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  1. Hello VJ -


    My husband and I have been waiting for two months now for his interview appointment at the US Embassy Consulate in Dakar to be scheduled. We read that some VJ members from previous years contacted the embassy via email with their case number. Is it still relevant to email the consulate with our case number to inquire about getting the interview, or should we just continue to wait to hear from NVC about our appointment date/time?


    Thank you!

  2. 2 minutes ago, payxibka said:

    Immigrant visa application fee should be paid to NVC now and is $325 


    USCIS Immigrant fee is paid to the Uscis and is $220.  This us paid AFTER visa issuance and covers the cost to issue the green card 

    Thank you for your reply. Yes, I've already paid the $325 IV fee (you have to do this in order to upload/submit your documents) which we've down. Everything is currently paid and submitted.


    The fee that I'm referring to comes after these steps - during the interview stage: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/interview/interview-prepare/appointment.html I found the information under how to prepare for your interview appointment. This is why I'm confused about what fee this is - it mentions that applicants who haven't paid should prepare to pay it at the interview, which is how I know it isn't the $325 IV fee as that's required to be paid in order to upload documents to submit to NVC.


  3. Hey VJ family,


    My husband and I have just submitted our documents to NVC and are now waiting for our case to be reviewed and get the interview scheduled.


    I'm looking at what fees we have to pay next and am confused about the following two fees (if they're two separate fees, where you pay them, and how much they are).


    The immigrant visa application processing fee for each applicant must be paid before his/her visa can be issued. Applicants whose fee has not been paid should be prepared to pay the fee at the interview or the visa cannot be issued even if the interview was otherwise successful. You should contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate to understand what payment methods are acceptable.


    We strongly encourage you to pay the USCIS Immigrant fee after you receive your immigrant visa packet from the U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad (including Canada and Mexico) and before you depart for the United States.


    Does anyone know?

  4. Hello!


    My husband and I are currently both living outside of the US. I (the petitioner) am going back to the US first, and my husband (beneficiary) will be following after. Ideally, we would like him to bring our cat with him when he comes. Has anyone had an experience entering the US on this type of VISA (CR-1 Spousal VISA) with a cat or pet? Our main concern is if VISA holders are permitted to enter the US with a pet. 


    Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences and any tips!

  5. 6 minutes ago, aleful said:

    Hi @aleful

    Thanks for your response and the info. Good to confirm that both myself and my mom will be filing the i864 as sponsors/affidavit of support. We have also considered the timely process and I am currently applying for jobs in the US and will most likely come back to the US before my husband. My only concern is that we would like to file the i130 by the end of the month and I have not yet secured a job in the US.  


    6 minutes ago, aleful said:



    k3 is obsolete so your husband will go through consular processing


    yes, as the petitioner you are the primary sponsor, so you will fill out the i864 regardless of income


    your mom will file another i864 as your joint sponsor


    for now you only need the i130 and i130A. the rest of the forms you will probably need them next year, as the process will most likely take over a year


    you also have time to come back to the US and get a job if you decided to, that's an option


    potential employment doesn't count






  6. Hi VJ community,


    I'm filing for the K-3 I-130 Spousal visa with my husband (Senegalese). I'm currently living in Dakar, Senegal working for a non-profit, so I'm not making enough money to claim that I am above the poverty line in the US, hence I cannot be an affidavit of support for him. I was also a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2014-2016, so again I was not making proper income to file taxes. My mom has offered to be an affidavit of support for us, but was wondering if I still need to be one as well. Maybe showing that I have "potential for employment" or providing evidence of my taxes before coming to Senegal.


    Was just wondering what exactly people are experiencing regarding affidavits of support and if you have any advice.


    Thank you!

  7. My husband and I are in the process of filing for the CR-1 I-130 spousal visa - I'm American and he is Senegalese. We're currently in Dakar, Senegal and will be going to the Washington, DC area when we finally travel to the US. However, we'd like to know what the best port of entry is for someone coming from Senegal/West Africa regarding experience with customs and immigration at the airport. 



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