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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. Hi fellow IR-1 petitioners, I am the US Citizen petitioner/sponsor for my French wife, finishing up the I-864 (Affidavit of Support) form. We are a family of 3, I am only applying the IR-1 VISA for my wife. Our biological child is a US Citizen. I am self-employed, been living in Hong Kong for almost 5 years. I am from California, we are planning to move to Colorado when this is all approved. The latest income — based on my 2019 US TAX filing — I am reporting on the I-864 form, Part 6, question 24.a. is 135.4% OVER the 2020 HHS Poverty Guidelines, and my personal combined asset is in the upper $160Ks. Since the reported income on the I-864 form is over the 2020 HHS Poverty Guidelines, do I need a co-sponsor? I am concerned NVC will flag that due to the percentage isn’t that much over the Guideline. Thanks for your wisdom and knowledge. Good luck in your applications. –Roger
  3. 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.
  4. hey guys!! I'm really having hard times with figuring out what to do in my situation, i really hope i can get some advise from you. I moved to the USA to my husband under CR-1 visa i was issued in Moscow. When i came here i applied to SS number. Since I moved here i haven't gotten any updates from the US Government on what to do next in my case, I haven't gotten GreenCard via mail (like they told me during the interview when they were issuing my CR-1). My CR-1 expires in a couple of months and I'm just lost here and don't know what i have to do here. Thank you in advance for any helpful advice.
  5. Hi there, I have a couple of questions about evidence of our marriage/relationship for the I-130. The evidence asked for on the online I-130 asked just for marriage related things like certificate, tenancy documents, Any other relevant documentation to establish that there is an ongoing marital union (which I guess can include photos of wedding ceremony receipts of wedding and rings) which I can provide. Although, the beginning of our relationship before my wife came to Australia, we were long distance. Most of our chats happened over different platforms like Tumblr, Viber (which I do not have logs for any more >__<) and iMessage and FaceTime calls. Question 1: Do I need to add chat/ call logs in as evidence of time spent while apart? I'm struggling to find this old information as it was about 4-5 years ago, I've only got little screenshots here and there. Question 2: Are photos and airline receipts enough evidence as I can easily source these or do I need whats mentioned in Q1? Question 3: AM I reading too much into it all and should just provide marriage evidence? Thanks in advance!
  6. Hi there! So my wife and I are currently based in Australia and we are looking to start the IR-1 process! My questions are: 1. From Australia, can we send our packet to the required service centre from outside the country? 2. As my wife has no US income but had filed her taxes last year, will this still be accepted as a current tax return form? Thanks for your assistance!
  7. I am a US citizen, pregnant, living in Argentina with my Argentine husband. My husband and I want to move to the US after the baby is born. Can we start the IR-1 visa process before the baby is born? We want to move as soon as possible after the birth. Could the baby delay or complicate the IR-1 process?
  8. My husbands documents have just been approved by NVC. He is from EL Salvador can anyone tell me how long after documents are approved do they schedule the appointment?
  9. Hello Everyone, I already have my IR-1 visa and was supposed to travel to the US with my wife and daughter (US Citizens) yesterday but due to my daughter falling ill and hospitalized, we had to postpone out trip. My visa expires on the 18th so I am planning on going ahead of them and they follow me once my daughter is ok to fly in a couple of weeks or so. I know it states in many different sources that my wife is supposed to enter the US either before me or with me. Do you think I will face any issues with the immigration officer at POE or will I be able to enter if I show him/her proof that my wife is following me and that my daughter was actually hospitalized? Anyone faced a similar experience before? What are the chances of being denied entry?
