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My fiance' and I got an interview date for June 2 in Bogota'!

I am definitely flying to meet her there. Does anyone know how long it will take to get the Visa? I don't know when I should book our return flight to come home with her... :help:

Thanks,

John

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Congrats on getting the interview date.

Good luck for a successful interview and safe flight home.


"THE SHORT STORY"

KURT & RAYMA (K-1 Visa)

Oct. 9/03... I-129F sent to NSC

June 10/04... K-1 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

July 31/04... Entered U.S.

Aug. 28/04... WEDDING DAY!!!!

Aug. 30/04... I-485, I-765 & I-131 sent to Seattle

Dec. 10/04... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport stamped)

Sept. 9/06... I-751 sent to NSC

May 15/07... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Sept. 13/07... N-400 sent to NSC

Aug. 21/08... Interview - PASSED!!!!

Sept. 2/08... Oath Ceremony

Sept. 5/08... Sent in Voter Registration Card

Sept. 9/08... SSA office to change status to "U.S. citizen"

Oct. 8/08... Applied in person for U.S. Passport

Oct. 22/08... U.S. Passport received

DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!!

KAELY (K-2 Visa)

Apr. 6/05... DS-230, Part I faxed to Vancouver Consulate

May 26/05... K-2 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

Sept. 5/05... Entered U.S.

Sept. 7/05... I-485 & I-131 sent to CLB

Feb. 22/06... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport NOT stamped)

Dec. 4/07... I-751 sent to NSC

May 23/08... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Mar. 22/11.... N-400 sent to AZ

June 27/11..... Interview - PASSED!!!

July 12/11..... Oath Ceremony

We're NOT lawyers.... just your average folks who had to find their own way!!!!! Anything we post here is simply our own opinions/suggestions/experiences and should not be taken as LAW!!!!

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Congrats and good luck at the interview


K-1 Journey*

Nov 2004 Met in Recife

02-01-06 I-129F Sent to VSC

04-26-06 Interview APPROVED!!!!!!!

05-18-06 Eliana arrived in New York

07-22-06 Married in Las Vegas!!!!!

AOS/AP Journey*

07-25-06 I-485 and I-131 Sent to Chicago

08-18-06 Biometrics Appointment (Completed)

10-06-06 AP Approved

10-11-06 AOS Approved (without interview)

10-20-06 Green Card Received!! Done until July 2008

01-27-07 Second Wedding (in Brazil)

I-751 Journey*

07-09-08 I-751 Sent to VSC

09-16-08 Biometrics Appointment (Completed)

02-25-09 Transferred to CSC

03-20-09 Approved (without interview)

03-27-09 Emily is born!!!

04-07-09 Green Card Received!!

11-18-11 Lucas is born!!!

N-400 Journey*

12-15-11 N-400 Sent to Texas

02-09-12 Biometrics Appointmnet (Completed)

03-21-12 Interview (Approved)

03-21-12 Oath Ceremony

PROCESS IS DONE!!!!!!

*See Profile for detailed list of all dates

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Yes! Congrats and let us know how it goes, we are both going through Colombia.... from what I understand they give her the approval rigth then and there and then the visa is couriered to her with in the next 5 to 7 days, so I would imagine that within a week she can be on her way to you!!!! Isn't that just GREAT?????

:)


skemper19 - MIAMI

2-13-2006 - Sent K-1 (I-129F) Petition to TSC

2-15-2006 - LOST EXPRESS MAIL RECEIPT SO I CAN'T EVEN TRACK IT TO CONFIRM IT WAS RECEIVED

2-16-2006 - FOUND MY EXPRESS MAIL RECEIPT!!!! Confirmed I-129F package arrived!! YAY!!!!!!

3-1-2006 - TOUCHED!!!!!! Check cleared the bank, now have case #!!!!

3-2-2006 - TOUCHED AGAIN - RECEIVED NOA1 FROM CSC!!!!!!!!!

