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  1. I’m a naturalized citizen of the US. In January 2021 I filed I-130 petition for my mother to bring her here from Russia. All I’ve received since then was the receipt notice and when I check status online it says as of March 2021case is being actively reviewed by USCIS. My brother is turning 17 this year. I need my mom (once she get a GC) to file a petition for him before he turns 21. It’s been 17 months since I’ve filed for my mother and I’m very worried. I just hope it’s not lost somewhere. When I try to submit online inquiry due to outstanding timeline it says that the case is not out of the timeframe. Calling USCIS isn’t helping either because it’s impossible to get a person which is reasonable because of the amount of petitioners they have. Just wanted to ask if anyone experienced the same thing or have any idea how else I could get an update on the case. I’m also concerned since all the immigration matter for Russian citizens are handled in Warsaw. My mom will need to obtain Schengen visa to go there I assume. Her current visa expires in November. Considering circumstances getting Schengen visa isn’t easy either.
  2. Hi everyone, With the Ukraine/Russia crisis happening right now, has anyone seen any updates from the U.S. government on expediting K1 visas, or any Ukraine visas in general? I reached out to my immigration lawyer and I'm waiting to hear back. Right now I'm stuck in the NOA1 > NOA2 process. We received our NOA1 in July 2021 but are still waiting for our NOA2. Right now it appears they are wrapping up March filers and moving to April 2021 filers soon, so this means we will still have at least a few months until receiving our NOA2 which makes me nervous given the last few weeks of escalation. I appreciate any thoughts/comments you may have!
  3. So, this question tends to come up here a lot as people think about going the CR-1 route instead of the K-1. Here's a basic run down of how to get married in Russia. As state on the Embassy website, this applies to Russian and American citizens only, things could get trickier if the other party is not a Russian citizen. https://ru.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/marriage/ Time frame: Roughly 2-3 months Physical locations involved: Local Russian consulate closest to you for getting a Russian visa You can use a third party visa service to apply and it is possible to do via mail - check options in your area Local office where you can register the foreigner's Russian visa (post office, other bureaucratic office...options vary) https://www.visahouse.com/en/information/visaregistration/ US Embassy in Moscow - US Citizen Services Department Bolshoy Devyatinsky Ln, 8, Moscow, Russia, 121099 // Большой Девятинский пер., 8, Москва, 121099 https://ru.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ - email and how to get an appointment Hours: Monday-Friday currently by appointment only, no walk ins. Department of Legalization of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Moscow 1-Y Neopalimovskiy Pereulok, 12, Moscow, Russia, 119121 // 1-й Неопалимовский пер., 12, Москва, 119121 Hours: Monday- Friday 10:00am-12:30 p.m. and 2:30pm-5:00pm (until 4:00pm on Friday) - walk ins allowed Legalization Department Official Site (in Russian only) Local ZAGS in your city in Russia ЗАГСы Российской Федерации (in Russian only) Step 1: Obtain a visa to Russia Type of visa is irrelevant as long as you'll be able to stay a few months, preferably multi-entry if you want the freedom to come and go while waiting. Ideally a 3 year visa with stays of up to 6 months would be the best bet (preferably a private visa). The entire paperwork to marriage process will take a least a few months. Ballpark it at 2-3 months of waiting to be on the safe side. Once you arrive in Russia, be sure to register your visa in the town where you will be staying ASAP and get the registration. Also always keep your migration card together with your passport and do not lose it. Step 2: Get the information page of your passport translated into Russian (the page that has your name and photo) Can be done anywhere as long as it is certified that the translator knows both Russian and English Technically, you can do it yourself but taking it to a professional will ensure certainty plus a nicer looking format Translations in Russian tend to be cheap so it's worth the money - turn around time is also very fast, usually takes only 24 hours This document will later be given to ZAGS when you go to get married, so they can read and verify your passport NOTE: If you have previous divorces, you need to go ahead and get those divorce certificates translated into Russian as well Step 3: US citizen completes the "free to marry" affidavit at the US Embassy in Moscow and get it notarized You must complete this form in Russian stating that you are free to marry. Must be completed in Russian - so get a Russian speaker to help if you can't write. You must state if you have ever been married before; if you've been married before and are now divorced (list date/place of divorces) Email US Citizen Services to request an appointment for notary services. Wait time for getting an appointment is currently unknown. Bring affidavit, your US passport and any divorce certificates with you (get translations into English if necessary) Pay $50 at the US Citizen Services unit at the Embassy in Moscow and sign the form in the presence of the notary there. Do not sign the form until you are at the window with the notary officer! The affidavit is only valid for 3 months after it is signed by a notary Step 4: Get the affidavit authenticated at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow Right after you get your affidavit notarized, take a short trip over to the Legalization Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs You do not need a prior appointment for this, walk in is possible - but during Covid, that might be different now One you hand in your affidavit