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  1. Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and have been doing my research on the US Immigration process, hoping to understand whether the K1 or the CR-1 (I-130) is a better option for us. All of this is separate to the COVID-19 situation and the recent Immigration Ban. Some background: Boyfriend: US citizen by birth; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA Myself (Female): naturalized Canadian Citizen (2011) (original citizenship: Pakistani - no longer valid). Born, lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. We have been dating for about a year now (we met in LA while I was on vacation) and we are planning on getting married ASAP to live in LA. We see each other once a month either in the US or in other parts of the world (minus during the COVID-19 period). We were last together in Feb 2020 in LA. We aren't picky on where in the world we get married, as long as we are able to live together in LA as soon as possible, with the possibility of me working in the US sooner rather than later. I have a steady job in Dubai, and would not like to quit and move just to 'wait around' for the right to work, hence, the need to be able to work is crucial. If we were to categorize, priorities are as follows: 1) working in the US sooner rather than later 2) being together full-time 3) funds. i.e. OK to proceed with a process that allows me to work sooner than later, but which could take longer to enable me living there full-time (as long as we can continue our once a month visits globally - separate to COVID) vs. something that allows me to move quicker, but idle in terms of work. I have seen the below advice floating around on other topics within this forum. Is a lawyer recommended for either of these processes, or are these manageable on our own? It seems that the CR-1 option is better for us, however, once I apply, am I allowed in the US as a visitor just to meet him? Or do I need to wait until approval of this process? How long does the CR-1 usually take? Does my living/citizenship arrangement make it more complicated? If we decide on the K-1 route, how soon can I receive the EAD to work? (I know the below has timing guidelines, but we all know these aren't always the reality!) Thank you so much! I know this post is lengthy/detailed, but makes it easier to have the facts laid out to navigate the process!
  2. Hi guys, I completed my interview and my passport pick up date was in March (I got a yellow slip) . However, the day before my pick up- the embassy announced that they are closing for COVID. The country has opened officially from last week but the US embassy remains closed. I have emailed them regarding this and they reply with an automated email. Any idea how i could reach them? and when the embassy might open? My husband and I miss each other so much and it has been so long I wish i could see him soon.
  3. Hello, Is anyone else having problems with the CEAC website when submitting a NVC payment? I submitted my IV payment and it was with drawn from my bank account the next day but the status still shows as "PROCESSING" and does not allow me to submit any documents. My AOS payment processed with out any issues.
  4. Hi everyone! I just want to have a clear thoughys about my dilemma. We have received a welcome email from NVC with instructions to pay fees and submit docs. I noticed that my application was classified as CR1. I have read from forums that CR1 is for couples who are married less than 2 years. IR1 is for couples who have been married for 2 years and above. My situation is, our marriage will be 2 years by next month. In the middle of all the petition procedures. Is the 2 years of marriage based on the time we have submitted our petition or by the time that the Principal Applicant entered the USA? Is the visa class be updated or we will retain as CR 1 even if we celebrate the 2 years of marriage? Any thoughts please. I hope all of you are safe and healthy!
  5. hey guys!! I'm really having hard times with figuring out what to do in my situation, i really hope i can get some advise from you. I moved to the USA to my husband under CR-1 visa i was issued in Moscow. When i came here i applied to SS number. Since I moved here i haven't gotten any updates from the US Government on what to do next in my case, I haven't gotten GreenCard via mail (like they told me during the interview when they were issuing my CR-1). My CR-1 expires in a couple of months and I'm just lost here and don't know what i have to do here. Thank you in advance for any helpful advice.
  6. I read at many articles it states that consulates have suspended "in person" activities and interviews. Does anyone have any experience knowledge ir updates on their AP cases ever since covid19 Closures? Do you, or anyone you know, have gotten their visa or passport after being in AP cases during covid19? Curious to know if islamabad consulates are still working on ADMIN PROCESS since they arent "physical - in person" activities, which can be done remotely! Thanks and good luck.
