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Hi all! I've been wondering for a while now how other quickly or slowly other couples filing for K1s progressed. The two main questions I want to know are: 1) how long before you became engaged? 2) how long after your engagement did you file the I-129F petition/receive your NOA1? You can include as much or as little information as you want. I just like data and seeing if there are trends of any sorts.

 

I met my fiance online in June 2015. My older sister had ended a 5 year LDR (he was from Germany) a few months before so I knew that if I was going to get myself into this it was going to end in marriage. On his second trip, which was three months long, he proposed. He probably was planning on doing it later in the trip since he asked on the first night while may car was broken down on the side of the highway 10 miles from my apartment. This was the beginning of March 2016. I filed our case in November 2017. It took me so long since I was finishing up my last year of school; I was in my job almost a year before I filed just to make sure I was truly settled in it and wasn't going to have anything crop up that could have been detrimental to our filing or eligibility.

 

Meeting to Engagement: 9 months

Engagement to NOA1: 20 months

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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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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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Hello! I was together with him for 10 months when he asked me to marry him. Since we saw that it would take a long time, we filed right away and we were together for 1 year and 3 to 4 months when we got approved!


K1 Visa Process

Nov. 2016 - Applied for K1 Visa
Nov. 2016 - NOA1 

April 2017 - NOA2 (6 months!)

April 2017 - Arrived to NVC

April 2017 - Got the # from NVC

May 2017 - Case left NVC

May 2017 - Arrived to Embassy

May 2017 - Got Package 3 

May 2017- Got Package 4

May 2017 - Interview [APPROVED!]

June 2017 - Visa arrived home

June 2017 - Made it to the US. Finally with my future hubby!!

July 2017 - Married!

AOS Process

August 2017 - Started AOS

August 2017 - NOA1

Sept. 2017 - Biometrics

X. XXXX - Interview date 

X. XXXX - GC processing

X. XXXX - GC arrived home!

AOS:

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I met my husband in August 2015. I made 3 additional trips to see him and we got engaged in November 2016, I filed the K1 in December 2016. He arrived in July 2017 and we were married August 2017. 


K1 Visa Process                                                                                                   

Spoiler

 

December 19, 2016: NOA1 receive date 

May 5, 2017: NOA2 hardcopy (still listed as 'received' online...)

May 23, 2017: NVC case number assigned

July 10, 2017: Interview
July 14, 2017: Visa in hand
July 27, 2017: POE at ORD

August 5, 2017: Married!

 

See my 'About Me' section on my profile for a more detailed step by step journey of our K1 Journey through the Casablanca consulate in Morocco

 

AOS Process  

September 8, 2017 : Mailed AOS Packet

September 16, 2017 : NOA1 text/emails (receive date Sept. 12)

October 2, 2017 : Biometrics Appointment

October 13, 2017 : RFIE letter received in mail (they want an English translated Birth Certificate, which we included in the original petition...)

January 24, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in hand

August 9, 2018: AOS Interview (Approved)

August 9, 2018: "Card in Production"

August 16, 2018: Green card in hand

 

May 2020: ROC!

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My wife and I were introduced back in October 2009 by a colleague at work. The first trip I went to see her was in April 2010 for two weeks. I took another trip in August 2010 for a month in which I proposed. I filed the I-129F in September 2010 was approved in April 2011. We delayed the process in order for her to finish up her teaching job, and was able to get the interviewed scheduled in August.

 

I visited her a few more times lasting between 2-4 week. One between X-mas/New Years, then in June 2011 for my birthday, and finally a month long trip in August 2011 for her interview/wrapping up personally business before her trip to the US. Married in September 2011 and filed AOS soon after.

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We met right after my first year as an au pair in 2012 when my 2nd year was up I switched over to an F1 and moved in with him for a year. He proposed in spring 2014, I went home in May and we sent in our papers in July. We got approved in march or april 2015. I moved over in July and we got married in August. 






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I'm afraid our case is going to be one of those outliers.

 

Met officially: 2003.

Engaged: 2009.

Filed: 2014.

 

Yeah, we're weirdos.

