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  1. I'm hoping to hear some stories from people who have experience with embassies that stopped processing visa's due to curfew's and what happened after those curfew's were lifted. Sri Lanka is currently under curfew until at least the 14th and I believe they are only processing humanitarian, medical emergency, and IR/IH3, IR/IH4 (for adoptions?) visas. My question is did your embassy start processing more types of visa's after the curfew was lifted? I understand there is going to be a backlog, but I just want to hear other people's stories. My husband had his interview on April 29th and we have a CR-1 petition. They requested different translations than the ones we brought. Apparently they only accept ones from sworn translators in Sri Lanka, even though the ones we brought were accepted and approved by the NVC. No where does it say on the embassy website that they require that as well and the NVC didn't say anything about it either. Anyways, we dropped off the Sri Lankan translations May 4th. On May 11th our CEAC status was updated to "refused", and we haven't had any change since then. They haven't been responding to phone calls or emails. I do understand that even without the curfew we would still be in a "normal" time frame if we're in AP. But we can't even get confirmation from them that they received our documents. Mentally I'm not doing well, but I'm more worried about my husband's mental health. The waiting for an unknown amount of time is killing. I'm looking for slivers of hope that spouse applications have continued at least at other embassies after curfew's were lifted. I know every embassy and country will be different. I'm just desperate for some hope. Married for 2 years as of May14th... Whether or not you have any experience or hope to give, thank you for reading and understanding. I'm not expecting much in regards to personal experiences... I think I mostly just need to hear from others who understand this feeling.
  2. Hi all, I am an Irish citizen presently in the US with my wife who is a US citizen. We are awaiting my travel document as part of my green card application and as such am unable to leave the country. The problem is I have a 10 year old son back in Ireland who I haven’t seen since early December due to the green card process. I am wondering if he, as stepson to my wife, would be exempt from the proclamation and be able to travel over to me? I’ve been reading conflicting information online so I said I’d come here to see if someone could set the record straight. Thanks in advance! Tony
  3. https://www.yahoo.com/news/covid-vaccine-travel-countries-open-195555577.html Have COVID vaccine, will travel: These are the countries open to fully vaccinated Americans Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY Tue, June 22, 2021, 9:46 AM
  4. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/us-canada-mexico-covid-travel-restrictions-extended/index.html US extends Covid-19 travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico Rashard Rose, CNN • Updated 20th June 2021 (CNN) — The United States has extended Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until July 21, according to a tweet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sunday. "To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel," DHS wrote. "DHS also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other US agencies in the White House's expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably." In March 2020, the US and Canada mutually agreed to shut down the border to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Canada continues stringent restrictions On Friday, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced that Canada had extended its Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential international and US travel until July 21. Addressing media after the announcement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that the extension of the travel restrictions may be "frustrating" for many people but that his goal is to keep Canadians safe. "We're not out of this pandemic yet. We have to hit our targets of 75% vaccinated with the first dose, at least 20% vaccinated with the second dose before we can start loosening things up because even a fully vaccinated individual can pass on Covid-19 to someone who is not vaccinated," Trudeau said, Blair said the government will soon announce how it plans to handle travel among those who are fully vaccinated. Canada is largely off-limits to US travelers. Tourism, leisure and casual visits are all forbidden. Some exceptions exist for family members, foreign workers and international students. Stringent testing and quarantine measures are in place for travelers arriving by air and land. Those arriving by air are required to quarantine for three nights in a government-authorized hotel in addition to the rest of the testing and quarantine requirements. Travel to Mexico Mexico allows US travelers by air. There's no need for a negative PCR test for Covid-19, and no quarantine required. Most resorts, however, ask guests to fill out health questionnaires. On June 7, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered Mexico's advisory rating from "very high" risk level 4 to "high" risk level 3. The CDC advises travelers to be fully vaccinated before traveling to Mexico.
  5. Covid-19 outbreak hits US Embassy in Afghanistan https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/17/politics/us-embassy-kabul-covid-19-outbreak/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_content=2021-06-17T18%3A45%3A02&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social Updated 11:45 AM ET, Thu June 17, 2021 (CNN) More than 100 people at the US Embassy in Kabul have Covid-19, one person has died, and several have been medically evacuated as a wave of the deadly pandemic hits Afghanistan and the US military withdrawal from the country continues. "COVID-19 is surging in the Mission," an Embassy management noticed dated June 17 said. "114 of our colleagues now have COVID and are in isolation; one has died, and several have been medevaced." ...
