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  1. Our AOS was approved on September 12th and USCIS indicated that they mailed out my card this past Friday, September 16. We then received our approval/welcome letter on September 17th. To date we have not received our green card. Does it really take 5+ days for priority mail?
  2. Hello Everyone, My wife recently adjusted her status from a K-1. We received her Permanent Resident Card in the mail the other day and her category code is listed as a CR1. Since she is a K-1, shouldn't her category code be CF1? That being the case, should I have her Green Card corrected? Or does it matter? Thank you so much for your responses.
  3. Moved to the states with a CR1 visa to live with my husband Feb 2017, made that common tedious mistake and forgot that filing my i-751was in the 90 days prior to green card expiry dates. After we did our fair share of panicking and some self-loathing ( considering ourselves a bit too aware to make such mistake ) we decided to research it as quickly as possible and all results pointed towards sending the form ASAP. And so we had a call with an immigration lawyer for quick advice and we ended up writing a well-structured explanation/apology letter for our tardiness lacking a "good cause" and if you're familiar with the problem you'd know that a "good cause" is crucial for them to excuse a late filing of that damn petition. Luckily we have some good evidence of our marriage in good faith, so we included them, highlighted our names in the documents and left post-its on each group of files to make it easy for the officer to process it and show a good intention of collaboration. I've also included a G-1145 ( e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance ) to be notified as soon as they can. We sent the package today Feb Sunday 3rd which is my expiration date. We were hoping sending it overnight should get it there only one day late with the excuse of the first weekday after the weekend deadline. But the FedEx office which we had to drive 3 hours to get to ( being in a small town ) can only deliver it by Tuesday 4th making it 2 days late. So we included an additional letter in the package explaining our intention to get it there sooner including our FedEd receipt to support it. I'm well aware of the possible complications and of the possible outcomes which evoke great anxiety in me and my husband, but we're trying to calm down and be practical. So as we're awaiting either a 1. Denial 2. Request for more evidence 3. proceeding removal from the country 4. petition receipt which should include a conditional residency for a year during the processing and that would just be a huge relief and unexpected luck. My plan is to search for an attorney and have my documents ready, and a well-written brief ready in case we get the first three possibilities. We are also planning to call USCIS tomorrow to ask for more information on how to go about this. Today i decided to join VisaJourney since it has been great help for me starting my process from the very beginning, but mainly for two reasons; - Any input from previous experiences or an attorney that can add up and can be helpful - Share our experience so it'll help others understand this kind of situations as much as it helped me reading about other people's journeys. I'm also genuinely curious about; What's The success rates of these situations and how often do people actually get deported. What's a good method to find a good attorney in your area? ( i will not pay attention to ADs, so don't bother ) If you actually do get reported is it possible to be back to the states? Thank you for reading and please be kind.
  4. 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!
  5. I have a 2 year green card through k1 visa and i m filling for removing condition so i m filling the I751 form and i know i need to file 90 before the expiring date. My question is is okay if i file like 86 day before the expiring date or is that a problem ?or is it considered late and i may get trouble? Please if you know help me out i m worried Alot about this. Thank you.
  6. Hey guys! I spent the last 4 hours looking for answers I can't find, so I figured I'd just ask on here! My husband came here on his K-1 visa and is now waiting for his AOS to receive his green card. I'm filing my 2018 taxes right now and I'm filing as married. My husband does not have an SSN yet and does not have work documents yet. he obviously isn't working right now, do to that. I'm confused as to what I should do. Is he eligible to fill out a W-7?? or should I say he's a non-resident alien? In my head I thought he's viewed as a resident alien because he has an alien ID number. Please give me guidance if y'all know how I can properly file my taxes! thanks in advance!!
  7. Hi, I’m a South Korean who has been in the states on ESTA for less than a month now. I was planning to go back to Korea after my visit but after i proposed to my girlfriend who’s an American citizen, now she wants to get married and me to stay here. I’ve seen a lot of posts about adjustment of status for ESTA/VWP entrants but still am unsure if it’s possible. And if it is, I’d like to know when the most ideal timing is to apply for it. My fiancée is 20 years old and i am 19. I got to know that there’s a thing called minimum income requirements for my fiancée to ‘sponsor’ me but her income isn’t enough to meet those requirements. My question is, will the price of a house that her mom owns be admitted as assets to meet the requirement as long as there’s no loan on the house and the price is accredited? & if not, a joint sponsor who’s not a family member of my fiancée could sponsor me instead of her if we can find one? Thanks so much in advance, have a good night
  8. I haven't seen a June 2017 thread/forum for an AOS. I am petitioner filing for spouse, he arrived on a K1 Fiancee Visa. We got married May 19, 2017. I mailed AOS packet to Chicago on 5/31/17 and they received 6/01/17. Expecting email/text notification soon! We are waiting very patiently, but my husband is very eager to work. Anyone please share your timelines and experiences! 😊 Any June AOS filers here???
