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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Japan
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Hi everyone (especially Japan K-1 filers!),

We've been trying to figure out what to do in anticipation of the day we receive the NOA2. We've been looking at the link here Fiancé(e) Visas (K-1 Visas) (from Step 3) and am trying to figure out how much we can do (as far as information gathering and filling out forms).

Currently what seems feasible is gathering data for:

  • I-134 (not sure if I can fill this one out yet since the current one expires on 05/31/10)
  • DS-230 (part 1)
  • Fiancée's passport
  • Fiancée's birth certificate

I know that until we actually get the NOA2 and the information from the Embassy in Tokyo we can't get the items listed on the Fiancé(e) Visa Checklist.

What I'm not sure of is:

  • DS-156 (this seems to be an electronic form now)
  • DS-156(K)
  • DS-157

We definitely don't want to jump the gun, but at the same time don't want to wait too late on things we can be doing now. Any suggestions or advice greatly appreciated. Thank you.


31-Mar-2010 I-129F Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

01-Apr-2010 I-129F Received by Vermont USCIS

02-Apr-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS website)

05-Apr-2010 Check cashed

06-Apr-2010 Touched

07-Apr-2010 Touched

10-Apr-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received

21-Jun-2010 NOA2 sent (USCIS website)

26-Jun-2010 NOA2 Hard Copy Received

03-Jul-2010 Packet 3 received

07-Sep-2010 K-1 Interview - Approved!

10-Sep-2010 Visa received

20-Oct-2010 Fiancée arrives in U.S.

13-Nov-2010 Wedding

01-Dec-2010 AOS Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

02-Dec-2010 AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

09-Dec-2010 AOS RFE - Incorrect amount on check (application fees increased)

14-Dec-2010 Received RFE from Chicago USCIS

15-Dec-2010 Resent RFE'd AOS (using USPS Express Mail)

16-Dec-2010 RFE'd AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

21-Dec-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS mail notification)

23-Dec-2010 Notification for ASC Appointment

30-Dec-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received (was away on vacation)

18-Jan-2011 NOA for I485 transfer to California USCIS office

20-Jan-2011 ASC Appointment done

16-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval

23-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval Hard Copy Received

23-Feb-2011 Two-year green card received

19-Nov-2012 I-751 Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

20-Nov-2012 I-751 Received by Vermont USCIS

04-May-2013 NOA for Received Removal of Conditional Basis Received

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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Hi everyone (especially Japan K-1 filers!),

We've been trying to figure out what to do in anticipation of the day we receive the NOA2. We've been looking at the link here Fiancé(e) Visas (K-1 Visas) (from Step 3) and am trying to figure out how much we can do (as far as information gathering and filling out forms).

Currently what seems feasible is gathering data for:

  • I-134 (not sure if I can fill this one out yet since the current one expires on 05/31/10)
    Dont' worry about the form date. Go with the most current. You CAN order your tax transcripts free from the IRAS now ANd you can get the letter from your employer now. I did ours in July, 2009 and the interview wasn't until Nove. 2009 (after one reschedule) and there were no issues. I did send very recent paycheck summaries just prior to the interivew to validate the transcripts and employer letter (dated July, 2009).
  • DS-230 (part 1)
  • Fiancée's passport
  • Fiancée's birth certificate

I know that until we actually get the NOA2 and the information from the Embassy in Tokyo we can't get the items listed on the Fiancé(e) Visa Checklist.

Why not? The information isn't going to change between now and then. Get moving.

What I'm not sure of is:

  • DS-156 (this seems to be an electronic form now)
    Always has been. Fill it out now.
  • DS-156(K)
  • DS-157
    Check with the Embassy for consulate specific stuff and requirements.

We definitely don't want to jump the gun, but at the same time don't want to wait too late on things we can be doing now. Any suggestions or advice greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Japan
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Thanks for the information; we'll get started ASAP. One question I had though was about the tax transcript. I don't see this on the I-134 instructions. Do you mind pointing me to where I can find more information about this (basically the requirements that they'll be expecting)? Thank you! :thumbs:


31-Mar-2010 I-129F Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

01-Apr-2010 I-129F Received by Vermont USCIS

02-Apr-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS website)

05-Apr-2010 Check cashed

06-Apr-2010 Touched

07-Apr-2010 Touched

10-Apr-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received

21-Jun-2010 NOA2 sent (USCIS website)

26-Jun-2010 NOA2 Hard Copy Received

03-Jul-2010 Packet 3 received

07-Sep-2010 K-1 Interview - Approved!

10-Sep-2010 Visa received

20-Oct-2010 Fiancée arrives in U.S.