  6. Question from US authorities perspective -------------------------- Is the US CBP issuing a new TN Visa ? Is this considered essential travel ? Is there any preferred POE(Point of Entry) from the list of designated POEs for TN processing during COVID time? Some blogs have mentioned that POEs have started the appointment process for on arrival TN processing. Anyone with info about this ? Question from Canada authorities perspective ------------------------------- I am a Candian citizen currently in the US. I am planning to flagpole, i.e. travel from the U.S. into Canada solely for the purposes of applying for TN status. Whether I should complete Covid testing prior to entering Canada and/or if I will be subject to quarantine ? What things do I need to do before entering Canada ? ------------------------------- Anyone with similar experiences in the last 2-3 months would help me plan better. Thanks in advance.
  7. Anyone here scheduled an interview appointment at the consulate in Frankfurt? All the requested documentation have been submitted and accepted in October but I haven't heard anything since. Currently I am stuck in Germany because of the travel ban and I can't travel. Are any of you guys having similar experiences?
  8. Hi everyone, I'm brand new to this site so apologies if I'm in the wrong forum. I'm an American citizen (29, F) currently visiting my boyfriend in Turkey (he is a Turkish citizen). I will be returning home next month, and we are hoping to obtain a tourist visa so he can visit me in California as soon as possible. Does anyone have any information about how long this process may take, whether he will be able to schedule an interview any time soon, or any other tips? I've been told he shouldn't mention that he has an American girlfriend (lest we have to apply for a K1 visa instead - which we aren't yet ready to do), but it seems it would be difficult to provide them the necessary information to obtain a tourist visa without lying about that fact, which doesn't seem particularly wise. He spent a year in the US previously during college for educational purposes, and did not overstay his visa, so I figure that could give us an advantage in applying for a tourist visa? He has travelled abroad to other countries as well and never overstayed his visas there either. His entire family lives in Turkey, they are well-off and he has a good job + financial ties to his country, so I doubt he would have difficulty with that aspect of the visa; However, my biggest concerns are delays related to Covid and whether the embassies in Istanbul or Ankara are currently scheduling interviews in any sort of timely manner. We plan to move forward with the application, but when we have called the embassy the recorded message still says routine visa services are suspended.. Any help or advice is very much appreciated!
  9. Hey friends, At about the end of January 2020 my girlfriend had flew back to her home country and I couldn't fly to see her after March 2020, nor could she fly here to connect with me again. We aren't married, but have been together for 4 plus years. Under economic circumstances(income, residence, full cost of K1 beyond application fee) I didn't file the K1 or CR1 visa app last year. Now I have the resources to apply, however it's been a tough year as everything was unknown, and knowing the US government is known for it's "efficient" time frames. We intend to not only be married, but to be together again. Question 1 At this period of time for the CR1, do any of you have recommendations of a country(ies) where we can both meet to get married? (I'm a US citizen and she is a Taiwan Citizen) I read that the CR1 route might be the way - however cost isn't an issue so a K1 seems pretty straight forward. Question 2 Are any of you in the same situation? Feel free to share your story for a bit. It's been frustrating for a lot of couples, I'm sure. Questions 3a and 3b? Have any of you filed the K1 during the times of March 2020 to March 2021? Please share your experience. Thanks in advance.
  10. Hi All, My wife moved here near end of Dec 2020. We got married in Jan 8th, 2021. So i was told that i cannot file jointly with my wife on 2020. So i went ahead and file as single. My question is will my wife get the 3rd stimulus check as a tax credit when we file jointly in 2021?
