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  1. Hello everyone, I applied for my fiancé back in January of 2020 and a few months later, I got Request for Evidence (RFE) and I submitted what they asked for. A couple months after that, we got the approval from the USCIS after which they transferred the case to the National Visa Center (NVC). Now the case is at the NVC waiting to be transferred to the embassy in Amman. Do we need to do anything at this point or is it just a matter of waiting? I feel like it’s taking a really long time and everyone involved in this is getting worried. I am a single parent with full custody of my four kids who have developed a bond and strong relationship with my fiancé so we really really need her here ASAP. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Anyone in Colombia get their interview date or had their interview since the bogota embassy resumed limited services? If so, let us know the date NVC approved you and when you had your interview and how it went!?
  3. Does anyone know if the Madrid Us embassy is holding immigrant interviews? And how long is taking to schedule interviews? I became DQ in December 7 and still didn’t hear from them
  4. TL;DR Timeline for Los Angeles,CA at the bottom of the post. My husband (Nigerian) and I (female U.S. Citizen) met in mid-2019, and began dating in Los Angeles, while he was in the US for the 4th time on a Business Visitor Visa (B1). After a whirlwind romance, and basically being inseparable, we married at a Chapel (in a mall) in Las Vegas in late November 2019. We used https://simplecitizen.com/, instead of a lawyer, to file our initial Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status Petition (I-485), Petition For Alien Relative (I-130), Application for Travel Document (I-131), and Application for Employment Authorization (I-765) in Los Angeles, CA on February 3rd, 2020 (we filed on paper, not electronically, and sent it using UPS to receive tracking). Simple Citizen was an inexpensive and very thorough alternative to a traditional filing with a lawyer. They also easily included our information about using a joint sponsor. They had all of our documents quickly prepared and we experienced no requests for information or delays from USCIS. The Chicago lockbox received our petition on February 5th and we received our receipt numbers via text on February 13th (the physical receipt followed soon after). My husband went in for his biometrics on March 3rd, 2020; a few weeks before the COVID closures began (were also reused for a later biometrics notice that was canceled due to COVID from USCIS). The Case Tracker App updated to “Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview” sometime in April 2020. My husband was approved for his Employment Authorization Document (EAD I-765)/Advance Parole (AP I-131) Combo Card, 5 months after filing on June 29th and received it on July 22nd. We also moved to another apartment in LA during the petition process and promptly informed them of our new address by filling out form AR-11 online. USCIS confirmed our new address through email about a week later. Our interview was scheduled for February 3rd, 2021 (informed it was scheduled via Case Tracker on December 24, 2020 and notice received January 4th, 2021) at the USCIS Field Office in Los Angeles (300 N Los Angeles St rm 7631, Los Angeles, CA 90012). We woke up bright and early at 4:30 AM and left for the Field Office at 6:00 AM. A few days prior, we chose business casual attire to wear. My husband wore a plaid burgundy button-down shirt, black dress pants, his wedding band, and black dress shoes. I wore a pretty blue and gray floral sleeveless blouse, black dress pants, and black flats. I also wore short, dangly silver earrings, my wedding ring, a silver bracelet, and I brought a black blazer just in case I got cold. I didn’t wear any makeup because I never wear it anyway. We had a straightforward and enjoyable interview that was scheduled for 7:15 am (one of the first ones of the day). We received the interview notice about a month prior to the scheduled appointment, but I was notified that it was scheduled 42 days before the actual appointment through the case tracker app. I couldn’t see the actual interview date in the app or on the USCIS system. Case Tracker App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/case-tracker-for-uscis/id921827126 We parked in the garage (221 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) across from the Field Office but it was early in the day, parking was not hard at all. When we left the interview and returned to our car the garage was almost completely full, so plan accordingly for parking. We arrived about 20 or 30 minutes late to the interview office due to the long line to enter USCIS Los Angeles in DTLA. We arrived at 6:40 am in the parking garage and had some trouble finding the correct building because we mistakenly went all around the courthouse looking for USCIS, so that delayed us some. This happened because we foolishly followed behind a different couple and lost track of where they walked. This caused us to go to the courthouse instead. Luckily, we still had our phones, which are allowed as long as they are turned off during the interview, and found our way using google maps. Once we found the Field Office the line to enter the building from the right was super long and slow-moving (this was the only line we could see at the time). Later, after already waiting in the slow line, we learned that there was another line on the left, if looking directly at the building, which was faster according to a man we thought was an Officer. I later learned that he was just a good samaritan who wanted to help people with early appointments get in on time (he was in the fast line and had been to this Field Office numerous times). We tested this theory by splitting up to see who would get near the front of the line first and periodically speaking on the phone to keep