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  1. I would say it's definitely worth it, if anything, to make yourself feel better. I submitted an inquiry to my Senator in February after doing to the same to another Senator in November (the first time we were out of expected processing). We got approved the following Monday. That being said, did my Senator do anything? Probably not - the inquiry might've not even been placed, I think I submitted it Thursday or Friday. But I still feel like it did something, and that alone was a comforting feeling. Again, your representative cannot move your case in any way, but they're allowed to congressionally inquire at any point once you're overdue and will typically get a clearer answer from USCIS. As @Lynxyonok has also said, perhaps someone working for the representative will take note of a flood of I-129F inquiries and incorporate it into their immigration platform. Wishful thinking, perhaps, but this was personally the second time me contacting a political official has had 'mysterious' results and I'm certainly a believer in taking advantage of our democratic processes.
  2. Asylum has very particular grounds; simply being "afraid" isn't enough for relief. If you think you have a good case nonetheless, you should consider trying an expedite first on your I-129F while she relocates to a third country. As others have said, if she's never actually been persecuted (arrested), I don't think the asylum, or even expedite, claim has much merit.
  3. My apologies - I got this confused with another thread in which they said they couldn't get married in their current country (China, I think it was?). In that case, you're right that they should definitely see their options for a traditional wedding and consider going straight into CR-1.
  4. Considering there's likely a religious underpinning to this, I would question whether OP would even be amenable to a Zoom wedding instead of a traditional ceremony. That would, in my mind, force the K1 to be the only choice.
  5. One additional consideration, is that anyone conscripted right now could face a permanent bar to getting either a Schengen or US visa. Considering we ask, explicitly, on the DS-160 (presumably DS-260 as well?) for prior military service, any male 18+ in Russia right now is going to have a really difficult time explaining circumstances to the embassy. Effectively, the conscription is now a 'mark' to keep people inside even after the war. I concur completely that mobilization was highly predictable but I still feel horrible for those who could not find ways to leave - after all, we here on VJ have heard the many struggles with trying to get residency elsewhere. How is it that the border lines to Finland, Kazakhstan, and Georgia are so full? Are certain regions enforcing the mobilization but not putting a stop on people leaving until a certain date?
  6. It will void your eligibility for a K1 entirely. You should instead consider switching to spousal visa.
  7. What an insane lawsuit. Imagine having illegally entered, signing a document saying you agree to be brought to a sanctuary state, and then suing because you were unsatisfied with your McDonald's vouchers and free housing. I recognize this was inevitable, but do the groups representing these people really think DeSantis didn't have his bases covered before doing this? I would love to see how they orally argue "emotional trauma."
  8. Unconfirmed reports of Russian airlines being forbidden from selling tickets to men 18-65 years old. While I don't know the truth of that, what is true is that flights are either (a) booked full or (b) prohibitively expensive. Reminds me of the late February exodus... I hate to say this, but I'm not sure it will matter much if/when the State Department designates a new embassy. Getting out of Russia right now is horrendous, and for men, it may soon become all but impossible. I expect this forum will get quite busy throughout the next few months.
  9. Welcome to the family! We have exactly the same PD and Biometrics) Also no EAD card. But while all our correspondences come from NBC, my assumption is that the local FOs are the ones processing our EAD/AP; hence, a bigger area (such as DC/NY/LA) is likely to take longer than a FO in, say, the Midwest. If they're really prioritizing newer applications first (as seems to be the case), perhaps ours will be sooner than we expect? But in any case, for us K1s here, actually being with our spouses now makes the waiting infinitely easier, lol
  10. Pack up everyone, his (pre-recorded) address is now scheduled for early tomorrow morning. Broadcasters have apparently booked an hour in total, unsure if that includes Shoigu’s speech. Have the Duma’s laws on martial law and mobilization gone into effect, or do they require Putin’s signature? I’ve heard varying things on what the Duma has done.
  11. Yes, I’m watching it like a hawk right now. Very concerning, what will be said, but the mass mobilization and restriction on leaving seems to be inevitable after tonight. Unfortunately, it appears as if the time to get out of Russia and Belarus has been severed.
  12. I should say this whole conversation may become irrelevant pending Putin and Shoigu's statement, and Belarus' possible obligations under CSTO, come two hours.
  13. That link doesn’t contradict what I’m saying. Once you’re inside the Schengen Zone, nobody checks your visa. All Poland and the Baltics are apparently saying is they won’t honor Schengen Visas at their *external Schengen borders,* which only impacts land crossings because Belavia and Aeroflot are already banned. I have yet to see any article suggesting Poland will deport any Russian found in Poland. Absent that, not a terrible amount changes. Again, rather than flying from Russia —> Istanbul/Dubai —> Warsaw, you go to Berlin and take the train. This would only be problematic if border control was reinstated along Polish/German border, which, as I’ve said, is within their legal rights - but they’ve yet to do.
  14. Poland has yet, and is apparently not considering, intra-Schengen restrictions. They are all external; i.e., only border with Belarus or Kaliningrad. You may still arrive in Poland from Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, etc.
  15. So it begins. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/baltic-states-poland-close-doors-russian-tourists-2022-09-19/ From reading this, though, nothing substantial really changed. No word on how Poland is enacting their border mechanisms, but I would guess these are all external EU-policies. That is, a Russian can no longer take the bus from Minsk-Warsaw (or, for that matter, Minsk-Vilnius). The Estonia FM seemed to concede that this wasn't going to stop all travel because Finland broke off and travel is still possible through that route. And the Russian woman interviewed basically said she can still get to Estonia through other Schengen Zone countries. So, for now, it seems as if the ban is more symbolic than anything. Given the difficulties of getting out of Russia, if you already managed to get to an airport in Istanbul or Dubai, you just take a flight to Berlin instead. Will look through Polish news and see if they're checking elsewhere, but again, I think this is only external borders. Edit: According to the Detroit News, of all sources, 11 Russians were stopped trying to arrive from Belarus and Kaliningrad last night. I completely forgot that Kaliningrad is now entirely strangled - I'm not sure what the ferry system is like there, but that's now your only direct way into Europe (if it even exists).
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