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Old Oct 5th 2002, 1:13 am
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I met my (now) wife from Tennessee almost four years ago and we finally got
married here a couple of months back. I'm British and I've been in the US
(this time) for exactly a year after being initially admitted on a B1/B2 for
6 months. It was my turn to come over and visit for a few weeks but over the
last 4 years we've been apart more than we've been together and the strain
was enormous, so she asked me to stay for several months in which time I
used up all of my savings except for the price of a plane ticket home.
Finally I was about to go back to Britain when a company sponsored an H1B
work visa and I started a temporary contract job 500 miles away from here.

I had been working there four months when my wife told me that she finally
wanted to get married (yeehaa!), so I took a week off work to make the
arrangements and do the deed. While I was away from work I was informed that
I was one of several people who were no longer required by my company, so my
H1 was cancelled. The worry of all this delayed our final decision to get
married but we went through with it anyway, two weeks after my H1 was
revoked. After being apart so much of the last few years it was a major blow
but we'd got so thoroughly sick of being apart that we got married anyway. I
was optimistic that I could find another H1 sponsor pretty quickly but the
IT industry has been in really bad shape for quite a while and after three
months I'm still sitting around unemployed, even with 24 years IT experience
and after blasting out hundreds of applications all over the country.

My wife is two months pregnant, I'm struggling to find work but I'm not
authorized at this point anyway even if I am offered a job. No company would
employ me without seeing proof of my eligibility to work in the US and we
can't file the immigration forms necessary to eventually get me an EAD
because we don't have the money - it's circular!!. I called the INS and one
person there told me about fee waiver form I-724, which I can see reference
on their site but not actually find to download. Even then my wife cannot
act alone as my sponsor because she's on social security and her income is
below the federal poverty line. There is no-one else we know here who could
co-sponsor the I-864 because of their own financial limitations. I've now
been out of work since July and I have had some very good job offers back
in England but can't get back there and, because she's pregnant, my wife
doesn't want me to leave her side as she doesn't know with any degree of
confidence how long an immigrant visa will take to get in order for me to
return. She's also tied to this part of the US because of her other children
and so is unable to move to England, which is sad in itself since I have a
14 year old son there who misses me terribly.

Since I'm unable to move the Americans involved in this equation back to
Britian, I need to be able to work for someone local to this area, but in
this is part of Appalachia there simply isn't any IT industry to speak of
and after four years of looking I admit defeat that there's little no
possibility of finding a sponsor for a new H1 work petition on the basis of
my specialized skills and knowledge here, and I can't just work in any old
job for anyone without an EAD, which I don't have.. My wife is a dear little
soul and I love her very much but I need to work for all of our sakes and if
all else fails I suppose I'd have to take one of the jobs on offer in the UK
which are offering a nice fat salary with relocation assistance and just
send money over, however I don't relish the thought of our child growing up
not knowing his or her father - the Mystery Man who just sends money across
the Atlantic each month! Four years on and we're still basically stuck
between a rock and a hard place or in this case between the INS and the
Ocean! I'm glad I met my wife but I sometimes look back ruefully to former
times in England where for two decades I had plenty of work, plenty of money
and I was able to take any job I wanted without having to ask permission,
however I love my wife and pretty soon the full burden of supporting her, my
stepdaughter, my son and our newborn will be squarely on my shoulders - now
without a work permit I'd call that a daunting task! Any ideas anyone??
ps Could I (at least in theory) get my cancelled H1 petition tranfered to a
new employer and, in time, get them to act as a co-sponsor for the I-864
affidavit of support?? We put off getting married for so long because we
knew it would be a nightmare to resolve the immigration issues and the
problems with both having kids on opposite sides of the Atlantic resolutely
opposed to moving to the other country. Thanks in anticipation for your
help!
 
