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  1. Hi, My husband and I got married in January and want to move in together. We live in LA and rent here is ridiculously high so we're thinking about renting a room or guest house since it's cheaper. If we do that, we won't have any bills under our name, no lease agreement, electric, internet... The only thing we can get is probably a letter from the landlord but nothing official. Do you guys recommend renting a room or should we try to get an apartment in a complex in order to get all the bills and lease agreement under both our names? Thank you.
  2. Hi everyone, I'm newbie here so I wanna apologize if my given information isn't clear. So my PD for I-130 is 05/22/17 (still pending) however I've heard good news that there a quite a few people are getting approved for May 2017, CSC and from my country. I filed for AOS with I-765, I-131 06/25/18. I expedited my I-765 and got it early September but until now I have heard nothing about my I-131 even tho I've tried to call them 4+ times to expedite/investigate. Still nothing. Anyways, I got RFE for I-485 last October and I already sent out the package to respond November but it seemed that they lost my package and they claimed they never received. We tried to call 5 times and they told us to wait till they respond but no respond so far, investigation was opened but no reply, tier 1 said tier 2 would call, NO CALL. NOTHING. Until we freaked out and re-sent the package once again in 02/01 (friday). 02/04 I got the status changed " respond ... received". Okay, great this time they got it. Fast forward I got the status changed "case is ready to be scheduled for an interview" 02/12/19, which was yesterday. My field office is Mt. Laurel NJ. I've read a lot of people had to wait for 7 months + for the status to change from "ready to schedule" to ..."interview was scheduled". However, since I already sent out the i-485 last year, would it count the pending time as waiting time? Or I would have to expect the date to reset from the time they received my RFE respond? Any odd chance that I will have my interview before my I-130 is approved? I know I won't get a GC if my i-130 approved, but I just wanna make sure I understand everything clearly. Looking forward to any helpful inputs/experience. Thank you so much!
  3. Hi there! I've noticed that no one opened a discussion for July 2018 AOS filers, so I decided to do it. Since we're all going to be anxious, why not share and experience the anxiety with the online community? HA! Let me start by sharing a few things about me. I'm a veterinarian in my home country and my husband is a physician. One day my "then-fiance-now-husband" surprised me with a visit to the county office to get a marriage license! After a week we got married by a retired judge, it was a very simple and sweet ceremony and I've never been happier in my life. I'm currently a homemaker/housewife and I spend some time volunteering at the local animal shelter when I'm not busy studying for my USA vet boards. I do reccomend finding something to during the wait, it will definitely help with the anxiety. Good luck to everyone!
  4. Hello, I got marriage last month and I'm working on getting everything ready to file. My question is about joint bank statements: Will we need bank statements with detailed charges over a certain period of time, or would a letter from bank stating that we have a joint account enough? Do we need to disclose the amount of money in our bank account? Thank you!
  5. Hi, I am an F1 student in the process of AOS (sending package in March). What are my options when it comes to health insurance? What is the most affordable insurance I can get? Can I get for example ObamaCare? Is it good? Thank you.
  6. My husband is a full time student and working part time. He was recently hired this September 2018 and we are filing now the AOS this February 2019. He used to work back in 2015 and had to stop because he got accepted in his desired University (Also here in the US). I have several question regarding the I-864 affidavit of support. Our current situation is: - He didn't made it to the poverty guidelines that is why we're filing a joint sponsor (his dad) - He doesn't have 3 recent tax return sheet (only 2015, his previous work and 2018 his part time work now) My questions are: 1. In the part where he should input the 3 most recent tax income, should I leave the other two blank? the 2nd and 3rd most recent? 2. As I believe so, the Total Income per year stated in Income tax return is different from current annual income. We will request Certificate of Employment reflecting this current annual income so that it is visible for the checker. I just want to verify if we are correct? Thank you very much for all your help.
