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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. Hello. I would like to ask those who are in F1 category if you have recently requested for expedite to get an Interview schedule? I am from F2B and my petitioner recently became US Citizen. I submitted the certificate of naturalization last May 27 via NVC Public Form. I’d like to know how long will NVC respond to expedite requests. Thank you
  3. Hi all, I won the dv-2022 with case number AS6xxx. I also admitted to the school and will be starting Master degrees in the US from this fall. I am now thinking obtaining F1 first, and then processing Green Card after successfully entering the US. However I've already started filling DS260 without any knowledge regarding F1 and Green Card. But I've not submitted yet. Will it affect my obtaining F1? Thank you in advance!
  4. So recently Joe Biden did a press conference where he announced that community college tuition fees would be made free sometime in the near future. Does anyone know when this is taking place? And if so does it extend to F1 visa applicants or just American residents?
  5. My I-130 was approved for my adult single child. Email received from NVC on March 14 with Case number. I have logged in to CEAC link given, but is unable to get access to pay fees to start filling out forms etc. Appreciate any guidance with respect to the processing procedures. Thanks
  6. Hi guys, I got my conditional green card through marriage (from being an F1 student) and my 90 days period before the 2 year anniversary begins first week of July. I will file I-751 during that week but I had a question. I am traveling out of the country the following month, August and will be out for a month. Do you thing that's a good idea? I'm afraid they will send me a biometrics appointment during august or an RFE or any other correspondence. Based on your experience, will I receive any communication from USCIS a month after filing? Also, am I even allowed to travel abroad once I file? My conditional green card will expire in october (I will be back in the US in September). Thank you!
  7. Hello folks, Looking for some advice and resources to make a future decision. Looked over the forum, but didn't find exactly what I was looking for. First, some background . . . My wife and her younger daughter came to USA on K-1/K-2 visas two years ago. Everything went smoothly, and now we are finishing up the I-751 removal of conditions filing. So, my wife can (presumably) file for N-400 Citizenship in 2022 if she wants to. I was previously under the mistaken idea that her only option to bring her 28 y.o. unmarried daughter (still in Thailand) to the USA was to obtain citizenship and file an for an F1 visa. But I recently became aware of the F2b visa option for current Permanent Residents. So the basic question is if there is any advantages in filing for an F2B now, or waiting (presumably) about 1.5 years from now for citizenship and filing for an F1 visa? Any difference in wait times until they are in the USA with either method? Any other significant differences in the benefits of F1 vs. F2b? Any links to resources for wait times, etc. would be appreciated! Thanks!
  8. Hi!! I’m an aspiring international student in the US but I need help with something when I filled out my DS-160, I answered ‘self’ to the sponsor question since the first year is coming out of my own savings. However it didn’t let me add any additional sponsors and my father is going to be funding the remaining 3 years for my computer science degree, will it be an issue if I turn up on interview day and name him as a sponsor for my studies if i haven’t explicitly stated that on my form? also, do sponsors need to sign anything official themselves to say they’ll be paying for my studies??
  9. I've been accepted into a US community college for the Fall 2021 semester, starting in august. Some details about my case: I'm a UK citizen 18 years old College offers a transfer programme to a 4 year university with one of the best business schools in the country, will earn a bachelors I have around $86,000 in liquid funds, I-20 states I need $15,000 for the first year I'm not sure if mentioning that I intend to transfer to a 4 year degree is grounds for denial, and I have a few ideas for proving ties to the UK but any suggestions would be great. Any questions about my case just ask
  10. Might have posted this on the wrong forum at first, but I've been filling up my DS-160 for a bit now and I'm somewhat stuck on the social media section. I think I've disclosed every handle I can think of but I have a feeling I may have forgotten some usernames and old throwaway profiles, if I'm right can these old accounts be found and could it lead to any significant problems? I want to book my F1 interview ASAP and this is really worrying me, would suck to get denied over information I simply can't remember. Any personal experiences are also welcome
  11. I recently applied to a community college in the United States and was accepted, I-20 and acceptance letter came and I have paid the I-901 fee. I am now reconsidering my options and thinking of not going through with the actual visa application itself, however would the I-20 and/or I-901 payment be on any record anywhere accessible to customs officers, thus affecting future holidays to America under ESTA and the VWP?
