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Hello again!

Needless to say, this K1 process has given me enough ulcers and anxiety attacks to last a lifetime. I'm so glad we're almost at the last part, interview!

So here's my problem: We've been having a tough time to decide if I should go ahead and do the interview on my own on July 30, 2015 or wait for my fiance to arrive in Aug and set the interview on Aug 13, 2015. I know VJ and other posts def do not recommend getting a ticket until you have the actual visa in your hand. We genuinely understand all of the dangers and caveats but we are definitely dead set on flying out by Aug 29, 2015.

So I'm torn between:

1. Go to the interview on my own so if I would be issued a visa early on and would subsequently prevent any unnecessary delay in catching my Aug 29 flight; or

2. Wait for my fiance, we both go to the interview (perhaps with higher chances of approval??) on Aug. 13, then hope to god we won't get any delays because we have a plane to catch on Aug 29!

What do you guys think? Is there any statistical data if approval chances are higher if your fiance is with you during the interview?? Because if not, then maybe I should just go on my own so I'd have a visa ready and everything by August, right????!

Ugh, help!

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Do the intelligent thing and attend the earliest interview possible. That increases the odds that you will be able to board the plane on the 29th rather than waving goodbye from the lobby.


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Do the intelligent thing and attend the earliest interview possible. That increases the odds that you will be able to board the plane on the 29th rather than waving goodbye from the lobby.

That may be the most graphic answer I might just need. Okay, so July 30 it is...um.. I know this may be a stupid question but I am definitely paranoid, the presence (or lack thereof) of the USC petitioner during the interview really won't affect the decision of the approval?

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Our interview went fine and I wasn't in the actual interview. We got a 221g for a simple missing document and we are about to get the visa. There were two couples doing spousal visa interviews when I was there and they US citizens were standing outside the embassy not being allowed in. They were both approved


I-129F Sent: 10/10/2014

NOA1: 11/3/2014

NOA2: 12/08/2014

Interview:4/27/2015

221g denial for missing police clearence
Recieved Police Clearance on 6/1/2015
Sent Police Clearance and Passport to embassy on 6/2/2015
CEAC Status updates:
6/9/2015- AP
6/10/2015-AP
6/22/2015- AP
6/24/2015- READY
Case Creation Date Changed: 6/24/2015
Changed from Immigrant to Non-IV visa: 6/24/2015
6/25/2015- AP again :(
6/29/2015- ISSUED!
7/01/2015- Visa in hand

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Don't worry about being paranoid. I am probably worse than you are. Until I see my CEAC status as issued, I will continue to be anxious. Crying and puking are a normal occurance for me.


I-129F Sent: 10/10/2014

NOA1: 11/3/2014

NOA2: 12/08/2014

Interview:4/27/2015

221g denial for missing police clearence
Recieved Police Clearance on 6/1/2015
Sent Police Clearance and Passport to embassy on 6/2/2015
CEAC Status updates:
6/9/2015- AP
6/10/2015-AP
6/22/2015- AP
6/24/2015- READY
Case Creation Date Changed: 6/24/2015
Changed from Immigrant to Non-IV visa: 6/24/2015
6/25/2015- AP again :(
6/29/2015- ISSUED!
7/01/2015- Visa in hand

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I think you made the right call doing this on your own. You can do it! Goodluck!!


My K1 timeline (4 months/NO expedites): http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/profile.php?cfl=0&id=163489

My AOS timeline (10 months):

08/16/2014 - Sent in AOS package

08/18/2014 - Delivered per USPS website

08/22/2014 - Text of receipt numbers received

08/27/2014 - NOA hard copies received (dated 08/19 and 08/21)

08/29/2014 - Notice date of Biometrics letter

09/11/2014 - Received Biometrics appointment letter

09/18/2014 - Biometrics completed at USCIS Raleigh, North Carolina

11/08/2014 - EAD / Travel Document approved and went to card production

11/19/2014 - Received EAD/AP combo card (dated 11/14/2014)

12/16/2014 - Received Notice of Potential Interview Waiver letter dated 12/11/14

06/24/2015 - AOS approved! Card picked up by USPS KY for delivery

06/26/2015 - Received green card by mail (Yay I can rest for 2 years!)

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That may be the most graphic answer I might just need. Okay, so July 30 it is...um.. I know this may be a stupid question but I am definitely paranoid, the presence (or lack thereof) of the USC petitioner during the interview really won't affect the decision of the approval?

