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  1. Hi, I really need help. My partner and I have consulted with 2 lawyers already, but they are saying different things. Just a background story, I have worked in the US on my tourist visa in the past and a month ago I got detained at LAX airport for 4 days. I was honest with them that I have worked in the past and that I have a boyfriend in the US for 3 years. They gave me a choice of withdrawing my visa (not banned) for me to be able to apply a visa again.. Although, my worry is not being able to apply again even though they said I can. I want to know the chances of us getting approved for Fiance or Spouse visa in case we apply, the timeline, and what kind of waiver do we exactly need and how long does that take as well. We have been doing our research, but there are a lot of waivers and I'm not sure which one is the best to use if ever we might need one. We've been apart for more than a year and the clock is ticking for Fiance Visa 2-year window. I really want to be together with my partner already and I want to believe that we can be together again. It will also be helpful if there are lawyers out there who are experienced with this case. Thank you for your help!
  2. Hi, I really need help. My partner and I have consulted with 2 lawyers already, but they are saying different things. Just a background story, I have worked in the US on my tourist visa in the past and a month ago I got detained at LAX airport for 4 days. I was honest with them that I have worked in the past and that I have a boyfriend in the US for 3 years. They gave me a choice of withdrawing my visa (not banned) for me to be able to apply a visa again.. Although, my worry is not being able to apply again even though they said I can. I want to know the chances of us getting approved for Fiance or Spouse visa in case we apply, the timeline, and what kind of waiver do we exactly need and how long does that take as well. We have been doing our research, but there are a lot of waivers and I'm not sure which one is the best to use if ever we might need one. We've been apart for more than a year and the clock is ticking for Fiance Visa 2-year window. I really want to be together with my partner already and I want to believe that we can be together again. It will also be helpful if there are lawyers out there who are experienced with this case. Thank you for your help!
  3. Hello! This is my first ever post. Just a background: I am 17 years old I have a tourist visa and I haven't used it yet My mother, who is also on a tourist visa, traveled to the US last March (she is still there up to now). We were supposed to go together for vacation and to visit our family friend, but I was really busy with school so she went there first. Now that it's my summer vacation, is it possible for me to follow her there and travel alone? Also, if I do go there, my mother and I plan to go back to the Philippines together in June. As for my dad, he can't accompany me since he's busy due to employment here in the Philippines and he's taking care of my sister, since she has summer school. I already know all of the requirements, such as the DSWD travel clearance and notarized consent form. However, I'm wondering would there by any questions or complications in immigration? Would it be better if I travel alone? Or if I travel with my aunt (who also has a tourist visa)? Thank you!
  4. Hi, My spouse (beneficiary) has a visa overstay (initially came here on a tourist visa, ) she has worked (under the table and paid cash) here and there I might be overthinking it but on form I-485, Part 8. Questions 16 & 17 (worked in the United states w/o authorization & violating terms of noninmigrant status) I would select yes for both? And of course put where she worked for the past 5 years.
  5. I’m a US citizen and i was wondering how long is the processing of a tourist visa now in the Philippines. My mom is in the philippines and i would like to apply her a tourist visa hoping it will be approved before august on my pregnancy due date.
  6. Hi guys, I have a pending K1 visa, we just recently submitted our k1 last month. So meaning it will take so long (considering backlogs) for it to even get processed. We have a 6 month old baby together. (USC). Now, we wanted to visit him and in the grandparents (first baby in the family) for a month or two. Since they can't travel to the Philippines because of Covid. My fiance also cant travel because he was on probation. I already have tourist visa (been in the states 3 times, 2 of those to visit my fiance *last one when i was 4 month pregnant, i just went for a 2 week trip). I have good job from a reputable company that agreed I can WFH from the US during those two or three months. I'm a little nervous about travelling because I can be denied entry. But the thing is, we really want to meet again and for my daughter to finally meet her father. i was hoping my last trip can help my case, Like obviously i have no intention to overstay. I could have given birth there (for my child to become USC right away instead of applying for tedious CRBA) and overstay on my last trip. But i choose not to because I don't want to violate my tourist visa. has anyone ever travelled on B1/B2 visa with your USC child?
