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  1. Hey guys. My sis was issued a Cr1 visa after almost 5 months in Administrative Processing so she has only 30 days untill her visa expires. What happens if she can’t enter the US with in expiry date due to all the restrictions by counties and airlines? Will she have to apply the visa again? I mean the whole process? Please tell me anyone experience anything like this?
  2. Hello VJ members! I'm debating (not really a debate though) on when and who I should reach out too in regards to our K-1 visa process. Our case has left the NVC and when we tracked the case it said 'Ready' which I assumed meant the Embassy will be sending us the packets with further information including an interview date. However, due to COVOD-19 the embassy is closed and is postponing visa interview appointments. Though my fiance and I were not given one yet I'm trying to figure out what steps should I take. Because I know the moment the embassy opens again the interviews will be backed up and we still need to finish some paperwork such as DS-160 because we weren't given the packets yet. The issus is the NOA2 has an expiration date and my fiance still has school to finish. I'm worried 4 months might not be enough and the NOA2 can only extended once. Does anyone know or who (USCIS, or Embassy) should I contact in regards to what steps to take. I feel like everyone in the K-1 process that is at the same stage as our case should be given some sort of accommodation? All cases I feel, that are either at the interview point or near NOA2 expiration should be given accommodation since most, maybe all embassies will be backed up. How long should I wait before I reach out? A month before the NOA2 expires? I'm worried to ask for an extension and this COVID-19 epidemic still hasn't settled and I don't wanna risk losing everything and having the fear of having to start alll over..... Any advice would be help.
  3. As an update, just saw this. This applies even to citizens, so I would certainly not recommend it for anyone. If you are planning any international trips, you might want to call it off unless you’re ready to be there indefinitely. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html “The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.” ”Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.” So basically, you might end up stranded overseas indefinitely and consular officers are being allowed home so you might not have access to an embassy for assistance. DO. NOT. TRAVEL.
  4. Anyone else's flight get canceled? My fiancee was supposed to fly out of the Philippines on Feb 28th 2020.But since the Philippine have put a travel ban on Taiwan the flight as been canceled. Now we have to scrabble to find a new flight.If anyone else is experiencing this what are y'all doing about it?😞
  5. Does anyone have any idea if entry into the U.S. will be allowed on a K1 Visa? The travel ban states that only U.S. permanent residents or immediate family members will be allowed in, and I know a fiance on K1 is technically not an immediate relative yet. However, I have heard a couple cases on WeChat of Chinese fiances being let in at the airport with their K1 Visa in the last few days. We are living in Guangdong together right now, and want to get the hell out, but we don't want to spend all that money, travel all that way, and then have her be denied at the border and sent back to China. Anyone have any insights to share? It would be greatly appreciated.
  6. My husband was denied entry on his plane last night by Air Canada in the Lima, Peru airport. He had his passport, expired green card, and his I-797 notice of action showing that his green card is extended a year and he is authorized for travel while we wait for the removal of conditions on his green card. He also had an ETA (electronic travel authorization), which as far as I can tell, is all that is needed for a US permanent resident to travel to/through Canada. His flight goes through Toronto before entering the US. He was told that the I-797 was not a valid travel document. Has anyone else had similar problems? Any suggestions about what we can do to get him home? All Air Canada agents on the phone are very unhelpful, and they no agents arrive in the airport until 10pm, so he wasn't able to speak with anyone this afternoon. We're looking at other airlines, but don't want to pay an outrageous cost for a new ticket when there's no valid reason he's being denied entry.
  7. So my Russian wife and stepdaughter want to vacation with me in Europe ( Italy , UK, France ) , but they need Schengen visas . They only have temporary green cards and work permits currently . My stepdaughter is 17 and has very little contact with her dad . Do we honestly need paperwork from him authorizing her to travel to Europe with us ? She got stuck and detained in Russia already once because her outdated letter from a judge showing he forgave his custody to her was evidently “too old “ and it cost her a missed flight and “$1700” to get a new flight and new letter from a judge authorizing her to leave Russia without her father . Can we do all the schengen paperwork ourselves without her father , or do we need all the notarized , certified letters showing he gave up all custody of her in order for her to travel with us ? All the letters are in Russian , which means they are worthless without a certified translation . We just want to travel for once without issues .
