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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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?
  13. Has anyone had their marriage based interview canceled and got their greencard sent to them?? I’ve heard or situations like this when the couple has been married for a while.
  14. Hello All, As you can see from the user name this thread is about Hal and Olive. We are both very new to this subject and interested in posting and reading to get information on what we will have to do, what hurdles will will have to jump and what processes we will have to complete and when. I am hoping right now to get any general information from the forum members and delve deeper as I (we) learn more. So with that said, perhaps I should start with the basics. I Hal, am an American Citizen - born here in the US. I am 60 years old. I was a professional most of my life and I retired 6 years ago. About 9 months ago, I met Olive online through a dating site. She is 54, a Singaporean Citizen and also a professional, still working, and we have decided to marry and live here in America. So the first question is... Is there any known general governmental impediment that will keep US from marrying and living in the US? Olive is still working in Singapore and will officially retire when she comes to marry and live with me. She will never have worked in the US so I am guessing that she will not be entitled to any US retirement program except as a surviving spouse through my Social Security if I were to pass. But this is OK because she has her own retirement plan in Singapore. T he question here is how do I find out what programs she may be able or required to join? How do we find out about those? Another huge question is this, there is no mandate to have health care insurance in my state "South Carolina" but of course, I think it would be very unwise to go without. So, can anyone suggest - or point out a place where I can investigate the cost of a health care plan for my Olive? Of course I can check with Blue Cross and other providers, I was just hoping to pick up a clue or two if there is a "best way" to go about this. So, those are the basics Regarding Hal And Olive. Any suggesting guidance will be most welcome. Thanks, Hal
  15. Hi Everyone, Just need clarification on what originals need to be mailed to the beneficiary from the petitioner and joint sponsor. Does anyone have a more UPDATED list of what originals the beneficiary must present to the CO? Thanks,
  16. My K1 joint sponsor is self employed. He is working on his 2018 tax returns now. He doesn't want to provide bank statements (for whatever personal reasons). But will comply with whatever else he can provide. He will give me the I-134, 2018 tax returns (full returns since we wont get his transcripts on time for interview), copy of his passport, copy of business license and lastly in lieu of his bank statements, can we substitute by having him write a letter detailing how much income he collects from his business? The last thing I want is a 221g on this. I make just under 125% (which I know is sufficient for K1) but no assets so I need a joint. Thank you
  17. My husband and I are preparing to apply for his greencard. We won't be applying right now because I have to use my passport for other reasons (unless copies of passports are okay too send in, please let me know) but I've been doing some heavy research so that we are prepared. We currently live just outside of London so going to the US Embassy there won't be a problem. I guess my concern is: Will I need to move back to the states for the Consular Processing part as proof that we plan on moving to the US together? If so, about how long did this part take for you and are we allowed to visit each other during this time? Also, a big part of my worries is filing the Affidavit of Support (Form I-485 I believe). I'm worried that my taxes will be thrown off and I have NO idea how to do taxes and all that. Would it be enough to file for a joint sponsor right away? And just so I can keep it in mind, how much proof did you provide to prove your bona fide relationship with your spouse? And if you have lived abroad, how long did you have to wait until your I-130 got approved? Even before we got married we knew that we would have to file for a greencard for him so we have already been stacking up on all the types of proof that we would need. Any further advice on this first step would really help!
  18. Hi guys, I'm a Syrian man 27 years old applied to K1 visa and had my interview in the US embassy in Amman, Jordan 27 November 2018 They told me there it takes between 2 to 3 months, but until this date 7 months passed but no answer, and the last update was in 7 January 2019 that what that website shows https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?eQs=o/iS8zDpeAKjMWCuebHqOw== My fiance started talking about giving up on me because she feels it's gonna take a lifetime and after all that maybe a rejection because of my nationality (she is American). I have to travel soon and I want to get a new passport, is there any problem if I keep the old one with me(the one I applied with)? And I have no idea about if I have to go back to Jordan once I get my visa approved or I can just send them my passport. They have told me the medical exam is only valid for 6 months! And now it's already 7 months. Any suggestions? Anybody has been through the same process? Best regards, Leo. Applied to K1 in 1 March 2018 Had the interview in 27 November 2018 Still under Administrative Processing...
