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  1. Hi there! I've noticed that no one opened a discussion for July 2018 AOS filers, so I decided to do it. Since we're all going to be anxious, why not share and experience the anxiety with the online community? HA! Let me start by sharing a few things about me. I'm a veterinarian in my home country and my husband is a physician. One day my "then-fiance-now-husband" surprised me with a visit to the county office to get a marriage license! After a week we got married by a retired judge, it was a very simple and sweet ceremony and I've never been happier in my life. I'm currently a homemaker/housewife and I spend some time volunteering at the local animal shelter when I'm not busy studying for my USA vet boards. I do reccomend finding something to during the wait, it will definitely help with the anxiety. Good luck to everyone!
  2. I already posted a question asking if adjustment of status were possible if i came to the states under ESTA. And the answers I got were positive, saying that i can and will have no problem. But there were some opposite opinions about when the ideal timing is to do so. Is 90 days rule a thing actually? Is there any certain time that i have to wait? I’m curious about when I should get married and adjust status, thanks.
  3. Hi, I’m a South Korean who has been in the states on ESTA for less than a month now. I was planning to go back to Korea after my visit but after i proposed to my girlfriend who’s an American citizen, now she wants to get married and me to stay here. I’ve seen a lot of posts about adjustment of status for ESTA/VWP entrants but still am unsure if it’s possible. And if it is, I’d like to know when the most ideal timing is to apply for it. My fiancée is 20 years old and i am 19. I got to know that there’s a thing called minimum income requirements for my fiancée to ‘sponsor’ me but her income isn’t enough to meet those requirements. My question is, will the price of a house that her mom owns be admitted as assets to meet the requirement as long as there’s no loan on the house and the price is accredited? & if not, a joint sponsor who’s not a family member of my fiancée could sponsor me instead of her if we can find one? Thanks so much in advance, have a good night
  4. Hello! During my 90 days visit with ESTA visa me and my floridian boyfriend (he's American citizen) discovered that I'm pregnant so he asked me to marry him and we got married in Vegas in December. I have to go back to Europe at the beginning of February due to my work, but which visa he now has to apply so I could come back and stay with him? Is it K3? CR1/R1? Does he have to fill the I-130 form at first? Where can he do that? Can it be done online? How long will the whole process take? Does he have to be in United States all that processing time or can he visit me in Europe at about the time I will deliver our baby? And what about my 14yo son who I would like to take with me? Does he need a separate visa or can he be on my visa? And the new baby? We planned to return in August, is it conciderable at all? I'm really not familiar to the laws at all and I would appreciate a step-by-step guide (with links), if someone would be so kind ... Thank you so much!
  5. Hello, I really need help with this. I flew to the US late 2017 after getting cleared for travel on ESTA. I made a mistake on the form due to misunderstanding the language, the crimes involving moral turpitude, I google it and it stated crimes such as rape and murder so I thought "well no definitely not" and ticked no. It also mentioned criminal convictions, I have received x2 criminal damage charges cautions which to my knowledge was not a conviction and ticked no. On my way to leave I lost my passport and had to get a temporary passport and book a new flight, by the time I was able to leave I was overstaying the VWP and no longer eligible to travel on it. I wanted to go back later in the year and applied for a tourist visa and was denied, at this point I learned I shouldn't not have been able to travel in the first place which was quite a shock. When I was over there I met a woman and we were attracted to each other, In November 2018 she came and spent a month with me and we fell in love. We are very much in love and want to be together and want to get married. She is waiting for her divorce to finish and then we plan to marry, and she wants me to relocate to the united states so we can start our lives together but obviously a number of things have happened and I want to know how badly this has messed things up, and if its even possible for us to marry. It looks really bad and I really need to know if its possible for us to be together,
