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Hi all,

I had originally planned on returning to Vietnam to get married and bring my soon to be wife on a CR-1 but the situation at work for taking time off has back fired. Now i'm looking into the K-1 Visa. I have known my fiance for a little over a year and a half. we have been staying in contact with each other mostly every day through F.B. , Skype, Line, and Facetime. This was my first time meeting her in Person last July and we had hang out together for 3.5 weeks until I had to return back to the U.S. , my question is will they give us much trouble if I only seen her once in person for only a few weeks ? We have taken lots of pictures together with the date and time recorded on to the pictures, and we have saved all of our chat messages back from when we started talking to each other we also kept track on the amount of time that we video chat each day. And what kind of evidence do I need to show them that our relationship is real and not a fake ? Do you guys recomend me to start sending little amount to her to show that i'm supporting her and keep records of it ? I'm just not sure how the process works in Vietnam I want to make it less headache as possible for her when she does go in for her interview.

Thanks for the help,

Azn_101


I-129 Received on 10/07/15

R.F.E. 12/29/15

I-129 Approved on 02/04/16

K-1 Visa Interview 03/24/16 (Approved)

Arrival to the United States 04/23/16

Got Married 05/09/16

AOS Filed on 05/26/16

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Hi all,

I had originally planned on returning to Vietnam to get married and bring my soon to be wife on a CR-1 but the situation at work for taking time off has back fired. Now i'm looking into the K-1 Visa. I have known my fiance for a little over a year and a half. we have been staying in contact with each other mostly every day through F.B. , Skype, Line, and Facetime. This was my first time meeting her in Person last July and we had hang out together for 3.5 weeks until I had to return back to the U.S. , my question is will they give us much trouble if I only seen her once in person for only a few weeks ? We have taken lots of pictures together with the date and time recorded on to the pictures, and we have saved all of our chat messages back from when we started talking to each other we also kept track on the amount of time that we video chat each day. And what kind of evidence do I need to show them that our relationship is real and not a fake ? Do you guys recomend me to start sending little amount to her to show that i'm supporting her and keep records of it ? I'm just not sure how the process works in Vietnam I want to make it less headache as possible for her when she does go in for her interview.

Thanks for the help,

Azn_101

Only meeting once is perfectly acceptable. You shouldn't have any problems at all as long as you submit any supporting evidence. Several photographs of you and your fiance together, copies of your boarding passes, receipts from hotels, restaurants, etc. The K-1 guides on here and member feedback are great and really helpful on everything that you need to do to make it through the process. Good luck!

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Getting approval from USCIS for the I-129F petition is one thing, the embassy interview is another matter. Hopefully someone who's been through the Vietnam process will be able to provide more/additional information.

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Hi all,

I had originally planned on returning to Vietnam to get married and bring my soon to be wife on a CR-1 but the situation at work for taking time off has back fired. Now i'm looking into the K-1 Visa. I have known my fiance for a little over a year and a half. we have been staying in contact with each other mostly every day through F.B. , Skype, Line, and Facetime. This was my first time meeting her in Person last July and we had hang out together for 3.5 weeks until I had to return back to the U.S. , my question is will they give us much trouble if I only seen her once in person for only a few weeks ? We have taken lots of pictures together with the date and time recorded on to the pictures, and we have saved all of our chat messages back from when we started talking to each other we also kept track on the amount of time that we video chat each day. And what kind of evidence do I need to show them that our relationship is real and not a fake ? Do you guys recomend me to start sending little amount to her to show that i'm supporting her and keep records of it ? I'm just not sure how the process works in Vietnam I want to make it less headache as possible for her when she does go in for her interview.

Thanks for the help,

Azn_101

Whether you send money or not don't disclose that if you aren't asked. Sounds like pay for play if you know what I mean.....

You've met the requirements for k1 you've only had to be together once in the past two years....there is no minimum time you've had to know each or been in a relationship. Boarding passes, passport stamps, and your other evidence should be fine for Vietnam...

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Did you have an engagement ceremony and/or reception with lots of pictures? Vietnam is a high-fraud country and the consulate officers are well aware of the Vietnamese traditions and customs, meaning if you both are engaged, they will expect to see pictures of your engagement. If you did not have one, this will certainly raise eyebrows.