4-7-2006 through 4-17-2006 - Visited my baby in Colombia ( Had a GLORIOUS time)

5-2-2006 - TOUCHED by e-mail!!!!! I-129F HAS BEEN APPROVED (5-1-2006)

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

5-6-06 - TOUCHED BY SNAIL MAIL - RECEIVED NOA2!!!!!!!!!!!

5-22-06 - Called NVC - RECEIVED PETITION AND SENT TO EMBASSY ALL IN THE SAME DAY!!!!!

5-25-06 - RECEIVED LETTER FROM NVC CONFIRMING RECEIPT AND SENDING OF PETITION TO EMBASSY

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

6-5-06 - PACKET 3 RECEIVED!!!!!!!!

6-16-05 - PACKET 4 RECEIVED!!!!!!!! Interview scheduled for July 14th!!!!!!!

7-14-06 - VISA DENIED DU TO LACK OF EVIDENCE

8-1-06 - Second interview - VISA APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!

9-29-06 - He arrived!!!!

10-19-06 - Married at a small ceremony

11-10-0 - sent AOS package

11-17-06 - RECEIVED NOA1 for AOS and EAD

11-27-06 - RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPT 4 12-14-06 WOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO

2-1-07 - RECEIVED E-MAIL THAT EAD WAS APPROVED!!!!!!!

2-3-07 - RECEIVED EAD CARD IN THE MAIL!!! Lucked out on that one!!!

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That is a tough question John. All of us had the same problem. The embassy has signs that tell you not to sell your stuff and buy tickets until you have the visa. They will not rush a visa because you have already bought tickets. They are pretty stern. They are not cool people at all.

Lucero lived in Bogota, which made it a little easier. I had booked round trip for a week before the interview and a week after ( I added a couple of weekends in there also).

Things were different then. You had to wait for a courier to bring the visa and it took a few days. I really wanted to come back with Lucero. I knew I would have to pay top dollar for a ticket but there was no way I was going to trust the consulate to make a reservation early for a flight.

When we got the visa I checked and I could have gotten a flight for her but we came to our senses and realized that it would be much better for Lucero to come a couple of weeks later. That let her take care of business and gave me a chance to get the house in order before she came. I was a little disapointed but in the long run I think it worked out much better for us.

The night before I left there was a small Colombian party. There were only 20 or 30 people and it only lasted till 4 AM. Of course people I hardly knew brought gifts and cried because I was leaving. I realized, right away that I did not want to be there when Lucero left. These people are just too passionate. It all worked out perfectly.

There is no way for me to know how far your fiance is from Bogota, but if it is possible you should give her a little time in Colombia to get her affairs in order and say goodbye to her friends and family. in the context of a lifetime, this is a small sacrifice.

Stay as long as you can, but unless you are insecure give her a little time to absorb this new life that she is entering.


10 Nov mailed I 129F to TSC

16 Nov 29 Nov Notice date

3 Dec Received NOA 1

3 Jan 05 Please I just want to be touched

3 may 05 NOA2 E mail notification

7 May 05 Mail NOA2

11 May 05 sent petition to Bogota

18 May Packet 3 arrived

19 May Checklist taken to consulate

31 May Packet 4 delivered

29 June visa granted

1 July Visa delivered

Sometime in July Lucero came to US

13 Sept 05 Married

1 Nov 05 -USCIS recieved 485 and EAD

13 December RFE stupid things I should have included Returned very quickly

27 March received bio letter for New Orleans

7 Apr_06 Bio done in New Orleans

20 April 06 Touched on all applications

21 April Email received EAD approved

27 Apr Received EAD card

30 May 2006 Received appointment letter for JaX on 13 July 2006

13 July Interview successful approved

20 July Received green card

30 June 08 Sent I751 to remove conditions

25 July 08 Application returned erroneously incorrect fee

27 July mailed new application with separate checks

15 Sept 08 Application returned erroneously K2 not within 90 day timeframe

17 Sept Mailed 3rd application with mountains of proof of error copied Senator Mel Martinez

09 October 4th application package sent. This time they said the app signature page was a copy

10 Oct Sent package again 4th time.

25 Oct Received another NOA for Wife with $625 for the amount with one year extension

30 Oct 2008 Still nothing for step daughter. Checks still haven't cleared the bank

24 November Checks finally cleared the bank

February biometrics for wife Nothing for daughter.

