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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from NancyNguyen in Apply for B2 in a third country   
    Stick to the ESTA program. B2 visa's can be denied and then VWP won't not be available to you. If you use the maximum amount of time on your visa over and over in a short period of time you will be denied entry eventually.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from Asia in Apply for B2 in a third country   
    Stick to the ESTA program. B2 visa's can be denied and then VWP won't not be available to you. If you use the maximum amount of time on your visa over and over in a short period of time you will be denied entry eventually.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from Jacque67 in Apply for B2 in a third country   
    Stick to the ESTA program. B2 visa's can be denied and then VWP won't not be available to you. If you use the maximum amount of time on your visa over and over in a short period of time you will be denied entry eventually.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from Tony Gabriello in B1 VISA REQUIREMENT   
    Wrong visa. B-2 is the visitor visa. Odds are it will be issued as a B-1/B-2 combo visa. You can't do anything to help. Check out the Nigeria consulate web site and they will have country specific instructions for the B-2 visa.
    As far as extra documentation on the Vietnam consulate web site it says the tourist visa is an interview only review process by US law and they go so far to say not to bring "extra" documentation for the B-2 visa interview. When my wife got her B-2 visa they only wanted to see her passport and oddly enough my passport. The rest was all interview for 90 seconds. They rely a great deal on profiling and how you respond to a half dozen questions. They want to hear the applicants reasons they will return to their home country.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from Boiler in Should we get married in the US (already married in Mexico) and apply for Adjustment of Status?   
    What advice are you giving. It is fraud to enter the US with a non immigrant visa with preconceived intend to immigrate. Burden of proof is on CBP at POE. Once you're in the US you can AOS but the case can be approved or denied. Usually the fraud is overlooked by why risk it.
    With a CR1 at the NVC stage why change gears now.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from Stressed Out in Should we get married in the US (already married in Mexico) and apply for Adjustment of Status?   
    What advice are you giving. It is fraud to enter the US with a non immigrant visa with preconceived intend to immigrate. Burden of proof is on CBP at POE. Once you're in the US you can AOS but the case can be approved or denied. Usually the fraud is overlooked by why risk it.
    With a CR1 at the NVC stage why change gears now.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from Ryan H in USTraveldocs doesn't have CR-1 Option, only K3   
    ustraveldocs.com doesn't have an option for CR-1 because you don't use it for CR-1 before the interview. Some consulates use it for CR-1 after the interview so you can arrange shipping of the passport with completed visa back to the owner.
    At this point all you should need to is complete the medical and go to the interview. Your interview letter should tell you exactly what documents you still need to bring to the interview.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from Ian H. in USTraveldocs doesn't have CR-1 Option, only K3   
    ustraveldocs.com doesn't have an option for CR-1 because you don't use it for CR-1 before the interview. Some consulates use it for CR-1 after the interview so you can arrange shipping of the passport with completed visa back to the owner.
    At this point all you should need to is complete the medical and go to the interview. Your interview letter should tell you exactly what documents you still need to bring to the interview.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from TNQA0327 in Question about NVC and changing lawyer   
    A waiver is if the beneficiary has something on record that could get a visa denied ie a tourist visa overstay in the US.
    The NVC went all electronic last year. If you have the case # and invoice id you can log on yourself and do all the work from your computer. Usually the first thing you would do is log on and complete the choice of agent which it says for the beneficiary to complete but you can do it and make yourself agent. I don't know how it works when a lawyer is already involved.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from bebekins in K-1/K2 visa and reporting birth abroad process   
    CRBA has nothing to do with the K-1. It will actually strengthen your case.
    You or fiancée needs to complete the CRBA process at the consulate in Chile. Research CRBA on the local consulate web site. Once you have the needed documentation it all takes about 2 weeks. The consulate sends the childs CRBA cert and US passport to your local address in Chile about 2 weeks after the interview. The childs Social Security card gets sent to your address in the US 2-3 months later. The CRBA is actually pretty easy compared to the immigration process.
    The reason the consulate keeps pushing you to the CRBA is because your child is probably qualifies for USC and not K-2. If your finance goes to interview without a CRBA odds are she will end up in AP until the CRBA is in hand.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from My&Truong in Only 1 date of interview available for K1 visa?   
    Check everyday. Sometimes people cancel and days open up. November and December are not open for interview dates yet. If I remember correctly the next month opened on the 3rd Monday of this month which might be Tuesday now because Monday is a US holiday. Keep checking. Once the new month opens it books up fast.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from NerdyGirl in Medical examination with herpes virux simplex 2 (merged)   
    Don't worry about it. You don't need to stress about being truthful on this one. Herpes is not a congenital disease and is not a dis-qualifier for a visa.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from rolandlove1234 in read this   
    Your immigration lawyer doesn't know what government department the NVC is under. Fire your lawyer.
