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  1. 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?
  2. Have few questions related to DS260 <> Passport number. I am already approved for I-130 in beginning of July 2020. Right now I'm preparing and gathering documents for the NVC stage as I already paid the IV and AOS fees. I had to reissue my passport in India in July 2020 because PCC (police station/post officers told me) cannot be done unless my spouse's name is on my passport. I know this is not true but they would not let me submit PCC application until I get reissue of my passport with my spouse's name (he is the US petitioner). So finally I received my new passport (reissued) with my spouse's name on it with DIFFERENT PASSPORT NUMBER. 1. What passport number should I fill in for DS260 application? Old one? or new one? 2. Should I upload the old passport + new passport copies under NVC system? 3. Should I write explanation letter why passport number has changed? 4. Will the NVC DS260 application will proceed if the new passport number is entered? Since it was never there when I-130 application was submitted in 2019.
  3. Hi all, I have an unusual question. My daughter's passport was about to expire in May'20. Since we were planning not to travel this year due to Covid-19 related reasons, we did not rush on applying for renewal at all. That's why we applied at our local post office in April. It is currently "in processing" since last week, nothing more. Unfortunately, we now have a family emergency, I need to fly out as soon as possible (Monday, if not Sunday), but we do not have my daugther's passport in hand, and her birth certificate as well (was submitted during the application, and have not received it back). My mom's doctor agreed to provide a doctor's report. Today, while trying to make an appointment with the emergency passport service centers, we were told that these offices are only open on Mondays & Thursdays... We were also told that we should make an appointment early Monday morning, and evaluate the situation with an officer on site; they want us to purchase the ticket without confirming whether they recognize our emergency situation before coming to the office... We asked about my daughter's birth certificate being held by Department of State, but did not get a clear answer... Do we need to bring our photos or they could provide photo service on site? I couldn't get an answer to this as well. Is this the regular process now or Covid also changed this process? thanks all!
  4. Hi guys, hope you're all keeping well. It's become a real toothache this hasn't it? Wondering if anyone has any suggestions in regards to hopefully receiving the passport. Do you think it's better to have it delivered or does it take the same time to go in and collect it?
  5. I need to submit the passport biographic page as part of the civil documents for my underage daughter, however, she hasn't been issued a passport yet. What do I upload in place of the passport biographic page?
  6. Hi - I would like to seek an advice. I am a B1/B2 10yr visa holder from the Philippines. I was married but separated when my visa was granted 2016 and will expire 2026. I was married to a Filipino citizen/visa-non holder. A year after my visa was granted, annullment papers was released - year 2017. My passport is about to expire. Should i renew it using my married name for the meantime to avoid change name issues at the US port of entry? Currently, my visa holds a married name. Or do i need to re-apply a new visa as single? In addition, i was petitioned year 2018 for L-130. Would it affect the status of my petition? Can i update my passport using maiden name before the visa expires or before my immigrant interview? I would greatly appreciate everyone’s response.
  7. Hey VJers, I am currently going through the Removal of Conditions process from a K1 visa, I sent my application last July and have the 18 month extension letter. My Canadian passport expires in July and I had plans to go there this week to file for a new passport in my married name and visit with my family but my travel plans were cancelled due to Covid-19. Does any Canadian who is currently living as an immigrant in the USA know how I can go about renewing my passport from abroad? I know I can mail in the application but I am unsure of where to get the photo taken because they have different standards than the USA and I don’t have a guarantor here. Any advice on how to proceed would be very much appreciated! Thank you!
  8. Hello! I am confused on one particular question on DS-260 for my undeage daughter (10 years old) who has no passport yet. The question is what form of travel document do I have and the options are Passport or Other Travel Document. Should I select Other Travel Document in this case? OR is there a step I missed, hence, no passport. WHere in the process do we get a passport for an underage beneficiary?
  9. Hi guys, I completed my interview and my passport pick up date was in March (I got a yellow slip) . However, the day before my pick up- the embassy announced that they are closing for COVID. The country has opened officially from last week but the US embassy remains closed. I have emailed them regarding this and they reply with an automated email. Any idea how i could reach them? and when the embassy might open? My husband and I miss each other so much and it has been so long I wish i could see him soon.
  10. Hello, My husband had an interview for his IR1 immigrant visa on October 31st 2019 in the U.S. embassy in Guatemalan. He was approved at the time of the interview. It has been 3 business days and CEAC still shows as ready and it does show case updated on November 4, 2019. But the status stayed on ready. Should I be worried?
