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  1. Hi all, Starting the February thread to share the journey with a few people. We sent the I-130 application January 31st from France to the Chicago lockbox. I know it arrived in the US on February 2nd but don't know if it has been delivery yet. I am a french citizen and my wife is a US citizen. We met in Australia where we were both living in 2011 and got married in 2013. We got our first child in 2015 and, while Australia was great, we felt it was too far from our respective families. So we decided to move and I got a good job opportunity in France in June 2016. We thought my wife would be able to find a job speaking only english at first and learning french on the way. It hasn't worked that way so my wife stayed at home looking after our boy and taking french lessons. We got a second child in 2017. Now we have realised that, without speaking french, it will be very difficult for her to find a job in her field, and without a job it will be very difficult for her to become fluent in french as she spends most of her time looking after the kids. So we decided to move again, this time to the US. She has been applying for jobs and we hope she will get one from here and that we will be able to do DCF in Paris then but in the meantime we filed with USCIS to get the process started because it takes so long.... Good luck everyone.
  2. It being late October, and no October filers for 2018 found on the site, so I started this one. I am a USC living in Brazil and petitioning for my Brazilian wife of 30 years. It's complicated, but the basics are that I am are applying for a resident visa for my wife for the second time, the first being granted in 1989 after our marriage in Texas in 1988. We lost the visa in 2014 in part because of my ignorance of immigration rules and because of family medical situations in Brazil that prevented my wife from traveling. In 1989 the procedure was very simple. Today it's become 10x more complicated due to 9/11. Since we both live outside the USA we are using a state-side lawyer to be sure all paperwork is as correct as possible. Turns out I would have submitted my I-130 in March, but due to using a lawyer, it was only submitted in October. I hope that at least it goes through without a hitch. On one hand she already has a SSN and it was necessary to include her old Resident Visa ID# on the application. Don't know if this will delay or speed up the process. Based on Oct 2017 filers, we might be looking at a long year ahead of us. 10/05/2018 I-130 sent 10/08/2018 I-130 received Chicago Lockbox
  3. Since people here have been so helpful, I'm posting this in case others find it helpful: My husband is applying for an IR-1 via DCF in Mumbai. We did not expect Rele Clinic in Mumbai to refer him for further TB testing after identifying what they said was a dark spot on his lung X-ray, but after eight weeks, which ended Feb. 16, the TB sputum test was negative, as we had expected. Rele said it sent the medical report to the consulate on Monday, which happened to be a U.S. government holiday. I inquired on Tuesday if the consulate had received it, but it had not, and whoever responded to my email said the consulate would automatically get in touch after it received the medical report. We weren't sure how to proceed with the rescheduling of the interview, and the appointment calendar online showed nothing open in the next three months. But early this morning the consulate emailed my husband to see if he could come in for an interview TOMORROW at 7:30 a.m. -- probably a last-minute cancellation. Someone later called to confirm whether my husband could make that appointment, saying that Monday was also a possibility but that he had to confirm a cancellation first. We went ahead and went with the Friday appointment. Fingers crossed!