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11 MAY 2017: I-751 package delivered to CSC

15 MAY 2017: NOA1 sent (got lost in the mail)

31 MAY 2017: Biometrics letter received

05 JUN 2017: Completed biometrics (walk-in)

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I talked with my lawyer today he told me that it wasn't necessary to show pictures of the engagement because it's often mistaken for wedding pictures ? And said he won't add the pictures to the packet, he will add pictures of proof that we were together during my stay in Vietnam & most of my pictures are time stamped. All he said that my fiance & I need to do is to write a statement about how we met and when and how did we fell in love and where. He also wanted me to print out all the texting history from skype, line, & facebook. I have saves all the text history, my old airline itinerary and tickets. Should this be enough evidence to prove our relationship ? I will be returning in a few months to purpose our marriage to our parents and let them talk and see if they will accept us marrying etc..... Then I will return again in a few months to do the engagement ceremony and hope it goes to plan when she receives her visa then we will return to the U.S. together and get married.

Thanks,

AZN_101

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I-129 Received on 10/07/15

R.F.E. 12/29/15

I-129 Approved on 02/04/16

K-1 Visa Interview 03/24/16 (Approved)

Arrival to the United States 04/23/16

Got Married 05/09/16

AOS Filed on 05/26/16

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I talked with my lawyer today he told me that it wasn't necessary to show pictures of the engagement because it's often mistaken for wedding pictures ? And said he won't add the pictures to the packet, he will add pictures of proof that we were together during my stay in Vietnam & most of my pictures are time stamped. All he said that my fiance & I need to do is to write a statement about how we met and when and how did we fell in love and where. He also wanted me to print out all the texting history from skype, line, & facebook. I have saves all the text history, my old airline itinerary and tickets. Should this be enough evidence to prove our relationship ? I will be returning in a few months to purpose our marriage to our parents and let them talk and see if they will accept us marrying etc..... Then I will return again in a few months to do the engagement ceremony and hope it goes to plan when she receives her visa then we will return to the U.S. together and get married.

Thanks,

AZN_101

I only meet my fiance once,,, we been text and talk ,,etc, I submitted all paper and schedule interview is 18sep.

- did all paper myself no lawyer.

- no engagement ceremony, since we going to have wedding in US


2015-02-10 :Trip to Vietnam to celebrate Tet, meet my fiancee

2015-03-16 :Back to USA, could not file for I-129F, until my divorce paper was finalize.

2015-05-01 :Divorce paper final

2015-05-08 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-05-13 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice from the mail)

2015-06-22 :NOA-2 (Received approval by text and email)

2015-06-26 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797) note on the I-797, notice date 2015-06-22

2015-07-21 :Finally able to talk to NVC, got HCM#, case still in administrative review, not going to Vietnam yet.

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Every person on this site will have different advise on what you need or don't need for your interview, but the US Consulate in Vietnam is at most times entirely different from other US Consulates and each case can go either way depending on who's conducting the interview. At least that's what I have learned from my personal experiences and reading other people's stories on this site.

Just like Frontgear mentioned above, Vietnam is a high-fraud country and there is very good chance it may raise eyebrows if you don't have lots of photos of your engagement ceremony and/or reception. Not to scare you, but when I attended the interview with my wife, I observed a large volume of people crying when they were denied for whatever reason. During our interview, they did in fact ask to see our photos from our Din Hon, which we gladly presented them. They also did not confuse them with wedding photos, the interviewers at the Consulate are fully aware of the the differences between a wedding and engagement ceremony. AZN_101, I understand your lawyer said its not needed, but if he's working from the US or doesn't specialize specifically in Vietnamese cases it would be better safe than sorry to have these things available for the consulate if they ask for them. In most cases lawyers aren't needed unless you have a sketchy past. From the time I applied for my now wife until the time she arrived in the US, everything went flawless. I thank lots of guys in the Vietnam section for good information and would also advise you to take heed to any good information or warnings they tell you about.

Nguyensteven it's great you passed with only have met your fiancée once, but maybe it has something to do with your background. Your profile says you met your fiancée while you were visiting for Tet, leading me to believe you may be VK? If so were you introduced to your fiancée by a friend or family member who also resides in VN? If so, this could have lots to do with your case being approved with only meeting one time.

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K-1 Timeline

2015-01-04 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-01-06 :Received delivery confirmation from USPS and routed to the USCIS California Service Center

2015-01-08 :NOA-1 (Received by text and email)

2015-01-12 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice)

2015-01-15 :Fiancée applied for single status certificate

2015-01-20 :Fiancée got household registration Book (Ho Khau)

2015-01-20 :Fiancée applied for Police Certificate #2 and received it the same day! Without coffee money!

