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  1. Short summary, I came here on Visa waiver. Got married. Filed for adjustment of status with wife and MIL join sponsor. I was given an RFE for proof of status of the joint sponsor. We sent in her birth cert originally but it was old and the seal was impossible to see in the photocopy. Figured that might be why it was rejected. But it also has her maiden name listed on it and we filed with her current legal name, her married name. We ordered a new birth certificate and figured we'd send a copy of her marriage certificate along with it. Unfortunately I found out today, she's only listed as her maiden name on the marriage certificate and it doesn't mention the name change. It does show her husband listed with her new married name though, is that enough? I know we could file for a new passport and that would cover it but the evidence needs to be submitted by June 27th and her expired passport is a decade+ old so I think we'd need to go through the full new passport process. We're also moving and I have exams in June so we can't really add more to the plate. My core questions are: 1 - will a full birth certificate showing a seal be valid even though it shows her maiden name? 2 - if not will the marriage certificate with her maiden name but showing her husbands last name being the same as her current legal name be enough to prove her name changed? 3 - Am I worrying about nothing or should we expect it to be rejected? 4 - What is the process if it is rejected, will we get another RFE or should I prepare to file a motion to reopen with a different joint sponsor or even just refile? Thank you very much for any advice. This website has been a godsend throughout this whole process.
  2. I had my n400 interview on 05/03/2022 5 year basis. The officer said i passed the test but he need more documents and i have to wait for mail . That proves i worked and reside in the US "Paper said . Decsion cannot be made at this time". He want me to provide all the income for past 5 years 1099 papers and all other income iam self employed . And he said it have to match my tax returns. Even though he had all the tax information and transcripts. I would expect cos i had to stay 8 month outside the usa due to covid it was impossible to travel. I explained all this to him and provided my intent to come back before the 6 month mark even the airline ticket i bought for that. My question is few hours after getting home i was checking my case status online and it say status recommended for approval and another inline for oath cermony. Made me real happy even though it doesnt make sense after requesting more evidence. I wonder if any one had similar situation. And if i still should be worried that i will receive an rfe still or status change to rfe or iam good and should be just waiting for my ceremony date. It doesnot make much sense but why he said i need more evidence then status changed to inline for oath cermony . Iam happy it did but still worried though. Thanks in advance
  3. Hello guys. I really need some help here. I’m new to this forum so i don’t know if I’m doing this right haha. My fiancé is American and I’m Brazilian. He got arrested last year in December and is still waiting for his court day. He filled out the k1 visa process and got an RFE saying they need some proof of his criminal records and if it’s pending or not. But he has been calling so many people and nobody helped him. Saying they don’t have anything cuz he never went to court. Aka didn’t happened yet. Our deadline is getting closer. I’m scared. What should we do? Btw his lawyer the one they gave him from the government said he can’t do anything about it. I’m desperate you guys. Please some help or advice. 🥺
  4. Had an RFE for our Removal of Conditions, and sent the paperwork off right at the end of April. Does our reply to an RFE generate another NOA to say they definitely received the paperwork? We had tracking on the package, but note that the city and state it was delivered to is different than the address. It's the Potomac office which is officially in Arlington, VA but the delivery receipt said it was delivering to Capitol Heights, Maryland. I know DC buildings can often have weird addresses, but UPS already complained about the address on the actual paperwork not existing, so I'm just trying to figure out how to verify that it definitely got into the right hands before the RFE deadline. With a must be received deadline at the end of May, at what point should I be making extra effort to reach someone to verify they have our papers if we have no status updates or NOA? The USCIS website status shows that they sent us the RFE but currently shows no updates since then. And if I do need to reach out to someone to verify, where do I do that? The USCIS website seems to be designed to ensure there's no options to talk to them about anything but an address change until they're at least 60 days overdue on their processing estimates.