  6. Hi there, My Australian husband and I (US Citizen) have our I-130 under processing. We need to get back to the USA for our formal wedding celebration with all friends and family in April 2019. This was already booked before we started the immigration process, based on advice we got from our lawyers. Unfortunately, we can't move the date or postpone as it's all booked and family from Australia already have flights booked to visit. It's a 50/50 shot his visa will be approved by then at this rate, so we have been advised by a few attorneys for him to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Program. I've read a few reviews on this process, and it seems it's the best way to go, but there's also a pretty good shot he could get denied entry as well. Has anyone done this before with success? We are hearing mixed reviews. What documents/proof of return to Australia should we prepare? If we're traveling together, which line for Immigration should we go into? Is there a specific port of entry that would be better or easier? Dallas/LA? Would a letter from our local representative help our case with the Border Agents? Thanks so much in advance :) Cheers, Kelly
  7. I am unsure how to best phrase this post, especially as I am unsure what to actually *do* but I suppose there's no harm in asking first. I am a British person, currently a holder of a conditional green card awarded to me on the basis of marriage to an American citizen. We married in July of 2016. However, as of 12th of February of this year, we divorced (the wonders of her thinking I earned too little money). I flew back to the UK to live with family as of the 7th of May this year. Lately however, I realised my card expires in April of next year. Whilst at first I was hoping to try and renew this card and remove the restrictions by filing a waiver on the spousal based forms, I realised this may be an impossibility due to no longer having a place to stay in the US (the place I lived with friends is no longer available), an income if I were to move back, (I may have a job available were I to return, but I closed my US bank account upon leaving) and insufficient evidence to support my waiver (I destroyed much of the evidence for instance, that would prove the legitimacy of my marriage, plus additionally we never made joint financially decisions, such as bank cards or bills) Whilst I would still love to renew my green card, without an effective series of miracles happening I’m not sure if it would happen. This leads me to my questions. If I wanted to re-enter the US after my green card expires in April 2019, am I clear to do so on an ESTA tourist visa up to the period of 90 days? I have tried to find an answer to this question online and have met with answers from ‘not being allowed into the country’ to ‘it being perfectly fine.’ I was wondering if this also ties with my green card. Should I surrender my provisional card to the US Embassy in London or anyone to help expedite any future re-entry into the U.S? Secondly, I now have a new partner, who is also American. We are eventually planning for him to move to the U.K to live with me. But hypothetically speaking, if we were to ever to decide to move back to the U.S, (provided we were married, perhaps over two years) would there be any possibility of myself getting a second, *different* green card?
  8. I’d really appreciate some help, so thanks in advance. I’m really desperate. I got married to my husband in Florida, who is a USC. I’m a UKC. We hoped we could live in the UK, but everything has gone wrong here. I want a fresh start over there and just need to be with my husband permanently. I can’t cope with the thought of being separated. I’d like to know if I can apply for adjustment of status (I-485) at the same time as filing the I-130 while I’m visiting the US on the ESTA/VWP? Also, is it true that I can stay there while they are being processed, even if it takes longer than the 90 days that you are allowed on the VWP? Please help!
  9. Hi folks, My girlfriend was recently denied a j1 visa for an internship. The reason was 214b (which is extremely vague). She is a citizen of Japan who would like to visit in the future. When would be a good time to apply for ESTA? I understand previous visa denials can impact an ESTA application, so I assume its good to wait a bit before trying. Thank you!
  10. Hi everyone. I had a problem at the American airport a few years ago. The thing is my first travel to the states dates back to the summer 2011 where I stayed 2 months and went back to Europe then in October that same year I travelled again but this time I overstayed for about 9 months (I didn’t know overstaying was such a big deal) Then in November 2012 when I tried to re-entry I got stopped at the CBP I honestly told the officer I planned to work (again I didn’t know I needed another visa than ESTA for doing that) Anyways they asked me what I wanted to do either wait until Monday (that was a Saturday night) and talk to the jury or go back to Sweden where I came from. It was my call so I decided to go back to my country. The stamped my passport with a “Refused in accordance with INA section 217. R39007” and below it says some law 212(a)(7)(A)(i)(i). That was on November 2012. I have never reapplied for a new ESTA visa. It’s been almost 6 years since that occurred. So my questions are: 1. Can I reapply for an ESTA visa now 2. In case I get the visa can I be stopped at CBP and sent back 3.Did I have a 10 year or 5 year ban for entry My intentions for entry are visiting family though it sounds devious by now I’m aware of that. Thanks a lot in advance. Have a nice day.
