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With all of the freedoms we have here in America, it's hard having to wait to be with our loved ones through this process. We are fortunate enough to have everything practically at our fingertips except for that which matters most, family and loved ones. We're in the trenches emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually. Although, I'm sure that we'll get through this with time, patients, and unfortunate frustration. I find myself almost in tears in anticipation of being with my beloved, and I needed this outlet now more than ever. I want to thank all of you for your comments and support (direct and indirect).

I wish us all the best and I truly look forward to reading about your success stories. It gives me hope and clear vision to the light at the end of the tunnel in this heart wrenching process.


[CLICK HERE] - MANILA EMBASSY K1 VISA GUIDE (Review Post #1)

[CLICK HERE] - VJ Acronyms and USCIS Form Definitions (A Handy Reference Tool)

Manila Embassy K1 Visa Information

4.2 National Visa Center (NVC) | (603) 334-0700 press 1, then 5....

4.3 Manila Embassy (Immigrant Visa Unit) | 011-632-301-2000 ext 5184 or dial 0

4.4 Department of State | (202) 663-1225, press 1, press 0,

4.5 Document Verification | CLICK HERE

4.6 Visa Interview Appointments website | CLICK HERE

4.7 St. Lukes | 011-63-2-521-0020

5.1 DELBROS website | CLICK HERE

6.2 CFO Guidance and Counseling Seminar | MANILA or CEBU

6.3 I-94 Arrival / Departure info | CLICK HERE

Adjustment of Status (AOS) Information

Please review the signature and story tab of my wife's profile, [Deputy Uling].

DISCLAIMER: Providing information does not constitute legal consul nor is intended as a substitute for legal representation.

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That's nice. Very sweet of you. :star:


May 2nd - Sent I-129F to Vermont

May 13th - NOA1

June 23rd - recieved RFE (IMBRA)

June 24th - Sent back RFE

June 27th - 7 touches

June 30th - touched

July 3rd - touched

July 10th - NOA2 notice via email

July 14th - NOA2 via snail mail

July 14th - petition mailed thru DHL to Asuncion, PY

Week of July 17th - Embassy received my petition

July 24th - beneficiary receives packet 3

July 27th - medical exam

Aug 7th - interview - approved :)

Aug 11th - picked up his visa

Aug 21st - purchased plane ticket!

Aug 30th - reunion day :)

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You know, when I talk to family, friends, and coworkers about this they just don't get it. :blink: They can't grasp that a US citizen has to go through so much to choose a non-US citizen as their spouse. To be honest, didn't know until a few years ago and I only knew part of it because a friend went through it. Now that I'm in love with a Filipina I have had to learn about the process and worse yet deal with everyday life in a long distance relationship. I know everyone says the trials and waiting is worth it but when it's so far off it's hard to think about that now (my 'light at the end of the tunnel is still around the bend). :( I just try to enjoy our talks and go about 'the daily grind' until we're together again. (L)

Edited by Robor007

Married on 11/21/06 in her hometown city Tumauini located in the Isabela province (Republic of the Philippines)

I-129 Timeline

12/12/06 - Mailed I-129 package to Chicago Service Center

12/14/06 - Received by Chicago Service Center

12/18/06 - NOA1 notice date from Missouri (NBC)

12/21/06 - NOA1 received in mail

12/27, 12/29, 12/31 - Touches

01/06/07 - Transfered to California Service Center

01/11/07 - Arrived at California Service Center

1/12, 1/16, 1/17, 2/6 - Touches

02/06/07 - NOA2 from California Service Center

02/11/07 - Received NOA2 in mail

02/15/07 - Arrived at the NVC - MNL case # assigned

02/20/07 - Sent to US Embassy in Manila

02/26/07 - Received at Embassy

03/30/07 - Packet 4 received

05/09/07 - Medical scheduled (did early)

05/16/07 - Interview

05/23/07 - Visa Delivered

05/25/07 - POE in Newark, NJ

I-130 Timeline

11/27/06 - Mailed I-130 package to Texas Service Center

11/29/06 - Package received by Texas Service Center

12/06/06 - NOA1 notice date from California Service Center

12/09/06 - Touch

12/11/06 - NOA1 received in mail

02/06/07 - NOA2 from California Service Center

02/11/07 - Received NOA2 in mail (I-130 held at CSC)

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Robor007 - I totally understand. The other thing that we have to deal with is the 3 - 5 month lag in obtaining a visa interview at the US Embassy in Manila.