  9. My husband was denied entry on his plane last night by Air Canada in the Lima, Peru airport. He had his passport, expired green card, and his I-797 notice of action showing that his green card is extended a year and he is authorized for travel while we wait for the removal of conditions on his green card. He also had an ETA (electronic travel authorization), which as far as I can tell, is all that is needed for a US permanent resident to travel to/through Canada. His flight goes through Toronto before entering the US. He was told that the I-797 was not a valid travel document. Has anyone else had similar problems? Any suggestions about what we can do to get him home? All Air Canada agents on the phone are very unhelpful, and they no agents arrive in the airport until 10pm, so he wasn't able to speak with anyone this afternoon. We're looking at other airlines, but don't want to pay an outrageous cost for a new ticket when there's no valid reason he's being denied entry.
  10. Hi!!! My husband visa category is IR5, he enter on US last December 2018 and he did the fingerprints at the airport. Today he received a letter from uscis and he needs to go in February to do fingerprints again. Is this a new way to get the green card in person? It is anybody else in the same situation? Thanks for the help!
  11. Hi there! I want to know if applying for US tourist visa before applying for CR1 makes sense or not? Little bit about me: Indian citizen who studied and worked in US for 10 years. H1b visa (work visa) got rejected in summer 2018 and I returned to India immediately. Got married in India to my US citizen girfriend in December 2018. Own a home and car in US. Did not get any time to wrap up my assets in US as exiting after H1b visa rejection was time sensitive. My US citizen wife is now back in the US and we plan on getting married the American way with her family around. For this reason, I want to apply for tourist visa but I am not sure if I should wait until I file my CR1 visa or not. I understand that getting the tourist visa approved might be a difficult task but I want to take a chance and see if the visa goes through. If I get a tourist visa, I do not plan on staying back in US and file for AOS from there. I plan on fully following the legal channel and wait for CR1 approval from India. What do you guys suggest? Should I file for tourist first and then file for CR1? My parents already have valid US tourist visa and they plan on visiting US for my American wedding. What should be my pitch to consular officer regarding my need for tourist visa? Any suggestion is highly appreciated. Thank you!
  12. Hello All, My GC was approved in early January. I was on an L1, have been working with the company (combined with overseas) for 11 years or so. The second week I got back, we received an e-mail from the President that we had lost an account worth double our annual profit from the previous year. This was accompanied with a vague statement about looking into what this new reality means for the business and how to respond. He also encouraged employees to discuss their anxieties, ask questions and talk about it. Everyone naturally assumes, we will need to cut costs accordingly and we have been through 2 re-organizations in the past to get us to profitability (layoffs). So my question is - given the above - is it reasonable for me to switch employers without waiting the regularly advised 60 days? I've been approached by a recruiter for a position with the same title, that pays substantially more, but they want me to start asap (within 2 weeks). That puts me just over 30 days since I received my GC. My direct boss hasn't told me my job is at risk - the only thing I have is that e-mail above. I don't want to put my GC at risk or risk have it be revoked.
  13. My husband and I drove from Canada on May 4, 2018. We paid the green card fee on April 12th. We have still not received the physical card in the mail. We've submitted several inquiry request after the 120 days passed. Then had to wait 90 days after that to submit another. USCIS agents have told us over the phone that our case was basically lost. They show in their system that everything was good and approved but don't know why my husband card just didn't get produced. They said that our case had to be placed under investigation because it might be lost at the Texas center. The last agent we spoke with last week advised to call again after 60 days to see the status. She also mentioned that our case was not the only one with this issue....ANYONE ELSE IN THE SAME BOAT? Our attorney recommended to file for an extension so my husband can keep working and traveling....but every time we go online the only to Texas locations say there are no open appointment times within 14 days! Any advise on how the heck we can schedule and appointment for an extension? His stamp on his passport expires May 4, 2019. Anyone know how to get an appointment for an extension successfully? Or any advise on how to help the Texas center FIND our case so the green card can be printed and mailed?? Thank you!
  14. Hi! I lost my green card interview notice and my interview is scheduled in a few hours. What should I do? I'm in NYC
  15. Hi, I'm an F1 student that just got married 2 weeks ago. I will file for AOS in March. I was on OPT a year ago and was given a social security card. However, I'm wondering, when I apply for work authorization during the AOS process, will I get a new social security number/card? I hope I will because I believe that the current one I have is being used without my permission. Please advise. Best,
  16. Hello everyone, Is there limitation for the type of job for the green card holder? Can a green card holder work in a federal or any government agency? Thank you.
