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  1. My interview experience: Length: About 20 minutes. My Lawyer had already arrived early. My petitioner (USC Mother) and I arrived about 45 minutes before interview time. I wore my signature suit and Tie. I was called on time. My lawyer instructed that my mom stays in the waiting room. IO checked my ID. I took the Oath. From the start, IO said he was a little confused because my 2001 ETA 750 Labor Certification said EWI which was clearly an error from my then attorney. My lawyer explained to the IO that I entered on a B2 Visa. IO asked for proof and I showed him my original I-94 to satisfy that requirement and this was the only document he asked for. (Entry type would not have mattered since I was grandfathered into the 245i benefit which means EWI’s are also covered). We also had the Visa # stamp as well on my mother’s expired passport. IO then asked us to bring my father in because for some reason he thought my father was the sponsor (he is deceased). He only asked my mother her full name. IO seemed fairly new so we had to clear some stuff up. My lawyer actually did all the educating part to the IO. IO was wondering why I was using 245i if I had legal entry so my lawyer told him that I Overstayed my Visa and it was necessary for me to adjust under 245i if I wanted to do the AOS. IO asked my full name, current address and DOB. We had to correct the birth year on I-485 because it was a typographical error from USCIS. IO asked random few questions they were YES/NO and I got them all correct. He then asked for updated I-693 which I submitted to him. He then went off to check off the pages and did work on his computer. He gave me the standard white sheet which stated: ‘Your Case is being held for review’. IO said this was the normal process for everyone to run background checks. I think he had to get approval final from his supervisor. My lawyer who has 20 years of experience partially congratulated my mother and I and thought interview went well and was confident. Next morning, I woke up to ‘New Card is being produced’ which should be the 10 years and I should be eligible for Citizenship in 4 years and 9 months.
  2. last year July 2019 i applied for a student visa and i was denied because of lack of financial support. i later came to the USA because i had a U.S. B2 visa to visit my cousins on September 2019. i meet my now husband in October on a dating app while i was their. he proposed in February 2020 and we got married in march. we are just worried that my recent denial of the F1 visa will affect the adjustment of status process. if anyone has any answers or has gone through a similar situation i could really use your help.
  3. Hi everyone, I'm currently in the process of applying for a spouse immigration visa - my US-citizen wife has submitted the I-130 petition mid-2019, and we're expecting to hear back from the Nebraska service center around May 2020. Anyway in the meantime, we've been considering our situation/life choices, and were thinking that we may want to put our IR-1 visa application on hold. From other discussions on Visa Journey, I understand that after our I-130 petition is approved we can put it on hold for 1 year before continuing with the NVC process. However we still want to visit the US this year for more than the 3 month Visa Waiver/ESTA period, which means I'd need to apply for a B2 tourist visa. Do you think I would have any trouble doing the following? 1. After my I-130 is approved (hopefully around May 2020) put it on hold for 1 year 2. While my IR-1 is on hold, apply for a B2 tourist visa to visit the US for 6 months starting mid-2020 I absolutely plan to visit on the B2 visa as a tourist only, and plan to buy a return plane ticket. Should I be worried that my B2 visa may not be approved? I obviously have immigration intent since I'm in the process, but I don't plan on remaining in the US or applying for an Adjustment of Status while visiting as a tourist. I'll remain employed (on Leave Without Pay) at my government job in Australia since I plan on returning. Also I've read several websites that indicate it may be difficult getting a tourist visa while an I-130 is still pending, but since I plan to apply for the B2 visa AFTER my I-130 is approved, I hope that's less of a concern. I'm really keen to get your feedback on my plan above, and if there's anything I need to be concerned about?
