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  1. Long story short i was studying in LA 2012-2014, took a leave of absence with intention to return fall 2015, in march 2015 i went to renew my visa which was expiring in may, the visa was renewed, in may i flew over to LA to spend the summer there before school started. I was turned away at POE because my sevis was cancelled (which i had no clue about and was not informed when i renewed my visa). I was given a 5yr ban because i didnt have $3k on me to pay for a return ticket. I want to finish my degree so I got a lawyer who prepped the 212(d)(3), went for the interview this july. The officer asked me to explain what happened and why I got the expedited removal. I told her what happened she said she believed me. She gave me a green 221g but said she didn't need the waiver packet and didn't look at it. I tried to insist but she said it wasn't necessary, she was going to 'make my application nice' and would get back to me. She said she wanted to keep my passport so that I could just "pick up the visa". The only document she looked at was my i-20. Its been 3 weeks and they havent requested any documents, status is still under AP. Uni starts in 2 weeks. I cannot find anything online anywhere about a 5yr ban 212(a)(7) waived with a 221(g) with zero documents so i dont get whats going on. Anyone know anything about this or had a similar experience? TIA
  2. I entered the US with a F-1 visa on September of 2019 and I originally came for a graduate program. Classes started last Fall and the school had a quarter system. After completing the first quarter there, I decided to transfer to an undergraduate program at a new school, which has a semester based system. I got my I-20 transferred between the two schools and started at the new school in January of 2020. I just found out that there's not going to be enough classes available for me to enroll full time next semester (summer) and my advisor said it's ok for me to take the summer semester off and go back to school next fall. The problem is this school doesn't have a lot of experience with international students, which makes me feel a little insecure about his advising. I know I'm allowed to take an annual vacation after completing an academic year, but does the quarter term I completed at the previous school count towards this time? And can I stay in the US during the break or do I have to go back to my home country until fall? Also, to make it a little more complicated, I have tickets booked to visit my home country for 2 weeks in May. I bought them before I knew I was not going to be taking classes over the summer. Do you think I'll have issues re-entering the US?
  3. I am a F1 student. I was doing my opt after i graduate on December 2018. My ead card expired on January 01 2020. I got married on September 2019 with my husband which he is a citizen of the US. We sent I-130, I-1485, I-765, I-131 all the forms to USCIS. USCIS sent us mails to notice us they received our forms on December. already finished the finger print on January 2020 and USCIS updated about that on my account too. My manager told me my ead card expired so I called USCUS to explain the situation if there is a way I can still legally working. They told me I am on c9: “adjustments of status”, which I can extend my card 180 days. They told me tell my manager about that and then it should be fine. However, my manager asked me to see if USCIS can give me a official letter to prove it. So, I called them again and they said they will not give me anything to show that. Everything I need is on the website.I asked if I can have a chance to expedited my ead card then I can still keep my position. They told me it’s just two months now so it’s not necessary to do that. I want to keep my job because I love that job so much. What I can do now? Should I apply expedited the ead card still? Thank you
  4. Hello fam, I'm back here to my support system during the green card process as HRBlock and TurboTax weren't able to help. I came to the US in Jan 2016 on an F1 visa. Got a green card approved in Nov 2019. To my understanding, because I was in the US for less than 5 years ( Exempt individuals under substantial presence test (F visa) ) I was a non-resident till Nov 2019. After my approval, I'd be considered a resident for tax purposes and so need to file Dual Status Tax returns. Here's the link to the IRS site. Is this correct? How are the tax returns different (except that I file a 1040 with a 1040NR as a statement)? Is there a service you used if you were in a similar situation? Is there something I'm missing/any other considerations? Idk if this info matters but I'll be filing as a single person with no dependents and my green card was EB2. I'm nervous about tax returns because apparently DHS is super strict about tiny mistakes in them later on. Thanks in advance!
  5. Hi! I think I have a pretty straight forward question, but I am not really sure about the steps that I should follow. I am currently on a F1 student visa working on EAD that you get for one year after completing my studies. I am getting married to a US citizen in January and planning to change my last name to my spouse's last name. I am trying to understand when I should/can change my last name on my SSN and drivers license. I am applying for the new EAD along with our application for my Green Card (Adjustment of Status and Petition). Do I need to wait for my new EAD (with my new last name) to arrive in the mail first or do I have to go to the SSN office as soon as I have my marriage certificate? I believe that I can't change my drivers license before my new EAD comes because they request that as a proof of identity at the DMV, but I am also not 100% sure. Thanks!