  8. Hi everyone! I'm looking to travel back to England for the first time since I moved to the states on a K1 visa, and I'm not too sure what I need to permit travel! I have: Permanent Resident Card - expires August 2021 UK Passport - expires 2028 My questions are: Can I travel on my UK passport, or do I need to get a US one? Do I need to get a tourist visa from the UK Can I use my greencard to travel, or do I need a permit?
  9. Hi I will be traveling to the Philippines for the first time in a few weeks and was planing on bringing some gifts with me, but in my research on what to do I ended up gaining more questions then I answered. I was hoping to bring some candy, a stuffed animal, a movie, small fabric handbag, a ring and possibly some cheese. I've seen a lot of people say not to declare the items as gifts, but to just stick in your check on luggage under some clothes and the two problems I have with that is first I was planing on just bring carry on luggage and second this is my first time going there and I don't want to try and do something secretive and have it come back to bite me lol Does anyone know if I need to declare these items to keep from getting stopped by customs? If I do declare them is there a fee? and if so how much? Some of my family has suggested just not bringing anything or bringing everything but the candy and cheese, but I was really hoping to be able to bring it all so any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  10. Hi everyone, I know there are a lot of questions about this but my case is a little different from the others. I’m Alessandro, 22, from Italy. I started texting with a girl from my city a couple of months ago and we took this thing seriously. She is in the US with a J1 visa and being an au pair girl she lives with their host parents and kids etc... Now, she talked with them and they are happy to have me with them. So I will spend two weeks there, we will also travel to Toronto for St. Valentine’s day weekend. I am a little worried about CBP clearence. Could I be denied enter US with these conditions? Also: -Traveled on ESTA 2 times in last 5 years (2 weeks max) -Bringing a promise ring in my carry on bag -300$ cash and 200€ cash plus cards If asked what’s the purpose of my trip I’m not going to hide anything and I’ll say “I’m visiting my girlfriend. She’s Italian and she’s here for a while” I appreciate any suggestion and happy to hear your opinion. Thank you so much. Alessandro.
  11. I'm married to a USC and we filed for AOS in August 2017 and are still waiting for the interview to be scheduled. I was approved for EAD/Travel in November and had to travel earlier this year to visit family for an emergency and ended up staying for a few months. Long story short, the day of my flight I realized I didn't have my combo card (advance parole) and was unable to board the flight. The US Embassy said they could not issue a transportation letter since I am not a Lawful Permanent Resident and the USCIS field office told my husband they could not issue an emergency parole document without me being present. Has anyone been in a similar situation? Please advise, as AOS is kind of a grey area the embassy won't touch the case. I have a picture of the card and my approval notices for travel and employment but they seem to be of no use. PLEASE HELP.
  12. Hi all.. hoping someone has insight on USC need to change maiden name to married name on their passport.. we are planning a trip to Colombia in March and I haven't changed my name on my passport to my new married name.. considering my husband has his gc because we are married, will it be necessary for me to change my name on my passport before this trip? Also, wondering if expediting is recommended or if these things generally get processed pretty quick? Any help is much appreciated
  13. I'm in a weird predicament, wondering if anyone else has ever used a Statutory Declaration in place of a Police Certificate when that certificate can NOT be produced? Situation: Myself (and fiancé) spent 7 months traveling together in Cambodia. We spent the majority of that time at one guesthouse in Sihanoukville without paying rent (owner is a friend) My understanding is that I need a police check from Cambodia because I was in the country for 6+ months. ----- However ---- To acquire a police certificate from Cambodia you have to appear in person at the Ministry of Justice in PP. To get the Police Cert. from them you have to provide a "Certificate of Residence" given to you by the Sangkat (community center). The Certificate of Residence can only be produced by giving the Sangkat a copy of your lease agreement. I did not ever hold a lease or pay rent in Cambodia so I can not get a Residence Certificate, Therefore, I also can not get a Police Certificate from the Ministry of Justice. I was a traveler, not a resident, despite the length of my stay. A lease can't be created retroactively, and I've read a lot of old forums on here where people described paying-off various officials to get it done - but the most recent one suggests that the Sangkat people no longer have the ability to "create" Residence Certificates when given tea-money, so that is also not an option. Long story short, I plan on drafting a Statutory Declaration and swearing an oath to the above, and that: Even if I fly to Cambodia (for $1500+) and negotiate with the MoJ (despite not being able to read/write/speak Khmer) that I can't make a Police Certificate appear because I'm unable to prove I ever held residence in Cambodia. Will the USCIS or DOS or the Consulate have any problem with this? I plan on attaching relevant documents supporting my claim, along with a sworn statement from the guesthouse owner stating that I didn't ever pay him for my stay. Thank you thank you thank you, the last thing I want is to find out at the last minute that they demand I fly to Cambodia to get this paperwork, even though I know that it's not possible for me to get it.
