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  1. Not sure if the topic explains correctly what I want to sum up so we get some members to read this post with any guidance they may have. I have read through a lot of post here, and though some similar nothing exactly the same nor close enough for me not to need to post this topic, again I hope I also placed this in the right section as well. Here's a little background information: My wife and I recently got married in March, I am a US Citizen, and she is Chinese. We had come back from visiting her family in China for the Chinese New years, and on a romantic night, I proposed. We got married the week after while my wife was still on her B1 travel visa. We did not expect to get married like this so of course we looked at all the things we needed to do. If only we would of been thinking about marriage we could of gotten her needed birth cert and had a Notarial Birth Cert made while there before leaving. But since we actually didn't plan this now we are lost on what next. We Applied for the full Immigration process. I-485 I-130 I-765 etc. We prepared everything we had as documents, and even had her family mail us (what we thought was her birth certificate) She was born in 1994 so all she has is a small document from the hospital with her families name, her name, date, stamp and hospital sig. We had this translated and submitted all the forms. Now to the problem. All was accepted and had no issues, we thought this was great news! She just finished her biometric Finger Prints about 3 weeks ago, so once we got a letter in the mail I was super excited it was her EAD or something good! No was I wrong! It was an RFE asking for more evidence of her birth Certificate. It states that they will only accept Long-Form Birth Certs, which to me means I would need to get her the Notarial Certificate Notarial Birth Cert 出生公证书, or chu sheng gong zheng shu. Our dilemma, She is currently here in the US on her Travel Visa which expires in Aug. We applied for this process with all the documents we could get from here and from china directly. We have spoken to her family, they have gone to great length to try and get her a Certificate Notarial Birth Cert , but have been unable to do so. Here's the facts to why. Her mother is no longer with us, rest in peace. Her father was married to her 6 years after my wife was born, my wife was never listed under her father's hukou only her grandmother, Her grandmother is still here with us thank god. They do not have a marriage cert to prove to the Certificate Notarial so they requested a hair sample for DNA, once we sent the hair sampled in express mail, the office then said they would need her to come as well to get proof. Now the biggest problem is how do we get her this or can we do secondary evidence somehow? I do not feel safe for her to leave the country while on her B1 Visa that will expire soon during our immigration process. I would HATE MY SELF if she was denied reentry to the US for any reason while trying to get the documents the USCIS is asking for. I'm really not even sure what can be done but we have 80 days to do it now. Can I get this birth cert any other way? Can her family do anything else without her having to fly back to china? and what are all the risk if doing so? Thanks in Advanced! I will post more details if I find any.
  2. Hello fellow Journiers, My fiance worked in China around 2010, and we are attempting to obtain either a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), or a letter stating the PCC is unobtainable. It's my understanding the US embassy will accept either when issuing a K1 visa. To avoid traveling to China we hired an agent to obtain either document on our behalf. Due to the amount of time that's past since my girlfriend worked in China she no longer has the documentation she registered at the local police station. Our agent said that without this there is less than 50% chance we'll get a PCC. I replied that a letter stating the PCC is unobtainable is not prefered, but acceptable. So on a Friday I pay half of his fee, and he tells me he's going to the local police station to request the PCC. On Monday I see that he emailed me Sunday that he can not find any of the visas I sent him, which he had previously acknowledged receiving, and I should send them again ASAP! On Tuesday morning I send them again, and he immediately sends me the Letter stating the local police require my fiance to apply in person with her original visas and work permits, and he concludes the Letter that the PCC is unobtainable. (I did ask why he applied for the PCC without the visas, and he later stated they didn't need them because the police were able to identify my fiance by the passport numbers.) I am not sure this Letter will be of any use. It's certainly not a PCC, and since it states my fiance can apply for the PCC in China, it doesn't appear that the PCC is absolutely unobtainable. Now the agent is asking for the other half of the money which will total $600. Your thoughts are requested. Do you believe the US embassy would accept such a letter? Or would they just say, "Well it looks like you better go to China and apply for the PCC." To me, a "unobtainable PCC" is unobtainable from the Chinese police period, not just unobtainable by the agent. I felt going in the agent was selling either a PCC, or a unobtainable PCC. Now I feel like he's selling something else. Sorry for rambling. See the letter below. Your thoughts greatly appreciated. Ken To whom it may concern, The ##### was founded in 2009. We have successfully obtained foreigners their police clearance certificate (PCC) from major cities in China. Mr. Ken #### contacted us for for Miss ###'s Police Clearance Certificate at the beginning of April, but as Miss ### left China 9 years ago, she could not provide the registration form and Alien Employment Permit. So it takes days for our employee to find the police station which has jurisdiction over her PCC - Shishan police station (Phone number +86 512 68076167). According to Shishan police station, there are 2 ways for them to issue PCC. 1.Miss ### brings the original/physical passport which has Suzhou working visas and apply in person. 2.Zhuanguanyuan (Company’s employee who passed the local government training program for foreign affairs) brings the original/physical passport apply for Miss Chutima Chukaew. As Miss Chutima Chukaew’s Suzhou employer is not in Business now, Zhuanguanyuan is not available. We hereby declare, after all the efforts that have been made, there is no way for us to get Miss ### a PCC in China. Regards, We will be able to stamp on this fill after we receive the rest of our service fee.
