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  1. Hello everyone, We're a couple consisting of an American woman and an Egyptian man; we're currently trying to figure out the optimal way in terms of time and legality to get married and reside in the United States. We've done our research regarding the K1 and CR1. It does seem like the K1 could be our best option. Getting married in Egypt and then applying for a CR1 is not an option because of the absence of civil marriage in the Middle East along with other legal challenges (notary appointments, etc.) that would make it difficult to achieve or would take several months before we even get to file the CR1 paperwork, making the K1 actually faster. The problem with the K1 is the period of time spent not being able to work after getting into the U.S, as it could take up to a year if we’re unlucky. So, after searching more, we found out that there are ways to get married on a tourist visa by getting the foreign partner into the US on a tourist visa and then either: Get married after 90 days and then apply for Adjustment of Status and overstay until we get the interview for the CR1. Get married almost immediately after getting into the US and then leave the country on the specified departure date. Wait a few months (90 days?), and then apply for the CR1. Even though the first option would get us together faster, we’re not sure if it’s actually completely legal or not, and it possibly has the same issue of not having a work permit during the period we wait for the CR1 interview. Meanwhile, the second option sounds more doable since the foreign partner can work immediately after entering the US, but we’re still not sure if the USCIS would deny the application because we would have gotten married on a tourist visa or if that would be legal in the first place. We're hoping someone who has done something similar before (getting married on a tourist visa) could help us decide if that's even a legal option or not. Thank you!
  2. I have applied for my SSN in May 16th, and I didn't get a number yet. The agent from the SSA told me that my application is pending verification from DHS because it's showing that I am a US citizen instead of a F-1 student. I contacted USCIS myself and got a tier 2 call back. They refused to arrange an appointment for me. The SS officer just told me to wait. However, my summer internship only lasts 10 weeks. I have missed 3 weeks already. Is there any way that I can expedite the process? Or anyone knows how and what to do with the situation? Thanks so much....
  3. My I-601 waiver was approved by USCIS April 26, 2022 for my immigrant visa case. I noticed that my CEAC date of last update has not been updated, suggesting they did not get the waiver approval notice. I was waiting for instructions from the embassy after the approval but did not hear from them. So I emailed the Montreal consulate and after two weeks they responded that they did not yet receive the approved waiver and will not proceed without it. What am I supposed to do ? I scanned and emailed the approval notice to them (I-797 from USCIS) in reply to their email. Normally the consulate is supposed to be notified directly by USCIS upon approval. Has this happened to anybody? How do I get this resolved ? Please help!
  4. Hello everyone . My husbnd and I are planning to live in his home country while we wait for his cr1 visa process ( we didn't apply yet ) We already are married thru utah state zoom marriage . I wanna go back with him to america when he gets his visa . i just wanna be with him rn. Is me living outside the us with him is gonna affect the process in anyway ? Did anybody went thru similar situation ? What should we take under consideration if we gonna do that ? Any advice ?
  5. Hey! I got my visa in April to enter the US. Whenever there was a question of inputting a US address, we would put the address of my husband's mother in Puerto Rico since we did not live in the US. Now that we are planning to actually enter the US, we found and signed a 6 month rental contract for a house in TX. Thats where we will live. 1. I know I have to provide the USCIS or somewhere else my new address so they can send my Green Card and SSN. I wonder what and how to do that? 2. We signed the rental contract maybe a month ago, I wonder if there is some rule like 10 days when we had to notify? It complety slipped my mind. 3. Also do I need to provide the correct phone in the US later when we get one? We will enter the US in 2 weeks. Thanks
  6. USCIS to Implement Premium Processing for Certain Previously Filed EB-1 and EB-2 Form I-140 Petitions | USCIS
  7. Hello again, helpful people! I'm currently filling out my I-134, and I'm at the section asking for a USCIS Account Number. I already have a USCIS online account, but no idea where to find the number. The only number I can find on my NOA is the receipt number. Thank you all for being so patient, I'll probably have a lot of questions coming up 😅
  8. Hello Everyone, I was recently doing some research about the process for naturalization ( I can apply in June) and came across some change of address threads. I couldn't find an answers that I need, so asking the questions here 1. My address on file where I received my Green Card is in Knoxville, Tennessee ( my in-laws) 2. I moved to Nashville, Tennessee in March 2020, for a job, but didnt know/realize I had to change my address 3. Now, at the end of May,22 I am going to move to New Jersey as I got a new job 4.I don't have any documents/process pending at USCIS at this moment Q1 - Do I need to update the address to reflect the Nashville address or can I update the address straight to the New Jersey address? Q2 - If the latter, does that pose any issues when I eventually apply for naturalization? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, EMMO
