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  1. I did not see a new thread yet for November 2019, so I guess I will start it! 😁 I actually have NOT filed my I-130 yet 😩 but I am committed to doing so by November 15, 2019! That is my personal deadline! We have been married almost a year and due to some laziness on both our parts we haven't moved on this but we have made so much progress with it now it makes sense NOT to put it off any longer. So WELCOME all other Nov 2019 brethren! I need your support to get this DONE! 🖐️
  2. I would like everyone to give me their honest opinion. Please Judge my Situation before my Interview. CR1•Waiting on Interview Letter•(1Beneficiary) Petitioner (Male) - Age 29 - No kids - Income $21,000 - Never Used Government Benefits - No health Issues or Disabilities - Has Health Insurance (Wife will be added when in USA) - High School Education - Working at the Same Job 3years - Not Specialized in any skilled (Maybe Customer Service) Current Savings in bank ($10,000) - No Credit Score (applied for a Credit Card to build Score) Household Member (Petitioner Mom) - Income $26,000 - 2 years with Current Job - No Dependants - No health Issues or Disabilities - Never Used Government Benefits - Has health Insurance - No assets (One Car) - Age 62 - Good Credit Score Beneficiary (only one) - Age 30 - No kids - No health Issues or Disabilities - University Diploma
  3. Good evening, My husband and I dated in June, got engaged in December, and got married in February. I know it was a "short" but it is what it is and I love him to death. I am on the evidence portion of the I-130. So far, I uploaded our pictures, 3 affidavit letters, joint bank account from the bank, our chat history, paper work showing he's on my life insurance, social media posts, and airline tickets. Is there anything else I can add to prove that our marriage is real? Is what I have enough? I know an eyebrow will be raised because of the timing.
  4. I was wondering if anyone has ever successfully requested to join their spouse during an interview at the embassy In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I heard that the embassy in Manila will let you so I’m wondering if Ethiopia would. Anyway if anyone has I’m just wondering what the request process would be? Like do I submit written request or call them or just show up at the embassy with her?
  5. Hello and hope everyone is well. Has anyone has seen any updates on their I-130 Petitions in February, March or April? Last update on our petition was February 24 saying "In Process" and still "Under Review" so I was wondering if USCIS is completing petitions during these challenging times. Our priority date is November 5, 2019 and we're hopeful the I-130 is approved before July 2020 within the 7-8 month time frame. All the best.
  6. Anyone needed a letter from NVC when requesting a police certificate from Mexico?
  7. How long NVC reviews before you get DQ-ed? Can i send expedite email while waiting? Thanks
  8. Currently stuck on this part of I-130 form. The question posed is "What is your current spouse's legal name?". Below are the beneficiary's passport details: Passport Details: Surname: ______ (it is blank) Given Name: Jane Smith On the I-130 I have filled it out in the following way, is this correct? First Name: Jane Middle Name Last Name: Smith
  9. Hi. I was 21 years old when I attended a Short scholarship program in Mexico for 8months. I stayed in another Country for 8 months when I was 23 years old before moving back to my country permanently. I'm now 30 years old. Would I need to provide police Clearance from these countries For the NVC?
  10. Hi! I would like to know how long MNL Philippines embassy schedules an interview for spousal visa of a US PR? I am applying for CR1 visa application. Thank you!!!!
  11. Hi there! I’m an American married to a French man going on 4 years married and together for almost 10. We currently reside in France and have been for the past 4 years. I’m here on a 10 year spousal visa. We recently have had our first child together who we’ll be starting starting the process to get her dual citizenship. Once this is finished we plan to start the process to move back home to California. Question is, which visa would we fall under? There are so many it’s actually quiet confusing! I’m thinking we should file under the i-130 or Spousal Visa (IR1 / CR1)? Since we’ll be applying from France will it be more complicated? We’ll have a US based sponsor in my parents who more than qualify for the requirements needed Does anyone have any idea of how long we’re looking at waiting? Thank you in advance to anyone willing to shine some light for us!
  12. Hi, I'm the Beneficiary, how do I get a police clearance certificate from Mexico? I lived there on a student Visa 8years ago. Thank you I have no one in Mexico, a Flight to Mexico from my country is like $3000 usd I would need a Visa too
  13. Will the Consular accept a letter saying why a beneficiary can't obtain a police certificate? From a country they once lived in 10 years ago? Reason: Visa requirements and ticket prices, hotel, time away from work not Permitted.
