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  1. You must have missed the entire part where they clarify everything. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/14/2019-17142/inadmissibility-on-public-charge-grounds DHS is revising its interpretation of “public charge” to incorporate consideration of such benefits, and to better ensure that aliens subject to the public charge inadmissibility ground are self-sufficient, i.e., do not depend on public resources to meet their needs, but rather rely on their own capabilities, as well as the resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations.[10] This rule redefines the term “public charge” to mean an alien who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36-month period (such that, for instance, receipt of two benefits in one month counts as two months). This rule defines the term “public benefit” to include cash benefits for income maintenance, SNAP, most forms of Medicaid, Section 8 Housing Assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance, and certain other forms of subsidized housing. DHS has tailored the rule to limit its effects in certain ways, such as for active duty military members and their families, and children in certain contexts. FAM is not law. Actually there is a very weak test for public charge via the I-134. The I-134 is not legally binding. Its an 'info sheet'. Its not until you hit AOS and the I-864 that things get real.
  2. That means nothing to me. Unless you are old/sick you should be at work. The 'cure' is worse than the illness. So many media lies about what happened... but this is not a place for theories. USCIS never shut down or posted anything about stopping/reducing paperwork. Only in person interviews. So actually more people should be able to work on scanning/typing etc.
  3. Dude (or dudette) I picked one of your links AT RANDOM AND READ IT. You did not, did you??? https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/690759-k1-interview-denial/ "Finally, I proposed to her and we had a social ceremony with all the bells and whistles. It was not religious nor civil, but we did have a ceremony," They had a WEDDING CEREMONY and submitted photographic evidence of it. APPLES and ORANGES. Now, tell me how two people standing next to each other in a tux and dress is indication of any sort of CEREMONY. I will 1000000% believe you that YES, if you had a CEREMONY, the CO will have all sorts of red flags. But the photos are not what got those K1 denied. THE CEREMONY did. Please read them first before you hold them up as proof. I took engagement photos (in full garb) and also had an engagement party (in regular clothes). There is no way you can look at the engagement party and think 'that's a ceremony'. It was a bunch of people eating. Ditto for the tux and dress photos. We were on a beach. With no one around. And a park, and a temple (aka tourist trap).
  4. As usual, no one actually read the 'public charge' legislation. The jist is that you cannot have been on 'public assistance' (and there is a list of what are officially considered public assistance') for more than 12 months out of a 36 month rolling period. So no, if you are jumping right in to AOS from K1 then there is no way you can be on public assistance for 12 months prior to applying. IF you delay, then yes, there is a possibility you could trigger the law. Read the rules, folks, its all written down for your convenience. As for lawyers, there are plenty of VJ posts about how wrong these lawyers are. As for LGBT. No one cares. You're married and you're going to AOS.
  5. I submitted an I-129F early this year, 3 months. That fell through. Submitted another i-129F and we are at 4+ months. So yeah taking longer. If you look at the 'processing times' they have already adjudicated PAST my NOA1 date at CSC. CSC is processing NOA1s dated 12/24/2019. "December 10, 2019, we received your Form I-129F" So at by that number we are at least two weeks long, and over 6 weeks compared to Spring of 2019.
  6. For the I-129F all you need is a letter with 2 sentences. Most of that RFE is boilerplate. You cannot plan anything until you get the K1 visa. Can you post your letter of intent (with names etc redacted) so we can see why they would ever question intent to marry from the Service Center? From the consulate? OK, that would make more sense. From the CSC? Something is amiss.
  7. Wait, wut? They are on public assistance? And you claim them as dependents? Food stamps (SNAP) is definitely on the 'public charge' list. This seems to be a red flag. You are claiming that you support two parents, yet they get public assistance.
  8. Get a map. Find the USA, find New Zealand. Pick a random Asian country. Draw a line from both the US and NZ to that random Asian country. Measure that line. Tell me which country is closer to said random Asain country. Repeat as necessary. Well, Greenbaum posted two links to K1 denied for 'photos'. It turned out, IN BOTH CASES the photos were not the problem, the fact that they had a WEDDING CEREMONY was. Apples and oranges. The fact is that many countries have a custom (different than a tradition) of having pre-wedding photos, in wedding attire, and its 100000% not an issue. The fact that you can easily google it is proof. As a word of advice, never take VJ posts at face value. You only get one side of the story and never the full story. Again , the post above.. people said they were denied because of engagement photos. No, they were denied for having a marriage ceremony and presented photographic evidence of it.
  9. How much do you make and how many people do you have to care for? Its pretty simple math. If you have been denied, you need to wait until you get a formal letter stating that the case is closed. You just can't start sending applications until the ones in progress (even though you know it will be denied) is OFFICIALLY closed.
  10. SmallTownPA

    Blue slip help

    Cool. I hope they don't pull that nonsense at our interview.
  11. As long as you don't have to switch airports Japan is allowing passengers to transit. If you don't have to clear immigration you are good to go. I've been to Haneda and its a nice airport. I hope you have time to visit the observation deck, you can see the entire airport, although I doubt you'll see much air traffic. I can't stand Japanese airlines. The fakeness of the service is just infuriating. No, I don't want an apology, I want my issue resolved.
  12. I called right at the two week mark to get an invoice number and while it took me about an hour on hold, they had it. A month would be very generous.. and to long. Even now. Contrary to the CNN/MSNBC there are parts of the country that are not at a complete standstill.
  13. New Zealand is kinda close to Asia, is it not? I will point you to Japan, China, and Vietnam as just a few countries that CERTAINLY have pre-wedding photo shoots, in full wedding garb. Go to the Forbidden City in Beijing and just about every day you can see people taking the photos, in wedding gowns. One day I counted no less than 6 groups trying to get shots at one of the entrances. Also, how do you think they get those cheesy videos/photos to display at the reception??? Hows about this.. type in 'Japanese pre wedding photo shoot' into google, then click on images. Tell me what you see. For even better photos, type in 'New Zealand pre-wedding photo shoot' let me know if you find any hobbits
  14. SmallTownPA

    Blue slip help

    Did you get the visa? I mean asking about your previous marriage when you were never married would mean that they just denied you just to get the case counts up for the day.
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