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  1. Hello, I have some questions regarding my story on US immigration, it’s early days in the process but I want to get a rough idea of past experiences and the likelihood of acceptance. So me and my girlfriend met online roughly 10 months ago, we clicked immediately, the chemistry was there the connection was nothing like either of us had ever experienced, it was amazing. Roughly 5 months had passed and we decided to meet in person, I filled out my ESTA application online, but at the time I was receiving benefits for depression which I didn’t consider a severe medical condition, so when the question was asked, I ticked no. Same with my employment history, I listed my former employer, I didn’t think anything of it at the time. After I was approved I was delighted, not knowing at the time how easy it was and not knowing the ESTA only allows you to knock on the door, I completely underestimated US CBP. When I arrived in Detroit on my way to Pittsburgh I was asked several questions, where I completely chocked and disclosed my medical history, I panicked... the officer then followed with a whoops and took me into the custom room where I sat and waited for several hours before I was seen to. Honestly I thought everything was going smoothly, there was a lot of unease and anticipation but it was expected, I was completely honest with the CBP officer, we actually got on pretty well. Everything was going well until he asked how much money I had with me on my travels, I wired my girlfriend my money to avoid the conversion taxes, I wasn’t expecting them to ask to see money in hand. Ultimately on the scrip this was my reason for in-admittance, but when I was told I wouldn’t be accepted into the US I completely broke down, they started asking me questions corresponding to my ESTA when I was distraught, where they clearly saw that I wasn’t completely honest. He told me if it was up to him he would allow me into the US, but there were protocols he must follow and there wasn’t enough concrete evidence for him to determine my intent, I was on a round trip for 10 weeks with £80 to my name after my money was wired to my girl. He also gave me a form with a list of panel physicians where I have to attend a medical prior to my visa interview. They sent me on a flight back home after 8 hours in customs and that was that, since then me and my girlfriend have met in England and we plan to fly to Canada in May where I plan to propose to her. I’m just worried that the repercussions of me lying on my ESTA will come back to haunt me at my K1 Visa interview. I’m a genuine guy and wouldn’t lie intentionally, yes I was inaccurate on an electronic piece of paper, but face to face I was 100% truthful. If anyone can share some insight it would be much appreciated, thank you 😊
  2. I am little confused whether my expedite request approved or not.The update in the uscis site seems confusing.Here is the update I have Requested Expedite request on 07/19 On July 19, 2017, your request to have your case expedited, referral number T1F*********CSC, was assigned to an officer for response. After waiting 5 days my case updated with the below two updates. On July 24, 2017, we sent a response to your request to have your case expedited, referral number T1F********CSC. On July 24, 2017, your request to have your case expedited, referral number T1F********CSC, was completed. Does the last update mean that my expedite request accepted for the process or I have to wait for the response as they mentioned in one of the updates above. Your inputs and experiences on this are highly appreciated. Thank you.
  3. Hello, My removal of conditions was denied January 22nd due the USCIS claiming they had not received the evidence requested by them. I entered in August 2014 on a K1 visa, adjusted status accordingly, have worked and travelled since 2015 and now my petition is denied after failure to respond to an RFE (which we did) I was advised by a lawyer to refile the entire petition from within the US rather than appeal as the chances of a successful appeal are slime to none. Has anyone refiled within the US? What forms am I filing this time? Any help is appreciated. Leaving is not an option as I am 6 months pregnant with our 1st baby! Thank you in advance for any help you can provide during this extremely stressful time.
  4. I sent I-360 and I-751 based on abuse. Both are VAWA cases. If my I-360 is denied, will I stand a chance with the I-751 approval or USCIS will automatically deny it too?
  5. Hello everyone , i'm filling the form I-130a for visa CR1, i'm 22 and my wife is 20. my question is are we getting any difficulties or denial because our age? even she's working since she got graduated from highschool, and we have a good joint sponsor? thanks for your answers
  6. Hey everyone. I know you've probably read about this topic more than once and I'm pretty sure there's a lot of debating going on whether the CR1 is better or K1. However, my question is: What If the couple applied too soon after meeting? My fiance and i been communicating online for like few months. She visited me once and thought of applying right after. We don't want it to seem suspicious even though It's not. In this case, what should we do? K1 or CR1? A lot suggested us to go with CR1 because " It's cheaper and more guaranteed "I feel like If we applied for CR1, there wouldn't be a lot of evidence and we could get denied which makes me choose to go the K1 route instead. I've been reading and watching videos online saying applying after meeting could be something risky so I'm confused. Correct me If I'm wrong! We are confused and looking for answers.
