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Brussels Embassy - Interview time
8:28 pm September 22, 2023



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NVC just DQ'd us and now we are waiting for the interview letter from the Brussels Embassy.

Does anyone have any idea the estimated waiting time from either experience or comments made here in the forum? I can see a the people that have Brussels in their timelines but it's not as common as other places and not as frequent.

Any information would be helpful!

Thanks x

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Risk of becoming public charge?
4:55 pm June 2, 2023



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My CR1 interview at the Brussels embassy is on July 7.

I have been receiving public benefits for a few years from the Belgian government due to chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

I have been working towards regaining a more independent status, and new medication recently has been helping me along.

For example, I now have my own business as a part-time editor, which I'm hoping to expand, but my main income currently is still the government benefits.

Is my case at risk of being refused under the pretext of 'becoming a public charge' (not my intention!). If so, is there anything I can/should do to prepare a rebuttal during the interview?

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Adjusting Status on ESTA
2:41 pm May 31, 2023

Melissa Stuart

Melissa Stuart

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Hi! I m new here and I was hoping you can guide me.

Me (USC) met my husband back in 2009 when I was studying french in Belgium. Decided to stay and we got married the following year.

Back in 2021, my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer, and I had to make the difficult decision to come back to US with my daughter to care for him. I say difficult because my husband and I made the decision that he should stay (he has a great job and we own our home).

My parents never married and they broke up when I was a little girl and I m their only child. (in case you are wondering why Im the sole caregiver)

I moved back to the States in August 2021, and I ve been here since. My husband comes to visit us every 3 months or so.

My dad is estable and in good shape but my mental health is going down the drain: Im the sole caregiver, away from my home and my spouse. My husband came to visit us last week, but after seeing my current state (I have lost around 15 lbs)

he is refusing to go back.

As a matter of fact, he requested a paid leave and potentially working remotely for the time being. I don t want him to overstay and mess with his ESTA, but I know as an USC I can file a petition for him.

Can we adjust his status from here? He didn t have an intend of staying (he has come at least 5-6 times since I move here), but he refuses to leave my side and to be honest, I desperately need him.

can i file an i-485 without him having to leave?

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F-1 Visa needed - DV Selectee who submitted DS-260
4:10 pm May 26, 2023



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Hi! I was selected for further processing in DV2023 and immediately submitted my DS-260 back in May 2022, for consular processing. However, my case number is very high EU34XXX and it is still not current even for the month of July and there is only August and September left.

Anyways, I have been accepted to a Master's program at the University of Virginia and I require an F-1 student visa as the program starts in early August and I probably wont even get my DV interview. I have already applied for the F-1 visa. As I am a citizen of Belgium, which is part of the Visa Waiver Program, they made me send the documents (such as my passport, I-20, etc.) by courier because I was found eligible for the "Student Interview Waiver". However, they "reserve the right to request an interview" after reviewing my documents.

I am really stressed out that I will be denied the F-1 visa because of my submission of a DS-260 over a year ago. The only family I have in the US is my brother who is also on an F-1 visa doing a Master's, otherwise my entire family is in Belgium and UK, so I have strong ties here. I have also shown more than enough financial support on my I-20 and I have a valid ESTA with which I have traveled to the US numerous times without any issues. I currently live in the UK as a resident (EU Settlement Scheme before Brexit), if that makes any difference, and I just finished a Law undergrad.

I know that I have shown immigrant intent with the DS-260, but does anyone know of any instances where people have been granted the F-1 Visa despite having a DS-260 application from the DV on file? If I get called to an interview what can I say and what evidence can I show to convince them that I genuinely just want to do the Master's program and return to Europe right after? I submitted the DS-260 because I got selected for the DV, yes, but I genuinely don't feel any need to move to the US for economic/financial/etc reasons. So I would never even think about overstaying my F-1 visa or using it in any way that isn't intended to, such as illegally working, as I am not going to be financially stressed. And even if I got a DV interview (unlikely) in September, it is through consular processing so I would leave the US and come back to Belgium for the interview, meaning that at no point will I have entered the US with my F-1 with the possibility of converting it to a green card.

This situation is stressing me out so much I am finding it difficult to sleep. I have no clue what I am going to do next year if I can't get this visa. I have already paid my deposit to the school as well as the off-campus student housing I am going to live in.

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NVC requires marriage certificate in my child's case
5:59 pm March 13, 2023



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My daughter and I (applicants) arrived at the NVC stage of our CR1 visa applicaiton. We filed the DS 260 and the civil documents at the end of February.

Today, we received an email stating that:

1) the petitioner needed to print and hand sign the petition, even though the instructions allowed for a digital signature, which he used. (We'll now be doing as they specified, of course).

2) my daughter's birth certificate is illegible -- I do not understand how it is possible as it is a certified digital copy, not a scanned document, and my own birth certificate is of the same make and was approved. I've requested a new birth certificate and uploaded it accordingly. Hopefully, this is enough, unless they have different requirements for children?

3) we need to submit a marriage certificate in my daughter's case. As my daughter is five years old, are they referring to the marriage certificate between me (her mother) and her stepfather (the petitioner) or do they want the marriage certificate between me and her biological father, or is this a typo on their part and were they referring to uploading the birth certificate again? Note: This came in a separate message on CEAC.

From what I understood from the initial instructions, the documents in regard to my marriage and such did not have to be uploaded again in my daughter's case, but perhaps I misinterpreted that?

I'd love your advice before I ask the NVC directly and risk being stuck waiting for x amount of time for a reply that could hopefully be resolved quickly on this forum.

Thank you in advance.



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