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  1. Hi my name is Steve I am applying for a green card for my wife (I am a US citizen) and currently working on the upload process in CEAC. Did anyone go through the upload process via ceac for financial and supporting document of joint sponsor & household member? I was able to successfully add a joint sponsor in CEAC, but under the 'Affidavit of Support Documents & Financial Evidence' it displayed as 'N/A' for the added joint sponsor. I don't have any clue where I can upload the supporting documents for the joint sponsor. *Please refer to the bottom half of the attached screen shot, where its showing 'N/A' Question 1 Does anyone know where or when I can upload the supporting docs for the joint sponsor? I also need to add a household member who is related to the joint sponsor, but when trying to add the household member, I can only select myself (not the joint sponsor) for which sponsor the household member is related too. Question 2 Does anyone know how or when I can select the joint sponsor as the related sponsor? Appreciate your assistance!!
  2. Background to our case Me (Irish, beneficiary) and DH (USA citizen, Petitioner), married 13 years and living in Ireland since 2008. 2 Kids (both USA citizens). DH has a job offer (due to start mid-June), he is flying out ahead of us to get a rental house, bank accounts, car etc. My case status is DQ'd, at NVC waiting on an interview (hopefully in July). We used a joint sponsor as DH's Irish income did not count. Questions Q1: If my DH is living in the USA, and is in employment, is this sufficient to prove Domicile even if he hasn't managed to get a rental house before my interview? Q2: Our joint sponsor has not filed 2020 taxes and will not file before my interview (due to complicated tax filing of his business type). Will my DH's new US income be sufficient to prove income (and means of supporting me), negating the need for the joint sponsor? Q3. If no to Q2, can we provide other proof of means, i.e the 3X poverty limit in savings to circumvent the need for the joint sponsorship or are we committed to the joint sponsor approach?
  3. Hello all, In filling out the I-864, I have encountered some questions. For my wife, who is the beneficiary, what does she fill out in part 5. of the form "Persons NOT sponsored in this affidavit"? Part 5.3. says "If you are currently married, enter '1' for your spouse." But she WILL be sponsoring me, so should she write 0? My wife is a student, however she did have a student job in the US in 2019. Should we write "I am currently employed as a student"? What to enter in "Unemployed since"? The date she quit her student job or the date she started studying? My wife lives with me in Austria, because she is studying abroad here. We have an address here, but she still has her domicile in FL. If we write our current adress in "Part 4. Sponsors Mailing Adress", will this affect her U.S. domicile? Should we enter her mailing address as her U.S. address and her physical address as our Austrian address? If we don't enter a US address on "Sponsor's Mailind Address" or "Sponsor's Physical Address", will this be a problem for proof of domicile? On the I-130, we put her current Austrian address as her current mailing address, so I wonder if we write the U.S. adress as the mailing address, will that be a problem? If we don't write a U.S. mailing or physical adress for her as the pe My joint sponsor did not file taxes in 2018, the 3rd most recent tax year, as she was still in college. Is this a problem? - Do I just write $0 in the field? - Do I need to add an affidavit saying she didn't file taxes, as she was a student? Thank you so much for any help!
  4. I am the petitioner and my mom will be my joint sponsor for form i134. I live with my mom and dad. My questions are: 1. so when my mom fills out the i134, would her household size be 4? (My mom, myself, my fiancée, and my dad) or would it just be 3 and my dad not be included since he’s not a dependent of my mom? 2. since my mom and dad file taxes jointly, does my dad need any tax documents to differentiate his earnings from my mom’s? If so, what would that tax document be? My mom will send me her: - IRS tax transcript (recent year only) - W2 (recent year only) - Form 1040 (recent year only) - Passport biopage - Form i134 3. is there any other documents my mom needs to send me besides those listed above? My fiancée’s interview is coming up and we just want to do everything the right way the first time. Thank you in advance.
  5. I'm a USC born and raised in New Zealand. My wife's I-130 application has just switched to "actively reviewing" so I'm expecting NOA2 any day now and as such, trying to get everything organized to make NVC as smooth as possible. I'm still living in New Zealand until I finish my college degree in November. My wife is also in college and we'll both finish at the same time. I'll move immediately after finishing my degree and hopefully (with a joint sponsor) my wife will be able to move shortly after me. As soon as the case moves to NVC I will pay the fees for AOS and IV and complete DS-260. I wouldn't complete I-864 until I arrange a Joint Sponsor, but when I do, will this be enough to prove intent to establish domicile? I registered to vote as soon as I was eligible and have voted in every federal and state election that I've been able to. I have a permanent mailing address I use in the U.S. which is where I will initially reside when I live there. It is owned by a close family friend. Would it be worth getting him to write an affidavit stating that he was happy for me to live there, in place of a lease agreement? I have an SSN. I've filed U.S. taxes for 2020 but not for previous years as my income was too low. Would the above qualify as proof that I intend in good faith to establish domicile in the US before my wife would get there? Keeping in mind we are applying from a low-fraud country. Otherwise, is there anything else I could do to solidify this case, short of actually moving to the US? In the case we are unable to get a joint sponsor, if I move alone first and are employed in the US from December onwards, I'll file 2021 taxes which will have minimal U.S. income on it. Then, how long would I have to wait before having sufficient evidence to submit for the I-864 to sponsor alone? And is it okay to complete DS-260 in April 2021 and not complete I-864 until April 2022 or later? Thanks in advance.
