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  1. Hi, My wife's extension letter is expiring in Nov. Her last USCIS case status has been that they are ready to schedule for an interview and will send notice. It's been the same status since early April but we haven't actually received a letter or appointment for the interview. I checked the USCIS site for information about extension due to COVID19 but such extensions (EOS or COS) seem to only apply to visa holders (work or k3 etc). I didn't see anything mentioned on those currently waiting to remove conditions (I751). USCIS says the offices are supposed to reopen on 6/4. We live in NJ and so far NJ gov't is slowly reopening. I know there is still a bit of time. At what point do you think we need to reach out to an attorney to get involved? I read some have suggested contacting local congressman or senators but not sure how much help elected officials can lend at this juncture. Does anyone know if there is a form to fill out to get the extension letter extended? Thanks in advance for any suggestion and help. Hope everyone is safe and well. Regards, JK
  2. Hello, I couldnt find a thread on this/most are closed. 1. is it just the 1 sheet my wife has to fill out for removing conditions? I-751? 2. What is the timeline? Ive heard 1 year to 2 years... really random timelines. Does this site provide a timeline for I751, i couldnt get to it. thank you
  3. Filed for i751 in Dec2018. The case status is stuck in "case ready to be scheduled for interview" since 04 Apr, 2019. They have sent me i797 extending my conditional residence for 18 months. The problem is it is up for expiration next month. What can I do for identification after 18 months? Am I eligible to work? Will the employers hire me? I know I am eligible to work while I was on this extension. The document says so. But what happens now? I also need to show an unexpired ID for DMV and other stuff. What are my options?
  4. Hi Everyone, I created this post to bring together all i751 filers from California services center to compare our timeline and encourage each other during this challenging wait. Please share your timeline so we could all have a better estimation of the processing time. Our timeline is: October 31st: i751 sent to CSC November 5th: case received August 16th: Biometric Patiently waiting for card being produced!
  5. I would like to know if somebody here have a similar case. SRC April 2019 transferred to Potomac in February 2020.
  6. Hello all, I apologize if this has been asked elsewhere, I couldn't find anything. We are about 3 weeks from mailing the I 751 and due to a number of circumstances my wife has not yet had her name changed. She wants to do this so that her 10 year card would reflect her new last name. Just as everything came together so we could apply for the name change - Covid19 shut everything down and our window has been lost. Long story short. Is it wiser to wait until after the new 10 year card is issued and then go back for a new card after the name change. Or, can we simply add additional paperwork to the application showing the name change has done? There is obviously no documentation, showing her with a new last name at this point. Our marriage license lists her with her maiden name. We felt at the time it was the better way to go rather than lose months and months in the Philippines waiting for name change documents and passport updates there. She needs her passport for work related travel and could not afford the delays that we believed we would face then. I know we should have gotten it done sooner once she had immigrated. But we didn't. We got comfortable and just lived - now we need to find the best path forward. A short novel for a short question - wait or move forward with name change? We prefer to get the name change done quickly as she needs to renew her passport soon anyway but not sure what documentation should be included with the I751 if we do so. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks
  7. Hi Guys! So, today - May 1st, 2020, I received the RFE letter. I wanted to share everything with you and see if you can help me with the preparation of the packet. I want to thank you in advance for your help. You guys are amazing!! 🏆 This is what I sent to USCIS on July 12, 2019. Vermont center. Evidence of our bona fide relationship: • Copy of our Marriage Certificate • Copies of our joint tax return for 2017 and 2018 • Copies of our tax transcripts for 2017 and 2018 • Copies of our W2's for 2017 and 2018 showing same address • Copies of bank statements from our join bank account for the past 24 months • Copy of our joint account debit cards • Copy of our apartment renters insurance showing joint policy • Copy of my spouse's life insurance policy showing my name as the beneficiary • Copy of our original apartment rental contract showing joint cohabitation • Copy of our renewed apartment rental contract showing joint cohabitation • Notarized sworn affidavit letters of support from family and friends • Letter from the Building Management Office confirming our tenancy and joint cohabitation • Copies of electricity bills for the past 24 months showing joint account • Copy of our Costco joint membership • Copies of checks that we have paid the apartment rent with from our joint bank account and the landlord's receipts. • Copy of check that we have paid the IRS from our joint bank account • Copies of medical records, phone bills, online orders, furniture deliveries, bank correspondence, IRS correspondence, Department of Motor Vehicles, USPS package deliveries, promotional materials and other showing same address • Copy of an email from a real estate investor in regards to future investments addressed to both of us • Copy of a reservation confirmation for a United Airlines client event that we attended in New York City showing both of our names • Copies of Driver's Licence and State ID showing same address • Copy of our airline tickets from our trip to Chicago, Illinois • Copy of our hotel reservation confirmation letter in Chicago, Illinois • Explanation to why we don’t have a joint health care insurance • Explanation to why we don’t have a joint phone plan • Pictures together from 2016 to 2019. BELOW IS THE RFE LETTER. They are basically asking for the same things. I don't understand. Compared to other people that I know, who have gotten green cards, I think I have sent more than enough. Unfortunately I don't have anything additional from what I sent 10 months ago. We don't have a kid, we don't have a car, we don't have a joint phone bill because his company pays for his bill and we don't have joint health insurance because we've been changing jobs frequently and we couldn't be on the same plan. Do you think if I send the same documents, but with new dates for the past 10 months it will be sufficient??? AWAITING FOR YOUR ADVICE :))
  8. 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!