  4. Hi, We started this journey in 2013. we got our I-130 approved in 2016. I attended the interview at the Santo Domingo consulate on August 2016. When I attended the interview, I was provided (2 months letter) with a refusal letter 221 (g) saying that I was inadmissible in October 2016 but that I qualified for the I-601 waiver. I filed the I-601 waiver at the Nebraska office on Feb 2017. We waited almost 2 years (October 2018) before we received an RFE asking for additional evidence of rehabilitation (18 years have passed) along with additional evidence to prove hardship conditions for the US citizen (petitioner and 4 kids - US citizens) such as medical assessments, country assessments, religious letters, new personal references, medical records, medical records of US citizen (petitioner) family members, public charge information (assets, skills, banking etc) I submitted all the requested information on January 2019, on April 2019 we got another RFE , none of the previous conditions listed were deemed a problem anymore but they wanted a copy of the I-212 receipt (permission to re-apply after deportation order of removal). Even though I did not need to have the I-212 (I left voluntarily l on 2006 and never returned to the USA) I went ahead and I filed the I-212 with proof that I had departed in 2006. WE FINALLY GOT APPROVED JULY 13TH 2019. I sent a copy of the approved waivers to the US embassy in the Dominican Republic. They finally confirmed receipt of the approval notice from USCIS, and they informed me 2 days ago that the consular officer is already working on the case. We can't help but wonder if anything negative will pop up. The consulate had our file for almost 2 months before sending me the 221 (g) notice after the initial interview. I can't think of a reason for them to deny the Visa but I can't help but wonder. I have been married to a US citizen for over 24 years and have 4 US Citizens' kids (All under 18). Has anyone seen a denial of a visa after 221 (g) + I-601 + I-212 approval? I'm having a hard time finding information on the internet except in cases where "fraud or miss-representation is suspected (K-1, Fake marriage etc). Does anyone know how long is taking for a consular officer to review a file i(Santo Domingo) or for the applicant to be called for another interview. We are happy but very cautious. This has been a very hard, difficult journey. Any information is greatly appreciate it . Thank you so much. If you have questions on how we were able to overcome every milestone, please feel free to ask
  5. Hello all! We are waiting for my husband's interview date at this time and are looking to prep for the final step of this process! What kinds of questions can he expect? Do we need to provide proof of our relationship even though our I-130 was approved? Will they be examining our relationship? What kinds of things should he expect and prep for during the interview? Anyone who has gone through this process specifically in Guatemala able to offer any insight? Thanks!
  6. Hello everyone! I have a quick little question in regards to to NVC Processing. I submitted my petition in November 2018 and it's estimated to be approved this month! So, I was wondering how the NVC process goes? Could someone please tell me what I would be needing, what the process is like and how long it would take to finalise? Much appreciated! xx
  7. Hi, I had my interview on 10th September 2018 at Islamabad consulate and at the end of the interview CO kept my passport and I was given 221(g) sheet asking to submit: Wedding photos and pictures of our time together Emails, chats Copies of my wife's passport pages showing entry and exit stamps We submitted everything asked on CEAC only(as I was told) on 4th October. It has been more than a week but I don't see any change in the last update date. Questions: Is it normal for no change in last update date after submitting the documents online? How long should I wait before making an inquiry? How long do they normally take to process such information? Anyone else who submitted documents only at CEAC and did not sent by mail? Here is some background information. We have been married for almost 3 years now (got married in the US). 1st year we lived apart while I got back to Pakistan. My wife moved to Pakistan almost 2 years ago and has been living here since then (besides going back home a couple of times). We had our Nikah after 6 months of my wife moving to Pakistan (My family had not met her before this as we were living in a different city). Shortly after that, we moved to my parents home as I switched jobs. We had been living with my family for almost a year now.
  8. I been married to my foreign spouse for 3 years. We haven't filed for IR-1 yet because his mother was sick and he needed to stay to take care of her. Plus he wanted me to live in Jamaica instead of him coming to USA. She just recently passed away and I have convinced him to come USA because I feel like life would be easier for us here as a family. Now we are ready to file. The issue is I don't think besides pictures together, marriage certificate and multiple trips to his country, chat logs, affidavits and Western Union transfers are enough to prove our marriage is real. We don't have any joint accounts and have never lived together. Jamaica won't let me open an bank account there because I don't live or work there (being married is not enough). My employer won't let me add him to my insurance because he doesn't have a SSN. I work for a airline and I can't put him on my free flight privileges either because he doesn't have a SSN. That also means he can't be my beneficiary either on company paid health/life insurance. I travel to Jamaica to visit him several times a year. We communicate multiple times a day. I occasionally send him money. I'm very close with his family and two children (which I plan to file for along with him) I need help on proving my bona fide marriage. I don't even want to file until I have everything in order. Please advise!
  9. Para que es el I-129?. El primer paso es enviar el i-130 verdad?, porque en algunas paginas dicen que tambien se puede enviar el i-129 estando en un proceso de visa cr1 de esposo, yo pensaba que la i-129 solo era para visa de prometido, no entiendo que tiene que ver la i-129 con la visa de esposo cr1?
