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Neither was difficult.

K1 was easy process wise, papers not hard to fill out, information not hard to gather. Interview easy, medical easy.

AOS paperwork was easy, information to gather was easy.

And so far just been waiting for approval.


My Name is Daisy, I am British, I say things bluntly and to the point.
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U.K. k1 visa, approved 2014.

NOA1: 20/03/2014

NOA2: 11/04/2014 (22 days)

Interview: 09/07/2014 (111 days)

D.O.E 29/07/2014

Married 29/08/2014

AOS from K1/K3 Guide -->http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos

AOS/EAD/AP Sent: 12/11/2014

Delivered at Chicago LB:15/11/2014

NOA1 (all 3): 17/11/2014

NOA1 (all 3) hardcopy: 24/11/2014(Notice date 20th)

Bio-metrics App letter: 28/11/2014(Notice date 21st)

Bio-metrics App Cleveland Ohio: 10/12/2014

EAD/AP:Approved/production 31/01/2015(update 2/2/1015) (80 days)

Combo Card: Mailed 5/2/2015

Combo Card: Delivered 6/2/2015AP

NOA: Approval Notice received 7/2/2015

Interview waiver letter: received 23/2/15 dated: 18/2/2015

Green Card: APPROVED 31/07/2015

(Remember, all my dates are British layout.. the proper layout!)

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So far the K-1 process has been a little frustrating at times, mainly due to other not knowing what to do (particularly with fingerprinting for my police report here) and gathering my vaccination history and getting them up to date before my medical (so I didn't have to pay). However, these are individual things and not by any means representative of the norm. Good tip is to keep everything organised and have a rough plan of dates for when you want to get everything done. That'll assist you in lining all your ducks up in a row for the interview stage at Consulate. Unfortunately I waited too long to get my medical and had to have it the day after my interview... This caused a couple of weeks of delays and pushed me into this current issues of no visas being printed worldwide.

Can't speak to AOS, yet.


Filed I-129F: 3 November 2014 (CSC)

NOA 1: 20 November 2014

NOA 2: 2 February 2015

Consulate Notification: 8 April 2015

Consular Interview: 19 May 2015
Medical: 20 May 2015
Administrative Processing: 20 May - ???

GLOBAL VISA SHUTDOWN: 9 June 2015
Advised approved for issuance: 24 June 2015
Requested re-validated I-129F (expired during shutdown): 24 June 2015
Advised I-129F revalidation received: 30 June 2015
Administrative Processing: 30 June 2015

Visa Issued: 13 JULY 2015
USA POE: 24 OCT 2015

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Forms/process-wise, neither was overly difficult.

I'd say AOS is easier. You're together, you've married your partner, and you're settling in together. It's always easier doing it together than thousands of miles apart.


K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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I was thinking the same thing ChicagoSarah, I just want to get fiance here first then worry about everything else then.

All while preparing for the next stage.

I think AOS is easier the sooner you do it. So much of the information is the same/similar to the K-1. Plus, you won't have to redo the medical if you file while it's still valid. Not to mention that it makes the immigrant a bit more official and able to settle into life in America more quickly.


K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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Bet my left hand most people would say waiting between noa1 and noa 2 was the worst part. Everything else is easy if you're legitimate. There are a few pain in the butt consulates out there.....they have had pains.

Agree about the time between NOA1 & 2 being the worst. It's the not knowing...and constantly changing timelines. After that, everything seems easier. Even with AOS, if you apply for the EAD/AP, then not knowing when the green card will arrive isn't that big of a deal. Nowhere near as stressful as the wait between K-1 notices!


K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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Bet my left hand most people would say waiting between noa1 and noa 2 was the worst part. Everything else is easy if you're legitimate. There are a few pain in the butt consulates out there.....they have had pains.

lol I completely agree. It honestly felt like an eternity waiting for our NOA2. After we received it, it honestly felt like time flew by and the next thing I knew I was hugging my fiance at the airport.

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Which process was more difficult- the initial k1 application process or AOS? Just want to know what to expect for the future. Maybe they were both difficult. What was the most difficult part for you? Thanks.

I agree - Neither are difficult The petition/application process is more time consuming, requires more patience. AOS is very simple and the wait is shorter for most.


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Take a look here:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/410945-k-1-journey-completed/

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Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to General Immigration Discussion -- query is general.


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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Take a look here:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/410945-k-1-journey-completed/

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Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to General Immigration Discussion -- query is general.

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Forms/process-wise, neither was overly difficult.

I'd say AOS is easier. You're together, you've married your partner, and you're settling in together. It's always easier doing it together than thousands of miles apart.

It depends on the person. Some people come to the US and have a VERY hard time adjusting to not working at all and not being able to drive at all. It depends on the personality. Personally, I think the second part would be hella easier, but there are quite a few people here that arrive and are exasperated.

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It depends on the person. Some people come to the US and have a VERY hard time adjusting to not working at all and not being able to drive at all. It depends on the personality. Personally, I think the second part would be hella easier, but there are quite a few people here that arrive and are exasperated.

Agreed. That's why I encourage everyone to file AOS as soon as they have the marriage certificate. It puts the time they can't drive/work/travel to a minimum (since everyone adjusting from K-1 should apply for the EAD/AP card). I think knowing that you will be able to do those things soon also helps the transition and exasperation.


K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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As others have mentioned,as a long as you know the process and follow the guidelines,neither is difficult/not difficult,it is the waiting because you never know what response you are likely to get while waiting.Bottom line,fill forms correctly,include anything and everything asked, and "WAIT"

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