  9. I was denied my N400 due to the IRS not registering certain tax years, which has been corrected. However my N336 which i never received notice to attended a hearing for (no electronic via online USCIS profile or in writing in the mail) was denied cause i never showed up for a hearing i never knew was scheduled. I have no idea where to turn next. I cant afford a lawyer. The blogs and letters say i need a court date with a district court but everywhere i call or email they say i’m not in the system. How do i get into the system for a hearing?? Please any help
  10. Thanks for reading my post. I will try to be brief, so we submitted our I-129F For K1 Visa back on November 2021, few days later got the online notification that case was recieved and also the payment, all good here and we knew the waiting game was starting. In March 2022 , got an update on the online tool for tracking which said that "Document Was Returned to USCIS" telling us that some document was tried to be mailed to us but was "undeliverable" , after this I used a tool of USCIS to file an inquiry with the issue and then added a new addres for the document to be mailed again, they responded some weeks later with an email telling me that they got the inquiry and that the document was gonna be mailed again, but its been more than a month and we havent gotten the letter which we assume is NOA1 , and also on the online tool for tracking, the status is still in "Document Was Returned to USCIS" . My question is: What should we do? just wait till the letter gets to us? is it normal that its been more than a month and hasnt arrived? or should i contact them again?. Timelines: Filing and mailing I-129F with Payment : November 11 ,2021 Case recieved : November 17 ,2021 Document sent by USCIS: November 19, 2021 Notification of undelivarable : March 14, 2022 Me submitting the inquiry : March 31, 2022 USCIS reply to inquiry saying will try to deliver again: April 18, 2022
  11. Hello, I am a US citizen, who submitted an I-130 a couple weeks ago and just now realized that when the online form transcribed onto my USCIS account, it used the correct mailing address of my parents in the US, but an incorrect old physical address of mine in Germany. I am now in Italy, but the online AR-11 form doesnt allow foreign countries. If my mailing address is fine is it worth submitting a semi-false change? Any advice?
  12. Hey folks. I have a question regarding the USCIS website services and I'm hoping someone can help me out here. So here's my situatuion: I recently just paid my immigrant visa fee (ELIS) on the USCIS website after my interview and after that I wanted to connect my case to my USCIS account but then I was asked about an online access code but I'm unaware as to where I'll find it. I checked the payment confirmation email I got but it did not contain any access codes. Hoping anyone who has had any experience with this kind of thing can help me out. Thank you and God bless!
  13. I'm in the US on F1 Visa, I got a graduate assistantship job in school and I applied for my SSN on the Jan 18th, HR requires it before I can start working. It's been 7 weeks now and I'm yet to get it. I call the local SSA office I applied at every week since the first two weeks elapsed and I'm told my application is pending DHS Verification. I don't know if anyone has had this issue and how were you able to resolve it. I got a mail from HR yesterday and they said they might have to employ someone else because of the delay. I really don't know what to do. I need advice please.
  14. Hello members, For about eight months now, my husband's CR1 visa is stuck in "pending security checks" at the Potomac center. I have inquired multiple times but keep getting the same response. My congressman also wrote to them on my behalf and got the same response. We both have clean records. I can't imagine why we have remained pending for so long. Has anyone else been in this situation?
  15. Is it possible to add new evidence while case is actively reviewing? Case is still at USCIS.
  16. Hi! Just wondering what everyone's experience with the Texas Service Center's processing time for an EAD (for a J2 visa holder, but any information at all would be greatly appreciated!). The application was received by the service center on February 23, and have not yet received any NOA (Notice of Action) from them (neither in the mail nor via email, even though I registered my email address to be contacted). Any words of guidance/assistance/experience would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  17. Hello, I would like to share my experience and have some advice from you in order to take the good decision for my family. Indeed, I sent two petitions to USCIS (My Son and My Wife). Those both petitions were approved by USCIS and after that NVC created two cases numbers (One for My son and My Wife). I dropped my son case from NVC, I didn't continue my son's process because in my wife's case my son is dependent, and my Wife is principal. my wife's case at NVC was Documentarily Qualified after submitting all required documents. We waited until the NVC scheduled us with our embassy. My Wife and my Son went to the US embassy for their interview Unfortunately consular agent did not valid their visa because she told to my Wife, I (Your husband) had not declared her son when I(He) won the DV lottery. she gave a white slip 221g to my wife. Consular agent told my wife, she has to send back the case to the USCIS for Review. That True, I played the DV without add my son and I could not add him at the process at risk to disqualified me. NB: My Wife and I it's our child. One thing that I think, should I complete my son's NVC Processus to get one chance? Our advice is very Welcome.
