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  1. Hi, everyone! So I am a foreigner who's engaged to an american citizen. We want to start the k-1 visa process as soon as we can so we can get married. But we face a problem. His mom entered the country illegally and has been living in the US for a long time undocumented. In the form I-129f, we have to put his mom's Contry of Birth, Country of Residence and City of Residence. We know we cannot lie to immigration, that is not the point. But we do have some questions that have been bothering us are: Has anyone gone through the same situation or similar? Do you think going through this process could put her in the immigration radar? I know they don't ask for the status on the form, but do you think this process could lead to a situation dangerous for her? Thank you in advance!
  2. So now that there’s coronavirus going around the planet - obviously the immigration process for those who already got approval from USCIS and currently at the NVC stage will be delayed?? How do you guys think?? Several weeks or even more? I feel so unlucky...
  3. Here's the basic gist: my fiancée and I are currently splitting our time between the USA and Canada. We got engaged about six months ago and the plan is to get married in Fall 2021. However, to save money and to make life easier on ourselves, we think the smartest thing would be for her to move to the USA for 2-2.5 years while we plan the wedding, get married, and look for a place to live in Ontario (yes, I will be moving from the USA to Canada as the final decision). Since her living in the USA wouldn't be permanent, we don't know what is the best visa option for her, especially since she still wants access to OHIP. Additionally, we travel for work somewhat regularly, so we need to factor that in. Sorry, I know this is a lot and if there's any information I'm not providing, I'm happy to let you all know! We are ideally looking to get the process started in the next couple of months because we're both really tired from driving 4.5 hours back-and-forth every few weeks.
  4. Hello, I have some questions regarding my story on US immigration, it’s early days in the process but I want to get a rough idea of past experiences and the likelihood of acceptance. So me and my girlfriend met online roughly 10 months ago, we clicked immediately, the chemistry was there the connection was nothing like either of us had ever experienced, it was amazing. Roughly 5 months had passed and we decided to meet in person, I filled out my ESTA application online, but at the time I was receiving benefits for depression which I didn’t consider a severe medical condition, so when the question was asked, I ticked no. Same with my employment history, I listed my former employer, I didn’t think anything of it at the time. After I was approved I was delighted, not knowing at the time how easy it was and not knowing the ESTA only allows you to knock on the door, I completely underestimated US CBP. When I arrived in Detroit on my way to Pittsburgh I was asked several questions, where I completely chocked and disclosed my medical history, I panicked... the officer then followed with a whoops and took me into the custom room where I sat and waited for several hours before I was seen to. Honestly I thought everything was going smoothly, there was a lot of unease and anticipation but it was expected, I was completely honest with the CBP officer, we actually got on pretty well. Everything was going well until he asked how much money I had with me on my travels, I wired my girlfriend my money to avoid the conversion taxes, I wasn’t expecting them to ask to see money in hand. Ultimately on the scrip this was my reason for in-admittance, but when I was told I wouldn’t be accepted into the US I completely broke down, they started asking me questions corresponding to my ESTA when I was distraught, where they clearly saw that I wasn’t completely honest. He told me if it was up to him he would allow me into the US, but there were protocols he must follow and there wasn’t enough concrete evidence for him to determine my intent, I was on a round trip for 10 weeks with £80 to my name after my money was wired to my girl. He also gave me a form with a list of panel physicians where I have to attend a medical prior to my visa interview. They sent me on a flight back home after 8 hours in customs and that was that, since then me and my girlfriend have met in England and we plan to fly to Canada in May where I plan to propose to her. I’m just worried that the repercussions of me lying on my ESTA will come back to haunt me at my K1 Visa interview. I’m a genuine guy and wouldn’t lie intentionally, yes I was inaccurate on an electronic piece of paper, but face to face I was 100% truthful. If anyone can share some insight it would be much appreciated, thank you 😊
  5. Hi, guys! I’m Daria, going through the immigration process through spouse visa CR1. Right now we’re on the stage of NVC. I filled DS-260 application form and submitted supporting documents. Although I have a question regarding the social media topic. So what happens if in my DS-260 form I indicated all the social media profiles I have and submitted the from but then after that deleted some of social media profiles? Will it be considered as a lie and provoke a delay? I’ll be grateful for any feedback! We’ll get through this!