  14. I'm currently en route to Brazil to be with my husband, and this time, to bring him to the US with me. It has been a very emotional two-year journey since we first met online, met in person multiple times, got engaged, later got married in Brazil, and filed for a CR-1 visa. We were lucky and our CR-1 process only took 11 months. Now he has his CR-1 visa and is making final arrangements to make this very big change in his life, leaving the job that he loves and all of his friends and family in the city where he has lived all of his life, to move to California so that we can finally live together and wake up next to each other every day. This will be my 10th trip to be with him and my head and my heart are filled with all kinds of emotions as I sit in airports and deal with flight cancellations and make this long 30+ hour trip to be with him again. Some of our friends and family think we are both crazy for doing this, but they don't understand the power of true love to transform and change everything, the very trajectory of our lives. I'm posting this because I think sometimes we feel very alone in this journey, being so far away from the one person we love more than anything or anyone in this world. Sometimes we have doubts or fears too, if it is really all worth it. But in the end we do this for love, and to be with our husband or wife and hope that it all works out in the end. I'm sharing this with the VJ community because I think many of you understand, you may have these same emotional feelings, you're not alone! Hang in there, it will be worth all the time, money, patience, and pain of being apart, because soon you will be together and your love can continue to grow and flourish. Sometimes we get so caught up in the long bureaucratic hassles of dealing with US immigration that we forget about the bottom line for many of us--the incredible power of love! Good luck to you all in your journeys!
  15. I'm an American with indefinite leave in the UK. I'm currently living in England, but making the move back home in October 2019. Thanks to some wise advise from a couple members we've decided it's best to start the CR-1 application process (in England) before I go home. Here's the question. I'm not going home to a job. I've got a couple good leads but nothing is set in stone. As his sponsor, how do I explain this in the application? Thanks in advance for any information. 😁
  16. My husband and I just finished the CR-1 process, and it was 11 months from filing to visa issuance, I just wanted to post our experience for the benefit of others. This site has been so useful in the last year, I read relevant threads almost every day and the experiences of others were very informative in our process so I feel like it's time to post what we learned and our experience in getting approved. I am the USC, older by 27 years, with other big differences like culture, language, education, income, many "red flags," so based on everything we read here we got married in Brazil and filed for a CR-1 spousal visa in July of 2018. My husband wanted to work right away on arrival without the long wait for EAD which would have driven him crazy. The entire process went smoothly, with no RFEs or other delays, we got assigned to TSC and the petition was approved after 7 months, then another 4 months to visa issuance for NVC and consulate stages. Because of the big age gap we front-loaded with evidence of four visits and financial co-mingling, also a sample of our daily communications, email log, Facebook friendship, receipts, boarding passes, a few visit and wedding photos... Then at the NVC stage we side-loaded more evidence of our three additional trips together since filing the petition. I was concerned that because of the age gap, we would get more questions at the visa interview (I traveled to Brazil to be with my husband for his interview), but it was clear from the quick interview and very basic questions (when did you meet, how many visits to spend time together) that the CO had made a decision to approve his visa before the interview based on all the evidence submitted at both USCIS and NVC stages. So the lesson learned that I would like to pass on to others who have concerns about an age gap or red flags in general, is to front-load and side-load lots of evidence of visits in person--we had a total of nine visits in an 18-month period, an average of one visit of about a week long every two months. I was also concerned that the CO might ask about our language difference--I have learned a lot of Portuguese since we first met in November of 2017 but I'm far from fluent. My husband's English is not good at all. This was not even an issue at the interview. The CO asked my husband questions in Portuguese and me in English, but the questions were not difficult, very easy. So good luck to all of the other couples here on VJ who have a big age gap like ours--you can do it with no unusual delays and get approved in less than a year with evidence of visits to spend time together, at least it worked for us. I'm not sure if Brazil is considered a high-fraud country like some are, but our experience overall was very positive. The hardest part was the 7 month wait for the petition to be approved, and we made it work with visits to be together every two months. Good luck everyone--whatever your situation I hope you will be together soon. All the best to the Visa Journey family! Reading your threads has been very very helpful.
  17. Hello all- I am new to this forum and I was looking for some guidance prior to filing an F2A petition for my (future) spouse. I am a legal permanent resident and I will get married next month with my 7-year-boyfriend who is from Belize. He is not currently in the US. My story is a bit different because I became an LPR in 2013 but I’ve always gone back and forth to Guatemala (where I am from) first because I was finishing my college degree and then because I started working for an international organization, in order to no affect status I requested and got approved (twice) for a reentry permit. I’ve finally stop travelling back and forth and settled back in the US (Florida). My boyfriend remains in his country but because he has a B2 visa, I wanted him to come and get married here so that he could wait here with me until his green card got approved but I was told that because I am not a US citizen yet he wouldn’t be able to adjust status (and also because a B2 Visa is only for visiting purposes not to come and get married and stay in the country) so I was told that we should get married ASAP but that he would have to wait overseas during processing of his immigration visa. Can anyone here please provide guidance about what would be the best (and fastest) way to bring him to the US. We don’t want to spend so much time apart. Appreciate it so much!
