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  1. 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.
  2. Has anyone ever tried to complete the medical exam before their interview at the embassy was scheduled and, if so, did doing so result in any problems during the interview or during entry to the United States? This question is in connection with a CR-1 application being processed via the Warsaw embassy. The medical exam was completed before the case even became documentarily qualified by the NVC and the interview has still not yet been scheduled to-date. That said, the interview should be scheduled during the six month window within which the medical exam is allegedly valid for entry to the United States. While the State Department website recommends scheduling the medical exam once the interview is scheduled, there does not seem to be anything strictly prohibiting one from doing so earlier; in any event, it would be helpful to know if anyone else has attempted this and whether doing so was successful or resulted in a problem. As an aside, the embassy-approved doctor did not provide any sealed, hard-copy results; should they have or are the results somehow transmitted electronically between the doctor and the embassy?
  3. Hello, I have been looking at the K-1, CR-1, and IR-1 visa issuance in Accra comparing pre-COVID (Jan 2019-May 2019) to Jan 2021-May 2021 of this year. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-statistics/immigrant-visa-statistics/monthly-immigrant-visa-issuances.html and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-statistics/nonimmigrant-visa-statistics/monthly-nonimmigrant-visa-issuances.html Jan-19 Jan-21 Feb-19 Feb-21 Mar-19 Mar-21 Apr-19 Apr-21 May-19 May-21 K1 23 1 6 9 19 22 22 34 22 4 CR1 109 2 66 5 78 6 68 67 IR1 130 24 94 112 99 75 74 38 91 29 From looking at the numbers, it looks like K1 and CR1s picked up for awhile (Feb-April 2021) but CR1s have not. My question is what happened in May 2021? I realize this is limited information, but I wonder why there was a decline in May 2021 from Feb-April 2021? And why are CR-1 issuance been so low comparatively? My K-1 visa has been at NVC since beginning of April 2020. I figure I was about 2 weeks away from having my application sent to the Accra consulate before they shutdown due to COVID. Has anyone had their visa application sent to the Accra consulate from NVC since they began resuming interviews on a limited basis? I'm purely speculating, but I wonder if that has anything to due with the decline in the May K-1s and other visa issuances. The most recent visa approvals on VJ are from April 2021, so it is difficult to know what is happening and what months are being processed. It would be interesting to hear other people's take on the recent visa issuance numbers or any other insights. KateD
  4. Hello Everyone. I am applying for the Spouse visa (My husband is US citizen) If I received the email from the NVC stating that all my documents have been approved and that the NVC will work with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General in HONG KONG to schedule an interview appointment. How long should I expect to have this interview date if my documents were approved on JUNE 15 2021? How long is the estimate of time that I should wait?
  5. Okay I have a question, four or five really, that has sort-of-been asked already but I just need to clarify this under the current Philippines lock down and requirements as they seem to change daily. 1.) Are on-line marriages legal as far as Immigration from the Philippines to the US is concerned. (NOTE: I was married in the Philippines back in 2013, divorced 7 years later in the US.) While I know the PI does not recognize divorce even from other countries I also understand that my divorce is LEGAL in the US and practically in every other country in the world. My concern is I guess I would technically be a bigamist in the the Philippines no matter where I am married in the world. Am I correct in thinking that the United States will be happy with me remarrying and they will not consider me a bigamist. (Yes, I know I will have to go to the Philippines to consummate the marriage.) And this brings me to question number two: 2.) Will my new Filipina wife have an trouble with her CFO class? Will they refuse to allow her to leave the country based on our on-line marriage and them considering me to be a bigamist? Will they check their data bases and see that I am still married in the Philippines? 3.) If we go the on-line marriage route will I likely be granted permission/waiver to enter the Philippines to be with my wife once I am in possession of our legal US marriage certificate? I have been vaccinated 2 times already (I have my vaccination card/document.) I am planning a two month stay. 4.) Will the on-line marriage satisfy the US Government for immigration purposes? 5.) Do I/we really need to hire WEBWED to coordinate all of the on-line requirements or can I do that directly with the Utah government? P.S. I reside in Hawaii and Hawaii does not offer/allow on-line marriages. Any assistance/pointers would be greatly appreciated. Aloha from Maui, Dave O
  6. Hello, We filed online for CR-1 visa on june 1st 2021, and after 2 days we got an email saying "We have taken an action on your case". We checked the website and nothing has changed. What could this mean? I find it strange since it's very early. Thanks!!! 😄
  7. Here is the progression DQ 7/10/20 Interview was originally scheduled for 2/11/21 Medical on 2/8/21flagged for sputum Medical completed on 4/20/21. Sent email requesting new appt 4/20/21. No reponse. Followed @angeljolie's advice and sent email to support-philippines@ustraveldocs.com on 5/10/21 and received an automated response with case number. After no response I sent another follow up e-mail on 5/19/21 including the case number email I received earlier. 5/27/21 I received our appointment scheduled for 6/5/21. It said expedited but I never requested an expedite. Here is what the email said: Dear Mr./Ms. ____________: We are writing to notify you of an expedited appointment date for your pending immigrant visa case. We have scheduled you for an expedited visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on 8 June 2021 at 8:30 am. No other applicants and no petitioners will be allowed entry. Visa applicant(s) should follow all interview preparation instructions located on the Embassy’s websitehttps://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/.  Applicant(s) must also complete their medical exam at St. Luke’s Extension Clinic and must be medically cleared for travel to the United States at the time of interview. 
