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  1. 40 points
    When Joe Biden takes office in January, he has pledged to reverse many of Trump's controversial immigration policies from the last 4 years. Here are a few key items that Joe Biden plans to change: Merit-based/Family-based Immigration and Diversity Visa Biden disagrees with Trump's position of creating a merit-based family immigration system. Biden would instead "expand" family based immigration to the US. He would allow any approved family visa beneficiary, whose green card is not yet available due to the annual country cap, to receive a temporary visa and enter the U.S. until a permanent visa (“green card”) becomes available. In addition, Biden would support legislation that: Expands the definition of “immediate relative” beyond spouses; minor, unmarried children; and parents of U.S. citizens to add spouses and children of green card holders, exempting them from caps; and Allows parents to bring their minor children with them at the time they immigrate into the U.S. Biden would also continue the Diversity Visa program, stating it brings needed diversity. "Dreamers" and Pathways to Citizenship Biden believes that Dreamers and their parents should have a roadmap to citizenship through legislative immigration reform. When he enters office he will remove the uncertainty for Dreamers by reinstating the DACA program, and he will explore all legal options to protect their families from inhumane separation. Public Charge Biden would reverse Trump’s public charge rule. He believes the rule runs counter to American values and the history of the nation. Reversing Travel Bans On Day One of his presidency, Biden intends to rescind Trump’s travel bans on travelers from 13 countries, most of them either majority-Muslim or African nations. Skilled Workers Biden supports reform of the H1-B system including increased alignment to the current workforce. Once reform is complete, he plans to expands the number of high-skilled visas. Refugees Biden supports raising the annual allotment of refugee admissions to 125 thousand from around 15 thousand under President Trump. Mexico Border Wall Biden plans to immediately stop diversion of US Defense funds for the border wall, effectively stopping its expansion. Trump will immediately prioritize reunification of "lost" children from asylum camps with their parents. sources: https://joebiden.com/immigration/ https://www.heritage.org/immigration/report/president-trump-and-joe-biden-comparing-immigration-policies https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-biden-factbox/factbox-here-are-six-things-joe-biden-will-likely-do-on-immigration-idUSKBN27O00R
  2. 38 points
    Marieke H

    K1 Visa Proxy Marriage

    This is a terrible plan. Don't do it. I don't have firsthand experience and I'm not an immigration attorney, but hey, it's against the TOS to tell others not to post. If you only want immigration attorneys to respond, you should probably pay one to do so.
  3. 35 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.
  4. 35 points
    No, I don't "get that feeling". Everything is ALWAYS Trump's fault??.......For your information, the world is in the midst of a PANDEMIC...which originated outside the US!!!!!
  5. 34 points
    APPROVED I got back to my room and collapsed to my knees and just sobbed for 5 minutes, like I'm a big emotional dude but didn't realize how much tension needed to come out haha. Messaged my wife with the "Welcome to the United States of America" letter and she called and we talked and laughed and cried for 20 minutes. Usual process that everyone here mentions: clock's broken, room is super quiet and dull, staff are totally nice. Passport taken, wait 45+ minutes, documents taken, wait maybe 15 minutes, then interview. I was asked about how we met which ended up being a rambling tale as it usually is, and about what wife does for work. Fingerprints taken, handed over most recent pay stub and tax return from my wife, and then she said congratulations there's no problems here and that was it. I'm having problems believing it was only really two questions but I guess we talked about stuff based on the questions so I probably answered stuff indirectly. I was able to change my flight just to leaving at 16:00 today so quickest cross-country trip ever. YAY SO HAPPY EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HR I love you, I'll update my timeline shortly. Wife and I figured out yesterday that today is DAY NINE HUNDRED of our process. 900 days since we mailed the original petition. And it's done, my God it's finally done, I'm going to cry again, thanks VJ, you guys have been great and I'll be sticking around for some time for support and stuff. Sorry to the one person I randomly got cross at that one time, that's not me normally and I still feel bad for that. Thank you all for direct support and for your stories and data and everything else.
  6. 33 points
    I loved that my first green card said I was a resident alien. I’d show it to my kids and their friends and regale them with tails of my upbringing from another planet. I told them I was part of forward invasion force. Their friends would return home to have nightmares. Seriously though, the term alien is from Latin like much of English (and thus, ironically it was probably due to an alien invasion of England in 1066 that the term made it into the lexicon). I will not be signing this petition. It is just. a word. Get over it. There are bigger problems like the backlog of immigration petitions that have a current priority date or that aliens have a hassle getting an SSN. Proud to have been a legal resident alien.
  7. 33 points
    Not true. The stimulus check is a tax credit, something that eligible taxpayers are entitled to. It is not a publicly-funded benefit like food stamps that casts doubt on someone's financial capacity. Stop with the fearmongering.
  8. 32 points
    isis375

