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HI all,

I'm quite new to all of this! Basically I’m from the UK and met my now fiancé when visiting friends in Minnesota. We have visited each other 4 times in the past 6 months, she has come here twice and I have visited there twice. She has recently got divorced and is 8 years older than me, but is financially secure and owns a very profitable business. I have read on some forums that the age gap and divorce could be a disadvantage to me getting my K1 visa.

The two questions I have are generally how long is the whole process of getting the K1 visa? Does it make a difference where I am from or where she is from?

Also what would be some general reasons for being denied the visa?

Any help would be great….

Thanks a lot, this seems be an amazing forum!

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HI all,

I'm quite new to all of this! Basically I’m from the UK and met my now fiancé when visiting friends in Minnesota. We have visited each other 4 times in the past 6 months, she has come here twice and I have visited there twice. She has recently got divorced and is 8 years older than me, but is financially secure and owns a very profitable business. I have read on some forums that the age gap and divorce could be a disadvantage to me getting my K1 visa (Not true, as long as the divorce has been completed and she has proof that she is divorced, this is not a problem. My husband was only 2 months out of a completed divorce before we filed. 8 years is not a significant age gap, and not culturally unusual in the UK)

The two questions I have are generally how long is the whole process of getting the K1 visa?

It varies greatly but is generally between 6-8 months.

Does it make a difference where I am from or where she is from?

No it doesn't, but the interview process is a little less intense in a low fraud consulate like London

Also what would be some general reasons for being denied the visa?

Age is not a problem in the UK but you can be denied if:

Either of you are still married (you must be free to marry)

You have not been together within the last 2 years

You can not provide proof of a bonafide relationship

Certain criminal convictions

Admitted use of illegal substances and untreated alcohol dependency issues

By no means is that a complete list, but some of the reasons people have been denied in the UK.

Any help would be great….

Thanks a lot, this seems be an amazing forum!

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Johnny

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K1

PLEASE SEE MY TIMELINE FOR K1 INFORMATION

AOS complete!

08/21/2009 - AOS package sent

08/28/2009 - NOA 1 for AOS, EAD, AP

08/31/2009 - Cheque cashed

09/05/2009 - Biometrics notice received

09/23/2009 - Biometrics Appointment

09/23/2009 - I-485 Transferred to CSC

10/02/2009 - EAD Approved (card production) & AP approved!

10/11/2009 - EAD Card received

10/20/2009 - AOS approved, GC card production ordered! (53 days in total)

10/26/2009 - Green Card received - nearly 11 months to the day of our K1 NOA 1!

11/25/2009 - Started my new job!

02/26/2010 - Passed my driving test :-p

07/20/2011 - Eligible to remove conditions

2012 - Going for citizenship

09/20/2011 - Removal of conditions submitted to VSC....here we go...again!

It's been a quick and relatively painless journey thanks to tireless research, dumb luck and this community :)

DONE with USCIS for a while :)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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HI all,

I'm quite new to all of this! Basically I’m from the UK and met my now fiancé when visiting friends in Minnesota. We have visited each other 4 times in the past 6 months, she has come here twice and I have visited there twice. She has recently got divorced and is 8 years older than me, but is financially secure and owns a very profitable business. I have read on some forums that the age gap and divorce could be a disadvantage to me getting my K1 visa.

The two questions I have are generally how long is the whole process of getting the K1 visa? Does it make a difference where I am from or where she is from?

Also what would be some general reasons for being denied the visa?

Any help would be great….

Thanks a lot, this seems be an amazing forum!

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Johnny

You'd be looking at about 6-8 months for a K1. Judging by what I've read on here over the past 6 months or so, 8 years difference isn't a "massive" age gap, so won't cause any problems. At worst, you'd only get a few extra questions at the interview stage. UK isn't a high fraud country, so wouldn't worry too much.

