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  1. For those of you who have applied for a passport for your child (instead of Certificate of Citizenship) do they return your child's green card? I ask because I have submitted the N600 application and am waiting on that. In the meantime if I want to apply for a passport will they keep his Green Card? If they do, what do I tell USCIS when they ask me to turn in the green card in order to get the CoC?
  2. Hi everyone. On Jan. 8th I had my interview at the US Consulate in Naples. I was told that we provided all the needed documents and that our case was approved 😍 The Consul said to expect my passport in the mail in few days. CEAC showed Application Received on the same day of the interview and the header changed to Non Immigrant. Startin from the day after the interview (Jan. 9th) CEAC shows ADMIN PROCESSING and it’s never been updated since then. Anyone has any idea on why my visa hasn’t been issued yet? Previous experiences with the Consulate in Italy show that it shouldn’t take more than 3 days to get the passport in the mail. I’m a little upset, I really thought I would have spent this weekend with my fiancé but no, I’m still stuck here in Italy 😢
  3. My fiance is a Filipina, but also has Permanent residency from Japan as she was married for more than 10 yrs and lived there for 27 yrs. She has a Philippine Passport in her maiden name, and also a Phiippine Id Card with maiden name (as well as her Japanese Residency Card) She arrived here in the USA on Dec 18, 2018 and we were married on the 31st. In Washington state the only way to legally make name change is to go thru the court and pay $150-200! This is even though she signed the marriage certificate with my last name, it does not make it legal. So if we want to travel to visit my mom here in the states, I assume she can just use her Philippine passport and either Japanese or Philippine ID Card. Once we make the name change how do we change her passport? Yes we do plan on filing for her Change of Status shortly. In meantime she will be getting a military Dependent ID card so I can get her on my insurance, and hoping they will issue in her maiden name for right now. I would get a lawyer but don't have the funds to do that so hoping I can get a little help here! Thanks and if this is in the wrong forum feel free to move it to proper one.
  4. Got my passport with the visa back today. To give everyone an idea or the waiting time post interview; Interview Date was Dec 18, 2018 My visa was issued on Thursday Dec 20, 2018. I got the notice of the tracking # and that package was picked up by Canada post on Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 (it sounds like a long time but, there was the weekend in between as well as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing day, which were all weekdays, and offices r closed, so i lost 3 business days) The delivery date kept getting delayed, first it was Dec 28, 2018 and then changed to Dec 31, 2018. During both those days the status updates were very slow. Again, I had weekends and New Year's Holiday in the way. On Dec 31, 2018, I was getting concerned about my package since I had a flight booked for Jan 3, 2019, from before my interview date. So, I called Canada Post customer service, created a service ticket and talked to the supervisor about my situation. She put the package on high priority got on its case. I was still stressed because the tracking service was not updating and it was at huge Gateway distribution centre since Dec 30, 2018, and with all the back log due to the strike i was concerned on delivery delays. I called back on Jan 2, 2018 to talk to the supervisor again, and I was gonna ask if I can go pick it up myself (Ur still not allowed to), but then she said, I have good news, your package has arrived in your city as of this morning and should be at the post office for pick up at 11am. I was so happy, so much stress during this past week. As an overview, XpressPost is 2-5 business days Excluding all the interruptions (holidays), my package did arrive in that time frame. It may be beneficial to speak to a supervisor to expedite ur process if u have a flight booked from b4. So happy now to be going and seeing my husband. New Year, new chapter! All the best to everyone!
  5. Hi everyone, first I would like to say I have been Visa Journey throughout my whole immigration process and would like to thank everyone for their help. It is a great community. Question: If I am a Canadian citizen with a valid Canadian passport, can I fly to Toronto, Canada (from Philadelphia, USA) using only my passport? This might be a stupid question, but the more research I do, the more confusing everything becomes. I received my Combo Card/Advance Parole about a month ago. I want to visit Canada late December for 1 week. I know my Combo Card should allow me to re-enter into the United States. But I started reading topics regarding people needing an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter/fly into Canada. In my mind, my Canadian passport should be enough, correct? I have never flown internationally, only domestic flights. So I guess I am a bit unfamiliar with how the process will go. Such as customs, or where/when I need to present my combo card. Any information or experiences would help me greatly and ease my mind. Thank you! (I have immigrated on a K-1 Fiance Visa in February 2018)
  6. Hello Visa Journey members. This thread is for anyone that has a Priority Date/Receipt Date from the second half of 2017 (July - December 2017) waiting to get their interview scheduled at the Houston Field Office. Please post your PD/RD and your current USCIS online account (both sites and App) status’. Have you received an interview letter and if so, when is your interview date? Please share your interview experience for those that already had their interview, thanks.
