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  1. Hello all, We have been pre-approved for a DCF filing in Japan. I (the petitioner/ U.S. citizen) have been given an interview appointment at the Tokyo embassy. This came as a surprise because all the literature I've read said that the beneficiary (Japanese citizen) was required to attend an interview at the Tokyo embassy. Has anyone else been in this situation? Also, regarding the I-864 form: I have been living and working in Japan for 3.5 years and have only been paying taxes in Japan (as my income has exclusively been in JPY, from Japan). On the I-864 information page it says that a Japanese income tax return is insufficient for application. I have received $0.00 income in USD or JPY from the U.S for the past 3.5 years. I would greatly appreciate any tips or suggestions regarding my situation, esp. the lack of U.S. tax return. Thank you in advance!
  2. So I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to apply for DCF in Japan, and the information was so obscure that I only found it after going to the US Embassy in Tokyo directly without an appointment, and getting lucky enough to speak with someone who made an exception for me while also knowing the correct information. I decided it would be best to share it here because this forum kept popping up in my visa searching. I found some conflicting information here and I wanted to clarify a few things. Can I file for Direct Consular Filing (DCF) in Japan? The answer to this question is definitely yes. Japan does not have a USCIS FOD, so they require an exception from the USCIS in order to process an I-130 on their behalf. Japan has a blanket exemption for all US Military personnel so they don't require any special requests being sent to the USCIS. In fact, all the information I was provided from the first half dozen embassy staff was geared towards assisting military personnel and led to several dead ends. The fact that you require an appointment to speak to anyone knowledgeable about DCF, yet you cannot make an appointment without a referral from the USCIS was a particularly infuriating catch 22. The people I spoke with on the phone were no better than automated services with little authority and knowledge. I kept getting redirected to incorrect resources via phone and email. What is the process for DCF without a military exemption? Many posts on this forum said that DCF in Japan was not authorized due to the lack of a USCIS office. Of course, some of these were older posts, but nonetheless, you can apply when certain exceptional circumstances apply. It will require justifying your request with circumstances that include a short notice job relocation, medical emergencies, and other exceptional circumstances noted in PM-602-0043.1. I was concerned that this policy memorandum may have been overturned or expired, but as of today, it appears to be still valid. Once the embassy receives the request, they will forward the information to the Regional USCIS director who is located in Korea for Japan. For me, this took less than 24 hours to process. How do I submit a PM-602-0043.1 request for Tokyo? You will need to send an email to TokyoIV@state.gov . I could not find this information anywhere on the Tokyo embassy website, so this address is used for immigrant visa contacts. Your email will require the following information: Name of Petitioner (you), Date and Place of Birth: Name of Beneficiary (your relative), Date and Place of Birth: Date you became aware of a transfer or other emergency situations: Expected departure or transfer date: Please describe the emergency situation: I also was asked to provide a contract to support my claim. I hope this information is helpful because it took me quite a lot of searching and desperation to discover.
  3. fcchief