  14. As the title suggests. I've been researching online for a while now to no avail. I'm not sure if I should pay the Philippine travel tax of Php1,620 for my flight to Chicago. The ticket receipt only indicates a "taxes and fees" item for $91.07, no breakdown of these charges. Maybe someone out there has flown/knows EVA Air and could help me out. I don't want to make duplicate payments. Note: Flight was booked through a third party app called "Orbitz", not the airline site. I thought about calling the airline but I just thought it's unlikely they would have expertise in these local matters. Or is calling them the best option right now? Please enlighten me. If you could give me official links containing the answer I would greatly appreciate it. But any help is most welcome. P.S. I will be flying from Manila/NAIA Terminal 1. Am I correct in saying I don't have to pay the terminal fee? From what I know, this fee applies to airports outside Manila. Kindly confirm if you can. Thanks in advance!
  15. My wife and I are traveling across the US for Christmas. It will be her first time flying domestically within the US, and her first time flying since her K1 visa's original 90 days expired. Are there any documents we need to make sure she brings (in addition to her passport), just in case someone somewhere wants to "see her status"? It's a little weird, because her visa has an expiration date on it, and it's past that expiration date now, and nothing in her passport says she's legally allowed to be here, but I assume that's where maybe the NOA1 of her AOS application comes in handy?
  16. Hi! Is your old green card still valid for travel after a legal name change? My wife is a long time permanent resident (green card holder) and has booked a trip to Europe to visit her parents. She legally changed her last name about 6 months ago and has a new passport and ID card in that name. Her green card, however, is still in her last name. She applied for a new green card but still hasn't received a replacement (maybe 6 more months of waiting). Does anyone know if she will be able to use the old green card (along with the court order as proof of the name change) to return to the US? Many thanks!
  17. Am I allowed to visit my husband while we are waiting for his approval for his visa?
  18. Hi everyone! Can anyone tell me their experiences with the advance parole? How does it work? My husand and I are in the process of his adjustment of status & applying for an Advance Parole. We’re anticipating on going out of the country & would like to know any tips if there are any to make his entry back in the country with no issues. Thanks!!
