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  1. My fiance had his interview on September 8th and we are in AP. His passport expires on May 23, 2020. His Medical was August 22 2019. So when does the “cant expire within 6 months rule apply”? Then If he went ahead and renewed it now anyways, do we update the embassy or CEACs website at all? Thanks
  2. Hello, I mailed my i129f packet yesterday and am worrying about my passport picture. Wanted to ask for yalls opinion as to whether you think it will be rejected due to the shadow. I used the state departments crop tool so I know it's centered and good in that respect, but the shadow worries me. Thanks in advance!
  3. So worried now, it happened that I received my visa appointment letter in Hong Kong and notice that the appointment date (E.g. Wednesday) is the day before I have to leave Hong Kong for vacation (e.g.Thursday)!! Since the plane ticket was purchased prior to knowing my visa appointment interview. **Does anyone know if my passport will be return on the same day after the visa appointment?** 😖😭 I don't want to miss my flight because of not having the Passport with me. Thanks!!
  4. Hey everyone, I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I need help or guidance on where I could find the information I need. I live in the USA and my mother is Colombian born and a venezuela naturalized citizen. She is currently living in Venezuela and her USA tourist visa is on her Venezuelan passport. The USA currently cut ties with Venezuela and we are not allowing flights from Venezuela into the USA, so my mother has to travel from Colombia instead. My mom will be traveling with both passports because she is not allowed to enter/exit Colombia with any other passport, but her Colombian passport since she is a Colombian citizen. Now, this is the part that it gets tricky. When my mom's family migrated to Venezuela a mistake was made on her immigration paperwork saying she was born April 24th 1951, so all her Venezuelan paperwork and passport states she was born on the 24th (she was like 5 years old so she didn't know what was going on), but her Colombian birth certificate actually states she was born on the 25th of April. She didn't realize this until recently when she received her Colombian passport. This was never fixed and now she has two passports (from Colombia and Venezuela) with two different days of birth. Per the USA Embassy they told me that my mother wouldn't be able to enter the USA with her Colombian passport because it doesn't match her US Visa. She would be okay entering the USA with her Venezuelan passport though. My question is, does US customs check for exit stamps from the country of origin? The reason why I ask this is because Colombia will stamp her exit stamp on her Colombian passport and if they do verify this I'm afraid they will give her a hard time about this. I'm just trying to find out the information I need to confirm that she wouldn't have issues entering the US. Her visa is still valid, she has come to the US so many times in the past with no issues, but of course she was coming from Venezuela. This is her first time traveling from Colombia and that's why I'm not sure if she will encounter any issues. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you,
  5. So. I got my current passport before getting married, now my name is different from my passport and other documents (I took my husband last name). Is that a problem when filling I130?
  6. Hi! My passport and my son's about to expire on Dec. 2019 and m thinking of getting 2 round trip (asap) tickets to go to the Philippines for an emergency matter. 1. Is it ok to get a roundtrip ticket with the soon to be expired passport and get it renewed (expedited) in the Philippnes before our return to the US? Will it cause trouble at the airport going back to the States because a renewed passport will have a different passport number? It wont be the same passport number on the round trip plane ticket. 2. Shall i just get a 1 way ticket and get my passport renewed (expedited) in the Philippiines and just buy a ticket going back to the states? What will be the best course to do? Thank you.
  7. I got my citizenship not too long ago and now I sent in my son's passport application. I sent in everything they asked for including a statement to why I alone signed the passport application. I am sole guardian and the birth certificate I provided states that! Still the ref is regarding the guardianship. The birth certificate was evidence enough to get his visa but to get a passport I apparently need to provide something I don't have! I called the swedish authorities that provides birth certificates and such and asked if there were anything else they could provide me but they said that this is all I need! So I wrote a letter explaining in detail why I alone applied for my son's passport and I thoroughly explained how birth certificates and guardianship works in Sweden. What else can I do?
  8. My American SO and I met in Israel ( I had to fly there too, because we both wanted to visit Jerusalem), and he ran across overly suspicious security agents in Ben Gurion, who confiscated his laptop and entry & exit permits, as he was about to board a plane back to the USA. As the result, my love permanently lost both his laptop and the primary evidence of his visit. That has been our only meeting IRL so far. He applied for my K-1 this Spring and 3 months later we got the RFE for not including passport style pictures and the evidence of meeting. Unfortunately Israel no longer stamps passports, so those entry & exit permits are extremely important. I've got all my documents, including the Israeli stay permits, passport stamps, proving I left my own country and later got back, boarding passes, flight itinerary, paid hotel receipt and what not. My fiancé , however, has only the boarding pass from Israel to the USA, a paid flight itinerary and a paid hotel receipt ( we stayed at the same hotel), as well as our picture , where we were holding our Israeli stay permits. It was taken from a distance, and one can't see those permits clearly. We called the Israeli Embassy, and they said, they could mail him the government entry & exit records, corroborating his visit, but it would take more than a month, and our deadline was in the beginning of September, so we had to respond to the RFE and send them what evidence we had. Do you think, it will be enough or not? My elderly father has serious heart problems, and his condition hasn't really improved since I told him the news...
