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  1. I guess I'll start an April thread since my package should be delivered today by 8 pm. Hurry up and wait...
  2. This thread was created for those who are waiting from their NOA2 K-1 to the case assignment from NVC. These are items that everyone asks for, so I thought I just post them here for you to refer to when it's necessary. 1. How do I update my email address with NVC Once you receive your NOA2 approval then contact NVC via https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/ask-nvc.html to update your email address as well as your beneficiary's email address. This will give you an email alert when your file arrives at NVC, your case is assigned and when the file leaves for your Embassy. 2. Checking on your embassy case number from NVC: It will take 7 - 10 business days for NVC to receive your file from USCIS after you receive the NOA2, then another 2 - 5 business days for NVC to get your file in their system and produce your case number. Call 7:00 am eastern time for shorter wait times. 1-603-334-0700 or 603-334-0888. Operator assistance is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM (Eastern Time) 1 for English, then 7 (or 5, but I would go 7 as they would tell you if you should call 5 instead after they receive your case.) Best time to call: Right after they open which is around 7:00am US Eastern Time, Mon-Fri. Most have had luck getting the phone answered after the first ring if they called right at 7am. 3. How long to assign a Case # from NOA2 It's been taking about 2-3 weeks for NVC to assign the case number. Then it's taking another 2-4 weeks depending on the Embassy to receive your case. Your mileage may vary! 4. Follow Similar VJ members timelines. Use the tools here in VJ to answer "when I am going to get etc. etc." question. Near your picture there is a link for your timeline. Select it and once you're on the next page near your picture you will see "follow similar timelines" and it will populate 12 other couples who are near your dates. Scroll down and you will see a "spreadsheet" style page showing all the variables for measurement for when others from your Embassy are getting the same notice of approval or action. Try it. It really works! 5. Follow similar VJ members timelines from other countries. And if you want to follow those from other countries that have similar timelines as yours there are several tools available to you. Go up to Immigration Timelines on the blue ribbon above and select it. Once you are on the next page looked to your left and you will see a box that states, "find similar timelines" and select it. A list will populate with those who are processing close to your timeline. When they start to change you will soon be behind them. I followed those that were in my group to give me an idea where they were in processing, so I could judge if I was ahead or behind. It's accurate, maybe within a day or so. If you choose to follow those twelve members then you will get an email every time their status updates. 6. Be sure your profile is complete so that we can determine your Embassy. Many of our answers are predicated on the information you supply in your profile. When we look at the left column and can't determine your timeline or your Embassy it's hard for us to give you a factual answer. If you look at the profile of others here, they have a flag for their country, so it makes it easy for us to reply as we can quickly determine your Embassy. Our answers will sometimes be tailored to a specific Embassy hence the reason for you to complete your profile. So, if you could help yourself out and complete your profile that sure would help us out when we want to reply to your question with factual information. Go to the top right of this page select your name (it's on the upper right-hand corner)>my profile>[below your picture on the right column] edit my profile. Scroll to the bottom and fill in "Immigration Info". There now we can better serve you. Thanks 7. Timelines. Complete your timeline. In your profile to the left of the page you will see the word "timeline" toward the bottom. Select it and it will take you to the page that has the link for you to complete your timeline. This to can help us to answer some of your questions. 8. Tracking your case. As a K1, when checking your case online at CEAC.state.gov you have to select "immigrant visa" as it is treated as such even though it is a "non-immigrant visa". Technically the K-1 is a non-immigrant visa with intent to immigrate, but it is treated like an immigrant visa because of the AOS. It is kind of a ba$tard. Non-immigrant case treated like an immigrant case. The K-1 on its own is a single entry, with a short time limited visa that expires within 90 days after POE. That is why it is a non-immigrant visa treated like an immigrant visa.  USICS states If you have a pending I-129f, I-90, I-485, I-751 or N-400, we’ve recently changed the way we’re displaying processing times online to give you a more realistic date range. To check these times, visit https://t.co/ho3dfC5KCA 9. Tracking your case file that's in transit to your Embassy. Go to www.dhl.com click Express then Tracking, then Track by Shipper's Reference, and on this page you add your search information. You change the day and month to what you think your package might have left NVC or call NVC to get the date your package had left NVC in route to your Embassy then go to the DHL website and enter the following information: EXAMPLE: * Shipper´s Reference : EXP 24 MAR 2011A  (This is the date you think it left NVC, just substitute the date and leave everything else as is) * Date range for shipment - From: 23 - 03 - 2011 * Date range for shipment - To: 26 - 03 - 2011 Account Number - Leave this blank Shipment Destination: Manila (Works for any Country Just replace the city where the Embassy is located)   I hope these tips help you along your Journey. So, let’s share our experiences, our tips and ask questions.
