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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:23am On Nov 10, 2015
odun45:
Please All the gurus in the house i need advice last 2 years before getting married to my wife we went to us embassy at abuja as individual student for essay competition award to cut the story short we were denied and asked to re-apply in future unfortunately we got married did introduction, also court wedding at ikoyi registry we also have a baby who is 7 month old please advice what to do as we want to apply for us visa and we don't want to make any mistake being the fact that we have went to embassy before at abuja and we got denied

What visa class is this? Because if it isn't an immigrant visa question you are in the wrong place.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:25am On Nov 10, 2015
john2son5:
Hello Dear VO,

my brother is scared of the outcome in his medical examination for Fiance Visa. he was asked if he smokes tobacco(cigarette) and he told them YES because that is the truth.

my question is-

can he have any issue during his interview because he smokes?

thanks for your assistance. you God bless you.

I'm confused. Lots of people smoke. Everywhere in the world. In the US as well. This is not an issue.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Omenaisunday12: 9:41am On Nov 10, 2015
Good morning VO,

My immigrant visa was approved on the 4th this month, and my visa status is showing ISSUED and it was updated on 6th this month can i get my visa tomorrow. In view of these ...

U.S. Department of State
IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION
Issued
Immigrant Visa Case Number: LGS2014633*** 01 LGS
Case Creation Date: 13-May-2014
Status Updated Date: 06-Nov-2015

Your visa has been printed. Depending on local procedures at the location where you were interviewed, your visa will be mailed or available for pickup soon. If there are further questions, or if we need updated contact information, you will be contacted.

For more information, please visit TRAVEL.STATE.GOV.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by john2son5: 10:24am On Nov 10, 2015
Thanks for your quick response. Words cannot express our appreciation for your assistance.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by meme1987: 10:56am On Nov 10, 2015
Hello VO,
My interview is in 2weeks for i-130. My wife is a USC, we did a court wedding and traditional engagement. We filed our case with pictures from this 2 events, but I just paid my wife's pride price last week and we did a very big ceremony.
My question is, will the pictures from the last week traditional pride price ceremony complicate issues for us since we didn't file our case with it or will it make it more convincing that we are truly married?
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by auschris: 10:57am On Nov 10, 2015
@LagosNIV
I have a pending immigrant visa application in the EB3 category. My priority date is current in the visa bulletin for December 2015 and my documents are currently being reviewed at NVC. I assume that if there are no issues in the process (in form of a retrogression or checklist), my exit interview will come up within the 1st quarter of 2016.
While submitting my civil documents to NVC, I realized that the police character certificate I obtained has a 3-month validity and will expire in December.
Will I be required to present another PCC at the time of my interview?
Thanks
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Bless247: 4:47pm On Nov 10, 2015
Dear VO,

I am in the process of filing a K1-visa petition and was hoping you could answer the following questions:

1)Is one visit enough? I know USCIS says you need to have met at least ONCE, but since Nigeria is considered a "high-fraud" country, it may have a higher standard.

2) The Dept. of State website doesn't list documents needed to provide proof of bonafide relationship specific to a fiance visa. It only lists those for marriage, child, sibling, and parent. For evidence of ongoing communication, how detailed do call logs/chats need to be. How frequent (every day, once a month, couple a month?) Do you need content of chats or just evidence of contact? I'm concerned that I do not have any letters or emails. Are phone bills that show frequent and lengthy calls using a Nigerian long-distance calling card acceptable? This coupled with screenshots of skype video calling history?

3) Does USCIS send initial petition package to US Consular/NVC for use during interview? If so, will beneficiary be allowed to present additional evidence of ongoing relationship at interview (i.e. call logs and photos that took place after the original petition was submitted). I heard that some CO's make their decisions prior to the interview (solely based on initial petition package) and do not allow the beneficiary to present additional evidence.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by cute2014: 11:11pm On Nov 10, 2015
[quote author=LagosNIV post=39861946

So this isn't a rule, per se, but I would think it best to submit your new petition for the Spouse of an LPR (F21) and once you have received confirmation that it has been received/accepted go ahead and file for your waiver. Since you already know the ineligibility to are in a good position to know what you actually need waivers for compared to some of the other folks here who think they may need a waiver and are just blindly applying.[/quote]


Thanks so much for your response.The I-130 petition has been approved.We got the NVC Welcome letter last week with our LGS.... case number and now working on the instructions.So we could go ahead and file the waiver now,right?Just making sure that we are on the same page please.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Jasmine007: 9:12am On Nov 11, 2015
Hi VO..

