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|Civil and Symbolic Wedding Ceremonies
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I wanted to get opinions and ideas from those of you who are in a similar situation. My fiance's family can not travel to the USA as they have been denied visitors visas here. I feel uncomfortable with having a large wedding here in the USA without his family/ friends in attendance. Right now our plan is to sign the marriage license here in the usa once he arrives on the k1 visa with just my father as a witness. Then once his AOS is approved do a symbolic ceremony in a third country where his family and my family can both attend.
I want to know how others have dealt with family not being able to travel to a usa wedding and your solutions. Also,if you have had a civil ceremony and then a symbolic wedding several months after the fact do you feel that it was worth it even though the two of you were technically married before the symbolic/religious ceremony?
|Expedite approved. (Venezuela)
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I am extremelly happy to give you all the news that my expedite was approved. As I stated in other post this was a very rare chance of approval but here we are. I tried it and Im glad I made it.
So this post might be able to help other venezuelans or anyone else who's looking to expedite but doesnt know how.
Well first you need to know what the grounds for the expedite are: Severe financial loss to company or person, emergency situation, humanitarian reasons, nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States, department of defense or national interest situation, USCIS error or compelling interest of USCIS.
In my case, I think the most accurate ground for Venezuela was Humanitarian crisis. Yes, I understand no one has declared it but that doesn't mean is not happening.
First thing I did was finding out how to start the expedite process and this is where the fun part begins!
The email you want to contact the NVC to speet up your process is this: NVCExpedite@state.gov (yes, also take notes I requested the expedite two days after I got my NOA2, asking the NVC to expedite it as soon as they got it)
Well next, this is how you start the email. Is important that you put in the first line of the email whats the grounds for expedite you're requesting this on. And of course, the expedite request must be from the petitioner, not the beneficiary.
Example of me being the petitioner:
Name of the person submitting the inquiry: ______________________
NVC case number or USCIS receipt number: _____________________
Petitioner's name: ___________________
Principal Applicant's name and date of birth: ____________________
I, Arelys Weimer, I'm formally requesting that the (whatever visa type is) be expedited on the grounds of (Humanitarian Crisis) as soon as it reaches you (in case that is not at the NVC yet).
NOTE: If it's already at the NVC or at the USCIS, leave at "...reaches you".
On the second paragraph you want to explain how you got to the conclusion that the expedite is neccesary and the grounds for it are correct. In my case, my husband explained how theres a serious lack of primery products here such as toilet paper and medicines. Added to this he explained that my country has the second highest crime rate in latinamerica and there has been rapings, murders, kidnappnings, people are breaking into houses, robberies everywhere.
He explained how this has put a lot of stress in the marriage and how he can't even sleep knowing that Im here and I cant even be safe at my own home.
On top of this he explained that theres airlines leaving the country and even if I get the visa I might not be able to find a plane ticket to leave. Of course, there's the upcoming elections and we don't know for certain whats going to happen. Maybe something, maybe nothing but he wasn't wiling to risk it.
Once you've explained everything in your email, the next part is doing a bit of research. Add to your email all kinds of news covering what you just said in that email. News in english and spanish. You do wanna find the news that cover stuff close by where you live, thats what will be the most helpful tool for you.
Note: if you dont know where to find english news about the country you're requesting the expedite on, I recommend you this portal: http://www.insightcrime.org/
You will find travel warnings in the Department of State's website http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html (Find your country on the list) Get the warning printed, scanned and attach it to this email as well. (They can't contradict you on something they know).
Make sure you explain to them how serious the situation is.
I tried this with little to non chances to getting it, and here I am. Do not be afraid to try.
IMPORTANT: IS A FREE INQUIRY SO YOU DONT HAVE TO PAY TO GET IT EXPEDITED. ALSO, IT DOES NOT SLOW DOWN THE PROCESS IF IT GETS DENIED. So as you cna see, there's no downside of trying. If you think it meets the requirements, try it. The worst thing they can do is say NO and keep working on your paperwork on their ussual timeframe.
NOTE: If you didn't get to pay the fees in the NVC because your case got expedited, don't worry. The embassy will let you pay the fees and submit the original documents the day of your interview. In your currency.
Keep out for this post since I'm now in contact with the embassy, I will explain how the rest of the process goes from this point and on.
God bless, and if you need any help with this; ask away. Doesnt matter if you feel its a silly question.
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I wanted to make this in order to help anyone that needs a Venezuelan visa.
The Goverment of Venezuela made a statement in March this year, that all US citizens will need a visa to enter Venezuela. In order to go with me to the K-1 visa interview in Caracas, my fiancé did the best he could to get a visa to be with me the day of the interview. So here I'll tell my fiancé's experience with the Venezuelan consulate in New York:
The documents you'll need (have in mind that this might vary):
1. Completed visa application.
2.Photocopy of your last pay stub.
3.Notarized letter stating that you are currently employed. (If you're a full time student, like my fiancé, you'll need a proof of enrollment instead. It must be an official document with the school seal.)
5. Flat-rate (cardboard) priority mail envelope.
6.$5.75 stamp for international mail.
7.Photocopy of deed of your house.
8.If you're not a homeowner, a notarized letter from the homeowner stating that you live there now and the foreseeable future.
9.Latest bank statement showing your balance and account history.
10. $30 money order made payable to: Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
11. Copy of flight itinerary. (Or a reservation of a flight. We called to American Airlines and made a reservation for a flight and we cancelled it after he got the visa approved, no charges for the reservation).
12. Copies of passport pages that shows personal information.
13. Two recent passport style photo. (2x2)
14. Copy of your green card (if you're not a US citizen)
If they feel like it that day, they may ask you for these things. Bring them just in case:
15. Photocpy of the title of your car.
16. Photocopy of your drivers license, front and back.
17. Photocopy of your birth certificate, front and back.
None of the 5 venezuelan consulates in the US will pick up the phone, so don't count on making a call to get information, sending an e-mail won't help either, they'll never answer. My fiance lives in NJ, so every time he went to NY, he paid $28 on train tickets, but it was the only way to get a visa. We got all the documents that the Venezuelan website asked to get a visa ( http://eeuu.embajada.gob.ve/index.php?lang=en This website is in English ), so my fiance went to NY to consulate to get the process started. In the moment he got there he took a number a waited for not too long, but when one of the worker helped him, she told him that he needed 3 more documents that weren't in the website, on top of that, the consulate closes at 1:00 pm, so he couldn't just go to get the documents and comeback, so that was the first trip without succeed. In the second trip he made to NY, he went with the 3 douments that they asked before, and when one of the workers reviewed the documents, he said that one of them needed to be notarized, something that they never said before. So he had to comeback a third time on a different day with the notarized letter, and finally after a lot of frustation they approved his visa.
The consulate retains your passport and sends it to you after 5 bussiness days plus the shipment time.
NY Venezuelan Consulate:
7 E 51st street, Manhattan
Most of the workers are not exactly nice to people, depending on who is helping you they might ask for more or less documents. You need to have a lot of patience through this process, it's very frustrating.
Good luck to everyone who's trying.
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