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Hello VisaJourney!




My name is Joseph and I live in Houston, Texas. I am 32 and work at a software company. I met a girl from China last September and that is what brought me here. I'm hoping to learn a lot. (I've lurked for a few months reading...finally decided to say,.. "Hello!")




Longer Version:



Currently living in Texas..originally from Kansas. (Spent 18 years there.)


I traveled around a bit..lived in Canada for a few years...Taiwan...Thailand...


Met a girl last September. We've basically talked night and day since then. So I decided to fly to China last month for a two week visit.



She lives in Henan. I landed in Beijing..met her at the airport..and took a bullet train to Luoyang the very next day. I basically lived with her and her family for two weeks. I ate many wonderful things..and really enjoyed my time their. (Her family was welcoming and warm. They treated me really well.)



The first couple days were a little funny with the language barrier. (My chinese is so-so and her English is so-so. However, we could spit out enough Chinglish to communicate, and used my phone and baidu translate for more complex ideas.)



When the two weeks came to an end I could barely bring myself to get on the plane...but in the end..I have a few dogs/a decent job here/a 401k...etc here...and I couldn't very well just stay indefinitely on my travel visa.



So here I am back in the US, planning my next trip..(Hopefully Nov or Dec.)..and it sure seems like a long time from now.



I really like this girl and we get along great...so I gave her a ring my last day there and promised to come back for her. I plan to keep this promise..and that's why I'm here.



I hope to speak with all of you, learn some things, and make some new friends! :)



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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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Nice picture. 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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you guys are adorable. welcome


This is the greatest lesson a child can learn. It is the greatest lesson anyone can learn. It has been the greatest lesson I have learned: if you persevere, stick w/it, work @ it, you have a real opportunity to achieve something. Sure, there will be storms along the way. And you might not reach your goal right away. But if you do your best and keep a true compass, you'll get there. Edward M. Kennedy,

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