    Write all the letters you want. They never do any good. The immigration process for a CR1/IR1 takes 10-14 months; how you deal with this time is up to you......be positive. I knew the times when I started over a year ago. My process took 13 months and I planned accordingly.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from cdneh in read this   
    Your immigration lawyer doesn't know what government department the NVC is under. Fire your lawyer.
    Write all the letters you want. They never do any good. The immigration process for a CR1/IR1 takes 10-14 months; how you deal with this time is up to you......be positive. I knew the times when I started over a year ago. My process took 13 months and I planned accordingly.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from mstee81 in read this   
    Your immigration lawyer doesn't know what government department the NVC is under. Fire your lawyer.
    Write all the letters you want. They never do any good. The immigration process for a CR1/IR1 takes 10-14 months; how you deal with this time is up to you......be positive. I knew the times when I started over a year ago. My process took 13 months and I planned accordingly.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from BastillaShan in read this   
    Your immigration lawyer doesn't know what government department the NVC is under. Fire your lawyer.
    Write all the letters you want. They never do any good. The immigration process for a CR1/IR1 takes 10-14 months; how you deal with this time is up to you......be positive. I knew the times when I started over a year ago. My process took 13 months and I planned accordingly.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from Dualie in read this   
    Your immigration lawyer doesn't know what government department the NVC is under. Fire your lawyer.
    Write all the letters you want. They never do any good. The immigration process for a CR1/IR1 takes 10-14 months; how you deal with this time is up to you......be positive. I knew the times when I started over a year ago. My process took 13 months and I planned accordingly.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from My&Truong in Need help!!! Wrong address information in I129F   
    I wouldn't worry about this as long as your current address is correct. I screwed up the address when I filed a CRBA in HCMC and the CO just corrected it with red pen on the spot. It wasn't a big deal.
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    XXXYYYZZZ reacted to UncleBeer in Visa Waiver Program filers of AOS   
    Note that I began my query asking about the legalities of the situation, trying to be sure not to run afoul of the law.
    A real shame folks can't come here to post questions without getting a boatload of wiseacre comments in return.
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from luukee in B2 visa for wife- married to US citizen, US citizen infant, I-140 filed   
    Do you have $165 and half a day to kill in district 1? Then make a try for the B2. The worse thing that can happen is she gets denied and you just wait for your CR1. A lot of people here don't have the financial means to travel back and forth with a family to visit US. Many people on VJ don't have enough income to meet the AOS for 125% poverty without additional sponsors and can't imagine how you could have those kinds of extravagant funds.
    The State Department does understand your wife intends to immigrate BUT NOT NOW. She is married and her situation has changed. I think a lot of people hear that it's hard to get a B2 with an immigrant visa in this process so they never try. I saw statics on B1/B2 visas for last year in HCMC was around 70% approval but now I can't find those state department statistics. If her situation has changed I think your odds are good.
    I was a regular on the forum but abandoned my account after being in threads like yours. VJ has it's uses but I don't have patience for the negativity or out right attacks of a lot of the posters. Seeing your tread I got back on the forum to provide my actual experience which is identical to your's. I attached the link to my old thread on this but the last few pages are gone now.
    http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/480932-ho-chi-minh-city-b2-interview/
    At the time my wife got a B2 visa we were married 8 months living in HCMC with an I-130 filed for the CR1 waiting on NOA-2. I already had the babies birth certificate, vietnam passport, CRBA and US passport. The only difference is my wife didn't have any previous denials. FYI you don't need a Vietnam passport for the baby but it makes life easy. To leave Vietnam with a baby only having a US passport you'll need to get a stamp from one of the immigration offices but don't know which. To come back to vietnam the baby can get a visa exemption from the office on Nguyen Trai good for 5 years and $20. So can you for that matter if you haven't done all this already.
    I filled out the tourist visa application from the HCMC consulate web site and submitted it. People will tell you that no assistance can be given to help the applicant for a B2. Screw that stupid notion, it's your wife! I filled the form out because my wife is not good with computers and doesn't understand US forms. The online form asks if you were assisted in completing the form; I put my name and relationship. It also asks if you have an immigrant petition filed which I checked yes and in the explanation box I put we are currently waiting on a adjudication of our I-130 petition for CR-1 and put the USCIS case number. Reason for the visa I put that we recently had a new baby and want to visit my husbands family. I printed a copy of the application but that was not needed. I submitted the form and printed the confirmation page. I then scheduled the interview online and again printed the confirmation page.
    I do remember one issue I had with the online application. You can attach a jpg passport photo to the online application but I didn't have one and it wouldn't let me complete the form when I clicked "don't have a photo" box. To get around this I uploaded a random jpg file that was denied as not the correct format of a passport photo and then it said to bring one to the interview and let me complete the form. They may have fixed that glitch.
