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  1. I am a Canadian foreign medical student and have finished all my clinical courses. I just need to pass an exam which will allow me to graduate. I had set up a role as Chief Medical Student working directly under the supervision of the medical director at a Hospital in Chicago. My role was to organize student scheduling, provide orientation and inital training. I was not receiving any payment for that role. I had used that letter to get a b1 stamp multiple times at POE. However, yesterday I was denied entry because what I am doing is not a clerkship and my role is not valid for b1, so I was tagged with 212 212(a)(7)(a)(i)(I), showing immigrant intent as per 214(b). They had me fill out a "withdrawal of application for admission". I informed the medical director at the hospital in chicago and told him that I need to performing some role in a US clinical setting to boost my chances of getting a position in postgraduate residency training that starts in July 2022. The medical director is willing to offer me an unpaid research clerkship at the hospital and had his secretary write up a letter but I dont feel comfortable rocking the boat like that. He asked me get in touch with immigration lawyers to find out my options and I have a consultation with one tomorrow but I wanted to reach out to this community as well. Having done extensive research, I can see what caused all the confusion and them to think I am showing immigrant intent. They didn't seem to believe me that I am being supported by my parents financially and felt I am working illegally. I could have elaborated my role in a more concise yet precise manner as well At the POE, I was confused and asked them why I was let in with the same letter twice before but denied entry now and both CBP officers gave the analogy of speeding down the highway and getting away with it but getting caught and ticketed one time. Fortunately, based on the i275, they may have thought that I was genuinely misinformed and decided to let me walk out instead of throwing me out, which is worse. However, the i275 and 212 212(a)(7)(a)(i)(I) is on my record and I have lost the benefit of doubt that came with the privilege of not needing a b1 or b2 visa. My main concern is that I will be applying for Graduate Medical Education (residency training) in September and if I am selected, I will have the option of applying for J1 or H1b visa. 1. How much of an effect will this mark have on me successfully getting a j1 or H1b visa and being granted entry at POE? 2. Both the aforementioned visas are non-immigrant visas. Moreover, H1b visa is a dual intent visa, which I fear is a double edged sword considering my denied entry. How do I show non-immigrant intent for visas that will have me living in the country for 3+ years?
  2. Hi! I used a lot of vj information to filed for aos and I wanted to share with you my experience and my aos package. I'm from Argentina and I came to America in November with a J1 visa (summer work travel program), after dating my husband for a year, we got married on May 7th. According to my visa, I had to go back home before June 30th and even though I married a US citizen and I knew if I overstayed it was going to be waived, I was still so worried that I filed for AoS asap (June 19th). A few things I'm going to say before I talk about my application is that I think 50% was pure luck, it was filing at the right time and date. The other 50% making sure nothing in my application could make the officer doubt and ask for more information or evidence. I made sure everything was disclosed and explained, it must have been either a pain in the ### or a blessing for whoever that took my case cause it was 400 pages long lol. Also the fact that my office was Reno helped a lot, I went twice for biometrics and interview and there was no one, the parking lot was empty, so they're pretty low on cases there. I didn't get help from a lawyer 'cause I considered my case was simple, it wasn't worth the money, we were on lockdown so I didn't have much else to do but getting obsessed with sending the perfect application, visiting hundreds of VJs topics and watching youtube videos. Another thing, specifically for I130 is that I was scared because my husband and I are in our early 20s, we got married a year after meeting each other, 7 months out of those 12 we were in a long distance relationship, he still lived with his parents, we both had part time jobs, we don't own anything, so we had to prove our love by telling them our story. How meant to be we are, how we clicked instantly, how we talked 3 hours a day every day, how I told him he could come to visit me and the next day he went to get his passport and bought flight tickets to see me, how we can't imagine being away from each other, that we did it for 7 months and we don't want to do it ever again, how we have plans for the future, etc. Our bonafide evidence was full of stories and we attached them with tickets, passes, reservations, photos, invitations. By the time of the interview we did gather a lot of primary evidence and the officer that interviewed us was more than pleased. This was my package main cover letter I had to explain a few things when I filed: 1. During a road trip all my forms of identification were stolen, so I lost my passport with my visa stamp and my country ids. Thankfully, I was able to get an emergency passport and sent that in the package with an explanation of what happened and secondary proof that I was here legally such as letters from my sponsors, employers, job reviews and flight tickets. 