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  1. Does anyone have any USCIS EVIDENCE that proves that my marriage certificate that only states my maiden name rather than both my married name AND my maiden name is a valid. I COMPLETELY understand that I can elect to take my spouse's married name simply because it is listed on our MC but I got an RFIE for both I765 and I131 for "the name you provided on Form XXX does not match your name in other USCIS records". I totally understand too that they could have simply lost my MCs but the RFIE goes on to state "Provide evidence that the name change was completed according to the relevant state (or foreign) law" so my concern is that line there as I have no evidence that the name change is actually legal. I'm going to call the county clerk on Monday to find out if they can issue you me something that states that MCs in their county don't indicate the new married name and only the maiden name. What do you think?
  2. Hey Everyone!! So last week we got an RFE for I-485. The letter says they want a translated Birth Certificate from Spanish to English. We had only sent a copy of the Spanish birth certificate but somehow we missed he also needed to send a translated one too. Well we got someone to translate it but it’s not a translated photo copy of the birth certificate but the words translated are arranged exactly how the copy of the birth certificate is. I read somewhere in Visa journey that they don’t want a copy typed up on scrap paper but they want like a “photo copy” of the BC and just have the words replaced/translated to Spanish. Is that true? Cus the person that translated it typed it up & arranged it like the BC has the words layed out & also got it notarized. I am freaking out a bit cus I am worried that it won’t be good enough. I have attached a picture of the translated one (with the words blurred) I tried my best to leave some examples visible so you can see how it was translated but that’s pretty much how it was translated, just typed up & rearranged like the original birth certificate. At the very bottom (below translated copy) it has that it notarized & above that section (translated copy) the person that translated it put a statement certifying he/she was able to translate it & signed it (just like USCIS states & He/she was also the one that went to go get it notarized) Please let me know if that’s good enough (or not) and if USCIS will accept that Thank You!
  3. I just got RFE letter for two year meeting requirement. It says itineraries I have submitted are not sufficient. also says disc, videos, emails, letters, phone bills and greeting cards does not constitute evidence of meeting in person. but when I filed I-129F I included letter of intent, copy of eticket (it says it eticket on title but USCIS is thinks its itinerary?), our engagement ring bill, photos of us together and photos our engagement. also chat logs. letter also says evidence may include, but not limited to: copies of airline ticket stubs and receipts (that indicate month, day and year); copies of passport pages that shows the identification pages and admission stamps; any evidence that will help the USCIS to determine that you have met the beneficiary within two year; and/or a written statement from you or the beneficiary stating the you have met in person and containing details of the date and circumstances of the meeting (if you submit a person statement it must be detailed and supported by additional evidence) to prove my citizenship I sent copy of my naturalization certificate, my passport was gone for renewal. so should I send copies of all pages of expired passport? (I dont have boarding passes) can bill from venue where we got engaged count as evidence? should my fiancé write typed or hand written letter and can she send me scanned copy of it? what else can use as evidence of meeting? thanks.
  4. Hey everyone, I need to know what happens after your PD becomes current? My Pd is june’17. So it’s almost here!!! Plus, does everyone gets RFE? I mean we only submitted our marriage certificate and stuff at the time of filing. What kind of people being asked for RFE lol. Plus I’m thinking to get our chats and stuff printed, but we have been together since 5 years and I think I don’t have a full record. My chats with my husband got deleted from my messenger long ago. I may have a chats from past 4-3 years? What can I do? And should I print all the messages we did by now? They’re too much. I mean way TOO MUCH! Who’d read them out lol. Please answer me what to do with these messages. I wish I could get a full record :,( Also we got married in January 2017.
  5. Hi! we just noticed that we missed a checkbox on our I-129F and we were wondering if we can correct that thru the "typographic error" service option on the USCIC website even tho we haven't received an RFE yet? Thank you
  6. Hello. I just got a mail fron the USCIS requesting for initial evidence for my i-485. Btw, ny biometrics appointment is on March 15. They are saying that for the petitioning sponsor, the income did not meet 125% of the federal poverty guideline for the petitioning sponsor’s household size. Should we hire an immigration lawyer for this? What can we do?
  7. Hello everyone! It seems like there isn't a May 2018 I-130 thread for U.S. Citizens applying for parents through consular processing. I will be sending mom's application 5/24/18, right after I leave my Naturalization Ceremony everything is ready to go, just waiting on that certificate! From what I have been reading from last year threads, the whole process is taking around a year, give or take. I-130 approval seems to be around 6-8 months (it can be more or less, of course). Please share your input! Hope to talk to you all soon! Good luck to all of us!
