Hi, I'm on a student visa (F-1) and here legally. We have been dating for 4 years now. Our wedding date is set at 8-3-13. and I am supposed to graduate in december. I was thinking i would get married at the court early and then have ceremony in August so that I will have all my paper work submitted before school starts. Do you guys think this is a good idea or not? (There is no way i can make the ceremony earlier just FYI).. I am new to this website and it seems like a great website to get a lot of information. Thank you so much reading ! I also live in Texas. (I checked timeline for TX and it was around 4 months...)
I hope you can help direct me on my concerns. First of all:
I was born in S.Korea in 1960. When I was around 4 years old my mother married my stepfather who adopted me and who was a U.S. soldier. I remember we went to the State of Michigan after we left Korea when I was around 4-5 and my mother was naturalized as a U.S. citizen and since I was a child, I too was naturalized at the same time.
Am I a U.S. citizen? I don't believe I have a U.S. birth certificate. I tried contacting the city in Michigan and they have no records of me. Also how can I pursue dual citizenship with the country of Korea? I am in the family registry in Korea, but am now over 50 years old and have lived in the U.S. my whole life from the age of 4-5.
My wife and I have been going through a nightmarish process so far regarding the Spouse visa.
USCIS initially gave me somewhat "false" information saying that as long as my wife is able to enter the U.S. with a "valid and legal" visa, that we would be able to get married in the States and she could remain here while we apply for her adjustment of status and permanent residence. Obviously, that wasn't entirely correct. And having never gone through this process before, I underestimated the complexity of the situation.
My wife came on a tourist visa and was detained at immigration. They told me that regardless of what the USCIS told me or how I interpreted it, they were not allowed to let my wife in if she was intending to immigrate. (At the time we were not married yet). They held her at the SFO airport and promptly turned her around on a flight back to S. Korea. It was a very traumatic experience for her and I. Obviously, had I known this would have happened or there was so much risk, I would have never risked it. When asked, USCIS ignored all responsibility or refused to help because they said they are not responsible for the "advice" that a single representative gave us and how we acted upon that advice.
This was almost one year ago now in October of 2009. I immediately flew back to S. Korea to get married with my wife (I am a U.S. citizen). I then immediately submitted the I-130 spouse visa application. I waited a long, grueling 5 months for USCIS to finally approve my case. I proceeded to fill out the information required by the NVC and ultimately the DS-230 visa application form on behalf of my wife and sent it in. This was received by the NVC on April 26, 2010.
NVC then proceeded to LOSE some of my paperwork. 1) Original Marriage Certificate, 2) Original Birth Certificate, and 3) my wife's Original Criminal History Records. They told me there was nothing they can do except submit a "review" of my case documents. Unfortunately, that would take 2-4 weeks and potentially they could still be unable to find it. Instead of taking that risk of wasting that much time, I decided to procure the original documents again and RESEND them in just to save time and to make SURE that they would get it this time.
Well, the mail was finally received by NVC on May 25, 2010. I had already missed the May interview scheduling window for that month. Due to delays, the NVC did not scan my documents and update my case officially until June 2, 2010. Now they are telling me it will take another 2-4 weeks at least for them to review my case. This implies that I will miss the June interview scheduling window. Therefore, the earliest I can get scheduled for an interview is July, which means the earliest my interview date can be is in August.
I've checked around the profiles on this site and I must admit, almost NO couple have been subjected to such a LONG wait time for a simple interview is there? I cannot believe that the NVC has taken SUCH a long time to schedule an interview for my wife and I. We've been patiently waiting and have been absolutely derailed by the delays caused by the NVC with no end in sight. We're waiting on 7 weeks and counting now for an interview still.
I feel like we're at the last hump of our journey and we can't overcome it. It's been a nightmare to be apart from my wife for nearly 9 months now... I feel like the NVC or the entire process in general is really ineffective and insensitive to the stress, heartache, and anxiety that it causes a legitimate couple to suffer through. Unfortunately, we are powerless to do anything about it.
As you can imagine, this has been a long and arduous process for my wife and I and it keeps getting worse and worse...
Can anyone who has gone through this process give me some words of wisdom or advice? Perhaps a way that I can contact someone for help?
I applied for both the I-130 and I129F in conjunction for my wife in Korea. Both were approved at the same time by USCIS and is not en route to the NVC processing center.
I believe the next step is for the NVC to forward our paperwork to the proper U.S. Consulate in Korea near her residence is this correct?
After that, what's the next steps that we should expect? I keep hearing about these "packets 3" and "packets 4" but not sure what people are referring to. Once the U.S. Consulate receives the paperwork from the NVC, will they contact my wife to schedule the interview?
If anyone can detail out the exact steps and process after this stage, it would be greatly appreciated.