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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
Timeline

Friends,

Thu and I have made a decision as to what we want to do in regards to our future plans together. We are not even close to being ready for the K-1. We need more time to develop our relationship and create memories with each other. For 2010, I plan to take 3 trips to VN. I plan to go in January, July and November. We plan to have our Dinh Hon on either the 2nd or 3rd trip. After the 3rd trip (4th meeting overall), we will decide if it is time to file for the K-1. This all depends on how our relationship evolves. As most of you know, Thu and I met through the services of a "paid" matchmaking agency in Singapore for our first meeting. This is one of THE biggest red flags to deal with for the HCMC Consulate. Even though this be extremely difficult to overcome, I do believe that the stronger our relationship becomes and the more we can prove it, the more ammunition we will have to deal with this red flag. If we decide to call it quits now because of this red flag, we will never know if it could have worked out or not. For now, all I care is about is experiencing love with Thu because love is what I was looking for to begin with. I don't even want to think about the K-1 right now. I may leave VJ for a few months to get away from it all and just focus on the love of my life, Thu. When the time is right, I will return to begin the process with your help I hope :)

Friends, this is how I feel. Please do let me know if you believe that Thu and I are doing the right thing. Thanks!

<CARRICK>


K1 Visa Stage
Aug 23, 2010: I-129F NOA 1
Feb 07, 2011: I-129F NOA 2
May 23, 2011: Interview. Blue Slip
Jun 20, 2011: Submit Documents: 1) Timeline, 2) 10 year residency(me), 3) 10 year residency(Thu), 4) Letter explaining how/where we met. Second Blue Slip
Feb 03, 2012: U.S. Consulate Investigators call Thu's residence. Spoke to Thu and Thu's parents
Feb 27, 2012: Received email from the U.S. Consulate that our case is finished processing. Requested to submit updated Police & Medical papers.
Mar 06, 2012: Submitted updated Police & Medical papers.
Mar 21, 2012: Received K1 Visa
Apr 07, 2012: Point of Entry @ LAX

Adjustment of Status Stage
Apr 23, 2012: Got married!
Apr 30, 2012: Received Social Security Card
Jun 30, 2012: Applied for AOS
Sep 22, 2012: Received Employment Authorization Card...Still waiting for 2 yr GC

May 01, 2013: Received 2yr GC

Removal of Conditions Stage

Apr 18, 2015: Will apply for 10yr GC

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Friends,

Thu and I have made a decision as to what we want to do in regards to our future plans together. We are not even close to being ready for the K-1. We need more time to develop our relationship and create memories with each other. For 2010, I plan to take 3 trips to VN. I plan to go in January, July and November. We plan to have our Dinh Hon on either the 2nd or 3rd trip. After the 3rd trip (4th meeting overall), we will decide if it is time to file for the K-1. This all depends on how our relationship evolves. As most of you know, Thu and I met through the services of a "paid" matchmaking agency in Singapore for our first meeting. This is one of THE biggest red flags to deal with for the HCMC Consulate. Even though this be extremely difficult to overcome, I do believe that the stronger our relationship becomes and the more we can prove it, the more ammunition we will have to deal with this red flag. If we decide to call it quits now because of this red flag, we will never know if it could have worked out or not. For now, all I care is about is experiencing love with Thu because love is what I was looking for to begin with. I don't even want to think about the K-1 right now. I may leave VJ for a few months to get away from it all and just focus on the love of my life, Thu. When the time is right, I will return to begin the process with your help I hope :)

Friends, this is how I feel. Please do let me know if you believe that Thu and I are doing the right thing. Thanks!

<CARRICK>

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I-130 Journey

USCIS

06-15-2008 : Marriage

08-16-2008 : I-130 Sent

08-18-2008 : I-130 Received

08-22-2008 : I-130 NOA1

02-02-2009 : I-130 NOA2 Approved 164 days from NOA1

NVC

02-04-2009 : Visited my wife for 2 weeks. 02-22-2009 come back to US

02-11-2009 : Received package from NVC

02-23-2009 : AOS Paid $70 (Online)

02-23-2009 : DS-3032 sent (by email)

02-25-2009 : Payment Received from my bank (AOS)

03-04-2009 : NVC has received the Choice of Agent DS-3032 (Online)

03-04-2009 : IV Application Processing Fees $400 (Online)

03-05-2009 : Payment Received from my bank (IV APS)

03-07-2009 : DS-230, and I-864 Sent (by USPS)

03-12-2009 : USPS confirm arrived at NVC for DS-230, & I-864

03-13-2009 : NVC received DS-230, & I-864 (Case in progress)

03-20-2009 : NVC case completed in 1 week NVC completed 03-20-2009.

04-02-2009 : NVC Left to HCM city

04-22-2009 : Medical Passed

05-12-2009 : Received a package IV from HCM Consulate by email

05-18-2009 : My wife got Pink.. yeah..

05-26-2009 : Visa received

06-18-2009 : US Entry!!! Yeah, my wife finally here.

06-29-2009 : Received SSN from snail mail

07-20-2009 : Green card received by mail

09-15-2009 : Writting test from DVM.

11-03-2009 : Driving Test.

01-20-2010 : Working.

