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  1. "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
  2. 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:
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. Any previously denied filers that are currently redoing the process???
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. This is for IR1/CR-1 and/or IR2 Ghanaian members How long is it currently taking to have an appointment scheduled for interview in Ghana? Does anyone know the latest appointment that was schedule and when was the case complete for that person?
  19. Hey, I’m from Pakistan. And I just heard that Pakistan has been added to USA blacklist for religious freedom violations. It’s been more than year and I’m waiting for my visa which has applied under f2A by my husband who’s LPR. There’s going to be any issue in getting visa from Pakistan? So worried ! Please help. And other issue is that my husband’s green card has been expired month ago. Can he come to visit me? While applying for citizenship. What’s the process? TYI.
  20. I was looking through some websites and I came across some statistics published by the US State Department concerning non immigrant visa approval/denial rates. If I am reading these stats correctly, it appears as if about 40% of fiance visas were denied in 2017. I can only imagine with our current president, the denials have ticked upward for 2018. Anyone else have any information on this topic? Would anyone recommend better success with a CR1 visa? https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Non-Immigrant-Statistics/NIVWorkload/FY2017NIVWorkloadbyVisaCategory.pdf
  21. I am noticing that some of the various visa assistant/processing consultants & services online saying that the because of the current (Trump) administration's "crackdown on immigrants" (not my words), that if there are errors on the forms a higher percentage of immediate denials will be issued by USCIS and they will not bother with sending any RFE (Request for Evidence) and NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny) notices to allow these corrections to be made. My first thought is that this is merely a sales tactic to "scare" us into paying for their services; I actually had one of these consultants tell me this on the phone and they then made an me immediate offer & discount to "act before things get worse". Is this truly the case or am I right? Please, I am not looking for comments about Trump or politics as this is not the place for that, only sincere replies to my question... Thanks!
  22. Someone please tell me this is a joke. My fiance just called and finally got through to a tier 2, after having kept us waiting with no info AT ALL for 7+ months they just told him they are going to deny us? WHAT THE (removed) HELL!!! (Sorry, I have rage right now) I am British, we met in the UK in 2016 and we lived together for about 8 months in the UK while he was stationed there (he is ex-mil). Since he returned to the US I have visited the states 3 times, once for 85 days. Neither of us has a criminal record at all, no previous marriages, no kids, no debts, no nothing. All I can think is that it is because we forgot to put photos and letter of intent into the package in our excitement and when we called to try and send them on afterwards they said we couldn't. So we were expecting an RFE.... NOT A DENIAL!!?! This is pure hell and what are they even doing it for? Two weeks ago some tier 1 officer said "oh they may have sent something on the 7th July", then the next one we spoke to last week said "no, they've not sent anything" and then today a tier 2 says "they're going to deny it". I feel like it's some sick joke to them. Please help me.
  23. My fiance had his interview in Pakistan yesterday and was denied. We are devastated but will not give up. Without looking at the evidence of relationship that my fiance brought, the officer stated at the end, "You did not satisfy me. I think this is immigration fraud." He was not given a 221g or any other form. I know I have to wait for them to send me something. (How long does that take?) I'm just looking for opinions. Does it sound like this could actually be labeled fraud, resulting in a lifetime ban? He said the officer was nice, didn't yell, asked pretty standard questions. We think the question that caused the problem was about my child. He asked if I was divorced. My fiance said never married. Then asked if I had a child without marriage. Yes (18 years ago). He then asked if my fiance's parents know that. He answered truthfully and said no. That's pretty much when the interview stopped. I get that it's a red flag, and we have others such as I'm 10 years older, I am not Muslim, I have not been to Pakistan, we only met once before applying though met a second time while waiting. So I understand why it could be denied and we will work on that, but how can it be fraud when he told the truth? He doesn't need family permission to get married, though his family is supportive (minus the kid they don't know about yet). And how can he decide the relationship isn't real without even pretending to look at the evidence? I'm just really afraid we will be faced with trying to fight a ban.
  24. Hi everyone! I want to share my green card story. My area is Oakland park. I entered the US by the K1 visa on December 2015. My husband (US citizen) and me got married on January 2016. On February 2016 we sent my paper work (we had a lawyer) to USCIS and on November 2016 we had an interview. The interview was very friendly, a woman was very nice, she asked just two regular questions. At the end she said that everything is fine, but while we were waiting for the interview, my medical exam had been expired and that I will need to to the medical test again. So we quickly did the medical and sent it to USCIS (the doctor refused to give me the copies, she said that she is not allowed to). Later we received a notice from USCIS saying that the surgeon did not fill the line for the Gonorrhea test result, she just simply left it blank! We went to the doctor again and asked her to refill the form, so she "did"...We sent it to USCIS and then we got a denial!!!! By that time we traveled and when we were returning to the US, I was stopped on the passport control, they asked me a lot of questions and said that my green card has been denied, my advanced parole is automatically became invalid and that I cannot enter the US any more! We told them that we did not receive any denial notice, we checked my status online immediately and it wasn't changed! So we really did not know that I have been denied. The custom officers was very kind to us, they understood our situation and let us entered. The denial notice said that the medical form was not fill properly and the Gonorrhea result was not mentioned!!! So the doctor did the same mistake twice!! We did the motion to reopen on January 2017, we had to do a new medical examination but of course in another medical center. We receive an answer on December 2017 saying that decision remains unchanged!!!! They agreed that the envelope was sealed and I could not see what was in there and that it was the surgeon mistake, but I was the one who was responsible....I cant describe my pain!!!! I cant travel, I can not drive, I do not know when I will see my family in Russia!!! The problem is that when you do the motion to reopen, you don't have any status while it is pending, so literally I was illegal for more than a year! We realized it after sometime, the lawyer did not inform us. So it was better for us to apply for adjustment of status instead of doing a motion to reopen. So on January 2018 I did the 4th medical examination to apply for adjustment of status (permanent residency). I've already had my bio-metrics. It is being 5 month already and I did not receive my advanced parole yet(( The timing is crazy now, I cant believe it may take up to 21.5 months! I am not sure if I can travel after I receive my advanced parole. As I read it is a big risk, I may not be allowed to enter the US during 10 years as I stayed illegally here by the stupid mistake.
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