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  1. I did not see a new thread yet for November 2019, so I guess I will start it! 😁 I actually have NOT filed my I-130 yet 😩 but I am committed to doing so by November 15, 2019! That is my personal deadline! We have been married almost a year and due to some laziness on both our parts we haven't moved on this but we have made so much progress with it now it makes sense NOT to put it off any longer. So WELCOME all other Nov 2019 brethren! I need your support to get this DONE! 🖐️
  2. I am creating this thread for all the members facing the administrative processing issue during the 2020! You can share your experiences here and discuss freely! I had my interview on 9th of January 2020 and was told that my visa is approved but still facing administrative processing.
  3. Hi all, Starting the February thread to share the journey with a few people. We sent the I-130 application January 31st from France to the Chicago lockbox. I know it arrived in the US on February 2nd but don't know if it has been delivery yet. I am a french citizen and my wife is a US citizen. We met in Australia where we were both living in 2011 and got married in 2013. We got our first child in 2015 and, while Australia was great, we felt it was too far from our respective families. So we decided to move and I got a good job opportunity in France in June 2016. We thought my wife would be able to find a job speaking only english at first and learning french on the way. It hasn't worked that way so my wife stayed at home looking after our boy and taking french lessons. We got a second child in 2017. Now we have realised that, without speaking french, it will be very difficult for her to find a job in her field, and without a job it will be very difficult for her to become fluent in french as she spends most of her time looking after the kids. So we decided to move again, this time to the US. She has been applying for jobs and we hope she will get one from here and that we will be able to do DCF in Paris then but in the meantime we filed with USCIS to get the process started because it takes so long.... Good luck everyone.
  4. Hi all, So I'm getting pretty close to the end of my visa application journey. I had my medical on the 14th Feb, and then my final interview is booked for 25th Feb. I'm currently being processed via DCF and therefore, interacting directly with the US Embassy in London, bypassing the NVC. My questions are for anyone who has done this process before, and more specifically the below: One of the supporting documents to provide at the interview is the I-864 (affidavit of support). However, when we submitted our application via our lawyers, this was completed and sent with the original I-130 application. Therefore, my question is, will the embassy have access to this document? Or should I try and get a copy to be safe? Also, does anyone know how long the interview usually lasts? I'm trying to book my travel accordingly. Thanks in advance, B.
  5. My husband went for his medical exam for the CR-1 immigrant visa on November 27th, 2019. About a week and a half before, we called Clinica Anglo Americana to schedule his appointment. Dra. Lozada and Dr. Corigliano are the two doctors approved by the embassy that do the medical exams at this clinic. I had to call a couple of times, but eventually was able to reach Dra. Claudia Lozada's assistant and book an appointment. The first thing they ask you is your interview date at the embassy, so book that first! . They will also tell you what you need to bring to the medical exam: -Peruvian passport of applicant -Addresses in Peru and USA -Email address -Peru Cell number -Interview letter with case number and interview date They told us to be at the clinic at 7am for the exam. When you arrive first go to the 1 story gray/white building on the left (not the tower) and get your orden de atención. Even though they say your appt is at 7am it really is first come first serve. You just need to tell them which doctor you're seeing and they'll ask if it's for visa, etc. They give you a boleta and then you go over to the tower to the 5th floor. They'll ask for the passport, printed interview letter, and orden de atencion. Then they give you a form to fill out. You give it back to them and wait for them to call your name. Then the Dr./Dra. checks out the applicant. Asks basic questions like if you've had serious illness, who is petitioning for you in the US, listened to chest, checked throat etc. Then you go to two other assistants who fill out the form (that they turn in to the embassy we think?) they take a picture. Then they give you a paper explaining which floors to get which exams done. I will paste the photo here: Then we went to the 6th floor for the vaccines. They were not very nice and they don't have an "order of attention" so it's first come first serve. The wait is long but it's better to stand by the desk so no one cuts in front of you. My husband had to have all 4 vaccines MMR, TDAP, influenza and varicela because his vaccine card from the regional hospital in Pucallpa was not valid (not very official). All 4 vaccines cost 670 which can be paid by card (but at the end of all of the exams). Then we went to the basement for the urine sample, they ask you to sign something and they give you the cup and show you the bathroom to fill it. Then you go up to the 2nd floor and wait in line (with numbers for order) and get your blood drawn and turn in your urine sample. Then you go through the hallway back to the first building (the 1-story building on the left) and follow the signs to the x-ray area. Then you wait in a line and they write your name down and you wait to be called to be x-rayed. Then you go back to the 6th floor to pay for the vaccines, they give you a boleta and papers on what vaccines you were given. Then finally you get to go back to the beginning on the 5th floor and turn everything in to the lady at the desk. In the end you just keep your passport, the boleta of the examen medico (S/1350 in cash for adults), the boleta for the vaccines (S/670 for 4 vaccines—can be paid by card) and the paper that says what day to come back to pick up your results. We went on Nov 27th and were told to come back on Dec 6th. All in all—we arrived at 6:55am (got a little lost at first) and left at 12:40pm!! It took a really long time and there were 10-12 other visa applicants also doing their medical exam that day. Tips! Make sure you take a copy of your interview letter with the case number and interview date, make sure you take cash for the exam fee and for the vaccines (or use card). Take snacks and water because you'll be there a while! But they also have vending machines with snacks, drinks, and coffee. Make sure you get there early so you can get the first orden de atencion and get to the desk first on the 5th floor and 6th floor because it's first come first serve. If you're accompanying your spouse or fiance, take something to do because the wait is long! There are magazines on several of the floors (all in Spanish of course). Be patient :D. I know the USCIS is closing Jan 2020, but hope this can help someone!
