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  1. As of today makes 282 days since the service center has received our petition . I’ll never stop praying or taking any course of action to get a decision made on this petition . Our case was out of the normal processing time 12/22/2018 where I sent the initial service request , that service request was responded to with a generated email stating to wait 60 days ( which will make 10 months ) this case is with an officer and further review needed. I contacted my senator and 5 weeks later I received a response postal mail that even after over 9 months our case was still not assigned and not in queue. The other senator responded to us after receiving our privacy from 3 weeks later stating at this time it was best to wait 30 days and contact them( aka do nothing ) The most recent course of action that has taken place is where I contacted Ombudsman for assistance however I received a email stating they’re closing our case because we are in the normal processing time . Once I sent Ombudsman a detailed email with receipts stating that information was incorrect I received a voicemail stating our case was back open and an apology for the mistake . Also I have sent in another service request as a USCIS rep has informed me I can submit one every 30 days from the initial response which I received 01/02/2019. I can’t believe this is my life , 😔😢💔. I’ve have interactions with certain people on this forum whom filed before us yet I tell them they’ve waited so long then they are approved and in the end we are waiting longer than them. My husband and I are heartbroken by all of this , and it feels like I’m living in a nightmare. Every avenue takin to get answer has been shut down with a generated response and rudely told to wait as if almost 10 months hasn’t been enough time s/N: Also I have spoke to two tier 2 reps . One encounter was nice and she said your case should be assigned soon however that never happened and the other tier 2 rep refused to submit a service request on our behalf VERBATIM: letting me know those were a waste of time and case approvals can happen with 11-12 months and everything in my case looked good and to wait .
  2. Wallhut

    K-1 Ghana Approved!

    WHAT A GREAT DAY! I just wanted everyone to know my fiance had his interview today at the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana, and by the grace of God he was approved! Soon he will come to America for us to be married! I must thank the U.S. Embassy in Ghana for their kindness to him and their approval, and also all the great people on Visajourney who helped me navigate this process smoothly. If not for the generosity of those on here and those who make videos like the ones on YouTube I'm not sure we would have been able to be successful. I wish all of you awaiting your loved one's approval the best of luck and encourage you to stay vigilant and positive that your day will arrive too. I first mailed off my I-294 application on 06-15-2017, so from mailing to approval it's been about 11 months. I am here to help in any way I can as always. Wallace
  3. I am living overseas with spouse. I've read that to receive ITIN the W7 form has to be filed concurrently with tax paperwork. It takes 2 months before receipt of ITIN. I go back to for a little while to US but not long enough to wait for ITIN. How is this possible to complete overseas? Is there a step I am missing? If I write non resident alien (NRA) on my taxes would I lose money on my return (if any)? Would there be anything to amend if I write NRA?
  4. Hi guys, I am trying to get a good idea of who has already been scheduled for ghana for family based (no K-1 please) visa recently? Please reply and if you can, please let me know the Case Completion Date and the Visa Interview Date as well. Thank you all.
  5. josie125


    This is for IR1/CR-1 and/or IR2 Ghanaian members How long is it currently taking to have an appointment scheduled for interview in Ghana? Does anyone know the latest appointment that was schedule and when was the case complete for that person?
  6. Hi All! My husband Vincent and I got married in 2016 in Accra after a denied K1. I've done A LOT of traveling back and forth to Ghana over the past couple of years, and we're now trying to get pregnant, so it's past time that we begin our "VisaJourney" again--this time with a spousal visa petition. The K1 was denied because they believed our relationship wasn't bona fide. In my last petition, I sent in the bare minimum of what was needed, and then worked really hard on making sure Vincent was ready for the interview with the photos, chats, etc. That obviously didn't work for whatever reason, so this time I'm wanting to front-load and see if that helps any. I have a flimsy 3-ring notebook that is organized into 5 sections: 1. Essentials--cover letter, money order, G-1145, and I-130 2. Petitioner/Beneficiary Documents--copy of my passport, two passport photos of me, I-130A, passport photos for Vincent, marriage certificate 3. Whatsapp Chats--I plan on picking 3 conversations from each month, for as far as I can go back 4. Photos--I have about 200 photos of before we were married, our marriage ceremony, and us traveling around Ghana with both mine and his family 5. Witness Statements--Notarized statements from my sister and 4 friends here in the US that have either met Vincent in person, or have at least talked to him on the phone Does this look okay? Anything else you think I should add, like financial documents? We don't own any property together and our finances aren't really mingled like they would be if we actually lived together. Should I add in my personal income stuff to the front-load? I make the 125% above the poverty level required and I read on VJ that NVC will send a letter to me requesting this info, but not sure if I should go ahead and add it in since, well, it's Ghana... Thanks for all the posts and everyone's help! This forum was great in the past and can't wait to be involved again! --Ali
  7. I heard the Ghana embassy is giving people a tough time even when they have qualified joint sponsors. Do they accept joint sponsors?