  11. William&Emily

    Using an ESTA/Tourist visa to marry

    Hi all, Myself and my partner were going to file a K1 visa later this year as we want to marry and for me to live in the USA. We recently found that some people go to USA on a tourist visa, marry and then apply for adjustment of status. How likely is the above to actually go through and be approved? I think it sounds a bit "too easy" after seeing how long the K1 visa takes and the paperwork and checks etc I'd be concerned about doing the above and then not being approved and never being able to apply again? Any info or experience you have would be amazing. Thank you
  12. Hi there, I'm posting this in the K-1 Fiancé Visa Process & Procedures forum as I'm hoping you folks might be able to share thoughts/experiences with regards to my situation. I'm British and my boyfriend is American. We're currently living together in another country (not UK / US) and planning to spend the summer together in the US during which time we intend to get married and then apply for a UK spouse visa for him. As I will be in the US for just fewer than 90 days I'm thinking it'll be easiest for me to come in under the Visa Waiver Program (I still have a valid ESTA from my previous visits - all legal) rather than to apply for a K-1 Fiancé Visa (which looks to be a lengthy and unnecessary process for us) and from what I can tell this is legal: https://my.uscis.gov/helpcenter/article/can-i-get-married-if-i-entered-the-united-states-under-the-visa-waiver-program. We firmly intend to move to the UK together after the summer (I have a job to return to there) so I'm sure I won't need to go down the AOS route. As far as I can tell I should be fine coming in on the ESTA and being totally upfront about my intention to get married but not to reside in the US (we might live there together at some point in the future but not for the first 1-2 years of our marriage at least). I'm just wondering if anyone has experience doing this (getting married under the Visa Waiver Program / a ESTA with the firm intention *not* to reside in US - at least not immediately)? Were you grilled by the CBP officers when entering the country? Do you think I should bring some documents showing my firm intention and and practical plans to move to the UK at the end of the summer (e.g. job contract / letter from employer, draft of his UK spouse visa application form - which we'll complete and submit once married, etc)? I guess I should be fine but I'm a little nervous about being grilled / not being allowed through I want to be super clear about my intentions and stay well within the law so that years later if I want to apply for an IR-1 Spouse Visa I won't have any problems or marks against my name. Thanks in advance for any thoughts/experiences you can share!
  13. Currently working in the US on a H2B visa, would like to change to a ESTA visa. Need to quit my job for personal reasons, but would like to remain in the country for approx 1 month before I go home. Can anyone advise? Thanks
  14. Hey! First off, if there are plenty of threads like this I apologize! I'm new to this place and just looking for some advice. Anyway, to my point. So I'm going to the US for the first time ever to visit my boyfriend now in april, I have a trip booked for 77 days, with return ticket and everything. We are planning on getting engaged while I'm there and then file for K1 visa before I go home. I'm really worried about entering US, and getting trouble att PoE, since this is something I haven't done before. It's all very unknown and scary to me. So I've read things like "bring ties to homecountry", I do not have a job right now so obviously can't have a letter from employer, nor do I own a car, I do however rent an apartment with a lease right now that I'm somewhat tied to, if that helps.. I will not have alot of funds on me on the day I travel, I do however have my bank statements from end of march that states I have a bit atleast, I will also get paid twice during those 77 days, not sure how to prove that tho. My boyfriend is also obviously going to host me, and help pay for whatever food/other stuff there might be. So, does anyone have any advice on what I should do? Any documents I should make sure to have on me? And should they be translated to English? Also, seen people mention say "friend" and not "boyfriend" I am confused on which I should say. When they ask what my business in US is should I say "vacation" or "visiting boyfriend"? Also does it help if I have a letter from boyfriend stating he will host me/help pay for food and whatever else is needed during trip? I'm a bit worried they're gonna ask about my funds since the trip is pretty long... My PoE is MSP by the way, which I've heard some bad stuff about probably why I'm so worried in the first place. And I'm from Sweden, if that info is usefull, haha. Sorry if my post is confusing, I'm new to forums... Hope someone has some advice for me! Thanks.
  15. So I have decided to abandon my K1 visa because me and my fiance had a horrible break up which I don’t want to discuss. My question is, will I still be able to visit on an ESTA (visa waver program)? Also, how long would I be able to wait before I can visit the US again? Is there a set time? Thanks in advance.
