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so anyway, my fiancee (USC) went to get her certified divorce decree and has been told she will have to wait a month for it...my interview is wednesday!, so looks like i'm not going to get approved. I know its our own fault for not getting it sooner but we thought the decree was for my application (beneficiary)and ive never been married. They have a copy of her divorce decree and i have a copy too, but neither certified :(..if anyone reading this has any experience with the same let me know, also if there's any hope for us :).....feeling pretty down to say the least. Thanks guys

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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so anyway, my fiancee (USC) went to get her certified divorce decree and has been told she will have to wait a month for it...my interview is wednesday!, so looks like i'm not going to get approved. I know its our own fault for not getting it sooner but we thought the decree was for my application (beneficiary)and ive never been married. They have a copy of her divorce decree and i have a copy too, but neither certified :(..if anyone reading this has any experience with the same let me know, also if there's any hope for us :).....feeling pretty down to say the least. Thanks guys

Wait for a month...Why ? May be you should talk to their supervisor...


AOS Time line

06.28.10 | Mailed AOS Package (I-130, I-485, I-765)

06.29.10 | Package Received at Chicago Lockbox

06.30.10 | Received Email & Text NOAs

07.07.10 | Money Orders cashed

07.08.10 | NOA-1 Hard Copies received in the mail

07.13.10 | Biometrics letter received; scheduled for 07/22

07.14.10 | Successful Biometrics walk-in

07.15.10 | Touched: I-130,I-485 & I-765 (cases online)

07.16.10 | Touched: I-130,I-485 & I-765

07.19.10 | Touched: I-130,I-485 & I-765

07.22.10 | Touched: I-130,I-485 & I-765 and RFE in Email and on Case status

07.23.10 | Touched: I-130,I-485 & I-765

07.27.10 | Got RFE letter(documentation of current income required)

08.04.10 | RFE Sent

08.06.10 | USPS Delivery confirmation at 4.20 PM

08.10.10 | Touched: I-485

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so anyway, my fiancee (USC) went to get her certified divorce decree and has been told she will have to wait a month for it...my interview is wednesday!, so looks like i'm not going to get approved. I know its our own fault for not getting it sooner but we thought the decree was for my application (beneficiary)and ive never been married. They have a copy of her divorce decree and i have a copy too, but neither certified :(..if anyone reading this has any experience with the same let me know, also if there's any hope for us :).....feeling pretty down to say the least. Thanks guys

As far as i'm aware that's the waiting time for anything needing to be certified from the court house her divorce was processed, i'm hoping that maybe they will still approve the visa but just not release it until they receive the certified copy...do you think this is feasable (feasible? i don't know how you spell it lol)

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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I walked into my courthouse where the divorce was filed, paid my $20 and they went in the back room..

a few minutes later I had my certified copy


Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate :

I-129F Sent : 2010-03-09

I-129F Received : 2010-03-11

I-129F NOA1 : 2010-03-12 "touched"

I-129F NOA2 : 2010-04-29 APPROVED!!!!

NOA2 Hard Copy : 2010-05-04

NOA2 Sent to Embassy 2010-05-10

NOA2 Received 2010-05-13 (I hope it is ours anyway)

Packet 3 : 2010-05-20 Received!!!

Packet 4 : 2010-06-29 Received!!!

Interview: 2010-07-20 - APPROVED

Visa On Hand : 2010-07-21 ( Yahoo!!!)

POE - August 20, 2010

AOS,EAD & AP

October 15,2010 Sent AOS,EAD & AP ( Chicago Lockbox)

October 25,2010 - Received Hard Copies of AOS,EAD & AP

October 25, 2010 - Touched

October 27, 2010 - Received Biometric Scheduled ( dated 19.Nov.2010)

November 19, 2010 - Biometric Schedule done

December 09,2011 - Interview Notice Received - schedule on January 20, 2011

December 22,2010 - EAD Approved

December 23,2010 - AP Approved

December 30,2010 - AP Received

December 31,2010 - EAD Card Received

January 20,2011 - interview - Approved - (Exactly my 5 months I landed in US)

January 29,2011 - Green Card Received - (Exactly 1 year that we got engaged)

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Did they actually tell you specifically that they wanted a certified copy of the USC's divorce decree? It was my understanding that the original/certified copies of documents you bring to the embassy interview are only related to the beneficiary? I'd be interested to know if anybody else was actually asked for the USC original documents at the interview too...