  11. I’m Canadian, married to a US citizen. He is currently in the us living and working while our daughter and I are in Canada during covid. I do not have status in the states, we were waiting for our second anniversary and it’s a long story of our journey but now I would like to return and apply for a change of status and file as 2 years married. To do so right now, my daughter needs her passport as proof of citizenship so we can return. we are confused by the crba website that states: it is not necessary to obtain a CRBA , you may apply for a passport in lieu of a CRBA. will attach screenshot. then when we look at passports for minors, there is mention of needing proof of citizenship via CRBA.. anyone know how this actually works? help very much appreciated.
  12. Hi, I'm new here so please excuse if i did not follow any forum rules. Here's to my question: We are 2 US citizen parents living in canada (father is us born, mother has a CRBA) our child was born in canada in wedlock, now I know every us citizen should file for a CRBA however going to the embassy is no easy feat so if there's an alternative to getting a US passport & SSN without going for a CRBA we will definitely explore it, we will still be applying for a CRBA for several children together before our oldest will turn 18, going for several children at once makes it a lot less complicated. Now, quoting from this link: now if we were to visit the embassy for the passport application we can as well do the CRBA, but since we travel to the US often we can do a passport application at any local passport office, and a ssn app at the social security office (in the past the embassy would submit the ssn app together with the CRBA but that's no longer the case meaning I will always have to travel to a social security office to apply CMIIW) Quoting from this link that we can apply for a US passport for our child without a CRBA: Now, are all my assumptions correct? did I miss anything? what would the experts suggest? TIA
  13. My girlfriend lives in Ukraine, and I am a citizen of the US. Our plan is to go through the K1 Process, and have her come to the US so we could apply for her green card here. But we want to go back to Ukraine immediately after, because we want to spend a couple years living there first, and only then come back to the US for good. What, if any, issues with this plan do you guys see? For example, what is her legal status with respect to both countries, as soon as we marry in the US? Is her Ukranian passport void, and therefore she can no longer visit for more than 3 months, as is typical for an American? (Ukraine does not support dual citizenship) Will we be able to make it back to the US with no legal issues after the 2 years of living abroad? Many thanks!!
  14. So here's a weird question that my fiance and I are not even sure where to begin answering. He has a full, red beard. He works at a hospital and they are about to switch his ward over to a 'red zone' for Covid-19 patients. He was told that he would have to shave off his beard and has no problem with that what so ever, it's so his mask will seal properly as he will be working in direct contact with corona patients. Our question is this: when we originally took the pictures for his medical (4) and embassy requirement (2) he has that full beard. Our NOA2 is in tansit to the embassy and god willing that will open up interviews again in the next few months, however that won't be enough time for him to grow his beard back out. Do we re-take the photos for the embassy (the medical already has the bushy ones) or do we just explain at the time of interview the circumstances? He looks quite different with and without a beard. any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Stay safe out there!
  15. The N400 interview letter says to bring the naturalization or birth certificate of my US citizen (USC) spouse. My USC spouse does not have a naturalization certificate... only a US passport. Is the passport sufficient to prove US citizenship? I find it odd that the N400 interview doesn't mention the passport as a form of proof. It has served as proof thus far. My spouse was born outside the US to a US citizen parent (born and raised who passed all the legal requirements) and by law my spouse was a US citizen from birth. Before my spouse turned 18, they went with their US citizen parent to the US consulate and got a passport. They never had a naturalization certificate and I guess since they were a US citizen since birth that a naturalization certificate wouldn't make sense. They can't be naturalized if they were always a US citizen. They also don't have a US birth certificate since they weren't born in the US. Is the US passport sufficient to prove my spouse's US citizenship at the N400 interview?
  16. Hello everyone, I am writing about my issue hoping if someone who has gone through the same issue could help me understand this. I had my interview on 25th feb at Mumbai India US consulate for CR1 visa and was approved the same day the ceac status was updated to 'issued' and the passport was dispatched but for some reason it was recalled on the same day it was dispatched by the consulate and my passport status was changed as 'return to the post' while the visa still remained issued last updated 28th Feb. I had tried contacting the support center but always received same answer your visa is issued it's in final processing. Both on call and in the email replies. Today as I am writing it's been more than 12 day post interview but still haven't received my passport getting worried
  17. Do I need a US Passport as the Petitioner to a K1 Fiance visa as the US Citizen or can I just use my birth certificate?
