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Hi folks

Just a few quick questions about K1 visa restrictions on leaving the country. We've just sent off the I-129F pack a few weeks ago and are still awaiting our NOA 1 thingy.

1. My fiancee is coming over from the US to the UK for 5 weeks in October, then maybe again for the Christmas and New Year period. This is ok as far as the visa application is concerned, right? And she's living with her parents so they can send on any of the forms if she's out the country. Or would she need to stay in the US for any reason?

2. When she comes to visit in October we're thinking of visiting a few parts of Europe - as far are the States are concerned, they only have a problem if I go to the US right? They dont mind if I leave the UK and go elsewhere??!

3. Finally, thinking a bit more into the future.... When we've finally tied the knot and I move to the states, I know I cant leave the country till I get a green card. Roughly how long does this take? Just worried in case I need to go home or any reason, or if we choose to honeymoon somewhere otherwise than Hawaii or the Virgin Islands!

I know this was a long one so thanks for all your help - am suffering from visa burnout at the moment, and we've only just got started......

thanks again, James


My Timeline

March 2005 - Meet Gen in a seedy pub in Bulgaria

Sept 2005 - Leave Bulgaria and head off into deepest Eastern Europe together

October 2005 - Arrive in London

December 2005 - Gen flies home to Mississippi

Feb 2006 - Visit Gen in the 'Sip for a valentines week

July 2006 - Visit Gen and got engaged - hooray!

July 24 2006 - Send off I-129F package

Aug 10 2006 - Recieved NOA1

Sept 25 2006 - Recieved NOA2

Nov 20th 2006 - Recieved packet 3

Dec 1st 2006 - Recieved packet 4 with interview date of Jan 2nd (am on holiday!)

Dec 20th 2006 - Finally managed to change interview date to Jan 10th

Jan 10th 2007 - Interview - passed!

Jan 12th 2007 - Recieve passport with visa in it!

Feb 20th 2007 - Enter USA at Houston

May 5th 2007 - Finally get married - hooray!

June 5th 2007 - File for AOS

June 16th 2007 - Recieve NOA1

July 12th 2007 - Recieve RFE

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1.) There's absolutely no reason she can't come visit you while the application is pending, even if she didn't live with her folks and have someone checking her mail (though its great she does cos then she's sure that something won't get lost!). In fact, its probably easier for the USC to travel during the petition phase - no worries about possible POE denials because of a K1 petition pending.

2.) There's also no reason that you can't visit Europe. Just don't get arrested for anything, LOL.

3.) No, you aren't waiting for the GREEN CARD before you can travel. You are waiting for Advanced Parole, which is part of the AOS process. Its hard to estimate how long that can take to receive, but I'd guess 3-6 months. If for some reason something happened (god forbid) and you'd need to travel home, you can apply for emergency advanced parole with the local office (not sure if they'd consider a honeymoon outside the States as an 'emergency' though). But cross that bridge when/if you come to it.

Good luck on your journey!


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Brilliant - cheers for that. All good news then!

And thanks for your speedy reply!


My Timeline

March 2005 - Meet Gen in a seedy pub in Bulgaria

Sept 2005 - Leave Bulgaria and head off into deepest Eastern Europe together

October 2005 - Arrive in London

December 2005 - Gen flies home to Mississippi

Feb 2006 - Visit Gen in the 'Sip for a valentines week

July 2006 - Visit Gen and got engaged - hooray!

July 24 2006 - Send off I-129F package

Aug 10 2006 - Recieved NOA1

Sept 25 2006 - Recieved NOA2

Nov 20th 2006 - Recieved packet 3

Dec 1st 2006 - Recieved packet 4 with interview date of Jan 2nd (am on holiday!)

Dec 20th 2006 - Finally managed to change interview date to Jan 10th

Jan 10th 2007 - Interview - passed!

Jan 12th 2007 - Recieve passport with visa in it!

Feb 20th 2007 - Enter USA at Houston

May 5th 2007 - Finally get married - hooray!

June 5th 2007 - File for AOS

June 16th 2007 - Recieve NOA1

July 12th 2007 - Recieve RFE

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james_michael_hill,

You might find some background checks needing to be re-done if you do your traveling as it gets close to your interview date and the required checks have been completed prior to your travel.

Not quite sure where I vaguely recall reading something to that effect, so don't make or break your plans on the basis of my questionable memory. You might want to do a Google search of the Usenet newsgroup <alt.visa.us.marriage-based> for posts on the subject by 'udall' or 'mdudall'.

Yodrak

Hi folks

Just a few quick questions about K1 visa restrictions on leaving the country. We've just sent off the I-129F pack a few weeks ago and are still awaiting our NOA 1 thingy.

...

2. When she comes to visit in October we're thinking of visiting a few parts of Europe - as far are the States are concerned, they only have a problem if I go to the US right? They dont mind if I leave the UK and go elsewhere??!

...

thanks again, James

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