  7. Hi everyone, Looking for some advice if possible. I’m entering the United States from the UK at the end of May to reunite with my wife who arrived in America in January this year. We have obviously been hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have been waiting for a lot of the chaos to quiet down. Although we are still very much in the throes of this, we now have clarity that spouses of US citizens, and visas that have already been granted will not be impacted. Therefore, we’re going for it! Therefore, I’m really looking for anyone that has been in the same position as me, arriving into the USA from Europe, and therefore has any tips, or information of how it went or what to do when arriving? Thanks very much! B
  8. Hello guys! have a good day! How much should one make an hour to be qualified to sponsor your spouse in a household of 2 including him? I have never filed taxes before, because of the income I was not required to file taxes while I was living abroad. So now I moved back to USA to sponsor my spouse and started working for a coffee shop until I find a proper one. I know that you can produce your pay stubs when sponsoring but how much should I make a month to be eligible? Do they look at the hourly rate or the monthly income when deciding eligibility to sponsor? Please help me our case is at NVC stage now!! Thanks guys!!
  9. Hello guys!! Have a good day. Our case just got approved and I have a little question regarding the information they are asking on the DS 260. Why do they need our information about the educational institutes we've studied at? Do they verify it with the institutes if we have put legit details on the form? I mean what is the purpose of it?
  10. Hello everyone! My husband and I sent in our AOS application and it was returned back to us because it was missing two forms; I-944 and I-864EZ...I do not understand the process of the I-944...I want to understand very clearly that everything they are asking about is it for the Petitioner (US Citizen) or Beneficiary (Spouse Seeking the GC)...i.e, the credit history, health insurance, use of public benefits etc...I know the form is very new so we are all trying to figure it out but I know some are further along than others. So pls, those who FOR SURE know this form and how to do it pls let me know so we can move forward with our process
  11. Hello everyone, PD 12 DEC 2019 TSC I called to expedite my i130 petition, sent my evidence, and on April 15 they replied with: “ we have received the requested evidence, the documentation submitted meets the requirement for expedited processing of your application, you should receive a decision or notice of further action within 45 days.” No replies yet. Does this mean they’ll expedite my petition or the decision might be denial too? anyone familiar with this?
  12. Creating a post for 2017 I-130 filers for spouses of permanent residents, please share your PDs and any further actions going forward.
  13. Hi! I havent seen any post about the Nashville TN field Office. I created this forum for every nashvillian filing AOS through marriage and who is waiting for an interview. I would like to have an idea of The office processing time. Please write down your time line below if you are waiting to be interviewed or already had your interview. My Priority Date is OCT 22 2018 and i am still waiting for an interview.
  14. Hi everybody, I apologise if there is a topic regarding this already, I wasn't able to find it. My wife and I submitted the I-130 in May 2019, and we finally got an update 2 weeks ago. However, it does not say if the petition was approved or not, it says "Case was received at my local office". I would be grateful if someone could tell me what exactly this means. It has been like that since March 16th without further updates or notifications. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance. Kaleigh and Dominik
  15. Hi, just wondering, for those who went through the CR-1/IR-1 visa process - is it better to file as married filing jointly or married filing separately? Does either one help or hinder the success of your visa application? (We are currently waiting for USCIS to approve our I-130 and living in different countries, but wondering how to file taxes for 2019.)
  16. My wife she is us citizen , she was arrested that month for drugs trafficking , i received the NVC welcome letter that month as well , about affidavit of support I have a co-sponsor , should I proceed and pay nvc fees or I will get a denial ?
  17. Hi all. Firstly I hope all of you and your families are safe in this uncertain time. My wife and I arrived in the USA on 13th March from the UK. My wife has permanent residency in the UK and we were coming back to see her family for 3 weeks. Our return flight has now been cancelled and of course as you know every day there are more stories about things shutting down, borders closing etc. I even saw a news piece about visitors who have come from the UK are now required to enter through a pre approved US airport. I guess we're really lucky we got in when we did... We are currently living with my wife's parents and I am working remotely to my job in the UK. Should I start preparations for some kind of longer term visitor's visa? Or does anyone know of plans to extend ESTA length temporarily due to the circumstances? The last thing I want is for us to be separated, and additionally I don't want to overstay my time here and face penalties in the future. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
  18. On February 22nd we sent out our package (concurrent Filing) to the Chicago Lockbox and it was received on February 24th. So far we haven't heard back, is anyone in the same boat or did it also take longer to hear back from them? Due to this virus we are aware that it might take longer but since nothing has been cashed, we are a bit worried. We tried reaching out last week and they couldn't see anything in the system yet. Edit: We are doing I-130, I-131, Adjustment of status and Employment Authorization.
