Hello all, I was recommended to try this website to get information and support from people who are going through exactly what I am.
I have so many questions and I'm sure they have been asked before, but please bear with me.
I met my fiance over the internet back when I was 16, and have visited him this past November and stayed for 7 weeks meeting his entire family and his friends, everyone is very excited for us and we both want to be together. At first we thought about being in Venezuela but we decided it was too dangerous for me to stay there for a long period of time seeing as both our countries are having severe conflict politically and economically. We have been going though getting all of our paperwork ready to submit the application to the USCIS and I am unsure just how much to include in the packet itself.
Here is what I know/plan to send with the application form:
1) "I-129F: Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)"
2) Both his and my birth certificates (his to be translated officially)
3) His and my passport (including scans of each informational page and translated)
4) His letter of intent to marry, signed and scanned.
5) My certificate of single status
6) My plane ticket stubs form visiting/ scans of my visa and entry stamp into the country
7) Pictures of us together and my visit there
8) My proof of employment with an official company Letterhead (for example I work with OfficeDepot as a Supervisor)
9) 2 colored photos of both of us in 2x2" with a white background (passport style) taken within 1 month of sending in aplication
10) A statement of household income/ household expenses
11) Proof of relationship (letters written to each other, chat logs, proof of relationship longevity.
12) 340$ Money Order/Personal Check from my bank
My question is: is this more than what is required? Should I be providing more than they require? Do I need to have a place of my own before I submit this application? While I do work full time, I do still go to college and live with my parents. Is there any leeway so that I can still sponsor him but not have to list my current place of living as where he will be staying? I am very afraid of the change in presidency affecting our ability to be together, and I am trying to get this done as fast as possible to avoid future problems. I am doing this completely on my own without much help beyond supportive words from friends. He wants to be able to help but due to the instability of his country he is very limited in what he can accomplish, otherwise we would be working together on this more. Is it at all possible for the USCIS to grant him a K-1 visa without needing me to have a certain amount of income? My plan was to take out a loan with my closest friend as a cosigner to be able to get an apartment when my fiance gets his visa so we can have a place to be and start our life together, but I am being warned that we are not allowed to move at all from the address I give to the USCIS from the beginning of the application process.
I have an idea of how this is supposed to go, but I am reading and being told so many conflicting things and I think being able to speak with others who have been through the same thing (especially recently with Venezuela) would be incredibly helpful. I'm doing my best and I know people just tell me patience over and whatnot but it already has been many years since we started this whole process and I very much fear for the future and have been doing everything in my power to get him here, but I fear I am not knowledgeable enough about this process and I know I will not be able to afford a lawyer. Can anyone give me insight on how to make this possible? All I want is for us to be together, and it feels impossible very often. Please help.