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  1. Hello, I have been with my fiance for almost 3 years now, and we are starting to plan applying for the K-1 Visa. The thing is, I'm not really sure where to start. He lives in Cuba, so I feel like things might be a little more complicated. I have a couple of questions and it would be really helpful if anyone had answers. 1. Should I pay someone to help me with the process or do it myself? 2. I am aware of most of the things that should be included in the application, but how should it be put together to send? (Binder, folder, etc.) 3. Are single-status affidavits required? 4. In terms of conversation screenshots, what kind of things are they looking to see? 5. Do documents, like the Cuban birth certificate, have to be translated? Thank you!
  2. Hi, I was wondering if there is any specific advantage in the K-1 application process for my fiance if we were having a traditional engagement ceremony outside the US? He is currently a permanent resident of Canada and if there is any advantage we would like to have the engagement in Canada. Let me know if anyone has had a similar experience or know any information that is helpful. Thanks
  3. Hello all, This is our first post here but I was curious if you could help us with a couple of concerns of ours. In preparing for the interview my fiancee noticed a discrepancy in the information we gave for work history in the I-129F form. In the original form, which we submitted last June of 2019, we gave approximate dates for work history and residence history (e.g. 11/15/2017-present for current employment). Since that time, and in preparing the DS-160 form, we now have more accurate work history information (i.e. 11/06/2017-present for the same example). Our question is what would be the best way to handle this during the interview? I assume we will have to put the most accurate dates that we have on the DS-160 form, but is there a proper way to handle the correction? Also, given the rest of our relationship and financial evidence is fairly robust, will this cause a significant delay in obtaining an approval for the K-1 visa? Also, we were notified that our petition was received by the U.S. embassy in her country on 11/29/19. Today is 1/25/20 and we have spent the past two months collecting the rest of our evidence and records required for the interview. We are planning to schedule the interview for sometime mid-February. Is 2-3 months between reception by the embassy and the date of interview still an acceptable time-frame? Thank you so much in advance for your help. Any advice is appreciated.
  4. I feel like once people went through the interview process they forget about this website and about all the people waiting to hear back about their experience. My Fiance and I are pending the interview and studying dozens of "most common questions asked" ... But would love to have your personal experience with the interview and most importantly WHAT DID THEY ASK YOU? I think this site is lacking the support of AFTER receiving/ or not the Visa. PLEASE comment below, tell us how your interview went and help the rest of us. ❤️❤️
  5. My husband just received his AOS interview date! His interview is next month. What should we expect? We live in NYC and will be interviewing in NYC. Does my husband need a new medical? He completed medical and vaccines for his K1 visa in August 2018 and submitted them at port of entry October 2018. any one go or know of any couple who went to the interview expecting or just had a baby together? I will be 7 months pregnant when he interviews...I'm assuming/hoping that would trump a lot of questions being asked lol
  6. Hello! My fiance just had his interview yesterday at USEM Manila and his visa has been approved (YAY!!). Anyway, I just checked the status on ceac.state.gov and it says "application received." Is this normal? I thought it usually says "administrative processing." Thanks for all the help! Z
  7. Hi all I am a K1 Visa recipient and my husband and I are filing our AOS soon. I have a question regarding the required tax documentation on the I-864, Affidavit of Support. I understand that if we file AOS before the end of 2019 our most recent tax year would have been 2018, and we've got that. But if we file in January 2020, would our most recent tax year be 2019 already, thus requiring the proper documentation for 2019 instead? I ask because the company my husband works for doesn't send out W2s until February, but we REALLY don't want to wait any longer to file our AOS because my I-94 had been expired since October 22nd. We've planned to file this December 16th but something came up, and we might have to reroute the budget for that one onto something else.... sigh (I know, I know, we're filing late, but life happens and so here we are...) 😅 So I'm thinking: 1) Perhaps USCIS would allow the submission of 2018 records due to the fact that tax season for 2019 won't be over until April 2020 anyways? 2) Perhaps we could include an explanation on our cover letter as to why we're submitting 2018 records despite 2019 ending? So yeah, I would appreciate any input from anyone who can help. Thank you all
  8. Hi everyone! I need some help with a few items on the I-864, if anyone could kindly assist: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 4 Part 5., 1.-3. (Sponsor's Household Size) Persons you are sponsoring in this affidavit: 1. Provide the number you entered in Part 3., Item Number 29. - 1 Persons NOT sponsored in this affidavit: 2. Yourself -1 (auto-populated) 3. If you are currently married, enter "1" for your spouse. > My husband is my sponsor, and we are married, but if we put "1" then it makes our total Household Size: 3, when it's just the two of us. We are aware we shouldn't count any member more than once. Should this be "0", then? Even if we are married? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 5 Part 6., 24.a.-24.c. My total income (adjusted gross income on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1040EZ) as reported on my Federal income tax returns for the most recent three years was: > We are able to gather only the most recent year, 2018. Will leaving the other years blank cause any RFEs and/or denial? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would appreciate any input. Thanks!