I guess all you can do at this point is take the regular copy and see how it goes!


USCIS

02-25-11 Sent I-130

03-01-11 NOA1 Priority Date

03-04-11 NOA1 Email/text

03-07-11 Check cashed

03-09-11 NOA1 hard copy

06-16-11 NOA2 Email/text (107 Days! Yaay!)

06-21-11 NOA2 hard copy

Detour

06-21-11 Informed USCIS of their error: they wrongly thought we were adjusting status so they held the petition and didn't forward it to NVC

06-30-11 Expedited service request granted to forward petition to NVC

08-02-11 Congressional Inquiry to get USCIS to finally forward petition to NVC

08-05-11 USCIS admits our file was routed to National Records Center and will expedite its return and forward to NVC

08-23-11 Congressman's office informs me that file is FINALLY on its way to NVC! Woohoo!!

NVC

08-22-11 Received by NVC

09-19-11 Case # Assigned. Emailed DS-3032.

09-22-11 AOS Bill Invoiced/Paid. DS-3032 Received. Emailed DS-3032 again.

09-26-11 AOS Invoice marked Paid. I-864 Mailed. DS-3032 Accepted.

09-27-11 IV Bill Invoiced/Paid.

09-28-11 IV Invoice marked Paid. DS-230 Mailed. I-864 Delivered.

09-30-11 DS-230 Delivered. NVC operator says I-864 approved!

10-06-11 Medical

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Mexico
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I have never heard of it taking a month to get a certified document from a courthouse. You should be able to walk in, pay the fee and get it printed it out right then and there.

I had to mail off to another state to get mine, and it still only took about 2 weeks total time.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ_Ciudad-Juarez-2-22-2021.pdf

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Did they actually tell you specifically that they wanted a certified copy of the USC's divorce decree? It was my understanding that the original/certified copies of documents you bring to the embassy interview are only related to the beneficiary? I'd be interested to know if anybody else was actually asked for the USC original documents at the interview too...

I guess all you can do at this point is take the regular copy and see how it goes!

No they haven't specifically asked, have just been trying to cover all bases so to speak, half of my problem, or worry, is that i read a lot of forums and lots of different people give a lot of conflicting views, i just hope it is just for the beneficiary

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I took the original of my divorce decree into the court house yesterday and they photocopied it and certified it right there on the spot. They did not charge me for certifying it. I have read somewhere that it has to be a certified copy that you give to them. I read recently that someone was at their interview in Montreal and they had to run out of the interview and go somewhere to get a certification.


Sent AOS pack......2011-08-08

NOA's dated ..........2011-08-15

Biometrics..............2011-09-13

EAD card.................2011-10-26

AP card....................2011-10-26

AOS approved .......2011-12-19

Green card rec.......2011-12-27

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Well your location says London, so this is what the London Embassy website says...

If your application was processed by the Embassy you will be required to obtain the original documents or certified copies, and one photocopy, for yourself and each family member applying for a visa. All documents that pertain to you are required, even if they were previously submitted to the USCIS with your petition.

I'm not an expert on this at all, but I interpreted this to mean that they only need the documents for the person interviewing. The list of documents includes things that you obviously couldn't bring with you if they were meant to include things relevant to your USC fiancee, like the USC passport... so fingers crossed you won't need the certified copy.

But, if they do in fact ask for it and they were going to approve you anyway, you will just have to supply it before they issue the visa...

If you appear for an interview without the documents, action on your application will be suspended under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and you will be given 12 months from the date of the interview to present the documents.

Hope this helps!


USCIS

02-25-11 Sent I-130

03-01-11 NOA1 Priority Date

03-04-11 NOA1 Email/text

03-07-11 Check cashed

03-09-11 NOA1 hard copy

06-16-11 NOA2 Email/text (107 Days! Yaay!)

