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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. 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,
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 😃
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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"?
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 22 points
    Congratulations.. What about couples who can't or DON"T WANT to have children? I think this is extremely discriminatory.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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!!!!!!!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 20 points
    Lifeline_god

    VAWA, Part 25

    God is GREAT. Thank you god…🗽🗽🗽🗽Patience..Patience.. Patience.. Finally guys I got my GC in hand. Can’t explain the feeling that finally it’s over. PD- Dec 2019 Concurrent filing. 3 Prima facie. No RFE. Interview was good and Thankfully my lawyer came with me so that helped me a lot. My GC was approved same day after interview. God is Great. Thank you virtual family and hope everyone gets GC in this forum. I wish everyone’s dream come true.. God is great🗽🗽🗽🗽🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
  22. 20 points
    FAP

    VAWA, Part 25

    Dear family, My VAWA journey is over after a little less than 3 years. Nov 2019 filer, I360 approved Dec 2021. Very mixed feelings, not so ecstatic as I expected I'm gonna be. Totally calm actually... Maybe due to the fact I've been waiting for this for almost 13 years... Anyway, I want to say thank you you all for your kind words and encouragement and advice during this journey. I did everything myself (with a 100% help on here) no attorney involved at all. Thank you @sandranj , @Stillwinning!!!😊, @Demise, @Pinkrlion@shiva32 and all others members of this forum that I forgot. After all I can say this place is amazing. I knew nothing about VAWA when I joined - now I know more than some lawyers 😁. Keep supporting each other - it's hard to describe what this community did for me - I'm ready to give my share back. I went through it all, horrible marriage, Stokes, I130 denial, life threatening assault, hospital etc etc but back stronger than ever. Never ever give up!!! There is always a hope! Once I read God only throws on us what we can take. In October 2019 I lost everything: status, wife, job, business equipment, place to stay - basically my whole world collapsed. Everybody turned back on me - everybody stopped answering my phone calls. Almost 3 years later everything turned around. A lot of people wrote here - God works in mysterious ways and it's definitely true. Had an interview on Friday for like 45 min. Very nice officer - but first question was like: So tell me - how come you have I360 - it's usually for women? But after reading here for years I knew what to say and I pointed him to my affidavit and said I really can't go through all of that again... Then later I explained a new moments that are still going on after filing I360. He was curious why my addresses don't match at all (ID, VAWA, IRS, USCIS, car registration joint with abuser) nothing actually matches. He was surprised but my explanation was perfectly logical and he was like Oh - WOW - you`ve been through a lot. When did you have last contact with your wife, did you file for divorce, how long did you date before getting married, did you ever get arrested and I485 questions. Gave him medical and last 3 year taxes, marriage certificate certified copy and that's it. He handed me that piece of paper that says your case is under review, we can not make a decision at this moment and will let you know if we need anything from you bla bla I left field office feeling after like a stroke hitting 3 red lights in a row (thank God Chicago downtown doesn't have red light cameras) and took me a whole day to get myself together. I thought oh God they are gonna keep me waiting for weeks now... (Chicago is notorious for that) At 23:15 Lawfully app started blinking and I was like - oh not that stupid sh*t again with their commercials etc but I opened it and here we go...
  23. 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 -
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 20 points
    Last month they approved her vaccination waiver due to religious belief and her greencard got approved! The I-601 took about a year to get approved. We submitted the i-485 and i-601 together to the same location. No RFE either!! All thanks to this VJ member soscolin who posted on here over 10 years ago. he recommended Alan Philips the vaccine lawyer. https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/269164-form-i-601-for-religious-objection-to-vaccines/ scroll down to see his post. I paid Alan $500 and he helped my wife to write a good letter and he also recommend that we get 3 support letters from people you know (family members or friends). Alan is a kind man and he spent so much time on us doign back and forth emails, inorder to strengthen my wife's letter. I paid $900 for the I-601 too. So $1,400 total, WORTH EVERY SINGLE PENNY. Hell, i would have spent tens of thousands if I had to, so my wife wouldnt have to take the vaccine. Her health is more important than money. So all of those trolls or deniers who said "it would never get approved", you were all wrong.. People who believe in something will NEVER give up. Vaccine waivers do get approved, but people dont post on here, because we will get harassed...
  27. 19 points
    Daphne .

    ESTA To AOS Potential Problem?