  9. Hi guys I’m super confused right now. I applied for I-751 last May and heard nothing until October when I completed fingerprints at local office. Yesterday I checked the older uscis site and noticed my case status updated to “another office has jurisdiction over your case” . I checked the new website today and the attached image is what they’re showing. So kinda conflicted statuses I have tried searching for answers but can only find stuff on combo applications of Roc and N400 I haven’t submitted N400. I’ve not applied for N400 yet. I called USCIS and spoke with tier 2 who told me my case was still at Nebraska and the first update was just an officer transferring my case to some other part of the service Center. anyone any ideas what’s going on or had similar things happen. My case has no red flags and we are still happily married with nearly two year old son.
  10. Greetings, I need help, i need help filing a divorce waiver for a removal of conditions. I got a divorce and I dont know where to find the divorce waiver, or is it on the form itself for I751. Thank you any help is appreciated!!
  11. Hello Everyone, Does anyone knows,how long is the processing times for I751 interviews? I'm a 2016 December filer,my papers has been sitting in Miami Field office since November 2018, When should I expect to receive my interview letter ?I might leave the country to visit my family. Good luck everyone
  12. Hi Guys : I have few questions on filing n400. I have a pending i751 with WAC receipt number which is a year and a month now. My questions are; is it better to file n400 online or by mailing application form filled. The last question is what are the documents to submit when filing n400. Thanks all.
  13. Hi Guys : I wish to know experiences from those their case numbers started with WAC who filed n400 while having pending I-751. This question is specifically for those of us our Service Center is California. Am a kind of confused because my I-751 is now pending for 1year and 2months now. Few people suggested I should file for n400 to speed the pending i751 while some people told that filing n400 will slow the process more. Anyone that has experience this please share your stories with me. Thanks
  14. I have been following VJ off and on in last 2 years. I filled my I 751 divorced waiver in Aug 2016, received NOA after 5 days and received fingerprinting appointment after approx. 2 months. I was unable to check my status online it didn't recognize my receipt number. I received a letter from local USCIS office on March 23rd for an interview. I had an interview on April 25th, 2018. My interview officer checked my documents asked some questions and at the end, he said I am going to approve your application. On May 1st, 2018 my status on USCIS website updated with "New card is Being Produced". On May 3rd it changed it to New office has Jurisdiction. I freaked out and called my lawyer and he called USCIS office and told me that your case is approved don't worry about online status as they transfer my case to national benefits center. I got a letter in the mail it says that congratulations! we approved your application and you will get your green card within 60 days. after that I also receive a letter that my case was to transferred to NBC. After 21 days of my interview, i received my green card in the mail. Tips to prepare I 751 divorce application write a very good letter and get a lawyer to help you in this process. I took screenshots of my text msgs between me and my ex-wife I also received RFE and I already submitted all evidence so I attached one more letter of support and sent all evidence again. Attached 11 letter of support as I didn't have a joint lease and joint insurance. Interview experience: IO was really good he asked me about all the pictures and wrote it down about the event and when we took this picture. He asked my about my bank statement and asked the reason why we decided to get divorced. My lawyer went with me for an interview. Most important point is true information if your case based on reality and facts then you should not be fear of anything. A good lawyer is very helpful. I just wanted to share my journey with you guys especially those who are waiting and good luck!
