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immihelp
11-14-2006, 05:08 PM
Complete information about fiance visa is available at
http://www.immihelp.com/visas/kvisa/

wlazimi
01-06-2007, 11:15 PM
MY FIANCE HAD HIS INTERVIEW ON FRIDA ANS WAS DENIED BECAUSE THEY SAID I PUT IN OUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. NOW WE GOT MARRIED IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE IMMIGARATION OFFICE SAID THAT OUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE WAS NOT VALID IN THE US SO TO PUT IT JUST TO SHOW PROOF THAT WE WERE TOGHTER. NOW THE EMBASSY IN PAKISTAN SAID HE CAN NTO GET HIS VISA BECAUSE THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE WAS IN THERE. WHAT SHOULD I DO????? WHO IS WRONG?????:confused:

analo
02-01-2007, 11:45 AM
Complete information about fiance visa is available at
http://www.immihelp.com/visas/kvisa/
my fiacee was denied a visas under sec 221(g)by a consular officer and she was told that the case was going to be sent to homeland security for a decision what could be the problem in such a case and could scu be revocked by the DHS

RCM
02-24-2007, 02:35 AM
Please revise you information page on the timing of filing the AOS for K1 fiancee's after marriage. They do not have to file before the visa expires. We filed a full 14 months after the visa expiration...no problem. There's no reg or law saying when AOS app must be filed. One legal text used by immigration lawyers even suggests that K2 might consider waiting two years after marriage so that they can receive the PRS card without the conditional aspect where the marriage is less than two years old when status is adjusted. My wife received her regular green card because of the fact that the card was approved more than two years from the date of marriage.

Detdet
03-28-2007, 10:48 PM
My fiance and i intend to get marry here in Korea this comming April, before my fiance go back to US and stay at Ft. Bliss on May. We are confused where to file the I-130 form. Are we going to file it at US Embassy here in Korea or we'll send it to USCIS Texas where the nearest USCIS office to him? :confused: Please let us know.

lawman
07-04-2007, 10:45 AM
Congratulations on getting married.

The determination as to what office you should submit your I-130, Petition for Alien Relative is based on where "you" the petitioner will be residing at the time of filing.

If you will be outside the United States, and would like to sponsor your spouse, you can submit your I-130 petition with the nearest U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) abroad. On USCIS website it will provide you with a listing of overseas offices.

Or you can file your I-130 at the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy in the country you will get married in. To see if there is an USCIS office in the country you are traveling to, you should go to USCIS website that will provide you with a listing over overseas Field Offices.

If you decide that after you marry, and you return to the U.S., then you would file your I-130 petition with the USCIS Service Center for processing.

Also, if you are a U.S. Citizen, and would like for your spouse to enter into the U.S. while your I-130 is pending review with a USCIS Service Center, you can have him enter the U.S. under a K3 visa. (Only for the spouse of a U.S. Citizen that is residing abroad, waiting for USCIS to approve their I-130 petition. The I-130 MUST be pending in order for your spouse to qualify for a K3 visa).

Good Luck!

thracee09
07-22-2007, 10:40 AM
hi! I will be getting married on October to my fiance in the US with a H1b visa/working visa. Our plan is that he will be sponsoring me to obtain an h4 visa. I am just concerned because I am a nursing graduate and other people said that if they know that a person is a nursing graduate they usually make it hard to give a visa, However, we really do love each other and we have all the necessary documents. What do you think? should I tell them that I am a nursing graduate? will that affect my visa approval? also how long will that visa thing be? because we have plans of going to the US together, and he is only allowed by the company to be here in a month.

kingtharak
08-07-2007, 06:47 AM
I want to ask you something .My fiance is now staying with her family in New york She had visa as assyllee (benificiary of I-73 petition) .Her passport expired once she went to immigration office the officer said her that she couldnt renew passport that time and also she can't go to india . In this case is any way for me to go to USA?. Now i'm in U A E on visit visa . She had there 2 years . We are planning to live each other . i hope you can help my problem
thanking you
tharak..................

maraeiquar
08-26-2007, 06:03 AM
dont know where to find the information...i'm under K1 visa and we already got married still waiting for I485 but i also need to find some doctor that would be cheap since my husband is recently unemployed...is there any hospital that we can go to that would not cost too much...

survivor
09-02-2007, 09:06 PM
Help ASAp

I entered as K1 and got married with my fiance within the 90 day period. i have a daughter in the phils. How would i get here to come to the US and what are the things i should do and where should i start? she already has a passport but no visa stamped on her passport yet.
anyone could help me pls? thanks so much.

DaytonaFiremedic
09-02-2007, 11:27 PM
how old is she? Is she married? etc etc. give more details. if she is your child under 21 and unmarried you could have brought her with you on a K2 visa. Sounds like now your husband will have to file a I-130 for her as his stepdaughter, this will get her a greencard. Anyway give more details so I can steer you in the right direction.
Help ASAp

I entered as K1 and got married with my fiance within the 90 day period. i have a daughter in the phils. How would i get here to come to the US and what are the things i should do and where should i start? she already has a passport but no visa stamped on her passport yet.
anyone could help me pls? thanks so much.

maricar88
09-25-2007, 10:44 PM
how old is she? Is she married? etc etc. give more details. if she is your child under 21 and unmarried you could have brought her with you on a K2 visa. Sounds like now your husband will have to file a I-130 for her as his stepdaughter, this will get her a greencard. Anyway give more details so I can steer you in the right direction.
hi!! i read your letter here and i have almost same i got here in US first and got married for K1 visa now my son is here !! how can i change status for my son :confused: can you let me know how to do all the file form's and my son is 8 year's old and i wanna finish this AOS for him before the I-94 expired hope you can help me i need big help :(

ngfc
10-25-2007, 10:49 PM
Applicants are ineligible under section 221(g) because the applicant failed to bring some information or document, or some further procedure or review by the consulate office or another U.S. government agency must be completed. During the interview the consular will advice you on further steps to getting together the correct documents.


Often 221g indicates that you need to submit more documentation to bolster the information you have already provided. You will be informed at the time of your application/interview what further information is required and be given a chance to resubmit your application. * In order to submit additional documents, individuals refused a visa under Section 221(g) need to reapply for a visa during normal working hours.
* Applicants may reapply within a twelve-month period without paying a new application fee. After one year, an application refused under Section 221(g) is terminated under section 203 (e) of the INA.

Good Luck
God Bless

franklytruth
11-28-2007, 09:06 AM
i am filling the G-325A with the form I-130 for my spouse, in order to prepare for the K3 visa. and i am having troubles filling the line 10:
this form is submitted on connection with an application for: what should i write in the case OTHER, and what should my spouse write also in this place.
help me please, and thanks beforehand

indianium
11-29-2007, 07:17 PM
You may get your answer @ http://www.immihelp.com/forms/g-325a-biographic-information.html

*This is not a legal advice. Please consult your immigration attorney for legal advice.

myrah
02-04-2008, 11:03 PM
Help ASAp

I entered as K1 and got married with my fiance within the 90 day period. i have a daughter in the phils. How would i get here to come to the US and what are the things i should do and where should i start? she already has a passport but no visa stamped on her passport yet.
anyone could help me pls? thanks so much.


hi i read your post just today feb4,2008,about how are you going to get your daughther from Philippines...what happen to your situation?I have the same situation and dont know where to start the processing..thanks in advance kababayan

jimchay
02-21-2008, 06:26 AM
i am just new here, i just want to get an advice to someone who has knowledge about this matter. i got my interview to consular officer last feb 7, 2008, what i heard in him is that i'm ok but i have to secure NBI clearance for the name that appeared in my birth certificate (which is other name). i recieved a pink slip and tell to pay visa delivery to delbros. I submitted the document requested together with my passport Feb. 11, but until now i haven't quite sure if i am approved to issue a K1 visa. I am worried actually, pls anyone in here who can help me about this matter. is it possible to know if i am approved or not and how long i can able to receive my visa? thank u!

friskymiker2000
04-14-2008, 11:28 PM
Help ASAp

I entered as K1 and got married with my fiance within the 90 day period. i have a daughter in the phils. How would i get here to come to the US and what are the things i should do and where should i start? she already has a passport but no visa stamped on her passport yet.
anyone could help me pls? thanks so much.


Hi My fiancee just had our first baby and how can I process the baby's paper works?

friskymiker2000
04-14-2008, 11:32 PM
how old is she? Is she married? etc etc. give more details. if she is your child under 21 and unmarried you could have brought her with you on a K2 visa. Sounds like now your husband will have to file a I-130 for her as his stepdaughter, this will get her a greencard. Anyway give more details so I can steer you in the right direction.


Hi Daytona,

When I filed for K1 visa as fiance'e we plan to have a baby for year 2007 now our baby is 4 months old how can I include her to go with her to USA I was reading some of the information that I can apply for her US citizenship being born outside USA please advice thanks

ann1989
06-03-2008, 01:39 AM
Please help me. I am really worried about our visa. . . my mom is already in the states she go there 2 weeks ago because our visa is not yet here and when we call to the embassy they said we will just wait but they kept on saying that we have to wait for 2 weeks then when we call again they said another 2 weeks again.. we applied same time with our mother but our passport has been delayed 2 days so we passed our passport 2days after our interview.. my mom is k-1 applicant and we are k-2 applicants.. my sister is 15 years old and the time that we applied I am 18 yrs. Old but now I am 19.. does it affect my age that’s why the visa haven’t been issued up to now? How long does it takes before we can get our visa? Does it takes year before we can follow our mom?

IndianToUsa
06-05-2008, 08:00 PM
i dont undrstand why the families cant come over together...anyone know? so far it seems horrible that its not arranged so all can go together or at least they should have some assurance as WHEN the family can be together. :/ jan

izzy339
08-24-2008, 03:15 PM
Hi everyone
I'm wondering if anyone can help me with some info?
My fiancee submitted his petition for a K visa at the Tampa USCIS so that we can marry in the US, I am a UK resident and although they give some timeframes (as a guideline only) on the website for other visa's they make no mention of the K1 Visa.
Has anyone on here filed at Tampa before? and how long between filing till we can expect to hear anything at all? He was able to just walk in and give the clerk the relevent documents and was told everything looked to be in order and that he would hear from them by telephone or letter should they require anything more? we were careful to submit everything they asked for so as not to have to delay uneccessarily.

Any information is greatly appreciated as this is quite overwhelming :(

Izzy

Maysans
09-13-2008, 03:52 PM
hi.. anyone who had interview or recieved packet 4 instructions from chennai US Consulate ..can u please tel me wht documents are required to be submitted in VFS office before interview..

i recieved only a email with date and time for my K3 visa interview ..

its very important .. pls help ..
thank you

inlove
09-28-2008, 07:50 PM
I need some advice..I'm in Europe, and my boyfriend is in U.S. He is citizen..We wanna be in marriage, soon is in possible...But , we need advice how..?

What is the best way? I can come in U.S. , in visit...But, what we can do that I am legally stay there, with him? Marry? And what is the next step? I would like get social number and legal visa for long stay with him, but how? How much I need a time for that?

Or, is better to marry in Europe? Than what? How long I would wait for spouse visa?

I hope some can help...I ' m in love:-)

malou
10-07-2008, 02:52 AM
Sir/madam:

I wanna ask about foreign fiance and I,,he was married to a filipina here in the Philippines only at Catholic Church in the year of 1995,,but not get married in the U.S.A,this woman is U.S citizen right now.

they are already divorced for 5 years now.I getting a little confuse about the the termination of marriage in the U.S since they are not married there,,my question is, I and my foreign fiance can marry here in the Philippines to a Catholic Church? I think, even their marriage here is valid? what should I do? I hope I can hear you soon..