    Before the interview you have to pay the visa fee at citibank on Nguyen Hue. It's not the actual bank branch office inside the lobby. On the outside of the building on the Rex Hotel side there is a little citibank office that only does visa fee processing. If I remember correctly this receipt is the one needed to enter the embassy on the day of the interview. Review the B2 guide on the US HCMC consulate website.
    Day of the interview. I sat across the street with the baby at the coffee bean and tea leaf as for this interview only the applicant can come inside. The wife went into the embassy carrying a small pouch with her passport, passport photos, birth certificate, housebook, government ID, marriage certificate, all the translations, CRBA, a copy of our joint bank statement and a letter I wrote explaining her reason wanting a B2. In the end they only wanted her passport as the B2 is based on her interview answers; the consulate web site for HCMC actually says not to bring tons of paper or even bank records for the B2.
    She was in the embassy for an hour and the wife called me saying now outside and the consular officer wanted to see me. The consular officer gave her an invitation for me to come inside once he learned I was just outside. I go inside with the baby and go right to the window with the officer that had been interviewing her. He asks for my passport and what I do for a living. I say engineer in offshore oil and the response from the CO was "that explains a lot". Approved. They keep the passport and you have to fill out and EMS waybill and pay the shipping before leaving the consulate. A week later her passport was delivered at our HCMC address with a 1 year B1/B2 visa for multiple entry.
    If I was not there to go into the embassy I not sure she would have been approved. I was there and she was approved so outside parties can indeed affect the outcome of a B2 visa interview. I would suggest your wife carry into the interview the documents I listed as it can't hurt and both you and your child's passports. The CO made a comment that if she had my passport in hand the first time I may not have had to come inside.
    If you do get the visa when you fly to the US make sure you list your place of residence on the blue customs form using your Vietnam address; at first I used my US address out of habit and it caused a few minutes of delay at immigration; not a big deal CPB just asked me to cross out my US address and put our Vietnam address. It makes sense as she is visiting and you use her home country address until she gets the CR1.
    If you got any other questions I'm in the same boat as you and a little further along in the process; currently I'm getting my Vietnam drivers license..........let the pain begin. Good Luck
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    XXXYYYZZZ got a reaction from luukee in Vietnam Drivers License   
    For those interested I got my VN drivers license a few weeks back. I learned a lot of the info on the net about this is worthless; bad or misinformation.
    I learned recently that my medical nor life insurance will cover my wife or myself if we get into a wreck while operating a vehicle in Vietnam without a license. My wife had been driving for years without one. I told the wife get one; she knew someone at the issuing authority in her home town and got issued a license in two weeks. I thought I'd get an international driving permit but Vietnam doesn't recognize them. But you can get your foreign license converted to a VN license. Companies in vietnam report being able to do this for $100; it's waste of money.
    You don't need a license for 49cc or less motorcycles in Vietnam so if that suits you no issue but I had bigger so need to take the plunge.
    If you have auto and motorcycle endorsements on your state issued license you don't need to take the road tests or do any medical checks. They convert like for like. I was told if I had a CDL they would convert that too.
    To get the process started while I was back home I had motorcycle endorsement added to my state license after taking a required 2 day course. I went back to Vietnam and got my VN size passport photo, it's the same size required for the visa. Next went down to the District 1 peoples committee on Le Duan. They just redid this office which now has a touch screen queuing system for services. The peoples committee is a two step process-translation of DL and passport signature certification. You'll need to get your state drivers license photo copied and translated; you pick up the translation the next day and they gave me the address to the VN motor vehicle office. The first day you can also get your passport biometrics page photo copied and certified. All this took on the first day an hour and a half. The second day was 5 minutes to pick up the translation.
    Elsewhere online it tells you to get your passport certified at the US embassy; this cost $50 and is not required at least not in HCMC. Also you can download the application form online for the VN license conversion. Don't bother, it's the wrong form, just fill it out when you get there.
    Went to the motor vehicle office. Sorry I already forgot the address. I filled out the form and they took a photo of me then paid the fee 130,000dong. I applied for auto and the 175cc motor bike. The guy at the counter asked if I wanted the big bike license and I said no as I don't have one over 175cc. He said it's already on your US license are you sure. I got interested as I also read online you needed to take the road test, have a health check and be a member of a bike club but he said no you already have an unrestricted motorcycle license in the US so you can be issued one here and now. I didn't need this so I didn't get it. They gave me slip to pick it up in one week. One week later I picked it up. Looks just like a US style license in both English and Vietnamese and expires the same day as my 5 year visa exemption. The whole process was fairly easy for Vietnam. One key point is you should bring your Vietnamese speaking spouse or girlfriend with you.
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