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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:44pm On Feb 07, 2018
Ameera2018:
Good day AbujaNIV and LagosNIV,

My Dad is a permanent resident (Green card) in the US and will be eligible to apply for citizenship this year. As soon as he gets his citizenship he plans to file an immigration petition for my siblings and i to come over to the US and get our own green card. I however have had 3 B1/B2 visa on my 4th one now and i have no intention of settling in the US i enjoy visiting and returning back to Nigeria.

My question is, given that the above filing process may take up to 10 years can in the space of the years while my petition is waiting to be reviewed continue to apply for my B1/B2 tourist visa? or i wont be able to visit the US till my petition is reviewed.

Kindly advice

Good afternoon,

As noted previously, a pending immigrant visa does not necessarily preclude someone from being approved for a nonimmigrant visa. Officers adjudicating nonimmigrant visas consider many factors when making decisions, including ties to the home country and intent of travel. Ultimately, the officer will make the decision based on whether or not the applicant qualifies for the visa class in question and overcomes the presumption of immigrant intent during the intended temporary stay.

I hope this is helpful.

Best,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:43pm On Feb 07, 2018
kellany:
Hello vo, I want to know how long does it takes a u.s citizen filling for brother or sister to migrate

Good afternoon,

Please visit the Visa Bulletin on travel.state.gov for the most current cutoff dates for family preference visas: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin.html. At this time, the cutoff date for F4 visa applicants from Nigerian is 22 July 2004, which means those applicants whose petitions were filed prior to this date are eligible to move forward with the process.

Best,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:42pm On Feb 07, 2018
Aos29:
VO,
Please what will happen at the interview if once medicals is not concluded by the panel physician yet for one reason or another?
Thanks

Good afternoon,

The medical exam is a required part of the immigrant visa petition. As such, if the medical is not ready at the time of the interview, the visa(s) application will be refused pending the receipt of this documentation. The refusal can be overcome by submitting a complete, cleared medical exam to the consulate.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:41pm On Feb 07, 2018
mrsbw:
Hello VO

My husband's brother filed a F4 petition for him in 2016 and I was listed as a derivative beneficiary.

I am preparing to renew my US B1/B2 visa now

1) Does the F4 petition reduce our chances of getting a B1/B2 renewal, as our case won't be current for about another 10 years

2) When answering the DS-160 Question "Has anyone ever filed an immigrant petition on your behalf with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services?", should my answer be Yes or No, as I am not the direct beneficiary of the petittion

Thank you

Good afternoon,

A pending immigrant visa does not necessarily preclude someone from being approved for a nonimmigrant visa. Officers adjudicating nonimmigrant visas take a wide variety of factors into consideration when making decisions, including ties to the home country and intent of travel. Ultimately, the officer will make the decision based on whether or not the applicant qualifies for the visa class in question and overcomes the presumption of immigrant intent during the intended temporary stay.

If you are included as a derivative on an immigrant visa petition, then your relative has filed for you and you should indicate this on your DS-160 for a nonimmigrant visa.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:40pm On Feb 07, 2018
Akeem1759:
Compliment of the Season VO.. Pls I'm writing on behalf of my Sister. She got married to A US Citizen few months back.. The said Husband is a Nigeria man who won a Visa Lottery about 23yrs ago.. then He filed for her wife and three Children and they all are now a US citizen.. now this Man has been divorced for more than 7yrs before he later met my sister here in Nigeria who was a widow for more than 6yrs before they eventually got married 3months ago . The husband wants my sister to come down to the US permanently and he doesn't know how to go about this any longer based on its been long he did that.. Now my question is what type of Visa Category will I have to file for my Sister here? What are the necessary documents the husband needs to send down to us?? Having filed for a wife before though they are now divorced, does this has anything to do with my Sister? ... NB: the said man is a federal civil servants in the US.. thanks

Good afternoon,

Filing petitions is done through United States Custom and Immigration Services (USCIS) and they would be better equipped to answer the finer points of your questions. U.S. citizens may file for their spouses if they would like for them to immigrate to the U.S. They must file separate petitions for their children.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:38pm On Feb 07, 2018
basco124:
Hi, I have a few questions surrounding a K1 visa. When the petitioner submits the signed form I-134 for the interview, does the Lagos Embassy accept this form scanned or does it have to be original 'wet signature', meaning I would have to mail it from the States so my finacee has it.

