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  1. Hi everyone, As an F1 student adjusting status through marriage, do I have to send USCIS any documents showing my legal status such as the school's I-20? Thanks.
  2. Hey guys! So last week i submitted my i-485 to Chicago office. I’m from CA btw. So according the USPS, my mail arrived last Monday. But i havent received any email or text from the USCIS confirming that they’ve received my mail. Is this normal? Thank you.
  3. Hi, I just received copies of my marriage certificate and it says that they expire after 3 months (Basically April). Is that something I should keep in mind before mailing it to USCIS? I'm adjusting status from F1. Thanks.
  4. Hi everyone, i received a letter from USCIS after my greencard interview,it requested me to either submit a i601 OR provide the evidence that i failed to depart the US for the reasons that's beyond my control. (the letter said it appears that i am inadmissible to the US under INA212(a)(6)(c)(i) for fraud or misrepresentation.) background: got married on Sep 2017 (we were in a relationship for more than an year) entered the US on Dec 2017 with ESTA i was planning on staying just a month, but my father in law got badly injured 10 days before i arrived, and my husband's grandma passed away 3 days after my arrival. my husband was the only person that makes money after his dad was injured, and he was upset and under stress so i decided to stay here for him and his family. my question is 1. Do i submit a 601 or provide the evidence that i failed to depart for the reasons that's beyond my control? 2.i have an infopass appointment next week, what can i ask to help with the situation? 3.if i chose to provide the evidence and my 485 gets denied, do i need to leave the US straight away? 4.if i apply for CR1 when i return to my country, does the previous denial record affect my future application? any suggestion is welcomed, thank you.
  5. Hello, I got marriage last month and I'm working on getting everything ready to file. My question is about joint bank statements: Will we need bank statements with detailed charges over a certain period of time, or would a letter from bank stating that we have a joint account enough? Do we need to disclose the amount of money in our bank account? Thank you!
  6. Hello everyone. Please advice i came to US on tourist visa. Five months in my boyfriend proposed and we decided to get married as he didn’t want me to leave. We got married on the last day my I-94 was expiring (October 2018). We have been doing research on the adjustment of status and now we’re ready to file. Do we need a lawyer? Considering that I’ve been out of status since October 2018 (4 months now) even though I was legally married when my I-94 expired. Please advice. Kind regards
  7. Hi there! I want to know if applying for US tourist visa before applying for CR1 makes sense or not? Little bit about me: Indian citizen who studied and worked in US for 10 years. H1b visa (work visa) got rejected in summer 2018 and I returned to India immediately. Got married in India to my US citizen girfriend in December 2018. Own a home and car in US. Did not get any time to wrap up my assets in US as exiting after H1b visa rejection was time sensitive. My US citizen wife is now back in the US and we plan on getting married the American way with her family around. For this reason, I want to apply for tourist visa but I am not sure if I should wait until I file my CR1 visa or not. I understand that getting the tourist visa approved might be a difficult task but I want to take a chance and see if the visa goes through. If I get a tourist visa, I do not plan on staying back in US and file for AOS from there. I plan on fully following the legal channel and wait for CR1 approval from India. What do you guys suggest? Should I file for tourist first and then file for CR1? My parents already have valid US tourist visa and they plan on visiting US for my American wedding. What should be my pitch to consular officer regarding my need for tourist visa? Any suggestion is highly appreciated. Thank you!
  8. Hi everyone me and my husband had our interview yesterday we didn’t get approved on the spot but the officer said to start checking the status online starting last night. My status still says interview scheduled so i called their cs number and the representative told me my case was approved yesterday around the same time we had our interview. My question is has this happened to anyone else? The io gave us a letter the case was still under review yet we were approved at the same time(thats what the rep told me).
