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  1. Hi there! I've noticed that no one opened a discussion for July 2018 AOS filers, so I decided to do it. Since we're all going to be anxious, why not share and experience the anxiety with the online community? HA! Let me start by sharing a few things about me. I'm a veterinarian in my home country and my husband is a physician. One day my "then-fiance-now-husband" surprised me with a visit to the county office to get a marriage license! After a week we got married by a retired judge, it was a very simple and sweet ceremony and I've never been happier in my life. I'm currently a homemaker/housewife and I spend some time volunteering at the local animal shelter when I'm not busy studying for my USA vet boards. I do reccomend finding something to during the wait, it will definitely help with the anxiety. Good luck to everyone!
  2. Hello, excuse me if this is in the wrong forum but I have a few questions for the experts here since I can't really find the answers online. I'm from the Netherlands, and I'm moving to my American wife in Arizona. Everything is approved (after 15 months finally). I paid the immigration /greencard fee like a month ago (like 30 days ago). I still have to finish up some business here in the Netherlands, i'm getting rid of my house and i'm quitting my job by the end of December. My temp immigrant visa is valid until March but i'm planning to go before the end of December. My question is, is my Greencard already on its way to my wife in the USA. Or will it only be send AFTER entering the USA/POE? I can't really find anything about this online. I know it can take up to 120 days though. And the same goes for my Social security number. Because I want everything to be ready as soon as I enter the usa. I want to work asap and open a bank account etc. I don't want to sit still for another few weeks/months after I arrive. Is it possible to already work with that temporary immigrant visa? And how about opening a bankaccount and getting a creditcard etc, is that even possible right now? Or do I have to wait till we receive my greencard and ssn etc? And what do they exactly do and ask at the POE when you're entering with that temporary immigrant visa? I read some reviews here but it wasn't really detailed. Thanks for your time
  3. Hi All, I really hope someone could help me here. Yes, there are attorneys out there, who could answer my questions, but I don't have the financial means to pay for one. I've also tried to seek free legal advice, but no one in New York City seems to have availability until January, 2020. I simply can't wait that long. To make a long story short, here are some basic facts about my situation: 1) Entered the US (last entry) on an O1 Visa (Feb. 2019) 2) My job was terminated in July, 2019 3) Got married in July and applied for I-485, I-130, and I-765 4) I accidentally applied under the wrong category, C35, the first few times. It wasn't until a USCIS officer told me the category might be wrong. I had my biometrics taken in September, so everything seems to be on track with the I-485 and I-130. The I-765, however, has been denied a handful of times, and while it may be my own fault, I'm starting to questioning every single part on the form. I simply don't know what to put in certain boxes. It's getting frustrating because we're living off of my husbands salary, and I really want/need to go back to work asap. My questions are as follow: 1) I had EAD before back in 2017, but under a different category. My request for employment should be "initial," correct? 2) I entered the US on an O1 visa, but lost that status immediately followed by my termination. What is my current status, then? 3) Should I still attach my old EAD card even though it isn't relevant for this category? 4) The category I'm filing under is C9, correct? Thank you, and have a wonderful day! Best, Daniel
  4. I filed for my I-765 in March and still hadn’t received it by August, so when I got a job offer to start September I applied for an expedite via my local congressman’s office. They told me if I have a job offer it’s pretty much guaranteed to be expedited, which is good because I’d heard the chances were pretty slim unless you had a huge financial hardship. I was worried about making rent like anyone else is but unfortunately he government apparently don’t consider that ‘extreme’ enough... Anyway, about 3-4 extra weeks since applying to expedite the response from USCIS came back and it sounds like they’re going to do it but it’s still confusingly vague, like it doesn’t give any kind of time frame, just says that I’m “in the queue”.....well wasn’t I already in the queue??! Here’s their response: Thank you for your inquiry regarding this constituent’s immigration matter. This case will be routed for expedited processing. Once this case is reviewed, your constituent will receive a decision or notice of further action. Due to the extremely high volume of expedite requests for this case type, there are numerous cases involving exigent or humanitarian issues already in the expedite queue, and we are unable to provide a specific timeframe for the expedited review. The strict enforcement of the expedite criteria means that all cases sent for expeditious handling are urgent, and we assure you that this case will be adjudicated as soon as possible. So should I take that to mean they are going to expedite, or it’s still dependent on them reviewing my job offer evidence etc?? And if anyone here has been successfully expedited, what was the wait between getting this notice and getting your work permit??