  8. Hello, Well I had a feeling this would happen. They did not accept all the money I have received as a veteran so I am having to get a co-sponsor. I received an RFE asking for my latest tax return. I filed the petition in January and submitted my 2017 tax return, my 2016 and 2015 returns as well as an employer letter and pay stubs. So my guess is they want my 2018 return. Thank God I have filed it already. Here is the problem: I have a co-sponsor who made 54,000 dollars last year. He supports my sister, and their child. He has 2 sons from a previous marriage and they do not live with him he gets them on weekends every two weeks, and he did not include them as dependents because his ex wife has for 2018. He has included my sister, my niece and his brother's teenage daughter who lives with them. My father lives with them and he supports himself. He has one other individual who also lives their and supports himself. So based on this information his household size would include my sister, my niece, his niece, and my husband. Does he also include himself in the household size? That is not made clear on the instructions from what I read. Also, he has his 2018 tax return, his 2017 tax return but NOT his 2016. He cannot find his 2016 return and does not remember where he filed it. He will be able to answer how much he made in 2016 because he has easy access to his W2's and he had no other income other than his job. He has a letter from his employer and 6 months worth of pay stubs. Based on this information I have provided is it absolutely necessary to send the previous year's return? If we cannot locate the 2016 return is it even worth it to send the 2017 return? He cannot access his TAX TRANSCRIPTS due to an issue with IRS.gov requiring a CREDIT card to verify identity. So we are sending returns and that is also what the RFE states it wants specifically is returns not transcripts. Also he recently paid off his home and has 15 acres of land. Any clue how to prove that in assets? Last question unrelated to the RFE, How does one find out what service center the EAD went to? we filed in January and he got biometrics on February the 10th. No other updates have been provided. P.S I know I need to update my timeline I've been busy I'll get to it Thank you for your help! -Meggan and Joseph
  9. Hello, fall 2017 filer here. I got approved recently after responding to an RFE for my I751 petition. The forum has been incredibly helpful, arguably better than some immigration lawyer I spoke to. I want to share my experience and timeline in case it might be helpful or can alleviate some anxiety out there. Timeline: Fall 2017 jointly filed, Biometrics followed up very quickly in 2-3 months time. Then long wait until Feb 2019 for RFE for general documents to prove bona fide marriage. I responded in two weeks after receiving RFE. The response was acknowledged on Friday the same week the documents were delivered. Card in production around 10 days after the acknowledgement of RFE response. Long wait but quick turnaround after RFE response. There is one complication with my RFE: after getting married, my husband and I lived two years together and we lived apart for two years because of work reasons (relocation, different city) and then we were physically separated for another 8 months because long distance take a toll on our relationship. So when filing jointly 2017, we did not live together but NOT by choice, when receiving the RFE, we were not living together BY CHOICE. As you can imagine, this creates a complicated situation because we are in the limbo mode: not divorced but not living together either. I consulted an immigration lawyer about the best strategy going forward and he suggested me to get a divorce first, wait for the divorce decree and then respond to the RFE by switching from jointly filed to a waiver. He thinks this process will probably take more than a year and he thinks rather than wait for approval on 751, I should wait until 2020 to file N400 to force an interview happen quickly. All makes sense right? I thank god every second for not listening to him! What I did instead was to write a long letter explaining the ups and downs of our marriage as well as having my husband write a letter. In the letter, I told the officer that a divorce down the road is considered but we have not yet decided finally. I also told the officer that we want to REMAIN JOINT FILING STATUS. Note: my husband and I are still on good terms despite separation. I decided to be 100% honest with USCIS and listed my past address since we get married. Of course, I also sent a giant packet with photos, affidavits from a couple, banks statement for past three years, IRS transcript (I sent returns initially, not transcript), Amazon orders, birthday gift receipts, copies of driver's license with same address showing, copies of my H1B visa to prove I did not need green card to stay in the country, the proof to show that first two years of living apart was not by choice, and flights and hotel reservation for past trips. I bought a big multi-layer folder and fill it in full. Overnighted it via Fedex to USCIS. ~ Two weeks later, I got approved! The moral of the story is BE HONEST - worst strategy is to lie in an immigration application Lawyers are incentivized to complicate the situation so that they can charge you more. Also some of them are too busy that they will rarely help you respond to an RFE in two weeks, only you can do that. USCIS apparently values timely responds as indicated in their notification when RFE response is received. For really complicated situations you might need a lawyer, but be aware of their