  3. Hello everyone! My fiance and I currently doing a K-1. She is from Van, BC and I am from Idaho. We got an email from the NVC saying our case was being forwarded to the Embassy in Montreal. She has been here visiting for a minute. We called after getting that email and asked what we should do next. We told them what our email said. We were then told by the embassy person to file a DS-160 which we did while on the phone and then she also told us to schedule an interview basically right after filling it out. This was September 18thish? We called a few days later to make a medical exam in Surrey, BC. So last night(a month later) we were at Fedex printing a bunch of stuff out to get ready for the interview which is on November 20th. Going through some pictures her mom had sent of the mail, we noticed we missed the 2 page packet 3. So here is the issue: We already have an interview which is what the embassy told us to do. But packet 3 or whatever the two page thing they sent us says not to set it up until you get packet 4 after submitting packet 3? We submitted packet 3 right away sending her passport photo copy, the checklist, and the DS-160 confirmation last night. I've been up all night freaking out because I feel like this seems obviously like a big mistake on my part. I called the embassy this morning explaining what happened, but they just said the interview is good to go but also they didn't really know anything other than that. SORRY FOR THE NOVEL CEAC says NO Status under the AA case number check but Immigrant status when I put the MTL number in shows ready so Idk. If anyone could help or give some insight that would be greatly appreciated. My anxiety is through the roof over this.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. Hi guys! At the very beginning of my visa journey and the first thing I need is advice on is which visa I should look into. Here's my background... I'm a UK citizen, my girlfriend lives in California and has two children from a previous relationship so it makes more sense for me to relocate rather than her. We've been together two years (long distance, meeting up in person during holidays etc.) We are unquestionably committed to being together for the long term...so that's making me think K-1? On the other hand, I am a High School Physics and Chemistry Teacher with 9 years experience and a Master's in Chemistry, which might give me the option of J-1 instead? I am also an internationally published author, my first book was briefly a bestseller in the US and my second is soon to be published there. I highly doubt this qualifies me for an O, I don't think I'm anywhere near that level of "alien with extraordinary talent" but thought I would ask in case anyone knew. So...where should I begin? What kind of Visa is my most sensible option to start investigating? Thanks a bunch. I'm looking forward to getting to know this community.
  7. 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.
  8. 10/15/18: We have decided to try Fred Wahl (Visa Coach) to help us organize with K-1 + AOS ($1,290). We have been working quite hard over the past couple of days to gather all the information we can and get this process started ASAP. I know I could do the forms myself but I am basically paying for peace of mind and I feel better already seeing the initial steps he's taking to organize our data and have a second eye on it. Not sure it will make a huge difference, but I created a 25 slide Power Powerpoint to help organize my thoughts, what I think might be relevant data (receipts, AirBnB's addresses, videos, timestamped pics) etc proving we are a couple. The goal is to get this filed within the next 2 weeks and HOPING to get the K1 status around June 2019, file the AOS and have my fiance legally allowed to working around September 2019.
  9. We we wanted to pass on a successful action that someone gave us. It could help you get your visa approve quickly. She he was told to dress professionally when she went to her interview at the consulate. Not to show up in jeans, T-shirts etc. She was told that she would be video recorded in the lobby while she waited and looked in on by the interviewers Well she showed up looking very nice and professional with a professional business jacket. She said that there were others who showed up in sandals, Mickey Mouse T-shirts and jeans. She wasn’t the first person to arrive and was actually number 9 on the list. However she was the first person called and her interview went well. She was approved for her K-1 visa and arrives to the USA in less than three weeks! We hope this helps you as well. Good luck!
  10. My wife entered the US on a K-1 visa late November 2018. We filed AoS in December after our wedding. Her EAD came over the summer after we had to put in a request to expedite it. She has now started a teaching job, and her EAD is only valid until the end of May 2020. She could get a one-time extension through November 2020, but that would not last her through next school year and could put her job in jeopardy. Our case is at the Orlando field office because we live in Central Florida now. We are moving to our house near (but not in) Orlando by the end of the year. With the house, we need both of our incomes. The Orlando field office has a long backlog with an estimated time range of 13.5-33 months. Their “Receipt date for a case inquiry” was recently backdated from 2018 to November 26, 2016, as of today. While Jacksonville, Florida’s, processing time is not great, it is at least better: 11-25 months. The Orlando field office is actually closer, but our neighbor was assigned to the Jacksonville field office. His wife got her green card within a few months of their wedding. This was several years before we got married. On my wife’s first week of work last week, her school put us in touch with an immigration lawyer who wants to have a $250, 1-hour consultation with us. We just need to ask that lawyer if we can transfer my wife’s case to Jacksonville. After a lot of effort this summer contacting USCIS, our Congressman, and others in the government, we’re not happy about the government stringing us along regarding her continued work authorization. I’m apprehensive at spending thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, especially while we have a house under construction. I've used JustAnswer several times before to help us fill out forms, but there's more at stake here. So before I continue down a path with this lawyer, I just wanted to check here: has anyone else engaged an immigration lawyer from a similar situation (planning ahead for EAD renewal after K-1 AoS)? Did it help? Any other thoughts or advice?
