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  1. Hi everyone! I recently got my employment authorization and I know that before I can get a job, I need to get my Social Security number. Since I came to the United States with F1 visa and I was given the opportunity to work, I already have my Social Security number. What should I do when I go to the Social Security office to change my last name? Should I bring my EAD card to show that my last name has changed since I recently got married? Would they change my status (since being under OPT, I used to have a job that is related to the field of the degree that I took)? Should I bring my marriage certificate? My passport (it still has my maiden name as my last name)?
  2. Hi guys, So I just got married (yay) and am in the process of applying for a change of status from my OPT extension of my F1 visa to the green card. In the i-485 it asks for you to list your past employment for the past 5 years. On the OPT i am granted work authorization and a social security number and so can get work, but I should really only work in my field of study. However for the past couple of weeks I :have been working at a cafe whilst also employed in a job in my field of study. I was wondering what I should do with the employment question: whether I should not put down my cafe job (as technically I shouldn't be working it) and risk them finding out I lied or; if I should put down my cafe job and hope that they either don't look into it or that its not actually illegal what I've done since I do have work authorization and a social security number? Has anyone been through a similar situation? Any thoughts or suggestions would be great! Thanks very much!
  3. Hey guys. Just wondering about the financial aspect of the K1 visa. I am wondering what I will need to provide to prove my income since I did not work a lot the previous year and so my income on my tax returns were very low. However , I currently have a new job where I have been working for 7 months and my income meets the requirements based off my rate of pay. What would I provide if asked for my income since I haven’t filed my income tax for this year yet.
  4. Hello everyone, We are trying to update my husband's I864 before the interview and I have a question regarding on how to put his income. --------------------- Short Summary of the situation: We used a co-sponsor for K1 because my husband at that time was unemployed and visiting me most the time. Then when we filed for AOS we used his job at that current moment and also used a co-sponsor because the income was only barely above the limit. No RFE we passed all the way to interview. Husband got a new job literally right after we filed and the income was way higher, but we moved to another state for my job. so He quit his job this May. Now, I make well above the needed limit and in a permanent position etc. which we will put as our household income, but I know they may not count me depending on the IO which is not a problem as we still have a co-sponsor. However my husband will be going to college starting in September, and he is doing 2 temporary jobs for now, one is a weekly paid small part-time job, which we can't get employment verification as this is not an annual job, and he still works freelance for his old company as a contractor this also has no annual income to show. Both are hourly paid jobs, and the hours depends on the week. --------------------- My questions are: 1) How do we put the income? 2) Do we have to put his income? what if we just put my income as his is not consistent? 3) Do we have to put these jobs as employment or do we simply put student? (however school and his GI-bill won't be in affect till September so I can't get any proof for any of these) I only need to figure out how to put his most recent employment and income. * We are not using his income to prove sponsorship, we have a co-sponsor. This is solely about not putting wrong information.
  5. Cheers! My fiance and I submitted the K-1 just about a month ago and received the NOA1. I graduated last May and started a new job, making well over the required min 20k/year. I am considering becoming self-employed before we receive the NOA2. What are the ramifications? I won't have tax documents available yet for my self-employed income by the time we get ready for the interview, but I would be able to show proof of income.
  6. Hello Everyone! Very new to the community but excited to be here.. So, a little background.. My fiancee & I have applied for the K-1 Visa in June 2018. In December, we received the first approval and then she completed her medical in March, moved here in May from Sweden. I'm above the Poverty Guidelines by the USCIS / DHS. We will be getting married next week, nothing crazy, just a standard Justice of the Peace Ceremony. We are so excited to have our lives together and plan to have the AOS submitted in the next few weeks or so. From my understanding, PA takes about 10 days after getting married. Any way.. Here's our dilemma, I have the opportunity for change employment. That is actually going to have me making double or even close to triple to what my current income is now. So, there is an offer on the table that is extremely tempting (Obviously). I would be leaving one well-known established company for another well known & established corporation. There is no worry of the company falling apart at anytime. My only concern is that when the employment is all said & done with changing jobs it may negatively affect the Adjustment of Status. Interesting how life throws you a curve ball. I know changing jobs would probably mean more paperwork, which I do not mind. We have conquered the Mountain so far. Summary: I have a new job offer, everything will not be said & done until after I submit the AOS because of the timing. Can changing jobs affect me? Can changing jobs so close to submitting the AOS negatively affect me? Is there anyone out there that can relate or help me? Please and thank you for your help!😄
  7. This morning I received this kind of email from the USCIS. I had my biometrics taken 2 weeks ago. And already made change of address a month ago. I also received mails from USCIS in my new address. I just cant understand why they are saying this because I already made COA a month ago. “On March 27, 2019, the Post Office returned a notice we sent you for your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Receipt Number MSCxxxxxxxxx because they could not deliver it. This could have a serious effect on your case. Please go to www.uscis.gov/e-request to request a copy of the notice immediately. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.”
