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About B&C2017

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  • Location Bern, Switzerland

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  • City
    Houston
  • State
    Texas

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  • Immigration Status
    IR-1/CR-1 Visa
  • Place benefits filed at
    Lewisville TX Lockbox
  • Country
    Switzerland
  • Our Story
    Marriage: 03/16/2018 β€οΈπŸ’πŸ‘±β€β™€οΈπŸ§‘β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹
    Birth of our daughter: 11/24/2018 πŸ‘ΆπŸ₯°
    I-130 submitted: 10/01/2019Β πŸ˜ƒ
    I-130 USCIS Lockbox received: 10/03/2019Β 
    I-130 NOA1 received: 10/08/2019 ​​​​​​​ --> Assigned to Nebraska Service Center 😩⏳
    I-129F K3 submitted: 11/01/2019Β πŸ˜ƒβ€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹πŸ™β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹β€‹
    I-129F K3 USCIS Lockbox received 11/06/2019 ​​​

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  1. Oops, my bad πŸ™ˆ Thank you for letting me know, I wasn’t aware of that ☺️ We’re only at the beginning of the process.
  2. This is what I'm hoping all the time πŸ˜„ It litterarly took us like a month until we were sure we have every document and filled everything out. Some parts (on the paper based form) were just so confusing. Good luck to you and your wife during this long process. Excited to see if the new online filing will help speed things up πŸ™
  3. The third option is that your wife does not have bank accounts, assets, rental agreements, real estate, voting records, etc. in the US, but she intends in good faith to aquire these things by the time you (the immigrant) enter the US. Your wife is the sponsor as she petitioned for you (she's the petitioner who will always be the primary sponsor later in the game) and you're the beneficiary. You won't have to deal with the I-864 for at least another year though as this won't be used until the NVC stage. I'm not sure if it's already an online form, but it might be by the time you need it. Thats why I said to make sure to always use the latest forms (paper or check if online process) from the USCIS site. Don't safe something now to have it in advance and then use that. If you do so, always cross check that you copy over your information to the newst version of the form. If your income isn't enough (which for you guys is 0.- as it's swiss and not US income and therefore obviously isn't ) and you don't have sufficient assets, you can always have a joint sponsor (for example her parents) to basically co-sponsor you... They do need to meet the requirements as well though. Also be careful with the abbreviations πŸ™‚ I think AOS is usually used as "Adjustment of Status" - this just confused me for a sec, hahaha!
  4. Yes, that sounds accurate I'd say. Although that amount would have to be untouched on your savings account for at least a year. You can't just have people/family members transfer money to your bank for the sake of the I-864 (and with the intent to deposit it back into their bank account after you arrive in the US. Not saying this is what you want to do, I just want to have said it πŸ™‚ They won't take your brazilian income into consideration. Only US income can be counted.
  5. Probably, yes. There is also a third option for the domicile requirement (which will for sure apply, but I'd be having some backup as stated above). The third option is: "You intend in good faith to reestablish your domicile in the United States no later than the date of the intending immigrant’s admission or adjustment of status." You can find the Instructions to the I-864 here: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-864instr.pdf Just always make sure you get all information and forms etc. from the USCIS website at the time you need them in order to have the newest version and not get RFEs, denials and delays by expired document or guideline versions.
  6. No problem at all! As @Babu Frik already said it's one of the ways to prove the bona fide marriage, but I'm sure y'all included that as supporting documentation with the I-130 already.
  7. The exact same topic is currently being discussed here (see below) πŸ™‚ In case you’d like to join... Oh and you need 3x 125% the poverty level (also see thread below)
  8. Oh and just as a heads up (I know you didn't ask for this, but I still wanted to let you know just in case)... Be prepared to bring documentation of strong ties to your homecountry Switzerland with you from now on when you travel to the US. The ESTA is given to you as a tourist with no intentions to immigrate while the pending I-130 clearly shows that you do have immigrant intents (even if not today :-), you see the conflict). This makes you a risk to illegal immigration (even higher than just being married to a US citizen) and CBP might deny your entry to the US - even if you really just want to take a trip to see family. Therefore it's always good to bring lots of documentation with you - better safe than sorry, right? This might include: - Your NOA1 from the I-130 showing that you want to go the legal route. - A signed letter from your landlord (Vermieter) as proof of you having an active rental contract which can't just be quit from one day to the other without notice while in the US. - A signed letter from your and your wife's employer stating that you are employed and will still be when you return from your trip (even better over the total of 90 days you'd technically be allowed in the US as tourist). - If applicable: Ownership of real estate in Switzerland - If applicable: Proof of kids enrolled in school - If applicable: Proof of you and or your wife being enrolled in courses, university, etc. even after your return to the US - Invitation cards of your US family to graduations, family parties, etc. if this is the reason you travel to the US. - Itinerary of places you want to go see/sight see (maybe even pre-purchased tickets) - Return ticket, allthough this is the least proof πŸ™‚ - etc... All of this does not guarantee you being addmitted to the US (I mean even without I-130 and US spouse there is never a guarantee). It's always the CBP Officers decision, but the more you can proof that you do not want to stay at this time, the better. Whatever you do, just don't ever lie or try "illegal workarounds" to immigrate faster. This would haunt you forever.
