on I360 for sure. So by not including it my attorney planned to get an RFE...and her contract with me would oblige me for another $1000 to reply to an RFE. So when I started reading this forum I took this under my complete control and figured that my attorney is acting against my best interest. Another GREAT piece to this story is that my attorney assistant once called me and said that the attorney is not honest and that she purposely is not doing things I asked her to do, purposely missed docs, purposely was not even providing me the copy of my case for a few weeks...and her assistant actually recommended me to report her to the board of attorneys which I didn't do yet, but I will now that my cases are all done and I do not need her anymore for anything at all. But yeah people please be careful with attorneys please - mine was basically trying to suck the moneys out without providing the best service possible. Luckily for me from the beginning I refused to add my attorney to my I485 case and once I360 was approved we kind of are done already. Summary: I485 took 3 years exactly and I360 took 2 years and 1 month. Good luck to everyone who is still waiting, you will get there soon!
  6. 28 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 27 points
    Sparkle✨

    VAWA, Part 24

    May whoever comments on this thread and has a pending application, get an approval before the thread closes. Amen! Can I get more Amens pls 😃
  9. 27 points
    SusieQQQ

    Covid Vaccine and Immigrants

    Amazing how people come on to an immigration thread to derail it with wild claims that have no basis in either fact or science. To the OP: no, the Covid vaccine is not required at the medical. But please be aware that literally 97% of current hospitalizations and 99% of deaths in the US due to Covid are among the unvaccinated. https://www.npr.org/2021/07/16/1017002907/u-s-covid-deaths-are-rising-again-experts-call-it-a-pandemic-of-the-unvaccinated
  10. 27 points
    Unfortunate choices were made. You might have to petition her for a visa and wait your turn, just like the rest of us. Funny how the party line on VJ is that overstay is without consequences. Until it isn’t. You ‘feel’ like that, and yet US immigration law clearly says otherwise.
  11. 26 points
    Xiaova

    APRIL 2021 I-129F K-1 FILERS

    After 416 days, I'm finally approved! I'm so glad the nightmare and anxiety is over. Now on to the next step. I'll continue to update numbers at least for April and May fliers since I can easily update them during lunch / after work since I work remote.
  12. 26 points
    Lucky2Lucky

    Covid Vaccine and Immigrants

    And “opinions” are what is killing us.
  13. 26 points
    Lucky2Lucky

    Covid Vaccine and Immigrants

    There’s no requirement for anyone to get a covid vaccine, unfortunately. (Unless it’s job specific) I strongly urge you to get vaccinated so this thing can stop mutating and we can go back to living “normal”. Oh and to protect our kids who can’t get vaccinated.
  14. 26 points
    I try to show as much empathy as possible since being on this board and with the entire COVID situation. However, for some reason, I dont have any empathy at all for the OP. As far as I understand from the quick read of the thread, the OP's fiance or gf has overstayed for 2 years, which would be the entire length of this pandemic. Canada has not been closed. For the longest of time, you could have flown into the country but not crossed overland. There were ways to get back. Im mainly in the Philippines section and those couples (especially K1s) are going through pure h$ll. Many of those couples have not seen their significant other for 16+ months, many others are over the two year mark now. They have followed the rules, they have put their relationships on the line with the distance, the inability to even see each other with that country basically closed off to most foreigners. I converted to Buddhism about 25 years ago and that red light to me is called karma. Hopefully, though, things will eventually work out for the OP.
  15. 25 points
    It's emotional blackmail, preying on the Filipino mentality of putting family first. @Timona accurately described what happens to some parents whose kids make it to the US. That $700 remittance is likely being used to keep up appearances to local friends and family. I am a Filipina. I also despise such behavior. If my parents ever said anything like that to me, I would cut off communication pronto. And to underscore my point, I would stop the money transfers. If they apologized, I would restart sending them a bag of rice a month. Your wife needs to draw firmer boundaries or the behavior is never going to stop. Filipinos have an extremely hard time saying No, especially to family, so the two of you need to be fully aligned with what is and is not acceptable financial support.
  16. 25 points
    Jorgedig