Thank you
Marilou

nikunj8383
10-09-2008, 01:13 AM
dear all,,
i m new to this community as our case is bitt practical and stressed.

me and my wife were in love since last 15 years and in Jan-06 we get registered married in court. her family was not agree due to our soical diffrence just a group(Ghor).
her details are,

she went to USA in July 2003. (her grand father adopted here and took her to usa) live with them and work in their store.
return to india in Jan 06 for holiday and we thought that family try to separate us so we married each other legaly. and she back to usa.
again when she return in feb 08 we declared our marriage, they have idea before us so it was a issue, i took legal help and got my wife they dont want return her passport and SSN, but we got it with legal help and she back to usa in april 08, and living with my far relative there. she got interview on Nov 08 and she has filled my name as well. so new passport will come on our name.

our problems are,

as she lived with family she work with them and they havent showed her tax so she havent filled any tax return till date.

how she can or some one can sponsor me for spouse visa.

how should we start our procedure, we wish to apply from india as our marrige ceremony is not done and we wish to make it.

i am in uk in student visa doing my masters in hotel mgt and abt to complete. if you could help us i would be thank ful to all the members. atleast it can reduce our stree as we are waiting since long to live together, u all can undestand.

thank you verymuch for reading,
Regards,
Nik

GaryCundall
10-23-2008, 01:25 PM
My wife's friend, a girl from back home, came here on a fiance visa. Her friend got married and the change of status was approved. They had a baby about a month ago. Three days ago she found out that her husband was cheating on her and she and the baby left at least until she can find out what her options are.

She did everything she was supposed to but now has few options as her husband never let her out in public without him and also never gave he any money.

She is currently safe and staying with us while she goes through this.

Does anyone know what she can do? She wants to keep her child.

Thanks for you help in advance.

richiee
11-11-2008, 02:41 AM
i have apply for immigrant visa I-130 9th april2008
when i will get visa call
please reply as soon as possible
Thank you so much

trump
11-13-2008, 06:29 PM
Hi,

My fiance did not clear her first interview at mumbai consulate but they didnt deny her visa either. She was asked to provide more documents (police clearance & proof of relationship -- more pics and passport) and we have provided them -- this time in a much more organized way (binders, albums, labels, detailed emails etc).

When she submitted the new documents, VFS told her what we will get a decision in 2 working days. Its been 3 days now and the passport tracking link on VFS says they havent gotten the passport from consulate.

How long does it take usually to get this type of response? Should I call the consulate? Any suggestions on my next steps?K

linaiwei
11-16-2008, 01:10 PM
Greeintgs,

I have my sister co-sponsoring with me for my fiance. My sister has filed joint tax returns with her husband. For the I-134 Affidavit of Support, does my brother in law have to sign the same one my sister signs, or does he have to sign his own I-134 affidavit as well?

Please Answer asap..or even call me at 347-863-9035.
This is for the American Counselate in Guangzhou.


Thanks ,
Erik

gyrogir
01-03-2009, 09:33 PM
So you found a foreign man/woman whom you want to bring into the USA and marry. You will need a k-1 visa.
I met a Chinese woman online, and here is a rough outline of what I had to do and pay to get her (and her son) into the USA. (Current date of this info is 3 January 2009.)

Note two things here. 1.) In my case, some costs were double for me since I brought her son into the USA and sponsored him too. I will try to point out these extra costs.
And 2.) most American men naturally pick a much younger woman as their fiancée. My fiancée is only 4 years younger than I am, (46), and I am very happy with her. We are very blessed, and the process and cost were well worth it. (My wife will probably never read this so don’t think I am sugar coating it for her sake or my well being.) It would take too long to explain all the positive points. But here are a few things to consider regarding marrying a much younger woman: she will want a child, and you may feel like you are too old… Also, can you keep her satisfied during the long term? (I’m not just talking about sex.)
Know this: You will have to sponsor /support her indefinitely, even after divorce, so you better be sure.

Also, the process may seem complicated, and it is a little complicated and costly, but you can do it without an attorney. A lawyer will, of course, cost you much more, and using a lawyer can actually take longer. (Mistakes, regardless of who makes them, will cost time.) I did the whole thing without an attorney and without paying anyone for help, and my fiancée and I were together in as short of time as possible, (9 months).
Note that the process is a bunch of red tape for a few good reasons: 1.) It is our government’s responsibility to keep us safe from undesirable immigrants, and 2.) the government is trying to ensure that your fiancée does not become a financial burden to US tax payers.

Now, the process:
You have to meet you fiancée in person. You must have proof that you and your fiancée spent time together in the same physical place. Your fiancée is likely to not be able to come to America – the US government will probably not give her a visa to visit, so you will have to go visit her. Go to the US post office or someplace else and apply for your passport. It will cost you about $120. You will receive your passport about two months later. Then you have to bring your passport, (and any other documents they require), to the foreign embassy in the USA to apply for a visa. In my case, the nearest Chinese Embassy was in Houston, and they accepted nothing by mail. Fortunately, there is a service, (and this service is probably common everywhere there is a foreign Embassy in the US); this service will accept your passport and visa application through the mail, and they will walk your visa application through the foreign embassy and mail your passport and visa back to you. I think this service and visa cost me about $160.

While you are waiting for your passport and visa, send the G-325A forms to your fiancée and have her begin working on these. This document will take some time to complete, especially if your fiancée is not fluent in English. (See below about the G-325A and other forms).

There is a time limit on your visa, and there is no guarantee you will even get the visa, so never buy plane ticket or pay any other costs until you get the visa in your hand. (This is also true when expecting the k-1 visa further down the process.)

You can make plans and purchase airfare after you have your passport and visa in your hand. You may save significant money if you book your flight a few weeks out. This will give you time to prepare for your trip. (Try not to get too anxious during any of this process.)

In my case, I have never been outside of the USA, but going to China was a wonderful and easy experience – I had no problems.
Keep your receipts, (motel, meals and taxi fare), air fare ticket stubs, etc. Collect anything that can be used to prove that you met your fiancée. Take many photos from various sources, (different cameras if possible). Capture objects and signs in the background that prove you were in her country, together. Smile! Act like you love each other!

The clock starts ticking after you submit your I-129F form. The I-129F is the application for a k-1 fiancee visa; this is how you will get your fiancée into America. You will want to begin working on this application as soon as you return home from visiting your fiancée. In my case, my fiancée was in America 9 months after I mailed off the I-129F and the other required documents to the USCIS, (Immigration Service).

Just read the instructions that come with the I-129F. You can get the I-129F form, instructions, and the other forms from the www.uscis.gov website, (click on the “forms” tab). Make sure that you get the latest and up-to-date forms from this website. The USCIS changes these forms from time to time, and they will not accept old expired form formats.

It might be helpful for yourself and the USCIS agent handling your application if you include a cover letter and table of contents with your I-129F packet.
At the very least, with your I-129F application you will have to include G-325A forms (biographical info for you and your fiancée); you and your fiancee’s birth certificates, passports, and divorce documents; your visa; child custody papers; proof of your meeting (photos & receipts from your trip), I-134 form (Affidavit of Support), a letter of your intent to marry and support your fiancee; copies of your emails, chat sessions, (maybe text messages & phone bills), letters and packages exchanged, engagement ring, etc.
Also note that G-325A and other forms may have to be prepared for any children who will accompany your fiancée into America.

Make at least three copies of the completed I-129F and everything else that you send to the USCIS. Use the “receipt confirmation” service at the post office to ensure that your package gets to the USCIS.
The USCIS website and I-129F instructions should tell you where to send your I-129F packet. In my case, I sent it to Houston (as directed), and two weeks later I received it back with a letter stating that I had to send it to the Vermont office. (Try not to get mad and kill someone; the entire process will be a very frustrating.)

A few weeks after you (correctly) mail off the I-129F packet, you will receive a letter, (called a NOA1), which is confirmation that your packet has been received and is waiting attention. Your packet / case will sit idle for a few months before anyone looks at it. Hopefully, you have done everything correctly, else they will send it all back to you after it has sat there for months, and you will have to correct it and send it back again. Remember, this is the federal government you are dealing with, and they have you over a barrel if you know what I mean.

If everything goes well, a few months later you will receive a Notice of Approval for I-129F, (the NOA2). The USCIS will then send your packet to the NVC (National Visa Center). A few weeks later you will get a letter from the NVC or the US Embassy with a case number and indication that your application has been sent to the US Embassy nearest to your foreign fiancée.

(Don’t be too worried if the time intervals are longer than I have sated here; it always seems longer when you are living it, and the durations are dependent on the workload these USCIS agents are under. It is very tempting to write emails and letters to the Embassy and the USCIS, but it will do no good – they will just ignore your attempts to contact them and ask questions.)

(Oh, by-the-way, soon your fiancée (and her kids) will have to travel to the US Embassy for a visa interview, so she should be practicing her English. I don’t think it is a requirement to be able to speak English, but it would be better all the way around if she can. Also consider the extra traveling and per diem cost of her making this trip and the one week stay at the US Embassy.)

About a month or two after the US Embassy (near your fiancée) receives your I-129F packet, they will send your fiancée a packet of instructions and additional forms. You will likely receive three such packets (or notices) before the actual k-1 visa interview. Follow the instructions. There’s not much you can do ahead of time except get many certified and translated copies of birth certificates, divorce documents, custody papers, passport style photos, etc. The US Embassy will require a criminal background check and other timely documents, but do not get these until notified or they may become out-dated. You will be instructed NOT to sign some of the forms until a specific time and place. You will be instructed to mail some (not all) forms and a checklist back to the US Embassy to indicate that you are ready for the next step / packet.

You will need to send your fiancée a copy of the entire I-129F packet, (remember I told you to make at least three copies…), and the NOA letters, and everything else, plus some additional info like a family tree sheet, etc. so your fiancée can bring it to the visa interview. See what the Embassy requires and send it to her right away as this will delay the interview date.

This part was a little confusing because you have to keep track of who the form instructions are written for. For the I-129F, the instructions were written to you, the person who wants to import a foreign spouse. Some of the packets and applications you will encounter now will be addressed to your foreign fiancée, so keep this in mind.

At this point, your foreign fiancée is collecting the items on the checklist. Do not send the items to the Consulate. Just collect the items and keep them. Send back the checklist and only the other document as instructed in the packet. (I think these are called packet 3 and 4.)

Eventually, you will be given an interview date. The US Embassy will likely have a specific hotel for your fiancée to stay in. They may even provide an agent to meet your fiancée at the hotel and walk your fiancée through the process. The first order of business is the medical exam from a specific doctor/facility. Of course, they want to be sure that your fiancée is no risk to you and the rest of us in the USA.
Your fiancée will stay in the US Embassy hotel after the medical examination and the following three day wait before the interview.

Make sure your fiancée brings EVERYTHING to the interview.

Any children involved will have to attend the visa interview and receive a medical exam also. These children are called “derivates” and will receive what’s called a k-2 visa. No special forms or procedures are required for the (k-2) children, just mention them where requested in all the forms. Later, after being married, you will have to submit a separate I-485 form for the children. Nevertheless, your fiancée must inquire about the k-2 visa in the checklist phase and during the medical exam and interview.

