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#1 josetime



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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:11 PM

My fiancee is from indonesia, but lives and works in hong kong right now. I want to start the k1 process, fiancee visa. Is it easy enough to do on my own, or is it best to hire a lawyer and pay about 2k. Can someone let me know which is the best way
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:18 PM

Go to the USCIS.GOV website. Find the Form I-129F, and see if it makes sense to you. If it does, then you could probably do it yourself.
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#3 feli114


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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:35 PM

There is plenty of help here if you ask questions. Do it yourself and save that money for your honeymoon
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08/01/12-Married08/17/12-Applied for Social Security Card09/23/12-Husband received his Social Security card!09/27/12-Filed AOS09/28/12-AOS package received10/01/12-Text message from USCIS10/03/12-Check cashed10/09/12-NOA1 for I485,I765,I131 AND Biometrics Appointment Letter10/24/12-Biometrics Appointment12/11/12-EAD and AP Approved-75 days12/14/12-EAD/AP Card Production ordered12/21/12-EAD/AP Card came in the mail06/22/13-Green Card Approved06/27/13-Greed Card Production Ordered06/29/13-Green Card came in the mail<p>

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06/10/2015-Went to info pass appt. Hubby got a 1yr. Extension stamp in his passport and biometrics done
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:47 PM

My fiancee is from indonesia, but lives and works in hong kong right now. I want to start the k1 process, fiancee visa. Is it easy enough to do on my own, or is it best to hire a lawyer and pay about 2k. Can someone let me know which is the best way

I did it myself following the guides from the USCIS and VJ website also I was asking questions on this site. I was getting a lot of help from VJ members. I think there is no need of lawyer for the normal case.

Good Luck

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K-1 Time Line
Service Center:_California Service Center
Consulate: _Frankfurt, Germany
I-129F Sent: _2011-03-20
I-129F NOA1:_ 2011-03-30
I-129F NOA2:_2011-06-18
NVC Received: _2011-07-19
NVC Left:_2011-07-20
Consulate Received:_2011-07-25
Packet 3 Received: _2011-07-28
Packet 3 Sent: _2011-07-29
Packet 4 Received:_ 2011-08-09
Interview Date: _ 2011-08-24
Interview Result:_ Approved(After 3 weeks AP)
Visa Received:_2011-09-21
US Entry:_@ JFK 2011-11-16
Marriage: _2011-12-20
Date Filed: _2012-02-07
NOA Date: _2012-02-13
Bio. Appt. Notice recieved_2012-02-17
Bio. Appt.:2012-03-12@ 8:00 AM in Columbus OH
Bio Done:2012-03-05 WALK IN- Columbus OH
State ID: 2012-03-05
DL Permit: 2012-03-08
AOS Transfer: 2012-03-14
AOS Touched @ USCIS: 2012-03-21
EAD/AP Approved & Card Producton:
EAD/AP on Hand:2012-04-11
AOS_RFE: 2012-09-28
RFE Sent: 2012-11-09

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:47 PM


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08/03/2012.....NOA2.. Hard Copy

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09/05/2012.....Embassy response.. with interview date!!

10/17/2012.....INTERVIEW @Caracas Embassy!

10/17/2012.....INTERVIEW @Caracas Embassy... APPROVED!!

12/31/2012.....POE.. Miami, arrived to AUSTIN next day smile.png



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05/06/2013.....I-465 & I-765 sent USPS priority mail

05/14/2013......Email, Text of Receiving package on 5/11

05/16/2013......Hard Copy of NOA1 received: I-465 and _I-765 Application for employment 

05/20/2013...... Bio-metric hard-copy.
05/29/2013...... Biometric scheduled. . Austin office

07/15/2013...... EAD card  arrived in mail today smile.png

10/20/2013...... Green Card approved!  NOA hardcopy received!

10/31/2013...... Green Card Delivered!! 


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07/24/15  I-751 Mailed to Cali. Service Center
09/03/15 Biometeric scheduled and completed

01/26/16 ROC Letter arrived 
01/30/16 10 yr Green Card arrived


#6 LarryandChristine



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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:49 PM

If either of you is not that busy or occupied,it is best to just do it yourself. We hired an attorney and we ended up being frustrated because they not only cost so much money but they are also the cause of delay. They asked documents one at a time, just like we asked what we could do after our papers are being reviewed at the USCIS ..They said nothing,but when the time comes, we were supposed to be already preparing for the tax transcripts and W2 including those documents of our co-sponsor.
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02/15/2010-Met online
03/15/2010-Met in person & got engaged
03/30/2010-Wedding day!woohoo!
11/09/2010-I-130 package sent
11/17/2010-NOA 1 received
04/19/2011-NOA 2 received
05/04/2011-NVC case # assigned
05/26/2011-IV & AOS fee paid
07/26/2011-AOS & IV package sent to NVC
09/14/2011-Received interview date from NVC
09/19/2011-Medical exam -First day
09/20/2011-2nd day-Bad news-told to have the Sputum Test
10/3-5/2011-Sputum Test for 3 days!!!
12/06/2011-Sputum Smears-all negative!Thanks God!
12/12/2011-Interview date-VISA approved!
12/24/2011-Visa on hand
12/28/2011-Arrived in the USA,POE Detroit

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 09:46 PM

My fiancee is from indonesia, but lives and works in hong kong right now. I want to start the k1 process, fiancee visa. Is it easy enough to do on my own, or is it best to hire a lawyer and pay about 2k. Can someone let me know which is the best way

I am going to go at it mostly alone. However, I have contacted an immigration specialist and she is willing to look over my packet for a small fee. This way, I will prepare everything myself and save some money, yet still have a professional review it. I have called several lawyers, and many are willing to answer questions for free. In addition there are downloadable books out there (like this one. http://www.pcurtisla...ance-visa-guide ( I cannot verify its usefulness but I am considering purchasing it. This website also has free advice about what to include in your petition.)) So, from the websites, the USCIS 800 number, lawyers, my immigration specialist, I plan to get everything I need. One last thing: USCIS has info centers that you can visit that will help you with your questions as well.

Edited by whinniekins, 27 September 2011 - 09:47 PM.

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#8 Rufus2012


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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:18 PM

It takes a few hours to get the application ready, and then you're just going to wait a few months. If you missed something, the USCIS will send you an RFE and ask for whatever you may have forgotten (this does delay processing, so try to get it right). Almost all K-1s are approved, so other than some careful reading, you don't need a lawyer (and it seems there are a lot who are crooks and selling BS, dig around for a few threads here about bogus advice people have received).

If you have some complicated situation, perhaps past immigration issues, then legal help may be useful, but if you just want to move your fiance to the US, you should be fine. If you could figure out how to find this website, create an account, post a question and followup to replies, you have the basic skills required. :)
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