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  1. Hi everyone, I started this topic to help everyone waiting for her/his physical green card after she/he arrived to the United States So I hope everyone share his OS155A status and post the time between his date of entry, the immigrant fee date, the date you received the physical card in mail. Wish you all the best My status: Poe: Newark May 5 2016 Paid : April 20 2016 USCIS status: payment received on 4/20/2016
  2. Here's the next thread for our ongoing discussion... Thanks @KartineeKartoons continued from here:
  3. Hello, I have the following situation - - I worked in the US, got married, and got my green card thru' IR-1. - After I had worked for over 10 years in the US, we moved back to India. - My green card has now lapsed and my husband has filed I-130 for me again. - I have an old annual SSA statement (from 2015) which documents that I have over 40 qualifying quarters of SSA coverage. - My husband also worked for over 10 years and accumulated over 40 quarters of coverage while we were married and living in the US. My question is: - Can I file I-864W instead of my husband filing I-864? - If yes, can I submit the old SSA statement as documentary evidence for the same? Since the I-864 mandates that my husband is obligated until I receive 40 quarters of coverage, it seems to me that filing the I-864 would be invalid in our case. Thanks for any help!
  4. Hello All I thought I would make a Thread for Australian's who have their CASE COMPLETE at NVC and are waiting for an Interview to be scheduled at the US Consulate in Sydney! It might make it easy for us to keep in touch and update each other! I hope this is OK 🐨 We were DQ'd this morning so we will be waiting a while lol
  5. Hi Everyone, I have been meaning to write this for a few days. We crossed in Saturday, but it was an adventure to do so, and I think I'm only recovering now. The crossing part was easy - we drove to Windsor/Detroit, was taken into secondary, had to leave the cat and our cell phones in the car, went into the little building, they scanned our passports (there were issues with that but they were technical because they had a new system that only one person knew how to run, so it was giving everyone problems, including the family in front of us who were also activating their family visas at the same time), they reviewed my list of goods, and my teenager and I (and the cat) were admitted. However, my car was not. There were debates back and forth on VJ about whether or not one can drive one's vehicle down and import the vehicle later instead of at the time of crossing. I know we should have probably called the border to ask first, but I was in such a state of flux about packing and selling my house, I figured we could just tell them we were importing the vehicle later and deal with it. Wrong. In order to admit a personal vehicle into the US, it must actually be importable. That's why you need that letter from your car's manufacturer. Which of course I didn't have. When I told the border guard I thought I could do it all later and just drive the car down to get down there, he said, "This is why you always call first. You can't just drive it down. It is your property and so you are importing it and because it's a vehicle, it is subject to certain taxes you would have to pay prior to entry, regardless of whether or not you're doing the paperwork today." Since my car was an old beater (a 2012 car with over 243k on it) and didn't have an OEM Tire Pressure Monitor, it would not be road certifiable in Texas (where we were headed), and the customs officers determined that the car was "unimportable". So we were given a letter explaining the situation, which also stated that neither my teenager nor I were charged with any criminal offences, and that we were admitted to the US as permanent residents, and we were turned around and told to take the car back to Canada. This is where it gets interesting. We drove back across the Ambassador Bridge to Canada Customs. The Customs officer took a look at the letter, looked at our passports and said, "Really? They wouldn't let your car in but you can go? That's crazy. So what are you going to do?" I said I guess I have to figure out how to get rid of the car and try to go back. Then he asked, "Are you both fully vaccinated?" Thank goodness my teen had their second shot exactly two weeks to the day before we decided to cross. I showed the Canada Customs officer our slips evidencing full vaccination from the Ontario Ministry of Health, and he sat there, looking at our documents. Then he handed them all back, except the letter about the car, and said, "Good luck with your car. You can go back. You don't need to quarantine." If it had been any other time, or even a day before, we would have had to have waited another two weeks before we could cross. When we got back over to Windsor, in a matter of 3 hours, I sold my car for scrap and rented a U-Haul. I transferred all of our stuff into the U-Haul, and went back to the same crossing at Detroit. When we crossed, we were met by the border guard who had driven us to the turnaround point with our car. "What did you do with the car?" he asked. "Sold it for scrap." He scanned our passports and asked, "Does the U Haul have any dirt in it?" I told him that the woman at U-Haul had actually just mopped it out before she gave me the keys. He handed back our passports and said, "OK. Good luck today. Have a good drive." And we were off on our two day drive to Houston, Texas. TLDR: no problems with our documents when we crossed, scanned everything, took pics, all good, waiting for our SSNs to start our lives. Thanks, everyone!