  11. My fiance was arrested twice as a juvenile. Arrest 1 - Arrested, Charged, NOT convicted Arrest 2 - Arrested, NOT charged and NOT convicted We are waiting for his Police Certificate but we're worried for 2 reasons. 1. When we completed the VWP documents and the I-129f, we said no to the criminal history questions (because he was a juvenile and not convicted). Come to find out, these DO count. I've told him that honesty is the best policy and we should answer yes on the DS-160. We honestly didn't know when we answered previously that these juvenile arrests counted. Anyone have advice/experience? Will it come up in the interview? How does he handle? 2. We ordered an SAR as well as the Police Certificate. Do we need court records for the first arrest? Will we need some kind of police report for the second (since there was no court involvement)? Thanks!
  12. I'm in a weird predicament, wondering if anyone else has ever used a Statutory Declaration in place of a Police Certificate when that certificate can NOT be produced? Situation: Myself (and fiancé) spent 7 months traveling together in Cambodia. We spent the majority of that time at one guesthouse in Sihanoukville without paying rent (owner is a friend) My understanding is that I need a police check from Cambodia because I was in the country for 6+ months. ----- However ---- To acquire a police certificate from Cambodia you have to appear in person at the Ministry of Justice in PP. To get the Police Cert. from them you have to provide a "Certificate of Residence" given to you by the Sangkat (community center). The Certificate of Residence can only be produced by giving the Sangkat a copy of your lease agreement. I did not ever hold a lease or pay rent in Cambodia so I can not get a Residence Certificate, Therefore, I also can not get a Police Certificate from the Ministry of Justice. I was a traveler, not a resident, despite the length of my stay. A lease can't be created retroactively, and I've read a lot of old forums on here where people described paying-off various officials to get it done - but the most recent one suggests that the Sangkat people no longer have the ability to "create" Residence Certificates when given tea-money, so that is also not an option. Long story short, I plan on drafting a Statutory Declaration and swearing an oath to the above, and that: Even if I fly to Cambodia (for $1500+) and negotiate with the MoJ (despite not being able to read/write/speak Khmer) that I can't make a Police Certificate appear because I'm unable to prove I ever held residence in Cambodia. Will the USCIS or DOS or the Consulate have any problem with this? I plan on attaching relevant documents supporting my claim, along with a sworn statement from the guesthouse owner stating that I didn't ever pay him for my stay. Thank you thank you thank you, the last thing I want is to find out at the last minute that they demand I fly to Cambodia to get this paperwork, even though I know that it's not possible for me to get it.
  13. Hey! My fiance and I are going to file for the K-1 soon and due to the fact that its a while before you can work, I was wondering how it would work for going to school (University of Minnesota). I assume I would technically need a school visa for this which would just complicate the process so much more. I am also technically a transfer student because I studied at the University of Manitoba and will be transferring in credits from there. Any and all information on this topic is greatly appreciated! Thank you
  14. Hello! I’m new and think I searched existing topics pretty thoroughly but I’m hoping some folks can give me an estimate on what they spent from the moment they filed the first form to their fiancé stepping onto US soil. I’m a US citizen and my fiancé is from Cuba I see the list of fees, but I’d like to know how much to plan for including travel, food, lodging for the interview in Guyana...everything. I was estimating $8k but I don’t know how realistic this is.
  15. Help!!! I noticed when scheduling my interview for k-1 at Montreal, I wrote just my first and last name on the official US dos site when scheduling an appointment for my interview. I realized I forgot to add my middle name after my first name when it said given name!! I can't change it it's grayed out! Is this going to be an issue at all? has anybody done the same thing and had no issues at the interview? did they ask you for government ID to prove it is you? were you able to change that info at the consulate or was it not a big deal? I'm stressed out so bad and don't want to get denied or have any major delays. If I could get some responses quickly as I'm freaking out it would greatly be appreciated because my interview is October 9th 2019. Thank you!
