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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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So my fiance is getting ready to send in the I-129 petition.... we were just making sure we have everything ready.

What is the difference between the cover letter and the table of contents?

I see that in the cover letter you write where your sending it and address etc and then you write everything that is inside....

for the table contents do you still have to write all the addresses... or just write like page numbers and whatnot.

does anyone have a sample table of contents they could send?

what is the recommended way to send the package? in a binder? folder? stapled? paper clipped?

please advise... your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Also... with the proof of relationship... he will be sending in his phone bills... should I send him some of my phone bills for him to send in as well... as well as cards that he has given me... or can he just give cards I have given him?


AOS/EAD/I-131:

NOA'S Received: March 19, 2010

RFE: March 25, 2010

Case transferred to CSC: April 19, 2010

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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Cover letter can contain the table of contents. SEE: http://www.visajourney.com/examples/Cover_..._for_I-129F.doc

NO STAPLES, NO BINDER. Paper Clip, or 2 hole punch at the top and use an ACCO fastener.

Note: From many posts I have seen that K-3 may save you about 30 days as compared to CR-1 visa.

Do you wish to be able to work shortly after entering the USA, then consider just doing the CR-1 visa, the CR-1 visa gets a green-card upon entry to the USA allowing work, K-3 does NOT.

Also CR-1 can save you $$$$, K-Visas have to adjust status and pay $1010 to get a green-card, CR-1 does not, CR-1 pays $475 to NVC for Visa and green card vs K-3 paying $131 NVC +$1010 USCIS for visa and green-card.

Again if considering K-3 think carefully about it. CR-1 and K-3 tend to take about the same time, K-3 may save you about a month, however the K-3 has the added pain of adjustment of status, and it NOT a work authorized visa, so also has the added period of limbo waiting for EAD to be able to do things like take a job, get SSN, etc...

For the most part CR-1 tends to take a bit longer than K-3 to get if you prepare for NVC when they request I-864 fee, and Visa fee, as well as documents requested by NVC. In many cases the CR-1 petition reaches the consulate just before K-3 interview, which causes K-3 to get dropped and the interview becomes a CR-1 visa interview.

K-3:

I-130: $355

I-129F: NONE

Consulate: $131

AOS: $1010

($1496)

CR-1

I-130: $355

NVC I-864: $70

NVC Visa fee: $400 ($355+$45)

($825)

I see many posts from K-3 holders stating, "Wow this sucks, I am stuck at home because I don't have EAD, DL, etc, or I am having hard time getting added to bank accounts because of NO SSN." K-3 has a 90 day or longer period of limbo while waiting for EAD or Green-card.

K-3 was developed at a time when CR-1 was taking much longer that today, NVC has greatly streamlined the CR-1 process to the point where K-3 becomes irrelevant.


OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.

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Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: France
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Not sure why YuandDan gets into the discussion of K3 vs CR1

you seem to be a plain K1 case sending its I129F as first form

so K3 vs CR1 is not your dilemma

Getting married first and sending I130 for K3 or CR1 is probably not a good option for you.

K1 tend to be quicker than K3/IR1

To send my form I used a zip for frozen food.

I indexed all the attachments with post its

and tabbed them in the cover letter/table of contents

about the 2 holes I don't think it is a good idea. It degrades your document by eventually removing key pieces of info.

no stapple, no stapple...

sure no big stapple, but some documents are originally stappled

also I decided to stapple I129F first and second page because they are so easy to get lost.


Log

Wedding 01-2006

USCIS

I-130 NOA1 : 11-20-08 I-130 NOA2 : 05-14-2009

I-129F NOA1 : 12-04-08 I-129F NOA2 : 05-14-2009 Took no action since

NVC

Case number assigned at NVC : 05-18-2009

Case Completed at NVC : 08-03

Interview scheduled: 08-13

Embassy

medical : done 08-17 + pick up 09-08

Interview Date: 09-08-09

Visa received : 09-11-09 valid till 03-10-10

October 10th entered US with Visa Waiver Program for 2 weeks holidays (not usual with visa received!)

