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  1. Well since the mandate is gone, you can take the risk of no insurance for him until he's employed. Also, have you already signed up for your new insurance? If not, are there other, "worse" plans that would be cheaper? Many employers have at least a couple options (for instance my wife's new employer has 3 or 4 options). And lastly, since you filed in December, he's not going to be here for quite awhile, so now that you know about the expense, maybe put a little extra into your savings between now and when he arrives late this year.
  2. With a mind like that, it is a true shame he wasn't allowed into the country. /s
  3. For a country of around 290 million, 82K is quite small :). And I suspect a lot of those 71500 NIV are student visas and the like. Most of the Indonesians I know who have come here on a NIV were on a J-1 or J-2.
  4. My wife has changed jobs 8 times now. She hasn't updated her SSN card, and she switched jobs a couple times while her status was an expired green card and an extension letter (during the ROC process). Never had any problems.
  5. If the cost to buy the ticket online is the same (or less) than going to the airport, why not just do that? I'm guessing the problem is the ticket sales people don't know squat about visas and the like. I think he's less likely to face obstacles when checking in, and definitely will not when boarding the flight or his connecting flight. Turkish Air and Air France employees (at least in Turkey and France) are generally pretty good. Also, another airline to try might be Lufthansa.
  6. I agree with all of this. Also, having two minor children might actually be an obstacle and will not help her application for the reason iwir gave (other family members can help out, and she will move to the USA and send money back to support everyone). Honestly, the whole process for Indonesians seems like a ####### shoot to me. A friend's mom from Borneo owned her house and had an Ok income (by Indonesian standards), and somehow got a tourist visa. I am guessing she got approved because her children were adults, and she had a very simple travel plan (visiting the US for 2 weeks to see her daughter graduate). Meanwhile, her son-in-law, who made quite a bit more money than her and also owned a home, didn't get approved. I'm guessing it was because he is 20something. Good luck!
  7. usmsbow

    How soon did you find your first job?

    If you're living in a place with a strong job market, it shouldn't be that difficult for you to find a "regular job" that pays decently. The economy is still doing pretty well, and the job market is still very good in many areas of the country.
  8. I also missed this part. This would indicate they are indeed legally married: And later on (maybe even next week), a marriage license from her home country.
  9. She received the K-1 visa already. They are not legally married. There aren't any (legal) problems with her visa or entering the USA with it. They wouldn't be committing any fraud either. All the threads you are referring to are generally at the consulate stage during the interview, and not with USCIS. That being said, due to their circumstances, I'd skip the K-1/AOS route and go with the CR-1.
  10. Your friend's lawyer is wrong. Assuming you want to change your name, you did it correctly. You friend's lawyer doesn't know what s/he is talking about.
  11. Assuming your insurance is through your employer, they should be able to answer the question for you. Generally one of the following happens: 1) you will pay twice as much in your next pay check to cover your deductible or 2) they'll ask you to submit a payment to cover the deductible. In my experience #2 happens if you're going to miss more than one paycheck, and especially if you don't know when you'll be coming back...
  12. usmsbow

    Bangkok Interview

    Well there are plenty of stories here on VJ of K-1 rejections, primarily from Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, and Pakistan.
  13. The shutdown also might be reducing the # of interviews each day...
  14. usmsbow

    Bangkok Interview

    Have you read the reviews of the embassy here on VJ? I just quickly looked over them. Nearly every review is 4 or 5 stars, and it sounds like the interview is very short (often just 3 questions). I also don't recall ever seeing any stories here on VJ indicating otherwise.The only two countries I recall anyone having K-1 "challenges" in SE Asia are Cambodia and Vietnam. In other words, if you have a straight forward case, I think you can feel confident things will go fine. Thailand reviews: https://www.visajourney.com/reviews/index.php?cnty=Thailand&page=1&dfilter=5&topic=