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Your fiancee will have to go back to the embassy the next bussiness day @ 4:00Pm to pick up her visa after it is approved, make sure she's punctual.

Mel37


09-28-04 MET PATRICIA THRU HER AUNT

01-26-05 TRAVELED TO COLOMBIA ( OH YEAH WE'RE IN LOVE)

02-04-05 ENGAGED

10-11-05 K1 Sent (VERMONT SERVICE CENTER)

10-19-05 NOA-1

12-12-05 NOA-2 Approved

12-17-05 REC'D @ NVC

12-20-05 SENT TO BOGOTA

01-03-06 PACKET 3 ARRIVES

01-05-06 CHECKLIST FAXED & MAILED TO EMBASSY

01-23-06 INTERVIEW DATE 02-27-06 (ACCORDING TO EMBASSY WEBSITE)

02-06-06 PACKET 4 ARRIVES (INTERVIEW DATE NOW OFICIAL)

02-21-06 PATRICIA TRAVELS TO BOGOTA

02-22-06 LAB

02-23-06 MEDICAL & VISA PAYMENT

02-27-06 INTERVIEW 7:00 AM (APPROVED)

02-28-06 VISA ON HAND, RETURNS TO BUCARAMANGA

03-11-06 SHE ARRIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!! :)

05-25-06 @ 3:15PM. WE GET MARRIED

10-04-06 I-485 SENT TO CHICAGO (NO EAD OR AP)

10-17-06 RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENT FOR 10-19-06 @ 9:00AM

10-18-06 E-MAIL, CASE TRANSFERRED TO CSC

10-19-06 BIOMETRICS DONE, TIME TO START WAITING AGAIN . . . .

11-08-06 NO MORE WAITING, I-485 APPROVED ON 11-07-06, DONE! FOR 2 YEARS ANYWAY......

11-13-06 GREEN CARD (PERFECT) AND WELCOME LETTER RECEIVED IN MAIL, NICE THANKSGIVING

PRESENT!!

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Yes, you can go and pick up the visa the next day at 4pm. My Olga has her interview on May 24th and I plan to go down and get her on June 3rd, to give her a little time to get things in order.


I-129F (K-1 Fiancee Visa)

11/29/05 sent I-129F

12/07/05 rec'd NOA1

03/06/06 rec'd NOA2

03/21/06 NVC case# assigned

03/22/06 case left NVC for Bogota

03/24/06 package rec'd in Bogota

03/28/06 packet 3 mailed from embassy

04/12/06 called embassy and requested to re-send packet 3

04/18/06 faxed and mailed packet 3

04/21/06 rec'd BOTH packet 3's...

05/01/06 rec'd packet 4

05/24/06 interview - APROBADO!!

06/03/06 flew to Barranquilla

06/05/06 back in the States with my novia

09/01/06 MARRIED!!

I-485 (AOS) / I-765 (EAD)

09/19/06 sent I-485 and I-765

09/29/06 rec'd NOA for I-485 and I-765

10/10/06 AOS transferred to CSC

10/20/06 biometrics appt.

10/26/06 I-485 APPROVED, welcome letter sent!

10/30/06 welcome letter rec'd in the mail

11/02/06 REC'D GREEN CARD!

I-751 (Removal of Conditions)

07/30/08 sent I-751

08/15/08 rec'd NOA from VSC

09/10/08 biometrics appt.

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