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Hello all,

This is my first post, I'd be very grateful for any advise.

My American fiancé and I have been living together in the UK for six years, and have decided to move to the US.

Our plan was for my partner to move back permanently in September when her visa expires. I'm going to come with her for two weeks only. In that time we thought we'd have a tiny wedding before I head back to the UK to tie things up and start the visa process. In other words we would NOT be changing my entry status while I'm in the United States as a tourist.

However we've gotten nervous that this will be frowned on, that Border Patrol won't allow me through at the airport or that it may jeopardise our visa application. Should we just forget about the wedding and enjoy our last two weeks together before entering a fiancé visa, or is there anything I can do to prove we are committed to soon this legally and properly, with me in the UK and my wife-to-be in the US?

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You'll be fine going and getting married, and returning. Take some evidence of your ties to the UK (employment letter, tenancy agreement etc)

Even in the very unlikely event you were refused entry, this wouldn't affect your future visa application.


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And also, keep in mind that the visa process will take around a year, so you may not want to start "tying things up" immediately when you get home. :)


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10/17/14 - NOA2 received

10/28/14 - Email received that file has been sent to NVC

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1/30/15 - FINALLY got a reply to my email to remove the attorney from the DS-261

3/9/15 - Called NVC and they have checklisted us for an "incorrect" decree absolute from the UK, even though it is the legal official document. Have requested a supervisor review.

4/28/15 - Called and NVC said supervisor had reviewed and now claimed that the decree absolute was not included. After disagreeing with the less than helpful lady on the phone, and her not being able to get the review time right. (She kept changing her story between 42 days and 30 days).

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Have you looked into DCF? It would advantageous to marry and file before leaving the UK. The wait time is considerably shorter.


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Our plan was for my partner to move back permanently in September when her visa expires. I'm going to come with her for two weeks only. In that time we thought we'd have a tiny wedding before I head back to the UK to tie things up and start the visa process. In other words we would NOT be changing my entry status while I'm in the United States as a tourist.

That's no problem. Many of us on here have gotten married on the VWP and then headed back to our home countries to start the visa process. Like some has already said, just make sure you bring ties to the UK, so CBP can see that you don't intent to stay and adjust in the US. I've never had a problem and I've been flying over every three months for the past four and a half years, so you can continue to visit during the spousal visa process too. :)

My case has been a year and 4 months so get ready for the long haul.

Wow, I see you guys were being messed about by NVC too?! :( Congrats on having your visa finally though, after your 16 month journey.


Met online October 2010


Engaged December 31st 2011


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September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


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NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


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Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


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Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


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In the US


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