  5. Hi. There are a lot of threads about the USCIS interview for GC petition when it's by marriage or family based, but there is not much around for work based green cards. The interview is relatively recent, so I thought I'd start a thread for people to post their experiences. Mine is coming soon and I'll post after I go.
  6. Okay so here is the situation, I am a supervisor at a retailer. I make well over the requirement needed to be a sponsor for my Fiancee. But being management/corporate at this business has always been for me a temporary work situation, as it is not related to my trade, only sparingly, due to it obviously being business management. So I've had one foot out the door for the past 2 years, but unforeseen circumstances have occurred, they've changed a lot of inner processes and colleagues of mine have all left and they havent been replaced, so I have to do the work of 3 people, and I'm really done with it, as it is unhealthy at this point. With that said, I got my NOA 1 April 26 and have been waiting for approval to move onto the Affidavit of Support stage. Now assuming the NOA 2 is received sometime within the next 2 to 3 months, would it be a bad idea to switch jobs?? From what the requirements suggest, all I would need is 3 pay stubs, as well as when I started, how long, and if it is a temporary or permanent position. The job I have now I got back in 2016, which is 3 years. Does it really matter, as long as I make well over the requirement to be a lawful sponsor? I also have around 22k in the bank, which im sure will help. I know I can tough it out, but if I can do this, I'd rather leave to another, better job.. Thoughts, suggestions? Also, once I get to that point, i.e Affidavit of support/interview happens, does one have to remain at their job until after the marriage happens, or can you go to another job after affidavit and interview are approved?
  7. Hello all, I'm hoping someone will be able to offer some advice, I've see a few posts on various forums about this particular matter but have yet to see an answer or definitive outcome to this situation. Some context about my case - For nearly two years I have been working on my O1 visa case with my lawyers; Kate Raynor & Associates. I have two job offers in Los Angeles waiting for me as a musician; one to join a band and the other to be an on call session guitarist to one of LA's top song writer/producers. We submitted my case with USCIS in June 2017 to which I was asked for more evidence. I was annoyed but did as requested and gathered more evidence then re-submitted at the end of October 2017. I then received a positive outcome mid December 2017 stating my O1 visa had been approved. I booked an appointment for my interview and to send off my passport to get stamped at the US embassy in London on January 3rd 2018. The interview didn't go as expected as I was told they would need to review my case further, the next day I received an email from the embassy with a 'notification of revocation'. The decision will now go back to USCIS who will either agree with the London embassy's recommendation to revoke my visa, or they might still think I deserve the O1 (I would think they would side with the embassy though). The average response time from USCIS seems to be about 6-12 months, possibly longer. As anyone can understand this is pretty ridiculous as no job offer will realistically wait indefinitely for an answer, even if it is positive, especially in the music industry. I have been given no specific reason as to why they are trying to revoke my visa other than one short line in the email saying 'The request for revocation is based on further administrative review of the applicant’s qualifications conducted subsequent to your visa interview at Embassy London.' This seems incredibly unreasonable as the interview only lasted about 5 minutes, I was asked about 5--10 questions which were somewhat vague, so I was unable to talk about 90% of the evidence that granted me the initial approval. It also appeared the consular officer who interviewed me had no previous knowledge of my case, so was basing the entirety of his decision on my answers in that moment. Does anyone have any knowledge/experience on how to resolve this matter quickly, ideally with the visa ultimately being approved? (as it has been approved in principal in the US). This decision will have massive long term ramifications on my life as, from now on, if I travel to any other country and they ask if I have ever been denied a visa, I will have to say yes and explain why. This will obviously count against me and will potentially impact my ability to work as, being a musician, I'm often required to travel all over the world for gigs. So the embassy's decision to refuse a visa to work in the US will now risk my ability to work anywhere else. It will also affect the band and producer who have offered me jobs as they will now have to start looking for other guitarists to fill my spot until this matter can be resolved, which again will affect their ability to work and progress. Thanks for reading, I can give more info if needed, I didn't want to post too much straight away as that'll probably scare people off! Jake
  8. Hi guys, I've posted a similar question under the AOS forum but maybe this is a better place as well: what are your thoughts and experiences on start to apply to jobs before you've gotten an EAD? My situation is I've come in as a K1, married, sent out AOS and am now waiting for NOA1. Positives 1) Get a feel for the work market in the US 2) Get experience applying to jobs here, experience interviewing 3) Might end up with a written job-offer, could apply for expedite process EAD 4) In case of 3 happening, will end up with a job quicker and all the benefits involved in that Negatives 1) Future employer may be annoyed when they find out that they have to wait longer for you (if you've done this- at what process in the interview situation do you explain you can't work yet)? 2) If you don't end up with a job offer you may have given up your chance to work at that company - if you apply again after your EAD they know your name and associate you with this unpleasant experience. Please let me know your thoughts/ experience. Thanks!