Old Oct 5th 2002, 2:04 am
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Try the Nashville area. Lots of Brit companys here also. Its an International work environent and your wife would still be in TN. Also Charlotte NC or Raleigh/Durham areas might provide opportunities.
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Default Re: Broke in TN-married USC, no EAD, no sponsors, can't leave,can't stay,help!!

There is a possible solution.

The I-864 is not in force until your AOS interview. So you can file with her income from social security (as long as it is not welfare) and obtain at least your EAD for permission to work. Once you have that permission and obtain a job your income can be counted on the I-864A towards your financial sponsorship as long as you have been living in the household for six months. Which you have been.

Perhaps your wife will have to move out of the Applachin area with you when you find employment but at least she will be in the same country as her children from a previous union. Go the I-724 route for the fee waiver.

Good Luck

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Old Oct 5th 2002, 3:01 am
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I'm a regular on this site. But because what I'm about to do, I'll disguise
my identity.

If I were you, I would forget the rules, forget the silly work EADs and all
the rest of it, just go out and litterally do small jobs for cash. You are
a smart guy, you understand computers, you write well (better than I can
ever hope to), you have the ambition to come across the Atlantic to start
new in another country, you have more brass in your balls than most
red-blooded Americans. Just take the bull by the horns and go pound the
streets. If you are honest and work hard, the word will get around. I
started a small business on this principal in 1985 after 9 years of
engineering, just pulled up stakes one day and went to work on building my
own thing from scratch. It can be done, and with your wife's ssi, you can
probably survive. Just take cash, don't tell anyone what you are doing,
that kind of stuff (gossip) travels like wildfire within the community.
Just work at anything, fix faucets for old ladies, fix lawn mowers, cars,
whatever you can do. Be fair and honest! Once people know you and trust you,
they will be calling you for anything. Get a 2nd phone line, they will be
bugging the heck out of you, I've been there. Then, you can get a older
pickup truck and do more like hauling, moving, things for nursing homes, the
elderly. Just keep your nose to the grind-stone and you will survive, may
be even get rich.. Then, once your crap gets straightened out with INS, you
will have all this experience under your belt and might even decide to throw
away the pocket-protector and never go back.

A plumber had to learn to sweat pipes. It takes about a hour of practice to
do it well. A electrician had to learn about voltage and wire size, you can
buy a book at Home Depot and learn 90% of it in an evening. I'm not some
smart guy, but I can, and have done almost anything just by trying it. You
have already mastered computers, not a easy thing. As far as the rest of
it, it's a no-brainer. There are lazy- ass people all over willing to pay
people to do the most simple chores because they are too scared or unwilling
to try themselves. This is where a good handyman comes in. You can even
change your name on business cards, just get them printed with your new 2nd
line number, pass them out at the local Waffle House parking lot under the
windshield wipers. You can build a good business this way, a business where
you pay all the legal taxes and get the advantage of all the write offs of a
small business owner. I highly recommend it, you can get rich! Then once
your Ead garbage gets straight, the government will benefit from your taxes
you can finally pay legally with your thriving business. You will be one of
the working middle class that supports the rest of the country when you pay
all those taxes every quarter!

Good luck, I feel for you.

