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  1. My aunt is in the US awaiting her green card. The tourist visa she arrived with has not expired. Is she able to leave the US and come back using that visa? Even if she’s waiting for her immigrant visa?
  2. Hello, Asking this question for my husband who entered the USA on 12/13/2018. On the DS-260, we opted for the SSN to be automatically sent upon entry. It says on the SSA site if the SSN is not received within 3 weeks, to inquire further. I just spent 2 hours on hold with SSA to receive no answers and to speak with a very confused representative, so I will ask here and hopefully get some advice. 1. Is the DHS affected by the government shutdown? The representative at the SSA told me this is the cause of the delay in transmitting information from the DHS to the SSA. 2. My husband received his green card within 2 weeks of entry into the United States, however, still no SSN on week 3. I figured it would take longer than 3 weeks, especially with Christmas and New Year holidays, however, he wanted to seek more information and we will go to the local SSA office next week. Should he just wait patiently, and is it normal to receive the green card before the SSN? Thank you!
  3. shayden10

    Family Relationship Issues

    Hello VJers, This is actually very off topic, but I don't know where else to go. My husband is an avid redditor so that forum is not an option... I immigrated on a K1 Visa two years ago, I am sending in my ROC paperwork in May. Life has been very good for my husband and I, we both have good jobs, in August we bought a house and a new car, we have four cats and we are talking about babies in the very distant (like 5 yrs) future. I love life here and I absolutely adore my husband, but there is a big issue and I am struggling to figure out what to do about it... My husband and I took a road trip to my Canadian hometown to visit my family (about an 11 hour drive) this past July. We had a great trip, I saw a ton of my family, we all had a good time swimming, eating, and drinking. BUT on our last night there, my husband and I got in an argument (they happen!), it wasn't an extremely bad one and after fighting for about 15 minutes he wanted to leave the house to cool off, which he usually does when we argue. My Mom saw that I was upset and got involved in the argument, she was screaming at my husband and physically tried to stop him from leaving the house, which included putting her hands around his throat (according to my husband). While everyone was screaming, my Dad panicked and called the police. My husband left the house before they arrived, he went for a walk and ended up at my Aunt's house. The police arrived and questioned me at my parents, then went to speak with him. They made a note about us getting in a domestic dispute, there were no charges against anyone. We were told to spend the night apart and not communicate, in the morning I was to pack the truck, pick him up, and we would head home. We did text a bit during the evening, mainly me apologizing multiple times and him saying he just wanted to leave me in Canada. I picked him up first thing in the morning and we headed home, we argued for the first hour or so and then talked it out. Fast forward to today: my husband and I are still great, our relationship is good and we love each other more than anything. My parents are planning a trip to visit soon to see our new house and bring some of my furniture, and my husband plans to leave the house and not see them at all while they are here. My husband feels betrayed, heartbroken, and has lost his trust in my parents. He saw them as his own parents because he never had strong parental figures in his life. He loved them and is so beyond hurt. We have had altercations in my family's house before (between my parents, with neighbours, etc) which have been much worse and never did my Mom lay a hand on anyone nor were the police called. My husband feels like my parents true colours came out and that they have always hated him, mainly because he took me away. I feel stuck, I want to support my husband in any way possible but it hurts to have to sever ties with my family more than I already have. I miss my hometown, I don't want our children to miss out on seeing where I grew up and having their Aunt, Grandparents, and the rest of my Canadian family. In addition, my Mom's health is poor and I worry that something will happen to her. I don't know how to continue to make my husband feel supported and like I am on his side, while also trying mend the relationship between them enough that we can at least be apart of my family still. I am hoping that someone here has any type of advice to help me through this. Thank you for reading the long post, and thank you in advance for any replies. Sydney
  4. Hi Guys, Trust we are all doing great in our visa journey. Please my fiance is filling the DS-160 form and in a section of the form he was asked if anyone has ever filed an immigrant petition on his behalf with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)? No one has ever filed any kind of petition for him in the past except for the one I'm doing now (K1 Visa). And talking about K1 Visa petition, is it an immigrant or non-immigrant petition? We had thought the K1 Visa process is non-immigrant up until we get married and file for AOS when it then becomes immigrant. Are we wrong? What's also puzzling to us is that the DS-160 form my fiance is filling is specific for K1 Visa. Thus if K1 Visa petition is seen as an immigration petition, isn't the answer to that question already obvious? So is it expected that every K1 Visa applicant should input a YES on that section? Please someone should come to our aid. Thanks.