2015-01-25 :Fiancée received her single status certificate

2015-01-30 :NOA-2 (Received approval in 22 days by text and email)

2015-02-04 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797)

2015-02-17 :NVC received case

2015-02-18 :Received HCM# from NVC and case sent to Consulate
2015-02-21 :Submitted DS-160 form printed out confirmation barcode
2015-02-21 :Created online account on ustraveldocs.com/vn
2015-02-24 :Consulate Received
2015-02-24 :Paid visa fee $265
2015-02-24 :Mailed DS-160, copy of passport and 2 passport photos
2015-02-25 :Scheduled K-1 interview
2015-03-03 :Packet 3 Received, but my fiancée's name was misspelled
2015-03-03 :Did online inquiry to fix misspelled name
2015-03-15 :Correct spelling was fixed in the Consulate's system
2015-03-18 :Received updated Packet 3 with named spelled correctly
2015-03-18 :Scheduled medical exam @ Cho Ray Hospital
2015-03-26 :Medical exam and vaccinations completed
2015-04-07 :Received results from Cho Ray
2015-05-07 :Arrived in SG with I-134 and supporting documentation
2015-05-08 :Attending K-1 interview with my fiancee and she passed
2015-05-28 :Arrived at LAX and made it through customs without any problems
2015-06-06 :Got married!
2015-06-18 :Applied for SS card
2015-06-25 :Received SS card with her married name
AOS Timeline
2015-09-16 :Mailed AOS package to USCIS Chicago Lockbox
2015-09-18 :USPS delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 6:16 am
2015-09-22 :Received notification of AOS package via text and email
2015-09-24 :Check for AOS was cashed
2015-09-26 :Received three separate NOA-1 for forms I-485, I-131 and I-765
2015-10-05 :Received Biometrics appointment letter for the 14th of October @ 10 am
2015-10-14 :Completed Biometrics without any incidents
2015-11-18 :Received USCIS email/text update showing approval for I-131 and I-765 forms
2015-11-23 :Received USCIS Form I-797 in the mail
2015-11-24 :Received USCIS email/text update showing EAD/AP combo card mailed out
2016-02-19 :Received Learner's Permit from NV DMV
2016-03-18 :Received USCIS email/text update scheduling appointment for April 19th
2016-04-14 :Started working @ first job in the U.S.

2016-04-19 :Passed AOS interview

2016-04-20 :Green card being made.

2016-04-28 :Green card arrived in mail.

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@icon: I think nguyensteve is still waiting for the interview. HIs fiancee is scheduled for Sept 18th, 2015, if I am not mistaken.

I met my wife only once and we had our engagement ceremony & reception a week after I landed in Da Lat. But we had tons of engagement pictures and of us together, along with receipts for everything (ring, hotel, restaurants, tours, airline, etc.) We were lucky that everything went smoothly with the exception of the Packet 3 that we never received.

I believe everything happens for a reason and if you are meant to be together, nothing will stop you!

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ROC Journey

09 MAY 2017: Mailed I-751 to California Svc Center (CSC)

11 MAY 2017: I-751 package delivered to CSC

15 MAY 2017: NOA1 sent (got lost in the mail)

31 MAY 2017: Biometrics letter received

05 JUN 2017: Completed biometrics (walk-in)

23 JUN 2017: Received replacement copy of NOA1
 

ZjMTm5.png

N-400 Journey

14 MAY 2018: Mailed N-400 to Dallas Lockbox

17 MAY 2018: Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

04 JUN 2018: Received NOA1

08 JUN 2018: Received biometrics letter

21 JUN 2018: Completed biometrics

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@icon: I think nguyensteve is still waiting for the interview. HIs fiancee is scheduled for Sept 18th, 2015, if I am not mistaken.

I met my wife only once and we had our engagement ceremony & reception a week after I landed in Da Lat. But we had tons of engagement pictures and of us together, along with receipts for everything (ring, hotel, restaurants, tours, airline, etc.) We were lucky that everything went smoothly with the exception of the Packet 3 that we never received.

I believe everything happens for a reason and if you are meant to be together, nothing will stop you!

Front gear do you think a purposed marriage would work if we were to document pictures of that event and have a log of who attended ? I'm planning on returning to VN for 2 weeks to Purposed to her officially felt that purposed on Skype wasn't the right thing to do. And a few months later I will return back for the engagement party. Do you think we have a chance to pull this off this will also give her family time to prepare ?

Thanks,

azn_101


I-129 Received on 10/07/15

R.F.E. 12/29/15

I-129 Approved on 02/04/16

K-1 Visa Interview 03/24/16 (Approved)

Arrival to the United States 04/23/16

Got Married 05/09/16

AOS Filed on 05/26/16

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I agree with you Frontgear. Meeting only once wont be his problem, it's the lack of proof I would be worried about.


K-1 Timeline

2015-01-04 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-01-06 :Received delivery confirmation from USPS and routed to the USCIS California Service Center

2015-01-08 :NOA-1 (Received by text and email)

2015-01-12 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice)

2015-01-15 :Fiancée applied for single status certificate

2015-01-20 :Fiancée got household registration Book (Ho Khau)

2015-01-20 :Fiancée applied for Police Certificate #2 and received it the same day! Without coffee money!