  9. Hello everyone! I am currently filling out my I-485 and I just needed clarification on a few items, if anyone can help: Note: I posted the same topic recently but put the wrong title in and forgot to add tags, plus I needed to edit the content. Apologies for the redundancy. If the site admins could delete my previous post, kindly do so. Here is the link of said post: Here are my I-485 queries: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 3 Part 1., 25.a.-25.c. - Provide your name exactly as it appears on your Form I-94 (if any) > I obtained my I-94 from the website and it only shows my first and last name. Does this mean I leave the Middle Name item blank, write N/A, or still write my middle name even if it doesn't show on the I-94? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 4 Part 2., 3.-4. > Is the Receipt Number the one formatted as such: WAC1990123456? > My NOA2 shows the Priority Date as blank. Should I put N/A? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 8 Part 6., 1. - "The term 'children' includes all biological or legally adopted children, as well as current stepchildren..." > My husband has a daughter from his previous marriage, but I have not legally adopted her and she's not his dependent. Is she included in the "stepchildren" clause? (I'm uncertain about the legality of the terms is all) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 13 Part 8., 63.b. - If your answer to Item Number 63.a. is "Yes," do you believe you had reasonable cause? > I answered "No" on 63.a. so this item should be N/A to me, but there are only Yes and No boxes. Should I check "No" anyway, write N/A, or leave it blank? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Any help is appreciated. 😊
  10. I am planning on filing for a K-1 Visa sometime next year, and I am also planning on using a co-sponsor and/or personal assets for the I-864 once the K-1 Visa is approved and my girlfriend and I are actually married and living in the U.S. By then, even if I don't have a co-sponsor, I will have enough assets to satisfy the 3x asset requirement and probably also have a job offer that I can submit with the I-864 as proof of employability (I am currently a full-time student using VA benefits). My biggest concern right now is the 100% poverty-line income requirement of the I-134. From what I have read, my Voc Rehab housing stipend will not be counted as income because it is "temporary" and runs out once I am done with school (the same as if I were using the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and receiving its housing allowance). I have also read that a co-sponsor doesn't really affect the I-134 because it isn't legally binding like the I-864. If all of this is true, then the only income I will be able to use for either AOS is my VA Disability. Currently I am single with no dependents, so I am paid as such by the VA and my yearly income from VA Disability is ~ $66 short of meeting the 100% poverty-line limit. However, as soon as I get married I will be adding my wife as a dependent on my VA benefits, and then the amount I will be getting from VA Disability will be ~ $1,400/yr higher and thus over the 100% threshold and closer to the 125% line. This will obviously affect my eligibility from the standpoint of the I-134 as well as the amount of assets I will need to have in order to satisfy the 3x requirement of the I-864. So I guess my specific question is: Which VA Disability rate will be accepted for the I-134, the married rate or the single rate? Since the whole purpose of the K-1 Visa is marriage, and since my VA Disability is guaranteed to increase to the higher amount once I am actually married, will USCIS count the higher rate even though I will not be receiving it at the time I file the I-134? Should I submit the VA Disability Rate tables (which show the rate I will be getting paid when married) with my forms? The other option I was considering is getting married to my girl in her country and then applying for a CR-1 Spousal Visa, since I would then be getting paid the higher amount before I submit the visa application and I would also not have to go through all the hassle of having to prove an "existing relationship" and all of that.
  11. Hi all! My fiance and I's case is currently in transit to Manila. (YAY!) I'm currently preparing the affidavit of support (AOS) to send/email to him. My worry is that since I was only hired at my current job in November 2018, my W2 only shows I made a few grand in 2018. I was a full time student for two years before that and had no income. I currently make above 125% of the federal poverty guideline. I can only provide a letter from my employer and my paystubs (which I plan to give at least 6 months worth). Maybe bank statements or letter from my bank. Are those acceptable at USEM in Manila for financial documents? I'm really nervous that that's all I can provide. I hope the helpful people of VJ can put my mind at ease. Thank you! Z.