incentives and don't get bluffed by them. Word of mouth is probably important here when looking for a good responsible lawyer. USCIS officers understand marriage fall apart and takes a very humane customized approach when looking at our cases. Don't be afraid that they might not understand. As long as your marriage is real, you have nothing to worry about. Be creative and exhaustive with your supporting evidence. I underestimate the document requirement when I first filed, I thought they might retain the file when I get my conditional green card and merely send a few updates. If you have not filed yet, be sure to send as many documents as possible to avoid RFE. Be creative means not only tax document, children birth certificate or mortgage, you can send anything that shows you get married because you fall in love. I actually sent in the Facebook page of our relationship status change many years ago when we first started dating. Be as detailed as possible in your cover letter and in the affidavit letter. Let the witness talk about events you did together, how you get to know each other as a couple. Amazon orders histories are good proof of joint living as well as relationship. This is a long way to say, don't be afraid of RFE and don't be afraid that a damaged marriage might cause a denial of your petition. And most importantly, if someone say, you will definitely get an interview because you and your husband don't live together any more, WALK AWAY from that person as they know nothing about I751 petition. Thanks and hope this can be of help!
  10. This room is to keep up with September I130 filers at Texas Center with NOA2. Please share.
  11. Hi. I just received a letter saying my AOS application was denied. The reason being, that there was not sufficient proof of my husbands income for the latest tax year. We filed in 2018, so they were wanting 2017 income. We received an RFE shortly after filing, asking for the details on his income for that year. We had already submitted his W9’s and 1099’s. He is a freelance web developer. Our lawyer responded to the RFE, and sent the same documents again, assuring us that it may have been an oversight or mistake, and that the documents we submitted in the first place were absolutely enough to prove his income, so we were thinking everything would be fine, and then I got the letter. It says I have to depart in 33 days... etc... it sounds very scary. I am an overstay, so I can’t leave and be able to come back in until this is all approved. I am just wondering, what else could we possibly give them other than 1099 and w9 to show his earnings better than those documents already can? He has some tax debt, but I didn’t think that would factor in to the decision. He made well over $50,000 that year, and it’s just the two of us. I think we missed the window of opportunity to add a joint sponsor if need be, or more supporting documents, which we could have done in the RFE, only, we don’t have any more documents other than what we gave them twice already. Why wasn’t this enough? Does anybody have any insight? I’m freaking out and can’t find much information online. Speaking with lawyer tomorrow, but would still like to hear from y’all on this matter. Thank you.
  12. Hi all! I got an RFE letter from USCIS requesting more financial docs. My husband and I have prepared those already. The thing is that with my initial package I haven't included any proof of relationship. Now I'm thinking to include some photos and other stuff together with financial docs. It won't hurt, will it?
  13. Hello, We submitted the I-485 along with I-131 and I-765 for processing about 3 months after we were married, and just received an RFE stating: "There is a discrepancy between Service Records and the application as to your last name. Service Records indicates your last name as WIFE'S MAIDEN NAME. Your I-485, I-131 and I-765 has your last name as HUSBAND'S SURNAME. Please explain and provide supporting documentation". My wife changed her surname to my name and was issued a Social Security Card with my surname. Her name on our apartment lease also shows my surname. Contrary to popular belief, there is no legal name change process that must occur if a spouse wants to change his/her name upon marriage, unless one is taking on a totally different name. But USCIS is now flagging our application because their "Service Records", i.e., I-94, her passport, etc, are showing her maiden name. As you know, it's more complicated to change a passport, and the I-94 is going to reflect her legal name before we married. The only documents USCIS has showing her intent to use my surname is a copy of the Social Security card and a copy of the lease where we live. I called an Immigration Officer and was informed that submitting a new I-131 to replace one that had erroneous information would accrue a whole new processing fee, in this case $500. We refuse to go that direction since we already paid the fees and consider this a failure by USCIS to recognize or acknowledge my wife's right to use my surname. What additional supporting documentation would be suitable to satisfy USCIS? I was thinking the best option is to get a state-ID and opening a bank account with her new name. Any other ideas or what other options do you guys suggest? We're really desperate to get the I-131 (Advanced Parole), as we have a volatile situation in her country. Thank you. Regards
  14. Any 2017 divorce waiver filers have approval yet? Let’s track status and current updates on the case . I filed a joint petition in Nov 2017 at CSC and in Nov 2018 I converted it to a divorce waiver. Haven’t got any updates on my case yet.
