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  1. I got married to my husband in Dominican Republic, May 1st 2018. We filed for Petition I-130 on July 19th 2018, and we have yet to receive any notice apart from the receipt. I am now filing my taxes for 2018 and I'm not sure what to file, Married- filing separately or Married filing jointly? My accountant suggested for me to get a Passport certificate to obtain an identification number to file for my husband and I under Married filing jointly. Is this the best option? He currently is not working so he would not report any income.
  2. Hi, I am a US Citizen living abroad as a missionary. My wife is applying for citizenship under 319(b) of the INA. My questions are: 1) After research, we've decided we'd be best served to be interviewed and naturalized at the Fairfax, VA USCIS office. We've indicated this both on our cover letter as well as on the application itself. On my N-400 application, my mailing address is a Tennessee address (where my parents live). Will this present problems when my application is reviewed? Should I instead use an address of a friend in Virginia as my mailing address? 2) Because we want to be interviewed in VA, I am assuming I need to initially send our packet to the Lewisville ,TX location. Is this the correct place to file? I read somewhere that, in times past, there was one specific location (I think it was Phoenix) where all 319(b) cases were to be filed. Can someone confirm where we are to file our N-400 packet when filing under 319(b)? 3) Has anyone recently gone through this process? We're intending to file our application the first week of March. My wife is a month pregnant, so we're hoping that the interview will not be scheduled in the last trimester (where would mean about 5-6 months from the time of filing). Ideally, the interview would come closer to 9 months after the time of filing (a few weeks after the baby is here). Can anyone advise how long your process was with filing under 319(b)?
  3. Hey all; our approved I-129f petition was approved in December. The NVC then forwarded it to my embassy in London on January 22nd. They said it could take several weeks, and I’ve still heard nothing from them. (Apparently they’ll contact you when they’re ready to continue?) Our problem with this is that our petition expires in March and we haven’t the faintest idea when a medical, final interview, DS-160 and actual visa filing fees are gonna fit into that short time space. The embassy website is extremely unhelpful with their contact form (haven’t responded for weeks) and they, quote; “Don’t take phone calls”. Does anyone have any advice? It’s another weird roadblock where we’re sat doing nothing. We’ve gathered affidavit of support documents and scheduled shots, obtained medical records and the police certificate. I appreciate any help with this.
  4. Hi all, I am a K1 VISA beneficiary, I am now married, and I'm finally able to sit down and start the AoS application. I have read the guide on here, as well as the instructions on the I-485, I-131, and the I-765. In the beginning I thought I only had to file these three forms, and file them together. (with all of my evidence of course) I'm not always the best at filtering through the correct information but I do my best, but somehow I've now ended up with 7 different forms, and I was just wanting to check that I had it right, and that they were all necessary. My queries are with regards to the following forms: I-130 (Is this to be filed separately, or with the the I-485, I-131, and the I-765) I-130a (as above) I-693 (Does this go with the I-485 as "evidence", or does this get given at the interview?) My paranoia is usually fueled by how old the original posts are, and what updates are applicable etc. I'm almost confident I'm on the right path, I was just hoping for further clarification from anyone who has submitted these forms recently, and how the journey has been so far. Thanks all in advance.
  5. Hi everyone, Everything for my I 130 petition for my wife is complete and ready except for one part! Just want to make absolutely sure that every little part of the document is correct. In part 5 i am asked if I've ever filed a petition for this beneficiary (which I have), after that I am then asked to provide the name, place, date of filing and result; the questions I now have are: Would the name I provide be my name and last name? Or that of my wife? Would the place be the town in which I sent the previous petition from? Or the town I was living in? (The reason behind this question being that my PO box is in a different town than where I live). and last but not least, would the date of filing be the day I sent the petition from the Post Office? Or when I received the first NOA for the petition? (We were petitioning for a K1 at the time). Thanks a lot to everyone who has helped me to bring together all of the information needed for this petition! The first part of the work is always the longest it seems, and now I've almost gotten through it thanks to you guys!! Much love, Bdshelton
  6. Hey guys, I have a situation with my father’s name, in my birth certificate his last name is different than it is on his ID (the way it’s on his ID is the way I wrote it on the I-129f) and the reason is because our name is supposed to be written Beard but instead they initially wrote it as bierd which is wrong so he updated it (to beard) on his ID and that the way it’s on every identification document he has, but I’m afraid that this could be a problem since the way it’s on his ID is not the same way it’s on my birth certificate and I tried to have this corrected and they said that they can’t update that unless I update my last name(the institution in charge of the birth certificate) which I can’t do because I’m in the middle of the K-1 process, so my question is could this be a problem? Could the consulate officer think that I tried to use false information? And also I have my fiancé’s phone number registered as “my wife” in my phone could this be a red flag if I bring screenshots to the interview with this name? @Greenbaum
  7. I was wondering if I can just include the first page of our joint bank statement or do I have to include the whole statement including expenses/deposits?
