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Are all spouse/fiance immigrant visas as tough as @ HCMC?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Curiously, I'm wondering if other U.S. Consulates are as tough as HCMC when it comes to spouse/fiance immigrant visas.

Somehow, I think if my wife were from Canada, things wouldn't be as tough.

And, hell, if she were from Mexico, she'd be here right now! :yes:


Wedding in Vietnam: 12/25/2005 (graduate school, below poverty line, couldn't apply)
[b]August 27, 2007[/b]: 1st I-130 packet sent w/incorrect $190 instead of new $355 fee (Mesquite, Texas).
October 6, 2007: 2nd I-130 packet with $355 fee (Mesquite, Texas).
January 10, 2008: NOA1 March 31, 2008: NOA2 (approved & sent to NVC)
April 14, 2008: NVC sent AOS Fee Bill (Affidavit of Support) $70.00 & DS-3032 form
Received.
April 15, 2008: Faxed wife the DS-3032 agent form to be mailed from Vietnam.
May 5, 2008: NVC sent request for Affidavit of Support form. May 19. 2008: received NVC's request for Affidavit of Support form.
May 20, 2008: Sent off I-864, Affidavit of Support May 30, 2008: Received IV Fee bill for $400 --money order & sent by Priority Mail.
June 10, 2008: I-864 approved. June 11, 2008: IV fee entered in system. June 16, 2008: DS-230 barcode issued
June 30, 2008: DS-230 mailed by expressed mail July 3, 2008: DS-230 package arrived at NVC & under review
July 11, 2008: Case completed at NVC.
Sept. 5th, 2008: INTERVIEW DATE at HCMC: White paper with writing.
March 26, 2009: Resubmit.
[b]DENIED. June 2009: case sent back & received at USCIS[/b]
August 2009: filed new I-130. Approved after first I-130 case sent to VN, again.
February 2010: USCIS contacted & asked for more evidence
March 2010: USCIS re-approved original case.
April 14, 2010: Consulate sends DS-230
June 15, 2010: Interview Date (Blue issued)
July 13, 2010 Placed on AP -yippee!
Sept. 13, 2010 Consulate home visit
[b]Nov. 5, 2010 Approval letter sent.[/b]
[b]Nov. 19, 2010 Visa picked up. Arrival: Nov. 24, 2010[/b]

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Egypt
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Oh my!! I can't believe you've been waiting since 2007!!! :( I'm so sorry...I really hope you hear great news by June! (F)

Most MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Consulates are like HCMC for male beneficiaries. Female beneficiaries get approved pretty quickly compared to male ones. The reasons are name checks, background checks, some of the consulates are in high fraud countries, etc.

You might want to check these MENA threads to have an idea how things can be in some consulates:

Cairo's Final Review Club

MENA CR1/K3/K1 Visas Part 2

Aya


ROC Timeline

8/1/12: ROC window opens
9/4/12: ROC packet sent
9/8/12: ROC packet delivered to VSC
9/12/12: Check cashed
9/14/12: NOA letter received (NOA dated 9/10/12)
9/20/12: Biometrics letter received (Bio appointment 10/15/12)
10/12/12: Early biometrics walk-in

4/27/13: RFE received

6/17/13: RFE response sent

7/1/13: ROC petition approved

7/5/13: GC received in the mail.

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While I would not necessarily consider any of them "easy" I would tend to put Canada and the UK in the "less" difficult category and HCMC & MENA countries in the "high difficulty" category.

Not always but more often than not.


6/15/2009 Filed I-129F

12/15/2009 Interview (HCMC, VN)

1/16/2010 POE Detroit

3/31/2010 MARRIED !!!

11/20/2010 Filed I-485

12/23/2010 Biometrics (Buffalo, NY)

12/31/2010 I-485 Transfered to CSC

2/4/2011 Green Card received

1/7/2013 Mailed I-751 package

1/14/2013 I-751 NOA (VSC)

2/07/2013 Biometrics (Buffalo, NY)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Egypt
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While I would not necessarily consider any of them "easy" I would tend to put Canada and the UK in the "less" difficult category and HCMC & MENA countries in the "high difficulty" category.

Not always but more often than not.

Add to Canada and the UK, the Philippines....

Aya


ROC Timeline

8/1/12: ROC window opens
9/4/12: ROC packet sent
9/8/12: ROC packet delivered to VSC
9/12/12: Check cashed
9/14/12: NOA letter received (NOA dated 9/10/12)
9/20/12: Biometrics letter received (Bio appointment 10/15/12)
10/12/12: Early biometrics walk-in

4/27/13: RFE received

6/17/13: RFE response sent

7/1/13: ROC petition approved

7/5/13: GC received in the mail.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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There are easy countries, there are hard countries and then there is Lagos. Ever heard of a visa being denied because the fiance could tell what their SO does in a classified job? That is Lagos


This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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All consulates are definitely not equal in terms of difficulty, and it's directly proportional to the amount of incentive that exists to commit fraud. Every country is unique, in this respect.

One of the biggest factors that contribute to the level of fraud is standard of living relative to the US. Nigeria and Vietnam are both very poor countries, but abject poverty is more widespread in Nigeria than in Vietnam. There are fewer Vietnamese living in shacks and eating bugs than there are in Nigeria. Still, a large percentage of Vietnamese live at a basic level of survival - food, clothing, and shelter, and little more. Both countries lack the sort of economic development that would be needed to bring them out of the third world. Widespread corruption in both countries makes large scale foreign investment impossible.

If the relative levels of poverty were the the only factor behind visa fraud, then Vietnam would have a much lower fraud rate than Nigeria. Unfortunately, one of the reasons Vietnam doesn't have the same level of abject poverty as Nigeria is also a major contributor to visa fraud. Because of the mass exodus of Vietnamese refugees after the war with America, there are millions of Vietnamese diaspora living around the world. These ex-pats send remittances to help their families who remain in Vietnam, which raises the overall standard of living. At the same time, it provides an incentive for Vietnamese to immigrate to the same western countries where their ex-pat relatives live in order to reunite the families, as well as build on the source of remittances coming into the country and supporting the families. This is why the consulate in HCMC may become suspicious if the beneficiary has family living in the US, especially if the family was involved in introducing the beneficiary and US citizen.

Consulates are aware of the socioeconomic factors that exist in each country and contribute to visa fraud, and each consulate looks for red flags that indicate that the applicant may be driven more by these factors than by a genuine relationship with a US citizen. In first world countries where these socioeconomic factors don't exist, consulates are much less likely to suspect visa fraud.


12/15/2009 - K1 Visa Interview - APPROVED!

12/29/2009 - Married in Oakland, CA!

08/18/2010 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!

05/01/2013 - Removal of Conditions - APPROVED!

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