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  1. It takes a lot for a judge to authorize the moving of a child from a situation/environment they have been living in. Whenever possible, the Courts prefer to maintain the status quo for the benefit of the child(ren). Forgive me, I am unfamiliar with your case and your history, so take this with a grain of salt. The older the child, the more opportunity there has been for a routine/environment to have been established and the Court will err on the side of maintaining that. If there is an issue of domestic violence against your ex, that is more pros on your side than hers. Whoever is the primary caregiver will get more consideration than the parent who is not. The attorney is likely talking big to scare you, but take the threat seriously. Document document document. Talk with a lawyer.
  2. My familiarity with divorce law is limited to Illinois and to Alberta, Canada. That being said, TYPICALLY, if you have an agreed order for divorce, then no, you do not need to be present for the finalization of the divorce. Many couples are able to come to a mutual agreement and sign all of the paperwork outside of court. One (or both) of them then go to the court/clerk and file the signed agreement for the judge to review and approve. Once a divorce document is entered with the court, you can get a fully entered copy from the clerk for your records. A good idea before you proceed with this is to call the courthouse clerk, or go to their website. They should have some FAQ's about non-contested divorces. They may even have a step by step instruction guide. (Alberta, Canada had that, and I believe a few counties here in Illinois do, too.) Extra note that I didn't remember to include in my PM - if you are 100% ready to be divorced and to just get home, I recommend that you are present here in the US to sign all of the documents. While yes, you can still sign the documents back in your home country, the notarization/apostille process can be longer and more expensive. Going back home and leaving all of the filing up to your soon-to-be ex involves a LOT of trust, so make sure that you are comfortable with this.
  3. The originals they're looking for are the original certified copies of legal documents (like marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.) because they want to see the ink or raised texture of the certification stamp. They also want to see your original passport, ID, etc. Copies of photo albums are fine though. Any photos you bring, have an extra copy for your IO to keep if they'd like. It'll save them from having to make a copy.
  4. We did. I made up a binder of a bunch of stuff just in case they wanted to see it. Our IO never asked for them, but when she asked for hubby's social security number, I was able to flip to the tab with our tax return and give the number to her. I would recommend making a binder of documents to take with you just in case. If nothing else, they can be good for you to refer back to something quickly.
  5. Our interview was at 8:30 and I think we got the text by 3p. We got a couple texts the next day, too. If I recall right, there were 3 - case being reviewed, card being produced, then card mailed. We got all 3 within 24h of the interview.
  6. I love the suggestion of starting to network while you're waiting. Also, reaching out to some recruiters/headhunters in the area you want to work may be worthwhile, too. They get paid only if you get hired, so it is in their best interest to let you know if you're marketable or not. They won't waste their time w/you otherwise. Now is a really good time to do a lot of research, too - expected salaries in the market, benefits being offered, really polishing up your resume, etc. Even if you can't apply yet for the job, you can keep yourself busy with making sure you're 100% ready to click "submit" the second you get the EAD.
  7. No, he brought them with him to the interview. The IO didn't open up the envelope while we were there, but she did ask for it. If you are driving to the office for the interview (and not taking a cab or a bus) there are two parking lots/garages right by the office. We did the one on Harrison and it was a piece of cake! You can prepay for it, too. (We used SpotHero.) Oh and we got the text - APPROVED AND IN PRODUCTION!!! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ‘
  8. It went well! Cell phones ARE allowed in the building but there are signs to not be on them in the waiting area. (Saw plenty of people browsing things on their cell phones in the waiting room though.) We checked in, got a ticket number, which kind of worried me, but our number was called right around our scheduled interview time. From the time we walked into the building to when we were back outside on the sidewalk was about 40 minutes. The IO was really nice. She didn't even ask to see the binders. Lol! She said she should have the case finished with review by this afternoon hopefully. She didn't anticipate any problems and expects the green card to be issued soon! Random funny: when IO started asking hubby random questions from the application like "are you involved in prostitution?" and whatever the one was about drug and weapon trafficking, hubby's eyes bulged a bit to actually be asked that (he of course answered "no! Of course not!") The IO got a good laugh at hubby's facial expressions and explained that she had to ask these questions. 😁
  9. Interview (Chicago) is tomorrow morning. Got our binders put together (one for the IO to keep if needed/wanted, and a back up.) Got the checklist of items. Can't seem to find a good solid answer on whether or not the cellphones are allowed inside the Chicago office so long as they're OFF. (Considering I can get into the courthouse at Daley Center, City Hall, and the clerk's office, I'm gonna go w/OK so long as they're switched OFF. The USCIS page for the field office is no help either. Blarg.) Parking pre-paid. Fingers crossed that our little guy will be good in the office. Any last minute tips/advice? Hubby and I had a brief discussion last night trying to make sure we don't have any embarrassing mistakes like "What's your wedding date?" "Um...er...umm" LOL! Nervous and excited!!
  10. Congrats on the marriage! Hubby is a B-2 (VWP) AOS, too. (We have our GC interview on Tuesday.) Our timeline is below. I've seen varying recommendations as far as front loading a lot of evidence vs not. I completely agree with QUALITY over QUANTITY. Include information about any joint stuff - lease? credit cards? Did hubby add you to his insurance policy yet at work? Are you listed as a beneficiary on his life insurance/health insurance/etc? Bank accounts? Photos? Tickets from joint trips together? Receipts for gifts? Wedding rings? Affidavits certainly don't hurt, but don't rely on them exclusively. If you can get them, great, but if not, don't worry about it. Hubby was part of a VWP, so take this advice with a grain of salt - we waited to schedule his medical until we got notice of the GC interview (as the medical is only valid for a certain period of time.) You'll want to look into that and how it'll apply for you.
  11. OP - first, I am very sorry that this happened. Finding out that your spouse cheated and going thru a divorce sucks. Check with your local courthouse or the clerk's office for some help with the divorce laws. They should be able to provide you with a list of lawyers who may be able to help you pro bono (free), on a sliding scale (cheaper based on your financial situation), or legal aid (may also depend on your financial situation.) The laws on divorce vary in each state, so you'll want to know what your husband's (and your) responsibilities are in terms of any alimony/spousal support payments, who will pay for medical insurance while the divorce is pending, etc. Find out what your options are in terms of contesting the divorce (for whatever reason), or a non-contested divorce. Non-contested divorces will go much faster and be much cheaper. EDIT: If you find an attorney you trust, you may be able to give your attorney the power to sign all the divorce documents so that you do not have to remain in the country during the divorce if you do not wish to remain during that time.
  12. Appt was very simple and went well! And, he didn't need the flu shot! (Guessing perhaps April was the end of the "flu season".) Hubby had the TDAP shot when he saw the doc in November, and we were able to provide evidence of that. Doc also took all of the bloodwork we had to confirm the presence of antibodies to confirm that he had his childhood vaccinations (as the Alberta Dept of Health couldn't locate his vaccine records.) So woohoo! No more pokes! Sealed envelope will be ready for pick up tomorrow! (Just in case anyone is running a search and looking - doc was $350, no vaccinations included.)
  13. It's entirely possible that the woman I spoke with wasn't fully informed of the process. Fingers crossed! I had a couple questions about vaccinations which she had to get back to me on.
  14. Thank you! I'll make sure to let hubby know to press for the sealed copy. (Sadly I can't make it to the medical appt with him.)
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