    Even though there are more red flags in this case than I can count, I can’t help but think that she will probably get away with it and you are able to provide her with the grand prize she was after. At this point, I am not even sure if/when USCIS even looks into these cases. Maybe it’s the heat, but I am starting to lose my faith that these (pretty obvious) cases of immigration fraud actually get noticed.. It just gets me down.. So many of us here had to jump through all the hoops and be patient in order to do this right, while others just play the system and get away with it. I have no advice for you, you seem to be very aware of what is happening and no matter what we would tell you here, you will most likely continue with the process, so what do you want us to say really? Our remarks/questions will be answered with a “Yes, but…”, so we are not adding any real value here. Nobody here wil help you to justify what is happening..
  28. 19 points
    I can not believe how this thread has progressed. I feel like I should apologize to the OP for the unacceptable tone in this thread and am considering advising her to post in the VAWA megathread, even though she is not a VAWA case. But it appears to be the only place on VJ that is moderated to support victims of abuse rather than interrogate them. Again there is nothing in the law that states she was required to come to the US to be with the husband. And before everyone tears apart that awkwardly worded sentence- the ir visa requires you to first have the US citizen or LPR file the 130 establishing the relationship. There is then the interview at the Embassy in which a decision is made and the visa issued. Thats it. There is no follow-up determination. There are no requirements to live with your spouse. For the CR one would have to file ROC. But as we all know divorce is not a reason for ROC denial, hence the routinely approved divorce waiver filings. People here are getting caught up in the idea that her entering on the visa, which was properly approved and issued, must be wrong because morally they disagree with it. Again the visa was issued properly. There no fine print stating what you must do afterwards. It doesn't get revoked if things changed between it being issued or endorsed at POE. It can be stopped during that period if the petitioner requested such, but it wasn't. The relationship does NOT need to still be intact at POE. Im sorry if people disagree with such but thats how it is. I understand people think they are trying to help by connecting dots in a devils advocate fashion to show how a case 'could be' brought against her. But thats not how it works. The 'dots' being used are N/A. And then the comments suggesting she better not get involved in a new relationship! Wow. Dig through the forums and find the postings by the user kkk1. He had a very similar story. He entered on an IR. Never lived with his spouse. Has since remarried and obtained citizenship with zero issue. He still checks in with the forums with updates and to express his gratitude for the support he received, although under a new user name. This whole idea that the OP has done something wrong is very disheartening to read. Things change. She didn't obtain the visa under false pretenses. And this whole idea that well we don't know that, and it looks suspicious is nonsense. Separation or divorce after the benefit was issued can be an indicator of bad intentions but it is not enough on it's own. You all know this. So what else is there that could be considered 'a dot' to connect. She seems to have ample evidence of it being an unhealthy relationship. And this thread reads as people saying well you knew it was bad so you must have intentionally stayed for the benefits. Textbook victim blaming. Its appalling.
  29. 19 points
    vawa2020

    VAWA, Part 25

    CASE APPROVED!!! more than 2 years of anguish and waiting, now my case has finally been approved. I am a Jan 2020 filer, no RFE, 3 PF, please do not lose hope!!! It's happening for all of us!!
  30. 19 points
    KSVJ

    APRIL 2021 I-129F K-1 FILERS

    i took off from work today as a mental health day...just woke up and checked my account and it was approved. i went from sulking to hopeful for the first time in one full year 🙂
  31. 19 points
    $700 is a lot of money in third world country like Philippines. This was my monthly paycheck, after taxes, from a gas station that I used to work at for 30 hours a week while at University. Engineers with 8 years experience earn $1000 per month in Kenya. Your MIL isn't even an engineer. What I think is happening is she now wants to maintain and show upscale status in the neighborhood being that her children are in the US. This is so common amongst parents in third world countries whose children are abroad. They demand, even if they did not even pay a single dollar to get you to US. Basically, your struggles got you to US and when they (parents) woke up and realized that you're in US, they now start using you as pension. Well, cut the ungrateful person off. Let her stretch $0. You and your wife owe her nothing. Birthing someone shouldn't guarantee entitlement. Your wife didn't ask them to birth her nor for them to engage in Adam and Eve, the scenario that brought her to existence. The highlighted should be your wife' clap back to her mom, should MIL entitlement reach unbearable levels. I loathe such kind of mentality.
  32. 19 points
    guyssssssu just got approved!!! no RFE. 💖 337 days, 11 months. noa1 > march 10th, 2021 noa2 > february 10th, 2022
  33. 19 points
    powerpuff