  8. Is anyone else at the stage of scheduling their interview appointment online with the Ghanaian embassy? I log on the site at least 20 times a day, every single day. Not counting the times that my fiance is also checking. And each time, it says "There are currently no appointments available at this time". Have you guys notice a time frame that they are releasing new dates? Like should I be looking around the first week of the month or the last? I am so frustrated. So close, yet so far!
  9. We have already been approved by USCIS and are waiting for our packet to be sent to NVC and then the U.S. embassy in Ghana. I am so sad because I just read that people have been denied for submitting pictures of their traditional engagement ceremony. We had a traditional knocking ceremony at my dad's house in Ghana, wearing matching cloth. My mother, sister and none of my family and friends from America are there. I also have pictures of me announcing this as an engagement on Facebook. We did not get married. But we included lots of pictures of us with my dying father, his parents, and our family. I'm trying not to cry but it looks like we're screwed! Even if I tell my fiance not to take the pictures to the interview, we've already submitted them in the petition, which the embassy will see. Even though I've included wedding invitations, wedding contracts in the petition, will they still think we're married? This is a horrible mistake that many Americans would make thinking that it will help them. I'm mad and sad at the same time. I am 29 years old and I don't want to wait another 2 years to marry my fiance! I have also spent THOUSANDS of dollars on wedding venue, invitations, DJ, photographer, etc. Please someone help! I am praying and ultimately trusting in God. However, I am really discouraged now. Is there anything that we can do to counter this? Also, what is frontloading?
  10. For NVC stage how do I upload evidence of continuing relationship? Passport stamps, text messages, photos w family and friends, etc. I have seen screenshots from others and I recall seeing 'marriage certificate' 'police certificate' 'passport photos' etc but not a miscellaneous space for supporting evidence. I know this things can be taking to interview but they don't always look at it. My beneficiary is from a high fraud country. So I am concerned. I haven't received NOA2 yet, just thinking ahead.
  11. We got a case complete on Nov. 6th. About how long before they will schedule my husbands interview? Also, am I gonna receive an email giving me info about medicals, with the interview date, or should I start calling NVC on Monday?? Any info is much appreciated
  12. Just curious about what everyone's fiance brought with them to the interview... It seems like Ghana applicants bring lots of proof due to it being a tough embassy. We did not frontload our initial package, but I am trying to make sure I have everything now. We already know about the passport photos, DS160, police report, birth certificates, and medical. Also, not sure if it helps but we met and dated in person while working in a different country. We've been together a couple of years. And this last year we lived apart because I returned to the states, but I have visited him twice. Here is what we have..... (1) i134 form a. 2015-2017 tax transcripts and W2s b. 1 year of paystubs c. Verification of employment letter (2)Proof of Ongoing Relationship a. 25 pictures of us from my summer trip to Ghana (some with his friends and family) b. itinerary from my flight c. Airbnb and hotel confirmations d. whatsapp chat transcript (3)Letter of Intent to Marry Are we missing anything?? Any other interview suggestions...
  13. Us citizen mom petitioning for children 14 years (15 by the time of the interview) and 18 year old sons. What kind of questions will they ask at the interview? Children are in Ghana
  14. Hi I got an email for DNA appointment for son in Ghana and it says For beneficiaries (children) under age 18, a signed notarized letter or Power of Attorney from the petitioner in the US, giving the local guardian (even the mother) authority to sign documents on behalf of the individual providing the sample. I already email them the notarized letter for his guardian in Ghana but what kind of documents are they having her sign on his behalf? Does anyone have any experience as to what actually happens at the collection? Can we bring an interpreter as guardian does not speak english?
