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  1. Hi everyone I filed for VISA beginning of 2018 was DQ'd on September 2020 file currently at NVC waiting for ANKARA US embassy to reopen which it will takes forever denied expedite request twice The stress was unreal to the point I left my studies ( Radiology student at RIT) I went insane and couldn't handle the stress and depression anymore so I booked a flight two weeks ago to go back to Iraq and live with my wife until they schedule her an Interview appointment I just can't leave her alone anymore, not in this country ruined by Iranian militia. We're mentally and emotionally better now since we're together but too afraid of the situation ( too dangers living here) my question is, will that effect the process of her VISA? since I, the petitioner living outside of U.S ? I'll stay here with her until they grand her VISA to go back together, will that be a problem? Thank you all.
  2. Hey Guys, The situation in India is worsening day by day and my spouse(USC) is pregnant here in India with me. Given the situation here and her condition she is planning to go back to the States. I want to travel with her so I can take care of her but my interview date has not be scheduled yet by the Consulate here in India. Due to the rise in cases the consulate is closed for 2 month or could be more if the situation goes worse. So I wanted to know if there is a way I can accompany my wife to the States. Any kind of advice or suggestion would be amazing. Thank you in advance and stay safe. I have read the below thread But my case is kinda different. **Traveling on tourist visa whilst waiting for I-130**
  3. Hi all! First time posting here but have followed along for a while. My wife and I received notice from the NVC in early June that we are "documentarily qualified". So as I understand it, we now wait for the interview date. My only concern is what impact the coronavirus has had on scheduling in China, and at Guangzhou in particular. I've read a few things online that people's interviews were cancelled earlier this year and still have not been rescheduled. Has anyone done their interview recently? Has anyone who needed to be rescheduled successfully done so? With a lot of the restrictions in China having been lifted I would assume embassy operations should be a bit smoother, but I'm anxious to know how long we might have to wait. I'm also here on a visitor's visa and am applying for my second extension in hopes I can be here for the interview. I usually do visa runs to Hong Kong but with the border closure, I can't do that. If I don't get an extension I'll have to go back to the US with no idea if or when I can come back due to COVID restrictions, which is something we never planned for. Hope to hear about your experiences.
  4. Hi, I have gained my Lawful Permanent Resident status in the US on April 2019, last year, on that time I was serving in the army under mandatory law for military service in my home country. I have been serving since November 2017 and until July 2020. I have already had flight tickets in my hands into the US that were planned for April 2020- so I shall not remain outside of the US for a period longer than 1 year. Unfortunately, Covid-19 pandemic has shown up and I could not have come to the US on times because the airline has cancelled my tickets. because of that, I have exceeded 1 year outside of US borders and now I need to apply for SB-1 Returning Resident visa in order to come back to the US. this upcoming process is exhausting and complicated in order to issue me a new immigrant visa and may hurt my naturalisation process. my green card was only issued last year and is valid until 2029, my question is if would you recommend for me to just take a flight now into the US and deal with the immigration officer at the port of entry or start this visa process with the embassy in my home country?
  5. Just read this and just want to give you guys a head-up: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/exclusive-biden-set-ban-most-travel-us-india-limit-covid-19-spread-2021-04-30/
  6. Hi I recently became a US citizen and I've been planning to bring my mother to the US to live with me through immigration, however obviously situation changed due to Covid and my mother been suffering from Dementia for a while and its getting worse. She has no one to take care of her. I checked the I-130 processing time and its really long so I can't just leave her there while I am waiting for the application to be processed. I decided to apply for a visit visa to bring her however the embassy is closed. I tried emailing them to get an emergency appointment, but they didn't even reply to my email. I am stuck and I don't know what to do. I guess I am asking for an advise, or if you have a similar situation and did something to resolve it. Do you think also if I email the senator, I would get help. Sorry for the numerous questions but I am really lost and desperate. Thank You Malak
  7. Has anyone had any experience recently with 'visiting' their spouse in the US, travelling from the UK? If so what do the airlines need to see? International travel is only permitted from the UK if you have a legally permitted reason https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae#international-travel The law sets out the reasons: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/350/regulation/6/made My situation: I have taken a career break as I want to travel to see my US spouse in April 2021 to live with him for the max period permitted (on ESTA this is 3 months). But with the lockdown rules I don't know whether this would be considered a 'visit' as I do not yet have the right to live there (currently in the process of getting visa). I wondered therefore if this would be deemed a good enough reason - technically I am moving there with him, albeit I will be leaving after 3 months if I dont get a response back from immigration. thanks
  8. Merry Christmas members, A new USA travel advisory has been issued. With less than 72 hours until I'm due to leave the UK, the UK's foreign travel advice to the USA has just updated (08:51) https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa Delta/Virgin Atlantic have so far failed to provide any guidance regarding my travel itinerary. I'm in the process of exploring Heathrow Airport (Terminal) testing, via covidtesting.collinsonassistance.com Also, in comparing the GOV/Virgin Atlantic information, it seems that the PCR test is the only test accepted by both the US government and carrier. The issue with the terminal testing is that it is pre-security, and they seem to only offer/operate standard business hours, which won't sufficiently accommodate my AM departure time. As such, I'll be travelling to Heathrow to test tomorrow (26th), or Sunday (27th). My only outings in 2020, since my university went remote in February, have been visa based (medical&interview), so I've not yet been(or needed to be) tested. As always, grateful for any input/guidance. 🎄 ______________________________________________________________ I will update this thread with the Collinson Assistance / Heathrow (Terminal) testing process, once I am booked & tested, in the hopes it will be helpful to other members imminently travelling.
