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  1. So we are currently in the waiting game the last letter we received after our RFE was accepted at the end of March was about getting my wife's immunizations and that we would take to an interview unless it was not needed and would be required to send. However looking through our process we have never been scheduled a biometrics appointment. From what I see other state this is normally done within the first few months of processing. We got married last August and submitted in September, with the accepting the fees by the end of September. The next communication was the RFE in January which took us a few months to get situated due to the legalities of adding her to my bank accounts. Anyone know if this is normal or is there a way to inquire if/when they would request it be completed?
  2. I'm planning to apply for I-130 through DCF for my wife from India. - I have been residing here for over the past 6 months and am a USC. - I have received a job offer from the US and would like to go there asap along with my wife, and would like to apply for the green card for her at the consulate in Mumbai. - I understand that I need permission from the consulate in order to be able to apply at the consulate. I'm planning to attach my job offer letter in my email requesting for consular processing. Do I need to include any other documents? Thanks in advance, s
  3. Here we go!!! We just filed an I-130 for our CR1 on September 15th 2020...already feeling nervous, excited and impatient 🤩 So curious to find out which USCIS centre our case will go to and when we will receive our NOA1..
  4. Hello, Is anyone else having problems with the CEAC website when submitting a NVC payment? I submitted my IV payment and it was with drawn from my bank account the next day but the status still shows as "PROCESSING" and does not allow me to submit any documents. My AOS payment processed with out any issues.
  5. Hello All, I am starting a new thread for July 2019 filers of i-130 for parents. I just mailed an application for my mother today. Please join the conversation and share your journey/process.
  6. Hi! I used a lot of vj information to filed for aos and I wanted to share with you my experience and my aos package. I'm from Argentina and I came to America in November with a J1 visa (summer work travel program), after dating my husband for a year, we got married on May 7th. According to my visa, I had to go back home before June 30th and even though I married a US citizen and I knew if I overstayed it was going to be waived, I was still so worried that I filed for AoS asap (June 19th). A few things I'm going to say before I talk about my application is that I think 50% was pure luck, it was filing at the right time and date. The other 50% making sure nothing in my application could make the officer doubt and ask for more information or evidence. I made sure everything was disclosed and explained, it must have been either a pain in the ### or a blessing for whoever that took my case cause it was 400 pages long lol. Also the fact that my office was Reno helped a lot, I went twice for biometrics and interview and there was no one, the parking lot was empty, so they're pretty low on cases there. I didn't get help from a lawyer 'cause I considered my case was simple, it wasn't worth the money, we were on lockdown so I didn't have much else to do but getting obsessed with sending the perfect application, visiting hundreds of VJs topics and watching youtube videos. Another thing, specifically for I130 is that I was scared because my husband and I are in our early 20s, we got married a year after meeting each other, 7 months out of those 12 we were in a long distance relationship, he still lived with his parents, we both had part time jobs, we don't own anything, so we had to prove our love by telling them our story. How meant to be we are, how we clicked instantly, how we talked 3 hours a day every day, how I told him he could come to visit me and the next day he went to get his passport and bought flight tickets to see me, how we can't imagine being away from each other, that we did it for 7 months and we don't want to do it ever again, how we have plans for the future, etc. Our bonafide evidence was full of stories and we attached them with tickets, passes, reservations, photos, invitations. By the time of the interview we did gather a lot of primary evidence and the officer that interviewed us was more than pleased. This was my package main cover letter I had to explain a few things when I filed: 1. During a road trip all my forms of identification were stolen, so I lost my passport with my visa stamp and my country ids. Thankfully, I was able to get an emergency passport and sent that in the package with an explanation of what happened and secondary proof that I was here legally such as letters from my sponsors, employers, job reviews and flight tickets. 2. I was given an extension of my visa because of the pandemic, so I sent a letter from my sponsor that explains the extension and extra information on why I was given this extension (the borders of my country were closed and all my flights were canceled) 3. My husband was a dependent of him mom for 2017 tax returns so we wrote a letter that his mom signed. 