  9. Hey everyone. This post is directed more towards the Brazilian community, but if your country is similar, please feel free to chime in Anyways...recently my wife and I discussed finally registering our marriage to the Brazilian Consulate in San Francisco mainly so we can update her Brazilian passport to match her new legal name to her Green card and other documents. After reading the requirements on the website, I'm just a bit confused about some of the requirements, as I will post below...I'm mainly concerned about number 6. Am I considered the "foreign spouse"? and what exactly has to be notarized? Also number 8, I take it our U.S. marriage certificate will be fine? I posted the link to the consulate website for you all to see the full list requirements, if you'd like... 6) Foreign Spouse: valid passport or photo I.D. plus the original birth certificate and a written affidavit dully signed before a Notary or before the Consular Agent, stating that the person has not married or divorced a Brazilian citizen before. 7) In case of previous marriages by either spouse, the interested party must also present, along with the documents already listed above, the document that best pertains to each particular case: if Brazilian, marriage certificate bearing annotation of the divorce, original and copy; if the spouse is deceased, death certificate; if a foreigner, document certifying the divorce; if the foreigner is divorced from a Brazilian, present the divorce homologation by the Superior Court of Justice, in Brazil, even if the marriage was not registered at a Brazilian Consular Office. 8. Document certifying the marital status of the Brazilian spouse(s): At the moment of the registration it is necessary to present the original of one of the following documents: · Birth certificate issued less than six months before; or · Marriage certificate with the annotation of divorce; or · If the spouse is deceased, death certificate; or · A statement (of two witnesses, notarized ) of non impairment for the marriage of the affianced - Note: the witnesses must be Brazilian and they cannot be a relative, and two certified copies of their ID and CPF have to be attached to documents ; or · A statement testifying the marital status issued by the notary's office where the birth entry of the affianced was registered. http://saofrancisco.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/marriage_certificate.xml If you have a "simplified" list of document requirement, please let me know. Thank you!
  10. Hello! My Husband had his immigrant visa appointment in Ciudad Juarez in November and was denied. We submitted the I-601 waiver and an expedite request and it was all approved on February 8th at USCIS. The consulate in Juarez took their sweet time in contacting us but a month later they sent a letter requesting us to send them nothing else but his passport. From everything I have read online this means that we should be close. We shouldn't have to do the medical appointment or fingerprints again because it is all within 6 months of the time of his previous appointment and denial. We mistakenly thought we were supposed to hand-deliver his passport so we came up to Juarez and have been waiting around hoping for our approved visa and packet, but at the CEAC site it still shows REFUSED. We call the hotline daily asking if they have more information but all they see is that the passport was received at the consulate on March 23rd. They tell us to keep calling. It has been over 2 weeks now since they received the passport, but only 8 business days due to la semana santa. Our lawyer called the hotline in the US and they said that average processing of the passport is 2 weeks, but it could be more, and they could still request more documents. However, people online have mentioned it taking only a week to get their approved visa and packet after the consulate in Juarez received their passport. I've only seen one person say that they sent in the passport and were waiting 2 months later. Should we assume that they're going to potentially sit on the passport without doing anything for another month or two and just pack up and leave, or continue to wait another couple business days and hope that they should be sending it out any time now? It feels like we're so close but we've been here in Juarez since March 18th and with our two young children (1 and 3) it has been really hard on us, not to mention having to pay for the room we're staying in. Thanks for any insight.
  11. My beneficiary's actual birth place (let's call it Town A) is different than the town listed on his birth certificate (we can call this Town B). Town A and Town B are two different towns about 50km apart. He was born in a hospital in Town A, but was issued a birth certificate in his hometown, Town B. He has a government ID from Town B, and I already submitted the i-129f form and put his actual birth of place, Town A. He is currently applying for a passport and does not know if he should put his birth place as Town A or Town B in the passport. What should he do?