  7. Good Morning and Evening All. I have been scouring the forums and really anywhere I can find information reagarding all this Fiance Visa related (don't we all?). I have been attemting to find straightforward answers about filing out the DS-160 and the social media disclosure question. This is a new, mandatory question added in May of 2019 that requires "a disclosure of all social media". what an absolutly daunting task for those of us who live their lives throught the internet. here are a few questions i simply am having a hard time finding the answers for: - When completing the DS-160 for K-1 visa application and the question asks for social media handles who are they wanting them from? Me (the US citizen petitioner? or the foreign Beneficiary?). If I am reading correctly on most "help" sites it is only the Beneficiary (person applying for the visa itself). - The question asks for "all social media in the last 5 years". this is a two part problem for me. If the social media site has not been used in the last five years but still has an active user account is that still considered as part of the five years? the second part is that it says "all" but the drop down menu is a limited list of social media sites. I know it is best practice to be honest but also best practice to give no more information than is asked or necessary. So which is it? "All" or honest? - Another issue that has vexxed me is the amount of social media handles someone may have. If they are prone to starting a twitter account or reddit account on a whim because they can't rememeber their last log on or decided on a new email account how would you find out or where could you search to recover the old account handles? What if you can't remember past email accounts or handles? Do throw away accounts still count towards the disclosure? If you miss/forget about an email/handle/social media affiliation or account and it is found out later will the CO conclude you are lying or intentionally trying to hide accounts? While I understand the need for disclosing this information to the asking governement and there is no getting around it what can be done to ensure that we have fully completed this portion of the application without inadvertently committing perjury or ommissions? Thanks in advance for any and all advice, this is truly a trying time in our lives! Cheers, Lizzy
  8. Hi everyone!! I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with a K1 interview after having F1 (student visa/s) denied? I have had a couple of J visas approved and worked as a camp counsellor (where I met my fiance) in 2014 2015 and 2016, and was an Au Pair in his city for 18 months. Then in December 2018 I applied for a student visa and was denied under 214(b). I reapplied a few weeks later and took more evidence with me but unfortunately was denied again for the same reason 214(b) for lack of home ties. We have now been doing long distance for over a year and have just applied for our K1 visa. We have been dating for 4 years and have tons and tons of evidence of trips, with each others family etc, but we are nervous if at the interview I am asked about my prior student visa denials. Has anyone had any experience with this and if so, what were you asked during the interview and was it an issue for you? Thank you!!!
  9. "Good" morning everyone, I just want to rant for a second and to put out there my current situation in case someone else is having/has had the same issue. I'll try to make it short... After 10 long months from filing, on Sept 14, I got a notice in the mail with my interview mail, yay! But not really..... Of course my interview was scheduled Oct 15th, which fell exactly in between my 3-week vacation we planned MONTHS in advance.The only 3 weeks of the year I am out of the country........fml Anyways, I call USCIS on Sept 16th to request a reschedule. I talk to a representative that asks me all the required questions and informs me that my request has been sent and that I would hear back in within 30 day. So in the meantime we (my husband and I) pack out bags and happily leave for vacay. When we got back (on October 26th) I noticed that we still didn't get a new date so I started worrying, but then I thought it might just take longer, you know how it is... I let a couple more weeks go by and then I file an e-request (this was last week) saying that I requested a reschedule but stil l didn't hear anything... Well, yesterday I check the damn mailbox and we got 2 letters from USCIS, one for me and one for my husband saying that the case was denied because I failed to appear for my initial interview and didn't notify USCIS... ARE YOU (removed) KIDDING ME!?!??!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!? Of course it says that, if you think the decision is wrong, you can file form I-290B (notice of Appeal or Motion) and pay the designated fee of 675$, SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS AFTER I ALREADY PAID 2 GRAND TO FILE AND GOT WRONGFULLY GUDGED. I am LIVID and FED UP and it's things like these that make me want to pack my little family and move back to Europe I called USCIS again this morning and they escalated my call to a Tier 2 officer. I am waiting for a call back, which who knows when I will get... Anyways this is my situation atm. Any words of encouragement are appreciated, I'm so over it If anyone has ever been in a similar situation please share your story. Thanks for the support guys, hope you're having better luck than me. - V