  6. Hi, My name is Saadan and i am living in Islamabad, Pakistan. I applied for the K-1 Visa and gave my interview on Feb-20th 2019 and they returned my passport (without any paper or refusal or anything, it was just my passport). I don't know why they revoked my Visa? upon continuously asking for a reason, the U.S Embassy told our lawyer in the USA that my visa was REVOKED. (what does it mean?) the embassy is not replying as to WHY they revoked it? What is a CR-1 Visa? How do i apply? What to do? How long does it take? do i have to stay married for 2 years before applying for the CR-1 and then waiting another 14 months for the process? Please can someone help me out.
  7. Hello everyone, Wondering from those with experience how long it took your green card to arrive? We paid the USCIS fee before entering the US and received his SS card 2 weeks after entering. Its been 6 weeks here in the US and still no green card. If it doesn't come in soon who can we contact? Thanks in advance!
  8. Hey, Have just submitted all our paperwork online on CEAC tonight. Just curious about how long till we hear back and whats next? Will I receive a letter with interview and Medical or via email?
  9. So all, I have a question for those of you here who keep their ears to the ground. I have been married legally for about 1 1/2 yrs living in Vietnam. I am an US citizen. my wife is pregnant and we have a due date in June. I would prefer to have the baby in America for safety sake. my wife has a b1/2 visa and we visited my family for 2 weeks for thanksgiving. We also delivered my packet for cr-1 to my sister to mail as soon as i send her the last pieces(time line and emails) my hope was to return to the USA with my wife on her current visa. Have the child and return to Vietnam (hopefully after Thanksgiving if CBP allows) await the interview and celebrate Tet with her family in VN. Does the new stricter rules about ‘birth tourism’ affect me? My child already has a right to a US passport and we plan to complete the cr-1 for my wife all above board. We plan to return to VN just we wanted to try and get an extension to November for Thanksgiving(my family’s reunion day) It gives her relatives a chance to see the baby and for her to celebrate Tet again. i am open to any thoughts or suggestions, thanks sorry for being long winded
  10. So my recent wife and I just got married, we have been in a long distance relationship for 5 years, we don´t have any financial joint documents or kids. I am just looking for more experienced people's ideas for "bona fide" marriage proofs when your spouse is OUTSIDE the US? We have our social media messages, pictures, all the trip evidence, letters from friends and family. What else can we file as evidence?
  11. Today my husband (the beneficiary) and I (the petitioner) had our visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, and it didn't go according to plan. We didn't get the visa and we were told that we didn't have enough proof of my domicile in the U.S. and proof that I would definitely be returning there after we get the visa. This is because we have moved to Korea (my husband is from Russia) so we could be together. I got a job as an English teacher here, so we could live together here, but apparently we didn't have enough proof of my domicile. Please help me figure out what kind of proof I could get that would be efficient. I can't get proof that I will have a job when I get back to the U.S. I am only 22 and that would be impossible for me to arrange while I'm in Korea. The same with getting a lease on an apartment or something. What I have compiled so far is this: -Driver's license -proof that I am still under my father's health insurance -proof that I am still under my family's phone plan -a page on my voting registration -my bank accounts (this was already included beforehand) -my contract ending date -letter saying that I'm not going to prolong my contract in Korea after it ends -letter from my parents saying that we can live with them until we find a place to live That's all I got so far. Please tell me if there is anything else I may have that I should include or if you think this will be efficient.
  12. I submitted all my paperwork and an email was send on June 27th that all my paperwork was complete “quality documented”. Do you know how long does it take to get an interview? In addition, I’m living in the U.S already and have a work permit since a minor, therefore, I don’t need a waiver.