I guess there's lots of reasons you can be denied. Not enough proof of a relationship, history on drug abuse, criminal history, not passing the medical... that sort of stuff (plus of course fraud/lying on any forms) :thumbs:

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HI all,

I'm quite new to all of this! Basically I’m from the UK and met my now fiancé when visiting friends in Minnesota. We have visited each other 4 times in the past 6 months, she has come here twice and I have visited there twice. She has recently got divorced and is 8 years older than me, but is financially secure and owns a very profitable business. I have read on some forums that the age gap and divorce could be a disadvantage to me getting my K1 visa.

The two questions I have are generally how long is the whole process of getting the K1 visa? Does it make a difference where I am from or where she is from?

Also what would be some general reasons for being denied the visa?

Any help would be great….

Thanks a lot, this seems be an amazing forum!

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Johnny

You'd be looking at about 6-8 months for a K1. Judging by what I've read on here over the past 6 months or so, 8 years difference isn't a "massive" age gap, so won't cause any problems. At worst, you'd only get a few extra questions at the interview stage. UK isn't a high fraud country, so wouldn't worry too much.

I guess there's lots of reasons you can be denied. Not enough proof of a relationship, history on drug abuse, criminal history, not passing the medical... that sort of stuff (plus of course fraud/lying on any forms) :thumbs:

Age gap and divorced status are not an Absolute grounds for Visa denial. Accordingly, if submitted documents are found to have somewhat doubtful information,then this pose a threat to getting ur case denied. Remember that all documents and papers are being checked and verified.

K1 Visa has 6 months processing duration.With some external intervention (such as political influence) and factors (such as health history), it could make ur timeline shorter or longer as the case maybe. Ur fiancee may be living half way round the world, distance nor race has never been an issue.

Hope this helps. Goodluck guys!! :thumbs: Take your BIG step sending your I-129F :star:

"I will remain to be yours forever,My Love. I love you soOOo much,Honey! The mOst GOrgeous Man ever in Austin!"

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02-xx-2008 Met online

03-21-2009 Travelled to Philippines to meet

03-31-2009 Sent out I -129F by FedEx

04-01-2009 NOA 1

08-31-2009 NOA 2 (what a long wait!)

09-04-2009 NVC received I-129F

09-11-2009 Embassy received I-129F

09-30-2009 Medical exam passed

10-08-2009 Interview ...a SUCCESS!

10-20-2009 POE..Minneapolis

10-22-2009 SSN..woohooo!

12-27-2009 Got Married!!!

AOS Timeline

01-07-10 Received changed name Social Security Number

01-10-10 Mailed AOS, EAD, AP via USPS

01-13-10 AOS packet touched , January 13, 2010, 8:10 am, CHICAGO, IL 60680

01-19-10 AOS, EAD, AP NOA1

02-19-10 Biometrics Appointment

02-19-10 Biometrics done!
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Hi,

Thanks guys for the quick response :)

She is coming to London 4 weeks tomorrow then i am there for Christmas. We will defiantly be filing for the K1 ASAP!

What is it like trying to find work out in the states, as i work in IT over here, but i know over there it's all about having a degree....

i wouldnt mind buying a small business of some kind and trying that approach. I'm so excited about the whole situation

Thanks again

Johnny

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Read the guides here on VJ to gain an understanding of the process. Read the UK regional forum to get consulate speciic information.

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CALL THIS NUMBER TO ORDER IRS TAX TRANSCRIPTS >> 800-908-9946

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Hi,

Thanks guys for the quick response :)

She is coming to London 4 weeks tomorrow then i am there for Christmas. We will defiantly be filing for the K1 ASAP!

What is it like trying to find work out in the states, as i work in IT over here, but i know over there it's all about having a degree....

i wouldnt mind buying a small business of some kind and trying that approach. I'm so excited about the whole situation

Thanks again

Johnny

Finding work at the moment is not easy, even in IT fields. I would get an idea of what's going on in the area you are moving to by looking at Craigslist / Yahoo hot Jobs / Monster. It'll give you an idea of how many positions are likely to become available.

Hopefully by the time your visa is approved, you have applied for AOS and have your Employment Authorization in hand (likely 10 months from filing until you are able to work in the US, because you cant work until you have an EAD card) the current recession will have eased off and job opportunities will have improved.

