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About JulienR

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  • Location Paris, France

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    IR-1/CR-1 Visa
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    Nebraska Service Center
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    I-130 sent from France : 01/31/2019
    I-130 arrived at Chicago lockbox : 02/06/2019
    I-130 NOA1 : 02/08/2019

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  1. That is not true for overseas applications at least. Some applications from France are sent to Potomac, others to Nebraska.
  2. I don't know where you live but there are also prepaid cards that allow you to call pretty much anywhere in the world through a local number. You buy a certain amount and, depending which country you call, you get more or less time. My wife used that to call the US from Australia and it was very cheap in the end.
  3. JulienR

    Julien from France

    A bit less since Monday sadly.
  4. JulienR

    Julien from France

    We will do the AOS based on the already file I-130, our priority date is February 6 and given the evidence we have I don't see any reason for it being rejected. I wasn't planning to apply for EAD or AP as I thought you had to paid extra for that. Thanks for the information, one is never too carefull.
  5. JulienR

    Julien from France

    Bonjour à tous, My name is Julien and I live in the Paris area with my wife (US citizen) and two kids. I have been on the forum for a couple of months already and it has proved a valuable source of information. My wife and I met in Brisbane, Australia where we were both living in 2011 and we got married in 2013. Our first child was born in 2015 and, while living in Australia was great, we felt that it was too far from our respective families. So we decided to move back and I got a good job opportunity in France in June 2016. We thought my wife would be able to find a job speaking only english at first and learning french on the way. It hasn't worked that way so my wife stayed at home looking after our boy and taking french lessons. Our second child was born in 2017. Now we have realised that, without speaking french, it will be very difficult for her to find a job in her field, and without a job it will be very difficult for her to become fluent in french as she spends most of her time looking after the kids. So we decided to move again, this time to the US. We filed I-130 petition with USCIS at the end of Januray and were sent to Nebraska SC 😞 . in the meantime we have both been looking for jobs in th US in hope of speeding up the process. Luckily, there is an opportunity for me to transfer to my company in the US. So I am planning to apply for an L1B visa and file for AOS once in the US since the L1 visa allows to do so even if it's a non-immigrant visa. Best of luck to everyone.
  6. Hi, You should find the answers you need on these pages: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/collect-and-submit-forms-and-documents-to-the-nvc/step-5-collect-supporting-documents.html https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/France.html My understanding is that police certificate has to be less than a year old for your current country of residence but can be older for other countries you have resided in before. "Important: Police certificates expire after one year, unless the certificate was issued from your country of previous residence and you have not returned there since the police certificate was issued. If at the time of your interview the following three items are all true, you must bring a new police certificate to your visa interview: You are more than 16 years old; The police certificate submitted to NVC was obtained more than one year ago; and You still live in the country that issued the certificate." Birth certificates don't expire, they cannot change. The french administration is weird in the sense that they often require a copy that is less than 3 month old but I haven't read anyhting like that for the visa. Note that documents written in french do not need to be translated. " All documents not written in English, or in the official language of the country in which you are applying for a visa, must be accompanied by certified translations."
  7. Hi, My company is offering me to transfer to the US on an L1B visa. I have quite specific expertise in my field, not only acquired at my current position but throughout my whole carreer. The position they are offering is not directly linked to my current position but they are very interested in my global expertise. They have actually tried to hire someone from the US before but could not find any suitbale candidate. I am a bit paranoïd about the interiew and fear not to qualify for "specialized knowledge". Would it be worth mentionning, or even bringing proof, that my company tried unsuccessfully to hire someone local? Thank you.
  8. If that is the case, wouldn't we see a bunch of petitions approved in a shorter time (the LPR ones) and then another bunch later (the USC ones)? From the VJ statistics they are approving May's petition now. Or do you mean the USC petitions will take even longer to be approved? Potomac approves petitions in less than 4 months, to me it looks more like a major workload balance issue!
  9. I am afraid no one knows....
  10. Lucky you, you are looking at only 4 months of waiting then.
  11. That's correct. It still blows my mind that the process can take a year or more. We used to live in Australia, where we met. When we decided to move to France she got a one year visa within 2 months and then completed the process to get permanent resident status once in France. I don't understand why the US doesn't have a similar two step process that would avoid people being apart for so long.
  12. Yes, the interview will be at the US embassy in Paris. I can not do DCF in France because there is no USCIS field office in Paris, France is attached to the USCIS field office in Italy. The only situation I could do DCF in Paris would be if my wife got a job offer and we'd had to leave quickly, then they can do an exception. But I should not complain too much, people applying from Portugal have to come to the Paris embassy for their interview although Spain is much closer !!!
  13. DCF is not available in every country either. I am in France and had to file at the Chicago lockbox even if USCIS as field offices in the UK, Germany and Italy! But only citizens from those countries can do DCF, it doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't make any more sense that Nebraska is taking twice as long to process the petitions compared to Potomac. They have a balance issue, that's the real problem.
  14. Hi, If your company transfers the US citizen, you can file an i-130 petition directly at the embassy/consulate in the Netherlands and it's much quicker, it's called direct consular filling. You need an official letter from your company stating the date the US citizen is to take on his position in the US. Then you can contact the embassy/consulate and request for direct consular filling. They need a few days to get approval from the local USCIS field office to process your petition but it should be no problem.
  15. Hi, Try your tracking number on the USPS website. I mailed mine from France with tracking and after it got to the US there was no more update on the French post website but the USPS one had all the details.