4. I944 was intense haha, we couldn't get IRS transcripts before sending the application because at that time IRS offices were closed, so we sent the biggest WE TRIED letter, where we stated that we received no answer from IRS so we were going to send 1040s and W2s. 5. We didn't have a credit score or report because none of us has credit cars, loans, car, leases, anything. We're still pretty young and we haven't thought all that out yet (we should soon). So we explained that, we sent transunion letter saying we didn't have any of that, screenshots of the experian website saying they couldn't find me and I tried to get a credit card online and I didn't qualified. 6. For Education, I did an evaluation of my college transcripts with a NACES authorized agency (IEE), also I graduated from college but I came to America before i could sign my diploma so I don't have my diploma with me and that's the way I can prove I graduated, what I sent to prove I graduated was a certified letter by my college that stated that I did in fact finish college. The evaluation agency wrote that my degree was incomplete because they didn't accept the certified letter but I sent everything in my I944, cause why not. 7.I didn't send proof I know how to speak Spanish because that's my native language and in my transcripts from school we don't call Spanish classes that, we call them Language classes. I wrote a letter swearing I know Spanish and that's it. When I filed I was afraid that my husband's tax return were going to look bad, because in 2019 he made a little over the percentage he had to make to sponsor me, in 2018 he made half of that percentage and in 2017 he was a minor and was a dependent of his mom. Still I sent all that information because if I disclosed it first it means I'm ahead of any questions they can ask us. That's just my mindset, I know a lot of people believe it's better to just put the last tax return information and that's fine. Also when we filed, my husband was unemployed and so was I (pandemic related), so we sent his last pay stubs and that's all. (He did have a part time job but that didn't make enough to support me at that time and he didn't file for unemployment) Another thing is that (PLEASE DONT DO IT) I worked in the past unauthorized, this was way before I met my husband and I didn't think of the consequences, I had no idea at some point it could come back to bite me. So, I disclosed it, I said from what date to what date and in I485 I said yes to working unauthorized and violating the terms of conditions of my nonimmigrant status. So this was my timeline and here's what I sent the June 2020 filers group and hour after the interview: And that's it. Right now, I have a job offer and I'm waiting for my green card to arrive. I'm excited about the winter, being with my husband without having to think of visas, uscis, forms, is great. I did get only the conditional green card, so in 2 years I'll have to do this again hahah. I hope this long post helps you, please let me know if you have any questions, this was my experience, probably had a few mistakes, it's not perfect, I was just very lucky this process went as smoothly as it did. Thank you thank you thank you VJ members for answering all my questions and giving me so much information!
  7. dear forum members greeting of the day ! i am tunisian married to a US Citizen and she gonna file -130 petion online this month . we talk in daily basis for hours since 2017 and she stayed with me 12 months in tunisia before we get married im confusing about the quantity of messages i have to screenshot and upload, because almost we talk and text in daily basis during 4 years. is there any advice if i get the daily record or i will get randomly convo from each week or month and what is the best way to arrange them proprly thank you
  8. Hello! Filing for Adjustment of Status and I-864 for a spouse in (mid) 2021. No dependents. My "current" (for year - 2021) income is above poverty guidelines. My 2020 income is also above the poverty guidelines. But 2nd most recent and 3rd most recent years are not above poverty guidelines - because I was a student. Part 23.a. I have filed taxes past 3 years but only the most recent year meet the poverty guidelines. I will have to select yes (i.e., Yes, I have filed taxes for the past years). Part 23.b I understand that this is optional and I do not to submit the tax documents for 2nd and 3rd most recent years - So i leave this unchecked. Question - Part 24.b and 24.c - Since I left 23b unchecked, can I leave 2nd and 3rd most recent years' income as blank? Concerned because - I said yes for 23.a - that I have filed taxes for the past 3 years. Will there be an RFE because of this? Or am I just overthinking this? Or do I need transcripts for 2nd and 3rd most recent year to prove I was a student then? Any advice would be very helpful!! Thank you very much!
  9. Hello! Filing for Adjustment of Status and I-864 for a spouse in (mid) 2021. No dependents. My "current" (for year - 2021) income is above poverty guidelines. My 2020 income is also above the poverty guidelines. But 2nd most recent and 3rd most recent years are not above poverty guidelines - because I was a student. Part 23.a. I have filed taxes past 3 years but only the most recent year meet the poverty guidelines. I will have to select yes (i.e., Yes, I have filed taxes for the past years). Part 23.b I understand that this is optional and I do not to submit the tax documents for 2nd and 3rd most recent years - So i leave this unchecked. Question - Part 24.b and 24.c - Since I left 23b unchecked, can I leave 2nd and 3rd most recent years' income as blank? Concerned because - I said yes for 23.a - that I have filed taxes for the past 3 years. Will there be an RFE because of this? Or am I just overthinking this? Or do I need transcripts for 2nd and 3rd most recent year to prove I was a student then? Any advice would be very helpful!! Thank you very much!