  18. Visa Interviews (CR1)!!! Hello everyone! I’m gonna make this quick and short. So I’m wondering how much time are the visa interviews take these days or at least to my specific country which is Jordan 🇯🇴. I’ve been waiting for almost a year to get my case approved but we forgot to send a simple document so we got an “RFE” message and everything seems good so far but my main question here after getting (approved), how much time am I facing to get my interview scheduled? I’ve heard that it could take up to a year but I hope that’s not the case. Maybe every country is different? I just wanna get some answers based on experience or trusted source! Thanks 🙏🏻
  19. Hello everyone! I need a bit of help. I thought I could surmount this on my own but it is just SO DARN CONFUSING! First, my questions, then some background info: 1) How do I pay the filing fee for an N-600K if I'm not in the US? Where do you get a money order from an American institution in you're in Thailand? 2) Can the grandparent preparing the N-600K form be different from the one whose residency is used for evidence? Specifically, can my mother, a US citizen without the qualifying residency period, file the N-600K on my daughter's behalf? My father is also a citizen and meets the residency requirement, but is unavailable for filing purposes. I'm an American citizen. I was born abroad, and haven't lived in the States much. However, I understand my daughter qualifies for naturalization via the N-600K form, based on her grandfather, who has lived in the States for many years, as a child and as an adult. I live in Thailand, but I am not Thai. My daughter was born in the UK. My mother, an American citizen too, doesn't meet the residency requirements, but is in the States right now. She wishes to help us file the N-600K form. I would fill out and send the form myself, except I cannot find a way of getting a money order in US dollars from a US financial institution here in Thailand.# I would appreciate your opinions and help in this matter!
  20. hello I applied for an I130 back in November 2019 and as of august 2021 I got denied. they sent a RFE in septmber 2020 but that was it and I never got a NOID which is unfair and I thought my case would be approved 100% with the amount of evidence I have given. they said "Upon review of the record, it has been determined that you have not submitted sufficient documentary evidence to establish eligibility for the benefit sought. Therefore, the petition is denied." I have a few days left to appeal the decision and I spoke to a senator and congresswomen to help me on this issue and they are willing to do so. I just do not know which is a better route for me, appealing or refiling. I have much stronger evidence that I gathered up based off the denial, my attorney is saying I should refile, but that will make me lose my priority date of 2019..and its already been two years. I am hoping if I appeal USCIS may just change their decision based off the newer evidence and not send it to the BIA (that's where it takes a very long time) and that will take up to 2-3 months. what do you guys think... I am a US citizen I submitted wedding pictures, affidavits, certifications of our marriage, appropriate filing fees, wedding invite, a personal letter, passport pictures of both of us the NEW evidence I have(this was available but I do not send it because I did not feel comfortable) pictures after marriage(assortment), closer affidavits who know us on a personal level, text messages on many social media platforms, video calls/meetings, on many social media platforms, passport stamps showing travel, honeymoon receipts of hotels, gifts(gold) he brought me, our anniversary gifts for each other, this is a REAL marriage and I love my husband dearly, and everyone who filled before me did way less than I did and got approved. I feel horrible. please help me with any information or past experience you can Thank you
  21. So we have "only" waited 7 months so far, and we feel like this waiting period will never end. Since they’re only processing about 200 cases per week, our case will not be processed until next year at this current pace. What is a realistic time frame for approval? Does anyone here think they will get faster now that Omicron has peaked in most US cities. Is there anything we can do as applicants?
