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  1. @aaron2020 many thanks for the helpful info. Your answer seems to be consistent with the reply from @arken on a similar thread 4 months ago in the event that F2A continues to be current until IV issuance. If I read the other thread correctly, it looks like @arken is stating that if F2A no longer is current when the beneficiary turns 21 (in our case June 2023) then CPSA will have to come into play (meaning the child's age might still face age-out issues)?
  2. Happy New Year fellow VJers. Given the huge IV processing backlog at many posts, I'm concerned that my in law's F2A petition for their minor child will be at risk of age out given that the F2A benficiary turns 21 years of age on June 2023. Even being DQ'ed more than a year ago (Nov 2020) and F2A being current since Apr 2020, I'm not optimistic given the posts have deprioritized family preference IV's and will most likely have to submit an NVC expedite with the USEM procesing post 120 days before the benficiary turns 20 years of age on June 2022. Can a fellow VJ'er or our resident expert @SusieQQQ help to validate that my understanding that CPSA will only protect beneficiary's F2A status for only 61 days (time between I-130 approval date and I-130 priority date) after the F2A beneficiary turns 21 years of age given that F2A has been technically "Current" back in Apr 2020 before I-130 was even filed? Cheers! D.O.B: June 6, 2002 (beneficiary will turn 21 on June 2023) I-130 Priority Date: July 29, 2020 I-130 Approval Date: September 28, 2020 NVC Receive Date/ NVC Case Number Generated: October 1, 2020 NVC DQ'ed Date: November 21, 2020
  3. @princesstammy Like all foreign posts, USEM also has some sort prioritization criteria based on sponsorship category. I believe the immediate relative IR categories are currently the processing priority, i.e. spouse and children of USC are prioritized over IR5 parents of USC over F2A spouse and children of LPR. Even though F2A (spouse and children of LPR) are current on the Visa Bulletin, we are still waiting for an interview at Manila post (priority date July 2020, DQ'ed Nov 2020) @jskibo Can I ask which sponsorship preference category you are waiting for an interview? My in-laws IR5 PD were Jan 2019, DQ'ed Nov 2019, and had their IV's issued at USEM Jan 2020 just before the whole COVID situation stopped all visa issuance by Mar 2020
  4. @Brian1977RI Does your wife possess a current and unexpired tourist B1/ B2 visa? Also don't waste your time filing a paper I-130. You can file I-130 online- benefit of online filing is you get same day case number generation. Shaves a good week off the processing time as well
  5. @angelviolepoj You can use your address first and do a change of address much later after their house purchase. If it isn't an all-cash purchase, you probably will have to be the one taking out a mortgage as they won't have any US credit history or SSN. Given their age, I'm assuming there's no rush for them to work (EAD) or travel overseas (AP card). If you have a good reason you can always attempt an expedite for either the EAD or AP card. If successful, an approved expedite of either will result in both being issued as EAD/ AP is issued as a combo card not separately. Also since you are doing a concurrent I-130/ I-485/ I-1765/ I-131 filing, you cannot do it online (online is for I-130 only).
  6. @SimonB86 If you are referring to the I-130 process, being in either of those 3 countries has no impact on the I-130 approval timeline. What does have an impact is which USCIS service center your case is assigned to adjudicate the I-130 petition. After I-130 approval by the USCIS and after getting DQ'ed from the NVC process, yes there is an impact on the timelines of the specific embassy. For that you can take a look at the country specific forums to understand datapoints on how quickly each of those 3 posts have been prioritizing/ working IR-1 IV and whether they still have an large backlog to work through. Another metric- DOS also publishes statistics on how many IV's each post has approved by visa category.
  7. @etrangais Can you share when USPS delivered your package? Just curious between the time between when USCIS received and when NOA1 was generated on Aug 23. Also can you share which lockbox you used? Cheers!
  8. She has been a USC for already 3 years- I think that was the one of the prerequisites on the USCIS website. However, I did not see anything about a requirement of having his/ her green card petitioned thru marriage preference CR1/ IR1 to qualify for the 3 year track but I've seen posts from immigration forums including VJ mentioning about this (could be an inaccuracy for all we know)
  9. Couldn't find a definitive answer on this so hoping experts at VJ can help answer this. Can a non-marriage based green card holder naturalize under the 3 year rule for spouse/ child of a USC? Example- Both my parents acquired their green card initially thru me their USC son (IR-5/ IR-0 categories, i.e. non-marriage based green card). My mother has since naturalized after fulfilling the 5 year requirement and continuous presence requirements and has been become a USC. Due to his job, my father had a re-entry permit the first 4 years of holding his green card. He has since lived continuously 3 years in the US after the expiration of his re-entry permits Can my father take advantage of the 3 year requirement being married to my mother a USC even though his green card was not an IR-1/ CR-1 (i.e. a "marriage based" green card) Thanks!