  7. CamilaRemolina

    Paying Passport in the Dominican Republic

    My husband will be applying for a passport for the first time next week as we wait for the NOA2. (I filed a petition for him back at the end of July/beginning on August). We are a bit confused as too how we pay for the passport. We are seeing that he has to pay it at BanReservas first and then show proof of payment. Also, we are going to pay the extra mil pesos to expedite it and get it the same day to save us trips. Can someone please clarify this BanReservas thing? Hopefully my question in clear, but if not kindly ask away. This is the link where I got my info from: https://www.pasaportes.gob.do/index.php/servicios-s/solicitudes-nuevas/item/233-solicitud-de-pasaporte-para-adultos-dominicanos-por-nacimiento Please and thank you.
  8. Hi everyone! We are currently waiting for our NOA2 but we have a doubt and we cant find much information about it. I (beneficiary) travel a lot and my current passport only has 2 blank pages and I might need more for my job. I was thinking of renewing my passport before the case is sent out to the NVC. Do you think I can just update my passport information? Or will this be an issue? My us tourist visa is stamped in my current passport. Thanks in advance for your kind replies!
  9. 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.
  10. Mike & Chai

    Middle Name Problems

    Hello everyone! Hopefully someone can help me. I am a Filipina under K1 visa and I have two first names which is Sharmaine Mari then my middle is my mom's last name and my last name is that of my dad's because that's how it is in the Philippines. But I know here in the US middle name is considered as the second first name so for my marriage certificate my husband and I agreed that we put my new name as.. First name: Sharmaine Middle name: Mari Last name: Miranda (husband's last name) I haven't applied for my AOS yet but I already applied for my SSN and there I also put Mari as my middle name and my last name is my father's last name because I am still single when I applied for it. My question is will I have any problems renewing my passport back in the Philippines if I did my name like this? And on my AOS application, what format should I use? Lastly is it ok if we cannot file for the AOS right away even if my I-94 or visa duartion is already expired? Thank you so much to anyone who will answer. I would really appreciate it.
  11. Hi everyone, i am a green cardholder from marriage with a American citizen and I will be traveling to Brasil in January 2019 I bought my air tickets with my single last name( Because-my passport is from Brasil ) I am worry if I will have problems when I am coming back to USA . My green card have my married last name also driving license and social security.
  12. Hello everyone, When we first started the process, my wife didn't have a new passport under my last name and we used her maiden last name in every step of the way. Now everything got approved and even an appointment date is scheduled, she changed her passport and now she has a new passport under her married name. We just want to know how we proceed now that everything in the applications is under her maiden name and when we go to the interview she would have a new passport. And another question, when scheduling the medical exam online, should we use the old passport name or the new passport name. Thanks in advance everyone and good luck to all people out there with their processes of applications. Best regards
  13. i had my interview friday 9 Nov and the officer said my case was approved. I go back to check my status today and it says Administrative Processing. Can someone tell me what that means? I wasn't requested to bring any additional documents
  14. I’m hoping someone can give me some advice. I am in the final stages at the NVC for a CR1 visa for my Spouse. I submitted all the documents as of Oct 25th and they finally got to reviewing them yesterday (Nov 2). However, I got an email from CEAC to check my messages. So I logged in to see that they are requesting a document - our joint sponsors proof of citizenship. I already uploaded a good quality copy of the biographical page which is required. So I’m don’t know why they are asking for that. Everything else has been accepted. Moreover, there’s no error code or message next to the document they are asking to replace or upload so I don’t even know it there is an issue. I called NVC twice and both operators new nothing. One asked me to add a note to the file I already uploaded. Which after hanging up and trying I realized I can not do since I’ve already submitted. They both had no idea why they never even looked at the passport. 😕 The second operator said she could refer me to a supervisor to review but that might take an additional 6 weeks! Or she said I can upload the passport again and that can take another 3 weeks. Has this happened to anyone? I’m not sure how to proceed. Should I upload the documents again under supporting? I’m afraid to mess anything up.
  15. Hello. I am planning my one month trip for February 2019 to Europe. When i leave the US in February my passport will have 4 months left till it will expire. I know about the "6 month rule" and the first country i will land in would be France (which asks to have at least 3 months left till expiration). My plan is while i am on this one month vacation in my home country, to renew my passport so i could come back to the US. Duh! Is this risky somehow? Sounds like a good plan to me. I might add that im a green card holder which is expired but i do have an extension letter. Thank u ,guys !
