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  1. Hey all, Just wanted to post this in the hope it helps someone else not waste as much time at the DMV as i have. I entered the US on a K1 visa back in April. I've had nothing but frustration with the local DMV (Santa Ana). After going down twice (without appointment) and giving up twice because of the monstrous lines. I finally made an appointment which I attended last week. I had heard I would have to wait until I got my EAD to be able to apply for a full Californian DL. I had however, discovered I could apply for a lesser DL in the meantime called an AB 60. So at my appointment I asked if I could apply for the AB 60 and was told my UK passport and SSN wouldn't be enough and it would need to be sent away for 3 months to a year for a 'secondary review'. I thought that cant be right!? After arguing my case and the employee calling 'an expert on this type of case' I got no where and gave up. So, today on the DMV CA website, I found the list of requirements for the AB 60. More in intriguingly, a list of acceptable Passports that DON'T need a secondary review. Low and behold! The UK Passport and nearly every other country in the world is on the list!!! So annoyed I wasted so much time. Rest assured I will be returning to said DMV with my print out in hand!!! Anyways, long story short... ALL YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR AN AB 60 licence in CA Your Passport Your SSN (temporary is fine too) Proof of address (I'm using my SSN letter attached to my card with address on) Here is the full list of requirements on the DMV California website: https://www.dmv.org/ca-california/ab-60-drivers-license.php Also, I'm sure this information is nothing new to some people and there are already posts similar to this BUT, I looked and I couldn't find anything giving me a definite answer. Thanks and hope this helps some of you!
  2. Hi all, I am planning to apply for diversity visa once it is open tomorrow. I know it is a lottery and I have the slightest chance possible of getting one. My concern here is I have a B1/B2 visa and already planned for a trip in December. Will my application affect my entry or visa at all? Thanks.
  3. Hi everyone, I started this topic to help everyone waiting for her/his physical green card after she/he arrived to the United States So I hope everyone share his OS155A status and post the time between his date of entry, the immigrant fee date, the date you received the physical card in mail. Wish you all the best My status: Poe: Newark May 5 2016 Paid : April 20 2016 USCIS status: payment received on 4/20/2016
  4. ‎ألسّلامُ عليكمُ و رحمةُ اللّهِ و بركاتهُ Starting in the Name of ALLAH( GOD), The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful I'm creating this Specific TOPIC on this Forum to help all those Pakistani people who are in middle of transition for applying K-1, K-3 I-29F visa or Spouse Visa and willing to help other Pakistani from their Experience. Please share your experience from Start to End. Filling Form NOA1 NOA2 NVC RFE Embassy/Consulate Medical Interview POE Experience Note : Please keep your post related to TOPIC .
  5. Hello All, I'm having a bit of an issue retrieving the I-94 for my last entry to the US on a K1 visa 2 days ago. When I go to the website, my most recent I-94 shows my last entry on a B2 visa 2 months ago. However, when I look at my travel history I see my entry from 2 days ago. Is this normal? It is my understanding that I-94s are issued almost instantly after being processed at POE by CBP. I'm wondering if maybe there's a delay in updating because I entered on the weekend. Can anyone shed some light on this? How long does it usually take for the electronic I-94 to be available on the website? Would really appreciate some feedback.
  6. Hi All, My VISA was recently approved. I intend to travel to the US soon. Im curious - for the first time travelling to the US on CR1, do you specify yourself as 'Non-Resident' or 'Landed US Resident' on the Advanced Passenger Information? Thanks in advance
  7. hi guys, anybody out there with experience using Abu Dhabi as their POE? I am going to be using Abu Dhabi airport soon as my POE and I am entering on a K1 visa. I am just wondering how long does the CBP take to "process" k1 entrants there? how early should i plan to arrive at the airport? any advise would be appreciated. thanks!
  8. Hello, I remember reading it o VJ months ago but I can't seem to find that topic now (nor the person who wrote it...) Anyway, so it was said back then that at the POE you can ask CBP officer to change your maiden name on the paperwork to your married name so that the SSN and Green Card will come on your married name. Is this true? Supposedly his wife did it. Regards, Sierra
  9. I have seen two statements on various gov and non-gov websites. The health examination records will be in a sealed envelope that says ‘DO NOT OPEN’ on it. But the envelope does not say ANYTHING about not opening AND the Consular officials in Taipei (location of interview) opened the health examination packet. At the interview, you will be given a sealed packet to bring with you to the POE. But my wife was NOT given any sealed packet. Are these problems for us or are the instruction outdated?
  10. Alabamak1

    EAD, AP and AOS

    Hi: a little unrelated to your guys process, but i like to give you guys a reminder. After you do POE, get SS# first and then do not wait for EAD, AP and AOS. We just got our EAD approved after 136 days!!! In most States, you will not be able to get DL w/o EAD.
  11. After entering USA , throu CR1 visa , I still have not received green card after 30 days of POE , and nor are there any status updates on the same on USCIS case status online . Should I be worried ? . Also I changed my address talking with cbp officer at the airport while POE . Does that affect my gc status ? . Nb :Poe was at chicago : O'Hare
  12. R.Q.