  3. As of May 29, the DS 160 requires inputting the beneficiary's social media handles. My fiancee has an account on Sina Weibo. Her handle is written using Chinese characters. The social media section of the DS-160 form does NOT accept Chinese characters (it converts them to gibberish). What should she do? (she could write out her handle using the "pinyin" romanization, but this would be misleading, because many Chinese characters share the same pinyin romanization, so there would be no way for an investigator to match her pinyin handle to her actual handle). I was originally going to post this in the China regional forum, but realized that it may be applicable for applicants outside of China, in other countries where non-Latin alphabets are used.
  4. My fiancé and I have started the K1 process but have run into a stumbling block, we lived in Shenyang China for two years and cannot get a certificate of no criminal record. Neither of us are from China and we are no longer there. We have contacted the police and embassies in Shenyang. It appears that we must be in China to get the record check but this is not possible for us. It is such a small part of the process, but without the certificate of no criminal record we fear that our application will be rejected. Does anyone know how to obtain a certificate of no criminal record from China without being present in the country? Thanks.
  5. I had my interview this morning and I got a green note stating preliminary approval pending my submission of a new Police Report. She requested I mail a new Police Report to the embassy and they will look into it and issue my visa.  Is this same as 221G? The paper I was given didn’t state 221G though but it said “you have been approved preliminary pending your submission of documents ”. Has anyone been in this situation before and how long did it take after submission of the documents they got their visa in hand? . Anyone received such notice after he’s or her interview?
  6. My fiance is French, but he lived in China with his parents for several years with a student visa from the time he was 10 years old until he was 19 years old. He moved back to China when he was 21 years old with a visitor visa (S2) to visit family and he has been living in china for 2 years (including the multiple renewals). Do you know if he is required to get documentation for a criminal background check from china even though he is not a Chinese citizen and has been on a visitor and student visa all these years? If a criminal background check from China is required, where do you recommend to go? He lives in Shanghai. Thanks!!