Please kindly enlighten me : I had a K1 visa issued to me at Johannesburg embassy , nothing was returned to me from the package/petition my USC fiancee had filed with USCIS/NVC... I assumed this stuffs were included in the sealed envelope given to me to present at the POE but to my surprise i wasn't given back anything after presenting all to the officer at POE in Houston TX, all that i got after about an hour of drilling session was welcome to America and my passport handed back to me.

My concerns are: when will they return our documents from the filed petition ? am i not supposed to receive a form i-94 at the POE which enables me to apply for a SSN? Our 90 days ends in January but intend to marry this month but how do i go about adjusting my status after marriage and what documents are needed to do so?

Thanks for your selfless service ! Hope to hear from you soon ...
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Adegbulugbe(m): 11:44pm On Nov 11, 2015
Hello VO,pls I'm really confused about this issue,I've applied for my visa some weeks back working on the processing but I was expecting my visa application confirmation page on my email for a week now but no email was sent to me from the consular office,pls what can I do?
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by oluwazino(m): 1:57am On Nov 12, 2015
oluwazino:
Hello VO first of all let me thank you for coming to our aid. Am worried about the way i did use my name, am applying for an America student visa, I have a diploma result with my name like this Ogundipe Ademola Oluwatobi but why applying for my passport the name I used was Ogundipe Ademola Oyeniran and I just did my Toefl exam last week with the same name that's on my passport will be expecting results by next week Monday. So I want to know if it will affect me on the day of my interview and what to do about it. Thanks
oluwazino:
Hello VO first of all let me thank you for coming to our aid. Am worried about the way i did use my name, am apply for a America student visa, I have a diploma result with my name like this Ogundipe Ademola Oluwatobi but why applying for my passport the name I used was Ogundipe Ademola Oyeniran and I just did my Toefl exam last week with the same name that's on my passport will be expecting results by next week Monday. So I want to know if it will affect me on the day of my interview and what to do about it. Thanks
Hello VO first of all let me thank you for coming to our aid. Am worried about the way i did use my name, am apply for a America student visa, I have a diploma result with my name like this Ogundipe Ademola Oluwatobi but why applying for my passport the name I used was Ogundipe Ademola Oyeniran and I just did my Toefl exam last week with the same name that's on my passport will be expecting results by next week Monday. So I want to know if it will affect me on the day of my interview and what to do about it. Thanks
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by DpdNKerosene(f): 5:59am On Nov 12, 2015
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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 6:59am On Nov 12, 2015
meme1987:
Hello VO,
My interview is in 2weeks for i-130. My wife is a USC, we did a court wedding and traditional engagement. We filed our case with pictures from this 2 events, but I just paid my wife's pride price last week and we did a very big ceremony.
My question is, will the pictures from the last week traditional pride price ceremony complicate issues for us since we didn't file our case with it or will it make it more convincing that we are truly married?

The only thing that will matter is that your are honest at the time of your interview and have as much information on hand as will be needed to determine your case. We don't coach people on how to get through a visa interview, for obvious reasons.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:00am On Nov 12, 2015
auschris:
@LagosNIV
I have a pending immigrant visa application in the EB3 category. My priority date is current in the visa bulletin for December 2015 and my documents are currently being reviewed at NVC. I assume that if there are no issues in the process (in form of a retrogression or checklist), my exit interview will come up within the 1st quarter of 2016.
While submitting my civil documents to NVC, I realized that the police character certificate I obtained has a 3-month validity and will expire in December.
Will I be required to present another PCC at the time of my interview?
Thanks

This all depends on how quickly the documents are processed - you will be contacted with additional information when you are scheduled for an interview at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:01am On Nov 12, 2015
Bless247:
Dear VO,

I am in the process of filing a K1-visa petition and was hoping you could answer the following questions:

1)Is one visit enough? I know USCIS says you need to have met at least ONCE, but since Nigeria is considered a "high-fraud" country, it may have a higher standard.