    An unhappy ending to a marriage

    You had me until this. Your saga sounds like you are a disgruntled customer. Why not look for a partner for their own merits, rather than someone from a specific country who you assume will be "simple"?
  17. 25 points
    It is clear that you want to provoke people here, especially with that last sentence, so I will keep it short. To live in society we need a balance between personal freedom and common good. We need a minimum of trust in institutions and experts and we need to have empathy and compassion. Otherwise society will just crumble. The only thing I can tell you, without sarcasm, is that you try to understand the people that disagree with you and see where they are coming from. Lastly, you say you got a religion exemption but you say the reason for not taking the vaccine is "My wife's health is more important than any amount of money". So basically you are admitting that you just used religious exemption for what you consider to be a health concern. This is very disrespectful for people that actually value their religious freedom and practices. Good luck in life!
  18. 24 points
    Adventine

    An unhappy ending to a marriage

    You're coming from a place of hurt and pain. I get it. But you're generalizing Filipinas in a way that sounds like both you and your wife had expectations of each other that just didn't match reality. You expected a "simple" woman, and it sounded like she expected a "good" provider. It seems that you both resent each other for not living up to those expectations. It sounds like your wife never drew firm boundaries with her family when it came to money or family support. Before getting married, did you ever have honest, direct discussions with her about how much money she would send home? What were your backup plans if someone in her family had a financial emergency? Exactly how many people were you expected to support back home? What were her expectations about the wedding? How much time did you spend in the Philippines and how much did you know about Filipino culture before you married? These are all things that the two of you should have talked about seriously before getting married. Or maybe you did, but the priorities changed. In any case, it sounds like a lot of built up resentment on both sides - yours and hers. I'm a Filipina, and kuripot (cheap), and I still send money regularly to my family because I have a shared responsibility with my siblings to take care of an aging father. Emphasis on shared. But I've set clear boundaries with them: you are only getting X pesos a month, because I'm married now, and I have my own priorities, and they do not include supporting everyone back home. My siblings have their own jobs, emergency funds, insurance and investments, and we all share expenses with supporting our aging father. I was up front with my husband about this while we were dating, and we had our financial plans in writing so that it was always clear. Also, any woman, Filipina or not, whose husband accuses her of infidelity on social media, is not going to be happy.
  19. 24 points
    I also went and looked back in the post history and something isn't quite right. In 2019 you posted that you were the immigrant and Deb was going to be filing either the K or CR. Now you and Deb have a duck farm and she is in a detention center and you are the USC who can rescue her by a quick zoom marriage but the problem is the ducks. They will have to be sold to free your love from jail. Umm. Any thoughts from the mods?
  20. 24 points
    It wasn’t the light though. Had you done things the right way, she wouldn’t be in this mess. Have you looked into moving to Canada until you can get the process of petition/interview/waiver sorted?
  21. 23 points
    Ako & Rich

    JULY 2021 I-129 K-1 FFILERS

    Welp, there it is...we just got approved!!! 423 days. NOA1 7/19/21, NOA2 9/15/22. Wishing everyone else the best of luck! And we are happy to answer questions if anyone has them.
  22. 23 points
    dalindeck

    March 2021 K1 I-129F filers

    After 347 days of waiting I was finally approved! I’ll continue posting the updates as I have been for everyone 🤗 I’m so excited to be onto the next step!
  23. 23 points
    Grego79

    VAWA, Part 23

    Hey guys, My GC arrived today. I can't even explain the feeling, but I just know that I'm going to start living life. My only advise for you is to be patience and believe in god. 🙏
  24. 23 points
    Ana FL

