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Hi everyone! My daughter & I are in Lebanon visiting her daddy and family. We received the NOA2 notice 2 weeks before we left (March 12th) and my mom got the case number from NVC for the K3 about a month later (we were already here in Lebanon). Abed got his packet from the embassy (the K3) on May 7th or 8th (can't remember the exact date). As of this past Friday, May 16th, the NVC still has not received the I-130 in there system. Now, we really perfer to go the CR/IV1 route, however, if it is going to take much longer, we are going ahead with the K3. I am sure there are folks out there with insight for me as to whether this is a good idea or not. I remember reading that some K3s were cancelled for one reason or another. Can some of you share your experiences with me and let me know if we should wait or go ahead with the K3? I appreciate it in advance!

By the way, we are doing fine, Malak went through her first "war", or as my husband calls them "fireworks" unscathed. May God keep the peace here!


OUR TIMELINE:

Met online: June 5, 2006

Met in person: February 5, 2007

Marriage: February 24, 2007 in Beirut, Lebanon

I-130 Sent: July 23, 2007

NOA1: September 4, 2007

Daughter Born: October 27, 2007

NOA2 (Both 1-130 & I-129): March 12, 2008

NVC receives I-129F, case # assigned: April 4, 2008 (They NEVER receive the I-130)

Interview Date: August 12, 2008

Visa in hand, 1 month exactly of AP/AR/name checks: September 12, 2008 (whoot! whoot!)

POE: October 16, 2008 (praying all goes smoothly!)

Abed arrives in Lexington, KY (FINALLY! What a rough trip for him!): October 17, 2008, 8:47am EST

Adjustment of Status:

Sent in April 16, 2009

Received NOA1 in mail: April 29, 2009

Biometrics Appt: May 13, 2009

RFE: May 11, 2009 (received May 14, 2009)

Sent in RFE (that we had already included in the original packet!): May 26, 2009

Resumed Processing: June 1, 2009

EAD Card Production Ordered: June 10, 2009 (thank you GOD!!)

Received EAD card: June 20, 2009

2nd Daughter Born: July 13, 2009

Interview Date: July 31, 2009...easy, breezy...Card Production Ordered!

Received 10 year green card : August 14, 2009

Baby Boy is born: May 17, 2012

Apply for Citizenship: October 22, 2012

Interview: January 11, 2013

Oath Date: April 12, 2013 (Covington, KY)

done Done and DONE!!! Praise God!

Now we get to work on getting his family to the US!!

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Glad you n ur family r safe and doing well alhamdulillah.

i dont have a similar situation but ill tell u what i know may be it wd be helpful. I know for a fact that if u cancel k-3 to be CR1 it will cost u a lot of time! .. i say u got this far so go on and continue it; u only have very little to endure. Wishing u the best on ur trip and visa process as well :thumbs:


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I agree masriya, I'm glad I didn't change to the CR1 because it can cost 6 month to another year. It also depends if you are financially ok for all the rest of the papers comming after! K3 is very fast if i may add


بحبك يا حبيبي اكمني بهواك و بحس انك مني

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I too had the option to presue the CR/1 but kept the K3. If memory serves me right (which sometimes it doesn't) you have to contact NVC to pursue just the I-130 portion. It doesn't happen automatically since they are basically holding it until your husband arrives to adjust status.

Stay safe.


Samira and Jaouad

K3 and AOS

8-13-07: Sent package with I-129F to CSC overnight

9-25-07: NOA 1 recv

3-04-08: Approval Notice Sent

5-15-08:Interview Date

07-28-08:Visa Received (AP Hell 73 days)

08-02-08:US Entry (K-3)

08-05-08: Sent EAD package to CSC

12-07-08: Finally recvd EAD

04-20-09: AOS sent

07-23-09: AOS Interview-APPROVED!

Next file for Naturalization!

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and our family keeps growing and growing.....