"BritMan" wrote in message
news[email protected]...
    > I met my (now) wife from Tennessee almost four years ago and we finally
got
    > married here a couple of months back. I'm British and I've been in the US
    > (this time) for exactly a year after being initially admitted on a B1/B2
for
    > 6 months. It was my turn to come over and visit for a few weeks but over
the
    > last 4 years we've been apart more than we've been together and the strain
    > was enormous, so she asked me to stay for several months in which time I
    > used up all of my savings except for the price of a plane ticket home.
    > Finally I was about to go back to Britain when a company sponsored an H1B
    > work visa and I started a temporary contract job 500 miles away from here.
    > I had been working there four months when my wife told me that she finally
    > wanted to get married (yeehaa!), so I took a week off work to make the
    > arrangements and do the deed. While I was away from work I was informed
that
    > I was one of several people who were no longer required by my company, so
my
    > H1 was cancelled. The worry of all this delayed our final decision to get
    > married but we went through with it anyway, two weeks after my H1 was
    > revoked. After being apart so much of the last few years it was a major
blow
    > but we'd got so thoroughly sick of being apart that we got married anyway.
I
    > was optimistic that I could find another H1 sponsor pretty quickly but the
    > IT industry has been in really bad shape for quite a while and after three
    > months I'm still sitting around unemployed, even with 24 years IT
experience
    > and after blasting out hundreds of applications all over the country.
    > My wife is two months pregnant, I'm struggling to find work but I'm not
    > authorized at this point anyway even if I am offered a job. No company
would
    > employ me without seeing proof of my eligibility to work in the US and we
    > can't file the immigration forms necessary to eventually get me an EAD
    > because we don't have the money - it's circular!!. I called the INS and
one
    > person there told me about fee waiver form I-724, which I can see
reference
    > on their site but not actually find to download. Even then my wife cannot
    > act alone as my sponsor because she's on social security and her income
is
    > below the federal poverty line. There is no-one else we know here who
could
    > co-sponsor the I-864 because of their own financial limitations. I've now
    > been out of work since July and I have had some very good job offers back
    > in England but can't get back there and, because she's pregnant, my wife
    > doesn't want me to leave her side as she doesn't know with any degree of
    > confidence how long an immigrant visa will take to get in order for me to
    > return. She's also tied to this part of the US because of her other
children
    > and so is unable to move to England, which is sad in itself since I have a
    > 14 year old son there who misses me terribly.
    > Since I'm unable to move the Americans involved in this equation back to
    > Britian, I need to be able to work for someone local to this area, but in
    > this is part of Appalachia there simply isn't any IT industry to speak of
    > and after four years of looking I admit defeat that there's little no
    > possibility of finding a sponsor for a new H1 work petition on the basis
of
    > my specialized skills and knowledge here, and I can't just work in any old
    > job for anyone without an EAD, which I don't have.. My wife is a dear
little
    > soul and I love her very much but I need to work for all of our sakes and
if
    > all else fails I suppose I'd have to take one of the jobs on offer in the
UK
    > which are offering a nice fat salary with relocation assistance and just
    > send money over, however I don't relish the thought of our child growing
up
    > not knowing his or her father - the Mystery Man who just sends money
across
    > the Atlantic each month! Four years on and we're still basically stuck
    > between a rock and a hard place or in this case between the INS and the
    > Ocean! I'm glad I met my wife but I sometimes look back ruefully to former
    > times in England where for two decades I had plenty of work, plenty of
money
    > and I was able to take any job I wanted without having to ask permission,
    > however I love my wife and pretty soon the full burden of supporting her,
my
    > stepdaughter, my son and our newborn will be squarely on my shoulders -
now
    > without a work permit I'd call that a daunting task! Any ideas anyone??
    > ps Could I (at least in theory) get my cancelled H1 petition tranfered to
a
    > new employer and, in time, get them to act as a co-sponsor for the I-864
    > affidavit of support?? We put off getting married for so long because we
    > knew it would be a nightmare to resolve the immigration issues and the
    > problems with both having kids on opposite sides of the Atlantic
resolutely
    > opposed to moving to the other country. Thanks in anticipation for your
    > help!
 
Old Oct 6th 2002, 12:07 am
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to my "you won't know"- your advice is risky, stupid, and completely
unnecessary.
I agree with Rete on this one...and as a matter of fact, what she is
suggesting is exactly what my husband and I did. He was unable to find work
after a layoff, so we simply filed my AOS stuff anyways, knowing it would
take some time to get to the interview and in that time, I would get my EAD
and begin working. I had job offers waiting for me, so the day after I got
my EAD card, I went to the SSA office and applied for my SSN. Two days
later, I got the number by phone, and three days after that, I started my
new job, making above poverty line income to qualify for the I-864.

