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Trying to figure out what to do with my Ukrainian paperwork before I start N-400
7:56 pm yesterday



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I'm LPR, Ukrainian citizen, and after getting married here in the US I've updated my last name - added my husband's last name, so it's hyphenated now. All my US paperwork is all good, has my new last name, that's all sorted (just need to update my DL to put the hyphen back in - it was accidentally dropped on my 2yr GC, which is now fixed on my 10yr GC).

Before making any N-400 moves, I think I want to bring my Ukrainian paperwork up to date, and register my permanent residency with the Ukrainian embassy - does doing that make sense? I actually don't even understand what registering my LPR status with the Ukrainian embassy does. If my N-400 gets approved I feel like I still want to keep my Ukrainian citizenship, so I'm trying to figure out what actions would result in the least amount of complications post N-400. Also, if I do save up enough money / have time off to go visit my family in Ukraine, is it better to arrive there with Ukrainian passport, and would it need to have my married last name? ? I still have 3 years before I would have to do the 45 y/o photo in my internal passport - but would I need to update my internal passport (which, honestly, no idea how long that would take... plus I don't have "registration" there anymore) before I'm able to update my name in the travel passport?

I'm all kinds of confused, and the web sites for the Ukrainian consulates, embassy, and foreign affairs ministry are confusing me even more.

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I-864 or I-864a
6:59 pm yesterday


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Hey everyone,

Bit confused.

I moved back to the USA a few months ago and am currently living with my parents. I am aware since I worked abroad my income can't count towards sponsoring my wife.

1. What should I write for my income even though it was all from overseas? I filed my taxes but paid nothing since I didn't make over the threshold. It's still asking for my last 3 years salary.

2. What form should my mom fill out as she is the one who will be sponsoring my wife. Since we live in the same house do we do the I864a? Or should she just fill out the normal I864. Also since she files jointly with my father will he have to fill out anything as well?

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Lying to an immigration officer - is this a crime? visa fraud
7:21 pm August 11, 2020



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OK so let me ask. I'm a US citizen and just went trough a very painful divorce.

My ex-wife was going through a heavy depression and met some European guy through her friends. An affair started behind my back, first lots of texts and infatuation, then a nice trip to a cheap hotel where it became phisical. I noticed the wife became emotionally and physically distant. I asked what the heck and she told me she needed time and space " to find herself" Of course being the good husband I was and seeing her sick of depression I agreed. on the weekends I still came and did the house chores took care of things while she spent them having fun on cheap hotels and air bnbs. i did not know that until a month later when I discovered her phone logged into her Facebook and I was just shattered. I confronted her but it was all tears saying she broke our marriage and now its unfixable, I requested marriage counseling but she wouldn't have it. she kept seeing the guy behind my back all this time even though she said it was just a Fling and meant nothing. fast forward she files divorce, and I just gave up trying. Ok, so the ink is not even dry on our divorce decree and she files for a K1 right away. I thought about just letting this go. But I still think this selfish ### is taking advantage of the situation. Sure, it could be real love or whatever but you don't destroy someone with lies and deception and still be considered a quality candidate for a green card. I have records of his messages , planing and telling my wife to divorce me. All the while flying back and forward to Europe with automatic 90 tourist visa. See he was literally telling my wife to divorce me and he will get a job here and be happy because they are so perfect for each other, you know the whole soulmate bs. He was lying to immigration officers on tourist intent everytime he flew during that time. He was not here on tourism , I have proof his intent was to seduce my wife and get a job here after getting her to divorce me. obviously you need a green card for that. At this point I'm indifferent, I tried the best to save my marriage. still I feel I should tell immigration, is this lawful ? will immigration even care and treat me like a spiteful ex-spouse? or forget this and let the selfish ### get away helping to destroy my marriage and a green card to boot?

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B1/B2 Visa for Parents Advise Needed
2:14 am August 11, 2020


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Hi Community,

I am pretty sure this was already asked here, but I need some assistance with this.
So, in 2018 I moved to the US on K1 Visa and me and my wife were planning a wedding, so we invited our families.
My parents (citizens of Ukraine) both got denied and after that we never tried again, but we would like to try get them visas so they can visit again.

