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About taximan683

  • Birthday 10/22/1961

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  1. My wife will apply for citizenship this year, and I'm wondering if I should wait to adopt my stepchild until the citizenship process is complete, or go ahead and adopt her now. I'm in California. My wife and stepdaughter have their green cards and we have been married and living in the USA for over 4 years. They have had their provisional green cards for 3 years this June (expired, but have letter stating they are awaiting removal of provisions). I'm wondering if adopting her now will create confusion, and maybe better to wait for citizenship through her mother is complete. Any thoughts?
  2. What about becoming dual citizen? Her Mom will file for dual citizenship when she becomes US citizen. I guess my stepdaughter can still be dual citizen due to her Filipino birth. I am only concerned with adoption in the US so she will be eligible for Social Security benefits under my name.
  3. My stepdaughter is in the USA as legal resident from Philippines. Her father is not on the birth certificate and has never had contact with her. We had no problem with her coming here as K2. If I adopt her, will she automatically becomes a citizen? My wife will apply for citizenship next year and our daughter would then become a citizen anyway. I want to adopt her either way and I'm wondering if I should wait until she is a citizen or do it now. In addition, I will be applying for social security while she is still only 11 or 12 years old and I learned that she will receive social security benefits as my minor adopted child, so that's another reason to adopt. Any comments or experience with this would be welcome.
  4. Thank you for your answer. I'm going to adopt her one way or another. I'm just wondering if I should wait until she's a citizen or do it before she's a citizen. I'm just wondering if that makes any difference? Just from the perspective of how much complication there is. Maybe it doesn't matter at all and maybe I should talk to a lawyer.
  5. Thank you for the responses. One more question. Should I apply to adopt my stepdaughter now or just let her become a citizen with her mother? I believe she will become a citizen when I adopt her. Is that true?
  6. OK, so we want to retire to the Philippines in about 2 1/2 years. We have filed I-751 and my wife's provisional green card was created June 2021, so I believe she can apply for citizenship 90 days before the same date in June 2024. I'm thinking that we should make her and her child (my stepchild who I plan to adopt) dual-citizens before we retire to the Philippines because we will want to visit the USA whenever we like. If my wife and step-daughter only have green cards, then we will have to return to the USA every year and renew their green cards in 10 years (after they receive their 10-year green cards). Has anyone here dealt with the same situation? My plan is to have her apply for citizenship when eligible which would confer citizenship on the child as well, then apply for dual citizenship at the Philippines consulate in the USA. I also plan to adopt my step-daughter because she would be eligible for Social Security benefits until she reaches 18. I will be applying for Social Security in the next few years. Does anyone here have experience with this kind of situation? Is there anything I am forgetting, or any flaws in my plan? Is it very important for her to become a citizen, or is it possible to deal with the challenges of the green card? (wife is worried about the citizenship test).
  7. Yeah, I ran into several problems with form versions and confusing rules. I remember going to the office where you do the biometrics and being asked for our marriage certificate when that was not on the list of items to bring. Luckily, I had brought all of our documents just in case. You just have to expect the unexpected and adapt to whatever they want. I'd have to check our timeline, but our interview was about a year ago. Maybe some requirements have changed. If they don't accept your medical, I believe you can go get it done afterward. Good luck!
  8. I was told that the DS-3025 had to be less than one year before the interview. I had the same confusion as you. I found a medical office that was reasonably priced and made an appointment for a week before the interview. I wasn't sure if it was necessary until the day before the appointment when we received a courtesy call from the agent saying we needed it
  9. Before our interview, an agent called us to remind us that the medical was over one year old and that we would need an updated one. Luckily, we already had an appointment to get another medical. There are certain vaccinations and tests that need to be updated. My wife and child had to have a blood test, and we had to go to Rite Aid to get a couple of booster shots. If you go without the new medical, you might be delayed in getting the green card because you'll have to do this after the interview. I'd recommend that you do the physical before the interview, but apparently some people are not asked for it. For us, it was definitely required.