  7. It's been a year since I last posted (they are embedded below). But a quick recap on my situation: I'm a USA-Costa Rican dual citizen living in Costa Rica. Strong ties to Costa Rica, less than to USA. My fiancé is a Thai Citizen living in Thailand. We have no intentions of living in the USA. The ultimate goal is for her to have a USA tourist visa to be able to transit through and visit the USA with me for the future. Planned trip for April of 2020 to visit the USA, her application was denied (most likely due to disclosure of a US boyfriend) Attempted to travel to Switzerland instead, her Swiss tourist visa got approved but COVID-19 forced us to cancel that. Like most people this year, we're just tired of the separation due to the pandemic and want her move to Costa Rica. That is the current goal. She can't get into Costa Rica unless she has a Costa Rican tourist visa, US tourist or transit visa, Canadian multiple entry tourist visa or an EU residency card. Unfortunately, a Costa Rican tourist visa is not an option at the moment because she'd need to travel to Singapore due to there being no embassy in Thailand and spend more than a week there. Then return to Thailand for a 14 day quarantine at an approved site. We'd also like to get married at some point, but are unsure if we should do that before/after applying for the US tourist visa. There's various "visa routes" she could take, and I'd just like see what you guys would do or what differently would you recommend. Keep in mind, the short term goal is for her to get to Costa Rica, long term is for her to eventually be able to visit the USA with me. So here are the options that I see: 1. Attempt to get a USA Tourist Visa again. Most people say that if her situation hasn't changed much, then there's no reason to expect a different decision. However, others have described the process as a "lottery". Although she speaks good English, when nervous she kind of stumbles on her words and sounds less confident. I suggested she attempt to only speak Thai and be a little more assertive (not aggressive of course). And because nothing has changed in her situation and this is her second time applying, I suggested her "tone" convey, in the shortest and sweetest manner possible, that the first denial was a mistake due to language / nervousness etc. Would that be advisable? Could there be any possible benefit to us being married before her applying? 2. Attempt to get a USA Transit Visa. I know that the Tourist and Transit visa applications are no different and she'd still need to show she intends on leaving the USA. On the other hand, a transit visa exists for a reason, and if her goal is simply to get to Costa Rica to where her fiancé (me) lives, it makes sense (in my eyes at least) that she apply for a transit visa. It seems easier and more in line with the narrative. But as usual I can see the CO's thinking she's up to something or trying to trick them by switching visa types. Recommendations? If this is the better option, could she reapply for a US tourist visa once established here in Costa Rica? 3. Canadian Multiple Entry Tourist Visa. Any chance that this visa is easier to get, and is it possible to get if her intention is solely to get to Costa Rica? Thanks!
  8. Hello all, I am a green card holder and I have filed I130 for my spouse and the process is going on to bring her here through family based immigration as my dependent. While this process is going on can she apply for tourist visa or student visa with full disclosure of her pending I130? ANy one here who went that route and had any luck? Please share your experience and any advice or tips? Thanks in advance. Regards, J
  9. i am a us citizen. today my wife had my interview and she got passed on it. she received a card which says to make profile and choose pickup location. as long as i know we can pick up location on non-immigrant visa. i tried to make profile but goes to apply for non immigrant visa form. the card is here
  10. Hi. I would like to ask if 1 year and 3 months interval is okay to travel again to the USA? I have b2 tourist visa. I was in the US for 6 mos, visited my friends and relatives in LA, chicago and las vegas. Went there feb 2019 and went home aug 2019. Didn't overstay. I'm planning to go back this december for a 1 month trip. Do you think the interval is enough to re enter US? Thank you.
