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I know everybody will warn against this.. but I am curious how many of you have planned or are in the process of planning a wedding while waiting for a NOA2? I want to feel like a normal bride, so I would like to plan as "normal" of a wedding as possible while we are going through this process. I know most people will say they plan for a civil service right after entry, but I don't want to go that route. I also feel like this process isn't as daunting when I occupy myself with the wedding planning. The way I am handling it is, we are planning a smallish wedding of about 65, and we haven't put any non refundable deposits down ( the contract with the wedding venue includes a "movable" date). My date also is what (I hope) is enough time... March 5, 2015 NOA1 and Feb 13, 2016 wedding date (TSC). How is everybody else out there tackling wedding planning? Or if you planned a wedding in the past while waiting, how did it work out for you timing wise?


Our K-1 journey:

3/2/2015- Petition sent Fedex overnight

3/3/2015- Petition received (NOA1 according to USCIS website)

3/5/2015- Paper NOA1 notice date

9/1/2015- NOA2!! (182 days)

9/4/2015- sent to NVC

9/17/2015- finally got through to NVC and case number assigned

9/24/2015-Status changed to "in transit"

9/29/2015-Dublin Embassy Received

9/29/2015-Packet 3 Received

10/7/2015- Medical scheduled

10/7/2015- Packet 3/readiness sent (Dublin Embassy needs medical complete before readiness is sent)

10/8/2015- Interview scheduled for Oct 29

10/29/2015- Interview, approved! (241 days)

11/9/2015- Visa in hand

12/30/2015- Planned US entry

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Hey ! :)

I definitely understand where you're coming from. I wish my fiance and I could plan our wedding the normal way too. But as things are moving, I think we will most likely get our marriage license when I get to the states and have a proper ceremony later on, maybe spring next year.

Right now, I don't even know when exactly I will get the visa. Having the ceremony with family and friends later makes it easier for us to organize it better and give people a proper date. Also in regard of buying plane tickets and all that. Can't really expect people to book a flight the last second you know lol.

The only thing I'm doing already is looking at dresses..hehe :P


Met in person: September 2013 :blush:

Started dating: November 2014 :wub:

Proposal: February 2015 (L)

Sent I-129F: March 2015 :luv:

NOA1 Date: 04/03/15 :dancing:

NOA2 Date: 08/10/15 :dance:

Package 3 received: 09/16/15 :idea:

Package 3 sent back: 09/21/15 :yes:

Medical completed: 09/22/15 :thumbs:

Package 4....?

Interview....? :clock:

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I think you're doing the right thing! I did exactly the same thing while waiting for my fiance to get his visa. Our save the dates/invites all said "*visa permitting" on the bottom, and we waited to have his family finalize travel arrangements until we were pretty certain of the issuance (we did it when an interview was set...which I know is also warned against).

As long as you're signing contracts with movable dates (which is what I did), then you're fine! Enjoy the planning, just don't make any plans/deposits that you can't change if things don't follow the timeline you think they will.

There is obviously no saying if your date is far enough out or not, especially with the TSC petitions being routed to CSC now to lessen the workload of TSC. Those centers change processing times so frequently that all you can do is take a safe guess and hope for the best (with refundable plans).

Good luck with everything!


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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Myrie- I got my dress this past weekend.. definitely the fun part of the planning phase! (L)

ChicagoSarah- Thanks for not making me feel crazy for planning this way!! :D


Our K-1 journey:

3/2/2015- Petition sent Fedex overnight

3/3/2015- Petition received (NOA1 according to USCIS website)

3/5/2015- Paper NOA1 notice date

9/1/2015- NOA2!! (182 days)

9/4/2015- sent to NVC

9/17/2015- finally got through to NVC and case number assigned

9/24/2015-Status changed to "in transit"

9/29/2015-Dublin Embassy Received

9/29/2015-Packet 3 Received

10/7/2015- Medical scheduled

10/7/2015- Packet 3/readiness sent (Dublin Embassy needs medical complete before readiness is sent)

10/8/2015- Interview scheduled for Oct 29

10/29/2015- Interview, approved! (241 days)

11/9/2015- Visa in hand

12/30/2015- Planned US entry

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To me it rather seems that Feb 13 is a bit too far off? What if your visa goes quick - you will not be able to travel until 90 days before the date.

Or will you still do the court thing and then the "proper wedding"?

I am planning the "standard K-1 thing": JoP shortly after arrival (it doesn't mean that much, just to satisfy the legal requirements) and the proper church wedding next year in my home town.