  6. USC living with my wife in New Zealand. Planning to both move over to the US at the end of this year, but I would go ahead of her if necessary. We were looking to get a joint sponsor, but I don't want to ask someone unless I 100% know that I'm going to need them to fill out the forms etc. Unfortunately I am a college student who works part time and therefore could not meet I-864 requirements alone (not to mention the fact that none of my income is US based...) My grandmother owns a few rental properties and was looking to sell one. She is aging and understands the requirements of the I-864 that we are trying to meet. She made the very kind offer to give me my inheritance early, which would help get me to just over 3x the minimum household income needed for I-864. I would also liquidate the (few) assets I own in NZ and move all of the money to a US bank account. If I wrote a letter alongside the I-864 explaining my situation (where I got the money from, the fact that I was a college student only working part time), is there any chance they would accept that for I-864? I've read that the money should ideally be in the bank account for 12 months prior, so would it be an issue if it had only been there for 5-7 months? I don't even have a US bank account currently. I will have two degrees when I finish college and plan on getting a job immediately once I'm living in the US, so another option is to go there and work until I have the income and evidence required for a more convincing I-864, but understandably I'd rather not be separated from my wife for longer than necessary. Basically, would the NVC/consular officer understand if I only have just over 3x the required funds in a bank account and that I will be a newly graduated college student about to begin full time employment? Or shall I forget that route and just pursue a joint sponsor? Thanks everybody.
  7. Ok so my joint sponsor is also the person we will temporarily be staying with when we move back to the US as I don't have a home back in the US yet.... So when filling out the household size does she need to enter me too? Or just my husband, herself, and her children?
  8. Wondering if anyone can help guide me in the correct way to upload tax documents for the joint sponsor and household member on CEAC. My mother filed I-864 as my joint sponsor and step-dad filed I-864A as her household member. They filed taxes jointly. I'm confused about how to upload their tax return documents (they don't have a tax transcript). I uploaded each part of the tax return under the joint sponsor. After that: 1. Should I upload both my mom's and my step-dad's W-2s under the joint sponsor, since both W-2s tied to that tax return? 2. Should I upload the same joint tax return and both of their W-2s under the household member as well? Any help is appreciated.
  9. TL;DR Timeline for Los Angeles,CA at the bottom of the post. My husband (Nigerian) and I (female U.S. Citizen) met in mid-2019, and began dating in Los Angeles, while he was in the US for the 4th time on a Business Visitor Visa (B1). After a whirlwind romance, and basically being inseparable, we married at a Chapel (in a mall) in Las Vegas in late November 2019. We used https://simplecitizen.com/, instead of a lawyer, to file our initial Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status Petition (I-485), Petition For Alien Relative (I-130), Application for Travel Document (I-131), and Application for Employment Authorization (I-765) in Los Angeles, CA on February 3rd, 2020 (we filed on paper, not electronically, and sent it using UPS to receive tracking). Simple Citizen was an inexpensive and very thorough alternative to a traditional filing with a lawyer. They also easily included our information about using a joint sponsor. They had all of our documents quickly prepared and we experienced no requests for information or delays from USCIS. The Chicago lockbox received our petition on February 5th and we received our receipt numbers via text on February 13th (the physical receipt followed soon after). My husband went in for his biometrics on March 3rd, 2020; a few weeks before the COVID closures began (were also reused for a later biometrics notice that was canceled due to COVID from USCIS). The Case Tracker App updated to “Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview” sometime in April 2020. My husband was approved for his Employment Authorization Document (EAD I-765)/Advance Parole (AP I-131) Combo Card, 5 months after filing on June 29th and received it on July 22nd. We also moved to another apartment in LA during the petition process and promptly informed them of our new address by filling out form AR-11 online. USCIS confirmed our new address through email about a week later. Our interview was scheduled for February 3rd, 2021 (informed it was scheduled via Case Tracker on December 24, 2020 and notice received January 4th, 2021) at the USCIS Field Office in Los Angeles (300 N Los Angeles St rm 7631, Los Angeles, CA 90012). We woke up bright and early at 4:30 AM and left for the Field Office at 6:00 AM. A few days prior, we chose business casual attire to wear. My husband wore a plaid burgundy button-down shirt, black dress pants, his wedding band, and black dress shoes. I wore a pretty blue and gray floral sleeveless blouse, black dress pants, and black flats. I also wore short, dangly silver earrings, my wedding ring, a silver bracelet, and I brought a black blazer just in case I got cold. I didn’t wear any makeup because I never wear it anyway. We had a straightforward and enjoyable interview that was scheduled for 7:15 am (one of the first ones of the day). We received the interview notice about a month prior to the scheduled appointment, but I was notified that it was scheduled 42 days before the actual appointment through the case tracker app. I couldn’t see the actual interview date in the app or on the USCIS system. Case Tracker App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/case-tracker-for-uscis/id921827126 We parked in the garage (221 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) across from the Field Office but it was early in the day, parking