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  1. This comes down to personal choice. The US is also facing a major major outbreak right now. I believe the number of cases in the US are grossly underestimated. The stuff is already out there in many communities undetected and they are not doing enough testing, not even close. Anyway, If I were you, I would say jump on the plane, wear mask and bring plenty of sanitizing wipes. Wipe down everything on the plane that she would touch (the seating area, trays, door knobs, bathroom faucet, ... ), do not touch her face with the hands, ... that sort of thing. After she arrives, prepare a room for her to quarantine for at least 14 days. No close contact (it'll be hard, but you know... )You guys can yell through a door or something. If she's clear after 14 days, no fever, it's good.
  2. I would wait and see. Also keep emailing the Consulate, they might sent update back via email or they may update their automatic email reply
  3. The only thing you can do is to monitor the specific location. How are things in Georgia? Do you guys have any cases?
  4. A certified translation is essentially a sworn statement affirming the translator’s ability to translate a document from the original language to the English language accurately. Anybody who is fluent in both languages can translate. The translator need to include the following: I, [typed name], certify that I am fluent (conversant) in English and [foreign language], that I am competent to translate and that the above/attached document is an accurate translation of the document attached entitled [name of document]. Signature_________________________________ [Date] [Typed Name] [Address]
  5. Well, will you be able to stay in the barracks with him? If you are allowed, then put that address. If you are not allowed, then your probably want to figure that part out now, right? What is your plan?
  6. Yes! The USS North Carolina. Been there! I would be cool. My ceremony was at a courthouse, boring. I am not sure how they allocate. It's all from a computer of course. I suspect it would be first available within acceptable driving distance from your address. How they decide "acceptable", no one knows...
  7. You will be issued an immigrant visa. It will be valid 6 months from the medical date. So you will have at least 5 months or something like that. You can book any way you want. Nobody cares about that. Sometimes booking round trip is cheaper than oneway, due to the wonder logic of airline ticket's algorithms. Maybe that's why someone said it. You don't book anything. At the stage, they will give you a date. It is usually at least 4 weeks ahead of the interview. Yes, you will have to go to Montreal. How's your French? That's all fine. There is never a requirement to have a wedding anywhere. Lots of people get married without a wedding, either can't afford one or don't want one. Your plan is fine. Either way, doesn't matter. No, you do not have to wait one year. That's non-sense. However, there is one advantage to waiting down the road. The law states that if you have been married for less than 2 years by the time you enter with your immigrant visa, you will get a conditional green card that is valid for 2 years. At the end of those 2 years, you have to submit another application form I-751 to remove that condition. That is another cost, another wait, and another hurdle to get through. That application requires all the proofs of the bona fide marriage and all that stuff again. If you enter the US with the immigrant visa after you pass your 2 years anniversary, you skip all of that, you get a 10 years unconditional green card. You will be then eligible to apply for US citizenship 3 years after that, provide you still live in marital union with your partner. Yes. After you get married, you want to start commingling your finances, taxes, ... stuff like that. Commingling finances are one of the best evidence.
  8. You, usually they will send you a letter that specify what time/date and where you need to go. You will not be offered a choice. There are two types of ceremonies: judicial and administrative. Judicial ceremonies are held at a US district courthouse and officiated by a federal Judge. All name changing cases will be held at the judicial ones, plus if there are still spots, non-name-changing cases. Judicial ceremonies are usually less frequent. Administrative ceremonies are usually held at the local USCIS offices or they sometimes rent other venues for special events (for example, sometimes you can hear on the news that ceremonies are being held on board the USS Constitution for the Boston Field Office. I think in Los Angeles, due to sheer numbers, sometimes they have to get an auditorium that could accommodate 800-1000 people, ... ) Yes, some states of same day ceremony. I have seen cases where some people were interviewed and just so happened that there was a ceremony that same day in the after noon and they have spots available so they as the newly passed interviewees to join the ceremony right there. My recommendation is to go to the whatever date they first assign to you, whether it's Raleigh or Wilmington and get it over with. It's not that bad of a drive from Wilmington to Raleigh, I used to make the drive all the time when I used to live in Cary. This is an important enough occasion for that.