    Passport questions

    My Wife arrived on 18 Dec 2018 on K-1 Visa, we married on 31 Dec 2018. She holds a Japan Permanent Resident ID and has Philippine Passport in her maiden name. She wishes to change her name on her passport to her married name. It does not expire until 2020. Her Japanese Permanent Resident ID is still in her maiden name. I am finishing up the work on her Green Card application and will be submitting in March. She also has her Social Security Card already. Can she do this at one of the Philippine Consular on Wheels since we live near Seattle and the nearest Philippine Consulate is in San Francisco. Not sure if there will be any problems with her changing her name but any advice or assistance would be greatle appreciated!! R/ Patrick and Emma Warsalla
  4. So my fiancé and I just noticed that on the section where we write his home address in native characters, one of the Japanese characters misconverted when I was typing it (same sound, different character) and we didn't notice it before we sent the form in Aug/Sept 2018. I saw some older posts on typos on the I-129f not seeming to be a very big deal, and that you can also request typo changes to USCIS here: https://egov.uscis.gov/e-request/displayTypoForm.do?entryPoint=init&sroPageType=typoError Would it be best to fill out the form and request the correction, or just not bring it up unless they do?
  5. I filed the I-129f (petitioner form) for my fiancé and I begin the K1 Visa process in Aug/Sept, and am expecting it to be adjudicated Feb/Mar. We're getting ready to start working on all of the other documents that will need to be done before my fiancé's interview, one of which is the police checks. My fiancé is a Japanese citizen currently living in Japan, but he has lived in Australia and Canada for 6+ months in the past 2-3 years on working holiday visas, so he'll need to get police checks from those countries as well. Does anyone know the process(es) for requesting a police check from Australia and Canada while abroad? Is this doable by ourselves, or would you recommend getting a lawyer to help? My fiancé got a lawyer estimate in Japan for assistance with a K1 Visa, and it came out to about $2000. Thanks in advance for responses!
  6. We just got the notice on the Case Tracker that our K1 case is 'Ready for Interview'. In our particular case, my fiance is a Vietnamese citizen, but has residency (and is living) in Japan right now, so we are going to do the interview at the embassy in Tokyo, Japan instead of Vietnam. In our case, which guidelines for an interview should my fiance follow, since the embassy is definitely in Tokyo, but the visa beneficiary is from Vietnam? (Note, we haven't received much more than a notice on the Tracker yet). Would they interview her more in the way (in terms of questions asked) that they would interview a Japanese beneficiary, or a Vietnamese beneficiary? Also, I would imagine that any documents requested would probably be more from what the Japanese embassy would request instead of the Vietnamese embassy (I did notice some of them have slight differences on what they want), but I'm not sure. I'm curious to hear from others about their experiences interviewing in a country different from their nationality (where there was also a US embassy doing those interviews in their home country), as most advice I see tends to be for people interviewing at the embassy of their nationality.
  7. Ahhhh gotcha, My F2A went to CSC and everything there is 20+ months, upon closer inspection, it turns out they do not do IR-1! Texas Center does it and their times are 6 to 8 months! So quick question: I am pending USC and expect it to be done by oct - nov based on Dallas FO times. Does this mean that USCIS will transfer my case over to TSC or another center when I upgrade it to IR1 I assume it wont have a "new" PD and the June PD I have for her will stick ? That means she could very well have an approved I-130 by end of the year! under the 5-8 months starts again when it reaches new center. Thanks for the clarification, I had skimped over the times for CSC (and bundled all visa type/category into) and never realized in past 2 months that CSC does not do IR1 as it does not show times for it! You just saved me a few dollars and hours or time to prep 129F. My wife is gonna be happy!
  8. I'm hoping to receive some input on what others have done after receiving approval for the NOA2 and before the the interview. My fiance and I received the NOA2 approval earlier this month and I learned that NVC received our case today. My fiance and I want to have everything prepared so he can schedule his interview asap. I've already sent him the documents he needs to show income support and he is currently working on getting his police records and all the other items on the checklist. Is there anything else we should be working on meanwhile the case is transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Japan?
  9. Hello everyone, This is my first time posting on this forum, and I'd like to thank you in advance for helping me with my inquiry. I am specifically looking for some help with the confusing process of applying for a K-3 visa for my Japanese spouse. I had a few questions which I will group by category below: Japanese Addresses On all of the forms for the K-3 visa (I-130, I-130a, I-129f), I have been using "Part 9. Additional Information" of the form, as well as an attachment to write out all Japanese addresses. The reason I'm doing this is because the form doesn't fit well with the Japanese way of writing addresses. In each part of the form that asks for a street number and name (for example, 14a.) I write "see additional information" or "see attachment page x." I then leave the rest of the fields blank in that item number. Is it okay for me to do this, or would you recommend another way? Fields that don't apply to me On the I-130, I-130a, and I-129f forms, I am leaving the fields that don't apply to me blank instead of filling in N/A for everyone. The reason I am doing this is because the example filled out forms on visajourney.com show it this way. Should I keep it like this or would it be better to fill out N/A for each field? Proof of a bonifide marriage My spouse and I have been together for seven years, have lived together for three years, and have been married for two years. As such, I am including pictures of us together throughout our seven year relationship, as well as pictures from our wedding, and a picture with us holding our marriage documents at the local city hall to serve as proof of our bonafide relationship. We will also have our koseki tohon, or family register certificate, and accompanying certified translation to serve as our marriage certificate and my spouse's birth certificate as per the directions from the Tokyo Consulate. Do you believe this is enough evidence for our proof of a bonifide marriage? If not, I'm not quite sure what else to include. We don't really have any other documents with both of our names listed... Copies of Documents and their Translations Is it okay to provide one original certified copy of our marriage certificate (koseki tohon) and certified translation for the I-130, and then provide a copy of these forms for the I-129f? Or do we have to go through the process of paying for another certified copy of both documents again? Also, is it okay to use one koseki tohon to serve as both the marriage certificate and birth certificate, or is there some other elusive document that I must seek out so that I'm not killing two birds with one stone? Fee for the I-129f Is there a fee for the I-129f? I seem to be getting conflicting information about this one. The K-3 visa process flow chart makes it sound like I don't need to provide payment for an I-129f because of the increase in cost for the I-130, but other immigration sources say it is a $535 fee. Thank you very much for your help. Visajourney has proven to be an invaluable source of information for me. Alex
  10. Hi, everyone! I am a US citizen, and I'll be moving back to the US for a new position, in late July. My wife is a Japanese national (we were married here in Japan in 2015), and she will be staying here until our child is born in late October. I want to get the ball rolling with her visa application, and I've found that I will need to fill our an I-130 for her IR-1 visa. This is fine, but I'm worried that the application will take too long to process (I read that it could take up to a year!). My questions: 1.) Should I fill out a K-3 application for a non-immigrant visa for my wife, and send it in as one package, along with the I-130 application? 2.) Once her K-3 comes through, I know she can be in the US as she waits for her I-130 to be approved. However, once the I-130 is approved, will she have to fly back to Japan to get her IR-1 visa? 3.) Our new US address is not finalized, yet. May I enter my family's address as a substitute for her application(s), and somehow update USCIS, later, with the new address? Thanks, everyone! I'm just looking to get this done, ASAP! -Jon in Japan
  11. Momo12