    VAWA, Part 23

    OMG guys I received my GC on the mail today. I can not believe it!!!!! A feeling of freedom I can’t explain! once again thanks everyone. The journey is long and sometimes it feels like it will never end but be patient, hopeful and it will all be ok!
  25. 23 points
    It's not legal to require anyone to take an experimental vaccine. Also, if Biden's administration is soo worried about covid from immigrants, why are the illegal immigrants allowed to cross the border even when positive for covid? Even USC currently have to get the negative covid test prior to entering.
  26. 23 points
    Approved at interview and welcome letter in hand. Woot!
  27. 23 points
    ??Two years??? That ain’t COVID. Actions have consequences, and getting married won’t escape these. Proving “extreme hardship” for a waiver isn’t easy and it isn’t quick. Sorry bro. Tough break. There IS a waiver process but it’ll take awhile.
  28. 22 points
    Congratulations.. What about couples who can't or DON"T WANT to have children? I think this is extremely discriminatory.
  29. 22 points
    We just submitted my wife's N-400 online under the 5-year rule. Let the new wait begin!!! I really hope she gets a combo interview soon. They owe us a favor. BTW, filing under the 5-year rule was pretty easy.
  30. 22 points
    Fil&Em

    March 2021 K1 I-129F filers

    Hi All, Today has been a hectic day. Took my dog to the vet for a check up in some cysts that were growing, as he had previously a serious tumor. Then went to accompany a friend to have his back "fixed". In summary had little time today to check USCIS case tracker. Which I was doing earlier today, when it reached my group, and guess what? There it was, OUR CASE WAS APPROVED TODAY. I must confess I had an hour of overwhelming joy, where fiancée and I face timed, with both our parents joining. I must say this is a happy day for me and for her, and for many people around us. Only took 399 since submitting the petition and 393 since they received it, but this stage is now done for us. I will continue checking up and all the people that I care about in this forum and do wish everyone still standing from March (and any other month), including with stats. I must thank this forum and this community for the support in the many rough days that we had. Thank you so much everyone. Hoping for the best for everyone here.
  31. 22 points
    God is a good God

    VAWA, Part 24

    Thanking God , what a surprise? I'm crying, I am a man. Many of you remember me. I had a 204c FRAUD CHARGE on my I-130 that came last March 2021 while my i360 was pending already. even @sandranj gave me less than 1% chance. Many people here encouraged me but gave me less chance since I had a fraud charge I received NOID on my i360 last November asking me a list of things that seemed impossible (I posted my NOID notice here) but I tried to gather proofs. Sent response to NOID on January 31, 22 and today booooommmm card production. Applied i360 October, 2019.
  32. 22 points
    Chancy

    Finally my turn :)

    My visa is approved!!! Issued 🎉 It took 18 long months for us to get to this point, a lot of it due to some unfortunate events beyond our control (Potomac SC transfer, NVC system glitch, sputum testing). Thankfully, no RFEs or 221g, so other than the bad luck, it was smooth sailing. Hoping I don't jinx the visa delivery, CFO part 2, COVID testing, and flight. Abangan!
  33. 22 points
    My parents (more specifically, my mother) has made "jokes" about me petitioning their immigration to the US after I become a citizen. It has never progressed to any serious discussion but nonetheless, it is a majorly hard-cold NO from me. You're an adult. You're allowed to say no. "No" is a full sentence. You're allowed to enforce whatever boundaries you have to with your in-law's for the sake of your mental health and that does not make you selfish. Trust me, I went through therapy for 1 year (as a full-grown adult in her 20's!) and it took me that long to untie myself from those feelings too; I felt like a bad person for wanting to say "no" to my strict/overbearing parents, even after I had moved away from Canada and to the US. But that said, since it's your wife's family, it's really on her to enforce the boundaries. If you want her to grasp how serious this could be for you guys, one idea would be to go together to an appointment with a lawyer and possibly even a marriage counselor to drive home into your wife's head how uncomfortable you are with this situation and how it would affect your marriage/lifestyle. Just wanna add....your wife would be able to petition her mother right away if your wife is now a citizen (which it looks like she is). But your wife's sister will be waiting, at minimum, 1 decade. Most likely longer.
  34. 22 points
    If you get married you can't apply for the K1 at all. Forget about the K1 if you are getting married in a month. And what you are basically suggesting is lying to cover the fact you are married. For one, it is fraud and illegal and your case (even if you have your green card already) would be under investigation. You can literally have your green card revoked. For two, it is morally not right. Do you see the issues involved with immigration already? Don't add to the problems. And for three, it is against this site's rules to discuss fraudulent activity like lying to immigration. So best to get that thought out of your head now.
  35. 22 points
    Red light didnt ruin your life. Choices did. Catch your snap. You need to sit down with an immigration attorney, a good one, and listen to him or her read from the book. You got a long road coming up and you got to pony up for both of you. Big chance that road is a dead end. Marrying before you’re caught puts you on a path to a waiver. Marrying just after? Man that looks bad. That looks like marrying for immigration benefits. This is a deeper hole than most of us can help you out of. I hope y’all work out.
  36. 22 points
    HopeHope__