You already have an SSN, so once you receive the EAD you can start working
that day. Going around looking for work illegally is only going to be
frustrating and no matter how "quiet" you try to keep it, the risk that INS
will find out will always be there.
It is perfectly fine to just file your AOS papers with only your wife's
income on the I-864, even if it does not qualify, since presumably once you
have your EAD you can work and add your income to the equation in time for
the interview.
It doesn't have to be IT work to qualify for AOS, the poverty levels are
pitifully low considering the cost of living in many areas of the US, so
even something at minimum wage will probably be enough to put you over the
minimum while you search for a job in your field.

As far as having the money for filing, again, been there done that. It is a
major catch-22 situation. The INS has the discretionary power to waive the
fees if you request it, and provide strong enough evidence that you a)do
not have the money for it, b) NOT waiving the fees would prevent you from
working and aggrevate a hardship to your US citizen spouse (and child to
be), and c) waiving the fees would relieve the hardship, allow you to get
your EAD to begin working and thus be making an income above poverty level
to qualify for your AOS. If you want details on how we made our case to INS
in this regard, email me privately.


"You won't know" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
s.GigaNews.Com
...
    > I'm a regular on this site. But because what I'm about to do, I'll
disguise
    > my identity.
    > If I were you, I would forget the rules, forget the silly work EADs and
all
    > the rest of it, just go out and litterally do small jobs for cash. You
are
    > a smart guy, you understand computers, you write well (better than I can
    > ever hope to), you have the ambition to come across the Atlantic to start
    > new in another country, you have more brass in your balls than most
    > red-blooded Americans. Just take the bull by the horns and go pound the
    > streets. If you are honest and work hard, the word will get around. I
    > started a small business on this principal in 1985 after 9 years of
    > engineering, just pulled up stakes one day and went to work on building my
    > own thing from scratch. It can be done, and with your wife's ssi, you can
    > probably survive. Just take cash, don't tell anyone what you are doing,
    > that kind of stuff (gossip) travels like wildfire within the community.
    > Just work at anything, fix faucets for old ladies, fix lawn mowers, cars,
    > whatever you can do. Be fair and honest! Once people know you and trust
you,
    > they will be calling you for anything. Get a 2nd phone line, they will be
    > bugging the heck out of you, I've been there. Then, you can get a older
    > pickup truck and do more like hauling, moving, things for nursing homes,
the
    > elderly. Just keep your nose to the grind-stone and you will survive, may
    > be even get rich.. Then, once your crap gets straightened out with INS,
you
    > will have all this experience under your belt and might even decide to
throw
    > away the pocket-protector and never go back.
    > A plumber had to learn to sweat pipes. It takes about a hour of practice
to
    > do it well. A electrician had to learn about voltage and wire size, you
can
    > buy a book at Home Depot and learn 90% of it in an evening. I'm not some
    > smart guy, but I can, and have done almost anything just by trying it.
You
    > have already mastered computers, not a easy thing. As far as the rest of
    > it, it's a no-brainer. There are lazy- ass people all over willing to pay
    > people to do the most simple chores because they are too scared or
unwilling
    > to try themselves. This is where a good handyman comes in. You can even
    > change your name on business cards, just get them printed with your new
2nd
    > line number, pass them out at the local Waffle House parking lot under the
    > windshield wipers. You can build a good business this way, a business
where
    > you pay all the legal taxes and get the advantage of all the write offs of
a
    > small business owner. I highly recommend it, you can get rich! Then once
    > your Ead garbage gets straight, the government will benefit from your
taxes
    > you can finally pay legally with your thriving business. You will be one
of
    > the working middle class that supports the rest of the country when you
pay
    > all those taxes every quarter!
    > Good luck, I feel for you.
    > "BritMan" wrote in message
    > news[email protected]...
    > > I met my (now) wife from Tennessee almost four years ago and we finally
    > got
    > > married here a couple of months back. I'm British and I've been in the
US
    > > (this time) for exactly a year after being initially admitted on a B1/B2
    > for
    > > 6 months. It was my turn to come over and visit for a few weeks but over
    > the
    > > last 4 years we've been apart more than we've been together and the