13-Nov-2010 Wedding

01-Dec-2010 AOS Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

02-Dec-2010 AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

09-Dec-2010 AOS RFE - Incorrect amount on check (application fees increased)

14-Dec-2010 Received RFE from Chicago USCIS

15-Dec-2010 Resent RFE'd AOS (using USPS Express Mail)

16-Dec-2010 RFE'd AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

21-Dec-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS mail notification)

23-Dec-2010 Notification for ASC Appointment

30-Dec-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received (was away on vacation)

18-Jan-2011 NOA for I485 transfer to California USCIS office

20-Jan-2011 ASC Appointment done

16-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval

23-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval Hard Copy Received

23-Feb-2011 Two-year green card received

19-Nov-2012 I-751 Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

20-Nov-2012 I-751 Received by Vermont USCIS

04-May-2013 NOA for Received Removal of Conditional Basis Received

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Thailand
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Thanks for the information; we'll get started ASAP. One question I had though was about the tax transcript. I don't see this on the I-134 instructions. Do you mind pointing me to where I can find more information about this (basically the requirements that they'll be expecting)? Thank you! :thumbs:

Instead of providing your own copy of the tax return with W-2's, you can provide a transcript. The requirements vary with the Consulate/Embassy. If you are filing the I-134 and meet the income requirements you should provide at least one of the most recent years tax records. Three years transcripts is the most they would ever ask for and is very safe way to go.

From:

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc156.html?portlet=1

You can obtain a free transcript by calling 800-829-1040 and following the prompts in the recorded message or by completing and mailing a request for a transcript to the address listed in the instructions.


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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Thanks for the information; we'll get started ASAP. One question I had though was about the tax transcript. I don't see this on the I-134 instructions. Do you mind pointing me to where I can find more information about this (basically the requirements that they'll be expecting)? Thank you! :thumbs:

There isn't any specific requirement except to include evidence to support your financial ability to support your new family. It is from the many years and many cases of successful folks here on VJ commenting on worked for them. tax Transcripts are IRS issued and there isn't another US Government agency more respected than the IRS, right? So to get something from them that "proves" your financial ability is golden. That is why they are suggested.


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ukraine
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There isn't any specific requirement except to include evidence to support your financial ability to support your new family. It is from the many years and many cases of successful folks here on VJ commenting on worked for them. tax Transcripts are IRS issued and there isn't another US Government agency more respected than the IRS, right? So to get something from them that "proves" your financial ability is golden. That is why they are suggested.

Transcripts ftw! No other form is more legal and trusted than an IRS Tax Transcript. It's good to have for both the interview and AOS. So make copies and save them for AOS once you obtain them.


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Japan
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Thank you very much everyone! I just requested transcripts for the last 3 years and I should get them in 7-10 days. I'll also make copies for the AOS as well. :thumbs:


31-Mar-2010 I-129F Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

01-Apr-2010 I-129F Received by Vermont USCIS

02-Apr-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS website)

05-Apr-2010 Check cashed

06-Apr-2010 Touched

07-Apr-2010 Touched

10-Apr-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received

21-Jun-2010 NOA2 sent (USCIS website)

26-Jun-2010 NOA2 Hard Copy Received

03-Jul-2010 Packet 3 received

07-Sep-2010 K-1 Interview - Approved!

10-Sep-2010 Visa received

20-Oct-2010 Fiancée arrives in U.S.

13-Nov-2010 Wedding

01-Dec-2010 AOS Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

02-Dec-2010 AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

09-Dec-2010 AOS RFE - Incorrect amount on check (application fees increased)

14-Dec-2010 Received RFE from Chicago USCIS

15-Dec-2010 Resent RFE'd AOS (using USPS Express Mail)

16-Dec-2010 RFE'd AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

21-Dec-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS mail notification)

23-Dec-2010 Notification for ASC Appointment

30-Dec-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received (was away on vacation)

18-Jan-2011 NOA for I485 transfer to California USCIS office

20-Jan-2011 ASC Appointment done

16-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval

23-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval Hard Copy Received

23-Feb-2011 Two-year green card received

19-Nov-2012 I-751 Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

20-Nov-2012 I-751 Received by Vermont USCIS

04-May-2013 NOA for Received Removal of Conditional Basis Received

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Japan
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Transcripts ftw! No other form is more legal and trusted than an IRS Tax Transcript. It's good to have for both the interview and AOS. So make copies and save them for AOS once you obtain them.

I just got my transcripts in the mail today. Do I need to include the cover letter from the IRS in addition to the actual transcripts? Also, are copies all right for the AOS?

