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  1. Hey all, I thought I'd introduce myself to Vietnam forum members here. I live and work in NYC on LPR and will become eligible to apply for naturalization in 2 months 👊. I met my wife and got married last year in Vietnam. It took like forever to get the I-130 application filed (long story short... went through two awful lawyers in succession, 1 in NYC and 1 in Ho Chi Minh, before I took matters into my own hands.). It took a long time obtain evidence of joint finances as we didn't have any joint ownership of property or live together (I work in NYC and she lives in Ho Chi Minh.. also she is not working as we decided it does not make sense for her to work in Ho Chi Minh for next to nothing as I make more than enough for both of us and enough to convince to the USCIS/NVC/Consulate that she will not become a public charge. Finally managed to open a joint account in NYC with HSBC through HSBC Advance International Banking Center and filed a joint tax return in US for 2018 (getting an ITIN for that also was not easy as most CPAs were unable to do so when my wife is not in US). Anyways, we finally submitted our I-130 in August 2019. We have been visiting each other every 4 months or so, both in Vietnam and other countries in Asia (China, South Korea, Japan). From my research, it seems like it will be an exercise in futility for her to apply for a US tourist visa to come and stay with me for a month or so as it will be hard for her to show ties to Vietnam (no property ownership and no employment). So next step while waiting for I-130 approval is to see what I can do to get her tourist visas to Schengen countries or perhaps Canada. If she can visit Toronto, then I can easily work from remote location in Toronto for my NYC gig and stay with her. Or perhaps, ask my employer to see if they would allow me to work remotely from somewhere in asia for a month or so every so often. I'd love to hear from other folks in this forum. DT
  2. Hi all, NVC approved my AOS and IV package for CR1 class immigrant visa for Spouse of US Citizen. It has been 2 weeks already and still no appointment yet. I called them and they said they can not give me an estimated time for interview scheduling. Anyone here can give me an estimated time for their CR1 case at US Consulate in HCMC ? Thank you
  3. My wife was just granted a B2 visa to visit for Thanksgiving. We both live in Vietnam and teach English right now. I am a us citizen. We can not find any clear explanation for what will happen when she arrives at the JFK airport. We plan to see NYC then go to Boston to visit my family for the holiday. This is my family’s biggest holiday my siblings all return to my father’s house so my wife is excited to meet all of them. We will file our CR1 soon in hopes it will finish sometime after the current school year. Does she need to bring any evidence to the USA port of entry? Like our marriage certificate or photos of her and my dad and sister who came for the wedding here in Vietnam? Should we bring our work contacts and a letter from our employer granting us 2 weeks vacation? Will the fact we haven’t yet applied for immigration but were planning to during this 2 month period waiting for November make us look sneaky and not just slow to file? I am kinda nervous we will travel together she will separate from me at the CBP line and will get stuck without being able to contact me. Any help to alleviate nerves would be good. Thank you, this website has been a great resource for is to compile our CR1 paperwork.
  4. Hello, I am new to the forum and i just wanted to ask a couple of questions about k1-process and if i am a bit too soon to file the application I met my girlfriend through her family, a niece of hers. We started talking early of March 2019 and i met her in person in Can Tho, Vietnam in July 2019. I stayed there for 2 weeks. I fell in love with her and decided to marry her. Question i have for you all is is it too soon for me to start the paper work process in September 2019 after 6 months of dating her and only met her once. I am flying back there again in December, meeting her parents and all. In addition, i have met her family here in states, especially her uncle. He told me he will represents her family as he is the oldest in the family. He approves of me and her. He also met my family as well. Another thing is she has applied for Student visa in the US but has failed. Would this be a red flag for her in the application? You know like oh the girl failed the student visa, now she will do everything she can to go here, like finding a fake husband and all. I love her very much and i know she does love me as well. I am planning to propose in December, which she is aware of ( she has to since i was too scared of picking up a wrong ring size).
  5. Hello, I just want to ask you guys about K1 visa. My fiance applied for student visa in Vietnam like a year ago and she was denied. Now we met through a mutual friend and i am thinking of doing k1. Would the rejection to student visa impact her chances of approval? Would CR1 be a better path here?