  9. I would assume so, but this might be something one of the more experienced members like @Cyberfx1024 or @Paul & Mary could confirm. Yep, that's what everyone is hoping in here 😊 but unless your petition gets sent to Potomac (the fastest) or Texas (longer than Potomac, but still 4 months shorter than Nebraska). But lets wait and see what center you get assigned - maybe you're lucky, although the pattterns speak differently (but with the new online process this might have changed since this year, idk). If you get Nebraska, there are specific Forums you might want to join - helps to get updates and keep your head up. At least your wife is with you. A lot of people on here are separated during this time πŸ˜₯ Yikes, thats sucks! March, June and September? Not cool! We live in Bern and our contract can be quit per each month end other than December with a 3 months notice. I mean worst case you can always quit and leave early (but stil pay) or find a "Nachmieter" to take over your appartment early. I don't think it matters what currency the assets are in. But I think also this question would require a more experienced answer by maybe@Cyberfx1024 or @Paul & Mary . Maybe specifiy what assets you'd like to use for them to be able to help you. Savings on savings account (on which name, both of y'alls), real estate, pension funds (Pensionskasse)...
  10. ADDITIONAL INFO: @Simpsorama8853 If you have kids or dependents, this number will be higher. See row "125% of HHS" below and multiply the amount for your houshold size (explanation below) times 3 Also: Only assets that can be converted into cash within one year and without considerable hardship or financial loss to the owner may be included. Sponsor's Household Size 100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines* 125% of HHS Poverty Guidelines* For sponsors on active duty in the U.S. armed forces who are petitioning for their spouse or child For all other sponsors 2 $16,910 $21,137 3 $21,330 $26,662 4 $25,750 $32,187 5 $30,170 $37,712 6 $34,590 $43,237 7 $39,010 $48,762 8 $43,430 $54,287 Add $4,420 for each additional person Add $5,525 for each additional person
  11. 65k is enough assuming they're a two people houshold. @Simpsorama8853 If you have kids or dependents, this number will be higher. The people in your houshold are calculated by including: - Your wife (sponsoring spouse) - Yourself (green card applicant) - Any unmarried children under age 21 (or the age of majority where they live) - Anyone else you claim as a dependent on your tax return - Anyone who will be applying for a green card and arriving to the United States with your spouse - Anyone else you are sponsoring on a separate Affidavit of Support
  12. Nope, Nebraska is the Service Center with the longest processing times for the I-130. Currently it's between 12.5 - 16 months - although the average is 12.3 months approximately - the upper limit is added by USCIS and reflects a 130% of what it usually takes. ⏳ After that there is the NVC stage which is as fast as you let them be πŸ™‚ If you submitt your stuff fast and pay the fees, it might take 1-2 months. If you delay submission accidentally or intentionally it takes even longer. After that comes the embassy stage. This is rather quick in CH - probably a month from the time they recieve your case until the interview. Once you have your Visa in your passport and checked it for errors and everything is correct (no names printed wrong, wrong birthdate, etc.) You can start to quit your job and appartment for which I assume you'll also have a 3 months notice as most people in CH do. So basically the timeline you're looking at before your move is at least 18 months from the day you receive your NOA1 (acceptance letter from USCIS). About the intention of reestablishing US domicile... Here's an extract from Website https://citizenpath.com/ which pretty much sums it up: If you are a U.S. citizen domiciled abroad, you can submit Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, if you intend to reestablish U.S. domicile. In essence, you must prove that you will return to the United States and make it your permanent home. Your proof should include concrete evidence that you will establish a domicile in the United States on or before the date of the intending immigrant’s admission or adjustment of status. In fact, U.S. immigration officials have shared several factors that may show an intention to reestablish U.S. domicile before or concurrently with the applicant including, but is not limited to, the following: - Opening a bank account - Transferring funds to the United States - Making investments in the United States - Accepting a job offer or seeking employment in the United States - Registering children in U.S. schools - Applying for a Social Security number - Voting in local, state or federal elections - Signing a lease or purchasing a primary residence - Establishing utility bills, telephone bills, etc. in the sponsor’s name This list of examples is not exclusive. That is, a sponsor may have other relevant evidence of plans to reestablish U.S. domicile. One piece of compelling evidence may be sufficient, but multiple examples of your intent to reestablish domicile in the U.S. is always preferable. In addition, evidence that you are severing similar ties abroad may bolster your claim that you are moving back to the U.S. - Resigning from your foreign job - Closing accounts with foreign institutions - Selling assets such as a home or other property Please note that it is highly reccomended by the US embassy and DOS, that you do not quit your job and appartment or book flights until you have your visa in your passport and everything is correct (as stated above).
  13. What country are we talking about? Can you please fill out your timeline and profile so that our answers can be more specific to your country? I for example was able to get a international version of my/children's birth certificate and marriage certificate with one line being in english. I scanned in documents with a software (got it online for free) which lets you scan documents and then transforms them into a Word (with pretty much the same formatting). That way you only need to translate and the document looks pretty much the same as the original.
  14. You need to be able to show that your wife has domicile in the US. This can either be reached by her moving prior to the interview / NVC stage and get a job, or you can show the intent of doing so - and proving her stay in CH was never ment to be forever - by her still having strong ties to the US like a bank account, always filled US taxes, voted, has asstes in the US, etc.
  15. Yay, another Swiss / American couple πŸ˜ƒ Good luck on your process! I wonder where y'all are going to end up at Service center wise. It looks as if almost everyone - where the USC is living abroad - gets sent to Nebraska 😞 All the other swiss no here that went the IR1/CR1 route got sent there... Keep us posted! Where are y'all going to move too? Do you mind filling in your profile and timeline data? Thank you so much!
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