    Police record

    Hello fellow VJers. My fiance filed for our I-129F in March 2018, so we still have a while until our NOA2. (Hopefully September/October) Just so that things go smoothly after we get approved, I was thinking about getting my police certificates at the NOA1 stage. I will need one from Japan, Canada and France. The French one was easy to obtain online and I already have it in hand. I'm planning on going to the tokyo police department next week to apply for my Japanese police certificate and get my fingerprints taken so that I can send them to Canada to get them digitilized. My question is, does anyone know if police certificates expire? This might be an embassy specific question so it'll be really helpful if I can get some thoughts from Tokyo embassy filers. Thanks for the help!
  12. Not certain this is the correct topic area. Sorry. My wife's green card was approved and been mailed to our US address just fine. However, we didn't realize she could have put her name with my last name on the green card application. E.g., she is Hanako Yamamoto. My last name is Doe. She wanted to change her name for life in the US to Hanako Doe, but we didn't realize we were just supposed to write that on the green card application, so now she is still Hanako Yamamoto. To do a green card name change, you have to fill out the form and pay the fees (I-90). One of the required documentation is evidence of legal name change. OUR QUESTION: since we have only the koseki as documentation indicating our marriage, should it be enough for the I-90 green card name change? Relatedly, could we file the I-90 as an error made by USCIS, since the documentation we could provide would be identical?
  13. Hello, I am filling out some papers for an adjustment of status for my wife and we ran into a bit of a confusion. She was born in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo and we were originally thinking that we should put the city of her birth as Setagaya-ku and the province as Tokyo but Tokyo itself is technically a city so do we put Tokyo as the city? I just wanted to make sure we do this right the first time so any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  14. on the japan US embassy site yo can download the form for "affidavit of competency to marry". It asks for your US address and it asks for local address. I am confused on what to put for the local address. Do I put the US embassy in japan's address?
  15. Does my fiancee need my(petitioner) original birth certificate for her interview at the embassy, or is a photo copy ok?
  16. So my SO was born in California (Has a certified copy of the California birth certificate) and held a US passport when she was young. She currently lives in Japan (where we met). My question is, Can she apply for a US passport? Thanks in advance
  17. Imicoz

    Immigration to Japan weed test

    Hey guys. I'm going to study in Japan for a year, and was wondering if anyone knows if they test you for weed either when applying for the visa or when entering Japan? I'm going to apply from Australia. I've only smoked twice before, once roughly a year ago and once a few months ago. I wanna try it once more before leaving, but I have no interest in bringing any to Japan.
  18. My fiance had her K-1 interview at US Embassy, Tokyo but they denied due to 221(g), requesting additional paperwork. 2 of the things they are requesting are NBI, Police report. She submitted both for her current name (birth name) but it appears they want both for when she was married. I assume she will have to go to the Police Headquarter for the Prefecture she lived in while married in Japan to get another police report under her married name. (she was divorced in 2004). She went to from Japan to Philippines (she is Filipina) in 1990 and they stayed there for about a year so I take it she will and NBI Clearance for her married name. If I am correct how does she go about that? She cannot afford to travel back to the Philippines. They are also requesting Other Passports. She worked with a dance company from 1983-1990 and traveled back and forth to Japan. She got married in 1990 and submitted all her past passports from 1990 to the present. She did not keep her old passports from 1983-1990 and it was so long ago she has no idea what years they were issued. Thanks for any assistance or information you can give me.
  19. Good morning everyone, I am going to get my fiancee soon and on the flight back I would like to spend a day or two in Japan with her. I assume there will not be any issues letting her into the country from the airport. Wouldn't she be treated like a U.S. citizen?
  20. Forgive me if I'm being excessive with regard to details, but... Question 1: Is it necessary to use the third-person point of view in the cover letter accompanying the i-130 for my spouse? I feel like the cover letter is a personal address to the USCIS agent(s) who handle the case and should, therefore, be written in first-person, making it more personal. Question 2: Should the petitioner and beneficiary be labeled every time they're mentioned in the i-130 packet? For example, I'm including a photo album with descriptions and thought simply using my wife and my first names in the descriptions would be fine. Should it be assumed that the USCIS agent handling our application has the sense to figure out who's who in the pictures or should it be over-detailed to the point of redundancy like legal documentation? Regards, Itchy