for authentication, there will be at least 5 day turnaround time to process it - NO EXPEDITES or fast processing are available! This paper must be picked up in person when it is ready, no mail option is available. So either plan 2 trips to Moscow or plan to stay there for a week. Cost is 200 rubles, pay nearby in the building at the cashier. According to website, it might be 350 rubles now? Step 5: Choosing a marriage date and place at the local ZAGS Contact the ZAGS office in your town or city in Russia where your Russian fiancée/fiancé's is registered/currently living. Walk ins are possible but again check in advance due to Covid if you can walk in still. Bring all above mentioned documents to ZAGS for review. If you bring any foreign documents such as divorce certificates, bring translations into Russian and Apostille if applicable. Note: you will need to get the Apostille in the country where the document originated, so take care of that ideally before entering Russia. There is a 32 day obligatory wait before you can actually get married. At some ZAGS locations they will have a calendar right there where you can pick an available date and time from an option of available slots. Some cities have more than one ZAGS location, so think about it in advance which one you want to get married at Some ZAGS offices have rooms where many guests can attend, some are bigger and more ornate than others. If you want, you can have a bunch of people attend the civil ceremony at ZAGS and make it quite formal, or you can just do a quick in and out style eloping with no fanfare at all. Some ZAGS offices are very elaborate and decorated and accommodate guests better, so think about it in advance which office will be good for your needs if there's more than one to choose from in your city. Talk to the staff at ZAGS which one might best fit your needs. Once you select a date you'll be given an invitation paper with your selected date. You can leave Russia during this time or you can stay and wait it out. If you choose to leave, just make sure to register your visa again when you re-enter. Step 6 Get married at ZAGS! Once your wedding day arrives, arrive to ZAGS with all the proper paperwork mentioned above Submit it to the office where you will go through a couple steps of signing papers and getting your documents checked and reviewed again Once you both sign all the necessary papers and the ceremony is complete, you'll get a marriage certificate in Russian with both your names on it. It's a good idea to get it translated while you are in Russia and also buy a plastic cover to keep it protected (it only costs a few rubles.) That's it - now you're officially married in Russia! Now you can start the CR-1 process if all steps go according to plan.
  4. Does it include the first two digits or not? My wife's K1 visa which she used to enter the states does not have these two digits in the "passport number" section, and neither does her DS-160. Did our lawyer make a mistake here? If so, would she need to correct it during the adjustment of status? Thank you.
  5. Hello! So, my husband and I have a few questions regarding how interviews work. We're still at the beginning of this process but we thought we'd get this cleared up early on. For background, he is Russian living in Armenia. He only really has 6 months to stay in Armenia before he has to probably go back to Russia for a bit, although it's all really uncertain. There's a chance he could get his passport and go to Georgia for a bit and then reenter armenia later, but he doesn't have a passport and if he tries to get one while in Russia, he will no doubt be dragged into the war, since he hasn't done his required military conscription yet anyway, and if he tries to get one from armenia, we're completely unsure if they'd issue him one. But I guess that's a separate issue. Basically, we have no idea where he will be in the future. Maybe still in Armenia, maybe Georgia, maybe Russia in the worst case scenario. We're hoping to get an expedite since he's displaced due to the war but i've heard its unlikely, since he's russian and not ukrainian. If we start this process now and he has to leave Armenia after he submits his greencard app, then where is the interview located? Is it just whatever US embassy or consulate is near him, or would he need to reschedule the interview to match where he currently is? I've also seen conflicting information about where russian citizens are getting processed. I heard that he would have to do everything in Poland but I've also seen that he just needs to use whatever embassy is closest to him. Is it that if he's physically in russia he needs to go to poland and if he's still in armenia he goes to the US embassy in armenia? It's a really confusing situation, so any thoughts or information to help us out would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  6. Hello! New user here. I just recently got married to my Russian husband, who is currently residing in Armenia due to the war. He has no intentions of ever returning to Russia. I am the US citizen petitioner filling out the I-130, and in the "Information about beneficiary in their native written language" section, it's asking for his name and address in his native language. His name I understand should be in Cyrillic, but the address he's living at right now is Armenian. Should that also be in Cyrillic, or should it be in Armenian? Thanks!
  7. I am not sure if this belongs here or in the RUB thread but here it is. We are expecting to move soon from Omsk, Russia to Detroit, MI and are looking for options to ship our household goods. We are struggling to find a company due to the current international humanitarian crisis over here as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. Does anyone have any ideas or companies they could suggest? We are at a loss and do not really want to just leave behind 8+ years of our possessions. We are primarily looking at sea freight due to the weight of the goods. Thank you!
