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Must CR-2 visa holders reach POE with the CR-1?
8:05 am May 11, 2019



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Hello VJ, I'm the petitioner for my wife and 2 stepsons, applied for as a family, and everyone received their visas this week.

Now, we're working on our travel plans to the US, and can't find a clear answer to this question - can mom and I travel to the US first, and the kids follow a few weeks later?

We're all together in now in one country, but the kids will go visit their dad & grandparents in second country once school lets out. Meanwhile they're on vacation, mom and I both finish our work and our home needs to be vacated. So, Mom and I would like to move to US while the kids are still on vacation, and the kids join us 2 weeks later directly from their vacation. (The alternative is that Mom and I find a place to squat and twiddle our thumbs waiting here for the boys to get back so we all can fly together)

So: Can the CR-2 visa holders enter together, as long as its AFTER the CR-1 has already entered?

Also, I don't think this will make any difference to the question, but just in case: we just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary, so the CR visas will be IR visas.

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FedEx to USCIS Lockbox HELP!!!!
6:46 pm April 19, 2019



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I sent my I-485 package through Fedex on April 2nd to the Chicago lockbox. FedEx emailed me delivey confirmation on April 4th and that it was signed for by J Harper in shipping and receiving department . I have yet to receive an email or text from Uscis confirming receipt of documents. Is it normal for the forms to go to shipping and receiving department? I'm very worried that my documents have been lost. I Contacted uscis and they still have no information on file a of today 04/19. I have called FedEx several times and they have confirmed that the courier delivered it to the correct place. Has anyone experienced this? Has anyone received info that a J Harper signed for their package?

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Stepchild CR-2, Biological Parent Consent Letter - What should it include?
5:54 pm March 21, 2019



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Hope I'm posting in the right place. I'm the petitioner for my wife and two minor age stepsons. Just finished with NVC, and everyone has interviews on April 2!

Now for the background details:

  • We live in Ivory Coast, interviews will be here.
  • The stepsons have different fathers.
  • First stepson was born out of wedlock; no custody agreement.
  • Second stepson's father is my wife's ex husband. My wife has custody in the divorce agreement, with visitation and mention of visitation in the event that the parents live abroad.
  • Neither father lives here. Also, neither lives in a country where either boy holds nationality. So there's no doubt that mom has custody!

The fathers' consent was never requested by NVC, but going through medical visits now, another IV applicant suggested to my wife that we need the fathers' consent at the interview. So, I called the consulate, and they said the same, but refused to offer any specifics as to what that actually looks like. This has caught us rather by surprise, as we've all done a lot of international travel together from here to both EU and US (obviously without the fathers, and even just myself and stepson, mom stayed home). None of us have the same last name, and there's never been any questions from customs entering or leaving anywhere. My wife has also renewed/requested a truckload* of passports with neither father present.

So, we'll get a notarized letter from each father, just to be sure. Both fathers are aware of our plans, and will do whatever needed to document their approval. We all get along fine, so it won't be an issue, but I want to get it right.

I know the letter should state the identity of the father and son, and that they, the father, are aware of the sons' plans to immigrate with mom, and that they do not contest these plans. But I've got a few questions before we ask the fathers and send them a template. Can you guys help me with the following?

  1. Who is this letter is for, and how should it be addressed? ("to whom it may concern", or is it specifically for the Consulate or POE?)
  2. Would it be beneficial to reference of everyone's (mom/dad/kid/mine) ID & passports?
  3. Should they reference the NVC case numbers?
  4. Is it okay if the original is in another language?**
  5. Anything else to be add, or perhaps a template to share?


*Everyone has multiple passports (wife: 1 EU, 1 Ivory Coast - kids: 2 EU each, 1 Ivory Coast). Only mentioning as I know the consent requirement varies by consulate - it's required here in Ivory Coast, but I don't think it's required for EU applicants. In our case, they are EU immigrants (the petitions and DS260s mention EU passport first, the Ivorian passports are mentioned as additional passports). But since nobody is applying as Ivorian, and neither father is Ivorian, I'm not sure what applies.

**Both fathers live in Francophone countries, so they could not have an English letter notarized, and we won't have enough time to get it translated before the interviews. But we're also in a Francophone country, so can submit French documents at the interview, and if needed, we get certified translation to bring to POE.

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PCCs for stepchild who just turned 16
2:08 pm March 8, 2019



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I'm the USC petitioner for my wife and stepchildren, and we've recently received NVC notices that all three cases are documentarily qualified. We're waiting on interviews!

We live in Cote d'Ivoire (CI) now, but my wife and stepkids previously lived in France and Kenya. As mentioned in the title, the oldest turned 16 in February. He lived in France from birth until 7 years old, Kenya from 8-10, and CI from 11 years old to present. Obviously he'll be 16 at the interview, so there is now a PCC requirement. State Dept is clear on this: PCCs are needed for persons over 16, anywhere they've lived since turning 16. So for him, a PCC from CI.

However, the Embassy-Specific requirements are less clear:

? If you are 15 years of age or older: The original police certificate from your country of current residence and countries of
previous residence. If these three items are all true, you must bring a more recent police certificate to the interview:
1. You are 15 years of age or older;
2. You obtained a police certificate and submitted it to NVC more than one year ago; and
3. You still live in the country that issued the police certificate.

Ok, so the requirement is anyone over 15. But does this also mean that PCCs are needed for anyone over 15 for anywhere they've lived since birth? (frankly, if this is the case, then they might as well be requesting PCCs for ages 0 and above).

I really want to think this is an oversight on the Embassy page, and that their requirement is essentially the same as State's, only 15 years instead of 16.

For reference, here are the two info sources:

State: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/collect-and-submit-forms-and-documents-to-the-nvc/step-5-collect-supporting-documents.html#docfinder

Embassy, click Abidjan, see page 3: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/list-of-posts.html

We're trying to avoid getting another Kenya PCC, as obtaining my wife's was an enormous undertaking - there are no diplomatic relations between CI and Kenya, so convincing the CI police just to take her fingerprints was a 3 month ordeal, letters from lawyers, bribes, hours in waiting rooms waiting speak to the right people at the Police and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We'd like to avoid that again if possible! Honestly, we'd probably buy the kid a round trip ticket to Nairobi to get his own prints rather than going through that nonsense again.

Anyone experienced something like this, or have any advice?

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7:54 pm March 4, 2019

Mat 2019

Mat 2019

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the embassy call me to remove my passport with the visa and the envelope still thanks to you the Vj

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