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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by lagdude: 9:42am On Jul 03, 2014
Good morning VO, weldone for the good job you doing here. God will continue to bless you.
As a LPR, is it possible for one to invite his/her family to the state for visiting and like how many years will the LPR holder would have stayed in the states before he/she can invite a family member.

CHEERS
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Nobody: 9:52am On Jul 03, 2014
Thanks for your prompt response. Permit me to ask again, would you advise he get an attorney? Would that make things easy for him at uscis stage. Tanx once again
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 10:14am On Jul 03, 2014
lagdude: Good morning VO, weldone for the good job you doing here. God will continue to bless you.
As a LPR, is it possible for one to invite his/her family to the state for visiting and like how many years will the LPR holder would have stayed in the states before he/she can invite a family member.

CHEERS

These are actually questions for my non-immigrant colleagues: https://www.nairaland.com/1792662/u.s-non-immigrant-visas-listening .
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 10:15am On Jul 03, 2014
Moot: Thanks for your prompt response. Permit me to ask again, would you advise he get an attorney? Would that make things easy for him at uscis stage. Tanx once again

Based solely on what you've written here, I don't see why he would need an attorney at this point. I can't imagine what an attorney could do that your friend couldn't do himself for free.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by omega2128(m): 10:36am On Jul 03, 2014
thanks for priceless information you are giving out.
For record purpose- what are the appropriate steps for petition and beneficiary to take after approval of I129f.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 11:08am On Jul 03, 2014
omega2128: thanks for priceless information you are giving out.
For record purpose- what are the appropriate steps for petition and beneficiary to take after approval of I129f.

If your K1 or K3 petition has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security and you have received notification from the National Visa Center that your petition is on its way to post, you should download the information packet found at http://photos.state.gov/libraries/nigeria/487468/pdfs/Interview_Prep_Packet_K1-K3_Oct2013.pdf and follow the instructions. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will contact you when your petition has arrived at post so that you may schedule your appointment.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by omega2128(m): 11:25am On Jul 03, 2014
VisaOfficer:

If your K1 or K3 petition has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security and you have received notification from the National Visa Center that your petition is on its way to post, you should download the information packet found at http://photos.state.gov/libraries/nigeria/487468/pdfs/Interview_Prep_Packet_K1-K3_Oct2013.pdf and follow the instructions. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will contact you when your petition has arrived at post so that you may schedule your appointment.

Thank you, you are a lifesaver
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by nkkystel(f): 1:18pm On Jul 03, 2014
VisaOfficer:

Good morning,

The I-130 cannot be filed in Nigeria. It must be filed either through the USCIS Chicago lockbox or through their Phoenix lockbox. http://www.uscis.gov/i-130 has complete instructions.

The I-130 cannot be filed overseas at all except in very exceptional circumstances, such as certain military or medical emergencies.
Thank you V.O!
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Nobody: 1:58pm On Jul 03, 2014
thanks so much vo, he feels very relieved after reading. said his wife is filln form for her own naturalisation to citizenship as we speak. want to knw if she should put the same explanation in that, where there are questions on his ex-spouse on the n400 cos she'll be having his surname on her new passport.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:20pm On Jul 03, 2014
Moot: thanks so much vo, he feels very relieved after reading. said his wife is filln form for her own naturalisation to citizenship as we speak. want to knw if she should put the same explanation in that, where there are questions on his ex-spouse on the n400 cos she'll be having his surname on her new passport.

I'm a big fan of full disclosure. My advice is to put the same explanation on all forms.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 3:49pm On Jul 03, 2014
The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos and the U.S. Embassy in Abuja will be closed tomorrow for our Independence Day holiday.

Have a lovely weekend, all! See you on Monday.

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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by justwise(m): 4:33pm On Jul 03, 2014
VisaOfficer: The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos and the U.S. Embassy in Abuja will be closed tomorrow for our Independence Day holiday.

Have a lovely weekend, all! See you on Monday.

Happy Independence Day to you.

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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by godfather007: 5:47pm On Jul 03, 2014
Hi @VO please i need your insight on this, My sister filled her papers for me since FEB 2010 and i never heard anything from USCIS but today i received this and want to know what it means cause i didn't update my name ah ..

Your Case Status: Initial Review

On July 3, 2014, your name was updated relating to your I130, IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN. Please check our website at www.uscis.gov for further updates on your case. Please wait until the end of normal processing time before calling customer service at 1-800-375-5283 for live assistance.




Ejorr lami loye ooo eyin eniyan lool
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by youngbilly1: 12:46am On Jul 04, 2014
hello @VO. please I wanna ask a question. is it true that the American embassy denies Nigerian who have been to Malaysia? I will explain better
I wanna goto Malaysia soon and I was told that if I goto Malaysia and I later intend going to the United states i will be denied.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by artworks1: 2:36am On Jul 04, 2014
V.O, how are you?

How can one get or amend an appointment date for a particular date she is travelling.

The event is around July but the calender keeps starting its dates from Aug. ahead of the date for the event I have in the states.