  8. Hi I'm new to this forum. My fiance is Russian and I was wondering if anyone has had any success in expediting their 1-I29F for Russian fiance? I was wondering if I could use "Emergencies and urgent humanitarian reason" template for my expedite. Case was received in Sept 24, 2021.
  9. We already had our invitation to Warsaw and an interview scheduled for April when the war broke out and now we cannot go, because there are no planes and no one in Europe is issuing Schengen visas. We are on K1 fiance visa from Russia. So what are people doing in our situation? Are they asking for transfers to Erevan, Armenia or somewhere else? I don't think Bucharest will work, because they are in the EU and due to the sanctions there is no way to get there from Russia right now. Any suggestions? Has anyone tried anything that actually worked?
  10. My Russian wife (IR1) and daughter (IR2) got an interview scheduled in Poland in mid April. We are trying to preparing the interview. One of the things to do is to register their visa delivery address. Since the interview is held in Poland, I need to register at https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Poland but it keeps taking me into Russian site indicating "Apply US Visa in Russia" instead of "Apply US Visa in Poland" at the top. I do not know if it is because my wife made a profile to apply US tourist visa in Russia before or simply her nationality is Russia and take her to Russian site as default. When I try to choose the delivery address at "New Application / Schedule Appointment" --> "Visa Type" (Immigrant Visa) --> it only has a choice of Moscow at "Post" instead of Warsaw. If I keep going to "Personal Data" to enter delivery address, it says enter Russian address only. What did anyone who is Russian who already had an account in https://cgifederal.secure.force.com but whose case was transferred to Poland, do to register delivery address in Poland? Also, is MBE pick up address in Warsaw the following?: Mail Boxes Etc. Warsaw ul. Wiertnicza 115, Warszawa, Poland 02-952
  11. I just wanted to share this here because my husband found it. Biden passed a new EO, which to my understanding, makes it illegal for an US person to send money in USD to any person in Russia. Please read here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/03/11/executive-order-on-prohibiting-certain-imports-exports-and-new-investment-with-respect-to-continued-russian-federation-aggression/ Section 1. (a) The following are prohibited: (iv) the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of U.S. dollar-denominated banknotes to the Government of the Russian Federation or any person located in the Russian Federation; I'm not 100% clear on the "banknotes" thing, does that mean we can still wire money/do digital transfers? Does it mean cash only? It's super unclear, if anyone has insight let me know.
  12. My wife is a Russian citizen who came to America on a K1 in 2011 and stayed until just before her AOS. She moved back to Russia due to family issues and did not overstay her visa. I am an American and we have two children who are dual citizens. The Russian government forced the US embassy to effectively close and they don’t have any visa or US Citizen services active. My question is this, if we file for a spousal visa is it possible to do DCF through whichever embassy is handling services for the American embassy in Russia due to the de facto closure? It is most likely the Warsaw Poland US embassy as they already handle SSA services.
  13. Read more here: https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/who-specialists-to-visit-russia-in-december-to-review-sputnik-v-rdif _______________________________________________ Finally some good news?! Fingers crossed.
  14. Hey everyone, I just signed up here on Visajourney yesterday. Place seems like a pretty legit source for info, or atleast the links that source official information, so here I am. With all of the recent happenings, Warsaw becoming the de facto embassy for the "homeless" Russians, does anybody think that this could be grounds for further lawsuits? I have yet to even hire an immigration attorney, but at this stage, things are becoming so complex. I'm sure I will need to get one in the near future. I respect and appreciate the men and women who work these jobs at all these government agencies, and I am not in it to hassle anyone, just, I personally feel this is getting a little bit ridiculous. Some of you have been waiting years and there is still no end in sight. (I am stuck at NVC, NOA2 was the last thing I received, plus a few emails from NVC telling me that covid is causing delays, yada yada, do not take further action at this time.) It's not something I want to do, but I want to live without my fiancee for another year, even less.
  15. Read more here: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/moscow-decries-us-move-call-russians-homeless-visa-purposes-2021-10-24/ Also a good video on the same topic. Sorry guys, only in Russian. But I thought this video at least shed some more insight on what is actually going on with the new "homeless" nationality designation.