  6. 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!!!
  7. HI all , I am planing to buy house as i got recently married . My concern is soon( probably in 2 months ) I am going to file AOS from F1 visa and my wife is USC . If i do the 30 year mortgage before applying for adjust status , will i have trouble proving the intent during the interview as right now i am on stem opt . Can the visa officer ask me questions like why did i do 30 year loan on the temporary visa and my intent was to stay longer while applying for loan . Thank you
  8. Some context: Petitioner: US Citizen Beneficiary: Unmarried daughter (with child) i-130 approval: Unmarried son or daughter (21 or older) of USC Currently: Family First Preference (F1) Priority date: Feb-2013 If she gets married and calls the NVC to update from F1 to F3 (Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and their spouses and minor children) (1) Does she lose the priority date? (2) Will they have to submit a new i-130? Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.
  9. Hi everyone, I recently became a permanent resident and would like to begin the process of bringing my long time girlfriend over from Germany. We are both in our early-mid twenties and she is currently studying in Germany. If we proceed with the normal route, I believe it will take at least a year to two years, possibly longer and this is where things get a little complicated. For what my girlfriend wants to do in the States that is in the medical field, she has to study in the US and so the main issue here is being able to get her over as an international student while under sponsorship to immigrate. There are really only two ways I can think of to go about this. 1. We get married ASAP and proceed with the normal method i.e file the I-130 and simply wait while I am here and she is still in Germany. The main issue with this is that it will set her back at least a few years in terms of education as she cannot transfer her German credentials to the US for working in that field. In addition to this, even if we had no problem waiting for 3+ years, the chances are high that the visa would be complete before she is actually finished with her current program in Germany which would prevent her from finishing when she is already at the very end. 2. We don't get married now, but instead have her get an F1 visa later in 2020, then once she is here we follow the 90 day rule, get married and begin sponsorship this way. There are a few problems with this. First is that adjustment of status is not possible when sponsoring as an LPR. The only reason I still have this route listed is because I consulted with an immigration service who said that while adjustment of status is not possible, it is still possible to sponsor her while she is in the country on an F1 and the only difference is that she will have to go to her home country for the interview. Second, she has about half the funds needed to show USCIS as a student and if I want to give her the other half, they will inevitably find out where the funds are coming from and therefore may very well deny her F1 visa for not meeting the non-immigrant intent requirement. 3. We get married now, file the I-130 and she applies for her F1 later in 2020. I'm pretty sure this is impossible, but perhaps some people have managed to make this work anecdotally. It is quite logical that people who are under sponsorship to immigrate may still want to use their time waiting to study in the US. Thank you for reading and anyone who has their own experiences with sponsoring a spouse as an LPR, please do provide any information you think may be relevant.
  10. Hello, I received admission for a Masters program in Engineering this Fall. I applied for my visa on the 25th of June, 2019. The interview went smooth. The VO asked me questions about my brother who's on an H1B, and then about my program. At the end he kept my passport but handed me a yellow slip, asking for my CV + advisor's CV + research plans. I submitted them within 24 hours and received an automated acknowledgement email. It's been ~45 days now. My classes start on the 26th of August. A couple of friends told me they were on an F-1 AP but their cases were resolved in 30 days. On similar Facebook groups I saw most F1 cases from India resolved quickly. I did some research and this seems like a background/security check in Washington. Has anyone here gone through the same process? Can it take longer than 1.5 months for a student visa? Since classes are starting very soon I need to inform my school about a possible deferral. Thanks.
  11. Hello, My brother who is on B1/B2 visa currently in states would like to join a community college. My questions are: Can he obtain a I-20? Can he simply stay here and start studying without going out of US and obtain F1 visa? Is change of status legally allowed from B1/B2 to F1? Thank you.
  12. Hello guys, I went to US in 2011 on a student visa, worked in a Tech Company there on OPT status for 3 years. I left US once my OPT ended since I didn't get picked in the H1B lottery. I am currently in my country Nepal. My Company has filed for EB3 Immigrant Visa via consular processing and I have an interview at the consulate in a couple weeks. I have a couple questions: 1. Do the interviewer have a concern since I am going from F1 to Immigrant Visa. F1 is a non-immigrant and IV is an immigrant intent visa. 2. What are the types of questions consulars ask for this visa category during the interview?
