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  1. Hello. I'm a military spouse and a U.S. permanent resident. We're PCSing to Japan next month. Due to the medical reasons, EFMP didn't recommend me to travel overseas (mainly because of the medications I used to take in the past). Because of this, command sponsorship was denied, meaning my name is not on the order my husband received. Thankfully I still have a Japanese citizenship, and will have healthcare when I move there, so I decided to accompany him. My main concern is the USCIS might think I've abandoned my permanent resident status by going back to my home country. We've contacted USCIS military help line several times, but each time we talk to them they give us different answers. Some told me we should file I-131 (request for reentry permit) before we leave, but it expires in 2 years and we'll be in Japan for at least 3 years. It means I might have to come back to the States to file the form again or pay fines when coming back for overstaying. Some agents told us we could file it when we come back to the States, but said it's "totally up to your decision," which confused us even more. I understand as a military spouse, I may still be allowed to reenter the country even with the expired green card, but I'm still worried that I might have issues with USCIS because of it. We've scheduled an appointment with the military base legal office to discuss about our situation next week. Did anybody experienced the same/similar situations? The reason why we still haven't figured this out yet is because EFMP process took so long and my husband received the official order less than a month ago. Since we don't have much time until we leave the country, any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
  2. Hi, I have gained my Lawful Permanent Resident status in the US on April 2019, last year, on that time I was serving in the army under mandatory law for military service in my home country. I have been serving since November 2017 and until July 2020. I have already had flight tickets in my hands into the US that were planned for April 2020- so I shall not remain outside of the US for a period longer than 1 year. Unfortunately, Covid-19 pandemic has shown up and I could not have come to the US on times because the airline has cancelled my tickets. because of that, I have exceeded 1 year outside of US borders and now I need to apply for SB-1 Returning Resident visa in order to come back to the US. this upcoming process is exhausting and complicated in order to issue me a new immigrant visa and may hurt my naturalisation process. my green card was only issued last year and is valid until 2029, my question is if would you recommend for me to just take a flight now into the US and deal with the immigration officer at the port of entry or start this visa process with the embassy in my home country?
  3. Hello, I would like to apply for naturalization early (319b), because I will accompany my husband on an overseas assignment. We just got orders today, and will have to move in June. Currently waiting for an interview appointment for the adjustment of status (which I will try to get expedited with the orders). I am searching for others, who have been able to get their naturalization early and would like to share their experience. I would really appreciate your stories! I am from Germany, and have read that I need to get a document from a German authority in order to keep my German citizenship. Any Germans here, who would like to share their experience with the process? Thanks in advance for any replies!
  4. Hi I am filing for AOS soon, my husband and I filed joint tax document, I just want to ask what pages should I submit? Is it just the 1040? My husband is in the Military so he just have 1 income and his W2 already pass the income requirements so I dont think we need to submit joing sponsor. but I have a self employed job which include our joint tax return with schedule SE and schedule C, should I also need to submit those along with the 1040 for the affidavit of support? Please help
  5. Hello Firstly a big thanks because everyone on the forum has been super helpful throughout our visa journey, would absolutely not have made it through with some semblance of sanity in tact without everyone's contributions, so THANK YOU! Here again to seek some advice. I will try to keep the background brief, but informative so those that have some experience or insight can answer questions or provide guidance. My spouse (US citizen) and I (UK citizen) were married November 2019, my CR1 visa issued December 2020. The plan, of course was for me to head over to the US with my spouse as soon as I completed my notice period at work (end of February 2021). We are currently unsure how best to proceed because my spouse, is US air force and was given an assignment to the UK this month. (Yay.. kinda!) Documentation still needs to be completed but April 2021 is the absolute latest (very short notice) my spouse has to be here in the UK and will likely be here for 3 years as a minimum. Both of us have called the USCIS military helpline (separately) and found them less than helpful. The very earliest I could be in the US would likely be 24 February and that would be finish work and head straight to the airport the following day, COVID test dependent.. We don't want to close any doors or have to go through the visa process and be separated again in future should the next assignment be somewhere in the US. Our questions are as follows and of course if there is anything I haven't thought of, please do let me know: 1. Do I have to physically enter the US at all in order to get my resident permit and or social security number? 2. If I am going, or in our case remaining in the UK, will I by default be abandoning my resident permit? 3. Do I need to or should I apply for a re-entry permit? 4. If I do enter the US, do I have to stay in the US until I receive my resident permit in the post or will changing the postal address to an APO be sufficient? 5. We understand that I-485 (to adjust status) form needs to be filed and immigrant fee needs to be paid (likely before entry) - is there anything else we might have missed? 6. We will have to apply for removal of conditions before November 2021, can this be done overseas? 7. Should we just abandon the visa, let it expire in May and hope that when it comes time to re-issue it may not be as much of a headache? 8. We think consulting a lawyer might be helpful, has anyone been in a similar situation and consulted with one? If so, would you recommend we do too? Trying not to overthink everything, but also this curveball is a bit mental considering I've just given up my job and flat here! I would really really appreciate anyone's help or guidance, even on some of the questions. Thanks so much again! Best wishes and stay safe!