    Driving to POE Experience

    Hello. I have a K1 visa and we will be driving from Toronto to Seattle in about 2 weeks. I’d like to ask about your experience if you’ve ever driven cross-Canada or cross-US. We planned an 8 to 10-hour drive daily. Also, what are your experiences with Detroit, Idaho, and/or Seattle border land crossings (like which ones are faster and such)?
  13. Good day everyone. Well, by His grace, my wife's visa was approved at her interview. They kept her passport, and all the documentation she brought with her. They gave her a form letter saying that she had been tentatively approved for the visa, and to return on the 11th of October to likely pick it up. Now I understand that this a a legal matter, and that putting something in writing means something, so giving themselves "wiggle room" by stating it as they did makes sense. When I check Ceac, it shows a status of issued, and says that visa has been printed. My question is: do I sit tight and wait for my wife to get the visa in hand, or can I book a flight now in order to get as best a price as possible on airfare, since we are getting into the holiday season, and choosing a departure date sooner than four weeks out usually raises the prices. I'm happy to be in this predicament mind you. Having been in the visa process for over two years (initially went with a I-129F), I'm just anxious to actually get to sleep in the same bed as my wife. I do appreciate any and all comments. Chris
  14. Not sure where to post this. I feel very blessed I was able to enter the US after a wait of 11 months during the spouse visa process this Friday through LAX. Today ive been going through my documents and realized my original wedding certificate is missing. The CO kept a couple of documents and said everything was going to be returned to me on the packet that was going to get to me along with passport with visa in it. The Immigration officer kept the whole packet and just now I realized I don’t have that essential legal document of the union of me and my husband. Has this ever happened to anyone? What to do? thank you in advance..
  15. Hi People, Just wanted an advise my husband got his immigrant visa and he will be coming to USA for 3 weeks. He has to go back to UAE since he is working on a contract till Feb 2019. Is it ok to tell the officer at POE that he is only here for 3 weeks?
  16. I am flying out to the USA tomorrow evening on my IR1 visa. My POE is Houston. I’m just curious about when I go to check in for my flight, I shouldn’t have an issue checking in on a one way ticket with my IR1 visa, right? I tried to check in online and it won’t let me as I don’t have a return ticket and I’m a citizen of a VWP country (New Zealand). I’d love to hear any of your experiences on your one way flight to the USA! Thanks 😊
  17. my parents having visa interview on 24th September at Mumbai (India) consulate for f3 category. now they are planning to go at Tampa,Florida as their first entry in to USA. but we wrote intend to live address in DS 260 form is of Pennsylvania. is it necessary to go first at DS 260 intend to live address or they can go tampa,florida (other than intend to live address) ???? kindly guide.
  18. Hi everyone, sorry if this seems like a silly question because I've never had to deal with a visa before. But is the K1 visa considered a travel document? I'm asking because for my flight check-in there's a field where I am able to fill in travel document information, should I fill that out? Thanks again all.
  19. Hello all, I have just received my IR1 visa stamped on my Canadian passport. I was planning to land as an immigrant at Buffalo/Niagara Falls POE this weekend before the visa expires and planning to head back to Toronto after that. Other than my passport and the sealed brown envelope, do I need to take anything else with me as well? Any customs forms that I can pre-fill and take with me? Appreciated folks!
  20. So ... I finally got my Canadian passport back from US Consulate Montreal with IR1 visa stamped (Wohooo!) after roughly 4 months of wait for D5535/221G background check after my interview at Montreal Consulate. Now, the dilemma is that visa stamped on the passport is valid until July 29th, 2018. My family is in Houston, TX and I couldn't get too much time off for now to travel to Houston and enter at Pearson POE as a permanent resident. My questions are : 1. Is it ok that I drive to Buffalo and enter at that POE to finalize everything so they can mail the green card to my permanent address in Houston? 2. Yes they gave me a sealed envelope to take with me but in addition to taking my passport do I need/recommended to take anything else with me (yes, I will pay the USCIS fee first) ? 3. Once I enter US at Buffalo POE, should I just go to the Social Security office and apply for the SSN to be mailed at my permanent address in Houston? I will greatly appreciate some input.
  21. Hello, Where does the packet go that you give to immigration at POE? They entered at LAX.
  22. Hi. A couple of questions: 1. If one has a valid re-entry permit, no physical GC (the card itself) in hand, can that be used to enter USA via any PoE (without presenting the physical GC)? 2. If a GC has been produced, and is assumed to be in the possession of the person, can the person still use a valid I-551 stamp (if the stamp is not within 1 year yet) - without showing the GC - at PoE?
  23. Entered earlier today at JFK POE -- we were moved across few lines as it was really busy. We waited for around 1 hour, and it was our turn. The CBP officer that we saw, was really angry, and spoke to us in a very mean way. He got our passports and envelopes, scanned the passports, ripped the envelopes open very angrily, and took our fingerprints and photos. We are F4 category, we didn't go to secondary or anything, we only spent like 4-5 minutes with him, he stamped our passports, threw our immigration packets in the corner of his desk, and told us GO!. I might be crazy, but I feel like we should have gone through more procedure? Am I overthinking this? Thanks
  24. Has anyone had experience with officers at a port of going through your phone, or requesting to? I was using a work visa a few years to come into the country (from Toronto), and that happened to me...felt like quite the invasion of privacy, over and above the invasion of privacy one should expect and accept in secondary inspection. And it was awkward for him to go through my contacts, ask me how I know them, or when he went through my email/texts and asking what some meant. Especially when he found one embarrassing, sexual-related email, read it out loud and said "this is provocative." Like, none of your business. Is this still common? Anyway to refuse it and still be let in (as a non-US citizen)? I'm open to almost anything else in terms of inspection, questioning, interviewing, searching my person and my luggage, etc, but going through the personal contents on my phone seems excessive and painful. It should be said that of course I have nothing to hide or fear. I have entered lawfully, with inspection, dozens of times. But haven't re-entered in the last 4 years. This is about limits to the invasion of privacy, not trying to hide anything.
  25. Its me again, Ive found a flight from Manchester UK to Keflavik Iceland to Kansas city missouri. I dont ever recall seeing a customs and border area at Kansas city. Does thar mean my POE is in Iceland and will they take my envolope and forward onto the USA? I looked on the CBP website but didnt find Iceland as a port. Has anyone flown from there home country to USA via KEF and can shed some light Thank you