  16. Hello! My fiance (USA) and I (CANADIAN) have been together for about 3 years now and are planning on having me come to the USA on the K-1 Visa. If any of you wouldn’t mind sharing your personal experience with the K-1 Visa I would be very grateful. I also have many many questions about this visa and how it works so if anyone is able to help me by answering some of my questions I would be very grateful for that as well. Experience from anyone, not just Canadians, are welcome! I’ll list some of the questions that I have below although I feel as if I will always have more and more questions. 1. ON the USCIS website there is no mention of having to fill out forms 1-134 or I-864 but they are both mentioned on the travel.state.gov website but they don't guarantee that they will be requested. I am wondering what the circumstances are that those forms would be requested. Also, Is the income level based on only the sponsor or their entire household? 2. As per the medical examination that is required for the K-1 Visa, I was wondering if anyone knew the average cost of the exam and the average time until the results are ready to be picked up. My reasoning is that I will have to travel to Montreal for the examination AND the interview so I would like to be properly prepared for the trip. hopefully only one trip can be made as it is very expensive to fly to Montreal. 3. I have heard that once you enter the USA on the K-1 visa and get merried that you cannot leave the USA for 6 months although it says nothing about this rule on travel.state.gov or the USCIS website. Does anyone know where it states that this is true? 4. Just to be clear, once we file form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and get my green card, how long do I have to have my green card before I can technically become a citizen? How does one go about that when the time comes? 5. Is it worth is to file I-765, Application for Employment Authorization? I can work after I file I-485 so will it take longer for I-765 or I-485 to be reviewed and accepted?
  17. It's been a long process and finally we are waiting for interview phase...I want to know if there's anyone else waiting for an interview or has gone through the visa interview in Kabul, Afghanistan. My case has been sent from the NVC on June 11 2019 to the Kabul Embassy. I emailed the Embassy on June 30 2019 asking about my case status to which they said, "Our office has received your fiancee’s visa application and her case is currently in our appointment queue. As soon as an appointment becomes available, we will contact you with further instructions." I emailed them again on July 20 2019 to which they said, "As previously indicated, your finance's visa application is currently in our appointment queue. As soon as an appointment becomes available, we will contact you with further instructions." It's almost 2 months that my case is at the Embassy and waiting for an interview date. Is it usually for the Embassy to take this long in appointing an interview date.
  18. Hi there, I’m hoping someone can help me out with confirming what I need next? I require a police certificate from 8 months I spent in NZ, living with my fiancé on a working holiday visa. I am UK resident, filing for a k-1 in London. When looking for what to do I can’t find a definitive answer as the NZ police checks are automatically part of their K-1 process. As such, I have applied to the Ministry of Justice for a Record Check and filed a Section 14 Vetting Form from Police NZ. If anyone could confirm whether either of these are what’s needed, what happens next or just more information, it would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Matt
  19. Hello, We filed AOS after my fiance came here and we got married. The status reads As of July 3, 2019, we are ready to schedule your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Receipt Number XXXX. We have completed the biometric. How much longer is the wait? The processing times for employment based AOS is 8.5Months to 45 months! This is for San Francisco Field Office. Any help is appreciated and people in the same boat can please chime in so we have an idea about this wait time!
  20. I am writing this to help anybody else out that entered to get a license that entered the USA on a K-1 Visa. It matters very much which office you go to. I am leaving out all the details however I had SEVEN visits to the MVC/DMV and about EIGHT phone calls to the main MVC office. First is more of a rant but see the bottom of this post for relevant info if you want to get your DL. 1) DO NOT GO TO RAHWAY NJ office We went in here, they do not know how to handle K-1 immigrants. · Incorrectly told her she can drive immediately using her foreign license. Dangerous! · Would not issue permit for taking test. WRONG · After obtaining permit from other MVC office and passing test they said she is not eligible for license until green card arrives. I explained the absurdity of this and escalated it all the way to the top of the chain (management and coordinator) to no avail. 2) GO TO Bakers Basin (Lawrenceville NJ) · Provide permit to allow for knowledge test with I-94 and SS# as parts of support · Provided license after the passed test · Screwed up translator appointment but was helpful otherwise 3) Do not trust phone center in Trenton NJ · 50% of the time they were helpful · I was called and yelled at that my wife did not study because they had mixed up her record with someone else who was using a translator repeatedly (5 times) at the cost of the MVC. After I went ballistic they figured out they mixed up her record and apologized profusely. · I told them Rahway office does not understand the immigration and I was told it is up Rahway, no set way to handle immigrants across different locations · I told them I am confident I can go to another location and receive the license, instead of rectifying the issue it was recommended I try the other MVC. (I did and we did get license) How it worked for us in New Jersey at Bakers Basin MVC (May vary by STATE!): A) You need to first get your SS#. B) With your SS# & I-94 you can get a permit to take the knowledge test and after passing get a license issued for the period ended the date of I-94. (We did not do this, skipped to D below) Bring everything with you (passport, visa, DL from home country, marriage certificate, I-94) Get bank statement jointly right away Add fiance to any lease right away Get fiance a credit card right away (no SS# needed) Get fiance on driving insurance (no SS# needed with progressive) C) You can get a translator for the test if you fail it once without a translator. Challenge for some is studying the material which is in English. She had a bad translator who was not able to translate all of the words (did a combo English/khmer) so was not helpful She passed with no translator by practice of questions and looking up words herself, and I helped as well. For reference, she has a fair level of English not an expert level D) After you get married and submit your AOS paperwork you can use the NOA 1 (form 797) that you receive for the AOS to get a 6 month license (this is what she received) E) Once you receive permission to work (EAD) or the green card you will be able to get a longer license. We will expect EAD is received by this time and use it for next driving license extension.
