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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. We also have a Chase Freedom card and both of our names are on all the statements. I'm not sure if you need to update the contact/ mailing address information at Chase for that to happen (it's so long since we took out our Chase Account). However, if you have the same account number on both of your cards, you can include copies of both cards with the statements showing that your two names are linked to the same account. Mention this in the cover letter just for extra clarity.
  5. I used a hole punch that I had at home. I adjusted it to have 2.75" spacing between holes (it has adjustable hole spacing and can also punch three holes if required). I don't believe you need to put your papers in any folders as the USCIS will disassemble the package and use their own filing system. That's why they request that stick on tabs are put at the bottom for ease of filing. It might help to have them in folders to protect them during transit though, depending on how well it is packaged.
  6. Yes. As long as the holes don't go through any of the information on the evidence/ forms, that is fine.
  7. The USCIS has some guidelines for assembling a package. Do not three hole punch the evidence, the USCIS requests that you two hole punch at the top of the page. "In preparing your packet, remember: Do not use binders or folders that we cannot easily disassemble. Use fasteners to hold together thick or bulky applications or petitions. Two-hole punching the top of the material for easy placement in the file is appreciated. Sticky tabs assist in locating items listed as attachments. For easy filing, place the tabs on the bottom of the page, not the side. Do not use heavy-duty staples; instead use fasteners or heavy clips. Do not submit originals unless specifically required. Do not submit oversized documentation unless it is necessary. https://www.uscis.gov/forms-filing-tips I also wouldn't use clear protector sheets, it's not necessary. They need to be able to easily disassemble and read the package, and use their own filing methods. I two hole punched the top of my package and used 1" fasteners. I included hole punched dividers to separate the evidence and marked them "Exhibit A", "Exhibit B" etc. on the bottom tabs. I also added stick on tabs marked "Exhibit A", "Exhibit B" etc. on to the first sheet of each piece of evidence. See pics below.
  8. Jason, check this thread out. It looks like you should put "N/A" in the box after all, though if you are using a PDF reader to input the information you may have an issue typing "/" depending on what PDF reader you are using. I found a way round this by using Foxit Reader for inputting "N/A". See thread for details.
  9. I did a search and this question has come up before: I had the same issue as one of the posters in that thread, in that I was using Adobe Reader to complete my I-751. Adobe Reader DOES NOT allow you to type an "/", only letters or numbers. Therefore, it wasn't possible to type "N/A", which is what the USCIS instructions required. I got round this issue by completing all the other parts of the form using Adobe Reader, saving it as a PDF, and then opening it with FOXIT Reader. Foxit Reader has a text type option that allows you type any character you want anywhere on the page. I used Foxit to add all the "N/A" needed throughout the document. That's what worked for me, hopefully it will work for others too in this same situation.
  10. It is, though as mentioned, it appears to contradict the VJ example form. I also found a similar example form on another website that also didn't put "NA" into any of the blank boxes. Hence me asking for clarity.
  11. I've been using the example forms on VJ to complete my I-751. However, in the example form, many of the boxes are left blank. I assume that these are "N/A" boxes, thus when I completed mine I too left these boxes blank as they don't apply to me, i.e. I don't have any children, therefore I left those boxes blank. http://www.visajourney.com/examples/INS-Form-I-751.pdf However, according the USCIS instructions, it states the following: 3. Answer all questions fully and accurately. If a question does not apply to you (for example, if you have never been married and the question asks “Provide the name of your current spouse”), type or print “N/A,” unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question which requires a numeric response is zero or none (for example, “How many children do you have” or “How many times have you departed the United States”), type or print “None,” unless otherwise directed. https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-751instr.pdf So what is the correct way to fill in the I-751 boxes that don't apply? Leave them blank, or put "N/A" in them?
  12. Are people sending their I-751 forms in with the G-1145 E-Notice form too? G-1145 gives electronic notification when the submitted petition is accepted. However, according to the USCIS website, it states: Special Instructions This service is only available for forms filed at our three Lockbox facilities located in Lewisville, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Phoenix, Arizona. https://www.uscis.gov/g-1145 So going by the above, any of the other Lockboxes won't be able to accept G-1145?
  13. Here's another guide that I found. It still doesn't really shed any light on your situation unfortunately. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/free-books/fiance-marriage-visa-book/chapter16-17.html
  14. Here's an example of how a completed form should look: http://www.visajourney.com/examples/INS-Form-I-751.pdf However, I've just looked at the USCIS guideline for completing the form: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-751instr.pdf On page three, no.3, it states: "3. Answer all questions fully and accurately. If a question does not apply to you (for example, if you have never been married and the question asks “Provide the name of your current spouse”), type or print “N/A,” unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question which requires a numeric response is zero or none (for example, “How many children do you have” or “How many times have you departed the United States”), type or print “None,” unless otherwise directed." Now I'm not sure what you should put. According to the above, you might have to state "N/A", even though it's technically not a question that they are asking. Perhaps someone else can shed further light on this?
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