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  1. Hey guys! After a lot of hours and work, my fiancee and I's I-29F was successfully sent off and received. After receiving the tracking number, I called USCIS via their military hotline and requested expedition on the grounds of an upcoming deployment. A little bit later, I got a letter in the mail saying how they've opened the case and told me I should fax all substantiating evidence to their fax number with an attention to my expedition request case number. I've since done so, sending a copy of my orders, a military memorandum signed by my commander, and a individual letter explaining the situation myself; with of course a copy of their letter, and a cover letter for everything. Even in doing all this, I know I'm not guaranteed an expedited approval. My question is, however, for those of you who have done it, how do they reply to your request? And how long does it normally take for them to make their decision? My worry is, since I don't have a fax machine, I had a friend of mine use his at his office. Do I need to have him keep an eye out for a return fax? Or will they email, mail, or call me when they've made their decision? I've read somewhere that they'll only respond if its approved, so if its denied, I'll just never hear back from them. Is this true, as well? Any guidance on what to expect would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again, Jack
  2. Just a question.. If an expedite request is made through the military hotline vs. the regular line through USCIS.. are the officers making the decision more military influenced? in a sense that if it was for an expedite request other than deployment, but rather needed for a veteran, are the officers that deal with those requests from the hotline more specific to military personal? Or would the request be made through the line but given to an "generic" officer for decision? Thanks
  3. Hello, I'm a Canadian planning to marry my American fiancé who is in the United States air force. We will be getting married here in Seoul very soon. My fiancé will be pcsing back to the United States late March and I plan to join him there. It seems a DCF for a I-130 will be our quickest option once we are married. I was just wondering if anyone has any experience marrying an active duty military member and applying for a visa from Seoul. I read that they can be expedited in case of pcsing or deployment. Thanks in advance.
  4. My fiancé has submitted our petition for the k1 visa. Our NOA1 is September 27th. Now I have a bit more of a complicated case as the beneficiary and myself and my fiancé (US citizen) have been through quite a bit. .. Going forward, we are looking to expedite our case. I know there is criteria to which your case must follow under, but I do believe we have at least 2 of those to expedite by. My fiancé is a Marine and suffers severe PTSD/ depression. I know people will chime in and say that is not enough of a reason to expedite, but under certain circumstances, I do believe so... especially when self harm is coming into play and the support needed through those times. Obviously I will not share our personal lives on the matter, but things get very rough for us. I have been a huge role in his emotional, medical support. Now since I am in my country, its a different story. We used to live in the US together, prior to becoming engaged. I returned home, and he cannot be separated from me so has been visiting me for periods of time. With that being said, We are losing money. He is out of work, and we are paying for storage, utility bills, rent, car, etc. in the US as well as paying here in Canada. It is not affordable at all. He also lives in a very poor if not one of the poorest cities in the US. He is losing out on work and cannot get the medical needs here in Canada from the VA for his issues. To live in Canada is VERY expensive and completely out of the picture. The dollar is also very weak right now, so bills are almost double. He has applied for a work visa, but to pay both here and there, its not realistic based on that alone.. Either way, we do not want him to lose out on benefits to be here with me but he is really not doing well with the separation. I wanted to know a few experiences of others with something similar.. Is it reasonable to ask for an expedite? What documents can we show to prove this? Please do not comment anything negative...
  5. Does anyone know whether it would help or hurt to call the military line and ask for an expedite? Do you have to be going on deployment? I'm active duty Navy currently on shore duty in kind of a limbo and it's possible I could get orders back to a boat, but like everything in the military who knows. I've read the list of expedite criteria on the USCIS website, but it's pretty vague. Has anyone here got things expedited under some of those criteria. I don't want to waste my time or shoot myself in the foot and have it take longer by calling and mucking it up. Thanks.
  6. I'm going over the I-485 and there are several questions that someone who served in a mandatory military service would have to say yes (practically all Israelis and Koreans for example). Questions such as: Part 8 Q1, Q48.b, Q49, Q54, Q55. If you filed the I-485 on your own, did you mark those as "YES" and if so, did you explain each one separately or have you collected everything in Part 14 and commented once on all those question that you served a mandatory military service? Thanks!
  7. Hey everyone, I would like to ask if anyone here filed an expedited K1-visa through military reason. I'm an active duty military currently stationed in the U.S. and I am NOT deploying anytime soon so I was wondering if anyone was on the same situation and tried to expedite anyways. If so how long did the whole process took? I called the USCIS number already just told me to try sending a letter of request anyways even if im not deploying. My fiancée is in the Philippines. Any advice would be highly appreciated. Thank you.