  10. Hello, I'm a US citizen and I've filled I-130 and I-129f for my wife. We though filling I-129f for K3 visa would be the quickest way for my spouse to come here to US but we've later read that it rarely gets processed before I-130 and timeline is the same as I-130 (about 5 months). Now we're just thinking that maybe we should cancel our petition and just wait for I-130 to be processed (we got NOA at the end of June '16 so few months to go) and then go for IR-1 Visa (we've been married less than 2 years). I'm looking for advice, should we withdraw I-129f or just wait? What if it gets approved before I-130? Does it complicate things if we want to wait for IR-1? Thanks!
  11. Hi, My wife is US citizen and we are expecting a baby in October 2019. We can not obtain CRBA for our expected new born as my wife doesn't fill the requirement for physical presence. We are planning to deliver our baby in Pakistan due to wife medical condition. Meanwhile, I am also waiting for interview for IR-1 as Documentation of my case is completed recently. Now I need help for how can we get the travelling document/passport for our new born as we want to travel to USA as soon as our baby is born. I can think of following options but need your help to validate them: 1. Apply new I-130 for our new born (but it will take again a year to approve). Another question is that if I apply I130 for my new born, will baby get the citizenship automatically on arrival or she will get Green Card? 2. Can we add our new born baby into my already approved I130? If yes, what will be the steps ?
  12. Just wanting to vent/looking for advice. We applied for IR-1 from Turkey but our son and I will have to leave ahead so he can start the school year in the US. I’m just feeling very frustrated that there’s no priority for IR-1 over CR-1, particularly when there is a child who will be separated from a parent Of course we will FaceTime/WhatsApp, but I’m worried my husband could be denied entry to visit, and it will be hard for us to visit, considering it is such a long trip and during the school year. I know that there are criteria to expedite at the NVC stage, and one is that the beneficiary’s child has started or will soon start school, but I assume that doesn’t apply if the child is also the petitioner’s. I’ve lived abroad with my spouse for 8 years, we share a child, and obviously our marriage is genuine. No offense to those who apply for CR-1 shortly after marriage, but it just seems unfair that longer marriage aren’t more quickly processed, particularly when we will be separated for who knows how long with the current backlog.
  13. Hi All, I have heard that the USC should travel ahead and wait in the US for the immigrant to arrive. Is this true? Or should we be able to arrive together? Thanks.
  14. Would anyone know if it is possible for me to travel to Hong Kong? The plan is to go to HK for a quick trip, then return to the Philippines before we leave for the US. My visa has been issued. Thanks in advance!
  15. Hola, actualmente mi esposa(ciudadana estadounidense), mi hijo (ciudadano estadounidense) y yo (Mexicano) vivimos en Monterrey , NL México y estamos por empezar el proceso de IR-1/CR-1 Visa DCF, ya hemos estado investigando y juntado los documentos pero tengo algunas dudas.. Para el documento de I-864 Affidavit of Support Form vamos a pedirle a un familiar que se una al sponsor, ya que mi esposa a vivido la mayoría del tiempo en mexico entonces no tiene forma de ser mi sponsor. Mis dudas son, mi esposa de igual manera tiene que llenar el affidavit aunque no tenga ningún ingreso(Actualmente yo trabajo y ella cuida a nuestro hijo)? Y mi otra duda es si la persona que nos ayudara con el sponsor también tiene que ser sponsor de ellos (mi esposa e hijo). Otra duda, mi esposa desde que nacio mi hijo(1 año y 6 meses) no trabaja y no estudia, antes trabaja y estudiaba, creo que yo puedo ser su affidavit al momento de presentar el I-130 para comprobar que ella reside aquí en mexico por mas de 6 meses? Y también Mi esposa a estado llevando a mi hijo a terapia física de Lunes a miércoles por mas de un año y a diferentes citas en el hospital, esto podria contar como evidencia que ella reside aqui?
