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  1. Hello, It seems we don’t have a sub-forum exclusive for those who filed their AOS petition this month – September 2019, so I thought I would create one. Hope this channel helps us communicate and share our experiences. I look forward to hearing from fellow September filers. Good luck to all of us! My details (married to a US citizen and currently working/living in the US currently on L1B😞 Marriage-based AOS packet mailed by FedEx to USCIS Chicago: 9/8 AOS packet delivered: 9/11 Received SMS notifications to inform that USCIS received my case: 9/17 Cheques cashed by USCIS: 9/18 Received letters (NOAs – form 797C) for I-130, 485, 765, 131: 9/20 Waiting for biometric service appointment letter
  2. I am an incoming Taiwanese student at University of Michigan, and I am writing to seek your assistance for next steps on my green card/SB-1 visa. Family: In 1998, I got my green card, which was petitioned by my grandfather who was a US citizen but passed away a few years ago. My uncle's family and my two younger sisters are also US citizens, while my parents gave up their green cards in 2013. I never left the US for more than 180 days unless I had a reentry permit, until 2013. My last time entering the US was in 2013, and my green card expired in 2019. The actual reason I did not go back is that the immigration officer at customs told me I'd better not go back unless I could prove I would stay in the US for a long time, such as studying or working in the US. Reason to leave and go back to the US: In 2013, I departed from the US to my home country, Taiwan, to treat my disabled right ear. At that time, I was 19 and could not live alone in the US with difficulties caused by my hearing impairment. We believed that we would get the best medical resources because my father worked at a hospital in Taiwan. After several years of treatments, including equipping with a hearing aid and taking lessons to correct pronunciation, I improved a lot and will study at the MBA program at University of Michigan. I hope to work in the US after graduation as I always love the lifestyle in the US, and I am confident I will contribute to society. Being eligible to work in the US is the main purpose of regaining my green card. Current situation: Unfortunately, I followed UM's instructions to get a F1 visa without knowing that I could not do so as I am a green card holder. I contacted the embassy (American Institution in Taiwan) and followed their suggestion to apply and interview for a SB-1 visa (returning resident visa). However, the officer questioned why I took several educational/family trips to Asian countries rather than going back to the US, and he said he would not recommend the reissue of the green card unless his supervisor disconcors with him. But he said I may still use the F1 visa to enter the US. I am still waiting for the result of SB-1. I would like to know how my case looks to you? What should I do to proceed? For example, appeal to the officer about my sb-1 visa, try to use my expired green card to enter the US, or first enter the US with the F1 visa and try to renew the green card after arrival? Thanks!
  3. I went to Poland, my home country since Nov 20, 2019. I was planning to come back earlier but due to COVID I am still here. COVID in USA is still pretty bad and I want I would like to stay here longer. I know that the hard deadline is one year, but it's better not to cross 6 month mark. I have a conditional green card (two year one) and I will need to renew it by 08/12/2021. On 22th of June I started working remotely for the US company (because of COVID all company works remotely) When I come back I will also need to file for the divorce. What is your advice for the latest I should be coming back to USA?
  4. Hello to all VJ's! It has been a long time since I last posted here. I hope you guys are all safe and healthy amidst this crazy pandemic that's still going on. I just need some valuable piece of advice especially from the pros and experienced people in here but everyoneis welcome! 🙂 Here's a little background about my story. I married a USC in 2012 in the Philippines. We went over the IR1 process and in Oct 2015, I arrived here in the US soil with the husband on a 10 yr GC. We were happily married and no kids until 2016, I caught him cheating.. not just once or twice or thrice but 4x! I fought and stayed married until the marriage became overly unhealthy and toxic. I asked the ex for divorce but he continously refused to give it to me. I didn't want to file first because the Philippines doesn't recognize divorce and me being still a Filipino citizen. As to my understanding, if I file here first, I would still be legally married in PH and didn't want that to be the case. Fast forward Dec 2019, I moved out and went on vacation to be with my family back home in the Philippines while trying to process what happened to my marriage and what the future holds for me when I get back to the states. Moving forward, we are separated since last December. And just last week he finally agreed and we filed for divorce, him being the petitioner. My question is first - While the divorce is in process, should I change my last name back to my maiden name NOW or just retain the ex's last name? (If I do now, I know it's a lot of work and will have to change all my documents and identifications.) But in the future if ever I remarry, would that be easier to change it later? Which is better or beneficial perhaps? Second - I will be applying for a US citizenship 🇺🇲 by end of this year as me being a permanent resident of 5 yrs. (Also btw, ex didn't want to file for my citizenship during our 3 yrs of marriage so I'll be filing for mine.) If I decide to change my last name back to my maiden name now, would that have any effect in my citizenship application later? Or if I retain the ex's last name then apply for citizenship, do I have to file for a petition to change it which might be bloodier? I'm not really sure! Is there any consequence or draw back to that? Or is there anything else I'm missing or need to know that might be helpful in my current situation? I'm just a bit confused about this whole new thing going on in my life right now. Please enlighten me. I'd rather do the right or best thing now and not look back and say "I could have done better." I'd highly appreciate any advice or input regarding this matter. Thank you all in advance! ✌