  13. It being late October, and no October filers for 2018 found on the site, so I started this one. I am a USC living in Brazil and petitioning for my Brazilian wife of 30 years. It's complicated, but the basics are that I am are applying for a resident visa for my wife for the second time, the first being granted in 1989 after our marriage in Texas in 1988. We lost the visa in 2014 in part because of my ignorance of immigration rules and because of family medical situations in Brazil that prevented my wife from traveling. In 1989 the procedure was very simple. Today it's become 10x more complicated due to 9/11. Since we both live outside the USA we are using a state-side lawyer to be sure all paperwork is as correct as possible. Turns out I would have submitted my I-130 in March, but due to using a lawyer, it was only submitted in October. I hope that at least it goes through without a hitch. On one hand she already has a SSN and it was necessary to include her old Resident Visa ID# on the application. Don't know if this will delay or speed up the process. Based on Oct 2017 filers, we might be looking at a long year ahead of us. 10/05/2018 I-130 sent 10/08/2018 I-130 received Chicago Lockbox
  14. My question is: can my husband file for another I-130 petition for me even though we already filled last November 1. The reason I’m asking is because we haven’t got a notice from the USCIS that they got the petition and when he tried to call, they said his name is not yet on their system. Unfortunately he lost the receipt number from the post office and we cannot track the package. He used his credit card to pay for the filling fee and he hasn’t been charged as well.
  15. Hi all, Brand new to this forum so bear with me if I am asking silly questions! My fiancé (USC) and I (UKC) are looking to move our life from the UK to the US following my partner getting a job over in the States. Therefore we are now at the beginning of what seems to be an incredibly long process in terms of getting my visa sorted. She is starting her new role in Feb 2020 and therefore we are looking into our options. We initially started to looking into the K-1 visa as the seemingly quickest way of getting over to the USA. However, I have read that whilst your adjustment status and green card is being processed, you are not permitted to leave the US. This is a problem as I have two weddings (one of which I am a groomsman for) next year and therefore, need to be able to return. We are then left with the CR-1 option from what I can see as your adjustment status is done when you are approved and also able to leave freely. This however I can see is taking much longer than the K-1. My question really is, is there a better way of doing this other than the options listed above? Also, looking at the average times for CR-1 approval on VJ, it says something like 400+ days!? Has anyone gone through this process in terms of the USC and the UKC living in the UK looking to move to America, and does this have an impact on processing times? Also, if entering on the K-1, is there any way of getting around not being able to leave the USA? I read something about advance parole but I suspect this is in extreme circumstances right? Thanks and look forward to hearing from you!
  16. Hi all, I was thrilled to finally received my interview date email the other day for my spouse-sponsored green card (CR-1) at the Consulate General in Sydney. I got an automated email from the Consulate today with general info about preparing for the interview, but the email also had a message at the top in a bright header reading: The 1040 US Tax Return will no longer be acceptable for your application. Applicants who are required to submit a US tax return with their application are now required to submit the US Tax Transcript. The IRS generated transcript can be obtained for free from the IRS website by filing IRS Form 4506-T Request for Transcript of Tax Return. I'm being told this 3 weeks before my interview, even though the NVC accepted our joint 1040 tax return as supporting financial evidence (the option was to submit EITHER the tax return+W2 form OR a transcript). The IRS hasn't processed our tax return yet (it's going to take a while given the backlog and because we had to apply for and ITIN simultaneously) and so it's impossible to get the tax transcript for at least a couple more months. Has anyone else been in a similar position? Can they really change the required documentation rules just before the interview and after the NVC has given the all clear? I've emailed the consulate but I'm expecting their usual generic replies. Thanks!
  17. I-130 just got approved after a 12 month wait at the Nebraska Service center. Just found out that the wait for a interview at the Juarez consular is 9 months. What possibilities that my wife could travel and wait here in the US on a approved I-130???