  8. Hello, Kababayans! I'm getting ready for my visa application and will leave my 8-year call center job soon. For 8 years, they deducted from my paycheck to pay for SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig. What should I do now that I will be leaving my job soon? Can I "suspend" my contributions? Is that even possible? How did you continue paying for these benefits? Those who have moved to the USA, did you continue paying for the benefits or did you stop becoming a member of these? Thank you in advance for your answers. So lost. Lol
  9. Hello there, I am new to this forum. I recently got a new job that will start on April 1st and I will need to fill an I9. They have requested that I bring documentation and I have a valid driver's license and SSN without restrictions. Since I'm in the middle of my pending I751, and I received my I797 extending for 18 months (which will expire in December 2019), I wonder, do I have to tell them my I797 is expiring? what do I choose in the section that asks what I am, as in, a US Citizen, Non-citizen national, Lawful Permanent Resident or Alien authorized to work? The way I see it, if I choose LPR, it does not ask for an expiration date and I guess since I have a valid DL and SSN card, I don't really need to show my green card, right? But, do I have to choose "Alien Authorized to work" since that is the one that specifies an expiration date plus Alien number? I am just nervous about them getting goofy about the expiration date, as I am supposed to not be able to get off work for the first 10months of employment, it is a requirement. I will need to go and get a stamp I551 (and my passport is expired and impossible to renew as I am from Venezuela and our consulates and embassies are like not operating due to political unrest in the country). But I have read they will give it to me on a blank I94 if I bring two passport photos and my expired passport. Thank you for your response.. please note my main question is about the I9. Okanas
  10. Guys, I need your help in getting to know what I am going to write down in the detailed resume/CV because the officer asked me to send me the detailed resume/CV along with my passports for further processing. I need some help in understanding this situation and what you guys think. its an employment based immigration case for skilled worker having minimum 2 years of work experience. what you guys recommend to write down in detailed resume. any help is appreciated thanks a lot in advance
  11. Hello All, My fiance went to school in the US. She graduated and used her OPT as a volunteer while applying for other positions. She went back to her own country recently. Does that OPT experience count as "Employment History" when filling out the I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)? She technically was not paid, and there is little documentation of volunteer work outside the information she has to submit for her OPT. Any form of guidance or way to look at the question would be appreciated. Thanks, Matt
  12. Merely playing devil's advocate here - I've heard that even though it is unlawful for immigrants to work without an EAD/green card, USCIS tends to 'overlook' it (and other offences such as previously overstaying a visa) if you're an immediate relative of a US citizen, such as a spouse. If this is the case, and there will be no action taken to you during the green card process for working without yet having EAD, why bother to follow the rules and wait for your employment document? I'm in no way advocating unauthorised employment, and would never do it myself, just trying to get my head around what deterrents there are for illegal work when A) EAD takes like 5-6 months right now in 2018 and B) most immigrants have hungry mouths to feed.....??
  13. If your EAD (work permit) is going to expire soon and your application for change of status (green card) is still pending, is the renewal fee of $495 applicable? Or is it included in the initial I 485 application fee? I know that wait times are a much as 5 months. Want to start this as soon as possible. Thanks!
  14. Hi Everyone, Quick Q: if one has a side business (besides being employed as W2 full time by a company) such ad a DBA (Doing Business As) aka Sole Proprietorship, does this info need to be included on the N400 under employment when listing the employers? Thanks 🙏
  15. 485 Approval Question Upon approval does this mean one can work in the U.S. and leave the U.S. for only two years? I am confused about why the AOS from K1 visa is only valid for two years. Will I lose my job if working in the U.S. when my two years is up?
  16. Hi all, I am currently filling out the I-134 and it asks for my annual income. It asks for this to be backed up with last years tax returns. As someone who is for the most part self employed, my income can vary and my last years tax returns don't reflect perfectly the amount I made this year. So do I just write my annual income in accordance with my 2017 tax returns or make a rough estimate of what I plan to make this year in total? Any help on this would be super helpful.
