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  1. Hey everyone, I am reaching out on behalf of my wife (K1 Visa Applicant). Currently I am in between jobs with no health insurance, and my wife is possibly pregnant. I have just started doing research on what types of actions I should be taking, but I thought I would throw this out in the Forum because it is usually very helpful. The status of my wife is that we have received the EAD, but we are waiting on her social security number. I call Social Security and the Department of Homeland Security application is still pending. No surprise there, but I really want to get ahead of this health insurance issue, and figure out what my wife is eligible for, and how we can be prepared to take on this pregnancy with few issues. If anyone can share helpful tips or advice, that would be much appreciated. Thank you, SamNadia
  2. NOTE: For an overview of the entire K-1 Fiance Visa process, please see the K-1 Fiance Visa Flowchart. What is a K-1 Fiance Visa? A K-1 Visa (also known as a Fiance Visa) is a nonimmigrant visa Visa issued to the fiancé(e) of a United States citizen. The K-1 Visa allows the visa holder to enter the United States for up to 90 days during which time they may get married and file for Adjustment of Status (to obtain a "green card" and become a Legal Permanent Resident of the US). After filing for Adjustment of Status they may reside in the US beyond the 90 day K-1 Visa validity while their Adjustment of Status application is processed. While the K-1 Visa is legally classified as a non-immigrant visa, it usually leads to important immigration benefits and is therefore often processed by the Immigrant Visa section of United States Embassies and Consulates worldwide. If the non US Citizen fiancé(e) has a child (under 21 and unmarried), a K-2 non-immigrant visa may be available to him or her. Be sure to include the names of the children on the I-129F petition. Who is Eligible to File? U.S. citizens who will be getting married to a foreign national in the United States may petition for a fiancé(e) classification (K-1) for their fiancé(e). You and your fiancé(e) must be free to marry. This means that both of you are unmarried, or that any previous marriages have ended through divorce, annulment or death. You must also have met with your fiancé(e) in person within the last two years prior beginning the K-1 Visa petition process (filing the I-129F). This requirement can be waived only if meeting the non US Citizen's fiancé(e) in person would violate long-established customs, or if it would create extreme hardship on the US Citizen. Forms Needed to File for a K-1 Fiance Visa: 1. I-129F 2. G-1145 (optional) The above forms can be filled out on your computer and printed. Make sure you sign and date them as required. Anything you cannot fit by typing, you can handwrite (very neatly) in black ink in the blank instead. You should always verify the current forms at www.uscis.gov. Assembling the I-129F Package: Checklist Forms and Documents (follow these assembly instructions. All supporting documents must be in English or be translated as noted here.): 1. Payment as required by USCIS. Use a personal check so you can track the payment. Money Orders are also accepted. Read the Guide to Paying USCIS Immigration Fees. 2. Cover Letter (see example). Should include a description of what your are petitioning for (I-129F), a table of contents (list everything in the packet). If you need additional room to explain your case, attach a separate sheet (list the attachment on the cover sheet). Make sure to sign and date the cover sheet. 3. Form I-129F: Petition for Alien Fiance (see example) 4. Original statements (from both the US Citizen and foreign fiance) certifying an intent to marry within 90 days of entering the US on a valid K-1. (see example) 5. Proof of having met in past two years. To organize this information you can create a single typed page with the following elements: (1) Title the page 'Evidence of In-Person Meeting in the last 2 years'; (2) A description of how you met (same as you stated in Part 2 Question 53-54 of your I-129F); (3) A list of the evidence you are providing; (4) Your printed name, signature and date. Following this declaration page, provide the evidence you listed (click here for examples). 6. One passport-type photo (see specification) of the US Citizen. Write the full name of the US citizen on the back. Place in a plastic bag and label the bag "Photo of <Insert US Citizen's Name>". Attach the bag to a sheet of paper and place behind the corresponding I-129F. 7. One passport-type photo (see specification) of the foreign fiance. Write the full name of the foreign fiance on the back. Place in a plastic bag and label the bag "Photo of (insert foreign fiance name) ". Attach the bag to a sheet of paper and place behind the corresponding I-129F. 8. Copy of the Birth certificate (front and back) for the US Citizen or a copy of ALL pages of the US Citizen's passport issued with a validity of at least 5 years or a copy of the US Citizen's naturalization certificate (front and back). This is used to establish citizenship. 9. Copy of final Divorce Decree(s) or Certificate(s) for the US Citizen and/or foreign fiance if either has been previously married. If the previous marriage of the US Citizen and/or foreign fiance ended due to the death of their spouse then include a Copy of Death Certificate(s) documenting that fact. 10. Proof of Legal Name Change if either the US Citizen and/or foreign fiance is using a name other than that shown on the relevant documents. You must give USCIS copies of the legal documents that made the change, such as a marriage certificate, adoption decree or court order. 