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  1. 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?
  2. hey there, me again! first off this is the most helpful website and im thankful for all you guys taking time to help. so i have just submitted all the files to the CEAC page, and it states that you must bring all files in hard copy to the interview.. but its a bit confusing as theres documentation that i had to submit for my father being the joint sponsor like his license and birth certificate that obviously i cant bring with me.. do you guys know what the protocol on this is?
  3. hey guys! not sure if anybody would have any experience with this or know anything.. kind of a specific question. Has anybody ever gone to school for physical therapy in Brazil and successfully transferred their credentials to the US? Any information or suggestions people may have i greatly appreciate them! thank you!
  4. hey guys! I am in the NVC stage of my husbands cr1 visa. just last week i submitted my fees on the CEAC. im trying to get information on how long it took people to clear their fees so they can do the online application? i paid a week ago and the money was taken out of my account like 4 days ago.. the lady at NVC said it shouldnt take longer than a week but here we are. anybody have experience with how long this took them? thanks.
  5. Hi! My fiance had his interview in Rio (1/22) and he was put on AP. Today they emailed asking him for his social, phone #s, travel last 15 year, etc...basically I researched and saw these are the DS5535 questions. I'm wondering if anyone from Latin America has gone through a similar experience and how long they went through AP? I've seen a lot cases from the middle east that took 5+ months, but I'm wondering if anyone in Brazil or Latin America is in the same boat. My fiance is a Cuban refugee in Brazil. FYI. We turned in all documents asked at the interview. Thx in advance!
  6. Anyone go through this? How long did it take? We have been going through this since dec 7 last update on case Jan 4
  7. hey guys! so my case was created by the NVC on February, 5 2019 in Sydney and then today on February 12 2019 I was appointed a new NVC case number ( due to the fact that we requested a transfer of consulates from Australia to Brazil) why im on here is to get an idea of the timeline from NVC case number creation to the interview date. I have tried looking at some peoples but its so hard to tell, especially with the cases that are have been approved so long ago. anybody who has an idea of the timeline I would greatly appreciate it. Especially for the people that interviewed in Brazil! thanks guys.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. hello there! I am a US citizen and applied for my husbands green card via the I-13o offshore. since then, we are both going to live in Brazil for a while while we wait for his greencard and interview. I am curious if anybody knows if I, the US citizen and petitioner, needs to be at his interview with him? I may need to go back to the states prior to the date they will give him. I think he can go alone but just trying to gain proper information. thank you.
  11. Hi! my case was complete oct 11 of this year and I was looking to speak with other people going through nvc and case complete to interview for Rio. Currently I’m waiting for that .
  12. Hello all, This post is only to explain my process, and maybe to shed some light on a few questions you guys may have. And if any additional doubts feel free to comment and I'll get back to you. My name is Filipe Cardoso, I am American living in Rio dec Janeiro, Brazil. I first arrived in Brazil on a work trip, and after a while here I met my now wife who is also from Rio se Janeiro, after 2 years we married and I decided to stay. We now have been married 3 years and have a daughter. I have worked in TV Production 11 years in Record TV, Brazil's biggest TV Station. This company is not only in Brazil, but also USA, Angola, Portugal, London, and Japan. I got the opportunity to work in Los Angeles California and thus my reason for applying for the Petition for Alien Relative. I honestly had no idea where to start or even how to start, but after carefully reading and following instructions on the USCIS website I filled out the 1-130 and sent it in along with the fees to the Chicago Lockbox. Which after some time it was routed to the Nebraska Service Center. I honestly thought that it would have been a fast process due to the fact that I am American, but being American doesn't give us the fast route, we all have to stand in line. But after 8 months the case was finally accepted and turned over the the NVC. The NVC asked for several documents including my wife's Criminal Records, photos, birth etc... and to top it all off it has to be all translated to English. So if in your country the documents they ask is not English you will have to pay a Sworn Translator to do so. It took only 1 week after uploading all documents for the NVC to accept, and schedule an appointment at our US Consulate. Mind you don't be sad if the instructions say it can take 1-2 years to complete a case, because they said the same thing to me, but in less than 1 full year our case is accepted and closed. All you need is patience to wait, and follow all instructions carefully. You do NOT need a lawyer for this process, because you will just spend money for something you yourself can do. I honestly had no idea what forms to fill out, but I followed their detailed site and I got through it. Save your money, as the fees will cost enough.