  16. My fiancé from Russia and I are finalizing our initial filing of the i-129f but we need to list the consulate where we will apply for the visa abroad. With the indefinite closure of visa processing at the Moscow consulate, I don’t want to list the Moscow consulate. Are we able to list another consulate (for example, the consulate in Kazakhstan or Armenia) to have her visa processed in as she is a Russia citizen? We’d also like to avoid the Polish consulate as she does not have a schengen visa and would prefer to avoid the loophole through Greece. I see many people trying to transfer their cases from the Moscow consulate due to the consulate’s closure and we’d like to avoid this if by the time our packet is approved, the consulate is still closed. Thank you all for the help!
  17. My husband is from Russia and recently because a US citizen. We would like to have his mother visit us from Russia as they haven't seen each other for many years. We are wondering what kind of documents she would have to bring along to submit the application for a tourist visa besides the actual form. For example a letter from us inviting her. Any advice on what that letter needs to include? Also if we need proof that we can support her financially while she is here as she doesn't really have money on her own, how can we prove that? If there is anything else you can think of please let me know! Thanks!
  18. Hello, I would like to start a thread where people who filed in Moscow, Russia transferred their case to Warsaw, Poland due to the US Embassy in Moscow being closed and the US-Russia relationship being a little iffy at the moment. We could all share how our process is going to help others out. I do have a question. If we want to use our parents as Sponsors, will they be Co-Sponsors or Household Member? I read somewhere that there are two ways to go about this. For example, if I'm living with my parents at the moment and would like to use my dad to help me out financially; which steps should I take? Thanks.
  19. Hello everyone, My fiancé lives In Moscow, and I live in Houston, TX USA. We are doing the K1 Fiancé visa. We were approved by USCIS on May 26th 2021 for I-129F, and our case was sent to NVC. Obviously the Moscow embassy is not requesting the case from NVC since they are closed. Is there anyone out there who successfully transferred their case to another embassy? If so, which embassy accepted you? did you email the U.S. citizen services at that embassy or another email address? The U.S. Citizen Services office at the Embassy in Warsaw always tell me to email support-poland@ustraveldocs.com, but they never respond. Obviously we haven't started filling out the DS-160 and things like that because we haven't been instructed to yet by an embassy that has taken our case, and we want to make sure we are able to schedule an interview in Moscow or whichever embassy accepts us. I am getting concerned because our petition expires on September 26th, but what happens if the embassy in Moscow never extends it? Please don't respond with any negative messages like... "oh, you're screwed and it will be many years before you get an interview" I only want responses from people who are in a similar situation as me, or those who have successfully transferred their case. Thanks very much Nathan
  20. I'm currently a holder of a permanent resident Visa under category E21 and I want to bring my family from Russia. I would please like to know what the requirements necessary to bring them to the United States. To remind that I’m a self petitioner.
  21. Hello Everyone, I am trying to decide whether it would be best to pursue a CR1 or K1 visa for my fiancee with the hopes of us being able to live together as soon as possible. My original thought was to pursue the K1 as its timelines are generally shorter, but I had someone going through the process reach out to me and tell me that due to COVID, the timelines are so slow that they are taking as long as a CR1 and it would be better to pursue so she would receive her right to work. However, when I look on Visa Journey, it is showing the average time of a K1 near 300-400 days and a CR1 for 600+. Do any of you have personal experience with this given the particularly bad embassy situation in Moscow right now? Any general advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you! Charles
  22. I'm a US citizen and my husband is a Russian citizen. He has been waiting to receive his interview date for almost a year now. He should get the IR1 visa, I believe. The Embassy in Russia has been closed and all activity halted for quite some time. However, now I found out that they will resume processing priority cases and urgent cases for immigrant visas. Can someone tell me what exactly is a priority case? I am not sure if these new actions will affect us and whether to feel hopeful or not..
  23. Hello Everybody, I am American. I want to marry my Russian girlfriend. We both live and work legally in the European Union and have visas in the Czech Republic. We would like to be married and be allowed to travel to the United States together from time to time, but we want to continue living in Europe. My question is..... If we get a K1 visa, and are approved, can we still live in Europe and can she travel with me to the U.S.A whenever we want? Or do we have to stay in the U.S for a few years? In general. Which visa process should I do in order to achieve this goal?
  24. Does anyone know what exactly is going on and if this new Russian ban on visas indefinitely effects the K1 visas? I just filed my I-129f last week and am now freaking out! I’m confused about the whole non/immigrant descriptions as K1 says it is both. Please help 🥺
  25. Hello everyone, my husband is a Russian citizen and we are waiting for his interview to be held in Moscow. However, we found out it is now closed due to sanctions. We are currently in Spain on Type D visas, so we have registration in Spain. Is this enough to transfer the case? Also, does anyone know how Spain is doing with visa interviews? Are they happening and is there much delay still? We feel really helpless now so any insight is greatly appreciated..
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