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  1. He is just embarrassing and so are his followers.
  2. You're welcome. It is a good thing that they are catching these glitches. The San Francisco Field Office (among others) experience a system glitch in early 2018 which caused the system to stop scheduling interviews for cases filed in 2017 and instead it started scheduling cases that had just been filed in 2018. The interviews were scheduled as "employment based interviews" even though those cases were marriage based. Imagine that... People were getting green cards within 90 days in San Francisco and many cities - all at the expense of 2017 filers. Very unfair.
  3. Several things come to mind: I would ask the landlord if they can add you as an occupant. That may be an option. You do not have to be employed to be on the lease, either. Just ask. Some ideas for you: 1. You may submit a notarized affidavit of residence stating where you live and how long you have lived there. Here is an example. https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Letter-for-Proof-of-Residence 2. An Advanced Health Care Directive. No one is too young for one AND USCIS takes this document very seriously. You can find an example specific to your state's laws here http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3289 I highly recommend getting this document. In the event that -God forbid- anything ever happens to you and you are not able to make medical/end-of-life decisions for yourself, you want to make sure that your loved ones know exactly what your wishes are. I am not going to sugarcoat it. It is a morbid conversation to have but it is worth doing - not just for USCIS. 3. Emergency Contact Information. Your husband likely has you listed as his emergency contact at work. Print that page. If you have him listed as your Emergency Contact anywhere, with your physician for example, print that. 4. Beneficiary of Life insurance/401K. If your husband has life insurance and/or 401K, he should list you as his beneficiary. Print the beneficiary page. 5. Your Child's birth certificate. Your husband's name should be on it. That is evidence. 6. Any bills related to raising your child (food/doctor visits/anything). 7. Notarized Financial Power of attorney. Here is an example LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY Date: ____________________ Principal: I, ___________________________________ Name of principal hereby name and appoint: Attorney-in-fact: ______________________________________ Name of Attorney-in-fact to be my Agent (attorney-in-fact) to act for me in any lawful way with respect to the following initialed subjects: INITIAL ______ (A) Manage Real estate 1. The powers of the Attorney include, but are not limited to, at public or private sale, the right to buy, sell, convey, bargain, assign, grant, transfer, lease and grant options or amend or modify any leases or options, on any and all real property owned by me now or in the future, including my homestead. Also, my Attorney may exchange, borrow against or mortgage any real property owned by me. Also, my Attorney may obtain liability, property damage, theft, flood, and any other type insurance. 2. Execute and deliver deeds, transfers, mortgages, charges, leases, assignments, surrenders, releases and other instruments required for any such purpose. ______(B) Banking transactions 1. To do any act that I can do through an agent with a bank or other financial institutions. This power includes, but is not limited to, the power to: 2. Open, maintain, close bank accounts (including, but not limited to, checking accounts, saving accounts, certificates of deposit), brokerage accounts, retirement plan accounts, and other similar accounts with financial institutions; 3. Conduct any business with any banking or financial institution with respect to any of my accounts, including but not limited to , making deposits and withdrawals, negotiating or endorsing any checks or other instruments, with respect to any such account, obtaining bank statements, money orders, warrants and certificates and vouchers payable to me by any person, firm, corporation or political entity; ________ (C) Retirement benefit transactions 1. To act for me and represent my interests in all matters affecting my retirement savings or pension plan I may have. This power includes, but is not limited to, the power to continue contributions, change contributions amounts, change investment strategies and options, move assets to other plans, receive and manage payouts. My agent cannot add himself as a beneficiary unless he is already a designated beneficiary as of the signing of this document. Right to Compensation. My Agent will receive no compensation except for the reimbursement of all out of pocket expenses associated with the carrying of my wishes. REVOCATION - The Principal has the right to revoke this Limited Power of Attorney Form at any time. I am fully informed as to all the contents of this form and understand the full import of this grant of powers to my Agent. Signed this _______ day of _______________, 20____ ______________________________ Principal ______________________________ ______________________________ Signature of first witness Signature of second witness STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _________ The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this ____ day of __________ of 20____, by ____________________________________________________________ _______________ who is personally known to me or who produced ______________________________________ as identification and who did not take an oath. ______________________________________ Notary Public (Print name) ______________________________________ Seal Notary Public (Signature)
  4. The San Francisco Field Office likely realized that it would be unfair to schedule you next, since you just filed on 09-21-18. I know of someone with PD 08-16-17 who got scheduled for interview on 01-09-19. In a nutshell, you have a lot of folks ahead of you.
  5. Just a heads up... Bozo Trump has a large following here. You wouldn't think so given the nature of this site. 🤣
  6. You may be able to get reclassified as resident for tuition purposes. The University of Minnesota makes it retroactive to 1 year. So you might even be able to get a refund for the difference between resident tuition and out of state tuition. You'd have to double check. This is the form the University of Minnesota uses. https://admissions.tc.umn.edu/PDFs/ResidencyReciprocity.pdf
  7. Yes, it can take up to two years. Remember that the MSP Field Office serves Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota & Western Wisconsin. So that's a lot. My spouse did apply for the combo card and it was approved within 137 days - on 07-31-18. I updated the timeline but did not update my signature. Sorry! 🙂
  8. Welcome to the thread! There is also a facebook group - Minnesota AOS Filers, by the way. To answer your question - We did a walk-in at the ASC (Application Support Center) in Saint Paul, and had no issues. Look at my signature below which lists our timeline. In a nutshell: 03/16/2018 - Priority Date 04/06/2018 - Received Biometrics Appt Notice for 04/18/2018 04/12/2018 - Biometrics early walk-in. I know that you can do an early walk-in; however, I am not sure if you can do a walk-in past your appointment date. If I had to guess, I would think that it is fine to do so. I have seen people successfully do that and I have also seen others reschedule their Biometrics appointment. Your call.