  9. Hi, I had an account on this forum before but I can't access the email it's linked to, so I've remade- hope this is ok. Recently I abandoned the K-1 Visa, I don't wish to disclose why but we still want to be together and get married, we really do. But what if we want to move back to my home country to marry, are we able to? Especially if we've abandoned a Visa before? Does it look bad/suspicious? The process itself was fine and went smoothly. We did everything by the book. No hiccups as far as actually getting the K1 and going through all the steps. Does anyone know someone I can contact about this sort of thing? Also, most importantly, we still want the opportunity to go back to the US if need be (BOTH of us), whether it's to live there/visit (as a married couple). So let's just say I have them on a fiance visa of some kind (I am from australia, so perhaps a subclass 300? Correct me if I'm wrong. I also saw online someone mentioning a 'i130' but that almost doesn't make sense to me) and we want the opportunity to move over in the near future (after 8 months-2 years say of being in Aus/being married. It really depends). So what if we married in my country but decided to move back to the US after all? I did every single thing by the book and it went great, but does it look suspicious? I take it we can't file for the K1 Visa again and I can't get married over there at this point on any Visa (correct me if I'm wrong though), so while it is tempting to ask about that too I think I know it's out of the question. I know this sounds all a bit strange but any advice/messages are appreciated. Thanx everybody.
  10. In the form i-131, should I really include a letter? How do I do that? What should I write? And as for the intended travel dates and how many days what should i put? Thank you
  11. My main question is: is me getting married before applying for OPT going to prevent me from being approved? I know I can apply for adjustment of status, but I feel like getting a job would be easier if I started with an OPT, and then adjusting my status while working.
  12. Hi, I'm an F1 student that just got married 2 weeks ago. I will file for AOS in March. I was on OPT a year ago and was given a social security card. However, I'm wondering, when I apply for work authorization during the AOS process, will I get a new social security number/card? I hope I will because I believe that the current one I have is being used without my permission. Please advise. Best,
  13. Hi, My spouse and I got married last week. We wanted to start a new lineage with a completely different last name. That was not possible here in California so I took his last name and kept mine as my middle name. My question is, when can we change both our last names? Will it interfere with my adjustment of status (I am filing in late February)? Will it confuse immigration if I file with my current married name and while the package is processed, I go ahead and start the court process to change our names. Thanks.
  14. Last month we got a letter saying we have got the AOS interview scheduled on Jan 15th in Baltimore. I did not expect to get an interview date within 6-7 months of submission of my application, but I am not gonna complain about it. Right now we are assembling a bunch of folders/documents to make the strongest possible case during the interview. I have gone though a bunch of threads that have discussed such documents/packages. So I wanted to get some feedback on what I have assembled so far. Additionally, I could really some suggestions on how to make a strong case in the light not living with my wife right now, and a lack of joint finances. Despite the fact that we have had a strong relationship for close to 7 years, these factors will very likely be detrimental to our case. So I need your help on how to mitigate these circumstances, if possible at all. 1) My wife and I are living in different states since early December as I moved from MD to CA to start a new job. I just could not find any suitable job in my area, and this job was a once in a lifetime opportunity. My wife is from CA and her family lives there. I plan to move back to MD after a year or so as CA is just crazy expensive to buy a home. I am sure this will count against us in the interview. It seems like cohabitation is a big deal. Can anything be done to downplay this? My wife changed her last name to mine, and I got on her health insurance. 