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Married in Canada... so where do we send the I-129F?

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Hello Again, Everyone

Thanks for all of your help so far! Just a quick question this time!

My husband (the petitioner) is a US citizen (NY state). I am Canadian. We were married in Canada (Toronto).

He is about to mail in the I-130 (and corresponding documents) on my behalf. I have just looked through the instructions for the I-129F Petition (i.e the K3 spouse Visa) and it says: "The LIFE Act requires applicants to apply for a K-3 visa in the country where their marriage to the US Citizen petitioner occured."

So... do I not send this to Chicago then? Does anyone know where I would send it (in Canada)?

Thanks again for any assistance/advice you can provide.


I-130 / IR-1 @ USCIS

08/02/06 - Mailed I-130 to Vermont

08/11/06 - Received NOA1 in the mail - 9 days

05/06/07 - After 9 months @ VSC, my petition was transferred to CSC

05/31/07 - Touched... and APPROVED!!! (After nearly 10 months!!)

06/01/07 - Touched & Received e-mail indicating approval

06/05/07 - Received NOA2 in the mail

I-130 / IR-1 @ NVC

06/14/07 - Petition at NVC; Case # Assigned

07/02/07 - DS-3032 & AOS Fee Bill Generated

07/03/07 - Emailed NVC w/Choice of Address & Agent (DS-3032)

07/05/07 - Mailed AOS Fee to NVC

07/13/07 - NVC confirms Choice of Agent (via e-mail)

07/27/07 - Received IV Bill

07/30/07 - Mailed IV Bill (Overnight)

07/31/07 - IV Bill @ NVC

08/04/07 - Received I-864 Packet in the mail

08/08/07 - Mailed I-864 (Overnight)

08/29/07 - Mailed DS-230 +documents (Overnight)

09/20/07 - Received RFE (for original docs) -- sent to NVC

12/12/07 - Recieved Interview Letter from NVC

01/15/08 - Interview in MTL... Approved! YAAAAAYYYY!!

01/16/08 - Picked up passport from consulate & activated the I-155 @ POE

02/09/08 - Received "Welcome" letter (Notice Date: 02/04/08)

02/11/08 - Card Production Ordered

02/15/08 - OS155A Immigrant Visa & Alien Registration Approved

02/21/08 - Greencard Received! Goodbye USCIS `til 2018!!

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Hello Again, Everyone

Thanks for all of your help so far! Just a quick question this time!

My husband (the petitioner) is a US citizen (NY state). I am Canadian. We were married in Canada (Toronto).

He is about to mail in the I-130 (and corresponding documents) on my behalf. I have just looked through the instructions for the I-129F Petition (i.e the K3 spouse Visa) and it says: "The LIFE Act requires applicants to apply for a K-3 visa in the country where their marriage to the US Citizen petitioner occured."

So... do I not send this to Chicago then? Does anyone know where I would send it (in Canada)?

Thanks again for any assistance/advice you can provide.

You send I-129F petition to the USCIS Chicago Lockbox. I-129F is not a visa application, but it is a K-3 visa petition which is filed by the petitioner, not by the applicant (beneficiary). In this case, you are the applicant or beneficiary. The LIFE act means that you (applicant) will apply for the K-3 visa in the country (Canada) where you got married. You will apply for the K-3 visa after NVC sends out the case to the Embassy. NVC will receive the case after USCIS approved the I-129F.


I-130 Timeline with USCIS:

It took 92 days for I-130 to get approved from the filing date

NVC Process of I-130:

It took 78 days to complete the NVC process

Interview Process at The U.S. Embassy

Interview took 223 days from the I-130 filing date. Immigrant Visa was issued right after the interview

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Thanks so much for your quick response! I think I understand what your telling me... I just want to get this straight. So:

- My husband (the petitioner) sends the I-129F petition to the USCIS Chicago Lockbox.

- If/When the USCIS approves the I-129F (NOA2), it gets send to the NVC.

- Then, the NVC will send our case to the Embassy.

- I will then need to apply for the K3 in Canada.

When you say "apply for the K-3 visa in the country (Canada) where you got married", do you mean/are you referring to the interview and where it will take place? Is that what you mean by applying for the K3 visa - the interview?

Thanks again!


I-130 / IR-1 @ USCIS

08/02/06 - Mailed I-130 to Vermont

08/11/06 - Received NOA1 in the mail - 9 days

05/06/07 - After 9 months @ VSC, my petition was transferred to CSC

05/31/07 - Touched... and APPROVED!!! (After nearly 10 months!!)

06/01/07 - Touched & Received e-mail indicating approval

06/05/07 - Received NOA2 in the mail

I-130 / IR-1 @ NVC

06/14/07 - Petition at NVC; Case # Assigned

07/02/07 - DS-3032 & AOS Fee Bill Generated

07/03/07 - Emailed NVC w/Choice of Address & Agent (DS-3032)

07/05/07 - Mailed AOS Fee to NVC

07/13/07 - NVC confirms Choice of Agent (via e-mail)

07/27/07 - Received IV Bill

07/30/07 - Mailed IV Bill (Overnight)

07/31/07 - IV Bill @ NVC

08/04/07 - Received I-864 Packet in the mail

08/08/07 - Mailed I-864 (Overnight)

08/29/07 - Mailed DS-230 +documents (Overnight)

09/20/07 - Received RFE (for original docs) -- sent to NVC

12/12/07 - Recieved Interview Letter from NVC

01/15/08 - Interview in MTL... Approved! YAAAAAYYYY!!

01/16/08 - Picked up passport from consulate & activated the I-155 @ POE

02/09/08 - Received "Welcome" letter (Notice Date: 02/04/08)

02/11/08 - Card Production Ordered

02/15/08 - OS155A Immigrant Visa & Alien Registration Approved

02/21/08 - Greencard Received! Goodbye USCIS `til 2018!!

