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    JasonGG reacted to WandY in Document Preparation for K1 Interview   
    Looks good, but it's been a long time since we did the K-1 interview in HCMC.  We took copies of everything to the interview. Don't give them a giant pile of paper, but do give them an organized compilation of everything they ask for. I've been to the consulate a couple of times and successfully made it through the K-1. Some advice for the actual interview:
     
    -Get there early and only take what you need. Leave your luggage and stuff at the hotel/home.
    -Don't talk to people on the street near the consulate - a lof of scammers and bad actors.
    -Don't look nervous while waiting to be called to the window. Smile. Be confident.
    -The American can go to the window, but they may tell you to take a seat while they talk to fiance.
    -Fiance needs to speak English and if she doesn't understand a question, tell them so.
    -If you have anything that may be questionable or raise a red flag, be prepared to talk about it.
    -Don't offer to explain anything they have not asked you about. Only answer the questions they direct towards you.
    -Be nice. They hold the power.
     
    We spent a lot of time inside the consulate watching interviews. And we know a lot of K-1 couples (Vietnam). If the American is present at the interview, it will be approved (unless something obvious is bad). You have to be prepared, but be real. Don't try to over-explain or get upset. You'll get through it OK.
    Good luck!
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    JasonGG reacted to annab864 in POTOMAC (YSC) I-751 Non Transferred Filers ONLY...   
    Looks like your wife’s case was sent to NBC because she filed her N-400. Here on the forum a lot of people say that when you file for N-400 it can speed up the process of I-751, meaning that your wife may see progress with her applications probably sooner than later! 
    I filed I-751 in September 2019, it sat at Potomac for almost 2 years and then in August 2021 they moved it to NBC. I am still waiting for an interview and I become eligible for N-400 in September 2022 (Divorce waiver). I think if I was able to file N-400 sooner, my case would have been processed by now and since your wife has already filed hers, it should be a faster processing! 
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    JasonGG reacted to AndrewF in B2 Tourist Visas for Wife's Parents   
    My wife's mother in her 60s got a US tourist VISA approved back in March with little issue.  Her wait time to get an interview was nowhere near 305 days.  Was about 100 days from the time she submitted the application.  Maybe the wait times are longer in Hanoi then Ho Chi Minh.  Mother owns a house in Ho Chi Minh worth about $700k with the father, has a lot of family in Vietnam, but no pension or retirement income (sounds pretty similar to your situation actually).  Her mother used a company over in Vietnam to help her with the VISA process.  I ended up writing a letter to support her visit.  
     
    On the other hand, my wife's sister who is unmarried and in her 30s, has a job but owns no property, tried to get a VISA 6 months ago to visit my wife and was denied.  
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    JasonGG reacted to JeanneAdil in B2 Tourist Visas for Wife's Parents   
    MIL applied December 15th and interviewed March 3rd with 126 waiting days for her interview according to site  / 109 days later she had interview
    if that helps u judge timelines 
     
     
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    JasonGG reacted to JeanneAdil in B2 Tourist Visas for Wife's Parents   
    according to USCIS wait time for interview for tourist visa is 305 days
     
    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html
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    JasonGG reacted to Boiler in B2 Tourist Visas for Wife's Parents   
    This is not rocket science all they need to do is apply, agree their time one looks optimistic 
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    JasonGG got a reaction from Chancy in Apply for stepson and wife, or just wife? (I-130)   
    Yes.  My wife's son (12 at the time) interviewed at the consulate in HCM City with a family friend.  No issues at all.  As long as your step son has the correct interview documents and ID and the person accompanying them has a valid ID, a family member or friend can attend the interview with him in place of his mother.  They'll only allow one grandparent to accompany him inside the consulate.  It is not a difficult interview for minors.  Mostly just exchange greetings, a little small talk, and exchange of paperwork. 
     
    Interview in HCM City is conducted with an American CO and an interpreter, so the interview can be conducted in English or Vietnamese.  Just make sure he understands the paperwork he is carrying so he can provide it when asked.
     
