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  1. Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and have been doing my research on the US Immigration process, hoping to understand whether the K1 or the CR-1 (I-130) is a better option for us. All of this is separate to the COVID-19 situation and the recent Immigration Ban. Some background: Boyfriend: US citizen by birth; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA Myself (Female): naturalized Canadian Citizen (2011) (original citizenship: Pakistani - no longer valid). Born, lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. We have been dating for about a year now (we met in LA while I was on vacation) and we are planning on getting married ASAP to live in LA. We see each other once a month either in the US or in other parts of the world (minus during the COVID-19 period). We were last together in Feb 2020 in LA. We aren't picky on where in the world we get married, as long as we are able to live together in LA as soon as possible, with the possibility of me working in the US sooner rather than later. I have a steady job in Dubai, and would not like to quit and move just to 'wait around' for the right to work, hence, the need to be able to work is crucial. If we were to categorize, priorities are as follows: 1) working in the US sooner rather than later 2) being together full-time 3) funds. i.e. OK to proceed with a process that allows me to work sooner than later, but which could take longer to enable me living there full-time (as long as we can continue our once a month visits globally - separate to COVID) vs. something that allows me to move quicker, but idle in terms of work. I have seen the below advice floating around on other topics within this forum. Is a lawyer recommended for either of these processes, or are these manageable on our own? It seems that the CR-1 option is better for us, however, once I apply, am I allowed in the US as a visitor just to meet him? Or do I need to wait until approval of this process? How long does the CR-1 usually take? Does my living/citizenship arrangement make it more complicated? If we decide on the K-1 route, how soon can I receive the EAD to work? (I know the below has timing guidelines, but we all know these aren't always the reality!) Thank you so much! I know this post is lengthy/detailed, but makes it easier to have the facts laid out to navigate the process!
  2. Hello, sorry if I post this in the wrong forum. I very new here. Snapchat became our main app for talking ever since we met and now that our relationship has flourished and decided to take it to the next level (ending the LDR with K1 visa), we spotted our biggest mistake when we read the requirements: conversation screenshots. The thing with Snapchat is it delete the chat after 24 hours, as well as our call logs. Any tips? 😔
  3. Currently, my fiance and I are waiting for the consulate to open back up to finish her fingerprint appointment and final interview for the K1 Visa. However, while we are waiting I would love to visit her, but our concern has always been, what happens if she were to become pregnant while we are still waiting for the K1 visa? Would she be able to obtain a B2 visa for her medical appointments for her pregnancy? I know the US has tighten down on this particular subject with "birth tourism", However, that only targets individuals who are looking to obtain this visa so their child can gain US citizenship. That wouldn't apply in our case because since I am a US citizen, my child would be as well anyways. The main reason we would want to do this would be for financial reasons anyways,
  4. Hello, I live in Ohio , im about to submit my I129F K1 my beneficiary lives in Monterrey Mexico. Does anyone know which service center represents Ohio residents typically for K1? and also which consulate will my beneficiary go too for the medical exam the Monterrey or is it always Juarez Mexico?
  5. Hi all, I am from Aruba with a Dutch nationality, my fiancee is a US citizen. We are just starting to apply for a K1 visa for me to move to the US. Has anyone with a dutch nationality done this before? How long did this take? Also, is there a embassy in venezuela only or in curacao as well? Also, any tips for beginners on all of this? Thanks
  6. Hello, My mother just got married with and american, she is brazilian and i am too. I was being covered by her application for my visa, because I was under 21. But by accident her boyfriend called the bank and canceled the check he had sent to USCIS, they canceled my case and returned all documents. Now I am 21 years old and I cannot be part of my mother's wedding case to get the greencard. What I wanted to know is if I can resend the same documents to the same case with a new check, and if there is a chance that they will accept. Thanks.