In our case, the interview was very short and sweet. The US Embassy was backed up and they did not have the luxury of taking time with my fiancée, which was good because my fiancee’s English was very weak.
The Embassy will tell you “yea” or “nay” at the completion of the interview, but no visa will be given immediately.
My fiancée waited in the hotel an extra week to get her visa in hand. The other option is to go back home and wait for the mail to send it. Do you trust the foreign country’s mail service?

At the very least, your fiancée will be given a visa stamp in her passport and some medical records and possibly other sealed documents to bring with her to America. Do not open these sealed documents, Ever! Some of these documents will be presented to the port-of-entry guards when she steps off the plane in America, and others, (like the sealed X-rays and medical exam), will be given to the Civil Surgeon (doctor) after you are married and she is applying for permanent residency.

After receiving the visa, the anxiety continues as your fiancee’s prepares to leave her home. She is about to leave everything she has and knows to be with you. Do you deserve that? Are you (and your fiancee) prepared for the homesickness, the cultural shock, boredom and all the other many challenges that will follow. You and her will have to make unusual commitments and consider many things that normal couples need not deal with.

Mailing her clothes and other possessions will cost. Once in America, it will be at least several months before your fiancée can re-visit her home country (or any other country). But eventually, it will cost to occasionally send your fiancée/spouse back to her native country to visit her mom and dad. (The point is that the cost never stops coming. You better make sure it is worth it. It was/is well worth it to me and my new friends who are and have gone through the same process to be with their foreign spouse. I just hope it is good for you too.)

Again, don’t buy the plane tickets until she has the visa in her hand and you have discussed all the necessary arrangements and considerations.
Some foreign fiancée families may insist that you travel to them for a proper wedding in their traditional way.

Prepare your fiancée for customs and port-of-entry hassles at the airport – it can be a nightmare when considering all the unknowns, other junk and worries your fiancée will have floating around in her head.

Now, your finacee is in America. You have three months to marry, but you better plan on getting married within two months . (Never wait till the last minute because you never know what will happen.) The k-1 visa requires that you be married within 3 months else she has to return to her home country. (By-the-way, the paperwork does not stop, read on…)
Two months will give you and your fiancée time to decide if you want to go through with the wedding. If you are a typical American man like me, you didn’t have much of a clue as to what and how to plan for a wedding. (You would think I would know since I was married twice before, but you would be wrong.)
Also, your fiancée may want, (her family may insist) that you be married in her home country in their traditional way; (more cost). Do this before she arrives in America with her k-1 visa.

To give you an idea of the cost (as best as I can recall), my foreign wife and I met online one and a half years ago, and we were married a month ago. Her son came with her and is now my step-son. I paid all the cost. In my case, the big ticket items were $4500 on my 8 day trip to China; ~$4000 for my and their airfare to LAX and back to my home state; and the $1010 (time two = $2020) I-485 fee to apply for permanent residency (which I will discuss later.). Other cost which I remember, (I’m sure I have forgot many), were $455 for the I-129F fee; ~$1000 for the interview related stuff; ~$300 for other documents, translations and photos; ~$200 for the Civil Surgeon fee, $350 for passport and visa, and $1 to $25 each time I mailed something. (I sent everything through the US Postal Service – it works for me.) I also sent her $400 each month as support after she gave up her business to make a full time business of preparing documents, etc. to get her visa and prepare to come to America.

Once you are married and have a certified marriage certificate, you must submit an I-485 form (Status Change to Permanent Residence) and additional forms and documents as instructed in the I-485 instructions. Many of the supporting forms and documents were the same as you included in the I-129F packet, so never throw away anything, and always make extra copies of everything. Beware, the G-325A forms that you sent with the I-129F -- these are needed again, but some info has changed since you and your fiancée are now married, so correct all as necessary.

Some vaccinations will be required, but do not pay for an additional medical exam! A special doctor called a Civil Surgeon is required to handle the vaccination. You can find a registered certified Civil Surgeon at www.USCIS.gov. Try to talk to this doctor ahead of time to make sure you both understand what is needed. In my case, my (now) wife and step-son received many required vaccinations in their home country. Still, they were required to receive two vaccinations: tetanus and MMR (mumps and measles). Remember, they do not need to re-take a medical examination.

Also file a I-765 (for work and an ID), and I-131 (for travel). These forms may be needed to receive a social security number and to allow your new wife to travel outside of the USA. Submission of these I-765 & I-131 forms at this time should not cost anything extra, but will cost you if you submit then separately later on.

I have just send the I-485 packet off to change my wife and step-son’s status to permanent residence so they can stay in the USA. Yes, this is necessary and must be done soon after you marry.
As I stated before, one of the documents you sent with your signature states that you vow to support your new wife and children even if you get divorced, so beware.

I am not sure what the next step is, but I think my wife and step-son will receive a green card soon which they will have to renew every so often (which will probably cost more money).
I’m sure at some point they can pursue becoming naturalized citizens, but I think they may lose their Chinese citizenship by doing so… something to consider.

I think this is all correct. I am going from memory so don’t hold me to any of this. But this should give you a reasonable idea of what to expect.
The current date is 3 January 2009.

mida360
01-22-2009, 10:26 PM
So you found a foreign man/woman whom you want to bring into the USA and marry. You will need a k-1 visa.
I met a Chinese woman online, and here is a rough outline of what I had to do and pay to get her (and her son) into the USA. (Current date of this info is 3 January 2009.)

Note two things here. 1.) In my case, some costs were double for me since I brought her son into the USA and sponsored him too. I will try to point out these extra costs.
And 2.) most American men naturally pick a much younger woman as their fiancée. My fiancée is only 4 years younger than I am, (46), and I am very happy with her. We are very blessed, and the process and cost were well worth it. (My wife will probably never read this so don’t think I am sugar coating it for her sake or my well being.) It would take too long to explain all the positive points. But here are a few things to consider regarding marrying a much younger woman: she will want a child, and you may feel like you are too old… Also, can you keep her satisfied during the long term? (I’m not just talking about sex.)
Know this: You will have to sponsor /support her indefinitely, even after divorce, so you better be sure.

Also, the process may seem complicated, and it is a little complicated and costly, but you can do it without an attorney. A lawyer will, of course, cost you much more, and using a lawyer can actually take longer. (Mistakes, regardless of who makes them, will cost time.) I did the whole thing without an attorney and without paying anyone for help, and my fiancée and I were together in as short of time as possible, (9 months).
Note that the process is a bunch of red tape for a few good reasons: 1.) It is our government’s responsibility to keep us safe from undesirable immigrants, and 2.) the government is trying to ensure that your fiancée does not become a financial burden to US tax payers.

Now, the process:
You have to meet you fiancée in person. You must have proof that you and your fiancée spent time together in the same physical place. Your fiancée is likely to not be able to come to America – the US government will probably not give her a visa to visit, so you will have to go visit her. Go to the US post office or someplace else and apply for your passport. It will cost you about $120. You will receive your passport about two months later. Then you have to bring your passport, (and any other documents they require), to the foreign embassy in the USA to apply for a visa. In my case, the nearest Chinese Embassy was in Houston, and they accepted nothing by mail. Fortunately, there is a service, (and this service is probably common everywhere there is a foreign Embassy in the US); this service will accept your passport and visa application through the mail, and they will walk your visa application through the foreign embassy and mail your passport and visa back to you. I think this service and visa cost me about $160.

While you are waiting for your passport and visa, send the G-325A forms to your fiancée and have her begin working on these. This document will take some time to complete, especially if your fiancée is not fluent in English. (See below about the G-325A and other forms).

There is a time limit on your visa, and there is no guarantee you will even get the visa, so never buy plane ticket or pay any other costs until you get the visa in your hand. (This is also true when expecting the k-1 visa further down the process.)

You can make plans and purchase airfare after you have your passport and visa in your hand. You may save significant money if you book your flight a few weeks out. This will give you time to prepare for your trip. (Try not to get too anxious during any of this process.)

In my case, I have never been outside of the USA, but going to China was a wonderful and easy experience – I had no problems.
Keep your receipts, (motel, meals and taxi fare), air fare ticket stubs, etc. Collect anything that can be used to prove that you met your fiancée. Take many photos from various sources, (different cameras if possible). Capture objects and signs in the background that prove you were in her country, together. Smile! Act like you love each other!

The clock starts ticking after you submit your I-129F form. The I-129F is the application for a k-1 fiancee visa; this is how you will get your fiancée into America. You will want to begin working on this application as soon as you return home from visiting your fiancée. In my case, my fiancée was in America 9 months after I mailed off the I-129F and the other required documents to the USCIS, (Immigration Service).

Just read the instructions that come with the I-129F. You can get the I-129F form, instructions, and the other forms from the www.uscis.gov website, (click on the “forms” tab). Make sure that you get the latest and up-to-date forms from this website. The USCIS changes these forms from time to time, and they will not accept old expired form formats.

It might be helpful for yourself and the USCIS agent handling your application if you include a cover letter and table of contents with your I-129F packet.
At the very least, with your I-129F application you will have to include G-325A forms (biographical info for you and your fiancée); you and your fiancee’s birth certificates, passports, and divorce documents; your visa; child custody papers; proof of your meeting (photos & receipts from your trip), I-134 form (Affidavit of Support), a letter of your intent to marry and support your fiancee; copies of your emails, chat sessions, (maybe text messages & phone bills), letters and packages exchanged, engagement ring, etc.
Also note that G-325A and other forms may have to be prepared for any children who will accompany your fiancée into America.

Make at least three copies of the completed I-129F and everything else that you send to the USCIS. Use the “receipt confirmation” service at the post office to ensure that your package gets to the USCIS.
The USCIS website and I-129F instructions should tell you where to send your I-129F packet. In my case, I sent it to Houston (as directed), and two weeks later I received it back with a letter stating that I had to send it to the Vermont office. (Try not to get mad and kill someone; the entire process will be a very frustrating.)

A few weeks after you (correctly) mail off the I-129F packet, you will receive a letter, (called a NOA1), which is confirmation that your packet has been received and is waiting attention. Your packet / case will sit idle for a few months before anyone looks at it. Hopefully, you have done everything correctly, else they will send it all back to you after it has sat there for months, and you will have to correct it and send it back again. Remember, this is the federal government you are dealing with, and they have you over a barrel if you know what I mean.

If everything goes well, a few months later you will receive a Notice of Approval for I-129F, (the NOA2). The USCIS will then send your packet to the NVC (National Visa Center). A few weeks later you will get a letter from the NVC or the US Embassy with a case number and indication that your application has been sent to the US Embassy nearest to your foreign fiancée.

(Don’t be too worried if the time intervals are longer than I have sated here; it always seems longer when you are living it, and the durations are dependent on the workload these USCIS agents are under. It is very tempting to write emails and letters to the Embassy and the USCIS, but it will do no good – they will just ignore your attempts to contact them and ask questions.)

(Oh, by-the-way, soon your fiancée (and her kids) will have to travel to the US Embassy for a visa interview, so she should be practicing her English. I don’t think it is a requirement to be able to speak English, but it would be better all the way around if she can. Also consider the extra traveling and per diem cost of her making this trip and the one week stay at the US Embassy.)