  6. Hello all, Can you guys give me a run down on the total cost of k1 visa, from starting the application to medical exam, scheduling an interview, etc? I just want to know so i can plan ahead. Thanks.
  7. Hi all, Long time listener, first time caller here(!). My fiance and I live are applying for our K1 in Ho Chi Minh City. I am the beneficiary (UK). We are both English teachers living in Vietnam. We have sent off the DS-160 and are finalising documents for the interview. I have two questions surrounding the Affidavit of Support (my fiance's mother has agreed to co-sponsor, given that my fiance lives in Vietnam with me, does not have a job in the US, nor a homeowner etc.) 1) Does the co-sponsor (my fiance's mother) fill out a I-134 or I-864? My understanding is that I-864 was just for AOS further down the line, but we don't want to be tripped up at interview time. 2) Does my fiance also have to fill out a I-134 even though she does not clear the requirements? (And therefore also submit W-2s, IRS returns etc) Or can you just do it with one sponsor? many thanks for your support.
  8. Hi, I'm in the US and my fiance is in Viet Nam. We just sent in our I-129F packet last week. During this time of waiting - would it be ok if my fiance goes to Australia to work through a work Visa? Or would that be a detriment to our K-1 process? In the meantime I'm planning on 2 trips to Vietnam to spend more time with her and her family in their hometown (she will also fly back to meet up with me) Hopefully someone has some experience with that kind of situation. Thanks!
  9. Hello all, I am a Native USC, I married my wife from Vietnam in September 2018 after knowing her for a year and a half. We had a wedding ceremony in the Church in February 2019 in line with the holiday of the Lunar New year. I am working on the I-130. I have been living in Vietnam(with her parents) since august 2018. I have been working as an ESL teacher at the same company as my wife(she is a translator, she was hired about 2 month after me as an opening appeared). I visited Vietnam twice prior to this once with a mutual friend(her cousin) which is how I met her, and a second time in which I came to ask her parents for permission to date their daughter. The third time I intended to get the marriage certificate from the Vietnam government then return and wait for the Church ceremony in February, but I was offered a job and an extra room and stayed. We are having trouble finding hard evidence of a bona fide marriage. -we recently created a joint banking account here in Vietnam. -I should have receipts of three trips to VN(plus one return from a week vacation to visit my family at thanksgiving) -marriage certificate Unfortunately that is about it as far as hard evidence. -we have a history of nearly daily email correspondence from when I first met her and tutored her English until we decided to date and then get married. -we have no record of our web calls because the iPhone does not save the Wi-Fi calls in a orderly manner. -a neighbor of her parents just moved out and a gave us a hastily written contract to rent their house, but the date is wrong and their are no house numbers so legally I am moving from the same general location to the same general location. -My Dad and Sister were present for the wedding, and we have a variety of photos(mostly selfies) from the wedding and 2 times I have visited prior. -We have 4 letters about our relationship 2 from our dads, and two from employers. One, my former USA employer who knew me and were present for the back and forth debates and discussion about getting married and eventually quitting to move. Finally, a letter from my current employer a USC who directs the English center where I work, who was present for the discussions from the beginning as I was trying to secure the VN marriage certificate and arrange for the Church wedding here. -about 30 photos from when I first came, to the wedding, and then to our end of school year vacation to Da Lat. I am worried this is not enough hard evidence. Their is a lot of fuzzy area in Vietnam as far as no street addresses or records or receipts for dinners etc. Just the legal document of my tourist visas, work visa, bank account and two marriage certificates the binding one from the government and for my pastor in the usa from he the Church here in VN. We have been staying at her parents house prior to moving next door this month. I have read a lot of the guides and info here, and I am worried this is not compelling enough to tell our story convincingly. Any help or advice is appreciated finally I want my sister to act as my USA counterpart for mailing and preparing. I will send the partial packet to her and she will grab the final evidence(print photos and copy plane tickets) I listed her as the preparer of my I-130 was that correct?