  5. I have created this forum for anybody within the Employment based immigrant visa category, that has made in to the NVC stage. Please provide the country in which you will attend the US embassy and the dates for the following: scan date (SD), case complete (CC) and interview, where available. Also, it would be very useful if you could update your timeline so that others in a similar circumstance can compare for reference purposes! Thanks
  6. Hello, During 2014 and 2015, I spent around 15 months in Florida. i had a J1 non immigrant visa and I was studying at Florida Tech. Since I stayed outside my homecountry over a year do I need a police report from FL, even when I was possessing a non immigrant visa? Thanks!
  7. I came to MN on May 25th 2017 from Japan with K-1, fiance VISA. I married on June 13th 2017. They received my I-485, I-131, I-765 on June 19th 2017. I went to get done Biometric on August 2nd. I got my insurance, Minnesota Care as a wife of American citizen from August. I was kicked off of my insurance because I don't have my SSN. I didn't know I should have SSN to have my insurance. My K-1 VISA is expired August 22nd. I changed my last name on my passport, so my expired VISA is attached my VOID old passport. We were so busy to have our wedding in October and some important stuff for my husband. I feel so shame. I should have done better job. Now I have to wait I-765, EAD to come. I sent e Request on October 30th. I finally got an email saying You should receive a decision or notice of other action shortly on December 8th. USCIS is taking too much time and insurance is messed up and I lost my insurance and I don't know when I can get my insurance back. Does someone know insurance for people like me? Maybe we should pay so much money. Help us.
  8. Hello good day! I want to ask if someone has experience here, stayed more than 180 days in other country and didnt received green card but have her passport stamp. can you still re-enter united states? My mother in-law has an issue about this coz she has her medical reason that's why she stayed for more than 180 days in our country. (Philippines) she didnt receive her Green Card because they send it to other address/house. That’s why we request again her NEW CARD, but USCIS needs her Biometrics but she still in the philippines. She has a passport stamp.
  9. Hello my fellow K-1 applicants, If this question has been asked before for a similar situation, please direct me to that thread. I received my NOA2 on 2/6/2018 and after I called NVC on 2/20/2018, they provided me with my case# and invoice#. So I have been checking the status on https://ceac.state.gov under the visa application type "Immigrant Visa (IV)". I do know that a K-1 visa is nonimmigrant visa but processed as an immigrant visa (at least at the NVC) because it has the intent to immigrate if the both parties decide to get married within 90 days of entering the US. The first time checked on the status of my case, I saw the message "at NVC". But today, when I check it I see the following: I could be wrong but I don't think any of this applies to a K-1 visa. The country specific document does not talk about a form DS-260 but a DS-160. If you visit the US embassy in Sri Lanka website you cannot find a mention of a Fiancee visa under "Nonimmigrant Visas" section but you can find a section for "Fiancee Visa" under the "Immigrant Visas" section: If you click on the "Fiancee Visa" you are taken to another location that has the following: If you click "Next" and look at "The Interview" section. There a PDF with instructions for Fiancee visa applicants. From what I can tell this looks like what the packet my Fiancee will get once the embassy receives my petition from NVC. Even on this document, it talks about filling out the DS-160 form and not the DS-260. So, here is what I like to know from anyone who has gone through the K-1 visa process or more specifically the K-1 visa process through the US embassy in Sri Lanka: 1. What do I make of the message I received from NVC when I checked the status of my case today? Do I ignore it? 2. Can I go ahead and follow the instructions outlined in the PDF that instructs the K-1 Fiancee visa applicants about what needs to be done next? Or should I just wait for the embassy to contact my Fiancee? If I am not clear with any of my questions or information that has been provided, please let me know. Thank you all for your help and support.
  10. Hey everyone! Just wondering where I can find a list of all documents to take to consulate interview. Just wanting to know what needs to be originals and what can be photocopies? Thanks!
  11. Hey, We have applied for my wife to move to the US and her documents were approved by NVC on 29/05/2018 and we're trying to figure out how long it's taking for people to get their interview once it's done at NVC? I've looked at some of the timelines but it seems like a lot of people don't update as they go. Any help would be amazing! Thanks
  12. I am currently being petitioned under F2B by my family. They are all green card holders already. I'm planning to take the US medical licensure exam to get in for residency in the states while I wait for this petition. To take one of the exams, I need to get a Tourist B1/B2 visa sometime this year. I've never traveled to any country and my only ties here would be the family business. I've been reading online and people have said that it would be difficult to do this. Does being petitioned really decrease the chances of getting a tourist visa? Can you give tips on acquiring the tourist visa with this status of being petitioned? Should I mention that I plan to take the exam there or is it better to just say I want to visit my family? I've had friends who also plan to take the exam that left out the USMLE exam detail from the interview and were granted 6 months. However I also do not want to compromise anything because of my ongoing petition.