had to go through secondary inspections to explain

November 25th entered again US with WVP, officer did not notice my green card visa

left US on dec 28 to avoid meeting the substantial presence test for IRS

Jan 9 2010 entered and activated green card though PHL port of entry

waiting for SSN requested with DS230 and 10 years GC

01-30 received tracking number for GC Welcome issued on 01-27

but not yet SSN

SSN expected by Feb 20 else I might go and ask for one regardless of DS230

GC expected by March 27

Feb 3 2010 update card ordered says to allow for 30 days

Feb 8 2010 update saying approval notice sent

Feb 12 2010 received GC card Permanent resident valid till 2020

Feb 18 2010 went to file ss5 for ssn card as not yet received and center would not find me in ssn files

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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Not sure why YuandDan gets into the discussion of K3 vs CR1

you seem to be a plain K1 case sending its I129F as first form

so K3 vs CR1 is not your dilemma

Getting married first and sending I130 for K3 or CR1 is probably not a good option for you.

K1 tend to be quicker than K3/IR1

To send my form I used a zip for frozen food.

I indexed all the attachments with post its

and tabbed them in the cover letter/table of contents

about the 2 holes I don't think it is a good idea. It degrades your document by eventually removing key pieces of info.

no stapple, no stapple...

sure no big stapple, but some documents are originally stappled

also I decided to stapple I129F first and second page because they are so easy to get lost.

This was posted to the K-3 forum, the assumption is K-3 for a spouse.

Thanks for pointing out "Fiancee"

Moving this to the correct forum.


OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.

1428954228.1592.1755425389.png

CHIN0001_zps9c01d045.gifCHIN0100_zps02549215.gifTAIW0001_zps9a9075f1.gifVIET0001_zps0a49d4a7.gif

Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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Cover letter can contain the table of contents. SEE: http://www.visajourney.com/examples/Cover_..._for_I-129F.doc

NO STAPLES, NO BINDER. Paper Clip, or 2 hole punch at the top and use an ACCO fastener.

Note: From many posts I have seen that K-3 may save you about 30 days as compared to CR-1 visa.

Do you wish to be able to work shortly after entering the USA, then consider just doing the CR-1 visa, the CR-1 visa gets a green-card upon entry to the USA allowing work, K-3 does NOT.

Also CR-1 can save you $$$$, K-Visas have to adjust status and pay $1010 to get a green-card, CR-1 does not, CR-1 pays $475 to NVC for Visa and green card vs K-3 paying $131 NVC +$1010 USCIS for visa and green-card.

Again if considering K-3 think carefully about it. CR-1 and K-3 tend to take about the same time, K-3 may save you about a month, however the K-3 has the added pain of adjustment of status, and it NOT a work authorized visa, so also has the added period of limbo waiting for EAD to be able to do things like take a job, get SSN, etc...

For the most part CR-1 tends to take a bit longer than K-3 to get if you prepare for NVC when they request I-864 fee, and Visa fee, as well as documents requested by NVC. In many cases the CR-1 petition reaches the consulate just before K-3 interview, which causes K-3 to get dropped and the interview becomes a CR-1 visa interview.

K-3:

I-130: $355

I-129F: NONE

Consulate: $131

AOS: $1010

($1496)

CR-1

I-130: $355

NVC I-864: $70

NVC Visa fee: $400 ($355+$45)

($825)

I see many posts from K-3 holders stating, "Wow this sucks, I am stuck at home because I don't have EAD, DL, etc, or I am having hard time getting added to bank accounts because of NO SSN." K-3 has a 90 day or longer period of limbo while waiting for EAD or Green-card.

K-3 was developed at a time when CR-1 was taking much longer that today, NVC has greatly streamlined the CR-1 process to the point where K-3 becomes irrelevant.

Thanks for all that information... I am sorry I was not clear that it was for the K-1 visa... soo knowing this does it just make sense to still go ahead with the K-1... we are not married yet but once we are approved, will get married in a civil ceremony.

Any suggestions now knowing the true case?

