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#1 JAYANN & JAY

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:05 PM

I just wanted to know how some of you handled the long distance relationship and not being able to see your love one for a long period of time. What were some of the challenges you had to go through?
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#2 Leon & Mylen

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:09 PM

The short answer: Skype and Yahoo. We wouldn't have survived without those lol. We figured early on that quality time is the thing we both need the most in a relationship, and so have agreed to see each other daily on Skype cam and Yahoo Messenger (we use the cam for full screen viewing and Yahoo in a separate window for the text). And depending on how much time we have that day, due to our work schedules and time difference, this time will last from 1 hour to several hours, averaging about 2-3 every day, which is key. Thankfully, physical intimacy, while important to us as well, isn't as important as just quality time in general. For others it is different and probably is the main reason why many simply cannot handle a long distance relationship.

Edited by Leon & Mylen, 17 August 2013 - 01:11 PM.

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#3 HettyandSaid

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:15 PM

Skype has become our lifeline with our relationship. I have been able to visit 3 times in the last 2 years. It is the time in between that has been hard. We have the same time every night to talk online with skype. We also snail mail each other letters.  Its not the same as being face to face, but, I enjoy seeing that smile every night on my computer! Now if they can make an app that makes my computer hug me back?! The biggest challenges we have faced is when something special or something bad happens and we can't be there in person for the other person, and the days where the missing each other is so bad we are overwhelmed with the distance. But, I stay strong, and remind myself everyday... each day is a day closer to forever with him...and he is worth it!! he is my heart! smile.png I see your interview is soon... praying for good news so you will be together very soon!!! 


Edited by HettyandSaid, 17 August 2013 - 01:17 PM.

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Story of Us:                                                                                              NVC:
November 5, 2011 we met online                                                                                                       March 5, 2014        Nvc received case
November 9, 2011 became a couple                                                                                                 April 7, 2014          Receive I 864bill/pay I864 bill Complete DS261 online
February 6, 2012   met in person in Morocco                                                                                   April 9, 2014          Receive/pay IV bill
June 22, 2012        second trip to Morocco                                                                                       April 14, 2014        Complete DS260 online
July 13, 2012         Wedding in Morocco                                                                                          May 8, 2014           Receive checklist from NVC in email 
March 6, 2013       Third trip to Morocco                                                                                         May 8, 2014           Mail completed packet to NVC 
November 4,2013  Fourth trip to Morocco <3                                                                                  May 12, 2014         NVC receives packet (now we wait.)
USCIS:                                                                                            June 10, 2014        RFE checklist for I864. June 11 call to NVC.. fixed errors.
May 1, 2013          Mail packet to USCIS to start K3                                                                        June 12, 2014        Resend packet to NVC
May 3, 2013          UPS delivery confirmation                                                                                   June 16, 2014        NVC receives corrected papers. (now we wait...again.. ) 
May 6, 2013          Email Confirmation Case Accepted and routed to USCIS for processing      July 10, 2014         Called NVC. due to backlog I have to wait until 8/1 to call            
May 10,2013         Check Cashed by DHS
May 10, 2013        Form I-797c NOA received by mail                                                                           
May 13, 2013        Mail packet to USCIS for I - 129f
May 14, 2013        Confirmed delivery of Packet for I - 129f                                                                  
May 21, 2013        NOA1 for I - 129f text and email
May 25, 2013        Form I-797c NOA received by mail                                                                          
May 31, 2013        Alien Registration Number changed
July 12, 2013        Case updated with change of address on uscis                                                          
December 4, 2013 Text and email and updated uscis website: case moved to another office for processing
December 6, 2013 Text and email and updated uscis website saying case moved to A uscis office 
December 10, 2013 Received Hard copy by mail that it was transferred to Nebraska. 
January 28, 2014    Called USCIS for update. Told I have to wait 180 days from date of transfer to call about my case.
February 16, 2014  Service Request per USCIS website. Was told I should have an answer by March 10 on my request.
February 18, 2014  Text and email and updated uscis that alien registration number changed (again)
February 19, 2014 Text and email and update uscis NOA2 for I 130 .. k3 is now a CR1
February 19, 2014 Text email and update uscis Case is shipped to nvc!!
February 22, 2014  NOA2 Hardcopy received by mail
February 28, 2014  Follow up email responding to service request confirming case shipped to NVC on February 25, 2014
 