  12. Hi! I really tried to look for a similar situation that we are in currently here in VJ but some were outdated. My Fiancé had his interview in USEM last August 7, 2018 after having to undergo a sputum exam that delayed our K-1 process which thankfully resulted negative! He had a really good interview experience and the American consul was very pleasant to him, only asked a few questions and looked through our proof of relationship (nothing else was asked), a few minutes after she told him that he's visa is approved and stamped his paper, congratulated him and gave him pamphlets of so and so (our delivery address is already registered online when we made the schedule for interview). Our Visa status immediately changed to Administrative Processing after his interview and it's been AP since Aug.7 but the case was updated on Aug.9 still AP, is there something I should be worrying about or is it something normal? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hello, My fiance is a U.S citizen by birth and now she's going to apply for my K-1 visa. I live in Pakistan but i studied in the U.S for almost 3 years. While i was traveling back to Pakistan, an officer stopped me at Chicago airport and told me to visit the embassy before coming back. When i went to the embassy they rejected my visa under section 214(b). They told me that you're not satisfying us and that you should apply again for a student visa. I don't have any stamp on my visa of cancellation or rejection. I have also been to Turkey now on my U.S visa which i think is still valid. Will my history be any problem for my K-1 visa? Also, how long does the process takes? Any help will be highly appreciated.
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    Hello!. My fiance and I just scheduled his interview at USEM in Manila. When we got to the confirmation page it says DS-160 confirmation number. The thing is, he hasn't submitted his DS-160 yet. Is it normal to have a DS-160 confirmation number on the interview appointment confirmation page even if the DS-160 is not submitted yet? Or could it be because he did a DS-160 last year (march 2018) for a tourist visa, which was denied. He used the same profile. But the profile has been updated before setting up this interview. Is this a possible problem? If so, how do we correct it?. Thank you so much for any help you can provide.
  15. Hello! I'm a transgirl, and I have a few questions in relation to K-1 visa... After I am given the K-1 Visa by the US consulate and arrive in the U.S. and marry my fiancé, is it possible to go to therapists/psychologists and legally change my name and gender while waiting for the Green Card? If not, is it possible to do so when I get the Green Card? And what are the documents needed to show proof of said change? Is it perhaps better to transition prior to moving to the U.S. and then move in, or is it possible to transition in the U.S. as an immigrant? tl;dr: Can I change my name and gender as an immigrant, or is it better to transition before? Thanks a lot in advance!
  16. Hi all! I received NOA2 at the end of August but still no letter from NVC. I just read here on VJ that NVC is currently delayed, is that correct? I'm about to contact them to see what's going on. In the meantime, what can my fiance and I do, in terms of preparation for the interview? My biggest concern about this whole journey is my lack of tax transcripts/W2 for the last 3 years. I was a student for 2 years and I only started my current job at the end of November 2018. However, I currently make way above 125% of the required income. So when my beneficiary goes for the interview at the Manila US Embassy, is it okay that I can only provide a letter from my employer and a statement from an officer of my bank or bank statements for the I-134 Affidavit of Support? Or will they look for tax transcripts that I don't have? Any input is very much appreciated. Thank you!
  17. Hi everyone! This forum has been very helpfull to me. So I just wanted to share my experience. My timeline: Marts 10th 2019 I entered the US (California) Marts 12th 2019 I was married to an American Marts 19th 2019 USCIS received my application for Adjustment of status, EAD and Advanced Parole. May 28th 2019 I called to expedite my case based on Financial Hardship May 31st 2019 I received email from USCIS with further instructions to fax my job offer and cover letter. June 6th 2019 "New Card is being produced" June 11th 2019 "Card is ready for being mailed to me" June 12th 2019 "Card was mailed" June 14th 2019 I received my EAD card which also works as Advanced Parole. What did I do? I called to expedite my case based on severe financial loss for myself. This is what I said in notes: I have no financial resources, and by July 1st I need to start paying back my student loans. I have a master degree that is not being used and I would really like to pursue my career. I feel that I'm made redundant not contributing to the American Economy as a working tax payer. Being redundant also affects my mental health not feeling independent and having to be depended on my husband economy. I have a great job offer and have finished all interviewing. The start date is June 17th 2019. What did I fax? - I used this coverletter: https://www.marecaranne.com/2019/01/ead-expedite.html - My offer letter - Copy of the email from USCIC. I hope this might help other people in the same situation. I know how hard it is not being able to work and get your life going here in the US. I'm super excited to be working and hope for everyone that the wait time soon will be over. Thank you for this forum!
