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USCIS Increase fees Adjusting Immigration Benefit Application and Petition Fees (k1 green card)

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#USCIS has increased the fees for US petitions.

“The new fees will be effective Dec. 23. USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews every two years to determine the funding levels necessary to administer the nation’s immigration laws, process benefit requests and provide the infrastructure needed to support those activities.

Fees will increase for the first time in six years, by a weighted average of 21 percent for most applications and petitions. This increase is necessary to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. These include the costs associated with fraud detection and national security, customer service and case processing, and providing services without charge to refugee and asylum applicants and to other customers eligible for fee waivers or exemptions.”

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I–129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) NEW fees: 535 USD OLD: 340
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative NEW fees: 535 USD OLD: 420
I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status NEW fees: 1,140 OLD: 985
N–600/N–600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship
NEW fees: 1,170 OLD: 600/550
Biometric Services Fee SAME FEE: 85

Sources:
https://www.uscis.gov/forms/our-fees
https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-final-rule-adjusting-immigration-benefit-application-and-petition-fees

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If I get denied a fiance visa, what are my options?

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If I get denied a US fiance visa, what are my options?

Going for a US embassy interview can be stressful.  It can be a really bad day if your visa is not approved, but do not lose hope!  You still have options.

Here are the 2 things you can do to overcome:

Refile. Some fiances only get an request for evidence (RFE).  In this case, refiling is not necessary.  All they have to do is provide the evidence that they government agency asked for.  But in more extreme cases, the visa is denied.  If your first fiance visa application did not get approved, refile your application! Will you get denied if you refile? That is really up to you and your situation.  If you are denied, the US Embassy will sometimes explain why you were denied and you can make sure you fix that issue the next time you refile.  Preparation is the key! For sure you have learned your lesson on what has gone wrong in your first fiance visa process. This time do more research, coordinate with your fiance and have a teamwork! Nothing beats teamwork. WIth the right papers submitted to the USCIS, the right papers submitted to the US embassy interview and a practice for the interview questions, you have a good chance to make it to the USA.

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CR1 spousal visa petiition. If you feel that the option above will not work for you then try cr1 visa or k3 visa. If your case is more complicated (ex: if the applicant has applied for multiple visa before but got denied). You can proceed to getting married and apply for a new visa called CR1 spousal visa (conditional resident visa). This is another type of visa that applicants use to prove to the consular officer that the relationship is real and surpass the doubt of the petition.

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Immigrating to America : CFO manila

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What is CFO PDOS?

CFO stands for Commision on Filipino Overseas. and PDOS means Predeparture Orientation Seminar.

What is the purpose of PDOS?

PDOS is required for every filipino citizen who are about to live or immigrate to another country. It provides a seminar to inform people on what to do and whom to contact in case of emergencies. They also give out flyers on how to contact Philippine consulate or embassies . They also conduct seminars specifically for filipinos marrying a foreign nationals. It is more likely an orientation before leaving the country.They also provide contacts and a booklet of information and rights of filipinos as an immigrant.

Can I leave without having CFO seminar?

No, you cannot. To be able to immigrate to another country, you need to attend seminar. They will issue a sticker. On the day of your departure, they will check if you have a sticker in your passport.

Information about CFO Cebu and Manila.

CFO Predeparture Seminar are conducted in Cebu and Manila, Philippines. Both has  similar requirements but a slight difference. CFO manila conduct seminar base on their online registration. To register online. Click the link on step 1 shown on the CFO manila website and follow the instruction on how to fill it out correctly.

http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2346%3Acfo-manila-implements-on-line-appointment-system-for-guidance-and-counseling-program-gcp-for-filipino-fiance-es-spouses-partners-of-foreign-nationals-or-former-filipino-citizens&catid=108%3Acfo-press-release&Itemid=839

 

Below are the listed requirements for CFO manila.

http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

-Passport and biopage photocopy
-k1 visa (if issued)
-2 valid IDs
-Registration Form Available Online
-CENOMAR (Original and Photocopy)
-400 pesos payment
-Income Tax Return Form (showing single status of Petitioner)
-Proof of Relationship
-Divorce Decree
-Birth Certificate of Petitioner
-NSO Birth Certificate
-NBI clearance

NOTE: NOT ALL OF THE LISTED DOCUMENTS ABOVE ARE BEING ASKED FOR CFO SEMINAR, IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THEY WANT FROM YOU SO IT WOULD BE BEST TO GET PREPARED.

