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I am currently filing a K-1 visa form. I have not sent the file yet, though I do have some 'silly' question to be asked since i cannot afford a lawyer because its too expensive around where I live. First, is it required to have the I-129F cover letter? I want to fill it out, but I dont understand some of the basic details like for example [address of filing location] where do I it send it? I have heard about the texas lockbox or the USPS Address. Also, under the cover letter, do we place our Fiance's full name, or can we just place the first and last. Same question about the location for "Fiance of intent". It ask for the address.

. "or when submitting for interview

United States Department of State

United States Consulate, [name of country where Embassy is located]

[Embassy Address]" , <- Do we place the one closest to us like for me it may be in LA because its the only embassy in there?

For filling out the G-325A, I will have someone supporting for the AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT, which would be my grandma. Does she need to file a G-325A or just me and my fiancé? I am a student at college and I have been unemployed since November 2014 and since then actively seeking new job opportunity. Assumed that the G-325A is required to be filled out there is one section I dont understand, "Applicant's employment for the last 5 years" Can I also place in what was temporary? I was only there for a month. Can I also include internships? I wasn't paid for work but was accredited through high school for college for 1 year. Does it still count as employment?

Thank you. It's been a very difficult time for us..

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First thing: To be precise, you're not filling out a "K-1 visa form"; it's the I-129F petition. The "K-1 visa application" is made later, at the consular level, after USCIS's approval of the I-129F petition.

A cover letter is NOT required. Most people compose one more as a "table of contents" for their own reference. If you want to compose one, you can leave off an address and salutation altogether.

For the letters (plural) of intent, again leave off address and salutation except perhaps for "To whom it concerns:"

You're not worried about the consular phase now except to front-load your I-129F petition package with evidence of your bona fide relationship. (USCIS doesn't care about this but will pass it to the consulate for the eventual visa interview.) The only U.S. consulate in Brazil that's concerned with K-1 visa interviews is Rio de Janeiro.

When you've compiled your I-129F petition package, see the instructions (Guides, atop any VJ page) for the proper address in accordance with how you plan to ship your package. On the outer envelope's address label, add "ORIGINAL I-129F" somewhere visible.

Others here can comment on the G-325A questions.


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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I suggest you read the guides at the top of the page for the K1, there are also examples for the forms- I learned so much from reading these. You won't need anything from your co-sponsor until you receive your NOA1 and NOA2 and are at the embassy stage.

As for the G-325A, provide any employment you've had in the past 5 years, even if it's temporary. Use a correctly labeled attachment sheet if necessary. Don't over think the process and just answer the questions. I think we over-complicate the process in our desire to have everything perfect, so it's understandable.

This is a DIY site, so most people here don't use lawyers (you can do this!)- the guides and examples provide everything you need. We're always here for support and answering questions after you get the general idea and have done your research and still may have questions.

Good luck and we're in this together!

Edited by FN&KO

Our Journey:
04/19/2014- Met online
10/2014- Visited Nigeria and he proposed!!!! 
02/28/2015- Sent I-129F petition
03/05/2015- NOA1
09/2015- Visited Nigeria again!!!
10/28/2015- NOA2 (237 day wait at TSC)
11/13/2015- Sent to NVC
11/27/2015- Arrived at Embassy
06/2016- Third visit to Nigeria!
06/15/2016- Interview, given option to file I-601 waiver.
08/16/2016- Waiver submitted (no lawyer).
11/21/2016- Waiver approved with expedite.
01/2017- Embassy requested interview. 
04/2017- Fourth visit to Nigeria.  K1 officially denied. 
04/25/2017- NOA1 for 2nd K1.
07/27/2017- Case transferred to TSC.
11/17/2017- Case transferred back to CSC.
01/16/2018- NOA2!! (266 day wait)
03/08/2018- Interview (AP)
05/03/2018- VISA APPROVAL!!!
05/14/2018- Visa issued
05/18/2018- Visa picked up
05/25/2018- HE'S HOME!!! 💙💙💙


God has given me a great knowledgebase through research and other members here on VJ.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of any assistance to you! 

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Im sorry Im very new to this as there are so many forms to gather. I try to take it one step per time. I do over think things, but thank you for the answer and correction. I just feel like some of the questions they ask are overwhelming. And again Apolgies for the incorrect term of "K-1 visa form" I didnt know what to call it. I guess you can say every form has their name, hm? I most likely come back if i have more questions. Thanks for the answer.

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That's OK.

You should have success in this do-it-yourself process if you read accurately, interpret literally, and answer completely & honestly.


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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What a DYI....So let me understand. I can just erase the address and salutation just for my reference? How about when i turn it in? Do i have to place or it's optional?

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DIY = do-it-yourself

For the letters of intent:

[date]

To whom it concerns:

[text of letter of intent, one letter for each of you]

For the OPTIONAL cover letter:

[date]

To whom it concerns:

Enclosed is the original 1-I29F package for [your name].


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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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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I should be worried about what contents are inside I-129F. Im afriad to ask because I just feel like a dumba××. Excuse my foul english. Im just afriad of what response I'll get, whether or not I'll be able to understand nor i do not want to sound annoying. Assumed, half the people here are first timers. Im actually real worried about the G-325A.

As I mention when i first started, i only had a temporary job. So as mention according the second poster, i can use those so-called temporaary employment, even though it was just accredited for colleges? I worked there for year. Im also afriad of the affavit of support.

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It's ok..calm down, deep breath and take your time !

This is very much a walk, not a sprint. The G-325A is NOT for the purpose of determining if you have enough money! - it is saying who you are, and where you have lived, and where you have worked.

