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  1. We have been logging in and checking on CEAC and we have noticed that the systems are down since around 5 days ago. However, we got a message from NVC thru email today and we need to upload documents but upon clicking on "invalid doc" it shows the systems issue message in the image below. Is this happening to everyone? Oh what timing! 😫
  2. Hi everyone, I started this topic to help everyone waiting for her/his physical green card after she/he arrived to the United States So I hope everyone share his OS155A status and post the time between his date of entry, the immigrant fee date, the date you received the physical card in mail. Wish you all the best My status: Poe: Newark May 5 2016 Paid : April 20 2016 USCIS status: payment received on 4/20/2016
  3. Interview Experience at Mumbai Embassy Check our journey till the interview here. We originally had our interview date for 8th April. But after checking on the ustraveldocs religiously, we were able to get an interview date for 25th March at Consulate General Mumbai. We completed our medical at Max Delhi on 9th March and biometrics at OFC center of VFS Global at Shivaji Stadium Metro Station in Delhi. Before leaving for Mumbai we got the DD made for the visa fees which was $325 converted into INR 24050 (according to ustraveldocs valid exchange rate) payable at Mumbai and drawn in favor of "US Consulate General, Mumbai". This is applicable if you are filing DCF and have skipped the NVC stage and have not paid the fee online. We arrived in Mumbai on the 24th. There are a couple of good hotel options for people coming from other cities that are very nearby to the consulate. We chose the Trident Hotel, as it is the closest one and you can walk 2 minutes and reach the consulate. The consulate does not allow any kind of phones or electronics inside. Even a smart or digital watch. So leave everything at your hotel room or with someone. They don't even allow the Xray CD you will get after your medical, so no need to bring that. Our appointment was at 7:15 AM. We reached outside the consulate at 6:45 am and there were already a lot of people there on the opposite side of the road from the consulate. Once the clock hit 7, the guards from the other side of the road ushered people to form a line along the consulate wall on the sidewalk according to the interview time slot (I believe 7:15 was the first slot). There were around 50-75 people in that slot and we all slowly walked in the consulate after showing our appointment letter, DS260 confirmation page and the passport. My wife, who is a US citizen and petitioner, was also allowed inside with me. She showed her US passport for verification. Once inside, we went through a security check like you do at an airport. Then we were told to go inside the actual consulate building where the counters are and where all the interviews take place. There were around 20 counters and sufficient seating for people to wait. We were given a token (no. 24) and told to wait until our token number flashes up on the screen and tells us which counter to go to. The people working inside were very helpful and helped in arranging the documents one needs to submit. They told us to put our initial documents in order (Passport, Visa fee DD, DS 260 confirmation, Birth Certificate original & copy, Marriage certificate original & copy, PCC original, Medical report & all of the i-864 forms and transcripts). Our number was called at window 4 and an Indian officer greeted us (my wife and I both went to the window) and asked for our documents. He asked me if my wife is the petitioner and I said yes. He then got our file from the inside (which had our whole I-130 bundle that we submitted at USCIS Delhi) and added the documents we gave him to that file. He only asked us how long has my wife been living in India and nothing else. He then directed me to counter number 21 with my DD and told me to go pay the fees and bring the receipt back to him. Once that was done, he handed me the domestic violence pamphlet and directed us to sit down and wait until the CO calls us for an interview. After waiting for around 15-20 minutes, our token number flashed again on the screen and we went to the counter. An American CO greeted us and told us that he is our officer today and will be conducting the visa interview. He then asked my wife if she is the petitioner. She said yes, and he directed her to go sit down and wait and said that he would call for her if needed. Then he asked me to raise my right hand and take the oath that everything I say today is true and all the information I have presented is the truth. Then my interview begun and these were the questions: 1 ) Who is calling you? 2 ) What is her name? 3 ) What does she do? 4 ) What are her future plans in the US? 5 ) How did you two meet? 6 ) When did you start dating? 7 ) Who proposed and when was that? 8 ) When was your wedding? 9 ) Did her parents attend the wedding? 10 ) Did your parents attend the wedding? 11 ) Who are your joint sponsors? 12 ) Where do they live in the US? 13 ) What do they do? 14 ) Do you intend to live at their address once you get to the US? 15 ) Have you been to the US before and for how long? 16 ) Have you ever stayed in the US for more than 6 months? 17 ) What was your purpose of visiting the US when you went there previously? 18 ) What is your date of birth? Then he said that everything looks good but he still wanted to know more about what my wife's plans are once we move to the US. I asked him if he wanted to see the proof of her domicile, but he said no I just want to know the plans. As she was working for 4 years in India and had quit her job to move back to the states, I believe he was trying to see if she has applied for jobs there or had plans to work once back in the US. So I asked the CO if he wanted me to call her and he said yes. So I called my wife to the window and she explained what our future plans were. Once he was satisfied with the answers, he told us that he is approving our visa and gave us the documents explaining how long it will take to get our passport back with the visa, what a conditional resident status means and how to pay the immigrant/green card fee before entering the US. We thanked him and asked him if it was possible for us to get our passport with the visa the same day, but he said that it would not be possible. We thanked him again and wished him a good day and we walked out of the consulate. Overall it was a pleasant experience and if you have all your documents in order and your relationship is genuine, you don't have to worry about anything In total, it took us 74 DAYS from filing our I-130 to getting our visa. A big thanks to visajourney and all the good people here who replied to our questions and helped us along the way. We intend to continue being active here and help others as much as we can with our experience!