each other updated on our progress. I also called my mom to distract myself from the growing anxiety about being late (which could lead to a canceled interview/denied petition which then could lead to the deportation of my husband or restarting the whole tedious Petition process-as you could see I was getting frantic). Luckily I was able to stay calm. Soon, my husband called and said he was near the front and I came back to the slow line. As I walked back to join my husband in the other line an Officer in the front of the building also confirmed that the other line was faster (the Officer wanted to know why I was leaving the fast line). The slow line/fast line theory seemed true based on my experience but I went back to join my husband in the slow line because he mistakenly thought he was closer than me. Thankfully, we had absolutely no problems as a result of being late (we both were worried while waiting outside in the line. I was probably more worried though). As you can see the anxiety of being late is no fun. I would recommend you arrive really early to be on the safe side. While going through the metal detectors and having our belongings x-rayed; I asked the Officer what was the fastest way to the USCIS Field Office. He let us know the way and once we got to the office, on the 8th floor, we were called into the interview soon after being checked in. In the interview room, we were sworn in and then started the interview. The Officer (who was a very kind and chatty Latinx woman) wanted to see our passports and original birth certificates, our certified marriage certificate, my husband's EAD and DMV real ID application, my California driver’s license, and evidence of our relationship. Some of the questions she asked were: how we met, describe our first few dates, when we met each other’s parents, when we got married, questions about our siblings, what my husband does for work, what I do for work, when my husband entered the U.S. and on what visa, and when we moved in together. We were able to answer these questions together or she directed them to my husband. In all, she directed most of the questions at my husband and asked us our respective verification questions (SSN, mailing address, residential address, phone number, our parent’s names, and date of birth). I barely had to say anything the entire interview and all of the questions directed at us were easy as pie. We also brought a photo album and the Officer looked through it. I definitely over-prepared for the interview with all the documents and evidence (I started prepping as soon as we got the interview notice on January 4th, 2021). We also brought our joint sponsor’s tax returns and W-2’s from 2018 and 2019, employment letters from 2020 and 2021, and his last 2 month’s pay stubs. The Officer didn’t ask for any of those documents, which made up the bulk of all the things I printed (around 1200 pages). For some of the printing, Staples print services came in handy and I used CVS to print the pictures. The only thing the Officer asked us about our sponsor was how we knew him (he is a friend of my husband; they met through a previous contracting job). I also re-printed our entire Adjustment of Status application, but better to be too prepared than under right? The Officer looked at/kept roughly 100 pages of the stuff I brought. The Officer kept the evidence of our relationship (bank statements, health insurance, trips, our pandemic puppy’s AKC and ICA registration which showed both of our last names, leases for the 2 apartments we rented in our time together, SoCal Gas and LADWP utility bills for the past 3 months, renters insurance for both apartments, couples therapy bill and video call screenshots, and about 30 photos of us with descriptions and dates on the back of them. We also provided pictures of our 2 apartments. The Officer said she wanted to copy our passports, my husband’s EAD and DMV Real ID application, and my driver’s license. Then she came back with our approval letter! We are so happy and had a really simple Adjustment of status overall! The main issue was delays due to COVID closures but everyone has been dealing with that. Overall the waiting process has been, coincidentally, exactly a year (we sent in the petition on February 3rd, 2020 and we were approved Feb 3rd, 2021)! My husband sent in his medical exam (I-693) with our original petition in 2020 so that most likely allowed us to be approved during the interview. We are getting the conditional Green Card so we will apply for the 10-year green card (I-751 Petition) 3 months before the 2 year Green Card expires in November 2022. my thoughts to you is not to worry (easier said than done, I was worrying basically the entire process). As long as you are in a real, loving marriage everything will be fine. Just be sure to have all the documents, evidence, and original (non-expired) identification (follow the interview notice carefully). Don't be afraid to over-prepare (start preparing as soon as or before you get the interview notice so that you won’t get overwhelmed) and don't try to rehearse your answers, as that may send red flags. Also, take a ton of pictures of you and your spouse with family, friends, pets, in your home, on trips, and doing activities and print them (you can’t use any digital methods to show the pictures). Be sure to keep the pictures sorted so that you can use them in an album, with dates and descriptions. I got my album from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003WSUYOY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_itW1xSYVBpCqo) Wait patiently for the slow process to progress and eventually the interview notice will appear (make sure you have a secure location to receive the notices, we have a PO Box at UPS). Using https://www.visajourney.com/ was an especially helpful and reliable way to see when you may have petition milestones as everyone updates their timelines depending on the type of petition they are filing. Be sure