  22. Hi all, First-time poster here, and I’m very happy to find this community. We all know about the recent pushback in dates due to delays at USCIS for the K-1 visa, and it has me seriously considering trying to file for expedite in a few months. Here’s my situation: Fiancee and I have been together for 3 years, living together for 2.5, and engaged for about 2 years. We met when she was managing her family’s restaurant. It’s a super-cute story, but I’ll spare you the details😅 I filed an I-129f and received NOA1 on June 18th, 2021. My employment contract as a teacher in the beneficiary’s home country (Cambodia) is finished on June 31st, 2022. The school can’t renew my contract because they need someone who is able to stay the full year, so I am out of work as of July 1st, 2022. My school and I are on very, very good terms. They understand the situation and have told me they are willing to both provide character references and documents stating the reason that they aren’t able to continue my employment. I am the only one currently able to financially support my fiancée here in her home country, and I really do not want to have to leave her here just to go back and work in the US without her. I have plans to take a couple of courses and start work as soon as she and I get to the US, so support won’t be an issue. Knowing that alone won’t be enough for the me to establish enough support, I also have full support from my parents on the Affidavit of Support. They make roughly 3-4x the minimum household income required, so that shouldn’t be an issue. I see on some of the gov’t webpages that job loss could be a possible reason for expedite as a Severe Financial Loss or something similar(?), and I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with this, or could give me some perspective as to my possible chances of being approved for it. One of my parents has a relationship with our local congressperson who I would be filing this request through, in the hopes that it will actually get looked at/considered. Thanks so much for reading, and double thanks for any help or advice🙏 -Eric (Tasty)
  23. USCIS case number has the following format ("-" hyphens omitted): AAABBCCCDEEEE Where the values above are as follows: AAA The USCIS service center or office that received your case SRC - Texas Service Center (TSC) LIN - Nebraska Service Center (NSC) WAC - California Service Center (CSC) EAC - Vermont Service Center (VSC) MSC - Missouri Service Center (MSC) NBC - National Benefits Center (NBC) BB USCIS fiscal year (October 1 to September 30). Cases filed from 10/01/2013 to 09/30/2014 will have BB=14 CCC The working day of the fiscal year when your case is received. 10/01/13 = 001 D Internal USCIS use (typically 5) EEEE Starting at 0001, the order your case was recieved that day The USCIS I-797 Receipt Notice from USCIS (or automated email) Contains Your Receipt Notice: Checking Your USCIS Case Status With Your Receipt Number You can check your USCIS case via several methods: Online at the USCIS Case Status Page (preferred method) Via phone by calling 1 (800) 375-5283 Via email the appropriate USCIS Service Center that is processing your case: California Service Center: csc-ncsc-followup@dhs.gov Vermont Service Center: vsc.ncscfollowup@dhs.gov Nebraska Service Center: ncscfollowup.nsc@dhs.gov Texas Service Center: tsc.ncscfollowup@dhs.gov Tracking Your Case Using the VisaJourney Timeline You can create an immigration timeline here at VisaJourney giving you the following benefits: Estimated approval dates for each phase of your case Updates (turn on the auto timeline subscription tool to enable) when other members with similar cases are approved (meaning you will be soon after) Statistics on other cases, USCIS and consulate processing times Tracking of how many people are ahead of you in the queue (so you can see when you are close to being approved) Many other features as well!
  24. Hi guys, I really need your advice. I'm currently waiting for my work authorization and adjustment of status petitions, I filed both of them in May, there was barely any progress on both cases. We moved to a different town in July, changed the address straight away, even got the CONFORMATION that it has been changed. In the end of September I suddenly get a message that i missed my biometrics appointment, and the notice has been returned back to USCIS because USPS "could not deliver it". I obviously called USCIS right after, I've been told that the address has not been changed at all and that I have to do it all over again in order to get my bio rescheduled. I did change it, with a conformation on the phone, after that I've been promised by several different USCIS representatives that I will be given a new biometrics date within a month. So, I did everything right on my part, but they still messed it up, and now I have to deal with this. I'm waiting for that reschedule since September. I call them like 10 times a month, constantly asking what the hell is going on, I always get the same response - "you have to wait for 30 days in order for us to schedule it. Can't help you right now, you have to wait" I really don't know what to do. I cannot get my biometrics rescheduled since the end of September, and every single time i call USCIS they basically tell me to piss off. Have any of you guys had the same problem before? Is it even possible that I will get it rescheduled eventually or do I have to hire a lawyer or something to make these idiots do their job?
  25. So, I requested an expedite this morning and during the afternoon I received 2 calls, number 2028382200. I didn’t answer immediately but I tried to return the call and there was a recording saying that I was called by uscis and that I’ll be called again in the next 24-48 hours. Does that usually happen? I’m worried that is something serious and didn’t answer when I could. Or worse that is a scam and they probably get ahold of applicants phone numbers. Any information related to this is appreciated. ETA: I requested to reset my password 2 days ago so now I’m not sure 🤔 if it had to do with that.
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