11. In regards to Part 3 of the I-129F, if applicable provide certified copies of all court and police records showing the charges and dispositions for any specified conviction(s) (in accordance with the IMBRA). See Part 3 of the I-129F instructions for more information. Documentary Proof of Having Met in Person in the Past Two Years and an Ongoing Relationship: Use as many of these items are possible. There is no minimum, but the more you can provide the less likely you are that you will receive an RFE. Additionally, please note that providing proof of your ongoing and genuine relationship in this package may benefit you by allowing the consulate to have access to this information prior to them formally contacting the non US Citizen fiance. Many high risk consulates approach cases with a skeptical eye and providing this information early on in the original I-129F package will help them in their preliminary review of your case. 1. Copies of all airline boarding passes, train passes, itineraries, hotel receipts, passport stamps (make sure you can read the dates on the stamps), and other documentary evidence that you have met within the last two years. You may want to highlight or place post-it notes indicating the dates and locations on the copies (to make the adjudication easier) for the person reviewing your file. 2. Color Photo's of you and your fiance together. Make sure you write your names, date, and location on the back of every photo. Provide two to five photo's. If you only have a single copy of the photo, then make a color copy and send that. If it is a digital photo, have it printed at a local photo store such as Walgreens (if at all possible) or if not on a high quality printer. Place photo's in a plastic bag or photo sheet and label the sheet. Note that you may not receive originals of photo's back. 3. The following items will not typically show proof of having met in the last two years however will show proof of an ongoing relationship: Copies of land line and cell phone bills, appropriate letters and emails, stamps on the letters (to document the date they were sent), and other written documentary proof. Provide a reasonable amount; two to four of each type. Pick a range of dates up to and including the present. You can also include a copy of engagement ring receipt (this is something that is a big optional - do not worry if you do not have a ring yet!) Attach "E-Notification" Form (Optional) Clip a completed G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, to the first page of your application (on top of the cover page). By completing this form and attaching it, USCIS will send you an email and/or text message to alert you when your application was received. Mail the I-129F Package to the USCIS You should mail the completed form(s) to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox. Mail the package with return receipt requested / delivery confirmation. Send via USPS. IMPORTANT! Make TWO copies of the entire package before you send it in. This includes the money orders too. You want to have a perfect replica of the package you are sending in. All Forms that you submit must be originals with original signatures. Supporting Evidence that you submit may be photocopies. Retain ALL original supporting Evidence since the USCIS has the right to check them by issuing an RFE (Request For Evidence). If you receive an RFE, follow the direction exactly, and make two copies of what you sent back. During any future interviews the USCIS may also want to examine the original supporting evidence. Create a VJ Timeline Estimate processing time and approval date: Creating a VJ Timeline will allow you to track your case and will generate an estimated approval date for your petition. You can always gain access to many other tools to help you plan how long your Visa Journey will take! What to send to your fiance once the I-129F is approved (Receive NOA2): 1. A copy of the entire I-129f package (that you made when you sent the petition in) and a copy of information that you sent back due to an RFE (if you received one). Your fiance should review this information in advance of the interview (the embassy will have copies of this as well). 2. Send copies of the documentary proof that you submitted with the I-129F for your fiance to have on hand for their interview at the embassy. Your fiance should review this information in advance of the interview (the embassy will have copies of this as well). 3. Send an original letter affirming your desire to marry your fiance and your continued support of the K-1 Visa. Sign and date the form. This will be similar to the letter you provided with the I-129F, but dated much closer to the interview (it will have most likely been several months since you submitted your I-129F). 