strain
    > > was enormous, so she asked me to stay for several months in which time
I
    > > used up all of my savings except for the price of a plane ticket home.
    > > Finally I was about to go back to Britain when a company sponsored an
H1B
    > > work visa and I started a temporary contract job 500 miles away from
here.
    > >
    > > I had been working there four months when my wife told me that she
finally
    > > wanted to get married (yeehaa!), so I took a week off work to make the
    > > arrangements and do the deed. While I was away from work I was informed
    > that
    > > I was one of several people who were no longer required by my company,
so
    > my
    > > H1 was cancelled. The worry of all this delayed our final decision to
get
    > > married but we went through with it anyway, two weeks after my H1 was
    > > revoked. After being apart so much of the last few years it was a major
    > blow
    > > but we'd got so thoroughly sick of being apart that we got married
anyway.
    > I
    > > was optimistic that I could find another H1 sponsor pretty quickly but
the
    > > IT industry has been in really bad shape for quite a while and after
three
    > > months I'm still sitting around unemployed, even with 24 years IT
    > experience
    > > and after blasting out hundreds of applications all over the country.
    > >
    > > My wife is two months pregnant, I'm struggling to find work but I'm not
    > > authorized at this point anyway even if I am offered a job. No company
    > would
    > > employ me without seeing proof of my eligibility to work in the US and
we
    > > can't file the immigration forms necessary to eventually get me an EAD
    > > because we don't have the money - it's circular!!. I called the INS and
    > one
    > > person there told me about fee waiver form I-724, which I can see
    > reference
    > > on their site but not actually find to download. Even then my wife
cannot
    > > act alone as my sponsor because she's on social security and her income
    > is
    > > below the federal poverty line. There is no-one else we know here who
    > could
    > > co-sponsor the I-864 because of their own financial limitations. I've
now
    > > been out of work since July and I have had some very good job offers
back
    > > in England but can't get back there and, because she's pregnant, my wife
    > > doesn't want me to leave her side as she doesn't know with any degree of
    > > confidence how long an immigrant visa will take to get in order for me
to
    > > return. She's also tied to this part of the US because of her other
    > children
    > > and so is unable to move to England, which is sad in itself since I have
a
    > > 14 year old son there who misses me terribly.
    > >
    > > Since I'm unable to move the Americans involved in this equation back to
    > > Britian, I need to be able to work for someone local to this area, but
in
    > > this is part of Appalachia there simply isn't any IT industry to speak
of
    > > and after four years of looking I admit defeat that there's little no
    > > possibility of finding a sponsor for a new H1 work petition on the
basis
    > of
    > > my specialized skills and knowledge here, and I can't just work in any
old
    > > job for anyone without an EAD, which I don't have.. My wife is a dear
    > little
    > > soul and I love her very much but I need to work for all of our sakes
and
    > if
    > > all else fails I suppose I'd have to take one of the jobs on offer in
the
    > UK
    > > which are offering a nice fat salary with relocation assistance and just
    > > send money over, however I don't relish the thought of our child growing
    > up
    > > not knowing his or her father - the Mystery Man who just sends money
    > across
    > > the Atlantic each month! Four years on and we're still basically stuck
    > > between a rock and a hard place or in this case between the INS and the
    > > Ocean! I'm glad I met my wife but I sometimes look back ruefully to
former
    > > times in England where for two decades I had plenty of work, plenty of
    > money
    > > and I was able to take any job I wanted without having to ask
permission,
    > > however I love my wife and pretty soon the full burden of supporting
her,
    > my
    > > stepdaughter, my son and our newborn will be squarely on my shoulders -
    > now
    > > without a work permit I'd call that a daunting task! Any ideas anyone??
    > > ps Could I (at least in theory) get my cancelled H1 petition tranfered
to
    > a
    > > new employer and, in time, get them to act as a co-sponsor for the
I-864
    > > affidavit of support?? We put off getting married for so long because we
    > > knew it would be a nightmare to resolve the immigration issues and the
    > > problems with both having kids on opposite sides of the Atlantic
    > resolutely
    > > opposed to moving to the other country. Thanks in anticipation for your
    > > help!
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
 
