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  1. Hi, My approval notice for the J1 waiver is lost. Department of State never took into account my address change. As a result, USCIS used an old address to send the notice. Luckily, the USPS redirect that I've arranged worked for redirecting the receipt of the case, but looks like it failed for the actual approval. As a result, I have my case number with USCIS and I can see on their website that it was approved (mid November 2021), but I don't have the physical approval notice nor a digital copy of the approval notice. I tried obtaining a physical copy by: 1. inquiring at USCIS to resend the physical copy because it was lost (actually I have no proof that it was send). They replied saying that they indeed approved the case and that they sent an approval which was never returned USPS. I did this twice and got the same answer. 2. using FOIA (Freedom of Infromation Act) which resulted in a similar answer. As my next step is consular processing for obtaining the green card (I-140 based on EB2-NIW approved), I'm asking if either of you had any experience with providing alternative evidence (during the interview I guess) for the waiver. I was considering the following evidence: (a) copy of the receipt notice with USCIS, (b) various screenshots from the DoS portal (waiver was based on 'No Objection') and from USCIS portal with my case status (c) e-mails from USCIS confirming that the case was approve (resulted from interactions 1. an 2. above) Ultimately, I know I can try filling I-824 and wait between 2 and 23 months (and only for a mere $465) to get a copy of the approval. I find this solution the ultimate definition of red-tape -- at the end of USCIS will be the one consuming the document that they issued (unclear if they mailed it or not) and that is lost. So far, I asked 3 attorneys and two of them suggested that I should get a physical copy and another one suggested that it might be enough with the evidence above. Thanks
  2. Back in 2008-2009 I was part of a foreign student exchange program in an American High School (FLEX - https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/future-leaders-exchange)- it was funded by the US Department of State (~$15,000). Since then, I returned back for about 15 months, and then returned back to study at University of Wisconsin on F-1. After the completion of my studies, I got a full-time offer at Facebook, and accepted it - the immigration lawyers here applied for PERM and all related green card paperwork. Because I was subject to 2HRR, I applied for a waiver based on No Objection, and my embassy has already provided that - I submitted everything to DOS and am now waiting for the results. Anyone here obtained a waiver under similar circumstances? What is the likelyhood of me getting it? I hear that there might be complications because it received US funding. Thank you all for your help!
  3. Hey all, I was a J1 visa holder, subject to 2 year home residency requirement. I am in a process of applying for J1 waiver based on an exceptional hardship to my USC wife. I submitted I-612 to USCIS and in parallel submitted the DS-3035 to DOS. When I completed the DOS portion it generated a barcode that I, apparently, was supposed to include with my I-612 documents and send to USCIS. USCIS, however had no mention of that barcode anywhere and has accepted my application successfully. I am worried that without this barcode the USCIS wont be able to forward the I-613 to the DOS once they make their decision. Does anyone know what the process is for the USCIS to share it's decision to DOS. Has anyone had a situation like this? Thank you
  4. 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!
  5. Hi Everyone, I have applied for J1-waiver on second week of January, 2022. Documents were received by DoS, Washington on March 30th 2022 as shown on https://j1visawaiverstatus.state.gov Since then there is no update about NOS. I confirmed with Indian Embassy Washington and they emailed my final No Objection statement to wrd-nos@state.gov on Feb 1st, 2022 and I have also received a copy. Even, I mailed a copy of the NOS on May 27th 2022. Today the Indian Embassy Washington again emailed my NOS to WRD. But, still my case status is pending and I don't see the NOS item on my portal. My J1 status is expiring on Jun 15th, 2022 and I am getting worried. Any ideas how to confirm about whether DOS has received the NOS or not? and approximately how long would the waiver approval process take and any way to expedite this process? Is there any other to extend my status as my waiver is pending? Thanks