About a month or two after the US Embassy (near your fiancée) receives your I-129F packet, they will send your fiancée a packet of instructions and additional forms. You will likely receive three such packets (or notices) before the actual k-1 visa interview. Follow the instructions. There’s not much you can do ahead of time except get many certified and translated copies of birth certificates, divorce documents, custody papers, passport style photos, etc. The US Embassy will require a criminal background check and other timely documents, but do not get these until notified or they may become out-dated. You will be instructed NOT to sign some of the forms until a specific time and place. You will be instructed to mail some (not all) forms and a checklist back to the US Embassy to indicate that you are ready for the next step / packet.

You will need to send your fiancée a copy of the entire I-129F packet, (remember I told you to make at least three copies…), and the NOA letters, and everything else, plus some additional info like a family tree sheet, etc. so your fiancée can bring it to the visa interview. See what the Embassy requires and send it to her right away as this will delay the interview date.

This part was a little confusing because you have to keep track of who the form instructions are written for. For the I-129F, the instructions were written to you, the person who wants to import a foreign spouse. Some of the packets and applications you will encounter now will be addressed to your foreign fiancée, so keep this in mind.

At this point, your foreign fiancée is collecting the items on the checklist. Do not send the items to the Consulate. Just collect the items and keep them. Send back the checklist and only the other document as instructed in the packet. (I think these are called packet 3 and 4.)

Eventually, you will be given an interview date. The US Embassy will likely have a specific hotel for your fiancée to stay in. They may even provide an agent to meet your fiancée at the hotel and walk your fiancée through the process. The first order of business is the medical exam from a specific doctor/facility. Of course, they want to be sure that your fiancée is no risk to you and the rest of us in the USA.
Your fiancée will stay in the US Embassy hotel after the medical examination and the following three day wait before the interview.

Make sure your fiancée brings EVERYTHING to the interview.

Any children involved will have to attend the visa interview and receive a medical exam also. These children are called “derivates” and will receive what’s called a k-2 visa. No special forms or procedures are required for the (k-2) children, just mention them where requested in all the forms. Later, after being married, you will have to submit a separate I-485 form for the children. Nevertheless, your fiancée must inquire about the k-2 visa in the checklist phase and during the medical exam and interview.

In our case, the interview was very short and sweet. The US Embassy was backed up and they did not have the luxury of taking time with my fiancée, which was good because my fiancee’s English was very weak.
The Embassy will tell you “yea” or “nay” at the completion of the interview, but no visa will be given immediately.
My fiancée waited in the hotel an extra week to get her visa in hand. The other option is to go back home and wait for the mail to send it. Do you trust the foreign country’s mail service?

At the very least, your fiancée will be given a visa stamp in her passport and some medical records and possibly other sealed documents to bring with her to America. Do not open these sealed documents, Ever! Some of these documents will be presented to the port-of-entry guards when she steps off the plane in America, and others, (like the sealed X-rays and medical exam), will be given to the Civil Surgeon (doctor) after you are married and she is applying for permanent residency.

After receiving the visa, the anxiety continues as your fiancee’s prepares to leave her home. She is about to leave everything she has and knows to be with you. Do you deserve that? Are you (and your fiancee) prepared for the homesickness, the cultural shock, boredom and all the other many challenges that will follow. You and her will have to make unusual commitments and consider many things that normal couples need not deal with.

Mailing her clothes and other possessions will cost. Once in America, it will be at least several months before your fiancée can re-visit her home country (or any other country). But eventually, it will cost to occasionally send your fiancée/spouse back to her native country to visit her mom and dad. (The point is that the cost never stops coming. You better make sure it is worth it. It was/is well worth it to me and my new friends who are and have gone through the same process to be with their foreign spouse. I just hope it is good for you too.)

Again, don’t buy the plane tickets until she has the visa in her hand and you have discussed all the necessary arrangements and considerations.
Some foreign fiancée families may insist that you travel to them for a proper wedding in their traditional way.

Prepare your fiancée for customs and port-of-entry hassles at the airport – it can be a nightmare when considering all the unknowns, other junk and worries your fiancée will have floating around in her head.

Now, your finacee is in America. You have three months to marry, but you better plan on getting married within two months . (Never wait till the last minute because you never know what will happen.) The k-1 visa requires that you be married within 3 months else she has to return to her home country. (By-the-way, the paperwork does not stop, read on…)
Two months will give you and your fiancée time to decide if you want to go through with the wedding. If you are a typical American man like me, you didn’t have much of a clue as to what and how to plan for a wedding. (You would think I would know since I was married twice before, but you would be wrong.)
Also, your fiancée may want, (her family may insist) that you be married in her home country in their traditional way; (more cost). Do this before she arrives in America with her k-1 visa.

To give you an idea of the cost (as best as I can recall), my foreign wife and I met online one and a half years ago, and we were married a month ago. Her son came with her and is now my step-son. I paid all the cost. In my case, the big ticket items were $4500 on my 8 day trip to China; ~$4000 for my and their airfare to LAX and back to my home state; and the $1010 (time two = $2020) I-485 fee to apply for permanent residency (which I will discuss later.). Other cost which I remember, (I’m sure I have forgot many), were $455 for the I-129F fee; ~$1000 for the interview related stuff; ~$300 for other documents, translations and photos; ~$200 for the Civil Surgeon fee, $350 for passport and visa, and $1 to $25 each time I mailed something. (I sent everything through the US Postal Service – it works for me.) I also sent her $400 each month as support after she gave up her business to make a full time business of preparing documents, etc. to get her visa and prepare to come to America.

Once you are married and have a certified marriage certificate, you must submit an I-485 form (Status Change to Permanent Residence) and additional forms and documents as instructed in the I-485 instructions. Many of the supporting forms and documents were the same as you included in the I-129F packet, so never throw away anything, and always make extra copies of everything. Beware, the G-325A forms that you sent with the I-129F -- these are needed again, but some info has changed since you and your fiancée are now married, so correct all as necessary.

Some vaccinations will be required, but do not pay for an additional medical exam! A special doctor called a Civil Surgeon is required to handle the vaccination. You can find a registered certified Civil Surgeon at www.USCIS.gov. Try to talk to this doctor ahead of time to make sure you both understand what is needed. In my case, my (now) wife and step-son received many required vaccinations in their home country. Still, they were required to receive two vaccinations: tetanus and MMR (mumps and measles). Remember, they do not need to re-take a medical examination.

Also file a I-765 (for work and an ID), and I-131 (for travel). These forms may be needed to receive a social security number and to allow your new wife to travel outside of the USA. Submission of these I-765 & I-131 forms at this time should not cost anything extra, but will cost you if you submit then separately later on.

I have just send the I-485 packet off to change my wife and step-son’s status to permanent residence so they can stay in the USA. Yes, this is necessary and must be done soon after you marry.
As I stated before, one of the documents you sent with your signature states that you vow to support your new wife and children even if you get divorced, so beware.

I am not sure what the next step is, but I think my wife and step-son will receive a green card soon which they will have to renew every so often (which will probably cost more money).
I’m sure at some point they can pursue becoming naturalized citizens, but I think they may lose their Chinese citizenship by doing so… something to consider.

I think this is all correct. I am going from memory so don’t hold me to any of this. But this should give you a reasonable idea of what to expect.
The current date is 3 January 2009.

Thanks for this post. I am planning to marry a woman from Vietnam and just sent my I-129F packet last week. So I am now waiting for the first reply from the immigrations office. Hopefully everything will be okay.

francis197902
03-31-2009, 08:59 AM
good day to all...
i am new here and i think this forum really helps and gives a lot of info to some doubts i have in mind.
my fiancee just filed a K-1 visa for me last february 28, 2009 and received a notice two weeks after, telling that the application has been received by the USCIS. we are waiting for the next step, we hope everything will be on time and works smoothly.

nmalik
03-31-2009, 05:55 PM
Hi,
I filed for a K1 in feb 2009, am waiting for a receipt letter from VSC its been about 7 weeks, is this normal?

francis197902
03-31-2009, 08:29 PM
Hi,
I filed for a K1 in feb 2009, am waiting for a receipt letter from VSC its been about 7 weeks, is this normal?

hi, are you an indian national? you got the same surname with the actor in the movie "slumdog millionare"...anyway, regarding your query, i believe you should have received a notice by this time, it should not take that long (7weeks) for them to receive and file your case.

wantmywife
04-12-2009, 01:15 PM
Can anybody tell me the time line deference between the K-3 veres the IR1/CR1

thomas1119
04-17-2009, 04:39 PM
Hi mida360,

I am planning to get my girlfriend from Vietnam to the US as a K1 visa. My question is: do I need to have some documents issued by both the US and the Vietnamese government that prove that I am single? Thanks for your help.

couglad4u
04-17-2009, 09:44 PM
Hi mida360,

I am planning to get my girlfriend from Vietnam to the US as a K1 visa. My question is: do I need to have some documents issued by both the US and the Vietnamese government that prove that I am single? Thanks for your help.

well u each will need papers from their respective governments. The US citizen will initiate the process by filing with the USCIS and waiting from them for further instructions.

inlove
06-14-2009, 05:35 PM
Can somebody help to me...?
I have fiance(US citisen) and I will go in US this summer....We want marriage, but first I need back in my homecountry. I would know what is better, marriage while I am in US and home waiting spouse visa, or back home and waiting fiance visa?? What is the faster and easier process????
Thanks

raherabi
08-13-2009, 04:06 AM
hello my wife is about to apply for UK visa to join me in UK on a dependent visa. but in my passport my name spelling is raheel aziz shaikh. but in my wife passport my surname spelling is sheikh, so can any one tell me this minor mistake of spelling will make any difference in application or can we apply under this thing?? waiting for reply

luvlysingr
09-18-2009, 04:28 PM
I would love to discuss or get advice about my case. My fiance and I have been engaged for over a year and we are wanting to get married as soon as possible just like everyone here I'm sure :)...
Time line
May 14th, 2009-sent i-129f
August 20th, 2009-Approval of petition
August 28th, 2009-received notification from NVC stating our papers had been sent Paris and that my fiance will receive documents that he needs to present at time of interview.
September 18th, 2009-called NVC because my fiance has still not received the packet that he's supposed to get.
I know every case is a little different but I'd love to know details about the rest of the process in Paris for example what you need so I can start working on the paperwork now. Anyone's fiance from France and had/or is having a similar experience let me know.

Questions:
He has not received his documents or paperwork should he call the Embassy in Paris and schedule interview or to ask when they are sending the paperwork??
How long about does it take from this point because we made a tentative date for December 19th, 2009 to get married it's our goal is this possible?
What kind of documents do you need to present when you go for your medical examinations/interview, what can I start working on now? How do I know if I need the affidavit of support form I-134?
What kind of questions do they ask you at the interview?
What should I avoid or look out for?
I love him so much, please help me know what I can do to help get him here as fast as possible, I know everyone else is praying for the same.

--Luvlysingr awaiting her fiance whom she loves immensely!

mcbillion
10-02-2009, 02:19 PM
Post-Decision Activity
On March 19, 2009, a USCIS office received this case from the State Department with a request that we review it. We will notify you when we complete our review, or if we need something from you. If you move while this case is pending, please use our Change of Address online tool to update your case with your new address or call our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.

For approved applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include USCIS sending notification of the approved application/petition to the National Visa Center or the Department of State. For denied applications/petitions, post-decision

WHAT TIME WOULD IT FOR THEM TO ET BACK TO ME?
AND HOW WOULD I KNOW IF MY PETITION AS BEEN GRANTED?

crazynlove
10-07-2009, 10:00 AM
I am a US citizen and I recently married a Dutch citizen. Does anyone know how long it takes to get them into the US? and the papers I need to file are Form I-129f, I-130 and thats it?

and we got married in his country where do I file the papers? I do want to leave them behind and go back to the US and wait for them. that just seems wrong to me that they would make people do that. but I dont know.

