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About nadiachr13

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  1. Hi, I had my green card interview earlier today and I'm very frustrated. The lady who interviewed me and my husband said she "recommended me for approval" and gave me an official paper stating this and mentioned that I would probably receive my card in 7-10 days. We were super happy, but then she said that from now on my EAD/AP combo card is no longer valid for traveling outside the country and I can't until I have my green card in hand... We have a trip to Mexico planned for this Friday (in three days) and we would be back Sunday that same weekend so I feel very upset about this. We booked this many months ago and paid for everything and it's for a big family event. She said she could give me a stamp that would allow it, but only if it was an emergency, which she assumed it wasn't. We left very discouraged but I started googling stuff seeing different things online. Some people don't recommend it saying you'll be denied, others have done it with no problems, others got the stamp without any mention of an "emergency" so obviously I feel really conflicted... We then call USCIS Contact Center to hear if I can get this stamp ASAP. We called two times to talk to different people (just to be on the safer side, to see if they agree) and both were surprised to hear our story and both said that for sure we can travel and there is no reason the AP combo card wouldn't work (it doesn't expire until April 2020). In the system our application still says "pending" and like I said she only "recommended that we get approved" so I don't what to take from that... Right now, I don't know what to do! I really, really want to go - it's a very important trip, so please refrain from the "Why risk it"-comments. I feel so defeated and scared -- who is telling the actual truth here... I don't want to be detained at the Mexican border in case those officers are "agreeing" with the lady that interviewed me and not the USCIS Contact Center. Can someone please tell me what their experience is with this? Thank you! - Nadia
  2. Hi everyone, My Green card interview is tomorrow, and I'm just going over everything right now to make sure I got everything covered... I came across a website saying to bring all the forms I submitted when filing for I-485, such as the I-131 (Advance parole) and I-765 (EAD). However, I didn't take copies when we sent those 10 months ago... wouldn't the IO have those forms at the interview anyway -- or do I need to fill them out again and bring them? I already got approved for AP and EAD in april and I will be bringing proof of that so... The same website also says to bring originals of everything, such as marriage license, birth certificates etc. Do I need to have originals for everything? Do I need to bring copies of everything I already submitted when we sent the application or is that just silly? I, of course, will be bringing every document the interview letter said to bring. I suddenly feel nervous that I'm unprepared after reading this! We are also bringing a new affidavit of support because there's been a new tax year since we sent our application in December. Any last minute tips would be great! Thanks, Nadia
  3. Hi! My Green Card interview is on Tuesday and I was wondering if anyone could give me a brief summary of what the Green card interview is like? How long does it take, what questions can I expect? Do they talk to both me and my spouse? Do you usually get your answer right then and there or later? Thank you so much!
  4. It was ready to be scheduled May 15 2019 and then we got our interview letter late August/early September (and the interview is October 8). Good luck!
  5. Hi! My Green Card interview is October 8th in Phoenix, AZ. I just received the letter and have a few questions. Some background: I came to the US on a K1 visa in October 2018 and we filed for I-485 (AOS) in December 2018. Question 1: The letter says to bring "A completed medical form (Form I-693) and vaccination supplement in a sealed envelope (unless already submitted)" I had my medical exam + vaccinations done in August 2018 and we already submitted the part of the exam with vaccination papers when we sent the AOS package in December (they only request those). So is that enough for the interview or do we need to bring something else or maybe a copy? I know K1 filers don't have to get a new medical exam if they file AOS within one year of the medical check (mine is 4 months later) - just want to confirm this and also know if we need to bring or do something else. The medical exam I got also isn't called "Form I-693" but I assume it covers the same and is just the one for K1 filers? Question 2: The letter says to bring "Completed affidavit of support (Form I-864) with evidence such as MOST RECENT tax transcript or W2’s, employment letter, sponsor's proof of citizenship (unless already submitted)" We added all of these things in the AOS but do we still need to bring new, more recent versions of these or are we good since it was included back in December 2018? Thank you so much to anyone who can help!
  6. Hi everyone, I couldn't really find anything online about this, so now I will ask here. I'm considering filing for expedited advance parole as I need to go to my home country for a mandatory, final oral exam in mid-June 2019. I'm here on a K1 visa and applied for AOS (AP + EAD included) in late-December 2018 so there is a chance I won't get the AP in time. Obviously, it is not as serious as a dying family member etc. but it is very much an emergency situation for me and would greatly delay my education if I won't physically be there, and therefore me getting a job here in the US will also be delayed (= financial loss). So I'd file it as either "emergency situation" or "financial loss". I'm worried it won't be enough reason to get it though. 😥 Has anyone applied for it due to a reason like this? And is it all through the phone? Also, I was wondering if you have to pay any fee to have the AP expedited or if it's free since I have already applied? Thank you in advance. -Nadia
  7. Hmm ok, I'm confused now... and worried. I read different information on this page - it's from 2014 though, but the answers are by immigration attorneys so wouldn't they know?: https://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/can-i-have-my-advance-parole-card-mailed-to-me-whi-1982447.html New question: What if I leave the US after I've been approved (online) but haven't yet received it in the mail - would that be ok for my husband to mail the AP/combo card? Since I would be approved for traveling in the system.
  8. Hi everyone, I am in the US on a K1 visa and I applied for AOS (EAD + AP) in late December 2018. I have to travel to my home country in mid-June 2019 for a mandatory, oral group exam in order for me to graduate university. However, it's cutting it reallyyyy close to my AP approval. I should probably receive it late-May or early-June, but who knows! And then they have to mail it as well which takes about another week from what I understand. Hopefully I am lucky and I can get it just 4 months in (which would be late-April) but it could also be much later... 6-7 months... My question now is: Can I travel to my home country and then have my husband (who will stay in the US) mail the AP / combo card to me in my home country? I plan to stay about 3-4 weeks, so I'd be back in the US 1-2 weeks into July 2019. From my understanding, I only need the AP / combo card to re-enter the US, which means it should be ok in theory, although not ideal at all obviously! Right? Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Nadia
  9. Thanks! I really hope I get it in time. How do I know what service center it'll be processed at? I sent it to Chicago but live in Phoenix, AZ so which office would it actually get processed at? And how can I expedite it?
  10. Hi there, I moved to the US (Phoenix, Arizona) in October 2018 on a K1 Visa and just received my NOA1's for my AOS application. I was wondering if anyone, who recently got their Advance Parole application approved, could tell me how long it took them. I've of course looked around VisaJourney and some profiles are saying 4-5 months or more and yet some got their Green Cards super quickly and didn't even need the Advance Parole (or Employment Authorization) which is confusing. The average processing time here on VisaJourney says about 135 days right now, but I'm confused since there seem to be such huge differences in processing times. It's estimated I'll get it approved early/mid May (if nothing goes wrong), and I will need to travel to my home country in mid June - can I trust that it'll be approved in time for this? Thank you in advance! Sincerely, Nadia
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