  6. I was a regular reader of the last London thread to keep myself updated with current timelines etc before it went to 70+ pages and way off topic. I thought it was such a useful resource so I’ve decided to start the ball rolling again so we can keep each other updated on news as it comes in. To kick us off, me and my wife were DQ 10th July so we’re hoping to get our interview appointment email early November. It appears June DQ dates have been scheduled so hoping this is our time after literally years of waiting. Fingers crossed for no Tier 3 lockdown in London!
  7. Looking at the ridiculous wait times, my wife and I have been exploring alternatives. The best alternative at this point seems having her move to Canada permanently. If I wanted to withdraw my DQ'd application from the interview queue and have her move here, would I have to go through the I-130 and NVC process again? Or would my case remain at the NVC? I'd prefer to be able to move to the US with a few month's notice if I wanted to. Also would it make it harder to immigrate in the future or visit the US for tourism/recreation?
  8. Hello everyone, I am wondering if anyone has received an interview appointment at the Abu Dhabi Embassy after recently getting their DQ. it would be great if someone would share their experience.
  9. Hello All, I had my visa interview yesterday at the Montreal consulate, and just want to give my account here before I forget the details. I arrived at the consulate about 40 minutes before my interview. There were a few people standing outside waiting. When one of the guards came out to let someone in, I talked to him and he told me to come back 10 minutes before my interview. So, they wouldn't let you in early even if you come early. Once I was inside, and went through the airport-like security at the ground floor and put my i-phone in a locker as one of the guards instructed. I brought all my massive 3 folders full of documents, and a small purse with me, and I was allowed to bring all of it except my i-phone to the interview hall. They sent me upstairs to join others sitting and waiting in a hall. At the first window, they took my passport, and nothing else and I sat down and waited. I think this wait was at least for 40 minutes and the longest. Then they called me with my number on the screen again. This time, they took the necessary documents, which were as best as I can remember: -Original birth certificate -original marriage certtificate -W-2s and 1040 for 2020 -i864 -Police certificate from Canada -Police certificate from my home country -my Canadian PR card Then they sent me back to the waiting area to wait more. This time, I didn't need to wait long as I was called again shortly afterwards for the interview. I was interviewed by an older gentleman, who was polite, friendly even. He asked some questions related to my marriage after taking an oath: -Who is your petitioner -Tell me how you met your husband and where and when you got married -What does you husband to for living -Where you will you be living in US? -Have you ever arrested? -What is the longest time you stayed in US? -What do you do? -Do you have children? It felt more like a conversation, rather than an interview. One thing to note here is I brought a letter from my mother-in-law stating we will be living with her in her place and we were welcome to stay as long as we like. She actually had the letter notarized by a public notary in California and attached her driver's license to it. When he asked where will be living in the US, I pulled out the letter and gave it to him and after he looked at it and said 'It is very complete and good. It really helps.'. I actually took someone's wise and informed advise here in this forum and asked my mother-in-law to write me a letter and have it notarized. I thank this forum for it! The interview was for about 5-7 minutes in length. In the end, he said that he was planning to approve my visa, explained the procedure etc. and gave me the welcome letter. I thanked him and left. I was inside for about 1 hr and 40 minutes. It was generally a good experience. The security guards were polite. Inside, there were only 4 people were working, 2 taking documents and other 2 interviewing. I thought they were efficient. I wanted to thank all the wonderful members in this forum. You all have been an enormous help during a challenging time. I would have been in the total dark without any knowledge as to what is going in regards to the application/interview schedule without this forum, and would probably have driven myself mad. So, thank you all!
  10. Hey, my interview is next month. I am little confuse about birth certificate. I have my original Nadra birth certificate but i read on U.S embassy site i need urdu translation, original certificate, certified copies.. its confusing . However, Nadra certificate has both languages urdu n english. Please guide my interview is near. Thank you
  11. Has any Indian citizen living in Canada recently got a police certificate from Toronto consulate? If so, what is the acceptable format? I received one recently and this is what it says - "It is certified that there is no adverse information against XXXX S/o XXXX, holder of Indian Passport No XXXX, issued at XXXX, on XXXX which would render him ineligible for IMMIGRATION PURPOSES OTHER THAN CITIZENSHIP for UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This PCC is not valid fbr any other purpose or country." Looking forward to some feedback. Thanks!
  12. My husband had an immigrant visa interview yesterday. He is missing some documents that are supposed to arrive in the mail. They are his medical exam results, which are obviously being sent from the approved medical office, as well as our marriage certificate, which he forgot to bring to the interview, but they said its completely fine as long as we mail it to them. I just checked the case status and it says refused, even though these documents have not shown up yet, since it's the weekend and they'll probably arrive on Monday or Tuesday. Is this refusal something to worry about? I am pretty afraid because I would expect it to say pending or at least have some further explanation. Can anyone offer insight?? Thank you in advance!