Another question I had is that is it necessary to translate the e-mails, etc that are used as part of the 'proof of relationship'? I figure if I do have to translate again, I'd best encourage my fiancee to write more in English and save me some extra work. :wacko:


31-Mar-2010 I-129F Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

01-Apr-2010 I-129F Received by Vermont USCIS

02-Apr-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS website)

05-Apr-2010 Check cashed

06-Apr-2010 Touched

07-Apr-2010 Touched

10-Apr-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received

21-Jun-2010 NOA2 sent (USCIS website)

26-Jun-2010 NOA2 Hard Copy Received

03-Jul-2010 Packet 3 received

07-Sep-2010 K-1 Interview - Approved!

10-Sep-2010 Visa received

20-Oct-2010 Fiancée arrives in U.S.

13-Nov-2010 Wedding

01-Dec-2010 AOS Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

02-Dec-2010 AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

09-Dec-2010 AOS RFE - Incorrect amount on check (application fees increased)

14-Dec-2010 Received RFE from Chicago USCIS

15-Dec-2010 Resent RFE'd AOS (using USPS Express Mail)

16-Dec-2010 RFE'd AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

21-Dec-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS mail notification)

23-Dec-2010 Notification for ASC Appointment

30-Dec-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received (was away on vacation)

18-Jan-2011 NOA for I485 transfer to California USCIS office

20-Jan-2011 ASC Appointment done

16-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval

23-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval Hard Copy Received

23-Feb-2011 Two-year green card received

19-Nov-2012 I-751 Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

20-Nov-2012 I-751 Received by Vermont USCIS

04-May-2013 NOA for Received Removal of Conditional Basis Received

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Thailand
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I just got my transcripts in the mail today. Do I need to include the cover letter from the IRS in addition to the actual transcripts? Also, are copies all right for the AOS?

Another question I had is that is it necessary to translate the e-mails, etc that are used as part of the 'proof of relationship'? I figure if I do have to translate again, I'd best encourage my fiancee to write more in English and save me some extra work. :wacko:

It is normal to leave emails, chat records etc... in either English or the native language where the Embassy is located meaning Japanese would be acceptable for an interview in Tokyo. However if your fiancee were interviewing in Seoul, Korea than it should be in English and no Japanese.

For anything you will need in the USA for the purposes of AOS after you marry, the document must be translated in to English, no other language, such as your fiancee's birth certificate or a name change document or divorce decree etc...

Good luck.


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Japan
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It is normal to leave emails, chat records etc... in either English or the native language where the Embassy is located meaning Japanese would be acceptable for an interview in Tokyo. However if your fiancee were interviewing in Seoul, Korea than it should be in English and no Japanese.

For anything you will need in the USA for the purposes of AOS after you marry, the document must be translated in to English, no other language, such as your fiancee's birth certificate or a name change document or divorce decree etc...

Good luck.

Thank you for the information. It's a relief that I won't have to do any extra translation on the e-mails. This will give us time to work on the birth certificate and police records when the time comes.


31-Mar-2010 I-129F Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

01-Apr-2010 I-129F Received by Vermont USCIS

02-Apr-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS website)

05-Apr-2010 Check cashed

06-Apr-2010 Touched

07-Apr-2010 Touched

10-Apr-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received

21-Jun-2010 NOA2 sent (USCIS website)

26-Jun-2010 NOA2 Hard Copy Received

03-Jul-2010 Packet 3 received

07-Sep-2010 K-1 Interview - Approved!

10-Sep-2010 Visa received

20-Oct-2010 Fiancée arrives in U.S.

13-Nov-2010 Wedding

01-Dec-2010 AOS Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

02-Dec-2010 AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

09-Dec-2010 AOS RFE - Incorrect amount on check (application fees increased)

14-Dec-2010 Received RFE from Chicago USCIS

15-Dec-2010 Resent RFE'd AOS (using USPS Express Mail)

16-Dec-2010 RFE'd AOS Received by Chicago USCIS

21-Dec-2010 NOA1 sent (USCIS mail notification)

23-Dec-2010 Notification for ASC Appointment

30-Dec-2010 NOA1 Hard Copy Received (was away on vacation)

18-Jan-2011 NOA for I485 transfer to California USCIS office

20-Jan-2011 ASC Appointment done

16-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval

23-Feb-2011 NOA for AOS Approval Hard Copy Received

23-Feb-2011 Two-year green card received

19-Nov-2012 I-751 Sent (using USPS Express Mail)

20-Nov-2012 I-751 Received by Vermont USCIS

04-May-2013 NOA for Received Removal of Conditional Basis Received

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