 


#4 Hank_

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:11 PM

I just wanted to know how some of you handled the long distance relationship and not being able to see your love one for a long period of time. What were some of the challenges you had to go through?

 

Skype when we could, emails other times.  Keeping busy in between, which for me was going motorcycling.


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#5 DavenRoxy

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:40 PM

There are no challenges, it's the same thing as being together, without having to smell the other's farts. ;)

 

Being faithful & communicating about sums it up.  The same as when you are together, minus the physical intimacy.  You can do it.  THOUSANDS of deployed soldiers and displaced Filipino family members do it every day.


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I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man, and I will stop calling you a white man.  Together, we can make this all about the human race.

 


#6 Hank_

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:50 PM

There are no challenges, it's the same thing as being together, without having to smell the other's farts. wink.png

 

Being faithful & communicating about sums it up.  The same as when you are together, minus the physical intimacy.  You can do it.  THOUSANDS of deployed soldiers and displaced Filipino family members do it every day.

 

 

Well that about kills your chances at being a prophet...  :lol:

 

 

Ya its no different than being deployed and I have done that too.


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11 May 2012: Arrived in Tucson, AZ
03 June 2012: Married
07 July 2012: Filed AOS/AP/EAD
10 July 2012: NOA
24 July 2012: RFE - AOS
31 July 2012: Biometric
09 Sept 2012: EAD/AP Approved
19 Sept 2012: Received combo card EAD/AP
08 Nov 2012: Interview - Approved!
19 Nov 2012: Green Card received


#7 DavenRoxy

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:55 PM

Being a prophet?  Ya lost me...

 

Oh, and yes, as others have said above, skype & email for us.  The occasional phone call, though that was tough, cuz commo from (crappy phones) Afghanistan thru (a bit better) Philippines was difficult at best.


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I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man, and I will stop calling you a white man.  Together, we can make this all about the human race.

 


#8 James&Edlie

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:06 PM

Skype, WeChat, Facebook, Viber. Anyway we can find to keep in each others daily routine. Yes is tough not being able to touch or smell their perfume, but this I have religeously said is the time to work on building a strong bond of communication. If you can't communicate, your in trouble.


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15 Mar 2012---Started talking online
25 Mar 2012---Texting and twice a day conversations
28 Mar 2012---Exclusive with each other
26 Apr 2012---Engaged
01 Jul 2012---Married in our hearts
24 Dec 2012---Visited for Christmas and New Year's In Zamboanga City

10 Jul 2013 -- Vacationed in Davao City, K1 application transffered

16 Aug 2013 -- NOA2!!!!!!!!


#9 adiiann

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:39 PM

It was a challenge to us whenever we have fight, which we agreed to address it not more than 48hrs. But all in all, it was bearable enough, technology made things easier for us. And we're both busy until I moved here.
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Lifting Condition (I-751)

09/09/2011 - Sent the package to CSC
09/13/2011 - CSC received the package
09/15/2011 - CSC cashed check and NOA1 Received
09/26/2011 - Biometrics Appointment Notice Date (Sent)
10/13/2011 - Early Biometrics
10/19/2011 - Biometrics Appointment
10/26/2011 - GC expiration
11/25/2011 - Received RFE
11/28/2011 - Sent response to RFE
01/13/2012 - Ordered card production (Approved)
01/19/2012 - 10 yrs GC received

#10 Hank_

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 04:00 PM

Being a prophet?  Ya lost me...

