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So you hear about celebrity relationships all over the media. Many of those relationships cross country boundaries.

My question is do celebrities have to go through the K-1 process before they marry their international fiance? Do you think they have to fight their way through bureaucracy the same as we do? I know celebrities are human, but they do usually get more perks than the average human. An interesting topic I thought I'd bring up. Any ideas...

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Hmm...interesting question. I'm sure they do have to go through the same processes but having an excess of cash might fast track their petition in some way? They'll still have to have an interview at the embassy like everyone else!


AOS Process

 

[2 months 28 days to EAD/AP Combo Card in Hand] [1 year, 1 month & 8 days to Green Card in Hand]

05.04.2015 - Package sent for AOS, EAD & AP

05.07.2015 - Package arrived at lockbox

05.11.2015 - G-1145 email/text received

05.16.2015 - NOA1 for AOS, EAD & AP Received

05.23.2015 - Biometrics Letter Received - Appointment: June 4th

06.04.2015 - Biometrics Completed

07.09.2015 - AOS Case Status Update: "Ready for Interview"

07.20.2015 - EAD & AP Case Status Update: Issued

07.24.2015 - NOA2 for EAD & AP Received

07.29.2015 - Discovered EAD/AP package was sent to wrong post office, delivery delayed.

08.01.2015 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received

04.04.2016 - Package sent for EAD/AP Renewal

04.06.2016 - AOS Case Status Update: "Interview Scheduled"

04.07.2016 - Interview Notice Letter Received: Scheduled for May 11th 2016

04.13.2016 - NOA1 for EAD & AP Renewal Received

04.21.2016 - Notice saying old Biometrics will be used for EAD & AP Renewal

05.11.2016 - AOS Interview

05.12.2016 - AOS Case status update: Approved!

05.17.2016 - NOA2 for AOS Received

06.09.2016 - AOS Case status update: Green card mailed June 8th 2016

06.11.2016 - Green Card Received

ROC Process

Spoiler

02.20.2018 - I-751 Package sent via UPS 

02.23.2018 - I-751 Package arrived at the Vermont Service Center

03.08.2018 - Check cashed 

03.12.2018 - NOA1 Received (dated March 6th) 

04.23.2018 - Received Biometrics letter: Appointment May 4th

05.04.2018 - Biometrics appointment

08.13.2018 - Received 18 month extension letter

 

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Most celebrities already reside in the US. If you have enough money you can buy your way into the US with an investment VISA.

At least that is what my lawyers tell me. I am thinking of scrapping my K-1 and going that route. I am tired of waiting, I have lots of money to invest in the US.

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Celebrities don't need fiancé visas. They have non-immigrant visas, probably under the category "Persons with Extraordinary Ability & Members of the Entertainment Profession (O) & Athletes, Artists & Entertainers (P)".

If they wanted a greencard, they could adjust status based on marrying an American.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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Feel free to invest in my bank account. Just saying.

Lol if your bank account can get me a K-1 send the number :) I can't believe this process. I want to talk to someone in charge of this mess.


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So you hear about celebrity relationships all over the media. Many of those relationships cross country boundaries.

My question is do celebrities have to go through the K-1 process before they marry their international fiance? Do you think they have to fight their way through bureaucracy the same as we do?

Yes

I know celebrities are human, but they do usually get more perks than the average human.

Yes but not from USCIS.

An interesting topic I thought I'd bring up. Any ideas...


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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Lol if your bank account can get me a K-1 send the number :) I can't believe this process. I want to talk to someone in charge of this mess.

I can tell you the name of the person, but you can't speak to them. However, if there just so happens to be a conference call that that individual is on, he will deny any issues regarding the process.


ROC Timeline!

Service Center : California Service Center

NOA1 : 2017-09-01

Biometrics : 2017-09-28

 

AOS Timeline!

Marriage : 2015-01-10

AOS/EAD/AP NOA1 : 2015-01-20

Biometrics : 2015-02-17

EAD/AP Approved : 2015-03-17

EAD/AP Card Received : 2015-03-27

NPIW : 2015-06-11

AOS Approved : 2015-11-24

GC Received : 2015-12-01

 

K-1 Visa Timeline!

Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-11

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-08-12

Consulate Received : 2014-09-15

Interview Date : 2014-11-13

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2014-11-15

US Entry : 2014-12-31

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Hahahaahah!! That is awesome! You know, you could actually pull that off :luv:

Most celebrities already reside in the US. If you have enough money you can buy your way into the US with an investment VISA.

At least that is what my lawyers tell me. I am thinking of scrapping my K-1 and going that route. I am tired of waiting, I have lots of money to invest in the US.


:yes:Intelligence trumps muscle... Imagination trumps both! :yes:

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Cd. Juarez, Mexico
Met: January, 2006 :D
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-10-26 (L)
I-130 Sent : 2014-08-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-08-04

I-130 NOA2 : 2015-05-14

Shipped to DoS: 2015-05-22

Received at NVC: 2015-06-01

Case Created at NVC: 2015-06-10 (from Julian Date calculation)

AOS and IV Fee Invoiced: 2015-06-11
AOS and IV Fee Paid: Website down as of 06-15... Just waiting...
AOS and IV Fee Paid: 2015-07-05 CEAC site finally UP! :dancing:

AOS and Civil Docs received at NVC: 2015-10-13

NVC checklist for obsolete i864: 2015-11-25

Submit updated i864: ?????? when my lawyer desires... :clock:
Submit updated i864: Did NOT wait for lawywer. Did it myself 2015-12-10
NVC received reply to checklist i864: 2015-12-10 (yes.. same day O.O)

NVC case completed: 2016-01-07
NVC assigned interview date: 2016-01-23
Interview at CJS consulate: 2016-03-30

Visa "Issued": 2016-04-05
Entered the US: 2016-04-27

SSN Arrived: 2016-05-07 ... wow TEN days!

