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  1. Hi everyone, I was a 4-year F-1 student at Stevenson University in Maryland. I am doing my Optional Practical Training (OPT) year and would like to stay in the U.S. past its' expiration at the end of July. It seems as if my best option is to get a job that sponsors an H1-B. However, due to the current pandemic (and employers' reluctance to hire applicants requiring sponsorship), it is extremely difficult to find or secure such a position. Another restriction for me personally is that my Bachelor's degree is in Business Administration. This is a very general field of study that makes it hard for me to prove more value or a specialized skill set compared to the average American employee. My current position is in management consulting, and the jobs I have been applying to are all in the business field (consulting, sales, marketing, operations, etc). My dream is to have a career in fitness - possibly personal training - but I realise that this may not be the most realistic path for me in the short term, especially if I am looking to secure a U.S. work visa. If anyone has any advice on potential employers, resources, or other options, I would be extremely grateful. Cameron Harris
  2. Hello Everyone, Since I am nearing the end of my degree, I just learned from my university that I can invite guests to my commencement ceremony (to anyone out side of the country ) next year with an embassy letter from the university. I am thinking of doing that to invite my husband and/or my in-laws to attend the ceremony if his and their visa is approved for visiting and after some time they can go back. I am not sure entirely about this since we may have ONLINE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY in 2021 due to COVID-19 … however, if I plan to do this, will this bring in any other issue/hurdle with the spouse visa case (CR1-IR1) for my husband that he has already visited USA or something like that...? any ideas/suggestions/tips/advice on this? thanks
  3. Hello all, I went to the U.S. for master's in 2017, and I got a five-year, multiple entry F1 visa that is valid till June 2022. I returned to my home country after the master's in July 2019. I was wondering if I could still use the same F1 visa for my PhD for Fall 2020, after getting a new SEVIS number and I-20 and paying for the new SEVIS number, or whether I should apply for a new visa altogether. I sent an email to both my previous university and my upcoming PhD university, and replies from both the sources were that I can use the same F1 visa, if it has not expired yet, given I pay for the new SEVIS ID fee. However, to officially confirm one last time, I emailed the US Embassy in my home country. They asked for my passport and scanned copies of old and new I-20s, and responded, "As you have already completed the course and applying for another program, you should apply for new visa." I again asked my previous and new university officials, and they again stood by their former response, and gave the number of the director, if there is any problem during immigration. Do you think the person from the embassy has mistaken the situation a bit? Since the embassy is closed (or at least not accepting visa appointments) right now, it would be an immense relief for me if I could use my previous F1 visa, so that I could just fly as soon as international flights resume. I look forward to hearing your thoughts... Thanks so much!
  4. Hi! I'm in the process of changing my current status to the F1 status. If I'm doing my process online (Filling the I-539 Form) and I have a question regarding the spaces that are not appplicable to me. Would you recomend leave them Blank or with "NA (Not applicable)" Thanks
  5. Hello All, I am quite new to the topic of visas considering me and my boyfriend of 6 years have just recently touched on the topic of starting the marriage process. I am Canadian and he is American. I have so much confusion based around the whole visa process and am unsure what our best option would be. What are the requirements and process entailed in us getting married in Canada and than applying for a CR-1 visa? Is there a heavy application similar to the K-1 process for us to get married here in Canada? Would getting married in Canada and applying for a CR-1 visa be a better option than applying for a K-1 visa? I also plan on finishing schooling in the US and am wondering if I should go there on a student visa and get married and request an adjustment of status? I feel like there are so many different ways and I am so overwhelmed and would love some help as to what my best option would be. Thank you!
  6. Hello All, I am quite new to the topic of visas considering me and my boyfriend of 6 years have just recently touched on the topic of starting the marriage process. I am Canadian and he is American. I have so much confusion based around the whole visa process and am unsure what our best option would be. What are the requirements and process entailed in us getting married in Canada and than applying for a CR-1 visa? Is there a heavy application similar to the K-1 process for us to get married here in Canada? Would getting married in Canada and applying for a CR-1 visa be a better option than applying for a K-1 visa? I also plan on finishing schooling in the US and am wondering if I should go there on a student visa and get married and request an adjustment of status? I feel like there are so many different ways and I am so overwhelmed and would love some help as to what my best option would be. Thank you!