  18. Hey all, I am in a tricky situation right now and wanted to get some advice from the community if anyone has been in the same situation or would be able to share any advise on this. Long story short, I have to renew my Malaysian Passport soon and in the renewal forms, it asks to disclose my marriage status. I got married in the US and have received my CR-6 conditional green card, however since it is a same-sex marriage, Malaysia would not recognize this. I initially intended to disclose my marriage status as single (since Malaysia would not even recognize my marriage status) however in order to submit an application to renew my passport, they would need to have a copy of my Green card. In the GC, it says CR-6, which is obvious I am married. However, if I disclose that I am married, I have to state my partners name, which is clearly a male name. Im afraid that by disclosing this, the Malaysian consulate may suspend my citizenship or pursue some other severe measures that would affect my malaysian citizenship. I would like to source some advise from this wonderful community and what you think I should do. Thank you so much in advance!
  19. Hello, so I just renewed my passport recently and now it is under my married name which is great!!! But I have a new problem, in my new passport they put my middle name as my maiden name. And my Green card has my actual middle name. So it's likes this in my Green card: ALFE MAY ALONTE ZINGER ( ALONTE is my middle name) PASSPORT: ALFE MAY LEONARDO ZINGER And we're planning on traveling back to the US in a few months, will I have issue entering the country or will it be okay as long as I bring my birth certificate or some kind??
  20. When filing online do you need to write your name on the back of two passport photos and the date? Or can you just set two digital copies.
  21. Hi everyone! I'm a newbie here. I would like to ask, last 2017, I was approved with a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa valid for 10 years. It was stamped under my old passport (expires on 2027). The visa was under my name when I was single and stamped on my old passport which is also under my name when I was single. My husband and I got married at 2018. and I applied for a change of name and status for my new passport. New passport is already under my married name. Since I changed my passport, I already traveled out of the country for 2 times using my new passport with my married name. by 2019, my husband filed for I-130 petition for me, which is still under processing up to this time. My question is, will I be able to enter to USA for my sister in law graduation using my Tourist Visa that was stamped in my old passport under my name when I was single? Even if I have a pending I-130 petition? Please enlighten me. Thank you so much.
  22. Hello all, I have a question about the passport pick up procedure after the interview at Islamabad, Pakistan. My husband will be attending his CR1 interview soon and we are wondering how to select a pick up location for his passport. Do we have to register before the interview or do we select a pick up location at or after the interview? The interview instructions say to choose before, but I am unable to do so. Thank you in advance for your help.
  23. I'm applying for VISA and didn't noticed that there's an ñ on my BC. Never was I questioned about my BC until my PASSPORT appointment. My middle name is Caringal, it says so with all of my documents. There's no issue w/ my mother's BC same w/ my brothers. So my question is, will this ñ show up on my passport if I went through this application?
  24. Hello, quick timeline: 12-18-19: Interview. Approved. Given Pink Slip. Passport was kept. No 221g given or anything. 12-19-19: Immigrant visa changed to non-immigrant visa. 12-23-19: email received by Montreal for request for DS5535 - Sent back same date. 01-06-20: Inquiry email sent to Montreal by my Fiancé for an update 01-06-20: Email received by Montreal on receiving the DS5535 questionnaire 01-06-20: Email received by Montreal on inquiry sent by Fiancé (response in AP - the standard) 01-06-20: Case status updated assuming due to email's sent by Montreal. 01-07-20: case status updated 01-10-20: case status updated 01-15-20: case status updated 01-21-20: case status updated 01-27-20: Inquiry email sent to Montreal to inquire why are we getting asked for passport when it was kept during interview. 01-21-20: Received email from AIS-USvisa- to submit passport. BUT THE PASSPORT WAS KEPT BY US MONTREAL EMBASSY ON 12/18/19. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. THERE IS NO CONTACT NUMBER. WE HAVE EMAILED MONTREAL NO RESPONSE YET. what should we do at this point. PLEASE ANY HELP OR ADVICE IS APPRECIATED. Our wedding date is February 22-2020. I just feel this mess is going to delay the visa even further. thank you
  25. My dad had his interview for F4 case on 13th jan 2020. Visa was approved and we were asked to create profile on ustravel docs, we made that too. While I check visa status for our case number it says "Issued " on top and says visa printed on details. But while I try to track my passport and input passport number it says no status update for passport number submitted. Is that normal or we should contact embassy for passport as it has already been 2 weeks since our visa approval.
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