  7. My husband (Japanese) lived in China when he was in high school (4 years) and left when he was 17. I think he still needs to get a police certificate since he was over the age of 16 when he left. Has anyone done this successfully from outside of China? I can't find a clear way to do so from outside of China. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
  8. Hi everyone! We got a 221g green slip after our interview on February 28 in Guangzhou. They asked us to mail back a i-134 joint sponsor along with a certified translation, and the passport and passport photos. We sent the documents last week and our cgi status changed on Saturday March 23rd. CEAC updated today under the immigrant visa section but the niv hasn’t changed since January 23. Should we be expecting an approval (or denial!) in the next week or two, or should we settle in for waiting for another month or two? Previous posts seem to follow no pattern 😕
  9. Hi all, I am newly registered but have been reading the post for quite some time and it has been very helpful. My story goes as follow: I had my Eb-2 visa interview at Guangzhou Consulate around mid October 2018. I told the VO that I currently work for a state-owned employer in China but have never been a CCP (China Communist Party) member. At the end of interview I was issued a green slip "final processing letter". It said the visa has been preliminary approved, but I need to submit additional information regarding to my current employer. I submitted relevant info accordingly. A few days after my submission, the Consulate emailed me with a new white 221 (g) sheet says “SAO Sheet-D”, requesting a statement re CCP and a detailed resume, for “Administrative Processing”. I was confused because I have never been a CCP member, and I promptly submitted the requested information which clearly stated so. Unfortunately there was no further development on my case since then, except for a couple of case status "last update date" change about 2 weeks ago. Today the case status still remains as “Administrative Processing”. The passport is still with the Consulate since interview. Later I learned that SAO stands for "Security Advisory Opinion", and many people who were previous CCP members have been requested similar information and gone through the process which takes extensive time. In my case there is a key difference however: I have never been a CCP member at all. I thought maybe it has to do with my current employer which is state-owned, but my affiliation is solely because of employment, and it should not be a ground for inadmissibility. Therefore I’ve got a feeling that this might be a mistake. I wrote to the Consulate, to the Department of State and asked my district congressional representative to explain my situation and for further help. All inquiries were eventually directed to the Consulate (or it's IV unit) and the response were all like: "...case is currently under AP in accordance with Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.... AP often lasts several months, but in some instances it can take significantly longer". No case specific discussions were shared. It has been more than four months since the interview and I really don't know what to do at this point. I would appreciate if anyone could share any similar experience, resource to go to or advise on what I should do. Thanks in advance!
  10. My joint sponsor (for my final processing letter after my interview in Guangzhou) makes $40,000 a year for the past three years. She has no dependents and is single. Is her salary enough to get us approved or should I be bracing myself for a request for another joint sponsor?
  11. Dear all, I'm a recent graduate (July, 2018) but I've been doing a part time job with the same company since October of 2017. After graduation I became full time temporary and in March of 2019 I will be Full Time with benefits. All of this is within the same company. I make currently make $25/hr but once I'm full time with benefits it will increase to compensate for the benefits. I filed my taxes for this year and my W-2 states that I made over $39,000 in 2018 from that job. In the state I'm in, the poverty level is $16,000 , but I'll need $20,000 when applying for the green card. Would there be any issues when filing the I-134? I ask because they say I will need to show up to 5 years of employment history , but since I'm a recent graduate and only worked part time up until mid last year, I don't have that information to provide...
  12. Hi everybody! I'm preparing to send my packet 3. Do I need to include the original I-129 F that came in packet 3 when I send it back? Or is it for my records? Thank you
  13. Hello, everyone. I have a question about the k1 visa process for China. My fiancee and I are pretty far along--we already submitted our ds160, paid for our visa fee, and set an interview date. There is just a couple of questions we have... One of the required documents we need is the appointment letter. What is that? The email notification we received after scheduling the interview is the Online Registration Confirmation Page, right? The next question is point 1 of the attached file. I combed through my ustraveldocs profile and I didnt see my ds160 barcode anywhere. That's the code I got from submitting the ds160, right? The AA*********...right? Which circles back to the appointment letter. That code isnt anywhere to be found. If the confirmation email for scheduling the interview is the appointment letter, then the bar code there does not match the DS160 code either. What is this supposed to be warning me about? Thank you.
  14. I am a US citizen and I have an opportunity to visit China as part of a group that is traveling there for a week. My Filipina fiancee has her visa stamp to enter the United States. Can she apply for a tourist visa to go to China with me? We will return to the Philippines before leaving together to enter the United States. Will there be a problem at the port of entry entering the United States?
