i met my fiancee on-line in January of 2006. we have been engaged since June of 2006 (my first visit to Vietnam). i began the petition in August of 2006. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh received petition in September 2006. i visited her again in October of 2006. she had her interveiw in April of 2007.
at her interview she recieved a blue slip stating more evidence of relationship was needed. everything needed was submitted one month later. she then received a green slip stating that their office needed more time to process our case. i fruitlessly waited 6 months with no progress. i finally went to the Consulate and requested to speak with the Chief Immigration Officer. his name is Greg Adamson or Addenson. actually, he seems like a nice guy. anyway, he told me that they were very sceptical of my petition (appearently they felt it was a shame). i asked him what i could do to help solve the problem. with a little persistence, he granted the visa (pink slip). my fiancee picked it up a week later.