was not hard at all. When we left the interview and returned to our car the garage was almost completely full, so plan accordingly for parking. We arrived about 20 or 30 minutes late to the interview office due to the long line to enter USCIS Los Angeles in DTLA. We arrived at 6:40 am in the parking garage and had some trouble finding the correct building because we mistakenly went all around the courthouse looking for USCIS, so that delayed us some. This happened because we foolishly followed behind a different couple and lost track of where they walked. This caused us to go to the courthouse instead. Luckily, we still had our phones, which are allowed as long as they are turned off during the interview, and found our way using google maps. Once we found the Field Office the line to enter the building from the right was super long and slow-moving (this was the only line we could see at the time). Later, after already waiting in the slow line, we learned that there was another line on the left, if looking directly at the building, which was faster according to a man we thought was an Officer. I later learned that he was just a good samaritan who wanted to help people with early appointments get in on time (he was in the fast line and had been to this Field Office numerous times). We tested this theory by splitting up to see who would get near the front of the line first and periodically speaking on the phone to keep each other updated on our progress. I also called my mom to distract myself from the growing anxiety about being late (which could lead to a canceled interview/denied petition which then could lead to the deportation of my husband or restarting the whole tedious Petition process-as you could see I was getting frantic). Luckily I was able to stay calm. Soon, my husband called and said he was near the front and I came back to the slow line. As I walked back to join my husband in the other line an Officer in the front of the building also confirmed that the other line was faster (the Officer wanted to know why I was leaving the fast line). The slow line/fast line theory seemed true based on my experience but I went back to join my husband in the slow line because he mistakenly thought he was closer than me. Thankfully, we had absolutely no problems as a result of being late (we both were worried while waiting outside in the line. I was probably more worried though). As you can see the anxiety of being late is no fun. I would recommend you arrive really early to be on the safe side. While going through the metal detectors and having our belongings x-rayed; I asked the Officer what was the fastest way to the USCIS Field Office. He let us know the way and once we got to the office, on the 8th floor, we were called into the interview soon after being checked in. In the interview room, we were sworn in and then started the interview. The Officer (who was a very kind and chatty Latinx woman) wanted to see our passports and original birth certificates, our certified marriage certificate, my husband's EAD and DMV real ID application, my California driver’s license, and evidence of our relationship. Some of the questions she asked were: how we met, describe our first few dates, when we met each other’s parents, when we got married, questions about our siblings, what my husband does for work, what I do for work, when my husband entered the U.S. and on what visa, and when we moved in together. We were able to answer these questions together or she directed them to my husband. In all, she directed most of the questions at my husband and asked us our respective verification questions (SSN, mailing address, residential address, phone number, our parent’s names, and date of birth). I barely had to say anything the entire interview and all of the questions directed at us were easy as pie. We also brought a photo album and the Officer looked through it. I definitely over-prepared for the interview with all the documents and evidence (I started prepping as soon as we got the interview notice on January 4th, 2021). We also brought our joint sponsor’s tax returns and W-2’s from 2018 and 2019, employment letters from 2020 and 2021, and his last 2 month’s pay stubs. The Officer didn’t ask for any of those documents, which made up the bulk of all the things I printed (around 1200 pages). For some of the printing, Staples print services came in handy and I used CVS to print the pictures. The only thing the Officer asked us about our sponsor was how we knew him (he is a friend of my husband; they met through a previous contracting job). I also re-printed our entire Adjustment of Status application, but better to be too prepared than under right? The Officer looked at/kept roughly 100 pages of the stuff I brought. The Officer kept the evidence of our relationship (bank statements, health insurance, trips, our pandemic puppy’s AKC and ICA registration which showed both of our last names, leases for the 2 apartments we rented in our time together, SoCal Gas and LADWP utility bills for the past 3 months, renters insurance for both apartments, couples therapy bill and video call screenshots, and about 30 photos of us with descriptions and dates on the back of them. We also provided pictures of our 2 apartments. The Officer said she wanted to copy our passports, my husband’s EAD and DMV Real ID application, and my driver’s license. Then she came back with our approval letter! We are so happy and had a really simple Adjustment of status overall! The main issue was delays due to COVID closures but everyone has been dealing with that. Overall the waiting process has been, coincidentally, exactly a year (we sent in the petition on February 3rd, 2020 and we were approved Feb 3rd, 2021)! My husband sent in his medical exam (I-693) with our original petition in 2020 so that most likely allowed us to be approved during the interview. We are getting the conditional Green Card so we will apply for the 10-year green card (I-751 Petition) 3 months before the 2 year Green Card expires in November 2022. my thoughts to you is not to worry (easier said than done, I was worrying basically the entire process). As long as you