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  1. Hello guys. Small question. How does this DS 5540 form work? Does this apply for pending i 130 petitions with the USCIS as well? We didn’t get the NOA 2 yet but what happens when we get the approval? I heard the public charge rule applies only for the petitions/applicants file on or after 24th February 2020 but I’m not sure about this since we will again have to file the ds 260 after the approval. Does the beneficiary have to go through this as well apart from the DS 260?
  2. Good Day Everyone, I just wanted to ask anyone who maybe able to answer a small question. I been trying to get my wife who resides in Sri Lanka and we been Married for almost 1 year now. I started the paper working May and Submitted all the documents to necessary places. When I check the status of our case on CEAC state site yesterday it mentioned that 2 documents were rejected since it was not the original( marriage certificate and Birth certificate for my wife) I resubmitted the correct originals this morning. I am wondering what is the time line for the NVC to review these 2 documents since everything else is accepted with a green check mark. This is the Form DS260, please kindly let me know how long should it take for them to review these documents and for my wife to be able to get an request for a interview. I am a US citizen and wanted to see if anyone could answer this question. I know we all are looking for answers in some ways for our loved ones. Thank You so much
  3. Hi everyone. Hope someone can help me cause I'm a bit confused. I've seen the DS260 exemplar and also some samples online about the form. It shows the Previous Work/Education/Training information section. Is this a new version of the form? Even if I change the answers to the questions to Yes/No. Still none. Also not in the next section which is the additional. Enlighten me plssss. Thank you in advance.
  4. Hi everyone, My wife is filing ds260 now and we are in the process of getting all the required docs. The sticking point for us has become the police certs. About 10 years ago she studied in Singapore for a total of 2 years. But during that time she went back and forth to her home in Vietnam about 7 times (preparing a student visa for the US actually). The problem is she lost her passport so we don't know what kind of visa she had in Singapore and thus we also don't have her FIN number which is required to make the application for a police cert in Singapore. My question is two fold then. First, if she was back and forth so much, and never there for a continuous year does she actually need the cert? Two, since we do not have the FIN number we may not be able to obtain the cert at all, can we write a sworn affidavit explaining the situation? Would that be satisfactory to the NVC? Or will they still require this elusive cert? As an add on question, she won't need police certs for the 3 years she lived in the US on a student visa right? Thanks so much everyone!
  5. Both my spouse and I live in China and we did the DCF in guangzhou. We had a hard time to find out how to fill out the "telephone". Since my spouse uses Chinese phone number(11 numbers:185-XXXX-XXXX). The DS260 just wouldn't let us fill Chinese number here. Should we just fill my spouse's family member's number? We called the consulate for many times and mailed to ask questions but never get any useful replies. Thank you everyone!
  6. It’s been 10 days that my husband’s affidavit of support fee is still in process but my (IV APPLICATION FEE) was accepted a week ago. I’m the applicant. Anyone knows why is that?
  7. Greetings from the Philippines. IR1 here. I have been documentarily qualified and preparing documents for my upcoming visa interview at the US EMBASSY Manila. I found out that I had a few corrections to make on my DS260 but since I already submitted it, there's no way I can edit it. I would like to ask fellow spouse visa applicants especially who just had their immigrant visa interview at the US Embassy in Manila, if is there anywhere at the Embassy I can have my DS260 corrected? Is it during the prescreening or before the prescreening? Many thanks for those who will answer. God bless us all.
  8. Hello, I submitted my DS260 in October of 2019 under the F4 Category (my Uncle is a US Citizen and I am a dependent of my father). This month, I got an offer to work as an intern for a tech company in California, that would require me to obtain a J1 visa. I am still an undergraduate student and am planning on returning to Canada to resume my studies after my 4 month internship, which can be easily proved. I have no intentions of adjusting status, and want to do consular processing in Montreal later in 2020. Our immigration lawyer projects that the consular interview date in Montreal for our Green Cards will be scheduled late February, which will already be 2 months into the internship. My question is, is it still possible to obtain a J1 visa after having filed a DS260, on the basis that I am a student wanting to return to my home university in Canada in order to finish my degree? Has anyone ever received a nonimmigrant visa after submitting a DS260?
