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  1. Hey all, Just wanted to post this in the hope it helps someone else not waste as much time at the DMV as i have. I entered the US on a K1 visa back in April. I've had nothing but frustration with the local DMV (Santa Ana). After going down twice (without appointment) and giving up twice because of the monstrous lines. I finally made an appointment which I attended last week. I had heard I would have to wait until I got my EAD to be able to apply for a full Californian DL. I had however, discovered I could apply for a lesser DL in the meantime called an AB 60. So at my appointment I asked if I could apply for the AB 60 and was told my UK passport and SSN wouldn't be enough and it would need to be sent away for 3 months to a year for a 'secondary review'. I thought that cant be right!? After arguing my case and the employee calling 'an expert on this type of case' I got no where and gave up. So, today on the DMV CA website, I found the list of requirements for the AB 60. More in intriguingly, a list of acceptable Passports that DON'T need a secondary review. Low and behold! The UK Passport and nearly every other country in the world is on the list!!! So annoyed I wasted so much time. Rest assured I will be returning to said DMV with my print out in hand!!! Anyways, long story short... ALL YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR AN AB 60 licence in CA Your Passport Your SSN (temporary is fine too) Proof of address (I'm using my SSN letter attached to my card with address on) Here is the full list of requirements on the DMV California website: https://www.dmv.org/ca-california/ab-60-drivers-license.php Also, I'm sure this information is nothing new to some people and there are already posts similar to this BUT, I looked and I couldn't find anything giving me a definite answer. Thanks and hope this helps some of you!
  2. Thread for 2017 I-130 filers for spouses of permanent residents, Mumbai Consulate. Please share your Priority Dates and any other questions.
  3. I am confused right now. My husband and I are filing for AOS. Since we just got married few months ago, we also want to report our marriage to the nearest Philippine embassy. Once I have this, I can renew my passport and change my last name to my husband's. My question is, if I would renew my passport (change my last name), would this cause trouble on my AOS application and upcoming interview? Please do note that my passport isn't expired or about to expire. I just need a government issued ID with my husband's last name.
  4. Good day ya'll. I attended the oath ceremony in Oakland on Aug 14th. Right after the ceremony, I dropped off my application with the US Department of State/Passport Agency officials. However, I did not get any confirmation from them. It was just a drop off, based on what I have been told during the Oath ceremony. So, the next day, I went to the San Francisco Passport Agency on Golden Gate Ave and they said, I should wait to hear back from them and that my application is handled at a different location and SF office cannot provide any details at this time. This uncertainity of whether my packet is properly sent for processing AND when I could expect to hear back from them is killing me, tbh! The only proof I have is the fact that I took a picture of the packet with my name, dob and the check amount, written on a sticky note provided by the passport agency representatives at the Oath ceremony. I feel like I should have just waited and submitted the application at USPS rather than this ongoing limbo. My question is: Did anyone drop off their application after the oath ceremony? If so, how how long did it take to hear back from them? I truly appreciate any thoughts or experiences. Thank you for your time. PS: I checked my application status on travel dot state dot gov website. It says, "not found"
  5. Hello everyone, I am currently here in California with a K1 VISA for 2 weeks now. My fiance and i are planning to marry next week. Then apply for adjustment of status and work permit then Social security number.. My question is about the Adjustment of Status.. I am confuse which form do i have to file? When should i apply the adjustment of status? Can i submit my work permit with my adjustment of status? I hope you can help me. Thank you in advance!
