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  1. Hi guys! We are preparing our AOS package (currently here on an F1-visa but just recently got married to my hubby who's an American citizen, yay!) and I was wondering when I'm supposed to get a medical exam done? We talked to an immigration lawyer who said I need to get the medical exam done prior to filing the package. I was always under the impression that the medical exam is to be done closer to the interview date? Would love to hear other peoples experiences! Thanks!
  2. I am looking for recommendations on the best course of my timeline. I am a Canadian International Student in the US - I am currently an F1 Visa holder. My F1 is set to expire Dec 2020 - I am currently working on my dissertation and plan to graduate with my PhD by 12/2020. My current plan is to apply for OPT w/ a December start date. My Fiance is American - we were supposed to get married this July (in Canada) but had to postpone due to covid to next July (in Canada) - I am thinking that the best course of action is to apply for OPT w/ a December start date, get married July 2021 and then file for adjustment of status to permanent resident. We had considered getting married earlier - but my fear is that if I apply for adjustment of status from OPT to permanent resident before July 2021 that I wouldn't be able to leave the US to attend our wedding in Canada? Or would I be able to leave the country still because I will be on OPT status? Would you recommend getting married prior to July 2021 and transferring status from OPT to permanent resident? With still needing to leave the country for our Canadian wedding in July 2021 Or would you recommend not getting married until July 2021 at that point transferring status from OPT to permanent resident? Or is there another option that I have missed? I guess my biggest concerns are that I want to be able to work and I want to be able to travel to Canada to see my family - and I need to be able to leave the US in July 2021 for our wedding. Thank you for your help!!
  3. Hello all, I went to the U.S. for master's in 2017, and I got a five-year, multiple entry F1 visa that is valid till June 2022. I returned to my home country after the master's in July 2019. I was wondering if I could still use the same F1 visa for my PhD for Fall 2020, after getting a new SEVIS number and I-20 and paying for the new SEVIS number, or whether I should apply for a new visa altogether. I sent an email to both my previous university and my upcoming PhD university, and replies from both the sources were that I can use the same F1 visa, if it has not expired yet, given I pay for the new SEVIS ID fee. However, to officially confirm one last time, I emailed the US Embassy in my home country. They asked for my passport and scanned copies of old and new I-20s, and responded, "As you have already completed the course and applying for another program, you should apply for new visa." I again asked my previous and new university officials, and they again stood by their former response, and gave the number of the director, if there is any problem during immigration. Do you think the person from the embassy has mistaken the situation a bit? Since the embassy is closed (or at least not accepting visa appointments) right now, it would be an immense relief for me if I could use my previous F1 visa, so that I could just fly as soon as international flights resume. I look forward to hearing your thoughts... Thanks so much!
  4. Hello, Asking for my significant other. He is from Africa and his home country is closed due to COVID-19. He was on F1/OPT and his grace period 60 days is coming to an end on July 15th. He can’t go back to Africa (Mauritania) because they have the borders closed. can someone please advise on what can be done. Your help is very very appreciated! Thankyou
  5. Hello there, I am a US Citizen, my husband was a student in the US with an F1 visa, he overstayed his visa about 4 years and went back to his country willingly without any deportation process. We got married in his country and living together since last year. We are planning on applying for IR1/CR1 visa and move back to the US. My question is; will he be subject to 10 year ban due to his overstay even though his I-94 had D/S without a specific time on it? We have been researching and seen many different scenarios from people that have been through exactly the same situations, some of them got their visa without a problem, but some others got denied due to overstay. We would appreciate if you could enlighten us.
  6. Hello everyone, I applied for F1 OPT's employment authorization card and my case was received on February 26th 2020. Apparently USCIS RFE'd my application on April 1st 2020, but they never updated in their website that they are requesting additional evidence for my EAD i-765 application. The worst case happen, the RFE mail never enter into my mail-box (I called them and informed them about this, and they told me they send the RFE mail to wrong address........), so I never had any idea about this whole RFE situation (I constantly check my case status and it only says 'received' until now). Luckily I called them yesterday and only then did USCIS staff directly inform me that my application has been RFE'd. I have been requesting them to send the RFE through e-mail instead. I called them 4 times, and the last call the staff mentioned it could take from 15-days to 30 days for the RFE request to be processed, so until now I still have no clue what additional documents that USCIS wanted from me to continue processing my case I have a job offer that starts in June 8th, I have already contacted the company but this entire situation still makes me feel uneasy and I will like to expedite the case if possible. Can anyone here please share advice on expediting the process? I really need all the help I could get right now Thank you
  7. Thank you for clicking; I’m in confusion here. The F1 petition filed by my dad was approved Jan 2020, though my Pd is NOV 2014 which is not current yet. We got letter from NVC On 1st of April stating my new case number and invoice number. Below are my questions: QUESTION ONE: I head to uscis website to get the form I-864 for my dad to fill, however, we don’t know how to go about filling it, should we fill it online? If yes, how do we go about the signature? And if filled online, how do we get it to NVC since the form is in uscis website. QUESTION TWO: Or should we download it and fill ? If yes, it means we’ll have to fill it manually with pen then scan it and convert it to a pdf format before sending it right? QUESTION THREE: If my dad annual Income is not enough, can we use my step mom income to support it? If yes, that’s means we can use form I-864A instead of I-864?
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!!!
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. Hi, is it normal that my payment is still "in process" for 9 days now? Should I ask or should I just wait? Thanks!
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. F1 category- any one with pd august 2013 got approved from Vermont center ?
  24. 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!)
  25. Latest f1 approval? pd aug 2013 f1 not approve how long should I wait ?
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