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  1. 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...
  2. Hello dear VJ member, I would like your advise. Here is my situation: I got my conditional 2 year green card ( marriage to a US citizen ) and the guy is a jerk. Humiliation after humiliation, mental abuse of all types, he made my life a hell. I just could not take it anymore. I was dealing with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and hopeless and he was getting worse everyday to the point he was treating me like I was an animal. so After 7 months of my 2 year green card, I decided to leave him. ( I even did a police report explaining why I was leaving the house ) I had no money at all, so I stayed with friends a couple of days, but depression was killing me. I went to my country to get treatment and to be close to my family. I was having panic attacks, I don't even know who to explain how I survived. I stayed in my home country for 10 months and came back to the US. I did not have any problems getting in ( without a reentry permit ) I stayed with friends in America for 1 month to try to figure out what Im gonna do with my life, but then return back to my home country because my panic attacks were back. So another 2 and half months stay outside of the US getting more treatment and adjusting medication. I just arrived back in America and tomorrow starts the 90 day mark to Remove conditions. Im not divorced yet. I still have jointly bank account, jointly tax return, apartment leasing on both our names, car insurance on both our names....but of course Im not asking him anything....So the idea would be to get divorced and apply for the DIVORCE waiver. But with all this time outside the US, do I even have a chance of getting the Removal of conditions approved?? I never wanted to abandone my green card, Im sick and unfortunately was difficult to me to get the properly medical treatment in this country. Im currently studying to get a license to be able to work in my field in the US.
  3. Hi, I got my conditional green card in September 2019 through marriage. I did DoorDash (food delivery) for the last 4 weeks and currently don't feel safe going out to work due to the virus spreading. Can I file for unemployment? I never filed for taxes because this is my first time working here in the US. Also will filing for unemployment make it hard for me to remove the conditions off my green card and eventually apply for citizenship? Thank you so much!
  4. I filed for adjustment of status in NSC. They forward it to NBC after a couple of months from where I received a biometrics appointment from and completed it. NBC then transferred my case to the local USCIS office from where I received an interview appointment. During the interview they issued me an RFE asking for a waiver on my J visa's two year home residency requirement. I filed for I-612 in CSC and was approved after which my case was transferred back to NSC where I originally filed it for adjudication. I was hoping that NSC makes a decision, but I received another transfer notice that my case was sent to NBC for the second time. Can anyone speculate why did this happen? Could it be that biometric and medical exam results are valid only for 15 months and I have to do them again? Will I be reinterviewed for any reason?
  5. Hey there! Firstly I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place so sorry if I'm not! I'm originally from the UK but recently I got married to my fiancee who's from the USA and I am now in the US too as of the 25th of October. I wanted to know what my options are for health insurance? All this corona virus news has got my spouse worried and so now we think would be best to get me some form of coverage. I don't have SSN yet and so I was wondering what my options are? Many thanks!
  6. Hello there, My wife is a US citizen and petitioned for a GC for me in August 2016. The officers suspected us of a staged marriage. My wife was out of a job and had had some runs-in with the law. We were also living at my wife's mother's at the time pending when we found jobs and moved into our place. Me and my wife had joint bank accounts but I also told the officer that I had a separate bank account that my wife wasn't added to. Anyway we didn't hear from USCIS again until 11 months and 20 days later when they showed up at our home. It was 8am Feb 14. 2018. They met my wife and I and spent 45mins speaking with us and taking pictures. They asked me to print copies of our joint bank statements and my single separate account(luckily I had a printer at home). We now live alone in our own place; a 2BR 2BR(so we could use the second room for AirBnB which we never have). The second room and bath are empty. Our closet, bath and bedroom and living room contain both our male and female items, clothing, pictures etc. It's now been a week since they visited. What should we expect?