  9. Hi everybody and hope you are having a safe new year. I need advice please. My wife is a Chinese citizen. We applied for CR1 and received NOA1 back in Aug 2020. My wife had a pre-existing B2, which we risked for her to come to the US at end of Oct 2020. Fortunately she was allowed through with an I-94 valid until April 2021. We are happily staying secluded in Louisiana together. Thank you for all the advice on that BTW! We had return tickets for her return at the end of Feb 2021. A month ago, American airlines cancelled our flight. When we tried to rebook, we were told all flights until May 1 is either booked solid or cancelled. We called back every other day and nothings changed. There are some weird travel agencies we tried to book with, but the requirement to board Chinese airlines to China requires submitting negative COVID tests to the Chinese consulate in Houston. However, the Chinese consulate in Houston has been closed for months and they are not answering any calls. Basically, we believe that my wife will be stuck here past the April deadline. We consulted around, including from USCIS, and received many suggestions. This is where we need some advice. From what we gathered, here are our 2 possible options that seem to make the most sense. Option 1: Apply for I-539 visa extension, which is suppose to extend validity date by up to 6 more months. Even if the I-94 expires during the I-539 pending process, we were told my wife would be safe from any problems. Option 2: Apply for I-485 change of status. Similar to the I-539, the expiration date for her I-94 will not be a concern during the I-485 pending status. We would also be concurrently submitting a I-131 so that she can travel outside the US if necessary. I also want to share that my wife doesn't have a job that is forcing her to return to China and she is financially stable in China as well. We are trying to avoid any delays to our spouse visa/GC process but we gotta do something now. I would appreciate any advice or insight anyone can provide. Thank you.
  10. Hi. I received an email on Thu with a new appointment date for May. Our original interview date was last year but got cancelled due to Covid. The problem I have is that the email was written by a human and just gave us the date and that instructions would soon follow. However, we still have not received the "official" interview letter which one is required to have in hand on the interview day. Has anyone ever rescheduled or know of someone who has rescheduled and how they were able to get the new IL letter sent to them? I need to get that IL ASAP but because all of this is unusual because of the Covid cancelations and manual reschedul8ng, I am very concern I may not get an official IL sent to me again.
  11. Hi All , I had my interview today at 10am, and got approved for CR1 visa. Thank you all VJ community members. This forum has helped me a lot. I would have finished the process long ago if I had found this forum early. I wish you all the best in your journey.
  12. Articles have been released on many news platforms today claiming that the USA could be added to the United Kingdoms "red travel list". https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/united-states-spain-quarantine-flights-hotel-red-list-b920250.html Essentially what this would mean is that anyone travelling from the USA into the UK would be required to quarantine for up to 11 days in a government listed hotel and pay £1750 for this or risk facing up to 10 years in prison. I made plans to travel and visit my husband in the USA during May this year but now I am very worried and came here to ask what everyone else is thinking about this, especially those of us living in the UK. Admittedly, I am extremely concerned about whether a decision will be made to add the USA to the red travel list. Apparently, a decision will be made this week.
  13. I am going to Spain on a student type D visa in a few weeks. I'll be there for 6 mo ths but I won't be considered a resident of Spain. Anyone know how I can get the vaccine while I'm there?
  14. I assume the consulate is closed (Montreal) the website shows no available appointments. What are the options available presently for US citizens in Montreal to file for CRBA ?
  15. Hi all, My family is scheduled to fly from Memphis, Tn to Bucharest, Romania with a few hour layover in Amsterdam. Netherlands requires a PCR test taken within 72 hours of flight l, and the issue I'm concerned the most with, is that our flight is on a Monday. Has anyone taken a PCR test on a friday and got the results for a monday, or even Sunday flight? We are in Memphis, so if somewhere like Walgreens or CVS can do it over the weekend before monday that would be great, otherwise I. Going to have to attempt an expensive clinic 4 hours away in nashville.
  16. 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
  17. Hello All, I am going through a very complicated situation. I am a US citizen by birth and living abroad most of my life due to my fathers work (he is also a US citizen). I got married to my wife and she holds a foreign passport. She is currently pregnant and we were planning for her to give birth in LA. A day before her Visa appointment, the embassy canceled all appointments due to Covid 19. So we are currently can’t fly to the US because she doesn’t have a valid Visa and will not be able to give birth in the US. I am just short of meeting the 5 years for the child to get the CRBA. My wife also can not pass her foreign nationality to the new born. So what it means, the child will be born without a nationality, which is inhuman and will destroy my child’s future. Anyone can help with this unfortunate situation? Covid 19 changed everything and a new born will pay the price for something we can’t control.