  4. Hello, I recently married my husband in Canada. I am British and he is American, and I plan to settle in the USA via the CR1 visa and eventually a green card. I have just applied for a new passport in the UK with my new name change on it. Do I have to wait to receive my new passport back (up to 3 weeks) before we submit our I-130, as my current one has my maiden name on it? Also, I have read that you have to provide photocopies of everything- will a literal photocopy that I can produce via a printer at home suffice, or is there specific guidelines on the quality of the photocopy? Thanks in advance! Hannah
  5. Starting the thread for January 2019 Filling - been through this process on the K1 journey all the way through an interview at the Mumbai Embassy last April 2018. We were stuck in AP and had a rare chance to spend 45-days together so we jumped ship and married in India (Nov 24th). So, here we are again going through the same process and praying that it goes faster. Mailed: Dec 26th (tracked delivery on Dec 28th) Notification: Pending NOA1 & Service Center: Pending Happy Journey!! Annie
  6. Hello guys! So we have a question and we think we just need some clarification. Today, we got this notice upon logging into the CEAC page. (Image below) And now we're confused. Is this a late notification? It says we should submit our documents but we have already uploaded them on CEAC last Sept 10. Or maybe they need us to send the docs thru mail? (Which i think is not really the case, but I'm that confused) Hope someone could enlighten us. Thank you in advance.
  7. Hello Everyone, I Had my interview on 22nd Aug for Cr1 Spouse Visa. They gave me 221G white slip and asked me to submit additional documents which i did along with my passport on 6th Sep. On CEAC Website status showing Ready and last updated was on 13th Sep. Also on USTRAVELDOCS with the passport tracking system it says "There's No status update available for passport Number submitted". AND Through my Log In On Dashboard status Showing "Documents Delivery Information" Since 20th Sep. Is anyone familiar with this process or status ?
  8. Hey gang My wife is the US Citizen and I am the beneficiary. My wife is 38 weeks pregnant and we are contemplating on sending the I130 before or after our little daughter is born. What's our best option and how will a baby affect our application? Thanks for the help Best regards.
  9. Hello everyone, We filed a I130 also I485 for CR1 spouse petition for me a week ago , i know it’s early and I should be patient lol but im excited about this process also stressed a little wondering how long will it take? I also know there are backlogs in USCIS offices. Im looking for someone who is/was filing from the same area or around here in Jacksonville Florida to share her/his experience as far as timeline and any advice would be greatly appreciated too about the greencard interview later on as well. Support and encourage each other in this stressful waiting time ! Have a great day😊
  10. My husband (US Citizen) and I will move to our new apartment next week. We don't have any pending case/applications. I know I will file AR-11 within 10 days after moving. Does my husband need to file I-865 (Sponsor’s Notice of Change of Address) or no? Thanks!
  11. Does anyone know how long is the current wait for a green card interview in Honduras ?(based on your experience) I have been waiting for 2 weeks
  12. 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
  13. Hi all, I'm just at the start of my visa journey and in the next couple of weeks will be filing for my I-130, most probably with the London Consulate as my fiancé (USC) is a permanent resident of the UK with dual American citizenship . Is there any timeline of when the London office will cease to exist? If we were to submit our application now, what would happen if the office was to close before receiving approval and visa? Thanks in advance!
  14. I got email from NVC and login to CEAC account where NVC updated my all documents from "SUBMITTED" to "ACCEPTED" . Also I got two msg in inbox says "NEED DOCUMENT" but when I click those msg there has nothing inside! What I should do ? DO I wait for interview letter or anything else they need ? Please need help
  15. Hey friends, creating this thread so we can get help from our fellows who have/had there interviews in islamabad embassy. Please do let us know the experiences, tips and advices. Information related to medical or anything that can help
  16. S' vremena na vreme VisaJourney odradi "ciscenje servera" i zatvori velike teme. S' obzirom da nama treba prostor za stare i nove clanove, evo ovde mozemo da nastavimo sa pricom i savetima o procesu dobijanja viza za USA. Na linku ispod mozete naci stari topic koji je zatvoren za komentare ali je pun dobrih saveta. Dobrodosli <3
  17. Hi all, so my husband went to the vac center today in Santo Domingo - Dom. Rep. apparently a glitch in the system says he had already his prints taken but he never has been on any other immigration process. US travel docs confirmed that they do not have on file but that the embassy will capture them during the interview? Has this happened to anyone? Will this cause any delays after the interview?