  8. Hello everyone, I am trying to connect with fellow members who have applied for CR1 and have been transferred from Baghdad to Abu Dhabi, my case was documentary qualified in july 2020 but my case is still at NVC, while reading posts on here I have found out that many applications have been scheduled for interviews that were DQ'ed after my case but it seems all these applications were not transferred to Abu Dhabi like mine. I just need to know if that is normal for transferred applications and if I need to take action, it has been almost 2 years since I sent my i-30 (priority date oct 2019) and its getting really hard to wait and my wife has been crazy lonely in Baghdad, just looking for some hope on this site. good luck everyone
  9. Hi, I am a US citizen about to move to Germany, to be with my girlfriend (who lives and works in Germany, but is a Belarusian citizen). We plan to get married after 6-12 months, if our in-person relationship works out. After that, we'll start the CR-1 process. Do you have any advice on what I can do to either maintain domicile, or demonstrate intention to domicile, without outright going back to the US and being separated from her for >18 months while the paperwork happens? I vote, have a bank and investment account, but don't own a home and plan to sell my car before I leave. I currently live with family, and will keep a mailing address here. I have enough assets for the affidavit of support, and can also get family to cosign. The issue is just domicile. I have no intention of remaining in Germany permanently. I'm only going there for her, and I want to minimize the time we have to spend apart; we've had quite enough of that already.
  10. 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! 🖐️
  11. My husband works away at sea and is planning to fly home to england before coming here. Now with the new measures being put into place for only valid excuses with proof for travel we’re unsure whether he should do that or not? We have our CR-1 pending at the last stage awaiting the interview. Will going to see your spouse for 2+ months be enough reason to allow him to leave the UK?
  12. 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!!
  13. Hello! This is my first (of probably many) post. I will be moving back to the US in June, then apply for my (future) husband's green card later in the year. Husband and I are currently together in Tokyo. He is Japanese. We met in the US in Nov 2017. We officially became a couple in Feb 2019, after I moved to Japan to study. These are the papers I will gather to prove bonafide marriage. Would all of this be enough proof? - Translated Marriage Certificate (Will get married in April). - Extensive text message logs since we met in 2017. - Photos of us in 2017 and 2019-2021. - Apartment lease with both our names (lived together from May 2020-May 2021). - Can provide at least 3 affidavit of relationships (2 from friends, 1 from my mom). - Can provide itinerary from when we went to meet his family in Fukuoka, Japan in 2019. Thanks so much
  14. My wife and I are preparing for her visa interview at the US Embassy in Manila. We are applying for a CR-1 immigration visa. I heard or read somewhere that we may be asked to produce her Cenomar, but I think we had to surrender it to get our marriage license. We were married in the Philippines. Is the Cenomar only required for the fiance (K-1?) visa?
  15. Hello! I'm completely new to the form, and the visa journey. My backstory is that I'm trying to help my fiancé come to the US to be married and settle down together in FL. We're currently in an LDR, so we've never met in person within the last two years. Reading along the guidelines of the CR-1 visa - it shows that proof that we have an consistent relationship (for avoiding marriage fraud) is required. Even though we haven't met in person because of the travel ban, he would be staying in the States while waiting for his green card. Beforehand, we're also looking to see if marriage online would be acceptable by their standards. What if we submitted chat logs/receipts of where we sent each other gifts, video calls, recorded calls/sending each other money through Paypal? I'm happy to let them look through our messages on messaging apps we transitioned through from 2016 - present. [TL;DR] I tried contacting USCIS personally for more information about specific requirements, but got an automated system each time. Our main goal is to be married and bring him to the States for settling down. Help is appreciated in advance.