  10. MIL had her interview on Friday and she was approved. I must admit I was surprised since I was expecting to the direct opposite. No property No Business Recent Widow No employment Small Bank Account Foreign travel limited to SEA, HK, and Taiwan. Wife’s family hired an agent in HCMC to do all the leg work. Agent requested I submit paperwork to sponsor.(I134 and supporting docs) I did this to keep the peace but I know that you can’t sponsor tourist visa. Any rate it was a good result but I am totally shocked. Hence the MIL will be over for a month in July.
  11. Anyone booked domestic flights for their beneficiary while adjusting status? The name order in the US passport is Last, First Middle. The name order in the Vietnam passport is Last, Middle First. If I'm booking a flight on Alaska Airlines with the form below.. what should I fill out for the Legal first name and Middle name? Should I write it as: A: Legal first name: First Middle name: Middle B: Legal first name: Middle Middle name: First 😄 Legal first name: Middle First Middle name: Thanks!
  12. Hi guys, My fiancé and I met in Vietnam where we lived together for almost a year, but we were on travel visas, so we had to go for mandatory trips every 3 months. I know that we need to provide the police clearance certificate for places where we have stayed at for more than 6 months, but we weren't technically living in Vietnam, so we would not be able to apply for a police clearance, as far as I know. Would this create a problem? It's important for us to add Vietnam in the application because that's where most of our relationship happened. If we stated that we traveled together, instead of lived together at a physical address, in Vietnam, would that be a possible way out? I appreciate any thoughts you have!
  13. Hi, I am currently filing a petition I-130 for my parents. It's probably another 2-3 months out until they make a decision and then will send to NVC. Can anyone let me know about the interview in Vietnam, whether they will let me or my sister (not on the petition application) in the consulate for the interview? Or it has to be only the person on the application can be allow in the consulate. Please let me know because I do need it to plan a few things in Vietnam.
  14. Hi, My fiance came here in in March, 2018 and I just received a notice for our interview here in the US. For those that went through this interview, can you guys please share your experiences about what goes on in there and/or the questions that they've asked? I'm trying to prepare for this interview and bring as much paperwork as possible as stated in the interview letter. Thank you so much.
  15. Hi everyone, I am currently living in Washington, D.C. and am looking for help with how I can get my name and gender changed on my Vietnamese passport. Will I have to go back to Vietnam to get this done or would it be possible for me to do this through the consulate here? I do have a copy of my original birth certificate with me. I could not find information on what forms will be required or if I will need a letter from a doctor/lawyer for this process. Any information you can provide will be extremely helpful! Thanks.
  16. Hi All When sending DS-160 + Visa Fee Receipt + passport photo and copy of passports to Embassy/Consulate via packet3. Do they strictly mean the just the people applying for visa (in our case just my fiance, she has no kids) or does it want mine as well? Also, when sending this information to Consulate. Whom do I/we note as the recipient? Is there a particular department or persons this needs to go to? If I'm missing anything here, please let me know. Thank you.
  17. We just got the notice on the Case Tracker that our K1 case is 'Ready for Interview'. In our particular case, my fiance is a Vietnamese citizen, but has residency (and is living) in Japan right now, so we are going to do the interview at the embassy in Tokyo, Japan instead of Vietnam. In our case, which guidelines for an interview should my fiance follow, since the embassy is definitely in Tokyo, but the visa beneficiary is from Vietnam? (Note, we haven't received much more than a notice on the Tracker yet). Would they interview her more in the way (in terms of questions asked) that they would interview a Japanese beneficiary, or a Vietnamese beneficiary? Also, I would imagine that any documents requested would probably be more from what the Japanese embassy would request instead of the Vietnamese embassy (I did notice some of them have slight differences on what they want), but I'm not sure. I'm curious to hear from others about their experiences interviewing in a country different from their nationality (where there was also a US embassy doing those interviews in their home country), as most advice I see tends to be for people interviewing at the embassy of their nationality.