  18. Hey everyone, is anyone daring to file for K-1 fiancé visa during all the unrest in Haiti? Any success? Any difficulties? Would love any advice or suggestions. Thanks!
  19. I just noticed when I checked my case on the CEAC status tracker it says that I have an Immigrant Visa Application, when in reality I applied for a K-1 visa which is a Non-Immigrant Visa Application. Anybody else have the same issue?
  20. I was wondering if we are able to get a medical exam before we receive packet 3. Are there documents we have to give to the doctors or can we go to the assigned doctors to get the medical examinations done without packet 3. My NOA -2 is out and waiting to get my case number from NVC.
  21. Hello community, I need some guidance my fiancé is Venezuela born living in Colombia, but her parents are colombian she had her interview on 4/8/2019 in Bogota Colombia, she was drilled for over 30min. She was asked some really crazy questions like how are you able to community with your fiancé petitioner, which she really replied both his parents are Latinos and grew up learning both Languages. Other important docs like income proof wasn’t even asked for, but I know I make the more then required income and had given her 4 months pay stubs, 3 years of tax filings, bank info etc in the packet she took to her interview. Anyway, here is my question/concern after interview her passport was kept, but she was given a 221g because counselor stated her criminal records for venezuela & colombia were not recent enough do to being 6 months old from the day we printed it, like to note she has a clean record as well as i. Anyway Counselor also wanted to see more proof our relationship specifically text messages and not just pictures or phone call logs. Again her PASSPORT kept, from what others have stated this is a good sign when it comes Colombia embassy K-1 visa interview! She was given instructions on how to submitted required evidence to proceed with K-1 Visa process. On 4/16/2018 we submitted updated criminal records & 100+ images of text various dates and times to the email provided by counselor. Its been 15 days since we submitted requested documents and there have been 2 updates on Ceac site. One on 4/22/2019 & one on 4/30/2019 still says Administrative processing. Is this normal, because the documents they requested pretty straight forward and we submitted with no issues! In terms of how Interview went and how long we’ve waited after submitting required documents? Because she had a family friend do her interview last year in Colombia and they only asked her 1 question, how did they meet and didn’t ask to see anything else and was approved on the spot and received her passport stamp with visa in the mail within 10 business days. I feel like my fiancée was singled out due to her being Venezuelan born, reason I’m saying this is in my travels, maybe I’m wrong but I’ve seen uprise of a lot of Latin American countries being very strong with Venezuelans trying to migrate to another country. Any help or guidance would be helpful. Thanks.
  22. Hi Vj Members, I'm about to fill out my affidavit of support (I-134) in preparation for my fiance's interview in Manila and I'm not sure what to put in this question: I am ___ years of age and have resided in the United States since (date)(mm/dd/yyyy)______. In my case, I have been moving back and forth. Below are the details: - I was born here in the US, in 1991, then our family moved to the Philippines in 1997 - I only returned in the US, back in 2011-2014 , then I moved back to the Philippines in 2014-2018 - I finally came back here last year of May 2018. Should I put the last date of my arrival which is May 2018? Or should I put my date of birth? Thank you for any helpful feedback!
  23. My fiance works for a company that is USA based. We are waiting for our NOA2 which should be done in August. If she could get work Visa with her company will this affect our k1 Visa in any bad way?
  24. Hi, My fiance is from the Phillipines. She is still going through annulment there. However, her ex husband lives in the US as a citizen and is legally divorced from her here. When I file for fiance Visa is it enough to include her divorce decree from the US? It would be quicker than waiting for her annulment to finish in the Phillipines. From what I read, under US law divorce from US is enough to marry again once here--but not sure if good enough when for applying K-1 Visa. Thank in advance to replies. This is my first post here-it's a great resource!
  25. Hi, I am a transgender (female to male) US citizen and would like to file a petition to marry my significant other. I have changed my legal name on all documents. However, I cannot legally change my gender marker from female to male on my birth certificate as it is illegal in the state I was born in. It has been changed on all other ID’s. Will this create an issue when filing the petition for a k-1 visa? I am unsure of what gender to put on my paperwork, as the gender markers are mixed. Thank you!
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