Secondly, I plan on providing the last 3 years tax transcripts, is this fine or do I need to include my federal returns (1040's) notarized, as well? I have other documents that i will be providing but I keep reading conflicting information regarding tax transcripts and/or federal returns and whether or not it needs to be notarized as well.

Lastly, I read that when providing chats as evidence, it should not be copied to Microsoft Word (for example), but should be from the site. However, with both facebook and whatsapp, they have an option to where you can export your chat, which is in text format (whatsapp) and facebook exports it into like HTML format, but still just text basically. So, is this an issue? Should I just do screenshots instead? Also, the chats for both cover the time span of one year. Most people say to include about 4 pages per month, to show the continued correspondence month to month, instead of providing thousands or pages of chat. Do you agree that this would suffice, about 4 pages per month (I think I may have did 7 pages). But again, if text format isnt good, I will have to revisit this and do it again (screenshots?) so she will have the proper evidence for the interview.

Thanks so much for your help and guidance!

Good afternoon,

K visas are currently sent to the consulate electronically, which means that we do accept the scanned affidavit of support forms included in the initial petition. You should plan to bring the petitioner’s most recent tax returns (2016). How you choose to present the chat records is up to you. The consular officer may ask to see a variety of documents depending on the case.

Best,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:36pm On Feb 07, 2018
Chibest34:
Hello, I will like to ask how long does NVC reply after your k1 visa petition has been approved and how does they contact you?

Good afternoon,

Questions regarding the scheduling of interviews should be directed to the National Visa Center. Contact information can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/national-visa-center/nvc-contact-information.html.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:35pm On Feb 07, 2018
jxlan:
Greetings VO,

I would like to ask you about a diversity visa.

I got my dv visa in 2016, on my application i included my son, so i filled a ds260 for him. my question. i want to start to process him to come to the USA with his mother, do i have to petition for him and the mother or i only petition for the mother only?

your advise will be of great help.


Good afternoon,

If you are currently a lawful permanent resident (LPR), you may file for a spouse with a child as a derivative on the petition. If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need to file separate petitions for your spouse and children. You should visit uscis.gov for further inquiries on filing petitions for family members.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:35pm On Feb 07, 2018
onyiblanche:
good evening VO. good work you are doing here, God bless you, merry christmas and a very happy new year.
my question is; for a family in f4 visa category, is there a visa fee due at interview, is there a separate fee for the green card they ll be sent upon arrival in the USA.if yes what are the fees fro adults and kids respectively. thank you.

Good afternoon,

Yes, there is a visa fee due at the time of the interview, which is a processing fee. There is also a separate fee for the green cards. If the visas are approved, the applicants will be given instructions on how to start the green card process and pay the processing fee before arriving in the United States. The fee for a standard immigrant visa interview is currently $325 per person. The green card fee is currently $220 per person.

The U.S. Consulate in Lagos processes immigrant visas, while USCIS handles the processing of green cards. For further information on the green card process, please refer to uscis.gov.

I hope this is helpful!

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:34pm On Feb 07, 2018
bleek1:
Hello sir, my immigrant interview as being schedule by the NVC and I am preparing to go for it soon sir. I lost my Nigeria wife about 5 years ago through a fire accident and now I have got married to an American citizen woman, I am here to ask if I can use a sworn affidavit death certificate issued from the high court of law in Nigeria to attend my interview sir please your response will be appreciated sir.

Thank you sir.

Good afternoon,

You will need to bring some form of original death documentation to the interview, and bear in mind that the consular officer may ask you for additional documentation. I hope this is helpful.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:33pm On Feb 07, 2018
Good afternoon all! VO is back and ready to answer your questions again. As always, please do not make multiple posts with the same question. We will do our best to answer your questions in a timely fashion.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:29pm On Dec 14, 2017
souleymon:
Hello
I would like to know if the meeting fiancee in the past two years before filing application(I-129) is applicable to spouse application I 130 too

Good afternoon,

The spouse visa does not have the same meeting requirements as the fiance(e) visa.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:28pm On Dec 14, 2017
lexxycool:
Hello

I just got my permanent residency in the United States...cant wait to file in for my wife n two kids.

