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  1. I did not see a new thread yet for November 2019, so I guess I will start it! 😁 I actually have NOT filed my I-130 yet 😩 but I am committed to doing so by November 15, 2019! That is my personal deadline! We have been married almost a year and due to some laziness on both our parts we haven't moved on this but we have made so much progress with it now it makes sense NOT to put it off any longer. So WELCOME all other Nov 2019 brethren! I need your support to get this DONE! 🖐️
  2. Good day all, All documents and fees were approved and completed on my IR5 on March 7th 2019. Notice from the NVC was that an interview would be scheduled at the Consulate and I would be notified by email or mail. Does anybody know what the approximate turnover times are for the interview? Can I expect an interview in April? Thank you!
  3. Waiting 10-1/2 years now for I-130 for U.S. citizen filing for sister at California Service Center. Their priority dates move backwards like they are undoing previous work. CSC sucks. Why don’t they transfer cases to Texas Service Center where they actually do work? I am totally fed up. I can understand why people choose to come to U.S. illegally.
  4. I married a women from Venezuela, She is in the US with her two children 13 & 11 with all pending asylum cases. We want to file for adjustment of status to obtain green cards. On the USCIS site it says I have to send 3 different I-130 forms one for each? Do I have to pay the 535 fee for each? I thought I could just send in one I-130 because the children are considered derivatives? Then once that is done or concurrently file forms I-485 one for each. We would like to get the ball rolling I'm just not sure how many I-130's to send in and also would like the children to be able to travel to see their biological father in Chile.
  5. Starting the thread for January 2019 Filling - been through this process on the K1 journey all the way through an interview at the Mumbai Embassy last April 2018. We were stuck in AP and had a rare chance to spend 45-days together so we jumped ship and married in India (Nov 24th). So, here we are again going through the same process and praying that it goes faster. Mailed: Dec 26th (tracked delivery on Dec 28th) Notification: Pending NOA1 & Service Center: Pending Happy Journey!! Annie
  6. Hi guys! Thought I would start a thread for this since I didn't see it anywhere else. This is for all Potomac filers of the I-130 in 2019. I noticed that the last person to get approved had a NOA1 date of July 1st and there hasn't been another one since the beginning of the month. My projection for receiving approval had pegged the date between the end of January and the beginning of February, with an email estimate of February 5th. However, today the projection suddenly changed to between June and September of 2020 - a six month leap. I don't understand what could cause this so suddenly as the data hasn't really changed at all over the past couple of weeks. Any ideas? Has this happened to anyone else?
  7. Creating a post for 2017 I-130 filers for spouses of permanent residents, please share your PDs and any further actions going forward.
  8. Hi all, Starting the February thread to share the journey with a few people. We sent the I-130 application January 31st from France to the Chicago lockbox. I know it arrived in the US on February 2nd but don't know if it has been delivery yet. I am a french citizen and my wife is a US citizen. We met in Australia where we were both living in 2011 and got married in 2013. We got our first child in 2015 and, while Australia was great, we felt it was too far from our respective families. So we decided to move and I got a good job opportunity in France in June 2016. We thought my wife would be able to find a job speaking only english at first and learning french on the way. It hasn't worked that way so my wife stayed at home looking after our boy and taking french lessons. We got a second child in 2017. Now we have realised that, without speaking french, it will be very difficult for her to find a job in her field, and without a job it will be very difficult for her to become fluent in french as she spends most of her time looking after the kids. So we decided to move again, this time to the US. She has been applying for jobs and we hope she will get one from here and that we will be able to do DCF in Paris then but in the meantime we filed with USCIS to get the process started because it takes so long.... Good luck everyone.
  9. Hi all, I wanted to start a thread with general questions about my AOS process and to learn from everyone who has gone through a similar scenario. Here are a few questions as I am gathering all my documents: Q: Should I file form I-693 along with all of my initial documents? A: There is no need. Schedule an examination after the interview date is set. Q: Do I need to translate my vaccination record etc.? If so, can I translate everything myself? A: Q: My husband is filing form I-130 online. Should I also print everything and file form I-130 along with form I-485? A: Q: In Part 1 of form I-765, do I choose 1.a Initial permission to accept employment or 1.c renewal of my permission, since I have used an EAD twice before (once after undergraduate and again after graduate degree) A: Q: In Part 2 of form I-765, #12, do I select "yes" even though my employer "filed" Form i-765 for me previously? A: Q: We have a joint lease for an apartment in Raleigh, NC but I commute to work in VA and have another apartment in VA what address should I use for all my forms? A: Background information on us: I am a resident alien working under my H1B visa (since June 2019) I moved to the states 8 years ago (F1 - undergrad, OPT, F1 - graduate, OPT, H1B) I married a US citizen on Jan. 31, 2020 We are planning on submitting everything as soon as possible since we have been doing long distance for over a year and would like to live in the same place! I greatly appreciate any help on this. If you are going through the same thing, please feel free to ask your questions and I hope to be able to help out as well. Thank you so much in advance!