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Thanks so much for your quick response! I think I understand what your telling me... I just want to get this straight. So:

- My husband (the petitioner) sends the I-129F petition to the USCIS Chicago Lockbox.

- If/When the USCIS approves the I-129F (NOA2), it gets send to the NVC.

- Then, the NVC will send our case to the Embassy.

- I will then need to apply for the K3 in Canada.

When you say "apply for the K-3 visa in the country (Canada) where you got married", do you mean/are you referring to the interview and where it will take place? Is that what you mean by applying for the K3 visa - the interview?

Thanks again!

Yes, you got it. NVC assigns a case number of the approved petition and then forwards it to the Embassy. The Embassy will contact you with further details (what documents to bring) for the interview.


I-130 Timeline with USCIS:

It took 92 days for I-130 to get approved from the filing date

NVC Process of I-130:

It took 78 days to complete the NVC process

Interview Process at The U.S. Embassy

Interview took 223 days from the I-130 filing date. Immigrant Visa was issued right after the interview

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Thank you, simple_male!!

Cheers!


I-130 / IR-1 @ USCIS

08/02/06 - Mailed I-130 to Vermont

08/11/06 - Received NOA1 in the mail - 9 days

05/06/07 - After 9 months @ VSC, my petition was transferred to CSC

05/31/07 - Touched... and APPROVED!!! (After nearly 10 months!!)

06/01/07 - Touched & Received e-mail indicating approval

06/05/07 - Received NOA2 in the mail

I-130 / IR-1 @ NVC

06/14/07 - Petition at NVC; Case # Assigned

07/02/07 - DS-3032 & AOS Fee Bill Generated

07/03/07 - Emailed NVC w/Choice of Address & Agent (DS-3032)

07/05/07 - Mailed AOS Fee to NVC

07/13/07 - NVC confirms Choice of Agent (via e-mail)

07/27/07 - Received IV Bill

07/30/07 - Mailed IV Bill (Overnight)

07/31/07 - IV Bill @ NVC

08/04/07 - Received I-864 Packet in the mail

08/08/07 - Mailed I-864 (Overnight)

08/29/07 - Mailed DS-230 +documents (Overnight)

09/20/07 - Received RFE (for original docs) -- sent to NVC

12/12/07 - Recieved Interview Letter from NVC

01/15/08 - Interview in MTL... Approved! YAAAAAYYYY!!

01/16/08 - Picked up passport from consulate & activated the I-155 @ POE

02/09/08 - Received "Welcome" letter (Notice Date: 02/04/08)

02/11/08 - Card Production Ordered

02/15/08 - OS155A Immigrant Visa & Alien Registration Approved

02/21/08 - Greencard Received! Goodbye USCIS `til 2018!!

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EmilyRugBurn,

Yes, but no. You omitted a step that will occur prior to having an interveiw - submitting the visa application forms and supporting documentation - first DS-230, then DS-156, etc. That is applying for the visa. An interview follows the submission of the application.

Yodrak

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When you say "apply for the K-3 visa in the country (Canada) where you got married", do you mean/are you referring to the interview and where it will take place? Is that what you mean by applying for the K3 visa - the interview?

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Thanks, Yodrak -- I'm assuming that these are the forms/documentation/procedures that the Embassy will inform me of once I hear from them. Is that correct?


I-130 / IR-1 @ USCIS

08/02/06 - Mailed I-130 to Vermont

08/11/06 - Received NOA1 in the mail - 9 days

05/06/07 - After 9 months @ VSC, my petition was transferred to CSC

05/31/07 - Touched... and APPROVED!!! (After nearly 10 months!!)

06/01/07 - Touched & Received e-mail indicating approval

06/05/07 - Received NOA2 in the mail

I-130 / IR-1 @ NVC

06/14/07 - Petition at NVC; Case # Assigned

07/02/07 - DS-3032 & AOS Fee Bill Generated

07/03/07 - Emailed NVC w/Choice of Address & Agent (DS-3032)

07/05/07 - Mailed AOS Fee to NVC

07/13/07 - NVC confirms Choice of Agent (via e-mail)

07/27/07 - Received IV Bill

07/30/07 - Mailed IV Bill (Overnight)

07/31/07 - IV Bill @ NVC

08/04/07 - Received I-864 Packet in the mail

08/08/07 - Mailed I-864 (Overnight)

08/29/07 - Mailed DS-230 +documents (Overnight)

09/20/07 - Received RFE (for original docs) -- sent to NVC

12/12/07 - Recieved Interview Letter from NVC

01/15/08 - Interview in MTL... Approved! YAAAAAYYYY!!

01/16/08 - Picked up passport from consulate & activated the I-155 @ POE

02/09/08 - Received "Welcome" letter (Notice Date: 02/04/08)

02/11/08 - Card Production Ordered

02/15/08 - OS155A Immigrant Visa & Alien Registration Approved

02/21/08 - Greencard Received! Goodbye USCIS `til 2018!!

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Thanks, Yodrak -- I'm assuming that these are the forms/documentation/procedures that the Embassy will inform me of once I hear from them. Is that correct?

Yes, we always need to fill out these lovely forms. Embassy will contact the beneficiary about what forms need to be filled out prior to the interview and to bring them during the interview.


I-130 Timeline with USCIS:

It took 92 days for I-130 to get approved from the filing date

NVC Process of I-130:

It took 78 days to complete the NVC process

Interview Process at The U.S. Embassy

Interview took 223 days from the I-130 filing date. Immigrant Visa was issued right after the interview

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