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  1. Hello everyone, I am wondering if anyone has received an interview appointment at the Abu Dhabi Embassy after recently getting their DQ. it would be great if someone would share their experience.
  2. April 18th 2019 ; Mailed form I-130 and all related documents to NVC Nov. 4th 2019; Approved and case opened (Documents sent to embassy in Ghana) Received Email in February 2020; Interview scheduled for April 9th 2020. Received Email in March 2020 ; Interview rescheduled to August 19th 2020 due to COVID. June 2020; All visas suspended until further notice. November 2020; Sent the embassy enquiries about case status. Auto message sent to me about visa interview suspension. March 2021; Another enquiry sent; Same auto message and the next day received email interview appointment on May 5th 2021. NB: New police certificate and new medicals required and done prior to interview. May 5th 2021; interview was done and dad granted the visa. Told to collect passport at DHL. Dad’s account of the Interview at the embassy in Accra Ghana 🇬🇭 * I got to the gate at about 5 min to my scheduled time of 7:00 am - I stood at a distance waiting for my clock to strike 7th hour - on the dot I moved towards the gate only to be called back by a police guard! The ensuing discourse: “Man, where’re you going?” ‘I’m scheduled for an interview here today’ “Well, it’s not time yet” ‘I was asked to be here @ 7:00 am 😲’ “Well, when the Embassy’s staff are ready they’ll come out with a list and call out the names. So you may have to join the crowd there (pointing towards the trees within the circle in the autoroute) and wait to be called” ‘Thank you sir!’ - We waited under the trees until at about 7:29 when I saw a security guard appear at the gate with a white sheet of paper in hand. - Then the police guard came to us with this invitation “The 7 o’clock and the 7:30 people, come on in” - The security guard asked for my appointment letter and passport - Having confirmed my name on the list he said “You can go in but your smart phones and smart watch would not be allowed in, go back and leave them somewhere and come” - ‘can’t I deposit them at the first security check?.....”No” he retorted. - After doing the needful I got through the security check Point and was directed to the main building door. - After the COVID-19 protocol hand wash I entered the main building. - a female receptionist again checked for my name on a list with her and directed me on to the waiting area. Then came the start of the process - A lady invited me to the booth, took my finger-prints and checked my documents; then she asked me to sit down and wait to be called. Then came the call “Mr _________, come to booth 8” The female voice sounded very friendly so I felt relaxed as I walked to booth 8 and we exchanged pleasantries. Ensuing discourse: *c/o - “Pls give me your documents” •Dad - ‘Here they are’ *c/o- “who is inviting you to the U.S?” •Dad- ‘my eldest son’😊 *c/o “is he married?” •Dad- no *c/o- “how long has he been in the USA?” Dad- ....answered! *c/o- what work does he do? Dad-.... answered c/o- “how many children do you have?” Dad- Three c/o- “ is your other son married?.” Dad- No c/o- “where are your other children?” Dad- all three are in the US c/o- where is your wife? Dad- she is in the US too c/o - So your son filed for her? Dad- no it’s the other way round 😊 c/o- How long has your son been in the US? Dad- ...answered c/o- How long has your wife been in the US? Dad- answered. c/o- did you go through another medical exam? Dad- Yes I did. c/o - where? Dad- AKAI CLINIC c/o- When was that?. Dad- Answered **c/o was nodding to his answers as she verified the information on her computer** c/o- have decided to give you a visa 😊 Dad- Thank you 😁 c/o then handed him a piece of paper with information on collection of passport through DHL. NOTE: Dad’s visa was verbally approved but I checked the status on https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?App=IV and shows visa was REFUSED 😳. First I panicked and then I read this on the website https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?App=IV. So it says refused but not under 221(g) so no further documents are required. It’s a new status for administrative processing meaning the visa is being processed until the status changes to ISSUED then we can contact DHL. Please let me know if anyone else had this status and how long it took for the visa to be issued? Thank you in advance 😊
  3. Hello, My daughter is now 1 week here in the US. She entered with an IR2 visa. Now i'm not sure what to do or process next. I'm a US Citizen, my daughter is 13 years old. I'm not sure if USCIS will be mailing us her green card or a citizenship certificate or shall we apply for it. Please advise as I'm not too sure which guide to read as there's several contradicting guides in the USCIS website. Links to read is greatly appreciated.
