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Hey all,

Just received NOA2 today. Thank God I am fell into VSC's jurisdiction. I am just glad to know that the approval process is on schedule so I can start planning everything a bit more firmly. Anyway, I am of course reading all the guides on VJ, but I was wondering if anyone had a specific tips or comments on things that are not covered in the guide. Any insight would be appreciated!

- Steven


"He who does not take risks, does not drink the champagne" - Russian Proverb

3/4/08 - I-129F mailed
3/11/08 - NOA1 received
5/19/08 - NOA2 received
8/19/08 - Interview

APPROVED

9/30/08 - Arrival to US
10/25/08 - Married
2/7/11 - Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

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Also, we are planning our wedding at the end of October. Does this seem reasonable? I figure 3-4 months to do everything post NOA2 seemed good. Also, what is the best guide on the list of documents she will have to start gathering? Thanks!


"He who does not take risks, does not drink the champagne" - Russian Proverb

3/4/08 - I-129F mailed
3/11/08 - NOA1 received
5/19/08 - NOA2 received
8/19/08 - Interview

APPROVED

9/30/08 - Arrival to US
10/25/08 - Married
2/7/11 - Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

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Lastly, how early should I start filling out forms? I know I can collect all the evidence I need for the various items, but as for signing and dating things? What seems to be an appropriate amount of time?


"He who does not take risks, does not drink the champagne" - Russian Proverb

3/4/08 - I-129F mailed
3/11/08 - NOA1 received
5/19/08 - NOA2 received
8/19/08 - Interview

APPROVED

9/30/08 - Arrival to US
10/25/08 - Married
2/7/11 - Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

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I cannot believe your Russian fiance is letting you plan a wedding without the visa !! Don't you know you are gonna jinx it ?!! Seriously though, October may be a bit soon, my advice is to not plan the wedding until she arrives. I know, that doesn't give you much time to do anything "good", but thats the nature of the beast.

There are a few things you can read in the Russia Forum guide at the top of the board here that are not covered by the general VJ guides. You will want to work on getting your police certificate as soon as possible. It may not be that hard, but then again, it might be hard. It seems about 50/50 here. Personally, getting my wife's certificate wasn't that hard. There is a website to look at once you get NVC where your interview date will be listed. There is more Russian specific stuff, just read it.

The best guide for list of documents can be found on the Moscow embassy website, if memory serves me correctly. I followed the guides here pretty exactly, as well as reading the embassy site to be was sure I covered everything they wanted there. Maybe someone who has done it more recently could add to that.

Begin collecting everything now. Start filling it out now. I would wait untill you have an interview scheduled before you actually date things.

The whole process is easier then it seems, however, at this juncture you will be busy. Just make sure you 'dot your i's' and 'cross your t's', and don't procrastinate.


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12/17/06 - Married!

AOS Process a fading memory...

01/31/07 - Mailed AOS/EAD package for Olga and Anya

06/01/07 - Green card arrived in mail

Removing Conditions

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03/10/09 - Recieved Olga's NOA1

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I cannot believe your Russian fiance is letting you plan a wedding without the visa !! Don't you know you are gonna jinx it ?!! Seriously though, October may be a bit soon, my advice is to not plan the wedding until she arrives. I know, that doesn't give you much time to do anything "good", but thats the nature of the beast.

There are a few things you can read in the Russia Forum guide at the top of the board here that are not covered by the general VJ guides. You will want to work on getting your police certificate as soon as possible. It may not be that hard, but then again, it might be hard. It seems about 50/50 here. Personally, getting my wife's certificate wasn't that hard. There is a website to look at once you get NVC where your interview date will be listed. There is more Russian specific stuff, just read it.

The best guide for list of documents can be found on the Moscow embassy website, if memory serves me correctly. I followed the guides here pretty exactly, as well as reading the embassy site to be was sure I covered everything they wanted there. Maybe someone who has done it more recently could add to that.

Begin collecting everything now. Start filling it out now. I would wait untill you have an interview scheduled before you actually date things.

The whole process is easier then it seems, however, at this juncture you will be busy. Just make sure you 'dot your i's' and 'cross your t's', and don't procrastinate.

Thanks for the advice. I will definitely start getting all the paperwork now together and filled out. Other than picking out a date and making a few easily reversible decisions we have planned nothing for the wedding.

My other question is that we are going to attempt to get visas for her family members to come to the wedding. All of them have good jobs, her mom owns a flat in Moscow, so I think they have good ties to Russia. Will waiting for K-1 approval, i.e. proof for their reason for coming to the US, better their chances, or should they just apply and just state that they are going to see their daughter/sister get married?

Lastly, when I call the NVC to see if they have received my I-129F what number will they ask for? The case number assigned by the USCIS? Thank you all for your advice now and in the past.

- Steven


"He who does not take risks, does not drink the champagne" - Russian Proverb

3/4/08 - I-129F mailed
3/11/08 - NOA1 received
5/19/08 - NOA2 received
8/19/08 - Interview

APPROVED

9/30/08 - Arrival to US
10/25/08 - Married
2/7/11 - Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

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As said above, go on and get the ball rolling. It's never too early to get your paperwork done.

The only thing I can really offer here is make sure she gets a copy of the DS-3025 vaccination records... but that's way down the road.

October could be a little premature so just make sure anything you pay for is refundable or you can move it back a little if need be. It is possible though......


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Ensure your beneficiary makes and brings with them to the States a copy of the DS-3025 (vaccination form)

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As said above, go on and get the ball rolling. It's never too early to get your paperwork done.

The only thing I can really offer here is make sure she gets a copy of the DS-3025 vaccination records... but that's way down the road.

October could be a little premature so just make sure anything you pay for is refundable or you can move it back a little if need be. It is possible though......

Well, it is at the very end of October, so I hope it will work out. All the plans I have made are somewhat flexible, mainly I can get full refunds, but rescheduling might be a problem depending on availability. In the end the worst that could happen is that we have to push it back, but at least we will be together.


"He who does not take risks, does not drink the champagne" - Russian Proverb

3/4/08 - I-129F mailed
3/11/08 - NOA1 received
5/19/08 - NOA2 received
8/19/08 - Interview

APPROVED

9/30/08 - Arrival to US
10/25/08 - Married
2/7/11 - Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

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