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  1. Creating a post for 2017 I-130 filers for spouses of permanent residents, please share your PDs and any further actions going forward.
  2. 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.
  3. Hello all I-130 filers, Lets put our I-130 timelines for California Service Center Filers.
  4. Hello guys, I am in need of help. I would really appreciate your feedback/suggestions. I got married to my husband(USC) on Nov 30 2018. We’ve been together for the past two years. I met him when I was working in the US. I had to come back to my country(India) cause my work visa extension was denied due to some document issue. So now we are planning to apply for I-130 and we’ve hired a lawyer. As an evidence, we are submitting below documents: marriage certificate Proof of my husband’s citizenship( birth certificate) His moms ID (lawyer asked for it) My husband’s bank statements, pay stubs, w2. My bank statements, paystubs, Income tax return form. Our wedding pictures, a few pictures from when I was in the US with him, a few more pictures from his last trip to India( when we got married), We are planning to include his tickets to India in March( he is coming to visit me) but my lawyer says that’s not going to help. We’re planning to include our daily chats(not the whole conversation cause it’s too long) but my lawyer says either upload the whole chat or don’t upload it at all cause the government might ask why did you add only a few screenshots and would want to know our conversation. Our call logs (audio and video) cause we are always on the phone but my lawyer says that’s not a proof of marriage and even friends can talk every day and night( that was so weird). Life insurance: he added me as his beneficiary. We managed to create a joint bank account but that doesn’t have any transaction so we are planning to do it every month from now on but my lawyer said that can be used at nvc stage but not now. He is going to file his taxes this time as married so we can include that as well. My lawyer says your case is weak since we haven’t lived together and he comes to visit me for only 10 days. I can’t ask my husband to quit his job and come stay with me cause we need to show financial support and it’s not possible for him to find a job here. I don’t know what to do. Please help me!!
  5. Back story I sent in my husband papers back in November 2018. I was checking my account on February 12, it said last updated 12/4/18 but today it was last updated 2/18/19. So I checked to see his status it still says “Case was received etc”.....I’m not sure what this means 🤷🏽‍♀️🤔
  6. I finally submitted our packet!! Let the countdown begin.⏳🕐 Anyone else submitted or planning to submit this month? Come over here!!
  7. 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
  8. hey guys! just trying to gain a little advice. i think i made a big mistake. as most of you here, ive been trying to do this whole i-130 without a lawyer so its definitely a learning process. i am at the CEAC stage and have submitted all the documents except for my joint sponsors information. Where it states "photographs" for my spouse that i am sponsoring i was told it was passport images, so thats what i added. Since then i am reading a bunch of stuff like people added pictures of their marriage, texts, flights, etc. I added none of this and am realizing i probably should have... i just didnt read about it on the "NVC supporting documentation " page. maybe i overlooked it or maybe its not something you add unless requested?! help!!! the documents are already submitted and now i guess i have to wait. advice?
  9. Hello everyone! It seems like there isn't a May 2018 I-130 thread for U.S. Citizens applying for parents through consular processing. I will be sending mom's application 5/24/18, right after I leave my Naturalization Ceremony everything is ready to go, just waiting on that certificate! From what I have been reading from last year threads, the whole process is taking around a year, give or take. I-130 approval seems to be around 6-8 months (it can be more or less, of course). Please share your input! Hope to talk to you all soon! Good luck to all of us!
  10. It being late October, and no October filers for 2018 found on the site, so I started this one. I am a USC living in Brazil and petitioning for my Brazilian wife of 30 years. It's complicated, but the basics are that I am are applying for a resident visa for my wife for the second time, the first being granted in 1989 after our marriage in Texas in 1988. We lost the visa in 2014 in part because of my ignorance of immigration rules and because of family medical situations in Brazil that prevented my wife from traveling. In 1989 the procedure was very simple. Today it's become 10x more complicated due to 9/11. Since we both live outside the USA we are using a state-side lawyer to be sure all paperwork is as correct as possible. Turns out I would have submitted my I-130 in March, but due to using a lawyer, it was only submitted in October. I hope that at least it goes through without a hitch. On one hand she already has a SSN and it was necessary to include her old Resident Visa ID# on the application. Don't know if this will delay or speed up the process. Based on Oct 2017 filers, we might be looking at a long year ahead of us. 10/05/2018 I-130 sent 10/08/2018 I-130 received Chicago Lockbox
  11. Hi folks - I didn't see a tracker for September 2017 filers of I-130. So I thought I will start one if folks are interested in tracking status, issues, and approvals. Here is my info. I1-30 - Mom Service Center: Texas Priority Date: 18-Sep-2017 NOA1 received on: 25-Sep-2017 Waiting for NOA2 I1-30 - Dad Service Center: Texas Priority Date: 18-Sep-2017 NOA1 received on: 25-Sep-2017 Waiting for NOA2
  12. Please correct me if I am wrong. I believe tax return of petioner and beneficiary is not required for filing I-130. We are showing our joint bank account statement and 401k beneficiary document where we have assigned each other as beneficiaries on our 401k account. Do you recommend submitting tax return/tax transcripts as well? Or is that something we should only submit when we file affidavit of support down the line. Appreciate your feedback. Thank you!