to update your timeline on visajourney too so that you can help others. The subreddits r/USCIS and r/immigration were also good resources to read about other people's experiences and keep up with the latest immigration news. In the interview, just act natural and look at it like a conversation/sharing the journey of your relationship/marriage with the Officer. I hope this post helped to ease some of your anxiety about this process and I wish you all the best! TL;DR Timeline for Los Angeles,CA: Married in Las Vegas: 11/22/19 Sent in Petition via UPS (I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765 and included Medical Exam I-693): 2/3/20 Petition Received at Chicago Lockbox (notified via Case Tracker App): 2/5/20 Receipt Numbers Texted to Us : 2/13/20 Receipt Numbers Received by Mail: 2/20/20 Biometrics Appointment Notice Received: 2/25/20 Biometrics (also reused for later biometrics notice that was canceled due to COVID): 3/3/20 Case Tracker App Updated to "Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview": Sometime in April 2020 EAD (I-765)/AP Combo Card (I-131) Approved, notified via Case tracker App: 6/29/20 EAD/AP Combo Card Received: 7/22/20 Case Tracker App Updated to Interview Scheduled: 12/24/20 Interview Date Notice Received in Mail: 1/4/21 Interview/Approval of I-485 (approved in interview, coincidentally, exactly a year later): 2/3/21 Conditional Green Card Received: I will update when it arrives
  5. Hello everyone, I have a concern and in need of advice or guidance. My fiancée and I applied for the K1 visa process on September of 2019 through our local immigration lawyer. It was approved by the USCIS and the national visa center. NVC then sent our files to the Casablanca US Consulate on March 5th. As time passed, my fiancée and I prepared documents needed for the interview including the affidavit support and the DS-160. We were told by our lawyer and the US consulate that it usually takes around 6 to 7 months due to the backload created by COVID-19. All we’re waiting for is an email regarding when and how to schedule an interview. 7 months have currently passed from when the NVC sent over our files to Casablanca. I understand that the delay was caused by coronavirus because the K1 should not take this long to process but we should have at least received something regarding the interview. We are confused and tired of sending emails to the consulate and not receiving any information. We’re not sure what we should do next, I hope someone informs us about the situation. Thank you.
  6. Hi, my PD is 05/05/2020. I had fingerprint appointment 08/28.I received my combo card 2 weeks ago. I_485 still on fingerprint received. My passport will expire on January 2021 and the process to renew it at embassy takes at least 1 month.I just got an appointment in social security office to apply for SSN next week because i have not received my social security card after receiving my combo card so i will need my passport to apply for ssn. My question is: do I need my passport for interview AOS because i need to start renewing it next month and send my old passport to embassy so I will not have my passport for at least 1 month. What if i will get my interview and I don't have my passport. I know that's based on my priority date It may takes awhile but who knows. Do I have to present a passport for Aos or I can just give them my combo card as an ID? Thanks in advance and I hope the best luck for every one here in this very helpful forum ☺️
  7. Hello fellow Visa journeyers! (short version) So my question is.. if I quite my job and go stay with my husband overseas until his interview and we both come back will that be a problem since I already signed the affidavit of support and made enough for this year to support him? Will I need to have a co-sponsor? Will the embassy know I quite my job? I am a US citizen petitioning for my husband who is overseas. I am now in the NVC process. I submitted all the paperwork they have asked for. I do make enough to support my husband here in the states. I was overseas with him and returned to America in nov 2019. I only have a tax return for 2019 fi the 3 months I worked. I kept working with my current employer throughout 2020 and made above the requirements to sponsor my husband. Therefore I signed the affidavit of support form. BUT NOW!!! I miss my husband I haven’t seen him in almost a year. My job won’t give me more than 10 continuous days off. And tickets to overseas are very expensive. I want to quite my job and go see him and stay with him until the embassy interview. So my question is.. if I quite my job and go stay with my husband overseas until his interview and we both come back will that be a problem since I already signed the affidavit of support and made enough for this year to support him? Will I need to have a co-sponsor? Will the embassy know I quite my job?
  8. Today I got an email from NVC stating that my case completed and I got my interview date too. And it said on the email that if I have further question I need to contact the embassy. My question is, will I get any email or notification from the embassy related the interview? I appreciate if anyone can share their experience. Thank you
  9. Not sure if I'm in the correct forum. I have my interview coming up next week. Now my last notice to go in for an interview was cancelled due to the covid-19, at the time I got my first Notice my wife was currently pregnant and I was told there shouldn't be a problem considering the child was not born yet. Obviously I now have a 3 month old baby girl before i got my new notice to appear for an interview (rescedual). Will I need to take an updated form for house hold size and information of my child sutch as birth certifacate to my interview? Or dose it not matter? I filed all my forms before my wife got pregnant so nothing in the files I sent was a lie at the time of sending them. I was approved for a work authorization card i have my SSN# also.