  6. Hi, we will be filing my ROC jointly and my husband (US citizen) is in active duty military. My question is, aside from the latest LES and SGLI, what other evidences we can submit? (pertaining to being in the military) We have other evidences such as tax return, bank statements, lease agreement, POA and car insurance to name some. And also, from what I have read, we should indicate Active Military on the top right corner of the I-751 form? Any advice you can give for those who have submitted their packets already. Thank you very much.
  7. My situation is as follows: I am married to a Veteran and recently applied for I-130 and I-131. I filled for I-130: Potomac Service Center December 21, 2016 NOA #1 : 12-26-2016 Filed for I-131 PIP: National Benefits Center Mailed: 1-13-2017 Received: 1-19-2017 Fee Wavied: 2-4-2017 Biometrics: 2-17-2017 It's 3-16-2017 today and I am currently still waiting...... Please comment if you are in a similar situation!!
  8. Hi, I'm Italian born in 1981. Military service was mandatory back in the days. I was in the "Lista di Leva", (the list of guys who could do the military service). I was called in 2001 and I spent a couple of days in Florence to do all the checks and all the visits. Together with many others, I was found "Riformato" (ineligible) to do the military service, I took the train and I went back home. That's it! I didn't swear in front of my flag. I didn't shoot or received and sort of training. There was probably a document that certifies it, but either I've never had it or it got lost in the last 20 years. There is, however, a document that says that I was in the list of the guys who could do the military service. If you asked me: "Did you serve in the military?" I would answer a strict: "No!" What should I answer in the DS-260? If I answer yes, they want to know the Branch of Service, the Rank, the Military Specialty... All things that I can't reply to because they're completely irrelevant to me, simply because... I didn't serve in the military. So, have I served in the military? Thanks
  9. Hi, I just have a quick question about changing name from maiden to married name. I will be filing my ROC on February 2021, can I go ahead and change my name on my SSN, Driver's license, military ID (dependent), etc. or wait until it is near February? I am just wondering about the timing of it all. Has anyone here had the same situation (who might also be a military dependent)? Thank you.
  10. Hello! I've asked this question in a German fb group already and got told to ask my question here. My Husband was a service active duty member for 10 years, got medical seperated like 2 Months ago. We are together for 3 years and married for 1. he has struggled with alcohol and mental issues the past 2 years. we went to Familie advocacy, had marriage counseling, I had to call the German and base police 3 times. he got no contact orders and now a provisional order though the german court. he started to take pills and acted normal for the last couple months so I "kinda "paused the provisional order. In this time he filed the I-130 for me and my 2 older Children because he was normal, seperated and I was then ready to move with him. he filed like 2 months ago and I've got a email that the Embassy in Frankfurt Grermay has started the process. my husband started to take his pills only infrequently, which we all have felt. I had to go back to the police and now hes not allowed to come back home again. I dont want to cancle the application. he doesnt want to eather. maybe one day he will go on a treatment. But I don't know how to handle the GC situation now. Some people tell me to file for Vawa, some say I should not change anything. what would be the best solution? we have one child together we have a house finances together i also have proofs for black mail, emotional abuse with screenshots, security forces documents, german police and the provisional order. What should I do? get a lawyer?
  11. 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.
  12. I am already at the "Mailing/Permanent" address part of DS260. Under the Permanent Address part, it's asking me if i have an address in the US where i intend to live. The thing is, my husband is currently living in Hawaii but in March he will be PCS-ing to Florida. Should i answer NO? Or YES, and then put his Hawaii address? If i put his Hawaii address, it asks me if this is the address where i want my green card mailed.. Obviously the answer is no, then it asks me for another address for the green card but he doesnt have an address yet in Florida. If my answer to the question "do you have an address in the US where you intend to live?" is NO, will that have a negative impact on my visa application?