  13. Let me go ahead and start this thread for the filers of February 2018. If you are also filing or just filed, I know we have a long year ahead of us. But the good thing is we have already started our journey. I have already prepared my documents and form, already filled out and ready to be mailed out using USPS flat rate tomorrow, Feb 12th. -- well technically already today. It did take me hours to get everything done. I'm excited but also just dreading how long the wait will be. But I just thought it would be nice if we could wait together. Good luck to us!! And hope we can bring our parents here soon!!! (or, other relative, loved ones, spouse... immediate relative... whomever you are filing for)
  14. hi guys! so I applied for the I-130 for my husband who is from Brazil. at the time we sent the documents in from off shore while living in Australia. we just got the notification from the NVC that they have opened our case and we can start to upload all the affadavit and documents to the portal. so the interview date has not been scheduled yet but the interview location is suppose to be in Australia, but our visa there expired and we had to leave. we are now living in his home country of Brazil and need to switch the interview to Brazil. does anybody have experience doing this? I have tried to call a bunch of times and the NVC nobody will pick up. any advice on this would be super appreciated. trying to get all these things done as soon as possible!
  15. Morning all im a US citizen and trying to bring my mother from Iraq, we filed the I-130 for her on June 2018, also we submitted an expedite request for her case due to humanitarian reasons, and her case is in Nebraska service center. Last time we visited the Houston visa service center on February 2019, we were informed by a USCIS officer that the case was taken home by an officer/case supervisor 48 hours ago for telework?. My question is, can anyone help on this issue, did anyone hear about this "telework" thingy before? according to the processing times, such cases are supposed to take 7-10 months, and we still didn't hear anything about my mother's case. Thank you all for the help.
  16. Hi everyone, I couldnt find a forum for December 2017 filers who are petitioning their parents like me. Let me firts share my petition’s current status😀 Service Center: Texas Service Center Received date: December 05, 2017 Notice Date: December 08, 2017 Priority Date: December 5, 2017 NOA2: still waiting checked case status online, and said that they couldn’t find it yet. Do you guys experience this too? PS. Please share yours, so we can help one another figure out how long the process time is.
  17. Hello all! Who else is a fellow April filer? Good luck to everyone on this journey!
  18. I'm a U.S. citizen, and my husband was recently approved to come here from the Dominican Republic. He's been here since September 2018, we've been married since May 2016. I had filed the I-130 to get him here. So, my question is how do I file for my step children to get here? I believe that I have to file the I-130 for them too, but can I file them both together, or do I have to file them both separately? They are both under 18 years old.
  19. hey guys! I am at the stage of sending everything in to the NVC for my husbands I-130. he has to do his medical exams very soon. I know they have to show proof of vaccination records. the list of required vaccinations I found on the NVC website and the USCIS website differ from each other. has anybody gone through this just now and can confirm which ones will be required to show proof of or blood test to show proof of immunity. thank you!
  20. Hi, I am a US citizen applied I-130 for my wife (in India) in Jan 2018. I last heard from NVC in Oct stating all documents have been accepted and we must wait for interview date to be scheduled as next step. It has been roughly 4 months and we are still waiting for interview date. Can anyone share insights if it usually takes this long after approval for interview date and also how do we check current priority date ?? Thanks, H&J
  21. Hi, We had filed I-130 on May but we hadn't add any of the required evidences with it (Birth certificate, photos, lease agreement, passport copies and etc) On October 29, they sent a Notice of Intent to Deny and asked for those evidences. That letter also says "The petitioner is afforded thirty (30) days (33 days if this notice was received by mail) from the date of this notice to submit additional information, evidence or arguments to support the petition." We sent those evidences on Nov 24 by USPS with 2-day delivery guarantee. And when I track it on USPS website, I see the below delivery message: Your item has been delivered to an agent for final delivery in DHS, VA 20598 on November 28, 2018 at 11:13 am. So, according to USPS, USCIS received my delivery on Nov 28, in 30 days from the date of their notice. On December 12, I got a notification via text which says "We received your response to our Request for Evidence for your Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Our Potomac Service Center office is working on your case again." And finally, on Jan 14, they denied my application with the reason below: "On October 29, USCIS issued a Notice of Intent to Deny, providing you thirty days to respond. The time period to respond has elapsed and, as of this date, there is no record of a response to that request." They also say I may either file a motion to reopen on form I-290B or file a new I-130 but they also mention "However, the priority date of the abandoned petition may not be applied to the new petition." I am thinking of filing a new I-130. Is there anything that I can do to save my priority date? And how can I state that I already have paid applications for I-485 and I-765 so I won't need to pay for these two again? Edit: My wife is pregnant and we are expecting a baby within the next 4 months. Can I add her doctor report or/and ultrasound pictures to the new I-130 folder?
