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  1. 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
  2. My husband is in Venezuela and we have not yet submitted my I-130 petition for him to apply for his CR-1 visa. The US Embassy in Caracas I understand has now closed and all personnel ordered to depart the country. I am now worried that this will gravely affect the process. Is he stuck there? Do we have any recoourse? I read somewhere that he might be able to process through another embassy like the one in Bogota, Colombia. Anyone have any additional information to share that is privy to the current situation in Venezuela? We would like to proceed within the next couple of months with the I-130 but not sure if this will just sit somewhere in limbo. Thanks for your advice. It is a difficult time for us right now not knowing when this process will be over for us.
  3. Ok I am engaged with my Fiance which lives in Poland but is Vietnamese. She has work permission to work in Poland legally which she has been doing for 2.5 years. She has a B1/B2 visa which expires end of May and she is coming at the end of April to visit me. Question is, if we were to get married while she was here visiting can she stay and we can file for change of status to obtain green card? She was in New York in July 2018 for business for two weeks so she has been to USA in past with no issues. I was told that this could be done without issues but I have read it can risky. I just want to know if anyone has done this without any problems. Any help and info would help.I talk to an immigration specialist and he said he has done this many times and no issues. My fiance and I have met several times last year as well as two times this year already and I have met her family in Vietnam as well recently. I have I think plenty of proof of our relationship. Thank you for your help in advance. Doug
  4. 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!!
  5. Hello can anyone help me with this ?? I am Filipino I married in US then I came back here and planning to apply for CR1 visa to come back in US..Do I have any bigger chance to get approve?
  6. Ok would my fiancé have to go to the office in her country to do her interviews or would it be possible for her to do them here while visiting on an esta? Also if she has to be there approximately how much notice does she get for the interviews?
  7. 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.
  8. Hello VisaJourney's - I was wondering what is the average wait time between having the NVC say my case is "DOCUMENTARILY QUALIFIED" and the NVC providing an interview date in bogota? My case has been "DOCUMENTARILY QUALIFIED" since Feb 13 and I still haven't received notice of an interview date for the consulate in Bogota and the state.gov site says my case is still at the NVC. Some background: This is a CR-1
  9. I am US citizen and in the military and am scheduled to deploy in later this year. My fiancé is a Canadian citizen and we have been in a relationship with lots of time spent together for the past 3.5 years. We are confused and unsure of which direction to go in terms of getting married and getting her to the US with me before I leave. We are also concerned about her not being able to work for an extended period of time while I am overseas (if we decide to go K1 route and have to wait for her work visa). I will try to organize the questions as best as possible, any and all experience and feedback is greatly appreciated! 1.) Granted that I am able to successfully receive a military expedite would it be better/faster to go with the K1 or CR-1 visa? Is the expedite process/timeframe the same for both? 2.) If we decide to go with the CR-1, can she come to the USA and marry here, then go home to Canada and we apply once she is back home? Will we have issues with USCIS thinking our marriage is not Bona Fide if we have a quick courthouse wedding then apply for CR-1 immediately once she goes back to Canada? (We have a ton of evidence of our relationship, photos, plane tickets, passport stamps, mail with both our names on it at my address). 3.) If we go with the k-1 visa, and marry immediately when she arrives in the USA once her visa is approved (no need to wait the full 90 days in our case), how long will it take for her to be able to work/receive advanced parole? We are concerned that I will have to leave shortly after she arrives and she will be stuck not able to work and make money or go home to see her family for the first few months that I am gone. Can we also apply to expidite to her AOS/Work Permit/Advanced Parole? 4) If we do marry first so she can be eligible for health benefits receive a military dependent ID card, will that expedite the process or hinder her getting her visa/work status approved? Thanks in advance everyone.