  11. Hello. I am a citizen of the United States, and I currently live in Pennsylvania with my fiancé. We are attempting to submit a marriage application but due to the Plandemic (COVID-19) We’re running into small potential problems and we’re unable to get in contact with anyone to get assistance. My fiancé is here in the US legally, on a B-2 tourist visa that has been extended over the past 13 months. We began dating several months ago and have decided to marry but in Pennsylvania the appointments in person are completely booked until at least January 2021. We were told we could file a marriage application in any county within Pennsylvania since our current county is booked out. So after attempting to do so we discovered that the next county over is doing all marriage applications online, followed by a video meeting/ to my understanding, virtually being married rather than in person. as I stated, I haven’t had any success in reaching someone in the office via phone or email but my question is... can someone in my situation, a US citizen marrying an immigrant, with only a passport and valid b2 tourist visa, marry virtually without any problems? I’ve read that the documentation required to marry is either a social security number and card or a passport but on the actual application, it requires a social security nUmber to be entered for both applicants, and if I leave it blank it does not allow me to continue to the next part of the application. As it stands, it does allow me to enter “000-00-0000” and then continue to the next portion but we’re trying to have as few problems as possible. Has anyone else ran into the problem or have any advice on the best way to marry rather quickly but properly? Thank you in advance.
  12. Greetings all, My girlfriend (petitioner) and I are trying to figure out which marriage-based US visa to file for me (beneficiary). We have not begun any process as we are still very early in the discussion, but most likely it will be either the K-1 Fiancé visa or CR-1 Spousal visa. Some background to our situation: 1. Although my girlfriend is a U.S. citizen, she has only been living in the States for around 3 years. Before this, she was residing in the Philippines. On the other hand, I have lived in Malaysia all my life. 2. We have visited each other 8 times since 2015: she has visited me 4 times in Malaysia and I have visited her 4 times in the Philippines. Her family members have visited me and my family once and my family have visited them once as well. I have one more trip coming up middle of next year (2021) to visit her in the US if and when I’m allow to travel (Malaysia borders are shut currently because of Covid-19). 3. We have passport stamps as evidence that the meetings took place as well as photos both together and with our mutual friends for all the 8 trips. However, we don’t have the boarding passes or hotel receipts with us except for one when we stayed in a AirBnB place back in 2018. 4. She had been working part-time until recently. She took on a full-time job about 2-3 months ago which pays above the 2020 Minimum Annual Income Requirements. My girlfriend prefers the K-1 visa route because she can’t afford to take the time off from work for us to get married in the Malaysia since she only recently joined this new job. We need about 3 weeks (from start to finish) to get married in Malaysia. We had also thought we could be together faster with this route (at least before the pandemic struck). This however means extra costs, and demands more of our time. She will also have to support me until I have my Green Card or receive the EAD (Employment Authorization) to be able to work in the US. I, on the other hand, prefer the CR-1 visa route since: it’s less expensive, I will have my Green Card on hand soon after my arrival, and I can start looking for a job right away instead of having to do AOS (Adjustment of Status) after arriving with the K-1 Fiancé visa. So, we are now thinking of getting married when I visit her middle of next year on my B-1/B-2 tourist visa after which I’ll return to Malaysia (I still have several commitments there, e.g. work, a car loan, family). From there on she’ll file for the CR-1 visa for me while I wait it out in Malaysia. Now the thing is this: we are getting conflicting information if this will be considered visa fraud, i.e. me misusing my B-1/B-2 visa and if it will come back to bite us when we file for our CR-1 spousal visa. Here’s our current situation: 1. I’ll be only visiting her for 27 days next year. Some have pointed out the 30/60/90 day rules as a reason why we shouldn’t get married while on this visa, others have pointed it out as a myth (not specifically from this forum but what we’ve read on the internet as a whole). 2. During my tourist visa application interview last year (2019) at the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the interviewer asked me if we are planning to get married to which I answered yes, but not now, probably in the future since we and our families are located in 3 different countries and I haven’t spoken to her parents about it yet before my visa got approved. 3. When I applied for my tourist visa, we had no intention of filling for either K-1 or CR-1 visa as we originally planned to settle down in Malaysia, but things have changed since then. So the thing is if I do enter the US next year, we now have the intention of getting married and settling in the US as opposed to just visiting my girlfriend (what I told the interviewer at the U.S. embassy during my tourist visa interview last year). We just don’t know which visa route to take. 4. The last time we had seen each other in person was in September 2018 (meaning we can’t fulfill the 2-year face to face meeting requirement of the K-1 visa until my trip next year). Also, my trip next year will be my very first time visiting the US. So, this is our situation and honestly, we are lost as to what we should do. We would greatly appreciate if you guys could advise us on what would be the best route to take, and to advise us if our plan of marrying while I visit her on my B-1/B-2 tourist visa would be problematic, even though I have every intention of returning to Malaysia after my visit. Thank you very much in advance.