are in a real, loving marriage everything will be fine. Just be sure to have all the documents, evidence, and original (non-expired) identification (follow the interview notice carefully). Don't be afraid to over-prepare (start preparing as soon as or before you get the interview notice so that you won’t get overwhelmed) and don't try to rehearse your answers, as that may send red flags. Also, take a ton of pictures of you and your spouse with family, friends, pets, in your home, on trips, and doing activities and print them (you can’t use any digital methods to show the pictures). Be sure to keep the pictures sorted so that you can use them in an album, with dates and descriptions. I got my album from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003WSUYOY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_itW1xSYVBpCqo) Wait patiently for the slow process to progress and eventually the interview notice will appear (make sure you have a secure location to receive the notices, we have a PO Box at UPS). Using https://www.visajourney.com/ was an especially helpful and reliable way to see when you may have petition milestones as everyone updates their timelines depending on the type of petition they are filing. Be sure to update your timeline on visajourney too so that you can help others. The subreddits r/USCIS and r/immigration were also good resources to read about other people's experiences and keep up with the latest immigration news. In the interview, just act natural and look at it like a conversation/sharing the journey of your relationship/marriage with the Officer. I hope this post helped to ease some of your anxiety about this process and I wish you all the best! TL;DR Timeline for Los Angeles,CA: Married in Las Vegas: 11/22/19 Sent in Petition via UPS (I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765 and included Medical Exam I-693): 2/3/20 Petition Received at Chicago Lockbox (notified via Case Tracker App): 2/5/20 Receipt Numbers Texted to Us : 2/13/20 Receipt Numbers Received by Mail: 2/20/20 Biometrics Appointment Notice Received: 2/25/20 Biometrics (also reused for later biometrics notice that was canceled due to COVID): 3/3/20 Case Tracker App Updated to "Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview": Sometime in April 2020 EAD (I-765)/AP Combo Card (I-131) Approved, notified via Case tracker App: 6/29/20 EAD/AP Combo Card Received: 7/22/20 Case Tracker App Updated to Interview Scheduled: 12/24/20 Interview Date Notice Received in Mail: 1/4/21 Interview/Approval of I-485 (approved in interview, coincidentally, exactly a year later): 2/3/21 Conditional Green Card Received: I will update when it arrives
  10. Hello, I am the petitioner and my spouse is currently in the USA on a valid F-1 visa. We married 7/26/2020. We were nearly done with preparing our application to concurrently file I-130 and I-485 to adjust status. However, the I-944 is a big headache as expected and I ran into an extremely confusing dilemma. I am 22 and recently graduated from university and now make ~$40k a year as of November 2020. However, I only made a few thousand dollars in 2019 from an internship position, which is reflected in my tax return. Because of this, we decided to use my father as a joint-sponsor and file another I-864. However, I realized that my father has me listed as a dependent on his 2017, 2018, and 2019 tax returns (although I now have my own health insurance and my spouse is a beneficiary). Should my father (the joint sponsor) be listed as a member of our household income on the I-944 if he has me listed as a dependent? He even has me listed for 2020 as well since I moved out last year. My spouse and I live together in our own apartment. Does this mean I should be filing I-864A for my father instead of a separate I-864? Any guidance would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! I just need to know what him listing me as a dependent does to our application. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
  11. Hi everyone, I've got some questions and would love to hear any opinions : 1st question : So, I and my fiance was a little confused about the affidavit of support. He have 2 sources of income. A salaried W2 job, and at the same time, he's also self employed (Independent Contractor). We wanted to know how the consular officer will view his income and how we put that on the form I-134 of Page 3, Part 3, Item Number 3. For the question (My annual income information is) ? Total of both GROSS? Total of both NET? Adjusted both combined? Net both combined? Or W2 : Gross total 1099/Self employed income : Adjusted gross Then ADD them together? 2nd question : For form I-134. We are gonna have the joint sponsor, and the joint sponsor is my fiance's best friend. So, when my joint sponsor files I-134 and it asks " Relationship to sponsor" Page 2, Part 2, Item number 7. Should we write " Close friend of petitioner" or "A joint sponsor of K1" ? Thank you in advance
  12. Hello guys! I just need to get clarified on the email I received from the embassy below. After the interview last month I was given a 221g to submit additional documents and I submitted them the same day(relationship evidences & i864s) and after almost a month later I received the below email saying the officer needs a new joint sponsor and I would overcome this refusal finding a new one. My question is do they mean that they’re ready to grant the visa if we can find a qualifying JS? And everything else is okay to process? Such as proof of relationship and background checks..? Any opinion would be appreciated. Thanksss
  13. Hi! I know the answer is probably in this forum, but I think I keep searching for the wrong thing so combing through hasn't gotten me anywhere quite yet! My brother-in-law is the joint sponsor for my husband, we did all the paperwork, but, he files joint taxes with my sister. My sister makes no income, she had a part time job briefly this year but it doesn't count toward the income needed for my husband as my brother in law's pay suffices. Do we still need her to fill out an i864a and add her as a household member for the application? Thanks in advance!