  7. found this interesting read while doing some digging :- https://fam.state.gov/fam/09FAM/09FAM050207.html#M502_7 9 FAM 502.7-3(C)(4) K Visa Interview (CT:VISA-579; 04-27-2018) a. The Alien is to be Invited for an Interview When: (1) The alien has reported that all of the necessary documents have been collected; and (2) The medical examination has been completed and the report is or will be available before the interview. b. You must direct the interview to determine eligibility as if the alien were applying for an immigrant visa in the immediate relative category. You must also: (1) Inform the K-1 or K-3 visa applicant of any protection orders or criminal background information regarding the petitioner that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reported with an approved K petition. After informing the applicant, give the applicant time to decide whether he or she wishes to proceed with the K visa application, and, in the case of an applicant for a K-1 visa, whether he or she still intends to marry the petitioner within 90 days of entering the United States. Enter appropriate case notes into the IVO system to indicate that the applicant received notice of the petitioner's criminal background information (see 9 FAM 502.7-3(D)(1) for more specifics); (2) Inform the K-1 or K-3 visa applicant of any previously approved Form I-129F petitions filed by the petitioner. You will find this information on the approved Form I-129F as USCIS annotates approved Form I-129F petitions to indicate multiple filings. (Note: Under IMBRA, if a U.S. citizen already has had two fiancé(e) or spousal petitions approved less than ten years prior to the filing of a subsequent petition, the K-1 or K-3 applicant who is the beneficiary of the subsequent petition is to be notified. Absent an IMBRA waiver, USCIS may not approve a petition filed by an individual who (1) has filed two or more previous fiancé(e) or spousal petitions; or (2) has had such a petition that was filed within the previous two years approved. USCIS indicates these waivers by noting "IMBRA waiver approved" in the approved petition's Remarks block. Aside from informing the beneficiary of the previous petitions, no additional steps are required of you.) Make appropriate case notes in IVO; (3) Ask the applicant whether an international marriage broker (IMB) facilitated the relationship with the petitioner and if so, identify the IMB, and then ask if the IMB complied with the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBRA) by providing the applicant with the required disclosures and information (see 9 FAM 502.7-3(D)(1)) If the IMB did not provide the required disclosures and information, make case notes in IVO on the failure of the IMB to comply with IMBRA and provide that information to CA/VO/F/IE by email. Proceed with case processing; do not wait for clearance to proceed; (4) Provide to each K-1 or K-3 visa applicant another copy of the USCIS pamphlet, "Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa," which they already should have received when the instruction packet was first mailed to them (see 9 FAM 502.7-3(C)(2) paragraph d(3)), in English or another appropriate language; (5) Orally review with the applicant, in his or her primary language, if feasible, or otherwise in either the language spoken in the country of application or English, the synopsis of the points contained in the pamphlet (found at 9 FAM 502.7-3(E)); (6) Add case notes in IVO that the pamphlet was received, read, and understood by the applicant; and (7) In K-1 cases, obtain the applicant’s oath and biometric signature within IVO. This certifies the applicant’s legal capacity and intent to marry.
  8. Hi. My name is Greg, and i live in Los Angeles, California USA. I've sent in my application on January 15, 2020 for my fiance that lives in Armenia. Its a K1 Fiance visa. My question is because of the Corona virus, are processing times still the same for K1 Visas? I want to know when I will get our approval letter and our Case Number? Thank you in advance!
  9. My fiance and i just got outi-797 notice of action approved on 3/27/2020 and the valid date ends 7/26/2020. We applied for the visa way before covid 19 ever came up but now with borders closed and no sign of it being opened any time soon and i heard a vaccine wont be here till 2022. What are we sapose to do? Why did the goverment approved the visa and not just hold it till this is all over? Am i going to have to reapply for a new visa if its not opened back up in time? All if the time and money we spent on this is it going to be wasted? My fiance is panicking and our agency is still trying to figure out everything.
  10. Hi all, My fiancé’s interview is tomorrow in her time at the US Embassy in Bishkek and I have a concern on language that will be used for the interview. Will it be conducted in English or Russian? If she speaks Russian during the interview, will it hurt her chance of getting the visa?
  11. Hello! I have been struggling to fill out the I-129F because I do not understand Cuban addresses at all. If for example the address is: Calle XX #XXXXX E/ Calle x y Calle x Reparto Magdalena Cotorro La Habana (this is how it appears on my fiance's ID) Where does each section fill into on the form? Also, does Cuba have a postal code? If anyone could help. Thank you!
