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  1. The new rule goes into effect on October 15, 2019. Can you apply before then?
  2. It's good to see people completing their AOS near the 1 year mark, especially in the NYC area where we are. We filed in August 2018 but had two RFIE's and only got 'Case Ready for Interview' in mid-June so still waiting. Looks like we may be the last of the August 2018 AOS filers to post in this thread.
  3. I just read the Housing section(s) of the Comment & Response portion of the new rules. It was a long read! It specifically excludes the Home Ownership program available to Housing Choice Voucher ("HCV") holders. Most of the Housing rules appear to focus on Public Housing occupants. I saw no mention of people using HCV in the private housing, rental market. There's a world of a difference. Tenants with HCV who rent from private Landlords have the option to enter the home ownership program anytime (at least in NYC). I suspect that rule will be later clarified/restricted to Public Housing only. By definition, Public Housing requires near-poverty or zero income. No one would live there if they had a choice. The HCV program is the bread and butter of the private housing market in big cities. The new Housing rules are a real 'hatchet job' that have not been thought very well. Moreover, all the AOS applications pending on October 15, 2019 will be determined by the old rules. I suspect USCIS may approve the pending Case Ready AOS applications very fast just to get them out so they can grapple with the new rules. Confusion will reign.
  4. Geowrian, Good point. I foresee problems with this "negative factor" classification because it cannot be applied uniformly. There are so many different ways that a Tenant and/or a Homeowner can receive Section 8. It hard to believe that Homeowner's receipt of Section 8 benefits to pay down their private mortgage held by a private bank, can be deemed a negative factor. That distinction has an 'arbitrary and capricious' sound to it.
  5. Old Post but to anyone who may read it: There are different types of Section 8 programs. Each State administers it's own plan as funded by the Federal Government through HUD. Receiving Section 8 does not mean a person is a public charge. I read this often and it is flat out wrong and untrue. A person can receive Section 8 and successfully sponsor a K1 and AOS. However, there are some States that link their Section 8 programs to Public Housing. These programs are often the basis for the mistaken opinions expressed here on VJ. Not all Section 8 programs are the same.
  6. toocold, so fast your timeline was! We're Case Ready for Interview for last few months. Granted, we had two (2) RFE's but even subtracting those 6 months we have at least a two (2) year wait for interview? How was your AOS so fast?
  7. See: 65 Federal Register p. 49994, August 16, 2000; 8 C.F.R. §213a. Both HUD and the Department of Health and Human Services contended that the term "federal means-tested public benefit" should only apply to mandatory programs. (None of HUD’s programs (Section 8) are mandatory programs.) The Department of Justice found that this was a permissible interpretation of the statute (see Memorandum Opinion for the General Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services, Proposed Agency Interpretation of "Federal Means-Tested Public Benefits" Under Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Department of Justice, January 14, 1997).
  8. It's 2019 and now the Trump administration has changed the rules. https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/12/politics/legal-immigration-public-charge/index.html I foresee many delays and much confusion as USCIS steps up Trump's Inquisition on foreign born people.
  9. Really old late reply I apologize but we got two (2) RFIE's. It all worked out OK though, "Case ready for Interview" a few weeks ago. Now I understand a 2-3 year wait for NY City area
  10. 284 days after Case Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview Oh Lord ! How can USCIS be so time consuming after all the info they take from us. There's not a day from my life I have not had to account for. What else could they possibly want or learn, our demeanor? I'm in Bronx County, BTW
  11. Case Ready for Interview Happy Happy! Do we have anymore paperwork to submit? It's been 54 weeks since Jing arrived at JFK. I see other Timelines show Biometrics soon after 'Case Ready'. We had our finger printing & Biometrics last Summer After two (2) RFE's USCIS has exhausted us. Neil & Jing
  12. If there is a chance you may resort to using your Mom's income, make certain her Tax Returns were filed and in proper order. Also verify the total number of dependents and households with respective income level required. It can get complicated if there are 2 households. A bit of advance preparation goes a long way and having a fallback strategy is comforting.
  13. It's a ton of work to document assets. Length of time owned and source. Bank letters take a day to get if you're lucky Also try not to exclusively rely on what someone tells you to do. It's better to read it yourself after you print it out and take it 1 step at a time. It's important to have a printed copy of the instructions for reference. Also download the USCIS Policy Manual and the Adjudicator's Field Manual for cross-review of your papers. The form Instructions can be confusing and mean different things to different people. One mistake we made was rushing to get our AOS papers in asap. If I could have done it over again, I would have waited as long as we could to submit our AOS package to get our most recent tax year better documented. I consider myself lucky on the timing issue but I'm still holding my breath until GC is here.
  14. I got the exact same RFIE in February. Same office, etc. Had me scratching my head for weeks. Submitted our package April 12. No reply yet but the timing was good because it allowed us to submit 2018 Tax Return. First time back on VJ for a few weeks. Life almost returned to normal LOL. Anyways, It was only after I re-assembled our papers with our 2018 Return that I understood the significance of "the most recent Tax Return". I have not been around a long time here on VJ but I have a hunch USCIS doesn't like asset applications unless they are far, far in excess of the requirements. Our timing allowed us to go on income alone by the time we got the 2nd RFIE so it -fortuitously- worked out well as we could submit the 2018 Return. So much easier putting the package together. Documenting assets and length of time ownership, it gets crazy after awhile. Still waiting for our AOS decision. Ned
  15. Thanks for taking a stab at my poorly worded question. I'm feeling positive about this submission. Once our 2018 Joint Tax Return was filed by IRS, it simplified the 2018 issues. Our current income since January is well above the 125% FPL for 2019 and easily documented. It seems the two RFE maximum for I-864 submission is to shape-up the papers for the ultimate decision. At least for cases falling under 9 FAM 302.8-2 (C)(9) "Submitting Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act" section (b) (3), where the RFE process is described: "NVC will review the submitted form I-864 for clerical completeness and provide the sponsor two opportunities to supply any missing information or documents. After the second review, NVC forwards the Affidavit of Support with the case file directly to the post". Does that sound right?? ned
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