  4. My sister was denied a B2 Visitor visa to attend my wedding at the US Embassy in Rwanda. I am getting married end of April this year, and I have been living in the US for 12+ years. I am a US Permanent Resident, I am well US educated, have a good job, and enough savings to be able to support my whole family if they come visit. My sister is a medical Doctor with 15+ years experience and is the head of a Hospital department, she is married, and has 2 children. She owns her own house and has enough money in her bank account to support herself as well. I invited her for my wedding and I was planning to have her as my maid of honor. She applied for a visa, just for herself, because she wanted her husband to stay home with the kids. She had her employment letter and she had copies of my Green card with her, she even had both our birth certificates to prove that we are sisters. I gave her a letter of invitation, my bank statements, she even took her own bank statements, and the title and pictures of her house and family - In summary, she had all kinds of supporting documents that proves that she will be well taken care of, and that she definitely is planning on going back to her country and her family after my wedding. During her interview, they did not even look at any of the documents she brought. They only asked her three questions: - Who do you want to go visit? Sister answer: My sister - When was she born? Sister answer: my birthday - What is your relationship? Sister answer: We are sisters - Sorry, today you have been denied the B2 Visitor Visa. Here is a letter slip with reasons why you were denied. That was it! They did not look at any paperwork she brought and did not even ask her any other relevant question - not even the reason why she is applying. That letter slip was just a generic letter that says that not enough documentation was provided. But how can they say she failed to provide enough documentation when they did not even look at any document she brought with her? She is my only sister, and I really wanted her at my wedding as my maid of honor, I don't have any other family member who would be attending my wedding. We would like her to apply a second time, but we want to ensure that this time around she has a better chance of getting her visa accepted. - I am thinking about personally writing a letter to the US Embassy in my country and explain her case - Another option (costly) would be for me to fly to my country, and accompany her to her Visa interview and show my original documents (ID and Green Card) and try to explain to the visa officer in person why it would be important for me to have her on wedding day Do you think any of the two options above would help? What else do you think we could do? I am at a loss here, and any help on this matter would be very appreciated.
  5. Good day everyone! I really need everyone's help here. My mom wanted to apply for tourist visa but here is the situation: My mom and dad got separated, filed for annulment 2006. "I think" my dad got married here in the US before the annulment got finalized. (PH is processing this too slow) My mom was with someone but never got married to this person. Technically she's been single but was still using my dad's last name. My mom just claimed the finality of their annulment in order for her to change all her IDs and passport BUT she needs to submit this to Philippine Statistics Authority to update her information. This will take 3-5 months. So my nephew (his mom is my sister) I-130 got approved and he's underage so obviously he needs to travel here with a guardian ASAP. My sister couldn't pick him up due to her busy work schedule. This is why we want to have my mom apply for tourist visa ASAP; she doesn't want to wait for the confirmation from PSA that her status got changed. She will still move forward with her passport with my dad's last name but will bring a copy of finality just to prove that she is no longer married to my dad. Now, the question is, are they going to dig down to my mom's background during her tourist visa interview? I mean is there a red flag here? Should we proceed with our plan? She will be very honest during the interview of course but will need to explain the situation. We just don't want our dad to get involve with this because they still hate each other, we don't want my dad's citizenship to be at risk, if any. Probably y'all asking why we can't just petition our mom, I know it will sound weird but our dad is not allowing us to do that. He will disown us if we do that. That is how he hates my mom so much. Please I would really appreciate your help on this!!
  6. So I am an Indian citizen and I used to live in Canada when I got my B1/B2 visa. When I got my US visa, I was working just working a very simple job in Canada as a cashier in Walmart and wanted the visa to simply visit the border cities of the US near my Canadian town. My visa was issued in 2012 for 10 years and is valid for a few more years. The only thing is that instead of working now, I am doing my Masters in Singapore. I want to know that since my visa was issued in Canada, can I still use that visa to travel to US from Singapore? Despite being an Indian citizen? Also since there is such a massive change in my situation, should I actually try to get a new visa? I want to travel to US but I am at the same time really worried because A: My visa was not issued in India. B: I am not travelling from India. C: When my visa was issued my life was very different than it is right now. Considering all this, I'm not sure if it is a good idea to travel. I certainly do not want to be denied entry to the US because of the above mentioned reasons which will hamper my chances of not just getting a US visa but visa for other countries too. I would like to know what you all think about this. Am I worrying too much for no reason?
