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I'm Jonathan, and my fiancee Elaine is from the Philippines. We've known each other for about 2.5 years, but only really turned from friends to romance in 2015. As of last week, we've started the K-1 visa process by sending in Form I-129F. In April, I went to the Philippines to meet Elaine's family and formally ask their blessing to marry her, then officially asked her to marry me, so although we had already discussed marriage before then, we're only officially engaged since April.

Initially, we were going to submit all the forms ourselves, but during the last days of my visit we encountered another American gentleman who was in the same process with his own Filipina fiancee, and he recommended the RapidVisa agency to us, so after doing some research on them we decided to use them for the process.

So far, the biggest single challenge we've encountered is figuring out how to fit a Filipino street address into the USCIS forms. The I-129F and G-325A form could really use some adjustment to account for non-American-style addresses. Some of the spaces provided are really small, and it took several rounds of effort to actually manage to fit the number of characters while hopefully still being a functional mailing address.

As of this post, I'm still waiting for the NOA-1 to arrive, but hopefully that will happen very soon.


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Welcome to the forum.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

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Welcome.


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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


 
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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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welcome! I was having the same problem with my street address as well. I ended up writing it by hand instead because I could not, for the life of me figure out how to edit it on the computer for my entire address to fit in that small space. I hope everything works out for you and your fiance! Good day!

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Welcome and good luck on your process!


K-1
NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014

 

AOS

NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;

Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  RFE:  07/09/2015;

Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015

 

ROC

05/23/2017 -- Mailed ROC application

05/24/2017 -- NOA1 date

05/30/2017 -- NOA1 received in the mail

06/05/2017 -- Biometrics letter received

06/13/2017 -- Biometrics appointment

09/05/2018 -- Approved without interview!

09/13/2018 -- 10 Yr Green card Received

 

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Thank you for the welcomes!

welcome! I was having the same problem with my street address as well. I ended up writing it by hand instead because I could not, for the life of me figure out how to edit it on the computer for my entire address to fit in that small space. I hope everything works out for you and your fiance! Good day!

When we were filling the forms out ourselves, we did that, with my fiancee doing the writing because she has very small and neat handwriting. But for RapidVisa agency, they use an online form, so we had to go through a half dozen rounds of trying different things and asking questions. We finally got something they were satisfied with that hopefully will still work for the necessary mails to reach her. Right now we're still in the initial petition process so we won't find out if that works for a little while yet. We're hoping it goes smoothly.


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Good Day!

Me and fiancé were on k1/k2 process as I have a son. Known him for 8 years as he was my manager on my prev job. We become bf/gf last November 2012.We live together for 20mons (abroad). After completing my contract, and it's my vacation. He said he will file a leave too so we can stay in California together as I have a c1 visa, I could stay for a month, but because I have a son waiting...I stayed just a week there. I met his family. Then I don't expect Anything on our relationship....didn't expect at all...I just thought or relationship will end up there. A day before my flight to PI, he asked me to go to Oceanside ca...I enjoyed the view...a lot of Filipino fishing.. Ofcourse we Pinoy love taking selfies lol...I asked him to take a picture with the nice view then I was shocked he proposed. I was the happiest person on earth lol, now, I'm back here in PI. He started the papers last feb 2015.

We received our noa2 last May 12. I wonder how long we will wait on the next step? I guess that is where we get our Manila case? Then interview?

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AOS/EAD/AP TIMELINE (k1/k2):

12/10/15 - Package sent via Priority Mail
12/14/15 - Package Receipt as per USPS website

12/29/15 - Received Receipt (NOA1) 6 emails and 6 text messages from USCIS

12/30/15 - Check Cashed Out

1/4/16 - Received hardcopy of NOA1

1/8/16 - Got our Biometric Schedule Letter for Jan. 20

1/14/16 - Biometric Schedule (WALK-IN)

2/4/16 - Received RFE on the mail (Initial Evidence)

3/7/2016 - CASE IS READY TO BE SCHEDULED FOR INTERVIEW

3/15/2016 - Got txt message and email that AP for me and my k2 were approved but not for EAD

3/19/16 - Received Mail---Approval Letter for Combo Card (AP and EAD)

3/21/16 - combo card received

9/15/16 - AOS interview schedule

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Good Day!