Not sure why YuandDan gets into the discussion of K3 vs CR1

you seem to be a plain K1 case sending its I129F as first form

so K3 vs CR1 is not your dilemma

Getting married first and sending I130 for K3 or CR1 is probably not a good option for you.

K1 tend to be quicker than K3/IR1

To send my form I used a zip for frozen food.

I indexed all the attachments with post its

and tabbed them in the cover letter/table of contents

about the 2 holes I don't think it is a good idea. It degrades your document by eventually removing key pieces of info.

no stapple, no stapple...

sure no big stapple, but some documents are originally stappled

also I decided to stapple I129F first and second page because they are so easy to get lost.

thanks for the response... soo cover letter is the same thing as the table of contents?


AOS/EAD/I-131:

NOA'S Received: March 19, 2010

RFE: March 25, 2010

Case transferred to CSC: April 19, 2010

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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For our K-1 petition, I supplied a cover sheet that was, effectively (and as YuAndDan pointed out) a table of contents.

I'm sure there are examples here on VJ, but here's a link to my own document.

Good luck!


------------------K1 Timeline------------------

05 Jul 2007: Mailed I129F petition

06 Jul 2007: CSC received petition

09 Jul 2007: NOA-1 Issued

10 Jul 2007: My check clears the bank

13 Jul 2007: I receive NOA-1 in the US Mail

19 Nov 2007: Touched

19 Nov 2007: USCIS website shows APPROVED

23 Nov 2007: I receive NOA-2 in the US Mail

12 Dec 2007: NVC receives petition

14 Dec 2007: NVC ships petition to Moscow embassy

19 Dec 2007: Moscow embassy receives petition

26 Feb 2008: Interview at Moscow embassy

13 Mar 2008: Received visa

18 Mar 2008: POE in Atlanta

09 May 2008: Wedding

-----------------AOS Timeline------------------

16 Jun 2008: Submittal for AOS

23 Jun 2008: NOA1 for AOS (I485, I765, I131)

24 Jun 2008: AOS checks cashed

15 Jul 2008: Biometrics appointment

04 Sep 2008: Received I-485 Interview letter

05 Sep 2008: AP/EAD Approved

08 Sep 2008: AP/EAD Received

29 Sep 2008: I-485 Interview (I-551 Stamp received)

07 Oct 2008: Green cards received

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: France
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yes, K1 is your option I think

are you abroad or in the states?

about K1 tips, like how much to provide as proof of relationship i am not a specialist but you may look around in the forum

maybe a tip is to provide key information but not overwhelmingly too much and bulky

imagine you were the guy having to look at all

you may keep some info for the interview instead of providing it with form.

Phone bills are good

pictures

also affidavits from people who know you documenting thir knowledge of your relationship

last big tip

read all 3 times again and again

make 1 scanned copy

make 2 hard copies one for each

Edited by Frenchwife

Log

Wedding 01-2006

USCIS

I-130 NOA1 : 11-20-08 I-130 NOA2 : 05-14-2009

I-129F NOA1 : 12-04-08 I-129F NOA2 : 05-14-2009 Took no action since

NVC

Case number assigned at NVC : 05-18-2009

Case Completed at NVC : 08-03

Interview scheduled: 08-13

Embassy

medical : done 08-17 + pick up 09-08

Interview Date: 09-08-09

Visa received : 09-11-09 valid till 03-10-10

October 10th entered US with Visa Waiver Program for 2 weeks holidays (not usual with visa received!)

had to go through secondary inspections to explain

November 25th entered again US with WVP, officer did not notice my green card visa

left US on dec 28 to avoid meeting the substantial presence test for IRS

Jan 9 2010 entered and activated green card though PHL port of entry

waiting for SSN requested with DS230 and 10 years GC

01-30 received tracking number for GC Welcome issued on 01-27

but not yet SSN

SSN expected by Feb 20 else I might go and ask for one regardless of DS230

GC expected by March 27

Feb 3 2010 update card ordered says to allow for 30 days

Feb 8 2010 update saying approval notice sent

Feb 12 2010 received GC card Permanent resident valid till 2020

Feb 18 2010 went to file ss5 for ssn card as not yet received and center would not find me in ssn files

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