Lots of Americans find it funny to "get married twice", and then I explain in Germany it's the rule (even the law), first the registry and some time later the church, which has no legal implications.

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To me it rather seems that Feb 13 is a bit too far off? What if your visa goes quick - you will not be able to travel until 90 days before the date.

Or will you still do the court thing and then the "proper wedding"?

I am planning the "standard K-1 thing": JoP shortly after arrival (it doesn't mean that much, just to satisfy the legal requirements) and the proper church wedding next year in my home town.

Lots of Americans find it funny to "get married twice", and then I explain in Germany it's the rule (even the law), first the registry and some time later the church, which has no legal implications.

As the American, I do find it funny to get married twice.. I only want to celebrate one anniversary :P . Also, we both want our families present at our "actual" wedding. But I do understand the practicality of doing the civil/court wedding especially to get a head start on AOS paperwork.

As far as Feb 13th seeming too far off, we are ok with that even if we get approved sooner rather than later. His plan is to enter the US in January after he spends his last holiday season with his family in Ireland. I would spend the holidays with him there, and come back with him when he moves in early January. February would be perfect in that case... now just hoping for an approval soon enough so we don't have to stress about the timeline :)


Our K-1 journey:

3/2/2015- Petition sent Fedex overnight

3/3/2015- Petition received (NOA1 according to USCIS website)

3/5/2015- Paper NOA1 notice date

9/1/2015- NOA2!! (182 days)

9/4/2015- sent to NVC

9/17/2015- finally got through to NVC and case number assigned

9/24/2015-Status changed to "in transit"

9/29/2015-Dublin Embassy Received

9/29/2015-Packet 3 Received

10/7/2015- Medical scheduled

10/7/2015- Packet 3/readiness sent (Dublin Embassy needs medical complete before readiness is sent)

10/8/2015- Interview scheduled for Oct 29

10/29/2015- Interview, approved! (241 days)

11/9/2015- Visa in hand

12/30/2015- Planned US entry

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Hi,

I have been planning my wedding since I sent the i-129F packet because that is what I've dreamed of all my life. You should go forward with movable plans because if it is meant to be you guys will be together at the right time. I have ordered my dress and picked a date (10/31) now just waiting on the interview (paperwork at the embassy) so he can come and do a tux fitting. I wouldn't compromise my dreams, traditions and beliefs just for the government. The only thing I haven't done was print invitations, but I have the template ready. I did order my Save the Date invitations and will send them out the day after his interview. Your dream will come to pass and on top of that the embassy will know you mean business when you send them contracts and various plans you have made. I sent my fiancé the receipt for the ring I bought him as well as my venue contract and many other things for him to present during his interview. Make the most of it, after all you only plan to marry once in your life! Good Luck and God Bless!!!

Ashley

Edited by Dame & Ash

K - 1 Fiance Visa Process (I-129F Petition)

(L) Engaged (L) - March 22, 2015

K-1 Petition Sent (via USPS) - April 10, 2015

K-1 Petition Received - April 15, 2015

NOA1 (Email & Text) - April 16, 2015

NOA2 (Email, Text & App Notification) - May 22, 2015 (37 LONG Days from NOA1) :dance:

NOA2 (Official I-797 via Mail) - May 29, 2015

NVC Received (Phone Verification) - June 10, 2015

NVC Issued Case Number (Phone Verification) - June 11, 2015

Left NVC (Phone Verification) - June 15, 2015

Consulate Received (CEAC Website) - June 16, 2015

Emailed for Packet 3 - June 16, 2015 (US Immigration Computer Glitch Era: 6/9-6/23)

Emailed for Packet 3 - June 23, 2015 (2nd Attempt)

Received Packet 3 (via Email) - June 24, 2015

Scheduled Interview & Medical - June 24, 2015

Medical Appointment - July 3, 2015 (Medical Paperwork Picked-up 7/15/15)

Consulate Interview - July 17, 2015 (Approved) :dancing:

CEAC Web Status Update: "Ready" Case Created Date: Case Updated 7/20/2015 (Non-Immigrant Visa Application)
CEAC Web Status Update: "Administrative Processing" Case Updated 7/22/2015
CEAC Web Status Update: "Issued" Case Updated 7/24/2015 :dancing:

Department of State email stating Visa documents are at DHL Kingston ready for pickup - July 28, 2015 @ 5:45PM