2015-01-25 :Fiancée received her single status certificate

2015-01-30 :NOA-2 (Received approval in 22 days by text and email)

2015-02-04 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797)

2015-02-17 :NVC received case

2015-02-18 :Received HCM# from NVC and case sent to Consulate
2015-02-21 :Submitted DS-160 form printed out confirmation barcode
2015-02-21 :Created online account on ustraveldocs.com/vn
2015-02-24 :Consulate Received
2015-02-24 :Paid visa fee $265
2015-02-24 :Mailed DS-160, copy of passport and 2 passport photos
2015-02-25 :Scheduled K-1 interview
2015-03-03 :Packet 3 Received, but my fiancée's name was misspelled
2015-03-03 :Did online inquiry to fix misspelled name
2015-03-15 :Correct spelling was fixed in the Consulate's system
2015-03-18 :Received updated Packet 3 with named spelled correctly
2015-03-18 :Scheduled medical exam @ Cho Ray Hospital
2015-03-26 :Medical exam and vaccinations completed
2015-04-07 :Received results from Cho Ray
2015-05-07 :Arrived in SG with I-134 and supporting documentation
2015-05-08 :Attending K-1 interview with my fiancee and she passed
2015-05-28 :Arrived at LAX and made it through customs without any problems
2015-06-06 :Got married!
2015-06-18 :Applied for SS card
2015-06-25 :Received SS card with her married name
AOS Timeline
2015-09-16 :Mailed AOS package to USCIS Chicago Lockbox
2015-09-18 :USPS delivered to Chicago Lockbox at 6:16 am
2015-09-22 :Received notification of AOS package via text and email
2015-09-24 :Check for AOS was cashed
2015-09-26 :Received three separate NOA-1 for forms I-485, I-131 and I-765
2015-10-05 :Received Biometrics appointment letter for the 14th of October @ 10 am
2015-10-14 :Completed Biometrics without any incidents
2015-11-18 :Received USCIS email/text update showing approval for I-131 and I-765 forms
2015-11-23 :Received USCIS Form I-797 in the mail
2015-11-24 :Received USCIS email/text update showing EAD/AP combo card mailed out
2016-02-19 :Received Learner's Permit from NV DMV
2016-03-18 :Received USCIS email/text update scheduling appointment for April 19th
2016-04-14 :Started working @ first job in the U.S.

2016-04-19 :Passed AOS interview

2016-04-20 :Green card being made.

2016-04-28 :Green card arrived in mail.

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@icon: I think nguyensteve is still waiting for the interview. HIs fiancee is scheduled for Sept 18th, 2015, if I am not mistaken.

I met my wife only once and we had our engagement ceremony & reception a week after I landed in Da Lat. But we had tons of engagement pictures and of us together, along with receipts for everything (ring, hotel, restaurants, tours, airline, etc.) We were lucky that everything went smoothly with the exception of the Packet 3 that we never received.

I believe everything happens for a reason and if you are meant to be together, nothing will stop you!

Frontgear,,, is correct ,, scheduled for Sept 18th, 2015,


2015-02-10 :Trip to Vietnam to celebrate Tet, meet my fiancee

2015-03-16 :Back to USA, could not file for I-129F, until my divorce paper was finalize.

2015-05-01 :Divorce paper final

2015-05-08 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-05-13 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice from the mail)

2015-06-22 :NOA-2 (Received approval by text and email)

2015-06-26 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797) note on the I-797, notice date 2015-06-22

2015-07-21 :Finally able to talk to NVC, got HCM#, case still in administrative review, not going to Vietnam yet.

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Front gear do you think a purposed marriage would work if we were to document pictures of that event and have a log of who attended ? I'm planning on returning to VN for 2 weeks to Purposed to her officially felt that purposed on Skype wasn't the right thing to do. And a few months later I will return back for the engagement party. Do you think we have a chance to pull this off this will also give her family time to prepare ?

Thanks,

azn_101

If you are looking to get legally married in Vietnam, you don't have time to complete the government process. The only exception is if you pay under the table, in which case almost anything is possible. Absent that, plan on at least a month to complete all the requirements, interview, etc.

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I too only met once. I have email/chat logs, facetime logs, photos from our dinh hon and travel with my cousins, with hotel receipts and bus/ferry tickets/stubs.

What is the line of sending money for support, visa / process fees...etc. and people constituting pay/play which I assume is some insinuating of fraud or dowry system. I assumed some remittance was good showing you were invested, but now Im wary

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