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  1. Creating a post for 2017 I-130 filers for spouses of permanent residents, please share your PDs and any further actions going forward.
  2. 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.
  3. When USCIS sends a notice for the Citizenship (N-400) interview, does it list the things you will need to bring with you to the interview? If not, what do you all recommend to bring to the interview? Applied under the 5 years permanent resident status category.
  4. Hi, i’ve been freaking out lately. When I was 18 I applied for a California state ID, and I was asked to register to vote, which I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to do. I used those machines at the dmv to register and I don’t remember if whether or not I have claimed to be a US Citizen. I will be able to apply for citizenship around 2019, and i’ve been stressed out from reading other people’s posts and how I could get deported. What should I do?
  5. Hi guys, I’m a permanent resident who got married abroad to a U.S. citizen. We moved to the U.S. and got separated after a little over 4 years, and are now divorced. I’ve been together with my new girlfriend for almost 2 years now and want to ask her to marry me. My question is: what paperwork do I need to submit? We live in Texas, and I can’t find any good resources as to what this state requires from ME, as a permanent resident. Does anyone here know? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! Happy living
  6. USCIS made an error for "Country of Birth" on my Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), it says "USA" but I was born in a foreign country. Caught the error late and never had it corrected/replaced. My PRC expires on June 20, 2019. Here is my dilemma: There will be important things I need to do within the next 8 months that requires me to prove valid resident status. The instructions on USCIS website for filing I-90 says, "If you are a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will expire within the next 6 months, you may begin the renewal process" AND "Additionally, if you applied for naturalization at least six months before your Green Card expired, you may be able to receive an ADIT stamp instead of filing a Form I-90." Today is January 12, 2019. The Green Card expires on June 20, 2019, is "within 6 months" between the period of 01/29/2019-06/29/2019? And is "at least 6 months before" before 01/29/2019? I'm trying to figure out if I qualify to skip filing I-90, file N-400 instead, and get a temporary stamp to prove legal status considering it takes almost a year to process N-400 where I am located. The other issue is my Green Card contains an error made by USCIS/DHS. If it is necessary to file I-90, should I put the reason as "My existing card has incorrect data because of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) error. (Attach your existing card with incorrect data along with this application." or simply choosing the renewal option for soon to be expired Green Card and attach a letter explaining that there is an error on the card to avoid delays/rejection. Chances are if I choose that reason and send in my Green Card with the application, I won't get it back for a while considering the processing times. Currently, InfoPass appointment is not available because "This office is not accepting walk-in requests or scheduling InfoPass appointments." Any suggestions or recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  7. I used to be a permanent resident of the U.S. but voluntarily gave up the green card b/c my family and I were living abroad for too long. Now I am back in America as a student on an F-1 visa. I still have my social security card. Do I need to get a new social security card? I was told that I would have the same social security number for life, but I'm not sure if I have to update my records at the Social Security Office.
  8. Megan and Ehan

    SSN Biometric Forms

    K-1 now doing AOS and are currently married, spouse is present. So do we send the SSN application into the USCIS or is this something we tackle separate I presume? Also on the biometrics sheet wouldn't it be that we are filing for permanent residence NOT naturalization? I thought naturalization comes later?
  9. Hi. I have a couple of questions that really are stressing me out and I would like your input. I apologize if this isn't the right thread to post or if similar posts exist. I'm a DV winner and I was granted a GC on November of 2015 valid for 10 years. 1. I received the GC at my sister's residence where I lived for a few months and then I moved in a new place on the same borough but I recently realized that I should have notified UCSIS within 10 days of the address chang. Now it is almost 2 years when I changed residence and all my bank accounts, my taxes and my business are registered to the new address. Do you think I am going to face any issue from the department of immigration in the future when I apply for my green card renewal or citizenship? Should I change the address online now even though being so late, or send by certified mail the AR-11 along with a letter explaining that I honestly wasn’t aware of this requirement and didn't do it on purpose? But I'm afraid I'm going to draw a negative attention on my case if I send the form along with an explanatory letter. A friend suggested me not to report the change at all now because it is very late and wait until I move to a new address and then report. 2. I am also very stressed with the new law proposal that states that legal immigrants who used Obamacare may be accused as public charge and face denial of GC or Citizenship. The article I read clearly doesn’t mention only food stamps or welfare, but also subsidized health care from the government. Does that mean that we shouldn’t have a subsidized plan at all so that we don’t risk a public charge offense? When I came in the US I used free health care for about 1.5 years because I didn’t have the sufficient funds to pay a premium health care plan. Thank you.
  10. Hi! I wasn't sure if you could submit to have electronic notifications with the I-751 application, or if you just had to wait and find out via mail what stage it was at? I'm thinking from what I read I would not be able to submit the G-1145, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks!