  15. Has anyone had an interview at Montgomery or New Orleans recently? Or anyone with the same field office? My estimated time went up and I don't know what could be causing it😔 My extension on I-751 is about to expire and I'm way out of processing time on I-751. Is it some kind of new changes USCIS is introducing?
  16. I sent I-360 and I-751 based on abuse. Both are VAWA cases. If my I-360 is denied, will I stand a chance with the I-751 approval or USCIS will automatically deny it too?
  17. Hi guys. This question is mainly for California Service Center Applicant. My window to apply for citizenship (N400) opened 2days ago but I still have a pending I-751 stucked at fingerprint for my application has been applied as my status. My question is, I heard from a lawyer from New York saying is better to wait to get approved on the I-751 before filing for citizenship. And that will make the N400 application to move fast than combo (I-751/N400). Please, I will appreciate someone that has experienced this to explain it because am kind of confused either to wait for I-751 to get approve before filing N400.
  18. I was a conditional resident that just got conditions on a green card removed this September. I had my biometrics in August 2017. I have received a 10 year green card on which in the white square in the right bottom corner it says "Fingerprint not available" instead of actually having a picture of my fingerprint there. What is the possible cause of that? Is that a problem? Is it going to affect my international travels (specifically being admitted back in the US) in any way? Do I have to file I90 to get a card re-issued?
  19. Dear all, This forum has been so incredibly helpful -- thank you all in advance for your input. Could you read my cover letter for i-751 with a divorce waiver and tell me if that looks good or if I should include other info. I assumed I don't have to include any passport/birth certificate info, as it was already submitted for my conditional green card. USCIS P.O. BOX 660480 Dallas, TX 75266 Subject: I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence of Name (A#XXX XXX XXX) To Whom it May Concern: I am writing to submit the form i-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence for myself, Name. I married ex-spouse name on Date, XXXX in good faith, and was granted conditional residency on July, XXXX. However, our marriage ended mutually in a no-fault uncontested divorce, which was granted and signed on Date, XXXX. Please find below a description of the attachments in submitted order: Form G-1145, e-Notification of Petition Acceptance. Form I-751, signed and dated. Check made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for $595. Personal Statement about my relationship history with my ex-spouse. Copy of my two-year Permanent Resident Card, front and back. Copy of marriage certificate. Copy of divorce decree. Documents showing bona fide marriage: Copy of 2016 married-filing-jointly federal and state tax returns, signed and dated. Copy of 2016 married-filing jointly Resident Income Tax Return, signed and dated. Copy of 2017 married-filing-jointly federal and state tax returns, signed and dated. Copy of 2017 Tax History Report, showing married filing jointly status in 2016 and 2017. Copy of leases showing joint occupancy Copies of joint utility bills Copies of joint phone bills Copy of joint medical insurance Copy of joint Employer-Provided Health Insurance Coverage showing both names. Copies of joint car insurance Affidavit of support from ex-spouse Affidavits from mutual friends Photos spanning our marriage together Additional documents, including letters from friends, screenshots from texts/e-mails. Thank you for your consideration of the above application. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this adjustment application packet. Sincerely, Name
  20. Hello, After about 17 months, I finally received my 10-yr green card! Unfortunately though, the "residence since" date on my 10-year green card was 03/18/18 and the expiration date is 03/29/18. Is this something that I need to worry about? The original date on my 2-year conditional green card was 12/23/14, and I am planning to apply for my N-400. I am scared that even if I give them both my old and new GC, they would reject my application because of their own mistake. I wonder if others also has the same problem? Did you guys apply for a replacement? Did you talk to someone? Please help!! Thanks!