  12. Approval Notice Valid from 8/23/2019 to 12/22/2019 Actual Received Date in Mail: 9/3/2019 Case Type: I129F - Petition for Fiance(e) Petitioner: Citizen from U.S. Beneficiary: Santiago, Chile Hello, My fiance and I have received our NOA2 (I-797), after 4 weeks he called NVC like the letter stated in case we didn't hear anything back. My fiance called the NVC to ask about the case number, but they said to wait 6 weeks instead in hope of some mail/email. After 6 weeks have passed he called once again and they still didn't have my receipt number on file. This time they told him to email nvcresearch@state.gov and the response time is for an undetermined amount of time. He sent the NVC Research team an email with my receipt number in the title and attached our NOA2 letter that we received from USCIS. My questions are as follows: -Should he receive an email reply from the NVC regarding his research team email just to indicate they have received it? -Can he contact the USCIS to send a copy of the approval to NVC if possible? -Is there a way to call the NVC Research team directly in regards to finding my case? -I’m worried about the approval valid time period I have left considering the research team could take months and we only have until 12/22/2019. Is this date a deadline to schedule an interview or to complete the interview? Best regards, Claudina R.
  13. Hi Everyone, I'm becoming very impatient! I have a job offer and I need to start working from 22nd January. Can you guys help me to get an idea when my EAD should be approved by? Case is with National Benefit Center (MSC). 08/30/17 -- Filed I-765 and I-485 09/25/17 -- BIO Completed // 11/15/17 -- Called USCIS, got a referral number, no feedback received 12/05/17 -- Called USCIS, got a referral number, no feedback received 01/08/18 -- Called USCIS, escalated case to Tier 2, then escalated to Tier 2 Supervisor who told me she would call back in a few days, still waiting... On the USCIS tracker it only shows "Fingerprint Fee was received" since 09/12/17 for I-485; and "Case was received" since 09/07/17 for I-765. Its been 134 days!
  14. Hi guys! How can I find the link of registration form for cfo so I can fill it up? I already have an scheduled appointment made but i haven’t seen the link. Can someone help me. Thank you! Please see photo for reference
  15. Hi, Greetings fellow VJs! Has anyone extended (or try to request extension) on theirs (or partner's) K-1 Visa? I have a special situation that may need to extend my fiancee's K-1 Visa. She lives in China and as of today, because of Coronavirus, there's level 4 (Do Not Travel) travel notice for China. Also, many flights to / from China have been cancelled and US government may take another measure to prevent the spread of the virus by blocking any flight from China. She has her visa approved and ready to travel, but her visa is expiring soon (next month) and I'm afraid the situation may be getting worse there. She has done a check-up and clean from the virus. Does anyone have advice on requesting K-1 visa extended? Thanks!
  16. Hi there I'm from the UK and I'm planning on accepting a job on the Disney Cruise ship very soon and the contract is around 4 months. The ship would be travelling to and from orlando and Bahamas and I will be on a C-1/d visa. My boyfriend is American living in Orlando and we were wanting to do the K1 visa this year so I am able to live out there and be with him. Now the K1 process time can be up to 9 months so I was wondering if I was able to start the k1 process and apply for one while I am working on the ship for the 4 months so when I'm back we would only have to wait a few more months for it to be accepted or would I have to wait till my contract with Disney cruise ends and then apply?
  17. Hello! Please help. We have been waiting a year and a half for our interview. We are finally here, as our interview was scheduled for yesterday. We had to travel super far and spend everything we have to get here. My fiancé is Cuban and we had to travel to Guyana for our interview. We have been here over a week already since we had to be here early for the medical exam. I have already taken 2 weeks off work (1 unpaid). When we showed up to our interview yesterday they had us waiting an agonizing 3 hours before they told us the NVC never sent the approved copy of our I-129 and then told us that we’d have to come back and they’d be in touch via phone or email in the next few days. I haven’t stopped crying. We have all required documents and more and have done our due diligence, waited forever and spent more than we have, only to be told they screwed up on their end. I have no idea where to go from here or what to do. We are going to show up early at the embassy tomorrow and try to get some answers, but I’m terrified they won’t help us. What can we do?