    Approved Spouse Visa. Zoom Marriage!

    CR-1 Visa Approved! Zoom Ceremony. My husband and I married through Utah Online marriage ceremony in September 2020. I visited him in Costa Rica in October 2020 and filed for the CR-1. Our I-130 was approved January 29, 2021. We were DQ in the NVC on February 16, 2021 and received our interview date on February 24th. My husband passed his interview this morning and now we await his passport and POE in the coming weeks.
  9. 30 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!
  10. 30 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.
  11. 30 points
    Does anyone else get the feeling that Trump secretly stopped all immigration until the election was over? These processing times and quite frankly the embassies blatant disregard for people’s time just doesn’t add up to me. People are working at these embassies but are literally doing nothing. I don’t know...just seems like something he would do. Maybe I’m reaching, but we all know how he feels about immigration.
  12. 30 points
    I heard Mexico would pay for a border wall but I haven’t seen that happen. I also heard we would wake up one day, back in April, and coronavirus would be gone. I haven’t seen that happen either.
  13. 29 points
    And maybe stop rushing into relationships and spend time, lots of time, getting to know the other person. You had a fiancé trying to arrange her interview in January 2019 but you broke up and you petitioned for another fiancé 5 months later (with whom you were already romantically involved whilst the first one was arranging her embassy interview). Before the second one even got to the interview stage you suspected cheating. You must have suspected this wouldn’t end well. I know a K-1 only requires you to have met in person once before filing, but that doesn’t mean you have to file after the first visit. As you have seen twice now, short courtships are not working out for you, you need more time. Slow down! What’s the rush? And if these fiancés are pressuring you into rushing through the paperwork, it’s likely the papers they want, not you. The right one will wait.
  14. 29 points
    Thread is moved from the K-3 Process forum to the Waivers forum. Jesserose24, it violates the site's Terms of Service to tell someone not to post. It's suggested that you review the TOS (to which you agreed to adhere when you registered) and not violate a provision again. Furthermore, avoid insulting highly experienced members. This is your only notification before administrative action against your account. VJ Moderation
  15. 28 points
    Hi VJ family! I'm back to (finally) share some positive news. After many emails explaining why the Consulate made an incorrect decision on refusing my husband his immigrant visa, they finally fixed their mistake and ISSUED the visa. We just received the tracking number today. It's been such an emotional roller coaster for us these past 3 years and even more so in the past 3 months alone since our interview in December. I'm proud of us for staying strong and fighting our case to the Consulate and never giving up! We're so grateful that the end is now here. @Hawk Riders - time to change our place in the tracker to be highlighted in GREEN (approved). I hated seeing that highlighted in RED these past couple of months. Thank you all for your support and guidance throughout our journey. WE DID IT! ❤️
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 26 points
    Lucky2Lucky

