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Hello all,

I am new here. I have recently become engaged to my fiancée who is a Honduran citizen living in Honduras so I began investigating the K-1 visa process. This site has been very helpful and I really appreciate all those who take the time to post and respond to posts. My first question is, should I hire an attorney to help with the process? It is not clear to me whether most people here are using attorneys or going it alone, so I guess I am very interested in all the stories, the good, the bad, and the ugly, from whoever is willing to share. I would be very interested in names of attorneys in case I go that route. Once I make the decision about an attorney, I am sure I will have other questions. I will keep everyone posted on my progress. And I do appreciate all the help.

Thanks,

K.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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This is a DIY site, so most people won't have an attorney. We started this process, before VJ, with a lawyer and the lawyer was not vested in our case. They delayed things, they spent days 'reviewing' our paperwork.

no one can say whether you NEED a lawyer, lawyers can be extremely helpful with difficult cases but if you have a simple case (no criminal record, no overstays, no illegal entries) then you can probably do it yourself

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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After I was quoted $1,500 from a lawyer, I decided to do it myself.


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"The perfection/respect/credibility of a man decreases by the number of marriages he has had and by the number of kids he has outside his current marriage. ", Quote by Bite YourDust
  • Met on yahoo chat through a friend.
  • April 2010 - Decided to meet in person
  • 06.01.2010 - She flew from Dubai to Philippines for vacationing
  • 06.21.2010 - We met in Philippines
  • 06.24.2010 - Engaged
  • 06.28.2010 - Came back to USA
  • 07.05.2010 - She flew back to Dubai (work)
  • 08.02.2010 - Mailed I129F to VSC
  • 08.03.2010 - Delivered to VSC. Signed by D RENAUD.
  • 08.09.2010 - Check cashed
  • 08.14.2010 - NOA1 (Dated 08/06/2010)!!!!!!!!
  • 08.19.2010 - Touched!
  • 08.27.2010 - Received snail mail that typographical error was fixed.
  • 10.03.2010 - Touched!
  • 11.21.2010 - Visited her for a week in Dubai!
  • 02.14.2011 - NOA2 Approved on St. Valentine day!!!!!!!
  • 02.17.2011 - Packet left from NVC to ABU DHABI (Dubai)
  • 02.19.2011 - NOA2 hard copy received
  • 02.22.2011 - Packet reached ABU DHABI's consulate
  • 03.02.2011 - packet 3 & 4 received by email
  • 03.02.2011 - Confirmation of Interview on 04.14.2011 -
  • 03.07.2011 - Fiancee passed medical exam.
  • 04.14.2011 - K1-Visa Approved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 04.21.2011 - Picked up Visa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I hired an attorney and they made so many mistakes and gave us advice that was ILLEGAL that they cost us MONTHS in the process. If you've got a straightforward case, and an eye for detail, and don't mind doing the paperwork, save your money for your wedding or your future.

It's not that difficult to fill out the forms, especially with the guidance and advice you can get here at VJ.

Good luck! :thumbs:


Angela & Peter

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K-1 Process (Condensed)

02/01/10: Took atty's bad advice and applied for B2 visa

02/16/10: B2 Visa Interview: DENIED - K1 Required

05/07/10: Atty sent I-129F Petition to Chicago Lockbox

05/31/10: Atty rec'd Petition back due to wrong location

06/01/10: I-129F pkg sent to VSC

06/11/10: NOA1 Rec'd/Touch

09/17/10: INTERVIEW = APPROVED

10/22/10: Marriage in the US

AOS Process

11/13/10: Mailed Packet to CHI Lockbox

11/18/10: NOA1 Rec'd via Text

11/20/10: Soc. Sec. fixed mistake/Processed SSN

11/23/10: Rec'd SSN

11/23/10: Touch

12/09/10: RFE - Supposedly didn't sign I-864 when I KNOW I did. (Copies to prove it.)

12/20/10: Biometrics Appt

12/20/10: RFE Response Rec'd/Processing Resumed

12/27/10: Transferred to CSC

12/29/10: Contacted Senator re: EAD Expedite Request

12/30/10: AOS Touch

12/30/10: EAD & AP Approved (Card Production Ordered)

01/05/11: AOS Touch (Rec'd @ CSC)

01/06/11: AOS Touch/EAD Mailed

01/08/11: EAD & AP Rec'd

01/10/11: AOS Touch

01/14/11: EAD Touch

01/26/11: AOS APPROVED!!