  12. Me, my husband and our two kids are currently GC holders. Me and my husband are currently going through the Naturalization process and we are scheduled for the Oath in Mid-September in a Court room ceremony (New Haven, CT). USCIS officers told us that we can apply for our passports on the day of Oath ceremony itself immediately after the ceremony. My question is this - our minor kids will also be eligible for citizenship (through derived citizenship) and we plan to apply for their passports as well. Will we able to apply for our kids' passport on the same day of Oath ceremony? Generic instructions to apply for passports say that for kids, we have to send in the copy of naturalization certificates of their parents. But if we apply for their passports immediately after the ceremony, how can we create copies of our naturalization certificate to include in our kids' applications? Anyone here applied for their kids' passports on the same day of the oath ceremony here? What was your experience? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi all I just get my us citizenship one quick question about the children. Can i request my son's passport (through my US citizenship) and my first passport at the same appointment OR I need to do it separately? Not sure if both requests that need the citizenship certificate can be done in parallel. Thanks
  14. Good day ya'll. I attended the oath ceremony in Oakland on Aug 14th. Right after the ceremony, I dropped off my application with the US Department of State/Passport Agency officials. However, I did not get any confirmation from them. It was just a drop off, based on what I have been told during the Oath ceremony. So, the next day, I went to the San Francisco Passport Agency on Golden Gate Ave and they said, I should wait to hear back from them and that my application is handled at a different location and SF office cannot provide any details at this time. This uncertainity of whether my packet is properly sent for processing AND when I could expect to hear back from them is killing me, tbh! The only proof I have is the fact that I took a picture of the packet with my name, dob and the check amount, written on a sticky note provided by the passport agency representatives at the Oath ceremony. I feel like I should have just waited and submitted the application at USPS rather than this ongoing limbo. My question is: Did anyone drop off their application after the oath ceremony? If so, how how long did it take to hear back from them? I truly appreciate any thoughts or experiences. Thank you for your time. PS: I checked my application status on travel dot state dot gov website. It says, "not found"
  15. Hello everyone. I hope everyone is having a good day and that all of your visa processes are going without any trouble. I am at the point right now, before scheduling my interview appointment. All previous steps have gone well so far. I have to schedule a medical appointment and gather a couple of documents before scheduling an interview at the consulate in my country. the question i want to ask is; in the list of documents i need, it says i must bring with me a certified copy of my fiances u.s. passport (bio page only). the situation is that my fiance doesnt have a passport, and i was wondering if there is any other document she can use instead? i thank you all who answer and hope everyone is well. (I appologize for my english if its inccorect)
  16. Hi everyone! I’m a Green Card holder and my husband and I got married 2 years ago. He is brazilian and we are going through his immigration petition, which already was approved by USCIS and by now we are waiting for NVC mail with the next step (DS-260 form and the financial/affidavit of support form). In this step, we will have to provide a copy of his Biographic Data Page of his valid Passport. My question is: when we got married, one of my husband's last name changed its position (i.e.: Antony Santoro Silva turned into Antony Silva Santoro). Just like that. Will he have to issue in Brazil a new passport, with his new name (married name)? If he does so, he will have to change his current US Visa, which has his maiden name (he gonna receive a new Visa with his married name anyway when his immigration petition gets done). And that seems to be a lot of work and time as he will have to issue a new Visa, Green Card, SS, Driver License with his married name anyway when his immigration petition gets done. In a nutshell: Is it ok to file the DS-260 with his married name but still having his brazilian passport and US Visa with his maiden name? Thank you so much in advance, for your time!
  17. Hallo guys.. yesterday , I got a letter from United States Department of state , Charleston Passport Center .. it said the identification you provided is not sufficient for passport purposes. Please submit photocopies of Five (5) or more personal documents , which are five (5) years or older. for your information we have included a list of acceptables forms of personal documents that may assist our office in establishing your identity. however , you may submit any other document in your possession that shows either your name and photo (with issue date) or name and signature ( with issue date). does anyone have this experience ? and how long it's gonna take if I send all documents they need ? shold I worry about this ? please help... thank you in advance.
  18. Good day! I'm very worried about something we just realized today. My husband is a US citizen and is petitioning me. We have filled out the i130 with my maiden name since it is the one refelcted on my passport and my US tourist visa (which were both valid when we sent them). So we recieved the NOA1 with my maiden name on it. Now my question is, will it affect my petition that i didnt use my married name? We sent the marriage certificate with everything but we used my maiden name, thinking it should match my passport. And then, if we move to the NVC phase in the future, will it affect that my NEW passport has my married name. This is a little confusing but ill try to explain it. When we sent our petition (nov 2018), my passport had my maiden name. My passport is set to expire this July 2019 so i renewed it in my married name. Some forums said it would affect me in my nvc stage. This really worries me. Will all these matter? Help pls.
