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Hi everyone,

I've been lurking around on this site for about a month reading about all of your experiences and advice. I finally decided to create a profile and get started. I have almost completed my package for submission of the I-130 petition. I hope to have everything ready to go by this weekend. It's exciting and it makes me a little nervous too, but I want this for my husband, so it's time to get to it.

A little about us...

We met October 21, 2013 - we were neighbors - there was an instant connection and we began to spend as much time together as possible. We enjoyed each other's company and the new found companionship was a breath of fresh air. At first, his English was not good at all, and my Spanish was rusty at best. But, we learned to communicate switching back and forth between the two languages. This has probably been the case for many other couples, but with love and patience, we all find a way to make it. We began living together in July 2014, got engaged in Sept 2014, and tied the knot in an intimate outdoor ceremony with 30 of our friends and family on a chilly January morning (Jan 10th). It was a very special day for both of us since his birthday was the 11th and mine was the 12th. A complete weekend of celebrations for us. Although he had no family from Honduras present at our wedding, he did have a host of close family friends from Honduras (also immigrants), other coworkers, and of course his new family (my family). It was a very emotional ceremony - we both cried the entire time.

He is an amazing person with such a wonderful heart and I could not ask for a better soulmate. I'm looking forward to meeting his family someday in Honduras.

Here's what we are up against...

I'm not afraid of the I-130 process - that is pretty much, in my opinion, the easy part - at least for our situation. The difficult part will be when I get to the I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. The whole "proving extreme hardship" part scares me to death. How can I possibly prove or convince the authorities that I would be put in an extreme hardship if he were deported or refused the visa? You see, I am relatively healthy (although I do have some minor issues we could play up); I am college educated in a career field with a very nice salary (paralegal); I / we do not have any children (I would like children but we'd have to do IVF and that costs a lot of $$); a 17 year age gap between us, and I can support myself without his income (currently in an apartment but looking to buy a house - maybe that will bolster my case). So, those are my worries and the basics of my waiver situation. I feel that this will be the part that I will have to get very creative with. I will most likely be consulting with an attorney or two within my firm to see what they think I could do. So, we'll see. But I'm ready for this journey.

I hope to get to know some of you on here and learn from your experiences and advice. Thanks for reading my post!

Regards,

Valerie

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Welcome to the forum.


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Welcome to the forum.


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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Good luck! Reading your story reminded me of my husband and I.... Sweetest man in the world. He is also from Honduras... we have been working for the process for almost 2 years now and just now got to the NVC process. We have had a few hick ups. You will definitely need an attorney when you get to the Waiver process...it's a one shot deal and it needs to be strong and sharp...

We have had am attorney the whole time, but looking back... I could have saved about $3000, doing the first 2 parts myself. :)

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Good luck with your journey!!!!!!


 
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I-129F Petition
Service Center: Texas Service Center
I-129F Sent: 3/17/14
I-129F NOA1: 3/24/14
Alien Registration Number Changed: 3/25/14
I-129F NOA2: 8/25/14
Sent to NVC: 8/28/14
NVC Received: 9/8/14
Case # Assigned: 9/9/14
Left NVC: 9/11/14
Consulate Received: 9/16/14
Packet 3 Received (Instructions/Checklist): 9/19/14
Packet 3 Completed: 9/23/14
Medical Scheduled: 10/15/14
Packet 4 Received (Appointment Date): 10/2/14
Interview Date (Helsinki Consulate): 10/27/14
Interview Result: APPROVED!
Visa Received: 10/31/14
POE/Baltimore (BWI): 12/9/14
Married: 1/12/15
 
Adjustment of Status I-485
Service Center: National Benefits Center
I-485 Sent: 1/24/15
Delivered to Chicago Lockbox: 1/27/15
Check Cashed by USCIS: 2/2/15
NOA 1: 1/30/15
Biometrics Appointment: 3/13/15
Biometrics Completed (USCIS Baltimore) 3/13/15
Letter from DHS Advising of Potentially no Interview Required for our Case: 6/15/15
Case Transferred to Kansas City Missouri Field Office: 1/26/16
RFE Received Wanting a New Vaccination Supplement: 2/4/16
Appointment Scheduled with Civil Surgeon: 2/15/16
Appointment Cancelled due to Weather Conditions: 2/15/16
Appointment Re-Scheduled with Civil Surgeon: 2/16/16
Civil Surgeon Completed I-693 Vaccination Supplement Needed: 2/16/16
RFE Response Sent to Kansas City Field Office via USPS: 2/16/16
Delivered to USCIS Field Office by USPS: 2/19/16
Signed Return Receipt Receipt in Mail from USCIS: 2/22/16
I-485 Notification Application APPROVED - No Interview: 2/23/16
NOA 2 Approval Notice Received Through Mail: 2/27/16
Green Card Sent Through Mail Notification: 2/26/16
Received Card in Mail: 3/2/16
 
Employment Authorization I-765
Service Center: National Benefits Center
I-765 Sent: 1/24/15
Delivered to Chicago Lockbox: 1/27/15
NOA 1: 1/30/15
Biometrics Appointment: 3/13/15
Biometrics Completed (USCIS Baltimore) 3/13/15
EAD Approved: 3/30/15
Received Card in Mail: 4/8/15
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Sent Renewal I-765 to Chicago Lockbox: 1/30/16
Delivered to Chicago Lockbox: 2/3/16
NOA 1: 2/8/16
Biometrics Appointment: 3/2/16
No need to get them done due to getting Green Card
 
Removal of Conditions on Residence I-751
Service Center: Vermont Service Center
I-751 Sent: 1/16/18
Delivered to Center: 1/19/18
 NOA 1: 1/24/18
 

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