Please can anyone who has the correct knowledge help us?????????


Thanks

davidhall911
10-08-2009, 06:34 PM
I was surprised to find my Employment Authorization card had expired after only a year, when my conditional permanent residency expires after 2 years. Do I need to renew by EAD (employment authorization card) or Is my green card (permanent resident ) sufficient? :)

I have already been working for 5 months after the expiry date of my employment authorization card. I am now between jobs, have applied for unemployment and am about to start working for a new company. Will I need to renew my EAD to a) apply for unemployment benefits and b) start work for a new employer. If so, what is the cost, is it worth paying a lawyer to get involved. I tried renewing eletronically, but there do not accept a(9) renewals.

What is the EAD renewal process for a K-3 spouse?
Does is cost another $340
Do I need to send all the documentation again, like i'm applying for the first time?

Your help would be most appreciated.

Many thanks,
David

unique007
10-18-2009, 11:52 PM
Hi all,
My approved I129F petition nearly expire. Can I extend? Is there anyone success for the extension? :o I heard I need to ask the consulate for extension and need to fax/email to the consulate. What are the acceptable reasons for extension? I not yet collect all required documents.:(
Thanks in advance

snickers450
10-26-2009, 05:01 AM
Hey guys,

I will be submitting a form I-129F soon, I was wondering what kind of documents do I need to attach along with the form..and also, how long does it take for USCIS to give you a response regarding to your application..and what happen from there?..please help me guys, I really love my fiancee and I can't wait for her to get here..I would appreciate any kind of help..thanks..

x255
10-29-2009, 01:44 PM
I'm a US citizen. My fiance lives in Panama but her nationality is Columbian. She has a resident card in Panama. What is the most efficient course of action. 1. Marry in Panama first. 2. File for 'fiance visa' and marry in US. I have read about the differences in each but we will live in the US and want to travel frequently to Panama, so the ability to come and go is also a concern. Will her visa be processed in Panama or Columbia? Any advice is appreciated. Thanx, Ed

wahabsarwar
11-04-2009, 05:09 PM
I-130 and I-29F both petitions are approved so can i apply for K-3.please help me thanks

wahabsarwar
11-06-2009, 09:56 AM
is anyone there to anwser my question....

jadesmachoman
12-26-2009, 02:21 PM
I know that my fiancee has to bring the form ds 157 to the consulate for the interview. but what no one seems to state is who fills it out..from what ive read, its for males and well she is not male. does she have to fill out that form with her info on it or do i fill out the info and send it to her or do we both fill out the form...Could someone please clarify EXACTLY who fills out the form and whose information is supposed to be on it. Everyone says the benenficiary needs that form for the interview but noone states clearly whose info is supposed to be on it :confused::confused: i hope that someone could clarify this for me. i would so so so so so so much very much as in a whole whole lot appreciate clarification of that...Thks to everyone for ur help wit dis :)

scott

wahabsarwar
12-26-2009, 03:07 PM
hey just ur fiance fill up the forms ds 157 no need to fill it petitionrs

Bernie31
01-06-2010, 06:34 AM
I-130 and I-29F both petitions are approved so can i apply for K-3.please help me thanks

Once teh I-129F is approved, you are issued a Case Number. Use that to set up the interview for K3 (NIV) in the consulate you said you would.

gaurirae
01-10-2010, 10:37 PM
Please help me after my experience with the USA Embassy in Delhi I am scared to death to file.
Then someone recommend we do a I130 and the RC1 rather then the I129 plus I know the DS230 brings them home faster

Please is anyone doing for India that I can talk with Please

Thank You
Gaurirae:eek::eek::eek::eek::

Bernie31
01-12-2010, 08:10 AM
Just a suggestion.

Perhaps, you have details of your situation elsewhere in these fora. However, accessing it is another matter. There are new folks here all the time and for anyone to offer any concrete suggestions (in addition to Nicole) would be difficult as the "experience" you allude to is abstract at this point to me at least.

So, how about you start from the beginning and start a new thread, instead of simply appending to this humongous, albeit, "sticky" thread.


Please help me after my experience with the USA Embassy in Delhi I am scared to death to file.
Then someone recommend we do a I130 and the RC1 rather then the I129 plus I know the DS230 brings them home faster

Please is anyone doing for India that I can talk with Please

Thank You
Gaurirae:eek::eek::eek::eek::

jean19
02-01-2010, 06:58 PM
hi im married to a us citizen. can my husband process or file the k3 visa here in the philippines while he's here? i'm willing to wait for the answer. thank you

bdouyon
02-02-2010, 05:56 PM
Ed, the quickest way for you get her here would be to file an I-29F (4-5 months). I believe you have to have setup your wedding date setup and submitted with your application. You and her will have only 90 days to get married once she gets here to the U.S.

As far as her being in Panama, I am not sure whether that's going to be where the interview is held. You might want to call USCIS toll free # to inquire(800-375-5283). My guess is it would be at her place of residence...I could be wrong. Hope this helps.

bdouyon
02-02-2010, 06:02 PM
The I-29F you initially filed is the actual request for a k3 or k4 visa. If it has been approved, all you need to do is try and setup an interview date; that approval letter should have your visa number on it. hope this helps

Whsia
02-03-2010, 11:56 AM
the first NOA doesn't guarentee anythign right? it just lets you know that they've received your paperwork and are starting to work on it correct?

eloise_danny
03-08-2010, 05:51 PM
Hi to all again!Please anyone can help me again with regards to my problem about using other names but in the birth certificate, In the passport, In all ID's and in Transcript of Records in college stated the correct spelling of my name but in biographic form said put any names being used. I used other name which everyone called me and when I was in elementary grades nor high school this name I ever used but when I graduated in college I have notice that my name used misspelled then I followed already this correct spelling of my name. Please help me again on what to do with regard to this matter.Am I going to put down too the name I used before?And what are the documents needed for this?Is there any documents needs for me to gather too?Is there any problem if I put that name on this?
Thank you so much beforehand!

danielsa1970
04-12-2010, 12:43 PM
To whomever:

Needing some good sound advice..

My wife is in the Philippines and we were married back in February. I sent in the I-130 with G-325a form to Chicago lock-box and recieved a receipt letter.
Next, I sent in an I-129f to Vermont NVS and recieved the receipt letter for the fiance'/spouse visa.

Questions are:

1) Can I send in the I-864ez and to which processing center do I send it to? Also I will send to my wife all of the documents and signed I-864ez form for her interview.

2) My wife has not had her vaccination shots so I have advised her to go ahead and get them before her medical exam because they will just tell her to go and get them also and come back later. Is this the best advise or should she wait for the exam?

3) Is it ok that I send in copies of transactions sent to my wife in the last few months around 7,000USD? I figured it would demonstrate that I am the one who is supporting her.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to expedite this process. I am going absolutely crazy here being without her.


Thank you & God Bless all who is in the same boat as me..

Dan

shawndship
04-26-2010, 10:38 AM
good day i just want to ask some question that really confusing :confused:me and so stress...me and my us citizen husband was merried he file petition for me...all paper from NVC was under my single name...i never :confused: change my passport to my married name but i need to renew...wat should i used??/ my single name or my married name in getting new passport?/wat will happend to my file with NVC ist ok to still use my single name even where married?if i change it to his name or my married name is there any problem from issue a visa??:confused:

svj1983
06-29-2010, 12:35 AM
Hi...

I am an US citizen who got married in Jan 2010 to my husband who is an Indian citizen. I applied for my husband through the I-130 form (along with G-325A) in May 2010 and received the 797-C action notice dated 18MAY2010 from the California processing centre with a receipt number stating case is pending. Now, I have the following questions which I really want the answer for:

1) US citizens who have applied for I-130 for their spouse to come to US, how long approximately has it taken for their spouse to come to US in recent days (based on 2009-2010 statistics)????

2) Would you recommend applying for K3 (I-129f) so that my husband can come here early? or it's not that big a difference of time to come on immigration (I-130)??

a) Is I-129f more expensive than I-130 route??

3) My husband's address in India just changed from what I put in the application for I-130. Now, how do I change it??

4) Approximately, how long does it take to get an approval for I-130 given all documents that they asked for???

5) What all documents do they require from the citizen as well as the spouse once they approve I-130??

6) When can my husband expect to go for medical check-up, police clearance and fingerprinting??

a) How many places does one have to get police clearance from?

7)What kind of questions can one anticipate in a visa interview?

Please help me with any answer that you can provide me for my questions.

Thanks a lot in anticipation.

sonata005
07-27-2010, 12:35 AM
I have question about item 11 on form I-129f. question on the form is: have you ever filed petition for this or any other alien fiance or husband/wife??

I have never filed I-129f but I did file once I-130 for my previous spouse who left marriage and country. Do I need to mention that and/or does this question refers only to petition for alien fiance-petition filed for I-129f???
Thanks so much.

texas2010
12-13-2010, 05:32 PM
yes you have to mention if you have applied for i130 in I129F . I had same situation. we were married and i applied I130 but got divorced before getting I130 approved.

so you have to mention that in siection 11 of I129F application.

cindymurphy425
12-15-2010, 02:38 AM
good day i just want to ask some question that really confusing :confused:me and so stress...me and my us citizen husband was merried he file petition for me...all paper from NVC was under my single name...i never :confused: change my passport to my married name but i need to renew...wat should i used??/ my single name or my married name in getting new passport?/wat will happend to my file with NVC ist ok to still use my single name even where married?if i change it to his name or my married name is there any problem from issue a visa??:confused:

your visa and id must match

cindymurphy425
12-15-2010, 02:40 AM
Hi...

I am an US citizen who got married in Jan 2010 to my husband who is an Indian citizen. I applied for my husband through the I-130 form (along with G-325A) in May 2010 and received the 797-C action notice dated 18MAY2010 from the California processing centre with a receipt number stating case is pending. Now, I have the following questions which I really want the answer for:

1) US citizens who have applied for I-130 for their spouse to come to US, how long approximately has it taken for their spouse to come to US in recent days (based on 2009-2010 statistics)????

2) Would you recommend applying for K3 (I-129f) so that my husband can come here early? or it's not that big a difference of time to come on immigration (I-130)??

a) Is I-129f more expensive than I-130 route??

3) My husband's address in India just changed from what I put in the application for I-130. Now, how do I change it??

4) Approximately, how long does it take to get an approval for I-130 given all documents that they asked for???

5) What all documents do they require from the citizen as well as the spouse once they approve I-130??

6) When can my husband expect to go for medical check-up, police clearance and fingerprinting??

a) How many places does one have to get police clearance from?

7)What kind of questions can one anticipate in a visa interview?

Please help me with any answer that you can provide me for my questions.

Thanks a lot in anticipation.

i tried to give info and got timed out, e mail is cindymurphy425@aol.com, i hve info for u if u like

cindymurphy425
12-15-2010, 02:48 AM
To whomever:

Needing some good sound advice..

My wife is in the Philippines and we were married back in February. I sent in the I-130 with G-325a form to Chicago lock-box and recieved a receipt letter.
Next, I sent in an I-129f to Vermont NVS and recieved the receipt letter for the fiance'/spouse visa.

Questions are:

1) Can I send in the I-864ez and to which processing center do I send it to? Also I will send to my wife all of the documents and signed I-864ez form for her interview.