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Hi Angie,

Glad you and the family are safe!!! Just wanted to say hello :yes:

Nita

Hi everyone! My daughter & I are in Lebanon visiting her daddy and family. We received the NOA2 notice 2 weeks before we left (March 12th) and my mom got the case number from NVC for the K3 about a month later (we were already here in Lebanon). Abed got his packet from the embassy (the K3) on May 7th or 8th (can't remember the exact date). As of this past Friday, May 16th, the NVC still has not received the I-130 in there system. Now, we really perfer to go the CR/IV1 route, however, if it is going to take much longer, we are going ahead with the K3. I am sure there are folks out there with insight for me as to whether this is a good idea or not. I remember reading that some K3s were cancelled for one reason or another. Can some of you share your experiences with me and let me know if we should wait or go ahead with the K3? I appreciate it in advance!

By the way, we are doing fine, Malak went through her first "war", or as my husband calls them "fireworks" unscathed. May God keep the peace here!


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I - 130

3.26.08 - NOA2 - APPROVAL IN 493 DAYS!!

NVC

7.22.08 - CASE COMPLETED IN 90 DAYS - THANK GOD!!

Embassy

9.29.08-Interview - AP (2 weeks)

10.15.08 - AP over :) Embassy called hubby to go get his Visa - HAPPIEST DAY!!!

10.20.08 - Visa Issued

11.25.08 - POE (JFK then SFO)

11.26.08 - Visa Journey is Over!! TOOK 737 DAYS....Habibi is Home!! :) :)

USA

11.25.08 - POE

12.10.08 - Applied for SS Card

12.15.08 - Welcome Letter Received

12.17.08 - SS Card Received

12.26.08 - Green Card Received :)

Begin Naturalization process 2011 ~ Inshallah

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So good to know that all of you are fine. Congratulations on your approval, I'd take whichever will be processed faster because of the situation there.


USCIS (Total 212 days)

05-15-08 Received call from VSC - I was Approved Yay!

NVC (Total Days: 00)

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05/21/2008 : NVC Case# Assigned

05/26/2008 : I-864 AOS Fee Bill invoiced in NVC system.

05/26/2008 : DS-3032 generated

05/31/2008 : DS-3032 emailed by my spouse

06/02/2008 : AOS ($70) Paid online

06/03/2008 : I-864 AOS Barcode cover sheet generated

06/03/2008 : I-864 AOS Generated

06/11/2008 : Choice of agent email accepted at NVC

00/00/2008 : I-864 AOS package delivered to NVC

00/00/2008 : I-864 AOS package entered into NVC system

06/11/2008 : DS-3032 email reply received from NVC to my spouse

06/18/2008 : DS-230 IV Fee Bill Paid online ($400)

06/20/2008 : DS-230 IV Fee Barcode cover sheet generated.

06/20/2008 : DS-230 Packet generated and mailed by NVC

00/00/2008 : DS-230 package mailed to NVC by USPS Express mail

00/00/2008 : DS-230 IV Package delivered to NVC

00/00/2008 : DS-230 IV package entered into NVC system

00/00/2008 : Case Completed at NVC

Beirut U.S Embassy (Total Days: 0)

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00/nn/2008 : Case Forwarded to Beirut U.S Embassy by DHL

00/nn/2008 : Medical at Beirut

00/nn/2008 : U.S Embassy Interview

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00/nn/2008 : Arrival at U.S Port of Entry

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hey

I sent you a text msg about this. Maybe you got it.

If not here goes.....

Go by the embassy and see if you can change it to a direct filing through them. It wouldn’t hurt and they just might let you do it.


¨*:•.(¯`'•.¸ K-1¸.•'´¯) .•:*¨

~ 07/05/06 - Met Hayz online by accident

~ 03/30/08 - Packet sent to VSC

~ 04/22/08 - NOA1 issued - Yeah they took it this time

~ 05/22/08 - Touch

~ 07/25/08 - Touch (showed about 1pm on the USCIS site)

~ 07/25/08 - NOA2 sent (must have been later in the day - noticed it on 7/26)

~ 09/10/08 - INTERVIEW - VISA APPROVED ! ! ! !