  19. What documents do I need to travel outside the United States? In general, you will need to present a passport from your country of citizenship or your refugee travel document to travel to a foreign country. In addition, the foreign country may have additional entry/exit requirements (such as a visa). For information on foreign entry and exit requirements, see the Department of State’s webpage at www.travel.state.gov. What documents do I need to present to reenter the United States? If seeking to enter the United States after temporary travel abroad, you will need to present a valid, unexpired “green card” (Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card). When arriving at a port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your permanent resident card and any other identity documents you present, such as a passport, foreign national I.D. card or U.S. Driver’s License, and determine if you can enter the United States. For information pertaining to entry into the United States, see U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s webpage at www.cbp.gov. Does travel outside the United States affect my permanent resident status? Permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your permanent resident status. If it is determined, however, that you did not intend to make the United States your permanent home, you will be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status. A general guide used is whether you have been absent from the United States for more than a year. Abandonment may be found to occur in trips of less than a year where it is believed you did not intend to make the United States your permanent residence. While brief trips abroad generally are not problematic, the officer may consider criteria such as whether your intention was to visit abroad only temporarily, whether you maintained U.S. family and community ties, maintained U.S employment, filed U.S. income taxes as a resident, or otherwise established your intention to return to the United States as your permanent home. Other factors that may be considered include whether you maintained a U.S. mailing address, kept U.S. bank accounts and a valid U.S. driver’s license, own property or run a business in the United States, or any other evidence that supports the temporary nature of your absence. What if my trip abroad will last longer than 1 year? If you plan on being absent from the United States for longer than a year, it is advisable to first apply for a reentry permit on Form I-131. Obtaining a reentry permit prior to leaving the United States allows a permanent or conditional permanent resident to apply for admission into the United States during the permit’s validity without the need to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Please note that it does not guarantee entry into the United States upon your return as you must first be determined to be admissible; however, it will assist you in establishing your intention to permanently reside in the United States. For more information, see the USCIS Travel Documents page. If you remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years, any reentry permit granted before your departure from the United States will have expired. In this case, it is advisable to consider applying for a returning resident visa (SB-1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. An SB-1 applicant will be required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and will need a medical exam. There is an exception to this process for the spouse or child of either a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or civilian employee of the U.S. Government stationed abroad on official orders. For more information on obtaining a returning resident visa, see the Department of State’s webpage on returning resident visas at www.travel.state.gov. Additionally, absences from the United States of six months or more may disrupt the continuous residency required for naturalization. If your absence is one year or longer and you wish to preserve your continuous residency in the United States for naturalization purposes, you may file an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes on Form N-470.
  20. Hi all, I have really urgent question. I am I485 + I360 Pending. I am divorced with I485 sponsor due to abuse in the relationship. I485 interview was not scheduled yet. My current EAD+AP which are based on pending I485 Expires on 29NOV19. I have an invitation of my client for a business meeting in Toronto on 25-26NOV19. Is it safe to travel or not? Will I be admitted back to the US? Let's say I return on 27NOV19, but AP expires on 29NOV19. Can I expedite EAD+AP based on invitation letter from my client? I applied for an extension on July 16, 2019. I360 will be pending for 1 more year. Please help!
  21. My husband and I want to travel within US. My visa was expired. I just received my NOA1 for my adjusment of status. Am I allowed to fly within US without having a problem in the airport? Advance thank you for the response! God bless.
  22. Hello all, My divorce process is not final yet. I filed as a Waiver and received the Extended Letter. I checked my application number online, but it says VALIDATION ERROR(S). I’m wanting to travel to Canada. I’m worried that Customs can’t validate my application number and I can’t reenter the US. Is there anyone had the similar situation but traveled and reentered US recently, like 2 or 3 months ago? Thank you all!
  23. Hi all, I'm currently waiting for my AOS to be "approved" and in the meantime my Green Card has already expired. I received a letter that states my status has been extended for 16 months and I can work and travel but I'm wondering if it's safe to do so? I'm planning on traveling out of the country for vacation but I also need to travel for work. I would appreciate any feedback or experience anyone's had with this :) Regards,
  24. Hi everyone I recently received news that my EAD card is being produced (106 days wait). There are no new notifications on my AP, though, and haven't seen anything after that first notice of "your application has been received". Does anyone know if EADs are also created without AP? Or do they always send the EAD/AP card combo now? I applied for the EAD and AP at the same time with my AOS. Thank you all! You are a wise group of people.
  25. Hi team! Does anyone have any experience with traveling abroad while they are processing the removal of conditions and the current permanent resident card w/ conditions has (or will be) expired. Doing my research and bringing my current (expired) card + the letter notice of extension + a I-551 stamp should do the trick, but wondering if anyone has any experience . I travel frequently outside the US - for work and leisure, but did get a little worried once I saw the processing times. Based on the information I find, as long as I take the expired card, stamp AND the letter I should be fine. But would love to hear any experiences from people who are/have been in the same boat. My card expires end of January - and my next travel to Europe will be in March. I751 was sent in back in November, Bio taken in December, now just waiting Any feedback/experiences will be appreciated Thanks team!
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