 

 


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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Posted (edited)

Met in 2010

Engaged Fall 2015. I wouldn't say yes until he had my parents' blessing which he got. Call me old-fashioned :P. I had the packet ready in 5 days from when he asked via facetime to when I sent it and having 0 knowledge about k1s. So thankful for this site and I'm so surprised I didn't miss anything and get any RFE's!

Filed Fall 2015

 

Edited by YecaCruz

A Tale of Two Dakotaraguans

K1 Journey - 78 Days

 

Sent I-129F - 11/16/15 [Day 1]
NOA1 - 11/18 (Hard copy: 11/24) [Day 2, Day 8]
NOA2 - 12/18 (Hard copy: 12/26) [Day 32, Day 40]
NVC received file: 1/05/2016 [Day 50]
Obtained NVC invoice number, paid visa fee, filled out DS-160: 1/06 [Day 51]
Fiancé's medical: 1/12 9:00am [Day 57]
Interview: 1/22 9:30am, Approved! [67 days] (F)
Visa status = "AP": 1/25, "Issued":01/27, "In Transit: 2/02"
Visa packet in hand: 2/03 [Day 78]
POE: (Houston) 2/04, North Dakota arrival: 2/05

Married (civil): 2/05/16 (L)

AOS - 55 Days

 

I-485, AP, EAD sent : 3/03/2016 [Day 1]

Delivered: 3/04 [Day 2]

Electronic NOA1: 3/08 [Day 5]

NOA1 Hardcopy: 3/12 [Day 9]

Biometric Notification snail-mail: 3/26 [Day 23]

Biometrics Appt: 4/06 in Fargo, ND [Day 33]

Notification(s): "Your new card is being produced" (Green Card) 4/23 [Day 48]

"Your case was approved" (lol backwards) 4/26 [Day 51]

"Your card was mailed on 4/27" 4/28 [Day 53]

Green Card in Hand: 4/30 [Day 55]

D-day ("Dress day"/I do...again Day/wedding reception): 9/10/16

ROC

Spoiler

Window opens: 1/24/2018

Package sent: 1/26, Delivered: 1/29 at 11:17am to CSC - [Day 1]

Check cashed: 1/31 [Day 3]

NOA1: 1/29 [Day 1]

NOA snail-mail: 2/02 [Day 4]

Biometrics snail-mail: Sent 5/5, received 5/12 [Day 107]

Biometrics appt: Not required

Email: 5/25 "We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates. We last took action on 3/16" [Day 120]

Email 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 "Still reviewing your case blah blah" [Day 134, 148, 162, 176]

18 Month extension letter received, dated 8/18: 8/24/18

Citizenship

Spoiler

Window opens: 01/24/2019

 

 

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We did file for a K1 first, so I'll go for that:

 

We started talking in November 2011

Met in person January 2012

Engaged  and became "exclusive" couple April 2012

Filed April 2012

Married October 2012

 

Talking to engagement: 5 months.

IRL meeting to engagement: 3 months


3/2/18  E-filed N-400 under 5 year rule

3/26/18 Biometrics

7/2019-12/2019 (Yes, 16- 21 months) Estimated time to interview MSP office.

 

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Posted (edited)

Timelines pale in comparison to the reality that the most dangerous food is Wedding Cake. :bonk: 

 

Started communicating late 2006

Visited March 2007; filed I-129F late May 2007

Hosed twice by rogue Guayaquil consulate (massive thread being composed about it)

Married Hallowe'en 2008 (wedding party on Pearl Harbor Day 2008)

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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We met online around June 2016

Met in person June 2017

Got engaged December 16 2017

Filed K1 December 20 2017 (NOA1 Dec 22)

 

Its always interesting to see when people start calling it a 'relationship'. I felt like I was in a relationship since the end of 2016, but I hadn't actually met him. I kept telling myself that you can't call it a relationship if you haven't met face to face. You need that last confirmation that what you feel is real and the chemistry is there (and boy did we have chemistry :wub:). So technically we were only dating 6 months before he proposed, but to me we had already been dating for a year. We had been talking about the K1 for a while before he proposed so I had all the paperwork with me when I went over in December.

 

I have a lot of admiration for people who can handle a long distance relationship that lasts that long. I haven't seen him since March and I'm already going crazy. Feels like it gets harder every time I have to say goodbye.