  18. Hi All, My husband lives in the Dominican and I am a US Citizen. We just got the NOA2 and are now waiting on processing from the NVC. Does the NVC packet get sent to my husband or to myself? Is it sent via mail or email? I ask because addresses in the DR are very different than here and I am not sure that the mail really works the way it does here in the US. I am sorry if this is a silly question but I want to make sure that he gets it. Thanks! Trisha
  19. Hello, once again, VJ Family! I will begin by stating our case history/ facts below: Visa Type: CR-1 Medical completed: Feb 19th, 2019 First Interview: March 4th, 2019 Second Interview: July 17th, 2019 Visa Result: Approved on July 17th, 2019 By gazing at the timeline above, you can see that my wife's visa is only valid until August 18th, 2019 (or 6 months after she completes her medical exam.) Since her visa is only valid until August 18th, my wife and I are flying to the US the first week of August During this duration of 7 months, my wife will travel back and forth from India to the US multiple times I will also go and visit her once (or twice) during this time period My wife and I are stuck in a bit of a sticky situation and I need your guys' help: Currently, my wife is a Pharmacy student, in India, and she has ~7 months of studies left to get her Bachelor's Degree If my wife decides to come to America, for good, right now and foregoes her Indian education, she will only be considered a High School graduate. My wife's dream is to complete her studies and obtain her Pharmacy degree I will try my best to help her achieve her dream. But I do not want to face any troubles with immigration. I figured I have managed to be away from her this long, I can be patient for the next 7 months. My wife's college is trying to assist us in this situation They will give about around 2 weeks off this next month AND around 3 weeks off in November Her college has provided a letter, for immigration, detailing my wife's exam dates and expected graduation date (April 2020) In regards to the issue at hand, I have a few questions: 1) I am wondering, will this create a problem in the eyes of CBP (Customs and Border Protection)? 2) What is the best solution -- Should we visit the local USCIS and get a Re-entry Permit? Or do you think we will be fine without the permit? 3) My wife's Green card might not arrive on time, before she heads back to India mid-August, will this cause an issue? I am freaking out because I have had a rough journey, so far. I do not want to prolong our process, any further. I do not want to get on the CBP Agent /US Immigration's wrong side and have this affect us during our interview ~2 years down the road. I understand my wife must spend more time in the US than overseas during this ~2 year conditional period. Please help me out, VJ Family!!
  20. Hi VJ Family, First off, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for sharing your stories, and giving the best advice -- if it was not for you guys, my process would have been more difficult. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Secondly, I do apologize in advance, as my story might get long. Please bear with me. I have been going back and forth for the past week, contemplating whether or not to share my story. Today, I woke up and finally decided to share my journey in hopes of receiving sound advice and possibly helping others who are going through / will go through this issue. Petitioner & Beneficiary Background I am a US Citizen and my wife is from India. My wife's family and my family have been very good friends for the past 30 - 40 years. As a result of the good friendship, I met my wife through my grandfather and wife's father / now my father in law. My wife and I are a mere 4 years apart in age (I am older). We are from the same caste/ community. We have the same religious background. My father and my father in law even went to school together when they were young. Our families definitely approve and support our relationship. That being said, as close as both of our families are, we are not related and did not get married for immigration purposes. My wife and I have always known about each other, but never in a million years would have imagined getting married to one another. We started "talking" in September 2017 and we decided to meet in person and got married in December 2017. I knew she was the one -- we just hit it off from the moment we met. This registered wedding was small and intimate -- around 250 attendees. (Side note: This past December 2018, we had a reception and day of rituals, since all of my friends and family were in India. This event was just a celebration. This date was not mentioned anywhere, like on social media or during the interview.) Yes, I did marry her upon my first visit, in India, to see her. In my defense, that is how arranged marriages work (or I think?) Everything happened so fast, and I knew if I would have not married her then, I would have lost a great girl and someone else would have swept her off her feet. Employment & Education Currently, I am employed and have a steady job. I make just a tad bit over the poverty limit for 2 people. I used my parents as household members for that extra little push in the Affidavit of Support portion. I had all the paperwork necessary and it passed the NVC stage. Financials were not brought up during the interview. So, I do not believe this was a cause for concern for the CO during the interview. My wife is currently studying Pharmacy at her local college. This got me thinking... since Pharmacy is on the TAL list, could this possibly be a red flag? or just overthinking on my part? Travel In the 15 months we have been married, I have visited my wife 2 times and have spent an average of 30 days with her each visit. I have boarding passes/ itineraries/ pictures from each trip. All of our travel is well documented. However, we have yet not had a chance to go on a honeymoon, since I have always had to attend family and friend's weddings and my wife cannot take much time away from school. Do you think us not going on a honey could be a red flag? Interview Process March 4, 2019 : According to my wife, the interview process was smooth. Albeit, she was quite nervous. They had asked her a total of 15 questions, which covered the topics below: Who is the petitioner? Where does the petitioner live? Who