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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  5. Meanwhile in China... https://gbtimes.com/china-tests-new-generation-of-maglev-train
  6. 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.
  7. Hello guys I would like to know who's GC holder was have a "Medi-cal" program here in California? Thank you
  8. ‎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 .
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. How long has this been the case? Am I reading this right? Spouse cases for USC are no longer being sent to California?
  15. Howdy All, does anybody know if an ID card can be issued in CA with a k1 fiance visa? thanks
  16. 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?
  17. Dear VJ Users -- I came to the US with K1, successfully applied AOS (along with EAD and AP) and was approved and received my 2-year Conditional Green Card in December 2017. It has been a journey for both of us and we can't be happier about where we are physically and mentally. I know I still have a quite sometime before the 2-year limit, but I'd like to know what is my next step. Ideally, my husband and I would like for me to apply for naturalization and be a US citizen. It's best for our future plan to live here permanently and allow us to travel the world freely. I BRIEFLY read about the I-751 and the N-400. And I got a little confused. So I have some question: 90 days prior to the expiration of my Green Card should I apply for I-751 or N-400? Would someone care to explain the difference between the I-751 and N-400? Will this coming application -- be it I-751 or N-400 -- be the last application I'd ever submit to the US Govt. regarding my citizenship status? I'm currently working full-time and while waiting for my application (I-751 / N-400) to be approved, I'm still legally able to work right? I might have more questions later but THANK YOU in advance for taking the time to read and hopefully shed some lights. Best, J/G
  18. fatima ezzahra

    how to find a job in usa

    hey everyone i am from morocco i am 27 years old and i am looking for a job in usa, i got my bachelor's degree in geology last year but i couldn't find any job here or even in Europe or in Asia etc, so my last hope is USA. i have many experiences in selling, writing, sewing and fashion designing, journalist on a website teaching.. etc so i really need ur help cause i'm getting older and i feel like i'm useless hope that u help have a nice day all and god bless u all
  19. Hi all - just got a FedEX email notice of a mailed envelop from DSHS (looks like it is coming from my birth state, TX). Seems like this is related to our K1 visa application we submitted in March. Why would I be getting this, and not my fiance (beneficiary)? Did I miss something? Do I need to go for med tests as well? No longer a resident of TX so this seems a bit off. Out of town so won't get the letter until Tuesday - hoping someone knows what this is and can relieve my anxiety before then... Many thanks!
  20. What do we need when its comes to the NOA 2, i want to be prepared as much as possible? Like what do i need on my end( petionor) and what does he need on his end (the beneficiary) he currently lives in England, so any info, details and links will help.
  21. Hello! I went to the DMV DLPC this week with the intention to take the written test. I was called to the front desk and a lady gathered my documents (foreign passport with the I-551, rental agreement and SS Card) saying it was all in order. However, after trying several times to have my passport's biographical page scanned, their software wouldn't take it as a valid document. At that moment she explained to me that I had 2 options: (1) To wait until I receive the actual (plastic) GC in the mail and come back, or (2) to enter the 'Secondary Review Process' (SRP). Option (2), according to her, was not a very good option bcs, even in the case of the GC arriving within days, the local DMV wouldn't be able to touch the application until the SRP was finished in their HQ in Sacramento. Additionally, she mentioned that the SRP was taking at least three months from now, so as you can imagine the trauma from waiting so long for the IV Process made me decide not to continue with it. My questions are: 1. Does someone recently have tried to get their DL? (Preferably some IR1/CR1 from CA) If so, have you encountered the same situation? 2. I entered the country on March 28th; and I my husband paid for the Immigration Fee on March 23rd. Does anyone have an idea how long is currently taking to receive the GC by mail? I called USCIS recently and the operator said it could take up to 120 days. Passed that timeframe, I could submit an inquiry about it. Thank you!
  22. Hi everyone, does anyone have a clear idea where my petition will be processed? My boyfriend lives in Pennsylvenioa so i would guess Vermont, but here and there I read that all K1 petions go to California office. Even if the USCIS website says that all offices process K1 visas... And most important question...how long will it take? I read 4 6 9 months...it is very confusing... Thanks for your feebacks
  23. What is the fastest service center for I-130 for U.S citizens. I know there are many factors that go into it, everyone's process is different but I'm wondering which service center is most efficient and fastest out of curiosity?
  24. Dear VJ Users -- I received my Green Card in the mail today!!! My husband and I are both very happy and still in disbelieve that this is all happened in the last few days of 2017. My conditional green card was approved 15 days following the interview. So for those who did not receive any final decision on the day of the interview, know that if your files are all complete and align and that your interview went well, I believe the Greed Card will be on your way sooner than what you expect it would be. So now I have a question: 1). With this green card, I am assuming that my EAD(and AP) are no longer valid, am I correct? So I won't have to re-new / re-apply for another EAD in a year, correct? 2). My SSN card has the, "Only valid for employment with EAD" thing statement. My conditional Green Card basically cancel this statement, yes? As I am now legally able to live and accept employment without considering my EAD. 3). Do I need to go to Social Security Office and obtain a new card (one that won't say the 'Employment' thing) or I won't be required to do that until I am a citizen? 4). My Green Card will be expired on December 2019. How soon should I begin to submit an application to remove my condition? 5). Am I able to proceed with Naturalization at the end period of my conditional GC or I will only be able to proceed with that AFTER living for 5 years in the US? Note: I came in with K-1 Visa) I'm so happy now that I can't even think what other question I should ask... Anything that I should pay attention??? THANK YOU. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! J/G
  25. Question is for anyone who married their Italian significant other in the United States or who knows Italian law: My fiancé and I will be getting married in 24 days, two days after he arrives arrives in California for his 4 week visit. He was researching today and read that Italians who marry a non-Italian citizen abroad have to send through post (or bring in person) their marriage certificate to the Consulate (for us, San Francisco Consulate General) to get "certified" and translated, and then the Consulate will send the marriage certificate to Italy. I have never heard this before in my life. I just wanted to know what other Italians have done after marrying their SO in America. I always believed once we got married, it was all clear to start the petition. Thank you!