  7. 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
  8. Hi , my my name is Ana Smith and in May I will have to apply to remove condition in my green card as married a American Citizen, my question is. do you guys know how many banks statements, pictures I need to send? Also do I have to resend my married license? Or all the documents I sent in the benning when I apply for my I 130 ?what the list of documents I need to send ? Any information will be helping me a lot. Thank so much. Ana
  9. I need to file an I-90 for my daughter because she turned 14 this month. I would like to file online because her case is eligible to E-file ( line G1 below). I have attempted to do so but the E-file will not let me add another case. I had to file an I-90 for my son because they incorrectly sent him a 2 year instead of 10 year green card. When I click on add case, all it brings up is an application for my son to naturalize. Anyone know how to add a case? You are eligible to file the Form I-90 online if: You are NOT eligible to file the Form I-90 online if: (A) Your card was lost, stolen or destroyed. (B) Your card was never received. (C) Your card was mutilated. (D) Your card was issued with incorrect data due to a USCIS administrative error. (E) Your name or other biographic information has legally changed. Your card is expiring within 6 months or has already expired. (G1) You are filing to renew your card within 30 days of your 14th birthday and your existing card will not expire before your 16th birthday. (G2) You are filing to renew your card within 30 days of your 14th birthday and your existing card will expire before your 16th birthday. (H1) You have taken up commuter status. This means you commute regularly to work in the United States but reside in Canada or Mexico. (H2) You have been in resident commuter status and are now taking up actual residence in the United States. (I) You have been automatically converted to lawful permanent resident status. (J) You have an older edition of the card and must replace it with the current type.
  10. Hi there! I am currently applying for Aoj along with I-765 for work Authorization. on my I-485, currently have a Request for information however my I-765 is currently overdue processing time and it is still "active." I'm not sure if my RFE stops the I-765 from processing as I'm trying to get the documents together to send it off ASAP. so if anyone could let me know if my I-765 is being held up by the RFE on my I--485 that'd be great! Cheers!
  11. Hello I am a green card holder and due to my business I have to travel a lot outside the states I am considering filing for N400, before that I want to make sure that I meet the minimum USA stay criteria How can I know how many days I stayed inside USA before filing for N400? Are there any links or so?
  12. Hello, On Feb. 20th my wife (USC)and I will attend the interview in SF for my GC. She has a 4 yo daughter and we live all together, she appears on the I-485 form. We have no chance of leaving her with someone else while we go to SF, so I was wondering if we should call USCIS and tell them or we can just show up all together at the interview. Thanks in advance
  13. Hey guys I dont know if Im in the right topic but I will ask you this Friend of mine is getting a divorce and now He has a expired conditional green card and to make things worse the wife wont give him any help to remove the conditional status and all documents and proofs are with her, and wont give him any documents. My question is where could him start to renew it?
  14. Hi guys. I got my green card in the mail this morning and I have a concern with the name on it. I am totally confused on what to do now because I changed my name when I get here in the US and I've been using the new name ever since. I got the new name on every identification card that I have. To make it more understandable, here is how and when I changed my name. FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES, I WILL NOT USE MY OWN NAME AND JUST MAKE UP A NEW ONE. Any name similarities is not intended. > Before I got to the US and got married, the legal name from the foreign country is: "Michael Douglas, Alexander, Smith" (First name, Middle, Surname) > When I got married, I decided to drop the other name (Douglas) from the first name, use my surname as my new middle name, and get my spouse's last name as my last name as well. New name is: "Michael Smith Stiller" > I used "Michael Smith Stiller" as the new legal name for every identification card I applied for in the US including the application for AOS I-485 as the new legal name. > When we got to my AOS interview, the person who interviewed us said that the name on the green card can only be the name on the birth certificate (Michael Douglas Alexander Smith). But because of marriage they can change only the surname. Hence, they can go with Michael Douglas Alexander Stiller. This is the name written on my green card right now. I need some advice from you guys for this. I am happy that I got my spouse's last name in my green card but I am worried that all my other identification cards will not be in the same name as the green card. I understand that the green card is the main identification for getting a job and all that. Even my EAD card before I got my green card is in "Michael Smith Stiller." I want my green card to be the same name as my other cards and I find out that only birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, and court name change document are the only documentations allowed with the form I-90. I don't have a court name change document but all the other documents are all in my original full name. Any advice for me out there? Will the court allow me to change my name even though it's been almost 9 months since I have been using my new name after marriage? I just don't like sitting this one out and leave it like that because I may be committing something unlawful for having two different names in different federal IDs. Thank you for the advice.
  15. 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.