  22. Hi, everyone! I've been a long-time stalker of this forum — thanks for your never-ending advice and support for one another! Quick overview: I'm a US citizen who has been living in Kazakhstan since 2016 for study purposes. I married a Kazakhstani citizen in 2017, and now we're coming up on 2 years of marriage and are ready to start the IR-1 process and move to the US. Our situation is a bit complicated for a variety of reasons, but what I'm curious about right now is whether our evidence of a bona fide marriage will suffice, considering these limitations we're facing from Kazakhstani systems: 1) Kazakhstani banks don't have "joint banking." Instead, we have an account in my name with an extra debit card in his name which is linked to my account. There was no readily-available documentation of this that the bank could give us (i.e. no statement with both of our names on it), so we had to get a custom "spravka" (a remnant from the Soviet days which is basically a certificate of proof) confirming that he has this linked card. 2) My name is not on our apartment lease (which is not even an official legal document, just a written agreement between my husband and our landlady). I do, though, have a copy of my migration registration which lists our address as my place of registration. We also have a statement from our phone company which displays our names, numbers, and joint address. 3) He is on my health insurance policy through the university where I study/work. There is no read-out/statement I can receive to confirm this (our HR department is archaic), but we do have matching insurance cards which display the same policy number. I've scanned the fronts and backs of them. Do you think, despite the limitations, this will be enough to prove co-mingling of finances, cohabitation, etc.? We are also going to send airline receipts from a trip to his hometown, railway receipts from an upcoming vacation, lots of pictures from our wedding and other family gatherings, phone records, affidavits from family and friends, and our marriage certificate, of course. Is there anything else you can think of that might be a non-traditional way to evidence our shared finances, apartment, etc.? Thanks in advance!
  23. Hello guys, about 10 years ago I met an amazing guy in Mexico. Despite being so far away and young, we’ve always shared a connection. we both just recently turned 19 and wanna start a life together in the US. We are not married. We have no criminal background and no kids. Im a US citizen. I also have a ton of photos/evidence of us together these past 10 years. My question is this, would it be better to get married in mexico and then file? To be honest im not sure what that form is called? OR file the I-129f and then get married here in the US? I also know Im going to need a co-sponsor ($$) because I alone dont meet the poverty line..another question is does the co-sponsor have to be part of my household?for example my mom? My parents are divorced and I really dont get along with my mom nor her husband that well and dont think she would sign the affidavit...
  24. Hello everyone. We filed our I-130 on December 12th and received our NOA1 on the December 14th. I chose my consulate as Juarez, Mexico but after reading so many forums and searching online, I have decided to change my address to my home country, Turkey. My husband lives in San Diego, so I moved to Tijuana to be able to close to him during this looong process. But if the consulate here in Mexico takes5-6 months to get an appointment date, I can go back to my home country and wait there. How can I change my address and consulate? Can this lengthen the process? I read so many information says that getting an interview date is taking 5-6 months right now in Juarez, Mexico! highly appreciated if anyone can share their information/experience... Thanks and good luck to everyone! Daria
  25. Hi, everyone. This is my first post...feels momentous. lol. I'm going to send off our I-130 any day now and I'm feeling conflicted about our address information. In somewhat typical Turkish fashion, we have never had proper lease documentation for our apartments. Officially, our address has always been listed as my husband's parents' address but we've never actually lived there. Should I use that as our address on the I-130 and then where we live as our mailing address? I'm filing with both of us living out of the US. I hate to list my address as somewhere I've never lived. That feels wrong. Yet, I don't want to open a can of worms with listing an address that's not on our official records here. I'd appreciate any advice.