  9. This is the data I have from the last few months. Interview Priority date Days Elapsed Years/Months/Days 06-06-18 07-24-17 317 0 Years, 10 Months, 13 Days 06-28-18 04-17-17 437 1 Years, 2 Months, 11 Days 07-10-18 05-05-17 431 1 Years, 2 Months, 5 Days 07-25-18 06-26-17 394 1 Years, 0 Months, 29 Days 08-01-18 09-27-17 308 0 Years, 10 Months, 5 Days 08-06-18 05-10-17 453 1 Years, 2 Months, 27 Days 08-08-18 05-18-17 447 1 Years, 2 Months, 21 Days 08-08-18 05-22-17 443 1 Years, 2 Months, 17 Days 08-14-18 05-09-17 462 1 Years, 3 Months, 5 Days 08-23-18 08-04-17 384 1 Years, 0 Months, 19 Days 09-06-18 05-17-17 477 1 Years, 3 Months, 20 Days 10-01-18 06-07-17 481 1 Years, 3 Months, 24 Days 10-01-18 10-01-17 365 1 Years, 0 Months, 0 Days 10-03-18 06-16-17 474 1 Years, 3 Months, 17 Days 10-09-18 09-18-17 386 1 Years, 0 Months, 21 Days 10-23-18 12-13-17 314 0 Years, 10 Months, 10 Days 10-25-18 07-11-17 471 1 Years, 3 Months, 14 Days 10-25-18 07-12-17 470 1 Years, 3 Months, 13 Days 11-05-18 10-04-17 397 1 Years, 1 Months, 1 Days 11-05-18 10-06-17 395 1 Years, 0 Months, 30 Days 11-19-18 07-22-17 485 1 Years, 3 Months, 28 Days 12-13-18 07-17-17 514 1 Years, 4 Months, 26 Days 12-20-18 07-18-17 520 1 Years, 5 Months, 2 Days 01-09-19 09-15-17 481 1 Years, 3 Months, 25 Days 01-10-19 11-08-17 428 1 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days 01-30-19 10-18-17 469 1 Years, 3 Months, 12 Days 1-31-19 10-17-17 471 1 Years, 3 Months, 14 Days 02-04-19 10-30-17 462 1 Years, 3 Months, 5 Days 02-19-19 01-15-18 400 1 Years, 1 Months, 4 Days 03-14-19 01-30-18 408 1 Years, 1 Months, 12 Days It's not uber promising but it looks like they have at least started with 2018 filers. By the way, I understand that you filed your I-130 first in 08-2017 and then the I-485 in 12-2018. In that case, the I-485 leads the way, and your PD is 12-2018. You have a good year ahead of you. I would start applying for jobs and request to expedite your I-765/II-131. All the best, USC4SPOUSE
  10. I will take your word for it. While I have never read any of the guides, I do recognize why people find value in VJ guides. USCIS forms and instructions are poorly written with an excessive use of passive voice and poorly formated, as well. VJ guides make it easier for folks to navigate all immigration related processes. Kuddos for that! Feel free to forward the information to the right person to clarify the issue. Doing so goes beyond my purpose on this forum. I check in every now and then to look at timelines of those under the Minneapolis Field Office jurisdiction, and on occasion I chime in. 🙂
  11. Well, by equating Filing with a USCIS International Office to Direct Consular Filing, you are saying they are the same agency. Again, the memo clearly explains it all. Read the memo until you fully understand it. Draw a diagram if you need to.
  12. I do not go by VJ guides or classifications or Wiki. I always get my info straight from the horse's mouth, as I do not need VJ to masticate for me what USCIS and the DOS say. Read the memo until you fully understand it. Draw a diagram if you need to. It all starts with the basic premise that USCIS and the DOS are NOT THE SAME AGENCY.
  13. *sigh* I do not know where I am losing you. Is it the term colloquial that is confusing you? If you file with a USCIS international Office, you are filing with USCIS. Yes, it's faster, and yes, it is abroad but you are filing with USCIS overseas and not with the Department of State. Beyond this point, I am not able to help you. This memo explains it nicely. https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2011/August/Locally-Filed_I-130s_Interim_PM_Approved_for_Pubic_Comment_8-8-11.pdf You either did not read or did not comprehend it. And I can't help you with either one of those.
  14. There are no 2 different DCF options. You made those up. I was NOT trying to say what YOU are saying. I read the document and fully understand it. If you file with the USCIS International Office, that is not DCF, because USCIS adjudicates your I-130. Like I said earlier, even if the USCIS Office is physically attached to the US Embassy, you are still filing with USCIS and not the department of state. Even if USCIS walks the approved I-130 petition down the hall to the US Embassy, that is not DCF. You are equating Filing with a USCIS International Office to Direct Consular Filing. That is inaccurate. And that is the source of the communication gap on this thread.
  15. Maybe VJ ought to create a separate section for Filing with USCIS International Offices. That may be partly why folks equate DCF to Filing with a USCIS International Office.