  10. Hi everyone - I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with obtaining permission to file locally (I.e. at a local consulate) under the ‘exceptional circumstances’ route? For background, my spouse (the I-130 petitioner) was just about to mail the I-130 package to the US to start the ‘normal’ process, when her company (at short notice) brought forward her transfer timeline. They now need her to move “ASAP” which leaves us a bit high and dry (among other things, her accommodation allowance is currently paying for our apartment; when this gets removed once she heads back to the US I’m going to struggle to cover the rent by myself). We were planning to request permission from the local US consulate here in Hong Kong to file locally since my spouse is having a change of employment at (very) short notice. Does anyone have any tips on how to set out this request (I believe we email the consulate here through a web-form) in order to give us the best possible chance of having this approved? We were planning on mentioning the financial impact of the loss of the accommodation allowance, for example. We will also attach the letter from my wife’s company ‘proving’ the transfer of her employment back to the US; at the moment it simply reads that they anticipate her moving date to be “as soon as possible once all necessary administrative and logistical steps have been completed” - is this sufficient, or should we ask for a ‘set’ date to be included in a revised letter from her HR team? (It actually took us a while to get this letter from them since they were initially reluctant to put it in writing for some reason, but I only mention that as it might mean receiving a more ‘precise’ letter might take some time, for some internal company reason which is beyond my understanding). Realistically, she could be moved as soon as July, or maybe August/September depending on whether she tries to push back or not etc. Any tips of thoughts would be greatly appreciated, and thanks a lot in advance!
  11. Hello, We filed online for CR-1 visa on june 1st 2021, and after 2 days we got an email saying "We have taken an action on your case". We checked the website and nothing has changed. What could this mean? I find it strange since it's very early. Thanks!!! 😄
  12. Hello Everyone, I want to share my experience with you. My husband came to America on a K1 visa during the pandemic and we were unable to get married in NYC due to the shutdowns of my state. Eventually we got married and filed for AOS in October. USCIS sent me an RFE after he had his biometrics appointment and asked for a valid petition because his K1 visa had expired. I spoke with numerous lawyers and all of them said that my husband would be fine with withdrawing the application and filing for an I-130 since my husband came here legally. I withdrew the petition in April and filed an I-130, I-130A, I-485, I-131 and I-765 in May. It was received and signed for on May 6th, 2021. I felt relieved. Two days ago, I received an official withdrawal letter from USCIS saying that my old petition is withdrawn, that my husband can submit a new petition and that he has to leave the country within 33 days since he overstayed his visa. I spoke with a few lawyers since Monday and they have all said to not worry since I have already filed an I-130 and AOS paperwork. They said that I shouldn't do anything else except wait for my NOAs and to relax. I'm still very nervous and scared. Does anyone have any thoughts about my situation? Best, A
  13. Hi there, my wife filed an petition for me last march. We received the NOTICE OF ACTION (Form I-797C) in march, which stated that they received the form and its processing. Later on within a week we received another letter which stated some login credentials for USCIS account and told us to activate the USCIS account. As required, we activated the account. Now I would like to know what's the next step? Its been a couple of months and still we didn't received any update. Please note the priority date is 17th March 2021 and the petitioner is a US citizen and visa type is CR1.
  14. What should I upload for this? Should a copy of the first page of the beneficiary's passport be enough? What do you guys
  15. Anyone’s i-130 (CR-1) for spouse got approved recently from Vermont service center? I’m still waiting for updates 😞
  16. Hi all, We are in process of adjusting status after my fiancé arrived on k-1 visa. We just married last week and are in process of filling out all the required forms. I wasn’t sure if we needed to fill out I-130 along with I-485? Or do we just need to fill out I-485 and attach the I-129F approval? Thanks in advance!!