  18. Hey guys, I’m going through some supposed delay on my NOA2. We’ve applied in September 2019, got our NOA1 on the 23rd and nothing till now. Is there anyone else going through the same? Is so nerve wrenching! please share your experiences! ❤️
  19. Hi! Just want to ask how long does it take to get your marriage certificate? Because my 90days will expire on January 10,2020 and our wedding is on January 5,2020. How many days till I get the marriage cert so I can submit it along with other forms. thank you in advance
  20. Hi all I am a K1 Visa recipient and my husband and I are filing our AOS soon. I have a question regarding the required tax documentation on the I-864, Affidavit of Support. I understand that if we file AOS before the end of 2019 our most recent tax year would have been 2018, and we've got that. But if we file in January 2020, would our most recent tax year be 2019 already, thus requiring the proper documentation for 2019 instead? I ask because the company my husband works for doesn't send out W2s until February, but we REALLY don't want to wait any longer to file our AOS because my I-94 had been expired since October 22nd. We've planned to file this December 16th but something came up, and we might have to reroute the budget for that one onto something else.... sigh (I know, I know, we're filing late, but life happens and so here we are...) 😅 So I'm thinking: 1) Perhaps USCIS would allow the submission of 2018 records due to the fact that tax season for 2019 won't be over until April 2020 anyways? 2) Perhaps we could include an explanation on our cover letter as to why we're submitting 2018 records despite 2019 ending? So yeah, I would appreciate any input from anyone who can help. Thank you all
  21. Hi everyone! I need some help with a few items on the I-864, if anyone could kindly assist: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 4 Part 5., 1.-3. (Sponsor's Household Size) Persons you are sponsoring in this affidavit: 1. Provide the number you entered in Part 3., Item Number 29. - 1 Persons NOT sponsored in this affidavit: 2. Yourself -1 (auto-populated) 3. If you are currently married, enter "1" for your spouse. > My husband is my sponsor, and we are married, but if we put "1" then it makes our total Household Size: 3, when it's just the two of us. We are aware we shouldn't count any member more than once. Should this be "0", then? Even if we are married? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 5 Part 6., 24.a.-24.c. My total income (adjusted gross income on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1040EZ) as reported on my Federal income tax returns for the most recent three years was: > We are able to gather only the most recent year, 2018. Will leaving the other years blank cause any RFEs and/or denial? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would appreciate any input. Thanks!
  22. Hello everyone! I am currently filling out my I-485 and I just needed clarification on a few items, if anyone can help: Note: I posted the same topic recently but put the wrong title in and forgot to add tags, plus I needed to edit the content. Apologies for the redundancy. If the site admins could delete my previous post, kindly do so. Here is the link of said post: Here are my I-485 queries: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 3 Part 1., 25.a.-25.c. - Provide your name exactly as it appears on your Form I-94 (if any) > I obtained my I-94 from the website and it only shows my first and last name. Does this mean I leave the Middle Name item blank, write N/A, or still write my middle name even if it doesn't show on the I-94? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 4 Part 2., 3.-4. > Is the Receipt Number the one formatted as such: WAC1990123456? > My NOA2 shows the Priority Date as blank. Should I put N/A? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 8 Part 6., 1. - "The term 'children' includes all biological or legally adopted children, as well as current stepchildren..." > My husband has a daughter from his previous marriage, but I have not legally adopted her and she's not his dependent. Is she included in the "stepchildren" clause? (I'm uncertain about the legality of the terms is all) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 13 Part 8., 63.b. - If your answer to Item Number 63.a. is "Yes," do you believe you had reasonable cause? > I answered "No" on 63.a. so this item should be N/A to me, but there are only Yes and No boxes. Should I check "No" anyway, write N/A, or leave it blank? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Any help is appreciated. 😊
  23. I received the date for our interview for the K1 visa for my Cuban fiancé and wanted to reach out to you for help. He did a mission in Venezuela as a music professor for three years. As he was there on a mission, Venezuela has no record of him as a resident and can’t provide the antecedentes penales/ police certificate. (Similar to a soldier being stationed abroad). Has anyone else had this issue? What did they supply? If not, any ideas on how to get the answer for this issue? We do not want to get to Guyana's American Embassy for the interview and get Administrative Processing or denied. Thank you in advance for your help,
  24. My fiancé and I received our case number from the nvc in March and our case status says ready online since May. My fiancé has not received any instruction packet and we have been emailing the embassy with no response. Are we missing any steps or do we just need to wait. Our petition approval is set to expire in July
  25. Hi all, My fiancé’s interview is on this coming Friday and have some concerns about the documents to add in addition to the required ones. I looked around about if a copy of the I-129F form is required at the interview, same with an updated Intent to Marry letter, along with a few screenshots of ongoing conversations after filing the petition. Are they needed? Also, we did get the list of needed documents from the Embassy in Bishkek, such as already having the police certificate, AOS papers, Medical exam results, completed DS-160 form, etc.
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