  13. Hello everyone, I just saw a thread about a similar question but the author is waiting for the I-130 petition approval. For our case, we have received the I-130 approval and are under the NVC process (submitting the immigrant visa application and affidavit of support, financial documents). My husband is in Colombia and I am in Arizona. I'd love him to visit me for Christmas but we are afraid that him visiting me may jeopardize our CR-1 Visa Application. Can anyone share with me their experiences as the spouse of a US citizen traveling to the US under a tourist visa during the NVC stage of the process? Did you have any problems entering the USA or any kind of situation where the CBP officer commented on the ongoing CR-1 visa application? My husband has visited the US in 2017, has a B2 tourist visa, and has a job and property in Colombia (of which he can provide evidence). Thank you so much everyone.
  14. hi everyone I filled my grandson form ds 260 and I all fill the form but when I click submit button I cant clik I mean form is not submit can anyone tell what is problem ?
  15. For my fiancee to get her K-1 visa the last item we are waiting on is for the Embassy in Kyiv to open and schedule her K-1 interview. Her and her daughter have valid US Tourist Visas and has been to the US twice already. I plan on having them fly round trip from Odesa to Istanbul to Chicago on Turkish Airlines, July 5th and return August 9th. I have been told by Homeland Security the planned trip is OK but as with all travel the passport control officer at the airport has the final say on entry to the US. Does anyone see any issues they may have making this trip and getting thru passport control? June 19 at 5:32 AM · If you have a valid U.S. visa and have been in Ukraine, or in another country not covered by COVID-19 related restrictions as described below, for at least 14 days prior to departure for the United States, you may travel to the United States. If you wish to transit through another country to the United States, you need to plan carefully and review COVID-19-related restrictions. Transiting through certain areas en route to the United States -- including the Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland, China, Iran, or Brazil -- is not currently permitted for most visa holders. Learn more about current restrictions and exceptions at: https://travel.state.gov/…/presidential-proclamation-corona… This guidance does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents ("green card" holders) who wish to travel home from Ukraine. U.S. Citizens should review the latest alerts available at https://ua.usembassy.gov/u…/security-and-travel-information/.
  16. Hi. I am planning to bring my 2 nieces here in the US next year on their summer break next year. They are both minors, 11 years old and 14 years old. Is it possible to apply for a tourist visa for minors? And the proof they are enrolled for the next school year will be enough evidence? Thanks
  17. Hello everyone! My husband and I filed his AOS (from tourist) application in December 2019 and are now awaiting our interview and waiting for his EAD to be approved. We will be moving out of state (from VA to TX) in August and I was just wondering if anyone else had experience with moving out of state while awaiting their approval? We are hoping the his employment authorization at least comes before we move, but we anticipate the interview being scheduled for after we move. Any opinions/advice or experiences with this would be great!
  18. I don't mean to be shamed or anything but here's my story. I tried renewing my Philippine Passport last year, but i got scared and backed out cause i don't know if they'll approve my first time passport application. I came to the United States in June 2001, I was 5 back then. It is just today that my Mother admitted to me how i was actually smuggled to the US. Back in early 2000 "Baklas Passport" or Fraudulent Passports was very common in the Philippines, I used a passport (Philippine Passport) in my Cousin's Name and my picture furnished with a B2 Visa, the passport was sent back to philippines before the release of MRP Passports and my cousin has since renewed it under his picture and identity. I know i qualify for DACA but i haven't applied because i don't have travel documents and it is expensive hiring a lawyer. I am now married to a US Citizen for 5 years already and i now have the courage to apply for AOS. The teller back then told me and interrogated me on how i came to the United States but not knowing back then, I couldn't answer as to why it was a first time application. I have a Birth Certificate and ID/s under my real name and Identity. My mother also came on Assumed Identity documents (her sister's) and also returned the passport. Do i have a chance in passport and AOS?