  5. Hello! First time poster here, wondering if anyone could give some advice on my situation. I got married to my US citizen spouse in Jan 2017 after several years together, and we quickly moved to the US. I came on a tourist visa and applied for AOS, receiving my conditional green card in Feb 2018. It expires in Feb 2020. Sadly, over the course of the past year, my spouse and I have dealt with some irreconcilable differences causing us much turmoil in the relationship, and eventually decided to divorce. The process has not begun yet, but I am hoping to set it in motion this month. We previously had a great bona fide relationship, which I have plenty of evidence of, along with evidence of an extramarital affair on his part in the recent months. Despite these issues, we remain on good terms and communicate well. Since we do not share property or children and keep our finances relatively separate, I think the divorce proceedings will be short and hopefully finalized prior to the expiration of my green card. I plan to apply for Removal of Conditions exactly 90 days prior to the expiration. Unfortunately, I was also recently charged with a first time DUI. This was my first time ever committing a criminal offense - I blew 0.08 (the minimal limit in my state), was arrested, and left jail the same day. I will be going to court in two weeks and hoping to go through with diversion, meaning that after some educational classes and a trial period the charges can be removed from my record within 1 year. Of course, they will be on my record when I apply for Removal of Conditions. Considering all this, I am honestly rather worried about my chances of obtaining the 10-year GC on my own. I am wondering if there is anyone out there who has been through a similar situation before, and if so - do you happen to have any tips for me? What should I be doing right now in preparation for the coming mess? Will it be a mess? Should I be worried? Should I hire an attorney to see this through, or will I be okay gathering the documentation on my own? Thank you all in advance!
  6. Hey everyone, Hope everyone is safe and well. So I recently moved to the USA on a K1 visa a month ago, and I am currently sorting out paper work for the AOS, so in other words the i-485, i-944 and other required forms to submit. For part 3 of the I-944, it asks: 11. Do you have a U.S. credit report? 12. Do you have a U.S. credit score? I've gone online and called Annual Credit Score, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion (over 2 hours on hold!) to try to receive a credit score/report, but they require a Social Security Number (SSN). Unfortunately, I don't have a SSN and the SSA offices closed the day after I arrived - so I am unable to obtain one. I do have a credit card here as an authorized user of my wife's account, so I will start to build up a credit history, though it may be too recent to show up anyway. TDLR; Basically, does anyone have any suggestions on how to display evidence for the I-944 of not being able to obtain a credit report? I saw a similar post to this (click here), and feel we aren't the only ones in this situation. The best we've been able to think of is screenshots of websites of errors on credit reporters when applying, and the closure of SSA offices - and/or providing a notarized affidavit explaining the situation (but this may be tricky, given the need for witnesses and evidence). I even asked the credit reporters about being to provide a letter on their behalf, to state that I am unable to get a credit report. The best I got was a 'shaky maybe' from Equifax, if I write to them with evidence of identification - but this won't come for approximately 30 working days. Ideally though, we want to be sending the AOS forms off ASAP, and want to make this application 'watertight'. Any thoughts and help would be much appreciated - thanks!
  7. Hi everybody! I’m a green card holder & I work from home. During the COVID-19, I barely go out, kinda scared to end up in a US hospital, can’t afford it... so I wanted to go in France to be with my family to at least make the best of it. My question is does anyone of y’all ever went out of the USA for 6 months? I’m not sure how long I will be gone but I can’t find the answer anywhere they do say more than 6 months per year can hurt you if you want citizenships but nobody knows if it’s 6 months in a row or 6 months total in a year. I called USCIS the lady didn’t even know! She said she THINKS it’s in a row but wasn’t sure. Let me know if you know something please! thanks
  8. Hi I have a unique situation. I am Canadian and I lived in the us for 10 years. During that time I obtained my green card. I met my American Fiancé there and we had a child together. Due to health issues with our daughter, we had to move to Canada before I obtained my citizenship. Since that time I have been on a travel visa but can not obtain a new one as I am not able to travel back to the US due to COVID. My fiancé and I had planned our wedding, but it has been postponed due to travel restrictions and having family in both countries. Would getting married in Canada, change anything for my green card? I need a solution or my green card will be pulled due to being out of the country. Thanks in advance.
