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  1. Hi there, we are new to Visa Journey. My spouse is scheduled to be interviewed for the IR1 immigration visa at the US Embassy in Tokyo in 2 weeks. We are now preparing the documents and questions to be asked. Wonder if any fellow VisaJourney-ers could provide some points on: 1) What documents are required to bring to the embassy? We were told to follow the instructions on State Department embassy website regarding documents to bring to interview. Will there be other additional info to bring? 2) DS-5540 - the “Public Charge” form - it seems the embassy has stopped issuing immigration visa following the ruling on July 29th in SDNY which enjoined the implementation of the “Public Charge” policy. Yet, State Department still has not provided guidance on how to follow the ruling though USCIS did already. 3) What questions would the CO being asking my spouse? Like to hear some real case questions being asked at your interview. 4) Any other tips or pointers would be helpful? Best, TK
  2. Hi, new to this forum. I am at the stage of needing to upload police checks to the website so I can submit all and assumingely, wait for my interview. However, I have lived in a few places and I am having an absolute nightmare getting police checks. My question is: How essential are they are if I am unable to provide them, will this lead to my visa being rejected? - I lived in Norway for a year 12 years ago, my background check request has been rejected because theres no record of me being registered with any residence there. I lived with my ex gf, the apartment we had was registered in her name, and not joint. I was not there illegally and have no criminal record in Norway. Chances of getting this police check are basically 0 now. - Spanish police check. The embassy in Tokyo have told me, I have to go to Spain to pick it up which seems like nonsense. I've read bits in this forum about it and it seems like a nightmare to obtain via mail. Anyone want to help me with this one? - Japanese police check. It is addressed to US Immigration with my name under it. It says it is only to be opened by the addressee. Those of you who have been in Japan, did you open it to scan to upload or leave the envelope sealed for immigration to open? Confusion. Any answers would be appreciated here. My main fear is that after months of this, not having a police check for a place I lived in years ago will make all the difference.
  3. My fiancé and I plan on filing the I129F soon and are trying to make sure he has all of the paperwork he needs on his side. He has been divorced and is having trouble understanding what Japan's version of a divorce decree is. He has a family registry that shows he is divorced and includes the date he was divorced and who he was divorced from. Is this enough or does he need a specific paper just for the divorce? Thank you!
  4. Hello, I apologize if this scenario has already been answered. My question/ scenario: I am a US citizen, marrying a Japanese citizen. I am trying to assess the risk of marrying in the US and then having her return back to Japan and begin the CR1 process. I know I shouldn't believe everything I read online but I have read some sources that said it could lead to potential visa fraud. I wanted an opinion on the risk of her visiting during Thanksgiving this year, getting our marriage license from my state (Arizona), then her leaving back to Japan after spending some time together. Thank you for taking the time to read my post!
  5. I've looked through the cases and I see that as late as 2009 people could still do DCF in Japan for the I-130. Does anyone know when DCF was closed for Japan? Thank you
  6. Hi all, I want to be as brief as possible. My situation: I currently work in a U.S. company in Japan and have lived in Japan for the past 6 years. I have been married to my Japanese spouse for 3 years and we have three children together. We have decided to move forward with getting my wife a U.S. visa. I have been at my current company for a year and, thus, became eligible for overseas transfer. If offered a position stateside, I would probably have 3-6 months to relocate myself and my family. That brings me to my dilemma: Should I go ahead and file for the I-130, and possibly wait 12-14+ months for approval, or apply for a better position stateside and then go for DCF after I have received an offer? I want to minimize the time we will be separated as it will be quite difficult for anyone to care for three little ones all by themselves. Thanks for taking the time to read & respond.
  7. So I mailed all the documents that was requested to the U.S. Embassy. They asked for the original CENOMAR but that was the only one we had. We mailed the CENOMAR, but now we don't have another one to bring to the interview. Will that be an issue? Since we sent it to them, they should already have it and shouldn't ask for it at the interview right? Thank you!
  8. Do I need to send the requested documents listed in the instruction letter (packet 3) to the U.S. Embassy or can I just bring them all to the interview? Some people seem to have just brought it to the interview and didn't send anything to the embassy. From my understanding, it's just to speed up the process a bit, and is not an actual requirement. This is in Tokyo btw. Thank you.
  9. Hello. I am going to fill out I129F for k-1 visa. Do I need to write the date of address history really correctly ? I moved from Kyoto to Chiba 28 years ago, and moved from Chiba to Yokohama 4years ago. Nobody of my family remembers the date of the move 28 years ago. Do I need to write the date correctly? Or do I have any way to search the date? Thank you.
  10. My fiance is in the process of becoming a Japanese citizen (she is currently a Filipino citizen; we wanted it be easier for her to visit countries as well as visit me); however, I just got the NOA2 letter. She will become a Japanese citizen before her fiance visa interview. Will that affect the K-1 visa process at all? Do I have to fill out more forms to show that change of citizenship? Or can she just bring all the Japanese citizenship paperwork to her fiance visa interview and show them there? Would they deny her at her interview for that reason? Sorry for all the questions. Any helpful information is appreciated. Thank you very much!
  11. Got my fiance here in Dec 2018 from Japan although she is Filipina, having lived in Japan for 26 yrs and previously married to a Japanese (Divorced in 2004). I have known her since meeting in 2009 when there temporarily working. We dated off and on and finally on one of my 6 month visits in 2016 we decided that we both wanted to get married and she wanted to come to the US. After almost 2 yrs she finally got her K-1 visa. During this time I asked her time and time again if this what she wanted, she said yes, she loved me and yes she wanted to come to the states. We got married on 31 Jan 2018. There has been a few bouts of homesickness but I have tried to make her feel at ease, getting Philippine tv stations, made an altar with Santo Nino, flowers etc, we started a garden as she likes to do that. I introduced her to some of my friends, both male and female and they all really like her. I had just made an appt for her vaccination medical portion to be filled out by the doctor at the Naval Hospital nearby. Last night a friend of mine who plays in a band and I use to roadie for asked if I could help load some music gear for a gig (I quit when she arrived here), I asked her and she said yes go ahead. However when I came home she was aloof, and today has hardley spoken a word other than that she wants to go home. I asked her which home and she said Japan. I asked her why. She said that does not like it here. I tried to get some answers from her, even asking her if she still loved me, she said no. She alluded to divorce, lets just do tomorrow (Sunday). She has on Japanese friend here and has not been to interested in meeting any Filipinos or others. I am at this point heartbroken and not really sure what to do. Ask about marriage counseling? Just get a divorce and let her go back to Japan (she had a job on base for a vendor and lived in a very small place with an older Filipina) I asked what would happen if she could not get her job or a place to live, and she said that is my problem not yours. I do love her but really not sure where to turn or what to do right now. I should mention she sleeps on the couch instead of the bedroom but I assumed that is because she would fall asleep to the tv like she did to her videos on iPad back in Japan. She has been taking chantix to quit smoking but had evaluation done prior and she takes an anti anxiety medicine and sleep aid prescribed by her doctor here. I don't think that is the problem since she has been taking them for over a month now. Any recommendations, help, resources??
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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