4. I-134 Affidavit of Support form. Ensure it is signed, with all required supporting evidence. Begin collecting the required information ahead of time, as it can often take several weeks to collect it all. 5. You will need several items (for the above form). Gather duplicate evidence of income and resources as appropriate: (A) Statement from an officer of the bank/financial institution with your deposits, identifying the following: 1. date account opened; 2. total amount deposited for the past year; 3. present balance (B) Statement(s) from your employer on business stationary showing: 1. Date and nature of employment; 2. salary paid; 3. whether position is temporary or permanent (also include copies of your last two pay stubs and your previous W-2 for the associated employer if available) (C) If Self Employed: 1. Copy of last income tax return filed (or IRS transcripts); or 2. report of commercial rating concern (D) List containing serial numbers and denominations of bonds and name of record owner(s). Begin collecting these ASAP after your NOA2 arrives. See this FAQ for more tips and useful information on the Affidavit of Support Form. 6. A copy of the NOA2 that you received in the mail. (backup information; the embassy will have copies of this as well) 7. Proof of your ongoing relationship. This needs to be taken to the interview! Include photos, travel documents, emails, online chat logs (pick several over the prior few months), etc.. from between the time you filed and present (NOA1 until date-now). Examples: Copies of land line and cell phone bills, appropriate emails and letters you have sent including the stamps on envelopes (to document the date they were sent), and other written documentary proof. Provide a reasonable amount; two to four of each type. Pick a range of dates up to and including the present. You can also include a copy of engagement ring receipt (this is something that is a big optional - do not worry if you do not have a ring yet!) NOTE: Tip Regarding Vaccination Records The K-1/2 beneficiary will be required by the embassy to have a "medical" done prior to the visa interview. Part of this interview will require that previous vaccinations are documented and potentially additional required vaccinations performed. Once this is complete the doctor will note this on a DS-3025 form that will be sent to the embassy. During the medical appointment request an official copy of the vaccination records from the physician (or a copy of the completed DS-3025 if they will give it to you) as this will be helpful to have on hand in the future (specifically it can be helpful when filing for Adjustment of Status if your DS-3025 form is not available). After the K-1 Fiance Visa is Approved: Upon entering the US on a K-1 Visa, the visa holder must get married to the original I-129F sponsor (for the K-1 Visa) within 90 days. If the marriage does not take place within 90 days or the K-1 Visa holder marries someone other than the original US Citizen who petitioned for them, the K-1 Visa holder will be required to leave the United States. Until the marriage takes place, the K-1 visa holder is considered a non-immigrant. A non-immigrant is a foreign national seeking to temporarily enter the United States for a specific purpose. A K-1 Visa holder can not obtain an extension of the 90-day time limit. If the K-1 Visa holder intends to live and work permanently in the United States they should apply to become a permanent resident after the marriage. Please note, K-1 Visa holder will receive a "green card" and conditional permanent residence status for two years. Conditional permanent residency is granted when the marriage is less than two years old at the time the Adjustment of Status application is processed. Note: A K-1 Visa holder can enter the United States only one time with this visa. Upon entry, the K-1 visa is cancelled, and an Electronic I-94 is issued upon entry and becomes the controlling document. If the K-1 entrant leaves the U.S. before marriage to the original petitioner, re-entry into the U.S. might not be allowed without a new visa. Also, if the K-1 entrant has applied for and is waiting on approval of an Adjustment of Status petition, the K-1 entrant should not leave the U.S. without also having applied for and received approved Advance Parole -- doing so could result in the inability to re-enter the U.S., and it indicates abandonment of the petition for Adjustment of Status. (Note that even approved Advance Parole does not guarantee re-entry into the U.S.)
  3. Hello My fiance and I, like many of you, are at our wits end. We started our visa journey in August of 2019 and the year anniversary is soon approaching. We sent over a packet to schedule for a Visa interview, in March, to the U.S Embassy in Dublin and soon after received a notification saying they are "not scheduling interviews at this time". My fiance's medical exam expires in August, there is no information as to when the Embassy will be accepting interviews, the EU is banning U.S. citizens entry and vice-versa, and we feel so helpless. Because my fiance's visa is so far in process he isn't allowed to enter the U.S. because his Tourist visa was terminated and, as far as we are aware, not eligible to apply. I was able to see him once, by the grace of God, since the pandemic but now... we're not certain when things will shape up. I constantly see posts on here trying to analyze the EO in regard to K1 visas and it seems a bit pointless for our situation. These Embassies are staying shut and these furloughs are having/going to have detrimental effects on timelines across the board. With the way the Chief Cheeto is handling things, I have been considering the move to Ireland instead as it would be a bit easier as far as getting a visa for myself goes. However, that means trying to convince my daughter's father to let our daughter move with me, transferring my Master program's credits to attend school in Ireland or another EU country (places where my Master is not as effective/popular), and backing out of my lease which would be very costly... seems damn near impossible, but with the state America is in right now, it's beginning to sound like a good idea. Anyways, sorry for the rant. Just wondering how many people are going through a similar issues. We don't know what to do, our lawyer doesn't know what to do, we're sitting ducks. Summary: Anyone else in limbo and been on this visa journey for far too long?
