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J-1 Visa, how to respond to Packet 3

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Hello, fellow VJers!

My fiancee was in the US on a J-1 visa very recently. She is not subject to the 2 year requirement.

Now in her Packet 3 instructions, which she just received, she has form DS-230 which asks if, when and on which visa she visited the US. My fear is that if we just write "J-1" we're going to get an RFE from the consulate. I'm afraid that they'll suspect that she hasn't served the 2 year sentence, which many J-visa holders have (even though not her, luckily).

So, to prevent such problems, I had the thought of attaching the copy of the J-visa stamp (which says she's not subject to the 2 year requirement), as well as her status extension paperwork (she extended her stay beyond what the visa stamp says) and sending all that to the consulate as a part of our Packet 3 response. But I'm not 100% sure-- is this going to do any good at the Packet 3 stage? Can it create more problems than solve? Maybe we shouldn't even worry about problems that haven't actually come up?

If anyone has an insight into this, I'd appreciate your input.

Thank you!


K-1 Visa

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I-129F sent to USCIS: 2007-11-13

I-129F NOA1 : 2007-11-20

I-129F RFE(s) : none, thank Goodness

I-129F NOA2 : 2008-03-20

Packet 3 recieved: 2008-04-14

Appt. Packet received: 2008-05-06

Interview in Bogota: 2008-06-02 (approved!)

Applied for Green Card: July 2008

Got Green Card: November 2008

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Poland
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I had two J-1 visas. When I sent my packet 3 to the embassy I just filled out what visas I had. I got my interview date without any problems. I think they may ask me about it on the interview, since I had 2 year requirement (I got a waiver), but up to now I didn't send them any info about it.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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I had two J-1 visas. When I sent my packet 3 to the embassy I just filled out what visas I had. I got my interview date without any problems. I think they may ask me about it on the interview, since I had 2 year requirement (I got a waiver), but up to now I didn't send them any info about it.

Thanks!

I guess for the interview, one had better have all the exchange program documents plus the actual visa stamp...Yeah, it makes sense that at the Packet 3 stage this may not be relevant at all.

Best of luck.


K-1 Visa

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I-129F sent to USCIS: 2007-11-13

I-129F NOA1 : 2007-11-20

I-129F RFE(s) : none, thank Goodness

I-129F NOA2 : 2008-03-20

Packet 3 recieved: 2008-04-14

Appt. Packet received: 2008-05-06

Interview in Bogota: 2008-06-02 (approved!)

Applied for Green Card: July 2008

Got Green Card: November 2008

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia
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Also consider this - they have all of the US visa information about your fiancee available to them in their own system, so it shouldn't raise any issues. Good Luck


2005

K1

March 2 Filed I-129 F

July 21 Interview in Bogota ** Approved ** Very Easy!

AOS

Oct 19 Mailed AOS Packet to Chicago

2006

Feb 17 AOS interview in Denver. Biometrics also done today! (Interviewing officer ordered them.)

Apr 25 Green card received

2008

Removal of conditions

March 17 Refiled using new I-751 form

April 16 Biometrics done

July 10 Green card production ordered

2009

Citizenship

Jan 20 filed N400

Feb 04 NOA date

Feb 24 Biometrics

May 5 Interview - Centennial (Denver, Colorado) Passed

June 10 Oath Ceremony - Teikyo Loretto Heights, Denver, Colorado

July 7 Received Passport in 3 weeks

Shredded all immigration papers Have scanned images

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