    Not getting my questions answered

    We’re all volunteers here to answer questions as best as we can. We’re not getting paid to do this. We volunteer our free time to come here and try to help whenever we have time or opportunity. And I don’t appreciate this sense of entitlement coming from you. No, nobody here will hold your hand and spend hours explaining every redundant step on how to create a profile and answer few questions to book an interview and pay a fee. It is very straightforward. This is DYI (Do It Yourself) website and each one of us “experts” has done hours of research on our own to be where we are. Nobody was holding our hands. And again, we’re volunteers. Good luck with the rest of the process. I don’t say this often but you will probably benefit from an attorney because they get paid actual money to hold a clients hand at every step of the way (if you’re even lucky to find such a decent lawyer of course).
  34. 18 points
    Xiaova

    APRIL 2021 I-129F K-1 FILERS

    Wow a lot of updates came in after mid day: 69000: 1 RFER (0 new / 1 in progress) 69500: 1 RFER (0 new / 1 in progress) 71000: 1 Approval (0 new / 1 in progress) 71500: 1 Approval, 3 RFERs (0 new / 4 in progress) 73000: 1 RFES, 1 RFER (1 new / 1 in progress) 73500: 4 Approvals (3 new / 1 in progress) 74500: 1 Approval, 1 RFES, 1 RFER (0 new / 3 in progress) 75000: 3 Approvals (1 new / 2 in progress) 75500: 1 Approval, 2 RFESs (3 new / 0 in progress) 76000: 9 Approvals, 1 RFER (7 new / 3 in progress) 76500: 12 Approvals (9 new / 3 in progress) 77500: 2 RFERs (0 new / 2 in progress) 78000: 6 Approvals (4 new / 2 in progress) 78500: 2 Approvals, 3 RFESs, 1 RFER (4 new / 2 in progress) 79000: 13 Approvals, 5 RFESs (15 new / 3 in progress) 79500: 6 Approvals, 1 RFES, 1 RFER (6 new / 2 in progress) 80000: 8 Approvals, 1 RFES, 2 RFERs (7 new / 4 in progress) 80500: 1 Approval (0 new / 1 in progress) 81000: 8 Approvals (8 new / 0 in progress) 81500: 3 Approvals, 1 RFES, 1 Denial (5 new / 0 in progress) 06/06/22: 109 Total Updates: 79 Approvals, 15 RFESs, 14 RFERs, 1 Denial March (9) + April (109) + May (49) + June (9) = 176 total updates Started out as a slow day and turned out to be one of the most productive days. Let's hope this efficiency keeps up.
  35. 18 points
    Cathi

    Detained at Customs

    I'm not convinced it was actually CBP that called.
  36. 18 points
    Not sure, if I'm an exception... but I had absolutely no problem with being unemployed for months. Lol When I arrived, I tried to make myself feel at home. I tidied up, cleaned, painted every room of the house, fixed broken things, started woodworking, built shelves, worked in the yard, and so on... I did everything that I never had the time or energy for when I was still living in Germany. I live in a very rural area. So, I also explored the woods, went hiking, etc. Then after a few weeks, I also adopted a dog from the shelter and spend all my free time with him. I built him a fence, bed, an agility trail, etc... Time actually flew by. Wish I could have been unemployed even longer. I didn't get everything done that I wanted to get done 😁
  37. 18 points
    Hahaha he doesn’t have this power. Don’t even be worried about it. Is more, he is the one on the “bad situation” . He signed the I-864 for support you. Or he forgot this part? You can still apply for Remove of Conditions being divorced. Do you have your green card on hands? Please, be careful with all your documents. If you don’t feel safe find a better place.
  38. 18 points
    Family based immigrant visas are for family reunification. Unless the petitioner (USC or LPR) is already residing in the US, an immigrant visa to reunite the family members in the US is pointless. Hence if the USC/LPR is residing overseas they must either return to the US and establish domicile prior to the beneficiary enterjng on their immigrant visa, or demonstrate to the interviewing officer that they will be establishing domicile when they enter with the immigrating spouse. Some consulates require the first option… eg Montreal.. others allow the second option
  39. 18 points
    Lulu oz