  18. Hello guys, I am looking for some advice about the cr-1 visa. I will hopefully be completing the governmental half of the paperwork for a marriage in Vietnam. I had heard i can start the i-130 paperwork as soon as i have the marriage certificate in hand. The wedding at the Church will happen at my next visit in February. I am worried about the “bona fide” proof to submit. We do not live together, or share a bank account. Even pictures or religious certificate will be hard because the wedding is not for a few months. We had wedding photos taken(her uncle is a photographer and offered to do them this trip) but none of a service. I could get affidavits from people we have consulted during the preparation of this process, but that and daily emails is all. Their may be an excess of proof after February because i am considering staying in VN until the visa clears, but for the next few months it will be slim. This is my third visit to VN. i really wanted to get a 6month jump on immigration and some people on this forum made it sond possible, but the extra proof is making me nervous. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
  19. I am asking the people here what are their experiences or thoughts about my wife visiting the USA with me for one week? i am married to a Vietnamese national, we just got the certificate a few days ago. I plan on beginning the cr-1 process by submitting an i130 soon. I just got a job offer to teach in VN until May, and my wife may also be able to work with me. I want to return home for a week for thanksgiving. The school provides board so we will not own property, but my contract will be until May and we will have a joint bank account. Do you think the recent employment, that is contracted until May and a short itinerary(1week vacation) would be a compelling evidence we would return? Or does all that only apply to me and does not affect my wife? I would love for my wife to visit at that time but i do not want to jeopardize the cr-1 we will be applying for any help is appreciated thank you.
  20. Got engaged in Vietnam on June 24 2018. When I returned home I immediately filled out the paperwork for a K1 visa. I mailed the papers off on July 13, 2018. I received my receipt from USCIS on July 20, 2018. So now it is time to play the waiting game.
  21. Our interview has been set for Sept 7. As the petitioner, I have claimed $0 income and used a joint sponsor. The joint sponsor and household member provided salary and earnings statements for the current period of may and june. Do I need to get the most recent statements as well to present to the C.O. ? Another question, HCMC allows the petitioner to join in the interview. If it is allowed, is it also preferred, or doesn't really matter. I'd like to join my wife for her sake, but wondering if the C.O would rather I not be present. TIA
  22. We just received the NOA2 for the K1 visa petition (online at least), at the end of the last week, and so I started going through the things needed for the next steps. In our case, my fiance is a Vietnamese citizen, but has been living and working in Japan for several years, and so we are planning to go through the consulate in Tokyo. My understanding is that we will need Police Certificates for Vietnam and Japan (the non-US countries she has lived in). Does she need to go back to Vietnam to get this certificate, or can it be requested through the Vietnamese Embassy in Tokyo? Ideally we would like to get the certificate without going needing to fly back to Vietnam just for that, but I understand that different countries may have different policies. I am mainly looking for advice from people in similar situations, from people who have gone through the process of obtaining a police certificate for a Vietnamese citizen when that citizen lives abroad.
  23. Hi guys, I've submitted the AOS paperwork and the latest update says this "As of August 8, 2018, we are ready to schedule your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Receipt Number .............., for an interview. We will schedule your interview and send you a notice. Please follow any instructions in the notice" Does this mean that they will need to interview us again or is this just a standard formality notice and there might not be an interview? Please help.
  24. CharlieTshiab

    NOA2 Prep

    We are a Feb 2018 filer and still waiting but wanted to start prepping for the next steps. What can my fiance start gathering? Specifically for Vietnam interview as I know other countries may have slightly different requirements. Marriage & Police report? Can she gather this now? Will she need authorization or letter from Consulate? NOA2? Can you share some of your experiences? @WandY and any other couples who has completed interview Has anyone done the interview in Hanoi? We've heard people say interviewing in HCMC is better & possibly easier then in Hanoi? Has anyone heard different/same? Please share experience as well. Thanks!
  25. Would I have a lower chance of approval if my mom and fiance's mom were good friends for years before I met her? A lawyer told me if our parents were close that they would assume it's fraud and deny based off of that reason Also she's from Vietnam (high fraud country)
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