  10. My fiancee and I got married within 90 days of her entering on the K-1 Visa but it says in her passport that the visa expires tomorrow. We have not filed the AOS papers yet because of financial issues. Is she going to be deported or something??? I read different things on every website I look at. What do we have to do now that we are past the K-1 date? Which forms do we need to fill out exactly? Please help. Thanks, J & G
  11. Hi, I have two small questions that are giving me a headache about the online I-130 form. I cannot write PRESENT or anything like that for the addresses that I currently live in or the job I currently work at. It makes you fill in a date from when to when. If I currently work and live in a place, how should I fill in a date? Also, for Beneficiary's Class of Admission, my wife has been to the US on a B1/B2 travel visa, but that option is not in the pull down menu. Why would that not be a choice? Anyone else having similar issues? Thanks!
  12. Hi all, So I'm getting pretty close to the end of my visa application journey. I had my medical on the 14th Feb, and then my final interview is booked for 25th Feb. I'm currently being processed via DCF and therefore, interacting directly with the US Embassy in London, bypassing the NVC. My questions are for anyone who has done this process before, and more specifically the below: One of the supporting documents to provide at the interview is the I-864 (affidavit of support). However, when we submitted our application via our lawyers, this was completed and sent with the original I-130 application. Therefore, my question is, will the embassy have access to this document? Or should I try and get a copy to be safe? Also, does anyone know how long the interview usually lasts? I'm trying to book my travel accordingly. Thanks in advance, B.
  13. My wife and I want to try and expedite our Petition. Do we have to call to try and expedite or can we do it online? (My wife (the petitioner) has serious chronic health issues. She’s currently living in Ireland with me but her visa runs out in July. We want to expedite on the basis that she requires me to care for her. We are hoping this will be expedited).
  14. Hello All, I am starting a new thread for July 2019 filers of i-130 for parents. I just mailed an application for my mother today. Please join the conversation and share your journey/process.
  15. Good day, I am asking this question on behalf of my dad. A little bit of background. My dad arrived in the US last October 2019 under IR5 visa petitioned by me, his daughter and I am a USC. My dad has a wife (not my biological mother) and they've been married for 3 years. I couldn't file a petition for her at the same time that I was petitioning for dad as their marriage took place after my 18th birthday. My dad holds a social security card, recently received his greencard, and started a job in January 2020 and now I am trying to help him file a petition for his wife to immigrate in the US. We started an online application but we are confused as to what address to use for his wife's current address. When dad was living in the Philippines, they lived in a house in Metro Manila but before he left for the US, they flew to Mindanao (southern part of the country) so that she could have the company of her family instead of living alone in Metro Manila (they do not have kids). Now, she currently lives with her parents but she has plans on staying at her sister's place somewhere in Mindanao closer to where she would register for trade school. The IDs that she has though have the Metro Manila address on them. My question is this: Is it ok to use the Metro Manila address? We have relatives that can receive mails for her while she is in Mindanao and she can gather them up once she goes back to Metro Manila for interview or something else. I am concerned that she won't receive the mails if they are addressed to be delivered in Mindanao as the address that she gave us does not even have a street number. I am also afraid that when she goes for interview that we get in trouble if her IDs and the address that we put down in the application don't match. What is the proper thing to do here? Thank you in advance for your time.
  16. A little background: I currently reside in Michigan. I acquired my US Green Card in 2010 and was consequently naturalized and became an US citizen in 2016. My wife is a naturalized Canadian citizen. We had been in a long distance relationship for 6 years and in July 2019, she visited me over a weekend and we got married in a small ceremony (about 10 or so friends and family). I have the marriage certificate from the district county. She returned back immediately after we got married and has since been in Canada. I had not filed for a K-1 Fiancee visa prior to getting married as I was not aware at the time. So she entered as a visitor on her Canadian passport when she came here and we got married. While doing some research to start her immigration process, I read that this could constitute as visa fraud. Had I known, we would have gotten the K-1 Visa first. I have doubts that this could be a potential problem for her immigration process. She has not visited the US since and has held a residence and job in Canada. 1) Is this true and if so, how serious is it could it be? What are the steps to resolve it? To start her immigration, there are some different ways to do it and I am not sure which is the correct way to proceed based on our case: a) Bring her here and file I-130 (Alien Relative Petition) and I-485 (Adjustment of Status) at the same time. b) Bring her here and only file I-485 (Adjustment of Status) at the same time. c) File for I-130 and then file for K-3 visa( Non-immigrant visa for spouse) and then bring her here. d) Any other? Would a) and b) be safe as she would come as a visitor and could stay longer than intended while filing I-485 (Adjustment of Status) We have already been apart for months on end during our long distance relationship and want to be together as soon as possible. I have talked to multiple lawyers and only gotten different answers and have turned here for help. Its very confusing but we want to try and go with the safest option. Please help! Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  17. Hey guys! Hope I put this in the correct forum. I am back living in the states, but the past six years I have been living abroad, predominantly in China where I met my husband. My husband is still in China working and we are starting to get some of our documents together for the next stage so there won't be any unnecessary delays. However, we realized a lot of our documents (rental agreement, residence registrations, police clearances, ring receipt, etc.) all need to be translated into English. Where did you go to get this done? Is there a company in China you recommend or did you have someone do it in the states? Google has been horribly unhelpful for obvious reasons (being blocked in China and all that) and using Baidu didn't turn up much either. 😥