2) My wife has not had her vaccination shots so I have advised her to go ahead and get them before her medical exam because they will just tell her to go and get them also and come back later. Is this the best advise or should she wait for the exam?

3) Is it ok that I send in copies of transactions sent to my wife in the last few months around 7,000USD? I figured it would demonstrate that I am the one who is supporting her.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to expedite this process. I am going absolutely crazy here being without her.


Thank you & God Bless all who is in the same boat as me..

Dan

send the 864ez to where they tell u too. im sure they gave you the address in the instructions. the medical will tell her what vaccines to get so its better to wait and get the correct ones and correct records. they should do the shots in tht office. they will ask for a AOS affidvit of support. no worries, but do make sure you have as much evidence as possible as far as pictures, videos, call records, skype records, emails, letters, bills, ANYTHING that shows its a real relationship. my husband is 16 years younger and they are holding that agaisnt us to deny us. anyways i hope this helps

cindymurphy425
12-15-2010, 02:50 AM
send the 864ez to where they tell u too. im sure they gave you the address in the instructions. the medical will tell her what vaccines to get so its better to wait and get the correct ones and correct records. they should do the shots in tht office. they will ask for a AOS affidvit of support. no worries, but do make sure you have as much evidence as possible as far as pictures, videos, call records, skype records, emails, letters, bills, ANYTHING that shows its a real relationship. my husband is 16 years younger and they are holding that agaisnt us to deny us. anyways i hope this helps


give her copies of EVERYTHING that you, uscis, visa and the embassy has

pingstwin
12-25-2010, 10:49 AM
Im enter the US as K1 last septmber 2010 we got married last november then we filed my AOS and send all my packet to the office of mmigration ten we find out the the check we send was wrong and im rnning out of time i will be 90 days this 28 of december 2010..we are not able got te packet bac yet coz of holiday season .Do we have any problem arise ? we will send it back rigth away when we got it and get the rigt check.please advise me .ASAP.thnk you.

mattjoy
01-01-2011, 03:14 PM
i am currently working abroad and i send my petition form 129-f to USCIS vermont, st.albans did i send it to a right address or it should be in USCIS dallas, texas? i'm confused pls, help me.

thank u.

matt

cindymurphy425
01-02-2011, 12:12 PM
Im enter the US as K1 last septmber 2010 we got married last november then we filed my AOS and send all my packet to the office of mmigration ten we find out the the check we send was wrong and im rnning out of time i will be 90 days this 28 of december 2010..we are not able got te packet bac yet coz of holiday season .Do we have any problem arise ? we will send it back rigth away when we got it and get the rigt check.please advise me .ASAP.thnk you.

you should call them. also i think that if they received the papers before your due date you should be ok because you DID submit them before the deadline.

cindymurphy425
01-02-2011, 12:22 PM
i am currently working abroad and i send my petition form 129-f to USCIS vermont, st.albans did i send it to a right address or it should be in USCIS dallas, texas? i'm confused pls, help me.

thank u.

matt

as far as i know they always tell you to send it to the one that they tell you to in the letter they have sent you, uscis.gov has all the info

Extremerecluse
01-23-2011, 09:30 AM
I sent my I 134 with evidence with my I-129F petition to California Service Center. I now know that I should not have done that; that I should only send it upon the Manila embassy request? What will they do with it? Will they return it or forward it with my file to NVC and Embassy? I have no way of knowing if it will be sent with file. It was a lot of trouble to obtain all the evidence which I still have copies of.

deepi78
01-23-2011, 11:47 PM
i tried to give info and got timed out, e mail is cindymurphy425@aol.com, i hve info for u if u like

Hi !
I am going to India in 3 weeks.I am getting engaged to my soon to be fiance in India. My question is ..which visa application is faster and most reliable. K1 Or K3 /apply for spouse visa!! In the latter case I ll need to be married !
Pls give ur advise as I really need to kno so that I have appropriate paperwork ready!
Thanks a lot and Blessings !!
Deepi.

rnp12
01-26-2011, 07:45 AM
Hello! (And special greetings to Ms. Cindy Murphy). I can see that she is the most helpful of all. :)

I am very impressed of how helpful and informative this forum is. Hence, I decided to post my own concern. I am really hoping that someone can help me on this.

Here's my relationship profile with my boyfriend:

> I am 23 years old from Philippines. He is 24 years old from Belgium
> We met in Jordan 7 months ago. I was a waitress, he was a tour leader
> We've been in a relationship for 7 months now
> I already met his family when they visited him in Jordan
> We've done a lot of traveling together both in Jordan and in Philppines
> He came here for a visit last November. He stayed for 3 weeks which means with a handful of photos and other documents to prove our relationship

Now here's what happened. I applied for a Tourist Visa. I didn't have a job at that time because I thought it not wise to leave from work for 3 months. We did have the intention of getting married in Belgium but of course I didn't mention that during the short interview I had with the Embassy. I just received the news that the visa was denied and now we are considering for applying a Fiance Visa. My concerns are as follows:

1. Will the Embassy accuse me of fraud given that I didn't initally mention my intent of staying in Belgium when I first applied for a Tourist Visa?
2. Is there a possibility of being banned from the country due to this?
3. Is there really a chance for me to have a Fiance Visa given the circumstance mentioned?
4. Can I just reapply as early as next month?

Your response to this concern will be highly appreciated. My boyfriend and I are very much stressed out because of this. We are not sure which step to take so I hope someone from here can really give us some information that might help.

Thank you in advance. :)

Additional notes: I know it sounds crazy that we already wish to be married even tho we've been together for not even a year long. But the truth is, we really are very much in love and we intend to spend the rest of our lives together. This is also not a typical mail-to-order bride situation. No disrespect to anyone but I'm not from a poor family who lives in a remote province. I am a career driven woman with a degree in Tourism Mgt from one of the top universities in my country and had to sacrifice her career in the Cruiseline and/or Airline industry for this relationship.

kapiljaidka
04-14-2011, 01:22 PM
Hi,

I wanted to know details about K3 Visa, What is not clear to me, Is it only for a "US Citizen" or Can it also be considered by and NRI who is working as a professional "Doctor" however has not permanently Migrated to United States.

spirittraveller
04-20-2011, 12:46 PM
Can anybody tell me if I have to have the beneficiary ( my fiance is in Philippines ) sign and send me ( the petitioner ) the completed G-325A to submit with my I-129F petition,or does she just sign it when she does the embassy interview? Does this also mean that she can submit her passport photo at the interview as well?? Thank you so much for your time!

ivy1968
04-27-2011, 02:51 PM
Can you pleas help me with my problem or give me advice?

I came here in USA with K 1 fiancée visa in 2006, and I was married in time.I live in Ohio. Since then I did not make any other official document. Can you please tell me what documents I must make, is that a Green car application? My problem is also that when I came here I left all my documents at the official staff where I had to report on airport on my coming. So I also had to send request to my homeland for a new birth certificate for my marriage license. Please help me, any help will be appreciated!

My questions are:

1. what document I must make first (I hope I am not too late for making any of the documents)

2. how can I get back my documents I left on the airport? (I have my passport and birth certificate with me)

I will be very grateful for any information!!!

I was calling many official number but there is nobody who can give me an answer!!!

epling
05-18-2011, 11:11 AM
Hello anyone can help please i have a problem regarding my family name(last name) because i have the same last name with all the family member the only thing went wrong is about the dash between the two letter. what i had found out was that my last name now is already used already in all the legal papers i have because i follow what was in the NSO. but difinitely it still not the same to what my family last name is because of the dash between two letter..what should i do?? all the family members excluding me they are using the same last name.:confused:

epling
05-18-2011, 11:30 AM
Post-Decision Activity
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WHAT TIME WOULD IT FOR THEM TO ET BACK TO ME?
AND HOW WOULD I KNOW IF MY PETITION AS BEEN GRANTED?
hi my my fiance too is still waiting for the approval of the hopefully this month or early June it is almost two months after he file the petition but the guy told him it only takes 45 days to wait for the confirmation that is why we are hoping that sooner there will be a good news.. just be patient trust the Lord..God Bless

lenzyluv
06-07-2011, 07:47 AM
hello! i really hope somebody could help me here. i filled out a DS-160 form and i was so confused whether to include my middle name or not because it only asked for my given name... so what i did, i just followed what's on my passport. i just found it today that i should include my middle name and my problem right now is that i already signed and submitted my application. i just wanted to know if i could fill out a new DS-160 so i can include my middle name on my application. hope to hear from you soon! thank you and God bless...

kohanok
06-12-2011, 04:55 AM
Hello Everyone!
I am currently a permanent resident and I can file for naturalization in October. My fiance is a Hungarian citizen and we would like to get married so we have researched our options but we don't know which way would be faster for him to get a visa. Do you know if the visa process is faster for fiances? Or should we get married now, file the I-130 and then upgrade the petition after I become a USC? We would really appreciate your advice!

We have been together for over 4 years now and we would very much like to start our life together! :)

pretty_leigh
06-17-2011, 06:00 AM
is there any way i could have the soonest time interview date for k1 visa in us embassy manila.. thanks

Olami
07-22-2011, 07:49 PM
hi my my fiance too is still waiting for the approval of the hopefully this month or early June it is almost two months after he file the petition but the guy told him it only takes 45 days to wait for the confirmation that is why we are hoping that sooner there will be a good news.. just be patient trust the Lord..God Bless

I received exact same letter 3 weeks ago so i called to the USCIS and was told that if I don't hear from them in 180 days, then I should contact them so I am guessing a 6 month wait.

They (USCIC) received ours back in 45 days, but the processing takes 6 months.

mocha
08-13-2011, 05:04 AM
Hello, i'm hoping someone has the right answer for me here since i'm a bit confused. I'm a natural born U.S. Citizen who is wanting to bring my Chinese wife who I married in Brisbane, Australia to the USA next year after she finishes her studies (prefer next Feb). I am curious on what is the best way to go about this, from what I have read I should file forms I-129f and I-130 if i want to take the k3 visa route. However, I would rather just apply straight for immigration if it can be processed by the end of next Feb. So, what would be the best route to take? Also, to make things even more confusing, we could possibly end up going to China for 3 weeks or so in Feb to visit her family before going to the USA. So, if the visa is granted, would we have to enter the USA from Australia, or could we enter from China as well? Another quick question, on the forms, should I fill in my address in Australia as my address on the form, or my permanent residence address in the USA? I'm very new to this whole immigration thing and do not know how picky the people processing these forms are.

Thanks for any help you guys can give me, it would be greatly appreciated! this whole thing gives me a headache.

c_stotler_02
08-30-2011, 03:35 AM
My fiance is Irish, currently living in Australia and we have an approved petition to file for a K-1 visa in Sydney. I was living abroad for several years (hence our meeting and engagement) and returned to the US in March 2011 to establish work/living arrangements prior to his arrival. I was a student while living abroad and have been working since my return to the US. In the midst of our recent transitions, we have been delayed in sending the required documents to establish an interview and move onto getting the visa granted...My questions are two-fold:

1. What would happen in the four month validity period expired before he gets an interview date? He is sending the documents this week, leaving only 25 days before the end of the 4 month validity period!

2. Is a letter from my bank showing above poverty level income sufficient for the affidavit of support evidence? I am changing jobs this week (go figure!) and will be making more money and I don't think I can get a letter from my new employer in time; although I will be able to get it in time for the interview presumably. I do not have tax returns for several years having been a student living abroad.