  17. Important information is highlighted in bold My wife and I want to change her name to take my last name. Our marriage certificate just lists our current names as they are since there was no option to change the name here. From what I've researched, that is still okay and the best way to change her name is while applying for the I-485. So what I've done is changed her last name on the form to my last name, and her middle name is now her maiden name (I assume that is okay?). The only exceptions are for areas on forms that ask for her name as it appears on a form, and I've put her old name under areas where that is applicable. I'm also concerned about the I-131 because there isn't a spot to put former names, so do I put her new name or her name as it is on her passport? The last thing I'm concerned about is writing her name in non-Roman letters. On the marriage certificate and the rest of the forms, we're using her name with Roman letters (that's how it appears in the marriage certificate/social security card, and it's how she's been using her name here. Her passport even has her name in roman letters even though that's not technically the native way of writing her name). So on Part 4 of the I-485 "Information About Beneficiary" it says to type/print her name and foreign address in their native written language if it does not use roman letters. Is this safe to skip? She lives here in the US so she has no foreign address. Also, Part 4, number 5 says "Other Names Used" but it doesn't say anything about foreign letters, so I've left her old name romanized). Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance to those who answer.
  18. Hi! I am a US citizen and have applied for a I-130 for my parents on 3/31/2021. I am trying to apply for I-485 for them and it asks for their birth certificates. They were born in the 40's and 50's so they do not have a birth certificate. Can they self swear n affidavit in front of a notary and use that as secondary proof, since its not a good time to get an affidavit from India? I am also planning to get a 'Birth certificate based on passport' from the Houston Consulate (we live in TX) by sending their passports as another secondary form of evidence. Please advice if this would work or if any other suggestions for getting their birth certificates. Thanks!
  19. I have applied for my wife online and have already received the first NOA. Whenever I check the case status at USCIS, it says the case is being processed in the E-filed case processing section location but the NOA was sent from the California Service Center. Does this mean our case is being processed in the California Service Center or is that not the case? Also, does filing online make the processing times faster? Thanks in advance.
  20. Hi, my father is a LPR and he filed up a I-130 form for me at 09/25/2020 (I was 20 years and 10 months old). So i was at the F2A category. My priority date is october 1st 2020. At the 18th of october 2021 i became 21 and i was wondering do i still considered to be in the F2A category or did i fall into F2B as the adult child of an LPR?? Because my file is at Nebraska service location and F2A processing time has passed my priority date. When i tried to send uscis a unquiry for outside normal processing time and results said “my application is currently within the posted processing times”. I don’t understand does CSPA work for me or should i do something?
  21. Hi everyone, My husband and I are finally filling out the I-130 but we are a bit confused on the employment history part. He has been working for the past 4 years at the same company on landscaping and he is laid off every year for about 3 months because of winter, the dates on which he started or stopped working are different every year, during this time he applies for unemployment benefits. So, we wonder if we should place a single job from 2018 to the present or if we should consider it as 4 jobs with different start and end dates. Any suggestions? Thanks
  22. I did not see a new thread yet for November 2019, so I guess I will start it! 😁 I actually have NOT filed my I-130 yet 😩 but I am committed to doing so by November 15, 2019! That is my personal deadline! We have been married almost a year and due to some laziness on both our parts we haven't moved on this but we have made so much progress with it now it makes sense NOT to put it off any longer. So WELCOME all other Nov 2019 brethren! I need your support to get this DONE! 🖐️
  23. Hi guys! Thought I would start a thread for this since I didn't see it anywhere else. This is for all Potomac filers of the I-130 in 2019. I noticed that the last person to get approved had a NOA1 date of July 1st and there hasn't been another one since the beginning of the month. My projection for receiving approval had pegged the date between the end of January and the beginning of February, with an email estimate of February 5th. However, today the projection suddenly changed to between June and September of 2020 - a six month leap. I don't understand what could cause this so suddenly as the data hasn't really changed at all over the past couple of weeks. Any ideas? Has this happened to anyone else?
  24. Hello, So my spouse is about to appear for an interview. This is my 2nd marriage. I got my greencard through marriage to a US citizen. We were married for 4 years before we got divorced. I am nearing my 2 year anniversary with my wife. I expect there will be a lot of questions regarding my previous marriage. Can anyone who have experienced something similar share their experience? What kind of questions should I prepare my wife for?
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