  10. So all, I have a question for those of you here who keep their ears to the ground. I have been married legally for about 1 1/2 yrs living in Vietnam. I am an US citizen. my wife is pregnant and we have a due date in June. I would prefer to have the baby in America for safety sake. my wife has a b1/2 visa and we visited my family for 2 weeks for thanksgiving. We also delivered my packet for cr-1 to my sister to mail as soon as i send her the last pieces(time line and emails) my hope was to return to the USA with my wife on her current visa. Have the child and return to Vietnam (hopefully after Thanksgiving if CBP allows) await the interview and celebrate Tet with her family in VN. Does the new stricter rules about ‘birth tourism’ affect me? My child already has a right to a US passport and we plan to complete the cr-1 for my wife all above board. We plan to return to VN just we wanted to try and get an extension to November for Thanksgiving(my family’s reunion day) It gives her relatives a chance to see the baby and for her to celebrate Tet again. i am open to any thoughts or suggestions, thanks sorry for being long winded
  11. Since people here have been so helpful, I'm posting this in case others find it helpful: My husband is applying for an IR-1 via DCF in Mumbai. We did not expect Rele Clinic in Mumbai to refer him for further TB testing after identifying what they said was a dark spot on his lung X-ray, but after eight weeks, which ended Feb. 16, the TB sputum test was negative, as we had expected. Rele said it sent the medical report to the consulate on Monday, which happened to be a U.S. government holiday. I inquired on Tuesday if the consulate had received it, but it had not, and whoever responded to my email said the consulate would automatically get in touch after it received the medical report. We weren't sure how to proceed with the rescheduling of the interview, and the appointment calendar online showed nothing open in the next three months. But early this morning the consulate emailed my husband to see if he could come in for an interview TOMORROW at 7:30 a.m. -- probably a last-minute cancellation. Someone later called to confirm whether my husband could make that appointment, saying that Monday was also a possibility but that he had to confirm a cancellation first. We went ahead and went with the Friday appointment. Fingers crossed!
  12. Today my husband (the beneficiary) and I (the petitioner) had our visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, and it didn't go according to plan. We didn't get the visa and we were told that we didn't have enough proof of my domicile in the U.S. and proof that I would definitely be returning there after we get the visa. This is because we have moved to Korea (my husband is from Russia) so we could be together. I got a job as an English teacher here, so we could live together here, but apparently we didn't have enough proof of my domicile. Please help me figure out what kind of proof I could get that would be efficient. I can't get proof that I will have a job when I get back to the U.S. I am only 22 and that would be impossible for me to arrange while I'm in Korea. The same with getting a lease on an apartment or something. What I have compiled so far is this: -Driver's license -proof that I am still under my father's health insurance -proof that I am still under my family's phone plan -a page on my voting registration -my bank accounts (this was already included beforehand) -my contract ending date -letter saying that I'm not going to prolong my contract in Korea after it ends -letter from my parents saying that we can live with them until we find a place to live That's all I got so far. Please tell me if there is anything else I may have that I should include or if you think this will be efficient.
  13. I had my interview on 9th January 2020 and status changed to issued next day! but my passport isn't being tracked and the passport tracker says There is no status update available for the passport number submitted! How can I get to know about my passport and how long does it take for embassy to send the passport to AEG Islamabad?
  14. I had my interview for IR-1 class on 9th January and the interview went well and the CO told me that I am good to go and I will be receiving my passport in 1-2 weeks. My status on the CEAC says Administrative Processing is it normal to have it after interview? Since I did not receive any 221G or any list I wanted to know how many days does it take to get the Issued status?
