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Hey guys, I did a quick glance at the most recent topics but didn't see anything, and this doesn't seem to be appropriate for the speculative sticky trump thread...

 

So I applied for a k-1 visa for my fiance in South Korea around early Dec.  My lawyer told me my fiance should be getting paperwork from the Korean government a little bit after a month.  It's now almost mid February and my lawyer called immigration and they told it's still pending.  Is this normal?  Or does the immigration ban have any effect on k-1 visas??  Any insight would be helpful.... thanks!

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Nothing was ever imposed for Korea in the ban... the ban has been lifted now anyways....

 

Your fiance will not be getting any paperwork what so ever from the Korean government as they have nothing at all to do with it, so sounds like maybe this lawyer has no idea what they are talking about.

 

Generally it takes 2-3 months before you get the NOA2 from USCIS, or approval of the I-129F petition, then it will goto NVC where they will give it a case number, then they will forward it on to the US Embasy in Korea. 

 

Depending on how exactly the process works there, each country is different, they will mail information or paperwork to your fiance. Again the US Embassy, not the Korean government.

Edited by Ben&Zian

08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

03/06/2017 - NOA1's received via text

03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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Ah thanks for the info... if I can recall correctly, I think my lawyer was talking about getting her biometrics done and how that would be sent to my fiancee in Korea.  So far I have received a letter from USCIS about receiving the application.  

 

So the time frame is normal right now?  

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So far you are in normal time frame yes. December was a bit slow anyways because of the holidays.

 

As for her biometrics, that will still be done at the embassy during her interview, not prior to.

 

Look through this guide for steps to understand process better: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow

Here's some tips for certain steps during the process: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1tips

 

Also check here in the portals for the South Korea portal, there you can find a lot more specific information on how the process works with the embassy in South Korea, again each country works a little differently.

 

Again on the Flow Chart even it says "Embassy sends beneficiary paperwork" but not every embassy does this. The Philippines, for instance, does not send anything at all.

Edited by Ben&Zian

08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

03/06/2017 - NOA1's received via text

03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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Almost nobody in Dec. has gotten a NOA2 yet. They are still processing mid-November (and earlier). Expect about another month or 2 before hearing back on the I-129F.

 

The EO has nothing to do with this.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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I would think twice about using that lawyer. He/she don't know what they are talking about! SAVE the money!


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       12/09/18.....ROC window opens

 

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I just emailed my lawyer to clarify things... here was his response...

 

She’s going to be receiving an envelope with information as to what she needs to do there in Korea, from the U.S. Embassy in South Korea. But I will let you know when she should be expecting. Like I mentioned yesterday, immigration told me your case here in the U.S. has not yet been approved…once it’s approved, they will transfer the case to U.S. Embassy abroad.

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12 minutes ago, tkl_82 said:

I just emailed my lawyer to clarify things... here was his response...

 

She’s going to be receiving an envelope with information as to what she needs to do there in Korea, from the U.S. Embassy in South Korea. But I will let you know when she should be expecting. Like I mentioned yesterday, immigration told me your case here in the U.S. has not yet been approved…once it’s approved, they will transfer the case to U.S. Embassy abroad.

Once it's approved it will be send to NVC to get case number and all that and after that it will be send to the embassy.


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       12/09/18.....ROC window opens

 

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19 hours ago, tkl_82 said:

I just emailed my lawyer to clarify things... here was his response...

 

She’s going to be receiving an envelope with information as to what she needs to do there in Korea, from the U.S. Embassy in South Korea. But I will let you know when she should be expecting. Like I mentioned yesterday, immigration told me your case here in the U.S. has not yet been approved…once it’s approved, they will transfer the case to U.S. Embassy abroad.



I guess for better clarification for you.

The K-1 visa wasn't approved and you didn't apply for the K-1 visa.

You sent off a I-129F petition ASKING the government if it's okay for your fiance to THEN apply for a K-1 visa based on being engaged to you. 

It usually takes a couple of months for the I-129F to be approved, and then it has to have travel time from the service center to the NVC, then it'll spend 3-4 weeks at the NVC, and be sent to the embassy in South Korea. All of that takes time as well, after that, they will contact your fiance on what she needs to do such as what forms to gather and how to apply for the K-1 visa, how to schedule her medical and when she can schedule her interview. I don't know about Korea, but some people wait another month or two just to get their interview in.

Normally you're looking at around 6 months from sending off the I-129F forms to USCIS all the way until the interview.

According to our processing times page, which is based off information gathered from people on VJ, they are processing early December applications now. http://www.visajourney.com/content/times/




ALSO, if you have your own case number for the I-129F, you can track your own case so you don't have to ask your lawyer. https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do


*More detailed timeline in profile!*
 
Relationship:     Friends since 2010, Together since 2013
 

Spoiler

Met online: June 2010
Started dating: March 20, 2013
Engaged: November 27, 2014
Married: Feburary 20, 2016



The K-1 Process:    Done in 208 days                                               
 

Spoiler

04/27/15- NOA1 Recieved                                                    
06/02/15 - NOA2 Recieved
09/22/15 - Interview       (221g for more documents (a SECOND cosponsor), see profile for more details!)                                            
11/09/15 -  ISSUED!!                                                              
11/10/15 - Passport received                                                
02/20/16 - Wedding!              


                                                
 AOS   Done in 77 days                                                                            
 

Spoiler

04/08/16 - I-485, I-765, I-131 AOS Application recieved by USCIS
04/12/16 - 3 NOA1's received in mail
05/14/16 - Biometrics for AOS and EAD
06/27/16 - I-485 Case to changed to "New Card being produced"  (Day 77)
06/27/16 - I-485 Case changed to Approved! (Day 77)
06/30/16 - I-485 Case changed to "My Card has been mailed to me!"
07/05/16 - Green Card received in mail! 

 



ROC 

05/09/18 - Mailed out ROC to CSC

05/10/18 - CSC Signed and received ROC package
06/07/28 - NOA1 

06/11/18 - Check cashed

06/15/18 - NOA received in the mail

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I think it is best to understand the process so you know what your lawyers are talking about.  I think most of the folks here did it without an expensive lawyer. 


 

Visa Interview:

POE :

SS Application Sent:

2017-10-17, Approved!:D

2017-12-6

2017-12-12

Married:                                                              2018-1-8

SS Card Received:                                             2018-1-16

SS Application Sent(Name Change):             2018-1-17

AOS Application Sent:                                      2018-2-8

SS Card Received (Name Change):               2018-2-12

 

AOS Application Delivered:                             2018-2-13

AOS Application Accepted:                             2018-2-22

AOS NOA1 Received:                                        2018-2-26

AOS/EAP Biometrics NOA Received:            2018-3-2

AOS/EAP Biometrics Appointment:               2018-3-12

Interview Scheduled:                                         2018-7-6  

EAP/AP Card Received:                                   2018-7-19

Interview Date :                                                 2018-10-2

 

 


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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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