  8. Hi everyone, Just wondering if I need to notarize the photocopies of the documents needed. Things like our son's birth certificate, bank statements, tax return, etc.
  9. Hey everyone, K1 approved and Married 11/20/18 and his K1 visa is expired 12-12-18... Do we have to have all of the paperwork for AOS filled and sent in by then? Or is it more lenient because we are married now? Also do I the petitioner have to submit another affidavit of support for the AOS or can I just submit supporting financial documents? Did you make a nice binder/folder to make it presentable? Also the medical exam was sent from husbands country to the US embassy, is this something that is accessible on their end? THANKS everyone.
  10. My husband just filed our i-130 for our spousal visa! Very excited, just wanted to see if there are anyone else sending their i-130 this month. Would love to connect Best of luck to everyone!!
  11. We printed the letters and the i-129f form with sept as the date. We might send the packet next week or last week of oct. Are the dates on the forms and letters alright? Or we need to update it?
  12. Is it okay to use someone else’s card to file the i-129f packet? We will be using my brother’s credit card for filing. Wouldn’t that be a problem? Denial?
  13. I am confuse, does uscis accept credit card payment? I’ve read a blog regarding filing i-129f using credit card payment is not available because it will not be send to a lockbox facility. What are the lockbox facilities? Is the one in Dallas, Tx isn’t a lockbox facility? Please I need an answer. We will be filing on Oct 12 😢
  14. Hello, I am searching for my answer here but cannot find the exact question/answer in the forums: Was the form I-129F revised at some point in the past few years? I ask this because as I have mentioned I have had 2 K-1 visas approved (2009, she came here to US and we married but divorced in 2013, then 2014 however she never came here to US- Yes, I am aware of the multiple filer waiver) and the only questions asked regarding criminal records/conviction, arrests, charges, etc. had to do with violent / domestic violence crimes, human traffic involvement, substance abuse and things related but none of those applied to me and there was no question of other types of crimes. I see now that in Section 3- Lines 4a & 4b is asks if I have ever been arrested, convicted, charged, etc. of ANY type of crime at all anywhere at any time in my lifetime. I pleaded No Contest to doing construction work without a contractor's license many years ago and when I was about 19 years old (1979-80) I also pleaded No Contest to NSF checks (writing checks on an account where there re insufficient funds); I have been open about this any time i was asked. Can I just simply explain this on a separate sheet of paper? I hope I don't need to go to court to request documents or records; Also I have approximate dates, not exact dates. I do know these are not the types of offenses that will keep me from being approved. Did I miss this the first 2 times I filed and was still approved? I am sure they have all this info right there when they need it... Thanks!
  15. Hello All! I am just about ready to send my K-1 Visa petition; After spending all this time getting everything prepared and planning to get it out before today's last mail pick up for the week at 5 PM (I live in a small town ), something has been really nagging at me up until this last minute to not do this, but to file a CR-1 instead, and here's why: Even tho I was in Manila just a few weeks ago, I AM fortunately able to travel again almost anytime (this is also one of the times of year up until the Christmas season, where airfares are at their lowest), and my question is how long I should plan to be there to complete the entire marriage process from beginning to end? We would have a very simple civil wedding with her family and friends in attendance- Can I do this within about a 10 day or 2 week period? I have, as mentioned in previous posts, had 2 K-1 visas approved in the past, 2009 and 2014, and I have already completed my Multiple Filer Waiver Request Letter that I would need to send with the K-1 petition. I also have a minor criminal record (all more than 20 years ago now and all could even be simply borderline "infractions" but they were recorded as misdemeanors) however these are NONE that are considered the "Specified Crimes" list on the I-129F application. This form was revised last year and the previous forms did NOT ask about these minor crimes like they do now so now I must reveal them which is no problem. But when I contacted each court (there are a few different counties) and am told by each one that because the cases are so old there is a longer process in which they need time to search for these records. So instead of doing this, I simply typed a detailed account and explanation of each incident, including each disposition, to send in but I am afraid I may still get and RFE (or even NOID) because i did not submit the actual records and this may create possible delays. I see nowhere on the I-130 or I-130a forms or instructions any mention or request for info on these minor crimes and the I-130 form is the same filing fee of $535 as the I-129F. I see also that the processing times are getting closer to each other (CR-1 is still longer). Any feedback is welcome (the post office is only a few blocks away)!
