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  1. ESTA replaced the old I-94W, aka the "visa waiver programme". The "w" in I-94W stood for "waiver", which meant that (most) citizens from eligible countries could use the paper I-94W to travel and enter the USA without applying for a Visa from the US consulate in their home country. The I-94W used to be a green slip of card (not to be confused with a "Green Card") that you got given on a plane or ship when traveling to the USA. You filled it in and then presented it with your passport to the CBP/ DHS agent at passport control. The agent still had the power to deny entry if they felt that you were ineligible to enter. It permitted you to enter the USA for 90 days as a tourist with strict requirements of what you could/ could not do i.e. not allowed to work, seek employment, go to school/ study, intend to remain beyond expiration etc., plus you had to leave before 90 days expired else you'd overstayed. ESTA directly replaced the previous I-94W, and had the same requirements. The difference is that you now have to apply online for an ESTA BEFORE you travel, and be approved to travel before you board the plane/ vessel traveling to the USA. If when applying for your ESTA online and it denies you authorisation, you cannot travel to the USA and would need to contact the local consulate to resolve matters/ and/ or apply for an official Visa. Also note the ESTA only authorises you to travel to the USA, it does not guarantee you actual entry as that's up to the CBP officer manning the passport desk. You can still be denied entry when travelling on an ESTA if the officer believes you should not be admitted. Oh, and the old I-94W was free. ESTA is now charged for, payable when you apply for it online. IIRC, once authorized it remains valid for 2 years. In a nutshell: ESTA is a visa waiver programme that allows most citizens from eligible countries to travel to the USA without applying for a Visa. It allows the ESTA holder to visit as a tourist, and with restrictions, for up to 90 days per visit. It is NOT a Visa, and it does NOT guarantee admission to the USA.
  2. IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS! Instructions for adding/updating yourself (or assisting others) to this list: 1. DO NOT DELETE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 2. Copy the entire template or most recent update (Mac users: Select the entire template, then select Command + C) or 3. Click "Quote" on this new template or most recent/updated version of this template. USE THE MOST RECENT POSTING OF THIS LIST! 4. Remove the "Quote Coding" located at the top of this template.  5. Paste the entire template or most recent update (Mac users: Select Command + V) 6. Now make whatever updates/changes you would like, then hit Submit Reply 7. Please use your VJ name to avoid confusion. CAPITALIZE YOUR VJ NAME when adding it to the list 8. Always use [Courier New] Font and font size.[12] 9. Please remember to update the # of applicants on the lead row (XX applicants XX approved) 10. If you cannot add information yourself or you are unsure how to do so, please ask another VJ member to help you do so California Service Center (27 applicants, 3 approved - 11.11%) Visa Journey Name Date of I-751 NOA1 Date Biometrics Approved  Notes CHASUNO 07/21/18 08/01/18 07/18/19 --/--/-- Biometrics initially reused 03/09/19. Then redone 07/18/19 PHILDINFTLAUDY 07/23/18 08/02/18 03/08/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused Reused PINBAK 07/09/18 07/10/18 07/15/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused/New Biometrics completed in July 2019 O.o DASBESTE 07/19/18 07/26/18 03/09/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused MARRIENNE 07/13/18 08/30/18 03/28/19 08/08/19 DIVORCE/FEE WAIVER (approved). No RFE, No interview SPC 07/05/18 07/09/18 --/--/18 --/--/-- IMPLIFE 07/20/18 08/01/18 07/15/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused WYY 07/12/18 07/23/18 --/--/18 --/--/--  RNAB32 07/02/18 07/05/18 03/11/18 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused, xferred to Potomac Service Ctr on 6/4/19 BACONBAIT 07/12/18 07/24/18 03/29/18 --/--/-- Case Transferred to Nebraska May 13. Transf. again 8/5. N400 interview schedule for 9/23 on 8/5 TWIST899 07/20/18 07/24/18 03/11/18 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused THOMAS&JING 07/26/18 --/--/18 --/--/18 --/--/--  J&E H 07/11/18 07/16/18 03/09/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused ISMAR&BRANDY 07/30/18 08/27/18 08/14/19 --/--/--- Biometrics Reused, but completed aug. 18th WHISKERS222 