  6. Hello everyone. I understand this is under K1visa but i could not find any other forum specifically talking about AWA waivers except this one. We filed our package with the waiver including all the documents that we have gathered over a year and a half in July 2019. Having researched about adam walsh act and its policy in USCIS really scared me and my spouse. (We got married last year) we received biometrics for beneficiary (nothing for petitioner since we have submitted everything up front i think), finished the biometrics. Just have been waiting for EAD card but hasn't arrived. We aren't sure whether they have finished reading our package including the waiver and supplements. No NOID's or RFE's so far. However we recently got notice to appear initial interview of AOS for November. We want to know whether this is a good sign. Or is it going to be a false-hope. We have been praying ever since the incident took place and having to deal with such extremely difficult process. I wonder if they will be just leave us hanging and wonder if they will ever approve our case. Typically the interview would be the last step for green card, but having Awa is huge burden on our backs... anyone who got approved, has any good ideas? And maybe care to share their steps of their own process? What else can we do? thank you for reading this post and we humbly receive any criticisms/opinions/ideas/recommendations. Grateful to be part of visajourney with you guys. - prayerwarrior89 in Michigan
  7. Hi guys! I'm new here. I just wanted to share my experience and hoping to hear from others who's going through a similar process with me. We hired an attorney for I-130 ( I'm a spouse of a US citizen) and i601-A Provisional Unlawful Presence and here's my timeline so far: 1) Submitted the I-130 on May 26,2021 2) Received receipt on June 10,2021 3) Approval received on July 11,2021, only 31 days after the receipt notice! Service center was Nebraska office and during the application the time frame for approval was 3-7 months so we just got super lucky that it got approved so fast, and we did not request expedited service. SECOND PART IS THE WAIVER: 1) Submitted the I-601A Waiver on October 6,2021 2) Receipt date October 11,2021, Field office is at Potomac Service Center (estimated approval time is about 29 to 36 months) ------(UPDATES TO FOLLOW)------- PLEASE if you're a 2018,2019,2020 I-601a filer, I would like to ask if you could share your experiences too like when did you submit the i-601a waiver, biometric appt, and how long it took to get your i-601a approval. It's very stressful and very uncertain and I wish it won't take years for me but I know we all need to wait in line and trust the process but if you guys could share some insight I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks so much!!
  8. Eugenia16

    Ban over

    Hi, I am from Italy, I overstayed my esta for 181 days back in 2020, I left the country voluntarily when I could. I have been banned for 3 years. I overstayed due to COVID 19, I was pregnant and I was scared to traveling. I would like to understand what are my chances to come back in the USA as tourist after the ban will be over, if they will consider the reasons why I overstayed. Could I ask for a forgiveness ?
  9. Hello, We are currently completing the I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility ourselves without a lawyer. We are filing as a US citizen for my mother as an immediate relative immigration visa. She was denied her visa due to 212(a)(6)(E)(i) smuggling her first born son to the US over 30 years ago. We are completing the i-601 waiver form and seeking a waiver under INA Section 212(D)(11). Part 5 of the I-601 form is asking for information about a qualifying relative and also for a statement of extreme hardship; however, INA Section 212(D)(11) doesn't mention the need to show extreme hardship to a qualifying relative as it does for other waivers (below is the language for the waiver). Has anyone had experience with this and provide some help on how to complete these specific sections of the form? Is a qualifying relative required? Do we have to document some type of "extreme hardship" for this type of waiver request even though the waiver language doesn't mention it? I don't want to leave the areas blank for it to be returned as incomplete but I am not sure what to fill in. Any help would be appreciated! INA 212(D)(11) states that: The Attorney General may, in his discretion for humanitarian purposes, to assure family unity, or when it is otherwise in the public interest, waive application of clause (i) of subsection (a)(6)(E) in the case of any alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence who temporarily proceeded abroad voluntarily and not under an order of removal, and who is otherwise admissible to the United States as a returning resident under section 1181(b) of this title and in the case of an alien seeking admission or adjustment of status as an immediate relative or immigrant under section 1153(a) of this title (other than paragraph (4) thereof), if the alien has encouraged, induced, assisted, abetted, or aided only an individual who at the time of such action was the alien's spouse, parent, son, or daughter (and no other individual) to enter the United States in violation of law.
  10. Just looking for a bit of an idea from other who may have similar situations.. I had an approved K1 with Montreal and was denied at the embassy and filed a I-212 waiver. Recently, the waiver has been approved and forwarded to the Embassy to readjust the K1. The embassy had only requested my passport since all my documents from k1 were still valid and up to date. I am in Administrative processing, which I did expect but I do not know for how long. I know no one does and can predict but has any one had experience with the Montreal consulate. My case as the k1 did update with different status' and change from immigrant to non-immigrant as well.