2. I was given an extension of my visa because of the pandemic, so I sent a letter from my sponsor that explains the extension and extra information on why I was given this extension (the borders of my country were closed and all my flights were canceled) 3. My husband was a dependent of him mom for 2017 tax returns so we wrote a letter that his mom signed. 4. I944 was intense haha, we couldn't get IRS transcripts before sending the application because at that time IRS offices were closed, so we sent the biggest WE TRIED letter, where we stated that we received no answer from IRS so we were going to send 1040s and W2s. 5. We didn't have a credit score or report because none of us has credit cars, loans, car, leases, anything. We're still pretty young and we haven't thought all that out yet (we should soon). So we explained that, we sent transunion letter saying we didn't have any of that, screenshots of the experian website saying they couldn't find me and I tried to get a credit card online and I didn't qualified. 6. For Education, I did an evaluation of my college transcripts with a NACES authorized agency (IEE), also I graduated from college but I came to America before i could sign my diploma so I don't have my diploma with me and that's the way I can prove I graduated, what I sent to prove I graduated was a certified letter by my college that stated that I did in fact finish college. The evaluation agency wrote that my degree was incomplete because they didn't accept the certified letter but I sent everything in my I944, cause why not. 7.I didn't send proof I know how to speak Spanish because that's my native language and in my transcripts from school we don't call Spanish classes that, we call them Language classes. I wrote a letter swearing I know Spanish and that's it. When I filed I was afraid that my husband's tax return were going to look bad, because in 2019 he made a little over the percentage he had to make to sponsor me, in 2018 he made half of that percentage and in 2017 he was a minor and was a dependent of his mom. Still I sent all that information because if I disclosed it first it means I'm ahead of any questions they can ask us. That's just my mindset, I know a lot of people believe it's better to just put the last tax return information and that's fine. Also when we filed, my husband was unemployed and so was I (pandemic related), so we sent his last pay stubs and that's all. (He did have a part time job but that didn't make enough to support me at that time and he didn't file for unemployment) Another thing is that (PLEASE DONT DO IT) I worked in the past unauthorized, this was way before I met my husband and I didn't think of the consequences, I had no idea at some point it could come back to bite me. So, I disclosed it, I said from what date to what date and in I485 I said yes to working unauthorized and violating the terms of conditions of my nonimmigrant status. So this was my timeline and here's what I sent the June 2020 filers group and hour after the interview: And that's it. Right now, I have a job offer and I'm waiting for my green card to arrive. I'm excited about the winter, being with my husband without having to think of visas, uscis, forms, is great. I did get only the conditional green card, so in 2 years I'll have to do this again hahah. I hope this long post helps you, please let me know if you have any questions, this was my experience, probably had a few mistakes, it's not perfect, I was just very lucky this process went as smoothly as it did. Thank you thank you thank you VJ members for answering all my questions and giving me so much information!
  3. Hello! I'm a previous J1 holder subject to 212(e). If I visit the US while fulfilling my 2-year home residency requirement, are the days I spend in the US as a tourist discounted from my two years?
  4. Hi guys. My wife participated J1 program in 2019. She had 3 jobs, all of them legit and in none was she paid under the table. She got W2 from 2 employers, the 3rd one didn't send her anything because she made under 500/600$ Is she supposed to include this information, about the 3rd employer in the Employee history on the I130A? Because then, at the NVC stage they might ask about these W2s and she doesn't have one.
  5. My J1 Visa is under Administrative Processing because my sponsor is Intrax and it is not subjected to PP 10052 from October but the Embassy need to check that information. Dec 31 2020 > Created DS 160 + scheduled appointment for Jan 05 2021 > CEAC : "Application Received" Jan 05 2021 > Assist to the Embassy Appointment > 1 hour after in my house in checked CEAC : "Refused" Jan 12 > CEAC: "Refused" to " Administrative Processing" Jan 21 > CEAC: " Administrative Processing" to "Application Received" What could happen next? In the K1's Forum "Application Received" means that in 2-4 days you will get a final answer, but a J1 is different case.