Pls how do I go abt it...how long is it going to take and what is the success rate like?

Thanks

Good afternoon,

You will need to file petitions for them in the United States, which you may do as a lawful permanent resident. Please go to USCIS.gov for more information on filing petitions.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:27pm On Dec 14, 2017
Stanleyelege:
Hello,

I am a Nigerian schooling in Australia. My wife is an American as we met and married in Australia.
Recently, she has been pushing that we relocate to US after my studies.
She claims to miss her family so much and can't leave me behind in Australia.
For me, Australia is a beautiful country with better wages compared to America. She insists that with my degrees, I'll be fine in America.

I do not want to go there on visiting visa.
Can I get any other visa type since we are already married.

Regards

Good afternoon,

If you are married to a U.S. citizen, your spouse may file an immigrant visa petition for you. Depending on the length of time of your marriage, your spouse may file for you as a CR1 spouse (married less than 2 years) or an IR1 spouse (married more than 2 years). More information on filing an immigrant visa petition can be found on uscis.gov.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:25pm On Dec 14, 2017
Aos29:
Dear VO,
Once again thank you for all the efforts in trying to answer and /or clarify certain issues on immigrants visa.

Going through many posts in some forums, alot of people are having difficulty in creating/registering their profiles in other to pick up their passports and visa.

PLEASE COULD YOU INTIMATE THE CONSULATE ABOUT THE PROBLEM PEOPLE ARE HAVING ON CREATING/REGISTERING THIER PROFILES, SO THAT THEY CAN REVIEW THE PROCESS.

Good afternoon,

We understand that this is a new system and can be frustrating. When you are given the information on creating a profile, there is a helpline number on the sheet of paper (under the location of the collection center). You should call the helpline to inform them of the issue.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:24pm On Dec 14, 2017
chinwe12:
Hello vo I'm scheduled to have my interview on January and was wondering if my visa could be sent to the DHS office in porthacourt as stated on the website, if it could be sent to porthacourt then are there chances for the visa to be lost during transit because a friend of mine told me that the chances of the visa to be lost during transit from Lagos to porthacourt is high so I want to verify how true this is.
Thanks for the great work you are doing here

Good afternoon,

Immigrant visas may only be collected at the GSS Document Collection Center in Lagos. If you cannot come to Lagos, you may fill out a proxy form to have another person collect it for you.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:23pm On Dec 14, 2017
lambaprince:
Good morning VO,
I just submit my choice of address and agent form DS261, my problem is I m currently doing my postgraduate in the Philippines, I d like to know if it is possible for me to schedule and take the interview here in the Philippines or I will have to go to Nigeria to do it.
Thanks

Good afternoon,

When your petition is considered documentarily complete by the National Visa Center, they will schedule an appointment for you. You do not necessarily need to interview in Nigeria if you are living in the Philippines. You should make sure to contact the NVC and let them know your current residence for scheduling purposes.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:20pm On Dec 14, 2017
Rol3nd:
Good day VO

I really appreciate the good work sir.

Last month my wife filled for (K-1) and all information submitted are accurate and truthful but birth certificate i submitted is the one issued by the Local government from my home town, now i am confuse because this same certificate i used through out my school days and for my school here in SA.

My questions are :

1: Is this birth certificate not recognize by USCIS, because i found a forum here and lots of people are talking about NPC birth certificate.

2: We hope this wont result to not getting approval on our case or what should do i do as we already received the form I-797C notice of application received.

I will appreciate your quick response on these...Thanks.

Good afternoon,

It sounds like this is a question regarding paperwork that the National Visa Center will accept. You should direct your inquiry to their offices.
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:18pm On Dec 14, 2017
djfrancis:
Hello everyone,

I would like to know if K3 application is still on in Nigeria.

I would also like to know if an individual who has been denied on B1 B2 visa severally would have problems with a K1 visa (even though I pass all the requirements needed for this class of visa I.e calls n chats, receipts of gifts, travel history with my fiancee e.t.c.) or the person should just do a CR 1 visa.