does the petitioner live with? Did you have a love or arranged marriage? What was the date of your wedding? (CO asked this question twice, and had her retake the oath for the second time) Asked if we had any pictures from our wedding? Wife had to explain who each person in the picture was and their relationship to her. Few questions about petitioner's siblings, nephew, and grand father Do you have any family in the US? Where do they live? When and if you go to the US, will you live with your husband? or your sister? What is your mother's maiden name? What are you plans if you reach the US? We had plenty of other evidence on hand, such as chat logs, call logs, money transfers, gift receipts, affidavits from friends and family, hotel receipts, social media posts, other photos of our relationship, etc. but the CO did not ask for anything other that wedding photos. Interview Result Upon finishing her interview, my wife was handed a white 221G letter stating that our file is incomplete and our visa application has been refused. The letter also went on to mention the case is currently under administrative processing and we would need to re-interview. I have attached the 221G letter for your review. My wife was quite surprised to hear this. She thought the CO liked her answers and was happy when looking at the wedding photos. What caught my attention about the letter was, the CO asked for a re-interview when we are ready, but there was no verbal or written reason for denial. Usually with 221G's, I have seen them ask for additional documents or actually give a reason for denial. Has anyone ever dealt with this before? or seen a letter like this? I have contacted the embassy in regards to this matter. The consulate's reply was pretty generic and just stated, "be patient as it could take 60 days to resolve" In conclusion Everything seems so great, but it has been a rough journey to say the least. In my eyes, our entire process is pretty normal and happens on a daily basis in India. But I have no idea why the CO would hand us a 221G with re-interview on it without mentioning why. Again, has anyone dealt with this before? Or can provide me with any information on what to do next? Should I start preparing anything? I understand waiting for the Embassy/ CO/ Consulate to give an answer is our only option right now. But, I am going crazy and overthinking the whole situation. Please HELP!!
  21. Hey, I received my immigrant visa in the mail in my passport a week ago. All that was sent to me was my passport alone, no visa packet or envelope. I got an email with info on how to read my visa and the annotations mine is “IV documents in CCD 212(g)(2)(B) “ but I’m worried that supposed to have a sealed packet to take with me. Everywhere I have read says there is a sealed packet. Help! The annotation table is below!
  22. Hey everyone. So, we have submitted our I-130 petition on November 1st 2018 and when I checked my case status today it said that a "Request for Initial Evidence" was sent on July 15th 2019. I am so frustrated. What does this mean? It also states that they will not be working on our case until they receive the "Evidence" or when the deadline expires. What "Evidence" do they need? What does that even mean? The process is just so exhausting. Life has been full of constantly waiting. Whoever had the same problem, please let me know how it worked out. We would be very grateful.
  23. Hi all, we have been waiting for the interview date since CC was may 17, and today is July 1st still haven’t heard from them, anyone else still waiting to get an interview date for a CR-1 Visa from Islamabad, Pakistan? thanks!
  24. My husband just sent me a photo of his passport with the CR-1 visa in it! It took one week from the interview to be issued and sent to him, so now we can make travel arrangements for him to come here to California so that we can finally live together, nearly two years since we first met. He has to give 40 days' notice at his job and then he wants some time to wrap up his financial and personal affairs, so we are making plans for his trip here on August 18. I will fly down to Brazil to accompany him on the trip and to say goodbye to his family who have been very supportive, although they will be sad to see him go. I'm so excited I can barely type this... We have been waiting 11 long and stressful months for this day! The reason I'm posting this is because I wanted to say a big "THANK YOU" to all the amazing people here on Visa Journey who have posted their stories, questions, advice, and suggestions. This is an amazing community and your encouragement, knowledge, and willingness to share your thoughts and experiences made all the difference in our journey. It isn't over yet with ROC yet to come in two years, but this is the biggest milestone yet and I just wanted to say that you're all awesome and we couldn't have done this so smoothly with you. Thank you again and good luck to all of you!
  25. After more than a year of submitting paperwork and waiting, my husband was told to come to his interview in May of 2018. He was approved, thankfully, and the worker there told him to wait 2 weeks for his passport to be returned to him. However, like with most people that I've been reading about on here, 2 weeks have gone by and still no word. I know that there are more regulations and verifications when it comes to the administrative processing these days, but it is frustrating, nonetheless. It's now been more than 3 months - and still no word. The emails that are sent back in regards to our inquiries are vague, stating only that it can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months. I remember reading somewhere that if your medical examination results "expire" before you receive your visa, and before you enter the U.S., then you have to redo the exam and interview again. That, however, doesn't make sense, due to the fact that we have absolutely no control in this portion of the process. I'm just very confused and over-thinking everything. Is it because my husband lives in a country that is flagged for potential terrorist activity? From what I know, Morocco is pretty safe. If anyone has any advice/input/experience, I will greatly appreciate it! Even if it takes 9 months, it will at least be helpful to know that this is not all for naught.
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