  14. Someone who had offered to be a joint sponsor is now looking into the route of simply gifting me enough assets to cover my spouse. This is a brand new idea to me, but from my general poking around, as well as the i-864 request for 12 months of bank records, I imagine this is probably exactly the kind of thing they're on the lookout for as potential fraud. Does anyone have experience with providing proof that that money was gifted to me as an early chunk of inheritance, with no expectation of it being returned? Yes, we know it's right before this process, but no it is not fraudulent? Or is it just a matter of dollars and cents? FWIW we are consulting a lawyer; I just value the collective experience on here, too.
  15. Hi, I wanna ask about joint sponsor. I saw a post from someone that her fiance attended the interview for their K1, and then the CO didn't accepted their joint sponsor and said that he have to meet the income requirement by himself even their joint sponsor was 10 times more than needed and another person commented there that her lawyer said that by Last November K1 are no longer allowed using joint sponsor. Is it true? :)
  16. Hello guys!! I need your opinion on my situation. I am a US & Sri Lankan dual citizen who recently moved from SL to US. When I was in SL, I petitioned for my husband to come to the United States and we are in the final stage of the process with the embassy. Since I came to the US during the covid period I couldn’t find work related to my field which is Bio Tech & Pharma. So I started working for a coffee shop as a cashier. But I wasn’t making enough to sponsor my spouse neither had I filed taxes before, so I submitted the i864 with a joint sponsor( income $30,101). She was working for a hotel but with this covid she was temporarily laid off from work but she was receiving unemployment benefits. So by the time of the interview of my spouse I could find a job in my field with an income slightly higher than the income requirement set by the DHHS poverty guidelines. It is about $1000 higher for the current year which is $22,608. It will be around $31,104 before taxes for the next year ($18 an hour & 36 hours a week). We also don’t have any dependents. I prepared a new i864 including new income details and asked my husband to present it to the CO at the time of the interview. Then the CO had issued him a 221g to review the case and after almost a month later, yesterday he was informed by the embassy that the officer needs a new joint sponsor. Herewith attached a screenshot of the email from the embassy. I don’t know anywhere else to find a new joint sponsor. I would certainly make way above the income requirement next year as I will be having a pay raise starting from next month. Also in the email from the embassy they have mentioned that there is a requirement to file a i864A. From the readings I did, I don’t think there’s a requirement to file a i864A unless the petitioning USC spouse uses his/her family members as the joint sponsors to meet the income requirement. What do you guys think I should do? What are my options? Thanks in advance.
