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  1. 21 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.
  2. 15 points
    HolaBola31

    VAWA, Part 22

    So I have updates guys. As I posted earlier I had an interview this noon. And after interview IO didn’t tell a result. Yes or No. That scared me so much. I couldn’t guess why they need to go thru my paperwork more deeply. Or. What could she not like in my case. I went to the hotel very frustrated. But in 5 hours I got a mail from USCIS and it was a card production email🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️
  3. 15 points
    Brooklynguy1

    VAWA, Part 22

    Hi BJ family ! My i485 adjustment application has been approved without interview! Thank you!
  4. 14 points
    Pinkrlion

    VAWA, Part 22

    Shout Out - My Children are here!!!!! I am so happy
  5. 14 points
    You're going to have to really think this through. If you use Form I-407 to give up your green card, you will have to start over if you want to get another one. It takes about 12-24 months for a USC to petition for a spouse. If I was you, I would wait before doing anything. When your 2 years card is about to expire, you can file to remove conditions if you want to live in the US. If you don't want to live in the US, then let it expire. Nothing to apologize about. This must be a stressful time for you. It's better to educate yourself rather than not ask questions.
  6. 13 points
    TBoneTX

    VAWA, Part 22

    Here is our Official VAWA-Thread Joke for the week, with hopefully correlatable or coincidental good results: ---------- Jesus and Satan were sitting at their computers, writing reports and adding to spreadsheets. Without warning, lightning flashed, thunder boomed, and the power went out, including to their computers. When the power came back on, Satan was dismayed to see that all of his computer work had been lost in the outage. Conversely, Jesus continued from where he had left off... because Jesus saves.
  7. 12 points
    Timona

    Bonafide marriage proof

    Will not happen. And I doubt if he is gonna reply to you because your text is not what he wants to know. Don't you see he is selectively choosing what to answer? Regardless, I already knew what country we are dealing with based off the language in his first text. I just wanted to give him benefit of doubt. I've punched a hole at the bottom of this glass. However, I'd like you to fill it with milk.. this is what is happening in this thread. We will be posing credible questions, but OP will be selectively on his reply. I will keep off this one.
  8. 11 points
    aaron2020

    Pros vs. Cons of US Citizenship

    PROs. A US citizen can't be deported and never has to deal with US immigration. A green card holder can be deported and has to renew his green card every 10 years. A US citizen can vote. An LPR could get in lots of trouble for voting. A US citizen can live outside the US and has the right to enter the US. A green card holder must live in the US and have trouble entering the US especially if he is outside the US for more than a year. Some jobs require US citizenship. CONS. A US citizen must report worldwide income. An LPR does too. However, the LPR can escape US taxation by giving up his LPR status. Getting US citizenship may result in losing foreign citizenship when those foreign countries do not allow for dual citizenship (China, Japan, etc.).
  9. 11 points
    I am very sorry to see this post. I remember you well. If she has made a final decision, my advice is for you to protect yourself physically and financially through a good attorney. Her immigration status is out of your control. I hope can seek & find happiness and peace.
  10. 10 points
    Mollie09

    Divorce after K-1 Visa. What's Next?

    My husband was married for 20 years and shares 3 children with his ex wife. If he told her he loved her over the phone I would assume he was having a stroke and take him to get his head checked.
  11. 10 points
    I was 62 when my wife and I met.......
  12. 9 points
    Interview May3rd put into AP moved from AP to issued in final processing on May5th waiting for email on courier tracking now Good Luck to everyone still awaiting on ILs. Hope it’s released tomorrow with more than the April batch!
  13. 9 points
    Wuozopo