  15. Hi, My fiance received an RFE letter in the mail after 5 months. Before the letter was delivered we were speculating that the RFE might be about the case of my fiance that happened 20 years ago where he plead guilty to a case of groping a minor. Luckily, it was that (the USCIS had asked for me to submit my letter of intent to marry my fiance), my fiance gladly complied and mailed the letter the next day. My question is, does the USCIS normally sent all RFEs at once and if they are satisfied with the letter of intent to marry that we mailed thats it? That we only need to wait for their confirmation? Or will there be another RFE that might be mailed later on which might be related to my fiance case history 20 years ago? It wasn't a rape or physical abuse but groping and all his records were deleted. Please enlighten me as everyday that we are waiting for the update from the USCIS is putting a lot of stress on me and my fiance. Thank you.
  16. Hi all I am of Indian origin (UK born) as is my fiancé (us citizen). we have just received a RFE stating that shaadi.com is a imb - as it's charging for matrimonial services between us citizens and foreign nationals. its not because it's open to everyone around the world :s our culture doesn't encourage dating so every relationship is supposed to lead to marriage?! Also I was a basic memeber so didn't actually pay for the service (I have emails to show my photos weren't on there). please help?!
  17. Hi everyone, I'm completing my I-751 form (Divorce Waiver) and in Part 1. question 10 it asks if I'm Single, Married, Divorced, Widowed - my divorce is not final yet and is awaiting judgment - what do I put here? Married? Also in question 13 it asks me to provide the date the marriage ended - it hasn't ended yet - do I leave this blank? or do I put the date that it will end on (six months from filing)? Finally should I submit the court paperwork showing that I've started divorce proceedings? Or should I wait for an RFE requesting the divorce decree? Thanks for your help, just want to make sure I get it right.
  18. Hello. I have full custody of my teenage daughter. And I'm moving with my daughter to my wife in the USA. My case was approved, but for my daughter they need a RFE (request for evidence). This is what the USCIS says: “The birth certificate submitted on behalf of xxx was issued on june 2018. However, USCIS is unable to determine when the birth was registered. Therefore, your must submit additional info documentary evidence” I called the municipality of my city where they issue the birth certificates and they say there is no such thing as a date of birth registration on the birth certificate. On dutch birth certificates it only says who the parents are and when the person was born, and the date of issue. (The USCIS didn't ask this about my birth certificate by the way that looks the same) I also have to prove now within 3 months that she is my daughter. Even though she has my last name and it says on the birth certificate that i'm her father. Very strange. Did anyone else had these issues? Did anyone else go trough this? Please give me some advice if you know anything. I guess I'll have to do a DNA test to prove to them she is my daughter?
  19. Hi everyone, i received a letter from USCIS after my greencard interview,it requested me to either submit a i601 OR provide the evidence that i failed to depart the US for the reasons that's beyond my control. (the letter said it appears that i am inadmissible to the US under INA212(a)(6)(c)(i) for fraud or misrepresentation.) background: got married on Sep 2017 (we were in a relationship for more than an year) entered the US on Dec 2017 with ESTA i was planning on staying just a month, but my father in law got badly injured 10 days before i arrived, and my husband's grandma passed away 3 days after my arrival. my husband was the only person that makes money after his dad was injured, and he was upset and under stress so i decided to stay here for him and his family. my question is 1. Do i submit a 601 or provide the evidence that i failed to depart for the reasons that's beyond my control? 2.i have an infopass appointment next week, what can i ask to help with the situation? 3.if i chose to provide the evidence and my 485 gets denied, do i need to leave the US straight away? 4.if i apply for CR1 when i return to my country, does the previous denial record affect my future application? any suggestion is welcomed, thank you.
  20. kex80148

    Omegle an IMB?

