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Does any know how long the expectation is for an K1 visa in regards to how long you have been dating your fiancé? I met my fiancé online last July and flew to Jamaica in March ( a few weeks ago) to meet. I recently submitted the I 129 forms with proof of our relationship including phone records text and included pictures of us together from my trip, flight info, hotel info etc etc etc... I am thinking since my relationship is under a year, would that be grounds for refusal. Help please!

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I married my husband after only knowing him 7 months. Also in Jamaica. We are CR-1 Visa, but got quickly approved :)


USCIS

11/12/14 - I-130 Packet Sent! (Phoenix Lockbox)

11/14/14 - I-130 Delivered

11/18/14 - NOA1 (Sent to TSC)

3/2/15 - NOA2

3/10/15 - Sent to NVC

NVC

3/17/15 - Received by NVC

3/23/15 - Case number assigned

3/23/15 - DS 261 completed

3/24/15 - AOS Fee Invoiced

3/27/15 - AOS Fee Paid

4/28/15 - IV Fee Invoiced

4/29/15 - IV Fee Paid

5/3/15 - IV Application Complete

5/26/15 - AOS & IV Packet Sent

5/28/15 - AOS & IV Delivered

6/3/15 - Email received stating scan date of 5/28/15

6/23/15 - Case Complete

8/12/15 - Requested expedite at NVC

8/19/15 - Received email - Expedite Approved! (57 days after Case Complete)

8/21/15 - Case left NVC

Embassy

8/24/15 - Case Received

8/26/15 - Interview Scheduled

9/2/15 - Medical Exam

9/11/15 - Interview - Approved!!

9/15/15 - Visa Issued

9/21/15 - Visa In Hand

10/30/15 - POE!!

11/24/15 - Social Security Card received in the mail

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There is no requirement for any certain length of time for the relationship. The I-129F petition requires that you met in person at least once within the 2 years prior to filing, and then you need prove to the CO that your relationship is bona fide and not for immigration purposes only when interviewing for the K-1 visa.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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I married my husband after only knowing him 7 months. Also in Jamaica. We are CR-1 Visa, but got quickly approved :)

I married my husband after only knowing him 7 months. Also in Jamaica. We are CR-1 Visa, but got quickly approved :)

Help me understand what a CR-1 Visa is

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Help me understand what a CR-1 Visa is

CR-1 is a visa that a spouse who is married to their partner for less than 2 years upon US entry receives. It's exactly like the IR-1, except it only gets a 2-year conditional green card (on which conditions must be removed for the 10 year GC before the 2 years expires).


* I-130/CR-1 visa by Direct Consular Filing in London
3rd May 2013 - Married in London

7th May 2013 - I-130 filed
4th June 2013 - NOA2 (approved)
16th July 2013 - Interview (approved)
30th July 2013 - POE San Francisco
29th August 2013 - 2 year green card arrived

 

* How? Read my DCF London I-130 for CR1/IR1 Spouse Guide

* Removal of Conditions (RoC) via California Service Centre
1st May 2015 - 90 day RoC window opened
6th May 2015 - I-751 filed (delivered 8th May, cheque cashed 18th May)
7th August 2015 - Approved / GC production

27th August 2015 - 10 year green card arrived

* Naturalisation (Citizenship) via Phoenix Lockbox

* San Francisco Field Office:
1st May 2016 - N-400 window opened
20th August 2016 - N-400 filed

26th August 2016 - NOA1
13th September 2016 - Biometrics

12th January 2017 - Biometrics (again)
30th May 2017 - Interview (approved)
7th June 2017 - Oath

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CR-1 is a visa that a spouse who is married to their partner for less than 2 years upon US entry receives. It's exactly like the IR-1, except it only gets a 2-year conditional green card (on which conditions must be removed for the 10 year GC before the 2 years expires).

Congrats I hope to move things along just as fast :)

Congrats I hope to move things along just as fast :)

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Ohzee, your time line with your fiancée actually matches ours! When my fiancé has his interview, I plan to send a signed letter addressing this. Before we met, neither one of us believed in dating without serious marriage intentions. Our engagement was a few months after we made contact, so I was thinking this may be a red flag for the officer. In my situation, I could not maintain a friendship with him when my emotions were getting deeper - it would have been inappropriate.