    Pros vs. Cons of US Citizenship

    As an Englishman, I celebrate 9 years as a US citizen next week. I applied as soon as I was eligible. I see it as holding two passports, not disloyalty to queen or country or some moral dilemma. The British will never mark you off their list. You go through the short line arriving at Heathrow using the British passport. Wife can go through that line with you. You go through the short line entering the US with the American passport. I am happy to be free of USCIS forever. You never know how politics will change and how immigration will go in the future. I can always come and go or live in either country at will. If my mum needs extended help at some point, I can stay as long as needed and not worry about re-entry paperwork, etc. I have no intention of moving back to England permanently but I could. Then I could change my mind and move back to the US without anything to do but get out my American passport and go to the airport. if I lived and worked in the UK, I would file a short US return yearly showing my UK income, then exclude it, and owe zero US taxes. I will collect my UK private pensions and State pension here in the US as I have all my years in. I’ve already voted for US President in three elections. It’s made me more interested in US government. I still watch the Queen’s speech every Christmas morning. (9am for me). I can’t say I have experienced any cons really.
  14. 9 points
    APPROVED!! My husband had his interview this morning at 10:30am. Like everyone else has stated, he was not let into the building a minute before his appointment time. Total time was just over 1 hour! He brought his phone and checked it into a locker, brought in 2 binders with required paperwork in 1 and back up paperwork in the 2nd (we knew we were overprepared with paperwork but it calmed his nerves to have everything in hand). He wore a button up shirt, slacks and dress shoes and said he felt slightly overdressed. At the first window, he was asked for our marriage certificate, his birth certificate and police certificate (all original copies). We uploaded my 2020 tax return beforehand, so he was not asked for this at any point. They kept his police certificate and returned the others. They gave him the pamphlet, but he was called to the next window before he finished reading it. Questions he was asked: How and when we met What I do for a living and what I studied in school Longest stay in the US (he said 4 years for undergrad university with trips home to Canada for the holidays and summers, which they accepted - we weren't sure how to answer that one so hope that's helpful for anyone else in same boat) Previous US visas he has been on (he's been on a bunch of different US student & work visas so we were nervous about having all the proper documentation, but they did not ask for any paperwork, he just verbally went over the visas he's been on and general timing, but not exact dates) My US address and where we plan on living when he moves here He said everyone was incredibly nice and eased his nerves big time. He was given the Welcome to US paper and said he'd receive passport back in up to 3 weeks, but of course hoping for sooner. PS - we found it odd the address for the consulate wasn't listed in the interview letter and he had a mini panic attack about going to the right address, (we had the correct one from the FAQ page, but also saw a different address elsewhere on Google). Re-adding it here in case it's helpful to anyone else who has a last minute freak out like us. 1134 Sainte-Catherine Street West Montreal, QC H3B1H4 Words can't express how thankful I am for everyone on this thread, especially @Hawk Riders for the invaluable information you've been so generous to make accessible to us all - truly any question I ever had was answered through this group. Looking forward to a lot less stress and facetimes after a long 7 years of long distance dating and marriage!
  15. 9 points
    Cathi

    Divorce after K-1 Visa. What's Next?

    I was married to my ex for 23 years and as much as we're friends and we co-parent and our divorce was amicable, I have never told him that I love him after our divorce, let alone in front of my current husband. Even if he still love his ex because they have a past and probably children together, it's not cool to say it out loud within ear shot of a new wife, especially a jealous one. OP: I am so sorry for what you're going through and as others have said, please protect yourself. You should not be living together if she is falsely accusing you of abuse and you should never be in a situation where you're alone with her, not even for a single minute. Good luck.
  16. 8 points
    1. You can't upload videos. 2. Don't send bedroom pictures. Try to be professional. Would you show these pictures to a potential employer? No, then don't send them in. 3. You don't need weekly photos. A picture is not worth a thousand words. Send in max 10 pictures. You and your wife in different settings. Pictures from different periods in your relationship. Print single pictures on a 8x11 page with names, dates, place, and the setting (i.e., Sam Jones (petitioner) and Sara Smith (beneficiary) visiting Paris on Nov. 11, 2019,)
  17. 8 points
    ridimic1

    VAWA, Part 22

    hey guz i just got this update ''May 5, 2021 New Card Is Being Produced"" from what i know on here i think my case is approved..im sept 2019 filer PD IS SEPT 13TH 2019 NO RFE,,3PFs. only submited psychology report. it can only be God ., sept 2019 filers..hang in there
  18. 8 points
    Lucky Cat

    Congressman Case at NVC K1

    Thank you. It was my honor.
  19. 8 points
    Not uncommon for those just seeking marriage for a green card soon after crossing that two year marriage mark they make false claims of abuse and want a divorce.
  20. 7 points
    This is absolutely so offensive. Shame on you. It takes years for many families to get pregnant.
  21. 7 points
    What’s wild is that they even allow over 21 children to immigrate as beneficiaries of a petition, even if they get married. A lot of countries don’t allow this. The wait time is because the law specifies a quota for these types of visas per year and there is a large queue waiting for them.
  22. 7 points
    It has always been this way. Sometimes the wait has been for 9 years. It's lengthy because visas are limited and there are way more people who want to immigrate to the US. The US has one of the most generous immigration system in the world. The US is one of a handful of countries that allows a naturalize citizen to petition for an adult child. Most countries do not allow this.
  23. 7 points
    If he can't work, then he can't work. Why is he looking for a job or trying to fill an I-9 when he does not have employment authorization? And what do the "11 million undocumented immigrants" have anything to do with YOUR case? Their decisions are their own and have nothing to do with your and your husband's decisions.
  24. 7 points
    YecaCruz