  4. I had my interview recently and it was approved. But when I check ceac portal, the status is refused. Is this normal? During the interview the consular officer he will recommend the approval of my passport and given instructions on how to register my address for the delivery of passport and visa.
  5. So, I am currently in the F2b category - my father is my sponsor and he is a green card holder. I have been DQ'd and am in queue to interview at the Montreal consulate. Since they're so backed up right now, I won't be getting one anytime soon I think. My father will be a U.S. citizen soon - he got his biometrics done yesterday on Feb 24, 2021. He now awaits his interview and oath ceremony. As soon as this is done, should I apply to transfer to the F1 category? Will it be quicker?
  6. Is there anyway I could follow on the interview schedule from the US Embassy/Consulate General in Manila, Philippines. It's almost 3 months since we got the notification that NVC will work with the embassy to schedule an interview appointment but as of the moment, we have never received any interview date or any update. Does anyone here knows what's causing the delay (I know COVID for obvious reasons)? Anything else? what's the timeline now in getting scheduled for an interview? This is for my minor child.
  7. Hello All, I am new this forum, and wanted to know if anyone waiting for Employment based Immigrant Visa received any appointments from Montreal Consulate since COVID closure? I saw few appointments were scheduled for other immigrant categories , but didn't see anyone from EB. I am in EB1 category and just received document clearance from NVC last week. Can anyone help estimate realistically, when I am likely to receive a Visa appointment date? Appreciate the help!!
  8. Hey guys, I just need some question about part of filling out file 130, one part there about address at which you physically lived together. If you never lived together, type or print, “never lived together” in item 59.a My question about this part is, when he was here in Philippines we lived in the same house for almost 4 months. He was here from Nov. 2, 2016- February 26, 2017! Is that considered even it’s only for few months? Anyone who can give me some advice pls?
  9. I have scoured internet trying to find information about my particular case to no avail. My wife from Thailand is now a naturalized citizen of the USA and this website was very helpful with every aspect of the process – from her tourist visa to her naturalization. I filed every paper myself without any assistance from attorneys. Now we’re working on my wife’s daughter’s immigrant visa. She is a 27 year old unmarried woman – my wife’s only child, whose birth father is deceased. The daughter was issued a 10 year tourist visa in 2012 and would visit regularly, staying many months at a time but never exceeding the 6 month limit. In October of 2016 we applied for the daughter’s immigrant visa. A year later in October of 2017 the daughter was stopped at Los Angeles International Airport and her phone was confiscated. She sat in a waiting room as a DHS agent who spoke Thai checked all her text messages and social media posts. Eventually they found evidence that was working at a restaurant when in the USA. They sent her back to Thailand that very evening and she received a 5 year ban – “Pursuant to section 235(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act),( 8 U.S.C. 1225(b)(1)) the Department of Homeland Security has determined you are inadmissible to the United States under section 212(a), (7)(A)(i)(I) of the Act, as amended, and therefore subject to removal, in that: You are not a citizen or national of the United States. You are an alien who, at the time of your application to the Los Angeles International Airport on October 23, 2017, you were not in possession of a valid, unexpired immigrant visa, reentry permit, border crossing card, or other valid entry document required by the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, to wit: You presented a valid passport and a facially valid nonimmigrant visa in order to be admitted to the United States, but you admitted in a sworn statement before an officer of this Service that you were employed without authorization on your last trip.” Last week – October of 2020 - we received a letter in the mail from the DHS stating that her immigrant visa had been approved. My question is this: What does this mean and what do I do now? Her ban doesn’t expire for another 2 years. Does the fact that the DHS or NVC approved her immigrant VISA mean that the ban has been overridden? Do I need to submit an i-601 or other kind of waiver? Do I need an attorney? I have no idea what to do next. Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks to all in advance. I can upload files if needed or provide more info.
  10. https://gh.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/ "ATTENTION: The Embassy is now processing expired immigrant visas. If your immigrant visa was issued before April 23, 2020 and expired before you were able to immigrate to the United States, please email consularaccra@state.gov. Include your case number (beginning with ACC) and full name. Once your email is received, you will be contacted with next steps. Please note that while we are processing expired immigrant visas, the Embassy has not resumed routine visa appointments. If you have already contacted the embassy regarding your expired immigrant visa, you DO NOT need to send another email."