  16. Hi all, Maybe this topic is already ongoing somewhere here, but I could not find it so far. I would like to meet people who started their application for their spouse (IR-1/CR-1) visa this year 2019. Maybe we can help each other since some processes changed or taking longer. Me and my husband just recently send the I130(a) on February 14th, no reply or notification received so far. We are both living in the Netherlands, he moved here 4 years ago. We have found a sponsor for me since he has no income in the US at the moment. We are both working for an international company and we have the ability to transfer with the company as soon as we leave. Maybe we don't need a sponsor than after all. Does anyone knows how that works or the possibilities? If there is already a topic for these conversations I would like to hear it too!😊
  17. Hello everyone sorry for bothering you all so much, I was just wondering if I could buy a return ticket , 1) Right now I need to go there for my first baby girls birth and for a little time after that, then I need to come back to my home country for wrapping up my business and selling property etc. 2) it's much cheaper So please let me know what you guys think ?
  18. Hey all, My fiancee and I are facing a choice - spouse visa or fiancee visa. What process seems easier? Here is our story to give you a little context: I am a Russian citizen. I got my bachelors in the US (2011-2016), and have been dating my American fiancee since 2012. After I finished my bachelor in summer 2016, I did an OPT on my H1B in the US. We were able to both live in the same city and date until summer 2017 when I had to go back to Russia as my OPT expired. The company I was working for during my OPT offered to sponsor my H1B visa application twice in 2017 and 2018, but unfortunately both times my application got denied. Since I returned home my fiancee and I have been in a long-distance relationship and took 2 trips to spend time with each other: one trip in December 2017 and a second trip in January 2019. We are both young professionals and don't have a ton of money to pay legal fees. What is the most cost- and time-effective way for us to proceed: K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 visa? Thanks, Vica
  19. Hi, everyone! I've been a long-time stalker of this forum — thanks for your never-ending advice and support for one another! Quick overview: I'm a US citizen who has been living in Kazakhstan since 2016 for study purposes. I married a Kazakhstani citizen in 2017, and now we're coming up on 2 years of marriage and are ready to start the IR-1 process and move to the US. Our situation is a bit complicated for a variety of reasons, but what I'm curious about right now is whether our evidence of a bona fide marriage will suffice, considering these limitations we're facing from Kazakhstani systems: 1) Kazakhstani banks don't have "joint banking." Instead, we have an account in my name with an extra debit card in his name which is linked to my account. There was no readily-available documentation of this that the bank could give us (i.e. no statement with both of our names on it), so we had to get a custom "spravka" (a remnant from the Soviet days which is basically a certificate of proof) confirming that he has this linked card. 2) My name is not on our apartment lease (which is not even an official legal document, just a written agreement between my husband and our landlady). I do, though, have a copy of my migration registration which lists our address as my place of registration. We also have a statement from our phone company which displays our names, numbers, and joint address. 3) He is on my health insurance policy through the university where I study/work. There is no read-out/statement I can receive to confirm this (our HR department is archaic), but we do have matching insurance cards which display the same policy number. I've scanned the fronts and backs of them. Do you think, despite the limitations, this will be enough to prove co-mingling of finances, cohabitation, etc.? We are also going to send airline receipts from a trip to his hometown, railway receipts from an upcoming vacation, lots of pictures from our wedding and other family gatherings, phone records, affidavits from family and friends, and our marriage certificate, of course. Is there anything else you can think of that might be a non-traditional way to evidence our shared finances, apartment, etc.? Thanks in advance!
  20. Hi, everyone. This is my first post...feels momentous. lol. I'm going to send off our I-130 any day now and I'm feeling conflicted about our address information. In somewhat typical Turkish fashion, we have never had proper lease documentation for our apartments. Officially, our address has always been listed as my husband's parents' address but we've never actually lived there. Should I use that as our address on the I-130 and then where we live as our mailing address? I'm filing with both of us living out of the US. I hate to list my address as somewhere I've never lived. That feels wrong. Yet, I don't want to open a can of worms with listing an address that's not on our official records here. I'd appreciate any advice.