  7. Hi everyone, My boyfriend and I are getting married soon and we're debating wether or not we should do a confidential marriage (it's allowed here in California). What that means is that there won't be any public records of our marriage for people to get. We are considering it because we are gay and I come from a muslim country that criminalizes homosexuality. I just want to be able to go back and forth to see my family safely. I fear that if I get a normal marriage license, everyone could easily find out by doing a simple google search which in turn could jeopardize my safety whenever I go back to visit. Also, my boyfriend isn't out to his parents either so he doesn't want them to know just yet. Will having a confidential marriage raise any red flags for USCIS? We are truly in love with each other and genuinely want to get married. Please advise. Thank you.
  8. I'm a UK citizen and am a software developer and my fiancee is studying forensic science to masters in the UK and living with myself, she will finish in 2020 and we plan to move to the USA ASAP and we're not the biggest fans of the UK culture. We are planning on starting the process of the K1 in Januarary 2020 so by the time graduation comes round hopefully the visa will be granted by the time of graduation approx september to october. Can we apply whilst we're both in the UK? To give reference we're both 20 years old at the time of writing. We obviously want to spend a minimal amount of time away from other and ideally both enter the USA on the same flight. Her parents have agreed to be sponsors for the visa. We have also been considering getting married and going down the marriage visa route (CR1) but this takes considerably longer than the K1 based on what I read. That is not ideal but with the K1 I am worried about how long the adjustment of status will take till I can work. Based on experience what's the best route for us to take? Many thanks in advance
  9. Hi guys, I'm an F1 student and I'm marrying my boyfriend in January 2019. My visa expires on December 2018 but my I-20 ends on December 2022 (that's when I'll graduate with my bachelors). Tuition for international students is high so it seems like a smart financial decision to drop out after getting married and re-applying after I get approved for in-state tuition in California. My question is when can I drop out without jeopardizing my legal status, is it after I file for status adjustment? Thank you.
  10. Hi, Me and my boyfriend are getting married next year (January 2019) and I am trying to find as much information as possible since we are not hiring a lawyer. I was wondering if there were any helpful guides out there for F1 students besides the on VisaJourney? Based on my understanding this is how the process works after getting married: I. Mailing AOS package which consists of: I-130 PACKAGE Cover Letter Personal Check for USCIS Form I-130 (Filled out by US spouse) US Spouse's Birth certificate F1 Student's Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate 2 Passport Photos (US Spouse) 2 Passport Photos (F1 Student) Evidence of real marriage I-485 PACKAGE Cover Letter Personal Check for USCIS Form I-485 (Filled out by F1 Student) Copy of F1 Student Passport Copy of I-94 F1 Student Birth Certificate Marriage Certificate 2 Passport Photos (F1 Student) I-693 (F1 Student) I-864 I-765 (F1 Student) II. USCIS RECEIVES PACKAGE III. BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENT IV. INTERVIEW V. WAITING Please let me know if I'm missing any information. Thank you.
  11. My niece is 16 and finished high school one year early in Jamaica. Shes interested in coming stay with my family here in the U.S. to do what would be considered here, her senior year. She has been approved for a visitors Visa and has traveled once during last year to stay a time with family here in U.S. What steps does she need to take to apply for a student Visa? I'm confused on how exactly to go about it because school has already started here and she has just brought this up to us. She's applying to a community college in Jamaica but otherwise has no schooling left as a youth in Jamaica. She'll be 17 in December. Would she even be able to take this year to go through the application process and then (if approved) enter U.S. high school as a senior next fall?
  12. My wife is Filipino. She is US Citizen same as me. Her niece which she raised will be graduating with a BS degree from UP Los Banos next year. She has a 3.5 + GPA and is not married or with children. She would like to attend a College here in the US to achieve her Masters Degree. I know the process but because the Philippines is what it is I am concerned that she will not be granted a visa because of her age, sex, and marital status. We are willing to support her while she is attending College. Has anyone had similar experience getting a relative a B1 from the philippines. Can anyone give us any advise which might help her attend school here. Thanks
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    Student Loans

    My Beneficiary from Canada has student loans. He is in deferment until May 2019. Since I'm in the US I don't know how Canadian student loans work and he seems a bit confused as well. He won't even have an income until AOS and everything else comes through probably end of the year 2019. Does anyone have any insight on how his moving to the US will impact the repayment of his student loans?