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  12. I am now filling up the Affidavit of Support I-864EZ. On the Federal Income Tax Info, I have filed my last 3 years' tax with my spouse. It says to provide gross income on IRS Form 1040EZ. The income indicated on our 1040EZ is a combination of mine and my husband's. Do I provide that on item 6a-c? Or shall I just get my gross from my W2?
  13. This is a real situation, appreciate if anyone can provide some advice or ideas. Thank you very much! Father was a green card holder when he filed for petition to bring his son and granddaughter. Co-Petitioner was his daughter since father did not have a job. 3 yrs later, the petition was approved. 7 yrs forward, applicant( the son living abroad) got a notification to continue with the immigration process. Father (the main petitioner) is now a US citizen, worked for a few years but stopped due to medical issues. Since he is now not working, he's been receiving SSI for 5 yrs and did not file his tax returns. Since the father does not meet the income requirement, his daughter will be a co- sponsor for the affidavit of support. Questions: A. How does the non filing of return affect the visa application? B. What are other options available ensure success in visa application given the above circumstance? Thank you very much for your insights.
  14. Hello everyone, I'm an American citizen and my husband's interview was on Feb 20th 2018. He had all of his documents but had to go under administrative processing because of the travel ban on Syria. He's been under administrative processing since then and the CEAC site states that his case was last updated on Feb 22nd. Does anyone know how long the AP could take and is there anyone that is/was in a similar situation? Thank you.
  15. 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!
  16. Hi. Does anyone have any news about US embassies potentially using video conferencing to clear backlogs on various Visa applications (e.g. K-1, spouse)? In light of the precautions necessary moving forward with COVID, this seems to be a strategy worth exploring to help clear backlogs. I am sure there are some instances of consular officers already knowing if they are going to approve or deny a case before the applicant appears in person. Many applicants only get asked a few questions and interviews lasting only a few minutes, but having to travel long distances for their consular interview. Cases that appear suspicious could be flagged for in-person interviews, while other clear legitimate cases be cleared remotely. Just thinking out loud.
  17. Here is my story: Every checklist done and NVC arranged Interview in Islamabad Immigrant Visa, spouse Interview was on March 2019. At interview submitted my born dead child's birth certificate(Hospital AKU) as stronger evidence. I was given a paper saying "the case is in administrative process from now and your case is refused at this point. The paper I was given which indicates 221(g) pending. Doesn't say exactly what documents are further required. July 2019 Petitioner (My US citizen husband) contacted Islamabad Embassy through their inquiry website with the question "please let me know if further documents are required" in response to inquiry we have received an email from Embassy stated Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for writing to our office. Your immigrant visa case has been refused under INA Section 221(g) for administrative processing, an integral part of the visa adjudication and issuance process that can neither be expedited nor waived. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict the amount of time the processing will take and timing varies based on the individual circumstances of each case. The visa application will be reconsidered when administrative processing is complete. Please be assured that we are aware of your concerns and will process the application to completion as quickly as possible, in accordance with U.S. laws. We recognize that this process can be frustrating for applicants and regret any inconvenience. Sincerely, Immigrant Visa Unit Consular Section U.S. Embassy, Islamabad I have saved the document which states my inquiry "Please let me know if further documents required". In December 2019 we have new born baby and my husband came to Pakistan in Feb 2020, we went to US consulate for our baby's CRB and US Passport, all documents submitted for the process. we were told your pending case in Islamabad will be automatically updated, my husband went back to US end of Feb 2020, after completion of all procedure regarding baby's passport and CRB. On the following month I went to Consulate again to pick the passport and CRB pick up and it was all done smoothly. now after 15 months of the interview we received another email from embassy about case refusal. Dear Petitioner, Our records mention that the consular officer ask the applicant to submit documents establishing strong marital relationship with the petitioner but our office never received any response since the day of interview. Please be prepared to experience significant delays in further processing of your case. As of March 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad suspended routine visa services. We will resume routine services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. We appreciate your patience during this time. Sincerely, The Immigrant Visa Unit U.S. Embassy Pakistan Please leave your expertise so I may be able to know what actions can be taken now, in this matter. Regards SanaK