  13. Hello all, I met my fiancee while she was in the United States on a J-1 Au Pair visa. Her visa expired in May 2017 and she applied for a change of status. She left the United States in Sept 2017 after not hearing back about getting the change of status approved. Eventually (Nov 2017) I received a document saying the change of status was denied on an account of abandonment for leaving the country. I visited her in Brazil and attended her sisters wedding in Oct 2017 where we became engaged. We then applied for a K-1 visa. My fiancee had her interview on Sept. 4 at the US consulate in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. As most of you know she prepared many documents and proofs of our relationship. She described the interview as being very easy. The CO asked her when we met, when we started dating, and when we became engaged. She then congratulated her and said she would have her visa in 2 weeks. They kept her passport at the consulate. A week later she received an email stating they could not conclude the processing of her visa. She was refused under article 221(g) because her eligibility could not be clearly established. The email went on to say the refusal could be overcome with he submission of additional information. They asked her to email: 1. The dates and destinations of trips abroad in the past 15 years. 2. Full names of siblings, children and spouse (current and/or former). 3. All addresses for the past 15 years. 4. Prior passport numbers. 5. Brief description of prior occupation(s), if applicable. About two days after sending this info she received an email stating she was approved. After about 3 days the status was not changed in the system and she inquired about what was going on. She then was told to disregard the previous email of an approval and that she was still in Administrative Processing. So far it has been almost 6 weeks since her interview. A family friend who has experience in this matter said that they may be looking at the fact that she overstayed her J-1 visa for 4 months. Could this be the issue? How long should we anticipate for this process to take? Are we in danger of a denial? Has anyone else had similar experiences? If so what advice could you offer? Thank you so much for taking the time to read.
  14. Hello! I am petitioning (K-1) for my Cuban fiance who is a refugee in Brazil. The embassy is asking for all police certificates/"antecedentes penales" from all countries he has resided in. I am wondering how other folks were able to get police certificates/records from Cuba. Also, does anyone know of online translating services? Thanks in advance
  15. How long does it take for the Rio De Janeiro consulate to process and send the K1 Visa after interview. I live in Belo Horizonte Is it faster to use the CASV or mail to my house? My fiance needs to take off of work and he needs to know how long to take off. Please help. Thank you!
  16. Hello, We have officially received our NOA2, and recently the consulate from Rio emailed us and said we can now schedule our interview and medical exam. However, on the website there are only TWO dates offered: November 21st and November 28th. My fiancé's two year home residency requirement will be fulfilled on November 30th. Our original plan was to wait until December to avoid any sort of conflict, but there is only two options for the interview! Our question is, do we schedule the interview anyway? Can the consulate wait to issue the visa until the 30th? We don't want to be denied because we went to an interview two days before the home residency requirement (HRR) was fulfilled. We've been very straightforward about this in all of our paperwork by explicitly stating the dates the HRR would be fulfilled and that we would go to the interview after Nov. 30th. However, this isn't an option at this point. I also wanted to let other Brazilian applicants know that there will be VERY limited options for dates and times to schedule your interview. Thanks for any and all feedback!
  17. I managed to get my fiance passport photo for the application resized and cut out by Fedex but it does not look as glossy as my passport photo I remember when I got it done at walgreens before I went to Brazil the first time. My fiance had emailed the picture and I emailed it to Fedex . Will that be a issue because one maybe more glossy than the other?
  18. Hey all! I know that every case is different but I thought I would ask this anyway. Today my fiance received an email saying that our scheduled appointment was cancelled for our K1 interview at the US Embassy in Rio de Janeiro. The email said to go to the website that he scheduled it on for more information and rescheduling. We looked at the website and the appointment has disappeared in general. Anyone have any idea why that might have happened? We have clean backgrounds so I doubt it's anything to do with security. We also don't know if it's fee related or not - every time we try to pay fees online we are not able to. We got an invoice number from the NVC forever ago but we have never been able to pay it through the CEAC pay fees option. On the CEAC website it shows our case as last updated today. We already have his airfare and hotel booked for his flight to the Embassy in Rio so we are just trying to figure out what we can do. We emailed the Embassy but unfortunately it is Friday so all we can do is wait. It's all very vague. It's pretty rough figuring out what to do with literally no information about why it was cancelled as our interview is supposed to be on August 14th. Thank you for any guidance.