  6. Hello all!! Quick question! As y’all know the trump’s new public charge rule was approved recently, are the people awaiting the i130 petition to be approved affected by this? Or does this apply to new filters? The petition was applied outside the US. I’m a bit confused. thanks
  7. Hi I just wanted to ask if any of you had an experience with this, My mother immigrated to the US as an IR to my grandfather (deseased) as a 16 years old in 1979, she was issued a (IDK if this is a green card) in 1982, she didn't apply for citizenship . Im born at 1991 as a us citizen and subsequent my mother returned home to the PI with me in 1995, i came back to the US in 2009 and left my mother in PI, my question is... Do i need to petition for her to return or is this card still valid. She has an expired VA license, expired Work Authorization Document and an unrestricted SSN Card
  8. Hello, I just received an RFE about my AOS paperwork asking for a long-form birth certificate. In Ontario, Canada we are usually only given one that is the size of a regular plastic card (SSN card, debit card, etc) that does not hold parental information on it. I have been requested to provide one that does include parent information (my parents have never had one like that before) . I was just wondering if anyone else has ever been in this situation? I have applied for one online from back home, and I am unsure if I will be able to receive it due to the time restrictions I need it delivered by. I'm just worried and wondered if anyone else has had this issue or not and can offer some comforting advice. Thank you
  9. Hello, My wife immigrated to the U.S. middle of this year on a k-1 and we married a few weeks after her arrival. We filed for adjustment of status and are awaiting our interview. We are going to file taxes jointly for 2019. My question I have is, is the income my wife earned abroad (in Sweden) PRIOR to her immigrating on her k-1 taxed in the U.S.? She worked January & February in Sweden before immigrating to the U.S. in April, and she payed taxes on this income in Sweden (where she was a legal resident at the time). We are planning to get an accountant, but I am trying to roughly figure out now the amounts we'll owe for financial reasons. So two questions really: (1) does her pre-immigration income get taxed here, and (2) does her pre-immigration income count as part of our gross adjusted income? Thanks so much!
  10. My Thai girlfriend and I are seeking an honest and good working immigration attorney so we can get started on the paperwork. I'm in the United States Air Force and will be deploying to Iraq in January. My girlfriend and I are planning on getting married after deployment, but her visa will expire the month I get back. She'll expire at the beginning of July, I'll return towards the end. I was told by an attorney that as soon as I get back, we can marry, turn the paperwork in and put a hold on her illegal status. They weren't that bad in price, but the reviews made me reach out on here. Does anybody know of any good immigration attorneys that are trustworthy and not expensive?
  11. Hello, please can someone tell me what i can do, we are on an F4 family immigration visa, i was placed under AP and handed ds-5535. 90 days have passed now, and i have received 6 updated but still AP. MY MOTHER, FATHER AND SISTER received their visa and will be travelling before the expiry. which means i will be left behind, is this normal or you think they will issue me a visa? i am only 19 years and i was asked to submit travel history for the past 15 years. thanks
  12. Hi All, I'm new in this forum. I'm a US citizen and in the Form I-130 applying process for my wife from Bangladesh. She has a child from her ex husband. Does she need to obtain any written permission from her ex to bring her child to the US with her? What if her ex does not consent? What's her option(s)? The child has been with her since birth. Thanks in advance for your help in this matter. Regards,
  13. Hi, is it true Facebook account is mandatory? I have facebook and i dont have friends i just use the messenger for family and friends, the facebook, for my business like page. Someone told me that in the interview it is mandatory to have your real name on facebook with photos of you and petitioner. Please enlighten me. Thanks!
  14. Hello, My fiance is a U.S citizen by birth and now she's going to apply for my K-1 visa. I live in Pakistan but i studied in the U.S for almost 3 years. While i was traveling back to Pakistan, an officer stopped me at Chicago airport and told me to visit the embassy before coming back. When i went to the embassy they rejected my visa under section 214(b). They told me that you're not satisfying us and that you should apply again for a student visa. I don't have any stamp on my visa of cancellation or rejection. I have also been to Turkey now on my U.S visa which i think is still valid. Will my history be any problem for my K-1 visa? Also, how long does the process takes? Any help will be highly appreciated.
  15. Hello all, I am in a dilemma at the moment. Initially they told us to be watching the Visa Bulletin for when it will get to our turn( For Family Based i30 Visa) Now we are told (and I checked online status as well) that the status is showing ISSUED. It was said to be issued in may 2019 This is where the confusion is. My son and his family still have their passports with them and they have not done any interviews also. I am lost here. Oct 2008 is the date. I need to know if anyone is in thesame category can say how the whole process happened! I am so lost. Consulate is Nigeria. Married Son of a US Citizen priority date October 2008
  16. Good afternoon all! K3 visa. Preparing the Packet 3 stuff. Properties in Thailand. Should the applicant bring all evidence of properties owned in Thailand to strengthen their case, or is that just making things with the US IRS more complicated than necessary down the road?