  18. Hi! I wanted to share the current timeline of my I131 application for LPR's re-entry permit and see if anyone has similar updates! I submitted the forms on March 4 and UCSIC received the form and cashed my fingerprints fee check on March 10. On April 30, my case status page shows that my fingerprints were taken. However, I NEVER received a biometrics appointment notice, nor did I actually go in to take the biometrics. This may be some mistake on their part. I sent inquiries about this confusing update twice in July and their reply was simply that our system shows that your fingerprints WERE taken. Now I am still waiting for new updates. I originally planned to leave the U.S. in early June but I have now waited for two extra months. Just hope I might not be alone in this and good luck to every one out there waiting for the letter they want. The processing times for I131 at all offices Have roughly come to around March 4. So I think I might be notified very soon? Thanks in advance if you have any advice as to what else I should do to help expedite my case, or anything similar to share!
  19. Hello, I am flying from Germany to US for my interview as we are station overseas, plan travel is 3 days before my interview date. I am just wondering if anybody knows here if the Las Vegas field office is asking about the covid restriction before you get into the building? They sent me a letter for my interview but they didn't mention about self quarantine if you travelled outside the US within 14 days. We don't have any relative / friends that lives in Vegas for us to quarantine ourselves if that's really mandatory. I am just wishing that it's not a problem to get into the building as long as I don't have any signs and symptoms of Covid or never had a contact with a person who got Covid. Please advise!
  20. Hello, My husband and I flew to Mexico to visit my family. He is American and I’m Mexican with an advance parole that I will be using for the first time so I have a couple of questions... I’m really nervous about my way back to the United States so I brought with me some paperwork that can help me if something happens but I have some questions... Can my husband stay with me in the visitors line going through customs (at the American border) even though he is American? He wants to stay with and make sure I’ll be ok. My passport has my maiden name since Mexico doesn’t change names when you get married but we filed my paperwork and advance parole with my married name and that’s making me nervous because they don’t match. I’m bringing my marriage certificate that says my maiden and married name. Would that be enough or do I have reasons to be worry? Also, any advices in what to do going through customs or paperwork that I might need besides my advance parole? Thank you so much for taking the time to reading and helping me. I want to have a good time visiting my family but I’m getting really nervous about my come back to the u.s.
  21. Hi All. i sent my i-751 packet last Nov 11,2019 to Dallas Texas and got the NOA Nov 18,2019. today, May 26,2020 : I got an email update that my new card is being produced for my I751 application. This seems bizarre because of the USCIS policy change where they will almost always require an interview before card can be produced. Does anybody have similar experience? Also, im so surprised how fast it has been processed (6 months) given the covid situation. Should i call USCIS to confirm? i will keep you all updated if i receive the physical card. thank you
  22. I need help guys! I am married to US citizen and I know I am exempted on the presidential proclamtion, I travelled last August without any problem. This time I will be travelling with my child who is a minor. ( Not my husband biological child) I requested for NIE for my child but unfortunately it was denied. On the presidential proclamation it doesnt state or differenciate ” child or stepchildren” of US citizen or LPR. I have a sole custody of my child and I can’t leave her this time. Question is would can my child still travel? Would my child ESTA be cancelled? What would be the effect if we still travel? Thank you so much for the input.
  23. 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
  24. I requested an infopass because my residency expires 11/30/20. Shortly an email response advising me that my case was at the atl field office, in response to my case inquiry. I called USCIS and the agent advised me that my case was at vermont, i asked her if she could not see the email that was sent to me earlier that day 11/19/20. I then told her about the email, and she stuttered and her response was that it is still in vermont but they requested an interview at the Atl field office. I was told when I got the temporary I-551 stamp 11/20/20, yesterday, that my case is indeed at the Atlanta field office. I did indeed do an AOS interview. But my question is for anyone else who has had the samething or is going through the same thing right now. They were unable to tell me how long it has been at the ATL field office and how much longer to expect to hear something. What I was advised however that I would never get mail that it transferred to the field office only when an interview is scheduled. Can anyone who has had this experience share?
  25. Hello everybody, I am a European citizen affected by the travel ban via presidential proclamation barring anyone who has been in the UK, Ireland or EU within the past 14 days, from entering the US. Acording to the proclamation, spouses of US citizens are exempt from the ban. I currently do not have a greencard or other residence permit (permanent or otherwise). From what I understand, I will be able to enter the States with my European passport and evidence of marriage, correct ? Has anyone with a valid ESTA registration travelled under this exception since the ban has come into effect ? If so, would you mind sharing if you experienced any issues ? What else do I have to watch out for ? What proof did you have to present at the point of entry ? Were there any issues with the airline ? I look forward to your answers. Thanks and best regards.
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