  10. I'm a legal permanent resident, filed an I-130 petition for my wife in May 2016. Case was denied in June 2017. My lawyer believes that we have a very good chance of convincing USCIS/BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) to reverse the decision. We filed an appeal on July 14th 2017, a week ago. In the appeal, we indicated that - as an alternative - USCIS can treat this as a Motion to Reopen (MTR) . Given the existing evidence (original documentation filed in I-130 packet), new evidence and the brief, we believe that USCIS may reverse the decision without having to forward the case to the BIA. My questions: - Does USCIS (The service center's director, who made the original decision) actually review the appeals before forwarding them to BIA? Do they consider them for an MTR? I was under the impression that the answer is "Yes", until I talked to a tier 2 officer this morning, and the officer said that USCIS does NOT reopen I-130 case, and they forward the case to the BIA and I should expect to receive a new case number in the mail within 3 week. The officer confirmed that USCIS never considers I-130 case for a MTR (Motion to Reopen/Reconsider). Can anyone confirm? - How long does USCIS take to review appeals before? Again, I was under the impression that USCIS takes 60 days to review the appeal/make a decition; if they are not going to reverse the decision, they will forward the case to BIA. - How long does BIA take to make a decision? I understand that the answer is "It depends" ... I just want an average, people with similar cases (LPR appealing I-130) to give us some hope ... given that our original case took 13 months (average is 5 months). - Would it be wise to file a new I-130, in addition to the appeal? - If yes, What if both the new case and the appeal get approved, Do we got to keep our original priority date? Any help would be greatly appreciated. PS:
  11. Hello All, I am new here. Heard great things about this site. I am so confused and lost. I recently went for an interview and was denied . I received this letter here is there any evidence or anything I can do to submit for review? I am 32 years of age with 2 children and my Mother petitioned for me . My cousin sponsored us. I believe it has something to do with me never holding a job. I do have plans to go to school if granted admittance. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance
  12. My friend from Estonia had applied for a B1 visa about 3 months ago and was denied and recently applied for the Esta and was also denied. She is interested in trying to the US arrive by land from either Canada or Mexico by filling out the I-94w. We are wondering about the best options in getting her here soon and if anyone has experienced the same or similar situation. We understand she can still technically enter by land without the Esta but want to know the likelyhood for her to be admitted this way or if there are any other/better options for her. Thanks, Timothy
  13. If anyone can advise it would be really helpful. Yesterday my lawyer informed that my case i751 was denied to lack of evidence for a short story I had been married in 2014 for less than 2 years then got divorced for marital issues at 2016 so I had to file a divorce waiver However I got married after in 2017 again to a different person. Now, id on;t have too many options I see a lot of people talking about IJ but my previous lawyer advised to have my wife file for me new i130. I started to get concerned about the whole case. Can I get some advice Please?
  14. Any previously denied filers that are currently redoing the process???
  15. I am writing to see if there is anyone who has been in the same situation as me. The other day, I had my interview for my fiancé visa at the US Embassy in Tokyo. Upon completion of the interview, I was issued the attached denial letter stating that I was missing two points pertaining to supporting evidence that my fiancé submitted under Section 221(g). My fiancé has a joint sponsor, and his joint sponsor submitted form I-864 instead of I-134. In addition to this, due to the fact that my fiancé is currently living in Japan now, he needed to submit more substantial information pertaining to reestablishing domicile in the US (such as obtaining an official from the US employer stating employment upon arrival to the US, and official document stating where the sponsor will live in the US). I was wondering how long it will take to resume my visa processing, once I submit my joint sponsor’s I-134 and the evidence showing that my fiancé will reestablish domicile in the US? Upon completion of the interview, my passport was not returned to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  16. Does anyone know of any instances where couples were previously denied but reapplied later on and got approved? This is regarding marriage based green card. My husband is a us army soldier idk if this helps. And we’re married for 3 years currently
  17. Hey everyone, I have my interview this September and I started gathering the documents. The us embassy in Tunisia is barely issuing visas every month ( 5 k1 visa per month maximum) is there's a reason for that ? Can anyone tell me what's the most common reasons for denial? My case is not complicated at all me and my fiance have only 5 years between, none of us was married before or have kids , no criminal record , he makes between $25,000 and $30,000 every year, he pay taxes, we have seen each other twice for 1 month face time in total, he met my family and we have alot of evidence. Should I be worried? Is there's anything I can do to avoid denial at the day of the inteview?
  18. Good afternoon, My wife and I want her parents to visit us here in the US for 3 weeks this fall, and we had our sightseeing trips all planned (NYC, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Boston). However, they were denied a Visa today in Tbilisi, Georgia. I was curious if anyone could help us make sense of this decision. I met my wife while she was on a J1 Visa a few summers back, and we just instantly hit it off. We're still happily married to this day, and have since been to Russia to introduce me to her family. We filed for her adjustment of status during the 30 day grace period of her J1 Visa expiring, and she got her two year green card ~ 6 months after we filed. Her parents both work (father owns a business, and her mom works in a dentists office). They also own a home as well as a car, and have close family nearby. Obviously the CO doesn't know this, but I have asked them if they would want to immigrate here if my wife becomes a US Citizen, and they said they did not think so. They want to stay in Russia, but they just want to be able to see where their daughter moved to, and meet my family, the way I met theirs. The only thing I can think of is that the CO saw that my wife immigrated here while on a visa, and instantly shot it down. Other than that, I'm at a loss of why it would be rejected. They said they will try again. I would be willing to buy the plane tickets before the interview so they see the flight itinerary to prove they will go back, but I don't want to buy tickets only to have the next application refused again.