What can I do?
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by fancywendy(m): 5:59am On Jul 04, 2014
Good Morning VO,
Happy Independence Day to You.
We were refused Visa on Tuesday july 2ND 2014.
Sir/ma, I need your help and Advise. the issue goes thus:
My wife is one of the DV 2014 winner, she has a friend during her National youth services corp (NYSC)which have her details. After the service she lost contact with her until sometime in August 2013 when her friend called her on phone to broke the news to her that she won Visa Lottery to America, we were all surprise with the Good news,But she played it as a single because she did not aware that my wife got married Sept 2012, because of that she don't want to come to the embassy and lie or to manipulate document that she's single, that's why she decided to fill the form for me and my Daughter as a beneficiary.
Now can we appeal our case,if she can get the visa as a single and later file for us so this opportunity will not be lost because we love to be in America.
Please, What can we do?
GOD BLESS YOU,GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Nobody: 9:26am On Jul 04, 2014
Hi @Visaofficer,
I attended an interview for K1 visa on July 2nd, I was asked several questions about my fiancee and myself and the relationship which I answered correctly.But to my surprise I was handed a contact sheet to bring back to the embassy and my passport was handed over to me.
The VO never asked to see photos or call logs.
1) I would like to know what triggers a contact sheet to given.
Though I was previously married but now divorced (since 2006). Me and my fiancee were friends until 1998 when she left the country for U.S to live (she was born in the states) she came visiting nigeria in 2008 that was when we started dating and we have a daughter together in 2010.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by cienth: 3:18pm On Jul 04, 2014
We really aappreciate all ur work, keep it up
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by JayQue: 5:56pm On Jul 04, 2014
I posted this on a forum and I was asked to seek ur advise:

I have this problem which I think God will use this house to resolve. My wife won dv lottery and we were scheluded for interview on the 26th of June 10am. We got to the embassy before 9am but we only came with our atm. It was while we were there that someone told me that we have to pay in cash. That made me to rush out looking for d available atm point. Unfortunately I couldn't collect money from atm (it kept telling me user inoperative). That made me to look for my bank so I could collect from d counter. Before I could return it was after 10am. We were not allowed to enter that we have to wait till 1pm. We patiently waited before 1pm a woman came from d hall and attended to us. She wrote our names and took it inside. We were later told to write Lagosiv@state.gov. I wrote and they reponded that they can not reschedule our appointment. I took it like that, I resigned to fate but someone just told me to post it here that there is still a way out. Pls kindly attend to my case. Thank u.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Adeboy007(m): 7:57pm On Jul 04, 2014
Howdy VO

I av come to seek for ur tremendous help on behalf of a member of 2014 DV Winner's thread.

She said and I quote...
... There was a process of legal adoption on going but not concluded before d appointment letter of interview was received and a date was set for interview and as d date of the interview, the legal process of adoption was yet to be concluded ,myself and my husband appear at d interview and d visa was approved.

Can we still pursue a visa for d adopted child (Under DV Lottery program) after d approval of our own visa. pls note that d adopted child's name was not included in d form sent to KCC .

Kindly advice
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Nobody: 3:29am On Jul 05, 2014
Good day VO,

I intend going to the US on the 9th to attend my cousin's wedding and the earliest appointment time was given to me on the 7th. I am finding it difficult to reschedule, what do I do?I have no intention of staying in the US because I never had it in mind to do so.I am just opportune to go and I was invited as well.Please reply my post
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by diskindgod: 8:52pm On Jul 05, 2014
I got my first job via the job thread in 2007.
What a wonderful forum.

cute2014:
@Justwise & Seun Osewa: Welldone.I have said to u b4 that u are good ambassadors to Nigeria.I now have another reason to reiterate this.Went for my medicals on Sat,went to have my kids' Mantoux test read today and I asked the lady beside me if she knew about Nairaland she didn't,introduced her to the forum and I was talking about this at my folks' only for my younger sister to tell me that herself and her husband found important tips about roofing houses on a thread on Nairaland and saved a great fortune.Here I was thinking waoh what a travel thread and to some other person waoh what a ?building section.I need to explore your other sections now as I am officially commited or is it addicted? to Nairaland.God bless u guys.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by radensiddiqui(m): 9:09pm On Jul 05, 2014
Hi VO,
Firstly, thanks for such an attempt! Got two questions:

1. I was in the UK and got visa refusal and sent back home, my brother is a US Citizen. Now I'm planning to apply through form I-130. Would my visa refusal in UK have any adverse affect on this application? The reason for my visa refusal was that my wife submitted a degree which was not legitimate and I was seen as a part of that. When I applied for a review, I was also banned to apply to UK for another 10 years since this is seen as deception. embarassed

2. If I apply through I-130, what is the standard time for Texas? Is there any faster processing approach? Alternatively, if the process is slow, is it better to wait for my mother's I-130 to be approved and then apply through her?
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by mamaxxx: 4:05am On Jul 06, 2014
Hi, i was issued a b1/b2 visa before i even got pregnant after i found out i was pregnant i decided to go give birth in the States. However at POE i was refused entry because the immigration officer says i didn't have sufficient funds though i had paid part of the hospital fees already and also had over $3000 cash on me. I also had my master card on me and explained to her that my husband was going to send some funding to my account to complete payment.