  4. So my fiance and I had got our petition approved in February of 2019, and we both ended up having monetary issues and his mother got sick. This led to a rocky year with some fights, and to be honest, we weren't sure if we were going to make it. I was told that we had to continue forward with the application within a year or my fiance would get a message stating how to proceed as it would expire. Frankly, February came, we didn't get anything, didn't contact them like we should have and right when we were ready to commit 100% COVID hit and everything froze in April. So...I guess I'm just wondering what we should do now. Should we anticipate applying again soon? We're ready to ASAP and have visited each other a couple times since we were approved and can provide updated pictures, tickets, etc. We've been in our long distance relationship for nearly 7 years and we really think it's time for this to officially come to a close. I'm able to continue on without a co-signer (which was an issue we were facing) and am doing relatively well financially as of now. Also, I know we have a ton of information so there's no way anyone could deny our relationship is real and has developed over the years. I guess I'm just scared that our late arrival to the party coupled with COVID will make it impossible for us to be approved again. Or am I overthinking it?
  5. I am currently writing the letter of intent to marry using Visa journeys sample letter and I'm wondering if the embassy address is required for the petitioner?
  6. I was issued my visa in May . My medical appointment was in February and my interview was in March the expiration date on my visa itself is November. so is the date on my visa itself my expiration date or is it August because my medical appointment was in February?? I'm really confused.
  7. Hi We applied 1-129f in 2019, after exact 7 months we got our Noa2 approval in March 20 but even after 2.5 months no nvc welcome letter is sent to us, when we call ucsis they say wait 90 days. Is somebody in same situation? Is it due to covid 19 shutdown?
  8. My fiancé had his consular interview scheduled for May 11,2020. We never received an email from the embassy saying that it was cancelled, so he decided to show up to his appointment. Sure enough a consular official told him all routine visa appointments had been cancelled and to email the embassy for another appointment. I emailed the embassy and today I tried using my MRV payment receipt to try and schedule an appointment and it says that it is invalid. Has anyone had this issue?? From my understanding the MRV receipt is valid for one year.
  9. Need advise please! I have a pending i-485, i-131 and i-765 after entering US on K-1. Fingerprints were taken in December 2019. while we were waiting for my application to process, my father became ill due to liver cancer. I went to local field office and I was issued an emergency travel document by USCIS office for 30 days expiring on April 11, 2020. Me and my wife flew to India on March 13, 2020 and had our return ticket booked for April 8, 2020. My father passed away the next day we came to India March 15, 2020. A week afterwards country went into lock down and airports are still closed because of COVID-19 and we tried our best registering STEP, Tinyurl and everything possible to be back in the stars but just couldn’t make it Even though it was very sensitive time on our family. Now what should be our direction ? Embassy’s are closed until May 3, 2020 and USCIS contact Centre in the states is telling me that they are NOT able to help because I am not in the US. What can we do to be able travel back to United States ?
  10. Hello, I am new here. I am planning to file K1 Visa for my fiancee next year but i have some questions that really bothers me. I hope you guys can enlighten me on a way. I stayed in Philippines since I was an infant but I was being here in the US. My mom did not apply me for a dual citizenship and no one knew about it since I was left in the province. When I decided to come back here in US, I just found out that I have taxes for overstaying roughly $8k to be exact. They decided to deport me and I can only come back if I do have the money to pay for it. Will this affect or will make a hindrance if I file my k1 visa for my fiance? Will this be brought up or will it make our visa application denied? I'm worried. Thank you!
  11. My fiancé and I plan on filing the I129F soon and are trying to make sure he has all of the paperwork he needs on his side. He has been divorced and is having trouble understanding what Japan's version of a divorce decree is. He has a family registry that shows he is divorced and includes the date he was divorced and who he was divorced from. Is this enough or does he need a specific paper just for the divorce? Thank you!