  17. Hi there community! I'm about to start with my Green Card's ROC. Visa Journey has been very helpful on this and I've been reading a lot of this forum's topics, though, I have a doubt about sending pictures of our marriage as evidence. Since we don't have many other things like leases, car payments, etcetera I will send full detail of a few trips we've made together, so, straight to the point, should I send our pictures printed on papers or the actual physical photographs (like the ones we used to reveal in the 90s)? Thanks in advance for your help
  18. My husband arrived in the US on Dec 14 with a CR1 visa and I paid his immigration fee on Dec 22, 2017. It's been 2 months and we have not received his green card. When I checked the case status, it said it should be received within 120 days (4 months) after entry into the United States. How long did it take for you to get your green card? Will employers be willing to take the stamped visa that shows he is a permanent resident? Must he have physical card before starting a new job? I will appreciate it if my VJ family can provide me with answers. Thank you.
  19. This is for a K1 Visa - Green Card I-485 Adjustment of Status - Interview. The tax returns they have showed I made $44,440.00 in 2017 👍. This year I made less than $21,000, about $19,000- $20,000.00 for 2018 the company changed a lot, even its name, and things were a lot worse. However, my wife got a job at $11 an hour (full time 40 hours a week I think) and in the last 2 months and made a little bit of money, hopefully at least $2,000.00 we haven't filed our taxes yet but if we file together as a married couple it should be at $21,000.00 give or take. Which is okay right? Now for the other problem, about 8 weeks ago, I had a car accident, broken neck fracture of the 7th cervical vertebrae which I am currently recovering from. 😢😢 I have an appointment on Feb 11th, and may remove my collar, keep it on and maybe even surgery I don't know what will happen. But I've missed 2 months of work, i have a doctors statement saying I may not work and that I have an appointment on Feb 11th and they'll make a decision on whether I can return to work, etc. , and a statement from work that I am on extended medical leave but still employed at the same position. So, are we going to be denied and told we need a co-sponsor/joint sponsor? What if I hadn't made $21,000 this year, what if me and my wife together make $21,000 for the 2018 year?? (but the interview is before taxes are filed) Any help appreciated, need to know the answers to these questions.😟 Colton
  20. USCIS made an error for "Country of Birth" on my Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), it says "USA" but I was born in a foreign country. Caught the error late and never had it corrected/replaced. My PRC expires on June 20, 2019. Here is my dilemma: There will be important things I need to do within the next 8 months that requires me to prove valid resident status. The instructions on USCIS website for filing I-90 says, "If you are a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will expire within the next 6 months, you may begin the renewal process" AND "Additionally, if you applied for naturalization at least six months before your Green Card expired, you may be able to receive an ADIT stamp instead of filing a Form I-90." Today is January 12, 2019. The Green Card expires on June 20, 2019, is "within 6 months" between the period of 01/29/2019-06/29/2019? And is "at least 6 months before" before 01/29/2019? I'm trying to figure out if I qualify to skip filing I-90, file N-400 instead, and get a temporary stamp to prove legal status considering it takes almost a year to process N-400 where I am located. The other issue is my Green Card contains an error made by USCIS/DHS. If it is necessary to file I-90, should I put the reason as "My existing card has incorrect data because of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) error. (Attach your existing card with incorrect data along with this application." or simply choosing the renewal option for soon to be expired Green Card and attach a letter explaining that there is an error on the card to avoid delays/rejection. Chances are if I choose that reason and send in my Green Card with the application, I won't get it back for a while considering the processing times. Currently, InfoPass appointment is not available because "This office is not accepting walk-in requests or scheduling InfoPass appointments." Any suggestions or recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  21. Hi! My husband and I just got the approval letter of the form I-130. We’ll be mailing I-485 today to the USCIS Chicago Center. The things is im in tourist visa and we got married March of last year. We don’t have any joint accounts because the bank is asking for my SSN which I dont have at the moment. How long will my AOS take? Thank you.
  22. Hi, My spouse and I got married last week. We wanted to start a new lineage with a completely different last name. That was not possible here in California so I took his last name and kept mine as my middle name. My question is, when can we change both our last names? Will it interfere with my adjustment of status (I am filing in late February)? Will it confuse immigration if I file with my current married name and while the package is processed, I go ahead and start the court process to change our names. Thanks.
  23. How to report someone who emigrated to US by fraud? I will tell some part. He emigrated in 2001, he had fake passport from another country because the country he is from was post war. He lied about him not being in war and said that he was a war refugee. That his parents are killed in war which they were not, his mother is still alive. Lied about being single even though he had wife and two kids. There are more but that is one part of it. How do I report it? I live in Bosnia and embassy here does not have email or non-automated phone.
  24. What are mandatory paperwork requirements I need for our green card interview and how vital is it to have everything ?
  25. Hello, I'm seeking for some similar experience to my case. I'm on F1, student visa; currently working full-time on OPT. My EAD card ends on Feb. 11. I'm planning to get married to my boyfriend and was wondering if applying for the marriage-based green card during my 60 day grace period is too soon? I was told you should wait around three months to send the application? So assuming we get married by Feb. 11, and send out the application on the very last day of the 60 day grace period that would be around two months. Would love to know if anyone here has similar experience.