  16. Dears, I was just informed that my K1 interview will be scheduled soon as the documents have been sent to the embassy. I know that in the DS 160 that I have to fill there's a question on my last visit to the US. On my last visit I was denied entry (Canceled esta) because I worked for 3 weeks, and the only reason I did was the help my fiancee pay her rent. I didn't have any bad intentions from the beginning and I was not planning to work on my first visit. When I finished these 3 weeks I took the money and made her a surprise on her bday told her my last month there she doesnt have to worry about her rent, of course the officers wouldn't understand this situation that I was just trying to help my fiancee so they returned me home. My question is what do I put in the DS 160 form? https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/PDF-other/DS-160_Example.pdf Have you ever been refused a US visa, or been refused adimission? Yes or No Have you ever been to the US? (Do I mention the second time or no since i was not alllowed in) Have you ever been refused a US visa or withdrawn your application for admission at port of entry? Explain Do I explain here why I worked for these 3 weeks? to help my fiancee with her rent? I wanted to know what to say if asked during the interview about this? Mind you I had some money with me at the time and didn't really need to work, I also didn't keep any of the money it was just to help her with the rent before i left.
  17. I live in the US and work here. I am married to a US citizen and currently in process of AOS. I am the only person in my family or relatives who live in the U.S. Within two months, my mother is visiting me in the U.S. and this is going to be her first visit to the U.S. in her life. Since we are from a country with Visa Waiver Program, I am applying for ESTA on behalf of her. Now, this ESTA application page is asking for A U.S. Point of Contact Information, and the help says "A U.S. Point of Contact may be a friend, relative, or business associate. If you do not have a point of contact, please enter the name, address, and telephone number of the location where you will be staying (e.g. a hotel name). You may also enter UNKNOWN." I have not booked any hotel for us yet, because we will be moving around when she arrives here. She will be here for about a week, and I already purchased the round-trip plane ticket for her. The help explanation does not include "a family member", so I am not sure if I can add my contact there (I am her son). Should I put my contact information anyway, or put UNKNOWN? She does not have any friend, relative or business associate in the U.S.
  18. Hello Community, i got married last monday and we would like to file the AoS now. We are just a little bit helpless with all the step. I tried to find the step by step process but i could only find the one with the k1 visa. I travelled in with Esta. Can you maybe tag me the link? We are living at his mom's House for now and he cant sponsor me, so does he definitely needs to file I864? His dad can cosponsor us, so maybe his dad needs to file i864? And if yes, what Else do we Need to send in from his dad? Tax return,w2? thank you so much in advance!!!!! kim
  19. Hi All, I thought I'd share my story. I searched long and hard to find any information on entering the USA on an ESTA once you have the K1 Visa in your passport. All UK citizens, let me tell you, IT CAN BE DONE I second guessed myself and whether this was possible for a long time and found very little evidence out there for or against apart from warnings so I did it myself. I received my K1 visa on April 13th 2018. And booked my return flight to Fort Lauderdale airport that same day. On April 20th 2018, I was lucky to have my girl hold my hand the whole way but I can tell you that an ESTA is not a Visa and therefore does NOT get cancelled when you are given a K1 visa in your passport. Its very reasonable to tell the officer that you are coming in to plan your wedding. Why should we not have the right to enjoy planning our day with our future wife/husband. They will take you into secondary. They will want you to have a return ticket. And of course if your spouse is with you or can meet you at the airport that is a plus. I even had letters written from my employer, parents, spouses parents, evidence of multiple leaving gatherings when I returned to England, but they looked at none of this. Be confident in who you are and take as much evidence as you can. Then when you make it through share your experience and encourage others to do the same because it is not against the law. Just because we Brits fell in love with the most amazing American Man or Women does not mean that we have to suffer for it. Enjoy your love! And have a Fab Wedding Day!