  18. Please help me and sign this petition that requesting WH to look into amending the Immigration Nationality Act that revokes valid immigrant visas and approved petitons after the main applicant passes away. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/amend-immigrantion-nationality-act-revokes-petition-surviving-relatives-when-main-applicant-passes-away
  19. Hi, My parents who are elderly recently got approved for their Green Card through consular processing and received an Immigrant Visa to travel to the US. That visa expires on April 8th and they were planning to travel March end. However due to the Coronavirus scare, we are rethinking if they should travel now given the situation. I am trying to figure out what happens in the case they decide to not travel now and their immigrant visa expires. Will they need to schedule another visa appointment and go through some part of the process again or is there a way to reach out to the US Embassy in India and request an extension to the expiry of the visa given the extreme situation/pandemic we have? Any suggestions will be much appreciated. thanks, Rahul
  20. My husband's interview was set for Dec 12th at 7:30am. We arrived at about 6:50am. The company that watches your bag/phones sets up shop at 7:00am to the left outside of the embassy. Get in line for that first and leave everything you won't need inside. They charge 10 soles per backpack/purse and I believe 5 soles per phone. You take your wallets inside. You aren't allowed to take plastic folders inside so make sure your documents are in paper or manila folders/organizers. The line for IMMIGRANT VISA is to the very left. Don't be alarmed by the large tourist visa line, ask for the immigrant visa line. The US citizen (spouse/petitioner) can go in with their spouse. You just need to show your passports, the visa photos, and your interview confirmation page. Once you get inside you go straight to the visa section. Follow the lines for the immigrant visa. They will tell you where to go. Once you get called to go inside the building (only took 2 minutes), go all the way to the back of the room. They will call the applicant's name and you go to the window and they give you a document that lists how to organize your papers and tell you to sit back down. I took a lot of supporting evidence which they did not need (or ask for) but it's better to be safe than sorry! So you sit down, organize your papers how they ask, then eventually (about 5-7minutes later) they call you up to the same window. The lady (I believe a Peruvian lady—spoke only Spanish to us) checks all of your documents and returns all the supporting evidence they don't need (like photo evidence, joint bank account statements, my proof of maintaining US domicile). Then we had to wait for the actual interview with the officer. This was a 30ish minute wait because there was only one officer interviewing the immigrant visa applicants. He did a couple of interviews (they are like bank teller windows so everyone can hear the questions and answers) then he went somewhere for like 15ish minutes then came back and did 1-2 more interviews. Then he finally called my husband's name! We went up to the window together. The officer spoke Spanish with a heavy American accent and was very friendly! My husband swore to tell the truth, then the officer asked him these questions: When did you meet? When did you start dating? When did you get married? Then he asked me if I was living in Peru. I said yes and explained my parents are missionaries here. The officer said, I bet you wanted to be here too till this was all over. And I said yes. He asked what relation the Co-sponsor (I-864 AOS) was to me. I answered that he was my uncle. Then he asked my husband if he spoke English. He said yes. Then the nice officer said with a smile: Tu visa esta aprobada! Your visa is approved! He gave us a little slip with information on how to check the passport (with visa) DHL tracking status and said it would be ready in 3-6 business days! We said thank you and walked out with huge smiles! Praise the Lord all of our investment wasn't in vain. This is the list of documents we took (but half of them they returned to us—copies and supporting evidence): • Two (2) color passport style photos • Visa interview date confirmation page • DS-260 Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Confirmation Page • Visa interview appointment letter from US Consulate • Copy of un-expired Peruvian Passport • Copy of Peruvian national identity card • Original Peruvian Birth Certificate certified by RENIEC • Police certificates: • Judicial criminal records • Penal criminal records • Police criminal records • Evidence of Bonafide Marriage • Copy of Marriage Act (certificate) from Peru • Copy of Certified Record of Marriage Registration RENIEC • Spousal Affidavit • Copy of Joint Lease Agreement • Joint Bank Account Statement • Photo Pages as evidence to our bonafide relationship • Form I-864 Affidavit of Support by US petitioner • Copy of US passport photo page • Proof of Maintaining US domicile and Intent to Return • Copies of IRS tax returns for 2018, 2017, and 2016 • Bank statements for valid US bank accounts/cards • Supplementary Form I-864 Affidavit of Support by uncle in US • Copy of US Birth Certificate • Copy of 2018 IRS tax return • Medical exam results in sealed envelope
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