  17. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone would be able to help with one of the issues on I-134. I am technically employed by a company but I usually only work a total of around 16 hours per month with them. My primary income comes from my self-employment/contracting full time job. On part 3 of the I-134 it asks for my employer name etc. I am wondering if I need to include my "employer" or if I should just leave that blank and give them my self employment information. Anyone ever have this situation, what do you think?
  18. Hi! I have a regular job and also a freelancing job as a writer. In the Employer name, do I put ‘NA’ for my freelance job or do i write self-employed for my freeance writer job? Can I say ‘self-employed’ even if i have a regular job? Thanks in advance!
  19. I have a question. My fiance is from El Salvador, and we are currently working on filling out the I-129f form. The problem is that he has worked since he was a child in his families business. Because of the violence in El Salvador, they do not have a franchise name or business name. They have a bakery in their home and make bread specifically to sell to stores, who then sell the bread to people. So the question is, what would we put in his employment history? 1.) He has been working with his family since he was a child, which is not common practice in the USA. 2.) There is no employer name due to the family business not having a business name etc. 3.) Would we have to provide them with documentation of proof of their business, like receipts etc.? Please help. Thank you.
  20. I was working on my wife's DS-260 when I had to stop and ask her to gather complete information on her 'education from secondary on + all of her employment.' The web site displayed those explicit requirements. Two days later, when I logged back on the enter the data, the web site had been changed and they asked for 'employment OR education' and for employment, they only asked for 'occupation' and 'any other occupation.' As my wife has been both a Lawyer and a Religious Worked, I filled in just two pieces of employment information and that was all I was asked for. I'm quite happy that the requirements had been simplified, but it's rather surprising to have it happen this way. Has anybody else noticed this change?
  21. Hi guys, I just wanted to open this topic to see timelines of other employment-based AOS August filers. My timeline so far: - I-140 approved: 07/26/2018 (Premium Processing, EB3) - Attorney filed AOS package (I-485 w/ Supplement J, I-485, I-131, I-765, sealed I-693, I-508): 08/09/2018 via FedEx - USCIS received AOS package: 08/10/2018 - NOAs mailed: 08/15/2018 - Biometrics done: 09/07/2018 (received letter from field office to come back because biometrics went through for I-485 but not for I-765) - Biometrics done (again :): 09/12/2018 - Status update: Fingerprint Review Was Completed: 09/12/2018 (same day) Nothing since then. I hope that me having to go back for fingerprints won't result in any delays. I am adjusting from E2. Let me know your timeline with status updates, please. Thanks so much.
  22. Hi there, I had a question about using my AOS based EAD while I am an F-1 student. My i-485 application is pending, and my EAD card is about to arrive soon, but I've read that using AOS based EAD would violate my f-1 status. I've always maintained it, and still want to until I actually receive my green card and I'm still pursuing my bachelor's degree anyway. I've asked my DSO but he seems to think that I can't use my EAD, but judging from our conversations I think most DSOs are pretty unaware of the whole immigration process. So I don't want to just take his word for it. If using AOS based EAD is not an issue usually, would it be at the discretion of the University still? To let me maintain my legal f-1 status? Thanks for your help!
  23. My EAD expires on 02/06/2019 (was only for 1 year): 1) Should I submit a renewal form I-765 right now? IO told me if I submit it too early they are going to return the application. 2) Do I get the 180 days extention mentioned here (https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/automatic-employment-authorization-document-ead-extension) even if I didn't submit for renewal? 3) I never applied for AP, if I apply now will I get the combo card in February 2019? 4) What if I want the AP as soon as possible. Can I ask them to send me AP before February 2019? 5) If they have the capacity to issue my EAD before 02/2019, let's say 12/2018, will they do it? What would that cancel the old EAD? Thank you.
  24. Hi Everyone, We're currently between NOA 2 and NVC stage in the K1 visa process and I was wondering, at what point is it best for the beneficiary to hand in their notice at work and leave their job before eventual Point of Entry. I have to give at least 1 month notice at my current job. I'm stuck on what to do because obviously I want to have as much quality time with friends and family before I leave, but at the same time I don't want to jump the gun and leave too early. I'm also having trouble finding any information on how this affects the process, does it matter if I've left my job already by the time I have my Embassy interview, no I still need to be in work until after the interview? I really don't like the idea of having to wait yet another month after the interview just because of my notice period. I'd love to hear other people's experiences of when they finished working before POE. Many thanks!
  25. If you had maybe two under-the-table jobs would you include them on the app with all your other jobs? If you don't include them would it look bad for the gap of time between official jobs?
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