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Waiting for AOS/EAD - how do people spend these 6-9 months without work?
I'm getting frustrated waiting for my AOS approval... Do people really NOT work for those 6-9 months it takes for your AOS to be approved? I applied for my EAD with my AOS in December 2021 and it says the case is pending.
 
So how do you spend your days?
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Hidden cost of processing a K1 Visa
Recently we were knocked backwards on the processing of our Adjustment of Status after entering on a K1 Visa.  As you are aware the initial cost for the processing of the AOS  is $1225.00 USD.  What is not as well known is the cost of processing the I-693 and other items...
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K1 vs CR1 Visa
My fiance and I are trying to figure out the best route to take for immigration. We plan to reside in the US. I have been researching the best I can without a lawyer but it is quite confusing. Thankfully a kind Redditor pointed us in the direction of this website. Can you help?
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How to find work in America?
Dear friends, could anybody share experience on how and where to start looking for a work. I am about to get my SSN and I just received GC. I don't have driving licence and I am not sure if I will drive. Any advices on job website or tips are highly appreciated! 🙌🙏
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Expediting K1 visa due to Ukraine crisis
With the Ukraine/Russia crisis happening right now, has anyone seen any updates from the U.S. government on expediting K1 visas, or any Ukraine visas in general? I reached out to my immigration lawyer and I'm waiting to hear back....
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Which Visa is easiest and best, K-1, K-3 or CR-1 for my situation?
First of all, I initially visited my girlfriend in the Philippines in October of 2018, traveled the country and with her, then came back to the US. I moved there in January of 2019, leased a couple of houses, then moved back to the US in February of 2021. We married online through Utah on a zoom wedding in December of 2021...
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Should my Fiancee try to get a tourist visa while we wait for the K1 visa?
The K1 visa process is taking longer than we thought. A year to process form i129f it looks like.
 
Is there any risk in applying for a B VISA while waiting for the K1? If my fiancee gets denied for the B-1 visa will that affect the K1 visa??
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Greencard holder outside of USA 26 months due to Covid, wants to return
My husband got his greencard in 2018. He is a UK citizen, I am the American. We have been stuck in the UK due to Covid. I had a baby in Feb 2020. Is my husbands Green Card still valid to enter the US?
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K1 Visa Rejected Due to Lack of Evidence of Relationship (Vietnam)
After waiting since April due to covid, my fiance finally had her interview today and was rejected. We have met 5 times prior to covid and haven't been able to be together for over 1.5 years due to covid. The interviewer said they did not have time to look over the paperwork, and in the same breath told my fiance that she didn't bring enough evidence to support our case that we have a "bona fide relationship"...
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Omicron Covid Variant and US Immigration Impact Thoughts?
VJ'ers discuss whether the US may ban foreign citizens (including K1 Visa Holders) from entering the country due to the Omicron variant or if the current vaccination policy will stay in place.
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From vaccines to testing: What travelers need to know before the new US travel system launches on Nov. 8
The White House has announced that a new air travel system will take effect Nov. 8, allowing entry for fully vaccinated foreign tourists. The system is set to launch more than 20 months after the U.S. began imposing travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The move by the White House will essentially have the U.S. drop its travel ban on dozens of countries while also making entry more challenging for the unvaccinated. The new system will allow entry for foreign nationals only with vaccinations approved by the World Health Organization and would add testing requirements for unvaccinated Americans.
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K1 married after 90 days... Are we ok?
My wife entered the USA on March 5th 2020 as my fiancé K1. Long story short... we got married beyond 90 days. Are we ok?
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Consulate Visited My Spouses Home
This morning someone from the US consulate came and visited my husbands apartment in Lagos, Nigeria randomly. They asked if he lived alone, verified his identity with a passport photo that we had provided them at the time of our visa application, asked if they could do an inspection of the apartment (looked throughly through his wardrobe, bathrooms and kitchen) etc....
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"Digital nomads" applying for green card
I don't currently reside "permanently" anywhere and it will be that way for the foreseeable future. We work remotely (for a foreign company) and will be traveling from place to place. In fact, I'm traveling to Russia next week to meet her family for the first time!
 
That said, our intention is to move to the US to live permanently....
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Do I Have To Comply With Phone Search As a Permanent Resident
Can I refuse having my phone searched by an immigration officer if I am returning to the US as a permanent resident? Do I run any risks if I refuse to hand or unlock my phone/ask for warrant/ask for supervisor...etc?
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US to Lift Travel Ban for Fully Vaccinated Travelers to the US
The U.S. will ease travel restrictions for international visitors who are vaccinated against Covid-19 in November, including those from the U.K. and EU, the White House said Monday.

Noncitizens visiting the United States will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test taken within three days of departure, said Jeff Zients, who is leading the nation’s Covid response efforts for the White House.
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October 2021 US Visa Bulletin (and Nov Estimates) Released!
The latest October US Visa Bulletin data has been released, along with VisaJourney's November estimates!
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Saint Luke's announces mandatory COVID vaccine and RT-PCR testing
Saint Luke's Extension Clinic just announced MANDATORY completion of COVID vaccination before any medical will be issued in the Philippines.  Pretty much putting to rest any speculation about what COVID vaccine policy will be going forward.  No vaccine, no medical report.  If it is a two dose vaccine both doses must be completed on schedule for a medical report to be issued.

September 2021 US Visa Bulletin (and Oct Estimates) Released!
The latest September US Visa Bulletin data has been released, along with VisaJourney's October estimates.  See below...
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USCIS extends validity of I-693 to 4 years
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is temporarily extending the validity fof Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, from two to four years due to COVID-19-related delays
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Canada Opens Border for Non-Essential Travel for Vaccinated Individuals
Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit on Monday while the United States is maintaining similar restrictions for Canadians, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans.
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US developing plan to require foreign visitors to be vaccinated
The US is developing a plan to require foreign visitors to be vaccinated as part of eventually lifting travel restrictions that bar much of the world from entering the United States
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June 2021 Family US Visa Processing Trends from UK, Canada, China, Vietnam, India, Philippines, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic... Yikes!
We've uploaded the latest official family based US visa processing trends for June 2021!
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August US Visa Bulletin (and Sept Estimates) Released!
The latest US Visa Bulletin data has been released, along with VisaJourney's September estimates.  See below...
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International Flight Stats from the USA (since Covid), by Region, by Month
Have you wondered how affected international travel has been due to Covid?  The Caribbean seems to be recovering (US vacations?) but everything else is still significantly down.  Asia is 6% of pre-Covid levels.  Europe is 9% of pre-Covid levels.  Central and South America are at 50% of pre-Covid levels.  We mined relevant data through March of this year (below).
 

 

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