  16. Hey Everyone, I hope everyone is staying warm. I have some questions on I-130A form. 1. Pdf form of I-130A can be filled but when I save it as pdf and open it from my desktop, I do not see the values that I entered. Is there any way to overcome this or should I simply print after filling out the form and scan it? 2. On the forms, there's lot of questions that does not apply E.g. 'Middle Name', so should I just leave it blank or put N/A? 3. On page 3 of 6, For Spouse Beneficiary's Signature, Since my spouse is abroad, Do I leave both Signature and date empty? Do I have to put any comment where my spouse is abroad?
  17. Hi Everyone, I got my permanent resident through my previous marriage and divorced on 2018. I got married again this year and applying for my spouse I-130. On I-130 Form, it asks my current 'marital status'. What do I put divorced or married? I also have my N-400 pending (Applied under 5 years rule), do you guys think that will impact my new I-130 application? It also asks me how many times you have been married, so that would be 2 right? Any divorcee out here has similar experience?
  18. Hey Everyone, Little bit of background: My husband's CR-1 visa was approved December 16th, 2020, paid the immigration fee December 23, arrived in the US January 16th. When we submitted the DS-260, we selected the create a social security number option and were told by our lawyer that we should receive the SSN within 1-3 weeks of arriving in the USA. Since we hadn't received it yet (and our lawyer has often told us the wrong information) I called the Social Security office on Friday and the person said that there was no evidence that he was even in the system yet. She said that he would need to wait 2-3 months due to COVID to begin the process of applying from the beginning because they don't want there to be a duplicate number. This is the part that we are both confused/frustrated by, with the CR-1 visa and the stamp, technically he is eligible to work in the US but how can he work if he doesn't have a SSN yet for payroll? Has anyone successfully been able to secure employment without a SSN to provide right away? Any advice on SSN problems, possibilities to work w/o having the actual SSN yet or pretty much anything would be amazing!
  19. Hello VJ members, I'm not trying to create multiple posts, So will ask all questions in same thread. 1. I'm about to file for I-130 online while spouse is abroad. I have a pending N-400 based on 5 years (Divorced on 2019), Would that be a problem for me on my N-400 interview. Do you guys recommend me to first finish my N-400 and then file I-130 for my spouse? 2. Is cover letter required for I-130 online, or is it recommended? 3. So far I have below lists of evidence, Could anyone check if I'm missing anything. Marriage Certificate (Current Spouse) and Divorce certificate (Previous spouse) Marriage pictures of Wedding, honeymoon. Letter from my spouse's bank abroad that says I have been added to her account. Hotel receipts and air tickets that has both of our names Letter from 401K and life insurance from my job that has my spouse added. All video call history logs from Messenger that has established that we been talking for a while. Please provide any advice or if I'm missing anything important for I-130.
  20. I sent my I-130 on May, 2dn. 2016 and I got an email of acceptance on Friday 6th. The case was sent to Nebraska. for all may filers lets see if we can united and keep this forum going, so we can help each other. Thanks, Yoel
  21. VJ Members, I have a passport size 2*2 photo, Does anyone know if I can just use the Scanner App and upload it as an pdf? Any Since my spouse is from another country, their passport size picture is different size, How do you guys recommend to adjust that.
  22. Hi VJ members, I'm filing I-130 for my spouse that is abroad. On Beneficiary's current marital status, I should put 'Married' right since she married to me? And on 'how many times has your beneficiary been married' , I should put 1 correct since she hasn't been married before. Just want to confirm.
  23. Hi Folks, I recently got married and applying for my spouse who is abroad using my green card status. I did apply for N-400 last year (5 years rule, Divorced) on Feb, but still haven't heard anything. Do anyone knows how long does it take once I become citizen and then switch my spouse application from greencard to citizenship so I don't have to wait longer further due to citizen status. Or any recommendation to file for my spouse after I get my N-400 approval/oath?
  24. Is there a difference in priority between IR-1 and CR-1 visas? When I started my application for my husband to move to America, we did the CR-1 since we were just married. It's been 2.5 years now and we are waiting for an interview date. Would the wait be faster if we switched to IR-1? Does it happen automatically once you are married over 2 years?
  25. Hello, I'm in process of applying I-130 for my spouse and one simple question, what are the documents do I need on my spouse side, Do I need her birth certificate?
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