K1

PLEASE SEE MY TIMELINE FOR K1 INFORMATION

AOS complete!

08/21/2009 - AOS package sent

08/28/2009 - NOA 1 for AOS, EAD, AP

08/31/2009 - Cheque cashed

09/05/2009 - Biometrics notice received

09/23/2009 - Biometrics Appointment

09/23/2009 - I-485 Transferred to CSC

10/02/2009 - EAD Approved (card production) & AP approved!

10/11/2009 - EAD Card received

10/20/2009 - AOS approved, GC card production ordered! (53 days in total)

10/26/2009 - Green Card received - nearly 11 months to the day of our K1 NOA 1!

11/25/2009 - Started my new job!

02/26/2010 - Passed my driving test :-p

07/20/2011 - Eligible to remove conditions

2012 - Going for citizenship

09/20/2011 - Removal of conditions submitted to VSC....here we go...again!

It's been a quick and relatively painless journey thanks to tireless research, dumb luck and this community :)

DONE with USCIS for a while :)

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HI all,

I'm quite new to all of this! Basically I’m from the UK and met my now fiancé when visiting friends in Minnesota. We have visited each other 4 times in the past 6 months, she has come here twice and I have visited there twice. She has recently got divorced and is 8 years older than me, but is financially secure and owns a very profitable business. I have read on some forums that the age gap and divorce could be a disadvantage to me getting my K1 visa (Not true, as long as the divorce has been completed and she has proof that she is divorced, this is not a problem. My husband was only 2 months out of a completed divorce before we filed. 8 years is not a significant age gap, and not culturally unusual in the UK)

The two questions I have are generally how long is the whole process of getting the K1 visa?

It varies greatly but is generally between 6-8 months.

Does it make a difference where I am from or where she is from?

No it doesn't, but the interview process is a little less intense in a low fraud consulate like London

Also what would be some general reasons for being denied the visa?

Age is not a problem in the UK but you can be denied if:

Either of you are still married (you must be free to marry)

You have not been together within the last 2 years

You can not provide proof of a bonafide relationship

Certain criminal convictions

Admitted use of illegal substances and untreated alcohol dependency issues

By no means is that a complete list, but some of the reasons people have been denied in the UK.

Any help would be great….

Thanks a lot, this seems be an amazing forum!

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Johnny

A US Citizen cannot file a 129F until they are free to marry. In my state, after a divorce, a person has to wait 6 months to be "free to marry". State rules vary.

K1 Filed: 4-1-2009 * Interview (approved): 10-21-2009 * POE: 11-1-2009 * Married: 11-29-2009

http://www.visajourn...009-k-1-filers/

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AOS Filed: 12-7-2009

AOS APPROVED! 2-27-2010 (no interview)

Greencard in hand: 3-4-2010

http://www.visajourn...ead/page__st__0

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ROC mailed to CSC 11-22-2011

Check cleared the bank 11-29-2011 (our 2nd anniversary) :)

Greencard received 6/15/2012 :)

November 2011 ROC Filers

N400 Filing (Citizenship for Ian) - Here we go!

Mailed 12-03-2012

Arrived at Phoenix SC 12-6-2012

Check cashed 12-11-2012

12-11-2012 NOA

12-26-2012 Biometrics

1-25-2013 Notice - Interview Scheduled for 3-4-2013

Oath 3-4-2013 Omaha Field Office

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HI all,

I'm quite new to all of this! Basically I'm from the UK and met my now fiancé when visiting friends in Minnesota. We have visited each other 4 times in the past 6 months, she has come here twice and I have visited there twice. She has recently got divorced and is 8 years older than me, but is financially secure and owns a very profitable business. I have read on some forums that the age gap and divorce could be a disadvantage to me getting my K1 visa (Not true, as long as the divorce has been completed and she has proof that she is divorced, this is not a problem. My husband was only 2 months out of a completed divorce before we filed. 8 years is not a significant age gap, and not culturally unusual in the UK)

The two questions I have are generally how long is the whole process of getting the K1 visa?