  7. hi! i was just wondering what questions they might ask a minor (17 years old) and will they allow one parent to accompany the minor in us embassy manila?
  8. Hi. My girlfriend is from Hong Kong (where she has the passport of), we met a year and a half ago in Canada (she has post-graduation work permit there), we fell in love. I immigrated to USA with my parents when 7-8 years ago, and I recently became US citizen. (Still waiting for my passport to come in, already applied for it.) It’s been 1 year that I have travel back and forth and she too as well (she has B2 Visa with her HK passport.) We are thinking about marrying in the USA. And we both agreed that we want to live in the United States after our marriage. What is the best way? I have heard something about K1 Fiancé Visa, but it takes quite a while, also heard of filing adjustment of status after we marry here in the USA, heard that it is not a very safe bet. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you for your time.
  9. Hi! I've done a lot of research about this topic and the more I do, the more afraid and confused I get. I'm 24, Brazilian and I want to apply for the B2 visa to visit my boyfriend in the US next month for 2 weeks. I am a master's student with a governmental scholarship (like a monthly stipend which I was granted because of my academic records) and having this scholarship makes me obligate to finish my master's (which will only happen around April 2020) and that's my strongest connection with my country. I live at a rented place for 7 months now under my name with a 30 months contract, which I also thought it would be a strong reason for me to come back to my country. I've met my boyfriend online 1 year and a half ago, we have never met in person. The question is, I filled out the DS160 saying I was going to visit a friend, there wasn't a "boyfriend" category to select. If I get asked during the interview if he is my boyfriend, do I still have a good chance to get the visa if I say yes? Because I've seen so many people saying I shouldn't say I have a boyfriend and instead say he is a friend of mine. How bad would it be? Edit: I forgot to add that I've been to 14 countries so far, so my passport is full of stamps and maybe it helps to prove I like to travel a lot.
  10. Hi, I have few questions regarding Visitor visa. I am applying for my parents and my sister a visitor visa. My first question is Can i file one DS 160 form for both of my parents and a separate one for my sister? Since I am the once filling the application of all three online and if i dont have their picture will I still be able to complete their online applications and then download the hard copies and sent it to them for their pictures and signatures? or If i can upload their pictures with a blue background will it work on the application? What is a minimum amount or should i say sufficient amount of balance that i need to show as their sponsor? If they get the visa and arrive in the US can i immediately start their immigration process or do I have to wait till they go back to their country and then apply? Thank you in advance...
  11. Good morning! After doing research in the forum, I could not find a similar case so I will try to briefly expose my mother-in-law's situation and hope to hear your opinion about it. She wants to come to the US to visit her children that are US Citizens. She is still married to their father (naturalized US Citizen in the 1990's), although they have been separated since the mid 1990's but are still officially married. Never really got divorced. She had a green card that was abandoned in the early 2000's and haven't returned it yet which I assume is the first step to take. She has no intention to live in the US but also doesn't work or own property in her home country as she is supported by her mother that is sick and she currently takes care of. Would it be advised for her to come to the US with the intention of divorcing her husband or can she prove she is not willing to stay without doing so? What would be the options or next steps she should/could take? Thanks! Alex
  12. Hi I´m a little confused about something. I´m in B2 visitor visa, I´m currently in USA, and I´m doing the AOS with I-485 form, do I need to do I-130 form? and if that´s the case, do I need to pay for both forms? I appreciate your help.
  13. Can someone please help me. I applied for B2 visitors visa last week and got rejected may be because I am a single mother and they thought I was looking for some opportunities in USA. Although I never had such intention in mind. Now I am getting a chance from my company to apply for B1 visa to attend a conference. What are my chances of approval?
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