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  1. Hi everyone, I just want to share our journey with you all. We are same-sex couple. My spouse travelled from her country with a B2 visa last Dec. 2019 to visit me but because of Covid-19 and travel restrictions, she couldn’t go back to her country so we decided to get married in March 2020. After the wedding, I filed I-130 and I-485 concurrently. No RFEs. Everything was in order but due to COVID-19, there was a delay and it took us almost a year to finish this journey. Our interview was on 5th of March at 7:15am, took about 45 minutes. Our IO was a little intimidating, he was very thorough, we had our masks on, I could only see his eyes which looks abit serious, lol! He reviewed our applications from i-130, i-485, i-944, and i-864 and asked us few personal questions like how we met, how long ago our relationship turned romantic, if our families know about our relationship, asked my spouse each countries we travelled before. We provided enough photos, printed them on a 8.5 x 11 inches paper. All our travels were posted on Facebook so I just screenshot them with dates and locations. Printed our WhatsApp and Fb messenger chats and call records too. Provided lease contract with both of our names in it. Copies of Life insurance, joint bank statements, flight itineraries, hotel reservations, visa letter when I went to my spouse’s country, and a letter from a friend of mine who knows about our relationship. I earn enough for the 2 of us so we didn’t need a sponsor. Provided copies of my paystubs, employment verification letter, bank’s statements and IRS printouts. After the interview, we didn’t get approve on the spot. We were disappointed but remained positive. He gave us a white paper that our case will be held for review then by around 2pm yesterday, we got an email stating that a new card is being produced. And today our case was approved. We are so happy and can’t wait for the green card to be mailed. ☺️ Our I-485 Timeline: Case was received on April 17, 2020 Biometrics fee accepted on April 21, 2020 Biometrics taken on October 2, 2020 Ready to schedule interview on November 6, 2020 Interview was scheduled February 2, 2021 Interview date March 5, 2021 New Card is Being Produced March 5, 2021 Case Approved I-485 & I-130 March 6, 2021
  2. Hey! hope everyone is doing well. I will hopefully became a US citizen really soon and wanted to petition/adjust status for my parents who came to the US with an R1/R2 visa, but expired a couple of years ago. They were in the process of adjusting status through their church but the church main office moved locations and some other issues which I prefer not go into too much detail, but because of this their case was denied last year, and they overstayed their R1 visa. Does anyone think I will have any issues requesting them?
  3. Hi I am filing for AOS soon, my husband and I filed joint tax document, I just want to ask what pages should I submit? Is it just the 1040? My husband is in the Military so he just have 1 income and his W2 already pass the income requirements so I dont think we need to submit joing sponsor. but I have a self employed job which include our joint tax return with schedule SE and schedule C, should I also need to submit those along with the 1040 for the affidavit of support? Please help
  4. Hey. I applied for adjustment of status based on Immediate family. I enter USA as a K-1 holder and get married within 90 days. Last time they ask me for birth certificate as additional information. The tracker says it’s been received and they continue the progress. it’s been 94 days (3 months) and I haven’t heard anything from them. Should I be worried? Should I call them and ask? please let me know what you all would do in my situation.
  5. Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen, My sister’s priority date is just 3 months from the current visa bulletin board. She is in F1 category. She came here last February through L1 visa. We got notified that she can continue gathering the paperworks for her petition. Just last week, we learned that she got laid off from her job that gave her L1 visa. She said she is allowed to stay here until Dec 15, 2020 (legally). We are thinking her pd might be current by then..what should we do? Can she still apply for the adjustment of status? How can we proceed for the adjustment if she is already laid off and the L1 visa is now void... Her last day in her work will be Oct. 15. I hope to hear advice from you. thank you so much and stay safe❤️❤️❤️
  6. Hello all, I came into the US with a K1 visa and I'll be having my AOS interview in a couple of weeks. We filed the AOS in November. However, due to COVID, my husband had to get a new job. He is still more than capable to support the both of us. My question is, because his current job is different from the job he had when he filled out the Affidavit of Support, should we fill out a new Affidavit of Support to bring to my interview? Thank you!
  7. Hi, Does the spouse of a US citizen who is already in the US working on an H1B or L1A visa need to file the I-131 advance parole and I-765 EAD forms? Would he or she be able to travel outside the states on the H1B/L1A visa without these being file while they wait for the the i-130 adjustment of status to be approved? If they do need to file these forms (i-131 and i-765) then will it then cancel out the H1B / L1A visa once she receives the EAD? Any assistance would be appreciated.
  8. Hey, i wanna ask what will happen to me if im married but my I-94 is already expired and i haven’t file for my adjustment of status yet?