Old Oct 6th 2002, 12:23 am
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oops...."my" should read "mr"

"Mrs_Blackross" wrote in message
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    > to my "you won't know"- your advice is risky, stupid, and completely
 
Old Oct 7th 2002, 12:54 am
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I guess that a pretty big difference of opinon exists on the best way out of
this sticky situation. A very big thank you to those people who replied to
my appeal for help.

I have a couple more questions: 1) Anyone know where I can get the fee
waiver form I-724 from? 2) If by some minor miracle I can get a UK company
to pay my relocation expenses to move back to the UK and work there for a
while instead does anyone know how long it would take to get an immigrant
visa from London? With my wife being pregnant a year is obviously way too
long to be gone but if it was just three to four months I guess we might be
able to rough it out - at least I'd be working and able to send money over
in the mean time, something I can't do here yet without breaking the law.

BritMan wrote in message
news[email protected]...
    > I met my (now) wife from Tennessee almost four years ago and we finally
got
    > married here a couple of months back. I'm British and I've been in the US
    > (this time) for exactly a year after being initially admitted on a B1/B2
for
    > 6 months. It was my turn to come over and visit for a few weeks but over
the
    > last 4 years we've been apart more than we've been together and the strain
    > was enormous, so she asked me to stay for several months in which time I
    > used up all of my savings except for the price of a plane ticket home.
    > Finally I was about to go back to Britain when a company sponsored an H1B
    > work visa and I started a temporary contract job 500 miles away from here.
    > I had been working there four months when my wife told me that she finally
    > wanted to get married (yeehaa!), so I took a week off work to make the
    > arrangements and do the deed. While I was away from work I was informed
that
    > I was one of several people who were no longer required by my company, so
my
    > H1 was cancelled. The worry of all this delayed our final decision to get
    > married but we went through with it anyway, two weeks after my H1 was
    > revoked. After being apart so much of the last few years it was a major
blow
    > but we'd got so thoroughly sick of being apart that we got married anyway.
I
    > was optimistic that I could find another H1 sponsor pretty quickly but the
    > IT industry has been in really bad shape for quite a while and after three
    > months I'm still sitting around unemployed, even with 24 years IT
experience
    > and after blasting out hundreds of applications all over the country.
    > My wife is two months pregnant, I'm struggling to find work but I'm not
    > authorized at this point anyway even if I am offered a job. No company
would
    > employ me without seeing proof of my eligibility to work in the US and we
    > can't file the immigration forms necessary to eventually get me an EAD
    > because we don't have the money - it's circular!!. I called the INS and
one
    > person there told me about fee waiver form I-724, which I can see
reference
    > on their site but not actually find to download. Even then my wife cannot
    > act alone as my sponsor because she's on social security and her income
is
    > below the federal poverty line. There is no-one else we know here who
could
    > co-sponsor the I-864 because of their own financial limitations. I've now
    > been out of work since July and I have had some very good job offers back
    > in England but can't get back there and, because she's pregnant, my wife
    > doesn't want me to leave her side as she doesn't know with any degree of
    > confidence how long an immigrant visa will take to get in order for me to
    > return. She's also tied to this part of the US because of her other
children
    > and so is unable to move to England, which is sad in itself since I have a
    > 14 year old son there who misses me terribly.
    > Since I'm unable to move the Americans involved in this equation back to
    > Britian, I need to be able to work for someone local to this area, but in
    > this is part of Appalachia there simply isn't any IT industry to speak of
    > and after four years of looking I admit defeat that there's little no
    > possibility of finding a sponsor for a new H1 work petition on the basis
of
    > my specialized skills and knowledge here, and I can't just work in any old
    > job for anyone without an EAD, which I don't have.. My wife is a dear
little
    > soul and I love her very much but I need to work for all of our sakes and
if
    > all else fails I suppose I'd have to take one of the jobs on offer in the
UK
    > which are offering a nice fat salary with relocation assistance and just
    > send money over, however I don't relish the thought of our child growing
up
    > not knowing his or her father - the Mystery Man who just sends money
across
    > the Atlantic each month! Four years on and we're still basically stuck
    > between a rock and a hard place or in this case between the INS and the
    > Ocean! I'm glad I met my wife but I sometimes look back ruefully to former
    > times in England where for two decades I had plenty of work, plenty of
money
    > and I was able to take any job I wanted without having to ask permission,
    > however I love my wife and pretty soon the full burden of supporting her,
my
    > stepdaughter, my son and our newborn will be squarely on my shoulders -
now
    > without a work permit I'd call that a daunting task! Any ideas anyone??
    > ps Could I (at least in theory) get my cancelled H1 petition tranfered to
a
    > new employer and, in time, get them to act as a co-sponsor for the I-864
    > affidavit of support?? We put off getting married for so long because we
    > knew it would be a nightmare to resolve the immigration issues and the
    > problems with both having kids on opposite sides of the Atlantic
resolutely
    > opposed to moving to the other country. Thanks in anticipation for your
    > help!
 