  10. I am filling the I-130 form. We are processing the visa through the US embassy in London as I live here on a student visa until my husband's green card is approved. This question is for anyone who has had experience living in the UK and filing for the green card at the US embassy in London. Part 2, 10 asks for the mailing address (see attached photo). There it includes a link to USPS address lookup. Through my research, I have heard that the mailing address must be valid for the USPS to reach. However, I have not seen instructions on this for people filing in the UK and UK addresses are not listed in the USPS Zip Code Lookup. I could include my parents US mail address, but then I am assuming that all of our correspondence for the visa will be mailed there, and then it would have to be mailed back to us in England which would take a long time and expenses. Or would they see that I live in England from my 'physical address' details and then mail it to that address? But I feel that would not make sense... My question: Can I list my UK mailing address since I am applying at the US embassy in London, even though UK addresses are not listed in the USPS Zip Code Lookup? THANK YOU 😁
  11. Hola, actualmente mi esposa(ciudadana estadounidense), mi hijo (ciudadano estadounidense) y yo (Mexicano) vivimos en Monterrey , NL México y estamos por empezar el proceso de IR-1/CR-1 Visa DCF, ya hemos estado investigando y juntado los documentos pero tengo algunas dudas.. Para el documento de I-864 Affidavit of Support Form vamos a pedirle a un familiar que se una al sponsor, ya que mi esposa a vivido la mayoría del tiempo en mexico entonces no tiene forma de ser mi sponsor. Mis dudas son, mi esposa de igual manera tiene que llenar el affidavit aunque no tenga ningún ingreso(Actualmente yo trabajo y ella cuida a nuestro hijo)? Y mi otra duda es si la persona que nos ayudara con el sponsor también tiene que ser sponsor de ellos (mi esposa e hijo). Otra duda, mi esposa desde que nacio mi hijo(1 año y 6 meses) no trabaja y no estudia, antes trabaja y estudiaba, creo que yo puedo ser su affidavit al momento de presentar el I-130 para comprobar que ella reside aquí en mexico por mas de 6 meses? Y también Mi esposa a estado llevando a mi hijo a terapia física de Lunes a miércoles por mas de un año y a diferentes citas en el hospital, esto podria contar como evidencia que ella reside aqui?
  12. Hi all, Maybe this topic is already ongoing somewhere here, but I could not find it so far. I would like to meet people who started their application for their spouse (IR-1/CR-1) visa this year 2019. Maybe we can help each other since some processes changed or taking longer. Me and my husband just recently send the I130(a) on February 14th, no reply or notification received so far. We are both living in the Netherlands, he moved here 4 years ago. We have found a sponsor for me since he has no income in the US at the moment. We are both working for an international company and we have the ability to transfer with the company as soon as we leave. Maybe we don't need a sponsor than after all. Does anyone knows how that works or the possibilities? If there is already a topic for these conversations I would like to hear it too!😊
  13. My fiancee is American and I am Russian, we want to get married as soon as possible in order to begin our CR1 application process. Neither Russia nor the U.S. are easy options for us. We decided to do our ceremony in Copenhagen after doing some research, and getting a ton of recommendations here: Now I'm looking for people who have similar backgrounds who have married in Copenhagen (case when both are foreigners, never married, no children). It looks like beginning January 1st of 2019 there are new rules in place (https://idocph.kk.dk/node/1647) and we want to make sure we are doing everything correctly. We'll really appreciate your input!
  14. Hey all, My fiancee and I are facing a choice - spouse visa or fiancee visa. What process seems easier? Here is our story to give you a little context: I am a Russian citizen. I got my bachelors in the US (2011-2016), and have been dating my American fiancee since 2012. After I finished my bachelor in summer 2016, I did an OPT on my H1B in the US. We were able to both live in the same city and date until summer 2017 when I had to go back to Russia as my OPT expired. The company I was working for during my OPT offered to sponsor my H1B visa application twice in 2017 and 2018, but unfortunately both times my application got denied. Since I returned home my fiancee and I have been in a long-distance relationship and took 2 trips to spend time with each other: one trip in December 2017 and a second trip in January 2019. We are both young professionals and don't have a ton of money to pay legal fees. What is the most cost- and time-effective way for us to proceed: K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 visa? Thanks, Vica
  15. Jack29

    Question about CR-1

    Sorry you are correct. It's more the situation that she would need an extension to stay longer than 6 months. How would we determine if she has those rights if I may ask?