Goodness! The hits just keep on coming. :(


[CLICK HERE] - MANILA EMBASSY K1 VISA GUIDE (Review Post #1)

[CLICK HERE] - VJ Acronyms and USCIS Form Definitions (A Handy Reference Tool)

Manila Embassy K1 Visa Information

4.2 National Visa Center (NVC) | (603) 334-0700 press 1, then 5....

4.3 Manila Embassy (Immigrant Visa Unit) | 011-632-301-2000 ext 5184 or dial 0

4.4 Department of State | (202) 663-1225, press 1, press 0,

4.5 Document Verification | CLICK HERE

4.6 Visa Interview Appointments website | CLICK HERE

4.7 St. Lukes | 011-63-2-521-0020

5.1 DELBROS website | CLICK HERE

6.2 CFO Guidance and Counseling Seminar | MANILA or CEBU

6.3 I-94 Arrival / Departure info | CLICK HERE

Adjustment of Status (AOS) Information

Please review the signature and story tab of my wife's profile, [Deputy Uling].

DISCLAIMER: Providing information does not constitute legal consul nor is intended as a substitute for legal representation.

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One step at a time Uling. You are going to drive yourself nuts, thinking your way to the end game!!!

Hang in there.

Robor007 - I totally understand. The other thing that we have to deal with is the 3 - 5 month lag in obtaining a visa interview at the US Embassy in Manila.

Goodness! The hits just keep on coming. :(

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Robor007 - I totally understand. The other thing that we have to deal with is the 3 - 5 month lag in obtaining a visa interview at the US Embassy in Manila.

Goodness! The hits just keep on coming. :(

I wish I was playing the waiting game with you all now. I still have a couple of months before I even get to join in that kind of fun. You're all waiting in the long line inside the building. If you look outside you'll see me in the overflow line before I get to join your line. :lol: Hope to see you in there soon! :thumbs:

Want to hear something funny as far as time passing goes...? I was doing some recorded TV show cleanup on my DVR (Digital Video Recorder) last night. I had shows on there from late October of last year and early April of this year. They've been on my DVR for many months and it seems like I recorded those shows only a month or two ago. I last saw my fiancee at the beginning of June yet it seems like forever. I guess that's because I don't think about my recorded TV shows like I do my fiancee. ;)

She will be here the first week of October and we will be able to spend 4 weeks together. After that we're both going to Manila where I'll spend 3 weeks with her. In fact, I just scheduled my vacation. I'm waiting on the approval now. Well, waiting on the approval and the time to pass. (sigh)

Edited by Robor007

Married on 11/21/06 in her hometown city Tumauini located in the Isabela province (Republic of the Philippines)

I-129 Timeline

12/12/06 - Mailed I-129 package to Chicago Service Center

12/14/06 - Received by Chicago Service Center

12/18/06 - NOA1 notice date from Missouri (NBC)

12/21/06 - NOA1 received in mail

12/27, 12/29, 12/31 - Touches

01/06/07 - Transfered to California Service Center

01/11/07 - Arrived at California Service Center

1/12, 1/16, 1/17, 2/6 - Touches

02/06/07 - NOA2 from California Service Center

02/11/07 - Received NOA2 in mail

02/15/07 - Arrived at the NVC - MNL case # assigned

02/20/07 - Sent to US Embassy in Manila

02/26/07 - Received at Embassy

03/30/07 - Packet 4 received

05/09/07 - Medical scheduled (did early)

