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About carmel34

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  1. Instructions were pretty clear, no need for you to do anything as they stated, your case will proceed. Be prepared for longer than normal processing times given the current situation and backlog. Good luck!
  2. Best evidence of a bona fide marriage when you live in separate countries: 1. time spent together--passport stamps, boarding passes, hotel receipts, photos of the two of you together showing multiple visits, as many as you can do before filing the I-130 petition 2. financial co-mingling--beneficiary on life insurance, bank accounts, retirement accounts, list the foreign spouse on your US health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance; will, living will, power of attorney; joint credit card accounts showing you both use them, file US income tax as married jointly with W-7 to get an ITIN; all these can be done while living in separate countries 3. submit all of this evidence WITH the I-130 petition It worked for us, only an 11-month process from filing the petition to receiving the CR-1 visa. Good luck!!
  3. I'm a dual US/Canadian citizen and have family on both sides of the border. It is closed right now for any non-essential purpose--basically all they are letting through is trade-related goods. Normal travelers are being refused entry, this is based on experience of my family trying to cross by car. One was able to get through last week after the border crossed, but he was a Canadian citizen returning home. You could try and find out for yourself, but personally I wouldn't drive six hours when the chances of being allowed in are very low right now. Wait until the border re-opens, hopefully in a few weeks. In the meantime, video calls are your best way to stay connected. Good luck!
  4. Typically the first step is a phone call to explain the reason for the expedite. If they think it is a valid reason, they'll ask you for documents via email, then make a final decision based on the documents submitted. It sounds like what happened in your case is that the reason given for the expedite was not on the approved list, so they said the request was denied. Nothing more you can do except wait for the normal process to go on as usual. Good luck!
  5. From my experience in reading all the ROC posts, the two most common pieces of evidence they look for are a joint checking account, used for all the time since married, for joint household expenses. You didn't provide that. The other big one is a joint lease or joint mortgage or deed. You didn't provide that either. So try to fix those two things if you can and send the evidence with everything else you are gathering to bolster your case. Good luck!
  6. https://www.insider.com/friend-weds-nyc-couple-apartment-window-amid-coronavirus-lockdown-2020-3 couples who really want to get married during the lockdown have been able to find a way you may have to get creative as this one example shows, but they had a license so that will be the big challenge depending on where you live good luck!
  7. He's here, you can file AOS if you want to, sounds like you both know of the disadvantages of that, most likely a very long wait for AP/EAD given the situation now and the USCIS backlog that will surely slow things down even more in the coming months. If he is OK with the long period of time not able to work or leave the country, go for it. At least you're together. Good luck whichever way you choose to go!
  8. She's looking at a much longer period of time than 4 months, not able to work, not able to leave the country and re-enter, most likely 6-8 months minimum, while waiting for EAD/AP. It could be much longer than that because of the backlog that is currently piling up in UCSIS offices. And it's amazing to me that attorneys routinely collect $4,000 for filling out forms and sending them in when you can easily do them yourselves. Good luck!
  9. There was a marriage in New York a couple of days ago in the street, it was broadcast all over national media. So it can be done even with the virus lockdown. Good luck! https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/love-time-coronavirus-new-york-city-couple-married-street-friend-n1166126
  10. Time apart while married is part of the CR-1 process, it's unavoidable for most couples given US immigration law. K-1 is the only way around that, but you have decided against it most likely because of the long period of time in the US for the foreign fiance/spouse, 6-9 months unable to work or leave the country during the AOS process. For the reasons others have mentioned, spending as much time together as possible is easier if it is outside the US, so focus on those options that allow you to work or study remotely in the EU. I would also add to the good advice you've already received that short visits to be together can work very well, and they don't have to be "few." I flew to Brazil 9 times to be with my husband during our CR-1 process. And if you're already very good at long distance, it should not be a problem if you really trust each other. In our case, I found that our long-distance relationship became stronger after marriage. Yes, it was a long painful wait, but we got lucky and it was only 11 months. Good luck! PS, I love the way you ended your message, "much love." All the best and congratulations on your upcoming marriage.
  11. SSN is not necessary to get health insurance in the US. All that is needed is full name and date of birth, plus a copy of our Brazilian marriage certificate and English translation. I added my husband to my US health insurance when he was still living in Brazil with no visa, no SSN, no ITIN, nothing but name and date of birth. It can be done if you work with HR.
  12. OP, I agree with the advice that you find a very very good divorce attorney and with their help, seek justice via the divorce process and then move on with your life. Divorce always leaves a scar, I'm speaking from experience here, but the healing process comes eventually. Just be grateful that the marriage did not last too long, no kids, you may not have to take a big financial hit, etc. Good luck!
  13. Your best path forward is to save up and hire an experienced immigration attorney, or find one willing to help you for free. This is a very complicated case and it will be a long expensive process to become legal in the US. I salute you for wanting to make this right, but the history of how you entered the US with a fake passport is going to be a big hurdle to overcome. Others in similar situations have had to leave the US at some point in the process, you may have to spend some time in the Philippines. Hopefully it will all work out in the end. Good luck and best wishes to you and your family!
  14. Should be okay if she is approved at the interview. If not approved at the interview then no, as her AP would be revoked and she could not re-enter. Even if the interview goes well there is still a chance she could be denied before the green card itself is issued. You'll have to weigh the risk and make a decision, which others have said might be moot anyway since the current situation may continue until after the baby is born.
  15. Cases from Pakistan have very long administrative processing because of the extensive background checks that the US DOS has to do on their own, Pakistan does not have a good database for background checks so the DOS has to do everything and it takes forever as many many others have reported. All you can do is wait unfortunately, plus the current situation will slow things down even more. Many in your situation have decided to live together in Pakistan rather than wait months or years for the US immigration process. Good luck!
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