  7. Hello community! First, apologies If this hs been covered before, I could not find an answer before! I'll keep it short. K1 visa NOA2 june 30th. As many of us, stuck here and no good perspectives. Is it possible to apply and get an F visa for a semester to study a master in the USA? Thanks all for your time!
  8. I live in the UK and do not have a US cosigner. This means that I can only get a loan from 2 companies. There's MPower and one other, but they both have their own lists of specific universities that they support. I can only get an MPower loan of $50'000, and that's a lifetime maximum amount. The other uni doesn't offer loans for my course. I'm about $20'000 short of being able to prove to the Embassy that I can afford the whole year of my course, but without a cosigner I can't apply for any of the other student loans. I'm not sure what else to do now. Does anyone have any advice? Also, does anyone know if a death certificate would help to prove to the Embassy that my family will be receiving inheritance? Thanks x
  9. I am looking for recommendations on the best course of my timeline. I am a Canadian International Student in the US - I am currently an F1 Visa holder. My F1 is set to expire Dec 2020 - I am currently working on my dissertation and plan to graduate with my PhD by 12/2020. My current plan is to apply for OPT w/ a December start date. My Fiance is American - we were supposed to get married this July (in Canada) but had to postpone due to covid to next July (in Canada) - I am thinking that the best course of action is to apply for OPT w/ a December start date, get married July 2021 and then file for adjustment of status to permanent resident. We had considered getting married earlier - but my fear is that if I apply for adjustment of status from OPT to permanent resident before July 2021 that I wouldn't be able to leave the US to attend our wedding in Canada? Or would I be able to leave the country still because I will be on OPT status? Would you recommend getting married prior to July 2021 and transferring status from OPT to permanent resident? With still needing to leave the country for our Canadian wedding in July 2021 Or would you recommend not getting married until July 2021 at that point transferring status from OPT to permanent resident? Or is there another option that I have missed? I guess my biggest concerns are that I want to be able to work and I want to be able to travel to Canada to see my family - and I need to be able to leave the US in July 2021 for our wedding. Thank you for your help!!
  10. Hey VJ peeps, Thank you in advance for all your help. My question is, can someone who is on a F1 student visa change their visa to a work visa? (without finishing college) I appreciate you all
  11. I am marrying my fiance in his home country of the Dominican Republic soon. We will be doing the CR1 visa. He does not come from much money but has a solid work history and technical training title/studied english/graduated high school/is a caregiver. I am in law school and will be using my dad as joint sponsor (who makes well above the necessary amount to sponsor). I am concerned that because I am not currently making money (since I am a full time student) that our application will be denied with the new state department's stricter guidelines. Does anyone have any advice or similar experiences?
  12. I am graduating high school in the US this month. My I-20 expires in June. Do I need to enroll for a Summer semester at a college or can I wait until Fall semester begins? In order for me to maintain my F1 status, I need my I-20 to be valid 100% through Summer, right?
  13. I (US Citizen) filed an I-130 for my wife (Indian Citizen) that was received by USCIS on December 2, 2019. Since then she has received an opportunity at a US University for a fully funded PhD program that is exactly in the scope of her previous education (Bachelor's / Master's completed in India). The professor she would be working under has said she is the only suitable candidate they have identified for the position. I am currently a graduate student in Ohio and her PhD program would take place in Mississippi. Acceptance into this program would be huge for both of our future due to timeline and credibility of US university on her resume. The program would last a minimum of 3 years. Presumably her I-130 would be processed and she would receive her green card well before the end of the program. I know it is more difficult to receive an F1 visa if you have any sort of immigrant visa pending. I have two questions regarding this: 1. This seems like a unique circumstance that could affect her F1 chances. Seemingly it would be impossible for her to overstay her F1 visa seeing as her spouse visa will have been approved by the time her F1 expires. Are the chances of her receiving the F1 non-zero? 2. Would the filing of an I-20 and an attempt to receive the F1 visa hinder her I-130 process in any way? Thank you for your time and any advice you can provide.