  6. Hello, guys! I am an american citizen, and got married to Romanian citizen. Romania is in the "Skill List", and he has "two years rule applies" twice. It's weird, because he got 2 J1 visas, and both had this rule. How did he get the second J1 visa, I really do not understand. Anyways... We got all documents from Romanian embassy and have sent to state gov. He does not owe any money to any states, no scholarships, no grants. BUT his J1 visa is already expired for 7 years, not sure if it's important. Just want to understand how long we have to wait for the answer in "COVID era." I saw in this forum that some applicants waited for 1 month, some for 8 months. Does anybody have removing "two years rule" experience in 2021? I have attached screen, we have started the process in 2019, but just this year got all documents what we needed.
  7. Hey guys. Me and my wife we got married over Zoom via Utah County Clerk. My wife was in 2019 a J1 participant (Work and Travel Program) and had issued another one for 2020 but since she is from Schengen area she didn't participate last year in the program. Her SSN is created already. I know it's not necessary in the PDF (we are creating a small PDF of bona fide marriage) to say that we got married online (yes, we have it consummated). My question is, 1.should we put photo copies of her visas into the bona fide marriage file, plus a photo copy of her SSN? 2.Do we actually say that was an online marriage if we want to include photos of our family small celebration after the online ceremony? Because my thinking is, that if we don't say that it was an online marriage, but we put photos of her visas (J1 x2 plus B2) then obviously USCIS will know. Also she's going to change her last name before the interview and her SSN is created with her maidens name. Can someone pleas explain everything to us? Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  8. Hello, my Colombian girlfriend has a multiple-entry B2 tourist visa, which she has used several times over the past few years to visit the US and return to Colombia. She has never overstayed or done anything else contrary to the terms of her tourist visa (like working illegally, for example), nor has she been given a hard time at customs. She is hoping to do a "work and travel" J1 cultural exchange program in the US this summer, but is concerned about the possible effects (if any) this could have on her existing B2 visa. My question is: Is there any possibility of her B2 visa being cancelled or revoked as a result of her application for the J1? Either in the case her J1 application is approved or for some reason, denied? Thanks in advance!
  9. Hi! I'm in the process of changing my current status to the F1 status. If I'm doing my process online (Filling the I-539 Form) and I have a question regarding the spaces that are not appplicable to me. Would you recomend leave them Blank or with "NA (Not applicable)" Thanks
  10. Hi. I'm in the process to change my status from J1 to F1. I will have a USC sponsor but I am going to live in other house with her relative (daughter who lives with kids and husband). Does that situation make the relative another sponsor? We are filling the I-134 form and we do not know how to explain it. Thank you
  11. My Brother is already here on a J1 visa. Can I apply for him using the 'i130 for siblings' too? Or will it cause conflict?
  12. Hi guys! I am working as a research scholar and my old J1 visa has expired. I tried to book an appointment to renew my J1 visa with US consulate in London however their online booking system shows the earliest available date is August 2021. Has anyone recently tried to book an expedited appointment for J1 under national interest exceptions ? Thank you!
  13. Hello, Background details: Myself: US Citizen Spouse: Japanese Citizen residing in Japan with two year home stay requirement from J1 We got married back in mid 2019 in the US. She can return to the US in early 2022, and we wanted to have her green card available so that she can work upon arrival. How soon can I start to file for her Marriage Green Card so that she can work upon arrival? Or do we need to wait until after two year home stay requirement is completed, and then file? Thanks
  14. I have always been told by many people that, if I have an unfulfilled 2-year home residency requirement due to a J1 (212(e)), I am not eligible to change my status to O1 within the US; I will have to travel out of the US and apply for a O1 visa stamp to re-enter (and activate my O1 status). The USCIS website seems to confirm this info: https://www.uscis.gov/visit-united-states/change-my-nonimmigrant-status-category/change-my-nonimmigrant-status (scroll to the bottom of the page). However, my situation is different. I was on J1 three years ago, which was subject to 212(e). I then left the US but not to my home country, so my 212(e) has not been fulfilled (i.e., I still have it). I returned to the US this year on another J1 with another sponsor, which is NOT subject to 212(e) (it's stated clearly on both my current DS2019 and my J1 visa that I am not subject). My O1 petition has been approved, and the approval notice states that my status will be automatically change to O1 effective on the first day of my new job. It doesn't mention anything about having to travel out of the US. So I contacted the attorney who filed my O1 petition, and he said that I was eligible to change my status within the US, that I didn't have to travel out to get my O1 visa stamp (unless I wanted to), and I needed not to worry. I'm still worried, to be honest, because many people have told me the opposite, and the USCIS website says the same thing. Is my attorney right? Can I change my status to O1 inside the US? Have you ever seen a case like mine? I just want to have assurance. Thanks!!!