    Pros vs. Cons of US Citizenship

    Big pro: (as previously mentioned) freedom to travel / live in another country without worrying about maintaining the greencard. That's the primary reason why my husband went all the way with US citizenship. We want to live in Nicaragua one day. Being able to come and go to the US without having to apply for a tourist visa AND ever having to deal with US immigrations and their ever increasing wait times and fees is freeing!
  25. 7 points
    adding a bit of light here - QC is doing an awesome job at keeping the cases lower/getting people vaccinated, they just moved the curfew to later. Hoping this means good news for ILs this month We're DQ early Oct, hoping for good news for all of us
  26. 7 points
    My wife made it out of the Philippines by sheer luck and holding the USEM accountable for all the processing mistakes they made. Now that she is here we spend a lot of time talking to her kids and Grandchildren. The sight of seeing them go hungry and the horrid living conditions they have to endure is a very troubling thing. We help them financially, but there are limits as to what I can afford to do. Lockdown is not working, no work, no money, no food. Never has it been more evident than it is now that the poor of the Philippines suffer while the affluent move on. Even if the USEM took some initiative to attempt to process KI the problems would still continue. Transportation continues to be a major hurdle. Problems are not being solved, only added too.
  27. 7 points
    got my passport back and visa in hand today. my interview was wednesday last week so i'll consider that the fastest they've every been concerning my case. lol. My flights sunday so i just wanna say ty all so much for your guidance these past few months and i'm so glad to finally be going home to my cats and my husband after almost 3 years.
  28. 7 points
    You don't get to blame your wife for accusing you of cheating. She heard you tell your ex wife that you love her. That is bull, I don't care how many years you were married to your ex you tell your ex that you love her and not expect your wife to flip out. VAWA does not apply to her she already has a green card. She does not need to fabricate anything.
  29. 7 points
    Aside from the actual requirement for a physical office space (and they do actually inspect these to see they are fit for stated purpose), if the business is largely virtual why would you need a visa to reside in the US? Surely a B1 visa for business visits would be adequate for a largely virtual business?
  30. 7 points
    I see........ Good luck. To be honest, it sounds like visa shopping....and marriage is the last resort. I hope I am wrong. Be very careful. I wish you well in the future.
  31. 6 points
    HolaBola31

    VAWA, Part 22

    Hi guys! So I just came back from Nashville were I had my interview. And I want to Thank all of you who are doing the best efforts here to help to navigate they the process and to support the folks who is going they the struggle. All of us can imagine how stressful this process can be. But. If you will wait and believe the great news will come soon! I was so stressful about interview but after all I was really surprised how well it went and how fast and easy! It took between 25 to 30 minutes. Nothing hard or complicated. (Of course it depends if the case) If you have everything you need it will fly fast you won’t even notice it! I promise! And now. You are wonderful people! We are in the same boat in here and supporting each other was a blessing for me!🙏🏻 I wasn’t a great responder here but for sure I appreciate all of your comments! Thank you guys!❤️ I can’t believe me and my son went thru all this process and stayed strong. We were never giving up! We had a struggles of loosing my job and sitting for 6 months with no job. Just my small savings. We were supposed for each other and after all our small family became even more strong! My sweet boy! He went thru all of this like a real man! So. I would say...just stay focused. Believe in a process and sometimes just try to relax and enjoy life no matter what. And the best news of getting you VAWA approved or of receiving you interview notice will come just in the right moment! God bless you guys!🙏🏻
  32. 6 points
    First if all affidavits have little to no evidentiary value Second: In the context of proving validity of the marriage affidavits of validity of the marriage that are notarized before the marriage date are going to flash bright red. Shred them. You’ve wasted others’ time. You are (strongly) advised to stick to hard proof of dates, places, visits showing you are at the same location at the same time You are also advised to enroll your spouse in benefits at your job inside the “enrollment window” that opens when you get married and prove you did or you tried. Includes beneficiary, everything they will let you do or get a record that you tried and could not. You are advised to co-mingle your finances as much as possible (which won’t be much) but travel tickets, bookings, and other purchases that you make together or for each other to spend time together do show an ongoing relationship You are advised to provide some information about the wedding - a few photos of the two of you and attendees The rest of your package is the normal documentation that is required to process the petition.
  33. 6 points
    JasonS1