It's good to know that a short relationship isn't grounds for refusal! I may face different challenges as your journey, but I wanted to comment on our similarities.


K-1 fiance visa journey

 

July 22, 2014 - First connection through website ** March 4, 2015 - First meeting in person in a third country (first visa stress!) ** March 18, 2015 - Sent Form I-129F ** March 19, 2015 - Received by Dallas Lockbox at 8:09 AM CST ** March 24, 2015 - Received USCIS receipt confirmation text and e-mail at 9:04 PM CST - NOA1 ** April 7, 2015 - Received USCIS approval confirmation text and e-mail at 9:30 PM CST - NOA2 ** April 24, 2015 - Called NVC and confirmed receipt ** April 25, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'In NVC' ** April 29, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'In Transit' ** May 5, 2015 - Petition arrived at embassy - 'Ready' status ** June 14, 2015 - Received Packet 3 and 4 (Interview and document list combined) ** June 29, 2015 - Medical exam ** July 7, 2015 - Embassy interview!!...then...CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'Administrative Processing' ** August 4, 2015 - Received call from US Embassy to drop off his passport!! ** September 3, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'Ready' and Nonimmigrant!!!!!!! TOMORROW!.....no...still waiting... ** October 13, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting 'Administrative Processing' ** October 15, 2015 - CEAC.GOV now says 'Issued' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 10, 2015 - Dallas POE! He's here

November 16, 2015 - Our marriage :)

Adjustment of Status journey ~ ROC Date December 21, 2017 ~

 

December 9, 2015 - Mailed AOS package (Day 0) ** December 10, 2015 - Received by Chicago Lockbox at 1:06 PM CST (Day 1) ** December 14, 2015 - Initiated county name change petition ** December 22, 2015 - Received USCIS receipt confirmation text and e-mail at 11:34 PM CST - NOA (Day 13) ** January 4, 2016 - Additional information delivered to NBC at 10:10 AM CST (Day 26) ** January 11, 2016 - Fingerprint fee accepted for Form I-485 (Day 33) ** January 19, 2016 - Received Selective Service registration card ** January 20, 2016 - Service request initiated and completed for biometric appointment (Day 42) ** January 23, 2016 - Received biometric letter dated January 16, 2016 (Day 45) ** February 5, 2016 - Biometric appointment (Day 58) ** February 19, 2016 - Request for Initial Evidence for EAD/AP (Day 72) ** February 25, 2016 - Received RFIE (Day 78) ** February 26, 2016 - Mailed response to RFIE (Day 79) ** February 29, 2016 - Response to RFE delivered to NBC at 11:06 AM CST (Day 82) ** March 3, 2016 - EAD status update to RFE response received March 1, 2016 (Day 85) ** March 4, 2016 - EAD/AP approved/card being produced (Day 86) ** March 9, 2016 - EAD/AP card mailed (Day 91) ** March 12, 2016 - EAD/AP received (Day 94) ** March 21, 2016 - GC approved/card being produced (Day 103) ** March 24, 2016 - GC mailed and name change completed (should have been February 4, 2016...) (Day 106) ** March 26, 2016 - Conditional GC received (Day 108)

Removal of Conditions journey ~ USC Date December 21, 2018 ~

Spoiler

December 21, 2017 - Mailed ROC package (Day 0) ** December 26, 2017 - Received by Laguna Niguel Lockbox  at 12:40 PM CST (Day 1) ** January 2, 2018 Check cashed (Day 7) ** January 6, 2018 Received NOA1 dated December 26, 2017 (Day 11) ** February 13, 2018 - Service request initiated for biometric appointment (Day 49) ** February 23, 2018 - Received service request letter response dated January 19, 2018 instructing us to wait (Day 59) ** March 5, 2018 - Case Received at Local Office (Day 69) ** June 15, 2018 - Case Transferred to Another Office (Day 171) ** June 18, 2018 - Case Transferred and New Office Has Jurisdiction (Day 174) ** August 24, 2018 - Rec'd extended NOA1 dated August 18, 2018 (Day 241) **

 

 

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Ohzee, your time line with your fiancée actually matches ours! When my fiancé has his interview, I plan to send a signed letter addressing this. Before we met, neither one of us believed in dating without serious marriage intentions. Our engagement was a few months after we made contact, so I was thinking this may be a red flag for the officer. In my situation, I could not maintain a friendship with him when my emotions were getting deeper - it would have been inappropriate.