    Covid Vaccine and Immigrants

    And “opinions” are what is killing us.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 26 points
    Still in total awe and disbelief that this is real but hallelujah, I WAS APPROVED THIS MORNING!! 🙏😭🇺🇸 details to come!
  22. 25 points
    I'm home. Arrived at Peace Arch around 5:45pm on Thursday Feb 18. Day was sort of an avalanche of delays and minor things going wrong but nothing really major, so showing up at the crossing was a few hours behind schedule. I rolled up in a 10 foot uhaul towing my car. Said I was activating my visa, was asked if I was moving which was a fun question given that I was *driving a moving truck*, and got sent over into secondary. After a while I got asked the usual declaration questions, answered them, and presented my list o' stuff and what boxes they were in. The list was treated like it was on fire so I guess nobody wants to have to actually review the list and they may figure that if someone actually went to the trouble of preparing such a list that they're not playing fast and loose with the rules, which was true for me. Chilled in the truck for about 30-40 minutes, tried to distract myself from randomly crying or whatever about being on the very last step of this 908 day journey, messaged my wife who relayed a message from our 6-year-old that he thought it would be a good idea if they came to the border to help, since I was taking "for ages", etc. Eventually another officer came to check the visa and told me to come inside. I recommend the restroom inside the Peace Arch CBP building for its exciting 30-second-long flush, incidentally. Anyway I sat on the bench in a very empty building (5 or so officers and me) and admired the Chihuly glass-blowing stuff. Got called up and answered a few questions and had a photo taken, which I didn't see but is quite possibly the worst photo ever taken of me as I was exhausted, my hair was a wreck from loading the truck and hooking up the tow dolly in the rain, and I'd been randomly tearing up for the last hour or so. The officer stamped my passport and said congratulations and I sputtered some sort of thank you and said "I'm just gonna go cry in the truck a bit" which I did while messaging "I'm coming home" to my wife before driving the last 15 minutes to get to her and my step-son. She'd made spaghetti and meatballs. It was the most delicious meal of my life.
  23. 25 points
    Okay there Socrates... The statement/waiver process is supposed to be a thorough explanation of *your* personal beliefs/convictions regarding vaccines and why these beliefs require you to be exempt from the vaccine and overcome the denial. I’m not exactly sure how anyone here is suppose to help you with that, ESPECIALLY since you very plainly said you don’t wish to discuss stances on vaccines. If you’re so confident in your stance and your ability to get the outcome you desire... I’m not really sure what you’re asking for at this point. Impressively, some users have been able to provide some advice and guidance in response this thread, but you’ve been dismissive and honestly rude in response.
  24. 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?
  25. 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?
  26. 24 points
    I am sorry for the situation that you are in. The reason you are denied was because of your overstay and illegal status. They forgive overstays when you marry a US citizen. They do not forgive it for marrying an LPR. You need contact a competent immigration attorney at this point.
  27. 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. 🙏
  28. 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!
  29. 23 points
    Approved at interview and welcome letter in hand. Woot!
  30. 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.
  31. 23 points
    DmytriiD