  19. I wanted to edit and put his in my other post but I didn't know how to do it. However, my question is how much does involvement of the parents affect the process? My parents accept our relationship although they were skeptical. My fiancee is 23 and I'm 31. I am in one of those situation where my fiance's parents do not like Americans and do not trust her having a relationship with an American. Could they possible stop us from being together by damaging our process? Please anyone who can help.
  20. Hi, my name is Pasqual and I have been doing everything I can to makes sure this process goes smooth. I have a few things that I have been wondering after a lot of research I did. One of the things I have been wondering is when it comes to the passport photos that need to be submitted with the application can my fiance who lives in Brazil have the photos done there and send the photos to me by email and have me print them here in my city of New York? Another question that has been on my mind is what if we do not have many actual missed or received phone call photos but we have a lot of photos of us in facetime? Most of the time we spoke in facetime or sometimes whatsapp video. My fiance's internet in the part of her city was often bad and reading her lips through video was a lot easier in most situations than over the phone where I couldn't exactly tell what see was saying. Another thing I was wonder was do the consulate actually mails her house for anything? Like for more documents needed or a interview ? There was also something more that had me wondering. My girlfriend was first living in the forest with her grandparents and the information she gave me didn't have really a address number. She gave me only a river name and a part of a section of that area name. Do that look bad to the consulate? She lived there till she was about 4 and then she moved to a normal city with her parents. Since this is being done in Brazil I was told that my girlfriend has to travel to Rio when its time for the interview and that it will take a maximal of 10 days for her to be able to do the immunizations and the interview to have everything ready for leaving the country. How true is that? My last question is does it look bad if my good close friend is sponsoring her? Someone whos knows a bit about the process said that they might think that I'm just trying to get my fiance into the country. Please someone explain these things to me. I'm sorry for all the questions but I'm ready to get through this process and its very nerve wrecking, so I wanted to send everything in one shot as we have been wondering and stressed about this for more than a month. I wanted to upload a picture here but they are saying my files are too big but I will eventually.
  21. Hey guys! So I am currently living in Australia with my husband, he’s from Brazil. We applied for our i-130 from overseas via the lockbox in Chicago back in March. We are leaving Australia in December as our visa is coming to an end. This is posing a difficult desicion on where we can go and what we can do to wait for the visa. Some people are saying it’s okay to enter he US on his ( current) tourist visa. Some people are saying this is a big NO as it may look like he is trying to stay. Any insight on this is helpful. Can we go to the US and wait for it there? Or can we go visit my family for Christmas in December as long as we show ticket out of the US and wait for his visa say in Brazil for example. Help please!!
  22. Hi all - have some conflicting information and would love to poll the experts/those with experience here. Thanks for all you do! My wife is Brazilian, and we submitted our I-130 nearly 6 months ago. We're hopeful to have our USCIS NOA2 shortly from the TSC. After this, we understand we'll need to move through the following steps: case sent to/received by NVC --> paperwork to NVC and NVC approval --> case sent to US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro --> scheduling and completing the interview. We had heard from several lawyer visits that after the initial USCIS NOA2 approval, we can hope to move more quickly through the remaining steps - several weeks of NVC processing, 1+ months to get our interview scheduled in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). After the interview in Rio, one week wait to get our passport back and be all set. However, today I found some VisaJourney timelines that show a longer timeframe for NVC - up to a full 100 days/3 months for NVC processing, and then another 1-2 months for interview scheduling. Does anyone have any direct experience on how long the NVC processing + visa scheduling took for their CR1? Ideally, in Brazil? I am nervous that we've been too optimistic regarding the next few steps in our process, and need to make personal plans for the remainder of the year. Thanks! Brandon
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