  11. First and foremost I want to thank all the members of this forum for their support and information. I literally wouldn't be here if it weren't for your guidance. I originally had a petition for k1. After receiving my NOA2, I was here on vacation when the pandemic got worse and so I posted on this forum for advice. The advice? Withdraw your k1, marry now and fie for adjustment. It took some time, but I did it. We married in May, filed in Juy, noa1 in August and interview today! I was nervous as heck. I was expecting the officer to ask me all about my k1 and why we abandoned it and why I had overstayed my ESTA. I made myself worry for no reason. We arrived to the Field Office, Yakima, WA, 15 minutes early as per our notice. We checked in and the security guards were very sweet and telling us not to worry. My husband was as calm as a cucumber. I brought some photos, new updated info like my job payslips, adoption papers for our dog and our joint accounts as well as all government issued documentation I had and also a copy of my birth cert and passports (basically everything asked for on the notice) We started by getting sworn in. The officer made small talk and was very appreciative of our photos. He also said "judging just this and you guys in front of me, we're not going to have any issues, i'll just need to ask some questions anyway" We then went through our packet, again, small talk along the way and some jokes. When he asked if I had ever violated a visa I explained I overstayed my ESTA by a few weeks while we prepared things for the AOS and he just said "Oh that's fine. With covid we understand that, its not a problem". He then asked if we were filing from k1 or adjustment and I said we had the k1 and withdrew because of..and before I finished he just said "Oh right I see you put that there, that's fine!". Next he went through the i944 and I just updated my work info and he asked if we had any other evidence we wanted to add so we gave him our dog's adoption papers (lol) and the bank accounts we had Next was just the questions which felt more like a conversation so kudos to the officer for making us relaxed. He asked 1. When did you meet? 2. Did you start dating immediately or was it gradual? 3. Did you go on any trips? (we had shown him pics from some summer trips) 4. Where did you get married? Who attended? 5. Did you go on a honeymoon? 6. Had my husband met my family? 7. What qualities in each other did we like? and my favourite question Who does most of the cooking? He then told us that was all he needed, and if we had any questions and proceeded to explain that this would be a 2 year GC. We'd get an update in the mail (the usual). Again, thank you to everyone on this community. Your guidance helped me through the initial k1 filing, eventual withdrawal and AOS!!
  12. Hi everyone 😊 COVID-19 has changed the everything, and I'm in a bit of a dilemma. My boyfriend and I have been together for nearly 2 years now, and in June of 2020, he proposed. I'm a U.S. Citizen, and he's a U.K. Citizen who often visits me on an ESTA. We had plans last year to file for the K-1 Visa, but with the US Embassy in London suspending the non-emergency visa services and interviews, we decided to wait a bit to see what was going to happen. During that time, I visited his family in the U.K., and since December, he's here visiting with my family in Texas. But still, nearly a year later, there hasn't been much change. It wasn't until just recently that we had the idea, "hey, what if we just go ahead and get married?" I've seen that it's possible to file for an AOS after getting married, as long as his intent on entering the country wasn't to do so. He came here just to visit, but now, with COVID-19 still in the way, and a possibly huge backup on K-1 visas, would it be a better idea just to go for AOS? I'm honestly afraid of the risks of him getting deported if something happens with the AOS, but he has no criminal history whatsoever, we're both in our 20s, and we truly do love each other and will have plenty of evidence of that. I'd love an opinion from someone, because I feel really stuck, and time is running out. Thank you
  13. TL;DR Timeline for Los Angeles,CA at the bottom of the post. My husband (Nigerian) and I (female U.S. Citizen) met in mid-2019, and began dating in Los Angeles, while he was in the US for the 4th time on a Business Visitor Visa (B1). After a whirlwind romance, and basically being inseparable, we married at a Chapel (in a mall) in Las Vegas in late November 2019. We used https://simplecitizen.com/, instead of a lawyer, to file our initial Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status Petition (I-485), Petition For Alien Relative (I-130), Application for Travel Document (I-131), and Application for Employment Authorization (I-765) in Los Angeles, CA on February 3rd, 2020 (we filed on paper, not electronically, and sent it using UPS to receive tracking). Simple Citizen was an inexpensive and very thorough alternative to a traditional filing with a lawyer. They also easily included our information about using a joint sponsor. They had all of our documents quickly prepared and we experienced no requests for information or delays from USCIS. The Chicago lockbox received our petition on February 5th and we received our receipt numbers via text on February 13th (the physical receipt followed soon after). My husband went in for his biometrics on March 3rd, 2020; a few weeks before the COVID closures began (were also reused for a later biometrics notice that was canceled due to COVID from USCIS). The Case Tracker