  12. Hi, My visa category is F1 son of us citizen. I got email for DQ on feb 2020, Now as Family ban is lifted, How many people who are waiting who got DQ before 2020 on Family Category?
  13. Hey, So, I came in the US around June 2014 on F1, and has not left the US. I received my SSN around 2017. I did not have any job so did not need to file taxes. However, this year I am filing tax return with my wife who is US Citizen. And, while going through FreeTaxUSA it asked for recovery rebate credit questions and if I have received stimulus payments, but since I never filed tax return before I have not received stimulus payment. So, I said no. And it automatically applied prior stimulus payment amount as a refund on tax return. So, Am I eligible to receive those stimulus payments? Because, I clearly pass substantial presence test for tax purpose and will be counted as resident alien for tax purpose. And, I have not filed any tax return prior year, and this year I will be putting in $0 as Wages, income, and also claim 1098-T, and recovery rebate credit. However, I will be putting 3k as gain on ETH crypto. Thanks
  14. So, I am currently in the F2b category - my father is my sponsor and he is a green card holder. I have been DQ'd and am in queue to interview at the Montreal consulate. Since they're so backed up right now, I won't be getting one anytime soon I think. My father will be a U.S. citizen soon - he got his biometrics done yesterday on Feb 24, 2021. He now awaits his interview and oath ceremony. As soon as this is done, should I apply to transfer to the F1 category? Will it be quicker?
  15. Dear altruists, My current VISA status is F1 and I am married to a USC and applied for AOS based on marriage. I have received I-797C to appear for an interview. I have given a list of the documents to bring with for the interview. According to the list I have to bring (among other things): 1. All documentation establishing my eligibility for lawful permanent resident status 2. If your eligibility is based on your marriage, in addition to your spouse coming to the interview with you, bring: - Ceritified copy of marriage document - Birth certificates, etc. - Supporting evidence of your relationship(lease, joint bank account, etc.) What I understand is that 1 and 2 are asking for same documents (Please correct me if I am wrong). If they are asking for same documents, should I bring 2 copies of each document? Thank you
  16. Hi everyone, We have our K1 visa interview coming up soon and I am very stressed because 2 years ago I applied for a student visa and was denied for lack of home ties under 214b, I applied again a few weeks later and was denied again for the same reasons. My partner and I were so gutted. We continued long distance and then about a year later got engaged and applied for K1 and here we are. Before my student visa application I had 4 approved J1 visas for camp counsellor (where I met my fiancee) and then au pair. After finishing being an au pair I did change of status to F1 student and started school and after one semester I returned home to visit and had to renew the student visa which is when I got denied. We have been together for nearly 5 years and have SO many trips and pictures, but we are worried that my F1 denials will affect the outcome of our K1 interview. Has anybody had any experience with this? Thank you!
  17. Wonderful Visa Journey Community: My friend went home to China for her parents birthday and lost her wallet with her EAD card inside. She's currently on F1 Stem OPT as the title stated, so she's employed here in New York. I have called CBP for her but the agent said she will need to have the local embassy to issue her a temp EAD card, while the local embassy says they do not deal with questions about reentering the US. She has a employment verification letter with her, her I-20, and passport. Does she have a good chance of reentering the US? Is there any other documents she can bring her to the checkpoint to increase her chances? I am wondering if there are people here who had dealt with similar situation (F-1 lost EAD while abroad) and what are your experience?
  18. Need expert guidance. I am already travelling outside USA for official work and I misplaced my OPT EAD card. Some blogs I read which says my F1 visa and valid i20 ,employment letters and passport should be enough but I need some advise of what should be my steps to make sure there is no problem in re- entry. I have the scanned copy of my original OPT card which I can produce along with the employment letters and details. I am going back to USA in april so If i apply for replacement I would not get it so soon. Please advise, thanks in advance.