Old Oct 8th 2002, 1:55 am
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BritMan wrote:
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    > while instead does anyone know how long it would take to get an immigrant
    > visa from London? With my wife being pregnant a year is obviously way too

If your wife files the forms in the US I would guess (and it's only a
guess) that it would take the better part of a year.

If she could return to the UK with you and file the forms at the US
consulate in London (this requires her to be resident in the UK) then
the process would take 3-4 months
 
Old Oct 8th 2002, 1:55 am
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BritMan wrote:
[ ... ]
    > while instead does anyone know how long it would take to get an immigrant
    > visa from London? With my wife being pregnant a year is obviously way too

If your wife files the forms in the US I would guess (and it's only a
guess) that it would take the better part of a year.

If she could return to the UK with you and file the forms at the US
consulate in London (this requires her to be resident in the UK) then
the process would take 3-4 months
 
Old Oct 8th 2002, 1:59 am
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BritMan wrote:
[ ... ]
    > while instead does anyone know how long it would take to get an immigrant
    > visa from London? With my wife being pregnant a year is obviously way too

If your wife files the forms in the US I would guess (and it's only a
guess) that it would take the better part of a year.

If she could return to the UK with you and file the forms at the US
consulate in London (this requires her to be resident in the UK) then
the process would take 3-4 months
 
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Time is not the issue with this poster. The financial inability of his wife is the problem they are having in completing the I-864. Suggested they go with filing with her social security income as is and his getting an EAD and a job to supplement it will put them over the top when they have their interview and can submit a new qualifiable I-864. But apparently Brit doesn't think it is an option for them and would rather go back to the UK to work, save money and wait out the processing of the I-130 and the subsequent Waiver needed for his long overstay.

Wishing them the best of luck, especially with a new baby on the way and her here and him over there.

Rete

Originally posted by L D Jones:
BritMan wrote:
[ ... ]
    > while instead does anyone know how long it would take to get an immigrant
    > visa from London? With my wife being pregnant a year is obviously way too

If your wife files the forms in the US I would guess (and it's only a
guess) that it would take the better part of a year.

If she could return to the UK with you and file the forms at the US
consulate in London (this requires her to be resident in the UK) then
the process would take 3-4 months
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Old Oct 8th 2002, 2:32 am
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