  5. Hi All, I wanted to know if anyone is going through the same situation my wife and I are. We had our GC Interview in San Francisco on February 2nd. Were told everything was good to go, except for the medical exam, which had to be resubmitted. Since COVID delays, my wife's medical exam had been done more than a year before the interview, and we received a RFE to complete an I-693. I found a certified Civil Surgeon, she went ahead and went through the entire process, the surgeon signed off on it and after a few days, we sent the signed/sealed packet to the address listed. The RFE deadline is May 4th and USCIS has still not "received" or updated her case. I have sent a few e-requests, which were answered with a generic response, and have actually spoken to live reps 3 times, all of whom did not give any specific info. but said they can send an internal request. The last rep. stated that there is an extension for the request, but I am not sure how concrete this info. is since it's not listed anywhere. Has anyone gone through this situation or is currently going through it? If so, mind sharing your experience, results, and maybe what to expect? Many thanks in advance!
  6. My husband had his citizenship interview under 3 year rule and he passed civics test but he got rfe The officer said he was missing past 3 years worth tax returns. We filed jointly the last 2 years but didn't file in 2019 because we did not meet minimum threshold to file a tax return. When the RFE notice becomes available to us ( the officer verbally explained to him why he is getting rfe but we didnt receive any official mail yet) we were going to send our most recent 2 years tax return and explain why we didn't file in 2019. But I just checked our documents and we answered NO to a question that asked Have you ever NOT filed a tax return.............. And now I'm scared that his case will be denied for not answering truthfully.....although it was a honest mistake. We are planning on sending our tax documents for 2019 that shows that we were not required to file a tax return and we are also planning on filing late tax return for 2019 anyway and send that as well... Is filing a late tax return anyway a bad idea? If we attach a letter explaining that we realized we answered a question wrong hurt our case? Any answer would really help...
  7. So, i was wondering if i could have some advice. I recently filed for Adjustment of Status from a K-1 visa, and had my biometrics scheduled. However, today I received a request for evidence. It's pretty vague, and i will include the first page as an attachment but essentially they are saying we need a joint sponsor, but we included our joint sponsors signed I-864 plus an employment letter, 3 months of pay stubs and bank statements. I THINK the issue comes from the fact we didn't include his 2021 tax transcripts as he hasn't filed yet (long story IRS screwed up and they had to fix an error and it took a long time), we only included his 2020 tax transcripts, which was completely my fault and i'm happy to send in the W-2's, 1099's and form 2555. I'm just looking to see if anyone thinks that's the issue too? and should i just upload the whole financial package again including my wife's I-864 and tax transcripts + joint sponsors I-864 and tax documents? it's difficult because basically the letter said my wife doesn't qualify as a sponsor because of her income, not that the joint sponsors information was insufficient. That's just what i'm assuming... Any thoughts would help a lot! I always get so anxious because I feel like we filled the form out wrong, so advice is very much appreciated!
  8. Hello, I've read many threads on visajourney but I'm still hesitant. My husband is self employed/freelance and we filed jointly. On the RFIE we received, they state "The Total income line on IRS form 1040 is used to determine qualifying income for a sponsor, not the Gross receipts line from IRS schedule C or C-EZ". On I-864 (part 6 question 24) , it says "total income (adjusted gross income on IRS form 1040EZ as reported on federal income tax returns". Which one should we use? AGI on line 11 of form 1040 or total income on line 9 of form 1040? I've even read here some people saying that for self employed people, they look at your income after deductions and business expenses. On form 1040, his total income is 55k, his adjusted gross income is 52k but his taxable income is 22k. Will that be a problem? I would appreciate any help, we have a lawyer to who we sent everything to but doesn't respond quickly. We already collected tax returns, transcripts, 1099s, w2s, paystubs and bank statements to prove all the income is his. I'm worried getting this RFIE wrong will result in denial.
  9. RFE states to submit more evidence to prove parent-child relation. Two evidence can be sent: "school records" and a baptismal certificate. 1. SCHOOL RECORD: All schools have lost my records. However, they're willing to sign a paper that verifies that I went there and that my parent's name was used. Is this "paper" considered as an affidavit? 2. BAPTISIMAL CERTIFICATE: I'm getting one this week so it will be a very NEW document. RFE states to submit OLDEST available document. Should I still get this certificate?
