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  1. I could not find a general forum for all the Texas Service Center filers to come together and share their progress. This will give us TSC filers a general idea of what dates they are currently working on. My timeline is in my signature. Good luck to everyone, keep us up to date on your progress!
  2. 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?
  3. Hi everybody, I apologise if there is a topic regarding this already, I wasn't able to find it. My wife and I submitted the I-130 in May 2019, and we finally got an update 2 weeks ago. However, it does not say if the petition was approved or not, it says "Case was received at my local office". I would be grateful if someone could tell me what exactly this means. It has been like that since March 16th without further updates or notifications. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance. Kaleigh and Dominik
  4. I just wanted to share with others the experience and issues I had during the fill-out process. Since I-485 is not available online, we decided to file I-130 electronically and then mail the I-485. Generally, I found the online form to be way more convenient than the PDF. It has a nice flow section by section, similar to other governmental forms. Many fields are assisted, leaving fewer places for error. Attaching documents, such as bona fide evidence, is indeed a pleasure. All attachments should be PDF, JPG or TIFF. Adding addresses, relatives, work experience and other multiple entries is user friendly. Though, some surprises during the process made me spend extra time googling the most accurate process. Here is a list of things you may face as of quarantine on April 1st. The form requires entering most of the fields. It can show a warning message "You should provide a response.", though be careful - not every single time you have to do it as it may make no sense. For example, if a parent is deceased it still asks to input the residence country from the drop-down list. If you selected something, you can press delete or backspace and then move on ignoring that warning. Same with the question "When did your spouse live together?" - there is no option to say "present", just skip the date and ignore the warning. On the page about the current spouse, it asks "When did your last marriage end?". Logically you would put a date when the previous marriage ended. Well, skip it. Just click "next". On the next page, you will have a chance to input that. If you actually input that date on the current spouse page, in the generated PDF this date will show under your current spouse as "Date marriage ended". Dah. The same goes for the beneficiary's current spouse (you) - don't put the date when the last marriage ended. "Adjustment of status" section. Fill either USCIS office if your spouse is in the U.S. or the Embassy on the next page if outside. Again, ignore warnings if you clicked on the empty fields. Name in native language should be uploaded as an attachment. I just used MS Word to type "First Name in <language>: ..." and "Last Name in <language>: ..", saved it as PDF and attached. Evidence attachment is a simple file selection or drag-n-drop. Same rules as for mailing the form. Add all you can in each section where it says to. If certain documents are in a different language, they should be uploaded in both the original language and English. I assume it's better not to upload the photos you have as separate files. As above, I created in MS Word a basic timelined photo album of 16 photos (4 on each page) and saved it as a PDF. Not all PDFs are accepted for some reason, for example, my PGE bills in PDF didn't work. As a workaround, I had to open them, print "as PDF" and attach that newly created file. By the way, the maximum file size is 6MB so you may need to split some large documents, after first trying to compress them in Adobe Acrobat online. The weird thing - the form won't let you leave the evidence section unless you upload at least one document in each of the boxes. Well, it's a good way to keep us from missing something but it may be annoying too. If you want to leave that page to be able to check other pages in the form, click "back" in your browser and you'll be free to go. The weird thing 2 - if you click next on the evidence from, it takes you to the "additional evidence" section, aka secondary evidence. If you are all set and don't have a reason to add the secondary evidence documents, you are supposed to be able to skip this section. Not in this form though. You won't be able to proceed to the next section, which is "Review and Submit" if you don't add anything here. I used the same trick - click the "back" button and get out of this trap, you don't have to add anything here unless it is a requirement for your particular case. The "Review and Submit" section has a basic quality check tool, which shows you if everything looks normal. It also tells you what the cost of the application is. There you can review all the entries on one page, as well as all the attachments. On the bottom, you may see affidavits missing - those are only related to the secondary evidence when you cannot establish your citizenship, not other affidavits and written statements. You can also download a PDF, which looks exactly like the I-130 PDF but filled out with the data you entered. It puts everything in the correct format, including additional pages for addresses or other information, which didn't fit in the form. Some glitches I could find in that form: When you put a company address, you cannot make a selection of "apt" or "floor" so in the form it will not be checked. In Part 4 "Beneficiary's address" the entries are numbered as 43, though the form says it should be 11. In Part 4, 13a it doesn't put "SAME" while the form requires it. In Part 6, the Petitioner statement is empty, the box that I read and understand English is not checked - you will actually answer this question and provide your electronic signature on the next page prior to submission. Evidence list has only one page and it lists all the attachments you uploaded - it didn't fit in my case so it went beyond the borders and cut off on the edge of the page. Next, you electronically signed the petition and it takes you to the online payment page. After submission, in the case status, there is an option to download that same completed PDF as well as any attachments I uploaded in the form - nice to have feature, comparing to mailing.