  9. Hi all- Hoping someone who has been in a similar situation can help. We have submitted the DS-260 and all of the other things required, and have been waiting. I recently noticed the civil documents submitted by our lawyers are not clear and hard to read. At this point in time, our case has not been reviewed yet. It still shows "submitted." I have a clearer HD version now and we were thinking about resubmitting it to decrease the chances of the documents getting rejected and having to wait longer after re-submission. Is this ok for us to do? Will it prolong our timeline for the NVC to review in any way? Thanks so much for the help!
  10. 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.
  11. Hello, My priority date was 09 Dec 2007 which got active in the month of Aug 2019. Received invitation from NVC on 13 Aug 2019 to complete the due process. I am currently in the process of filling DS 260 for my F3 visa. I have a query in reference to Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). I know that it needs to be carried in original at time of Interview, but do we need to submit a scanned copy along with DS 260 ? Looking forward for your inputs. Thank You.
  12. Hi All, I'm in the process of emigrating from the UK to the US to join my wife and I have some questions on From DS-260 that I can't seem to find answers to and I would really appreciate any advice. 1. What is the Beneficiary ID number? From everything I've seen online, the NVC should have issued one but I can't see it on any of the documents or websites they sent/link to us. All I have is the Case number and Invoice Number. Have they started combining the Beneficiary ID and one of the other numbers and just not updated the general information? 2. regarding the question "Are you a former exchange visitor (J) who has not yet fulfilled the two-year foreign residence requirement?" I was and exchange student with a J-1 VISA but I was only there for 9 months with no plans of completing the 2 year residence requirement, Should I answer "Yes" and write the explanation or should I answer "No" as the 2 year option was never on the cards? 3. During my stay as an exchange student I got a Social Security Number and Card issued to me. Should give this number as asked for in the form, or is it better to say no and have a new one generated? As mentioned any help and advice will be greatly appreciated
  13. Hello All, We applied for the diversity lottery visa 2020 and my wife won as the main applicant. we have 3 kids 9,8 and 5. while filling DS 260 and after submission we found that my wife's third name is missing a single letter as below: in lottery application--> ABULRAHEEM in her passport----> ABDULRAHEEM in her DS 260----> ABDULRAHEEM. I know that DS 260 can be re-opened via request to KCC to be corrected however the mistake is in the initial lottery application which we filled long time ago. we have a case number of 2020AS00021XXX which is way too far from receiving the supporting documents email from KCC yet I have no clue what to do in this regard. please advise. Thanks Rateb
  14. Good day visa journeys, I feel frustrated as its been 20 days now (07/08/2017) since i have paid my IV fee, Up untill now its still In Process. I have called several infact most of everyday of the week to ask what is goin on with my case.. There is a little bug in my case on where it says i have to pay iv fee again (pay now) but when i click reciepts its says in process. i have discussed this bug over the phone with nvc and advice me to send a proof of payment drom my bank through email to ask.nvc@state.gov.. Hoping for my status to change from pay now! to PAID so i can proceed with DS260. i am really concern about the bug perhaps it matters even though i have spoken with nvc several times about it but it seems like they are not in control and keeps telling me to wait it out! Anyone have similiar situation pls free to post a reply or comment
  15. My wife and daughter are applying for US permanent residence. We live in Mexico. We were advised by a lawyer in San Diego that for all cases in Ciudad Juarez, if the petitioner shows intent to reestablish domicile but is not in fact domiciled in the US at the time of the interview, the visa application is rejected. Does anyone know if this is true? Thanks for any replies.