  12. For those that have K1 Visa approvals in the Philippines and have not left yet: What are your plans? If the shut down continues for a few more months, my fiancee K1 visa will expire. Can we ask the US Embassy to extend the visa due to the corona virus? Do we reapply and start the process again? Just wondering what options we have. Thanks in advance for any replies and stay safe.
  13. My fiance received his K1 visa on March 4, 2020 in Canada. He needs to move to the US by August 14, 2020 (the expiration date of his visa). I have two questions I'm wondering as we try to figure out a date to get him here. We have not been able to get him here yet for many reasons I won't get into, so please do not comment on what I "should have" done in the past. Here are my questions: Does anyone know if we could get an extension on how long our K1 visa is valid for? Our 6 months started literally at the exact same time as the outbreak. Is there a way to delay the expiration date due to the extenuating circumstances? If that's not possible, then does anyone know if we could get an extension on our 90 day window to get married? If he gets here and the government is still shut down, we will not be able to get a marriage license, let alone file it after we're married. Our local government is currently not processing marriage licenses. Who would I talk to about an extension for the 90 days to get married, due to the extenuating circumstances?
  14. Disclaimer: The flowchart below is designed to illustrate a typical K-1 Visa application process and should be used for reference only. This flowchart can not take in to consideration a great number of variables and/or events that may alter this flowchart for a particular case such as a Request for Evidence (RFE). Please read the Terms and Conditions for more information. Please begin by reading the Step-by-Step Guide to the K-1 process (for the US Citizen). You should also refer to the K-FAQ's for more information. The timeline below will help you visualize the entire process. Please note that the details of the process are not included below, they can be found in the links mentioned previously. BEGIN: Timeline (approx) Step Information Varies 1. U.S. Petitioner gathers various documents U.S. Petitioner gathers various documents (birth certificate etc) to send with I-129F * Start ASAP N/A 2. I-129f Package sent U.S. Petitioner sends compiled I-129F package to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox which will forward the package for processing. * Triple check everything. Double check all forms with examples available online. Send postage with an return receipt requiring signature when it is delivered (not necessary but highly advisable for peace of mind). Make a complete copy of the entire package. 2-3 Weeks 3. 1st Notice of Action (NOA) U.S. Petitioner Receives first Notice of Action (NOA) acknowledging K-1 petition has been opened *Typical wait time is 2-3 weeks after the Service Center receives the I-129F. See Processing Times 4. 2nd Notice of Action (NOA) U.S. Petitioner Receives second Notice of Action (NOA) acknowledging K-1 petition has been approved * Start gathering documents needed by beneficiary (Fiance(e)) - See K-1 Guide. *Beneficiary can research and prepare forms required by embassy. 2 Weeks 5. Case Forwarded by your Service Center to the National Visa Center (NVC) Case Forwarded by your Service Center to the National Visa Center *Two weeks after you receive the NOA2 you can contact the NVC to see if they have received your approved I-129F. You can contact them at 603 334-0700. Their homepage is here. Welcome to the US Department of State! Things move much faster now :). 1-4 Weeks 6. Case Forwarded by NVC to U.S. Embassy in your fiance(e)'s country Case Forwarded to U.S. Embassy as specified in the I-129F. *NVC uses DHL to send the package, which typically delivers a package worldwide within 3-5 business days. 1 week 7. Case received by Embassy from NVC Embassy receives package and processes it. They will then prepare a letter to be sent to the foreign fiance(e). *5-7 business days after the NVC sends the package to the embassy, you can begin contacting the embassy to see if they have received it. 1 week 8. Forms and Checklist sent to Beneficiary Forms and Checklist sent to foreign Beneficiary (Fiance/e). *This will be sent out within a week (typically less) from when the embassy processes the received petition. This package will include a checklist of items and paperwork that must be collected. Some will be sent back asap, and others will be sent back later or brought to the interview. Varies 9. Foreign Beneficiary compiles required forms Beneficiary fills in Forms and assembles various documents *The downloads section for K-1 Visa's has a list of some forms the fiance(e) will need. You can practice with these forms. N/A 10. Completed Forms sent to Consulate Beneficiary sends completed Forms to U.S. Embassy N/A 11. Fiance(e) must attend medical interview prior to interview Attend medical appointment. *Some embassies require the medical the same day as the interview. Most require the interview to be done ahead of time and have the results sent to the embassy directly from the doctor. *This may occur after an interview date is given. 