05/16/07 - Interview

05/23/07 - Visa Delivered

05/25/07 - POE in Newark, NJ

I-130 Timeline

11/27/06 - Mailed I-130 package to Texas Service Center

11/29/06 - Package received by Texas Service Center

12/06/06 - NOA1 notice date from California Service Center

12/09/06 - Touch

12/11/06 - NOA1 received in mail

02/06/07 - NOA2 from California Service Center

02/11/07 - Received NOA2 in mail (I-130 held at CSC)

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i feel like the devil is dining on my soul, it is complete and utter misery to be without her, sometimes my brain takes a vacation and i can sink myself into my work, but sooner or later i snap back into reality and realize the mount everest of time it will take for us to be together, i would give all that i have to speed this up. :help:


july 2004 met online first time through a good friend

april 2006 reintroduced

may 2006 things start heating up

june 2006 fly to manila to meet her and propose

july filed 129f

aug 11 received csc

aug 17 noa1

oct 24 approved

oct 30 noa2 rec

nov13 recd nvc

nov21 lft nvc

nov24 recvd manila

feb 15 med exam

feb 22 interview

feb 22 approved

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Heh heh, Mikey I figured to see you on this thread...now mind you Ive got it bad too...

Oh and I would give all YOU have to speed this up as well... : )

Edited by Alanlvsjudy

July 17 2006 Sent I-129F to TSC

July 19 2006 packet received by TSC

July 27 2006 case received at CSC

July 28 2006 touched (to process/send NOA1)

Aug 01 2006 check cashed

Aug 05 2006 NOA1 received in mail

Oct 03 2006 Touched (RFE sent)

Oct 10 2006 RFE received and responded to

Oct 17 2006 Touched (CSC reply to RFE response)

Nov 06 2006 NOA2

Nov 21 2006 NVC sent to Manila

Blah

Blur

Drone

March 27 2007 Interview

April 02 2007 Visa delivered

April 05 2007 Happiness delivered

April 06 2007 First day of the rest of our lives

"There they go! I must hurry and catch them, for I am their leader."

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I am taking night classes and in class the other day we had to talk about what we believed strongly in.. I said Immigration and the whole class went silent.. I told them "No I am talking about LEGAL IMMIGRATION" .. So I had to say something about it and see if people believed me .. I told them "Until July no family based visa petitions were approved from March to July.. " Everyone told me I was wrong and that everything is fine blah blha blha.. thought it was funny.


May 1, 2006 - Submitted I-129F (Overnight) NSC

May 2, 2006 - NOA1

June 1, 2006 - Transferred to CSC

June 14, 2006 - Notice from CSC it was transferred

June 30, 2006 - Received IMBRA RFE (CSC)

July 5, 2006 - Touched (RFE Received)

July 31, 2006 - APPROVED

August 5, 2006 Physical NOA2

August 15, 2006 NVC Received and Sent

August 22, 2006 AIT sent Packet 3

August 22, 2006 Packet 3 got lost in the mail... sending another.. :( :( :(

October 27, 2006 Interview

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AIT (Taiwan Embassy)

C'mon USCIS Lets get some others approved or else watch for the Trident

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Dont feel bad Vartan I get the same response when i tell people of how bad the situation is and what we have to go thru to get a visa for a fiancee or spouse!!!

Is it any wonder that so many people come here illegally?

Those of us who try to do it by the book are punished for the sins of others.

Okay I know, I am getting real bitter here but am real tired of hearing how great a system we have and how wonderful it works.


June 05 Lisa and I fall in love

15 Mar 06 I-129F received at CSC NOA1

5 Aug 06 NOA2 after 143 days in CSC purgatory

20 Oct 06 Interview Date

16 Feb 07 Denial Letter received

12 Mar 07 Motion to reconsider submitted

10 Sep 07 Motion to Reconsider denied

9 May 08 Lisa and Married in United Kingdom

23 May 08 I-130 filed

Oct 08 NOA-2 received

May 7 09 Lisa's Interview I 601 filed

29 Jul 09 I-601 waiver approved

18 Aug 09 Passport to London Embassy

20 Aug 09 Tickets purchased for 10 Sep 09

WE HAVE FINALLY WON, OUR LONG AND HARD JOURNEY IS COMPLETE!!!!!!

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Um...