  13. Good day everyone. Our cases (IR1 and IR2) are now sent to NVC. We know that it can take up to weeks to receive the case numbers. While waiting, we would like to prepare the supporting documents that we will be needing to upload in addition to the I-864 form. My husband (petitioner) is an active duty USAF. These are the documents that we are going to upload. What do you think guys? Are we missing something? Do we need to add other documents? Thank you for your input. ☐ IRS tax transcript 2019 (most recent) ☐ W-2 Form 2019 ☐ Pay stubs or Leave and Earnings Statement (last 6 months) ☐ Bank statements (last 6 months) ☐ Letter of employment (Example: "NAME and RANK has been a full-time employee of the United States Army since 2019 and is in good standing with an annual income of "$$$$" - Signed[immediate Supervisor]") ☐ Proof of Military Active Duty
  14. Hello, I'll try to make this brief as I can: I am United States navy sailor seeking to marry my fiance who I've known and been daring for two years as of may this year. If anyone could help me with how to navigate the forms and fees that would be very helpful, if there are other service members on here who have gone through this before your advice and experience would be very much appreciated. I've only just graduated bootcamp since February this year and am currently expected to ship out July of this year. I'm trying to begin the process quickly so I won't be bogged down when I get under way. Thank you all to those who see this and reply
  15. My Thai girlfriend and I are seeking an honest and good working immigration attorney so we can get started on the paperwork. I'm in the United States Air Force and will be deploying to Iraq in January. My girlfriend and I are planning on getting married after deployment, but her visa will expire the month I get back. She'll expire at the beginning of July, I'll return towards the end. I was told by an attorney that as soon as I get back, we can marry, turn the paperwork in and put a hold on her illegal status. They weren't that bad in price, but the reviews made me reach out on here. Does anybody know of any good immigration attorneys that are trustworthy and not expensive?
  16. Hi all, my husband is a US citizen and I’m his spouse we are currently stationed in Germany. He works as a contractor for the US Military in Aviation. I work for the same company but I’m on the German system at the moment, I’m from England. So the company has offered me a promotion in America in their Corporate office which will be a pay rise but they can only hold the job for so long so if my visa takes longer than about four months the position won’t be there. also, my husbands contract ends in August and his job will be moved to the states. This will mean he will be separated from me and his son as he is not able to stay in Germany without a SOFA agreement. So we would have to pay for two homes another car etc. so you think this would qualify our visa to be expedited? thank you in advance!
  17. Hi! I just got my email saying that my file had been accepted and sent to Harrisonburg storage centre for processing. I can’t fine an estimated processing tim for this location and previous posts on the are all quite old. Can anybody give me an idea where to look for it or let me know your experience with this location. thanks!!
  18. Hello, I need some help with a couple of things regarding the n400 application. My spouse is active duty military, I have not filed my n400 yet. (I am a U.S Permanent Resident 10yr G.C holder) We got stationed here last year in July. We lived in a hotel for less than a month. So my first question is on the address info do i need to write down the address of the hotel? (it asks for previous 5 years of address') If i do not put an address of the hotel there will be a gap between when we pcs'd and when we moved into our current home (which is off-base). Second question is, it asks for dates outside of the United states. When we PCS'd, do i put the date starting when we left?? and date returned blank?? We have a PSC PO.BOX for our current address which is a U.S address so I'm confused on what to put on there. Third question, For current spouses' address, do I write our physical German address or PO. BOX? Thank you very much for reading! I
  19. Hi there, me and my fiancé applied for the K1 visa in June, and are almost done with the process. My interview will be soon, and We have been waiting for this for a few years. Last night however, my fiancé called me and told me that he got a really amazing promotion (he is in the military). To summarize it- he will be attending school for the promotion and afterwards he might get stationed within the US or somewhere else. He will probably start school soon, and the program usually takes around 3 months, the school is in the US. We don’t know, when he will get orders /get informed where he is going to be stationed afterwards. I have made plans to move to the US soon; in April or May. I know that I will have to do AOS after we get married, and that I won’t be able to leave the country. So right now my best option is probably to wait to get my visa, and see where he will be send to next, instead of moving there, as planned?! I would like to know, if there are people on here, who are military spouses, and who have experienced similar situations. Did you move and apply for an expedite for the AOS, when your spouse had to move overseas? What would you do or what are your experiences? Since we have already waited for a long time to be together, and invested a bunch of money, I don’t want to loose the visa, if I get it 🤞🏽I have a good job, friends and family whom I love over here, and I really don’t want to make a bad decision! However, I love this man and I want to marry him ASAP lol we have been together for almost 7 years. I am grateful for advise and personal stories or experiences! Thanks in advance and a great weekend to everyone 🌸
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