  13. Hi everyone! Kinda a random question but I'm just wondering if there's a certain day of the week people generally receive the email stating when their interview will be? Also we had our NVC forms approved a week ago and we're wondering how long it has been taking other people to get their interviews from when NVC finalised their stuff? I have had a look through all the Visa Journey forms about timelines but would like to hear some more experiences! It seems that a lot of people stop updating by the time they make it to the interview so it's a bit difficult to gauge it. We're in Australia if that helps Thanks!!!
  14. Hi, I would like to ask a lot of questions because apparently, I will have my medical exam for my visa this Tuesday (May 15, 2018) and I'm really scared because of the following reasons. I'm 20 and I need help. 1. Will smoking cigarettes affect my medical exam? I don't have lung sickness or whatever but they were scaring me that it'll deny me from having to grant it. 2. I've used drugs (marijuana/weeds). It was a few times use because of peer pressure. It's been a year and few months (like around March 2017 was the last time). And should I tell them the truth? If so, will I be denied even if they don't find trace of the weeds anymore or harm my candidacy for the visa? The last thing I have to do is to have a mock medical exam. I'm really scared to be honest.
  15. Hello, just wanted to make sure I was filling out our visa journey timeline correctly on the K1 side of things and to verify we’re on the right track. Apologies in advance, as I’m on mobile. We started our K1 Visa Process back on September 14th, it arrived at USCIS on September 21st. We then received an NOA2 March 19th. April 2nd is when we received an email from the NVC stating our case was expedited. After filling out the DS160, isn’t fiancee was requested to fill out information on April 3rd to http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/au/ I paid the fee, and got the receipt. Currently waiting to find out more. I’m not sure if we’re currently waiting for anything to come to her door, or if we’re waiting for an email confirmation? The consulate requested an email as well once we were done. I was also unsure about certain forms such as the affidavit of support and if that need some to be sent to her for the interview with all of my pay stubs, or if that’ll be used for something else? We have also run into the issue of being unsure of where to get her medical done within Australia as the form she presented to her doctor was expired and couldn’t be filled out by him. Not to mention it was requiring information by a physician? Not sure if it’s going to happen at the embassy or if it needs to be done before. Thanks in advance for the help!
  16. I just finished reading that the interviews for immigrant visas for Cubans will be held at the US embassy in Bogota, Colombia. This means that any petitions for K1 or CR1 will be transferred to that embassy. Not only am I heart broken and confused . But I’m so upset because I just don’t understand how does the US government believe a Cuban who earns $30 a Month, can afford a trip to Colombia? And to top it off you need A VISA to travel there? I mean isn’t this automatic denial ? They’re just violating the 1994 agreement to let AtleaSt 20,000 Cubans enter the US per year. And now they’re settimg is up for failure. Why not just work with the Swiss embassy and open the interest section again? Why make the Cuba beneficiary who makes $30 a month and cant get a visa to go to Colombia , “travel” all the way over there? They’re expecting to send letters to existing petitions that were approved on how to handle it , but this is so not fair. You’re humiliating one of the poorest countries in the world. I ask that someone answer me or atleast give me some advice because I’m about to lose my mind.
  17. Hi everyone, a few days ago we got an RFE regarding the i 864. On it it stated I (the petitioner) am supposed to file the i 864 as well even if we have a joint sponsor (which we do). Then it said the joint sponsor'd income wasn't meeting the requirements for the 125% poverty guidelines, which he makes way above the required minimum . And finally it said that the household number was calculated incorrect "The joint sponsor must correct the and/or complete page 4 of the form I-864." My questions are: 1. I wont be able to qualify for sponsor, do I still have to try to meet the required minimum (using assets) even if we will get a joint sponsor or it doesn't matter? 2. Could the miscalculated household size trigger the system to say that the joint sponsor doesn't meet the requirements 125% Poverty Guidelines? 3. When calculating the household size does the principal immigrant count in as well? (For example: joint sponsor has a wife and three children and will be sponsoring my spouse)
  18. Greetings everyone, just received great news that our interview has been scheduled for next month, and currently working through the pre-interview checklist. I understand the instructions for the health check, but I'm struggling to find any information on the cost of vaccinations for an impending US immigrant. If there are any fellow journeymen/women who have any knowledge of vaccination fees in Vietnam, either in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, I'd be grateful if you could share your experience!