App updated to “Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview” sometime in April 2020. My husband was approved for his Employment Authorization Document (EAD I-765)/Advance Parole (AP I-131) Combo Card, 5 months after filing on June 29th and received it on July 22nd. We also moved to another apartment in LA during the petition process and promptly informed them of our new address by filling out form AR-11 online. USCIS confirmed our new address through email about a week later. Our interview was scheduled for February 3rd, 2021 (informed it was scheduled via Case Tracker on December 24, 2020 and notice received January 4th, 2021) at the USCIS Field Office in Los Angeles (300 N Los Angeles St rm 7631, Los Angeles, CA 90012). We woke up bright and early at 4:30 AM and left for the Field Office at 6:00 AM. A few days prior, we chose business casual attire to wear. My husband wore a plaid burgundy button-down shirt, black dress pants, his wedding band, and black dress shoes. I wore a pretty blue and gray floral sleeveless blouse, black dress pants, and black flats. I also wore short, dangly silver earrings, my wedding ring, a silver bracelet, and I brought a black blazer just in case I got cold. I didn’t wear any makeup because I never wear it anyway. We had a straightforward and enjoyable interview that was scheduled for 7:15 am (one of the first ones of the day). We received the interview notice about a month prior to the scheduled appointment, but I was notified that it was scheduled 42 days before the actual appointment through the case tracker app. I couldn’t see the actual interview date in the app or on the USCIS system. Case Tracker App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/case-tracker-for-uscis/id921827126 We parked in the garage (221 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) across from the Field Office but it was early in the day, parking was not hard at all. When we left the interview and returned to our car the garage was almost completely full, so plan accordingly for parking. We arrived about 20 or 30 minutes late to the interview office due to the long line to enter USCIS Los Angeles in DTLA. We arrived at 6:40 am in the parking garage and had some trouble finding the correct building because we mistakenly went all around the courthouse looking for USCIS, so that delayed us some. This happened because we foolishly followed behind a different couple and lost track of where they walked. This caused us to go to the courthouse instead. Luckily, we still had our phones, which are allowed as long as they are turned off during the interview, and found our way using google maps. Once we found the Field Office the line to enter the building from the right was super long and slow-moving (this was the only line we could see at the time). Later, after already waiting in the slow line, we learned that there was another line on the left, if looking directly at the building, which was faster according to a man we thought was an Officer. I later learned that he was just a good samaritan who wanted to help people with early appointments get in on time (he was in the fast line and had been to this Field Office numerous times). We tested this theory by splitting up to see who would get near the front of the line first and periodically speaking on the phone to keep each other updated on our progress. I also called my mom to distract myself from the growing anxiety about being late (which could lead to a canceled interview/denied petition which then could lead to the deportation of my husband or restarting the whole tedious Petition process-as you could see I was getting frantic). Luckily I was able to stay calm. Soon, my husband called and said he was near the front and I came back to the slow line. As I walked back to join my husband in the other line an Officer in the front of the building also confirmed that the other line was faster (the Officer wanted to know why I was leaving the fast line). The slow line/fast line theory seemed true based on my experience but I went back to join my husband in the slow line because he mistakenly thought he was closer than me. Thankfully, we had absolutely no problems as a result of being late (we both were worried while waiting outside in the line. I was probably more worried though). As you can see the anxiety of being late is no fun. I would recommend you arrive really early to be on the safe side. While going through the metal detectors and having our belongings x-rayed; I asked the Officer what was the fastest way to the USCIS Field Office. He let us know the way and once we got to the office, on the 8th floor, we were called into the interview soon after being checked in. In the interview room, we were sworn in and then started the interview. The Officer (who was a very kind and chatty Latinx woman) wanted to see our passports and original birth certificates, our certified marriage certificate, my husband's EAD and DMV real ID application, my California driver’s license, and evidence of our relationship. Some of the questions she asked were: how we met, describe our first few dates, when we met each other’s parents, when we got married, questions about our siblings, what my husband does for work, what I do for work, when my husband entered the U.S. and on what visa, and when we moved in together. We were able to answer these questions together or she directed them to my husband. In all, she directed most of the questions at my husband and asked us our respective verification questions (SSN, mailing address, residential address, phone number, our