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That was our original plan to file k-1 for my fiance and get married once she were here. That is what my friends did and it worked out very well for them. My friends are from India and their fiances were beneficiaries from India. All in all, it took like 7 months before they got their k-1 visas. When I spoke to my lawyer, about this option he flat out advised against it. Strongly too. Said that US embassy (in Islamabad, Pakistan) does not grant k-1 visas and that our case would end up being nothing like my friends' case where everything was completed with visa in hand in 7 months... instead Islamabad will drag it for over a year and even then they may not issue k-1 because they don't like to issue k-1 visas.

So my question is, is this true? Is it difficult to obtain a k-1 visa from Islamabad? We ended up getting married in Pakistan and filed for IR-1/CR-1 visa (marriage based)? I want to hear from other people who have applied for k-1 with beneficiaries in Pakistan and how your experience has been? Thanks in advance.


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NOA- 2 July 24, 2015 ------------- 220 days since NOA 1

NVC Sent- August 04, 2015 ----- 11 days since NOA 2

NVC Rcvd- August 18, 2015 ---- 14 days later
Case ID & IIN obtained- August 21, 2015 (over phone)

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Documents Sent- September 28

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Document Scan- October 2, 2015

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I have seen approved K1's from Pakistan, a search on here and you wil find some.

If you have married then it is all moot anyway.


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What's the point of asking about k1 visa if you're already married?

Check the K1 timelines on here and you will see that once the consulate receives the packet 4, their interviews are scheduled within 1-2 months. From start to finish, most of them took 6-9 months to complete the entire process, depending on service center, RFEs and how quickly they sent their packet 4. Basically, Pakistan timeline is not that different other countries. Not sure why your lawyer would say that. Did you seek the opinion of other lawyers?


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My AOS timeline (10 months):

08/16/2014 - Sent in AOS package

08/18/2014 - Delivered per USPS website

08/22/2014 - Text of receipt numbers received

08/27/2014 - NOA hard copies received (dated 08/19 and 08/21)

08/29/2014 - Notice date of Biometrics letter

09/11/2014 - Received Biometrics appointment letter

09/18/2014 - Biometrics completed at USCIS Raleigh, North Carolina

11/08/2014 - EAD / Travel Document approved and went to card production

11/19/2014 - Received EAD/AP combo card (dated 11/14/2014)

12/16/2014 - Received Notice of Potential Interview Waiver letter dated 12/11/14

06/24/2015 - AOS approved! Card picked up by USPS KY for delivery

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Hi! We went through the K-1 route. Yes, we were put on Ap several months, but that is not unusual for Pakistan.


K-1 I-129F Sent : 2012-04-30

I-129F NOA1 : 2012-05-03

I-129F RFE(s) :NONE!!! Praise GOD!!

I-129F NOA2 : 2012-11-07

NVC Received : 2012-11-13

NVC Left : 2012-11-28

Consulate Received : 2012-12-03

Packet 3 Received : 2012-12-05

Packet 3 Sent : 2012-12-15

Packet 4 Received : 2012-12-20

Interview Date : 2013-01-18

Interview Result : Administrative Review

2013-11-20 Embassy requested new medical, pictures and DS160.2014-02-24 Fingerprints and Oath (But was told AP was still in place).Ceac Status:2014-03-06 Creation date changed and also changed from immigrant to non-immigrant.2014-04-08 and 2014-04-11

Status Updates 2014-04-15 "ISSUED" To God be the glory!!!

2014-04-19 Visa in hand.2014-04-21

POE 2014-06-01 Married!

AOS 2014-07-19 AOS/EAD/AP

Mailed 2014-07-21

NOA 12014-08-18

Biometrics 2014-09-23

EAD/AP Combo Card Received2015-01-03

Received Potencial Interview Waiver Notice2015-05-01

Submitted Service Request2015-05-08 Reponse to Service Request "File is in transit to Washington District office 2015-05-19"

Mailed Renewal of EAD/AP2015-05-26

USCIS Received EAD/AP Applications 2015-06-04

NOA 1 & Biometrics Appointment 2015-06-17

Biometrics 2015-06-09 2nd Service Request (No answer)

2015-07-10 Status of EAD/AP Changed to "Card in production"2015-07-10

3rd Service Request 2015-07-17

Received EAD 2015-07-21

2016-24-07 Still Waiting!!! 2 YEARS!!!!No interview, No Greencard

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I know two or three couples on here who filed for K1 in Islamabad and did not get a lengthy AP. They were approved at interview and got their visa in a week or two. So it is hard to say you will for sure get AP. I am also going through K1 though and am now in AP for close to two months and feeling like it will be dragged out :/

So it's just different for everyone. But I think it's more about the couple than the visa. If they want to put you in long AP then they will. It doesn't make a difference if you apply for K1 or CR1.

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We got a K1 visa through Islamabad last year and my husband had is visa approved in less than 2 weeks. I agree with HafsaJawwad that it's more about the couple than the visa you apply for. AP is AP. It could be short or long irregardless of the visa applied for.

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That was our original plan to file k-1 for my fiance and get married once she were here. That is what my friends did and it worked out very well for them. My friends are from India and their fiances were beneficiaries from India. All in all, it took like 7 months before they got their k-1 visas. When I spoke to my lawyer, about this option he flat out advised against it. Strongly too. Said that US embassy (in Islamabad, Pakistan) does not grant k-1 visas and that our case would end up being nothing like my friends' case where everything was completed with visa in hand in 7 months... instead Islamabad will drag it for over a year and even then they may not issue k-1 because they don't like to issue k-1 visas.

So my question is, is this true? Is it difficult to obtain a k-1 visa from Islamabad? We ended up getting married in Pakistan and filed for IR-1/CR-1 visa (marriage based)? I want to hear from other people who have applied for k-1 with beneficiaries in Pakistan and how your experience has been? Thanks in advance.

None of it even matters at this point, you are married and do not qualiify for a K-1 anymore



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None of it even matters at this point, you are married and do not qualiify for a K-1 anymore

I think it sounds kinda like OP is just curious about the lawer's advice regarding the K1 visas in Pakistan? Less about whether they can do K1 or not

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I know two or three couples on here who filed for K1 in Islamabad and did not get a lengthy AP. They were approved at interview and got their visa in a week or two. So it is hard to say you will for sure get AP. I am also going through K1 though and am now in AP for close to two months and feeling like it will be dragged out :/

So it's just different for everyone. But I think it's more about the couple than the visa. If they want to put you in long AP then they will. It doesn't make a difference if you apply for K1 or CR1.

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Its a moot point, as you are already married, and I assume are going through the CR-1..,.,., other posters say, K-1 from there is common, do not understand why it is important to you,..,..,.,just

curious?

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