    Best of Luck - Jason
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    JasonGG got a reaction from JordanCosta in Apply for stepson and wife, or just wife? (I-130)   
    Yes.  My wife's son (12 at the time) interviewed at the consulate in HCM City with a family friend.  No issues at all.  As long as your step son has the correct interview documents and ID and the person accompanying them has a valid ID, a family member or friend can attend the interview with him in place of his mother.  They'll only allow one grandparent to accompany him inside the consulate.  It is not a difficult interview for minors.  Mostly just exchange greetings, a little small talk, and exchange of paperwork. 
     
    Interview in HCM City is conducted with an American CO and an interpreter, so the interview can be conducted in English or Vietnamese.  Just make sure he understands the paperwork he is carrying so he can provide it when asked.
     
    Best of Luck - Jason
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    JasonGG reacted to igoyougoduke in 10-Year Card Issued While Overseas Using 2-Year Card   
    shouldnt be an issue as CBP can easily verify the  status 
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    JasonGG reacted to Dashinka in 10-Year Card Issued While Overseas Using 2-Year Card   
    I do not know for certain, but what you are talking about is the proof of her LPR status.  Proof of status can be either a 2 yr GC, an expired 2 yr GC with a valid extension letter, a 10 yr GC, or an expired 10 yr GC with the I90 receipt, so I would imagine any would work even if the approval of the new card has already been determined.  The only thing I can remember when my wife was at that stage was she could not use the entrance kiosks with an expired card.  You can try contacting the CBP office at the POE she will be re-entering to be certain.
     
    Good Luck!
     
    https://www.cbp.gov/contact/ports
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    JasonGG got a reaction from doggieandsam in POTOMAC (YSC) I-751 Non Transferred Filers ONLY...   
    My wife and her daughter filed in August 2020 and they have not received an extension letter.  Her son filed in May 2021 (arrived 6 months after her) and got an extension letter last week. - Jason
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    JasonGG got a reaction from Murf & Reggie in N-400 August 2021 Filers   
    My wife filed 8/2 online.  Already received NOA1 and the letter saying they are reusing biometrics.  Initial estimate is 13 months.  Looking forward to having this final step of the long journey completed! - Jason
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    JasonGG reacted to Murf & Reggie in N-400 August 2021 Filers   
    Just submitted the online application.
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    JasonGG reacted to janet3 in N-400 August 2021 Filers   
    Hello my peeps....we are filing next week. Happy to be here.
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    JasonGG got a reaction from janet3 in N-400 August 2021 Filers   
    My wife filed 8/2 online.  Already received NOA1 and the letter saying they are reusing biometrics.  Initial estimate is 13 months.  Looking forward to having this final step of the long journey completed! - Jason
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    JasonGG got a reaction from hollandfriend in N-400 August 2021 Filers   
    My wife filed 8/2 online.  Already received NOA1 and the letter saying they are reusing biometrics.  Initial estimate is 13 months.  Looking forward to having this final step of the long journey completed! - Jason
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    JasonGG reacted to HanhChi in IR-5 interview   
    Hi Jiinna,
    You’re welcome! I wish your Mom safe travel to the US as well! My parents are on the plane right now coming here. As the the Covid situation in Vietnam showed sign of worsening, I thought we did the right thing booking a flight that was pretty close to the date my parents received their Visa. We also knew that the Vietnamese government would be very aggressive in their attempt to control the virus. But I am still in shock (and relief) that a lockdown order has now gone into effect in Hanoi for 15 days, which happened in less than 12 hours since my parents left for the airport. We are incredibly lucky!
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    JasonGG reacted to Nitas_man in Fiancee has been captured by police and being deported   
    This dude appears to be playing us. 
     
    😡
     
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    JasonGG reacted to Nitas_man in Fiancee has been captured by police and being deported   
    ??Two years???
     
    That ain’t COVID.  
     
    Actions have consequences, and getting married won’t escape these.  Proving “extreme hardship” for a waiver isn’t easy and it isn’t quick.  Sorry bro.  Tough break.
     