  19. Hello all! My wife's Thai passport is going to expire soon. She has her 2 year green card and we have already gotten biometeics done for the 10 year lifting of conditions. I know she needs to maintain a valid passport for the green card to be valid, but I am in the military and sending her back to Thailand just to get a passport is going to be very difficult. Does anyone know what our options are stateside? We live in Washington state and I see they have a consulate in Los Angeles. We are just looking at options. Thanks guys!
  20. Hello everyone, I’m currently filing for k1/k2 for my fiancee and her two children 7 and 9. They currently live in tijuana. Does anyone have experience or exact information on IF the kids will need passports or consent letter from the father? Currently the father is not a part of their lives at all and lives far away. From what i understand , both parents need to be present to even get passports for the kids. I did read on the mx/us consultant website that minors dont need permission to travel as long as 1 parent is present. But does this apply to the visa as well? Please help with this information. It would definitely help ease our mind so we can know exactly what we would need . and if anyone knows a way for her to get a passport without the father present, that would also help. Thank you
  21. Ello ello ello. Hopefully not a silly question so please don't berate me if it is haha! I'm going to be using Global Entry program with my Green Card for the first time soon (previously, I used Global Entry using my passport under the Visa Waiver Program). When using the GE Kiosks, which way up do you place you green card? The photo side facing down? Or the photo side facing up? How far do you slide it along the scanner? I was so used to doing it with the passport! I hope this isn't a silly question! I don't want to get the 'X' just because I've placed the card the wrong way around! Simon. P.S. The reason why I'm confused is because I don't know which side the scanner is interested in, the photo side or the side with the barcode.
  22. I’m asking for a friend, her husband had an interview on May 30th and was approved. He is now still waiting for the notification from DHL to pickup his passport and it’s been 3 weeks. Is there anyone here that had an interview around the same time as theirs, and actually picked up the passport? Or does anyone know why the embassy is taking so long to release passports to DHL? Thank you
  23. Hi there. So I just got married with my husband a few weeks ago and I applied for Advanced Parole travel document under my married name. I remember back in the seminar in CFO that whenever I go back to the Philippines and then return to the US, the immigration officer will always ask for the certificate that I have completed the seminar. But the passport and the certificate that I have and the sticker that is attached in my passport are all in my maiden name. These documents wont show the same name as the one that will be in my travel document. So should I update the name that appears on my passport to my married name and will that still bear the same passport number? And how do I do that? All other IDs that I got when I got here in the US are all under my married name.
  24. Hello, I apologize if I'm asking something that's clearly written on 20 posts, but I just want to confirm from people who have actually done this (rather than a lot of hypotheticals.) My wife received her CR1 interview letter today, interview scheduled for May 22, which is very exciting! We have done all the paperwork ourselves, no lawyer, and so far so good. All paperwork has been filled out with her new Married name. The only issue that we didn't notice until just now is that NVC has been referring to her as her Maiden name. I understand now (which I did not before) that the Green Card will be issued only to the name on the passport. So in my mind, here are the possible scenarios: A) Attend interview, hope to present/reference marriage certificate with new name, cross our fingers and hope they put married name on visa? or B) Attend interview content with the fact that they will use her maiden name and we will have to go through all the processes later to change it. **Issues with both of the above: I have read some people have visas denied due to mismatching last name/improper name change documentation. (Ours is a California-issued marriage certificate with the name change on it) or C) Apply for an expedited UK passport with new name which should arrive within a week (lots of time before interview), and take new and old passport to interview **Issue in my mind: New document the NVC had never seen, will this cause an issue that it doesn't match what we've submitted and the name they've been using for her? I hope I've thought this all through and if not, feel free to let me know what I've missed. I'd appreciate if anyone has successfully completed options A or C. We are getting so excited for this incredible milestone and for this process to be over. We don't want to screw it up at the last step. If I tell my wife "I don't know, I've never done this before either" again, she might just call off the whole process 😂 Thanks so much in advance! I wish I had been using this site from the very start of our process! -T
  25. Hi everyone so I sent out my I-129F and got the NOA1, but I just wanted to clarify, because I inputted “will provide this later” for the Alien’s passport information because she was getting her passport renewed and didn’t want to add in the old one just yet, will this affect my petition? Would it seem like I said that she didn’t have a passport? Or they didn’t need that information yet, thanks.
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