I'm hoping someone of you can help guide me a little bit on making a decision before moving on to start the K-1 process. I need to figure out if I should take more than one trip to visit my fiance before filing or if I should go ahead and file now.
Fiance lives in Belarus, which a visa is needed to visit.
Length of relationship from first communication is about 6 months.
I first contacted her after my friend in my church recommended I try to talk to her. We both go to the same church as it is an international organization, which I'm hoping that will help my case.
1. Yes, all forms filled out, letter of intent to marry on both parties, and I'll make sure I lay everything out nicely
2. Picture of the invitation request from the fiance to visit in order to request a visa
3. Visa stamps
4. I didn't make a copy of the form sent in for the visa request where it was signed and dated, but did keep a copy of all of the other information on the form. (I'm thinking that might be useless since it is not a copy.)
5. Boarding passes
6. Airline ticket receipts
7. Engagement ring receipt and appraisal
8. 200+ emails (including if we married each other, what we would want at a wedding, how we would build a family, where we would live, etc....this is all before the proposal!)
9. Skype call logs
10. Will have a pastor write a letter assuming the responsibility to marry us
Now here is what I'm worried about, since I only met her once. I didn't do my due diligence researching and proposed first. Because of this I have a limited number of pictures, because we don't like to take that many pictures. Although the main reason it was REALLY, REALLY cold outside at the time.
1st Potential problem: I stayed with my fiance and her mother. I did not have a hotel bill, and we cooked almost every meal. I didn't keep many receipts, as it was suggested that I pay with cash in the local currency. I did charge one item at a mall in case I needed that for some reason, but that was the only purpose. I do have a few bus tickets, but I'm not sure if that proves anything as she used a card while I used tickets.
2nd Potential problem: Due to the cold weather, I'm always wearing a coat, so sometimes it may not look like I am wearing different clothing! I heard that we needed ten pictures on different days, and different clothing, and no SELFIES. Based on all the information I have read, this is inaccurate.
Timeline of Pictures: (which I can describe each of the pictures)
1st day - No pictures
2nd day - No pictures
3rd day - Three selfie pictures at different locations all of them are selfies and can be identified at specific locations.
4th day - No pictures
5th day - No pictures
6th day - Three pictures at the time of the proposal with her wearing the ring at a restaurant (Two of them are selfies and 1 of them is not. All of these pictures were taken at the same location)
7th day - No pictures
8th day - Four pictures with the family at her apartment (These were done with a selfie stick, but there was a problem. When taking the picture the selfie stick accidentally cut off a small portion on the right side and is black. Although everyone is perfectly visible.)
9th day - No pictures
At this point we just realized we might need to take a lot more pictures for the K-1 process
10th day - Three pictures in or around her apartment at different locations, 1 picture at a theater, 1 picture at a restaurant, 4 pictures at nearby easily identifiable building in the city, 1 picture in a mall, 1 selfie with us and her mom
11th day - 1 picture at the airport with her mom and friend.
I'm wondering if I should submit all of the pictures or just a few of them? Is there a guideline as to which pictures to submit?
We did write up an itinerary, but we didn't follow it because it was so cold!!!
I'm thinking that I would like to be over for the consulate interview to help the process, so that will be additional trip. I am just uncertain whether I need a trip before I start filing the K-1.
Thanks in advance!!!