2) We don't have any joint finances, no joint accounts or joint tax filing. Financially we have always been very independent. We are beneficiary's at each others work. When we were renting an apartment together, we have the leases to show for it. Since my wife purchased a house, I pay for part of the mortgage by transferring money to her bank account. I don't have any clue what to do about it. 3) We did not keep photocopies of the submitted forms (I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765, I-864). I do have the saved PDFs of the filled out forms, which I plant to print out and bring to the interview. I do have a copy of I-693 that the doctor gave me. In hindsight I should have kept photocopies of submitted forms, I don't know if the interviewer expect me to bring them. What should I do in this case? Thank you in advance! List of documents/evidence supporting marriage: Folder 0: AOS Related Forms - Prints of forms submitted to USCIS - Subfolder containing all I-797s Folder 1: Petitioner's US Citizenship and Identity - Birth certificate - US passport - Driver's license Folder 2: Petitioner's Proof of Income - W2 of last three years - Pay stubs of last 3 months Folder 3: Beneficiary's Identity - Birth Certificate - Passport - US Visa - EAD combo card - I20s from college (old) - I94 - Social security card Folder 4: Proof of Family Relationship Between Petitioner & Spouse Beneficiary - Marriage certificate - Social security card showing wife's change of last name Folder 5: Proof of Cohabitation (past only) - Title of car owned jointly by me & my wife (for last 6 years) - W2s of me & my wife showing same address (for last 6 years) - Health insurance cards - Car insurance cards (both our cars under same insurance) - Apartment lease with our names 2014-2016 Folder 6: Proof of Travels - Copies of wife's visa to India, immigration stamps on passport in India - Flight tickets from CA to MD during Christmas break to visit wife Folder 7: Photographs (making it pretty extensive) - Photographs of us over the years - Photographs showing both of us in important events in wife's family (weddings & etc) - Photographs taken during Indian ceremony in India - Photographs taken during wedding in USA Folder 8: Screenshots of FB posts of important events - Prints of screenshots of FB posts (with date & time) showing us over the last 6 years - Prints of screenshots of wife's communication on FB (with date & time) with my mother
  15. Hello, I'm seeking for some similar experience to my case. I'm on F1, student visa; currently working full-time on OPT. My EAD card ends on Feb. 11. I'm planning to get married to my boyfriend and was wondering if applying for the marriage-based green card during my 60 day grace period is too soon? I was told you should wait around three months to send the application? So assuming we get married by Feb. 11, and send out the application on the very last day of the 60 day grace period that would be around two months. Would love to know if anyone here has similar experience.
  16. So alot has happened since i been this site so I will try to make it short and explain myself. My wife ( then fiance ) came here january 2017 we got married in march 2017 , we had our long distance relationship since fall 2015 so alot of time has been put into this , i even visited twice . Ever since 2017 there has always been a communication issue between us and maybe that was because of being brought up differently im not too sure. Arguments , verbal attacks , lack of communication , divorce threats , silent treatment , fighting have all been happening atleast once a month ever since even with having a daughter back november 2017 it never got easier. I have my faults and im willing to work on my flaws but im with someone who will delfect , provoke , and use verbal attacks to get back at me for things. She will claim im a violent person , i have a temper etc etc. but the question has always been in this two way thing we have called marriage what has her input been? Why has this husband of mine gotten mad or loud? Instead of playing the victim all the time and taking responsiblity for her own inputs in the marriage its gotten to the point where she can threaten me with divorce multiple times , disrepects me infront of people , has called me all the names in the world , and still will blame me for everything on the sun. Right now im at my parents house and were just taking a "break" this separation will result in two things . 1 she calls me and shes finally ready to work on ourselves and we move on on all past things or 2 we stay separated for a year and i file divorce " no fault divorce" i tihnk they call it in nc . The only thing i care about now is my daughter and there is no point trying to force someone to stay married to you if there just going to keep threatening divorce to you every month. In this mess her 2 year GC expires next year , thoughts on what to do ?