My visa was immediately canceled and i sent back to Nigeria unjustly. I intend to fight this and win the battle as i feel like i was wrongfully picked on by thus lady who was just obviously in a badmood. Others who had less money on them were allowed in. Please note that this is not my first time in the state.

Where do i go from here?i still intend on having my child in the US and can fund my account the prove that i am able to afford it'
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by aoddy0267: 11:51am On Jul 06, 2014
I have been going through these threads for couple of months now and i think i could find it helpful..well here is my question and the problems i having,my cousin is a nigerian and he has been living in the UK illegally without his papers for the past 2yrs now.suddenly he met an american citizen on facebook,so they have been talking for over 5months and the lady plans to visit him in UK this coming august,before that,she has been planning to bring my cousin which she will need to file a petiton after they meet eachother in person though she works for wellsfargo bank in california and she said,she would do everything to bring my cousin to america but the problem there is,we all already know my cousin will have to go back to nigeria to apply and be interviewed,but in the petiion,can she fill in my cousin address in nigeria since my cousin will have to go back to nigeria for interview or can she fill my cousin uk address where he lives illegally?and if she had to fill my cousin address in nigeria,we know she cant fill nigeria contact number whilst my cousin lives in uk...can she just fill in the nigeria address and fill in uk contact number in the petition form because the US embassy will need to contact him after the petition has been approved and sent to the National Visa Center..Also it says they will need to provide a police certificate in every country the fiance(my cousin) has lived for month than 6months,getting police certificate in nigeria isnt hard but getting a police certificate in UK will be hard because he has been living there illegally for more than 2yrs,so what can we do??does it matter if he cant provide the uk police certificate??
Also if they had to provide evidence of the relationship,they wont be able to provide a telephone record because they speak on skype,viber and bbm everyday which i think it is more better and convinced than the phone conversation..The problem now is,how can they provide the skype,viber and bbm recorded conversation??if the fiance explained this to the interviewing officer,will he/she put it into consideration??i will be glad if you could kindly help us out with everything that i have written to you in this thread..Thanks
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by lutoyema: 3:28pm On Jul 06, 2014
Thanks consular officer,ur realli doing a splendid job..Visa issuses are always cloudy to we Nigerians but with wonderful people like you around- it wld be VISA made easy.

My father filled an immigrant visa petition for me and my family in 2001 but he passed on in 2011. 2months later we were scheduled for an immigrant visa interview because our priority wia active.We went for the interview and we were rufuSed due to death of the petitioner.I wrote USCIS followed the proceedures,got my sister to Stand in as a SubStitute,requested for an humanitarian reinstatement of the petition and it was approved and sent back to the US consulate for Visa processing.Now after 3months,the consulate haS re-inviteD me with my family members but told us to fill up a new DS 260 and bring in any documentS to subStantiate my relationship with the substitute sponsor but told us not to worry on medical and police report as the consular officer will give us further instructions on it. I also mailed the consulate that I have another child but the space for the Ds 260 has been created for my new birth.

Can u advice me on what I should expect cos I am freaking Scared to the pants...I am freaked out man#
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by hollaytan: 7:59pm On Jul 06, 2014
Hello VO
Thanks ur wonderful oppurtunity. Pls I will like to know how to go about this..my aunt in US introduced a lady to me online, we got interested in each other, we exchange pictures, we often chat online, we speak in fone and often send gift to each other via dhl. We have not met Before, she plans to file spouse visa application for me......what are my chances at the embassy.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by pepson: 1:57am On Jul 07, 2014
hello VO ,i was banned to enter the US some 8 years back due to presentation of fraudulent document during my interview for a non-immigrant visa.my wife was selected for the DV 2015,so i wish to know if i can still be granted an immigrant visa under my wife.i also want to know if someone tested positive for a medical examination affect visa decision, thanks for ur reply
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:14am On Jul 07, 2014
godfather007: Hi @VO please i need your insight on this, My sister filled her papers for me since FEB 2010 and i never heard anything from USCIS but today i received this and want to know what it means cause i didn't update my name ah ..

Your Case Status: Initial Review

On July 3, 2014, your name was updated relating to your I130, IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN. Please check our website at www.uscis.gov for further updates on your case. Please wait until the end of normal processing time before calling customer service at 1-800-375-5283 for live assistance.

I don't know why they updated your name, but it could be that your petition has completed some stage of processing so they updated their lists with your name. I'm just speculating, though. You could e-mail them and ask?
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:16am On Jul 07, 2014
youngbilly1: hello @VO. please I wanna ask a question. is it true that the American embassy denies Nigerian who have been to Malaysia? I will explain better
I wanna goto Malaysia soon and I was told that if I goto Malaysia and I later intend going to the United states i will be denied.

This is a question for the non-immigrant visa thread. BUT, I can tell you that travel to Malaysia is not a disqualification for receiving a visa to the United States.

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