  16. I am noticing that some of the various visa assistant/processing consultants & services online saying that the because of the current (Trump) administration's "crackdown on immigrants" (not my words), that if there are errors on the forms a higher percentage of immediate denials will be issued by USCIS and they will not bother with sending any RFE (Request for Evidence) and NOID (Notice of Intent to Deny) notices to allow these corrections to be made. My first thought is that this is merely a sales tactic to "scare" us into paying for their services; I actually had one of these consultants tell me this on the phone and they then made an me immediate offer & discount to "act before things get worse". Is this truly the case or am I right? Please, I am not looking for comments about Trump or politics as this is not the place for that, only sincere replies to my question... Thanks!
  17. Hello, I see on the checklist for submitting Form I-129F now that a copy of all pages of my current passport which must be VALID FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS is sufficient in lieu of my birth certificate in submitting my K-1 petition (I filed both in the past)- I renewed my passport back on Feb 28, 2013 and is valid for the 10 year period until Feb 27, 2023 (see attached photo), so as you can see, just over 6 months ago it surpassed the 5 year mark, so will this be considered unacceptable or will they just go by the fact that the year 2018 is the 5 year point regardless of the month/date? I can get my birth cert with no issue as my birthplace is only a few hours away (ordering by mail needs be notarized, etc.) but it's just one less thing I would have to do... Thanks!
  18. I have another question for the helpful knowledgeable folks here ; I know that I must include passport size photos for myself and my fiance when filing the I-129F however I see nothing regarding photos for children; Her 2 daughters are 3 and 5 years of age; Am I required to submit passport size photos of them as well? Also there is the chance I MAY petition for my fiance ONLY now and her children within a year; How do I mention this when filing? Thanks!
  19. I have decided that I will still file a K-1 Fiance Visa (Form I-123F)- In the past Forms G-325 (Biographic Info) and the Affidavit of Support (I-134 I think?) were required also; I know the G-325 is no longer required however is the I-134 still? And what else is still required such as my birth certificate, a photocopy of my passport, passport size photos of both of us, etc? I am asking because it appears that so much of the info / instructions on the USCIS website is outdated- Thanks!
  20. Hello, my fiancé (American; petitioner) and I (German; beneficiary) want to file for I-129F and we already did a lot of research on what documents should be provided. However, due to this new regulation in September 2018 we are unsure if certain documents should be provided, although they are technically not required: - should we include not only a copy of the birth certificate of the petitioner, but also a copy + certified translation of my (beneficiary) birth certificate? We are hesitating to do so, because we don't know if there is a time limit for how old the certified translation can be at the maximum when using it for the interview. If there is for example a time limit that it can't be older than 6 months, then it does not make sense to provide it now and having to pay for the translation twice. Does anyone know if there is a time limit? - how many pictures should we include? Thank you so much for your help!
  21. I submitted a question to a different forum category regarding the multiple filer waiver and was also commenting that I see that things have possibly changed since I filed previously (Twice: 2008 & 2014) and it was suggested that I sent some things with the initial I-129F that altho did not delay anything they were not necessary at that point- In the past I also included with the I-129F form both (Mine, the petitioner and hers, the beneficiary) of our G-325 / Biographical Info forms as well as my I-134 / Affidavit of Support form; Are these required at this point or are they to be submitted later? As I mentioned in my previous blog, both of my cases were approved within approx 7 months with no delays or issues... Thanks again much for your input!
  22. Hi all! I've been wondering for a while now how other quickly or slowly other couples filing for K1s progressed. The two main questions I want to know are: 1) how long before you became engaged? 2) how long after your engagement did you file the I-129F petition/receive your NOA1? You can include as much or as little information as you want. I just like data and seeing if there are trends of any sorts. I met my fiance online in June 2015. My older sister had ended a 5 year LDR (he was from Germany) a few months before so I knew that if I was going to get myself into this it was going to end in marriage. On his second trip, which was three months long, he proposed. He probably was planning on doing it later in the trip since he asked on the first night while may car was broken down on the side of the highway 10 miles from my apartment. This was the beginning of March 2016. I filed our case in November 2017. It took me so long since I was finishing up my last year of school; I was in my job almost a year before I filed just to make sure I was truly settled in it and wasn't going to have anything crop up that could have been detrimental to our filing or eligibility. Meeting to Engagement: 9 months Engagement to NOA1: 20 months
  23. quick questions, when applying for ROC, do i include evidence from time we lived in home country its year and half worth of finances and healthcare and pictures or stick to evidence since gaining conditional CR1 green card.
  24. We are looking at relocating from Kansas City, Kansas to Naples FL for my husbands career. I will remain in my current position and work virtually from Florida. I have been in my position for 1 year in June 2018, we have been in Kansas City for 18 months and my removal of conditions will need to be applied for in January I believe as my GC expires in April. My question is how will the move affect me - I would need to alert USCIS of my new address and then would I submit my ROC application and all future interaction with the Fort Myers FL USCIS office?
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