  14. I’m doing this post because we were looking for something to help us in this process and didn’t find anything super helpful. So, I’m gonna write the experience we had with going to college while waiting for my AOS. (I applied for my AOS already, now waiting for the interview.) We thought I had to wait for the Green card, so we didn’t even worry about anything (basically money to pay for it). I went to the university just to talk about the possibilities and she said I could start next semester as an International Student and when I had the Green Card, I could give them a copy and they would consider me a transfer student. Then, the next worry is a loan. We don’t have the right for government aid(FAFSA) since we don’t have a real status, so we need a private loan. (Or, if you’re rich, just pay for it yourselves lol) Searching on Google, we saw that Discover had the best reviews. My husband’s credit was approved (a cosigner is needed, and they need to have credit score ran and approved), but they did not accept the NOA1 for the adjustment of status (I-797C). On their website says that to approve you, they’d accept I-94 (which everyone has), but nope. Anyway, we spent like 3 weeks receiving emails saying something was missing on my application, calling and receiving calls trying to see what could work for them to accept my application). I uploaded my K1 visa, my passport, I-797C (which is all we have before the green card), my marriage certificate… None of this was enough, they needed at least my EAD (which we all know it also takes a while too). I mean, it’s pretty stupid that you have a cosigner to pay for it (if you don’t) and don’t get approved. So my husband got pissed and decided to look for another company. And Sallie Mae, in 1 hour, approved everything. It’s not an ad, guys. It’s just what worked for us. And it happens their interest rates were even lower than Discover. It’s important to know that it’s not every university that will accept you as an International Student, I think they have different rules regarding that. I mean, I can’t guarantee that all of them will, but mine did. But then we need Toefl test (Or IELTS, or any other English proficiency the university might take). Search about that too. If you guys have any doubts regarding this, message me. If I know the answer, I will be happy to help. Vandressa
  15. He guys, I'm from Morocco and i just finished high school and willing to continue my studies in the states. I got it all figured out, my finances are good and i can afford schools there, my english is good and i'm passing the Toefl in September, but i noticed that when applying for schools they require a high school transcript, i dont know what that means, i know it may be translating my high school grades and my diploma but i dont know where it should be done here in Morocco. Do you guys have an idea? Thanks in advance!
  16. Hey everyone! So thankful I have found this site, so many listing have given me great advice for the journey I am about to embark on. However I was wondering if someone would be able to help with my personal situation. I entered the US on a J1 visa in 2013, which I remained on for two years. I then switched to an F1 visa when my Au Pair family offered to help me complete college here knowing it was a dream of mine. During my first semester of college I met a guy (not a student), who is now my very best friend and fiancé! We have been together 3 years, and are now getting married in September of this year which is so exciting!! However some questions I have include: 1) Throughout my education I haven't worked as it is a visa requirement of the F1, I was lucky enough that my sponsors are able to support me so that I can live and study comfortably without the need for employment. For that reason, I have lived with them for most of my education besides the past year (since my engagement) where I have lived with my fiancé - however due to the fact that I am not working I wasn't able to go on the lease and I was also very conscious on following the regulations of my visa. My sponsors simply provided me with a small amount each week to cover the cost of food, books and travel with my city. But now in looking at the AOS paperwork, what address should I put as my own? Does it have to match my visa? Do I have to be on the lease of the address I give or can it be the address of my fiancé? 2) Also we don't have any joint accounts, such as savings etc. I am a card holder on his credit cards but I haven't opened my own credit card here only a debit card. I do have a social security number so should I try to open a joint savings account with him? I am slightly concerned that despite us sharing finances, and living together we have no paperwork to prove that as I was trying to be very compliant with the F1 visa. What would you suggest? 3) We have so many photos from the past three years, from our travels with each others family etc. Is that sufficient to take to the GC interview? Thankyou so much in advance, court.simmy
  17. I (US petitioner) am filling out the I-864 and packet for NVC for my husbands IR1 CR1 visa. I am using my parents as a joint sponser. For mine though, it asks what my employment is. I am employed part time so I put that one down for employer 1, but I am also a college student so I also put "STUDENT" as employer 2. The reason I did this is to show justification, if you will, for not working full time and not having a high income. Would anyone give me advice on if I made the right choice or not by doing that? If I did, do you think I would also need a letter from my school proving that I am attending college? Thanks in advance, I hope to send in the packet in the next few days!