    VAWA, Part 25

    Hi everyone, I want to share my good news as my journey with VAWA has come to an end. I wish everyone waiting this same and yours is coming. I have received my Green card. I’d like to share my timeline filed I-360: October 2019 filed I-485 & I-765: April 2020 Received 2 EADs & 3 PFs RFE on I-360: August 2021 sent response of RFE: Sept 1,2021 VAWA new card produced: October 13,2021 VAWA case approved: November 2, 2021 I-693 deficiency letter: December 22, 2021 Biometrics: January 18, 2022 interview on I-485: March 17, 2022 After the interview case changed to New card produced in 30mins Green card in hand: March 24, 2022 id be happy to answer any question anyone has.
  40. 18 points
    Im a filipina and married to a white guy. Before I married my husband I told him what he's getting into in terms of the culture part supporting my family. At the same time, I told my parents and family I'm ONLY gonna help them if I'm able, if it's within our means, and after we pay our own bills. I think there should be a balance because we can never get rid of that culture of paying our family and parents back. But at the same time the family should not be demanding. And if necessary, I will make things right by telling my parents it's too much and I don't want to support them anymore because they're being so ungrateful and demanding. So that being said it's really up to you and your wife, for me $700 per month is A LOT! To give you an idea a regular job will make you around $200-$300 per month depending on which location in the Philippines, and if you work in the government which we view it as "the stable job" then you get around $400-600 per month. I bought my family a car and give them money here and there so I probably spent around $500-$1000 per month but that's because me and my husband's work is better now. But 4 years ago we only sent them around $100-$200 a month because we struggled financially. For me if my parent/s is that toxic and demanding? I'm sorry I probably won't cut her off but instead of her $700 demand per month I'll probably send her $100 a month. I don't know it's just me. I love my family and parents so much but there's a fine line between RESPECT and TOXIC BEHAVIOR.
  41. 18 points
    Issued. Early morning feeling like a boss.
  42. 18 points
    Agree with the above. Since your wife is an 'expert', and she is liaising with other 'experts', they really should handle the whole thing. It will get done same day and the parents will be here by next Friday.
  43. 18 points
    MGJ_NY

    VAWA, Part 24

    UPDATE!!!! GC is coming!!! I have no words but thank you, thank you, thank you for this forum and for all the wonderful people who are here to help!!!! Thank you @sandranj!!!! Thank you @TBoneTX @FeDaniela @Stillwinning!!!😊 And to all other members who helped me in my journey. I can’t mention you all but a big thanks from the bottom of my heart!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  44. 17 points
    saraa88

    VAWA, Part 25

    Hey everybody! I finally received my green card in hand today! I thought the day would never come but it did. My field office is NY and my i-360 was approved exactly one year ago. Hang in there everybody!
  45. 17 points
    SJLN

    VAWA, Part 24

    I would love to say thank you all for your encouragements, your valuable advices as well as your sharings via this forum, specially @sandranj @Demise @Pinkrlion Finally my card in hand. Below is my timeline: 2018: I-486 and I-130 submitted. Oct 2019: I-360 submitted. My attorney requested the local office hold I-485 waiting for I-360 decision Jul 2021: C31 was issued after 3 PFs, no RFEs Sep 2021: I-360 approval letter was issued Nov 2021: Interview notice for I-485 was issued. Dec 21 2021: Interviewed Jan 6 2022: Card was ordered Jan 18 2022: Card in hand. I hope that my sharing will help you.
  46. 17 points
    Wow. USCIS has outdone itself with this one. Seasonal workers out smoking weed behind the service center dumpsters for sure.
  47. 17 points
    First, I want to say thank you to everyone on the forum, you all are the best. I had my N400 /I-751 interview on Thursday at Philadelphia and was given a recommendation for approval notice. This morning my I-751 changed to approved and this evening my N400 changed to oath ceremony notice was mailed. When I checked my online portal, my ceremony is coming on the 16th of this month. finally the stress is over. I still can't believe how fast it went. 🙏
  48. 17 points
    Life is full of choices....and consequences for those choices. Good luck.
  49. 17 points
    Crazy Cat

    Consulate Visited My Spouses Home

    According to attorney Jim Hacking, spousal visas from Nigeria are getting very heavy scrutiny right now. My understanding is that the FBI just indicted 39 people in the US for Nigerian visa fraud scams. This is according to Jim Hacking in a YT video. This could be related to this scrutiny..... or they suspect he is lying about something.
  50. 17 points
    Sorry to say but I think you are better off without a boyfriend who doesn't want to face his responsibilities as a father.
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