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  1. I have a 2 year limited (marriage) greencard, which I will need to renew/remove the conditions by first half next year. It says to apply about 5 months before it expires. Wondering if there are any changes due to covid. It is the first time that I will be filing the forms, in the past a lawyer was taking care of the paperwork. Not sure if I would need to do the medical exam again, but don't want to be forced to get a covid vaccine (as it says it might be available in November). As far as I understand I need to file form I 751, do I need any other form? It took a while to get everything together with the lawyer, but check list seems to be a lot shorter than for the initial greencard?
  2. I arrived to the states last week and the immigration officer said I don't need to do anything, my Green Card will come through the post? He said something like I have a year for my visa to expire and then two years for my cr1, he said I have 3 years. This is totally contrary to what I knew, can someone guide me?
  3. Excited to finally get this packet together and sent out the door! I thought I was going to submit it in March, but now it looks like it will be closer to April.
  4. Hi, I have gained my Lawful Permanent Resident status in the US on April 2019, last year, on that time I was serving in the army under mandatory law for military service in my home country. I have been serving since November 2017 and until July 2020. I have already had flight tickets in my hands into the US that were planned for April 2020- so I shall not remain outside of the US for a period longer than 1 year. Unfortunately, Covid-19 pandemic has shown up and I could not have come to the US on times because the airline has cancelled my tickets. because of that, I have exceeded 1 year outside of US borders and now I need to apply for SB-1 Returning Resident visa in order to come back to the US. this upcoming process is exhausting and complicated in order to issue me a new immigrant visa and may hurt my naturalisation process. my green card was only issued last year and is valid until 2029, my question is if would you recommend for me to just take a flight now into the US and deal with the immigration officer at the port of entry or start this visa process with the embassy in my home country?
  5. Hello, Background details: Myself: US Citizen Spouse: Japanese Citizen residing in Japan with two year home stay requirement from J1 We got married back in mid 2019 in the US. She can return to the US in early 2022, and we wanted to have her green card available so that she can work upon arrival. How soon can I start to file for her Marriage Green Card so that she can work upon arrival? Or do we need to wait until after two year home stay requirement is completed, and then file? Thanks
  6. Currently been contacted by USCIS. After logging on, it was noticed my son who is 21 is not on the case but my other two children are. I added him and fulfilled the necessary requirements and submitted it in. How long does it take for NVC to review an added beneficiary family member to case? That is , accept or deny the request?
  7. My dad was primary applicant and my brother, mom and me are derivative beneficiary. We got our visa granted on 13th of Jan 2020. My dad,me and my mom entered US and got admitted. Now what should we do to get SSN and green card? Do we have to pay any fees to get greencard or are we going to get it as we paid all immigrant free to USCIS before our interview? Can anyone please help me with this?
  8. I enter the USA on October,02, 2019 I want to go back to my homeland to visit but I was told I couldn’t travel because I needed a I-551 stamp but my visa says “Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year” I thought that was enough for me to travel but when I got to the airport one of the staff that works there told me I was not gonna be able to enter USA again if I leave I told them that I had already paid for my greencard that I’m just waiting for it. I want to know if I can travel with that? And also my visa says IV expires on Feb,12,2019 does that mean my visa is expired and I’m not gonna be able to travel and come back to USA? Please help.
  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, I will be removing the conditions on my green card soon and I think I have everything ready except I'm confused by the Finger print card Form FD- 258. Do I go to a police department or a US consulate to get these done. There is no mention of if I need to make an appointment to do this. Do I just print the form and take it with me? or are they special cards. I just need a little direction. Thanks In Advance. Finger Print Cards FD-258.pdf
  11. Hey guys; I have a few questions regarding the form I-485, hopefully you'll be able to help me. First at all, I entered the country under a B2-VISITOR visa in 2008, overstayed. The passport that had that visa was lost. Many many many years ago I had gone to a bar and had many drinks and well, I lost it. I did not lose the I-94, back in the day they'd give you a small "card" so I had that saved at home. Anyways, I have the passport number, I however don't have the expiration date on that passport. PART 1, question #17 asks for that passport's expiration date, and of course I don't have it. I have just my current passport that I got a few years ago. What should do there? Type my new current's passport expiration date? And I know this will sound ridiculous but... PART 7, question #1 I am Hispanic yes, but then PART 7, question #2 says "race", I don't know, am I white? lol I'm definitely none these others (Asian, Black, American Indian, Hawaiian) PART 8, question #15, have you ever been denied a visa? The first time I applied for my B2, I was denied. Is that YES to that question? PART 8, question #16, have you ever worked in the USA without authorization? Duh, I've been here for 14 years, many random jobs, got paid cash, personal checks, ect, is that a YES? PART 8, question #17 have you ever violated the terms or conditions of your non-immigrant status? I mean, I'm an overstay, is that a YES? PART 8, question #78 have you ever renounced US citizenship to avoid being taxed by the united states? I don't even have a green card yet, is that a NO? PART 9 question #1 are you requesting an accommodation because of your disabilities or impairments? I'm not disabled or impaired, is that a NO? I know these are silly questions but I'm trying to see how people in the same boat have answered these questions.