04-20-2011 : Submit I751

04-26-2011 : Received I-797 NOA with Receipt Number

05-11-2011 : Received ASC Appointment Notice

06-03-2011 : Biometrics Apts @ 11:00 AM

10-11-2011 : Submit more evidence.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
Timeline

I concur with YOUR choice... :)


CR1/IR1 Timeline:

GENERAL INFO

[*]12-xx-2007 - 1st Trip (6wks) & Met him halfway around the world

[*]03-xx-2008 - Got engaged - two people on opposite sides of the world

[*]05-xx-2008 - 2nd Trip (2wks) - Engagement/Marriage/Consummation

[*]06-12-2008 - Filed I-130 (CR-1) with Vermont Service Center

[*]12-xx-2008 - 3rd Trip (4wks)

[*]06-05-2009 - Interview at 9:00am at HCMC Consulate (result: blue)

[*]07-08-2009 - Submitted RFE: Beneficiary's Relatives & Evidence of Relationship

[*]08-xx-2009 - 4th Trip (4wks)

[*]10-07-2009 - AP 91 days - Result: APPROVED!!

[*]10-31-2009 - POE: Detroit, MI

[*]11-18-2009 - Social Security Card

[*]11-20-2009 - Green Card

[*]01-21-2010 - Driver's License

THE NEXT STEPS...

[*]02/07/2011 - Renew Vietnam Passport

[*]07/30/2011 - Process of Removing Conditions Begins

[*]09/25/2011 - Date of I-751

[*]09/28/2011 - NOA1

[*]10/19/2011 - Biometrics

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
Timeline

I think this is a very good decision.


I-129F Timeline:

03-10-06 - Sent I-129F to USCIS

03-15-06 - NOA1

03-25-06 - NOA2 Approval

08-28-06 - Interview!!!

11-22-06 - Got the Visa!!!

AOS Timeline:

02-08-07 - I-485 sent

02-14-07 - NOA1 (Sent to Missouri)

03-06-07 - Biometrics Appointment

03-07-07 - Transferred to CSC

05-03-07 - Card Production Ordered Email

05-10-07 - Green Card In Hand

Removal of Conditions Timeline:

03-05-09 - I-751 sent

03-09-09 - NOA1 (1 yr Extension)

04-08-09 - Biometrics

07-09-09 - Card Production Ordered Email

07-17-09 - Green Card In Hand

I-130 Filing for Step-Son

11-30-09 - Received at USCIS

12-04-09 - NOA1

03-01-10 - NOA2

03-05-10 - NVC Case # Assigned

03-09-10 - NVC Mailed DS-3032 and AOS Bill

03-12-10 - Emailed DS-3032 to NVC

03-13-10 - Received Email from NVC stating they received DS-3032 (Also received AOS Fee Bill and DS-3032 in the mail)

03-14-10 - Paid Affidavit of Support Fee and IV Bill online

03-16-10 - NVC Website updated to PAID for both fee's

03-17-10 - Petitioner and Agent received emails to further proceed with case

08-05-10 - NVC Case Completed

10-27-10 - Interview PASSED

10-28-10 - Picked up Visa

Mike (United States) & Huong (Vietnam)

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Filed: Country: Vietnam
Timeline

Everyone here knows my opinion on this matter, I feel you fell into the horror stories and they scared the cuc out of you. It is good to get to know her better, and to address all your red flags, all dating websites you have to pay to be introduced to women on, and if your agency that you went to offers its services to more than just Americans, and/or if a woman went there looking for a man to meet, then it does not fall into the marriage broker category. I think there are many ways to do it differently, if you are planning so many trips, will you be able to afford to do the same next year? If not, then the consulate will possibly think you just dropped off and did not come back after our last visit. I would file sooner and use one trip just for the interview, have the dam hoi on the first or second trip and save the 3rd for the interview or maybe the 2nd for the interview, but any way you choose, good luck and god bless. Jerome and Binh


小學教師 胡志明市,越南

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
Timeline

i agree with your choice. of course, it the ideal world, having our so close would be best, but taking a step back is only going to result in good things for any relationship. you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey together. take every step firmly and confidently so that there is never a question or regret that what you both decide to do. i think if you rush into into- because i think you worry alot (like me) :-)- the next year will be absorbed in the process instead enjoying getting to know each other. its true that the CO can delay our case and our lives miserable, but when a case is genuine there is NOTHING that they can do to ultimately keep us from what we want.

Also from a more practical point of view, you and thu deserve the time to really get to know each other. That is something nothing but time can change, but the good thing is time will fly by before you know especially with all the trips you are planning. :D

keep looking for plane ticket sales! i check this page in June 2009 and was able to quickly capitalize on the Singapore Airline sale. Ticket was only $670 down from $1500 same time previous year.

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Filed: Timeline

I agree with your decision. Smart move. But to go off of what jeromebinh stated, your third trip can be for the interview. At that point, you will have proven your relationship through your original meeting and two additional trips to Vietnam.

Two week trips look better than one week trips, just so you know. Not easy to pull off, of course.

Save your pennies. Most people who get into these situations are average every day people with median level incomes or lower, so we don't have money to throw around. Watch ever penny you spend on yourself and save save save for the future. Not just you. Her too.

And good luck!

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