  19. Hi, I am a Nigerian, resident in Nigeria but presently I am divorced and have a 6 year old child. My father is a citizen of the USA and is resident there. I also have been to the USA on visiting several times. I have a valid tourist visa and I am also in a committed relationship with a US citizen, we had planned getting married in the US this year. With the new travel ban on Nigeria, what is my fate? Can I go on my tourist Visa, get married and my partner file for me? Or get my father to file for me? Or wait in Nigeria till the ban is lifted?Please opinion are welcome
  20. My boyfriend who lives in Russia applied for a tourist visa about two months ago and we are still unable to schedule an appointment in Moscow. The website just says "no appointments available". Has anyone else had this problem?
  21. Hi! For those doing their K1 (Fiancé Visa) interview at the US Embassy in Manila, what were the documents asked from the applicant with an existing US B1/B2 Tourist Visa?
  22. Question: I met an Indian man online 7 months ago, when I was planning a tourism trip to India. We found we had a lot in common and decided to meet during my trip. We did that, and hit it off, spending the entire time together. Since my return to the U.S. we have chatted or talked every day, have developed feelings for each other, and are interested in pursuing the idea of being together long-term. We would like to take the next step in our relationship, which is to spend more time together dating in person and getting to know each other. And we both feel it is really important for him to come to the U.S. to see what life is like here and also to see where I live, etc. so we can decide where we might want to be together – there or here, and if at all. This is a quite normal and logical step in any relationship – to continue to date and get to know each other. But I’m finding that it seems impossible for him to just come and spend some time with me, due to the visa options and restrictions. From what I understand, he would almost assuredly be denied a tourism visa: he is 44 years old and single, lives in his parents’ home (cares for them), is self-employed as a tutor, has no children, etc. (I’m 51, single, male, self-employed). I don’t see how to convince the visa app people that we just want to spend more time together to determine if we want to be together long-term. The only other options I see are the Fiance or Spouse visas, both of which require us to MARRY just so we can DATE!!!! This seems absurd to me and flies in the face of the reasons for immigration laws in the first place. (Where is the Just Dating visa?!?!) They are essentially forcing people to get married. (Not everyone is interested in immigrating to the U.S.! If we DO decide that we want to be together AND in the U.S., THEN we can follow that route.) We are mature adults and both open to the idea of marriage but don’t want to be forced into it prematurely just so we can spend time together in my home/country. I guess I’m curious if anyone else has experienced this catch 22 and what they might have done about it. Has anyone been able to get a tourism visa by being honest about this (or not), or had a tourism visa denial then applied for Fiance/Spouse? Is that OK? We’re open to any creative ideas or advice. If we have to marry, I'm not sure which is better, fiance or spouse visa (get married outside of U.S.)? But again, marriage for dating purposes makes no sense…. We'd prefer to marry for love. Thanks for any help!
  23. I am currently in the US and I am going throught the I-130 process, my case is almost done and I still have some time till my 6 months tourist visa stay ends. I want to know if I can stay here for good if my process is approved while I stay here in the US. I heard that this is possible, but I have no secure information, can someone explain me if that's actually possible?
  24. So I am an Indian citizen and I used to live in Canada when I got my B1/B2 visa. When I got my US visa, I was working just working a very simple job in Canada as a cashier in Walmart and wanted the visa to simply visit the border cities of the US near my Canadian town. My visa was issued in 2012 for 10 years and is valid for a few more years. The only thing is that instead of working now, I am doing my Masters in Singapore. I want to know that since my visa was issued in Canada, can I still use that visa to travel to US from Singapore? Despite being an Indian citizen? Also since there is such a massive change in my situation, should I actually try to get a new visa? I want to travel to US but I am at the same time really worried because A: My visa was not issued in India. B: I am not travelling from India. C: When my visa was issued my life was very different than it is right now. Considering all this, I'm not sure if it is a good idea to travel. I certainly do not want to be denied entry to the US because of the above mentioned reasons which will hamper my chances of not just getting a US visa but visa for other countries too. I would like to know what you all think about this. Am I worrying too much for no reason?
  25. Hello, My b1/b2 tourist visa has been rejected twice in 2019, June and July respectively. I would like to know the reason for denial. Usually the US consulates do not give the reason for denial, but can I know by any chance the reason of denial? Can I file an FOIA to know the reason of denial or any other way.
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