  14. My stepdaughter has been in the US on a student visa for a couple of years. She is currently using OPT Stem which expires in September 2020. She has already applied for an extension and is not eligible for another. She is unmarried and over the age of 21 and applying for graduate school. Her father, my husband, is a LPR. We want to adjust her status but I am not sure if I use the same forms to adjust my husband's status or different forms. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance.
  15. Hello, I'm new here and it's currently late where I'm at, so I apologize if this is in the wrong section. If so, if a mod could kindly move this to the correct section, I would appreciate that. My fiancee and I have done a lot of research regarding the K-1 visa and worked so long and hard on our packet (as I know many here can relate). Thankfully, we were approved this month! However, this whole time, we were both under the impression that we could use a co-sponsor for I-134. Turns out, the U.S. embassy in her country (Thailand) essentially doesn't accept a co-sponsor for I-134. I've heard of a few cases where a co-sponsor was used but these cases are the exception and not the rule, but I've read it also depends on the officer during the interview. From what I've read here, this is common knowledge. I feel like a complete idiot for not learning this before the whole process started. I honestly don't know how we missed it. Maybe because most embassies accept a co-sponsor for the I-134? I don't know. Today has been a long, stressful day for the both of us. I spent the entire day trying to figure this out and for a few of my questions, I didn't get an answer. So here are some factors to be considered and questions that I hope someone can hopefully answer: Last year, I made approximately $9000 after taxes. I am also a student and am transferring to a new university. I should begin classes in May, where I will study full-time. I took a phlebotomy certification course near the end of last year and am planning on working full-time. I also have an offer from a family member to work on the weekends for good pay. So considering I will work full-time plus a little on the weekend this year, which should easily exceed the 125% poverty guidelines, will these new sources of income suffice even though I didn't make enough last year? I would also be doing this while being a student, if that matters. And the main reason for not working a lot previously was because I wanted to focus on my education and grades. But my career goals have changed a little and am okay working a lot more. Could I show paystub/check, deposits, etc. to show I would meet/exceed the 125%? Would I need a letter from my employer with my salary? Just to reiterate, I plan to be employed before my fiancee goes to her interview, considering I can't use a co-sponsor. I don't really have any assets. Maybe a little over a thousand in the bank and a car, but I've heard that doesn't count. My grandma has a property she's been talking about giving to me (land - probably worth between 25-35k), but again, not sure if that even matters or is necessary. I am very worried and frustrated with myself. Hopefully someone has some answers to my questions and maybe what my options are. Thank you so much for your time, Jobean
  16. Hey there! My fiance is currently in Ukraine studying and will be done by June of this year and returning to his home country of Uganda by September. My question is would it make more sense to wait to file my 129f or send it off when I want to at the beginning of May? Thanks in advance
  17. Hello, My brother who is on B1/B2 visa currently in states would like to join a community college. My questions are: Can he obtain a I-20? Can he simply stay here and start studying without going out of US and obtain F1 visa? Is change of status legally allowed from B1/B2 to F1? Thank you.
  18. My boyfriend and I are currently in a long distance relationship. While we realize it is a rather unconventional arrangement, we really hope to meet soon. He is currently a medical student, studying in Poland, and he would like to come stay with my family in the summer of 2020 to get to know my family. He has found a program at a local medical facility at which he would be able to study for the duration of his visit. They would be able to provide evidence of this; he also has strong ties to his country of residence, as he has an apartment lease and he must also return for his studies. Our biggest concern is presenting his lodging to the visa officers, since he will be staying with my family and we have not yet met. My father owns a home with an apartment upstairs and one downstairs, and we would be renting it to my boyfriend during the summer. If we give evidence of this, as well as a letter of invitation, will that be enough to strengthen our case? Or does the fact that we have not first met ruin our chances of him being granted a visa?
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