    VAWA, Part 22

    Today is my day! Thank you LORD! For those who are waiting for Vawa approval God is saying for you today “ Everything you are going through will soon make sense and you will look back and be thankful that everything happened the way it did. Trust the change that is taking place in your life right now, even if it feels messy and scary. You are on the right track.” A few days ago I posted here that I almost gave up of my Vawa case. I did had a complicated case but I choose the truth. I told everything that happened on my Affidavit even when it didn’t look good. I was even told by people here that my case didn’t look good. I was desperate because I knew everything I went through. I was honest all the time. If you are reading this don’t give up and always be honest even when people have doubts about you. I filed on August 13, 2019. 3 PF and no RFE.
  37. 22 points
    A few years ago I was on a message board about dating in former soviet union countries. Someone there was talking about making travel arrangements for his K1 fiance. He started looking into the AOS process and the provision in the I-864 about the liability if the immigrant goes on public support. He worked himself over with so much worry and anxiety that it affected their relationship. He could not relate to her after she arrived without thinking about the I-864. It pretty much ruined their relationship and she went back without getting married. He was miserable, and she was miserable, especially after quitiing her job and selling her things to move only to have to start over again back home. My advice - evaluate the strenght of your relationship. The I-864 liability, thought not trivial, is minor compared to financial and emotional costs related to divorce and, in rare and extreme cases, false claims of VAWA. Do not let the public charge liability influence you. Let your relationship influence you. Are you guys compatible? Do you see a happy life together? If you are unsure of her character and personality, then rethink your decision for the K1, hopefully before her interview. If things are good and you believe she is the "one", then happy journeys! Well...as happy as you can be while filing forms and dealing with USCIS...
  38. 21 points
    If you have a SSN, you can get a phone line. If you have a SSN and a immigrant visa in your passport, you can get a bank account. I suggest your spouse get off his rear end and do his share as a spouse and help you!!!!!!!
  39. 21 points
    ~~ Topic moved from IR1/CR1 Forum to Effects of Major Family Changes on Immigration benefits ~~ This is a classic case of a US citizen thinking he has any power in a situation like this. Please do not worry, he cannot affect your immigration status. This is a typical scare tactic and also sounds like a manipulative way to try to “get you back”. You are a lawful permanent resident and unless he is an immigration judge, he cannot take your LPR status away. Carry on and pay no attention to his antics.
  40. 21 points
    Adventine

    Huge Age Gap...65/21

    I'm a Filipina. I lived 30 years in the Philippines and dated many Filipinos before eventually marrying an American. Time for some brutal honesty. The age gap is definitely a consideration. But for many people, especially those who don't have significant resources of their own, the bigger consideration is money. I don't know of any 21 year old Filipina with her own resources who would happily marry a 65 year old man. But I can think of many 21 year olds without resources who would do and say anything to land a rich senior citizen. Especially one who offers a path to US citizenship. People will tell you what they think you want to hear because they see you (and your young fiancee, once she gets to the States) as a golden ticket to a better life. They will never admit it to you, of course. A good test to see if this relationship is genuine: try pretending that you lost all your money (and of course look and act the part). See what your fiancee does.
  41. 21 points
    Ana FL

