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  1. mir9959

    IR-2 VISA

    so I'm 17 and my father (an immigrant married to a US citizen) is calling me on an ir2 visa ... I'm a chain smoker (I only smoke tobacco though) and since the legal age to smoke in America is 21 would it compromise my medical test ?
  2. I am married to a Filipina who has a 7 yr old son in the Philippines. Her son is carrying his mom's maiden name and no legal father. We are planning to file an IR2 for her son so he can come live with us here in PA. I want to legally adopt him. But before starting the IR2, we want to see the adoption options we could take. 1. Is it better to adopt him while he is in the Philippines or 2. wait until he comes to US and be an immigrant/citizen then process the adoption here? If anyone has done this process or similar, please gives us an idea, costs, time frames involved. This week be a great help. Thanks in advance. 😊
  3. Let’s everyone write their NOA1 & NOA2 date for CR1, CR2 applications at TEXAS SERVICE CENTER. So we know who are waiting - Mine 1.CR1 - NOA1 - Nov 19th 2018 NOA2 - waiting! 2.CR2 - NOA1 - Nov 18th 2018 NOA2 - June 28th 2019 NVC DONE, WAITING FOR INTERVIEW DATE.
  4. IR-2 VISA (Questions from a minor, 16 from the Philippines about US IMMIGRANT VISA INTERVIEW, RESCHEDULING OF APPOINTMENT, etc) Hello! I am new here in visa journey. I am 16 years old and currently living in the Philippines. I would just like to ask some few queries about my US Immigrant Visa Interview (to which I have no idea when will take place since I undergo sputum test and need to wait for about 2 months for the culture results, a bummer indeed) So I would like to ask if it's completely fine to have my legal guardian (grandmother) to assist me in the US Immigrant Visa Interview (because I am a minor) since both my mom and step-dad (petitioner) is in the United States and cannot come here for the interview? But my mother will come back here to accompany me once I already got my visa and ready to go in States, it's just that she cannot come into my interview because her time to go out of the country (US) is limited and also because of her work NOTE: This is my first time going out of the country, my mom is already in the States with my step-dad (petitioner) since 2015 and me and my sister (who is 18) are to followed and now fixing this SOME OF MY QUESTIONS: Do we need SPA (Special Power of Attorney) coming from my mom in states stating that she is allowing my grandmother to accompany me in the interview? And do my grandmother (legal guardian) who will assist me would be ask several questions by the US Consul on the Interview? What if she answered a wrong information, would that thing affect my Visa approval? What things should she bring with her? What ID's? What things should we know before the Interview date? Any tips and facts, like some sample of the questions to be asked to a minor immigrant? Do we need to bring pictures with our petitioner (step-dad) and mother for proofs? And what should we expect in the immigration if things go well? AND PLEASE ANSWER HOW TO RE-SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT AFTER GETTING THE MEDICAL RESULT (IF PROLONGED DUE TO SPUTUM TEST) All of your answers and replies would be of great help Thank you and God bless
  5. Hi guys, I had my IR2 visa interview on 4th of November 2019, and I would like to share my experience. I searched through the internet and I could find only two experiences for IR2 for children who are close to 20 years old (have mentioned the links below). Hope this post might help someone in the future. First I'll dive into the actual interview day directly, following I'll share a brief paragraphs about Medical, Biometrics and other stuffs if any. Interview Time: 7:15 AM. Went to the consulate around 6:45 AM in Formal dress, and were waiting opposite to the consulate. Then they called applicants with 7:15 AM interview and formed a queue outside, where an Indian guy/officer checked for the Interview Email Printout from NVC, DS260 with a stamp from our Biometrics and our passport. Then there'll be a screening process like in the Airport. I just took my Wallet and other files. Electronic and food items are prohibited, and they have a locker for the electronic items if you bring any (I believe that you have to pay some amount for this). I then arrived to the place where the interview takes place. Few Indian officers will instruct you to take specific documents in the language you are comfortable with. The documents they asked to takeout from us are: Passport, Birth & Police Clearance Certificate - Copy and Original DS260 with a stamp from our Biometric interview Two 50x50 White Background Photographs Sealed Medical Envelope. Then we get a token number according to the language we choose. There were 15 counters and the officers in the counters call up the token numbers on a First come First serve basis. An Indian officer will be present for this initial calling from the counter. He asked me to hand over the documents which was mentioned above and asked the following questions after greeting him with a Good Morning: Who's calling you (Who's you petitioner)? When's your birthdate? Have you been to USA? Have you been outside India? (Answered him with the places I have been) How long have you been in those places? (Answered him: "A week each") He then returned the Xerox copies of the documents and kept the original, and said that an US officer will be calling you for the next interview(with the same token number). This should be around 730 I guess (Didn't carry my watch inside) For the interview of US officer, what I noted was they called in specific categories to a specific counter. And for the US officer interview there were only three counters active. One counter was processing Parents Visa(IR5), another was IR1/CR1 and another was processing group people (where father and kid comes together). I kept on waiting till my number was called upon (I was sleepy too as I had only 4 hrs of