    VAWA, Part 22

    Hi VAWA Community, I got a status update on my I360 today on 30MAR21 "New Card is Being Produced". Receipt date is 24APR19. Total 3 Prima Facie's and 3 EAD+AP Cards while pending.
  32. 23 points
    Approved! Got there at about 8:13 am for an 8:15 am appointment. There was one other person outside. A guard came out and was letting us in one at a time. They ask for your passport and then you put your stuff through an xray and walk through a metal detector just like at an airport but you get to leave your shoes on 😛 I forgot that my watch is an electronic device so I had to lock it up, heads up for people with smartwatches! The consulate is on the first floor. The security guard told me to go to window 4 or 5 but both were busy so the guard upstairs told me to take a seat (seats are already spaced out but she wanted me as far away from everyone else as possible haha). There were only 2 other people there. I sat down and a few moments later a lady knocked on window 7 and asked if I had been served and I said I hadn't so she took my passport. When one of the windows became available the guard told me to go to it but the person at the window told me to wait until I was called. Other people that came up when the windows were empty didn't have to wait to be called up. When I was called up (over a loud speaker so you can't miss it) I was asked for my original documents. I was asked for birth certificate, marriage certificate, police certificate, i864, 2019 tax transcript, 2019 W2, one passport photo, medical (I just said mine was sent electronically) and then they took my fingerprints. They did not want photocopies of anything, just the originals. I was not asked for either my IL or appointment confirmation, DS260 confirmation, husband's proof of citizenship, tax information for any prior years, the 5540, or any proof of relationship. He also confirmed my address, my husband's address (they had it slightly wrong because we'd got it wrong on our original i864 but I corrected him and he updated it in the computer, no problem), both of our phone numbers, and our lawyer's name. Then he gave me the domestic violence pamphlet and told me to wait to be called again. I meant to ask if I could switch to having my SSN automatically sent to me but I just realized I completely forgot to ask haha. Just a note: When I handed over my police certificate the guy took out a post it note and I was worried but all he wrote on it is that it needed to be scanned (he proceeded to do this for any updated documents I had too). I have the police certificate that says "Other (Provide Details)" and this was accepted. I went to sit down and read over the pamphlet. It was 8:40 am when I sat down and I think I was called up again around 8:50-8:55 am. By that time there were 8 of us in the waiting room. The guy at the window had me swear an oath and then took my fingerprints again. I was so nervous that most of the interview is already lost in the abyss but from what I remember I was asked my petitioners name, how we were related, if this was both of our first marriages, if we had kids, how we met, how long after we met did my husband go back to the US, when we got married, who was at our wedding, the longest I'd been in the US, what my husband's job is, what his job entails, and what the pamphlet they give you is about. Then he reached over to the board next to him with all the papers and reached for a white one (I was panicking because I know the 221g can be white) and then he said your visa is approved here's your welcome letter! He said I should receive it in 7-10 days and gave my originals back. I went back downstairs and got my watch and was out of the consulate at 9:03 am. Will post any more details if they come to me!
  33. 22 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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...
  39. 22 points
    Shroy123

