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SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester
8:24 pm July 6, 2020


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This seemed new, not sure if it affects anyone, but it seemed like it was worth posting.


WASHINGTON The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the procedures and responsibilities in the Federal Register as a Temporary Final Rule.

Temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester include:


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N400 while ROC Pending / USCIS Online Account / DOS Case ID?
1:33 am July 6, 2020


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I'm aware that this isn't a requirement for filing N400 online, but I'm just annoyed with how needlessly difficult this is. (Mods, not sure if this is the right place, but here we go)

My N400 window opens September 2020 - I still have an ROC case pending from September 2019 (YSC seems to be approving cases from June/July so who knows, they might get to me before the N400 window opens). I've heard conflicting things about filing these without the other being adjudicated. What I've gathered so far is that once you apply for the N400, your ROC case also gets transferred to your local office, is this accurate? For me that means my ROC would get moved from Potomac Service Center to the Norfolk local office. YSC has been behind all the other ones so far, but I don't know if Norfolk will be much better.

I'm trying to verify my identity on myUSCIS so I can get a USCIS online account number and do other things that require you to verify your identity. However, it asks for an A number, which I have, and also a DOS Case ID. From my understanding, the DOS Case ID is something you only get if you received an immigrant visa at some point. I was here on an F-1 visa and adjusted status to permanent resident while in the US. I never applied for or received an immigrant visa. There's no stamp in my passport other than entry stamps from when I traveled.

How do you verify your account without a DOS case ID? All I have is my A-number and several USCIS receipt numbers from my I-485 or I-751 applications.

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Los Angeles SFV Oath ceremony re-scheduled!!!
1:19 am May 26, 2020


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My oath ceremony was originally March 19, and de-scheduled March 12.

I just recently received an email, and a confirmation letter in my USCIS account to attend my oath

ceremony on June 5!!

No guests, mask mandatory, bring your own pen. Abbreviated ceremony.

LA is limited to 50 per group.

Don't know how many ceremonies per day, but LA needs to catch up on 3 months thats 15,000 new citizens

that have not had an oath ceremony.


For LA people:

Its NOT at the LA Convention Center, its at my local office in Chatsworth.

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Combo card renewal
2:50 am May 23, 2020


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Hi all,

Unfortunately, my husband's AOS interview (from k1) was canceled due to the pandemic and has yet to be rescheduled. His combo card will expire at the end of August. Our application for renewal was received this week. I've heard conflicting info regarding processing times - are they the same for renewals as for initial applications (5.5-7.5 months)? We're planning to visit his family for Christmas and after our previous horrible experience waiting for the first combo card I'm already nervous.

Was so hoping to avoid this.... We filed our AOS back in November 2018. Never thought we'd still be waiting :(

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Affidavit of support - confusion household size
2:07 pm May 14, 2020



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Hi all,

We've been looking through a lot of topic here on Visajourney but and filled it out accordingly but then we found other topics that said something slightly different and our situation is slightly different than those topics soooo- we're hoping you guys can help us out.

Me - applicant

Partner - Sponsor - Unemployed (full time student)

MIL - Joint-sponsor - Employed, meets the financial criteria - also supports my partner

FIL - ?? - Retired 10+ years

At first we set it to 2 households. 1) My partner and myself 2) MIL and FIL.

So my partner fills out the I-864

MIL fills out the I-864

FIL doesn't fill out anything because he doesn't contribute his income

However, my partner is MIL's dependent so he would be part of her household, yes? Which would mean we're all in one household together?

This wouldn't change anything to who is filling out the I-864 though, that is still my partner and MIL.

Thanks in advance!

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