  15. Has anyone recently had a cr1 or ir1 reaffirmed visa petition approved through the Ghana Embassy? Our reaffirmed case just arrived back there January 4th. Any advice or information about the interview would be wonderful. Trying to figure out what evidence to send husband for his interview since we have sent so much already to USCIS to be reaffirmed and all the evidence sent in the beginning. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  16. If the lawyer fails us and my spouse is denied what negative impact will that have on the lawyer?? I found a different lawyer and he initially said he'd include some of the correspondence (chats, skype screenshots, etc) NOW he's saying he's only going to include pictures. He even said we can show chats during the interview. (That's up to the discretion of the CO, no guarantee they'll look at it) My spouse, who does not know details of this process, insists to let the lawyer do his job. Because It looks good on paper to the embassy. Or so he thinks.
  17. For the i130 stage : I sent in photos , he’s on my employee and personal life insurance policy , 401k beneficiary, health insurance comfirmation forms , boarding passes , passport stamps, trip tickets, hotel receipts , WhatsApp ( texts , video calls ) Facebook messages , email messages , personalized greeting cards over the years , letters of support from family, listed health proxy. Is it anything anyone recommends I sent to the NVC?? , I wanted to add him to my account however my bank requires he has a SSN and not a itin i know Ghana is a high fraud country and I want to be well prepared . I been to Ghana 4 times and we took a trip to Singapore : 5 total visits averaging 2-3 weeks at a time , Singapore 10 days. married since 2016
  18. I want to thank all of you here on VJ for all the great advice and encouragement over these past few years. My husband's IR1 visa was approved today, thank God very much. Luckily, he was asked only a few basic questions. The officer had taken all of his evidence, looked it over, then called him to the window. There he was just asked if his case was a reaffirmed one, how many children he has and if his child will immigrate with him. That was it. The embassy personnel then gave him the long awaited blue slip of paper instructing him to pick up his visa in 2 weeks. It has been such a long and stressful journey and I wanted to share our success to give others hope.
  19. Hi my RFE came a few days ago. They said I provided undated photos of me and my finance together in an unknown location and that my passport does not show entry and exit stamps within the 2 year period. I can understand the photos because i grouped them by year (2014 and 2015), but my passport copy (which was black and white) shows the visa and the stamps are there are well. Should I call to find out why or just move forward and provide a color copy of the passport?
  20. Please members of VJ I need your opinion ... My husband was refused in June 2015 and the case was sent back to USCIS for review. It was reaffirmed in June 1, 2018 and forwarded to DOS on the 8th June 2018. I received a letter on 10th July 2018 from NVC saying they have previously processed the case file and have submitted it to the Ghana Consulate. I checked ceac last update 18th July 2018 it says AP. Does this mean my husband will be called to submit his passport or will have a second interview.
  21. I would appreciate any comments on the following. My husband's CR1 visa was denied in Mid September. He was given a letter stating 221(g), with no reason noted, and nothing checked on the accompanying checklist. The CO told my husband his file would be sent back to USCIS. But now I checked the CEAC website, and it states his case is in Administrative Processing. I am confused about this. The website states the AP will take several weeks, whereas the case going all the way back to USCIS can take at least six months. Has anyone had this experience? Thank you.
  22. We are currently in the waiting process for our NOA2 and are trying to determine when to start attempting to obtain a police certificate from Ghana. My fiance is Ghanian but lives abroad, so he cannot go to Accra and have his fingerprints done for the certificate. Does anyone have experience of getting a police certificate remotely and how long did that process take you? Did is go smoothly? Any advice is welcome!
  23. I divorced May 1st 2018. When shd I go and marry my fiancé in Ghana 🇬🇭 and file for him?
  24. I know, I know that a tourist visa is nearly impossible to get for a Ghanaian... especially in CR1 process. My question is would it hurt our case to apply for one anyway?
  25. Visa denied for a second time. first time they didn't think marriage was Bonafide. they said my husband would be a public charge. I recently added my niece to my house hold due to her being placed in emergency custody, is there something or someone we could contact to talk to be able to get a second joint sponsor? or will we have to wait to appeal. that process is soo long. Can't we call the embassy to get a second opinion?