2) The Dept. of State website doesn't list documents needed to provide proof of bonafide relationship specific to a fiance visa. It only lists those for marriage, child, sibling, and parent. For evidence of ongoing communication, how detailed do call logs/chats need to be. How frequent (every day, once a month, couple a month?) Do you need content of chats or just evidence of contact? I'm concerned that I do not have any letters or emails. Are phone bills that show frequent and lengthy calls using a Nigerian long-distance calling card acceptable? This coupled with screenshots of skype video calling history?

3) Does USCIS send initial petition package to US Consular/NVC for use during interview? If so, will beneficiary be allowed to present additional evidence of ongoing relationship at interview (i.e. call logs and photos that took place after the original petition was submitted). I heard that some CO's make their decisions prior to the interview (solely based on initial petition package) and do not allow the beneficiary to present additional evidence.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

The more information you can provide to prove your relationship, the better. There are obviously going to be questions about why you have only met a person once. The point of the interview will be to provide all of the evidence that you have to the VO.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:02am On Nov 12, 2015
cute2014:



Thanks so much for your response.The I-130 petition has been approved.We got the NVC Welcome letter last week with our LGS.... case number and now working on the instructions.So we could go ahead and file the waiver now,right?Just making sure that we are on the same page please.

I've already told you yes.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:04am On Nov 12, 2015
Jasmine007:
Hi VO..

Please kindly enlighten me : I had a K1 visa issued to me at Johannesburg embassy , nothing was returned to me from the package/petition my USC fiancee had filed with USCIS/NVC... I assumed this stuffs were included in the sealed envelope given to me to present at the POE but to my surprise i wasn't given back anything after presenting all to the officer at POE in Houston TX, all that i got after about an hour of drilling session was welcome to America and my passport handed back to me.

My concerns are: when will they return our documents from the filed petition ? am i not supposed to receive a form i-94 at the POE which enables me to apply for a SSN? Our 90 days ends in January but intend to marry this month but how do i go about adjusting my status after marriage and what documents are needed to do so?

Thanks for your selfless service ! Hope to hear from you soon ...

All of those processes are dictated by USCIS - it is best to contact them in the U.S. to get details on adjusting status.
As far as the I-94, or any other form, is concerned... do a Google search. All of the forms are available online.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:06am On Nov 12, 2015
Adegbulugbe:
Hello VO,pls I'm really confused about this issue,I've applied for my visa some weeks back working on the processing but I was expecting my visa application confirmation page on my email for a week now but no email was sent to me from the consular office,pls what can I do?

E-mail the embassy. Contact information is available on their website.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:07am On Nov 12, 2015
oluwazino:
Hello VO first of all let me thank you for coming to our aid. Am worried about the way i did use my name, am apply for a America student visa, I have a diploma result with my name like this Ogundipe Ademola Oluwatobi but why applying for my passport the name I used was Ogundipe Ademola Oyeniran and I just did my Toefl exam last week with the same name that's on my passport will be expecting results by next week Monday. So I want to know if it will affect me on the day of my interview and what to do about it. Thanks

Everything is dependent on how you present the information during your interview.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 7:10am On Nov 12, 2015
DpdNKerosene:
I am so thankful to see another CO here to assist us! This is such a wonderful service that you are providing for us!

I had been in contact with the previous CO on this thread (she was wonderful!). I've come up with more questions that I hope you'll be able to answer for me.

Background info:
My fiance' entered the US embasssy multiple times under a different passport name/birth date. He was denied the tourist visa because he did not have ties to Nigeria. He had also put on these applications that he was married and had children. He in fact has never been married and has no children. He has no criminal record or anything that would have changed the outcome of the visa decision. He got this passport in another name and birth date in hopes to be better qualified for a visa. If he would have come to the embassy with his true identity, he would have probably still been denied because he had no ties to Nigeria besides his birth family.

He has since turned the passport in to Nigerian immigration to right his wrongs and is in the process of changing the data on the passport to reflect his true information. To date, the embassy is, to our knowledge, unaware of ever him giving false information although they will find this out when his fingerprints turn up with another name.

I have petitioned for him (with his real information) for a K1 visa. He will have an interview hopefully in the coming months.

I was reading the USCIS website about misrepresentation and we've been preparing ourselves to file the waiver. In reading the policy manual on USCIS, I came across "Guid​elines for Determining whether ​Misrepresentation is Material​" (http://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume8-PartJ-Chapter3.html). I attached a screenshot of this. It was interesting to read how his misrepresentation may not be material because it made him no more qualified for a visa than his true identity.

