Hello fellow VJers. Here is our situation. I'm a UCS and my three stepchildren have been DQ at NVC since May 2020. Our embassy is Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Hopefully we may be getting close to an interview.
During the waiting process, my then 17 year old stepdaughter became pregnant and had a baby. She is now 18. The baby is 2 months old. The father (a Dominican national) is in the picture and a good provider. She is still unmarried. We know that she is still eligible for the IR-2 child of a UCS category.
I'm thinking that my stepdaughter should tell the Consular Officer at the interview about the baby? We always want to be as transparent as possible. We are also thinking she should have the baby's birth certificate on hand at the interview?
The father will approve of the baby traveling but we are also thinking that we would be unable to petition for the baby since she is a grandchild to my wife (a Permanent Resident) and a step grandchild to me (a UCS).
What are her options regarding the baby? We are thinking that she can wait up to 6 months to travel after visa in hand to give her more time with the baby. We are thinking there is absolutely no way that the baby will be able to travel with her after she has her visa?
If she comes, of course she will be separated from the baby and would have to file her own petition for the baby as a Permanent Resident. Would we be able to count the father's income on the affidavit being in another country? We know that this complicated everything for her case but she was with her grandmother and all of this happened during the process. There are a lot of factors at play here and we just need some guidance in order to know what our options actually are.
Any information would be helpful. Thank you for your time.