parent’s names, and date of birth). I barely had to say anything the entire interview and all of the questions directed at us were easy as pie. We also brought a photo album and the Officer looked through it. I definitely over-prepared for the interview with all the documents and evidence (I started prepping as soon as we got the interview notice on January 4th, 2021). We also brought our joint sponsor’s tax returns and W-2’s from 2018 and 2019, employment letters from 2020 and 2021, and his last 2 month’s pay stubs. The Officer didn’t ask for any of those documents, which made up the bulk of all the things I printed (around 1200 pages). For some of the printing, Staples print services came in handy and I used CVS to print the pictures. The only thing the Officer asked us about our sponsor was how we knew him (he is a friend of my husband; they met through a previous contracting job). I also re-printed our entire Adjustment of Status application, but better to be too prepared than under right? The Officer looked at/kept roughly 100 pages of the stuff I brought. The Officer kept the evidence of our relationship (bank statements, health insurance, trips, our pandemic puppy’s AKC and ICA registration which showed both of our last names, leases for the 2 apartments we rented in our time together, SoCal Gas and LADWP utility bills for the past 3 months, renters insurance for both apartments, couples therapy bill and video call screenshots, and about 30 photos of us with descriptions and dates on the back of them. We also provided pictures of our 2 apartments. The Officer said she wanted to copy our passports, my husband’s EAD and DMV Real ID application, and my driver’s license. Then she came back with our approval letter! We are so happy and had a really simple Adjustment of status overall! The main issue was delays due to COVID closures but everyone has been dealing with that. Overall the waiting process has been, coincidentally, exactly a year (we sent in the petition on February 3rd, 2020 and we were approved Feb 3rd, 2021)! My husband sent in his medical exam (I-693) with our original petition in 2020 so that most likely allowed us to be approved during the interview. We are getting the conditional Green Card so we will apply for the 10-year green card (I-751 Petition) 3 months before the 2 year Green Card expires in November 2022. my thoughts to you is not to worry (easier said than done, I was worrying basically the entire process). As long as you are in a real, loving marriage everything will be fine. Just be sure to have all the documents, evidence, and original (non-expired) identification (follow the interview notice carefully). Don't be afraid to over-prepare (start preparing as soon as or before you get the interview notice so that you won’t get overwhelmed) and don't try to rehearse your answers, as that may send red flags. Also, take a ton of pictures of you and your spouse with family, friends, pets, in your home, on trips, and doing activities and print them (you can’t use any digital methods to show the pictures). Be sure to keep the pictures sorted so that you can use them in an album, with dates and descriptions. I got my album from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003WSUYOY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_itW1xSYVBpCqo) Wait patiently for the slow process to progress and eventually the interview notice will appear (make sure you have a secure location to receive the notices, we have a PO Box at UPS). Using https://www.visajourney.com/ was an especially helpful and reliable way to see when you may have petition milestones as everyone updates their timelines depending on the type of petition they are filing. Be sure to update your timeline on visajourney too so that you can help others. The subreddits r/USCIS and r/immigration were also good resources to read about other people's experiences and keep up with the latest immigration news. In the interview, just act natural and look at it like a conversation/sharing the journey of your relationship/marriage with the Officer. I hope this post helped to ease some of your anxiety about this process and I wish you all the best! TL;DR Timeline for Los Angeles,CA: Married in Las Vegas: 11/22/19 Sent in Petition via UPS (I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765 and included Medical Exam I-693): 2/3/20 Petition Received at Chicago Lockbox (notified via Case Tracker App): 2/5/20 Receipt Numbers Texted to Us : 2/13/20 Receipt Numbers Received by Mail: 2/20/20 Biometrics Appointment Notice Received: 2/25/20 Biometrics (also reused for later biometrics notice that was canceled due to COVID): 3/3/20 Case Tracker App Updated to "Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview": Sometime in April 2020 EAD (I-765)/AP Combo Card (I-131) Approved, notified via Case tracker App: 6/29/20 EAD/AP Combo Card Received: 7/22/20 Case Tracker App Updated to Interview Scheduled: 12/24/20 Interview Date Notice Received in Mail: 1/4/21 Interview/Approval of I-485 (approved in interview, coincidentally, exactly a year later): 2/3/21 Conditional Green Card Received: I will update when it arrives
  14. Hello all. I just filed the online i130 applications for my mom and dad. They are in Lebanon. Any idea if covid effected the time frame for a potential approval? How long is it currently taking? Once approved, how long would it usually take until the Embassy processes it? What happens after that? I am a naturalized US citizen. Thank you so much for your help and I am sorry for my many questions! I am anxious about the process.