  21. I want to know if it is a big red flag not to have a joint bank account when you apply for ROC alone (due to a divorce). I am planning to divorce my husband because of infidelity, but I am still on conditional GC. I want to divorce him, and apply for ROC by myself. We have a very different way of spending money, where I save every penny and have some saving, whereas he overspends to the point that he asks me for money. He spends money on alcohol and legal drugs, which I am not happy about. So we have never commingled our finances, and I spend my own money, and he spends his (also he tries to beg me for money when he is short). We have a joint checking account, but we rarely use it. Mainly I deposit money in it, and he uses it. Is this a big red flag upon ROC? Can I still prove that our marriage is real? I have other evidence such as: 1) Lease with both of our names together (although we separated for half a year when I found out about his cheating on me) 2) My car insurance covering both him and me 3) My health insurance through my employer with him as the beneficiary 4) My dental/vision insurance through my employer with him as the beneficiary 5) My life insurance through my employer with him as the beneficiary 100% 6) Photos of us from multiple occasions (even when we were separated, we met from time to time) 7) Texts every day 8 ) Photos of us and his family together on special occasions 9) Join Tax return for 2017 and 2018. (We are planning to file jointly again for 2019, before the divorce occurs if that helps) 10) I can get a affidavit from my best friend who knows both of us really well, proving that our marriage is real. 11) Bills/Mails sent to our address. Is this enough, to cover the lacking of having a joint bank account? What else can we provide?
  22. Hi, So, I married my ex-wife in July of 2011 but we were divorced (no-fault divorce) in September of 2012. Before the 2-year conditional residence was to expire I applied for a change of status to permanent resident using an I-751 waiver proving a bonafide marriage. It was approved pretty quick as I submitted a tower of evidence proving our marriage was legitimate. Now, after 5 years and 4 months as a resident I'm about to submit my N-400 application. Under the list of documents and evidence to submit it states that if "applying for naturalization on the basis of marriage to a US citizen" I must submit marriage certificates, joint bank statements, leases, etc, etc. My question is whether I'm applying on the basis of marriage to a US citizen or not. Since I now have a 10-year green card that I got after the I-751 waiver I'm actually applying on the basis of being a resident for 5-years, right? I don't need to resubmit all of the documents I submitted as evidence for my I-751? thanks!
  23. Hi, I returned to England to see and help my mother during March of this year and I sent in my I751 just before the date my conditional residency ended (12th August 2019). My I751 was accepted just a few days ago, I am intending to return to the USA In January before returning to help with my family in England during the summer next year. I am concerned about what will happen at the border as to what my status is, I am divorced from the person who petitioned for me. Any ideas please as I am wondering whether I will be given a visa waiver of all things!
  24. I am in the following situation and I don't know what to do. Can I apply for ROC alone? 1) Divorce due to US spouse's multiple cheating (I haven't divorced him yet, but I am considering it) 2) Us not living together for half a year 3) Us not sharing the same bank account 4) US spouse on disability checks (We haven't done this yet, but we are considering it) Visa status: I am the beneficiary and I received my conditional green card around October 2018. We got married at the beginning of 2017, so the marriage itself has been for over 2 years, almost 3 years in a few months, but it has been less than 2 years since I got my conditional green card. Current situation: During the marriage, my US spouse cheated on me a few times, but since marriage is a big deal for me, I forgave him, hoping things would be better. Unfortunately, after all that cheating incidents, I have lost faith and love in him, and I am wanting to divorce him. However, I feel like I am stuck now because of this "you have to stay married for 2 years to prove bona-fideness of the marriage" thing. 1) Do I have to stay married regardless of all the infidelity of my US spouse, to prove the realness of the marriage? 2) After his last cheating on me, he devastated me and I stayed at my friend's place for 6 months. My spouse stayed at his parent's place. We are living together again, hoping things would turn in the better direction, but my feeling doesn't seem to come back because of many times he cheated on me and hurt my feelings. How does this affect my ROC if I do proceed to divorce him before my 2 years is up? 3) My spouse has a very bad habit of overspending (on alcohol and legal drug), and he always empties his paycheck quickly. On the other hand, I save every penny, but if we share the same bank account, he will start spending the money I earned on those things. I would love to help with life, bills, food, medical stuff, but I don't think it is fair for him to spend my money on those things. So we don't really do financial commingling. How bad could this be upon ROC by myself? 4) My spouse has not worked for about a year, during which I have been providing for him. He got fired multiple times because of his slacking off. Also he somehow damaged his shoulder, and now he was advised by his doctor not to work for the next 6 months. I have been paying all the bills, rent, our life together, his medical bills, and stuff, and now he cant work for the next 6months. He has 0 saving, and now all of my paycheck and even my saving is decreasing. Can my US spouse be on disability check? Or if you get a green card through marriage, is even the US spouse not allowed to use the public aid like disability check or food stamp? I know USCIS doesn't want the foreigners to use the governmental aid. Apologies for the long post, but it would be greatly appreciated if anyone could help me get some idea on any of the above matters.
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