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  1. We just got our interview appointment for May 6, which is the worst date possible because Indonesia will start a 2 week travel ban across the entire country on that date because of the Muslim holiday. No cars, no boats, no flights. Even if we manage to get there in time for the interview, we'll likely get stuck in Jakarta for weeks. How hard is it to reschedule the interview a few days earlier?
  2. I can also add an employment verification letter to my I-864 if that's needed. But I'm still confused if tax returns are good enough, or if I need transcripts. I haven't been able to find a definitive answer anywhere.
  3. I already have 3 years of my tax returns and W2s assembled, so that part wouldn't be a problem. I already tried calling the IRS about transcripts and can't get through to a person to talk to them about when my 2019 transcript will be posted online. Their phone line is all computerized responses.
  4. Are tax returns good enough for the I-864, or do I need transcripts directly from the IRS website? I read several websites that seemed to think transcripts are much better. The problem is that I tried to get my latest transcripts from the IRS site, but they only have 2017 and 2018 (my 2019 is not posted on their site yet). I also tried calling the IRS but got placed in an endless answering machine loop.
  5. Does anyone have an update to this thread for 2021? We have the same question as the OP.
  6. Based on the info from HRQX, do we need to prepare and bring the DS-5540 form too then? I searched for the DS-5540 form and it doesn't seem to be available online at all anymore. It looks like it was pulled from the gov website, so we have no way to fill it out.
  7. I’ve read some recent topics about the new DS-5540 form and how it’s apparently not needed at this time. If that’s correct, is there any need for me to buy health insurance for my wife (the visa applicant) before we start the NVC phase? We are young and healthy, so we’d rather not buy health insurance at this time unless it’s required.
  8. My wife would like to take my last name, but we've already submitted Form I-130. At what point will she be able to change her name to take my last name without introducing lots of extra hassle in the immigration process?
  9. I’m looking at the IRS page for applying for an ITIN, and it seems to indicate that you can do it with a certified copy from the issuing agency. It says nothing about an acceptance agent being required. https://www.irs.gov/individuals/how-do-i-apply-for-an-itin I’ve attached a screenshot to this post. The wording from the IRS seems to indicate that my wife could just get a copy of her national ID card from the civil office here and that would be good enough (since the copy is coming from the issuing agency itself). Correct? Any clarification would be helpful.
  10. Thanks, but I'm a bit confused by that link in your post. First of all, none of the countries in that list have an asterisk. Also, most countries in the world are missing from the list entirely, including my spouse's country. Mailing her passport internationally seems a bit crazy.
  11. From what I understand, it's possible (and legal) to file income taxes as "married filing jointly" together with a foreign spouse (non-resident alien with no SSN yet), if you get an ITIN number for them from the IRS, etc. Is there any reason not to do this? Could it have any kind of negative impact on the IR-1 application process? Just double checking. Thanks. We've already submitted Form I-130, but haven't got a response to that application yet. So that's where we're at in the process, if it makes any difference.
  12. Hi, Just to revisit this subject momentarily, let’s suppose I say in the Form I-130 that I live with my spouse at the hotel address in Indonesia. It’s more of a “homestay” type small hotel. Like you said, in some sense that may be accurate because it’s been more than just a brief stay. And I could use the US address as my mailing address since I have relatives there to check mail. In that case, will it cause any problems or raise any new issues for my application if I say we’re presently living together in Indonesia? The owner would be happy to help if we need legal verification/documentation of any kind. And my Indonesia visa is still valid. Before the pandemic we were only staying at the hotel one month at a time, between visiting other countries. But now during the pandemic we’ve been stuck here for several months. The problem with leaving the hotel out of my application is not just that it hurts our chances of approval, but also I’d be saying we’ve never lived together since marriage, which is not really truthful either. We’ve been together ever since marriage, for more than a year, although we did spend a lot of that time traveling in various countries together. I could see this going either way. But I know I need to be clear in my Form I-130 that we HAVE lived and been together since marriage. So now I’m wondering if maybe my best bet is listing that we live together at the hotel. Any thoughts on going that route?
  13. Right. We don't have a "normal" living arrangement though, so of course I want to be absolutely sure my answers on the form are correct and whether it might cause any problems for our application. You yourself said -- Married couples must "live" together, how are you going to prove your relationship if you did not? You also seem incredibly butthurt over something so minor. There's a sticky at the top about bad attitudes. Maybe you should go look at it. Or use the search function if you have trouble finding it, genius. You can always back out of my thread if it bothers you so much.
  14. We've never lived together in her parents' house, but I guess I could say that on the application anyways? It's not technically true, but like you said I don't think temporary stays in hotels are what they mean either. Quote: "Married couples must "live" together, how are you going to prove your relationship if you did not?" Huh? How are you suggesting I write on the application that I live in the US (which I technically do), while also proving my relationship with my wife by saying that I live with her in a foreign country? Those two things are contradictory.
  15. I should have worded the OP better. Expat is not the right word. Basically, I do a lot of overseas hobby travel but always on tourist visas, never working in any overseas country, and never staying in any country or address long term. I have a permanent US address and US employment, US taxes, etc but none of these in any foreign country. My wife and I have been traveling around Asia non-stop doing a lot of sightseeing since our marriage last year, so we visited a dozen or so countries together. Until the coronavirus pandemic hit, we didn't stay in any of these countries (including Indonesia) for more than a month at a time. The only reason we're possibly stuck in Indonesia longer term is because I was granted an emergency visa (like all tourists in Indonesia during the pandemic) with an indefinite expiry date, and all of the neighboring countries' borders in Asia are closed so we can't continue our international travels like planned. It's a bit of an unusual situation. But in any case, I don't have any work here or permanent address here in Indonesia. We will probably leave our hotel for another province next week. And we will start our international travels again when other countries in Asia allow it. So it's definitely a temporary arrangement and it seems logical to say I'm a very busy tourist who still has permanent domicile in the US.
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