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About Hemutian

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  • Location Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

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    K-1 Visa
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    Texas Service Center
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    San Francisco CA
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  1. First, a little background. Or if you just want to skip to the details of my main question, jump down to the third paragraph My wife came here on a K1 in September 2019. We got married in October 2019. She's homesick and sick and tired of being under the American lockdown (our county has had the longest lockdown anywhere in the United States...we are still locked down today), wants to go back to China to see her friends and family, eat her favorite foods, and enjoy the freedom of not being under American lockdown. We know that the price of this trip won't be cheap. Plane tickets are expensive and hard to come by. She will have to quarantine in a dingy hotel in Guangzhou for 14 days and eat hotel meals. We know all that, but still she wants to go. Now we know that the Trump administration put a travel ban on Chinese citizens entering the US back in February. But our understanding is that spouses of US citizens are exempt from this ban. So theoretically, my wife should be allowed back into the US. All I'm trying to do here is see if anyone else has actually done this, so I can confirm that it actually works. That is, a Chinese citizen, already married to a US citizen and begun the AOS process in the US, who travels back to China for whatever reason, and then back to the US, during the pandemic. I'm just a little nervous that if something goes wrong at the POE, I won't be there to help her translate like I did when we flew to the US together on her K1 (since China currently has a ban on all US citizens entering China, I can't go with her).
  2. Pretty sure that even in normal (i.e. non-pandemic) times, this would be totally normal. I've heard of it taking more than a YEAR between the “interview is ready to be scheduled” notification and the interview actually being scheduled. Oh, I should probably mention I'm at the San Francisco field office, which currently has the longest wait times in the country.
  3. You're right. I mixed them up. Thanks for setting the record straight. She did use a SSN. I guess we'll find out soon enough. Will post back here when the answer is known.
  4. But will the government give the resident aliens who elect to be treated as US residents even if they don't meet the substantial presence test the check? That's the question. My wife doesn't meet the substantial presence test because she's only been here since October. However, she did elect to be treated as a US resident for the purpose of our 2019 joint tax filing. I asked my tax accountant if he thought my wife would be getting a check, and he said no, but I'm not sure that he's an expert on immigration matters.
  5. My specific situation is this: My wife is a Chinese citizen. She came here on K1, her AP was just approved, and she's still waiting for the Green Card. At some point this year, we'd like to travel to Mexico together. According to this Mexican government website: I don't think a) is true in my wife's case, since she doesn't have the Green Card yet. Just AP alone doesn't constitute permanent residence, right? So my main question is: is b) true in my wife's case? Does her AP card act as a valid and in force US visa for the purposes of traveling to other countries like Mexico here? Finally, yes I realize there's a pandemic going on right now, and that the US-Mexico border is closed until further notice. We'll wait until the pandemic is under control before taking this trip. This is just a research question for future purposes. Hopefully the answer to this question is useful to others contemplating travel during the AOS process, and not just to Chinese citizens wishing to travel to Mexico. Thanks!
  6. Thanks for the screenshot. My attention was drawn to the nonresident alien part. Technically, my wife is a nonresident alien because she doesn't have her green card yet. However, in our tax return we included a signed statement that we wished for her to be treated as a resident for the purposes of our 2019 tax return filing status. So would that mean that she would get the stimulus? Or not?
  7. Oct 14 filers. Just got a bunch of updates through USCIS case status check. EAD was approved 3/25/20. AP was approved 3/27/20. Told to expect Combo card by 4/11/20.
  8. Hi, It sounds like having a SSN is the key. My wife has a SSN, and we already filed our 2019 return jointly, so it sounds like we should get the $2400, even though she doesn't have a Green Card yet, is that correct? (and our joint income is under $150K)
  9. Oct 14 filers. Still waiting for everything: GC, EAD, AP. VJ estimated we'd have Combo card months ago. Called USCIS on the phone, they said it's normal for it to take up to 6 months. Asked my congressman to inquire, but I think he's bogged down by Coronavirus.
  10. Oct. 14, 2019: Mailed in complete AOS application, including, i-765 and i-131 Oct. 24, 2019: Priority date Nov. 18, 2019: Biometrics taken Nov. 18, 2019: Notification that fingerprints applied to i-485 and i-765 cases Mar. 3, 2020: Notification that fingerprints applied to i-131 case When I called USCIS last week, they told me that the i-485 is at the San Francisco field office, and that the i-765 and i-131 are at the Missouri field office. We had a nearly 4 month gap between receiving notification that fingerprints were applied to i-485/i-765 cases, and receiving notification that fingerprints were applied to i-131 case. Is this normal? I haven't seen others describe a sequence of events like this on this forum. It just seems odd to me, because I thought the i-765 and i-131 cases were handled together, thus resulting in the AP/EAD "combo card". Anyone else seen a sequence of events like the one above (specifically the big gap in time between fingerprints being added to the EAD and AP cases) and have any idea what it might mean? Thanks.
  11. Really? So it's common to have a big gap between being notified "ready to schedule interview" and actually scheduling the interview?
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