1) Given the information I gave you and using the guidelines and your professional opinion, would you find his misrepresentation to be material?

2) I read on another answer you gave someone in this thread that someone can apply for a waiver at any time? I had asked previously if I could go ahead and apply for the waiver and the previous CO said that I could not because my fiance' had not been found to have committed material misrepresentation to date so the USCIS officer adjudicating the waiver would not have any information to go on. Is this still correct?

Thank you for any assistance!

Use of a false name and date of birth to obtain a government document (i.e. a passport) is pretty clearly a material misrepresentation. He needs to come in, explain his situation fully, and will then be eligible to apply for the waiver; unless he has already been denied under 6C1. So basically, yeah, it is material and he needs to come in to have information updated before the waiver can be submitted.

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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by maryomoh123: 9:24am On Nov 12, 2015
Hello, I am about to renew my US visa by drop box and want to travel with my 5 years old grandson. Do I include his documents with mine or he has to appear at the embassy? Thanks and God bless you.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by justwise(m): 9:33am On Nov 12, 2015
maryomoh123:
Hello, I am about to renew my US visa by drop box and want to travel with my 5 years old grandson. Do I include his documents with mine or he has to appear at the embassy? Thanks and God bless you.

Ask your question in non immigration thread and not here. http://www.nairaland.com/1792662/u.s-non-immigrant-visas-listening
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by cute2014: 9:40am On Nov 12, 2015
Thanks so very much.That's a RELIEF!






LagosNIV:


I've already told you yes.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Adegbulugbe(m): 11:58am On Nov 12, 2015
LagosNIV:


E-mail the embassy. Contact information is available on their website.

Pls VO the contact information is difficult for me to find,I will be very glad if you can help me on that thanks
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by fionawench: 11:59am On Nov 12, 2015
Hello VO,
I paid an agent for an America visa and he used impersonation method, we were three he applied for, two of us were granted the visa but one was caught and then the embassy wants the other two of us to return to the embassy with our visa for further questions. I understand I might be arrested if I go back to the embassy, and I don't want that to happen or rather get banned at the embassy.
Please what do I do to withdraw my application and re-apply.
Please need your assistance.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 1:53pm On Nov 12, 2015
fionawench:
Hello VO,
I paid an agent for an America visa and he used impersonation method, we were three he applied for, two of us were granted the visa but one was caught and then the embassy wants the other two of us to return to the embassy with our visa for further questions. I understand I might be arrested if I go back to the embassy, and I don't want that to happen or rather get banned at the embassy.
Please what do I do to withdraw my application and re-apply.
Please need your assistance.

Well, to be honest your only option is to return to the embassy. Your visa is likely already cancelled and you will be arrested if you attempt to travel on the visa. If you return to the embassy and cooperate there is a chance that you can resolve this in your favor. Either way, they already know who you are and have your fingerprints on file so you can't just re-apply and hope it goes away.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Bless247: 3:10pm On Nov 12, 2015
Thank you for your response. I just want to ensure that my fiance's additional evidence provided at the interview WILL be considered. Can you confirm that this is indeed the policy of the Lagos Consulate?

The more information you can provide to prove your relationship, the better. There are obviously going to be questions about why you have only met a person once. The point of the interview will be to provide all of the evidence that you have to the VO.[/quote]
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by LagosNIV: 3:11pm On Nov 12, 2015
Bless247:
Thank you for your response. I just want to ensure that my fiance's additional evidence provided at the interview WILL be considered. Can you confirm that this is indeed the policy of the Lagos Consulate?

The more information you can provide to prove your relationship, the better. There are obviously going to be questions about why you have only met a person once. The point of the interview will be to provide all of the evidence that you have to the VO.

You have to submit a petition to USCIS. They make the determination. If USCIS approves your petition then we will call you for an interview.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Bless247: 4:58pm On Nov 12, 2015
Thanks for your quick response. I am aware of the USCIS petition process. I am actually referring to the interview stage at the Lagos Consulate. (assuming the petition is already approved by USCIS). Are VO's required to look at and consider additional evidence presented by the beneficiary during the interview?

LagosNIV:


You have to submit a petition to USCIS. They make the determination. If USCIS approves your petition then we will call you for an interview.

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