  17. Hi All, I hope this is the right place for this, I am using a Joint Sponsor, and her income comes from a few separate places. She makes just under the poverty guidelines from self-employed income (realtor) and has a 1099 for that, but she also has a 1099r that she also lives off of. Does this count as income or as an asset? It is inheritance from her deceased father's life insurance (and his retirement/a retirement stream if I'm not mistaken). With the amount on the 1099r she well exceeds the poverty guideline amount, so it would be helpful if this could be counted as income. If the 1099r counts as an asset and not income, is it worth front-loading as much of her other assets into the form as possible, or will the 1099r (which well satisfies the 3-5 times difference asset requirement) be sufficient? I'd also appreciate any direction or insight regarding calculating the current individual annual income; as she is a realtor and works off of commission, her income from that can be relatively inconsistent at times. Thank you all for your time 👐
  18. Hello all - this is a detailed version of our process from filing the i130 petition aboard in Australia to the NVC stage to prearping for the medical the consulate and getting the visa. It has been wild! I honestly didn't think we would ever get to this point. Filing i130 petition from Australia My husband (USC) was in Australia for all over 2019 (with no working rights). We decided to file the i130 petition in August, and we submitted in October 2019. We sent our petition via post (online was not an option) to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility as my US husband was aboard and 'living' in Australia. We sent the following documents in (aside form the normal i130/i130a and payment/e-notifcation) - it may be overkill, but we did not want to get a RFE that may delay the processing. -Marriage Certificate -Divorce decree -Child's birth certificate & Consular Report Birth Abroad -Lease agreement in joint names -joint Australian bank account statement (27 pages long that shows we actively use the account) -joint US bank accounts summary (only confirmed we have the accounts, did not show balance or usage) -victorian ambulance cover for the whole family -joint water bill -joint costa membership -evidence he is my emergency contact at work -picture of my US spouse military privilege card -letter that he is the beneficiary of my superannuation (Australian version of 401k). -my passport that showed I visited my husband -photos that showed the progression of our relationship (from the Marine Corps Ball, to being engaged, to getting married, our wedding, husband moving to Australia, the birth of a baby, husband meeting all my Australian family etc). We submitted 14 October 2019 and our PD was 18 October (or 24 October 2019) We had several date changes in the lead up to our i130 approval (as noted in my signature) but we were approved 15 May 2020. My husband left Australia for 3 reasons: The first, his Australian visa was about to expire. The Australian migration system is a bit more complicated and a lot more expense that the US system. Australia does not have relaxed migration laws, at all. I studied Aus Migration Law, its not easy. The second reason, he needed to get a full-time job in the US for the financial aspect of the process and lastly, to re-establish domicile as trying to prove intent seemed to be more difficult in the long run. It was the biggest sacrifice we have ever made, as he left his then 7 month old daughter behind not knowing when he will see her again. NVC stage: We got our case number from NVC 12 hours or something after our petition was approved. We were very surprised. We uploaded the following civil documents for me (beneficiary) *note: we found submitting in PDF was the best, and we ensured the PDF size was under 2MB* -Australian birth certificate -Passport photos (US size) - Australian Police Certificate - it is the ADF police certificate, not the state police one. I only did a name check. I did not provide fingerprints due to covid19. I had no issues. - Biographic page of Australian passport - Marriage certificate Documents we uploaded for the Affidavit of Support (petition): -i1864 -x3 IRS tax transcripts for 2019, 2018, 2017 -x3 W2's for those corresponding years, 2018, 2017, 2016. - employment letter for current income - all pay stubs received from current income -SF50 to confirm his full-time employment with the Federal Government -GI bill confirmation (he is studying Nursing) - proof of GI payments We uploaded at different times but we DID not SUBMIT until both of us had uploaded everything! We submitted everything at the same time on 28 May and become documentary qualified 2 June. Again, for some reason this happened really quickly. Note, there was no indication from the NVC that we may or may not need a joint sponsor. We really thought everything, except the medical, would be smooth sailing. Request to Expedite: After becoming DQ'd 2 June, the covid19 cases in Australia started to rise, specifically in my home state of Victoria. We thought about it for sometime and June 27 we submitted a request to expedite. We submitted under grounds of emotional hardship on both my husband, and our daughter (both USCs) and that my husband is an essential worker in the healthcare industry. We did not submit ANY support evidence, we only provided a detailed outline of the hardships we, as a family, were facing. We were approved for expedite on 7 July and 15 July the US Consulate Sydney scheduled my interview for 28 July 2020 for 11:10am. Medical experience and preparation: This gets personal. If you make any judgey comments, I will block you. I am sharing this part to help someone if they are going through the same thing and are riddled with anxiety. In 2014 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 2. I have a history of self-harm including a suicide attempt in 2012/2013. I have been in hospital on 3 occasions. The first was 2016 and the 2 most recent hospitalisations was 2019 (after the birth of my child) and in April of this year (2020). The hospital admissions were not in regards to self-harming/suicide etc but low mood and anxiety. I was aware that my mental health history can be a concern, especially are there associated harmful behaviours. I knew that I was not a risk of harm to self or to others presently and in the future, but my history did concern me. I assumed I would be considered 'class b' due to the nature of bipolar disorder. I also knew that my recent hospital admissions may also present as a problem. I am still engaged with my treatment team, so upon confirmation of my interview, I organised a detailed 4-page medical report from my treating psychiatrist; a letter from my GP and a letter from my maternal child health nurse. All of them included the line: "Zoe is of no risk of