    Hello, My fiancé and I are currently going through the process of putting together the I-129F petition. We met on Omegle.com and since it is not considered an IMB to our knowledge, we wanted to make that as clear as possible to prevent an RFE. Since we could not find any Terms of Service, we just wanted to include the Privacy Policy and the Wikipedia article in addition to our explanation in the letter as follows: << I first met my fiancé online, on ‘omegle.com', which is a free online chat website that allows users to socialize with others without the need to register. (Please Note: omegle.com is not considered an International Marriage Broker. It is used free of charge and without the need to register. The service of Omegle randomly pairs users regardless of their location, origin, gender, or country of citizenship in one-on-one anonymous chat sessions. Omegle does not match U.S. citizens/residents with aliens as their principal business.) On this site, we chatted via webcam/audio and realized we shared many common interests and hobbies. On ‘omegle.com', We exchanged phone numbers in order to communicate via iMessage and FaceTime, which we still do today. >> Should that be enough of an explanation with the attached documents to prevent getting an RFE? Thank you so much in advance! Best, Kristen & Martin
  21. Hello, We were in the process of i751 filed on May 2016, removal of conditions and got an RFE notice. Not sure what happened but need to submit additional proofs now. Basically it is asking for last will with my wife's name, medical power attorney and few more sworn affidavits. The questions I have are 1. Has anyone obtained a will and/or medical power of attorney for the i751? If so what are the steps for it? I live in CT, not sure the processes are different for each state. 2. Does the sworn affidavits to be notarized? 3. Do I need to provide the documents such as tax transcripts, bank statements etc along with the RFE reply, even though it is not asked? Thanks Vinny
  22. We had our interview which went very well, 6 questions. As soon as we told the consul that we have been together since 2014 they gave us a 221g asking for more proof of relationship. Has anyone actually experienced this, and got approved after submission? How long did it take to get approved? Did you have to interview again? Thanks!
  23. Hey guys, we finally sent in our I-129f after 5 months of preparation and hesitation. Our problem was the following: My fiance (petitioner) had 3 DUIs and 1 MIP charges (young and stupid, 10 years ago). They occured in different states. The I-129f asks for certified court records for all these charges. He was able to get the certified court records from 2 DUI and the MIP. Whats missing is one DUI record. It happened in Colorado and he is currently in Michigan. He talked to Colorado several times and had it sent to his correct address multiple times, but the records never arrived there. So we just decided to send it in without that one missing record and wrote a letter stating the circumstances. What do you guys think, will this cause a RFE? Of course we know it CAN trigger a RFE. Do you have experiences with that topic? Anything you could share? x Anne
  24. I just got the RFE letter today. I honestly don't know how to do this now. Is this necessary to hire a lawyer at this point? I feel like it is getting serious now. I am leaving for China in about 2 wks, back on March 2. My response must be received by April 8, 2019. If I submit it after I come back from China, is that too late for that? It mentioned that "the time period does not cover the entire life span of your marriage ". So I need to submit those documents that were mentioned in the letter from the December 2014 until today??? Serious??? Pls, give me some suggestions.
  25. Hi, I am so glad there are many knowledgeable people who can help me in this... I will make this concise. I am from India, and my parents died when I was 12. My uncle (US Citizen) obtained legal guardianship over me, with which I was granted an IR-4 visa. Using this visa, I entered United States when I was 14 in 2001 May. Right when I landed, I was issued a permanent resident stamp on passport (and green card mailed in a few months). My uncle never finalized my adoption in the United States. Fast forward 14 years, I had a green card. I had been a permanent resident for more than the required 5 years, and satisfied all the requirements for naturalization. However, the immigration officer is giving me trouble because my adoption was not finalized. The way I understand, IR-4 children get a green card. Adoption needs to be finalized in order for the child to get US Citizenship. However, I have never found a law that states green card can be revoked if adoption is not finalized, or that I can't get naturalized. Just that you will remain a permanent resident. Is there a law that states otherwise? Please correct me if I am wrong. So based on the facts, I have been a permanent resident for more than 5 years, passed the naturalization test, registered for selective service, and cleared everything to become a citizen. On the day of the interview, the IO issued me an N-14 stating that she needs the final adoption decree before she approves. How is this even applicable to naturalization? I am applying for naturalization based on the fact that I satisfied the eligibility criteria. My attorney sent a response stating the same and its been almost 90 days since we sent the response. They keep saying its under review. I am planning to send letter to Senator. Do I have a valid case? Is my green card conditional? Was it supposed to be revoked if adoption is not finalized? Was the IO even supposed to ask me for my adoption decree even though I expressed a DOZEN times that I don't have one? Please help me and let me know! Thank you!! Sorry about the long post Sam