  15. Hello, My situation is the following: I have been in the US on two J1 visas: the first one (06-2017/09-2017) was subject to the two-year rule, the second one (Aug-2018/Aug-2020) is not. My current J1 expires at the end of August 2020. I need to apply for a J1 waiver for the first J1 visa (06-2017/09-2017). At the same time, an institution is about to sponsor me a new J1 visa (my third) starting from the end of August 2020 (when the second J1 visa expires). As soon as the waiver is obtained the institution will change my status to H1b cap-exempt. Question: - Can I apply for a J1 waiver (for the first J1 visa) before my new (third) J1 visa is issued? In other words, if I apply for a waiver before August 2020, would the J1 waiver prevent the possibility to get the new J1 visa? Thanks
  16. Hi, Here is my time line for J1 2 years rule waiver ! My case was based on No Objection Statement. 12/28/2017 : sent my document to DOS and Consulate. 01/02/2018 : Consulate received my document (USPS Tracking check) 01/03/2018 : DOS received my document (USPS Tracking check) 01/16/2018 : 'All document was received' Updated on DOS website 01/23/2018 : Consulate sent my No Objection Statement to Embassy 01/30/2018 : Embassy sent my No Objection Statement to DOS 02/06/2018 : 'No Objection Statement was received' Updated on DOS website 02/15/2018 : DOS sent Recommendation to USCIS 02/20/2018 : My lawyer received Recommendation letter from DOS 02/20/2018 : USCIS received my document 03/05/2018 : My lawyer received I-797C (Notice date : 02/23/2018) 03/08/2018 : J-1 WAIVER WAS APPROVED 03/12/2018 : My lawyer received I-797 (Notice date : 03/08/2018) USCIS website is still showing that my case status is 'Case was received At Another USCIS Office'
  17. Hi, So I used to have a green card when I was a child. I am now 28 years old. My green card expired when I was 18, which was 10 years ago. I have been back in my home country (Trinidad. & Tobago) for about 12-13 years. I have NEVER been in the US illegally. The reason my green card was never renewed was because I wanted to live with my mother in Trinidad & my father who I would visit in the US died. I’m now pursing my Bachelor in education to become a teacher! (YAYYY ME) I was told by my lecturer that I could gain experience with a J1 visa teaching in the US for a year or two. What I want to know is would my old GC stop my J1 from being approved? I’m thinking no because I was a minor & I was never in the country illegally, but it would help to get advice from one of you lovely souls. Ty in advance ❤️🤟🏽🥰
  18. Hi, Since the pandemic started, my visa situation has gotten complicated. I was applying for j1 visa under the graduate programme that let's me do an internship for a year. I went through the whole process, went for the interview and got my visa. I had my flight booked the 10th of April. Since the pandemic happened, I did not fly. My plan was to wait for this to be all over and contact the company (usit) that helped me get my papers so I can update them. A month ago, Usit has gone into liquidation. They are gone and will not be refunding any money. Here is where my problem lies, I got all my paper done before any of the Covid had taken effect. All I needed to do was fly out. Is my visa still valid? I technically didn't cancel my trip, the US government did. So is it their responsibility to issue me new papers and visa? I've tried to do some research but this is such a new circumstance for everyone, there's not much out there. I would be grateful for any advice, as I feel I'm really stuck right now. I have no idea who to contact. Thanks.
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