for other information that you need such as location of CFO Manila, steps, frequently asked questions, purpose of CFO and schedules of Counselling. Click the link below.
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MarJ K1 Visa Approved Interview Experience January 11,2016

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And here’s my story/timeline: kiki emoticon

-September 29-Filing our petition
-October 4-NOA1
-October 12-NOA2
-November 27-NVC Letter
-November 30-Case Ready
-December 28-29-SLEC Medical (Good Medical Result)
-January 11-USEM Interview (Visa Approved)

—-Went to my medical as early as 3am..then i completed everything after 10am…
—-Went to USEM at 5am hehe nasobrahan ng tulog e, then went out so happy after 12 noon… (tiring yet so rewarding smile emoticon heart emoticon )

At USEM:

1. Window 1: Pinay-She asked for my f’s complete address and name (so nervous so i even made a mistake sa address ni f lol inulit nia lang kya nacorrect ko din nmn)
2. Window 2: Fingers scan/biometrics (super ulit dahil di daw nasasama si pinky finger smile emoticon )
3. Window 3: Oath taking (super basic lang po..nag yes lang ako haha)
4. Window 4: FINAL INTERVIEW (Seemed like the consul had a good time chatting with me…SUPER DAMI niya pong tinanong kiki emoticon Good thing he’s friendly and he’s laughing dahil kung hindi baka nilamon nako ng kaba ko hahaha)

Here are the questions po:

1. What’s your fiance’s complete name and birthday?
2. Have you ever been in other countries? For how long did you stay there?
3. How and when did you meet him?
4. How come it took him almost 3 years to finally meet you?
5. Is he single? Are you single?
6. Do you have kids? Does he have any?
7. When did he get here?
8. How long did he stay here? Did you spend your time with him everyday during his stay here? Which places did you go?
9. What’s his favorite food? how about Filipino food that he likes?
10. Tell me about his hobbies.
11. What’s his job? What’s his company’s name and where is it located?

(Oh diba po..di xa masyadong ganado magtanong…lol hmmm Then he said “You got approved! Enjoy America and be with your love”…Haaayyy super duper happy smile emoticon heart emoticon kahit sobrang dami niang tinanong..para xang si Boy Abunda sa bonggang interview nia hehe)

Then nag proceed nako sa window 5…wala na daw pong kulang so wait ko nalng daaw visa ko kiki emoticon Hmmm sobrang nakakabless na araw talaga..woth it lahat ng pagod…CFO na next smile emoticon

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Visa Approved K1 Interview IAntonette experience

K1 Visa Success

 

Visa Approved!!!!! Once again, I don’t want to miss this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thank you sis Yuri Sincero and sir Bruce Brown for this very productive group you guys have done so much already just to help each and everyone of us here.
To all my sissies and bros here you are too many to mention lol but thank you so very very very much for your prayers and moral support. To God be the Glory! Leave all your worries to God he will work for it in his own mysterious ways smile emoticon

This is my Timeline :

July 28 I-129f sent

August 5 noa1 soft copy
August 14 noa1 hard copy
September 3 RFE soft copy received
September 10 RFE (Incorrect form G-325A) hard copy received
September 19 RFE response sent
September 21 RFE response received
September 25 case approved soft copy
October 21 Got case number from NVC ( 26 days of waiting)
October 30 NVC letter received by my petitioner
December 1-2 Medical at St. Luke’s
December 8 Visa Interview Approved!

 

 

 

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Tips for k1 fiance visa interview