Me and fiancé were on k1/k2 process as I have a son. Known him for 8 years as he was my manager on my prev job. We become bf/gf last November 2012.We live together for 20mons (abroad). After completing my contract, and it's my vacation. He said he will file a leave too so we can stay in California together as I have a c1 visa, I could stay for a month, but because I have a son waiting...I stayed just a week there. I met his family. Then I don't expect Anything on our relationship....didn't expect at all...I just thought or relationship will end up there. A day before my flight to PI, he asked me to go to Oceanside ca...I enjoyed the view...a lot of Filipino fishing.. Ofcourse we Pinoy love taking selfies lol...I asked him to take a picture with the nice view then I was shocked he proposed. I was the happiest person on earth lol, now, I'm back here in PI. He started the papers last feb 2015.

We received our noa2 last May 12. I wonder how long we will wait on the next step? I guess that is where we get our Manila case? Then interview?

I think maybe you meant to make your own post rather than reply to mine. :) I'm brand new myself, so I'm not qualified to answer the question with specifics, but it looks looks like on the time trends page it takes 2-4 weeks after NOA2 to get notification that the NVC has your file. You can see the time trends page here: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1historical We're still at the NOA1 stage ourselves. Maybe one of the admin who welcomed me earlier can give you more of an idea.

I'd also suggest clicking on the Immigration Timelines menu item up top, and setting up your own timeline. After I set up mine, I could see some estimates and such showing for processing dates that might help you. http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

You might also try posting the question in the K-1 visa specific forums here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/80-k-1-fiancee-visa-process-procedures/

You could also put your USCIS case number into the myUSCIS status request form, and see if it gave you any further information. Form can be found here: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

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Aw! Sorry hehe newbie. Thanks for the information and will also create my timeline.

Hope you guys have a smooth process :)


AOS/EAD/AP TIMELINE (k1/k2):

12/10/15 - Package sent via Priority Mail
12/14/15 - Package Receipt as per USPS website

12/29/15 - Received Receipt (NOA1) 6 emails and 6 text messages from USCIS

12/30/15 - Check Cashed Out

1/4/16 - Received hardcopy of NOA1

1/8/16 - Got our Biometric Schedule Letter for Jan. 20

1/14/16 - Biometric Schedule (WALK-IN)

2/4/16 - Received RFE on the mail (Initial Evidence)

3/7/2016 - CASE IS READY TO BE SCHEDULED FOR INTERVIEW

3/15/2016 - Got txt message and email that AP for me and my k2 were approved but not for EAD

3/19/16 - Received Mail---Approval Letter for Combo Card (AP and EAD)

3/21/16 - combo card received

9/15/16 - AOS interview schedule

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Hi Guys

I am new to this process and need your help. i send my K-1 visa petition for alien fiance via usps on May 15 priority shipped, after tracking it I found out that is was received on May 17 and signed for. since then i have been waiting for an email stating that uscis have received it but nothing came. i called and the gentleman on the phone said it will take 30 days to hear from them, so i am still waiting, what can i do ???

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Hi Guys

I am new to this process and need your help. i send my K-1 visa petition for alien fiance via usps on May 15 priority shipped, after tracking it I found out that is was received on May 17 and signed for. since then i have been waiting for an email stating that uscis have received it but nothing came. i called and the gentleman on the phone said it will take 30 days to hear from them, so i am still waiting, what can i do ???

Hi Jackie,

I'm new to the process also, so you might want to post your question over in the K-1 visa process board of the forums: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/80-k-1-fiancee-visa-process-procedures/ Someone more knowledgeable might see it there.

That said, my own experience leaves me to believe that the NOA1 notices are sent out only by the Service Center that ultimately will process your packet, not the lockbox facility that it's initially mailed to. For instance, my packet was sent to the Texas Lockbox, but it was then relayed to the California Service Center, which appears to have sent me the notice only after they entered it into their computer system. It may be that your packet was delayed getting to the Service Center or your Service Center is behind on entering them into the system. It looks like you only have a few days left on that 30 days, so you may have to wait that last few days and then call again. If you do call again, I'd also ask if they can tell you what Service Center your petition was assigned to.

I'd also encourage you to go ahead and create a Timeline at the Immigration Timelines link on the menu above, because VisaJourney uses the timelines to calculate how long things are taking and your experience of such a long wait for a reply may help them identify delays at facilities for other users too. http://www.visajourney.com/timeline

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