  16. WeGuyGal

    Question about CR-1

    She can live with you in Canada assuming she has the right to live there and she has the right to work while in Canada. US Citizens do not need a travel visa for Canada.
  17. Hello everyone. My fiance and I are getting married soon in my home country(Nigeria) after which we would file for CR-1. We both talked about it and I don't want to change my last name to my husband's last name. I want to retain my maiden name as it has been on all my documents(Birth cert, passport, etc) Would this be a red flag for a CR-1 visa? Especially since I am from a 'high fraud country'? Would the consular officer suspect we are genuine because I don't bear my husband's last name? Does this have any effect on the approval? Thank you! 🇳🇬
  18. I am currently residing in Thailand with my Thai national partner. We celebrated with the traditional Thai wedding ceremony about 2 years ago. We were initially going to file for a K-1 visa, as our marriage has not been registered and is therefore not legal. However, several forum members strongly discouraged us from doing this, saying that if the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok had any hint of this wedding ceremony, they would deny our K-1 visa. Whether that is true or not, I wouldn't want any chance of denial at the interview step. In looking further into the the CR-1 process, I came across the term "Direct Counselor Filing" or DCF. Bangkok has a USCIS office across the street from the U.S. Embassy. You can file an I-130 there without an appointment. Everything I've read online about this process seems to indicate that it is significantly faster than the standard CR-1 process. However, I can't find any information about whether this option is available in Bangkok. The U.S. Embassy website makes no mention of it at all. The local immigration law firms in Bangkok make no mention of it. I'm wondering why information about it is so scant. It definitely seems like the way to go if it's still available here in Bangkok, Thailand. Any information on this would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice on DCF in Bangkok, Thailand. '
  19. Hi, I'm a U.S. citizen, my wife is a Filipino citizen. my wife's petition has already been approved by the USCIS, I'm getting ready to send the Affidavits of support and all the supporting documents to the NVC. I have no income and no assets but my wife has a qualified joint sponsor who meets the income required. I have been unemployed for the last 3 years due to my social anxiety disability, I'm only receiving SSI, so I have no earned income. With me having no income and no assets will that affect my wife's chance for approval for a U.S. visa even if she has a joint sponsor? Thanks for your time. Stop following question Ed
  20. I understand that as of 2010 HIV is no longer a problem but I did find a area that affects a small number of consular processing applicants such as my spouse. The instructions for I-693 for outside the USA say that when someone self identifies as HIV+, the doctor is to take 3 sputum samples for TB which take 2 months to process. With this said, we don't want to be stuck over seas for 2 months. We have completed numerous testing here in USA (X-Ray, CT, Lumbar Puncture, Sputum Cups). ID doctor is confident in no TB. Spouse has 3 months check ups due to HIV so we are not trying to evade the system in any way. Staying over seas for two months would be of great harm to his health without access to his medication. Do you have to disclose that you are HIV positive in your medical exam over seas? Does anyone have any experience with this? We will bring original CD of imaging with us (CT, Xray, MRI, etc.) Thank you so much for your help!
  21. My case status online before today was: Your case was approved on April 13, 2016. Now my online status has changed to the following: On April 21, 2016, we sent your case to the Department of State for visa processing. Please visit our website for general information on Consular Processing. What does this mean and what are the next steps for me?