  9. Hi. I have filed my I-751 last week and USPS traking said it was delivered on Thursday, 3/28/2019. I thought it is Okay if my packet arrived at Arizona office before expiration of my GC...haven’t tought about work....my GC will be expired on 4/3/2019, tomorrow. If my check has not been cashed yet and I don’t have NoA, should I request leave of absent to my company and stay home untill I get NoA? If it so, what if my check cashe out from my bank account today or tomorrow? that means I will eventually get NoA so I can work without request leave of absent? I should file is as early as possible.... but official instruction of I-751 that provided by USCIS only mentioned “file it within 90day prior to 2 year anniversary...” please advise me.
  10. Hello, I wondered if anyone could help me. I got a job offer and I have heard that I can expedite my EAD through that. Does someone know how? I did concurrent filing for AOS in mid December 2018, did Biometrics in January and had no RFE. Please help!!!
  11. We had K1, got married November 27th., filed I-485 Form I-864 Form I-131 Form I-765, in December. In late January they summoned us to the local building where all they did was take fingerprints. We haven't heard anything since then. Is it really suppose to take this long for him to be able to work? Seems like they would want him being a productive member of society not at home for months... also he can't even get his license yet ? ( north carolina ) What do they expect him to do in this time? Are we doing this right? Thank you
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    Hey All Wanted to get some advice, hopefully positive, I'm a Tennis coach from Ireland, I'm qualified with the International Blind Tennis Association in Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis. I have been part of the Irish Team as coach for world championships in Dublin 2018 and will be again at World championships in Spain in 2019. There are very few if any qualified blind tennis teachers in USA and no clubs have a blind program or disability program. I have some associations Interested and clubs and wondered what I can do visa wise for USA. surely my participation at international level and uniqueness of my qualification will help.?? Thanks
  13. Help, My wife came here on a k-1 visa and we applied for her green card shortly after getting married in the US. A couple of months after that we got in a financial pickle and my wife decided to look for jobs. She had received an SSN after we got married and we thought that she could get a job with that while we waited for her EAD (been 200+days and still waiting for that) and her green card. Long story short she got a job at the chiropractic office and everything was fine for 6 months. Just last month I stumbled upon a rule stating she technically isn't allowed to work with her type of SSN. We are freaking out because we are near the end of the green card process and most likely have an interview coming up. She quit her job as soon as we realized what she was doing was unlawful, but I fear that she had the job for much too long and that her green card application could be denied. Is there anything I can do?
  14. Merely playing devil's advocate here - I've heard that even though it is unlawful for immigrants to work without an EAD/green card, USCIS tends to 'overlook' it (and other offences such as previously overstaying a visa) if you're an immediate relative of a US citizen, such as a spouse. If this is the case, and there will be no action taken to you during the green card process for working without yet having EAD, why bother to follow the rules and wait for your employment document? I'm in no way advocating unauthorised employment, and would never do it myself, just trying to get my head around what deterrents there are for illegal work when A) EAD takes like 5-6 months right now in 2018 and B) most immigrants have hungry mouths to feed.....??
  15. If your EAD (work permit) is going to expire soon and your application for change of status (green card) is still pending, is the renewal fee of $495 applicable? Or is it included in the initial I 485 application fee? I know that wait times are a much as 5 months. Want to start this as soon as possible. Thanks!