  15. Hi VJ members, Since I am a newbie here with VJ and do not know to get specific help with our case, I thought it's wise to start by asking for some insights from you VJ members. Hopefully you guys can point me to how I should prepare for my case. Thank you in advance. So, here is our case: I am Vietnamese and my wife is American. We have been married for over 6 years and have 2 children. Since getting married, we have been living in South Korea (third country). We began our application with my wife as the petitioner and I the beneficiary. We paper-filed our I-130 / I-130A and mailed them to the Lockbox location last September. We already have our NOA1 dated 09/18/19. Our service center is Nebraska and our case receipt starts with IOE. We are still waiting for the approval. Background: I have a B1/B2 visa and have been using this visa to travel to the US for about 8 times in the past 10 years. Never overstayed my visa. I have two questions as follow: 1. Does it complicate the case if I visit the US with my B1/B2 visa while my IR-1 is under processing? (Just for a short trip visiting my wife's family in case of a special event.) 2. Since we filed I-130 from South Korea, our physical and mailing address, we indicated Seoul US Embassy in our form I-130. In case we move to Vietnam in March next year, can we then update our Vietnam address to USCIS (perhaps during NVC stage) and ask for the interview at the US Embassy in Vietnam instead of the one in Korea? I guess the same question with where to to have the medical vaccinations. Thanks for your insights! I appreciate your time and your wisdom. Tim
  16. Hi, I have submit an inquiry, it's been more than 2 weeks. I have not recieve anything from NVC. The reason I had to inquiry is the NVC oversee our interview location and gave a wrong location for interview . My husband was in Australia when I filed for him . But we picked our embassy location Bangladesh, where he is originally from he was in Australia for short period of time. I dont knkw why they would still choose a wrong place even after filing it right place from outside. Now right after I received the case number I saw that mistake, I called them they told me to submit a inquiry. I have placed an inquiry. And I haven't heard anything from them . I am just stuck for no reason . I haven't pay the fees or start putting documents. I am so worried that they will ever change it. When I made that inquiry I haven't recieve any automated messages (like thanks for your inquiry) or (we have received your inquiry ) nothing like that . So now I am getting more worried that did they even recieve anything from me ? And I do have an attorney. He also made a inquiry. He didn't recieve anything yet. I dont now , how long they will take to reply ? Or is there anything my attorney can do ? Or is there any other way I can contact with them. All they have to change the 1st three letters of the case number that will change the location of the interview. My husband is in Bangladesh and he cant even go to Australia for a month. And my file still with NVC . I really need some helpful suggestions . If anyone went through this situation or have any experience with NVC please feel free to guide me . The wait is getting so hard to survive:( Thanks in Advanced !
  17. 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
  18. Hello, I was approved at my IR-1 visa interview on August 29th at the US Consulate in Casablanca. They said my visa will be issued in two weeks. Now it is almost two months later, and they haven't told me anything new. Eventually I called the consulate and managed to get a hold of them. They told me that I was 100% approved as far as the immigrant visa section is concerned, and that another section was doing a review on my case. I called the NVC too and they said that in their system I am on administrative processing. But on CEAC it just says "Ready" and does not say AP. Has anyone else experienced this? How am I 100% approved but still under review? What could this other section be? If anybody has any insight that would be amazing. Sincerely, Mo
  19. Hi, We started this journey in 2013. we got our I-130 approved in 2016. I attended the interview at the Santo Domingo consulate on August 2016. When I attended the interview, I was provided (2 months letter) with a refusal letter 221 (g) saying that I was inadmissible in October 2016 but that I qualified for the I-601 waiver. I filed the I-601 waiver at the Nebraska office on Feb 2017. We waited almost 2 years (October 2018) before we received an RFE asking for additional evidence of rehabilitation (18 years have passed) along with additional evidence to prove hardship conditions for the US citizen (petitioner and 4 kids - US citizens) such as medical assessments, country assessments, religious letters, new personal references, medical records, medical records of US citizen (petitioner) family members, public charge information (assets, skills, banking etc) I submitted all the requested information on January 2019, on April 2019 we got another RFE , none of the previous conditions listed were deemed a problem anymore but they wanted a copy of the I-212 receipt (permission to re-apply after deportation order of removal). Even though I did not need to have the I-212 (I left voluntarily l on 2006 and never returned to the USA) I went ahead and I filed the I-212 with proof that I had departed in 2006. WE FINALLY GOT APPROVED JULY 13TH 2019. I sent a copy of the approved waivers to the US embassy in the Dominican Republic. They finally confirmed receipt of the approval notice from USCIS, and they informed me 2 days ago that the consular officer is already working on the case. We can't help but wonder if anything negative will pop up. The consulate had our file for almost 2 months before sending me the 221 (g) notice after the initial interview. I can't think of a reason for them to deny the Visa but I can't help but wonder. I have been married to a US citizen for over 24 years and have 4 US Citizens' kids (All under 18). Has anyone seen a denial of a visa after 221 (g) + I-601 + I-212 approval? I'm having a hard time finding information on the internet except in cases where "fraud or miss-representation is suspected (K-1, Fake marriage etc). Does anyone know how long is taking for a consular officer to review a file i(Santo Domingo) or for the applicant to be called for another interview. We are happy but very cautious. This has been a very hard, difficult journey. Any information is greatly appreciate it . Thank you so much. If you have questions on how we were able to overcome every milestone, please feel free to ask
  20. Hello all! We are waiting for my husband's interview date at this time and are looking to prep for the final step of this process! What kinds of questions can he expect? Do we need to provide proof of our relationship even though our I-130 was approved? Will they be examining our relationship? What kinds of things should he expect and prep for during the interview? Anyone who has gone through this process specifically in Guatemala able to offer any insight? Thanks!