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The Fiancé(e) Visa (k1) is actually pretty risky compared to the other visas.  It is no wonder TLC was able to make a show our of the process called 90 Day Fiance (#90dayfiance).  K1 gives a foreign born fiance a 90 day visa to get a married and start the permanent residency process.  It is a thrilling and frustrating process!
When I say frustrating, I mean you are at the mercy of two different federal agencies United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the US State Department.  Also, you have to have 1 or more face to face interviews that evaluate the validity of your petition.  If something is wrong, you may be issued an request for evidence (RFE) which can delay your case for months.
For the foreign fiance, preparing for the interview can be one of the most intense event in their life.  You really do not know what kinds of interview you are going to get so you have to prepare for the worst.   At the end of the day, preparation is the key for a successful process. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid delays in your fiance visa process:
1. Do not appear on your interview with an empty brain. Review all your I-129f documents and share a complete copy to your foreign fiance.  The beneficiary has to read the information that has been submitted to USCIS.
2.  Declaration of how you met.  It is a good idea to write a letter declaring how you met.  It is optional, but it will help you and your fiance have the same story in written form and the during the interview for both the US Embassy and USCIS.  We did the declaration of how we met and they have both agencies have asked us about it.  Since we both know our story well, we have not had a problem.
3.  Preparation of the papers for the interview.  Click here for interview checklist. Follow all the papers that are required for you to bring to your interview.  If you choose to not comply with the requirements you increase the possibility of getting what is called a 221g letter (request for more evidence).  Receiving a 221g letter is going to delay your process for 1-3 months depending on how fast you send the documents back to them.
4.  Be prepared mentally.  Some US petitioners may have a criminal history or divorce that the foreign fiance did not know about.  It is important to know what is going one because the fiance has to be prepared to answer related questions when asked by the Consular Officer.  There are some issues that are not going to be an easy interview if there is a criminal record so it is important that the petition explain to the beneficiary/foreign fiance.  They will ask to state the reasons of convictions.  The foreign fiance must be able to state what exactly has happened.
5. Previous divorce and kids.  If your US petitioner is divorced, the consular officer may ask about the the previous divorce and reasons. They will also ask to state the kids situation, child support and the alimony.
6. Income.  Ensure that your documents for form 1040 and W2 are present.  Other back up such as employment letter, bank statement and I-134 may be requested by the Consular officer.  Consular officers will check the poverty guideline set for US citizen.  Be prepared to get a co-sponsor if your fiance does not meet the income required.  You have to know your US petitioner’s annual income and financial situation because it might come up in the interview.  Serious couples are usually comfortable enough with each other to share that kind of information.
7. Interview questions.  Click here for interview questions.  Reviewing possible questions is one of the most important things besides required documents that you need to do.  If you have hard time understanding English language, you can request a Consular officer who speaks your native language or you can prepare for your interview ahead of time.
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K1 Visa Status: What to do after interview?

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The U.S. Department of State has a method of check the status of your visa online.  You can go online and check the status of your case at https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx?

After your interview, the consular officer will let you know about the result of your visa interview.There are 3 things that could happen:

  1. If the CO was satisfied with your answers and  all the documents submitted , they will let you know that you have been approved and everything went well. They will also tell you that your visa will be delivered within 1 to two weeks.
  2.   If there are missing papers that you have not provided during your interview, they will give you a letter 221g Request for more evidence. The letter provides an instruction on how to submit the papers back to the US embassy.
  3. If the CO is not satisfied with your answer during the interview , or something went wrong and they found mismatched information, they will give you a visa denial letter. The letter will let you know that your case will be sent back to USCIS for final review.

 

There are 3 types of processing that you will normally see once you check your status.

  • Ready.  This message means that the consular officer has already marked your case as ready for releasing of your visa and no additional papers are needed or requested from you as the applicant.i129f-process
  • Administrative Processing (AP). After they review the case again, they put AP in ceac website. AP means it is on its way for a visa being issued.i129f-process
  • Issued. This means your visa is already on its way to be delivered to 2go carrier and will arrived to you within days from this status.i129f-process

Visa Issue processing times: 1-2 weeks

If you receive a Visa denial, you can also check your k1 visa status:  http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/received-a-221g-letter-go-online-to-check-your-case-status/

221g Request for more Evidence processing times: 1-3 months (depending on how fast you can submit the papers)

 

 

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Form I-134, Affidavit of Support

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When coming to America under a “K” visa, your petitioner must complete an affidavit of support.

There are two kinds of affidavits of support for a k1 visa applicant:  I-134 and I-864.  I-134 is for k1/k3 going to the US Embassy.  I-864 is for k1/k3 visa holders who are IN the United States going for permanent residency.  Here is a breakdown of the I-134, Affidavit of Support.

Form I-134, Affidavit of Support is required for certain visas:

(1) Returning resident aliens (SBs);

(2) Diversity visa applicants (DVs);

(3) Fiancé(e)s (K1s or K3s)

The purpose of i134 is to show that visa applicants have sponsorship and will not become public charges while in the United States.  “Public Charge”  means that an alien, after admission into the United States, is likely to become primarily dependent on the U.S. Government for subsistence.  Specific examples would be receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance:

(1) Supplemental security income (SSI);

(2) Cash temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), but not including supplemental cash benefits or any non-cash benefits provided under TANF

(3) State and local cash assistance programs that provide for income maintenance (often called “general assistance”).

These types of income are also known as “means tested”.  A means test is a determination of whether an individual or family is eligible for government assistance, based upon whether the individual or family possesses the means to do without that help.  This type of income cannot be counted toward a petitioners income for caring for an alien beneficiary.