  10. I bought tickets to visit the Philippines in December. They asked for the "Green Card Number" for my wife and child in the passenger information section. Which number do they mean? There's the USCIS number on the front, a number at the top on the back, and several lines of numbers on the back across the bottom.
  11. I bought tickets to visit the Philippines in December. They asked for the "Green Card Number" for my wife and child in the passenger information section. Which number do they mean? There's the USCIS number on the front, a number at the top on the back, and several lines of numbers on the back across the bottom.
  12. We broke every time restraint as far as the medical exam goes. The medical was done in the Philippines in January 2019 (K-1 and K-2) and they entered the USA on July 7, 2019 just before the visa would expire. We got married September 2019 (again, just in time). We didn't file the i-485 until May 2020 (that's when it was accepted. We were trying since March 2020, but had a few rejections). So, we didn't file the i-485 within 60 days of the physical exam - it was over a year; the exam was over one year old when we filed the i-485; and the exam was over two years old when we had the interview. I was pretty sure we needed another exam, although it didn't make sense to me since they had already lived in the USA for two years after the first exam. We almost waited until the interview to find out, but AnneWolf replied to my post here on Visa Journey and told me about a clinic near us that would do the physical exams for less than $200 each (Some clinics quoted me a price over $500 each - so I didn't want to spend that on an exam that might not be needed). I made an appointment at the clinic AnneWolf told me about, and on the day we had the appointment an officer from USCIS called us to let us know we needed another exam. The doctor at the clinic told us we needed two additional vaccines to follow up on what they had in the Philippines (pneomoccocal for the child, and varicella for my wife). We got those done at Rite Aid on our insurance, then returned to the clinic to get our sealed envelopes the day before the interview (Friday before the Memorial Day weekend). The clinic is "John Medical Clinic" in Fullerton, CA. The doctor and staff are Korean and very helpful and quick to provide results.
  13. Green cards have been mailed per the USCIS website. Interview was the 1st of June and today, June 4th, the green cards are on the way for K-1 and K-2! We had the interview in Santa Ana, CA at the Federal building. We entered the building right on time. We went through a metal detector to enter the building - had to take off my belt, but not my shoes. The guards at the entrance were friendly and checked our IDs (my driver's license and my wife's CA ID) and had us answer some Covid questions (are you sick, etc.). We were directed by arrows on the floor to a window to turn in our paperwork, then we waited a couple minutes before they told us to go up to the second floor to another waiting room. There were about 15 people waiting for interviews, a couple of them had lawyers. The interviews were for naturalization as well as AOS. We waited maybe an hour before we were called in to an office. I gave the agent our passports, paperwork and medical exam sealed envelopes. I gave him originals and copies and asked for the originals back. He gave them back right away. He looked through our papers and went through the i-485 and asked my wife (K-1) a lot of the questions in a general way, he asked for her parent's names and where they lived. He did ask the date she entered the country with our K-2, and both their birthdates. He addressed most of these questions to my wife. He asked how we met, what does our K-2 call me, the date I asked her to marry me, and the date we met, etc. I had filled out a new i-864 just in case with my tax returns and pay check stubs - he looked at it, but didn't comment much so I don't know if it was necessary. It was pretty easy, and I'm glad my wife memorized all those dates beforehand. At the end, it was about 15 minutes, he said he's review the medical information then they'd let us know the results through the mail. I checked the website an hour later and we were approved. It wasn't difficult. I was thinking "What are they going to do if our interview is terrible? My wife has been here in the USA for just about two years waiting for this. I wonder if they actually ever send someone back to their home country?" Of course, it would be terrible if they rejected you and required you to start over or something. I will say that I overheard some others at the entrance talking to agents, and you had better be on time. They will turn you away if you are not there at the appointed time with whatever documents are required. I suppose that would create quite a delay. They gave one lady a chance to fill out a form in the waiting area, but her lawyer had to talk to the agent to give her that chance. All done for 21 months now. Feels good!
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