  21. Hello everyone! I have a quick little question in regards to to NVC Processing. I submitted my petition in November 2018 and it's estimated to be approved this month! So, I was wondering how the NVC process goes? Could someone please tell me what I would be needing, what the process is like and how long it would take to finalise? Much appreciated! xx
  22. Hi, I had my interview on 10th September 2018 at Islamabad consulate and at the end of the interview CO kept my passport and I was given 221(g) sheet asking to submit: Wedding photos and pictures of our time together Emails, chats Copies of my wife's passport pages showing entry and exit stamps We submitted everything asked on CEAC only(as I was told) on 4th October. It has been more than a week but I don't see any change in the last update date. Questions: Is it normal for no change in last update date after submitting the documents online? How long should I wait before making an inquiry? How long do they normally take to process such information? Anyone else who submitted documents only at CEAC and did not sent by mail? Here is some background information. We have been married for almost 3 years now (got married in the US). 1st year we lived apart while I got back to Pakistan. My wife moved to Pakistan almost 2 years ago and has been living here since then (besides going back home a couple of times). We had our Nikah after 6 months of my wife moving to Pakistan (My family had not met her before this as we were living in a different city). Shortly after that, we moved to my parents home as I switched jobs. We had been living with my family for almost a year now.
  23. I been married to my foreign spouse for 3 years. We haven't filed for IR-1 yet because his mother was sick and he needed to stay to take care of her. Plus he wanted me to live in Jamaica instead of him coming to USA. She just recently passed away and I have convinced him to come USA because I feel like life would be easier for us here as a family. Now we are ready to file. The issue is I don't think besides pictures together, marriage certificate and multiple trips to his country, chat logs, affidavits and Western Union transfers are enough to prove our marriage is real. We don't have any joint accounts and have never lived together. Jamaica won't let me open an bank account there because I don't live or work there (being married is not enough). My employer won't let me add him to my insurance because he doesn't have a SSN. I work for a airline and I can't put him on my free flight privileges either because he doesn't have a SSN. That also means he can't be my beneficiary either on company paid health/life insurance. I travel to Jamaica to visit him several times a year. We communicate multiple times a day. I occasionally send him money. I'm very close with his family and two children (which I plan to file for along with him) I need help on proving my bona fide marriage. I don't even want to file until I have everything in order. Please advise!
  24. Para que es el I-129?. El primer paso es enviar el i-130 verdad?, porque en algunas paginas dicen que tambien se puede enviar el i-129 estando en un proceso de visa cr1 de esposo, yo pensaba que la i-129 solo era para visa de prometido, no entiendo que tiene que ver la i-129 con la visa de esposo cr1?
  25. Hello, I'm a US citizen and I've filled I-130 and I-129f for my wife. We though filling I-129f for K3 visa would be the quickest way for my spouse to come here to US but we've later read that it rarely gets processed before I-130 and timeline is the same as I-130 (about 5 months). Now we're just thinking that maybe we should cancel our petition and just wait for I-130 to be processed (we got NOA at the end of June '16 so few months to go) and then go for IR-1 Visa (we've been married less than 2 years). I'm looking for advice, should we withdraw I-129f or just wait? What if it gets approved before I-130? Does it complicate things if we want to wait for IR-1? Thanks!
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