Finally, I would like to know how long K1 or CR 1 visa takes to get completed.

Please I would need answers from anybody as I am starting to get frustrated with the whole process. Private messages or emails are welcomed. Thanks.

Good afternoon,

My understanding is that we do not process K3 visas at the consulate at this time.

As previously noted, nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas are adjudicated with different considerations in mind so prior B1/B2 refusals may not necessarily have a negative impact on the adjudication. Immigrant visas are adjudicated based on the claimed relationship between the petitioner and the beneficiary. As for the length of time it takes for a petition to be filed, approved, and scheduled for an interview, it depends on a number of factors. As such, it is impossible to state with specificity how long the different processes would take.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:13pm On Dec 14, 2017
Naaakua:
Hello VO officer,

I have come again but now on behalf of a friend that is more than a sister.
A long story hopefully you will read and understand. Please and thank you in advance.

Questions and a little detail about her situation. She is married traditionally, no traditional marriage celebration yet but bride price is already paid and all. Her traditional and white wedding celebration is coming up July next year. She resides in the United States and she is a US citizen, she will be graduating school next year may 2018 and she wants to invite her husband to come to her graduation and after the graduation, they will both return to Nigeria for their marriage preparation and celebration with their families including me (because she has picked me as her maid of honor), because that is where our both parents live and also her husband is still in theological school in Nigeria, due to the fact that he is on the road to becoming a priest and next year will be his last year before he can be Ordained. They don't want to jeopardize all the years he has put in for his passion.
The main story is that my friend's school offers invitation letter to present at the immigration to family members and loved ones to attend graduation from outside the country. Her concern according to her and she confiding in me, is that before her husband married her traditionally, he had gone to the US embassy twice (in a space of two weeks) for a conference visa to attend a church conference that the church wanted him and his Mentor (Archdeacon) to attend and the church was sponsoring the trip but he was denied both times. The first time he got denied, he said that the interviewer told him he was too young (34 years old), but the church decided to send him back again to the embassy since the mentor they paired him up with to go to the conference got his visa, they thought that with that influence that the embassy will also issue him a visa since it was both of them that they are sending to the conference. The second time he was told that the conference is not enough reason to be going to America. The ironic thing is that the church sent him and his mentor on the same conference, but the mentor got the visa based on the conference that he was denied a visa. My question now is, since she wants her husband to come for her graduation ceremony, and she doesn't have family or loved ones here to attend and she is an only child. Her first graduation, no one was there for her including me because I had traveled which I felt bad that I wasn’t there for her. She felt so lonely and sad because everyone else had their family and loved ones with them but she didn't. Her heart desire right now is that she wants her husband to be present at her graduation and after which both of them can travel back to Nigeria for the wedding ceremony and all before she can petition for her husband to come live with her in the United States since she is a US citizen.
Question 1:
Please do you think that his previous appearance to the embassy will have any impact on him going again to the embassy since her husband went there already twice, but this time around with the invitation that my school will give to him. Or should she just forfeit him coming for her graduation which will be a dream come true for her, and just fill fiancé Visa for him after their wedding in July 2018 or just fill for Green Card for him?

Note please she also gave me details about his previous application:
The first time he was denied on the 27th of Sept 2017, but the church scheduled an appointment for him (in space of two weeks) again in the notion that the Archdeacon that they are sending both of them to the conference got his visa. So he went for a second interview on 18th of October 2017.
In his ds160 form, she said that that husband said to her that, he put married because he was married (paid bride price) to a girl which things didn't work out with both reasons being that the previous girl (wife) couldn't cope with the church traditions, rules, and regulations. The girl’s family returned the bridal price to him at the end of September 2017 after 7 to 8 months of separation because the family wanted the girl's happiness. Within this period, my friend has traveled to Nigeria, the husband proposed to her, they got engaged and he married traditionally in November 2017 and they are now waiting for their white wedding and court wedding next year after her graduation. Which both of them plan to return to Nigeria together for the rest of the celebration, where both of their parents, family members, and friends are.
My friend's husband to what I understand is that he has to do a white wedding in Nigeria before he can be ordained a priest because that is the only wedding the church recognizes. Also if he leaves Nigeria without finishing his theological school, he will lose his chances of becoming ordained as a priest after putting in his 6 years in. I heard that he is very passionate about his ministry work.
Now my friends greatest fear is that she doesn't know what will happen if or when he goes back to the embassy with the invitation letter from her school here in the States to attend her graduation. If the interviewer would think or look at him like he is desperate to go to the United States when that is not the case. she doesn't know what to do, my friend is highly in limbo, cries and has sleepless nights about this situation.