1 week to issue date 12. U.S. Embassy issues Beneficiary with Interview date U.S. Embassy issues Beneficiary with Interview date *This may occur before your have your medical. You will need to get the medical done before the interview as instructed by the embassy. 1 Month to interview 13. Beneficiary has Interview at U.S. Embassy Beneficiary has interview at U.S. Embassy for K-1 visa. All being well case is approved. *K-1 visa will be issued either the same day or within the next week depending on the embassy with some exceptions. Timeline (approx) Step Information N/A 14. Beneficiary travels to and enters the U.S. Beneficiary travels from their country to be with the U.S. Petitioner (Fiance(e)) in the US. *Must enter the US within (typically) 6 months of the K-1 being issued. 5-20 minutes 15. Point of Entry (POE) in U.S. Beneficiary arrives at Point of Entry (POE) in U.S. and shows K-1 to the immigration officer. 1 hour (early morning) 16. Apply for Social Security Number Apply for Social Security Number (SSN) *See the SSN step-by-step guide for more info. This will allow you to open a bank account and do other things (many states require this for a drivers licence, etc). 1 hour 17. Apply for marriage certificate Apply for marriage certificate. Must marry within 90 days of entering the U.S. on a K-1 visa. VARIES! 18. Get married Get married. and give each other a pat on the back. You've both earned it! 1 hour (early morning) 19. Change name on SSN Go back to the SSA office and bring your SSN Card and marriage certificate. Change your name. Varies! 20. Complete I-693 Complete I-693 per the K1/K3 AOS Guide. This is required so that your vaccinations can be documented properly on the I-693 as part of your completed AOS package. You can complete this step at any time after entering the US. N/A (File asap once you marry) 21. Apply for Adjustment of Status (AOS), EAD, AP Apply for Adjustment of Status (AOS) to receive a "green card" and become a Legal Permanent Resident. You should file as soon as possible. If you have not filed for AOS and your K-1 expires, you will be considered out-of-status until you file. Make all attempts to file before you become out-of-status. You may also file for your EAD and AP at this time. *EAD allows your to work (will need to reapply every year until your AOS (i.e. "Green Card") application is approved). AP allows you to leave the country on a vacation / trip while your AOS application is being processed. Please read this regarding when to file for AOS and not becoming out-of-status. See Processing Times 22. Receive EAD / AP Receive your EAD and AP via US Mail. You will have a biometrics appointment prior to being issued the EAD. See Processing Times 23. Interview for AOS (I-485 approval) Interview appointment for AOS. When approved you will receive an I-551 stamp in your passport indicating you have been approved for AOS and will also receive your green card in the mail later. *If your interview (and specifically the approval) occurs within 2 years of your marriage you will be granted a conditional permanent residency (2 year validity). If this happens you will have to apply to lift conditions 90 days prior to your 2 year green card expiring. If you are 'adjusted' greater than 2 years after you were married you should receive a normal 10 year green card.
  15. Background: My PARENTS are the naturalized American citizens. They have certificates. I was 7 years old when they became citizens and as far as I have always understood, I automatically became a citizen through them. I have a US passport and have used that as my main proof of US citizenship my whole life (I’m 26 now) without an issue. I have a Ghanaian birth certificate. I have no other official document that proves my US citizenship besides my passport. Will this be a problem? I’m terrified of getting an RFE because of this reason. Side note: My parents have since divorced. if I needed to send a copy of a parent’s naturalization certificate is it okay for it to just be from one parent?
  16. I received the I-797C NOA 1 for my K1 VISA application around March 7, way before this madness with the COVID-19. I want to know if they'll still process applications normally or did they stop due to offices being closed.