  13. When uploading the 2x2 photos to the I-130 Online form, I plan on submitting them as a PDF. Do the photos need to be 2x2 inches inside of the PDF, as well? Also, should I submit the picture of the back of the photos (signed) as a 2x2 inch photo inside of the PDF, or is a picture, not cropped, fine? Thank you for your help!
  14. Hye guyz !! I am From Pakistan and living in Pakistan my wife is American my interview is coming after some days everything is going smooth in our case but for interview day i have a question we have a age gap relationship my wife is older than me . We have screenshots of our daily conversation we have alot of evidence but i am lil bit scared about age gap so what is the best answer to satisfied the consular... Any good advice please i will be very grateful. Thank you
  15. Hello There. I would like to share my IR1 journey so far. I will keep it short and simple. We tried our best to find a joint sponsor to support our case, unfortunately we weren't successful. After much consideration and consultation we finally decided to try our fate with whatever we have in hand. We got married in 2018 and we have 2 kids (my wife + 2 kids all US nationals) 2017- 2018 (my wife was living abroad with me - Saudi Arabia). in 2018 September she went back to the USA so we can start our immigration process, later we got the news that she is pregnant with our 2nd child (birth year 2019) and that same year(2019) we got approval from USCIS and our case was transferred to NVC for further processes. 2019 September she visited me again with the new born baby and we got stuck due to COVID situations all over the world until Mid of 2020. Finally after settling in with the new born & getting back to USA 2020 September she started working and she is earning 2k over the said poverty guideline up to this date. Since she started working in Sep 2020, her 2020-W2 only shows income and deductions for the period of 4 months. (Sep2020 to Dec2020). We have included a self-explanatory letter (stating why we didn't file taxes for the year 18/19) along with 2020 W2(4 months), 1044(4 months). All proofs have been attached such as resident permits for staying outside, birth certificate of our child born in 2019 etc. We have included employment letter & paystubs covering period of (September 2020 to July 2021) Our NVC submission date is 02nd July I would like to know anyone out here in the VJ forum facing a similar situation as me, it will help prepare for what's coming ahead for us. Also I will keep this thread updated for the sake it can help someone in the same boat as me. Thank you for taking time to read this post. Wishing everyone a wonderful day ahead.
  16. Hello. Our case was approved April 16th, 2021. My husband was given a white paper and told his visa would be issued within two weeks. Case is still showing “ready” after over two months and we were not asked for any additional documentation. Anyone else in the same boat? My husband is from Morocco and we are hoping to close the distance soon.
  17. hi everyone, so thanks for the support here ;). We have submitted the I-130 form. So now I am preparing the next step of which from what I understand, the affidavit of support seems t be the most difficult for us. Our situation: - Family of 4., 2 adults, 2 children. "Alien Dad" and the other 3 are all US Citizen. - We both have jobs abroad right now. But from what I know that doesn't count for the Affidavit of support / I864. We will quit our jobs here. Our background makes it probably not too difficult to get a job in the US quickly though. - We would theoretically have sufficient (readily available/convertible into cash) assets in order to file. - We have the support from family (grandparents) who could support us getting enough income on the affidavit. The goal: We do intend to move there all together, which means we can't get provide US-income "upfront" before filing. We would like to try to not split up our family. The questions: - What would be the best way to do this? * only use our assets? * only our family? * both combined? - Are there any conditions on who formally owns the assets (1 spouse=alien, 1=USC)? - Should We employ a lawyer to get this right? - There are different versions of the affidavit of support. I-864, I-864A, I-864EZ. Which ones do we need for which scenario from above? Thanks for all the help people here are providing!
  18. Hi I had my interview on 24th Feb 2021 at Islamabad Embassy, everything was good but i was issued 221g slip for further documents W-2 and I-864a both from my joint sponsor, which i uploaded on 6th March 2021. there was no update on my case until 22nd June 2021 my ceac case status changed to Administrative Processing from Refused. I am so much confused and worried that what to do as earlier there was no AP mentioned on 221g issued. Further more CO kept my Passport and pictures and returned my original documents and clearly told me that i won't have to come again for interview.