harm to self or to others". But detailed my recent hospital admissions and explained why it was required in the context of high stress, traumatic delivery, covid19, solo parenting, studying 2 degrees etc etc. I also prepared the following to physically take in with me: - Blood test confirming my serology to the required vaccines - my baby book also confirming I was vaccinated -a print out from mygov./medicare of my recent immunisation record (from 2003 - present). -all my medical reports re: bipolar disorder diagnosis I went to SonicHealth in the city. I would go there again over the Toorak Village Medical place that also does them. I've read reports about the doctor there and how he has examined peoples genitalia. Dr. Stephanie at SonicHealth was fantastic, and helped ease my anxiety of my mental health history, although, she could not confirm how it would go at the interview but the consulate would have my medical report from my doctors. Cost was $640. I had the medical on the 20th July and 23 July everything was uploaded to e-medical and ready for the consulate. Crossing the NSW/VIC Border in Covid Times: WOW. This was another stressor. I recognise that I am lucky in that I crossed the border before the interpretation of "legal obligation" was narrowed down. I prepared the following to assist me crossing the border: - NSW border permit 'legal obligation' -personal statement, 2 pages, explaining why I am crossing, details of my flight, where I am staying, and covid19 symptom declaration. -US consulate email confirming interview -flight itinerary proving intent to return home -hotel accomodation booking at the Travelodge. -email to US consulate requesting expedite -email form US consulate approving expedite -medical email that stated 'medical is valid for 6 months only' -US federal code that stated all interviews are to be conducted in person (to help argue I am there under a legal obligation) -printout from US consulate sydney website that state they are the only facility to conduct immigrant visa interviews -printout from the US consulate sydney website that state they are only conducting emergency services (to help argue its an emergency legal obligation) I landed, had my temperature checked and I passed through all 3 NSW Health officials with no problem. The only "issue" was that I had to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel and not public transport. I dressed professionally and had ALL my documents (from the visa interview AND the border crossing) with me. Interview: I have to admit, I had a bad feeling but I could not pinpoint as to why I had a bad feeling, I was thinking it was to do with my mental health history. Alas, I was wrong. I arrived at 830am, I was told to come back 30 minutes prior. So I did. I arrived at 10:40am, and was told to come back 10mins prior. I just waited in the front until I was given the all clear to go in. They made everyone wash their hands before entering. I washed my hands, and then entered the security area of the consulate. I handed all my documents to a lady. She flicked through everything and put all my documents in a clear document protector. I went through security, nothing fancy, I was then directed to the lifts to take me to level 55. I arrived on level 55. I went through a big heavy door that reminded me of prison (I worked in a prison). I took a number and sat down. My number was called and I supplied all my documents to the Consular Assistant. I scanned my fingerprints too. I sat down and waited while he processed my paperwork. When I was called back, he stated that the Consular Officer may request to see my public charge questionnaire. I think it was this moment I realised that we may need a joint sponsor and that it had something to do with bipolar or the fact my husband didnt work in 2019 and thus, his 2020 tax return was $0. I sat down with my documents until the Consular Official called my name. I made an oath and then he asked me when we were married and how we met. He asked how many children we have and if she has her US passport, which she does. He asked what I will do for work in the US or if I will stay home. I told him ultimately my goal is to be a lawyer but until then I may work in the legal industry or prison sector. He then looked at my husbands tax return for 2020 and commented it was $0 because he was in Australia. I confirmed that was accurate and that he left Australia to get work and to re-establidh domicile. He typed away and then said to me "i either have to issue or refuse a visa. I am refusing this visa as I need a joint sponsor. A credible joint sponsor, like a family member who will step in and help if needed". He then gave me the dreaded 221g white slip told me to upload to NVC and then email the consulate. I am not going to lie, I cried. I cried because the uncertainty of not seeing my husband again became real again. I felt blindsided too that we got the 221g for a joint sponsor. 221g + uploading joint sponsor: This was going to be hard. Our options for a joint sponsor were limited to my husbands uncle, who is a family over earning $100k as an engineer or his step dad, family of 4 earning $50k. We asked his Uncle, who got legal advice and from that legal advice he's answer to us was a firm "no". His wife, my husband aunt, also stated "I want NO part of this". Our only option was his step dad and mum. For a household of 5 (4 plus me is 5) the income was $50k. It was not a strong joint sponsor but it was our only hope. We uploaded our joint sponsor on 31 July and then I emailed the Consulate. We uploaded in the same section where we uploaded my husbands financial documents. We did not add a joint sponsor section. On 5 August we received an email from the Consulate confirming that had received the required document. On 7 August the case was put into administrative processing and on 10 August our visa was issued and by 6pm they had posted it! I received the passport with visa 12 August. I recognise I am very lucky that our process was relatively quick, especially in covid times. I feel so bad and sorry for everyone who is still waiting for their interview or have had their interviews cancelled. I feel sorry for those stuck in Victoria who cannot go to NSW for their interview because they've changed the interpretation of legal obligation. I really do feel sorry for you and I am here to support you in anyway I can. I am thankful the visa part of this journey is over. Now I face the battle of packing up my tiny apartment alone with our 14month old and travel to the States in an era where flights are limited! I hope this has been useful for those doing through this process and are filing abroad, have a mental health issue, trying to cross the NSW/VIC border or who received a 221g for joint sponsor at the interview! Good Luck to all, and thanks to everyone on VJ who helped me along the way too!