The simple submission of Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, however, is not sufficient to establish that the beneficiary is not likely to become a public charge. Although the minimum income requirements of Form I-864, do not apply in such cases (e.g., the 125 percent minimum income amount which is only required by the I-864), you must make a thorough evaluation of other factors, such as:

(1) The sponsor’s motives in submitting the affidavit;

(2) The sponsor’s relationship to the applicant (e.g., relative by blood or marriage, former employer or employee, schoolmates, or business associates);

(3) The length of time the sponsor and applicant have known each other;

(4) The sponsor’s financial resources;

(5) Other responsibilities of the sponsor

The sponsor must file a separate affidavit for each applicant.

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K-1 visa process Interview Experience Oct 2015

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real experience from Kaira @ Visa Approved!

Hi everyone 🙂 I wanted to share my experience in the US embassy (October 07, 2015)

My appointment schedule was 7:30 am. I didn’t go there super early.  I arrived at 7:15 am and to my surprise there was not many people lining up outside.  I went through the security checks and the ticket booth then after that is the fingerprint scanning.  In my head I was thinking maybe inside the embassy it would be packed with people but to my surprise again there wasn’t many!

So I finished through fingerprint scanning and pre-screening interview with an ease. In the pre-screening he asked me for my CENOMAR, Birth certificate, NBI and passport and also questions like: what me and my fiance’s names and birthday, how many times he visited and that’s it. In the oath taking I waited not longer than 30 minutes and I stumbled upon the Korean consul. Luckily, she was doing the oath taking. She doesn’t seem so mean at that time hehe.

After the oath I went in line for the interview. I waited more than 5 minutes. Then I was greeted by this sweet American consul. She asked me who my petitioner was, what he does for a living, how many times he visited (3 questions) and then proof of relationship I showed her our photos. She joked a bit afterwards. Then she said “Well Kaira, there seems to be no problem with your application. Congratulations, welcome to America!” She then made me proceed to the releasing area which is the last step 🙂 I was all done by 8:23 am.

I was really entertained inside because a lot of the American consuls are speaking in Tagalog. So it took away my nervousness for a bit. So my advice to our sisters, don’t be too nervous and be attentive. Because I encountered this rude staff that was walking around. She was so loud and does not address the applicants politely. But other than that everything went by smoothly.

I wish you all the best of luck! Thank you so much to our sissies that helped me through out the process. Sis Yuri, Honey Ann, Aubrey, Jerwin,Potchy and sis Ofelia. heart emoticon

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Types of fiance visa denials & 221g

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VIsa denials, 221(g) & Request for Evidence

So far we have encountered fiance/spousal visa denial of people we have talk to.  There are 4 types we have noticed:

1.  221 (g) denial letter received through email. This is usually issued when the consular officer needs required documents.  It is a request for more information that is given after the US embassy interview or emailed to the beneficiary and will delay a visa approval.221

2.  221(g), No Bona Fide Relationship Between Petitioner and Beneficiary (K1 Visa)

The 221(g) denial comes from the US Embassy and is given when the Consular officer determines that the beneficiary and the petitioner have not established that they have a real relationship.  We noticed that if the beneficiary’s interview does not match what the petitioner has documented or the beneficiary cannot answer enough of the consulars questions, they may get a 221(g) which means “It was not established that the beneficiary and petitioner have a bona fide relationship.”  In this case, the petitioner and beneficiary may have to appeal.

In one case we know of the packages was denied by the Embassy and sent back to USCIS for a final decision.

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3. i129f Denial Insufficient evidence of meeting – Decision Notice Mailed.  Another one is an i129f petition denial due to insufficient evidence of meeting. In the i129f instructions, it says that the Petitioner and the Beneficiary must meet within the last 2 years during the application of i129f petition. In this case the petitioner and beneciary’s meeting was more than a decade ago when they applied for i129f.12059389_10200999981357241_837239165_o

4. 212(A)(4) Visa denial letter

The last denial letter that we have seen is similar to the second letter with a reason that the i129f petition is falsely filled out. Not admitting about a previous criminal case can cause a denial of visa. During the appliciation of i129f petition, USCIS do a background check to each US citizen who is filing for visa petition.212 visa denial letter

5.  221(g) Based on Past Divorces not Filed.  The US Petitioner failed to put down all previous marriages.  The beneficiary was not aware of this and was asked this by the US Embassy Consular officer if she knew about it.

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