sleep and have to just stare at the closed counter in front of you :P). Finally around 11 AM, my number was called. Greeted him with a Good Morning. Asked me to raise my hand and took an oath saying that the information I provide today is true, then you’ll be asked to provide fingerprints here too. Then he proceeded with the following questions: Who’s is petitioning you? (He didn’t get my answer, hence asked it twice) How old are you? (Answered 22) Are you married? Have you applied or denied for a US Visa before? How did your father go to US? (Answered: Through employment) What did he do? (Answered with the title of his occupation) Did he go on a H1B? (Answered: Yes he went on a H1B, then got his Green card and then through naturalisation he got his citizenship) He was looking into his computer in between the questions and it took around 5 min for the entire interview Then he said the golden words “Your Visa is approved”! And gave the originals back and a sheet saying the next steps which was basically on how to pay the Green card fee (This should be paid before you enter US) He didn’t ask me any other documents, but I took the following documents which was present in the checklist (https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Supplemental/appt%20letter_checklist%20for%20interview.pdf & https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Supplemental/BMB - Bombay.pdf): Affidavit of Support Tax Documents: Federal and W2 for last 3 years Pictures & Chat logs with my Dad Proof of US Domicile of my Dad PayStubs and Employment Letter of my Dad, Notarised document from my mother saying that she is okay with myself immigrating to US with my Dad (I am not sure if these is a compulsory doc, just in case if they ask I took, since my Mom will not be travelling with me to US) Other things which I carried is copies of my siblings and Mom’s VISA and Passport Copy, Dad’s driving license copy Few tips from people were: Read the DS260 answers well, be confident and truthful in your replies, answer strictly to the question and not give extra unnecessary replies. I had chosen pickup option for Passport, and it was available for Pickup at Chennai 3 days after the Interview. Medical process: I did my medical at Apollo Chennai. The base fee was around 15k with 5k extra for required vaccinations.Take: 6 50x50 White Background photographs Interview Email Printout Passport Original and Copy and DS-260 A report(original and copy) from a Doctor listing the vaccines you have taken from your birth until now. Initially, you’ll be giving your blood sample, then Vision and other general checkups will be done. You’ll be taking a Chest X-Ray then. Finally, a doctor will examine you and ask necessary questions and choose the vaccinations you must take. Then you’ll be taking the vaccinations. During the examination by the doctor, she’ll be entering the information you provide into the computer, make sure that the information is correct like dates and spelling. You can pick up the report the next day evening before 5. In case if they find any abnormality in the tests, they’ll call you else you can assume that you have passed the medical test. They’ll return the report sealed which you’ll be taking to the interview, then a sheet mentioning the vaccination’s you have taken and the ones you have to take in future and the a X-Ray disk (2 and 3 are not required for interview). Had my appointment at 9 am, the entire process got over close to 1pm. Biometrics process: I had my Biometrics at Chennai VAC, Kodambakkam 830 AM. Documents required: Passport, Biometrics Appointment Letter, DS-260. (In addition I also took the Visa Interview Email printout). You’ll be screened first. Avoid taking mobile phones. They’ll stick a couple of barcode stickers onto your passport. Don’t remove this. Then you’ll be called upon based on your token number. They’ll take fingerprints and a photograph and ask your birthdate, Visa type. This photograph will be present on your visa. Take care of your fingers before both Biometric and Visa interview, as there will be delays in you have a visible cuts or injuries in your hand. The earlier you go, the earlier you complete the process. For me it was over in around 20 min. NVC Received: 18-Jan-2019. Case Complete: 21-May-2019 Submitted all docs on April 12, and I was notified to re-upload the passport scan so that it can be read from left to right. This verification of scanned passport took more than a month. Interview Scheduled email: 15-Oct-2019 (Mumbai had a backlog at that time). Both VisaJourney and a Mumbai folks WhatsApp group were very helpful for the part from Interview letter waiting process to the end of the Interview. Other experience links: https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/486953-ir2-visa-interview-experience/ https://wynonapauline.blogspot.com/2017/07/my-detailed-us-immigrant-visa-interview.html
  6. Hi all. Like many I am try to set appoinmets at the embassy in Jordan for my 4 atepchildren... and was receiving a NO AVAILABLE APPOINTMENTS warning Today, however...I recieved a YOU ARE APPROCHING THE MAXIMUM.NUMBER OF TIMES YOU MAY VISIT THIS PAGE....Has anyone else receives this.? Doea anyone know what the number of visits one may make ,is...and what happens if you reach the max? Thanx
  7. Good day All!. I have just recieved an email from NVC that 3 of my 4 minor step children have been approved for expedited processing...and to go ahead and make an appointment with the embassy. It keeps showing no available appointments. Is there specific times they open up.new appointments...like on the 1st and 15th of the month for example?...or do I just check everyday? Also since each child is listed as needing an interview in one another's profile.....do I need to just make one appointment for all children...or do they ech need an appointment. They are travel I'll ng some distance to the embassy...and 4 seperate appointments and 4 separate document drop offs will.be a bit of a hardship. Thanks in advance for any response.