  11. There is this current situation. Mother (permanent resident) applied for his son (13 years) under i130 in California Service Center. According to the processing times, the center is processing applications prior to October 13, 2016 as of today. His priority date is February 13, 2017. Also, according to the visa bulletin, immigration has visas available for those with priority July 01, 2016 or earlier. Given the current scenario, it looks like his visa might become available even before his i130 is processed. So what would happen here?
  12. Hello all, My wife is a green hard holder, I am a US citizen. We want to know the best way for her parents or siblings to enter the country for travelling purposes. Now I heard of couple things. Sponsorship was one idea. Her brother in law wouldn't mind coming here for work if he had the oppurtunity. Any how, if you had experience or know the best way to make this possible please comment below. Also, please let me know which form or forms it would start with. Thank you so much in advance.
  13. I am an American citizen and my wife just submitted her N-400 for naturalization. We haven't received confirmation of receipt yet from USCIS. My wife has lived here continuously for 5 years. She meets all eligibility criteria including continuous residence and physical presence to date. We've had some sudden life changes and will be moving to her native Mexico in August and will live there for up to 2 years. Should we just assume that we'll need to withdraw her N-400 application? The N-400 states that continuous residence and physical presence must be met up until date that application is submitted and I haven't found anything explicit about being in the US while the application is processed. She would come back for biometrics, interview, and oath ceremony. My concern is that at some point (most likely, interview) her extended stay in Mexico would raise doubt about her intent to settle in the US and, therefore, really want to become a US citizen. I'd like to think that her record of having lived here for 5 years and the fact that her husband and children are American citizens would outweigh the fact that she is not in the US, but that may just be wishful thinking. Additionally, I think that we will need to apply for an I-131 for her re-entry permit so that we don't jeopardize losing her green card after setting up residence in Mexico. Does anyone have any thoughts on the possibility of naturalization still being possible even though she will not be in the US? Or will we need to withdraw the application, file the I-131, and re-file the N-400 two years after our return to the US down the road?
  14. Hi Guys, I have filed I-130 for my wife at October, But USPS returned the receipt, I went and changed my address both in USPS and USCIS. USCIS sent the receipt and I got it by mail, but when I check my status online, I see the following message: I called USCIS, agent is saying that my case is pending, and I should ignore the message I see online. My question is, how long should I wait for a response from USCIS? When should I start worrying if USCIS forgot about my case? My case is in California Processing Center. I am a permanent resident. My wife lives in another country, and I visit her once in 4 months. Thank you for advices.
  15. My husband is an LPR and he filed i-130 for me. FILING DATE: January 18, 2018 PRIORITY DATE: January 19, 2018 I-797c RECEIPT (NOA1): January 23, 2018 I am quite worried since we haven’t gotten the approval notice (NOA2) yet and the priority date for July 2018 for my country is already 01-Dec-2017. My question is, if my priority date is current but the i-130 is not yet approved. Can concurrent Filing be an option for us? Please advise. Thank you! https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/concurrent-filing-form-i-485
  16. This was brought up awhile ago in the family. My husband's grandad is a permanent resident and his daughter from the UK was wondering how long it'd be if he sponsors her over? I told them it'd be a 7 or more years of waiting. She is over 21 but also has a daughter out of wedlock. SHe is not married and the child is under 21. Is it even possible for the grandad to sponsor both of them? I don't think it'd happen but we'd just want to know. Thanks! x
  17. Hi everyone, Please take a look at the attached image. My wife and I moved back to the States in Dec '17. She received her Immigrant Visa on Nov 21, 2017. We have a planned trip out of the country next week and have already bought the tickets. We just realized today her Visa says: "IV expires on Apr 18, 2018". However, at the bottom of the Visa, it says "upon endorsement serves as a temporary I -551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year". We consulted with a lawyer friend we know and he told us that the "Expires on" only means that that's the last date she can enter the US for the first time. As long as she has already entered the country, she can now come and go as many times as she pleases until 1 year has passed (Nov 21, 2018). Before we get on the plane, I would just like to confirm that this is true. Can anyone either confirm or deny what the lawyer told us? Thanks so much for your help.