Documents Transferred to Montego Bay, Jamaica for pickup w/DHL - July 29, 2015 (Called DHL Kingston to make request; Will be available 7/30/15)

Visa in Hand at DHL Montego Bay - July 30, 2015 @ 1:30PM :dance:

US Entry (IAH - Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport) - August 8, 2015

Court House Marriage - September 1, 2015

Applied for Social Security Card (In-Person in Houston about an hour wait) - September 1, 2015 (No Issues)

Adjustment of Status Process (I-485, I-131, I-765)

Sent I-485, I-765, I-131 (via USPS) - October 1, 2015

Applications Received - October 5, 2015

NOA1 (Email & Text) - October 8, 2015

NOA1 (Hard Copy) - October 13, 2015

Biometrics Appointment Letter Received - October 19, 2015

Biometrics Appointment - October 30, 2015

Wedding Ceremony - October 31, 2015

Service Request - December 28, 2015 (Called USCIS to check status of I-765 (Work Permit), representative put in Request for update since we were approaching 90 days)

New Card Is Being Produced (Text & Website) - December 30, 2015 (Status Update for Green Card (I-485) Case) :dancing:

Case Was Approved (Text & Website) - December 31, 2015 (I-485 Case)

Card Was Mailed (Text & Website) - January 5, 2016 (I-485 Case)

Green Card Received (USPS) - January 8, 2016 :dancing: :idea: :dancing: :no: :thumbs: :yes: :dance: :jest:

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As long as you can keep the wedding date and venue flexible with no major penalties,

then it should be OK.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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OP, we started wedding planning last year and no, we didn't want a two wedding do-over either. Starting with the little things first. I purchased my dress when it was on sale, and finished alterations in late spring. We decided and discussed about what sort of wedding we wanted, the logistics and budget of getting everyone to the states, and where we wanted to marry.

For our part, we've waited a little later to secure our venue. Since his interview is coming up soon, I'll be in the process of securing it this week. And I now have a minister and photographer lined up. We have found that many people are supportive and helpful, once you explain the situation you're in regarding the immigration process.

This week we are working on designing invitations, favors, and other custom items that need longer time to make. When he arrives a month before the wedding if all goes to plan, we'll get the flowers, rings, and cake sorted out. All that will be left is securing big things like the hotel for all the guests and plane tickets.

Remember that once your visa is in hand you have up to five months from the date of the medical to enter the US. So it is possible to push the wedding into a zone that offers less stress for planning. Remember that you are at TSC, and right now they are all over the place with a lot of people waiting at least over 200 days, an average of 240, and some from September *still* haven't been sorted out. Keep focused and don't get discouraged.


K-1 - AOS & ROC Timeline  - Immigration and the Health Exchange Price of Love in the UK Thinking of Returning to UK?

 

First met: 12/31/04 - Engaged: 9/24/09
Filed I-129F: 10/4/14 - Packet received: 10/7/14
NOA 1 email + ARN assigned: 10/10/14 (hard copy 10/17/14)
Touched on website (fixed?): 12/9/14 - Poked USCIS: 4/1/15
NOA 2 email: 5/4/15 (hard copy 5/11/15)
Sent to NVC: 5/8/15 - NVC received + #'s assigned: 5/15/15 (estimated)
NVC sent: 5/19/15 - London received/ready: 5/26/15
Packet 3: 5/28/15 - Medical: 6/16/15
Poked London 7/1/15 - Packet 4: 7/2/15
Interview: 7/30/15 - Approved!
AP + Issued 8/3/15 - Visa in hand (depot): 8/6/15
POE: 8/27/15

Wedding: 9/30/15

Filed I-485, I-131, I-765: 11/7/15

Packet received: 11/9/15

NOA 1 txt/email: 11/15/15 - NOA 1 hardcopy: 11/19/15

Bio: 12/9/15

EAD + AP approved: 1/25/16 - EAD received: 2/1/16

RFE for USCIS inability to read vax instructions: 5/21/16 (no e-notification & not sent from local office!)

RFE response sent: 6/7/16 - RFE response received 6/9/16

AOS approved/card in production: 6/13/16  

NOA 2 hardcopy + card sent 6/17/16

Green Card received: 6/18/16

USCIS 120 day reminder notice: 2/22/18

Filed I-751: 5/2/18 - Packet received: 5/4/18

NOA 1:  5/29/18 (12 mo) 8/13/18 (18 mo)  - Bio: 6/27/18

 

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