  10. what does it mean for " schedule an appoitment for another oath- taking"? my visa is currently refuse under 221g , the Immigrant Visa unit also ask me to submit my passport together with some affidavit of support documents.
  11. Has anyone had any progress with biometrics or interviews in Portland OR since offices reopened?
  12. So my wife applied for form I-751 after months of waiting for a response she got an answer today. She's scheduled for an interview, she hasn't received a letter yet for the interview date. I have a couple of questions I want to ask, and if anyone can help me that would be great. - in the interview letter will it say what we will need to bring and state why we she was picked for the interview? - how is the interview process? How long does it take?
  13. I have been on this forum on and off so I would consider any kind of comment would be helpful and useful for me. I filed joint i-751 with my ex spouse back in December 2016.Things did not went well and we decided to Divorce and it happened in May 2018.I let the USCIS know before receiving my divorce decree.We sent an amendment with my lawyer,divorce was finalized in may 2018,USCIS has sent me a RFE in July 2018 asking for my signature to switch the case in to a divorce waiver.But also on RFE it was saying that we don’t shared commingled finances.They also stated that there was a huge wire(my parents send me money for me to purchase car) transfer on my bank statement,and my 2016 taxes were showing much less income.They asked me where is this money comes from.Me and my lawyer reviewed everything one more time and sent them a much better package in September explaining that transaction.10 days later our response to RFE(I’ll attach it here).My status changed it to We sent your case to your local field office for an interview I honestly know so many people has no evidence but they have been approved with a divorce waiver and without an interview,since then no action on i751.My office is Miami Field Offfice.When I went there for stamp.They told me that my case is there.So since there is no action on my i751 my lawyer advised me to file n400 under 5 year rule.Which I filed in December 2019.They scheduled me and n400 interview for March 2020 but unfortunately as all of you know its been cancelled due to Covid19.They rescheduled my interview for beginning of September.What should I do to get both interviews be done at the same time?cause in the interview letter it says that n400 interview no mentions about i751.My i751 is pending for almost 4 years.It’s been a disaster for me.I have been waiting for this process to finalize to so I can sure that I will be living here the rest of my life and start my new business with peace of mind.I’m having really hard time because of this waiting game.Mentally is more though for me.My parents are also old.I couldn’t see them for a year.I need you guys advises what steps should I take or can I take to get this interview happened.Do you guys think if there is something wrong with my case since they went rough in that RFE letter.Any kind of comment will be appreciated!!also here is my rfe letter back in 2018.
  14. How to Ensure the Interview Date for Mother & Father is Same US Citizens’ parents are generally above 65 years of age . Their I-130 (IR-5) petitions are applied / approved seperately . It is desirable that the Parents who are Senior Citizens have the Interviews at the Consulate on the same day . How to ensure that the Interview is held for Mother and Father on the same day ? All concerned would like to know if the request for this must be made at the NVC stage itself in advance while filling DS.260 ? Is there any such option avalable ? Or later after two different Interview Dates are given by the Consulate ? Will the Consulate combine the dates , on our request ? How many days more ? All concerned VJ Members may like to share their views giving dates of NOA-1 , NOA-2 for one parent and when they got NOA-2 Approval for other parent . Your views please . Thanks . ------------------------------------------------
  15. Hi, hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. I am a freaking out with this overwhelming stress. I checked the nvc timeframe they are still reviewing documents that were submitted on feb 13th . I re submitted one document on march 11th . But I see a lot of people aroud the world getting their nvc/review/DQ that were submit after me or end of feb . I don't understand now should I not follow the the nvc timeframe that were posted on their website . They told me they review the document every date wise. Now , I am guessing that's not the case . Is there anyone facing the same issue with the nvc ?
  16. Hello my friend.. i hope ur fine and doing well. My interview was on August. All the documents were fine. I gave them what they asked me about. Then my name was called by the consular officer to the interview. The consular asked me some questions about me and my fiancé. She kept saying perfect and well done, then she gave a paper to print my name and sign it because she told me u will need it when you enter the usa. At the end of the interview, she gave me a white paper it says 221 g she told me we will send you questions through your email and after that it will take time and then we will provide you instructions how to do ur medical exam my case status is administrative process . Im really so worried about that! Is there any advice? And what does that all mean?
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