07/26/18 08/07/18 07/18/19 --/--/-- YANGIE 07/16/18 07/25/18 --/--/18 07/11/19 APPROVED. Biometrics Reused, xferred to Nebraska 05/10/19. No RFE, No Interview MINNIE_MOUSE 07/25/18 08/08/18 03/08/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused YANIROSE 07/12/18 07/20/18 03/07/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused JO AL 07/26/18 08/07/18 03/28/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused KANTE 07/26/18 08/07/18 03/08/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused NXN 07/21/18 08/01/18 --/--/-- 06/19/19 APPROVED. Biometrics Reused, case xfered 05/10/2019, no interview PANTONIA 07/26/18 08/07/18 07/17/19 --/--/-- Biometrics were supposed to be reused (03/16/19). Had biometrics appt on 07/17 EA & AM 07/11/18 07/19/18 03/27/19 --/--/-- Case transferred to NBC on 05/20/2019. Pending N-400. MAGGIE 07/23/18 08/-/18 03/11/19 --/--/--  ALEXBATALLA 07/11/18 07/18/18 03/09/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused NINTENDOSWITCH 07/18/18 07/25/18 03/07/19 06/25/19 APPROVED. Biometrics reused, case transferred to Nebraska, No RFE, No interview CDN_ALI 07/23/18 08/02/18 03/09/19 --/--/-- Biometrics Reused Vermont Service Center (14 applicants, 4 approved - 28.57%) Visa Journey Name Date of I-751 NOA1 Date Biometrics Approved  Notes P-ANA 07/09/18 07/12/18 08/13/18 --/--/-- SUN&MOON 07/21/18 07/27/18 08/31/18 --/--/-- JOHN&MARIA 07/23/18 07/26/18 08/31/18 --/--/-- ENDOFMAY 07/12/18 07/16/18 --/--/18 IMPREZAOWNER27 07/23/18 08/01/18 09/04/18 --/--/-- MCSSAE7883 07/14/18 07/17/18 08/20/18 --/--/--  NEM&GRH 07/28/18 --/--/18 --/--/18 --/--/--  DRELLANJ 07/23/18 07/26/18 08/31/18 08/09/19 APPROVED, NO RFE, NO TRANSFER, NO INTERVIEW CRB 07/30/18 08/06/18 09/18/18 --/--/-- LJC 07/30/18 08/02/18 08/30/18 --/--/-- MARIEDINO 07/20/18 07/25/18 08/31/18 --/--/-- Case transferred to Potomac Center on 5/17/19 ANDREWMC 07/21/18 07/26/18 08/31/18 07/05/19 APPROVED TMC03 07/12/18 07/16/18 08/22/18 07/15/19 APPROVED, NO RFE, NO TRANSFER, NO INTERVIEW CNMN 07/13/18 07/17/18 08/22/18 07/23/19 APPROVED, NO RFE, NO TRANSFER, NO INTERVIEW LEGEND/KEY: Date of I-751 = The Date you sent your application. NOA Date = The Receipt Date on your original NOA letter. Biometrics = The Date of your biometrics appointment. Approved = The Date your case was approved.
  3. Is this really the requirements? My understanding was that the non US spouse had to remain married and also have the USA as their primary residence during the 3 year period prior to applying for citizenship? I am sure there are a number of cases where a couple have an additional home(s) outside of the USA, and/ or they spend time abroad for business purposes. As long as the spouse applying for citizenship spends 6 months and 1 day per year residing in the USA, that would legally make the USA their primary residence. Or is there a specific clause/ requirement in the Citizenship application that states that the applicant must have physically spent 3 whole years in the USA prior to applying for citizenship?
  4. Hi all, I know it's a week away from July, though due to some hold ups at my end, I won't be filing my I-751 ROC until the very beginning of July. My conditional Green Card expires at the beginning of August and I could have filed back in May. Well, had we not been away from home until mid June and dealing with all manner of other things (a fractured Achilles Tendon being one of them!) I would have been on the case quicker. I've already completed the I-751 PDF, so other than being signed and dated, that's ready to go. What is taking a while is getting all the evidence together. I did manage to put certain things to one side since the date that we were married in view of the ROC, though there is still much I feel I need to find. Reading the USCIS guidelines it seemed pretty simple and it didn't appear that a huge amount of evidence is required. Then I read through this ROC section of the forum and saw some of the packages people had sent - how much stuff were they sending?!!! Got me all nervous when I started looking at how little I appeared to have. However, I have been gathering various items and already the "pack" is thickening up. I will be glad to get the pack completed and sent so that everything is back in the system so to speak. Then it will be a waiting game again. Those memories of the K1 visa and Adjustment of Status come flooding back! Good luck to all July 2018 filers. May your journey be smooth and timely, and that you'll very soon have your conditions removed. Let the July 2018 games begin!
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