  17. Dear all, I am a Belgian & US citizen, currently still living in Brussels, Belgium with my Belgian husband. We would like to relocate to the US beginning of 2020 ( around February -March) and to do so I would fly to the US in January and look for a job ( and a place to stay) so I can file the I130 & the affadavit of support. Our question is the following : can my husband enter the US with me in January and stay with me while I file the paperwork? I am aware he will not be able to work until he receives the necessary papers (which is absolutely fine). We read that we could file documents simultaneously allowing him to do an adjustment of status (from tourist, ESTA) and allowing him to stay in the US during the immigration process. Is this actually the case or must I initially file the i130 & affadavit of support, wait until this is accepted & a visa number is granted? (meaning he would have to stay in Belgium?) Also read about DS 260... I am thinking of contacting an immigration lawyer since I am reading conflicting articles on how to proceed / length of the process. Thanks in advance, KR, Georgia
  18. Hello VJ community! I am in a bit of a confusion nowadays with the overall procedure of my immigration process. So basically my aunt ( mom's sister ) filed a petition on behalf of my mom and sponsored her to come to the US on a family based immigrant visa termed F41. The case took approx 15 years to complete and our case was qualifed by the NVC. As soon as our interview was scheduled hy the NVC in the Islamabad Embassy in Pakistan ( the country I reside in ), we prepared our documents and made our way to the consulate for our interview. The interview was a success. The officer congratulated us with a big smile and assured us that our application had been approved and our passports would be delivered to us within a week or so. Relieved, we left the embassy in anticipation of our visa-issued passports to return back to us. Our interview was on 9 August, 2019. Guess what? Our CEAC status is still 'Ready' with more than 60 days having passed and there is no sign of our passports being with us. I emailed the Embassy and this is what I get back: 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 MEAN, WHAT? So all of a sudden, we're getting a 221g by email and we have no timeframe to predict when our visas will be issued. My family has been through a lot and this visa means a lot to us. Does anybody have any idea how much longer can it take or anybody with a similar experience where you're approved on the spot and then put into 221g AP after a month via email, that too after YOU email them with an inquiry. This is getting on my nerves. I made this account specifically to enquire about my case, as I have been following VJ for the past couple of months to be updated with the whole process. I hope I get responded with help and wisdom! BIG FAT THANK YOU!
  19. My husband and I want to travel within US. My visa was expired. I just received my NOA1 for my adjusment of status. Am I allowed to fly within US without having a problem in the airport? Advance thank you for the response! God bless.
  20. Hey guys, I'm from Brazil and I already have a US tourist visa. I visited my fiancé, who is a US citizen and who was my boyfriend at the time, in December of last year without any problems. I said at the visa interview that I was going to spend Christmas with him and I said to the immigration officer that I was visiting my boyfriend - he asked me several questions about him and our relationship that I answered and it went ok. I'm an undergraduate student (I'll be graduated by the end of this year) and I work part time at the Brazilian ministry of foreign affairs (I have a work contract with them that goes until the end of the year). My fiancé is a police officer and a masters student. We recently got me a really cheap plane ticket, so we could meet again in the US in July, during my school break. The thing is that we also JUST sent the package for the k1 visa - the processing time of it would be a little bit longer than the time I need to graduate and of the time we need to organize our lives to get married. I'm very concerned with this trip now - how should I answer the officer questions when arriving in the US? They always ask "where are you staying?", should I answer "at my boyfriend's" or should I mention that we're engaged? My previous experience with the US immigration services is that you should be calm and honest and keep your answers short, but I read that people who are engaged or married and applying for a spouse visa tend to be denied as tourists when landing at the airports, because the officer tends to assume that you want to hurry their processes and get married in the US. Do they have access to our k1 application? Thank you!
  21. Hello My case has been in adminstrative processing since January 2016... I took back my passport to travel with my wife to turkey . Few days ago embassy of USA, Islamabad returned my passport to me. Now today embassy asked me to submit my passport to embassy so that they can complete the process. What does that mean! Is it a good sign or what?
  22. Hi everyone Dunno if this came up anywhere before, but I would be happy to hear your comments/suggestions about this topic. Got my SSN back in 1992 in Hartford CT, when I was attending the college. After a loooong time, I realized that my SSN card doesnt have any remarks or restriction on the face. So here are my questions: 1) Does this mean that I have an "Unrestricted SSN" ? 2) Can I apply to a job in U.S without needing a work visa sponsorship? 3) I currently have a U.S tourist visa good for 10 years, can I just come in and start working for a company / or start my own company in U.S? 4) Can I come in with that Tourist visa and apply for permanent residency? Thank you all in advance
  23. Recently i got the immigration for usa, i paid for the application,I completed the ds260 form for all of my children and spouse, however after successfully completing the ds260 form for my son it shows Unavailabile next to my son's name. There's an option to add an applicant so should i add my son's name again? Please help me understand what i should do next.
  24. Hello all, this thread is simply for those in -F1 (unmarried son of a us citizen over 21yrs) Please drop you questions and if you’ve answers to the question asked please don’t hesitated to respond. First let me start with my personal question: 1. I’m a beneficiary of a F1 category( unmarried son of a US citizen) he filed Nov 2014, we only got the receipt notice up till now there has been no other notice ( approval notice); does it get this long before it’s approved? Or is that it has already been approved? 2. Is there anything we need to do or is there something wrong with the petition? Though I sometimes check my case status on uscis website. Thank you God bless you!
  25. I have a friend of a Permanent Resident cardholder. His wife is a B1 visa holder and her visa is current. It will expire in October. If she does adjustment of status and her visa expires while the process is continuing will she have any problems? Also, does she need to fill out form I-130 and I-130A?
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