When I first started looking into this whole 'Fiance Visa Thing' back in April, I scheduled for one of those InfoPass appointments. Petitions at that time were being processed from February and I was quite naive' and thought to myself "WOW! Just fill out the papers and she can be here in 3 months! NOT TOO BAD!"

We made plans for a late November / early December wedding... little did I know...

*SIGH*

At least I know I'm not 'weird' - :lol: (not the only MAN that feels like "whining" over this whole process!)

Bill

Edited by TucsonBill

I-129f Journey:

2006-07-17 I-129F sent to CSC

2006-07-24 NOA1 (received)

2006-10-05 RFE (received)

2006-10-06 RFE (returned to CSC)

2006-10-23 NOA2

2007-01-29 Visa Approved!

2007-02-17 Ceremony in Thailand

2007-02-21 POE LAX - Fiance and her daughter enter the USA together, Easy-Peasy!

2007-03-05 Wedding in USA

AOS Journey:

2007-06-07 AOS for spouse and daughter sent

2007-06-16 NOA's arrive, (issued on the 13th)

2007-07-05 Biometrics

2007-07-13 Received RFE (Mailed on July 3rd)

2007-08-06 Returned RFE

2007-10-16 Interview date

2007-10-27 Green Cards Received!

ROC (I-751) Journey:

2009-07-24 Joint I-751 for spouse and daughter sent

2009-08-03 Received NOA1 dated 7/27/09

2009-08-03 Received Receipt and one year extension for wife

2009-08-03 Received "Verification Of Incusion Of A Dependent" for step-daughter

2009-08-27 Biometrics

2009-11-13 Green Cards Received

Citizenship Journey:

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vartan - I don't know how in the world people outside of this process can feel or think that everything is "fine" with what is going on. To me, there is nothing normal about being separated from your beloved because of "red tape" at least for the amount of time that we all must endure. I can't seem to justify the madness.

dwar49 - I also sometimes feel frustrated because, in many ways, we are punished as a result of those who have broken our immigration laws and 9/11 has been an excuse to further delay the process.

TucsonBill - I feel like flopping around on the floor like those bratty kids you see in the mall or at the grocery store.

Edited by Uling

[CLICK HERE] - MANILA EMBASSY K1 VISA GUIDE (Review Post #1)

[CLICK HERE] - VJ Acronyms and USCIS Form Definitions (A Handy Reference Tool)

Manila Embassy K1 Visa Information

4.2 National Visa Center (NVC) | (603) 334-0700 press 1, then 5....

4.3 Manila Embassy (Immigrant Visa Unit) | 011-632-301-2000 ext 5184 or dial 0

4.4 Department of State | (202) 663-1225, press 1, press 0,

4.5 Document Verification | CLICK HERE

4.6 Visa Interview Appointments website | CLICK HERE

4.7 St. Lukes | 011-63-2-521-0020

5.1 DELBROS website | CLICK HERE

6.2 CFO Guidance and Counseling Seminar | MANILA or CEBU

6.3 I-94 Arrival / Departure info | CLICK HERE

Adjustment of Status (AOS) Information

Please review the signature and story tab of my wife's profile, [Deputy Uling].

DISCLAIMER: Providing information does not constitute legal consul nor is intended as a substitute for legal representation.

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I (we) had many, many months of loneliness, heartache, and a rollercoaster ride right up to the very end (or beginning). Looking back now and reflecting on everything, it is all worth it!!! Your time will come eventually. I wish the best to all of you and just hang in there. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. (F)


10Yr GC arrived 07/02/09 - Naturalization is next

The drama begins - again!

And now the drama ends - they took the Green card . . .

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I have a feeling that my coworkers get tired of hearing about it. I have one of those big 2006 office calendars on the side of my cube, and I mark all of the dates that something happens with our visa. Now people come in and ask me about it. People really cannot believe how bad the whole process is.

I try to do as much as I can to stay busy, but some days it all feels really empty...

I can say that web cams are one of the greatest things ever. I cannot imagine trying to do this if we only had snail mail to communicate!!!


Qiao

我爱小兔子

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