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Hello I married a Nigerian Nov 2014 and filled the I130 with a date of Jan 7th. I need to withdrawal the I130 soon and I need to also Divorce him in Lagos I have already filled for annulment in usa where I live because i meat the requirements in my state to do so with the proof I have and such. I want to also be sure my Divorce is cleared in Nigeria as well but all the lawyers want to rob me to get it done! I will be Nigeria within the next month and would like to know if this can be done when i am there? Also if I only do the annulment in USA will it make it impossible for me to marry a Nigerian again (if i were to ever meet someone) or anyone from a different country

I know in the future I will want to fill a K-1 or CR-1 visa again and do not want his mistakes to haunt me. How do I do this correctly?

Thank you for all the time and replies!

can not believe I am even having to ask this!

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*** Country-specific thread moved from CR-1 Process forum to the Africa/Sub-Saharan regional subforum -- topic involves divorce procedures in Nigeria. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Just as marriage anywhere makes you married anywhere , divorce or annulment anywhere makes you unmarried everywhere in the eyes of the US. The only issue you will get when you apply again is that you have filed more than once and if the next filing is in a short time frame your marriage will be examined to see if you are true or just running a marriage for hire scam on the government. If you choose Nigeria again, remember that Nigerians rarely marry without hiring an investigator to check out potential spouses for very good reasons and this is one very good local custom to follow.


This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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Divorce is filed per the rules of your state and there should be information online about serving him notice of the divorce. Most likely you can satisfy this via publication or Fedx serving him notice with signature. You don't need a lawyer for this but perhaps a short free consultation then do it all yourself

and you don't have to travel to Nigeria to complete the divorce.

You can send the divorce petition visa Fedx and when he signs it shows on the web site the person signed for the letter, then print it out as evidence the person was served.

You can also place the divorce piblication in an online Nigerian newspaper.


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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Just as marriage anywhere makes you married anywhere , divorce or annulment anywhere makes you unmarried everywhere in the eyes of the US. The only issue you will get when you apply again is that you have filed more than once and if the next filing is in a short time frame your marriage will be examined to see if you are true or just running a marriage for hire scam on the government. If you choose Nigeria again, remember that Nigerians rarely marry without hiring an investigator to check out potential spouses for very good reasons and this is one very good local custom to follow.

Once the annulment/divorce is completed in the US can she remarry in Nigeria or does something need to be finalized there too? . Do they recognize US divorces? I did not know Nigerians check out their potential spouses, I thought it was the USC more doing that. Out of curiosity, what are they looking for?

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They check out the family, to see if there are criminals in the family or if anyone is slave born when older people marry. ( they still believe that free born shouldn't marry into a descendant of slave blood ) It is interesting to listen to a relationship end because of findings because the investigation is usually well into the relationship.


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They check out the family, to see if there are criminals in the family or if anyone is slave born when older people marry. ( they still believe that free born shouldn't marry into a descendant of slave blood ) It is interesting to listen to a relationship end because of findings because the investigation is usually well into the relationship.

Wow...very interesting. Do you know the answer to my other question. Does Nigeria recognize US divorces?

They check out the family, to see if there are criminals in the family or if anyone is slave born when older people marry. ( they still believe that free born shouldn't marry into a descendant of slave blood ) It is interesting to listen to a relationship end because of findings because the investigation is usually well into the relationship.

Wow...very interesting. Do you know the answer to my other question. Does Nigeria recognize US divorces?

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Just as marriage anywhere makes you married anywhere , divorce or annulment anywhere makes you unmarried everywhere in the eyes of the US. The only issue you will get when you apply again is that you have filed more than once and if the next filing is in a short time frame your marriage will be examined to see if you are true or just running a marriage for hire scam on the government. If you choose Nigeria again, remember that Nigerians rarely marry without hiring an investigator to check out potential spouses for very good reasons and this is one very good local custom to follow.

I disagree with Nigerians 'rarely marrying without hiring an investigator', some yes, some clans, tribes, families of higher status etc. but I feel

saying rarely is too far of a reach. I have been familiar with the Nigerian culture for over a decade and have to disagree with that generalization.

All too often there is no money to build a house, have all the food needed much less money for an investigator and many are all too happy to

have found a ticket out of the country with a USC and don't even care about the background checks.

It is not much different than here really, I would hope that people do background checks here in the US when they meet random people online

with the intention to have a serious relationship or marry, we should all consider checking people out in the beginning and not when already in a

relationship.

The marrying into 'slave ancestry' issue is clan / status specific and does not apply to the modern everyday Nigerian.


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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I disagree with Nigerians 'rarely marrying without hiring an investigator', some yes, some clans, tribes, families of higher status etc. but I feel

saying rarely is too far of a reach. I have been familiar with the Nigerian culture for over a decade and have to disagree with that generalization.

All too often there is no money to build a house, have all the food needed much less money for an investigator and many are all too happy to

have found a ticket out of the country with a USC and don't even care about the background checks.

It is not much different than here really, I would hope that people do background checks here in the US when they meet random people online

with the intention to have a serious relationship or marry, we should all consider checking people out in the beginning and not when already in a

relationship.

The marrying into 'slave ancestry' issue is clan / status specific and does not apply to the modern everyday Nigerian.

I too have been in the culture for decades and if there is money for marriage then there is money for investigating. Nigerian's put a lot of importance around their family and they consider it money well spent. The slave blood is amoungst the older ones. When it comes to finding the ticket out, most didn't find it without having money to spend on the internet. With the number of yahoo boys looking for a ticket to the US or US money it is all the more reason to be careful with meeting a Nigerian online. The ones who care least about tradition are those that wouldn't pass the investigation ( and I know plenty of those looking for love online )


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One of my points was that yahoo boys could care less about an investigation because they intent to defraud a USC anyway, if they have money or not,

just enough for the internet or a sack full from the latest scam.

My other point was that generally Nigerians do not investigate their potential spouses unless they are of certain status and family/clan.

Lets not forget that not all Nigerians are so wrapped up in tradition and that doesn't make them yahoo boys, but very genuine

good people but still go on what they personally see in their future mate no matter if the family approves or not.

When you want to see all Nigerians as exotic "them" "they" and "very traditional" then you forget the individual very educated modern Nigerian who

could care less about what clan tradition demands.

Tribal mixed marriages still opposed and frowned upon, each individual does what is right for them personally, Ebo marrying Yoruba and vice versa, slave

ancestry or not. They stand up to their elders and proclaim a new way.

I believe we do agree that investigations aren't a bad thing at all (except for the silly slave ancestry prejudice tradition)
but I just disagree that you stated "rarely" does a Nigerian not investigate a future spouse.
The younger generation is way more individually driven and has lost the village mentality and will tell grandma to 'let it go' and marry who he/she wants to

if it is a decent person whom they trust and love. Romanticizing and generalizing the old traditions for all isn't fair to the modern Nigerian of today.

Again, it is family/clan/status specific for some but not all.


We are getting off topic, sorry OP for derailing the thread.


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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