  10. @flicks1998 My family and I had Singapore PR decades ago but were forced by ICA to give up PR status after living outside of Singapore for several years. Similar to the US PR equivalent of a green card, there exists some requirement of maintaining residency to Singapore in order not to forfeit this status (hence aptly titled "permanent resident" moniker). To be honest- I'm not familiar with the current rules. Even though all of our family and extended family are all from Singapore, that alone in and of itself is not sufficient to maintain PR. Something to keep in mind ... In addition, once you lose Singapore PR it will be difficult to reacquired PR status. An ex-PR can acquire employment pass no problems but acquisition of Singapore PR these days (in general, even for non-ex PR's) is not as easy as in years past. As with most other wealthy societies, immigration has been a contentious point of conversation the past few years- there is less appetite in foreigners taking up the good white-collared jobs that could have went to Singaporeans. Reading recent articles, qualification for Singapore PR heavily depends on how well you can integrate into Singapore society (if you are of Chinese descent the scales are weighted in your favor). There was even a story of someone who had a good reference from the ex-prime minister and even that didn't secure him a PR. As someone who grew up and was raised through the Singapore education system and called Singapore home for over a decade, I agree with you on a desire to return for my own children's upbringing. However with the insane humidity, high hours associated with Asia work office culture and rat's race, housing, and exorbitant car prices (google COE certificate of entitlement), I would rather prefer my adopted country the home of the brave and land of the free. An annual trip to gorge char kway teow, laksa, nasi lemak works well for me 🤣
  11. Looking at the IV issuance statistics for the US embassy in Manila, I'm surprised to see how little immigrant visas are being processed for the F2A preference when compared to other non-immediate family categories like F2B, F3 and F4. One would think that given F2A being prone to age-outs as well as being more "immediate" in family terms and nature than F2B, F3, and F4 that USEM would prioritize F2A above the other F categories. What am I missing here? Or is this just a function of the math- i.e. the number of F2A petitions are probably a drop in the bucket compared to the sheer volume of F2B + F3 + F4 and that USEM just playing catchup and working IV's on a first in first out basis
  12. I've been in your shoes so here's a few important information for you to know from my own in depth research & personal experience of securing PHL dual citizenship for our children: As long as your wife is still a PHL citizen, any children you have together while she is still a PHL citizen automatically qualifies for PHL dual citizenship. Because your children's mother was a PHL citizen during their birth, they are allowed to legally maintain PHL citizenship in addition to their US citizenship without the need for any renunciation to their PHL citizenship at any age. This is unique to PHL and some countries. Since your daughter was born in the US and her mother was still a PHL citizen at time of child's birth, all that's needed is to fill out the registry of birth (ROB form), notarize some forms, make photocopies of required docs, include a money order and return USPS label, and mail it off to your closest PHL consulate (they used to require in person interview pre-COVID; COVID made this easier sans in person interview). All info is on the PHL consulate website- clear and straightforward (emailing/ calling consulates on inquiries is a breeze as well). This took me a couple of hours super easy that there's really no point why you would not want to secure dual citizenship for your kids. Before you can register your daughter's ROB, you need to have a PHL marriage certificate. If you were not married in the PHL, you need to register your marriage (ROM) with the consulate as well. You can prepare both the ROM and ROB documents and send them in one package to the PHL consulate nearest you. After consulate completes the registry of birth (ROB), they will mail you back a certified copy which serves as proof of their PHL citizenship. The consulate will then transmit this recording to PSA Manila over the course of the next 2 - 4 months. Once PSA has the transmitted info, you can then order a PSA birth certificate on official security paper from the PSA website ($5 for local PHL address delivery or more for overseas delivery) Without a PHL passport, your kids can still enter PHL with their US passports. As I said the certified registry of birth issued by the consulate, or the ordered PSA birth certificate on official security paper, serves as proof of their PHL citizenship (needed at time of PHL passport application) You do not need to apply for your children's PHL passports at the US consulates. In fact, it is better to apply for their PHL passport when they return to PHL as you will save money. If your family will be in PHL for a period > 3 weeks, you can pick up their PHL passports or have it delivered to a local PHL address. If you do not get their PHL passports on time, you can it delivered to your wife's trusted family in PHL for safekeeping US does not care about multiple citizenships- you can have 2 or 3 or 5 citizenships in addition to US citizenship. If you are a US dual/ triple/ quadruple citizen, US CPB only requires you present only your US passport upon entry back to US. When you kids eventually get their PHL passport, when entering PHL you need to present both their US and PHL passports together. They can also use their PHL passports in countries where US passports are at a disadvantage (like Bali where US passports have to pay Visa on arrival fee but PHL passports do not, or like Brazil before Bolsonaro required US passports to pay hefty visa fee whereas PHL passports had 90 day visa-free entry) When your kids turn 18, any PHL passports issued to them is valid for 10 years. This was a change in law in 2018 which makes things so much easier. Believe it or not, the US 10 year passport validity for adults is not a common thing with most countries. When your wife naturalizes to become a US citizen, she technically loses her PHL citizenship which she can legally reacquire during an in-person interview at a PHL consulate. However, your children's PHL citizenship status IS NOT AFFECTED by your wife's US naturalization because their acquisition of PHL citizenship was at the time of their birth and cannot be taken away unless they voluntarily renounce their PHL citizenship.
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