  15. My wife and I are planning to file for her green card soon. We've only been married for 6 months, so we really don't have any co-mingling of our resources (aside from a small essay editing business we started together, but it doesn't amount to much). We've gathered photos and I took screen shots of our communications over the years. The communications are really... difficult. I tried to pick out the best ones I could find, but I am looking for some feedback. We really don't want to delay the process. Thanks for any help you are able to give! Upload Comm.pdf
  16. My wife and I are going to be applying for her green card in the next few weeks. We're still gathering evidence of a bona fide marriage. We will be submitting in Guagnzhou. Has anyone done DCF through Guangzhou? Our situation: I'm an English teacher here in our city. My wife is too but she is Chinese and I'm American. We've been together for 2+ years, but married for 6 months. We both live abroad (obviously), but we'll go to the US next year, assuming she is approved for a green card. Another facet: back in October, 2017, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. She completed her treatment at the beginning of July, and is now taking prescription meds, which she will take for 5 to 10 years (most likely 10). I know Guangzhou is able to do DCF. I've tried to read about it, but I can't tell if we qualify for DCF. I've read everything for being in the military, to both of us living abroad would qualify us for DCF, but most of the articles were three or more years old. Would anything about our situation qualify us for DCF? How do we apply for DCF? And how much faster is DCF than regular processing?
  17. I'm looking to file my I-130 for my spouse but I'm confused about if I should write my mailing address as my U.S. address or my overseas one? The thing is that the postal service is notoriously unreliable in China, so I'd like to avoid having important materials sent via the postal system, if at all possible.
  18. So my fiancee needs to get police records from China. The State Department reciprocity schedule basically says that police records in China are "generally available, reliable". My fiancee has stayed in two cities and needs to get them both (a city cannot retrieve records from another). She got one from Suzhou just fine, but Nanjing's regulations state that they cannot hand them out to foreigners. I asked the police officer if I could take a picture of the relevant regulations, and I have those. If I get those regulations translated and notarized, would that be sufficient evidence at the interview stage?
  19. Hi guys, my fiancé just mailed out the first package, and I’m here trying to get things done ASAP so I can hand in all the documents when I receive the notice of action. I’m currently in China, I’ve lived here for 2 months now, I’m from Hong Kong and hold a Hong Kong ID. How can I get the police record from the PSB? What documents will I need? And what will I need to do? Thanks!
  20. Hi guys, Don't want to go too deep into the details about our situation... Long story short, I applied for the fiance visa successfully half a year ago and my girl friend came to the states back in August of last year. Unfortunately, we have some issues that wasn't iron out and she irrationally left within a week back to China. After many months of communications, we still feel very strong about each other and want to give K1 another shot. My question to you all is, are there any difficulties re-applying the visa given our situation? what are some things that I need to be aware of? Any comments and suggestion will be helpful. Many thanks in advance! -J
  21. Hi everyone, My husband and I are at the NVC stage in our CR1 visa process. Our lawyer has informed us that I will need to present a 5-page birth certificate from China because I was born there. I am currently a Canadian citizen living in Canada. The issue is that because I was born before 1995, I do not have the standardized 5 page birth certificate that China decided to issue after 1995. Going back to China to reissue the standardized birth certificate is quite a hassle and I'm not even sure I can really do it... Has anyone been in a similar situation? This has really been the bane of my existence and I really don't want any delays on our DS-260 just because I don't have the right version of the birth certificate they're looking for... Should I be concerned about this at all or is my current birth certificate sufficient as is for immigration? Would really appreciate any comments/feedback/stories on this! Thank you!!!
  22. I'm in F2B category, just notified by NVC my case was completed on March 14, 2018. I called several times, NVC just said I'm in the queue awaiting appointment overseas. Does anyone have idea how many days longer I need to wait until I get the visa appointment in Guangzhou China? Does different Visa category has different priority to get the appointments when available? I'm living in US now, and I need to plan earlier before I departure for the Visa interview, so the time frame is critical to me. If anyone have similar knowledge, please share.
