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  1. I would say 9 times out of 10 there wouldn't be an issue, they're mostly professional, but of course could encounter a nasty officer. My husband just entered at JFK, sporting a beard (I know not the same as hijab) and he had 0 problems. We went on separate lines. When your fiance gets to the counter, officer will ask for visa packet. He'll take it along with her passport and hand it over to an officer to escort her to immigration office, where they will look over her stuff and stamp her passport. Don't worry about it, she'll be fine.
  2. Visa has been issued Alhamdulilah. Kuala Lumpur embassy. Timeline of events for us were as follows: Interview was at Oct 3rd, 2019. Embassy kept passport and said visa would be issued 4-5 days later. Also ds-5535 was not requested. Took nearly 3 weeks, issued on 10/22. Ceac status the whole time said ready (for interview), up until Monday 10/21 it changed to AP, and then next day it was issued. (My sister on the other hand, visa was issued 2 days after interview). Also, for those who will be traveling to Malaysia, feel free to message me on this website if you have any questions about the country ie where to stay, steps you have to take to get married here, advise on how to handle immigrations customs when trying to enter the country (they can get very nasty, esp when you're constantly leaving/entering or hold a Yemeni passport), where to go to renew visa, etc. I've been here on and off for a year and my husband 2 years so we know how to navigate this place pretty well. I can give you phone numbers of agents who can find you an apt for a month or however long. Also anyone who got married here and registered their marriage under the Yemeni embassy, be warned USCIS may reject your petition as they don't recognize the marriage certificate as valid. Yemeni embassy no longer certifies marriages between Yemenis and Americans, but if you were unlucky enough to do so as we did back in 2017 you will likely run into issues, so ask away if you have questions. Wish you all the best of luck and praying you get your visas soon, esp those of you who have had to endure the torture of months under AP.
  3. I'm in the same boat. Passport has been at Kuala lumpur embassy for 2 weeks. Sent one email so far, no response, although I didn't expect them to respond. Ended up dropping by at aramex just to see if it was there and nothing. Woman that works there said the embassy hadn't sent any passports for the past two days (17th and 18th) as embassy has been having meetings. Starting to get worried tbh..praying we get it very soon.
  4. He hasn't got it yet. Embassy has had his passport for a week so far, hopefully he'll get it this week. But our initial i-130 filing was back in 8/2017. So if, Inshallah he does get it this week that'll make 2 years and 1.5 month from start to finish.
  5. Thank you! That's good, inshallah you skip the nonsense and get straight to an interview or even approval.
  6. They took passport right after interview and said it would be issued within 4-5 days. It has been 6 business days, still waiting. Inshallah this week! Bro in law interviewed same week. They also took his passport and told him the same thing. His was issued 2 days later.
  7. My husband's passport has been with the embassy for a week as well with no updates on ceac. Don't worry about it sometimes it takes 2 weeks to get the passport back with visa.
  8. I did receive an NOA2 requesting evidence 10 months after the initial filing. However, during that time I had no idea that there are steps I can take to try and get a response faster, for instance contacting congress reps. I don't know if doing so during that stage of the process would have sped up a response or not. Also, during my initial filing of the i-130, I sent 0 evidence. Again, I was very new to this process and didn't know that I should've sent evidence with the i-130 to potentially have instead received an interview or approval rather than a request for evidence. Although, a lawyer told me that regardless with Yemenis even if someone sent a ton of evidence the first time they always send a letter requesting additional evidence. Anyways, hopefully your process moves faster than ours did. At the end of it all btw, our case never even made it to NVC as USCIS rejected our petition. We ended up asking the embassy if they would allow us to petition directly with them and they did. Now, I'm waiting to receive my husbands visa in the mail.
  9. Trump's public charge rule that was set to start oct 15 has been blocked. It would've penalized immigrants living in the U.S who were using government assistance. His other ruling however on not granting visas to those who they believe will likely become a public charge is still set to take effect on Nov 3rd. Although, I read elsewhere that it is expected to be challenged in court soon as well. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/11/judge-blocks-trumps-public-charge-rule-on-immigration.html
  10. well it favors those that are well off. So much for "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.." and its ridiculous to require immigrants to obtain insurance within such a short amount of time (30 days). It takes at least half that time to just obtain the green card and social security card.
  11. A neighbor of mine did, during her first trimester- she hasn't given birth yet. Neighbors friend also did so, although she was in 2nd/3rd trimester. She had a healthy child.
  12. I heard of one recent case here at the kuala lumpur embassy, interviewed in sept and at the end of his interview was told to leave his passport with them. About a week later, visa was issued. My husband's interview is also coming up this week. Inshallah all the best for all of us.
  13. I do think it's a muslim ban, largely because of the president and his staff's rhetoric regarding Muslims. Those at the hearing also brought up good counterpoints to the witnesses from DOS and DHS. For example the chairwoman, stated that if the U.S gov truly doesn't trust the information coming from the Iranian gov regarding their citizens then why are Iranian student visas not a part of the ban. Plus, Obama and the administrations that came before him, had already introduced a more rigorous vetting system and it has been largely successful in keeping terrorists out of the country. Trump took it to a whole new level and attempted to "fix" a system that was doing just fine, due to his dislike of immigrants from certain countries. According to this article, from 2002 to 2016 the rate at which a deadly attack was carried out by an immigrant has been "one for every 379 million visa or status approvals". Trump should really be trying to curb the increasing domestic terrorist attacks. heres the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/us/politics/us-vetting-system-already-robust-before-travel-ban-report-finds.html
  14. For those of us who can't make it to the hearing on the muslim ban, here's the livestream link: https://judiciary.house.gov/legislation/hearings/oversight-trump-administration-s-muslim-ban It'll be live at 10 am eastern time today (9/24)
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