  13. Hi, is it normal that my payment is still "in process" for 9 days now? Should I ask or should I just wait? Thanks!
  14. Hello everyone, I just heard about this site and I have a question bothering me: I came in from Nigeria earlier this year and I got an admission into a school for fall semester and until now I'm yet to hear anything about my case from the USCIS with the fall semester being over. What would you advise I do?
  15. Hello all, I'm new to this community and struggling with the situation I'm currently in. I'm hoping to get some help. I'm currently serving in the US Air Force and have been with my girlfriend for over a year. She's from Thailand and is currently still on her F-1 Student Visa until next year. The problem is that I deploy in Jan. to Iraq and will return around the time her visa expires. We're planning on getting married then, but we're concerned that the process of getting a green card will take longer since we'll be moving to Texas a little after I get back. That and she won't be able to apply for another work permit, so I'd have to provide for the both of us potentially for the next year or two until she gets the green card. Is there a way she can apply for another work permit while waiting for a green card? Also, what's an appropriate timeframe this whole process will take? Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.
  16. F1 category- any one with pd august 2013 got approved from Vermont center ?
  17. Hello everyone, another question i have. Before the schedule of my interview, is it okay if my petitioner will come here in my country so that we could travel to the states together? Mother is a US citizen. Thanks for the help. (Dear admins, please delete my other questions, i already got answers. Thanks!)
  18. Latest f1 approval? pd aug 2013 f1 not approve how long should I wait ?
  19. Seeking advice. Our case was initially F3(Bangladesh). The main applicant is my mother. But my father died 4 years ago and we didn't inform the NVC. After getting the welcome letter we submitted our fathers death certificate and our case went from F3 to F1 category. Our Case complete (documents qualified) was in 30 Sep 19. When can we expect to get Interview letter? From last night other people from Bangladesh are getting IL.
  20. Hi there. Just recently (end of September, 2019) got married to my now husband 💛and after weighing all our options and resources, we have decided to do this without an attorney. We knew it was gonna be difficult but we didn't know it was going to be so meticulous in detail (in reference to my case and specific situation). So I am the beneficiary and I am currently on an OPT and I have an EAD (expires 02/18/2020) and was on an F1 VISA (expired 07/06/19) when I arrived in the US and my husband is the US citizen. So, again, my husband and I are assembling the whole package (concurrent I-130 + I-485) without an attorney and we are running into a couple of issues while completing the forms we have to fill out for this packet. We would love some help on how to do this properly (we really want to avoid even the slightest possibility of receiving RFE, lol who doesn't)... All our questions: FORM I-131: - Part 3. Page 2. Item 1 and 2: Date of Intended Departure and Expected Length of Trip (in days): I don't know the date of when I'm planning to travel outside of the US yet so therefor also don't know the length of the trip. Do I leave this blank/N/A? What do I put here? - Part 7. Page 4: On a separate sheet of paper, explain how you qualify for an Advance Parole Document, and what circumstances warrant issuance of advance parole. Include copies of any documents you wish considered. (See instructions): Do you guys have any advice on how to "explain how one qualifies for Advance Parole"? lol. FORM I-765: - Part 1. Page 1. Item 1.a: I am applying for (select only one box): √ Initial permission to accept employment. - Replacement of lost, stolen, or damaged employment authorization document or correction my employment authorization document NOT DUE to US Citizenship and Immigration Services error. - Renewal of my permission to accept employment. Attach a copy of your previous employment authorization document. I selected the "initial permission to accept employment" because I thought that this is a different case (Adjustment of Status through spouse) than me applying for a renewal of my EAD that I got through being an F1 student. Did I interpret this correctly? - Part 2. Page 3. Item 25: "Your current Immigration Status or Category (for examples, B-2 visitor, F-1 student, parolee, deferred action, or no status or category)": I put "F-1 STUDENT ON OPT. Should I put something different? - Part 2. Page 3. Item 27: Eligibility Category: Would it be (c)(9)? FORM I-485: - Part 1. Page 2. Item 19: "Nonimmigrant Visa Number from this Passport": So I have two passports from my foreign country (one is expired and one is current). The one that has my expired VISA in it is the expired passport. The one I used at my last arrival is my current passport that doesn't contain the VISA number in it. Should I include the Nonimmigrant