It's good to know that a short relationship isn't grounds for refusal! I may face different challenges as your journey, but I wanted to comment on our similarities.

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That is amazing you guys got us in all areas by 1 week to the date I received my email and text today that my application was received March 30 and will be forwarded to CSC.it will be good to know how this plays out. Anything is possible and luckily meeting online is not taboo any longer. Good luck to you in this entire process it's stressful but no risk no reward.

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Important to remember that the 129f is a petition to alow your fiance(e) to apply for a visa. So long as you meet the minimum requirements (being a citizen, having met, not having filed for another in the last two years, etc.) your fiance(e) will receive an interview for their visa.

We met in the beginning of February, I filed in mid-April, the petition was approved mid-August and Jamnan's interview was in late September. The point being that you will have more than enough time to build your relationship before it gets looked at by the CO at the embassy. Review the guides and the embassy reviews to build your evidence packet for the interview stage unless you are in one of the "must front-load" countries.

Jamnan received her conditional green card a day before the first anniversary of our having met.

Good luck

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Important to remember that the 129f is a petition to alow your fiance(e) to apply for a visa. So long as you meet the minimum requirements (being a citizen, having met, not having filed for another in the last two years, etc.) your fiance(e) will receive an interview for their visa.

We met in the beginning of February, I filed in mid-April, the petition was approved mid-August and Jamnan's interview was in late September. The point being that you will have more than enough time to build your relationship before it gets looked at by the CO at the embassy. Review the guides and the embassy reviews to build your evidence packet for the interview stage unless you are in one of the "must front-load" countries.

Jamnan received her conditional green card a day before the first anniversary of our having met.

Good luck

there is nothing in the requirements stating that you can not petition for someone if you had petitioned someone else within the previous 2 years. Don't make things up/ This is directly from the USCIS site stating the requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

If you petition for a fiancé(e) visa, you must show that:

  • You (the petitioner) are a U.S. citizen.
  • You intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e) entering the United States.
  • You and your fiancé(e) are both free to marry and any previous marriages must have been legally terminated by divorce, death, or annulment.
  • You met each other, in person, at least once within 2 years of filing your petition. There are two exceptions that require a waiver:

    1. If the requirement to meet would violate strict and long-established customs of your or your fiancé(e)’s foreign culture or social practice.

    2. If you prove that the requirement to meet would result in extreme hardship to you.



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Does any know how long the expectation is for an K1 visa in regards to how long you have been dating your fiancé? I met my fiancé online last July and flew to Jamaica in March ( a few weeks ago) to meet. I recently submitted the I 129 forms with proof of our relationship including phone records text and included pictures of us together from my trip, flight info, hotel info etc etc etc... I am thinking since my relationship is under a year, would that be grounds for refusal. Help please!

We met only for 2 months before I submitted I-129F and got it approved...and we are married for 5 months now.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Ohzee, your time line with your fiancée actually matches ours! When my fiancé has his interview, I plan to send a signed letter addressing this. Before we met, neither one of us believed in dating without serious marriage intentions. Our engagement was a few months after we made contact, so I was thinking this may be a red flag for the officer. In my situation, I could not maintain a friendship with him when my emotions were getting deeper - it would have been inappropriate.

It's good to know that a short relationship isn't grounds for refusal! I may face different challenges as your journey, but I wanted to comment on our similarities.

It's funny you say this. My then-Fiancee & I did the exact same thing. Within 2 weeks of meeting online, we were already gauging each other fully to figure out what each was willing to do if this developed into something romantically & we figured out that we both were willing to do whatever it took. We then continued to basically fall in love online, communicating via text & Skype until about 4 months after meeting online, when we met in person the 1st time & reaffirmed our feelings for each other. I had such a strong feeling about her that I bought he ring that I would propose to her with before she even came. While she was here, I proposed & then sent the petition away about 3 weeks later.

Like you & the OP, we didn't wanna waste time getting to know everything about each other without fully working to close the distance gap. So that became an immediate priority. Nothing is wrong with a rapidly developing relationship, if it has been built with long-term intentions from the very beginning.


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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