02/02/11: Green Card Received

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Egypt
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welcome :)

As others have stated most of us on here are doing this ourselves. This is site is very resourceful and there are many knowledgeable people to help you along the way. I considered using a lawyer and the more I looked at what was required the more comfortable I felt I could do this on my own. Another thing I noticed too was that I had searched and read the reguirements and the various forms that needed to be filed and when I contacted several attorneys I was given informatoin I knew was incorrect because of the research I did, such as I was told by many that you can start this process immediately and you don't need anything from your fiance until later in the process, which is completely not true, there are forms that require their original signature from the beginning along with a recent passport type photo. So I would suggest that regardless what route you take you should still study up on the process and when/if you decide to go with an attorney ask them some detailed questions and see if it agrees with what you know or have learned. Good Luck!!


~ Our Journey ~

10/27/09 - Met online

04/21/10 - Travel to Egypt to meet in person

05/08/10 - Sent I-129F

05/10/10 - VSC receives I-129F

05/11/10 - NOA1

05/13/10 - Touched

05/14/10 - Touched

05/17/10 - Received NOA1 in the mail

07/06/10 - NOA2 - Approved!!!! :)

07/12/10 - Received NOA2 in the mail

07/13/10 - Received at NVC

07/16/10 - NVC changes embassy per our request

07/19/10 - Told we are in AP @ NVC

07/30/10 - Case sent to Cairo embassy

08/05/10 - Case received at embassy

09/07/10 - Received packet 3 - FINALLY!!!

09/15-10 - 2nd trip to Egypt, returned home on 10/5/10

12/14/10 - Received interview date

01/09/11 - 3rd trip to Egypt

01/12/11 - Interview - APPROVED!!!...but AP

01/24/11 - Returned to the states without my habibi :(

04/06/11 - AP was completed!! :)

05/10/11 - Visa has been issued!!!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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I was afraid for do this alone so i ask for help . . they ask em for 5000 USD for "help me" some one else told me my happynes doesn´t have price , so yes he want more money than that . . finally we decide to do it alone and we are perfect now!! :thumbs: waiting the letter from embassy and of course that Ciudad Juarez open the doors again , just pay atention here and ask if you have a question :innocent: many of us can help you out

Good luck!!! :thumbs:

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Hello all,

I am new here. I have recently become engaged to my fiancée who is a Honduran citizen living in Honduras so I began investigating the K-1 visa process. This site has been very helpful and I really appreciate all those who take the time to post and respond to posts. My first question is, should I hire an attorney to help with the process? It is not clear to me whether most people here are using attorneys or going it alone, so I guess I am very interested in all the stories, the good, the bad, and the ugly, from whoever is willing to share. I would be very interested in names of attorneys in case I go that route. Once I make the decision about an attorney, I am sure I will have other questions. I will keep everyone posted on my progress. And I do appreciate all the help.

Thanks,

K.

We did not use a lawyer...primarily because we want to understand every aspects of this life changing process. The immigration process is a long one (not just for the K-1 visa portion, but also the adjustment of status (green card), and ultimately citizen ship.) AND the immigration process itself is already expensive.

Lawyers cost MORE money (for every step), and most don't have the time or the interest to dedicate to your case (someone mentioned - "they are not vested".)

They will claim expertise, but that's very far and few true.

They will not take ownership when THEY make mistakes.

Recommendation:

First, Read and research as much as you can in VJ. Most likely, you will find the answer here.

When post questions, be very specific and describe your situation clearly so people can help. Try not to ask questions because you're too lazy to do research on. NOTE - if a person doesn't want to invest in themself, he/she shouldn't expect others to.

I think I only posted 2 questions throughout the entire K-1 Visa process - but then found the answer for myself.

Good Luck!!!