    VAWA, Part 22

    Hi All.. I hope you all are doing well. Long time 😄 Well just an update. My I485 has been approved. I went for an interview today and it was one of the easiest interview. Only yes/no questions and within 15 minutes, status changed to "New Card is Being Produced" 🥰🥰🥰 Finally the long journey of AOS has been completed today. I would like to thank you each and everyone of you @Stillwinning!!!😊 @FeDaniela @sandranj @Apollo @Lola_lalo and all. Male petitioner here~
  40. 22 points
    Wow. New levels of creepy descend into Visa Journey.
  41. 22 points
    Approved. Thank you visajourney for your continued support for the past year. I don't know what I would have done without you guys. I can't believe that 15 mins of interview determined your fate and we had to wait 2 years to get to this point. I feel like I saved a lot of therapy bills by joining this group. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Can't wait to start planning our lives now. Just wanted to let people going for future interviews that they have lifted the lockdown since Monday, but they were very strict about only essential trips. I went to the mall to get some food and use their washroom and the security guard at the mall asked me what my purpose of the visit was...so just be careful. I tried to get back to my hotel by 6:30 pm and there were cops patrolling the streets toward the evening. I really loved the art around the city and I definitely want to come visit in future as this was supposed to be a trip that me and my hubby had planned for years, until this stupid virus affected all our lives... Also, our lawyer emailed us and congratulated after my interview and he told us to write him a review on every other platform and I really want to tell him, you need to learn from a lot of people from visajourney....I don't know if I will write that but he only helped us with the basic minimum (I guess coz it was fixed fee)...Was it not for visajourney, I would not have had the courage to travel to Seattle 2 times and spend 3 months with my husband during this pandemic. So thank you all for sharing your stories and really great advice. My lawyer told me not to go. Anyways you guys are the best and for those of you waiting, good luck. There's light at the end of the tunnel 🤞 .
  42. 22 points
    Married May 24, 2019 NOA1: July 27, 2019 NVC DQ: May 22, 2020 Feb 8, 2021 - Approved 🥰 Had my interview at the consulate this morning for 8:45. Arrived a few minutes before and they let me in, asked the run of COVID questions, then did the x-ray scan of my coat, wallet, and folder. Kept my phone and gave me a key. Directed to go to Floor 1, Window 7 and gave them my passport. Waited around for maybe a half hour and then was called to window 5 to provide my documents. They asked for the originals (not copies) of my birth certificate, marriage certificate, both my and my husband's divorce decrees from our previous marriages. Then they told me my medical had arrived (it was emailed by the doctor 4 days ago) and to have a seat and wait to be called. Maybe another half hour or so went by (the clock is still broken!) and I was called up to Window 1, met with a nice middle aged man with greying hair. Swore the oath, did the fingerprints, answered how we met, when we married, any kids, addresses. He asked me for my husband's divorce certificate and asked if I had a copy (I did). Not sure why they needed it again, since I had submitted it previously but ok. 2019 taxes (1040) were brought as well and they kept the copy I brought. I kept everything in a portable file folder and had tiny tab stickers labelling everything. He said he was really impressed and almost thought he was looking at their files with how well I organized it. He said he appreciated the clear labelling. He asked if I was given the pamphlet on domestic violence at the other window (I was not) and he was surprised. So he gave me one and explained what it was. Then he said he was going to go ahead and approve me, handed me the Welcome letter, and that I can expect my passport with the visa to be returned within 3-4 weeks. Tips: - Dress in layers. The thermostat in the waiting room was set to 24C and with how warm I dressed for the frigid Montreal weather, I was sweating buckets indoors. - No hand sanitizer at the counters by the fingerprint readers (ew), but there is a giant jug of it at the security guard's desk. - bring a paper book, crossword, or something to keep your sanity I won't be moving until the summer, since I want to wait until our 2 year anniversary to cross and activate as an IR-1 instead of the 2 year conditional. Good luck to everyone on their journeys and thank you so much to everyone here for all your help and support. Couldn't have done it without y'all. Now I need to figure out all the crazy logistics of moving, taxes, etc. But first - I'm going to have a much deserved NAP. 😴
  43. 22 points
    Why on earth would you lie?! You dug yourself in that whole especially after having multiple interviews in the past? I’d be suspicious about your intention as well, sorry. Find a lawyer IMO.
  44. 22 points
    I can see why they were suspicious. You told them you dropped your wife off at 7am to 10am when the truth was that you dropped her off the night before. When they went to check the engine, they knew you didn't tell them the truth. Your wife told them that she took Uber which is inconsistent with you dropping her off at 7am to 10am AND you saying you dropped her off the night before. You are not done with everything. This is just the beginning. At this point, you need to go see a good immigration lawyer.
  45. 22 points
    Hi everyone! I was DQ’d May 15th and just got my interview letter! January 29th 😃
  46. 22 points
    Ylx

    VAWA, Part 21

    Hello my extended family. Wish everybody the best and many blessings on our way. Sharing a great news, my green card and approval are on my hands Thank you to everybody in special to sandra @Stillwinning!!!😊 and many other I can recall right now. My time frame is the follow September 2018 file vawa and aos November 2018 prima facie September 2019 2nd prima facie March 2020 EAD CE1 July 2020 vawa approval September 2020notification of medicals where due November 2020 medicals sent December 2020 green card on hand No interview no rfe Thanks again!
  47. 21 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!
  48. 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.
  49. 21 points
    Not sure how trumps the cause of people with PD’s as far back as 2010 not yet having their GC but ok... did it occur to you that each year more and more people are applying for immigration benefits and that that might be one reason as to why things have slowed.... what about the fact that USCIS isn’t actually a government run service that it’s paid for by applicant and that congress (not trump) refused to provide them with covid financial relief in addition to stopping them from increasing fees that would of helped them keep staff and/or hire more staff to help with processing applications? Nope, just trumps fault 🙄
  50. 21 points
    Approved!!! Took about 45 minutes asked the same questions @dgf got asked!! Police certificate was accepted!
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