  19. Hello! I’m Coleen and I just had my interview last Nov 6, 2017. I think my case was approved, however I have one missing document which is Explanation letter from the petitioner for not remitting taxes, hence the CO wasn’t able to issue my visa right away. Instead, the CO instructed me to go to the releasing window to receive this 221(g) letter and follow the steps on how to comply on the missing documents. Just a background of my case, the petitioner is my father and he’s unemployed ever since he set foot in the US. So, I have my sister and bro-in-law as my co-sponsors. When I had my interview, the consul wasn’t concerned of my father being unemployed and he was satisfied with my co-sponsor’s ITR and W2. But because I lack the said letter, he had to delay the issuance of the visa and placed my case on Administrative Processing. Hours after the interview, I told my dad to make a letter of explanation and when it was done, I sent it right away to the US Embassy thru 2Go courier service for free (as long as you attached letter). The following day, I got a notification from the courier that the docs had already been received by the US embassy. I checked my visa status online via CEAC, still it hasn’t been updated yet. Not until the following day when I checked again my visa status, it reflected there that my case has been recently updated (Nov 8, 2017). Went all over google to search how long will the processing take and per NVC’s instruction, usually it is resolved within 60 days. Now my concern here is I’ll be turning 21 this January 1st 2018, if I’ll wait for the allotted 2 mos processing, I will definitely age out and I might encounter some issues with the immigration. Is there any way I can “expedite” the processing, knowing my valid reason? Or has anyone here had gone through the same situation as I did, and how long did your processing took? I heard it would range from 3 days to 5 weeks to months and I couldn’t afford to wait for further because of my age. Huhuhuhu! Please anyone? I need your thoughts on this. I’m really anxious right now.
  20. Hello! I’m Coleen and I just had my interview last Nov 6, 2017. I think my case was approved, however I have one missing document which is Explanation letter from the petitioner for not remitting taxes. So the consul gave me this 221(g) letter and told me to comply as soon as possible before he can issue my visa. Just a background of my case, the petitioner is my father and he’s unemployed ever since he set foot in the US. So, I have my sister and bro-in-law as my co-sponsors. When I had my interview, the consul wasn’t concerned of my father being unemployed and he was satisfied with my co-sponsor’s ITR and W2. But because I lack the said letter, he had to delay the issuance of the visa and placed my case on Administrative Processing. Hours after the interview, I told my dad to make a letter of explanation and when it was done, I sent it right away to the US Embassy thru 2Go courier service for free (as long as you attached letter). The following day, I got a notification from the courier that the docs had already been received by the US embassy. I checked my visa status online via CEAC, still it hasn’t been updated yet. Not until the following day when I checked again my visa status, it reflected there that my case has been recently updated (Nov 8, 2017). Went all over google to search how long will the processing take and per NVC’s instruction, usually it is resolved within 60 days. Now my concern here is I’ll be turning 21 this January 1st 2018, if I’ll wait for the allotted 2 mos processing, I will definitely age out and I might encounter some issues with the immigration. Is there any way I can “expedite” the processing, knowing my valid reason? Or has anyone here had gone through the same situation as I did, and how long did your processing took? I heard it would range from 3 days to 5 weeks to months and I couldn’t afford to wait for further because of my age. Huhuhuhu! Please anyone? I need your thoughts on this. I’m really anxious right now.
  21. Hello Guys, I have a question regarding validity/expiration on the Police Certificates. I am a Canadian citizen living in Canada and my wife who is a US Citizen and living in US has sponsored me in IR1 category. Now we are putting together the Affidavit of Support and Immigrant Visa package. I obtained the Police Certificate from RCMP in April 2017 and due to some complications I wasn't able to send the package until now. My question is that is it ok that I send this Police Certificate from April 2017 (around 7 months old) or do you guys recommend that I obtain a new one ? I just don't want to risk RFE of any other unnecessary delays. Apprecaited
  22. Hi, I have my immigrant visa interview on OCT.30. in Rio If I get approved, how long does it take to get passport back? Im trying to book my flight and I dont know how long we should wait ..... Thanks!
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