  10. Hi yall. I got an RFE (Request for Evidence) for my I-130 petition for my CR-1 yesterday in the mail. I am a little confused what they exactly want. I gave them a call but the woman on the phone said she can't see the exact details and she recommended to browse some groups online or call my nearest Embassy... so here I am! My husband is Swedish and I am American. They said they received the English translation of a personbevis (extract of the population register) which is the evidence I provided for us being married and living together, birth of our child, etc. They said they need a copy of the original Swedish language extract and then also an English translated copy with it. It doesn't say that it has to be a cetfified translator exactly, but it says someone who is competent to translate. I am wondering if sending the personbevis/extract of the population register which is signed and stamped by the tax agency/authority in English and Swedish is enough? The stamp and signature basically states it is the proper and true document, so I would think it means the English translation is correct. Has anyone had this issue? Did you just send that document? The other option would be to get the whole document translated by an authorized translator, but it would say the same exact information... Though the letter doesn't exactly say that a certified translator is needed. Anyway, thank you for your help!
  11. Hello, I received an RFE for an official disposition of a possession ticket I received in August. Because the ticket was plead no contest and the fine was paid, it never got moved to the court (no case) and the only official disposition comes from the Infractions Bureau here, like with traffic tickets. They gave me the disposition and all the information I needed with a seal and everything, but it comes from the Bureau, not the Court. Is this okay? Should this be explained with my evidence? The court refused to write a letter that they would not have it. Thank you all again.
  12. Hello All, I am wondering how I should present our evidence for meeting two years before our file date. I feel as though I reported it wrong or unreliably because what we have should have been sufficient, but we still received an RFE. We have hotel and flight itineraries, but how should we show that? There are no physical tickets, only digital confirmations and receipts. Previously, I screencapped the entire email or page that included name, card number, and location/time and put it on a word doc with other similar captures, like the cards used to pay for it. I also highlighted parts of the pictures, like relevant passport stamps on photocopies. Should we have not marked the pictures? Is there an "official" way to turn this evidence in? I included a reference page with paragraphs for each piece, should the explanation be directly beside the evidence and not on a separate page? Any advice appreciated.
  13. Hello, My removal of conditions was denied January 22nd due the USCIS claiming they had not received the evidence requested by them. I entered in August 2014 on a K1 visa, adjusted status accordingly, have worked and travelled since 2015 and now my petition is denied after failure to respond to an RFE (which we did) I was advised by a lawyer to refile the entire petition from within the US rather than appeal as the chances of a successful appeal are slime to none. Has anyone refiled within the US? What forms am I filing this time? Any help is appreciated. Leaving is not an option as I am 6 months pregnant with our 1st baby! Thank you in advance for any help you can provide during this extremely stressful time.
  14. Hello Everyone! We're pleased to have finally heard back, but are being asked to provide more evidence for meeting in the 2 year period before we filed. It says evidence may include but is not limited to photos and "any evidence" that would prove it. In our I-129F, we submitted evidence of three times we were able to visit each other before Covid 19 . This included boarding passes, photocopies of passport stamps, copies of flight itineraries, hotel itineraries, money spent from both of us. He visited me in the states twice, and I visited him in Canada once. The only problem is we didn't really take pictures those visits. Because of Covid, we weren't able to meet up again until Aug 2021, where we had four more trips together up until now, and this time went out and took a bunch of pictures and had more of a paper trail doing activities in the area (Before Covid we were both in school and broke haha). There are three problems for us: 1.) The RFE wants evidence from Mar2019-Mar2021, which we don't really have more evidence of 2.) The evidence we do have for meeting in that two year period only came from one of us or the other. If he flew we submitted his boarding pass, if I paid for the hotel we submitted my receipt. I'm not sure how to show that we were together, other than our itineraries matched up for our visits (lodging matched flights, bank statements matched payment for travel). Evidence was submitted as multiple photocopies or attachments of emails per page , re-printed with those pages signed and dated. This may have been a mistake. 3.) Our most solid evidence comes from a period outside those two years prior to submitting, where we have photos and more receipts. I'm wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation, especially with pandemic travel restrictions, and how they responded to it. Any and all advice would be appreciated!