  15. This has probably been asked before but can’t really find an answer online. I’m a permanent resident, moved here in January 2020. I’ve been working all year and paid taxes, Luckily still have my job. However, my american wife lost her job because of covid so we can definitely both use the stimulus check. She received both checkes. I didn’t, because I didn’t file taxes in 2019 cause I wasn’t in the usa yet in 2019. Is there still a way to receive it?
  16. Hello All, I am starting a job in the USA on January 11th. Currently, I’m in Colombia. I’d like to do my child's CRBA appointment and renew my expired passport before then (it expired because we weren’t able to travel and the embassy shut down because of COVID). Question 1: what are the steps for me to be the one present during the CRBA interview in lieu of my wife and child? (Paperwork, etc) We’re trying to avoid them traveling if possible because of the virus and I have to go to bogota for my passport anyways. Question 2: How long does it take to renew a passport completely? And is this possible for me considering I need to be in the states on the 11th of January 2021? Question 3: How long does it take to get an emergency passport from the Bogota embassy so that I can travel back to the states on time? I’m trying to choose the best option for me in order to make it to my job on time. I've emailed and called the embassy but keep getting very vague answers that don't help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Walt
  17. Due to covid / Ireland being in lockdown yet again, I’m sure we are all experiencing delays when it comes to getting the interview. I was just curious what delays people have had? Those whose interview were canceled, have you received a new interview date? When was your case complete at NVC & when did you get that first interview that’s now pushed back?
  18. Hello, I am a US citizen trying to file for a marriage-based green card with my (non-US citizen) spouse who currently is residing within the USA. We have no dependents. We have completed the "full I-130 package", and the "full I-485 package" EXCEPT for one single item: my IRS tax transcripts required for the hellish I-944 supporting document requirements (a subset of the I-485 package). My spouse successfully used the online IRS website to instantly get her tax transcripts. However, this website has so far been a dead end for me. The reason? In order for the IRS to verify my identity and order the transcripts instantly through their online website, I must to provide one of the following identifiers: The last 8 digits of one of my credit cards (which is NOT an American Express card) A student loan account number An auto loan account number A mortgage or home equity loan account number A home equity line of credit account number The problem? I do not have ANY of these. I have never taken out a loan or mortgage at any point in my life, and my one credit card that I've used all my life is an Amex, which they do not recognize for some reason. So it looks like the instant IRS transcript access is off the table, what other options are present? I can fill out and mail Form 4506-T to an IRS office and have them mail me back the forms in 3-5 weeks, which is a painfully long delay for my entire green card application process. EXCEPT, according to the IRS helpline, the IRS offices which process these are closed due to COVID-19, so even if I send it, who knows how incredibly long it will take to get back to me. I filled out an application and mailed it last week, but don't expect to see anything come from it anytime soon, especially with how there has been a recent uptick in COVID-19. I can call the IRS Transcript Order phone line [800-908-9946] and place an order over the phone for my IRS tax transcripts, which would then take 7-10 days to be mailed to me (an annoying, but tolerable delay in my application) EXCEPT, if anyone calls this number, you'll see that it does not work! Presumably due to COVID-19, the phone order system is just unusable -- and, again, who knows how long it will remain that way?? Currently I have included my last 3 years of 1040 tax return forms, in my I-485 application as a sort of substitute for the tax transcripts even though I know that the transcripts are what they are asking for. I do know that this is not what they want in the application. ****************************** I really, really want to get this application submitted as soon as possible as my spouse and I really need her to obtain employment authorization + ability to travel back to her home country as soon as possible. So, here are my main questions: Is anyone else stuck in a similar situation? How are you handling it? Could I ... (1) mail in my I-130 package by itself, and then mail in my I-485 package later once I get my transcripts? (2) mail in BOTH my I-130 and I-485 packages with an explanation in my cover letters stating my current situation and stating that I will mail them my IRS tax transcripts as soon as it is possible for me to actually do so? Side Question: Is online I-130/I-485 package filing a thing? Is it smarter to file online given all the COVID business? It would save me some $$$ for shipping since the I-944 supporting documents make the application into a huge pile of papers... In the hopes of being able to get my transcripts online, I ordered a new VISA credit card from my bank which arrived today. I activated it and used it to purchase one thing, but when I tried to use it to get through the IRS website it (unsurprisingly) did not work. Does anyone know roughly how long it might take the IRS to "recognize" a new credit card? Thank you so much for any help or feedback, --Zach
