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allanr

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    IR-1/CR-1 Visa (DCF)
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    Philippines

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  1. Ok...first..i am working...like about 80% of other American couples, we planned on two incomes to support our lifestyle in the relatively expensive suburb we mutually decided to live in. Next, what world do you live in that makes you think i have to be the sole breadwinner and support a young, healthy, college educated wife? Seems like you are living back in the 1950's. We have lived together for several years overseas and came here already married and on a CR1 visa...We are a team. I do agree about us not being eligible for unemployment...that's fine. She doesn't really deserve it, but the crisis is going to negatively effect us like it will millions of others, and there are no other avenues of employment locally for the time being. When I saw this thread I thought I'd throw in a comment however to see what people have to say.
  2. Getting into this thread a little late.... my wife didn't start work until early February, as we arrived in the USA late last year and then moved into our new home in January. She lost her job when the preschool she worked at was mandated to close a week ago. We live in Oregon. The state unemployment website will not even allow us to file a claim. They ask a question on their first page if the claimant had worked in Oregon before September 2019. If the answer is no, it won't let you continue. I've tried dozens of times to call their number but always (unsurprisingly) get either a busy signal or a did not go through message. I don't have a huge issue with the logic behind this. The counterarguments are that these are not normal times, and that we need her employment income to make ends meet in the USA. Now that she is not working, we will be running at least a $1500 a month deficit in our income vs financial responsibilities. The stimulus check I will eventually get will help of course. I also have modest 401k money, but that has been hit hard by the market crash. Not a great situation, but others are doing far worse I'm sure. We are glad to be in the USA and in a beautiful part of the country. Anyone who has a possible workaround..please leave a reply.
  3. My wife arrived in the USA about 4 weeks ago. During the CR-1 process, we clearly stated we wanted a Social Security card sent to our domicile address. In talking to other Filipinas, my wife was told it usually took about 2 weeks to arrive. The Social Security website says to contact them if it hasn't arrived after 3 weeks. We tried to call the number listed and we go a recording saying there is nobody to talk to and to call back another time...each time we called back we got the same message after listening to a couple of minutes of information we had no interest in. We finally went down to a local social security office and we were told they have no record of my wife applying for a card. We showed them the documentation saying that she had, at which time the person helping us agreed it should be there but shrugged and said "maybe I just can't find it". He then said we could apply for a new one and get it in 5-7 business days. We filled out a form to which he entered into the system, and sent it to homeland security. He then said..."there seems to be a problem. Call me back in 2 weeks and I'll let you know the status of things." He then stated it would take several weeks after that to get a card. Not sure what happened to the 5-7 days, but I'm sure all of my wife's documentation was 100% in order, and there shouldn't be any issues. My wife is waiting to start work at job, and this process is getting frustrating. It will end up costing her a least a month of time she should be working. Any ideas how to expedite things? The guy helping us said there was a way to get a temporary card while waiting for ours to arrive, but couldn't remember the details of getting one. A google search turned up nothing. Any help would be appreciated.
  4. Reason for my concern with the process is that it had been past two weeks and my wife was waiting for her social security card in the mail in spite of us applying for one (which her documentation CLEARLY states she requested). In fact, she is still waiting for it. We went down to the local social security office today. After a 90 minute wait, we were told that there is no record of a social security card being issued for her.
  5. My wife just recently went through LAX to enter to country on a CR1 Visa. We expected a separate interview process, but she was directed into the same immigration line as myself and everyone else. She went to the customs officer next to mine, who accepted her documentation packet, asked her one or two quick questions, made a very short phone call, then stamped her passport and welcomed her to the USA. She she didn't need to sign anything. The whole process took 3-4 minutes at most. Is that a typical LAX immigration experience?
  6. This happened while my wife was in the Philippines, so no SS was involved. I do have to declare her income now that we're in the USA and due to the fact I'll file married, filing jointly. The company is 51Talk, very big company on the NYSE. They employ thousands of english teachers. Why they do things the way they do is a mystery...they just told my wife that since she is an independent contractor they don't have to give her an annual itemization of her earnings. I'll just declare the income the best I can...she does have monthly sheets showing her working hours that I made her save before quitting. The grand total of taxes she'll owe is only $400.