  19. How long does it take to get the welcome letter after the case was approved? Did you get an email or a mail? How can you get everthing by email instead of mail? My husband's case got approved 4 weeks ago and I haven't get the welcome letter
  20. Hi all, my husband is a US citizen and I’m his spouse we are currently stationed in Germany. He works as a contractor for the US Military in Aviation. I work for the same company but I’m on the German system at the moment, I’m from England. So the company has offered me a promotion in America in their Corporate office which will be a pay rise but they can only hold the job for so long so if my visa takes longer than about four months the position won’t be there. also, my husbands contract ends in August and his job will be moved to the states. This will mean he will be separated from me and his son as he is not able to stay in Germany without a SOFA agreement. So we would have to pay for two homes another car etc. so you think this would qualify our visa to be expedited? thank you in advance!
  21. Hello everyone, I'm an American citizen and my husband's interview was on Feb 20th 2018. He had all of his documents but had to go under administrative processing because of the travel ban on Syria. He's been under administrative processing since then and the CEAC site states that his case was last updated on Feb 22nd. Does anyone know how long the AP could take and is there anyone that is/was in a similar situation? Thank you.
  22. Hi, My name is Saadan and i am living in Islamabad, Pakistan. I applied for the K-1 Visa and gave my interview on Feb-20th 2019 and they returned my passport (without any paper or refusal or anything, it was just my passport). I don't know why they revoked my Visa? upon continuously asking for a reason, the U.S Embassy told our lawyer in the USA that my visa was REVOKED. (what does it mean?) the embassy is not replying as to WHY they revoked it? What is a CR-1 Visa? How do i apply? What to do? How long does it take? do i have to stay married for 2 years before applying for the CR-1 and then waiting another 14 months for the process? Please can someone help me out.
  23. Okay so my husband and I met almost 5 years ago and have been married for almost 4. We had a lot of issues in the beginning where I thought he was using me for his green card and we filed for a divorce. It was never finalized however. He applied for his political asylum in the tome being until we figured what we were going to do. We had a baby and got back together. And started filing for his green card. we got pregnant again and a year later had another baby. After the baby was born, we had another big issue and separated for a couple months. At this point I was very angry at the issue that had occurred and he was trying to take full custody of my children. I was angry and scared of him taking my children back to his country. I reported him to immigration because I honestly felt like he was using me and trying to take my children at the time. (Which I know what not true, now) we got back together again and continued with his green card process. we had his interview today and I was asked to stay in the room alone and she asked me about the report. I told her that we had issues two years ago and that I did report him because I felt that way at the time. But we are working on our marriage and going to a marriage class at our church and we resolved our communication issues that we once had. She then asked if he was lying about his asylum and I said no that his lawyer told him to apply because it would give him time to figure out what we were going to do with our relationship. My husband doesn’t know about the report. my husband came back in and she asked him where I work, he forgot the name of the place but knew my occupation and knew i worked in a hospital and where it was. Then they asked if we knew each other’s birthdays, asked my husband our anniversary and the kids birthdates which he knew, and that was it. She said we would hear back within 30 days. I am so scared that I ruined this with my stupid anger and acting on my emotions. I told the lady i was emotional after having my daughter but i don’t think she believed it. Even though it was true. All marriages have issues but we chose to work through them instead of getting divorced. We do have a legit marriage with two kids, but we just had a lot of issues in the beginning. I’m just scared that I messed it all up. I regret reporting him but at the time it’s what I believed.
  24. Hey, all my documents accepted today but still I received this email and message from NVC, that my husband doesn’t meet the minimum requirement of poverty guideline. What should I do can anyone pls suggest? Do we need to wait for IL? Or we need to upload joint sponsor as soon as possible. We don’t have any joint sponsor right now, we have to find and then collect all his documents first then we’ll upload everything which will take a lot of time. So just to avoid delay, i was thinking to bring it along with me, to the interview? Am I still going to receive IL? Or do I need to upload it first. If anyone been there, and got through this situation pls guide me!! People literally freaking me out, telling about the AP and stuff. Pls help!!
  25. I am beneficiary, My wife received email from NVC saying ( NOTICE OF IMMIGRANT VISA CASE CREATION). They give us our NVC case number and invoice id. They are asking to submit necessary documents on CEAC. What should we do now i want favour please ....and how much time left now for rest of the case. Thanks
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