06-21-11 NOA2 hard copy

Detour

06-21-11 Informed USCIS of their error: they wrongly thought we were adjusting status so they held the petition and didn't forward it to NVC

06-30-11 Expedited service request granted to forward petition to NVC

08-02-11 Congressional Inquiry to get USCIS to finally forward petition to NVC

08-05-11 USCIS admits our file was routed to National Records Center and will expedite its return and forward to NVC

08-23-11 Congressman's office informs me that file is FINALLY on its way to NVC! Woohoo!!

NVC

08-22-11 Received by NVC

09-19-11 Case # Assigned. Emailed DS-3032.

09-22-11 AOS Bill Invoiced/Paid. DS-3032 Received. Emailed DS-3032 again.

09-26-11 AOS Invoice marked Paid. I-864 Mailed. DS-3032 Accepted.

09-27-11 IV Bill Invoiced/Paid.

09-28-11 IV Invoice marked Paid. DS-230 Mailed. I-864 Delivered.

09-30-11 DS-230 Delivered. NVC operator says I-864 approved!

10-06-11 Medical

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Yea, this doesn't make any sense that you have to what a month. I was told the same thing from the Sacramento Courts, but that's only if you ordered it. BUT, the other option I was given is to have the papers sent back to the courts (takes about seven business day) and you have them make copies of it. Pay .50 a copy for the "Notice of Entry of Judgement".

I was asked if I wanted to pay for the "Certificate" but, I said if they need it I will come back. I sent both my "Stipulated Judgment" and "Notice of Entry of Judgement". I already recieved my NOA1 and no additional information is need as of the this notice.


04-??-2005, --:-- -- - Met online at myforeignbride.com

04-14-2005, --:-- -- - First meeting online using Yahoo

08-30-2005, --:-- -- - Choosed to make a commitment to me, Yeppee!

10-17-2005, --:-- -- - Accepted my marriage proposal

07-30-2008, --:-- -- - Arrived in the Philippines

08-04-2008, --:-- -- - Departed from the Philippines

07-26-2010, 10:01 am - Sent I-129F Express Mail, Signature Required!

07-27-2010, 10:57 am - Delivered, LAGUNA NIGUEL, signed by M GUERRERO.

07-30-2010, --:-- -- - NOA1

08-05-2010, 11:33 am - Recieved (NOA1) I-797C, Notice of Action: received and is in process.

12-20-2010, --:-- -- - NOA2 - APPROVED!

12-24-2010, 12:30 pm -- - Recieved (NOA2) - Valid from 12/20/2010 to 04/19/2011

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Argentina
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Yeah this seems a little extreme. I even called another state where I had been married previously and the lady on the phone prepared the docs while I was on hold. Certified and signed with the Gold seal from the clerk of courts office. Then within an hour after she prepared them I had Fedex pick them up there and overnight them to me. I then fedex'd them to my fiance' and she had them in her hands in 2 days. So from phone call to Fiance' USA to Argentina 4 total days. Good Luck with everything.

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Hi I have a quick question to add. The instructions for the I-129F just say to send a copy of the divorce decree so I made a photocopy and sent it. I just got my NOA1 yesterday but now I'm wondering if I should have sent a certified copy. Am I fine? Is the photocopy going to fly, or should I go get a certified copy and send it ASAP before they even get a chance to send me an RFE?

thanks

PS I would just do it but our courthouse has specific days and specific times on those days that they let you do this so it's a pain. Just thought i'd ask you guys first especially since i have to wait til Tuesday anyways.


07/28/2009 Met on LDSlinkup.com

09/04/2009 Relationship officially started

06/11/2010 Met in Philippines

06/30/2010 Traveled to Singapore together

07/05/2010 I had to go back to the US

07/22/2010 I-129F mailed

07/24/2010 Delivery confirmation says I-129F received. Waiting for NOA1

08/02/2010 Check Cashed still waiting for NOA1

08/05/2010 NOA 1 received!!!!!!!!!!! (dated 07/29/2010)

12/21/2010 NOA 2 received!!!!!!!!!!! (dated 12/14/2010)

12/29/2010 NVC letter

01/12/2011 Packet 3!!!!!

02/02/2011 Sent checklist back to embassy....Waiting for phone call....