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Maybe not quite the "celebrities" you were thinking of, but professional hockey routinely deals with some real headaches :)

The majority of NHL players are Canadian-born. There are also Americans, various European nationalities and a pretty big Russian contingent (and ONE Australian! Our first one!) but 23 of the teams are located in the US and 7 in Canada (and all of the teams play each other all the time, it's not like the Canadian teams only play Canadian teams). Now, they all pretty much get O visas as far as I can tell (which lets them bring their families---maybe not girlfriends, which is maybe why hockey players get married so young, now that I think about it, but families). But everyone (except the Canadians) needs Canadian visas to travel to to be able to play in Canada as well. This can get really tricky with the timing and every now and again someone falls through the cracks and gets stuck on a tarmac in Calgary or somesuch (one of our guys was actually stuck in Sochi returning from the Olympics--visa issues-- and we had to play a game or two without him). Personally, I just don't envy their tax accountants. Can you imagine?!

And funny-not-funny story: My own pride and joy of a team, the Washington Capitals, had a sad sad fate befall them in 2010. It was quarterfinals playoffs with Montreal (best out of 7... 2 home, 2 away, 1 home, 1 away, 1 home). They were coming back from Montreal having gone up 3-1 in the series. Got diverted from Dulles to National for fog. But National isn't an international airport---no customs---so then got diverted to BWI where, at that time of night (1am) there were no CPB folks, as the last scheduled flight had already been processed. They had to wait on the tarmac for 3 hours while they got CBP staff in. Then, all the guys' cars were at Dulles (a good 70 miles away). So that was a huge mess. A lot of guys didn't get home until 5am---and had to play the next day.

While it's surely not *just* a visa thing (this team is well known to implode), after that night they became the first No.1 seed to give up a 3-1 lead to an 8-seed in NHL history. Pitiful, really.


Marriage/ AOS Timeline:

23 Dec 2015: Legal marriage

23 Jan 2016: Wedding!

23 Jan 2016: "Blizzard of the Century", wedding canceled/rescheduled (thank goodness we were legally married first or we'd have had a big problem!) :sleepy:

24 Jan 2016: Small "civil ceremony" with friends and family who were snowed in with us. December was a bit of a secret and people had traveled internationally and knew we *had* to get married that weekend, and our December legal marriage was nothing but signing a piece of paper at our priest's kitchen table, without any sort of vows etc so this was actually a very special (if not legally significant) day. (L)

16 Apr 2016: Filed for AOS and EAD/AP (We delayed a bit-- no big rush, enjoying the USCIS break)

23 Apr 2016: Wedding! Finally! :luv:

27 Apr 2016: Electronic NOA1 for all 3 :dancing:
29 Apr 2016: NOA1 Hardcopy for all 3
29 Jul 2016: Online service request for late EAD (Day 104)
29 Jul 2016: EAD/AP Approved ~3 hours after online service request
04 Aug 2016: RFE for Green Card (requested medicals/ vaccination record. They already have it). :ranting:
05 Aug 2016: EAD/AP Combo Card arrived! (Day 111)
08 Aug 2016: Congressional constituent request to get guidance on the RFE. Hoping they see they have the form and approve!

K-1 Visa Timeline:

PLEASE NOTE. This timeline was during the period of time when TSC was working on I-129fs and had a huge backlog. The average processing time was 210+ days. This is in no way predictive of your own timeline if you filed during or after April 2015, unless CSC develops a backlog. A backlog is anything above the 5-month goal time listed on USCIS's site

14 Feb 2015: Mailed I-129f to Dallas Lockbox. (L) (Most expensive Valentine's card I've ever sent!)

17 Feb 2015: NOA1 "Received Date"
19 Feb 2015: NOA1 Notice Date
08 Aug 2015: NOA2 email! :luv: (173 days from NOA1)

17 Aug 2015: Sent to NVC

?? Aug 2015: Arrived at NVC

25 Aug 2015: NVC Case # Assigned

31 Aug 2015: Left NVC for Consulate in San Jose

09 Sep 2015: Consulate received :dancing: (32 days from NOA2)

11 Sep 2015: Packet 3 emailed from embassy to me, the petitioner (34 days from NOA2).

18 Sep 2015: Medicals complete

21 Sep 2015: Packet 3 complete, my boss puts a temporary moratorium on all time off due to work emergency :clock:

02 Oct 2015: Work emergency clears up, interview scheduled (soonest available was 5 business days away--Columbus Day was in there)

13 Oct 2015: Interview

13 Oct 2015: VISA APPROVED :thumbs: (236 days from NOA1)

19 Oct 2015: Visa-in-hand

24 Oct 2015: POE !

15 Dec 2015: Fiance's mother's B-2 visa interview: APPROVED! So happy she will be at the wedding! :thumbs:

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