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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Peru

I would like to thank the VJ community for all the support it provided to us throughout this process. I would also like to apologize for the length of this post, as it is a couple of things in one.

I am happy to announce that after a successful interview on Friday, we just picked up our visa today from DHL. My fiancee already has a flight scheduled for June 1st, so she will be with me in less than a week :dance: I am so excited, but I have also begun to calm down tremendously. One could never predict the emotional roller coaster that accompanies this process. It is so, unpredictable, and actaully hazardous to one's mental and physical being, I think. I am much calmer than I have been in a long long time, and just looking forward to the start of our new life together.

Now as for the interview, it was hilarious and humbling.

Our interview was at 8:15AM on Friday, May 23rd. We got into line at 7:30, and were inside by 7:50am. In the line, a woman was walking around, marking a number on the appointment letters. We were given number 8, although, it seems we were couple/family number 5 going into the interview room. We Have no idea where or what the 8 was for.

We were called up to the first window within 20 minutes, where the clerk asked for photos!! We were like, which photos? Then my fiancee explained that she had form DS-156 with 5cm by 5cm photos pasted on them; to which the clerk said, yes, give me that, and the other copy and passport as well. I have no idea what she would have wanted to do with 5cm by 5cm photos by themselves; we had planned to be asked for the forms first, then the photos, so it seemed a bit strange and confusing to be asked for photos as the very first thing.

We go sit and wait for probably an hour. Then we are called up to the same window again. This time, she wants the DS-156K, and the affidavit of support. Then she asked my fiancee her name. She asked her how is it possible that we know each other, then asked, given that she doesn't speak english, how do we communicate, to which I answered in castellano. She asked me where I learned castellano (in Peru). Then she told us to wait to be called to room 15.

We sat back down. We chit chatted, we held hands, we were nervous, palms sweating, at some point I thought my fiancee was holding my hand too much, or being too lovey dovey, and that made me even more nervous, but then I realized she was probably more nervous than me, e.t.c, e.t.c, e.t.c. It was so nerv-wracking, not knowing how to be, what to do or what not to do. In the end, you realize you just be, and let things take their course. So then I relaxed, and then I felt my fiancee relax as well.

It seemed as if the moment we started relaxing more is when we got called to room15. This was about an hour and a half after the last call. We went into room 15, greeted the cconsular officer (a lady in her late 30's or mid 40's) and sat down.

- Are you the petitioner? 'Yes I am'

- May I see your passport? (handed over passport)

- It looks like you traveled to Chile and Ecuador alot? (in Spanish; I have more Peruvian stamps though) 'I needed to, in order to renew my visa in Peru' (I responded in Spanish)

- You know that we can speak in English, right? 'Yes, but you asked me a question in Spanish'.

- Have you ever been married? Do you have any children? 'No' (in English)

- How do you know each other? (To fiancee, in spanish)

- Have you ever been married? Do you have any children? (To fiancee, in spanish. Types something into the computer)

- (Turns to me, still typing) So this IS your first marriage then? 'Yes. ' I realized what was happening, and a couple of seconds later, I added 'It WILL be'

The last two answers I gave might have made the difference between denial and approval, I don't know, and will never know. It was a trick question. It made me sick to my stomach to realize that. She stopped typing, and said; I ask married couples that question, and sometimes I forget that I am interviewing a K-1 visa couple. She then said, "YOU ARE APPROVED, good luck and have a nice life in America" :dance:

They didn't ask for emails, phone records, photos of us together, letters, nothing. It seemed in our case, what they had on file was enough. My fiancee was asked the 3 questions, and that was it. I was asked more questions, than her.

We were in that room maybe 7 minutes. The entire time we were asked questions, the consular officer was leafing through our I129F package, which had a big red stamp at the upper right corner saying "APPROVED" on it from USCIS.

So, when you go as the USC, make sure you don't fall for the trick questions and jeopardize the interview for your SO!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Saint Lucia

I totally agree, we are all on a very emotional, roller-coaster journey. It is very unpredictable.

Great job though....CONGRATULATIONS!!!