  18. Hey, So I'm a legal permanent resident of the US, just got my temporary status removed so I've got my permanent green card. My UK passport expires next year, so what do I need to do to get it renewed? Do I just use the same resources I would if I were living in the UK and needed to renew it? TIA
  19. Hi, I will be filing for US citizenship soon and just wanted to know few things. I am currently working 2 full time jobs. I am paying taxes for both the Jobs. As I work from home it is easy to manage both the jobs. As both the jobs are full time permanent jobs I get paid on the basis of job and not on the basis of hour. Below are my questions: 1. Will it be a problem if I put both jobs on n-400 form in part-8 2. Is having 2 full time job bad in the eyes of USCIS. Thanks
  20. Hi All, Looking for some advice from wise minds here. I am a permanent resident of the USA, with a decent job and background in the USA. Here is the story of my life: My wife (to be wife then) visited the USA - July 2016 (on B1/B2 Visa) and returned back in August 2016 (within the I94 stamped period) Came to the USA again in November 2016 (on B1/B2 Visa) - I94 again for 6 months We got married in January 2017 I petitioned I130 in February 2017 (priority date) She went back to home country in April 2017 (within the I94 stamped period) Came back to visit me in the USA in June 2017 (on B1/B2 Visa) - this time she was asked a couple of questions regarding the purpose of her visit where she provided honest answers about her marriage, marriage certificates, photographs and all kind of facts and evidences - end result, she got I94 stamped for 1 YEAR.. yaaayyyy ! She went back to home country in February 2018 for her sister's wedding Returned back to the USA in March 2018 (on B1/B2 Visa) - this time she was denied entry at the port of landing in Toronto basis reasonable suspicion of immigrant intent on B1/B2 visa. Nothing changed from the last 2 times to this situation. Her answers and intentions to come back to the USA were still the same but unfortunately, she got denied entry and her Visa was cancelled. Can I get some feedback from the people out here, what can I do to get her back with me asap. Waiting for the I130 to get approved and then apply for adjustment of status is a process of its own, not sure how long will that take. Thanks
  21. Hi, I have a question regarding the timing of filling I-130. My husband and I recently got married in USA. He is a permanent resident of USA but I was always on tourist visa(ESTA, VWP) while we continued our relationship for the past 3 years. We were engaged for 6months or so and recently got married while I am in USA on ESTA/VWP. Now he would like to file I-130 to petition me but our question is, can we file I-130 while I am in USA as ESTA/VWP? I have no intention to break the law and intending to go back to my home county before my visa expires but if we file I-130 while I am in ESTA/VWP flag up the potential of breaking the law of intention of the current visit? (ESTA/VWP is for tourism and light business, right?) We do not have no evidence to show that I was only here to visit him then we suddenly decided to get married. Or is it better for my husband(permanent resident) to file I-130 after I leave USA? Does this make any difference?
  22. My situation is, that I am currently in a long distance relationship with a permanent resident in the US. I live in Germany, he was born in Costa Rica and he obtained the status of a permanent resident (Green Card Holder) recently. So my plan is to study over here in Berlin and then move over to the US after I finished, but I don't really know how long the process will take and if I will be able to stay in the US, while my permanent resident status is in process. What are your experiences and what would you suggest, should we do best. I am already really thankful for every constructive answer.
  23. Hello, My wife has been scheduled to have her interview for the Civics and English test in early April. We do not anticipate any issues as her English is great and she's been studying a lot for the Civics test, so she will more than likely pass. Our concern is that we are planning on traveling to celebrate some major accomplishments that came from years of hard work and we would like to buy plane tickets for some rest and relaxation in the Caribbean. She has an El Salvadoran passport that she's used for international travel in the past when she was a permanent resident. If she passes her interview as well as her English and Civics tests in April, will her El Salvadoran passport immediately be no longer valid for international travel upon passing the interview and the tests? We wanted to travel in May as we have the whole month off from work at that time. I would think that this must happen all of the time and there must be some type of extension or window that still allows international travel for immigrants that were previously permanent residents and have just recently passed their interview for citizenship. I assume as of now she cannot apply for a U.S. passport considering she's still a permanent resident and if she passes her interview in April, she would not receive a U.S. passport in time for international travel in May, so this creates an issue for us. We need to buy the plane tickets soon before the prices get any higher (and if there's no definitive answer on this, I suppose I should buy the plane tickets with a refundable option in case she will not be able to travel internationally). Could anyone please provide some advice in regards to this? Thank you!
  24. Hi, I moved to the US with a K1 visa two years ago, and now hold a green card (conditions have NOT yet been removed in case that matters). I am looking to go to school for Massage Therapy. Hubby and I are considering different ways to finance this. My question: Am I able to accept Financial Aid? I vaguely remember signing something in the visa process that stated I was not allowed any government financial help. Does this apply to financial aid/student loans etc? I am very sorry if this topic already exists and would greatly appreciate a link Thank You!
  25. Hi all! I'm curious to know if there may be any issue with my petition, since my parents divorced a few years ago. The person that filed the petition for me was my step-dad at the time. The application got approved, despite never being adopted by him. We had moved around and never got the approval notice, however once we were made aware of the approval, we got to work on trying to submit everything for the then F2A visa. We hit a major roadblock in trying to find a sponsor with enough income. However, once we did we were told it was too late since I had aged out, and been placed on an at least 10 year waiting list. Now I'm 30, still unmarried, though I am on DACA. And now my parents have been divorced since 2008. My priority date under category F2B is Sept 17, 1997 (Mexico), so it's fast approaching. Will the fact that my step dad is still only a permanent resident, and no longer technically my step-dad, hinder this case? Thanks so much!
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