  17. Hello Everyone, I hope there is someone out there who has been in the same situation as me. I am a former au pair in the US. I came back to my home country end of July 2019. I am currently applying for a K1 Visa with my boyfriend and I am trying to do everything right, so I won't ruin our chances. My question is about taxes in the US. I worked as an au pair for six months during 2019 and I assume I have to pay taxes for those six months right? I obviously don't want to pay the money if it's not what I have to do but on the other hand, I don't want to not pay, if it will affect any decisions regarding our petition. Anyone who knows anything about this? Thank you :-)
  18. Iam slowly starting to freak out because i cant find answers anywhere, and the CBP updates really dont give me a good answer. Anybody here crossed by land or air with a k1 visa? Thank you
  19. My case was ready been a week and i dont receive any email from the ambassy yet. And now due to the covid19 the ambassy cancel all schedules, my question is will i still receive the package 3? Or will they wait until everything’s fine to email me the packages 3? Some advice please
  20. My fiancee, was issued a K1 visa on March 6, but because of the lockdowns and provincial quarantine, she got stuck in Pangasinan. My question is has someone travelled coming from the north Luzon to the NAIA airport? Will she be allowed to pass provincial checkpoints and enter NCR if she shows her ticket? Her visa wil expire next month I just want to know if anyone was able to travel from Northern Luzon to NAIA recently. Thanks.
  21. Interviewed in Manila on 18 February 2020, problems began during initial document screening at window 37 . They lost all paperwork from St. Lukes. After a 2 and 1/2 hour search was called back to window and told all paperwork was complete and go to fingerprinting. After fingerprinting went in for interview took oath and he asked just two questions. During this time he seemed upset and fumbling through the paperwork. I gave him my 2019 tax return and he said we were approved. I gave him my thanks and asked if it would be possible to have visa issued by February 27th. He responded he would try his best. On February 27 Visa was issued and mailed to wrong location. Finally recovered package only to find no Visa. Denied until additional information was provided. Tried to call Embassy, could not get past call center firewall. Issue seemed to be with NBI documentation. They wanted NBI from previous marriage 20 years ago. Went to get NBI and they would not issue because she just had an updated NBI issued in January 2020. Showed them letter from Embassy and they issued NBI information as requested by Embassy and I forwarded information and passport back to Embassy through 2GO at Mall of Asia. All attempts to talk to anyone was just a mess. Finally got a working Email address after being sent to Mumbai India by call center. Embassy responded to Email by sending a computer generated Visa application form. Total communication break-down. I was to the Philippines to assist my Fiancee who has an orthopedic disability and glad that I was there but it did not help with this paperwork mess. Made it out of Manila on the last flight from the airport and now we are stuck in this Corona mess. This should have never happened. Seems as if the ball was dropped at every procedure of paper processing. I have contacted Senator Cruz, of Texas and he has requested information from me to help with this mess but the damage has been done.
  22. Hi! I’m moving to us soon on a K1 visa and i’m wondering how did you guys deal with your banks? i’m not sure how to go about transferring my money to a us account? did you do cross border banking? if so what bank did you use
  23. Hey guys, I have my K1 visa medical in Knightsbridge on Wednesday and I am starting to feel really anxious and under prepared! I have a history of depression and was diagnosed with Bipolar type 2 in 2016. That was probably my lowest point and since then I have got my life back on track through a mix of medication, counselling and taking responsibility for managing my symptoms. Ideally I would have more paperwork to prove this though. I moved city and GP in October 2019 and it has taken until now for my new GP practice to receive my medical records. I have my patient summary which has a decent amount of info but ideally I would have a letter from a GP that knows me well and also the psychiatrist who I was meeting regularly with for around 2 years up until the end of last year. I am going to prepare a timeline of my mental health, periods of counselling I have undertaken, groups I have attended etc to communicate the responsibility I have taken to manage my condition. I have read a lot on here about the benefit of having a letter from a medical professional attesting that you are “no longer a threat to yourself or others, now will be in the future”. How concerned should I be that I don’t have this? Also, If I am referred for a psychological assessment how long does that take to organise and would it need to be in London? Any help with this would be much appreciated! Cheers Stuart
  24. Hello everyone I just wanted to see if I can get others experience and results in this process, so I had my k1 visa interview in london two weeks ago and was told there may be an ineligibility on my visa based on two cautions in 2008 for shoplifting on the same day but has been stepped down, they hadn't spoken to acro at that point to confirm or had my medical results which they did 5 days later, he did tell me the quicker the response of them it wouldn't be good and gave me a green form which said I was refused under 221g pending admin processing, which I assume it's because they didn't have all the information yet, even though I walked away as though I had been denied already, the waiting game is killing me and I'm wondering if anyone else got accepted or denied based on two cautions or petty crimes,and if so did you appeal? any responses or insight would be appreciated. Thank you.
  25. Hi all! It’s been 5 days since my case change from in transit to ready, and haven’t received the package 3. Anyone have an idea how many days to get the package 3 ?
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