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Websites like RapidVisa.com? Good or bad?

#1 Carlos&Alyssa

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:32 PM

Hello! I am about to start the process for a K-1 Visa...someone I know went through a website, RapidVisa.com that helped her along with all the paperwork, what I am looking for is advice to wether or not a website like this is beneficial or not necessary? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks much! :)
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*Our K-1 Journey*
*11/7/11 - Sent I-129F Packet
*11/10/11 - Packet delivered to Dallas Lockbox
*11/16/11 - NOA1 Text/Email & Check Cashed

*11/19/11 - NOA1 Hardcopy Received (Notice Date 11/14/11)
*03/28/12 - NOA2 Text/Email (Notice Date 03/27/12)
*04/02/12 - NVC Recieved Package
*04/04/12 - NVC Sent Package to Embassy
*04/17/12 - Embassy emailed Packet 4 to me
*04/21/12 - USPS Interview Binder to Carlos
*04/26/12 - Carlos Medical Exam
*04/27/12 - Carlos receive Interview Binder from me
*05/04/12 - Carlos Interview 8:00 AM (Has to return with two more documents)
*05/14/12 - Carlos return to embassy with missing documents - VISA APPROVED
*05/18/12 - Carlos picks up VISA at Embassy
*05/19/12 - POE MIAMI

#2 Ryan H

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:33 PM

You pay money to sites like that to fill out paperwork for you, they cannot speed up the process and you still have to gather all the evidence of your relationship yourself.
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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013:  Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014:  Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014:  New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


#3 bigdog

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:37 PM

Hello! I am about to start the process for a K-1 Visa...someone I know went through a website, RapidVisa.com that helped her along with all the paperwork, what I am looking for is advice to wether or not a website like this is beneficial or not necessary? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks much! :)


All the information in on VJ, you do all the work they take your money?
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#4 Aloe

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:42 PM

As long as there is no complications with your case you will do fine by yourself with the help of many awesome VJ members. And it's free!! :thumbs:
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11/18/08 - Arrived in U.S. on B2 visa
02/05/09 - Extended return plane ticket to stay for an extra 3 months
04/23/09 - Decided we didn't want to be apart even though we extended the stay and got married!
04/30/09 - Sent I-130/I-485/I-765 from B2 (no I-693 as it is not yet complete.)
05/03/09 - Received email form USPS stating that package had arrived safely and was signed for!
05/11/09 - Received NOA1's for I-130/I-485/I-765
05/16/09 - Received Biometrics Appointment
05/30/09 - Received a CRAZY amount of RFE's that were dated 05/21/09
06/01/09 - Biometrics Appointment Scheduled. In and out in 10 minutes!! Sent off RFE information (Should arrive in MO on Wed.)
06/03/09 - USCIS received RFE response
07/23/09 - I called to have a service request put in
07/24/09 - I-765 Touched (FINALLY)
07/25/09 - I-765 CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED!!!!!!!! (About time!)
08/03/09 - EAD card came in the mail WOOHOO!!!
08/07/09 - Interview letter arrived
09/02/09 - Interview Date
09/07/09 - I think this is the day I received my Green Card.. Can't quite remember anymore.

Removal Of Conditions

08/03/11 - WOW it's already been TWO years! Sent ROC package to VSC.
08/05/11 - NOA1 date which arrived 8/10/2011
09/02/11 - Bio Appointment the notice was dated 8/12/11

#5 Dan & Jenni

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:44 PM

so long as you read everything thoroughly, take your time, and follow the instructions then i think paying money for help is just a waste of money. im just starting out on the K-1 right now and to be honest with you... the help and advice ive received from the wonderful people on this site has made the whole thing a lot easier. read the guides, look trough the forums, and ask all the questions (no matter how dumb they might seem) that you want.

good luck
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I-129F SENT............................................08/15/2011

NOA1 TEXT/EMAIL...................................08/22/2011

NOA2 TEXT/EMAIL. NO RFE.....................01/05/2012

NVC RECEIVED......................................01/21/2012
NVC LEFT...............................................01/24/2012
PACKET 3 RECEIVED..............................02/01/2012
PACKET 3 RETURNED.............................02/04/2012
MEDICAL................................................02/17/2012
DS-2001 MAILED.....................................02/23/2012
PACKET 4 RECEIVED..............................03/02/2012
INTERVIEW............................................03/14/2012 APPROVED
POE ATLANTA.........................................04/03/2012

AOS approved 3/29/13 after almost 10 months of waiting. No RFE's and no interview.



#6 Carlos&Alyssa

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:48 PM

thats what I was thinking...thanks! :)
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*Our K-1 Journey*
*11/7/11 - Sent I-129F Packet
*11/10/11 - Packet delivered to Dallas Lockbox
*11/16/11 - NOA1 Text/Email & Check Cashed

*11/19/11 - NOA1 Hardcopy Received (Notice Date 11/14/11)
*03/28/12 - NOA2 Text/Email (Notice Date 03/27/12)
*04/02/12 - NVC Recieved Package
*04/04/12 - NVC Sent Package to Embassy
*04/17/12 - Embassy emailed Packet 4 to me
*04/21/12 - USPS Interview Binder to Carlos
*04/26/12 - Carlos Medical Exam
*04/27/12 - Carlos receive Interview Binder from me
*05/04/12 - Carlos Interview 8:00 AM (Has to return with two more documents)
*05/14/12 - Carlos return to embassy with missing documents - VISA APPROVED
*05/18/12 - Carlos picks up VISA at Embassy
*05/19/12 - POE MIAMI

#7 Black Velvet

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:07 PM

thats what I was thinking...thanks! :)


I totally agree with the other VJ members. Please don't spend money on rapidvisa.com. If you need any help, please feel free to post your questions. Be sure to follow the guides. Good luck.
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#8 Trojans Fan

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 05:13 PM

I used rapidvisa.com for my wife and kids (CR-1 and CR-2) and I can say that in the beginning it DID help me a lot. Since I was a total noob at the beginning, having rapidvisa prepare my documents for the initial submission to USCIS was very helpful. HOWEVER, after that, the site was of little help to me, in fact, it even caused me to get a RFE and delayed my case once at the NVC. I will explain.

Since I have a wife and two kids to petition for, rapidvisa does not handle children gracefully. I mean, the initial submission to USCIS accounts for Wife and kids but the second stage of the processes to prepare documents to submit to the NVC only gives you the opportunity to automatically fill out your spouses documents. I was stuck filling out forms for the kids myself. Now onto the RFE.....rapidvisa is nice because it asks you questions and then automatically fills out the necessary forms for you, which can take out some of the headache. I got burned due to a programming error in rapidvisas processes. During the initial information gathering when you list where your spouse has lived since she turned 16, they provide you with adaptive fields to fill out. As I filled out my wifes previous addresses, the form stopped allowing me to input data once I had gone 5 years back from the present day, which at the time I thought nothing of. I then sent my ds-230s to the NVC only to have my wifes kicked back to me because there was a gap in the living section. Since rapidvisa had only allowed me to input where she had lived for the previous 5 years, I was missing data that I needed to list. So I downoaded the ds-230 and filled out the form again and listed the one missing line of information and submitted the document. This little error cost me at least two weeks of wait time that could have been avoided.

If you use a service like rapidvisa, DO NOT ASSUME that they will fill in the forms correctly. I will be sure to tell rapidvisa about the shortcomings of their system.

Overall, I do like how easy they make the processes. They just need to refine their programming to adhere to all of the rules on the forms you have to submit.
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