  19. I am a U.S.C. petitioner who used to live abroad with my spouse. I moved back recently and am domiciled in the U.S. (U.S. job, do not have a driver's license yet and live with my parents). However, I will be visiting my spouse abroad soon and would like to review and submit all NVC docs together from his country. Has anyone ever done this, and can NVC pick up on the fact that I was abroad while submitting the docs which could lead to any negative consequences (not believing I am domiciled in the U.S.)? Is this something I should be concerned about? Inviting @pushbrk, @Ontarkie @Nitas_man @NikLR to advise. Thanks! I am afraid that given I lived abroad for a while before, and the only strong indications of U.S. domicile I have so far are U.S. job and my stay in the U.S. (no driver's license, apartment lease etc.), if I submit NVC while abroad, CO may think I was not domiciled at the time of submittig NVC docs?
  20. I know that before the interview it's necessary to register the address online in order to return the passport. But, is it also needed to register the actual appointment date online? I'm seeing some conflicting information and travel.state.gov doesn't really make it clear. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Supplements/Supplements_by_Post/CRO-Cairo.html
  21. We applied for the spousal visa in March 2021, so we are still in the initial waiting game for USCIS approval (Texas service centre). I have a question about the affidavit of support which I am hoping you can assist with. I've been looking into the form and it requests income for the previous 3 years. My wife (the U.S. citizen) lived in the UK with myself from 2018-2020, so she only has income from April 2020 to present. I can prove she was in the UK with me as we have her student visa with the dates on it. My question is, is income from the last year enough to satisfy? We don't have anybody to co-sponsor and we really don't want to wait another 2 years for two more taxes to be filed. Income wise, my partner earns $45,000 per year plus an additional $14,000 from the military as a disability payment for injuring her knee during service, that gives a combined income of around $59,000. The household size will be 4 (including me) which puts the poverty limit at $33,000. I have bank statements showing the salary and military payments going into her bank from last year, so I can include these in our application if it will help. She does own her house but it still has a long way to go on the mortgage so we can't use that, savings wise between us we probably have around $20-25,000 - so too low to include also. If it matters, we have been together since 2016 and married since 2018. Thanks all.
  22. Hi, Requesting expediated interview date in Montreal embassy due to a standing a job offer? I have applied GC under IR1 category and DQ'd on Jan 16 2021. I know they are doing interviews for DQ'd in spet 2020. I know I have few months left to get an interview but my wife works in USA and I have a job offer from a multinational company. I really dont wanna let this opportunity go. Company is willing to do my TN ( I am a canadian citizen) but chances of getting TN approved is 50-50 due to green card is in process. What are your thoughts about me requesting an expedited interview ?
  23. Hi everyone - I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with obtaining permission to file locally (I.e. at a local consulate) under the ‘exceptional circumstances’ route? For background, my spouse (the I-130 petitioner) was just about to mail the I-130 package to the US to start the ‘normal’ process, when her company (at short notice) brought forward her transfer timeline. They now need her to move “ASAP” which leaves us a bit high and dry (among other things, her accommodation allowance is currently paying for our apartment; when this gets removed once she heads back to the US I’m going to struggle to cover the rent by myself). We were planning to request permission from the local US consulate here in Hong Kong to file locally since my spouse is having a change of employment at (very) short notice. Does anyone have any tips on how to set out this request (I believe we email the consulate here through a web-form) in order to give us the best possible chance of having this approved? We were planning on mentioning the financial impact of the loss of the accommodation allowance, for example. We will also attach the letter from my wife’s company ‘proving’ the transfer of her employment back to the US; at the moment it simply reads that they anticipate her moving date to be “as soon as possible once all necessary administrative and logistical steps have been completed” - is this sufficient, or should we ask for a ‘set’ date to be included in a revised letter from her HR team? (It actually took us a while to get this letter from them since they were initially reluctant to put it in writing for some reason, but I only mention that as it might mean receiving a more ‘precise’ letter might take some time, for some internal company reason which is beyond my understanding). Realistically, she could be moved as soon as July, or maybe August/September depending on whether she tries to push back or not etc. Any tips of thoughts would be greatly appreciated, and thanks a lot in advance!
  24. Hello Everybody, Today is the second anniversary or our Marriage and my passport is still at the US Consulate. I'm waiting for the consulate to complete their administrative processings in order to deliver a final decision. I have applied for a CR1 Visa and my question is : Since we have 2 years marriage and the case is still pending, if the final decision is positive, will they automatically change my CR1 visa to an IR1 Visa ? or Do i have to send an email or message to ask them to change it ? Thank you in advance Mohamed
  25. Hey everyone, it looks like May has been hard on a lot of people from around the world in the IR-1 and CR-1 category. It looks like some countries didn’t even do IL/CR-1 IL’s this month…I figured it would be a good idea to have a place where this information was stored. If you, or someone you know (tag them), got an IL letter, please post below: Date IL received - Consulate or Embassy Name - DQ Date - Interview Date
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