  19. Hey guys!, so I am about to send my AOS package, i'm an F-1 student, so the G-1145 form, do I put 1 for each application? such as, 1 for I-130, 1 for I-485 and 1 for I-765 or just 1 form for the whole package? Thanks!
  20. Hello, This is my first time posting but I really need advice on what to do or what people have done in the past. My husband got his social security card (YAY!) but the two last letters of his name were cut off. Like many people from other countries his FULL LEGAL NAME includes his mom and dad's names so the characters are as follows: First name: XXXXX(5 characters) Middle name: none Last Name: XXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX (23 characters) I want to know what I need to do to correct this. I want him to be able to get a drivers license etc and we really don't want to change his name while he has a green card. Would it be possible to take the spaces out of his name ? or would there be issues with that? I really want him to thrive in the U.S. and to be able to work but this policy is just absolutely ridiculous. 21 characters and possibly forcing people to change their names. I just don't get it. Also, I don't want to have issues filing taxes. does anyone know if this will be an issue? apparently the IRS only uses the first 5 letters of the last name but can someone confirm. Thank you again.
  21. After several attempts at our pregnancy, we couldn't have a child of our own. My wife's (green card holder) niece in Pakistan which she wants to adopt and bring her to USA. The family from which we want to adopt is struggling to survive financially with 4 kids. We aren't familiar with the process of adopting a child from Pakistan so any information we could get may b ed beneficial for us. I'm a US citizen. My wife is a GC holder but has applied for citizenship. Her niece is 8 years old.
  22. Hello All- My question regarding i-864 is can a pending asylum applicant who is currently working got married to a USA citizen, be a joint sponsor. IF yes or no what can be done to secure sponsor?
  23. Hi all, Please move this topic if we have posted to the wrong forum. We are planning ahead, our interview is May 14th, we hope to cross into the United States on May 22nd. We are coming out of Ontario, planning on driving and entering through either the Detroit Ambassador Bridge, or going to the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia - Port Huron MI. We are coming on IR-5 Visa, immediate family based. So here are our questions: How much cash should we have on us, or in the bank? Our affidavit of support, accepted by the NVC, shows clearly daughters income well above minimum standards , with the father already having an offer letter of employment from a US company. We will be driving a small UHaul truck with some furniture, clothes, books, collectables, a gas lawn mower, desktop computer, etc. We are listing these things to be relatively specific so anybody can review and suggest. Anything there that looks it could be a problem with the CBP? We are dropping the truck off in Ohio, storing stuff and then flying to Reno Nevada. Should we print out all the plane tickets? Son/brother from Canada is traveling along for the move, we have already bought his return one way airfare back to Canada. Should we print out his return itinerary? Anything else that the community recommends? What can we expect at the border? What is the best time to arrive? Thanking you all in the advance!
  24. Hi, I am adjusting status from student visa to green card through marriage. My husband is my sponsor but his income falls below the poverty guidelines by $400 so we are using assets (bank checking accounts). We have 2 joint checking accounts so my question is: since it's a JOINT account with both our names on it, should we put it on I-864 as MY assets or HIS? Also, under Current Annual Income, for his expected income for this year, should he put his taxable income or both the taxable and non taxable ? He is self-employed and on 1099. We are also using a letter from his "employer", since he is self employed and on 1099 what should be the wording on the employer letter? Thank you so very much for your help!
  25. Hello, my name is Skylar and I'm 18 years old as of right now (born on 2000). I am transgender, and I haven't yet legally changed my name or done any procedures yet. My boyfriend is 19 years old (born in 2000 as well, though), and he lives in the U.S., on the state of Maryland. I am living in Portugal and I intend to move there as soon as this year, or next one... My question would be, what would be the best option to move to the U.S., considering all this information? I've searched around and I've seen that is possible to get a K-1 visa so that I can eventually marry him and get a green card, but I saw that there's a need to meet face-to-face and I haven't yet visited him (due to lack of money, knowledge about all this situation, etc etc...) ... If I intend to visit him around August/September, would I be able to fill the K-1 visa as soon as I am there under a request for the K-1 visa? If not, would I have to visit him around August/September, and when I leave the U.S., I can apply as soon as I left? How long does this procedure take? And what's the best route? Thanks in advance for all the help, I really need some answers to this topic 😅😅😅!
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