  6. Hello all, I'm hoping someone will be able to offer some advice, I've see a few posts on various forums about this particular matter but have yet to see an answer or definitive outcome to this situation. Some context about my case - For nearly two years I have been working on my O1 visa case with my lawyers; Kate Raynor & Associates. I have two job offers in Los Angeles waiting for me as a musician; one to join a band and the other to be an on call session guitarist to one of LA's top song writer/producers. We submitted my case with USCIS in June 2017 to which I was asked for more evidence. I was annoyed but did as requested and gathered more evidence then re-submitted at the end of October 2017. I then received a positive outcome mid December 2017 stating my O1 visa had been approved. I booked an appointment for my interview and to send off my passport to get stamped at the US embassy in London on January 3rd 2018. The interview didn't go as expected as I was told they would need to review my case further, the next day I received an email from the embassy with a 'notification of revocation'. The decision will now go back to USCIS who will either agree with the London embassy's recommendation to revoke my visa, or they might still think I deserve the O1 (I would think they would side with the embassy though). The average response time from USCIS seems to be about 6-12 months, possibly longer. As anyone can understand this is pretty ridiculous as no job offer will realistically wait indefinitely for an answer, even if it is positive, especially in the music industry. I have been given no specific reason as to why they are trying to revoke my visa other than one short line in the email saying 'The request for revocation is based on further administrative review of the applicant’s qualifications conducted subsequent to your visa interview at Embassy London.' This seems incredibly unreasonable as the interview only lasted about 5 minutes, I was asked about 5--10 questions which were somewhat vague, so I was unable to talk about 90% of the evidence that granted me the initial approval. It also appeared the consular officer who interviewed me had no previous knowledge of my case, so was basing the entirety of his decision on my answers in that moment. Does anyone have any knowledge/experience on how to resolve this matter quickly, ideally with the visa ultimately being approved? (as it has been approved in principal in the US). This decision will have massive long term ramifications on my life as, from now on, if I travel to any other country and they ask if I have ever been denied a visa, I will have to say yes and explain why. This will obviously count against me and will potentially impact my ability to work as, being a musician, I'm often required to travel all over the world for gigs. So the embassy's decision to refuse a visa to work in the US will now risk my ability to work anywhere else. It will also affect the band and producer who have offered me jobs as they will now have to start looking for other guitarists to fill my spot until this matter can be resolved, which again will affect their ability to work and progress. Thanks for reading, I can give more info if needed, I didn't want to post too much straight away as that'll probably scare people off! Jake
  7. I will be moving to California later this year with a green card obtained through my husband with the CR-1 Visa. I plan on going to College once I get there, will I be eligible for in-state tuition? I have also lived and worked in California for 1 year in 2016/2017 on a J-1 visa During the time I paid taxes and still have and operate my US Bank Account if that makes any difference. Thanks a lot Claire
  8. I'm sharing my personal AOS experience of trying this approach (without a lawyer). If you see my timeline, I'm in the very early stages of the AOS process. I'll provide future updates of my AOS progress. As you can read for yourself in this recent cheat sheet for immigration lawyers, two different circuit courts have found that when USCIS grants TPS it counts as an “admission” for purposes of AOS. The two cases are Flores v. USCIS, 718 F.3d 548 (6th Cir. 2013) and Ramirez v. Brown, 852 F.3d 954 (9th Cir. 2017). But you can only use this approach if you reside in the Sixth Circuit (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) or the Ninth Circuit (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington (state)). Regular AOS applicants usually submit a copy of their I-94 as proof of admission, but I provided a copy of the 20 page Ramirez v. Brown decision (because I reside in the Ninth Circuit). I concurrently filed the I-130 (by my USC 21 year old son), AOS, EAD, and AP. I'll post as replies below my cover letters for each application (without personal info). Feel free to ask any questions if you are in the same situation.
  9. My fiancee and I will be getting married in California, and she'd like to change both her first (she's choosing an English name) and last name (taking my last name). Additionally, she'd like to apply for an EAD while applying for AOS, and apply for a Driver's License as soon as possible, which requires EAD approval from what I've read. It appears that a California Marriage License only allows for middle/last name changes, and a first name change will require a separate name change petition when all is said and done (?). So I was hoping to confirm the following steps that need to be taken. Note: She already has a SSN from when she was a student. Are the following steps correct? Is there a quicker or more optimal way to go about these steps? 1) Get married and she takes my last name. Marriage license shows her original first name + my last name. 2) File for AOS + EAD using her first name + my last name. 3) Go to Social Security Office and show marriage license as proof to have her last name updated. 4) As an aside, assuming her Social Security information is updated to have my last name, can I now add her as an authorized user using her SSN, first name + my last name, her passport for government issued ID, and marriage certificate as proof of her name change? 5) Receive EAD 6) Pass drivers exams and apply for Driver's License using her first name + my last name, showing EAD, passport, and marriage license as identification 7) Receive green card And now, to change her first name: 1) Apply for name change petition 2) Once approved, contact Social Security Office and change name again 3) Follow the steps here to get an updated Driver's License 4) Update banks, credit cards, etc. with new name 5) Finally finished? Also, at this point is it going to be difficult for her to travel as her passport will have a different First and Last names? (her old first name will be her new middle name, FWIW). Any feedback would be appreciated, this is all a little confusing.