  20. I entered the US based on a VWP with the intention of just visiting my wife and bringing our dog over with the intention to see if he would be able to settle here in the US to then go back and work in my homecountry to do the I-130 process from there through CP. However I recently learned about the option of AOS and between that and our dog being restless when I'm not around and my wife asking to stick around and go through the process here in the US I've got the intention of going for an AOS while I'm here. Currently I'm predominantly worried about the new 30/60/90 day guidelines that the DOS adopted and in how much it might influence my application. My I-94 is valid till the end of August so based on previous advice (that might be outdated) I was thinking of sending everything in after 60 days. In addition there are some circumstances that don't necessarily fit in the typical mould (but it's our story), but for the most part those are things that will become relevant later. I met my wife online back in November and rather quickly we decided we wanted to get married. After visiting her in December we both went to Europe where we married in January, after which she returned to the US. Between this (short engagement, recently married and the guidelines) my only concern for now is the question of intent or rather how to prove that there wasn't any when I entered the US. Any advice is appreciated (and yes I'm well aware that people that plan on going the K-3/CR-1 route in general are typically sour when they hear about AOS plans, I was one of them).
  21. Hi! Me and my family (wife and daughter, US citizens) and I’m from Scandinavia. After a few months in the states we decided to stay. I contacted a lawyer and he recommended to overstay my Esta 90+ days, adjust status and file for the greencard application. It’s now been over 8 months since we applied, no words from Uscis. I got a emergency adcance parole so I could se my mother. Now my mother has cancer and we want to move back to Scandinavia. I wonder, if I tell the USCIS that I abandon my application - will I be able to re-enter the US on a esta in the future? I’m pretty sure one of the questions on the Esta is if you’ve overstayed any visas in the us before... my lawyer was not sure if I would. Best! Qvint
  22. Hello, In november I applied for esta and it was approved. Last week I recieved a mail saying my esta application was updated and now it is not approved anymore. I don't know why exactly but it might be because I travelled twice to the US this year to visit my boyfriend (in January and April) maybe it was too much to them? So I was wondering if this denial could affect an application for visa K1? Thanks in advance for your answers Marloush
  23. Hi, I am a British citizen residing in the US, and trying to get my parents over to visit. My father is a British citizen, however he works as a contractor in Iraq so he travels there multiple times a year spending around 6 months there each year, for the past 10 years or so. My question is would his travel to Iraq prevent him from being able to apply for and enter the US on an ESTA? Would he need to go the tourist visa route? Thanks in advance!
  24. Hiya everyone, My boyfriend and I are getting ready to head to the US (leaving Friday morning) for two weeks to surprise my mom for her birthday! He still has his ESTA from when he visited me last year, so it's still valid but we're not sure exactly what documentation to provide to prove he still has strong ties to the UK. This is what I've put together so far: -Copy of Return flight -His holiday form showing when he's due back to work -Copy of his monthly direct debits -Copy of our Council Tax Bill I would include a copy of our lease but we only have an "official" lease for our first 6 months in our house (which ended in March), we met with the landlord after 6 months and signed on the existing lease that we were agreeing to the same terms for another 6 months... it was very informal so I'm not sure how well that would work for additional evidence. I'm hoping that the fact that we're going together and I will have my British Residency card will help to show that we're both going to return to the UK. Is there anything that I should provide as well? Though I know they don't really care about me leaving because I"m a US Citizen... I'm just not sure that what we have is enough and I really don't want him to get denied entry. (Though, I do understand that no one is ever guaranteed entry, we just want to be as prepared as possible) I just want to make sure that we're bringing everything we should be! Please let us know if there's anything important we're missing, or something else you think we should include. Thanks for reading my post, I really hope you can help us out!
  25. Hi. I'm a British citizen with a K-1 visa application currently processing - my fiance and I recently responded to a RFI and are hoping to be approved very soon. Since submitting our visa application in October, I have visited the country several times using the VWP. I have never overstayed or breached any of the terms of the ESTA, but have entered the country frequently over the past year (for those who care: I've been in the 'writing up' stage of a PhD thesis, meaning that it hasn't particularly mattered where I am as long as I periodically check in with my home institution in the UK). Last Friday, I entered the US through New York to visit my fiance. The border agent decided that my frequent visits looked suspicious, and sent me to the 'back room.' Here, I was (eventually) told by a different CBP agent that the VWP was not intended for such frequent visits, and that if I wanted to enter the country in future, I would need to apply for a tourist visa. The agent said that he had "put a note on my file" to flag this up the next time I enter the country, but that he would let me enter on this occasion. My main question is: is this note likely to have any effect on my K-1 application? I'm very worried that it will slow things down or even jeopardise my ability to obtain the K-1/green card, even though I haven't broken any rules.