    VAWA, Part 23

    OMG!!! Guys, I posted 2 days ago that my local office received my medicals and today I got a new card is being produced under my I-485 application. I still can’t believe it. My local office is Miami, FL. thank you everyone who took the time to answer questions, offer support and prayers for all of us. I’ll post my complete timeline over the weekend!!! once again, Thank you!!
  42. 21 points
    Tell the neighbor to go ahead and call ICE. When the neighbor informs you of the time ICE is expected to arrive, wait with a jar of lemonade and extra glasses for the "all would be visitors" at the door. Some people are just miserable and they need to be called off at their bluff.
  43. 21 points
    Hi everyone, I crossed at Portal border crossing on May 27th.. Only took about 45 minutes. It is so surreal to finally be here! Fingers crossed for interview letters soon! 🤍 hang in there.
  44. 21 points
    neimovirna

    VAWA, Part 22

    I want to Thank everyone on this forum for your support and a lot of valuable info!! My journey finally came to the end! my timeline I485 was pending since May 2017 (based on marriage to USC) February 2019 filed Vawa case March 2019 Prima Facie #1 valid for 1 year ..wait began.. March 2020 Prima Facie #2 valid for 6 months (they sent it without me asking for it) May 2020 Status change on i360 “Card is being produced” - this was EAD c32 based on Vawa August 2020 - status changed on i360 “We approved your petition” October 2020 - received my Approval notice (don’t even ask, there was so much confusion with my address, the first notice got lost, I had to request the duplicate, that’s why it took so long to receive it) January 2021 - Status i360 changed to “Correspondence was received and USCIS is reviewing it” - my attorney said it might be because we updated my address, and that’s how they acknowledged it 11 of March, 2021 - RFE for medical exam to be mailed in 23 March, 2021 - Medical exam results sent 18 May, 2021 - “New card is being produced” status change on i-485!🥳🥳🥳🥳 26 May, 2021 - Greencard is delivered by USPS no interview Queens, New York City I hope everyone else will get their approvals and cards being pending very soon! I am so overwhelmed with happiness🥳🥳🥳
  45. 21 points
    monoxidelullaby

    VAWA, Part 22

    I had my interview on February 12th this year and finally this morning I got the update of new card being produced. It was a long and tough journey but all I could say is that I am extremely grateful and happy about everything good luck everyone!
  46. 20 points
    Seraph2042

    Issued Today! Yaay!!!!