  18. Can a beneficiary apply for a tourist visa while waiting for NOA2 for CR1/R1 visa? Will it affect the application if she gets denied in her tourist visa?
  19. Hi guys, My visa application was expedited and approved last March 12, but up to now it still says in transit on the tracker but on the ceac dashboard my case is in manila. I called us Embassy manila several times but they always say wait for the email. I even emailed them but up to now still no further assistance after they replied that it’s still in transit. I emailed nvc bout this and they said that my visa application is not with them and was forwarded to manila Embassy. I read a lot of posts, the same case of mine , IR1, expedite approved and just for 2-3 days they got in transit changed to case ready. And mine is waaaayyyy to long of waiting. Is there anyone here who has the same experience? And what else do I have to do? Thank you
  20. Hi all! Im a new member here. I have a lot of questions about applying for spousal visa. Ive been married to a US citizen for 10years. He was born in California but they stayed here in the Philippines. We have a 16mos old son and i am pregnant with our 2nd baby due is on October just in time for his us army graduation. He joined the army last March 18,2019 and currently on his basic training at Fort Jackson. My question is after his training can we apply a spousal visa? If not how soon can we apply for it? And is there any way that we can have it expedited because i heard theres an option for us since he is in the military. Im really hoping for a response. That would be much appreciated 😊
  21. Ok I am engaged with my Fiance which lives in Poland but is Vietnamese. She has work permission to work in Poland legally which she has been doing for 2.5 years. She has a B1/B2 visa which expires end of May and she is coming at the end of April to visit me. Question is, if we were to get married while she was here visiting can she stay and we can file for change of status to obtain green card? She was in New York in July 2018 for business for two weeks so she has been to USA in past with no issues. I was told that this could be done without issues but I have read it can risky. I just want to know if anyone has done this without any problems. Any help and info would help.I talk to an immigration specialist and he said he has done this many times and no issues. My fiance and I have met several times last year as well as two times this year already and I have met her family in Vietnam as well recently. I have I think plenty of proof of our relationship. Thank you for your help in advance. Doug
  22. I had lunch today with a friend and shared the current stage of my husband's CR-1 visa application (NOA2 recently received, waiting for NVC case number). Our journey is pretty straightforward stuff, just waiting and hoping that we can be together soon, maybe later this year as we are very much in love and I have visited him in Brazil 7 times... Then she shared her story and it blew me away! She is from the Philippines, and came to the US 20 years ago on a tourist visa, met a USC and married him. They divorced before filing AOS as he was abusive and threatened to call USCIS to report her for visa fraud. She stayed illegally after the divorce and met another USC and married him, this time filing AOS and she eventually got her green card, but later that marriage ended in divorce as well. About 15 years later, she currently has her US citizenship and is dating another guy, this time he's from the Philippines as well, an LPR who is married to a USC but doesn't live with his wife and came right out and admitted that he just got married for a green card. And now he's after her. I told her to run from this guy as fast as she can! I've known this friend for a few years but had no idea what she had been through with US immigration. Some people never learn... Crazy story!
  23. Hello everyone. My fiance and I are getting married soon in my home country(Nigeria) after which we would file for CR-1. We both talked about it and I don't want to change my last name to my husband's last name. I want to retain my maiden name as it has been on all my documents(Birth cert, passport, etc) Would this be a red flag for a CR-1 visa? Especially since I am from a 'high fraud country'? Would the consular officer suspect we are genuine because I don't bear my husband's last name? Does this have any effect on the approval? Thank you! 🇳🇬
  24. Hello all! I'm so excited to have come across this wonderful community! I was wondering if anyone could offer me any personal experience on getting married in Algeria? I'm from the USA and my husband is from Algeria. Me and my husband finished the process of getting approved by the Algerian government/police to get married, so I will be returning to Algeria in March, inshaAllah to sign the official marriage papers with him. Does have any experiences on how this process works? Once we sign the papers, do we get a copy of our marriage certificate right away? I know I will need a translation of the marriage certificate in order to file for the Cr1 visa but I want to know if I will be able to take the marriage certificate home with me on that trip or do I have to wait to receive that copy in the mail when I return to the USA? (I will only be able to stay 5 days because I have to return to my job in the USA). Also, are there any papers that I should start preparing with my husband while I'm there for the Cr1 application before I return back to the USA? We want to start the Cr1 application as soon as possible so I just want to know how to do this as efficiently as possible. Thanks in advance for any help!!
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