  21. So I know my case (K-1 visa) is already at the Montreal consulate since I got a letter from them but asking for proof of my Canadian Citizenship. First I'm just wondering what kind of proof can I send? (Passport? Canadian Citizenship card? which I'm not even sure if it's allowed since they discontinued the little cards a while back) Second am I supposed to email it to them? or snail mail? or fax? I've emailed them asking all this but I don't think I'm gonna get a fast enough answer to calm my nerves PLUS I'm not sure if I even sent it to the right email? (montreal-iv-dv@state.gov) Please correct me if I got it wrong. Lastly, I'm just wondering if this delays things until I provide them with the proof or will I still be receiving whatever I need to receive in the mail. Please Help ! >.<
  22. 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!
  23. Hello everyone, my Fiancé and I have been trying to make an appointment with the Indian embassy for the past two weeks. Unfortunately we don’t have any luck making an appointment and also our NOA2 will expire in June 21. We are not sure what to do at this point. I called the is embassy to see if they can extend our NOA2 they said the uscis are the once who extend the NOA2. I would like to get some advice on how to get an interview appointment and also how to extend our NOA2 please. Thank you everyone for the help.
  24. Searched but the closest thread I could find was: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/282664-how-do-i-get-a-drivers-license-in-texas-on-a-k-1/& it's very dated. Additionally, someone else posted a question that was not responded to in there 4 years ago. That was the last post. So, I found http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/documents/verifyingLawfulPresence.pdf. The 2 things that seem to pertain in there are 1) page 3 Applicants for adjustment of status; says Immigration documentation with an alien number or I-94 number. This can include but is not limited to a form I-797 indicating pending I-485 or pending application for adjustment of status. Also 2) page 6 K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, L-1, L-1A, L-1B, and L-2, ; says Unexpired foreign passport or I -94. Am I to conclude that in order to get my wife a TX DL, she qualifies under K-1 but it would only be approved until the expiration date of her foreign passport or I-94? Then we have to reapply when we get her I-485 NOA1? Then reapply again when she gets her Permanent Resident Card I-551, according to page 2 under "Lawful Permanent Resident" or EAD, according to page 3 under EAD section?
  25. I'm the US citizen, and I currently live in a 2 bedroom apartment with a roommate. She is on the lease from now until the end of July 2020 (though she may move out as early as May). My fiance will be coming here and we'll be getting married sometime around Feb-March 2020. My place is affordable for two people, but the lease says for an additional person to be added, it'll be an extra $150 per person per month. With the current timeline of our visa process, my fiance living here will only overlap with my roommate for 4-6 months. My landlord is very much hands off; he is never around and I haven't seen him in probably a year.. he just sends his employees to take care of the lawn and that's it. He doesn't even take care of maintenance issues, let alone pay attention to what we're doing. I'm wondering - to save money, do you think my fiance could just stay here not on the lease for a few months once we're married, then get added to the lease for the following year in place of my roommate? I really don't see a point of adding him to a lease for a few months. I wasn't sure if at any point the government would ask for proof that we're living together, like a lease with his name on it... if that's the case, maybe I could provide a copy of the lease for 2020-2021, as this will have his name on it. I just didn't want it to be an issue that he's not on the 2019-20 lease. (also if my landlord miraculously notices he's staying here I could just say he's visiting or staying with me for some reason) I'm really not trying to be shady, we just really can't afford that much in rent, especially with all the plane tickets and filing fees and such. Let me know what you all think would be a good way to proceed.
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