  11. Hello everybody, I wanted to ask for some advice from anyone who's been through the same thing as me as I prepare to send off my I-751 in the coming months. I was married to my ex-wife between July 2018 and October 2019. When we separated, I had literally just had the interview for the green card about two weeks before in February 2019. She filed for divorce in April and it was final in October 2019. I spoke to a lawyer who told me that cases like mine are "troublesome" and basically was saying that because the period between the green card interview and the separation was so short, I will have difficulties trying to make my case because there's no evidence of our marriage for the period after I got the card. Before anyone asks, yes it was a marriage in good faith. Unfortunately, 9 months in, my wife (USC) told me that she didn't love me and wanted a divorce. Just as a little background. We first got together while in university in 2016. We briefly lived together in England later that year and kept up a long-distance relationship (we would fly back and forth often) until we decided to get married while I was visiting her in the US in 2018. A month after we married, she got a job offer which she accepted which meant she had to leave the country for 6 weeks at a time and then return for 3 weeks (6 weeks on/3 weeks off). This put an enormous strain on our marriage and communication between us got pretty bad after that, mostly because (and I know this might sound trivial) the internet connection was so poor (she worked in a third-world country) that skyping became virtually impossible. Once she got the job, which was something of a dream job for her, she seemed to just reassess what she wanted in life over the next number of months and came to the conclusion that being married to me was something she didn't want. To be clear, I never wanted to get divorced, it was her decision. She was so rapid in breaking up with me and getting me to sign divorce papers the next month that I was taken by surprise, to put it mildly. I believe I have a good body of evidence: Tax return for 2018 filed jointly Bank statements for a joint checking account for the months we were together (July 2018 – March 2019). Gas bills with our names on addressed to us. A sworn affidavit from our landlord (her father) that we resided in the same house during our marriage Sworn affidavits from her, myself, all of her immediate family, all of my immediately family, and a mutual friend who was there when we first got together. Pictures from our wedding and a photo album detailing a timeline of our relationship from 2016 right up until January 2019 (vacations, general times together etc). Phone bills from her mother with both our numbers listed on the bills while we were married (I know this one's weak but I figure anything that could help). Many letters (mostly romantic) exchanged between us during the course of our relationship. Of course, because of the timing of the separation, I'm aware that it'll raise red flags and of course I would love the opportunity to plead my case in an interview, because I know full-well, along with her family, my family, and her, that the marriage was entered into in good faith. I must say though that my anxiety has skyrocketed because from immigration's point of view it's going to look extremely suspicious, which is as much what the lawyer said. Does anybody have any experiences or advice that they can share with me to give me some perspective or guidance. Since our divorce, I've built something of a life for myself in this country and have a good job, and frankly I'd be devastated if I had to leave. Thank you!
  12. Hello, I was just denied entry to the USA with a ESTA because the purpose of my trip was to get married to a US citizen. They said to obtain a k1 visa and then come back. They didn’t accuse me of anything or ban me, or at least it doesn’t say it on the papers. But on the letter they gave me it says “she was advised to come back with a visa and waiver.” Would the waiver be if I intended to come back with a tourist visa? Do I still need a waiver if I come with a k1? Thank you Less
  13. I applied in July 2020, in May 2021 I received a RFE Now I just got an interview notice for Feb 2022 Do I need a lawyer to come with me at the interview? Will the officer behave differently if a lawyer is not present?
  14. Has anyone filed the 212 waiver themselves for Ciudad Juarez or do you have to use a lawyer?
  15. I have 2 questions for my mom's tourist visa. Thank you in advance to those who can help. 1. Her tourist visa expires September 2022, can she still travel to the US from January 2022 to February 2022? 2. We started the visa renewal process. We paid the fee, finished the DS-160, but we didn't see the Interview Waiver Letter and we have not sent anything else to the embassy. We have not set an appointment yet. If she travels to the US next month (Jan 2022), would there be an issue if we already started the visa renewal process?
  16. Hello- I posted my events and details before here. I could not find it; So I am starting the new topic. 2015/10: Got Married to USC 2016/09: Got Conditional GC 2017/09: Got Divorced 2018 April: Applied for ROC with waiver (Bonafide marriage) 2018 June: Received extension letter Since then nothing till February 2021. In February 2021, Online system says: Your case is ready to be scheduled for an interview. Since February 2021, it has been like that for 8 months almost and no update. Also it has been almost 3.5 years since I filed for ROC. Are these normal situation? I did not get any RFE yet though. Also, September 2021 is my 5 years anniversary of GC (still conditional technically). I heard a permanent resident can apply for Citizenship after 5 years. Can I apply for Citizenship? My ROC is also pending. What I do?
  17. My husband has his Biometric apointment today. Since we are saving money to go to Mexico, I was wondering how long did it take for others to receive a notice or approval for the next step. Waiver sent: September 26 Received by: October 12 or near that Biom letter October 31 Biom app: October 10-today
  18. 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!
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