  16. [Note to Admin: Wasn't sure where to post this: in here or in the Finding Work section.] After a year of being the US and trying out various gigs, I wrote about my realizations about being a Filipino struggling to find work in the US. You can read it here: The Harsh Realities I've Realized from Being a Working Filipino in America I posted this on reddit and Filipinos/ American called me whiny because I'm so fortunate on being where I am yet it sounded like I'm complaining. I know I'm not alone in feeling whatever I wrote in my post because I'm part of Filipina immigrants' Facebook groups and they also voice out the same struggles there. Just wanted to let this out for some relief and for another Filipino who may read this and have the same situation to know that they're not alone.
  17. Hi, I'm filling out the 129f and I need some help. I have a long work history with in the last five years, up to 10 jobs. The last year and half have been stable but before that I worked contract jobs. How do I add all of them and how does page 13 work? Would the fact that I worked this many jobs get me disqualified (this scares me so much.
  18. Hi fellow V journeyers, Just received my EAD & AP Combo card in the mail. THRILLED. Was v excited at prospect of getting a SSN and beginning to work soon. However there is no SSN on the card ( there is a USCIS# and instructions that employers would accept it as a List A Doc when completing Form 1-9 Employment Eligibility) Is there another step/process I need to go through to get SSN ? Much appreciated Thanks in advance Andrea
  19. We are FINALLY just waiting for consulate interview. After the interview how many days does it take for the visa to come? What is the process like? Also, my husband wants to get straight to work when he gets here. How long will it take for his social security card to get in? We are dealing with the office in Santo Domingo. What was your experience like? What questions did they ask? Thanks!
  20. I am looking for jobs that I can apply for and usually find this in the requirement: "Foreign transcripts and degrees require official certification of equivalency to U.S. transcripts and degrees by a certified U.S. review service at the time of application." I am from Manila, Philippines and will migrate to Los Angeles. Do you have recommendations on where I can certify my college degree from Philippines to that it can be accepted for US employment? Thank you.
  21. Hi Guys, I recently got my K1 approved and I intend to move to the US on March 1st. 2018. I know that once I get married, I should also file for EAD (work permit) in order to legally work. My situation is a bit unique, and I'm seeking your advice- My current employer in my home country wants me to keep working for him continuously , remotely, even after my move to the US. I also read that it takes a few months to get a permit (EAD) and even longer for the green card. Is it legal/illegal to work remotely for a foreign country ,getting foreign salary to a foreign bank account, while waiting for my EAD? (My question is from an immigration standpoint and not tax related) Google is full of divided and unclear answers, and I want to know if there a "clear-cut" law in this case (like a USCIS caveat). Thanks, Dave
  22. Hi. I'm a May 2018 K1 fiancè visa beneficiary from the Philippines. My fiancè lives in Ripon, California. I have a Bachelors Degree and I am a licensed professional English teacher in Phils without experience. I want to practice my profession in California or at least be in lined with it - Work in the same field (Teacher Aid/ Assistant). I just would like to ask how is the current status of Filipino teachers in America specifically English teachers? How about Teacher Assistant or Teacher Aid? I heard news that English Teaching and Teacher Aid/ Assistant jobs are given to locals only. Correct me if I am wrong. Can you share your thoughts? Please enlighten me 😁 🙏
  23. Hi Guys, I recently got my work permit (EAD) and still waiting for my green card (AOS I485) based on my K1 fiance visa. I started working today, and HR gave me a form to fill. In one of the sections I have the following- I attest, under penalty of perjury, that I am (select one of the following buttons): 1. A citizen of the United States 2. A noncitizen national of the United States 3. A lawful permanent resident 4. An alien authorized to work Again, i didnt get my green card yet, but i have the EAD card. What should i choose here? Thank you all!
  24. As most of you saw my previous post got closed due to unnecessary anger from our fellow VJ-ers. I would like to post a quick update... Today, I have received an e-mail from the hiring manager telling me that the company reversed its decision and now I am invited for the final found of interview. I am not sure where this is going to lead, but it is certainly much better than accepting a plain NO based on the fact that I have only EAD and not a GC yet. For those out there facing the same issue: Don't give up just yet. If it is worth for you then fight for it. Those who do not know what I am talking about, this post is an update/continuation of my previous post
  25. A friend of mine has been treated in the past for depression and bpd. She is now stable and didnt really agree with the diagnose...now she wants to get in and work in the visa but she is afraid this will be a barrier?
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