AOS Timeline:

7/30/08: Sent AOS to Chicago lockbox

7/31/08: Received by USCIS

8/06/08: Check cashed

8/07/08: Rec'd NOA for I-485 AOS

8/07/08: AOS, EAD, & AP - Touched

8/08/08: Rec'd NOAs for EAD & AP

8/12/08: Rec'd Biometrics appt letter

8/21/08: Biometrics

9/29/08: EAD & AP - approved!!

10/6/08: EAD & AP - received in the mail!

2/06/09: Received interview notice for March 10th!!

3/10/09: Passed interview - husband's GC approved!!! Woohoo!!! :-)

01/2011: File to remove conditions

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:dance: :dance: :dance: Congrats!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

03/21/06- Met online

10/13/06- Met in person (Los Angeles USA) (three weeks)

12/20/06- Met in person (Kuala Lumpur Malaysia) (three weeks)

02/13/07- Met in person (Nagoya Japan) (two days)

06/21/07- Met in person (Portland Oregon (via PDX), USA) (three weeks)

11/30/07- Met in person (Portland Oregon (via LAX), USA) (six weeks)

12/12/07- Got married (In a Light House!!!)

01/18/08- I-130 sent

01/21/08- I-130 received at Chicago Lock Box

02/15/08- Check cashed

02/26/08- NOA1 received (Notice date: 2/12/2008)

02/19/08- Touched

04/23/08- Met in person (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) (one week)

04/30/08- Here I am in USA!!!!

05/19/08- I-130 approved!

05/27/08- NVC received our application and case number assigned

06/02/08- DS-3032 sent & AOS Bill Generated

06/05/08- Paid AOS Bill online

06/16/08- DS-3032 email accepted by NVC

08/28/08- Case completed!

10/21/08- Interview date (Rescheduled by US Embassy- Original date 10/28)-PASSED!!!

10/22/08- Visa in hand!

10/31/08- POE- Seattle, WA

11/12/08- Received SSN in mail!

11/20/08- Got my WA driving license!


08/03/10- I-751 sent

08/09/10- NOA

08/24/10- Biometrics

10/28/10- Case approved


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco



Citizenship (N-400)

09/15/2009 - Application mailed to Texas Lockbox

09/17/2009 - Delivered to the Lockbox

09/21/2009 - Check cashed

09/24/2009 - NOA dated 9/18/09

09/26/2009 - RFE mailed out dated 9/25 (biometrics notice)

10/14/2009 - Biometrics completed

01/01/2010 - finally an update - awaiting interview letter

02/08/2010 - interview (Garden City, NY) -- PASSED

03/03/2010 - Oath Ceremony in Brooklyn

03/13/2010 - U.S. Passport in hand


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Peru

Thanks for the review of your interview. I am wondering about this interview since my wife will be attending it by her self. I have full confidence in her, it is just the CO that I worry about.

In Any event...CONGRATS!!!!

2007 10 05 : Married (In Arequipa, Peru)


2008 01 22 : NOA1

2008 04 11 : NOA2 (I-130 Approved)


2008 04 21 : NVC received & case# generated

2008 05 12 : I-864 Package entered into system by NVC

2008 05 13 : DS 3032 Accepted (Spouse - Received e-mail confirmation)

2008 05 23 : DS 230 Entered into system by NVC

2008 06 02 : Case Complete

2008 06 12 : Case Forwarded (Embassy - Lima, Peru)

2008 06 20 : Appt Letter received


2008 06 26 : Medical Exam - 9 AM (Picked up results 07/01)

2008 07 03 : Interview - 10 AM (DENIED - RENIEC ENDOREMENT MISSING)

2008 07 07 : Submit RENIEC Endoresed Marriage Cert.

2008 07 10 : Passport & Visa (Pick-up at DHL Facility - Lima)


2008 07 15 : San Francisco (midnight)

2008 08 19 : SSC Received (Had to re-file at SSA Office)

2008 08 04 : I-551 Received

2008 08 26 : Permanent Employment (HR Asst. Int'l Firm)

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03-06-10 Mailed N-400

03-17-10 Check cashed

03-19-10 NOA received

03-22-10 Biometrics sent

04-09-10 Biometrics appointment

06-14-10 Interview Date

06-22-10 Received letter for Oath

07-02-10 Oath ceremony

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Peru

Congratulations!!! im sweating already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

be sure to post your review in the embassy review section.....congrats again!!!!!