Visa Number in the answer of item 19 even though it isn't in reference to "this Passport"? - Part 1. Page 3. Item 24: "What is your current immigration status (if it has changed since your arrival?": At my arrival I was still in school and hadn't graduated yet. It was F1 at the time, but is it now F1 on OPT? Now that I am on an OPT but my VISA has expired.. what is my current immigration status? - Part 2. Page 3. Item NOTE: "Attach a copy of the Form I-797 receipt or approval notice for the underlying petition or application, as appropriate.": Isn't this only applicable in the case of when someone files just an I-130 instead of a concurrent I-130 and I-485? - Part 5. Page 7. Item 10: "Is your current spouse applying with you?": Thats a no right? Because he is a US Citizen and doesn't "need" to apply for a permanent residence? FORM I-130/FORM I-130A/I-485: - Mailing Address: Me and my husband are a little worried about having our mailing address be the same as our physical address just because we don't know if we will be living at our place for longer than the next 3 months. We were thinking that the USCIS would send all the documents to our mailing address only right? Therefore we were planning on putting my husband's parent's address (in Texas) on the forms instead of our physical address. Would this be the safe option? Has anyone done that before? - Employment History: item #: 42. - 49.b: Like I said, I'm on an OPT but because I am a freelance video artist, I have had multiple gigs (+7) over the course of this year since I have gotten my OPT but I have NEVER worked anywhere as a Full Time or Part Time employee. Should I list all the gigs I have done titling the Employer: "Self Employed" and Address: my home address and Occupation: OPT Freelance Video for _____(company) ? or should I title the Employer: the employer I did the gig for and state the Occupation as: OPT Freelance Video? I have also worked at my school as a teacher assistant multiple times for multiple teachers, so I am guessing I should include all those as well? Someone recommended me to fill out Employer 1 as OPT-F1-STUDENT-ACADEMIC and state the Date to: time that my OPT started and Date from: PRESENT and then just start at Employer 2 on the most recent gig I did, but I'm really not sure about that suggestion.. - Additional Information: So on almost every form there is a section to include additional information for Previous Employers or Previous Home Addresses. The thing that confuses me is what item number to refer to (together with the page number and part number). How did you guys gather what item number to put in? Any answer to any question would be more than appreciated. I know it's a lot of info and we have many doubts but we would be very grateful for any help or input!
  21. 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!
  22. My husband and i have been dating for 2 years and married for about a month. I am currently on an f1 visa and we were planning on filing for i485 and i30 concurrently. The thing is he has been married before and it was an arranged marriage. After a few months they both decided that they did not want to go any further with the marriage and decided to separate like 3 years ago. He had already filed the form i30 for her and it got approved but he later decided to withdraw it and not apply for anything else. The divorce got finalized in July and we got married in early October. My question is would the previous i30 form that he filed affect my application?
  23. Hi, Not sure where to post this. I just got my green card in the mail (through marriage) and since health insurance open enrollment starts today I need to get a plan soon. My question is: Does getting Obamacare or any other government aided plan jeopardize removing conditions on my green card later on? As you know, when a US citizen sponsors you, he needs to show proof that he can financially support you so that you are not asking anything from the government. So will me getting government aided health insurance affect my future immigration proceedings? Thank you in advance for the help!
  24. Hi I have another question. My mother became a US citizen years ago but I am filed under F2B category. My question is, since I am going to be one of those who will be getting the welcome letter soon, is NVC going to send me a welcome letter under F1 or under F2B category? Am I automatically converted? Do they know my mother became a US citizen? I am confused if I will opt out or...thanks to anyone who can answer me. 😊
  25. Finishing my F1 and Need to be available for employers but Green card/EAD processing times are very SLOW! I am married to a US citizen but needed to wait for J1 waiver. I have the EAD OPT option but reading outdated pages, it looks like applying for OPT and F1-AOS is a waste of money. However Green card EAD is taking forever to be processed based on other people's cases. Due to the delay in the Green card EAD processing, would it be advisable to apply for F1/OPT and AOS at the same time and wait to see which one comes first?
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