  8. I am US citizen and in the military and am scheduled to deploy in later this year. My fiancé is a Canadian citizen and we have been in a relationship with lots of time spent together for the past 3.5 years. We are confused and unsure of which direction to go in terms of getting married and getting her to the US with me before I leave. We are also concerned about her not being able to work for an extended period of time while I am overseas (if we decide to go K1 route and have to wait for her work visa). I will try to organize the questions as best as possible, any and all experience and feedback is greatly appreciated! 1.) Granted that I am able to successfully receive a military expedite would it be better/faster to go with the K1 or CR-1 visa? Is the expedite process/timeframe the same for both? 2.) If we decide to go with the CR-1, can she come to the USA and marry here, then go home to Canada and we apply once she is back home? Will we have issues with USCIS thinking our marriage is not Bona Fide if we have a quick courthouse wedding then apply for CR-1 immediately once she goes back to Canada? (We have a ton of evidence of our relationship, photos, plane tickets, passport stamps, mail with both our names on it at my address). 3.) If we go with the k-1 visa, and marry immediately when she arrives in the USA once her visa is approved (no need to wait the full 90 days in our case), how long will it take for her to be able to work/receive advanced parole? We are concerned that I will have to leave shortly after she arrives and she will be stuck not able to work and make money or go home to see her family for the first few months that I am gone. Can we also apply to expidite to her AOS/Work Permit/Advanced Parole? 4) If we do marry first so she can be eligible for health benefits receive a military dependent ID card, will that expedite the process or hinder her getting her visa/work status approved? Thanks in advance everyone.
  9. My Story: I came here Legally at age 4/5 on a tourist visa with my parents. We just over stayed the time we were given to stay. Fast forward to 2014, I graduated high school, started dating my now husband and went on DACA. Fast forward to 2018, I've renewed DACA about twice now, graduated college and have a steady job. I got married to my husband last year in 2017. A little info about my husband, he is a american citizen that is in the Army National Guard. Together we filed the I-130, I-485 and I-601 (recommended by someone, just in case) We sent in the paperwork together in April of 2018 and we are wondering what the process is from here on out. How long it took for others and if this is a relative simple process? Has anyone gone through something similar? What are some tips? We hope we filed the correct forms. Everyone's story is different and I respect that, I only want positive words and advice. Just trying to understand this process a little better. Thank you all.
  10. I enlisted in August 2017 and it has been a real mess so far. I have been given so many ship dates that were all cancelled because my background investigation wasn't complete. I received a call from my recruiter about 10 days ago telling me that my background investigation was adjudicated and I was good to go this March 20th, then called me back literally a couple minutes later informing that I am not shipping and that there are about 20 other GC holders in the region who are also on hold. I understand that the country is being extra cautious with people joining the military, but my husband and I are getting aggravated with the poor communication. Here's my timeline: August 2017: Got sworn in November 7th 2017: 1st ship date November 13th: 2nd ship date given (no explanation) December 20th: 3rd ship date (reason: clearance not completed) March 20th: 4th ship date (clearance completed, reason: unknown) Here's is the link to the DoD policy change: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1342430/dod-announces-policies-affecting-foreign-nationals-entering-military/ If you were also affected or know more about this, please let us know.
  11. Hello, I want to know If I'm able to join the military with 1 year valid 1-551 stamped passport. When I got here, immigration officer(?) said that I should wait for 5 to 6 months to get my green card. and he said that I can use the stamped passport as a green card for 1 year. Here's my question, I wanna join the Army or Airforce as fast as I can. but on the internet the recruit center requires green card for enlisting. Can I join the military with a passport stamp which proves my legal state before getting the green card?? Thanks for your information.
  12. Fiance Visa got approved last Dec 5, 2017 through expedited process due to military deployment on February 2017. Now, still waiting on the papers that the USCIS sent to NVC, they said that it takes 6 weeks before the NVC to receive the papers. I will be deploying this coming February. Do you think my fiance will still be able to make it to the US before my deployment? NVC can't provide answer to this question since they havn't received the papers yet. Does anyone can provide an answer to this or who have had experienced the same situation?
  13. Could use some help here - my fiancee is from Algeria but has no military card. He did not serve, nor was he exempted from service. Honestly, it seems like they forgot about him. Is the military card (or an official exemption) required to bring to the interview at the embassy? Many thanks for your input.
  14. Hello All, Just a question, maybe some insight from others. Our case was approved last week due to an expedite. Has anyone had an NVC case number created in a timely manor from an approved expedited petition? We are on a tight time line and dealing with medical needs and financial loss which were approved from USCIS. Can they "expedite" the case number creation once they receive the application? Also, the embassy interview can be expedited, only after it is booked it can be changed, correct? Please any insight would help.
  15. Hey guys, So I was hoping this wouldn't end up being an issue because I thought the timing would line up better but basically, my fiance (the petitioner) is in the US military and is still currently living in the dorms. There is a chance he may get moved out of them before my interview but it's not looking too promising. Once we are married (which we plan to do as soon as possible after I enter the US), we will be able to get a housing allowance to go and find a place, but what should I be using as my address until then? We used the dorm address on our I-129F with the intent of updating it for the interview, but now it's looking like he probably won't have his own place yet, and I feel like leaving it as the dorms is going to cause some issues. It is likely that I will have to get a hotel or arrange some other sort of temporary living situation until we're married and approved for the allowance. Has anyone here gone through something like this and can offer some advice? I'm worried they will deny me if there is no permanent address for me to live stateside. Is it possible to just explain the situation, show evidence of lining up a temporary place to stay as well as research into apartments, and then paperwork that explains the housing allowance, or is that not sufficient? Note: My fiance has a PO box for mail so we do thankfully have a steady mailing address
  16. Hello everyone, I'm actually planning on joining the military but I'm still a conditional permanent resident. My green card will expire next year. And I'm still not sure if my parents are going to file the petition to remove the condition next year. I moved out of the house and live by my own. Is there anyway I could change the petitioner to myself or someone else? Or is there anyway I could join the military?