~ 09/12/08 - VISA RECEIVED

~ 10/17/08 - Arrival in the USA (JFK POE)

~ 10/31/08 - MARRIED! ! !

¨*:•.(¯`'•.¸ AOS¸.•'´¯) .•:*¨

~ 03/26/09 - Sent AOS (I-485, I-765, I-131)

~ 03/27/09 - AOS packet signed for by V BUSTAMANTE

~ 04/02/09 - NOA for AOS/ EAD / Travel Doc

~ 04/03/09 - Check cashed

~ 04/25/09 - Biometrics

~ 04/20/09 - Transferred to CSC

~ 04/25/09 - Transfer notice received in the mail

~ 04/27/09 - Arrived at CSC

~ 05/09/09 - Employment Auth / Travel Document Approved

~ 05/12/09 - AP approved - without an interview

~ 05/23/09 - Welcome letter received

~ 06/05/09 - GREEN CARD RECEIVED! ! !

~ 09/11/11 - DIVORCE - DIVORCE - DIVORCE

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Just an update...

So, we decided to go the K-3 route since NVC STILL has not received our CR1 and I'll be damned if I am paying $340 for them to resend the packet...#######! Seriously, it wasn't MY fault the package was lost and I have to pay a fee to send it again....who's to say it won't get "lost" again?? No, thank you, even if it costs more in the long run, at least he will be here to see his daughter grow up...(stepping down from my soapbox).

Malak and I are back in the US as of June 30th...missing daddy and especially tettah...poor poor tettah, she misses her Mallouka BIG time! We have our interview date...August 12th. I took over a HUGE notebook and tons o'pics when I went and sent a ton back to him (of this last trip) when I got them printed when we got home....I hope there is no doubt about our relationship, even though there is a 5 yr age difference and we did get married on the first trip (oops, wasn't thinking of red flags back then). 3 months there sweating and praying for electricity and enduring a war should show my devotion....right? Hopefully he can prove his devotion to us to the interviewer. Anyway, hope everyone is well and that your processes go quickly and smoothly. And may God grant us the strength to carry on even through tough and trying times.

Angie, Abed & Malak


OUR TIMELINE:

Met online: June 5, 2006

Met in person: February 5, 2007

Marriage: February 24, 2007 in Beirut, Lebanon

I-130 Sent: July 23, 2007

NOA1: September 4, 2007

Daughter Born: October 27, 2007

NOA2 (Both 1-130 & I-129): March 12, 2008

NVC receives I-129F, case # assigned: April 4, 2008 (They NEVER receive the I-130)

Interview Date: August 12, 2008

Visa in hand, 1 month exactly of AP/AR/name checks: September 12, 2008 (whoot! whoot!)

POE: October 16, 2008 (praying all goes smoothly!)

Abed arrives in Lexington, KY (FINALLY! What a rough trip for him!): October 17, 2008, 8:47am EST

Adjustment of Status:

Sent in April 16, 2009

Received NOA1 in mail: April 29, 2009

Biometrics Appt: May 13, 2009

RFE: May 11, 2009 (received May 14, 2009)

Sent in RFE (that we had already included in the original packet!): May 26, 2009

Resumed Processing: June 1, 2009

EAD Card Production Ordered: June 10, 2009 (thank you GOD!!)

Received EAD card: June 20, 2009

2nd Daughter Born: July 13, 2009

Interview Date: July 31, 2009...easy, breezy...Card Production Ordered!

Received 10 year green card : August 14, 2009

Baby Boy is born: May 17, 2012

Apply for Citizenship: October 22, 2012

Interview: January 11, 2013

Oath Date: April 12, 2013 (Covington, KY)

done Done and DONE!!! Praise God!

Now we get to work on getting his family to the US!!

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