I appreciate the help because I am not able to establish an answer to these questions anywhere.

kandi25
10-12-2011, 12:40 AM
Hi
i am a female american citizen and i am trying to get my fiance here on a I-129F fiance petition. i just have a couple of questions and some needed advise. first off i would like to know if i should put "none" on the empty spaces on petition instead of N/A??? Second i am not sure where to officially send my petition. i am confused because on the directions for filling out the petition on uscis website it says to send to dallas texas, but on this site it says to send it to a local lockbox which for me would be in chicago. so im confused where to send it!?!? Third, i have a son (petitioner) in which it is not our son, just mine. do i put that information on the petition, or no because he is my son only? Fourthly, do i have to send copies of things like passport, and I.D, or family history of my fiance along with the petition? Also if anyone could give me some good advise or tips on how to write a good "Explination of meeting and or "our Love story" things to help the uscis officer be more persuaded. dont get me wrong this is a real relationship i just want to make sure things run smootly.
Thank you very much for your advise.

muskan2012
12-09-2011, 04:43 AM
hello,
hru all?
i have an interview of k3 spouse visa in this week..
kindly please guide me ..

johnedrik
04-16-2012, 01:00 AM
Am I eligible for fiance visa? I went out of status while I was a student in US. My I-94 is marked F1 D/S. Now I want to apply for K1 visa to marry my friend in US. I haven't met her in person yet. I am from India. What are the chances of getting visa. Please help.

trin
04-16-2012, 06:43 PM
Hi
I finally found my partner and best friend...Unfortunately he lives in france and is pakistani without residence in france. How can i bring him to the US. With he have to seek asylum in france before we can apply for K -1 visa?

realme
04-23-2012, 01:02 AM
Good Day!

I am a filipina woman, i will be applying for a K1 K2 visa. rightnow i am finding a more specific answer about getting a K1 K2 visa. i have a 8 years old son who i plan to take with me when i travel. I want to know exactly if, i will be bringing him during the visa interview, medical examination and if i will have to pay separate payment for k1 and k2 visa?

Im hoping to get an specific answer about this cause i tried to seach in the visa site but i cant get a clear idea...thank you very much for your help.

sandy

travelvisamanila
05-03-2012, 03:47 AM
Good Day!

I am a filipina woman, i will be applying for a K1 K2 visa. rightnow i am finding a more specific answer about getting a K1 K2 visa. i have a 8 years old son who i plan to take with me when i travel. I want to know exactly if, i will be bringing him during the visa interview, medical examination and if i will have to pay separate payment for k1 and k2 visa?

Im hoping to get an specific answer about this cause i tried to seach in the visa site but i cant get a clear idea...thank you very much for your help.

sandy

Your child needs to apply for a separate visa, therefore he needs to be interviewed, undergo medical exam and pay the application fees apart from yours.

rhea1009
05-15-2012, 02:49 AM
Good day..

I am a filipina and im not a us citizen yet, but i am a green card holder.. I came here in the us when i was a pregnant.. So since my baby was born here she is already a us citizen.. So i just wanna ask if i can get my boyfriend in the philippines right away because of our baby? ..:)

peace999
05-15-2012, 04:29 AM
No you cannot. Nothing can be done through baby's US citizen status.

If you want to get him here through your relationship, you will have to marry him
and sponsor him as a husband of a green card holder.

rhea1009
05-15-2012, 09:59 PM
Yes! I will going to marry him in the Philippines this coming month of December and if everything is finally okay I will going to sponsor him as my husband, so that's why I wanna make things clear,you mean I can get him right away even if I am not a US citizen yet?just a green card holder?


THANK YOU PEACE999

peace999
05-16-2012, 06:38 PM
Husbands of green card holders, have to wait about 2 and a half years for the immigrant visa.
( F2A category).

Claudiap
06-28-2012, 12:29 PM
I am married to a US citizen and after one year after applying for GC and heard nothing from them, I decided to reapply. One year after reapplying, still haven't heard a thing. I left the US and am now int he UK. I own a home in the US and want to go back to live there but not sure what visa to go for. Adjust status, spouse visa, try Gc again?

Please, any advice is much welcome.

Thank you!

PS - I'm new here and couldn't find how to post new msg, so I decided to reply to one.

tere_bebe2000
08-24-2012, 08:57 PM
Good Day!

I am a filipina woman, i will be applying for a K1 K2 visa. rightnow i am finding a more specific answer about getting a K1 K2 visa. i have a 8 years old son who i plan to take with me when i travel. I want to know exactly if, i will be bringing him during the visa interview, medical examination and if i will have to pay separate payment for k1 and k2 visa?

Im hoping to get an specific answer about this cause i tried to seach in the visa site but i cant get a clear idea...thank you very much for your help.

sandy

Your child needs to go to the medical examination but not to the interview, maybe you should read the website regarding teh steps you need to follow to get your k1 visa for you and your child.

- - - Updated - - -


Good day..

I am a filipina and im not a us citizen yet, but i am a green card holder.. I came here in the us when i was a pregnant.. So since my baby was born here she is already a us citizen.. So i just wanna ask if i can get my boyfriend in the philippines right away because of our baby? ..:)

For you to bring your husband from the filipines you need to be a us citizen otherwise it could take forever, your baby staus could help you but there is no law that states that a baby born in usa soil can bring your husband to the usa untill he is 18 or older and can sign an affidavit of support.

dungey
12-12-2012, 05:49 PM
I'm a student and I'm getting married to my girlfriend, but she gets the ssi and food stamps. I'm just curious maybe the government will cut the benefits once we get married, and I also wanna know since she doesn't have enough income to sponsor, can someone on green card sponsor us?

monina
03-13-2013, 10:47 PM
I've known my fiancee since childhood, dated him in high school, drifted apart, started seeing each other again last year when I went to visit relatives in the Philippines. Although we've known each other for a long time, we only have one or two pictures of just the two of us together from last year's, and the rest are just screenshots (with timestamps) of us talking through yahoo messenger. We do communicate everyday since I left in July through facebook messaging, free internet calling, yahoo messenger, etc.. Do you think if we even have enough for proof of relationship? Is it possible to ask any of our friends/relatives to write and attest for us, and maybe add that as evidence? I would really appreciate the help.

Im not exactly sure how to post a question on the forum, and I apologize in advance if I'm doing it wrong..

slovakdiva
05-05-2013, 02:45 PM
I've known my fiancee since childhood, dated him in high school, drifted apart, started seeing each other again last year when I went to visit relatives in the Philippines. Although we've known each other for a long time, we only have one or two pictures of just the two of us together from last year's, and the rest are just screenshots (with timestamps) of us talking through yahoo messenger. We do communicate everyday since I left in July through facebook messaging, free internet calling, yahoo messenger, etc.. Do you think if we even have enough for proof of relationship? Is it possible to ask any of our friends/relatives to write and attest for us, and maybe add that as evidence? I would really appreciate the help.

Im not exactly sure how to post a question on the forum, and I apologize in advance if I'm doing it wrong..

Hi Monina!
I used many of internet materials as our proof of relationship as well e.g. skype conversations, emails, Facebook messages. not only pictures. So use these to your advantage and really show them that you are in contact daily. Even if you have to send them 200 copies of conversations and emails, do it. Also, since you have known each other since childhood, do you have any pictures from those times? or when you were dating in high school? use those as well!

visalover
08-02-2013, 02:24 AM
If someone has petitioned, how long are the records kept for in any fashion? Is there always some trace of there having been a petition? Is there a way of getting a copy of the records of the petition? Do all of the agencies involved keep the records for the same length of time? There are the USCIS, the NVC, and the consulate. Could one ask each for copies of records for a petition's related documents. How long is the statute of limitations for a petition's set of documents?

Samuel Beckett
08-02-2013, 07:36 AM
If someone has petitioned, how long are the records kept for in any fashion? Is there always some trace of there having been a petition? Is there a way of getting a copy of the records of the petition? Do all of the agencies involved keep the records for the same length of time? There are the USCIS, the NVC, and the consulate. Could one ask each for copies of records for a petition's related documents. How long is the statute of limitations for a petition's set of documents?

Each petition has been applied for different process. Once the application is recieved and the decision made on the status of the application(i.e Granted or rejected) the details and the status will be updated in the database. The details about your application will be forever in their database for future reference.

lovelypinay_0513
09-20-2013, 09:18 PM
Hi,



I am a Filipina currently working in Cayman Islands. I already have an approved I29f. My fiancé would like to apply k2 visa for my 8 year old daughter, but she is currently in the Philippines. Our plan is to apply her k2 visa at the same time with my k1 visa. If the visa will be approved, I want to go home first in Philippines to pick her up and enter in the states at the same time. What will be the process if we want to apply for k2 visa considering my daughter live in Philippines? Is she going to have a separate interview in the Philippines? Is she going to have a medical in St. Lukes? If yes, which consulate, they will forward the medical result considering I will be interviewed in Jamaica, which is the nearest US Embassy in Cayman Islands.



Thank you and God Bless

lovelypinay_0513
09-20-2013, 09:50 PM
Hi,



I am a Filipina currently working in Cayman Islands. I already have an approved I29f. My fiancé would like to apply k2 visa for my 8 year old daughter, but she is currently in the Philippines. Our plan is to apply her k2 visa at the same time with my k1 visa. If the visa will be approved, I want to go home first in Philippines to pick her up and enter in the states at the same time. What will be the process if we want to apply for k2 visa considering my daughter live in Philippines? Is she going to have a separate interview in the Philippines? Is she going to have a medical in St. Lukes? If yes, which consulate, they will forward the medical result considering I will be interviewed in Jamaica, which is the nearest US Embassy in Cayman Islands.



Thank you and God Bless

babatunde
01-01-2014, 02:31 PM
hello immihelp,
i am happy to be a part of this forum as it enables me share my experience and also get some advice about my ongoing IV case..

It has been 4 months now since i went for interview at the american embassy here in Tbilisi Georgia, and i was placed on AP a 221g letter given to me by the CO stated that i would be contacted when the process is completed and also stated that the process is normally resolved within 60 days,but 4 months has gone by.

I am a Nigerian national,but i currently live in Tbilisi Georgia where i am studying for a masters degree. My wife came down here in February and that was when we got married and she filed for I-130 when she got back to the states. our petition was approved by the uscis and forwarded to the Nvc and a case number was assigned to us(may 3rd),after which we expedited it because my wife was pregnant and having complications at that time. U.S embassy received the application and an interview was scheduled(Aug 7th) ever since then i have been placed on AP.. As am writing this i'm am so confused and frustrated already. I need an advice or a hint about what is going on and what the embassy want. Please anyone with useful information should kindly leave a comment or share their experience or ideas.

Thanks a bunch,

babatunde.

rayb
01-01-2014, 02:45 PM
Your wife should request a Congressional office serving her area to make a formal inquiry of the U.S. Embassy or consulate where you were interviewed for an explanation for the delay. Consulates are expected to any Congressional queries within a reasonable period of time (usually a few days) stating the reason for processing delay.

It may be that the Consulate which is processing your application is having State Department staff or contractors verify your history in Nigeria, or even in Georgia. I've seen delays like this for fiancee and spousal visa applicants at Moscow and Switzerland, when the applicants were original from Afghanistan.

--Ray B


hello immihelp,
i am happy to be a part of this forum as it enables me share my experience and also get some advice about my ongoing IV case..