  19. Hey Everyone After reading plenty of forums on F1-Reinsatatement on here and other sites, I believe I have no chance of getting reinstated but I'd still like to bring forth my case here and see what you guys think of my case. People seen to have profound knowledge of these kind of situations on here so I have some faith I'd learn something new if anything. A little background info: I came here for undergrad in 2014 in CS. Had my ups and downs, ended up changing major to Geography and minor in GIS in senior year after not doing so well( didn't spend enough time doing independent studying). Graduated in summer of 2020. Got accepted for Masters in Information Systems at the same school. Currently finished 1st sem and waiting to hear from USCIS about reinstatement. My i20 expired in dec 2019. DSO told me to get a letter from advisor explaining why I need extension which I did very well. Then DSO told me I need to clear off my dues for that semester and she would extend it. I did not have enough funds so I though I would extend it when I get funds in Jan before school starts. By the time, 30 day grace period passed and she told me to apply for reinstatement. It was her and my fault. She should have notified by a month before expiration date that I NEED TO PAY DUES ASAP and extend my i20 or it will be very troublesome. I screwed up by not keeping track of my status. DSO said my SEVIS expired in Feb 2020. Unfortunately I got in some trouble with law around feb 2020 I didnt breathlyze so they gave me DWI ticket. I got a lawyer and got everything dropped in Nov 2020. My 5 month reinstatement period was over July. I did not apply within that time frame coz of many reasons. Depressed, broke, family issues. I finally sorted courage issues and applied for reinstatement on Dec 21, 2020. I had all the documents including new i20 for master until 2022. I think the school also provided a letter recommending reinstatement. But given my situation, I think I wont get accepted. I cannot go back home to India coz I have big student loans that I need to pay. I have to finish my masters, learn CS since I care about education now. I do have a gf who goes to different school who I have been dating for a while now. I thought of AOS but given my situation, it will be deemed as intent to immigrate? I am not sure. We are legitimate and want to marry in future at some point. Please let me know what can be done to help me
  20. 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!
  21. Hi! I'm in the process of changing my current status to the F1 status. If I'm doing my process online (Filling the I-539 Form) and I have a question regarding the spaces that are not appplicable to me. Would you recomend leave them Blank or with "NA (Not applicable)" Thanks
  22. Hi. I'm in the process to change my status from J1 to F1. I will have a USC sponsor but I am going to live in other house with her relative (daughter who lives with kids and husband). Does that situation make the relative another sponsor? We are filling the I-134 form and we do not know how to explain it. Thank you
  23. I have applied for F1 visa, after interviewing the visa officer said my visa is approved and gave me a blue leaflet, didn't say anything about administrative processing. Here is a point to be noted, at the time of the interview I failed to provide my recent photograph, the photograph I provided is more than 6 months old . There was a person who initially check every doc , that person noticed that, I said as I didn't get enough time , hence I couldn't manage my recent photograph . The person said don't worry , u can submit that later. Moreover, as I deferred my admission my DS160 form wasn't updated. Here is another thing, in my country visa interview was paused for a long time due to covid, my visa interview is cancelled four times. Suddenly the consulate resumed their interview and I got a call from consulate to attend in the interview on same day , hence I couldn't update DS160 and couldn't bring updated photograph. When I arrived home , I got a mail "Please be advised to submit new photographs (2 copies) taken within the last six months, along with a copy of this email, at your pre-selected document collection center." On next working day , I submitted my recent photograph . Now when I am checking my status in this link https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx , it is saying refused
  24. Hello All, I am quite new to the topic of visas considering me and my boyfriend of 6 years have just recently touched on the topic of starting the marriage process. I am Canadian and he is American. I have so much confusion based around the whole visa process and am unsure what our best option would be. What are the requirements and process entailed in us getting married in Canada and than applying for a CR-1 visa? Is there a heavy application similar to the K-1 process for us to get married here in Canada? Would getting married in Canada and applying for a CR-1 visa be a better option than applying for a K-1 visa? I also plan on finishing schooling in the US and am wondering if I should go there on a student visa and get married and request an adjustment of status? I feel like there are so many different ways and I am so overwhelmed and would love some help as to what my best option would be. Thank you!
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