  17. Hi All, Has anyone been through the 319(b) process - expediting your N-400 due to accompanied overseas orders? (3yr orders) Does anyone happen to have a coverletter for the docs they submitted? Any hints / tips would be most appreciated! I'm just about to start jumping through the these hoops
  18. Good evening to everyone. Me and my fiancé are willing to get married through proxy. He’s been stationed overseas here in Italy, unfortunately he got in trouble and he is now in a confinement facility in Germany while I stayed here (I am an italian citizen). I’ve done some research and it’s actually possible to go through the proxy marriage process even though he’s at confinement. There’s only one problem. What’s going to happen after we get our marriage license? How do I submit the forms to get a visa? I’ve read the proxy marriage has to be consumed, but he’s in a military prison so that’s pretty much impossible. And he won’t be able to submit or request documents due to his confinement. He’s going to be convicted for 8-10 more months, and once he gets out they’re sending him in the states. Does anyone know what I should do?
  19. question #54 in Part 8 of the I-485 asks "Have you EVER been a member of, assisted, or participated in any group, unit, or organization of any kind in which you or other persons used any type of weapon against any person or threatened to do so?" I want to mark "No" because well geez it just sounds so bad but my husband was in the military in Colombia and well.. I mean... they do that kind of stuff in the military so I'm thinking I should mark "Yes"? Wondering what to mark so as to avoid causing problems...
  20. Hi all Please disregard previous post -- i messed up. I just got to the US on a spouse visa CR1 and i'm aware that i need to REMOVE CONDITIONS 90 days prior to expiration date on my Green Card. That for us will be in May 2019 but my husband's an active duty military member and we got orders to move overseas in August 2019 .. Do i just file and move overseas? I'm very ignorant about the subject but saw there's biometrics and an interview that must be done in order to get an approval. I'm asking you guys here as many times when i called USCIS for info, they didn't even know what to tell me! @Roel Please disregard my big mess up on the other post. Did you have to attend an interview? We will be Stationed in Japan
  21. As many of you are probably aware, LPR's have been delayed due to DoD's new policy. See VJ thread here. I'm about to hit my 5 yr mark as a LPR in February. However, I am also due to report to Navy basic training in December. I am wondering what's the fastest way to process my citizenship? Should I choose option A or D in form N400? If I choose option D, I am probably required to submit form N-426 (Request for Certification of Military or Naval Service). But as far as I know, this requires 1 year of military service. Does my time in DEP count as military service? Can I bring all documents to bootcamp to be safe? Option A - Have been a lawful resident of the US for at least 5 years Option D - Are applying on the basis of qualifying military service Here's my enlistment timeline: Enlisted: June 2017 Background investigation opened: November 2017 Background investigation completed: August 2018 Adjudication completed: October 2018
  22. I have a question if you please don't mind helping me with. My sister she is married to his husband which works for U.S. armed forces, being deployed frequently overseas for NATO operations. She is a U.S. citizen. Can my sister (same mother and father) apply for green card for me or citizenship under special provisions, expedited? Any advise is much appreciated, thanks very much!
  23. If my military husband gets orders while our I-130 is still processing, can I travel with him on a Command Sponsored Visa? I am not a US citizen, nor have a green card. But for example, if he gets orders to Germany while our spouse visa is processing, can I just travel with him on the military sponsored visa?
  24. Hello everyone, I’m new here! I have some concerns and questions. Me and my American fiancé have applied for a K1 visa and I will soon have my interview (yay)! But he just deployed with the military and will be gone for 6 months which is just as long the visa will be valid for. We will be living in Texas where he’s from and where marriage by proxy is allowed. My questions is: 1. Can I enter the U.S and get married by proxy while he’s still gone? Does that fulfill the requirements for the K1? 2. If we do get married by proxy, can I still file for AOS right after? 3. If this wouldn’t work, what other solutions could there be? We really don’t want to go through this process again!! I am extremely thankful for all answers you could give me, thank you!
  25. Hey everyone, My husband finally received his passport with his US visa inside - hooray!!! It took about a year and two months from start to finish...not bad considering our current government. Anyway, my question is this: My husband is not yet 30 and has not yet completed his military service - he's continued his studies and hasn't been required to do his service yet. Now that we are ready to move to the States, we are wondering if we need any sort of stamp or paperwork from the Egyptian military stating that he is allowed to travel? Or will an enrollment certificate from his university be sufficient? Also, because he's not yet 30, would we be able to travel back to Egypt without fear of him being conscripted before a) he turns 30 or b) he becomes a US citizen? Any answers and advice help. Thank you and please feel free to message me with any questions regarding the entire CR1 application process - it's not as daunting as it seems, promise!