  7. Just moved to the USA yesterday and thinking about next year's taxes. I've read a fair share about this. What I've read said that as long as my wife has a SS#, we have the option of married filing jointly status, which would be advantageous was a tax standpoint. The problem we have is when my wife tried to get an 2019 income statement from the very large on-line English tutoring company she was told that since all the employees of the company were "free agents", they do not supply annual earnings statements. Argument got us nowhere. Her earnings only amounted to about $4,000. Since I greatly prefer to pay taxes, but can't get the tax documents, I'm thinking about putting in a representative number on the form without exact documentation and paying taxes on it. I'm wondering if doing so might create additional problems however. The other option is that since evidently this income number is reported nowhere and therefore won't be flagged, I could just not include it, something that I would not be entirely comfortable doing as well. Anyone have any advice on this?
  8. Does anyone know if this will affect people who already have the visa the approved, but have not yet moved back to the USA? I'm planning on moving back around mid-November with my wife, who recently got her Immigrant Visa approved. Will she be asked by immigration officials in the USA for proof of insurance? She doesn't at this time. Our plan all along was for her to start work a month or two after she arrived in the USA and get insurance in that fashion. I could also pay for it, but have no plans in place for that yet of course. I've been more-or-less blindsided by this.
  9. Hi P&M, Thanks for your reply. I more or less understand that the POE location is not specified. I'm concerned that if we are not intially staying at our listed domicile. the immigration officer questioning my wife could have an issue with that being the case. In reading various websites, it seems they have a wide latitude in asking any questions they feel are pertinent, and my wife will be nervous in that environment. If there is even a slim possibility that might raise an issue, I'll rather pay the extra few hundred dollars to start out at my domicile city.
  10. My wife just got her Immigrant Visa approved (Finally!..although still waiting for it to arrive in the mail). I live overseas and have a domicile address in the USA that I've kept for years. I file my taxes from that location. I bank and do other financial dealings through that location. My car insurance (actually I share it on my daughter's car) is from that address as well. When I visit the USA, that is where I stay. However, when we move to the USA in the near future, we want to settle down in a different city. My question is, if we arrive at a port of entry not near my domicile city, will my wife be subject to a lot of questions about why we are not arriving where we state my domicile is and be suspicious because that is not our first stop? If that is the case, we'll just fly to the airport near my domicile and stay at that address initially. btw....I am in not trying to do anything illegal. My domicile address is 100% legitimate. There was no way to explain on the visa forms (that I saw anyway) that we want to move to a different city when we arrive.
  11. It was just changed to "issued" today. The embassy here in Manila is good at answering their phone..give them a call if you have any questions.
  12. My wife did not initially pass her visa interview, pending the submission of a police report from Malaysia where she worked several years ago. When it first arrived, being several hundred miles away from the Malaysian Embassy, we called and asked the U.S. Embassy if we could have an electronic copy of the report sent to us, and just print that out, and mail that in with her passport for the Embassy. We were assured by the Embassy that we could. We did so and 2+ weeks later we heard back from the Embassy saying we had to submit the original copy of the police report, so once again rushed to doo so. We have been waiting several weeks to hear something. We finally called the U.S. Embassy on Manila and got the process expedited. We just saw that the status on the CEAC website for our application has been changed for the first time in weeks...it is has now changed from "Administrative processing" to "Ready". We just saw the change in status and it is now Friday evening, meaning we can't call the Embassy about this till Monday. Does that simply mean all the information is in place, or does it mean the Visa is ready to be issued?
  13. Yes...as i said above a couple of times..i found the link after I wrote that... Once again...our fault.
  14. Again...our fault. This is coming on the heels of me having to take two trips to Manila to submit my I-130 form, due to a page missing on my divorce decree ...what I had was signed, stamped and dated by the county clerk on the main page, but the last page was missing. In both cases, I left it up to my wife to get things in order..she is the smart, organized one of the two of us. She had her local police clearance...just not any foreign ones. Out of the 75 or so people being interviewed... she had by far the most documentation with her. Three large notebooks...with just one page missing...again. All this probably points to the need to use a service for a visa..it's a complicated process and it's easy for first-timers to make a mistake.
  15. They gave her a paper saying she did not pass the interview for the following reasons..which was the missing police document. It states she has a year to get it and submit it. of course the medical exam is only good for 6 months..so everything needs to be in place more quickly than that.
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