  17. Hi. My temporary green card was expired on AUG 2018 and I went to a local USCIS office to get a stamp and got 1 year additional. ( My previous Green card was taken by an officer). A few days later, I got a letter from the USCIS that extends 1year and half of extension of my conditional resident which has to be along with my previous green card. But the issues are, 1. I don't have the previous green card that can have 1year and half extended time( the stamp on my passport will be expired 8 months earlier than the letter approved) 2. I also got a letter from USCIS that requires additional documents which evidence good faith of my marriage. My question is 1. How I can use the allowed 1year and half extended time without a previous green card? 2. Can I get another stamp on my passport if I can't get a permanent resident card within expired date on my stamp which is July 2019.( I just submitted additional documents) Please help
  18. Hi all! My UK partner and I are planning to get married in a few months and then start the CR-1 process (decided against the K1 because we didn't want to deal with the AoS wait where he could not work or leave the country!). I am currently in the US after living abroad with him for a number of years; he is still in the UK. The trouble is...we aren't sure where we can even get married! We were planning on doing it in the UK but it turns out we would both need to be resident there for 7 days, and then give 28 days notice to the registrar before we could even get married-- I can't be away from work for that long! It looks like it is legal for him to come over as a tourist under his ESTA, get married in the US, and then head back home so I can get the visa process started (I know AoS from a tourist visa is a big no-no, and we wouldn't be interested in that anyway as we'd be in the same boat as the K1). my question is--- does anyone have any suggestions for slightly more interesting places to get married that don't have residency requirements? I have been googling around but it looks like a lot of places have restrictions on getting legally married within their borders. Another issue will be receiving the various affidavits/apostilles from our home countries stating that we are legally able to wed; it is very complicated! We are basically eloping-- no family or friends and just a civil ceremony, so we thought it would be nice to combine it with our "honeymoon" and make a bit of an adventure of it before being apart while waiting for the CR1. Open to any interesting suggestions! Especially places easily accessible from the US or Europe and where we'd be able to get by in English!! Where did you get married to your international spouse? Especially when you were engaged in two different countries? thanks all! Happy almost holidays!
  19. darth vader

    IR1 case complete to interview date?

    How long is it taking from case complete date to get an interview at Mumbai right now? If it helps, I have a case complete date of September 21, 2018. Please consider dropping a comment here if you recently got an interview date for a spousal visa interview so I can check out your timeline. Thanks!
  20. Good Morning/Noon, I am trying my luck and see if someone can best advice me as to what I can do to petition my wife here in U.S. To start off, I am a Active Duty Military serving in the Navy. We just got married last September 27,2018 we've been together since June 27, 2016 and we've seen each other in person already and that was in Dec 20, 2017 for 11 days as I went back to the Philippines. We are married through double proxy marriage that is currently being done in Montana. I already went to the JAG Legal office and the guy was somewhat not helpful because he even just used google for my situation which I could've done my self. He advised us to just apply for the K-1 Visa, however I will be going to the Philippines this coming February 2019 and will spend a month with her which will technically make our marriage "CONSUMMATED" and will become recognized for a I-130 petition. My issue is, I will change my duty station in Dec 2019 and I do not know if I will be attached to a ship or actually sent overseas. I wanted to file as soon as I can. Do you think it will be a problem if I file a K-1 Visa now (December 2018) but our marriage is actually going to be consummated in (Feb 2019)? I really don't want to wait until it gets "consummated" because it'll also take some time off on the actual processing. In addition, If I file a I-130 we don't even have any joint accounts yet because we just got married. I hope you can advice me. Thank you!
  21. Hello! Read a lot of the AOS forums are mostly K1 and wanted to know and share any news/updates to any fellow F1s doing AOS. Please share yours and help me calm down as I low-key panic during the wait. I'm doing F1 - AOS based on marriage. 05/07/18 – Mailed package 05/09/18 – Case received date. USPS delivery 05/16/18 – Text and emails of Receipt of Application 05/16/18 – Cashed checks 05/21/18 – Receipt of Application by mail 05/26/18 – Appointment Notice for Biometrics 06/04/18 – Biometrics Appointment 06/25/18 – Online update: Fingerprint taken on the system 07/02/18 – Online update: Fingerprint review completed I read online an approximate timeline adjusted to 2018 that said : NOA 2-3 weeks. Notice Biometrics 3-5 weeks. Biometrics 5-8 weeks. Receive EAD card 12-16 weeks. Notice of Interview 4-10months. AOS interview 6-12months. Green Card 8-14 months. Now, I was looking good on my timeline right until the biometrics and according to this one I'm already behind on times. And yes, I'm freaking out about it.
