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Hey Guys!

I am visiting my fiancé over in Scotland in a couple months and we will be in the process of the k1 visa. Should I tell the UK border patrol that I'm coming over visiting my fiancé? Will they know that I have filed for a k1 visa in the UK?

Help?

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Hey Guys!

I am visiting my fiancé over in Scotland in a couple months and we will be in the process of the k1 visa. Should I tell the UK border patrol that I'm coming over visiting my fiancé? Will they know that I have filed for a k1 visa in the UK?

Help?

Thanks!

You should never make a false claim to UK border and customs. What I mean by that is, is it your intent to visit your fiancé but you want to claim that you are just coming for tourism? Honesty is always the best policy. However, be advised that honesty means very little to UK border and customs. While many can and do successfully manage to visit their boyfriends/girlfriends/husbands/wives/fiancés, there are instances where the UK is less than friendly and will turn you away, considering the non-EEA citizen too much of a risk. This has become even more so, since the changing of UK immigration rules and behavior towards non-EEA citizens. However, if you can bring plenty of proof that you intend to return home after your visit to cover your bases just in case, you may not encounter any issues. I say may liberally, as there are never any guarantees. Will they accept proof that the UK citizen is the one that will be doing the immigrating? Possibly, but I couldn't say for sure.

Nevertheless it certainly is possible to visit your fiancé in the UK, or they to visit you here in the US, provided you satisfy the officer. There is always the risk of success or denial either way. There are other questions you have to consider: are you female and coming by yourself? is it your first time to the UK? do you have a return ticket and travel insurance? do you have a job or education that you can prove you will return home to?

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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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*** Country-specific thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the UK regional 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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Hey Guys!

I am visiting my fiancé over in Scotland in a couple months and we will be in the process of the k1 visa. Should I tell the UK border patrol that I'm coming over visiting my fiancé? Will they know that I have filed for a k1 visa in the UK?

Help?

Thanks!

The general rule of thumb is always tell the truth and keep your answers short and simple to the question that was asked. E.g. If they ask why are you visiting the UK then it's "to visit my fiance and have a holiday together". When do you plan to get married "We have no date yet". Are you planning to remain in the UK? "No I have a flight booked on XX September to return to my job back home"

People whom "blah" tend to be the ones that get stuck with many questions! Keep it simple, truthful and stay cool :)


K1 Timeline

November 21st 2013 - First Met

November 18th 2014 - I-129f Submitted

November 24th 2014 - NOA 1

May 22nd 2015 - NOA 2 - no RFE!

June 4th 2015 - Case Sent to NVC

June 6th 2015 - NVC receives case

June 15th 2015 - Case Sent to Embassy

June 16th 2015 - Phoned NVC and finally got case number (tried 12th June and had not been assigned)

June 16th 2015 - Medical booked

June 21st 2015 - Sent Packet "3" - DS 160 and readiness

June 25th 2015 - Embassy sends letter in receipt of receiving case

June 30th 2015 - Medical

July 28th 2015 - Interview - Approved!

August 3rd 2015 - Email request to collect from courier office (Went straight from "Ready" to "Issued" did not see AP in CEAC)

August 4th 2015 - Collected packet from Chancery Lane Courier Office

August 7th 2015 - Arrived in Houston and end of K1 journey :)

Adjustment of Status Timeline

August 10th 2015 - Applied for SSN, obtained SSN number next day

August 15th 2015 - SSN card arrived

August 20th 2015 - Married! :)

August 24th 2015 - sent packet to USCIS via FedEx [AOS, AP & EAD]

August 26th 2015 - packet received at USCIS

August 28th 2015 - NOA 1 for all three applications

September 15th 2015 - RFE - request 1040A, W2's was not enough

September 24th 2015 - Biometrics completed

September 28th 2015 - RFE response received by USCIS

October 27th 2015 - EAD approved

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I recently traveled to the UK and had no issue at all. I told them I'm visiting my fiancé and they said do you plan to return home. I said yes, we are in the process of an American fiancé visa. She stamped my passport and I was off! Really simple. Tell the truth. :)

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I, too, have never had an issue with the UK border. I've been 14 times. They do ask a few questions and every now and then want to see proof of my return flight, but that's it. If it's your first time maybe it will be tougher, but if you've been several times before, they will know that and that should help. A few weeks ago in Heathrow the guy flipped through my passport, said you've been here quite a few times. I said yes. He asked how long I was staying. I said 8 days. He said what do you do? I told him and then he stamped me. That was it. He never even asked why I was there.

Bring proof of your return and go for it, I say.

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When my other half come to visit me she got called to one side and took in a interview room and they asked her the reason of the visit. When she told them she was visiting me they asked her questions about my address, eye colour, work place. Basic stuff. I was waiting in the airport everyone had come out and 30 mins had past then a announcement went out for me to contact the desk. The nice lady on the phone just cross referenced everything and said "Just make sure she gets on the flight home" really easy going type stuff no pressure what so ever.

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