  8. Hello, So my son will be having his interview soon in Kingston Embassy. My husband is unable to attend the interview with him so his biological father will be taking him who currently have custody of him in Jamaica. Do you think this will affect his approval we send a copy of all the documents they may ask for as well as pictures when my son come here to visit with us. Have anyone let the biological parent take the child to the interview and how how was it he is 9. Thanks for your advise
  9. Hello! A little background, My husband a US citizen, have been here in the Philippines since March 2016, we got married March 2017 and had a baby August 2017. Now we are planning to move to US. I understand that he have to move back to US to file IR1 and IR2 petition. Will he be able to file the petition right away when he got back? Thank you so much,
  10. in my immigrant visa it says “UPON ENDORSEMENT SERVES AS TEMPORARY I-551 EVIDENCING PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 1 YEAR” is this the I-551 stamp endorsement?
  11. Hi! I am a minor (17) and will be migrating to the US! I just want to know if I still need to secure a DSWD clearance because I'll be traveling alone. My petitioner is my mom and she is currently residing in the states while my dad is here in the PH but does not have a US visa. They are annulled but my dad does not have a solo parent ID. Please help me figure this out because DSWD's hotline seems to be useless and PAL's age for Unaccompanied Minor is 8-11 years old only. Thank you so much!
  12. I filed I-130 petition (IR2) in September, last year for my son and I was heard that the petition is in the Nebraska center and will be taking 2 or 3 months when I visited the field office in January. I keep checking the statues on USCIS site and still shows 'The case was received' I wonder if anyone got NOA 2 for bring your children??
  13. Hi guys can i ask? My dad file us diffrent cases my mom is IR1 and i and my brother are iR2. This is the problem, my mom got a refusal letter from the us embassy tells us that they will not resume the processing the case of my brother until we give the request from us embassy which is the us embassy give my mom a 1 year of remission. They will not issue the visa of mine and my brother. What will we do? Our medical report will expire this friday.
  14. Hi guys, I am trying to get a good idea of who has already been scheduled for ghana for family based (no K-1 please) visa recently? Please reply and if you can, please let me know the Case Completion Date and the Visa Interview Date as well. Thank you all.
  15. Hello i just finished my interview three days ago on jan 14 2019. everything went smoothly i was scheduled to be interviewed for an IR2 visa which is an immigrants visa. i spoke with the consul and everything was good. she said congratulations and she said i got approved. she told me to register the mailing address where i would receive my visa. my CEAC status when i checked yesterday it said ''READY'' but now when i checked it it's on ''Administrative processing'' as well as i got an email from Manila embassy stating i need to go back to the embassy for ''oath taking''' which is very vague? what oathtaking? i attached the email that was sent to me on this topic. is this normal? what's happening?
  16. This is for IR1/CR-1 and/or IR2 Ghanaian members How long is it currently taking to have an appointment scheduled for interview in Ghana? Does anyone know the latest appointment that was schedule and when was the case complete for that person?
  17. Hey guys! I'm needing facts and wisdom for our situation. Our situation started simple, but now has drama mixed in, so I apologize for that in advance. I am a US citizen. My husband and 11-year-old (step)daughter "R" came on CR1/CR2 visas in November of 2016. R's biological mother signed paperwork to give my husband sole custody of her, with visiting permitted during vacations and summers. She initially hesitated in allowing R to move with us based mainly on emotional reasons, but eventually decided it would be a move for the best. The transition has had its hard days, but R has done excellently at adjusting and in integrating herself. Sadly, her mother has not done well with R's absence. After 20 months, R's mother is now insisting that R will not be returning to us from her summer vacation there. We are needing to file for lifting restrictions (CR1/CR2 to IR1/IR2) for November of this year, and are unsure how this situation will pan out. This could potentially be a situation of kidnapping, but more likely that R is being convinced by her mother that things might be better for both of them if she were to stay there, unable to see the implications of such a huge decision (she is only 11...). R's mom has a poor track record of being a fit guardian, and is not prone to consider the logical pro's and con's of any situation, including this one. My questions are these: 1.) Will filing with her mother (who as far as we know only has a B1 visa and is apparently now "married" to a Puerto Rican citizen) in a US territory affect her process? 2.) If my daughter does not end up moving back with us, and does NOT complete the CR2 to IR2 process in November of 2018, she will can't continue the process later, right? 3.) Also, if she forfeits seeking residency at this point, how much will it affect any potential future applications for my daughter, even with my daughter is over 18? I couldn't find any clear answers from others who might have had to go through a similar situation. If this topic has already been touched on, can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance for any clarity.
