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    IR-1/CR-1 Visa
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    Texas Service Center
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    New Zealand
  • Our Story
    The bird is a US citizen living in SoCal. The bear is a New Zealand/Russian citizen in Auckland.

    We met in grad school in NZ and were together for 2 years before the bird came home to the US in early 2018 and we realized that being apart was pretty much the worst. Married in Feb 2019 and starting our journey from here!

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  1. I don't know, which is why I asked--apologies if I'm misunderstanding the situation. I'm just trying to figure out what the officers meant by "get in eventually." Are the people described in the post not applying for asylum? (I had assumed that they were.) If they are not seeking asylum, then on what grounds are they granted entry?
  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and observations. I've never been to the physical border myself, so this was an interesting read. Forgive my ignorance, but on what grounds would people waiting around the border like that be granted entry? Both officers you spoke to said that they'd all eventually "get in", but why? Wouldn't they need to show evidence of needing asylum/being a refugee, and be vetted like everyone else? I just find it so frustrating that my husband and I (and everyone else applying for CR-1) need to be apart for a year or more just waiting in the "queue," basically, to be processed. Nobody likes queue jumpers. 😑
  3. If you guys can squeeze in at least one more visit between now and your interview, I think it's generally recommended to do so. If not, just go with what you can provide. As I said, there are many before you who have gone through the same with similar evidence at the same consulate, so I'd search the forums to see what they have done. In particular, check out your country-specific forum--they'll have a lot more detailed insight into what is generally expected by the COs there. Every consulate is different--some are very demanding and picky, others are less so. If you have an "easy" consulate, then I doubt you have anything to worry about. For call logs, I can't speak for others, but the below image is kind of what I was talking about. It's a screenshot of our FB Messenger chat (which we rarely use, as you can see lol). The chat displays when the call was and how long it lasted. I know for a fact that Skype and Naver Line do the same, and I'm pretty sure WhatsApp does too. I think that's as close as it's going to get to what you're looking for. Hope that helps. Good luck on your journey!
  4. I agree with arken--I think you're worrying a bit too much about this. Just provide screenshots in whatever capacity you can (if you can't find an app that provides program-timestamped screenshots, do you think anyone else can/has?). Concentrate instead on providing evidence of time spent together in-person, as the general consensus here is that this type of evidence is stronger. Assuming you are a K-1, according to the VJ guide, that means copies of passport stamps, airline boarding passes, hotel receipts of trips together, etc etc. Screenshots and the like are supplementary. Just include a few screenshots of videos + call logs from whatever app you've been using to communicate. If you're still worried about it, I'd use the search function here in the forums to search for what other people have included as evidence. That should give you a good indication of what works and what doesn't. Just remember that lots and lots of people have gone through this process here--there's almost always someone who's had a similar situation to you and has been able to make it work.
  5. I can't think of any app that does this. I think @Bill & Katya presents a good solution. Another solution would be to take a screenshot of the video chat while you're talking, and then take another screenshot of the chat messages afterwards. In some apps, such as Naver Line and Facebook Messenger, it will show a message that says "The video chat ended" and have a timestamp on that. Put together, that could be considered evidence that you chatted at xyz time/date. Often people on VJ will tell you that chats/photos are all secondary evidence, however, because they can all be faked. It would be easy for someone to just photoshop the time/date on a screenshot, for example. So while chat evidence will be good to include if you don't have other forms of evidence, I wouldn't stress too much about how you present time stamps. Good luck!
  6. Congratulations! This a fantastic news, and I'm so jealous lol! Best of luck on your next steps! ♥
  7. Looking at Texas, it says 8 to 10 months for the spouse of a USC but 5 to 7 months for the spouse of an LPR? That's... weird. I'm not sure I trust these numbers...
  8. As others have stated, you can always keep a bit of money in your Canadian savings accounts. This can be especially handy when/if you go back to visit. For transferring money over (for both the initial move and for paying off debt), as missileman has said, bank to bank wire transfer may be the most straightforward option, depending on your bank. When I moved back to the US from New Zealand last year, I used a service called TransferWise, as they had the best rates I could find at the time (better than my bank). There are other services that do transfers, like CurrencyFair and Curexe, but I haven't used them and so can't vouch for them. I'd check out a few different options, figure out which has the best conversion rate AND transfer fees, and go with whatever is simplest for you. (Alas, more research!)
  9. Hi @SSorensen! I was just wondering what you and your partner ended up doing and what your result was? We are still waiting for our NOA2, but my husband has a similar case (category 1 of fence and Clean Slate Act), and I'd love to know what your solution was! Thank you!
  10. You and I got married on the same day and sent the i-130 package in the same week! I love it. Hopefully by our one-year anniversaries we'll be reunited with our husbands? Maybe? Welcome to the thread--and to the long wait!
  11. It's annoying hahaha. I just printed it out and wrote it in. I'm not sure what more you can do, and honestly it's probably easiest. 😊
  12. Welcome to the thread! We're all going through this together and it's great to have people to talk to about this. I'm sorry to hear your petition ended up in Nebraska, but you never know what could happen! The processing time estimates seem to be changing all the time (Texas went from "6-8 months" to "7-9 months" recently... >_>) so the most we can all do is kick up our boots and wait it out... Good luck, and it's good to have you here!
  13. My husband is coming to visit this year as well. This will be his 3rd visit in less than a year, so I'm a little nervous he's going to get asked questions. New Zealand is VWP country though (and I believe Finland is too!), so I don't think you or he will get much trouble from CBP. I think he is planning to bring a letter from his employer, some recent paystubs, and a copy of the NOA1 (once I receive the mailed version). I think a letter from your prof wouldn't hurt! When I was at uni, I had an advisor who would help me plan out my entire academic career and make sure I met all the requirements for my major--does your uni have someone like that who'd be able to vouch for you as well? That might help show that you've got long term plans back home...
  14. omg are you me? I'm exactly the same--checking VJ all the time, adding to my notes constantly... In other news, you were totally right--it's been a day since they charged my card, and I just got the text! Yay! Texas Service Center, if this place is right. Now to settle in for the long wait.
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