It varies greatly but is generally between 6-8 months.

Does it make a difference where I am from or where she is from?

No it doesn't, but the interview process is a little less intense in a low fraud consulate like London

Also what would be some general reasons for being denied the visa?

Age is not a problem in the UK but you can be denied if:

Either of you are still married (you must be free to marry)

You have not been together within the last 2 years

You can not provide proof of a bonafide relationship

Certain criminal convictions

Admitted use of illegal substances and untreated alcohol dependency issues

By no means is that a complete list, but some of the reasons people have been denied in the UK.

Any help would be great….

Thanks a lot, this seems be an amazing forum!

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Johnny

A US Citizen cannot file a 129F until they are free to marry. In my state, after a divorce, a person has to wait 6 months to be "free to marry". State rules vary.

Minnesota doesn't have any waiting period for remarriage after divorce, according to what I'm reading, so the 129F could be filed immediately.

K1 Filed: 4-1-2009 * Interview (approved): 10-21-2009 * POE: 11-1-2009 * Married: 11-29-2009

http://www.visajourn...009-k-1-filers/

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AOS Filed: 12-7-2009

AOS APPROVED! 2-27-2010 (no interview)

Greencard in hand: 3-4-2010

http://www.visajourn...ead/page__st__0

--------------------

ROC mailed to CSC 11-22-2011

Check cleared the bank 11-29-2011 (our 2nd anniversary) :)

Greencard received 6/15/2012 :)

November 2011 ROC Filers

N400 Filing (Citizenship for Ian) - Here we go!

Mailed 12-03-2012

Arrived at Phoenix SC 12-6-2012

Check cashed 12-11-2012

12-11-2012 NOA

12-26-2012 Biometrics

1-25-2013 Notice - Interview Scheduled for 3-4-2013

Oath 3-4-2013 Omaha Field Office

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HI all,

I'm quite new to all of this! Basically I'm from the UK and met my now fiancé when visiting friends in Minnesota. We have visited each other 4 times in the past 6 months, she has come here twice and I have visited there twice. She has recently got divorced and is 8 years older than me, but is financially secure and owns a very profitable business. I have read on some forums that the age gap and divorce could be a disadvantage to me getting my K1 visa (Not true, as long as the divorce has been completed and she has proof that she is divorced, this is not a problem. My husband was only 2 months out of a completed divorce before we filed. 8 years is not a significant age gap, and not culturally unusual in the UK)

The two questions I have are generally how long is the whole process of getting the K1 visa?

It varies greatly but is generally between 6-8 months.

Does it make a difference where I am from or where she is from?

No it doesn't, but the interview process is a little less intense in a low fraud consulate like London

Also what would be some general reasons for being denied the visa?

Age is not a problem in the UK but you can be denied if:

Either of you are still married (you must be free to marry)

You have not been together within the last 2 years

You can not provide proof of a bonafide relationship

Certain criminal convictions

Admitted use of illegal substances and untreated alcohol dependency issues

By no means is that a complete list, but some of the reasons people have been denied in the UK.

Any help would be great….

Thanks a lot, this seems be an amazing forum!

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Johnny

A US Citizen cannot file a 129F until they are free to marry. In my state, after a divorce, a person has to wait 6 months to be "free to marry". State rules vary.

Minnesota doesn't have any waiting period for remarriage after divorce, according to what I'm reading, so the 129F could be filed immediately.

You have to be free to marry that is all before you file the I-129F. Yes, divorce is not a reason for a visa denial.

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Hopefully by the time your visa is approved, you have applied for AOS and have your Employment Authorization in hand (likely 10 months from filing until you are able to work in the US, because you cant work until you have an EAD card)
Lest anything be misunderstood: The I-129F petition must be filed and approved. The visa interview must be scheduled and passed. Entry to the U.S. must be achieved by virtue of the K-1 visa, which is "dead upon your arrival." Marriage to the petitioner must occur within the 90-day validity period of the I-94. Only then -- after marriage -- can AOS, EAD, & AP be applied for.

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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