  18. Has anyone here in the recent months have had any experience with expedite process at the Santo Domingo embassy? -how does it work once its been approved? -wait time for the embassy to initially get back to you on next steps. -what if there aren't any appointments available, what to do next? thank you in advance
  19. Hi all! My girlfriend (F29, nurse, Washington state, USA, us citizen, single) and I (M31, banker, British Columbia Canada, Brazilian citizen, Canadian permanent resident, divorced, valid B1/B2 visa) have been dating for 7 months, and started to seriously consider marriage lately. We have been spending almost every other weekend together, in Canada, in the US, and we are still getting educated on both the fiance visa and the spousal visa. We live within a 2h drive from each other. For this process to work, we would have 2 priorities: staying together after the wedding, AND ability to work asap (for me in this case). We understand that these priorities work against each other hahaha, so that's why WE NEED YOUR EXPERIENCE and ADVICE. If we do get engaged (we are doing church counseling right now) it would be during the holidays when we are visiting my family in Brazil. (She shouldn't read this haha) Please feel free to remind us of anything we may be missing. While we do understand the basic pros and cons of each visa, a few questions are still unclear. These are the things that freak us out about each visa: K1: can't drive/open bank account/travel/study during AOS? (Even with a current Canadian drivers license? Education wise, I would look into certifications more than standard formal education) Employers basically won't really take EAD seriously (due to expiry date/temporary status) so actual skilled work roughly 12 months after the wedding?? Must not have wedding plans upon Montreal interview for K1? Or is it ok to plan in advance and disclose it during the interview? CR-1 Which country should we get married to pursue the CR-1 process? Should it include the wedding ceremony or are they just looking for the marriage certificate? eventually getting married and still living a couple of hours apart, won't that be held against us? Overall, does it look like a K1 case to you guys, or is it more of a CR-1? Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you all! Cheers
  20. Just collected my CR1 visa. They have stopped Issuing the packet it is now sent electronically.
  21. Hello, My boyfriend and I are currently considering marriage visa options. I am a US citizen and he is a UK citizen. We eventually would like to live permanently in the US, but we're considering spending some time in UK first. Our options are: 1) Fiance visa (K1) - He will come to the US to get married then apply for adjustment of status. 2) CR1/IR1 - We will get married in the UK through their fiance visa process, live there for a few years, then apply for his US green card through CR1/IR1. I am wondering if anyone else has weighed these two options? What are the pros and cons of each you found? Is there a reason one of these options is a better idea? Thanks for your help!
  22. My Priority date November 19th 2018 and it shows Receipt date for case inquiry what I can do now ? How I know current status ? My
  23. Hi All, Struggling to find any info online - so creating my own thread. Some information like dates will be vague because I am sure they are following my every click My wife (US) and I (UK) have been in the spouse visa CR1/IR1 process since June last year. After being together for years, we got married in Summer 2018, and applied for the visa straight away after weighing up fiancé vs. spouse visas with finance and work opportunity etc etc. I have finally been sent a London interview date of October XX, 2019. While we are happy to be at this stage, I am actually very unfortunately unable to attend this appointment as I will not be in the UK at this time. There are no options on the CSRA online portal to re-schedule this appointment, or even let them know I won't be able to make it. I called the embassy helpline on two occasions and spoke to two different people who told me to just miss the appointment and then I'll be able to re-schedule - but this sounds dangerous to my visa and potential future, and something I'd like to avoid at all costs. Has anyone been through this before? Anyone know any inside scoop on this? I have been terrified of doing something wrong during every step in this process and now I am at risk of failing during the final stretch. Any help at all would be appreciated. Thank you, unionmac
  24. Hi everybody, I am writing to see which makes the most sense, from a financial standpoint? The k1 fiance Visa or getting married and applying for cr1 Visa? Thank you for your input!
  25. Hi guys! So we have submitted our docs in CEAC and so far, we're waiting for response. Now we just read how the orientation and type of document (pdf or jpeg) would affect the approval of the documents. I reviewed what we've sent and we have sent most in the upright position (easily read) except for my husband's(petitioner) and my joint sponsor's certificate of natiralization were rotated clockwise! Also, some of my scanned documents are in jpg! Should I be expecting them to be rejected?
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