    September 2020 AOS Filers

    Last update from me for a while! My green card arrived in the mail today... what a relief. Done with immigration for a while, took about 7 months to get my green card which wasn’t too bad, I thought a year at least! Best of luck all.
  34. 6 points
    I got an alert through the case checker app and it said my I-129F was approved this morning. 225 days it took ours to go through.
  35. 6 points
    Thread locked to further replies for TOS Violation - Condone or instruct, either directly or indirectly, others on how to commit fraudulent or illegal immigration activities in any way, shape, manner or method. One post also removed for the same TOS. This thread is not to be restarted or referred back to.~~
  36. 6 points
    USCIS isn't the problem. Getting consulate interviews is.
  37. 6 points
    Mike E

    Pros vs. Cons of US Citizenship

    Pros: Right to vote Opportunity to hold public office Opportunity to most jobs in federal government that are denied to non-citizens Right to some jobs in state and local government that are denied to non-citizens A single $500 traffic offense can in theory be enough to deport an LPR. The USA has lots of laws and eventually everyone breaks one of them Opportunity to petition a K-1 fiance(e) Opportunity to petition certain relatives that LPRs cannot Higher preference category for certain other family petitions Two passports means when one isn't available (being renewed, waiting on a visa stamp, lost, stolen), the other can be used to travel. E.g. if US passport is not available, use the UK passport to enter Mexico or Canada by land, and fly from there. On the return, walk into the USA with photo copy of the naturalization cert, suffer an hour in secondary, and head home. REAL-ID renewals are simpler (assuming you believe the government won't keep kicking the REAL-ID mandate down the road). Personally I will avoid REAL-ID for as long as possible. Mortgage applications since the PATRIOT act are easier for citizens No requirement to carry proof of lawful presence within the USA. Handy if you find yourself in an internal CBP check point Flexibility to travel internationally without worrying about the 180 day rule, the one year rule, the 2 year rule, and 50% rule Your spouse appears to be a UK citizen, and so the visa waivers are pretty much the same. Still from time to time there are significant differences with specific countries of destination: visa fees, authorized stay, etc. Remember the year Turkey and the USA stopped issuing visas to each other's citizens? Didn't affect me as a Canadian citizen. OTOH while I was an LPR, for a time, Canada and the gulf states were having a diplomatic row, and I wasn't able to transit through them. Easy for citizens to get a 10 year visa for India It is somewhat easier for US citizens to draw social security while abroad than it is for LPRs Some states deny Medicaid (not the same as Medicare for which LPRs qualify) LPRs do get discriminated against in the work place, by land lords, lenders, etc. In some cases this is illegal and in others it is a grey area. Being a citizen takes care of that Security clearances are easier Certain federal offices are denied to LPRs. As a worker with a green card I could not visit NSA offices and some national laboratories. USA airports are constantly tweaking the passport control lanes. Sometimes citizens and LPRs can use the same lanes, and sometimes they cannot. CBP officers actually hate LPRs, which surprised me when I read this admission: Cons: Must serve on juries. In 2020, I was on call for state and federal jury duty and being stranded for two weeks was a drag. And that was with Covid. It will be worse post-Covid. Passport fees basically double Renouncing green card status is cheaper than renouncing US citizenship Some customer related job tasks at some employers require "US Citizens on US soil". As one of the few US citizens where I work, I get stuck with software bug troubleshooting while the non-citizens get to work on cool stuff. Presenting a green card upon returning to the USA is just easier than handing over a passport. Non Issues / No difference There is a myth that being a US citizen means you have to suddenly pay / file taxes on world wide income and thus that is a disadvantage relative to being an LPR. No, LPRs as US Persons are subject to the same rule LPRs, like citizens are subject to the same restrictions about traveling to Cuba FBAR/FATCA/FINCEN: same for both citizens and LPRs Global Entry: yes LPRs can get it
  38. 6 points
    Nitas_man