  5. 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! 🖐️
  6. 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.
  7. Hi Everyone! My husband and I are still waiting on our I-130 approval. He's about to fill his taxes but we have an issue. We got married last year (August 2019 - I'm still living in Mexico) and his tax guy is telling him is best to fill as single since I don't have a SSC but our immigration attorney is telling him to file as "married filing separate" - she's also saying we will need an ITIN. Do you know what's the ITIN number? Do you think we will need it? Thank you all for your help!
  8. (I-130 US Citizen applying for spouse) In Nov 2019, I received a letter from the NVC. They returned my case to USCIS upon request. I contacted USCIS multiple times and they still had not received my case. In April 2020, I contacted USCIS. They stated, "Our records indicate that on May 10, 2017, your case was sent to National Visa Center. Our records do not show the file being returned." I contacted the NVC again; they told me the case is with the USCIS. I called the USCIS again; they transfered me to a higher tier officer. The officer stated that my case is with the NVC and their records dont show the case being returned. The officer also told me that I should be receiving an interview date. I am confused because the NVC status info on the ceac website states that the NVC is waiting for supporting documents. But calling the NVC, they are telling me the case is not with them. What should I do? I think my case is lost.
  9. Hello! just wanted to update anyone with a expedite request approved......my husbands expedite was approved on 3/17/2020 the day before the embassy closed, I thought we wouldn’t hear anything from the consult until the reopened but today I received a call to schedule our interview! They have appointments as soon as the first week of April. The agent stated that expedites are being worked on during the shut down as they are considered emergency cases!
  10. Hi all, In 2019 I sponsored my mother to immigrate to the US and now she is a green card/permanent resident living with me. In Feb 2020, I got married to my husband in Pakistan. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 I made an average of $79k per year at my government job. ($99k/yr in 2019). I am now preparing the CR-1 application and wanted to know : Is my income enough to sponsor my husband on my own or do I need a co-sponsor? does the USCIS care if you have previously sponsored your parent before and are responsible for them financially and prevent them from becoming a public charge? please share. thank you so much in advance.
  11. Hello All! I am new to this forum and have read so much helpful information from all! I wanted to ask for your advice on my current situation. Here is our story: I am a US Citizen from New York City (29 years old, Colombian-American, professional). My husband is a Colombian Citizen from the capital, Bogotá (31 year old, professional). We met and fell in love early last year and I decided to move to Colombia in May, after my husband was denied a Tourist Visa in April to come to the US. We decided to try for the tourist visa AGAIN while we lived abroad together. So, I worked remotely from May-November and in November he was denied ONCE AGAIN of a Tourist Visa! They claimed the reason behind this was that the visas were scarce and they suspected he would want to stay in the US (he has a 12 year old daughter in Colombia and didn't request to travel with her). After this, I traveled back to NY between November 2019-January 2020 and then returned to Colombia on January 3, 2020. We married on March 2, 2020 (civil ceremony) and we FINALLY applied for the I-130 on March 10, 2020! Now, unfortunatey, I traveled back home a few days ago (the 18th) because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and had to leave my husband behind in Colombia. Obviously, we are aware that this visa process will be a VERY long process, and we are trying to find some kind of a solution to expedite this, if possible. 😓 I really cannot afford to live in Colombia for another year, and have planned to just keep visiting my husband every few months. What would you all recommend for our experience? Do you all think perhaps my husband could travel to visit me in the US (perhaps with a special permission or a tourist visa)? Thank you for reading!!! Geraldine 🙂
  12. I understand that the Embassy is closed for routine visa processing, but does anyone know if that includes the visas that where approved for expedite? since it is considered a emergency.