  15. Hello everyone my burning question is I submitted 2019 taxes with my AOS in aug 2021….. slight over sight, so they sent RFE for 2020 Taxes which are recent …no biggie but my 2020 taxes are Amended will that be an issue for uscis ? They do qualify for sponsorship and above the $21,775 for 2 person household. Please please I’m on a dead line let me know guys
  16. Hello, I am the US citizen petitioner. My fiance and her daughter ( K1 and K2) entered usa in June 21 and we got married in July 2021 in USA. I filed for AOS for both of them and done with their biometrics. I got a RFE ( attached) for the daughter's AOS case- asking us to submit the marriage certificate. I had already sent the marriage certificate issued in the USA. I plan to send it again. Are there any other suggestions on what else i should send?
  17. Hello all, I had my n400 interview on October 07/2021. I passed the civic test, history test, and English test. however, I need to submit RFE. the agent started the questions about my application. She stated that she notice I answered yes. That I owed the IRS tax. I told her my husband and I have a agreement payment plan, with the IRS. She then asked to see the documents. I gave her what I brought, which was the payment plan agreement, and how much we currently owed. She said this is not what we are looking for. And proceeded to say she’s going to mail me a RFE letter and it will state what she needs. I thought what I had would be enough. I received the RFE letter 10/15/21 we are trying to get the available documents needed If anyone can help in this matter we would greatly appreciate it. I guess my questions are If I download a company of our tax return transcript would that work? Next step would also be to contact the IRS office for a interview. To get the following. a signed agreement payment plan. a signed agreement of how much owed or complete payment payed. a signed copy of our filed tax return. 1040. If transcript can’t work. I have uploaded the RFE letter of what they’re requesting.
  18. Hi, I'm the sponsor for my spouse. We are doing AOS after the K1. I need help in understanding what I need to add to satisfy the RFE that we received, I have attached the RFE to the post. We received it because they say they can't verify that I am a qualified sponsor or above the poverty limit, but I believe I am. I currently make $62,000 a year. I got this job in August and included a letter form my employer stating I was full time and making that salary. I included bank statements and pay stubs for the whole year. I also included my tax return from 2020. I believe that the complications come from the job being more recent and that I have no tax returns from 2018 of 2019 because I was living in Brazil, serving a church mission for two years. I also was not making the same salary before August of this year. I was interning with the company that hired me, and my pay was $17 an hour, but I was part time because I was still studying. I was hired by them when I graduated in August. I thought that my current income would be enough to not need a co-sponsor. Request for Evidence.pdf
  19. Following my husband‘s green card interview we received an RFE. I uploaded all the required documents and photos online as advised by my lawyer RATHER than mail it in. Evidence has been uploaded two weeks ago. Now we wait. Anyone else go through this and how long did you wait before you heard anything?
  20. Hi, I've tried to find more info on previously asked questions first but, honestly, I'm just confused at this point. I recently got an RFE for my case. Here's what they asked for (and sorry for any weirdness, I voice dictated it): -The Joint sponsor, submitted a joint federal income tax return for the most recent year. Since there is no supporting tax documentation (W-2s, 1099s, form 2555 and tax schedules) provided for the joint sponsor, we are not able to determine if the joint sponsors income on the federal income tax return meets or exceeds 125% of the poverty guideline. -Based on the documents submitted, we could not determine that the joint sponsor, on form i-864, Affidavit of Support, is qualified. In order to be a qualified sponsor, The Joint sponsor form i-864 must be properly completed and signed and the supporting documents must establish that the joint sponsors income meets 125% of the federal poverty guideline. ... The total income line on IRS form 1040 is used to determine qualifying income for a sponsor, not the Gross Receipts line from IRS Schedule C or C-EZ. My joint sponsor provided me with a 1040-SR (which, I will add, had a black line through his SSN. That's how his accountant gave it to him, I think.). It's joint, but he filed his wife as a dependent and she has essentially no income of her own. He's not employed but makes good money through stocks, so it's not like he doesn't have enough money. We also provided clear screenshots of his Charles Schwab account, assuming that would support the 1040. Of course, the I-864 was filled out and signed, etc. I'm 23 so I don't fully understand all this tax stuff! I'd really appreciate any help figuring out what we need to send now. Thank you!!