Question 2:
Her husband has never done a white wedding or court wedding before. She stated that he can't get a divorce paper being that there was never a court wedding involved before or white wedding in his previous marriage. Does he have to get a letter stating that he is no longer married to the first girl (wife) or what can he do?


Question 3:
If it is possible for her husband to attend her graduation if he is filling out the Ds160 application again, what should he do or should he put my friends name as his wife even though there is no court marriage yet until July next year but he has pictures and their upcoming invitation for their wedding in Nigeria, and remove the first name he put in the previous application because he is no longer married to the first girl. Does he have to get a letter stating that he is no longer married to the first girl (wife) or what can he do?


I wish her well and I pray that her happiness will be complete soon because she really helped me when I was going through mine as well.
Any advice will be gladly appreciated
Please and thank you, help a sister/ a great friend in need.

I came back to ask on her behalf here on nairaland because this was where I got help when I needed my husband to come to the United States to live with me and our baby, I am a born US citizen. Which nairaland helped me and I am happily living with my husband in the states now.
Thank you
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Good afternoon,

I believe the first and third part of this question were answered already (the person in question posted earlier). For part 2, if a spouse was married before, the individual will need to provide evidence that the marriage was terminated. And we're happy to hear that this forum was helpful for you and your spouse when you went through the process.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:07pm On Dec 14, 2017
koolkesh:
Good day VO,

I sent my original Birth Certificate and I also sent an Original attestation of birth (I was asked to send the attestation to support the type of birth certificate I have) to NVC. I read on the checklist of items to bring along to the interview that I would need to bring along Original birth certificate and photocopy, I would like to know if my original attestation of birth would be given to me without the photocopy because I cannot currently find any copy of the attestation of birth. I would appreciate your candid advise on this.

Thanks in advance.




Good afternoon,

If you sent your documents to the National Visa Center, copies should be in the file. You will need to bring the original documents with you.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:06pm On Dec 14, 2017
SDG1:
Dear VO,My question is what specific questions asked during green card visa applicant interview?

Good afternoon,

First, the immigrant visa interview is not an interview for a green card; it is an interview for a visa. Green cards are issued in the United States by USCIS after an immigrant has entered the United States and filed the proper paperwork and paid the relevant fees.

In terms of the questions the officer may ask, it depends. Remember that the immigrant visa adjudication is based on the claimed relationship between the petitioner and the beneficiary. As such, an applicant can generally be expected to answer questions about this relationship.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 2:03pm On Dec 14, 2017
djfrancis:
Never mind. Went through the thread and got my answer on this issue. Apply and attach nee passport to old passport for interview.

But I have another issue VO. I have been denied 4 times in the last 2 years for b1 b2 visas (lack of economic ties). And I am currently applying to US schools for fall 2018 session. I hope these will not affect or clash with my K1 visa my fiancee is planning on filing for me? I would also like to know which is shorter, filing for a spouse or filing for a fiance as my fiancee intends to visit this year and we are planning on carrying out a court wedding.


Good afternoon,

While prior nonimmigrant visa applications may be reviewed during the immigrant visa adjudication, prior refusals in NIV are not necessarily relevant to that adjudication, as immigrant visa decisions are made based on the relationship between the petitioner and the beneficiary.

The U.S. consulate is not involved in the filing of petitions. Petitions must be filed in the United States with USCIS and the filing process can be longer or shorter for a variety of reasons unrelated to the visa class. As such, we cannot comment on the relative lengths of time for different petitions.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 1:59pm On Dec 14, 2017
Good morning VO,

Please permit me to ask a question.

