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Selected For DV Lottery While in US For Humanitarian Parole
6:53 pm May 10, 2022

Minsk_2_San_Diego



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We have applied for my stepdaughter to come to the US under the U4U Humanitarian Parole program - we have been approved as sponsors and are waiting for CBP to make a determination if she is qualified.

Meanwhile, her name was just selected to move forward in the DV lottery (although her case number is so high that we are cautious about counting on that too much). Full disclosure, we also have a pending I-130 (F2B) petition for her - but she is many years away from having her date become current.

My question is this: If she is approved for humanitarian parole under Uniting For Ukraine and she comes to the US... and then is invited to an interview for DV Lottery, will she need to leave the country to attend the interview in the Consulate listed in her DS-260? Is it possible for her to Adjust Status in the US when she doesn't HAVE an Immigration status (because she would only be here on parole)? Does being in the US hurt or benefit her entry in the lottery?

If she waits where she is now, outside of the US, she may not be selected for a DV interview and then she will have missed the window of opportunity to come to the US under U4U. We hope to bring her here asap, but don't want to block any options with the lottery.



 
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New I-134 Questions
4:48 pm May 8, 2022

slavaskii

Slavaskii

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Hello!

I'm filling out the new I-134 for my fiancee and had a few questions as I go through.

  1. Question 24 asks if "I intend to make specific contributions to the beneficiary." Naturally, I plan to provide everything for my fiancee after she arrives, but the following explanation box only allows for a small number of characters and seems to suggest things like 'allowances' or 'room and board.' Do I just select 'yes' and handwrite in that I'm going to support her completely?
  2. I have sufficient assets (savings + stocks) to be over the 5x minimum wage threshold. Nonetheless, I recognize that when assets are used it's helpful to have a joint sponsor, and my mother has happily agreed to fill out another I-134 for us. When she answers Question 24, should she select 'no' because I am the one providing everything? Or does that make it sound like she wouldn't help if needed?
  3. I am on a full-ride scholarship to my law school, which allows me to still support my fiancee while studying. I want to include proof of my scholarship (so that the embassy knows I can afford everything after they ask my fiancee what I "do"), but was wondering if I could put this anywhere on the I-134 so they recognize this up front. I don't think it can be included as an asset, so maybe I just need to attach it separately?
  4. By the time we have the interview, I will likely have started my summer clerkship. In anticipation of this, should I list it as employment on the I-134?

Thank you kindly in advance!



 
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Uniting For Ukraine - For Belarusians? (merged)
3:57 am May 6, 2022

Minsk_2_San_Diego



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I (M/USC) am married to a Belarusian citizen (F, now LPR in US, N-400 pending). Last year, we filed our I-130 to bring her 21+ y/o unmarried daughter to the US and began waiting our place in line ( F2B - 5+ years by current estimates).

Meanwhile, my wife's daughter (the beneficiary of the I-130) moved to Kyiv, Ukraine in 2020 (due to political oppression in Belarus) and received a Temporary Residence Permit and was working in Kyiv full-time, had an apartment, was paying taxes, etc. Then the war began.

As with most Ukrainians, she fled to Poland, leaving all her belongings, her apartment, her job - her whole life behind. We were able to help her fly from there to Georgia where she has a friend to stay with, for now.

When the "Uniting For Ukraine" Humanitarian Parole program was announced, we registered as sponsors (even though she is not a Ukrainian citizen (nor married to one)) and we were approved as sponsors - she has been notified to create a USCIS account, attest to immunization status and respond to the CBP - presumably moving forward as part of the Ukrainian Humanitarian Parole program. We have no idea if her Belarusian citizenship will derail her process or not.

Meanwhile, we were advised to request that her I-130 be expedited. We contacted USCIS this week and made a verbal request - and we are waiting to see if they will move the case forward by asking us to provide documentation for our claim.

Being approved for either process would get her out of harm's way and bring her to us quickly - but the expedited I-130 would give her LPR status (where Humanitarian Parole only lasts for 2 years, at most). We have no idea if either of these endeavors will be successful but we don't want to pursue a path that closes off another.

If she is approved for Humanitarian Parole, would her expedite request be denied because she is no longer perceived to be "in need" of humanitarian aid?

If she comes to the US under Humanitarian Parole, and not under and expedited I-130, would she have to leave the country again at the end of her parole period - to wait out her I-130 processing?

Do these two programs conflict with each other? If we follow one path, will it close off the other?

Any thought or opinions welcome



 
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Which Path To Follow - I-130 vs. Humanitarian Parole
3:57 am May 6, 2022

Minsk_2_San_Diego



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I (M/USC) am married to a Belarusian citizen (F, now LPR in US, N-400 pending). Last year, we filed our I-130 to bring her 21+ y/o unmarried daughter to the US and began waiting our place in line ( F2B - 5+ years by current estimates).

Meanwhile, my wife's daughter (the beneficiary of the I-130) moved to Kyiv, Ukraine in 2020 (due to political oppression in Belarus) and received a Temporary Residence Permit and was working in Kyiv full-time, had an apartment, was paying taxes, etc. Then the war began.

As with most Ukrainians, she fled to Poland, leaving all her belongings, her apartment, her job - her whole life behind. We were able to help her fly from there to Georgia where she has a friend to stay with, for now.

When the "Uniting For Ukraine" Humanitarian Parole program was announced, we registered as sponsors (even though she is not a Ukrainian citizen (nor married to one)) and we were approved as sponsors - she has been notified to create a USCIS account, attest to immunization status and respond to the CBP - presumably moving forward as part of the Ukrainian Humanitarian Parole program. We have no idea if her Belarusian citizenship will derail her process or not.

Meanwhile, we were advised to request that her I-130 be expedited. We contacted USCIS this week and made a verbal request - and we are waiting to see if they will move the case forward by asking us to provide documentation for our claim.

Being approved for either process would get her out of harm's way and bring her to us quickly - but the expedited I-130 would give her LPR status (where Humanitarian Parole only lasts for 2 years, at most). We have no idea if either of these endeavors will be successful but we don't want to pursue a path that closes off another.

If she is approved for Humanitarian Parole, would her expedite request be denied because she is no longer perceived to be "in need" of humanitarian aid?

If she comes to the US under Humanitarian Parole, and not under and expedited I-130, would she have to leave the country again at the end of her parole period - to wait out her I-130 processing?

Do these two programs conflict with each other? If we follow one path, will it close off the other?

Any thought or opinions welcome



 
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How long is the processing time after receiving the ITIN?
5:35 pm April 27, 2022

EricLT

EricLT

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We received the ITIN mid March but on the Where's my refund page still doesn't show any record of our return. We even received the state refund already. It has been 6 weeks after we got the ITIN, is it too soon to check status? Can't get through IRS's phone number to talk to anyone.



 
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