They applied for b1/b2 visas and denial was stating the following (I requested US Embassy in Kiev to provide explanation in writing by email and they did):
*the email is very long, but the below is the most important
"They have been found ineligible for a nonimmigrant visa under Section 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. A denial under Section 214(b) means that they were not able to demonstrate that their intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the nonimmigrant visa for which they applied. An alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he or she establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for a visa, that he/she is entitled to a nonimmigrant status under section 101(a) (15). They have not demonstrated that they have sufficient ties to compel them to return to their home country after their travel to the United States. When they reapply, they will have to show further evidence of their ties or how their circumstances have changed since the time of the original application. It may help to answer the following questions before reapplying: (1) Did I explain my situation accurately? (2) Is there any additional information I can present to establish my residence and strong ties abroad?"

Interview was very short:
Officer: Are you married?
Parents: Yes
Officer: What is reason of your travel to the US?
Parents: To attend our son's wedding. (they offered a written invitation to our wedding and officer took to look at it as well as our marriage certificate).
Officer: Do you have any other kids?
Parents: No
Officer: Who will be paying for your trip?
Parents: Our son insisted to pay for us, but we can pay ourselves. (they had bank statements to prove but officer didnt ask).
Officer: How did your son move to the US?
Parents: (my parents told the story that I moved on K1 visa)
Officer: Where do you work?
Parents: They both said where they work (my mom is a professor in the University and dad is retired police office, currently runs small business; mom offered a latter from work but office refused to look at it)
Officer: What countries did you visit in last year?
Parents: They named around 10-15 countries mainly in Europe as well as Egypt
Officer: You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the nonimmigrant visa for which you applied.

That is it.
So, what confuses me is the part about "they were not able to demonstrate that their intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the nonimmigrant visa for which they applied" ? So is visiting son's wedding is not b1/b2 visa ?
But anyway, I think visa type was correct and the actual reason is "ties to home country".

What advise you guys can give? I would like to have an ability to have my parents over to visit me, because otherwise when I get citizenship I will have to move them as family based immigration, but neither I or them want to do that because they don't speak English at all, so the life will be not fun if you can't communicate with outside world and also in my culture it is kind of not okay to live with own kids after they are 18 (or same for me, I don't want to live with them, I would like to have my own private life). But looks like this might be a case if US b1/b2 visa will never be granted to them...in the end of the day I don't want to abandon my parents when they are older.
But looks like under INA 214 (b) we got at least 3 problems: I am their only child who lives in the US (so no other kids to return to), they are traveling together (so no souse to return to as they travel together) and my dad has no full time job, he runs his business (considered as not important to return to ?).
However officer at the interview didnt ask any other potential ties to home country: for example my dad is handicap and he needs to have annual medical treatment in a specific place in Ukraine as well as they both are looking after my grandma. The question is should they mention this even if office is not asking if they apply again ?
What overall advise and strategy will you guys propose ? Strategy of being truthful and honest lead to failure 1st time, so I really need assistance to figure out how to proceed to avoid moving them here in the future. Should they maybe apply separately, not together ?
Also about me - I am currently pending I485, I360. I work legally and pay taxes. Never overstayed in any country or broke laws of any country as well as my parents.

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Should I update my driver license after receiving the interview letter?
5:45 pm August 6, 2020



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Our family bought and moved to new house 1 month ago in the same state (Texas). We updated our new address with USCIS and made an appointment with DMV to update our address in Driver license (Due to Covic-19, DMV only accepts appointment). The appointment day is Sept 8th 2020. Yesterday, my wife received letter from Uscis for her naturalization interview on Sept 23rd 2020. So she has 2 options:

1) She goes to DMV appointment to update address. I afraid that ,in the meeting, they will destroy my wife's current Driver license (has old address) and give her a temporary Driver license and later they will send her new Driver License in the next 3 or 4 weeks which is after USCI interview. Does USCIS accept the temporary driver license which is only a soft paper, not a regular driver license card ?

2) She doesn't goto DMV for new Driver License. In this case, Does USCIS accept her Driver license with old address? In order to explain to USCIS, what kind of document do we need to prove that she is living in new address (utility bill, deed, hoa document ...)?

Could you please advise me which option my wife should go with?

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