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  1. This is really just unfortunate for those affected by the order. Not all immigrants are seeking to take jobs. In my case, I would have been coming in still employed with my current employer (we do work remotely even before the crisis), so it's not as if I'd be coming in to compete with other US citizens for work, it's really more of just changing who I pay taxes to. But it is what it is, and I'll just see if the government actually lifts the order in 60 days, but I have my own suspicions it would be extended well into Trump's next term (assuming he wins in November). The economic fallout from COVID-19 is vast, and two months is a very small amount of time to make a call that the economy has recovered enough to resume immigration application processing. That said, I'm happy for those who were able to get exempted from the EO. Don't waste the opportunity given to you. πŸ˜„ P.S. Apologies if this sort of reactionary post is not allowed in this thread. The original megathread got closed, so I figured reactions should go into this one. I did my best to keep this post civil.
  2. Part of me thinks that Trump found a way to hit multiple birds with one stone and ran away with it. With a presumptive EO that covers a suspension of all immigration processing into the US, he: 1. panders greatly to his right-wing demographic, ensuring their support in November 2. makes it look like he's doing something to address COVID-19 (another bullet point he can use in the upcoming elections) 3. like you mentioned, found a way to justify a ban on legal immigration (well, "suspension", but the time frame can easily be extended and justified by saying the US haven't met so-and-so economic metric, etc.) I'm sorry for all spousal visa applications affected by this upcoming order. In my own case, mine's for a family-based visa, and while I would love for it to go through (just waiting on an interview schedule when COVID-19 hit), I can manage with it being suspended, and actually makes me think about other options moving forward if the US government has that much dislike for immigrants, even legal ones. Hopefully it ends up being a non-starter, or at least something more fair to people who already are in the middle of the process, but ever since this pandemic hit, I have learned to keep my optimism down to the barest minimum. πŸ˜‚
  3. So many DQs since I last logged-in! This is wonderful news in these trying times. For those still waiting, again, it will come. Just hold on. For everyone who got DQ'd, congratulations! Celebrations for all! πŸ·πŸŽ‰ Onwards and upwards! Special shout-out to @Alix64, @KAP2019, and @Tofu since I recall you guys being active in these forums in helping people out, even by just giving support to the rest of us. Kudos!
  4. Congratulations! I'm also in the same boat as you, local embassy closed shop for good reason. I don't mind the longer wait if it means more people are spared from the pandemic. As for other fellow VJers here waiting for DQs, hold strong! If you're not seeing new DQ announcements here on some days, it's more because not every applicant are members here, but NVC still continues to work on all our cases on regular working days.
  5. If the two cents of a dude still navigating through the immigration process is of any worth to you ( ), I think as long as you can make your case at the consulate that your current job pays well enough to sponsor your wife, you should be good. Like you said, it's best to have your wife bring pay stubs, employment contract, and similar documents to her interview. Maybe also bring in some extra financial documents just to prove that she won't be liable to become a public charge? Wouldn't hurt to bring an excess of documents. Best of luck to both of you!
  6. Sure can. I didn't include the 5540 form, since the directive for implementation came about around late February and it was nearing 8 weeks since my second submission, so I figured I'd just roll the dice in not submitting the form and just bringing it along with me to the interview. Since my wait counter would reset anyway regardless if I submit the form on my own volition or got RFE'd for not having it, I just bet on the hope that they'll DQ me without it. I would have probably uploaded the form if I were, say, on week 4 of waiting for review or if my second submission was on February 24th or beyond. Thanks for the greeting! As others have said, the lack of a message about your case being DQ'd is a mark that they're doing an RFE. When I got RFE'd, I also had an "NVC Feedback" message sent to me. They were asking for my joint sponsor's W-2 form (mistake on my end to have not included it), but accepted all other documents submitted, so my case's page looked similar to yours, with the index page showing the documents' statuses as all "Accepted" even though my case itself wasn't DQ'd at that point. Hope this helps.
  7. Thanks, guys! Submission date was January 6, so it's right in line with NVC's published case review time.
  8. Happy to report that I got DQ'd today! Awesome birthday gift, to boot! Still some ways away from the goal, but it's great to have moved closer, at least. For those waiting for DQs, stay upbeat. Your own DQs will come.
  9. Another week of waiting with bated breath for us people with cases under review. Wishing for speedy DQs and a great week ahead for all of us! πŸ˜€
  10. No, I didn't call NVC. I just did the note they put on my case which said to submit the W-2 of my joint sponsor. Sorry if I wasn't clear on that. πŸ˜…
  11. Wishing you all the best. Hope you get your review done quickly for the sake of you and your family. Best thing we can do is keep our spirits up and encourage others to remain steadfast, too, while waiting. Now this scares me. I had all of my documents accepted and they just asked for an additional W-2 upload for the RFE. I'm kinda anxious now that they suddenly might ask to resubmit stuff with this second review. 😢
  12. Yaaaaay! Great start to the weekend for you! Onwards and upwards! I'm resigned to the idea that it won't be this weekend, though. Because I'm so paranoid, I've checked the NVC site earlier thinking I might have accidentally re-submitted stuff after January 6 which made my counter reset. Yeah, I don't really know how I can inadvertently re-submit stuff without me knowing, but that's the level of paranoia where I'm at. Haha! Unless the NVC people work through the weekend to review cases (unlikely), there would be no change in my application's status for the next couple of days. It's not the worst thing in the world, to be sure, but still worrying. LOL. πŸ˜„ I'm so very sorry. If it helps, maybe you can request to be expedited for humanitarian reasons? Not sure if that works, but may be worth a try. 😟
  13. That's the hope, but just to be safe, let's assume they'll drag it out until the end of week. Haha! I'll also be hoping for a nice DQ on yours. Submission buddies! LOL. πŸ˜‚ Not gonna lie, even if I'm a dude, I might cry if I see the DQ email in my inbox. πŸ˜€ I think one of the working theories here is that some countries have less applicants than others. If that's the case, there are probably specialists per country, which makes sense since for example, if I'm tasked only to review documents from, say, Canada, I could quickly spot issues going through Canadian applications throughout the day as opposed to me reviewing a Canadian application then have to switch to, say, a Mexican one and have to re-review what I have to look out for in those documents. As long as government documents remain non-standardized across countries (and they will), this reviewer specialization is the most efficient way to go about doing this. The question then becomes if the ratio of specialists assigned per country proportional to the number of applications received from said country. Going by the uneven waiting times for each region, I guess that's not the case. At least that's how I try to rationalize it. Haha! πŸ˜‚ P.S. It's not a foolproof theory, though. I've seen different cases from the same country get reviewed in different time frames. But it's still the best theory I've seen so far.
  14. Happy trails to you and your partner! My 2nd submission was on January 6th, so I'm hoping to hear something this week or next. In the meantime, I'll say a prayer for all of us. Prayer of thanks for those who are through the process, and prayer for assistance for the rest of us still waiting. We'll get through this! πŸ™
  15. I worked in Singapore for 10 months as an expat, but NVC still asked me for a police certificate from there. I know it's a hassle, but I think it's best to secure police clearances from places you've been in for 6+ months even if the website says it's only applicable for 12-month+ stays. Better to have submitted those than risk them being reasons for RFEs. Just my two cents.
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