  10. Hello guys I would like to know who's GC holder was have a "Medi-cal" program here in California? Thank you
  11. ‎ألسّلامُ عليكمُ و رحمةُ اللّهِ و بركاتهُ Starting in the Name of ALLAH( GOD), The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful I'm creating this Specific TOPIC on this Forum to help all those Pakistani people who are in middle of transition for applying K-1, K-3 I-29F visa or Spouse Visa and willing to help other Pakistani from their Experience. Please share your experience from Start to End. Filling Form NOA1 NOA2 NVC RFE Embassy/Consulate Medical Interview POE Experience Note : Please keep your post related to TOPIC .
  12. Hello! I was wondering if my fiance should apply for health insurance when he arrives? I have great insurance with the company i work with but i know i cant add him on till we are married. Any advice is appreciated!
  13. Hiya guys, just checking with anyone who's in the same boat during the current administration's stance on immigration and immigrants. Have you attempted to get in touch with the local DMV office (I'm in Sonoma county) about applying for a state ID while your AOS is pending? The current crop of discussion leans towards 'nope', but my husband and I are getting annoyed that he needs to babysit me (with his state ID) whenever we need to get something done that requires some form of ID (getting liquor and sending mail out via FedEx, for example). (All cards on the table, I don't mind bringing my passport, NOA1, and marriage certificate wherever I go, but I can't do that every time I head to Safeway). Thanks in advance
  14. my fiance is in the process of preparing my petition to apply the K1 fiance visa. However, we are stressed out by the fact that his income is below poverty line. These are the question I'd like to ask : 1. Willthe embassy asked for the Affidavit of Support during the interview? Because in the USCIS website it is said that the Affidavit of Support only needed for the adjustment of status when I apply PR. 2. Like I mentioned earlier, his income is below poverty line, could we use co-sponsor for this? once again, we are confused that some website said K1 Visa only accept single sponsorship. if we can, what the form he should fill out for the co-sponsor?
  15. My wife applied for her CA ID over a month ago and I'm wondering how much longer we might have to wait to receive it. How long did it take you to receive your first ID?
  16. We ladies went through so much together on here....what is happening with everyone? Some of whom I stayed in touch with are divorced...not naming names. And myself we have had our ups and downs like every married couple. Still..... worth working on to stay together . My husband has grown so much living here in the US. I too have seen many things through his eyes....that I would not have noticed if it weren't for his perspective. One thing that has been a sore spot for him is that where we live there are not many Moroccans Ok one but he is 2 cities away. I noticed B I G communities in Virginia, Orlando and Boston but here in So Cal we are still searching. We even spoke of possibly relocating in the U.S. to be closer to other Moroccan brothers in these communities. But now I say if that is what will make him happy lets just go back to Maroc and enjoy the family and friends there. The life there is simpler and I miss hearing the Adhan 5 x a day. Would enjoy to hear anyone's story of how things are going after the visa and life in the U.S. with your Moroccan husband. Or Jordanian, Or Egyptian.Or MENA.
  17. How long has this been the case? Am I reading this right? Spouse cases for USC are no longer being sent to California?
  18. Howdy All, does anybody know if an ID card can be issued in CA with a k1 fiance visa? thanks
  19. Hello I submitted a I129F package recently to try and receive a K1 for my fiance. On my how we met story I mention my fiance living in California which at the time she lived here illegally. I didn't put anything about it on the form because I didn't think it applied but now I realise that was probably a mistake. So how will this effect us getting approved, is there anything I can do? Also how long should I expect to wait until we hear back?
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