  13. My i-130 has been approved in January (marriage - based). Now preparing the files to upload on NVC website. Do I need to submit the i-944 according to the new rule on Public Charge effective from 24 Feb 2020? Or i-944 refers only to USCIS? Thanks
  14. hi guys! so I applied for the I-130 for my husband who is from Brazil. at the time we sent the documents in from off shore while living in Australia. we just got the notification from the NVC that they have opened our case and we can start to upload all the affadavit and documents to the portal. so the interview date has not been scheduled yet but the interview location is suppose to be in Australia, but our visa there expired and we had to leave. we are now living in his home country of Brazil and need to switch the interview to Brazil. does anybody have experience doing this? I have tried to call a bunch of times and the NVC nobody will pick up. any advice on this would be super appreciated. trying to get all these things done as soon as possible!
  15. Good day all, All documents and fees were approved and completed on my IR5 on March 7th 2019. Notice from the NVC was that an interview would be scheduled at the Consulate and I would be notified by email or mail. Does anybody know what the approximate turnover times are for the interview? Can I expect an interview in April? Thank you!
  16. question..... I paid my NVC fees, submitted my documents and DS-260 on 2/26/2020...……. I also requested my application to be expedited via email today 2/27/2020 Does anyone have a idea of how long it will take to hear back from NVC?
  17. We are filling up i 130 form and were considering to put in my married name on ( so that if ever approved that would be the name that would reflect on my papers soon . And to avoid expensive change of name fee in the US) however my passport still have my maiden name . I do have plans to change it but not up until May bec i used my maiden name to apply in a certain exam. However we want to submit our application this march already. We already have our marriage cert. We were married last januaRY 2020. Would there be conflict if we file with my married name (im the beneficiary) and put in my current passport number (passport with my maiden name) in the i-130 form? Or presenting our marriage license would suffice ?
  18. Starting the thread for January 2019 Filling - been through this process on the K1 journey all the way through an interview at the Mumbai Embassy last April 2018. We were stuck in AP and had a rare chance to spend 45-days together so we jumped ship and married in India (Nov 24th). So, here we are again going through the same process and praying that it goes faster. Mailed: Dec 26th (tracked delivery on Dec 28th) Notification: Pending NOA1 & Service Center: Pending Happy Journey!! Annie
  19. My spouse just filed the form i-130 online and we were taken to a screen that shows our receipt number beginning with IOE and a message that says "Your benefit request has been accepted and is under review." how long does it normally take to receive the i-797 so we can proceed to filing the i-485 form?
  20. what documents should I use as proof of relationship to add husband as household member of I-130 petitioner in place of marriage certificate? Marriage certificate is not available. Please help.
  21. Hi all, my husband is a US citizen and I’m his spouse we are currently stationed in Germany. He works as a contractor for the US Military in Aviation. I work for the same company but I’m on the German system at the moment, I’m from England. So the company has offered me a promotion in America in their Corporate office which will be a pay rise but they can only hold the job for so long so if my visa takes longer than about four months the position won’t be there. also, my husbands contract ends in August and his job will be moved to the states. This will mean he will be separated from me and his son as he is not able to stay in Germany without a SOFA agreement. So we would have to pay for two homes another car etc. so you think this would qualify our visa to be expedited? thank you in advance!
  22. A forum thread for discussing the process of applying for a CR1 from any of the Scandinavian countries.
  23. Hi all, Starting the February thread to share the journey with a few people. We sent the I-130 application January 31st from France to the Chicago lockbox. I know it arrived in the US on February 2nd but don't know if it has been delivery yet. I am a french citizen and my wife is a US citizen. We met in Australia where we were both living in 2011 and got married in 2013. We got our first child in 2015 and, while Australia was great, we felt it was too far from our respective families. So we decided to move and I got a good job opportunity in France in June 2016. We thought my wife would be able to find a job speaking only english at first and learning french on the way. It hasn't worked that way so my wife stayed at home looking after our boy and taking french lessons. We got a second child in 2017. Now we have realised that, without speaking french, it will be very difficult for her to find a job in her field, and without a job it will be very difficult for her to become fluent in french as she spends most of her time looking after the kids. So we decided to move again, this time to the US. She has been applying for jobs and we hope she will get one from here and that we will be able to do DCF in Paris then but in the meantime we filed with USCIS to get the process started because it takes so long.... Good luck everyone.
  24. Hello all I-130 filers, Lets put our I-130 timelines for California Service Center Filers.
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