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About Jaret&Rachael

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    IR-1/CR-1 Visa
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    Los Angeles CA
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  1. Finally! Something! Called the NVC numerous times as their phone lines were too busy to put me in the hold que. Once I finally got through I was waiting for 40 minutes on hold. Was told my case was received on July 10th, 2019. He told me to make sure I call back within 8 weeks if I have no heard anything yet as I should have my case number beforehand.
  2. I went to the local RCMP. Just request an uncertified criminal record check under the privacy act, make sure you state it's a fingerprint based check, and that you also request RCMP National Repository entire holdings.
  3. Check your messages! I sent you a youtube video I made about this.
  4. Just the questions that I've listed above. I've heard that they often ask if you've ever overstayed in the USA before.
  5. Hi! So far I've done it twice during my application process. 4 times in total since we got married. I've had no issues. Make sure you have a return flight booked. If you're really concerned, you can get a letter from your employer stating you have to return to work by a certain date. Know exactly what address you'll be staying at, how many days, and know the previous dates you've visited the United States- also knowing how many days those trips were. I've never been denied entry, but definitely asked those questions. BE HONEST at the border. Tell them you'll be visiting your spouse. Hope this helps!
  6. Hi! Yes, you can visit your spouse while your CR1/IR1 visa is pending/going through the process. I've done it with no issues. Just be honest at the border and make sure you have a return flight/ proof you'll be returning home (a letter from your employer will do- but I've never done this myself.) Make sure you read all the guides on filing within the website. Always ask questions! No matter how stupid it may seem. It's better to ask a stupid question and get an obvious answer than second-guess yourself and make a huge mistake/ cause delays. If you do not have any issues with criminal history, divorce, connections to drug and alcohol abuse (likewise for your spouse) than I don't see why a lawyer would be necessary. Although what I'm about to say is completely anecdotal (so take it with a grain of salt,) I know people who have gone through immigration lawyers with a clean record and they are regretting it. Expensive, and very very slow. In fact, one lawyer has not even submitted their i-130 application in to the USCIS yet (the first step!) However, they are the professionals so if you have questions that can't seem to be answered here, going through a lawyer isn't wrong. I am doing this solo, in fact, my spouse (the petitioner) is being educated about the entire immigration process from me. I've learned everything I know so far, and everything I will need to know in the future, from this very website. I made a youtube video about how to put your i-130 application together, I'll send you a link in a direct message. Hope this helps!
  7. You have all your visas? From what I've seen this means everything is electronically on the system. I'm definitely no expert on this issue, but definitely look into this. I've seen a few others post about this. check out this forum
  8. Fill out your timeline, please. For us Canadians doing the CR1/IR1, there aren't a lot of us who are current on this website. It gives us useful information and will help a lot of us out. Thanks!
  9. Usually the NVC will receive it within that time frame, yes. However case numbers seem to be assigned a few weeks after they receive your case. It seems like you got your case number the same day NVC received your case, according to your timeline. It doesn't hurt to call so I'll continue to do so.
  10. try a different file reader, what are you currently using?
  11. National Visa Center (NVC) Phone: (603) 334-0700 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/contact-us/us-visas.html
  12. Hey friends. Our NOA2 was June 19, 2019. We received the I-797 letter June 24th stating they had forwarded our case to the NVC. We called Thursday, June 27th, 2019. Nothing yet (as expected.) We will continue to call 1x/wk until we are notified that our case has been received at the NVC. Will keep you all updated. Best of luck to all of you!
  13. Hello. Our priority date was December 5th, 2018. We were accepted June 19, 2019. Texas Service Center. Stay positive and hopeful.
  14. Totally. However, thank you for clarifying! Gives me piece of mind.
  15. Hey friends, I am preparing for the NVC stage now as my i-130 have been accepted as of June 19th, 2019. I went to go get my Certified Criminal Record Check under the Privacy Act at my local RCMP office in Red Deer, AB on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019. I showed them a screenshot of the NVC Website's Canadian Document: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/Canada.html When I initially went, the representative seemed extremely confused but did not explain why she couldn't comprehend what the NVC is asking for. She booked me an appointment to do the check, regardless, for today (Thursday, June 27th, 2019.) Today I had a different representative. Again, I showed him the screenshot of the website. He seemed somewhat confused and asked me if I was convicted of any crimes or had any pardons. I stated that I've never had either. He then went on the explain why he is confused: "CERTIFIED" Criminal Record Checks under the Privacy act are usually only for those who have been previously convicted of a crime, or may have had a pardon. They can take up to 6 MONTHS to be sent back to me, however, because I have never been convicted of a crime, he said it should only take about a month to receive in the mail. Black and white, this is what the NVC calls for, a certified criminal record check. "UNCERTIFIED" Criminal Record Checks under the Privacy act are for general public and inquiry, and only take up to 14 days to be sent back. Because visa processing is a time sensitive issue, I requested both certified and uncertified criminal record checks under the privacy act to be done. This included the "RCMP National Repository Entire Holdings." Both were $70 + tax. They did not take my maiden name, only my current first, middle and last name.
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