  16. Hello, I apologize if I'm asking something that's clearly written on 20 posts, but I just want to confirm from people who have actually done this (rather than a lot of hypotheticals.) My wife received her CR1 interview letter today, interview scheduled for May 22, which is very exciting! We have done all the paperwork ourselves, no lawyer, and so far so good. All paperwork has been filled out with her new Married name. The only issue that we didn't notice until just now is that NVC has been referring to her as her Maiden name. I understand now (which I did not before) that the Green Card will be issued only to the name on the passport. So in my mind, here are the possible scenarios: A) Attend interview, hope to present/reference marriage certificate with new name, cross our fingers and hope they put married name on visa? or B) Attend interview content with the fact that they will use her maiden name and we will have to go through all the processes later to change it. **Issues with both of the above: I have read some people have visas denied due to mismatching last name/improper name change documentation. (Ours is a California-issued marriage certificate with the name change on it) or C) Apply for an expedited UK passport with new name which should arrive within a week (lots of time before interview), and take new and old passport to interview **Issue in my mind: New document the NVC had never seen, will this cause an issue that it doesn't match what we've submitted and the name they've been using for her? I hope I've thought this all through and if not, feel free to let me know what I've missed. I'd appreciate if anyone has successfully completed options A or C. We are getting so excited for this incredible milestone and for this process to be over. We don't want to screw it up at the last step. If I tell my wife "I don't know, I've never done this before either" again, she might just call off the whole process 😂 Thanks so much in advance! I wish I had been using this site from the very start of our process! -T
  17. When I was filling form I130a there was confusion about the addresses where the beneficiary lived during the studies. so i asked here on visa journey. And few respected remembers advised me not to write Hostel addresses because the beneficiary never left his Own Home "Permanent Address" during the studies. That time my question was I130a requires Last 5 years addresses. Currently i'm living in my home which is located in my hometown. Where my parents are living and my whole family. But from jan 2014 to december 2017 i was in University which is another city. 60 kilometres away from my home city. So i had to live in hostels. I lived in different hostels during that time. But visited my home every week. Because my family is living here since i was born here. And i also came here in my holidays(3 months). So my home in my hometown is my permanent address. What should i do ? Should i put the hostel addresses ? But i was here every year during my holidays(3 months) how should i put that time ? It is really confusing ... My university was in another city and my home is in different city. 60 km distance. most of the time during studies i was in home i lived in hostels temporarily because i wasn't able to travel 60 km daily each side. What should i do ? Please help me ... So i didn't write hostel addresses in i130a because here some respected members advised me to write only my permanent address where i was born and still living. but now on ds260 they want educational background which means i would mention about that degree too which i got from another city but i didn't write hostel addresses. now i'm confused because the following reasons. i- if i put only my Permanent address in form ds260 which i already mentioned in I130A because i'm living here since my birth AND also write about the degree which i got from another city won't they object that why i didn't write hostel addresses? i-And if i put my hostel addresses in form ds260 then it will differ from form I130A won't they ask why i didn't mention it in form I130A? so what should i do? should i put only my permanent address in form ds260 and write a letter to and submit to Nvc and explain everything in that letter that why i didn't write the hostel addresses? Need guidance Note: i never left my country also the city where i got degree is in the same state where my hometown is.......
  18. Hey guys. Got a text from a friend of mine asking what those words mean in simpler terms. I don't get it myself either. Does she need to be concerned about it? Thanks.
  19. Yesterday I went to Juarez, CDJ Consulate, for my interview which was scheduled for 9:15 a.m. I got there a bit early at 7:30. They were letting all hours in so I went in with just my papers and a lipstick. Nowadays they do not let you in with anything except for your papers, folders and wallet. Do not bring any electronics, cell phone, pen drive etc they did though let me enter with the medical CD. The Plaza Consulado which is to the right of the consulate, about a block down, has lockers that you pay $30 pesos to use. To the left of the consulate there is a kiosk store named Extra and there they will also hold your stuff for a small fee but they do not have lockers. After being let in and going for the first screening window where they make sure you have your photos, documents etc they send you to pay $325 within the consulate for the official interview. They do not except payment coming from different cards or currencies. It either as to come from one credit/or debit card in your name or from one currency in cash. No mixed payment forms, like they accept at the medical appointment. This threw me off so I was back outside trying to get my payment coming in neatly from one currency and source. And hour and a half later I get back in and the consulate was just about empty. I waited at the place to pay for about 45 minutes till someone showed. I was a little nervous while waiting thinking I had lost my opportunity, that things had already started to shut down. But I was told that once let in they won't send you out if you haven't been processed, it does not matter how long it takes. Apparently, I re showed when they were taking their lunch hour. After making my payment I went back to the same area where I had originally spoke to an official behind a glass. Place was empty, except for the guards, who were gracious I waited for about 1 hour. Then the official who was to give me my interview showed. My case was an I-601, DS 260 waiver that I had waited about 13 months to come through. He asked very simple questions, how long we've been married, how many kids birthdays...etc. Then had me sit and wait some more. Then showed again and told me my immigrant visa was approved! He gave me a green slip of paper saying my visa has been approved with instructions for it being mailed to me. The officer said I should receive my visa within two weeks. I was so sick all day from the tension that I couldn't even form a prayer... but God is faithful. Attached are some files that helped me be ready for the interview. CDJ_Ciudad-Juarez Interveiw Checklist.pdf appt letter_checklist for interview.pdf
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