  9. When you log in to your account, it asks to state the reason for requesting a transcript. One of the options is "Immigration". Once to select that, it will highlight what you need, which is the "Return transcript".
  10. To be clear, there is absolutely no judicial oversight of Consular Officers’ decisions to deny visas or of a CBP officer to refuse entry. That power rests squarely in the Executive Branch, since they are charged with protecting our borders. You cannot challenge those decisions in any courts. The courts will toss it out. The only challenge you can make is with the Agency itself to reconsider its previous decisions. As in the example I posted, the CBP Watch Commander upon receiving the attorney’s briefs, decided to reverse the previous decision of an expedited removal of one of his officers. But no court can force him to do that.
  11. I have been in two visa interviews for myself as the applicant, one as petitioner for an immigrant visa at a Consulate, and one USCIS interview. Also been in many job interviews both successfully gotten the jobs and not, as well as I have interviewed and hired plenty of people. I gotta tell, visa interview is NOTHING like a job interview. The purpose is different and methods are different. A job interview is used to access a couple things: do you have the ability to do the job and how well can you fit in with the current team. A visa interview is to determine whether a person meet a pre-determined set of criteria for said visa. Two completely different goals.
  12. I have a soft objection to that. I do believe in some cases one can benefit greatly from a good experienced immigration attorney who can present legal arguments in a succinct and concise manner, while citing applicable case laws and precedents, in a motion to vacate the expedited removal order. There has been successful cases where the CBP upon receiving a well-written motion, has rescinded their previous decisions of expedited removal and even a 6c1 misrep charge https://dyanwilliamslaw.com/2016/11/grant-of-motion-to-vacate-expedited-removal-order-rescission-of-misrepresentation-charge-a-true-success-story/ OP, I am not saying your case can be reversed. It is in fact, very very hard to challenge one of these successfully. If you feel like you were wrongly “removed”, contact Dyan for a consultation. She does consultation by phone or Skype or whatever method of communication you desire. She is not one of those blood-sucking lawyers who will take your money no matter what (believe me, I sat across the table with some of those, too). She will only accept your case if she thinks you have a chance to win. And to be frank, with what you presented here, looks like CBP did its job perfectly. Anyway, not in any way related to said law firm, just an ex-client of that law firm here.
  13. Yes, absolutely. I’ll remember the questions they asked that day until the day I die. But before we get to that, let me tell you, my mom’s background is much more complicated. My grandfather (her Dad) was a very high ranking official in the old South Vietnamese Government. She has 5 siblings, and three of them went to the US to study before 1975. Then 1975 happened, and they got “stuck” in the US. So by the 1980s, my mom’s whole family (her Dad, Mom, her brothers) were issued immigrant visas under the HO program. They refused to go. She met and married my Dad, had two children (including me). My Dad died in a car accident. She remarried a Vietnamese US citizen, went through the K3 process, only to get a denial on the visa. Then she ultimately divorced the guy. Meanwhile, her Dad (my grandfather) got a second immigrant visa through another refugee program in 2008 (thanks to John McCain), this time actually went to the US, got a green card, hated the US, lasted about 1.5 years and returned to Vietnam. While all that was happening, I was in the US under student visa, got my Master’s, got my H1B and eventually became a US citizen. Anyway, all of that to say that my Mom basically got an immigrant visa, refused to go, got a tourist visa in 1998, went to the US for 4 months and returned. Got denied a K3, then denied tourist visa 3 other times between 2009 and 2015, before finally got her immigrant visa again in 2018 when I sponsored her. Now to actually answer your questions, they asked a grand total of two (2) questions: 1. What does your son do for a living? 2. How did your son get to the US? Then he said “Congratulations! Welcome to the United States!” And all I was thinking was: “that’s it? I took 10 days off work, traveled 10,000 miles, put on a suits and tie and waited 3 hours in an extremely hot waiting room (those cheapskates don’t have AC out in the waiting area of the Consulate) FOR THIS?” Anyway, relax, you’re gonna be fine. For the lunch celebration after the interview, highly recommend the sushi place (Hokkaido I think) on the top floor of Takashimaya downtown HCM. Great food, and AC is cold. Best of luck!
  14. Go light on the photos, chat logs and the like. What about US federal tax returns as married?
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