04/16/06 First met each other......

05/12/07 Married in Ica, Peru one year later


06/21/07 Sent in I-130 for CR1 Visa

07/28/07 NOA1

11/28/07 NOA2 (File approved!!!!)

NVC (Torture Time) Can you tell I'm a bit jaded right now?

12/21/07 NVC received file

12/31/07 Received I864 Bill

12/31/07 Received DS230 Bill

02/21/08 Sent I864 and DS230 Bill

03/14/08 Received Packet with Instructions from NVC

03/14/08 Sent Packet back to NVC Certified Mail

03/20/08 NVC Receives Packet

04/01/08 NVC sends back packet (missing info or incomplete according to NVC?) your kidding me right?!!!!!!!!

04/10/08 Received Packet with Checklist

05/01/08 Checklist Items overnighted to NVC (almost 1 year since we started the process...wow!)

05/07/08 Packet being returned AGAIN!!!(missing info or incomplete) Somebody just shoot me already!!

05/15/08 DS 230 II overnighted again (NVC claims they never received it)

05/23/08 Case Approval (Finally here!!!!) Case expedited to Lima.


06/09/08 - Package 3 with instructions received

06/12/08 - Medical appointment

06/20/08 - Interview.....Visa Approved

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia
:dance:Congratulations! :dance:

I know the feeling! And it's indescribable. My fiancée received hers today too!

Jeffery AND Alla.

0 kilometers physically separates us!

K-1 Visa Granted... Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Alla ARRIVED to America... Wednesday, 12 November 2008

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Congratulations!!! :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

K1 Timeline

02/26/2007 - Filed I-129F

03/08/2007 - NOA1

06/05/2007 - NOA2

09/10/2007 - Interview

09/13/2007 - Visa Received

12/14/2007 - Flight to USA, POE-LAX

02/22/2008 - Wedding Date


05/29/2008 - I-485 received at Chicago Lockbox

06/19/2008 - Biometrics

08/25/2008 - Card production ordered

08/30/2008 - Green Card received


07/15/2010 - Mailed I-751 to CSC

07/19/2010 - NOA1

07/21/2010 - Check cleared

08/11/2010 - Biometrics

08/24/2010 - Card production ordered

08/27/2010 - Approval notice received

08/30/2010 - Green card received

N400 - Naturalization

08/08/2011 - Mailed N400 to Phoenix, AZ lockbox

08/12/2011 - NOA

08/15/2011 - Check cashed

09/07/2011 - Biometrics

09/09/2011 - Case status update - In line for testing & interview

09/13/2011 - Case status update - Interview scheduled

09/16/2011 - Interview appointment letter received from the mail

10/31/2011 - Test/Interview - Passed

12/07/2011 - In line for Oath Ceremony Scheduling

01/27/2012 - Oath Ceremony

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Philippines

CONGRATULATIONS!!! and thanks for sharing your interview experience39368n1b2x3prdz.gif

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My son named Zac

"My son's smile makes my day complete"



MY K3 TIMELINE purple4.gifVid of how I prepared my interview documents purple.gifPapers that I brought on my USEM interview


06.17.2010 - submitted our papers

06.19.2010 - papers arrived at Chicago lockbox

06.24.2010 - Check cashed

06.28.2010 - NOA1 Hardcopy received (9 days from the day they got our papers)

07.05.2010 - Received Biometrics Schedule (July 26)

08.05.2010 - Biometrics done! (had to re-schedule from 7/26 to 8/5)

08.13.2010 - Got my interview letter

08.20.2010 - EAD card on production

09.06.2010 - Got my EAD Card (62 days)

09.07.2010 - Applied for SSN

09.14.2010 - SSN Card received

09.16.2010 - Interview schedule (APPROVED)

09.20.2010 - Welcome Notice Received ("Welcome to the USA")

09.25.2010 - 10 yr Green Card received! (98 days)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador

Congratulations! Si, man. Thanks for posting such a detailed, meaningful review -- any insights into the process are valuable for all. Also, thank you for being so refreshingly LITERATE, which can be rare to find on VJ.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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