Generally you should always be honest and fill out in full then you have no worries.

Click on the "example forms" link ^ up there on your browser, and have a look at real filled in ones :)

Edited by Lauren and Kevin

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since i cannot afford a lawyer because its too expensive around where I live.

Most usually don't need one, unless you have money to burn and want to make the process take longer.

First, is it required to have the I-129F cover letter?

It is suggested as it outlines the attachments, the forms and other documentation provided.

I want to fill it out, but I dont understand some of the basic details like for example [address of filing location] where do I it send it?

Address is the same as where you mail the 129f petition to which is found in the instructions, ie Texas.

I have heard about the texas lockbox or the USPS Address.

Read the instructions.

Also, under the cover letter, do we place our Fiance's full name,

Sure

or can we just place the first and last.

Sure, your choice.

Same question about the location for "Fiance of intent". It ask for the address.

Texas address as above.

. "or when submitting for interview

United States Department of State

United States Consulate, [name of country where Embassy is located]

[Embassy Address]" , <- Do we place the one closest to us like for me it may be in LA because its the only embassy in there?

That is for the second Letter of Intent needed for the interview. Use the address of the US Embassy in their country.

For filling out the G-325A, I will have someone supporting for the AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT, which would be my grandma. Does she need to file a G-325A or just me and my fiancé?

No, Read the Guides.

I am a student at college and I have been unemployed since November 2014 and since then actively seeking new job opportunity. Assumed that the G-325A is required to be filled out there is one section I dont understand, "Applicant's employment for the last 5 years" Can I also place in what was temporary? I was only there for a month.

You can list that. Most in your situation list Student and then no employment info.

Can I also include internships? I wasn't paid for work but was accredited through high school for college for 1 year. Does it still count as employment?

No. Receiving money income is all that counts as income.

Thank you. It's been a very difficult time for us..

Why?


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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I am currently filing a K-1 visa form. I have not sent the file yet, though I do have some 'silly' question to be asked since i cannot afford a lawyer because its too expensive around where I live. First, is it required to have the I-129F cover letter? I want to fill it out, but I dont understand some of the basic details like for example [address of filing location] where do I it send it? I have heard about the texas lockbox or the USPS Address. Also, under the cover letter, do we place our Fiance's full name, or can we just place the first and last. Same question about the location for "Fiance of intent". It ask for the address.

. "or when submitting for interview

United States Department of State

United States Consulate, [name of country where Embassy is located]

[Embassy Address]" , <- Do we place the one closest to us like for me it may be in LA because its the only embassy in there?

For filling out the G-325A, I will have someone supporting for the AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT, which would be my grandma. Does she need to file a G-325A or just me and my fiancé? I am a student at college and I have been unemployed since November 2014 and since then actively seeking new job opportunity. Assumed that the G-325A is required to be filled out there is one section I dont understand, "Applicant's employment for the last 5 years" Can I also place in what was temporary? I was only there for a month. Can I also include internships? I wasn't paid for work but was accredited through high school for college for 1 year. Does it still count as employment?

Thank you. It's been a very difficult time for us..

Relax, the process is easier than you think. To answer your questions:

The cover letter is not required. If you are using a cover letter, you do not need to put an address. If you want the letter to look a bit more formal, then you can just put the address of the Texas lockbox. For example, the address section of our cover letter looked like this:

United States Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service

2501 South State Highway 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

[my name]

[my address]

You can put just first and last name for your name and/or your fiancée's name on the cover letter. The full name will be shown on the I-129F form and G-325A forms.

The letter of intent can be addressed the same way as the cover letter. Or, you can choose not to put the addresses. The address is not a requirement for the letter of intent. You only need to have a statement certifying your intent to marry within 90 days of arrival to the US, sign and date it. That's it.

Do not confuse G-325A with the affidavit of support. They are unrelated. For this petition, YOU and your FIANCEE will each fill out a G-325A form and include one passport photo. All the G-325A form is, is simply a brief biographical background history of you and your fiancée. It has nothing to do with filling out an affidavit of support. The employment section is not looked at for eligibility of support, it is simply your employment history.

You can list employment, even if it was temporary. If you were getting paid, then list it. If not, then don't...simply write unemployed. For your internships that were unpaid, just write unemployed for that.

For the I-129F petition, you only need to prove 3 things:

  1. You are a US citizen (include proof such as your passport)
  2. You and your fiancée are both legally free to marry AND are willing to marry each other within 90 days of arrival to the US (include proof such as the letters of intent)
  3. You both have met in person within the last 2 years (include proof such as passport stamps, boarding passes, pictures, etc.)

In addition to the above requirements, you only need to have the required documents filled out and signed completely:

  • I-129F
  • G-325A (for each of you, with a 2x2 passport photo)

I hope this helps. Use the K-1 guide as a guide for you to help assemble your petition. The guide is here: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1guide

This guide has helped me and countless others in preparing the petition for mailing. Good luck and any questions feel free to ask.


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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For the letters of intent, put the address you send the I-129F petition to, OR put no addresses at all. They are not a requirement.

These samples work perfectly >

(Date Here)

To Whom It May Concern,

I, (USC petitioner’s name), do hereby state that I am legally able and willing to marry (foreign fiance(e)’s name), and intend to so within 90 days of (his/her) entrance into the US by way of a K-1 visa.

(Sign Here)

(Print Name Here)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(Date Here)

To Whom It May Concern,

I, (foreign fiance(e)’s name), do hereby state that I am legally able and willing to marry (USC petitioner’s name), and intend to so within 90 days of my entrance into the US by way of a K-1 visa.

(Sign Here)

(Print Name Here)


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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