  22. Hello, Asking this question for my husband who entered the USA on 12/13/2018. On the DS-260, we opted for the SSN to be automatically sent upon entry. It says on the SSA site if the SSN is not received within 3 weeks, to inquire further. I just spent 2 hours on hold with SSA to receive no answers and to speak with a very confused representative, so I will ask here and hopefully get some advice. 1. Is the DHS affected by the government shutdown? The representative at the SSA told me this is the cause of the delay in transmitting information from the DHS to the SSA. 2. My husband received his green card within 2 weeks of entry into the United States, however, still no SSN on week 3. I figured it would take longer than 3 weeks, especially with Christmas and New Year holidays, however, he wanted to seek more information and we will go to the local SSA office next week. Should he just wait patiently, and is it normal to receive the green card before the SSN? Thank you!
  23. Background I am Canadian. My husband is American. My interview appointment was on Dec 18, 2018 at 8am. Before arriving, I made a binder with plastic sleeves and tabs of what is included in the pre-interview checklist. This was not as necessary for the officer as much it just helped me stay organized. My husband took me to Montreal and we drove up and made a trip out of it. I recommend driving up to the embassy the day before the interview to see where to park the day of and where to stand. The Appointment Day My appointment was at 8 am. We arrived at 7:04 am. We parked in parked in lot across building for $15/day early bird price. After 8am it is $18 for the whole day. It was hard to find parking if you have an appointment before 9:30 am because the streets need to be cleared from 8am-9:30am for city cleaning. One family arrived right when we did. Stood in line till 7:45 am. VJ bloggers said to stand on the side with the yellow columns but that didn't matter because the building security guard asked us to line up across the right side of the building. Once we were allowed in we were asked to go to the back of the line since we didn't have a 7:30am appmt and they wanted to prioritize the early ones. So we told everyone in line, if you have a 7:30am appmt move up. And then everyone was kind enough to let us stand in front of the 8am group since we were there early. When we went in, there was a lady who greeted us and asked us for our appointment time and our passports. She handed us a laminated document that indicated our call number and what we need to have ready for the officer. She asked out of the two who was the beneficiary and the petitioner. Then we went to security. The security guy asked us to place our items in the bin like at the airport. Did not have to take shoes off. You hand in ur phone and keys to the officer and get a ballot to pick it up when you leave the building. We went downstairs and waited like everyone else. Then an officer came and told us we r going up to floor 19 and when we arrive we will sit and wait for our number to be called. Our waiting began, it was 8am. When my number was called the lady just asked for all my documents to verify them and passport photos. Confirmed my Canadian address, phone number and then asked me the petitioners phone number and address. She took my finger prints. And then told me I am good to go and to sit and wait again and the officer will call my number for the interview. The lady officer called my number and I went up. She made me take an oath of honesty on the finger print scanner. She said you were born in Pakistan I said yes. Questions she asked me: How did you two meet? Who is the petitioner? What does your husband /petitioner do for work? Where does he live? How often do you get to see each other? What is your highest level of education? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Does your husband cook or do you cook? (meant to be a trick question) Have you ever been denied entry to the US? How long have you ever stayed in the US? Have you ever stayed in the US longer than 6 months? Then all of a sudden she pulled out two sheets and said welcome to the US and that our immigration packet is now electronic so we don't take anything to the border. If you have travel plans and are worried about getting your passport back in time, do mention it to the officer. By 8:50 am, we were done. Side Notes: - Items I brought but; They did not even ask for the photocopies of the the original documents. They did not ask for a printed interview appointment letter. They did not ask for CEAC print outs. They did not ask to see petitioners photocopy. They DID ask to photocopy his W-2. They did not ask to see relationship evidence.
  24. Hello! I'm new here 😛 So, my husband recently filed the I-130 in the States and I am currently residing in Korea. Do I have to be within my country during the entire process? Or can I go to the States to finish it off? Would I be able to schedule the interviews while I'm in the States if the petition gets approved? I also have an interview coming up for my B2 visa so I can go visit my husband for a bit. I do fall under VWP but I wanted to stay with him for a bit longer so I applied for that. Would this cause any trouble?
  25. 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?