    There IS a waiver process but it’ll take awhile. 
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    JasonGG reacted to Captain Ewok in Vietnam US Family Visa Approvals by Month (IR5 Visas Way Up, K1 and IR1 Recovering)   
    We've had tons of questions on whether the Ho Chi Min City US Consulate in Vietnam has been approving family based US Visas (and if so at what rate).  To answer that, we dug into the official US State Department data and plotted visa approvals for K1, CR1, IR1 and IR5 visas over the last 2 years. Here is what we found:
     
    K1 Visa processing is recovering.  It's still below average after a 3 month pause in processing last summer, indicating a backlog. IR1 Visa and CR1 Visa processing times are back to pre-Covid rates.  There was a processing surge that seems to have made a dent in the backlog due to the 3 month pause last summer. IR5 Visa processing had a HUGE surge in April showing an all hands on deck effort to process the backlog after 11 months of being stopped.  This is very promising!  
    The full data is below.  What are your thoughts?
     

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    JasonGG reacted to aaron2020 in Identity Document for naturalized daughter   
    If your daughter was under 18 years old, had a green card, and was living with her US citizen mom, then she automatically derived US citizenship.
     
    When your wife naturalizes, nothing is provided for her daughter.   Her daughter is not naturalizing.  She is automatically deriving US citizenship based on the Child Citizenship Act.  Using the mother's naturalization certificate, the daughter can obtain an N-600 and/or a US passport as her proof of citizenship.  

     
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    JasonGG reacted to aaron2020 in Adjustment of status not approved   
    USCIS properly denied your sister's adjustment of status.  Your sister does not qualify to adjust status in the US.  
     
    Your sister was petitioned in the F1 family preference category, US citizen parent petitioning for an unmarried child over age 21.

    The reason your sister's adjustment of status was denied is because overstay is not forgiven for a beneficiary in the F1 category.  An F1 family preference beneficiary must be in status in order to qualify to adjust status.  Your sister is out of status and does not not qualify to adjust status in the US.

    Your sister needs an I-601a waiver for her unlawful presence.  After the I-601a is approved, she will need to interview for an immigration visa in Juarez, Mexico.   This is the way to resolve your sister's situation.  

    If your sister had been petitioned before age 21, it would have been a different story.  Under 21 and being petitioned by a USC stepparent would have resulted in an Immediate Relative case where your sister's overstay would have been forgiven and she could have adjusted status in the US for a green card.
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    JasonGG reacted to Unlockable in filing i-130, questions (merged topics)   
    No. The requirement for US citizens is to file taxes. Not pay them. If you would have filed then you would have put $0 as your income because you could not find a job. But you still have to file your tax information every year.
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    JasonGG got a reaction from Jho369 in Need help with airport to airport guide   
    I asked about the airport because I am assuming you are most concerned about their transiting between flights.  Depending on where their connecting fight is, the guide service might not be necessary.  Tokyo-Narita had dozens of airport staff greeting every passenger and directing us where we needed to go, even walking some passengers to transit security.  Not sure if they continued guiding them after transit security, but when  connecting from one ANA flight to another at Narita, the arrival and departure gates were always in the same wing of the airport. 
     
    Many larger airports also provide golf cart service for anyone willing to pay the fee to bring them from transit security to their gate.  Seoul was a lot of walking, but lots of staff before and after transit to assist.  Beijing was always a nightmare.  Very confusing.  Huge and always quite empty.  Security staff are unfriendly.  Queues were disorganized and lots of pushing and yelling.  I don't go through Beijing anymore regardless of the ticket price. 
     
    The people holding signs as you get off the airplane are usually waiting for someone who requested wheelchair service.  As mentioned already, it can be requested when purchasing tickets and also when checking in at the airport. I have also seen passengers arrange this service with flight attendants.  Korean Airlines and the Japanese airlines seemed to be the most helpful to older passengers.  I have seen the same passengers get wheelchair service beginning in Vietnam (arranged at check in), had it waiting for them at the transit airport, and again waiting for them at the U.S. destination.  At Dulles at least, it service brought them through customs, baggage claim, and out to the sidewalk to their hotel shuttle.  They don't have to be very old or have trouble walking to request the service, and in many instances, it will be a golf cart they ride in, not a wheelchair.
     
    No matter what airport they go to after leaving Vietnam, there will likely be many other Vietnamese transiting with them.  My wife and I are always happy to assist other passengers who seem lost or don't speak English.  There will be plenty of other passengers who will be happy to assist your parents, too. 🙂
     
    Jason
     
     
     
     
     
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