  19. Hello, I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but here we go. I entered to the US using a tourist visa about 5 years ago and less than a year later I applied for asylum. My asylum case has been pending for about the same time I've been here in the US. I have an EAD, and I have a good job. My fiance and I are planning to get married in the fall. However, he doesn't make enough money and we will probably need a joint sponsor. My question is, since I've been working for the same company for about 4 years and I make good money to take care of me and my fiance, and I've filed my taxes every year, is there a way that we can use my income so that we don't use a joint sponsor? Thank you for your time!
  20. How have peoples experience been applying for a green card through consular processing (in our case in Germany) for a spouse when both spouses plus kids currently still live abroad and do not have any U.S. income. The ones applying for the green card will be my wife (stay-at-home mother) and my step-son, both not having any income and the only assets potentially being cash in our german joint bank account. If we do find a sufficient joint-sponsor in the U.S. and we have some cash saved up ourselves (asset), is it still worth applying for a green card from abroad? Especially with this new public charge rule it seems difficult to get a green card for a stay-at-home mother with no income or job and little education and the U.S. citizen husband / main sponsor only having income from abroad / no U.S. income. The other inhumane option would be for me (U.S. citizen) to move back to the U.S. alone to get a sufficient job while my wife and kids stay abroad for the green card process. We would really appreciate any help on this matter for our journey!
  21. Hello guys!! Will it be an issue in our application process that our joint sponsor is laid off from the job temporarily due to COVID19. But will start work soon after all this is over. Gimme your thoughts! Thanks
  22. Hey everyone! I arrived in the U.S. in the beginning of March on a K1 Visa and I got married before everything closed. Now we’re finally getting ready to send our AOS. My husband graduated in March und should’ve started his first real job in May.. Through the Corona Crisis he couldn’t start in May and probably has to start in late June, early July. My husband works at DoorDash now to at least make some money during that time and we’re not gonna file for unemployment. The mom and dad of my husband are our joint sponsors for the greencard but we don’t live with them and his dad is in our lease for our apartment too. My question now is if I should put his parents in the I-944 too in the household because they still have my husband as a dependent on their tax return and his dad is on our lease or not? If we don’t put him on there our income is too less because my husband only made about $10.000 last year (I made about $40.000 but I don’t know if that really counts because I lived in Germany when I made that money). Sorry for the long text but thank you for all your answers!!
  23. Hello everyone! i got to the nvc step and since my wife is not required to sponsor me, her friend is sponsoring me and he meets the requirements but he's claimed as a dependent, is that gonna effect my case or should we look for an independent? Thank you
  24. Hi everyone, I'm a green card holder and applying for F2A immigration for my wife. (We filed I-485/I-864/I-130/I-765/I-131 concurrently in October 2019.) A few weeks ago, we got the pink RFE letter which is related to I-864. (please kindly look below images) After reading the letter, we understood what mistakes we made: (I'm the petitioner) 1. I filled "$0" in the forecast annual income column because I had no income at that time. (but I have now) 2. I didn't submit any tax documents for the previous years. How will I reply to this RFE: (I found a joint sponsor.) For joint sponsor: 1. submit joint sponsor's I-864 / evidence of income / federal return tax documents for the previous 3 years/ evidence of being a U.S. citizen For me: 1.submit a "letter of employment" 2.submit my paystubs 3.submit 2019 federal return tax documents (Married Filing Jointly) 4. submit a copy of RFE letter 5. submit an updated petitioner I-864<===?????(I got a new job and paid tax, so much information should be updated) My question is shall I submit my updated I-864 as well? In other words, shall joint sponsor submit his I-864 and I also submit my updated I-864? I'm really confused. Some of my friends said yes, while others said no. Could someone provide the correct way to reply to the RFE based on this situation? I really do appreciate it.
  25. Hello! I have asked a few questions the forum here and this will be my last before sending it on Monday! When the Form I-864, part 6 item 7 asks to state your “current annual individual income” My spouse is self employed, what should he put there? I have been getting mixed opinions and views and they are confusing me! If my current income is as stated on my most recent tax return (2019) should i put that number there or just leave it blank? some people are telling me to just guess a number.. how? My husband has no clue after defuctions what will his income be.. I would appriciate some inmput! Thank you guys!
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