  21. Good day, my husband who filed application I-130 in March 2018 as a permanent resident, was naturalized in December 2018, so he called USCIS and updated the petition however he previously only received a receipt notice of the I-130 from USCIS and have not yet received a notice of approval. How long will it take to know whether the I-130 was approved by USCIS?
  22. Hello everyone! I was wondering if I could apply for a F-1 Visa while my I-130 is pending? How would the process be like? Would I have to go through AOS? Please help!
  23. Background I am Canadian. My husband is American. My interview appointment was on Dec 18, 2018 at 8am. Before arriving, I made a binder with plastic sleeves and tabs of what is included in the pre-interview checklist. This was not as necessary for the officer as much it just helped me stay organized. My husband took me to Montreal and we drove up and made a trip out of it. I recommend driving up to the embassy the day before the interview to see where to park the day of and where to stand. The Appointment Day My appointment was at 8 am. We arrived at 7:04 am. We parked in parked in lot across building for $15/day early bird price. After 8am it is $18 for the whole day. It was hard to find parking if you have an appointment before 9:30 am because the streets need to be cleared from 8am-9:30am for city cleaning. One family arrived right when we did. Stood in line till 7:45 am. VJ bloggers said to stand on the side with the yellow columns but that didn't matter because the building security guard asked us to line up across the right side of the building. Once we were allowed in we were asked to go to the back of the line since we didn't have a 7:30am appmt and they wanted to prioritize the early ones. So we told everyone in line, if you have a 7:30am appmt move up. And then everyone was kind enough to let us stand in front of the 8am group since we were there early. When we went in, there was a lady who greeted us and asked us for our appointment time and our passports. She handed us a laminated document that indicated our call number and what we need to have ready for the officer. She asked out of the two who was the beneficiary and the petitioner. Then we went to security. The security guy asked us to place our items in the bin like at the airport. Did not have to take shoes off. You hand in ur phone and keys to the officer and get a ballot to pick it up when you leave the building. We went downstairs and waited like everyone else. Then an officer came and told us we r going up to floor 19 and when we arrive we will sit and wait for our number to be called. Our waiting began, it was 8am. When my number was called the lady just asked for all my documents to verify them and passport photos. Confirmed my Canadian address, phone number and then asked me the petitioners phone number and address. She took my finger prints. And then told me I am good to go and to sit and wait again and the officer will call my number for the interview. The lady officer called my number and I went up. She made me take an oath of honesty on the finger print scanner. She said you were born in Pakistan I said yes. Questions she asked me: How did you two meet? Who is the petitioner? What does your husband /petitioner do for work? Where does he live? How often do you get to see each other? What is your highest level of education? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Does your husband cook or do you cook? (meant to be a trick question) Have you ever been denied entry to the US? How long have you ever stayed in the US? Have you ever stayed in the US longer than 6 months? Then all of a sudden she pulled out two sheets and said welcome to the US and that our immigration packet is now electronic so we don't take anything to the border. If you have travel plans and are worried about getting your passport back in time, do mention it to the officer. By 8:50 am, we were done. Side Notes: - Items I brought but; They did not even ask for the photocopies of the the original documents. They did not ask for a printed interview appointment letter. They did not ask for CEAC print outs. They did not ask to see petitioners photocopy. They DID ask to photocopy his W-2. They did not ask to see relationship evidence.
  24. Hi everyone! I'm waaaaay far off from getting my I-130 approved but I was just curious about the prices for the NVC process because I know it'll be quite expensive. How much in total would it be throughout the entire process as of now? I wanted to know in advance so I can prepare for it in the future and that my hubby and I wouldn't be struggling :') I pray everyone is doing well and that your processes will be quick! Have faith everyone❤️
  25. Hello! I'm new here 😛 So, my husband recently filed the I-130 in the States and I am currently residing in Korea. Do I have to be within my country during the entire process? Or can I go to the States to finish it off? Would I be able to schedule the interviews while I'm in the States if the petition gets approved? I also have an interview coming up for my B2 visa so I can go visit my husband for a bit. I do fall under VWP but I wanted to stay with him for a bit longer so I applied for that. Would this cause any trouble?
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