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K1 - Without Dam Hoi

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Dear VN VJ Members,

I have a question. I have visited my fiance 3 times in the last 9 months in Vietnam. She is 30 and I am 38. I am divorced and she does not have any family her in the US. We met while I was on vacation over a year ago.

We did not have a Dam Hoi. I met her family and our plan is for her to come to the US on a K1, have a small ceremony here and then in the next year or so, have a large ceremony in Vietnam in which my family will go there to meet her family formally.

Will this be an issue or could this be an issue at her interview at the HCMC?

Any comments are appreciated.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Vietnam
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Tommy just got denied for only having 2 trips and no dam hoi... others have been approved without and less trips.. it all depends on the CO and how your initial petiton looks when they first go over it at the consulate...

moving to VN regional

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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I agree with Scott. Three trips looks good. No Dam Hoi does not look so good. If there's any way you could make one more trip and have a Dam Hoi then I think you'd be in a much better position.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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I'm sure you've read through the Vietnam and Asia: East & Pacific regional forums to see that it is not the norm for K1 approval without a Dam Hoi/Dinh Hon.

The future plans (return to VN later for a wedding ceremony) will likely have little impact. At this point you've submitted all you can submit and the onus will be on your fiancee's interview with the CO. If it comes up she will need to explain why you folks chose not to have the ceremony.

Hopefully the CO will see the genuine nature of your relationship. At worst you will get a blue slip and you make another quick trip over and back.

Best of luck to you both.


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It will be an issue when they ask if there was a Dam Hoi or not, or if they request pictures of the Dam Hoi.

If that happens, then better be able to explain why there wasn't one. There are some good reasons for not

having a Dam Hoi, and these do include age or marital history.

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