  21. Hey all, I already finished my biometrics a few months ago, and we got a Request For Evidence this week. What we need to give, and for some reason we didn't realize we had to show it for the 3rd time, is: Marriage Certificate (from my home country) Translated to English version of the Marriage Certificate Both of those documents we have handy and ready to send, but the marriage certificate and the translation are from Dec. 2017 (almost 4 years now). Would that come up as an issue since the documents are a bit older? We can somehow get a new copy with more current day (it would be a bit annoying to do so), and a translation, but is that needed? Any advice is much appreciated!
  22. Hi a few weeks after my AOS interview (through marriage) I received an RFE for the medical exam. Apparently the one that we gave to the immigration officer was the old version of the form which the don’t accept anymore even though was up to date. it’s been two week since we summited the new medical (Nov 9, 2021) and we haven’t heard back from them. we called USCIS and they confirmed that they received the RFE response. I want to hear your individual experiences… how long did they take them to review your case? i have heard some people saying that their I-130 got approved even before getting the rfe for the I-485 is that you case too? my i-130 as well as my I-485 are still pending my field office is NJ Mount Laurel. Also it is important to mention that my AOS process is complex, I’m an “arriving alien” <- (term used in immigration) with a removal order. yes we have an experienced attorney, and yes my particular case allows me to adjust status with USCIS despite having a removal order. Yes USCIS has jurisdiction over me.
  23. I got a Request For Evidence (RFE) for my Adjustment of Status (AOS) which I was allowed to respond to online using MyUSCIS (rather than physically mailing the missing evidence). As of today (November 19th 2021) my online account says "response was received" for the RFE. Can I trust this message or would it be better to call USCIS and confirm that they have my new documents? Note: I have tried calling USCIS but it's impossible to talk to a human representative.
  24. Unbelievable!! What is going on with these immigration officers!!?? Wondering if anyone else had the same happen... So my husbands green card interview was 11/08 . We felt it was going well but then to our surprise the immigration officer could not find his medical on file that he should have been able to access from DHS. He checked his computer multiple times. Said he wasn't sure why it wasn't present. My husband confirmed on his arrival he handed it to DHS officer. He said you did correctly but there is no copy here. My husband never got ANY COPY at the time he took his medical either. I was a bit concerned but I.O. didn't seem too concerned and would email for a copy. Gave us a white paper saying it would be in review. I knew we would get that now that there was NO MEDICAL on file. Then today I got notified on the app tracker there was an update. Sure enough it was an RFE. Just not what I thought it would be.... Now mind you at the interview the officer only asked for birth certificate, marriage certificate, ID's and passports to make copies. We felt rushed. After the questions we saw he was ready to let us go but then I asked him "Sir, don't you need evidence and photos?" He said "Uhh what do you have?" I said "Everything you need" and showed him the huge stack of evidence. I sprayed it across the table like a deck of cards. I had receipts, chat logs, an entire photo album with years of photos, joint evidence. He said "Pick out 6 pictures and Ill take the chat logs (dating back to 2017 mind you) and the joint evidence." Today the RFE asked for everything I gave him...IN PERSON. I mean WTH? Anyone else get the same? I even gave him originals! I honestly thought it would be an RFE for a new medical but geez. Ill send it all over but the (removed)....
  25. Hi Everyone, Today I received RFE for Birth Certificate. I have already submitted color copy of my BC which is in Native and English Language (Seperated with / ). I see on my uscis account they have uploaded black and white BC which i submitted initialy. RFE I got says, The applicant, ___________________________________, must submit a copy of their birth certificate issued by the appropriate civil authority in their country of birth. We will only accept a long-form birth certificate which lists at least one parent. If the document is in a foreign language, the applicant must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English. 1) Do I need to translate this BC with certified translator or should I resubmit the same? 2) While responding to this RFE online what should I attach? (Cover Letter, RFE Letter, Copy of Original BC, Translated Copy of BC & Cetification from translator) Thank you in advance for guiding me.
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