  9. Priority Date: March 28, 2005 Approval Date: April 17, 2009 Current Visa Bulletin: January 22, 2005 DOB: April 20, 1997 Category: F4 Location: India Hi, I am a derivative applicant, whereas my father is the principal applicant. My biological age is 23. However, I calculated my CSPA age using an online calculator and it turns out to be 19 years. I would like to know if I am surely covered under CSPA. I have read a couple of articles where the CSPA applicant is not approved of the visa. What action can I take prior to the date becoming current to stay covered under CSPA? Why do some people get rejections even if staying covered under CSPA? Thank you!
  10. Hi guys I have the 10 year GC because I was married to an American for 4 years and lived there. After these years my marriage became violent and I went back to my country and divorced from here. I have my GC but I've been here for over 2 years. Is there any chance I can go back?
  11. I applied for my parents and filed I-130 Petition in Oct 2019, For proof of their marriage I provided Nadra Marriage Certificate , 2 witness affidavit who attended the wedding and Civil Magistrate affidavit for Nikkah nama unavailability with my parents petitions. Also other additional documents as Family Tree was also provided. After 8 month my mother petition has been approved while for my father they said to get a letter from Nikah Registrar stating that they could not find the record of Nikkah nama. It has been 40 years since my parents are married and getting any document so old is not possible. Anyone who went through the same issue , who could guide me how to deal with it.
  12. I need help, please! I am already living in the US, F-1 visa. I am currently in the process of adjusting my status to permanent resident. My wife (US citizen) and I (green card applicant) got married after I filed my taxes, we did not file together. Her dad claimed her on his taxes so she didn’t file her own taxes. How does she complete form i-864 (affadavit of financial support) if she had no income last year (she was in grad school). Does she fill out the form with no income and then use her dad as a joint/co sponsor?
  13. How long does it take to get green card in mail after entering the US(fee has been paid off). Its been 40 days and I have not received mine. Thanks
  14. Hi everyone, my first time posting here... I'm from the UK and married my American husband 9 months ago, we entered this relationship and marriage in good faith but our marriage is not working out at all, we are both really unhappy. The pandemic and 2020 have thrown a lot of heartaches our way with family sickness and job losses. I have a 2 year conditional green card (as of April 2020) and currently interviewing for jobs. If we separate and divorce, do I have to notify USCIS and leave the US immediately? I'm really heartbroken. Please share any helpful information if you can. Thank you
  15. Hi, I have a question that in struggling to find the answers to online; if you are on an employer based green card and get married to a US citizen - is there something you need to consider/report then? Or do you wait until removal of conditions?
  16. I am preparing my application for green card, I-485, I-130 plus I-765 employment authorization and I-131 application for travel document. Everything is almost ready to go. But is not fully clear to me how to assemble everything, and if this is important. Should I assemble first all forms together and then under them attach all supporting documents together, birth certificates, photographs, divorce certificate, etc. OR separate form I -485 with supporting documents, then form I-130 with supporting documents and photos, etc. what is the best way to attach photographs? Thanks for tips!