  9. Hi all, My immigration story is a bit different. I (female, 22) married my husband, then boyfriend, on July 16th, 2018. We were only 20, but had been together for about a year and a half since our wedding. However, my immigration story started way before. I cam to the United States, illegally, on January 1st, 2003. I was only four years old at the time and came under a fake passport. Honestly its pretty miraculous because I got caught at O'Hare international airport, as did my parents whom were already here, and we were let go by immigration instead of being deported. Call it an act of God, we started the immigration process, as a family, the next day. Nonetheless, in 2009, my family, excluding my brother who is currently 17 and a USC, got With-holding of removal. Basically, we did not get asylum, but the judge decided that there was a risk of us returning back to our nation and are therefore allowed to remain in the United States. It's been over 10 years since and my husband and I decided to wait a bit to start the immigration process, to see if we were ready. This month our I-130 was finally sent out, with an I-130a from our lawyers office. My immigration process is going to be a little different. I have to first file for an I-130, then once that is approved, I have to request a court date hearing in order to close my witholding status and start a new immigration process on the grounds of me being married to a USC. Once that is approved, which it hopefully will be, I will finally be able to file for my I-495. Essentially, I am taking all the steps, except adding one and doing them separately. My question mostly relates to how long wait times typically are for those who have filed and got sent to the Potomac center. Our I-130 was received on 02/12/2020. Our receipt number starts with IOE (I don't know if that changes anything). Our preference classification is 201 B INA Spouse of USC. We have opened up a USCIS account online. As of February 24, it tells me the following: In Process: Your benefit request has been accepted and is under review. We're not necessarily in a rush as we are looking towards moving to a new apartment soon. I'm still in school completing my masters while my husband works full time. But I am so curious and so anxious! So,please let me know! Any tips, any surprises, what time I should be anticipating. I have heard that Potomac is 7.5 months to 10. I applied for a FOIA last year and I got it within six months, so I'm hoping this will be the case for my I-130! Thank you so much for your time.
  10. Hi everyone, I am Sara, an international student from France at the University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OHIO (F-1 visa). I graduate this semester and applied for an OPT that will start on the 15th of June. My fiancé (an American citizen) and I will get officially married next week and I would like to apply for an Adjustment of Status in order to obtain a Green Card. However, I just sent my OPT files to USCIS and I was wondering... Is it okay to apply for the AOS anytime soon considering that I sent my OPT files to USCIS last Tuesday ? Also, does anyone know more about the Public Charge Rule implementation ? my fiancé has a job and a house in his name, however I am still a student and my parents, back at home, sponsor me for all my expenses, I was wondering if it would affect me... If anyone knows more or have a similar experience please let me know, thank you ! Sara
  11. I am a US citizen with a foreign fiance who currently holds a valid B-2 visa. It appears through what I've read, including the USCIS' website, that once we are married, which will take place outside the US, we should be able to do an adjustment of status for her while on a visit to the US. The purpose of which, to secure her an IR1/CR1. My only concern is that I've found a couple info sources that state entry into the US on a B-2 visa with the intent of later petitioning for AOS would be visa fraud. This asserts the alleged fraud is due to the reason given to the customs official for entry was something related to tourism or temporary visit, and therefore with intention to exit the US before your stay allowance expires. The ultimate result would be that during the processing in route to an IR1/CR1 a USCIS official conducting an interview would discover this 'deception' and you would be liable for the consequences. 1. Is this actually a valid concern we are likely to encounter? 2. Would it be preferable to get legally married within the US (prior to foreign ceremony and legal marriage), and immediately file I-485, I-130, and I-131 (in order to travel a couple months later abroad for the ceremony)? Thanks for your advice in advance.
  12. Hello everybody, Wondering if it is okay for a K1 visa holder to travel within US after visa is expired. Married within 90 days and packet was sent. Is it safer to wait for NOA1/receipt before travelling? Thank you!
  13. I am an international student graduating after a week. Few months ago I had applied for adjustment of status after getting married to my husband who is a US Citizen. I have completed the biometrics, however I am still waiting for my EAD and Travel card from the USCIS. In the meantime I am graduating next week. My DSO is strongly advising me to apply for an OPT while waiting for EAD and Travel card. The F1 visa will expire after a grace period of 60 days, but I do not want to overstay my visa which might create some problems in adjustment of status. I wanted to know that as a spouse of a US Citizen, is it legal to live in the United States while still waiting for my EAD card, while my F1 visa has expired?
  14. Hi all! My fiancee and I are in need of some advice. We are in the process of obtaining a K-1 visa, with only the interview in Sydney yet to take place. Australian fiance is currently in US on a tourist visa during the interim period, and our original plan was to return to Australia only to conduct the K-1 visa interview and then immediately return to US once the K-1 visa is issued. We are now contemplating getting married in the US whilst fiance is on his tourist visa and then applying for an Adjustment of Status and abandoning the K-1 visa process, driven largely in part because fiancee has recently fallen pregnant. Our understanding is that it is not permitted to enter the US on a tourist visa with the intention of getting married on a tourist visa and then applying for an Adjustment of Status. However, we are not sure whether we would be viewed by US immigration as falling within this category. The fiance entered the US with no intention of getting married on the tourist visa, and only recently has this intention changed. Our question is whether US immigration would permit an Adjustment of Status application based on these circumstances, or whether the filing for the K-1 would be viewed as a clear intention to marry and thus a breach of the tourist visa. Can anybody help to advise on this!? Also, even if an Adjustment of Status is allowed after marrying in US on a tourist visa, would it be faster and cheaper to simply obtain the K-1 visa for the purposes of obtaining a green card as opposed to applying for Adjustment of Status? Thank you so much for your help!
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