  16. I am a F1 student. I was doing my opt after i graduate on December 2018. My ead card expired on January 01 2020. I got married on September 2019 with my husband which he is a citizen of the US. We sent I-130, I-1485, I-765, I-131 all the forms to USCIS. USCIS sent us mails to notice us they received our forms on December. already finished the finger print on January 2020 and USCIS updated about that on my account too. My manager told me my ead card expired so I called USCUS to explain the situation if there is a way I can still legally working. They told me I am on c9: “adjustments of status”, which I can extend my card 180 days. They told me tell my manager about that and then it should be fine. However, my manager asked me to see if USCIS can give me a official letter to prove it. So, I called them again and they said they will not give me anything to show that. Everything I need is on the website.I asked if I can have a chance to expedited my ead card then I can still keep my position. They told me it’s just two months now so it’s not necessary to do that. I want to keep my job because I love that job so much. What I can do now? Should I apply expedited the ead card still? Thank you
  17. Hi there, I have a Tourist Visa B-2 move to the states with my wife and kid on October 2019 started my AOS, My wife is a US Citizen os my kid I have been always had a B-2, sent my paperwork on October 29, Got my receipts on November 8th, got my fingerprints taken on December 1st week, got a RFE on January 14 and got the letter on the 17th of January, basically they are asking in the letter to provide with a I-864 from my wife (I did send one but with my in-laws information as my sponsors), the last two years we been living outside from the country and she was a home stay Mom, while I was working. she started also to work on October 2019, we got her W-2, from her work, again she doesn't meet the minimum income requirements that's why we decided to get help from her parents. here are my questions. We were trying to make her taxes but when we decide to filed them, we don't know how to do it? We got married but in my country and I have never been working in the US, so on the tax program is asking for my SSN (I don't have one), she is at her work as married, does she need to filed as married? if so how we do it (There is another way to filed taxes without me that is as single or head of household) but again we don't know if there will be any issue with USCIS or our case. what are your toughts? By the way, everything we been doing is on our own, we don't have a lawyer. Thanks for your input.
  18. A little background: I currently reside in Michigan. I acquired my US Green Card in 2010 and was consequently naturalized and became an US citizen in 2016. My wife is a naturalized Canadian citizen. We had been in a long distance relationship for 6 years and in July 2019, she visited me over a weekend and we got married in a small ceremony (about 10 or so friends and family). I have the marriage certificate from the district county. She returned back immediately after we got married and has since been in Canada. I had not filed for a K-1 Fiancee visa prior to getting married as I was not aware at the time. So she entered as a visitor on her Canadian passport when she came here and we got married. While doing some research to start her immigration process, I read that this could constitute as visa fraud. Had I known, we would have gotten the K-1 Visa first. I have doubts that this could be a potential problem for her immigration process. She has not visited the US since and has held a residence and job in Canada. 1) Is this true and if so, how serious is it could it be? What are the steps to resolve it? To start her immigration, there are some different ways to do it and I am not sure which is the correct way to proceed based on our case: a) Bring her here and file I-130 (Alien Relative Petition) and I-485 (Adjustment of Status) at the same time. b) Bring her here and only file I-485 (Adjustment of Status) at the same time. c) File for I-130 and then file for K-3 visa( Non-immigrant visa for spouse) and then bring her here. d) Any other? Would a) and b) be safe as she would come as a visitor and could stay longer than intended while filing I-485 (Adjustment of Status) We have already been apart for months on end during our long distance relationship and want to be together as soon as possible. I have talked to multiple lawyers and only gotten different answers and have turned here for help. Its very confusing but we want to try and go with the safest option. Please help! Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  19. Hi everyone, I'm currently waiting to hear back on my removal of conditions (I-751) so that I can get the 10 year green card. My question is, how long after I receive the card do I have to wait until I can apply for citizenship? I know for spouses of US Citizens, the wait time to be able to apply is 3 years but is that three years in total or three years when you get your 10 year green card? Thanks!
  20. My wife was looking at her green card and got curious what the category code was. We looked it up and it said that the code is for “stepchild of a US citizen”. Do we need to fix this mistake? How do we fix it?
  21. Hi! I think I have a pretty straight forward question, but I am not really sure about the steps that I should follow. I am currently on a F1 student visa working on EAD that you get for one year after completing my studies. I am getting married to a US citizen in January and planning to change my last name to my spouse's last name. I am trying to understand when I should/can change my last name on my SSN and drivers license. I am applying for the new EAD along with our application for my Green Card (Adjustment of Status and Petition). Do I need to wait for my new EAD (with my new last name) to arrive in the mail first or do I have to go to the SSN office as soon as I have my marriage certificate? I believe that I can't change my drivers license before my new EAD comes because they request that as a proof of identity at the DMV, but I am also not 100% sure. Thanks!