23Jan2010 "V" mailed I-129F (USPO return recp't & certified mail)

25Jan2010 NOA1 (website), 01Feb2010 via snail mail

26Jan2010 USPO return receipt received

27Jan2010 Check cashed

26Feb2010 NOA2 (website), 04Mar2010 via snail mail

06Mar2010 Petition received at NVC (website), 10Mar2010 via snail mail

17Mar2010 "Packet 3" received from Sydney Consulate (via email only)

24Mar2010 "L&V" mailed DS-230 to Sydney Consulate(sent from the US - certified mail)

_________| no activity for 26 days since "L" is still in the US. (we didn't expect the paperwork would flow so smoothly and quickly).

18Apr2010 "L" returned to Australia

19Apr2010 "L" - finger-printed & requested for police certificate

21Apr2010 "L" medical exam

23Apr2010 Police certificate received

30Apr2010 Medical results

01May2010 "L" Sent DS-1076 form + entire packet "ready for interview" to Sydney Consulate

10May2010 "Packet 4" received from Sydney Consulate (via email only)

25May2010 Interview

01Jun2010 Visa Received In-hand

28Jul2010 PoE San Francisco, California

02Aug2010 Tied the knot!!

_________ AOS (waiting for marriage certificate to file with I485/131/765/486)

"No lawyers were involved (or harmed) in this K-1 process"

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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We used a "third party's help" to fill our papers 3 years ago. Our case was pretty clear, without overstaying, criminal records and so on. As a result, due to "those guys"' mistake in the I-129F form, we got denied the K1 visa at the final step of the process... Now we got married and filed I-130 OURSELVES! But the result is a big 'red flag' on our new petition due to the previous denial. A lesson we learnt: never have the work done for you if you can DIY. A good thing from all this mess: our relationships have grown stronger due to the obstacles we overcame together!

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08-04-06 Met online

12-06-07 Filed I-129F with VSC

01-29-09 Interview; Case returned back to USCIS for 'further review'

03-21-09 FOIA Request sent (got "we have no records on your case" in respond)

07-08-09 Civil marriage; 07-11-09 Church marriage

11-14-09 I-130 Sent to CSC

11-25-09 Check Cashed by USCIS!

11-28-09 NOA1 hard copy received by snail-mail (dated 11-23-09)

04-30-10 Phone request about case outside the normal processing time

05-05-10 Hard copy letter from VSC about closure the previous petition (dated 04-05-10)

05-18-10 NOA2 hard copy received (by snail-mail)!

06-01-10 NVC case accepted

06-07-10 I-864 bill paid

06-14-10 IV bill paid

07-12-10 I-864 & DS-230 sent to NVC

07-21-10 I-864 & DS-230 received according to AVR

07-23-10 Medical (completed)

08-18-10 SIF, CC @ NVC - Thank You, LORD!

10-14-10 Planned Interview date

10-12-10 Interview cancelled

10-15-10 MRI; Brain tumour

10-19-10 Surgery. Alive

Thank You, LORD!

Love is patient...

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia
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I would only get a lawyer if either of you have a criminal record or children or some other special case like that. Otherwise, they can just delay things. Just realize that you might have to "front load" your first package... and by that I mean send extra evidence of the relationship.

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Filed: Country: Mexico
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Does your fiance have any reason to be inadmissible? Such as entering the US without inspection, over staying a visa, criminal background, DUI's, uses or used drugs in the past? If your fiance has no reason to be inadmissible you can do this yourself with the help of this site. If you hire a lawyer you'll still do all the research needed to fill in the forms and collect all the evidence to prove your relationship. If your fiance has a reason to be inadmissible then definitely hire a lawyer.

Edited by brykit

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Once again I would like to thank everyone who has responded. My fiancee has no criminal record or illegal immigration activity and has never even been to the US. She does not use drugs and has no kids. After reading these responses and other posts here we have decided not to use an attorney. The process seems pretty straight forward to me and there is a huge amount of useful information here and many people truely interested in helping. Thanks again for all the input. God bless you all.

K.

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Filed: Country: Mexico
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Yes, do it on your own. This site has a step by step guide to get you through it. Start collecting evidence of your relationship and start a good filing system to keep everything organized and a calendar to mark notes when you send and receive something. You'll be surprised what you need to dig up! Make copies of everything you send them. Good luck and spend the money you would have paid for a lawyer on your honeymoon.

Edited by brykit

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