  22. I am currently in the US on a j1 visa that expires on the 28th July 2019. My boyfriend and I want to get married and continue our lives here. What are the steps? How long does this take? When should we start paperwork in relation to my visa ending? Will I need to stop working? The 2-year Requirement does not apply to me. I am from Australia.
  23. My husband and I have a joint bank account together, however, we just opened the account and our most recent statement says we have nothing in the account. Would a blank check from that account (which obtains both our first and last names) be sufficient enough to scan (front and back) and use as evidence? We also have another joint bank account here in Canada, I have statements and proof of consistent deposits and withdraws from that account, which we are also using as evidence for THAT specific account.
  24. Hello, I am new to the website and thought I would begin my Visa Journey. I apologize in advance if I ask a question that has already been answered somewhere in the forums! So our situation is: I am a US citizen, marrying a Japanese citizen. She is currently visiting me on a tourist VISA. We have been debating marriage with the K1 and CR1 options for quite some time now. We decided the CR1 process as both of us can live and work in Japan while the CR1 is being processed. My question is: Are there any issues with being married in the US right now while she in on a tourist Visa? From what I have gathered it isn't a problem unless you have the intention of overstaying your 90 day visa. We have no intention of doing this, we just want to get married here so that when she returns to Japan, she can start the Visa process for me to enter Japan. If this is a potential problem for something major like Visa Fraud, we would rather just get married in Japan and not have any other potential issues. Thank you for any and all responses!
  25. I’d like to share my journey with the hopes of helping others out there. I entered the USA legally over 30 years ago on a F1 Student VISA - but never took the initiative to act on it till 2 years ago. So here is my timeline. AND Abe patient because currently wait times are longer than they were when I filled. We are a gay couple and got married in NYC - never left the USA all those years - if you have lived abroad they will need background checks from the embassies where you have lived. So got married FEB 2016 in New York cIty - Hired an attorney because I no longer had any original documents and FOIA needed to be filled to prove that I entered the USA legally. Waited for receipt of the paperwork, went to an authorized medical examiner - was able to actually bring in blood work from my primary dr instead of having to do more blood work. But they have to perform the tuberculosis tests and some other test themselves. Paid them around $200.00 - Came back to the lawyer with all the money 💰 ( he allowed me to make payments until before the interview) Documentation was sent and USCIS received my case in May 2016. They issue both you and your lawyer a receipt letter. About 30 days later you go for your biometrics where they fingerprint and take your picture. You must keep the receipt as proof that you went. And you can’t just go anytime you want. You will receive a letter with location and time of your appointment. You can reschedule the appointment but it’s not advised that you do so as it will delay the process even longer. USCIS made a mistake and requested further evidence stating I didn’t provide financial evidence from my sponsoring US Citizen. Which was not true. My lawyer is very competent and with years of experience. It was a money well spent to hire his services. In February 2017 we went in for the interview. It was nothing scary like the movies. But we obviously has more than enough substantial evidence. The more you can prove the better off you are. The interview was held in an office with me , my husband and my lawyer before the immigration officer. He asked a few expected simple questions and approved my case right there and then. August 12th - Receive notice that my case was approved. And 1 week later ( 2 months after the biometric ) I received my work authorization as well as travel authorization. Ok Fantastic só now I could get a job which I did immediately. The work Authorization card (EAD ) was valid for 1 year, while the green card is being processed. About 6 months later - March 2017 I received my green card in the mail. Unfortunately when I filled I was only married for 1 year, they issued a conditional green card that’s only valid for 2 years. Now it’s 90 days before the expiration date of the green card, so I just filled I-745 - Petition to remove conditions on a green card. A whole new process needs to take place, fees, biometrics and such. But then I will receive a 10 year green card. USCIS a will issue a notice extending your conditional green card while they work on your case. This is has been my journey. So I hope it helps those out there.