 

Oh, and yes, as others have said above, skype & email for us.  The occasional phone call, though that was tough, cuz commo from (crappy phones) Afghanistan thru (a bit better) Philippines was difficult at best.

 

 

You did one posting that was rather enjoyed by many (so you were building "points).... then comes the joke about not smelling each other farts...   ok a weak attempt at humor... :lol:


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K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012
11 May 2012: Arrived in Tucson, AZ
03 June 2012: Married
07 July 2012: Filed AOS/AP/EAD
10 July 2012: NOA
24 July 2012: RFE - AOS
31 July 2012: Biometric
09 Sept 2012: EAD/AP Approved
19 Sept 2012: Received combo card EAD/AP
08 Nov 2012: Interview - Approved!
19 Nov 2012: Green Card received


#11 DavenRoxy

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 04:08 PM

Oh, that.  Just reality.  It happens even to the best of us, that moment when we THINK we can let one sneak out, that our loved one won't notice... and it either squeaks out like a mouse being stepped on, or it's a SBD event.  Either way, you're busted.  THAT won't happen on skype!!

 

Breaking the barrier, I believe it's referred to...


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I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man, and I will stop calling you a white man.  Together, we can make this all about the human race.

 


#12 Hank_

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 04:35 PM

LOL!!

 

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Edited by Hank_, 17 August 2013 - 04:37 PM.

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Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 
 red_flashing_arrow.gif Link to the K-1 Visa Process for Manila Embassy once you have your NOA2 : Click Here

 
K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012
11 May 2012: Arrived in Tucson, AZ
03 June 2012: Married
07 July 2012: Filed AOS/AP/EAD
10 July 2012: NOA
24 July 2012: RFE - AOS
31 July 2012: Biometric
09 Sept 2012: EAD/AP Approved
19 Sept 2012: Received combo card EAD/AP
08 Nov 2012: Interview - Approved!
19 Nov 2012: Green Card received


#13 DaRoq

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 05:15 PM

We chat and/or videocall every night at the same time, which includes eating lunch/dinner together. "kain tayo" every night. For 2 hours we carry on as if we're together in person. 

 

I also call every night before I go to sleep and in the morning when I wake so that we can catch up and say "gudnyt" to each other. Just 5-30 minutes, depending on what has happened since we last talked.

 

She also takes pictures of anything she wants to share with me -  things she bought or did while I was asleep. I'll often take pictures of my lunch when I eat out or what I cooked for dinner. There are so many things she wants to try...

 

Lack of physical intimacy is tough, but necessary . A lot of people fall "In Lust" because of short periods of frequent intimacy.  I know it's hard when you're in your twenties and guys are courting you or girls are flirting with him, but you can do it. This is a good test of your commitment to each other even without the "benefits".

 

Lastly, I'm fortunate enough to have the paid time off and resources to visit every 3 months. If we hadn't been approved so fast, my plan was to go back in September anyway. That's why I'm sticking to the plan even though she could've been here already.


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#14 danver

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:26 PM

I just wanted to know how some of you handled the long distance relationship and not being able to see your love one for a long period of time. What were some of the challenges you had to go through?

Love conquers all . Love, Honesty, Commitment and prayers  helped me and my husband to be finally together after 3 long years of talking online , emails, phones. it's just distance that is a big challenge for us but  with God Nothing is impossible.

 

Hubby and I  are happily married for over 6 years ( 10 yrs.together). Open communication is very important  of course.


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#15 benjNjolly

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 07:14 PM

Skype, BBM, WeChat, Yahoo Messenger. One important medium in our relationship is Globe's Duo International. Once you're registered, they would assign a US mobile number to your Philippine sim card so your loved one can call you anytime of the day. Long distance relationship is really difficult. Only brave ones do it. I remember, every time he would visit me I wouldn't want that moment to end. And when it was time for him to go back to Chicago, it would cry my eyes out at the airport. I didn't care if people would see me at that state. Lol.
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