  18. Hello all I-130 filers, Lets put our I-130 timelines for California Service Center Filers.
  19. Apologies if this has already been covered. It feels like this whole process is a moving target (it appears that Direct Consular Filing is a thing of the past as of 3 days ago). I'll post my questions first and then background information. Thanks in advance for anyone who can clarify this confusing process. I'm including a few questions at once. Questions: Do I need to include a financial co-sponsor at this stage (form I-864)? Or does that come later? I notice that I-130 asks for my employment history for 5 years. Will I need to provide information about the biological father of my stepson? Will USCIS need to contact the biological father of my stepson? Background: I am an USA citizen by birth and not in the military. My wife is German. We have been living in Germany for a couple of years. We have a son together who has US citizenship and passport although he was born in Germany. We also have a stepson who she gave birth to in South Africa (he is still a young child) who has German citizenship and a German passport. We've been married for more than 2 years. My wife is working and I'm the stay at home parent. Due to unemployment I'll need to rely on my parents to be financial co-sponsors. We would like to get back to the United States so I can find a job as it is hard to find employment with insufficient German language skills here. The biological father of my stepson is in South Africa and has not been in contact and does not contribute any child maintenance. If USCIS needs to contact him he will certainly not reply and/or purposely make it difficult.
  20. Hi I just wanted to ask if any of you had an experience with this, My mother immigrated to the US as an IR to my grandfather (deseased) as a 16 years old in 1979, she was issued a (IDK if this is a green card) in 1982, she didn't apply for citizenship . Im born at 1991 as a us citizen and subsequent my mother returned home to the PI with me in 1995, i came back to the US in 2009 and left my mother in PI, my question is... Do i need to petition for her to return or is this card still valid. She has an expired VA license, expired Work Authorization Document and an unrestricted SSN Card
  21. I talked to a tier two officer today who claimed to have first hand petition adjudicating experience. He told me that "anyone else" means including you, the petitioner. They want to know about all previous petitions filed for the beneficiary. Is this accurate? Please let us know if you have any other conclusive answer on this from other credible sources.
  22. Hi all, My wife and I just got married on January 10th - she is a USC and I a UKC. We are starting to get prepared to file our I-130 petition online and had a question about the legal name she (the petitioner) should use on the application. Would it be her name Maiden name or married name? - she hasn’t changed any of her documents yet (SSN, Drivers license, Passport etc.) however our Marriage Certificate will reflect her taking my second name. Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere - I tried to search but didn’t find any solid answers. Thanks in advance for any responses!
  23. Hello Visa Journey Family, It has been a while since I've posted here (since my wife entered the country) but I am now having issues with my mother-in-law's permanent residence card (green card). She entered the United States on November 9, 2018 with her Immigrant Visa (I-130) stamp in her passport. The Point Of Entry (POE) was San Diego International Airport. She went through a lengthy interview and then was released with a stamp on her visa (which makes it good for a year). We started the waiting process for the physical permanent resident card (and social security). Over a month passed and she still didn't get her social security card, even though we had filled out the form DS-260 saying that we would like to request a SS card. We had to go to downtown to get that taken care of. We then waited 120 days (4 months) for her physical green card which was never received in the mail. Throughout this wait, we called the USCIS office several times asking for an update for her status (as we'd had family members received their green cards within weeks) but they told us we had to wait the full 120 days before we could make an inquiry. We called on March 10, 2019 and told them of the issue, they told us that the Texas Service Center (TSC) had not received her file but they would make an inquiry to see what happened. We just received a letter today (March 30, 2019), stating: "A search of USCIS records indicates the Immigrant Visa Fee has been received. However, it appears that the Texas Service Center has not received your Department of State issued Immigrant Visa Packet, which should have been submitted by the Port of Entry (POE) when you entered the United States. The Texas Service Center requires a completed Lost Visa Packet in order to process your Permanent Resident Card. Further research is needed in regards to your inquiry. You should receive correspondence within the next 90 days regarding this case. If you do not receive this correspondence, please contact customer service." For the life of me, I have not been able to figure out what the heck a "Lost Visa Packet" is and how we can fill it out. I've been googling that exact phrase for the past 2 hours, with no luck. Has anyone else received such a letter? Does anyone know what this could entail? Is it something that needs to be done with an Infopass session? (There is currently no way to make an appointment in Texas since we recently relocated here from California) To make matters a bit worse, she now has to go back home to Lebanon temporarily while this gets resolved. Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance for your responses
  24. If I use a US bank statement, which includes a US address, to demonstrate joint finances with my wife, accompanying an i-130, and at the same time use other documents to demonstrate living together at an address in a foreign country, is that a red flag for the reviewer? Maybe a stupid question, but I am of the understanding that millions of American's keep US accounts while living abroad and in order to do so, they use family homes and relative's US addresses. This must have come up before. Thanks
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