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U.S. Consulate in China denies K-1 Visa... Help appreciated!

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I am a U.S. citizen and met my fiancee (Chinese lady) in April 2008. I visited my fiancee & her daughter in China in November 2008. After returning to the U.S. I filed for a K-1 Visa. After about an 8 month waiting period the application was approved and my finacee and her daughter received a notice for their interview with the U.S. Consulate in China last month. Up until this point everything had gone very smooth. After a very short interview they were denied their visas. They stated my one trip to China during the waiting period had not been enough and basically didn't believe we had relationship, even after providing them with more than enough evidence, photos, hundreds of emails, financial records, etc.

My fiancee's daughter will turn 21 this December and I know that after that it will be almost impossible to get her over here with her Mother. Keeping this in mind, my question is can I return to China again for more evidence and re-file the K-1 visa or should I look at the K-3 visa and get married over there. My main concern is her daugher being able to come with her and my time is running out. Has anyone had any similar experiences? Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated!

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I am a U.S. citizen and met my fiancee (Chinese lady) in April 2008. I visited my fiancee & her daughter in China in November 2008. After returning to the U.S. I filed for a K-1 Visa. After about an 8 month waiting period the application was approved and my finacee and her daughter received a notice for their interview with the U.S. Consulate in China last month. Up until this point everything had gone very smooth. After a very short interview they were denied their visas. They stated my one trip to China during the waiting period had not been enough and basically didn't believe we had relationship, even after providing them with more than enough evidence, photos, hundreds of emails, financial records, etc.

My fiancee's daughter will turn 21 this December and I know that after that it will be almost impossible to get her over here with her Mother. Keeping this in mind, my question is can I return to China again for more evidence and re-file the K-1 visa or should I look at the K-3 visa and get married over there. My main concern is her daugher being able to come with her and my time is running out. Has anyone had any similar experiences? Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated!

As for the near 21 yr old daughter is concerned, a quick marriage to her mother does not solve your problem... this is because in order for you to petition for her as your stepchild, the step parent / step child relationship needed to have been created BEFORE the child's 18th birthday.

YMMV

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You might send a PM to the member "pushbrk" for advice. Others who have had experience with Guangzhou may also chime in.

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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