  12. Hi everyone, After what seems like an eternity with all the additional delays due to COVID-19 I finally made it the USA to reunite with my wife after being separated for months. I have a question however, the address we are living in currently is different to the address of my spouse at the time of applying for the visa. We are now living in our own apartment and prior to this and at the time of application, she was living at her fathers. I assume now my green card will be sent to the address on the application? Therefore 1) will the green card show an address? And if so, 2) how can I get the address changed and delivered to my home? Thanks everyone, B
  13. Hi. Im originally from the UK I'm now live in the US. I have sent in my forms and it has all be prossesd. I have my work authorization card and a temporary SSN#. I did have an interview lined up but it was cancelled duw to the covid-19.. I am expecting a baby this happend after the possess went through and when I originally had my interview kind up. My question is will I need to do anything now that I have a baby in the way? Keep in mind everything already went through to the final step till it got canceld because of the covid-19.
  14. Hi, im not sire if I am in the correct place for this. Im originally from the UK I'm now live in the US. I have sent in my forms and it has all be prossesd. I have my work authorization card and a temporary SSN#. I did have an interview lined up but it was cancelled duw to the covid-19.. I am expecting a baby this happend after the possess went through and when I originally had my interview kind up. My question is will I need to do anything now that I have a baby in the way? Keep in mind everything already went through to the final step till it got canceld because of the covid-19
  15. Hello, I'm Angela and I entered the United States, legally, with a Q1 Visa on March 11th. My visa is gonna expired on May 31st and I'm already married to my husband, that is a US citizen.My question is what do I need to do now? I know I need to file the I-130 form and that's all. Unfortunately, we're not able to afford a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure we can do this by our own! Waiting for some reply and I will appreciate your responses :)
  16. I spent probably around 6 months hunting for credit card,without having an green card. A lot of banks in US require you to be US citizen but for someone who needs to build credit there is Capital One credit card! I got approved right away after being declined by many others. Yes I tried Discovery, I tried Ally bank etc. None of them let me have one. So I was pretty much expecting to be declined by Capital One too but there it goes, went through. And yes, i did had some credit score thanks to my spouse and joint account. Which is why I got surprised to be turned down. I guess US sees me as someone with no credit score even if I have some. Anyway,for everyone over there trying to get good credit card, its not like unlimited or whatever, its limited on $200 but hey better something than nothing, right? The only thing I needed was SSN and ID card. So go for Capital One right away so you don't waste bunch of time applying for different ones. I got around 6 declined letters! Hope it helps.
  17. hey guys!! I'm really having hard times with figuring out what to do in my situation, i really hope i can get some advise from you. I moved to the USA to my husband under CR-1 visa i was issued in Moscow. When i came here i applied to SS number. Since I moved here i haven't gotten any updates from the US Government on what to do next in my case, I haven't gotten GreenCard via mail (like they told me during the interview when they were issuing my CR-1). My CR-1 expires in a couple of months and I'm just lost here and don't know what i have to do here. Thank you in advance for any helpful advice.
  18. Hi We're the greencard winner, and have already been issued visa from the immigration office. Because of COVID-19, can we have the activation trip of greencard now, and activate DV-2020? Or need to wait? Is that better to extend the expire date to the end of September? Best
  19. Hi. I’m a permanent resident holding a ten year greencard. I recently got divorced and I petitioned for my name change which was approved and mentioned on the divorce decree. I already had my ssn, driver’s license, bank accounts, etc changed back to my maiden name except my greencard. I am eligible for citizenship on February 2019 since I will meet the 5year rule by May 2019. Should I change my greencard name now using form I-90 and pay almost $500 or should I just wait until I apply fof citizenship next year? Would there be any issues if I wait until I apply for naturalization? Please help.
  20. Hi, So I used to have a green card when I was a child. I am now 28 years old. My green card expired when I was 18, which was 10 years ago. I have been back in my home country (Trinidad. & Tobago) for about 12-13 years. I have NEVER been in the US illegally. The reason my green card was never renewed was because I wanted to live with my mother in Trinidad & my father who I would visit in the US died. I’m now pursing my Bachelor in education to become a teacher! (YAYYY ME) I was told by my lecturer that I could gain experience with a J1 visa teaching in the US for a year or two. What I want to know is would my old GC stop my J1 from being approved? I’m thinking no because I was a minor & I was never in the country illegally, but it would help to get advice from one of you lovely souls. Ty in advance ❤️🤟🏽🥰
  21. Hi, I am on work visa working in Us for last 5 year. spouse recently filed for N400. should we wait for her to become citizen to file for my GC or should we file based on current GC. read that date for F2A are current. apart from its stopped for covid . not sure what category we need to file and should we wait for citizenship or just file right now. Thank you for help.