  18. Hi Everyone, I'm hoping someone can help me answer a few questions. I am the USC petitioning my stepson to become a permanent resident. Biological Dad is a PR while Biological Mom can no longer take care of child. I have read many different things about the parental consent letter we need to obtain from biological mother. We made an appointment at the US embassy in Mexico City where Mom will have a letter of consent notarized. Any idea or template of what the form should include??? Please help, appointment for letter to be notarized is in 2 days. Thank you.
  19. IR2 Child under 18 and will become a citizenship once in the US since mother is naturalized. The question is, on the the first page of i864W, question #10 states "U.S. Social Security Number (Required)" Child does not have a US SSN and I cannot put N/A since it says required, what do I do? This is the most up to date form on the USCIS website. https://www.uscis.gov/i-864w
  20. Wat questions will be asked?? My father petioned me
  21. I am a US citizen lived here most of my life. From 2008 to 2016 I worked in Brazil. I married there in 2010 and I have a daughter born in Brazil. My daughter is now 7 and she has dual US/BR citizenship. I also have 2 step children from my wife 13 and 16. In 2016 I had an offer to transfer to the US and accepted, but I had to file IR-1 and IR-2 alone without help from my job. My wife has full custody of my step children, and their father's allowed them to come here to the US, all prepared by a lawyer . On Jan 3rd 2018 my wife and 2 step children had interview for the IR-1 and IR-2 at the US Consulate of Rio de Janeiro. I was with them and the US Consulate approved everything. My wife and step children left their passports with the US Consulate. They said it would be 2-3 weeks to get back the passports. A week later the US Consulate emailed me asking for my step sons email addresses, and all social media handles. So I emailed them back the information the same day. It has now April 17th and still going through Administrative Processing. I emailed several times at the US Consulate of Rio. Also asked help from Michigan Senator Gary Peters. The last email is copied below. Now has changed to 'Additional Administrative Processing' Does anybody know what can I do to speed things up? Like file a lawsuit "mandamus action" on the on the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Attorney General. Or just wait. Not sure what to do. "Dear Applicant, Currently, your case is under additional administrative processing, which must be finished before a determination may be made on your case. We will work towards completing our processing of your case as soon as possible. However, we cannot predict how long this will take due to different circumstances that involve each case. We realize that these extended waiting periods can be frustrating, and we are sensitive to the fact that the purpose of the immigrant visa is to provide the opportunity to non-us citizens to immigrate to the United States. Nevertheless, the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, like all U.S. Embassies and Consulates, must adjudicate visas in accordance with the provisions of U.S. immigration law. In some cases, this involves extensive administrative processing. We will contact you as soon as we have finished this stage. Meanwhile, your patience is very much appreciated. For additional information you may visit:"
  22. I mailed my response however it was forwarded to capital heights not to potomac, has anyone experienced this. Should I be worried?!?
  23. Hi, hope you are all good. I called NVC and they received my case on 24th of September. People have said to call them once or twice a week, has anyone had any success with that? Does that actually expedite it or am I wasting my time? Should I just wait or call them once or twice a week until i get a case number? Us citizen mom filing for minor under 21 IR2 Visa I've noticed some people are rude on here so if you're going to be rude then do not comment. Thank you for those who are taking their time to answer my question, I appreciate your time. Have a nice day!
  24. Hi I got an email for DNA appointment for son in Ghana and it says For beneficiaries (children) under age 18, a signed notarized letter or Power of Attorney from the petitioner in the US, giving the local guardian (even the mother) authority to sign documents on behalf of the individual providing the sample. I already email them the notarized letter for his guardian in Ghana but what kind of documents are they having her sign on his behalf? Does anyone have any experience as to what actually happens at the collection? Can we bring an interpreter as guardian does not speak english?
  25. Im from Philippines. The interview date is October 1 and I feel very nervous due to my past experience with US embassy interviews (I applied F1 Visa 2 times, and both denied). I read some guidelines and checklists which all of them includes the Affidavit of Support in the checklist. We submitted one(my stepdad didnt made a copy of it) already in the NVC Nebraska, and the last email from US embassy doesn't require me to bring a copy of it, do I still need to bring a copy of it? And how did you register your delivery address online?
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