  19. Hi there, I recently finished a j1 visa and filed an i-539 to change to a b2 before my time was up. I stayed on a further 3 months after finishing my j1 and then returned home in line with the dates given on my i-539. I then received a denial notice a month later saying it had been denied due to abandonment. I would like to return to the us for a week to go to a wedding and am wondering if my denial means my time counts as an overstay or not? I had D/S on my i-94. I am unsure how to answer the ESTA question about staying longer than authorized by the government, but my application was timely and USCIS did not give any other reason other than abandonment in my denial letter. Or am I better to apply for a B2? I feel this makes it look like I'm trying to return for longer but I literally just want to go to the wedding and leave. Thanks!
  20. Hopefully someone can help, I know there is no way to know how long it takes for administrative processing under 221g to be completed as each case is different. However I have been checking with USCIS and can see that my case was received at the end of February (2018). Once we know USCIS has a case, does anyone know what the wait time could potentially be? It has been nearly 4 months since I received my notification of revocation from the US embassy in London. Thanks!
  21. My fiancé was denied his visa today at the interview.. We are both so heartbroken.. When will I get a formal response with a reason? Should I spend money on appeal? How long will that process take? or just do a marriage visa? I can’t even think right now, just didn’t know where else to go for help/Support
  22. I am a F1 visa holder in united states and finished my masters in December 2018. I applied for OPT on November 2nd and 1st time my opt got denied on November 30th because DSO forgot to check one box and school got package of denial itself on 30th day(Friday 4 pm) and hence I was told from my DSO assistant to correct it and send I-765 back but she didn't inform me, it had to be sent back on 30th day or same day itself as DSO assistant wasn't aware. So I did mail that overnight package on Monday December 3, 2018. After 120 days I got my RFE for OPT on April 3rd, Because I failed to submit I-765 within 30 days of the date, The reason i sent package on 33rd day was it was monday, school it self got OPT RFE on 30th day 4pm and dso assistant didnt know it had to be sent on 30 day. I got notice on my RFE that I can not appeal for this decision but I may file a MTR. Currently, I have filed a MTR yesterday for this decision with my DSO's explanation that student wasnot aware of 30 day rule and she(dso) was not in office, so she(DSO) could not let him know that it had to be sent on 30th day itself. I want to know that is there any chance that my MTR will be approved as lot of people are telling me that MTR will likely to fail. How long does it take to get reply of MTR? What are my options right now if my MTR fails and about doing second masters, or School can help me giving employment as h1 petitioner. and all the legal advice for solving this situation would be highly appreciated.
  23. I was doing a work an travel program with J1 visa on 2018 but i had presented my info to the IRS with turbotax I didn't know that this one is just for residents, I'm doing an amend because of this . I'm going to apply for a k1 visa I want to know if this can cause a problem or it can cause a k1 visa denial. Also i would like to know if i have to sent a letter as an attachment explaning this with the form i129f that my fiancé is going to send to the USCIS
  24. Hi All, My husband applied for citizenship while I was serving a two year teaching contract in Saudi Arabia in order to be able to save up enough money for IVF. We visited within 6 months in those two years until tragedy struck and while finally successfully pregnant I gave birth to twins in my 5th month, one died, and the other spent 4 months in the NICU. The laws in Saudi Arabia dictate that I must be employed or leave the country, so I had to sign another 8 month contract to be able to stay by my fragile baby's side. Obviously at this point my husband was not going to leave my side, and unfortunately his citizenship was rejected due to staying outside the US more than 6 months. He appealed and had his n-336 hearing in which the officer was extremely sympathetic and simply asked for more evidence such as death certificate, hospital records, and medical and employment records for my husband in the US. We had 30 days to send them that evidence and the only way to do that was online through his USCIS account. We did it within 8 days. Then, after 30 days he was sent a letter of rejection saying that we never uploaded the evidence asked for-even though it is CLEARLY on his account, I can see it uploaded with the date and everything. I called the hotline and they were basically "sorry we can't help." He now has 120 days to apply to the judicial court in the district where he lives. NJ is the state we are in. I'm so frustrated and have zero idea what to do! I can't find any information about filing this last appeal, how much it costs, how long it takes, etc. Has anyone done this before? Please help! Thank you!
  25. Any 2017 divorce waiver filers have approval yet? Let’s track status and current updates on the case . I filed a joint petition in Nov 2017 at CSC and in Nov 2018 I converted it to a divorce waiver. Haven’t got any updates on my case yet.
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