  22. Hello, fall 2017 filer here. I got approved recently after responding to an RFE for my I751 petition. The forum has been incredibly helpful, arguably better than some immigration lawyer I spoke to. I want to share my experience and timeline in case it might be helpful or can alleviate some anxiety out there. Timeline: Fall 2017 jointly filed, Biometrics followed up very quickly in 2-3 months time. Then long wait until Feb 2019 for RFE for general documents to prove bona fide marriage. I responded in two weeks after receiving RFE. The response was acknowledged on Friday the same week the documents were delivered. Card in production around 10 days after the acknowledgement of RFE response. Long wait but quick turnaround after RFE response. There is one complication with my RFE: after getting married, my husband and I lived two years together and we lived apart for two years because of work reasons (relocation, different city) and then we were physically separated for another 8 months because long distance take a toll on our relationship. So when filing jointly 2017, we did not live together but NOT by choice, when receiving the RFE, we were not living together BY CHOICE. As you can imagine, this creates a complicated situation because we are in the limbo mode: not divorced but not living together either. I consulted an immigration lawyer about the best strategy going forward and he suggested me to get a divorce first, wait for the divorce decree and then respond to the RFE by switching from jointly filed to a waiver. He thinks this process will probably take more than a year and he thinks rather than wait for approval on 751, I should wait until 2020 to file N400 to force an interview happen quickly. All makes sense right? I thank god every second for not listening to him! What I did instead was to write a long letter explaining the ups and downs of our marriage as well as having my husband write a letter. In the letter, I told the officer that a divorce down the road is considered but we have not yet decided finally. I also told the officer that we want to REMAIN JOINT FILING STATUS. Note: my husband and I are still on good terms despite separation. I decided to be 100% honest with USCIS and listed my past address since we get married. Of course, I also sent a giant packet with photos, affidavits from a couple, banks statement for past three years, IRS transcript (I sent returns initially, not transcript), Amazon orders, birthday gift receipts, copies of driver's license with same address showing, copies of my H1B visa to prove I did not need green card to stay in the country, the proof to show that first two years of living apart was not by choice, and flights and hotel reservation for past trips. I bought a big multi-layer folder and fill it in full. Overnighted it via Fedex to USCIS. ~ Two weeks later, I got approved! The moral of the story is BE HONEST - worst strategy is to lie in an immigration application Lawyers are incentivized to complicate the situation so that they can charge you more. Also some of them are too busy that they will rarely help you respond to an RFE in two weeks, only you can do that. USCIS apparently values timely responds as indicated in their notification when RFE response is received. For really complicated situations you might need a lawyer, but be aware of their incentives and don't get bluffed by them. Word of mouth is probably important here when looking for a good responsible lawyer. USCIS officers understand marriage fall apart and takes a very humane customized approach when looking at our cases. Don't be afraid that they might not understand. As long as your marriage is real, you have nothing to worry about. Be creative and exhaustive with your supporting evidence. I underestimate the document requirement when I first filed, I thought they might retain the file when I get my conditional green card and merely send a few updates. If you have not filed yet, be sure to send as many documents as possible to avoid RFE. Be creative means not only tax document, children birth certificate or mortgage, you can send anything that shows you get married because you fall in love. I actually sent in the Facebook page of our relationship status change many years ago when we first started dating. Be as detailed as possible in your cover letter and in the affidavit letter. Let the witness talk about events you did together, how you get to know each other as a couple. Amazon orders histories are good proof of joint living as well as relationship. This is a long way to say, don't be afraid of RFE and don't be afraid that a damaged marriage might cause a denial of your petition. And most importantly, if someone say, you will definitely get an interview because you and your husband don't live together any more, WALK AWAY from that person as they know nothing about I751 petition. Thanks and hope this can be of help!
  23. Hi everyone, Im in need of some reassurance, so my husband and I applied for I-485, I-131 and I-765 (I came in with the K1 visa, and my husband is an American citizen). The USCIS website is telling us they received "Fingerprint fee received" on the 8th of April for the AOS and for the travel and employment is just says case received on April 3rd. We are yet to received a physical NOA. I am more concerned about this because this is the second time we apply, our first application was rejected because we used an older version of the form - and Im afraid that we will get rejected again. We are already beyond the 90 days the K1 visa allows, and I just don't want to be in a dicy legal position. I guess my questions are: Does the "fingerprint fee received" message in the USCIS website mean that the case was accepted? Is it normal to not receive the NOA at this time (I understand that Covid is probably slowing case processing but i guess in general, have people not received them in the past and been ok?) And, just in case, if I do get rejected again what would be my legal status in the country? Since its outside of the 90 days of the visa, would I be illegally here? Thank you so much for your help in advance, this is truly given me several panic attacks and any information I could get from seasoned AOS applicants could help me have a better idea of whats going on. Stay safe, and thank you again.
  24. Hello, pls my husband and I are filling out the I-944 forms and we are wondering if he just came to the USA last year November doesn't have any debts how will he respond to this section? Its asking about mortgage, credit card debt, student loans, etc...OR is this suppose to be my information. My husband is the one applying for the AOS, I am the US Citizen.
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