My wife attended her K-1 interview alone and passed with flying colors. I my opinion, going it alone only adds to the impression of confidence. You will do fine! Good luck!

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Don't know how typical it is in Philippine to have a USC fiance(e) attend the interview,

but my wife went to the interview by herself in China and interview lasted about 5 to 10 minutes max

and she was approved.


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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Hello again!

Needless to say, this K1 process has given me enough ulcers and anxiety attacks to last a lifetime. I'm so glad we're almost at the last part, interview!

So here's my problem: We've been having a tough time to decide if I should go ahead and do the interview on my own on July 30, 2015 or wait for my fiance to arrive in Aug and set the interview on Aug 13, 2015. I know VJ and other posts def do not recommend getting a ticket until you have the actual visa in your hand. We genuinely understand all of the dangers and caveats but we are definitely dead set on flying out by Aug 29, 2015.

So I'm torn between:

1. Go to the interview on my own so if I would be issued a visa early on and would subsequently prevent any unnecessary delay in catching my Aug 29 flight; or

2. Wait for my fiance, we both go to the interview (perhaps with higher chances of approval??) on Aug. 13, then hope to god we won't get any delays because we have a plane to catch on Aug 29!

What do you guys think? Is there any statistical data if approval chances are higher if your fiance is with you during the interview?? Because if not, then maybe I should just go on my own so I'd have a visa ready and everything by August, right????!

Ugh, help!

I would recommend the July 30 interview date as well. If you interview on Aug 13, it only gives a couple weeks for you to get the visa, and if you have a long period of AP you could miss your flight on the 29th.

Your fiancé being there at the interview with you will not make or break your case. Even if your fiancé did go with you, there is still a chance you would interview alone in front of the American consular officer anyways. I went with my wife to her visa interview and she was by herself in front of the officer. He appreciated me for coming, but asked me to sit in the waiting area so he could interview her alone. So don't worry that your fiancé cannot be there.


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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Proceedings at the Manila embassy typically have nothing to do with what goes on at any other embassy or consulate.

In general, and particularly at tough or hellhole consulates, if the USC is on the consular premises during the interview, it can make a big difference. In comparison to other locales, especially in poorer countries, it often seems that the Manila embassy hands out visas like candy.

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum -- topic involves that phase. ***

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Edited by TBoneTX

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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Don't forget you need to attend CFO as well and it is easier to do so when you have received the visa. In my personal experience, it was better that I attended the interview with my then fiancee, but it isn't a requirement. She was very nervous and having me there turned the interview into a non-event.

It took her approximately 10 days to receive the visa via 2Go as she lived in northern Luzon. If you are near Metro Manila then you should be able to get the visa faster.

CFO was easy, but make sure you put time in your plans to get that step completed.

Good luck!


K-1 Visa

**AOS**

09/03/2014 AOS packet (I-485, I-765, I-131) delivered to Chicago lockbox

09/08/2014 NOA1 received for AOS, EAD, AP

10/01/2014 Biometrics

11/04/2014 I-485: Status changed to Testing and Interview

11/12/2014 EAD & AP Approved, combo card in production

11/22/2014 EAD/AP Combo card received

02/04/2015 AOS Interview - approved! Card in production

02/12/2015 Card received!

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I attended my then fiance's interview' but there were several women there interviewing alone. All were approved. I would go it alone to raise the chances of meeting your flight date,

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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In general, and particularly at tough or hellhole consulates, if the USC is on the consular premises during the interview, it can make a big difference. In comparison to other locales, especially in poorer countries, it often seems that the Manila embassy hands out visas like candy.

Why is Manilla so easy? I notice quite a few women from their marrying USCs who are old enough to be their fathers. The worst case I have seen the woman was 22 and the guy was 50. In some of these cases it was so obvious to me that the woman was only with the guy because he was American and had money but these cases still get visas. They have fraud written all over them. Actual couples have so much more trouble. It makes me so mad

Edited by icechamp31

I-129F Sent: 10/10/2014

NOA1: 11/3/2014

NOA2: 12/08/2014

Interview:4/27/2015

221g denial for missing police clearence
Recieved Police Clearance on 6/1/2015
Sent Police Clearance and Passport to embassy on 6/2/2015
CEAC Status updates:
6/9/2015- AP
6/10/2015-AP
6/22/2015- AP
6/24/2015- READY
Case Creation Date Changed: 6/24/2015
Changed from Immigrant to Non-IV visa: 6/24/2015
6/25/2015- AP again :(
6/29/2015- ISSUED!
7/01/2015- Visa in hand

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