06.01.2016 met online                                                                     08.27.2018 AOS, EAD and AP filed

06.23.2017 met in person                                                               08.30.2018 NOA-1 on all 3

12.16.2017 got engaged

12.20.2017 K1 filed

12.22.2017 NOA-1

07.10.2018 NOA-2 (200 days)

07.18.2018 case at NVC (case number available on 07.20)

7.26.2018 case at Amsterdam Consulate

7.27-2018 P3 through e-mail

08.02.2018 medical

08.14.2018 interview APPROVED 

POE 08.21.2018

Wedding date 08.25.2018

 

Check your case status: https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov

Call USCIS: 800-375-5283 

 

 

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we met in 2016 (online in feb and in person in april).we both pretty much knew from day one we would get married. he comes 'home' every 3rd week, and has for 2 years now lol. the OFFICIAL proposal was in march of this year. we filed in may.


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

 

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Saw her profile on an online dating site and exchanged one email in April of 2017

Started communicating online in July 2017 (when we think of as starting our relationship)

First in person meeting in October 2017

Proposed at second in person meeting in Feb 2018

Filed after meeting her family at the third in person meeting in May 2018


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We met online in July 2015. We talked/got to know one another for about a year before meeting for the first time (June 2016). He made three trips here after that in 2016, and came back the beginning of 2017 for two and a half months. We technically got engaged in August of 2016 during a visit stateside, but he didn't get a chance to "ask" my dad's permission until he came back the following trip (February - April), so that's when we consider it official. We had already decided which route to take at the end of 2016, so we began getting things together right after announcing our engagement in April, and filed for K1 the beginning of that June (2017). Now we are together and married! :) 

 

Meeting to engaged - about a year and a half

Engaged to filing K1 - 2 months


Håll ut, y'all.

 

               K1 Process                                                                                AOS Process

July 2015 - met online thanks to Zak Bagans                                                            May 25, 2018 - South Carolina marriage license issued

June 2016 - first in-person meeting                                                                             May 26, 2018 - legally married

August 2016 - stateside visit                                                                                        June 7, 2018 - applied for Social Security Number [manual verification required]

February-April 2017 - stateside visit                                                                           June 18, 2018 - SSN/card received in the mail

April 4, 2017 - got engaged                                                                                          June 30, 2018 - submitted I-485 (AOS)/I-765 (EAD)/I-131 (AP) together

June 5, 2017 - submitted I129F                                                                                   July 9, 2018 - AOS/EAD/AP electronic NOA1 received

June 12, 2017 - received NOA1                                                                                   July 13, 2018 - AOS/EAD/AP hard copy NOA1 received (dated July 6, 2018)

December 1, 2017 - received NOA2                                                                            July 25, 2018 - Biometrics appointment (Charlotte, NC)

January 17, 2018 - NVC received case                                                                      August 1, 2018 - case status updated to "Ready to be Scheduled for Interview"

January 18, 2018 - received NVC case number by phone                                      August 11, 2018 - case status updated to "I-485 Interview Scheduled"

January 24, 2018 - packet received via email                                                           August 16, 2018 - AOS Interview Scheduled letter received

February 15, 2018 - medical appointment                                                                 August 28, 2018 - visited civil surgeon (Winston-Salem, NC) to complete I-693

February-March 2018 - trip to Gothenburg                                                                                                [beneficiary had to get one remaining vaccination stateside]

February 22, 2018 - interview at the US Embassy in Stockholm                            September 18, 2018 - I-485/AOS Interview in Greer, SC

                                    [passed, pending receipt of medical papers]                           September 18, 2018 - case status updated to "Card Has Been Issued/Mailed"

February 27, 2018 - medical papers received by Embassy                                     XXXXX, 2018 - Green Card received in the mail

March 5, 2018 - visa received in the mail with passport                                          October 6, 2018 - traditional wedding with family & friends

May 16, 2018 - POE in Charlotte, NC

 

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Think some move faster than others. We met late August 2014. Visited July 2015 and at that point we knew we wanted to pursue it all further but with my work at that point with a lot of traveling knew it wouldn't make sense so we waited until I stopped traveling in early 2016. So we had 2+ year relationship come interview time and all.


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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