A little story about my situation.
I am married traditionally, no traditional marriage celebration yet but bride price is already paid and all. Our traditional and white wedding is coming up July next year. I reside in the United states and I am a US citizen, i will be graduating school next year may 2018 and i want my husband to come for my graduation and after the graduation, we will both return to Nigeria for our marriage preparation, because that is where our both parents lives and also he is still in theological school in Nigeria because he is on the road to becoming a priest and next year will be his last year before he can be Ordained we don't want to jeopardized all the years he has put in for his passion. My school offers invitation letter to present at the immigration to family members and loved ones to attend graduation from out the country.

The story is that before my husband married me traditionally, he had went to the US embassy twice (in a space of two weeks) for a conference visa to attend a church conference that the church wanted him and his Mentor (Archdeacon) to attend and the church was sponsoring the trip, but was denied both times. The first time he got denied, he said that the interviewer told him he was too young (34 years old), but the church decided to send him back again to the embassy since the mentor they paired him up with to go to the conference got his visa, they thought that with that influence that the embassy will also issue him a visa since it was both of them that they are sending to the conference. The second time he was told that the conference is not enough reason to be going to America. The ironic thing is that the church sent him and his mentor on the same conference, but the mentor got the visa based on the conference that he was denied visa.

My question now is, since i want my husband to come for my graduation ceremony since i don't have family or loved ones here to attend. I am an only child. My first graduation, i felt so lonely and sad because everyone else had their family and loved ones with them but i didn't. I want him to be present at my graduation and after we both can travel back to Nigeria for the wedding ceremony and all, before I can petition for him to come live with me in the states. Please do you think that his previous appearance to the embassy will have any impact on him going again to the embassy since he went there already twice but this time with the invitation that my school will give to him. Or should i just forfeit him coming for my graduation and just fill fiance Visa for him after our wedding in July 2018 or just fill for Green Card for him.

Any advice will be gladly appreciated
Please Help a sister in need.
Thank you in advance


Good morning,

It sounds like you are asking about the merits of filing for an immigrant visa over a nonimmigrant visa at this time. We cannot provide advice to applicants on such matters and I cannot comment on the NIV process. Please be aware that applicants who are traditionally married in Nigeria are considered married for the purposes of U.S. immigration and as such may not be issued fiance visas. These applicants are informed that they should file for spouse visas through USCIS. I hope this is helpful.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 1:56pm On Dec 14, 2017
djfrancis:
Good morning Vo,

My fianceé is planning on filing for a K-1 visa for me asap. The issue I have is that my passport will be expiring in August 2018. Is it advisable she continues with the application or wait till I get a new passport?

Hope to hear from you soon.



Good afternoon,

Applicants may get a new passport prior to the completion of the application. In such cases, applicants should generally bring their old passports with them to the interview.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 1:52pm On Dec 14, 2017
KosiWahala1:
Good afternoon, VO - I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, over there in Nigeria.

My husband had his CR1 visa interview just the day before Thanksgiving - his visa was approved, and he was told it would be ready for pickup within 10 business days. Today, his visa status on CEAC changed from Administrative Processing to Issued. Does that indicate that his visa may possible, could be, might be ready for pickup at DHL early this coming week? smiley

I am busy trying to secure him an airline ticket, using SkyMiles, and the seats are filling up fast - and the price is climbing - due to the holidays. Our son and I want him here as soon as we possibly can arrange it, before Christmas - so I am just trying to map out a plan to arrange for his travel at the earliest possible moment.

Thanks for all you do, in service to the United States.

Good afternoon,

Please contact LagosIV@state.gov for a status update. You should include your husband's case number and his full name so that they can track the case.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 1:51pm On Dec 14, 2017
Onigirl:
Hi VO

I was at the embassy for my K1 visa interview on the 6th of November. My visa was approved however I was told to submit a police certificate from London since I lived there for a while. The pleasant CO gave a site to follow per the police report application. She also handed me a white slip, circling where I'd drop off the documents with my passport and my visa will be ready 10 days from whenever I brought them in.
I took them in a week later. I've been tracking the progress of my application and it's says "Administrative processing". I've been reading through comments and AP is a blackhole. I've called and emailed the embassy but no joy.