    Hey Everyone, I am over the moon since last four days. I was approved at my interview last Friday and the status changed to "Issued" today. I want to share my experience in hopes that it will help someone like me out there, who is currently having sleepless nights and extreme anxiety. Our case was not straightforward due to the following major and minor red flags. 1. Age difference of 27 years which is uncommon in India. Two of his children are older than me and just two years of difference between me and the youngest one. 2. Overlapping relationship. We fell in love when he was still legally married, although estranged from his ex-wife. 3. Fiancé not meeting my family after we got into relationship. He met them back in 2018 for a brief cup of tea(official visit to India), but we were not a couple then and also, I had no photos to prove that they met. (This is actually a huge cultural shock). Only had Duo and whatsapp video call screenshots from this year, that I carried for the interview. 4. I have not met any of his children or siblings, only friends. 5. He is a catholic and I am in Hindu and we both practice our faith (may be minor flag). 6. Did not front load our i-129F petition( just 25 pictures from 4 visits), because we did not know what a red flag is at that time. I joined VJ and other FB groups months after filing the petition. So what we had going for the both of us is, he was my manager on the client end for nearly 4 years. We got into the same team in October 2016 and worked remotely together until April 2020. Since the time our NOA2 got approved, I started to lose my sleep thinking about all the above problems during the interview. I slept at 4:30 or 5 in the morning and gained a significant amount of weight due to the stress (I stress eat). Last Friday was my interview, I was basically shaking after I got done with the document verification part. I was the first person to interview that day in the Mumbai embassy and below were the questions asked by the CO- 1. So, "Mr XXXX" is your fiance and he was your Senior IT manager for 4 years?? 2. When did you start talking to each other? 3. When did you meet face to face? 4. So he currently lives in "YYYY", Does his ex-wife also live in the same area? 5. When did he divorce? 6. So basically you are reason he got divorced, right? (Heart skipped a beat, here). 7. How many times did Mr XXXX visit you in India? 8. Did you apply for B2 visa in 2018 only to meet Mr XXXX or was it for something else? 9. What are your marriage plans? 10. How many children does Mr XXXX have, what is the age of the youngest one? 11. Have you met any of the children? 12. What is your educational qualification? 13. Are you quitting your job or do you have other plans? There were some more follow up questions based on the answers I provided, but these are the main ones. At this point, the CO opened my old passport and punched something on the B1/B2 visa and told me he is cancelling my tourist visa, BUT he is going to issue the K1 visa. I could not believe my ears! The interview lasted about 2-3 minutes and the whole process lasted about an hour. I had taken about 450 pages of chat logs, call logs, emails, post cards, photos and other items and intentionally laid them all out in the counter in hopes that the CO will ask for it, but he never did. He looked at me taking those out but didn't care about it at all. The case status was "Application received" on Friday. "Administrative processing" on Saturday and Sunday. "Issued" this afternoon. I know this is just the first step in the immigration process but it was a huge deal and I cannot thank this forum enough for getting me ready for the interview. I have read the guides and posts as old as 2008/2009, made tons of notes. My fiancé at the end told me that I was over prepared but I honestly don't regret a thing! People, it is always better to prepare for the worst and just hope for the best. And also all the senior members here are always to the point and awesome! Thank you -
  47. 20 points
    RUJEN

    She finally arrived to USA !!

    My Finacee finally made it to American soil. Took 28 months with Immigration, thanks to Covid, but we made it. She took a flight from Manila to LAX, while I took a flight to LAX landing 3 hours before her, And we got a flight back to NC 4 hours after her arrival. The only nervous part was after her flight landed, it took her 2 1/2 to get through CBP, I was getting a little worried, she said there was a very long line there. I do want to thank everyone here for all the help and advice. Without everyone here, I am not sure if it would have been possible... I know the AOS part will start soon and I will be needing all kinds of help again....... Rujen
  48. 20 points
    MissLadyRea

    APRIL 2021 I-129F K-1 FILERS

    Holy wow I just got approved. Was really worried we'd get an RFE because we did our letter of intent on one page instead of separate but looks like its okay
  49. 20 points
    Deserteagle

    VAWA, Part 22

    Since Friday, I keep refreshing my vawa application, telling myself you’ve been approved and you’re awake and not dreaming . When my ex wife, left me and filed for divorce just to try to get me deported, I thought my world was going to end . I almost gave up and wanted to move to Canada . Until, I made research and found vawa and saw that I qualified. I never knew all my years of marriage I was being abused, emotionally, psychologically and even sexually by my ex . I never knew I had all the evidence staring on my face . I came to this forum, spoke to a few fine people on here and they helped me on how to put my application together . I put all my evidence together, I never had a lawyer but I believed God was my attorney and his word would always come first . This approval means so much to me, because I’ve come a long way . At least, I can see my parents and siblings after almost 8 years . Thank you once again guys . I love y’all and many more testimonies shall abound here . **Drops Mic 🎤 **
  50. 20 points
    FeDaniela

    VAWA, Part 22

    Guys.... My Green Card has been approved, No interview. received the notification now.... 😭😭😭😭 My journey is finally over I-485 2017 marriage (put on hold May 2019) I-360 June 2018 I-360 Approved Dec. 2019 I-485 RFE for I-693 medicals Feb 2021(Sent ) I-485 New Card is being produce May 2021 (3 months after I sent my updated I-693) NYC Local Office
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