It has been 4 months now since i went for interview at the american embassy here in Tbilisi Georgia, and i was placed on AP a 221g letter given to me by the CO stated that i would be contacted when the process is completed and also stated that the process is normally resolved within 60 days,but 4 months has gone by.

I am a Nigerian national,but i currently live in Tbilisi Georgia where i am studying for a masters degree. My wife came down here in February and that was when we got married and she filed for I-130 when she got back to the states. our petition was approved by the uscis and forwarded to the Nvc and a case number was assigned to us(may 3rd),after which we expedited it because my wife was pregnant and having complications at that time. U.S embassy received the application and an interview was scheduled(Aug 7th) ever since then i have been placed on AP.. As am writing this i'm am so confused and frustrated already. I need an advice or a hint about what is going on and what the embassy want. Please anyone with useful information should kindly leave a comment or share their experience or ideas.

Thanks a bunch,

babatunde.

imanouislem
01-16-2014, 03:39 PM
Hello, I am an algerian citizen and married to a US.citizen. He had applied for my K3-visa there a couple of months: he received the NOA of the i-130f on the 16th of July 2013 and the NOA of the i-129f on the 12th of August 2013. It has been almost 6 months and we didn't hear anything yet, i am worried and bored of being apart :( so please can somebody tell me how long does the K3 visa take to be approved? I wanna know when i might get an answer from them !!??? Many thanks .

rayb
01-16-2014, 04:05 PM
K3 visas are not being actively processed lately if I-130 petitions are being processed normally. Your final visa type will be an IR-1 or CR-1 (depending on length of marriage).

If the I-130 and the I-129F (for K3) were submitted in July and August of 2013, they are not yet overdue for USCIS approval. Your husband can check the status of the receipt number for the I-130

--Ray B


Hello, I am an algerian citizen and married to a US.citizen. He had applied for my K3-visa there a couple of months: he received the NOA of the i-130f on the 16th of July 2013 and the NOA of the i-129f on the 12th of August 2013. It has been almost 6 months and we didn't hear anything yet, i am worried and bored of being apart :( so please can somebody tell me how long does the K3 visa take to be approved? I wanna know when i might get an answer from them !!??? Many thanks .

babatunde
01-17-2014, 06:39 PM
hello ray b,

my wife already had the congressional office serving her district made a formal inquiry into the delay in our application process, but the congress office was told that the application process usually lasts for 90 days. And in the reply from the dos or the consulate to the congressional office, it was noted that until the process is completed, nothing could be done. what troubles me is that even the mandatory 90 days lapsed already. can we launch another inquiry via the congressional office again? or can we employ the service of an immigration lawyer to take on the case? or we should just wait? please advice me on what step to take. Thank you


Babatunde..

rayb
01-18-2014, 01:02 AM
Your wife "jumped the gun" involving a Congressional office so early. I-130 petitions are averaging 6-11 months these days for the initial processing. An immigration lawyer would be a nonsense option since you really don't have an "overdue approval" issue yet. Use attorney services for hearing, appeals or reopens, not inquiries when your I-130 is still within normal processing timeframe.

--Ray B


hello ray b,

my wife already had the congressional office serving her district made a formal inquiry into the delay in our application process, but the congress office was told that the application process usually lasts for 90 days. And in the reply from the dos or the consulate to the congressional office, it was noted that until the process is completed, nothing could be done. what troubles me is that even the mandatory 90 days lapsed already. can we launch another inquiry via the congressional office again? or can we employ the service of an immigration lawyer to take on the case? or we should just wait? please advice me on what step to take. Thank you


Babatunde..

babatunde
03-17-2014, 07:16 PM
Hi Rayb,

After waiting for almost 8 months on AP me and my wife finally got an email from the embassy stating that if we want to speed up the process, we should provide a DNA sample of me and my daughter. We did as they requested,an appointment was scheduled for me at the embassy in which my DNA sample was collected and that of my daughter and we were told the result is due in 2 weeks or so. My concern now is would this mean that my visa will be available after they have confirmed that i am the biological father of my daughter,or this is just another means to further delay the process? Thank you

rayb
03-17-2014, 07:24 PM
A request from USCIS or an Embassy for DNA testing is made as an alternative to additional paper evidence, which may not be readily available. A positive testing outcome usually results in an approval for the visa, if all other standard requirements have been met.

--Ray B


Hi Rayb,

After waiting for almost 8 months on AP me and my wife finally got an email from the embassy stating that if we want to speed up the process, we should provide a DNA sample of me and my daughter. We did as they requested,an appointment was scheduled for me at the embassy in which my DNA sample was collected and that of my daughter and we were told the result is due in 2 weeks or so. My concern now is would this mean that my visa will be available after they have confirmed that i am the biological father of my daughter,or this is just another means to further delay the process? Thank you

babatunde
03-18-2014, 11:26 AM
Hi Rayb,

Thank you for the useful information. I also would like know if there will be need for me to go through another medical examination because the last i did was in Aug 2013. Thank you

rayb
03-18-2014, 11:36 AM
You will need another medical exam completed within 6 months of departure.

--Ray B


Hi Rayb,

Thank you for the useful information. I also would like know if there will be need for me to go through another medical examination because the last i did was in Aug 2013. Thank you

funmi77
03-25-2014, 04:37 AM
How long those k3 visa take

rayb
03-25-2014, 10:35 AM
K3 visas are not being routinely processed any more, only in exceptional cases. For a spouse, the CR-1 or IR-1 is the visa that you can expect. The spousal CR-1 or IR-1 is taking between 8 and 11 months, on the average.

--Ray B


How long those k3 visa take

babatunde
04-03-2014, 06:52 AM
Hi Rayb,

The US embassy received the DNA testing result,but now they have sent me and my wife a letter that reads " We received the results from the HLA/Relationship Testing Laboratory yesterday, April 2, 2014. The laboratory signed the results on March 26, 2014.

This is one part of the administrative processing that is required in this case. These results have been added to his case. There is no other action required on your part at this time. Once the administrative process is complete, our office will contact you and Mr. Agbaje."

I don't understand what else they want it's been 8 months since i have been placed on AP and the last letter they sent us stated that if we want the process to speed up,we should go ahead with a DNA testing which we did and they have the result.But now they are saying something different,please what could be the problem here? i need an advice as i am confused and my wife is almost devastated by the letter.

Thanks, Babatunde

rayb
04-03-2014, 11:25 AM
I think you are misreading the message from the Embassy. It is a notification that they received the DNA testing results, nothing else, and you are not being asked, in the message info you provided below, for any additional evidence. In my experience, once USCIS or an Embassy receives definitive DNA testing results, approval or visa processing continues, but a followup request for status a week or so later is also recommended.

--Ray B


Hi Rayb,

The US embassy received the DNA testing result,but now they have sent me and my wife a letter that reads " We received the results from the HLA/Relationship Testing Laboratory yesterday, April 2, 2014. The laboratory signed the results on March 26, 2014.

This is one part of the administrative processing that is required in this case. These results have been added to his case. There is no other action required on your part at this time. Once the administrative process is complete, our office will contact you and Mr. Agbaje."

I don't understand what else they want it's been 8 months since i have been placed on AP and the last letter they sent us stated that if we want the process to speed up,we should go ahead with a DNA testing which we did and they have the result.But now they are saying something different,please what could be the problem here? i need an advice as i am confused and my wife is almost devastated by the letter.

Thanks, Babatunde

babatunde
04-06-2014, 06:11 PM
Hi Rayb,

Thanks for the reply. If i get you right,what you mean is that since the embassy already have the DNA testing result,does that mean the visa is in process and about to be approved? and do you mean we can request for the status of our case? Lastly,do you have an idea how long it might take for the visa to be approved since the embassy has the DNA result? Thank you

Babatunde.

rayb
04-06-2014, 06:28 PM
I'm in no position to tell you that processing is continuing and about to be approved.

What I can tell you, however, is that if DNA was all that was requested, the DNA proof should be sent to the Embassy from the laboratory, and the Embassy will probably proceed with processing, "in its own sweet time." Normally, there is no reason to expect a formal response from the Embassy after its receipt of the DNA results.

--Ray B


Hi Rayb,

Thanks for the reply. If i get you right,what you mean is that since the embassy already have the DNA testing result,does that mean the visa is in process and about to be approved? and do you mean we can request for the status of our case? Lastly,do you have an idea how long it might take for the visa to be approved since the embassy has the DNA result? Thank you

Babatunde.

babatunde
04-21-2014, 04:43 PM
Hi rayb,
It's been 3 weeks now since the embassy received the DNA testing result.The result is positive showing that I'm the father of my daughter.before we went ahead with the testing,the embassy told us in email that the DNA testing would speed up the process,but its the opposite and aside from the fact that they notified us that they have the result nothing has been heard from them in 3 weeks. So by the 3rd of may the cases would have lasted 1year.what is happening and what do you think we can do? Please kindly guide and advice me.I miss my wife so much and my daughter is almost 6 months old already.

rayb
04-21-2014, 09:19 PM
In which country is the visa processing occurring

--Ray B


Hi rayb,
It's been 3 weeks now since the embassy received the DNA testing result.The result is positive showing that I'm the father of my daughter.before we went ahead with the testing,the embassy told us in email that the DNA testing would speed up the process,but its the opposite and aside from the fact that they notified us that they have the result nothing has been heard from them in 3 weeks. So by the 3rd of may the cases would have lasted 1year.what is happening and what do you think we can do? Please kindly guide and advice me.I miss my wife so much and my daughter is almost 6 months old already.

babatunde
04-21-2014, 10:32 PM
The us embassy in Tbilisi Georgia.that's the country in which me and my wife married.

rayb
04-21-2014, 10:52 PM
The us embassy in Tbilisi Georgia.that's the country in which me and my wife married.

With other embassies which I am getting feedback about from people with whom we work, 3-10 weeks is about average for the Embassy to acknowledge receipt of requested evidence and proceed with visa issuance.

Depending on how the visas are made available in Georgia (courier, pickup, etc.), you may be checking with the wrong office. About two years ago a visa for a spouse at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul (Afghanistan) never reached or was not "available" when she was told it was available. The family later found out that the visa had been "sold" to someone else. Of course this was hearsay, but petitioner's father had very good information sources at the Embassy.

--Ray B

babatunde
04-21-2014, 11:00 PM
So do you suggest we just hold on till we hear from the embassy or what could be done?

rayb
04-21-2014, 11:25 PM
No, you have to be proactive. If you do nothing, an error at the Embassy might result in the visa being buried. Call about once a week; send email messages; get a Congressional office to make an inquiry.

--Ray B


So do you suggest we just hold on till we hear from the embassy or what could be done?

babatunde
04-21-2014, 11:59 PM
Thank you for the advice..how long exactly does the l-130 or CR1 Petition takes to be approved?

rayb
04-22-2014, 09:17 AM
If your visa processing is now at the Georgia U.S. Embassy, your petition is already approved. Based on what you posted earlier, I thought you were now waiting for the Embassy to issue the visa.

--Ray B


Thank you for the advice..how long exactly does the l-130 or CR1 Petition takes to be approved?

babatunde
04-22-2014, 10:24 AM
Yes the visa is what I have been waiting for.I have been placed on AP for almost 9 months now ans just recently was I asked to to go ahead with a DNA testing which I have done and they have the result since 3 weeks now.

babatunde
04-23-2014, 11:47 AM
My question is,how long exactly does AP lasts for before visa is issued? Because I have been on AP for almost 9 month's now.