  18. I filled back in November 2017 and my I-130 still on received my case and I-485 is still on received biometrics. Anyone got interview notice or anything?
  19. Hello everyone, Here is my situation. I am an F1 student and me and my husband a USC are filing for AOS. There is a question that asks: have you received public assistance (other than medical emergency treatment)? I had mesi-cal for medical emergency for 4 months which I never used because I never needed too. As soon as we got married my husband add me on his insurance and I canceled medi-cal. Should I reply NO to that question because my card was only for medical emergency? I spoke on the phone to two workers and they told me that my medical-cal card was not considered public assistance but I am scared that it actually be for immigration... Please help has anyone being in my situation? thank you in advance
  20. Hi! I wonder whether one can apply for a F1 visa (to study in the US) while being subject of the 2 year rule due to J1 visa? My 2 year rule will end next year (in March) however I wanted to apply for university in the US for the fall coming semester, which would mean I have still around 7-8 months left on the 2-YEAR home residence requirement. I am confused because I have called the embassy and they do not seem to know neither, a student organization I spoke to said it should be no problem as long as I'm not applying for another J1 visa or work in the states during this time. However, they were not sure, seems like no one really knows. Has anyone applied for a student visa while being subject of the 2 year rule? Did it go through? I would love to know before I spend the money on application and visa process.. NOTE: The reason I became subject of the 2 year rule is due to my J1 visa I received last year due to an internship that lasted for 3 months. The two-year rule in my case is based on : Government financing (since I was a student at the moment) Thanks in advance
  21. Hello and thanks for this forum, -2014 Visa granted for Ms in Engineering -Program finished now enrolled in phD, with new I-20 -Visa expires October 2018 Going back to Egypt this summer, should I risk renewal while it is still valid, or come back to the US and stay on I-20 as there has been a lot of noise around the new administration and student visa? And in the case that I don't renew it, should I apply for an I-539, and whether its denial would lead to a loss of status that would invalidate the current I-20 Thank you very much.
  22. I’m in the US visiting my brother (permanent resident) and his wife (US citizen). I’m here on B2 visa (6 month visa). I’m 17 years old and I wanna stay here and go to school here. I’m in South Dakota. is there any possible way to do this without having to go back to my country? (I’m from Jordan). thank you.
  23. Hi all, I'm trying to help my girlfriend figure out what some of her options might be after her M1 student visa expires. She wants to be able to stay in the US and her short term plan is to leave the country (probably to Mexico) and re-enter on a tourist visa. Is this possible and are there other options that we should be looking into? Her passport is from Ireland. Thanks for any advice you can give!
  24. Hi, My name is Boris. I was in 2015 on J1 visa in USA, I made a mistake when I calculate a date of my visa expires and stayed 9 days longer. Last year, i was apply for J1 again, but get denied. I'am last year of college, and i really want to visit USA for last time. later I will no longer have the opportunity. Should I apply for a visa, and can I get it again ? I'm a regular student, I have never renewed the year. I gave almost all exams. But, overstay make problem. Thank You !
  25. Hi, I'm an F-1 student and got my associates in May 2017, I am now doing OPT and have to file taxes before the 17th. When I asked my employer for a W2 he said that I'm a contract labor and not an employee. My question is: what form do I need in order to file taxes? Thanks.
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