  19. Hello, In November 2018 my wife and I got an E-2 visa, the business actually opened in November 2019 because we had to renovate the place, getting several permits, etc, so basically we began working just a few months before COVID hit the US. We've been lucky enough to made it through until now, it's a small food business, even though of course we didn't make any real money because we're in Los Angeles and simply maintaining alive a business requires a lot of money. Just to give you an idea, 53% of LA restaurants will not reopen, so we made a little miracle. Next year we'll have to renew our E-2 visa and my immigration lawyer strongly suggested to hire 1 or 2 part-time employees because this would help a lot during the process and it would "compensate" the fact that the company didn't make any profit. Now I perfectly know that one of the E-2 requirements is to create jobs for residents and it should be a profitable company, it totally makes sense, but does it apply even during this endless pandemic? My wife and I never got a single salary since we opened, all the money we made went directly into the business itself and we don't always break even, luckily we had some personal funds, but assuming a part-time employee would mean adding $1,500/2,000 expense per month, and we're absolutely not in the economical situation to do that, as I said we don't have a salary at the moment. And regarding being profitable, I mean, how is a small business like ours supposed to go against all the odds making a good profits when there is a global recession and tens of thousands of business, even historical ones, went out of business? And the only help we received was a $1,000 grant, we couldn't even apply for the PPP being self-employed. I'm trying to understand if my lawyer is telling me this just to play safe on their side or if actually the American Immigration doesn't care about the pandemic and for them those are the rules, no matter what's going on around the world, because in that case we made it through the pandemic just to be shut down by book rules... Thanks!
  20. Hi everyone, I'm looking to prepare my packet to file my I-751 because the lawyer/firm I had hired jacked me around and basically robbed me of my money prior to this part. Anyways, for this part they want to charge me $2300.00 to do this and I think that I might have a better experience doing it myself and it be cheaper too. Anyways, my case is actually pretty straight forward and nothing complicated so I believe I should be fine. I do however want to know if it will be a problem if my husbands income for 2019 will affect my application to remove conditions. I know to initially sponsor me to the USA he had to make a certain amount and his taxes at the time were fine, however, his 2019 income is significantly less. Will this is be a problem? Thanks i should get everything done for near end of January to file.
  21. Hey, apologies if someone already asked this, but I am trying to plan my travels home for the holidays in December and can’t find information about traveling from the US to Bulgaria and back through London? (I wanted to visit friends in London for a few days on my way). I saw somewhere that spouses of US citizens are exempt from the COVID travel ban but I was wondering if someone could confirm before I buy my tickets. I am currently waiting on the adjustment of status interview but have ead/ap card on hand. Thanks very much in advance
  22. I had my high school diploma sent to ECE today to get evaluated hopefully it would get to us on time but I still have a couple of issues with the I-944 form. 1/ my wife had her high school education done in Tunisia and her "baccalaureate" is issued by the ministry of education and not her school. so what do we put for school name/program? 2/ due to COVID her college degree isn't issued yet there for we can't evaluate it. we thought we would write a letter of explanation explaining why we couldnt provide it and that we would be able to bring it to the onterview. is that ok?
  23. Hi everyone! I had my interview rescheduled back in April due to COVID, and while we were waiting for our new date, we received the surprise that we were approved without an interview and received my work permit (and travel permit) AND my green card!! Of course we were so excited and couldn’t believe it. Fast forward to last month, we received in the mail a new date for our interview. Obviously we were so confused given that I already have my GC in hand??? So I called USCIS million times and everyone says different things (go to the interview, there must be a glitch, etc) so I don’t know what to do??? The interview is on Thursday and while we have everything we need for it (since I already prepared the package for our interview back in April) I’m not sure what to do??? Any advice would help, thanks!!
  24. I wanted to know whether people who do not live in NSW have been able to travel to Sydney for K1 Interviews during the times of COVID, especially in regards to Victorians travelling to NSW. I haven't been able to find information about whether K1 Interviews are still happening at the moment, or whether people who live outside of NSW are able to travel for them during COVID. If we can travel to NSW, what are the conditions for doing so? Is a permit required to enter NSW? Do you have to undergo the $3,000 14 day quarantine to go there? Or is travel to NSW not possible at all right now for one reason or another? Is the Sydney consulate even still doing interviews right now, or are they on hold? Any information, especially in regards to Victorians going to Sydney for an interview, would be very helpful.
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