  23. Wow, by reading some of the posts here, there seems to be some real experts. I'm kind of embarrassed not knowing or keeping up with some of the lingo but here goes. My girlfriend is from the Philippines but works in China on a work visa. She wants to come here to the U.S on a tourist visa to visit me. So the questions are: 1. Does she apply for the tourist visa at the Philippine embassy in China or does he have to go back the philippines to apply? 2. Does it make it easier for her to get a tourist visa since she already has a work visa for china? Any tips or suggestions is appreciated. Not sure what the odds are for her getting a tourist visa to the U.S. but hopefully someone who has a similar experience can give me an idea. Thanks
  24. Hello guys, I'm new to this site and need some advice. My background story: I'm an Indonesian and I've lived in Singapore between age 10 to 17. I then continued my study in the States where I met my fiancé. We dated for 7.5 years, 4 years while I was in the States and then a 3.5 year of long-distance relationship while I was living in China, Taiwan and South Korea for a year each. We took a 2-year break when I went back to Indonesia in early 2015 before we decided we wanted to be together. We've met 3 times in the last 1.5 year and we just got engaged. 1) I've been trying to find out on all the documents needed, and it says that I'll be needing police certificates from all the countries I've lived in for 12 months or more from 16 years old. So basically, I'll be needing at least 5 police certificates from 5 countries: Indonesia, Singapore, China, Taiwan and South Korea. I don't think I'll have any problem getting from Indonesia and Singapore, but my worry lies on getting from China, Taiwan and South Korea. I've read here on this forum that says I won't be able to obtain one if I'm not currently living in South Korea, getting one from China is really complicated and I’m not too sure about Taiwan. Do you think if I can provide a request letter from the Indonesian US Embassy it'll make things easier to obtain? If anyone had any experiences with getting police certificate from these countries please give some advice. And also, would I need one from the US too, because I've lived there before? 2) Another thing is my birth certificate and passport has my middle and last name typed together, but all of my US student identifications and SSN has my middle and last name separated. For example, my dad's family name is Smith. My brother's name is John Aiden Smith, but my name is Jane Doesmith. Basically I did not have a middle name when I was born. When my brother and I both applied for I-20, we wanted to avoid confusion and have the same last name. And so, we applied mine as Jane Doe Smith. I’ve also recently found out that my Indonesian ID and driver’s license have them separated too. Now I'm worried that this will be an issue. What do you guys think? Any suggestion is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  25. First of all, thanks in advance for your help. This forum has been a huge help already. Now to explain my situation. I'm a U.S. citizen, studying in China for over 2 years and will be returning to America this July (2018). My student visa/residence permit is set to expire in June, but I'm planning on filing for an extension to July, which shouldn't be a problem since the semester won't even be over in June. I'm trying to figure out the best way to bring my current girlfriend (future fiancee and eventually wife) to the U.S. with me as quickly as possible while spending as little time apart as possible. The options I'm aware of are as follows. I've listed the "cons" to these choices below. Your help in sorting out the options and making a sound decision are hugely appreciated. 1. K-1 Fiancee Visa Pro The process seems to be well established with a lot of information on here about how to go about it. Con Huge wait time – 9-12 months from what I'm reading. Given the fact that we're not engaged yet, this would mean waiting long after I'm back in the States until her visa gets approved. I'm waiting on proposing mostly due to my family, who would freak out if I proposed this early in our relationship. I've told them I'm considering it and even this has them uneasy. I want to respect that. Difficulty filing outside of America – I can't write a check from my U.S. bank here. I would have to first fill out all the forms, send it to my family, have them write a check for me, then send it in to the processing center. 2. DCF Pro Fast (from what I've read in the past, I'm not sure about current times) Con The earliest we could get married is in July. This would be right on the edge of my student visa expiring. Note: my tourist visa was never stamped "void" like my old residence permits are. I'm not sure if that means it is still valid or if they just forgot to void it but it is still void in their system? This could impact some decision making as far as timeline goes. Would require going back to the States to process a work visa so I can come back for another year and then do the DCF process. This isn't a huge issue, but I know there are significant costs involved and I would have to have a teaching position secured for this to work. I'm thinking the time apart following this option would be significantly less, perhaps only a matter of weeks depending on how fast my work visa can be processed and if I can begin the paperwork from within China. Will have to get a co-sponsor for the I-864 unless I can base it on assets (I have more than 4 times the required annual income in liquid assets). I don't think this will be a huge obstacle. I'm open to marrying either in the States or China. It's not a huge issue to me. I don't think either of us want to risk filing a K-1 then trying to have her come to the US on a tourist visa. The risk of getting rejected at the border is too high and the ticket prices are nothing to scoff at. Are there are options I'm not aware of? Any feedback on the above? Your help is so greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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