  17. So, a relative of mine still has an Alien Receipt Registration Card or Form I-151 in the year 2020 (like the one in the attached image, i don't feel comfortable sharing the real card), I have read that this was rendered by INS invalid for proof of residence since 1996. My uncle has never encountered any problem, neither thus he use the card often. He still has a current California RealID, obtained using his unrestricted SSN and the DD Form-1173-1 Card and now we are planning to apply for naturalization for him. Do we need to renew the card first? (In that case, what form shall be used?) or can we go straight to naturalization? , also he is now 71 years old , lived in america since his late 20's, is he exempt from the civic and language test?. His last travel abroad was on March 17, 1996 to May 30, 1996 and the P.I Passport he used back then still remain unrenewed . Passport expired in February 2001, Do we need to renew that too?. I know this might take time due to the current pandemic and lockdown. TIA for any responce
  18. Hi. So long story short. I moved to California from the UK, after my ex-wife had told me she was pregnant from my previous visit. We had been seeing each other long distance over the years. So I adjusted status through marriage to her (US Citizen). I have my conditional permanent residency green card. It expires in DEC 2018. My wife and I ran into problems with our marriage after the first year. She drank a lot, and threw her phone at me and punched me in the face when I was holding our 1 year old daughter. So I called the police. As the police were arriving, my wife hit herself in the face as she didn't want to be arrested and taken away from our daughter, as she had already been arrested for domestic violence and cruelty to a child in the past. Bare in mind, I'd never been arrested for anything before. The police only took her side and arrested me. I spent 3 days in LA Jail, the public defender managed to bring the charge down from spousal abuse(felony) to domestic violence(misdemeanor). I couldn't afford an attorney at the time. I was basically advised to take the plea deal of no contest because if I had pled not guilty and was found guilty, my public defender said I could of been placed into removal proceedings there and then. Now skip forward a couple of months, my wife and I were back together, trying to work things out. I have multiple screenshots of texts from her apologising for hitting me, and hitting herself and acknowledging that I'd never physically abused her. Things didn't work out and she ended up filing for divorce and a restraining order. The divorce hearing is tomorrow. I didn't contest it. I just want visitation of my daughter and that's it. My ex wife caused me nothing but hurt and misery, to the point I even stayed in a Domestic Violence shelter for months because of her abuse. I'm just looking for any advice, or anyone to share their success stories(if any), where people have gotten divorced while they're still on their conditional green card, have a DV conviction, and have still managed to have the conditions removed and been granted a 10 year green card. I'm trying to save up money right now for an immigration attorney for when the 90 day expiry period comes up to renew. But is it even worth paying out all the money for an attorney and the fees, if it's just going to be a firm NO from USCIS. Is there literally any hope? My biggest fear is having to go back to the UK and not be able to see my daughter grow up, and her not to have her father in her life. Also once you file to have the conditions of your green card removed, how long does it take for them to approve or deny? And do you get some kind of extension on your green card while it's been reviewed? Thank you
  19. Hi all My husband and I were married in Jan 2019 and filed for I130 visa abroad. The I130 has been approved at NVC stage and waiting to be sent to local Embassy. I know that a 10 years validity of Green Card will only be issued if we have been married for more than two years at the time our permanent residency is approved. Can I ask, when would the exact approval date be? Is it the date when I have completed the interview or when the Green card is being issued to me or when I travel to the US with my visa? We are hoping to delay our interview nearer to our anniversary so that we can get a 10 years Green Card. Any help is appreciated!
  20. Anybody has any idea when will the social security offices open again for public. I have to apply my ssn but unable to do so.
  21. I am about to file form I-290B because my I-485 adjustment of Status (Marriage with US Citizen) was denied due to missing form I-864. Question: Even though I the beneficiary filed for I-485 that was denied, am I the one submitting for I-290B or the sponsor which is my spouse? it is confusing, the denial letter states the beneficiary cannot file I-290B. I am the applicant of I-485 that was denied but also the beneficiary of the filing for AOS/Green Card. If anyone can help, thanks. Also is there a template / Cover letter sample that addresses the I-290B Motion to reopen? thanks.
  22. I am from Brazil and I am a daughter of a green card holder who got in through my brother (an American citizen), I already have my NVC number, paid all the fees and delivered the DS-260 form. Related to that, I have two questions. How can I identify my case? Is it F22, F2A or neither? Can I enter the US while I wait for them to schedule my interview in the consulate? I already have a tourist visa, will I have any issues trying to get in?
  23. Hello, Just wondering if anyone else in in a similar situation as myself, imagine there are many who are and many more who are in worse situation than me due to everything going on with covid-19. I came over to the US in November on a K1 visa, got married in December and then sent off the I-485 form to adjust my status in February. In March I checked my case status online line and it said "Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview." Today it still says the same thing. Now I know that all face to face interviews have been delayed due to the effect of Covid-19 but I have not received any communication in the mail, or online, from USCIS since the case status changed. If you are in a similar situation to myself, have you received anything from USCIS? Does anyone know if they are planing on skipping the interview stage, as I expect there is going to be a considerable backlog, and just issue green cards? I know something such as this hasn't happened in modern history so answers will be purely guess work but I thought I might as well ask...
  24. Hi, Besides the W2, I have just received a 1042-s form (fellowship, code 15) for 2013 because I got my green card only at the end of the year. Could someone that has faced this situation in the past tell me how they proceeded about this form? (ie, did you treat it exactly like a W2, for example) I will be filing "Married filing jointly", probably with TurboTax, in case that is relevant. Thank you so much in advance.
  25. Hey guys I arrived in the US two weeks ago. I paid my green card fee last week. I called SSN office in columbus to ask them if I could apply for SSN. They told me that SSN offices were closed for public. Just want to confirm from you guys if it is a correct information. Can I apply for SSN online? Or i will have to wait for the offices to open? Thanks for adavance.
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