    Pros vs. Cons of US Citizenship

    Nita applied for citizenship due to how estate assets and social security are handled for non-citizens (my idea not hers 😂) That is the main benefit and it is not talked about very often here. Advised to do research.
  39. 6 points
    My husband had his interview this morning and was approved! He was in and out of there in 40 minutes, said that the only documents they requested were our original marriage certificate, his birth certificate and his passport. The officer interviewing him asked only a few questions: -what is your wife's name? -what does she do? -what does her mother do? (because she is acting as the joint sponsor in our case) -what do you do? After that, he said he will be approving the visa and handed him the "welcome to the USA" letter. He drove to Montreal yesterday from Toronto and crossed the Quebec border around noon. No police in sight and no stops. Drove back today and there was a checkpoint at the Ontario border but they waved through everyone with an Ontario license plate. Now will wait for the passport to be mailed back! Overall a smooth morning
  40. 6 points
  41. 6 points
    Nuvana

    SEPTEMBER 2020 I-129F K-1 FILERS

    Thank you! I checked the uscis website for my case status right now, and it says approved!! In the morning it was received status. Haven't received anything from them yet. No notification, but am super excited!
  42. 6 points
    We had our interview today and our case was approved. We were in and out in an hour. They asked following document on first window and asked us to wait for the call. ( we waited 5-10 in the hall) Passports 1 picture Original Birth certificates for applicants only Original Marriage certificate Original Divorce papers for applicant only Original consent letter for relocation of children from my ex Original Police clearance i864 Income tax return 2020 They asked following questions on second window. ( Total interview was 5-10 min long) When and where you met with your spouse When did you get married What is the longest time you stayed in US Where you traveled in last 5 years Where do you intend to live in US The whole experience was short, simple and pleasant.
  43. 6 points
    Nitas_man

    Divorce after K-1 Visa. What's Next?

    Cordial is appropriate. Telling your ex “I love you” in your new wife’s earshot isn’t appropriate by a long shot. Who does that.
  44. 6 points
    Zoeeeeeee

    Divorce after K-1 Visa. What's Next?

    I just wanted to echo this. I know you think your wife has behaved irrationally (and she may well have done, without me knowing the ins and outs of your relationship) - but I understand why she thinks you were cheating, if you tell your ex wife that you love her. So, if you are thinking about trying again with your wife...or if you ever decide to date again in future...please, please note that it's highly inappropriate to ever tell an ex that you love them. It doesn't matter how long you were together, how many kids you share, or whether you tell family members you love them. If you still love your ex, then you should get back together with your ex. If you don't love your ex, then don't say it, unless you want to destroy any future relationships you might hope to have. It just demonstrates a complete lack of basic awareness for your wife's feelings.
  45. 6 points
    I suggest you support YOURSELF. I would immediately find a good attorney.
  46. 6 points
    So her actual status expired around 9 months ago, and she applied for two different changes of status? That tends to show a desperation to stay in the US by any means possible rather than genuinely having a “need” to stay. An example of why this could be a problem: How does her expression of intent to leave after the tourist status (required to be explained on that application) tie up with presumably a longer stay required for a student visa? They can deny for a number of reasons, including not believing the applications are genuine. If she applied a year ago, what has happened to the school registration she based the student application on, by the way? I also assume that given the timeframes you mention, the date by which she undertook to leave on the tourist application (a 6 month max) has passed yet she is still here? Even if she gets an approval on the tourist status it will have been for a maximum of 6 months from when her J ended meaning she has still overstayed by, what, about 3 months now based on the times you mentioned? A denial on a student visa change of status is very common because there are specific timings required around the start date of the course to issue it, and given the time elapsed her start date must be long gone. I don’t see any likely outcome to any scenario here which puts her back in status from where she is now.
  47. 6 points
    werdna

    March 2021 - AOS filers

    Yes. We found it in the mail today but we hadn't checked it all week. It was dated 4/22. AOS arrived at the Chicago lockbox on 3/10. Appointment is in a couple of weeks.
  48. 6 points
    If you don't plan to live in the U.S, a B-2 is the only option for her.
  49. 6 points
    not legal advice, but something to consider; My understanding is the K-1 has little or no "appeal" rights. Otoh, the spouse visa does I beleive. If I had a tricky scenario and thought there was risk of being denied, I would avoid K-1. But then, to be clear, I highly recommend avoiding K-1 altogether and going for spouse visa. (that is based on our experience to date. There are loads of advantages to the spouse visa and basically none to the K-1 - save maybe quicker time to reunite, but that hasn't proven to be the case of late anyways. We greatly regret going K-1)
  50. 6 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...
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