  16. I am curious as to how many days I will need to be in montreal for my 1R1 spousal interview? Can I leave and return to BC that evening? Will they courier my passport back to BC for me. I need to book my flight but I need to stay as little time as possible because I have limited care for my 4 yr old daughter while I am away. Sorry if this is answered in other topics...I searches and searches and could not find an answer. Thanks so much
  17. April filer ‘17. Anyone knows whats going on?? My interview was on 21st December i didn’t get AP and i was supposed to get the visa in 10 days but still nothing. My IV visa says “application received” as of 23rd jan. But it’s been more then 2 working days and the status still hasn’t changed.
  18. Has anyone else's fiance/fiancee had a passport expire during the wait for the NOA2? Should we notify USCIS that his passport has changed from the one that is photocopied in the petition? Just wondering if this will cause an RFE or if we don't need to worry about it.
  19. Hi, My mother is an American citizen since birth. I got my IR2 green card before my 18th birthday in 2014 and entered USA as a LPR only 20 days before I turned 18. In the U.S. Embassy in my hometown they told me that I am protected under Child Citizenship act but I guess they don't know the details for IR2 visa etc. However, as I already got admitted to an university in my hometown I need to return to Turkey. Now I am done with school and I want to live in USA with my mother. My mother was usually with me in Turkey for the past 4 years but she visited to USA occasionally. So, when I go back to USA am I still eligible for a US passport etc. ? As there were 20 days until my birthday, my mom and I were not able to reside together in USA before my 18th birthday for a long time anyways. I saw some threads which some people also entered USA just before their 18th bday and got their passport in 2-3 months even though they turned 18. There is also another problem. I was not able to visit USA since 2015 as I was going to college and doing mandatory summer internships. Do I have to get a returning resident visa and if I have to what are odds that they will give me one? The embassy officers told me that my green card was special and I can continue my education in Turkey, I don't have to go back every year back in 2014. I tried to consult the embassy again but they only accept me if I complete DS-117 form. I am very confused. My brother also got a green card and he is still under 18 can he get his passport when he returns to USA this year with my mother? We both cannot drop our schools immediately . Thank you in advance.
  20. Hi! Good Day.. I am February 2018 filers i just recently checked my aos status and found an update which says that i am ready for interview since march 24 but didn't receive any updates or letter. Anyone with the same experience? and also i am concern with followings: 1. The medical that I've submitted was done August last year, is there a chance that the are going to require for a new medical exam? 2. My Passport is still in my maiden name and was planning to change it this month here in SFO but saw the update and they might schedule me to an interview anytime soon and my passport will still be in process. should it be a problem that my passport is still on my maiden name or should i renew it? Thank you so much! hope someone will enlighten me with this.
  21. Hello, I see on the checklist for submitting Form I-129F now that a copy of all pages of my current passport which must be VALID FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS is sufficient in lieu of my birth certificate in submitting my K-1 petition (I filed both in the past)- I renewed my passport back on Feb 28, 2013 and is valid for the 10 year period until Feb 27, 2023 (see attached photo), so as you can see, just over 6 months ago it surpassed the 5 year mark, so will this be considered unacceptable or will they just go by the fact that the year 2018 is the 5 year point regardless of the month/date? I can get my birth cert with no issue as my birthplace is only a few hours away (ordering by mail needs be notarized, etc.) but it's just one less thing I would have to do... Thanks!
  22. I have another question for the helpful knowledgeable folks here ; I know that I must include passport size photos for myself and my fiance when filing the I-129F however I see nothing regarding photos for children; Her 2 daughters are 3 and 5 years of age; Am I required to submit passport size photos of them as well? Also there is the chance I MAY petition for my fiance ONLY now and her children within a year; How do I mention this when filing? Thanks!
  23. I have decided that I will still file a K-1 Fiance Visa (Form I-123F)- In the past Forms G-325 (Biographic Info) and the Affidavit of Support (I-134 I think?) were required also; I know the G-325 is no longer required however is the I-134 still? And what else is still required such as my birth certificate, a photocopy of my passport, passport size photos of both of us, etc? I am asking because it appears that so much of the info / instructions on the USCIS website is outdated- Thanks!
  24. Hi All, I got my visa approved IR1 and will be traveling this month. I have a query my passport will expire in Jan 2019 and I am going to US for 3 weeks. My validity on my passport is 4 months. Would I be able to travel??
  25. Hi, what if the quality of the beneficiary passport photo does not have a glossy touch to it as my American passport photo? Is that a red flag or will everything be ok for that photo to be used? I had fedex size the photo from email but it did not have a glossy finish to it as mines did. The picture being emailed was that acceptional or is their a better way? Also, do anyone know a legit way in Brazil for those passport photos to be mailed ? I think that my fiancé was scammed when she tried to do this before. A express mailing would be best.
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