  22. So my Russian wife and stepdaughter want to vacation with me in Europe ( Italy , UK, France ) , but they need Schengen visas . They only have temporary green cards and work permits currently . My stepdaughter is 17 and has very little contact with her dad . Do we honestly need paperwork from him authorizing her to travel to Europe with us ? She got stuck and detained in Russia already once because her outdated letter from a judge showing he forgave his custody to her was evidently “too old “ and it cost her a missed flight and “$1700” to get a new flight and new letter from a judge authorizing her to leave Russia without her father . Can we do all the schengen paperwork ourselves without her father , or do we need all the notarized , certified letters showing he gave up all custody of her in order for her to travel with us ? All the letters are in Russian , which means they are worthless without a certified translation . We just want to travel for once without issues .
  23. Apologies if this has already been covered. It feels like this whole process is a moving target (it appears that Direct Consular Filing is a thing of the past as of 3 days ago). I'll post my questions first and then background information. Thanks in advance for anyone who can clarify this confusing process. I'm including a few questions at once. Questions: Do I need to include a financial co-sponsor at this stage (form I-864)? Or does that come later? I notice that I-130 asks for my employment history for 5 years. Will I need to provide information about the biological father of my stepson? Will USCIS need to contact the biological father of my stepson? Background: I am an USA citizen by birth and not in the military. My wife is German. We have been living in Germany for a couple of years. We have a son together who has US citizenship and passport although he was born in Germany. We also have a stepson who she gave birth to in South Africa (he is still a young child) who has German citizenship and a German passport. We've been married for more than 2 years. My wife is working and I'm the stay at home parent. Due to unemployment I'll need to rely on my parents to be financial co-sponsors. We would like to get back to the United States so I can find a job as it is hard to find employment with insufficient German language skills here. The biological father of my stepson is in South Africa and has not been in contact and does not contribute any child maintenance. If USCIS needs to contact him he will certainly not reply and/or purposely make it difficult.
  24. Hey there everyone, So I am coming really close to filing my green card package, I have filled out all my forms and have all my supporting documents, But I am still confused about the Fees. I know that some forms vary based on age, immigration status, where you are etc, so its very confusing. These are the forms I'm submitting: i130 i130a i485 i864 ( x2 - sponsor and a joint) i765 i131 Do I have to pay the total of all the fees? Do some of the forms not cost anything because they are being submitted with other forms? Do I need to pay the biometrics fee for each, or just once? Do I put it all together on one cheque or multiple? If anyone knows the answer, or has a link to something explaining it more easily than any of the resources I have found, that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks P.S. I know I am to do the i693, but I have been advised to do that when I get the interview notification so it doesn't expire.
  25. I could not find clear and legitimate answer to the following questions; not even with lawyers or USCIS webpage. Hope someone would share his/her knowledge and experience with the same situation. Please do not guess and provide documentary evidence justifying your answer. Background: I am a US Citizen. I am a postdoctoral fellow. I receive income which is denoted as fellowship grant or other income. This income is taxable. I file 1040 along with schedule 3, and state taxes. No taxes are withheld (employer does not report to IRS). So it is a self-reporting income, and there is no W-2/1099 Misc./etc. My income is above poverty line. What is going on: My I-130 petition has been approved by USCIS for my spouse living abroad, and now the case is pending with NVC. I need to submit affidavit of support. Questions: Which form should I use I-864 or I-864ez? I know that I could use only my income on form I-864ez, but instructions say that I should be showing my income with W-2, which I do not have. Here is what I-864ez instructions say: "The income you are using to qualify is based entirely on your salary or pension and is shown on one or more Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-2s provided by your employers or former employers." The bold italic part does not apply on me, so I am not sure if I can use I-864ez. Can I use I-864 irrespective to whether I qualify to file I-864ez? I just paper filed my 2019 taxes. Transcript will not be available until April or so. NVC application is pending now, so I can not wait until transcript becomes available. What proof on income can I use? I have a copy of my 2019 federal and state taxes I just filed, and a letter from my employer stating my income and that they do not send W-2/I099 misc./etc. I can also get my December 2019 pay stub showing YTD amount paid to me (income). This probably could be use in replacement of W-2/1099 misc. I could also get a bank statement showing ending amount each month, and the final amount available now (but this will become an asset, so I will not be able to use I-864ez). Looking forward for your advise. Thanks!
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