My case number is LGS2017740017. I'm not sure if you deal with individual cases but I'd appreciate it if you could kindly look into our case.

This journey has cost us a lot of stress and money. Thank you so much for your help.

Good evening.

Good afternoon,

Again, we cannot comment on individual cases in this forum. Please email LagosIV@state.gov and include your case number and your full name so they can give you an update on the case.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 1:49pm On Dec 14, 2017
Toosure90:
Dear VO, I dropped a document and my passport at the DHL Dropbox office at Victoria Island Lagos on the 3rd of November, after 6 business days my wife was sent an email from the embassy about my case and why I do not qualify for the visa class (CR1). Ever since then I wonder why I haven't been called to come pick up my passport.. Please VO, tell me how to go about my passport. I need it.. Can you help me check if my passport is still at the embassy or sent back to the DHL office for pickup.. Passport number : A08656097

Good afternoon,

We cannot answer questions on specific cases in this forum. If you haven't gotten your passport back yet, please contact LagosIV@state.gov.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 3:32pm On Nov 21, 2017
Olatoki:
VO thanks for being a good friend to us intending immigrants to the state �� for your timely response, please I need clarification on one of the list required for medical test and that is immunization records? I’m quite confused as to this? How do someone get immunization records?
Thanks � once more


Good afternoon,

These are questions for the panel physician, who conducts the required medical exams and tests for all immigrant visa applications (this includes the immunization records form). If you have already scheduled an appointment with one of these physicians, you should contact their office with your inquiry.

Regards,
VO

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Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 3:31pm On Nov 21, 2017
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Good afternoon,

Once the National Visa Center has received all documents and fees, they work with the U.S. consulate to schedule the interview. NVC schedules these appointments one month in advance. Most appointments are set within 60 days of NVC receipt of all requested documentation, although this is not guaranteed. You will receive an invitation letter for your interview to notify you of the date, time, and location of the interview.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 3:25pm On Nov 21, 2017
pretty16:


Good morning V.O., really appreciate the good work you are doing here sir. Got my case complete, in September, and we were told to wait 60days. My PD is July 2011 under F1 category. ( Unmarried children of U.S citizens). I have 2 kids and we informed NVC about it, so they were added to my case at the NVC stage, with all fees paid. My boyfriend and I have been living together since I had my first child. Am expecting my 3rd baby, although not planned, but as a Christian I believe every child is a blessing.

My question and concern sir is, when I have my baby who is not due to come until next year, how do I add my baby to my case, since we have already gotten case complete? Will I need to get an international passport for the "new born" what documents will be required? And how will we pay the Visa fee?

Then 2ndly, if I get my interview before giving birth, will I be asked to go give birth before coming for my visa, I asked this becos a lady told my mom that she was asked by the consular officer to go and give birth before coming back for her visa, that I might be told same thing, and my mom said but her category is different from mine and all cases are different as the lady was in the F2A category, and mine is F1. Would really appreciate your response on these. Thank you and have a great day

Good afternoon,

For visa classes where derivatives may be added, it depends on where the file is. If the file is still with the National Visa Center, the principal applicant should contact them with the birth certificate of the child so they may add the child to the petition. If the file has already been sent to the consulate, the principal applicant should email the consulate with the same information on the child. At that time, they will also need to obtain a medical exam for the child, fill out a DS-260 biographical form, and be prepared to pay the fee for the new baby at the time of the interview. The baby will also need an international passport.

In terms of giving birth before or after an interview, if the baby is due before the principal applicant plans to travel, the baby will still require all the necessary documentation listed above in order to be issued a visa.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards,
VO
Travel / Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 9:33am On Nov 17, 2017
Good morning,

We appreciate your questions on the immigrant visa process in this forum and understand that questions will arise. We also recognize that the process can be stressful. However, please refrain from asking the same question multiple times. VO cannot check the forum every day. We do our best to answer the questions as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. Repeat questions will be removed from the forum.

Similarly, please refrain from using this forum for questions related to B1/B2 visas, F1 student visas, and other nonimmigrant visa classes. There are separate forums for these questions.

Regards,
VO

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