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  1. Hello, Our K1 fiance petition got approved and we also have a DS-160 application number and confirmation. We've tried to follow the necessary steps but we got stuck at trying to schedule an appointment online for an interview. We have tried online several times to schedule, however it has always given us the no available appointments. I was wondering when is the payment usually made ? Is it before or after the scheduling of the appointment? How do you send the payment via mpesa or postbank? We have not made any payments, could this be the reason why we are not getting any appointments dates ? We would like to send the $265 payment via M-Pesa however we do not know the number to which to send the payment, or do we need to go to the Postbank to get the payment information? How can we make sure that payment is attached to our application and schedule an appointment? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks
  2. Hey everyone, Thought I would do a quick review of my experience with Dr. Lyndon Mascarenhas for the US immigration medical, as reading about other people’s experiences on here was really helpful to me. I received an email on October 15th saying my interview date had been scheduled for November 18th. That same day I emailed Dr. Lyndon Mascarenhas office and Dr. Ian Zatzman. I received a response back from both offices within a few hours. Dr. Lyndon’s office said they could fit me in October 21st at 2:15 pm, so I ended up finalizing an appointment with them. (Earliest appt available with Dr. Zatzman was Nov 5th). The actual medical was a breeze and super quick. Office was easy to find. I arrived around 1:30 pm and was asked to fill out some paperwork. I then provided one passport photo, my vaccine checklist and interview letter to the receptionist and was asked to take a seat. Around 2:00pm I was called into the room and was asked to fill out a questionnaire (had a bunch of yes or no health related questions on there). About 10 minutes later, Dr. Lyndon came in. He was super nice and friendly. Asked if I was healthy overall, to which I responded yes. He checked my blood pressure and asked about my profession. Whole thing took less than 5 minutes. He then handed me a blood sample test tube and urine sample bottle and some paperwork. Instructed me to go to the basement level for an X Ray and then LifeLabs around the corner for blood work/urine sample. I paid my fees (350 + 50 for courier + 1 for using a debit card = $401) with the receptionist and proceeded downstairs for the x-ray. I was in and out in 10-15 minutes as there wasn’t much of a wait. Then headed over to LifeLabs. It was quite busy at the time and I had to wait about 30 minutes. Not too bad. The actual sample collection took a few minutes. All in all, I finished everything by 3:15 pm. I received an email from the receptionist today that my results have been mailed out, with tracking info. It should arrive tomorrow. So I waited a total of 6-7 business days for my results to be processed and sent out. Overall, the process was much easier than expected. I’d highly recommend Dr. Lyndon Mascarenhas, his office was professional and seems to be well run.
  3. Our petitioner is aged and is on SSI program Will this affect our case which is F3 with PD December 2008? Does being on SSI lower our chance of getting an approval even after submitting a Joint sponsor?
  4. I just want to know how many times can an IR1 reschedule one’s immigrant visa interview appointment? I kept searching regarding my concern but I am not able to find one. Hoping for your optimistic response.
  5. URGENT HELP NEEDED! Hi, My step-sister is living in the US with her family for the last 6 years. My concern is I want to go to the US, that's why my step-sister is planning to get me to the US also. We believe that the fastest way for me to get there is through my loving mother. I want to be there also with my mother, my step sister already filed for a petition to my mother, who is currently waiting for the medical examination schedule. But I am turning 21 next year 09/2020. In your own opinion, do I still have a high probability that I will go in the US? We are willing to pay an legal help to get there. I also believe that there is an option for my case to be expedite. I am from the Philippines, answering my concern would help me a lot. Thank you and God bless us all!
  6. Hello Everyone, I am currently here at US, Florida for J1 Internship, I have a boyfriend and I really need to stay here thinking about our future. I know that I just need a green card to stay, but we don't want to get married yet. Is there any other way we can do so that I can get to stay here aside from marriage? Thank You
  7. My father's initial status was Administrative Processing after his immigrant visa interview on June 27. He had to submit a few documents like updated police certificate and family registry and i864-A so he was given 221g. After submitting the documents on July 17, my mother's visa went from READY TO ISSUED on Aug 1 and my father's visa went from AP to READY FOR INTERVIEW. The date has been updated a few times but case still ready for interview. No feedback from embassy. Please help if you know anything about this scenario!
  8. Hello everyone, I just became a new immigrant by winning the diversity lottery, DV2019, and got a one-year temporary green card sticker in my passport in the end of August. Currently, I want to apply for a social security card, but I'm abroad in my country,Taiwan. A couple of questions confuse me. Q.1 : Can I visit the Social Security Administration in Guam where is the nearest SSA from Taiwan and apply for my social security card? Q.2:Can I access my social security "number" right away as applying for a SS card in the SSA in Guam? Q.3: Besides, can I leave an US address, Plano in Texas, where I''ll live, on the SSN application Form and require the SSA in Guam to file my social security card to that address? Thank you so much.😊
  9. Hi Team I can able to see there is so much delay in scheduling the interview date for immigrant visas for Mumbai, India. In this group also most of the people not updating spreadsheet ( case complete to interview status spread sheet ). Please provide me your inputs
  10. we filed for immigrant visa back in 2006. My case was approved and case processing started. We submitted all the required documents with few mistakes that we corrected. One of our friend jointly sponsored us. He was able to submit all documents except for w-2 form as he is a doctor and self employed and is sponsoring alone (without his wife) so he does not have W-2 form. Our case has been stuck for a while and we do not know what to do.
  11. Hello, I would like to inquire about my case. I recently received a welcome letter from NVC to process the next steps of my immigrant visa that my Dad petitioned me with. However, in my birth certificate, the name of my Dad is not placed (Father's name in Birth Cert = 'not applicable'). Just wondering if this would affect the processing of my papers? Anyone ever experienced the same situation? How do we go about it? Thank you in advanced. God bless!
  12. Hi, anyone here can share experience on getting 221g for a greencard visa? this was at the London embassy but I am happy to hear any story. at interview they were just given the 221g with the circles for further admin processing checked off only. not asked to give further info or anything. I could share more about me but would rather hear more if anyone has any experience same/similar to share..... thank you...
  13. 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?
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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!!!
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