03/03/2011 She had her interview...Lacking of evidence....told her what to get and told her to come back

03/30/2011 She went back to the embassy....This time we had everything...K-1 approved; not in hand yet

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so anyway, my fiancee (USC) went to get her certified divorce decree and has been told she will have to wait a month for it...my interview is wednesday!, so looks like i'm not going to get approved. I know its our own fault for not getting it sooner but we thought the decree was for my application (beneficiary)and ive never been married. They have a copy of her divorce decree and i have a copy too, but neither certified :(..if anyone reading this has any experience with the same let me know, also if there's any hope for us :).....feeling pretty down to say the least. Thanks guys

I sent in a copy of the copy I had that was certified.

Even if you don't have a copy of the certified/signed one, give them a copy of the one you have.

The worse that can happen is they want a more bona fide one and you can produce it later.

Divorces (in the US) are easily verified online by the USCIS.

They want to know if the person is free to marry and they would probably

verify that independantly no matter what kind of documentation you gave.

I did not have your exact same experience (I gave them a copy of my certified copy),

but I think it makes sense.


02/2003 - Met

08/24/09 I-129F; 09/02 NOA1; 10/14 NOA2; 11/24 interview; 11/30 K-1 VISA (92 d); 12/29 POE 12/31/09 Marriage

03/29/-04/06/10 - AOS sent/rcd; 04/13 NOA1; AOS 2 NBC

04/14 $1010 cashed; 04/19 NOA1

04/28 Biom.

06/16 EAD/AP

06/24 Infops; AP mail

06/28 EAD mail; travel 2 BKK; return 07/17

07/20/10 interview, 4d. b4 I-129F anniv. APPROVAL!*

08/02/10 GC

08/09/10 SSN

2012-05-16 Lifting Cond. - I-751 sent

2012-06-27 Biom,

2013-01-10 7 Mo, 2 Wks. & 5 days - 10 Yr. PR Card (no interview)

*2013-04-22 Apply for citizenship (if she desires at that time) 90 days prior to 3yr anniversary of P. Residence

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Norway
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My fiance just had her interview a few days ago. I've been married and divorced, she's never been married. When she went to the interview she brought with her a certified copy of my divorce paperwork. They never even asked her for it. Granted this wasn't at the London embassy.

When the original paperwork was submitted to USCIS, did he include a copy of the divorce paperwork?

I don't know how the system works in the area where your fiance lives, but where I'm at, a phone call to the county courthouse only gave me instructions on how to file and recieve the paperwork in the mail. I had to navigate a bit to find a person I could ask for the paperwork sooner than that. She was able to prepare it for me in a few hours (as the actual papers were in a vault somewhere and needed to be retrieved) as long as I was willing to drive in and pick it up.


Our Relationship

2007 Fall : We meet online and become good friends

2008 Summer : Our relationship becomes stronger and we fall in love without knowing it

2009 Spring : We meet in person... and everything just "clicks"

2010-01-07 : I propose... and she says yes!

Our K-1 Journey

2010-03-19 : I-129F Sent

2010-03-25 : NOA1

2010-05-14 : NOA2

2010-05-16 : NVC Received

2010-05-18 : NVC Left

2010-05-20 : Consulate Received

2010-05-26 : Packet 3 Received

2010-07-10 : Packet 3 Sent

2010-07-19 : Medical exam in Stavanger

2010-07-20 : Packet 4 Received

2010-08-04 : Interview in Oslo - APPROVED!

2010-08-26 : Port-Of-Entry, Los Angeles

2010-09-10 : Married!

Adjustment of Status

2010-10-29 : I-485 / I-765 / I-131 and related documents sent

2010-11-04 : Email notification, documents received

2010-12-02 : Website says I-765 and I-131 approved and to wait 30 days for the cards to arrive...

2010-12-08 : Biometrics appointment in Los Angeles. Very smooth, zero problems.

2010-12-14 : I-485 case transferred to CSC

2011-01-03 : Called USCIS because EAD and AP never recieved by us.

2011-01-18 : EAD received

2011-02-01 : I-485 Approved! Strangely enough, AP arrives in the mail; guess it was refiled on our behalf.

2011-02-04 : Green card in hand!

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