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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Chile
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Thank God the big step is out of the way, but bigger ones to come! In order to make sure that our "evidence of an ongoing relationship" is intact, I really am wondering about my return to Chile. I originally wanted to return to be there for Vinko's interview, but I am wondering if it will look better if I visited between the time the I-129F was filed and the interview. The last time I was in Chile to see Vinko was in May 2010. Flying to Chile is expensive so I don't really want to do this twice. Any ideas?


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Biometrics appointment - 10/8/13

Removal of Conditions approved - 12/16/13

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Thank God the big step is out of the way, but bigger ones to come! In order to make sure that our "evidence of an ongoing relationship" is intact, I really am wondering about my return to Chile. I originally wanted to return to be there for Vinko's interview, but I am wondering if it will look better if I visited between the time the I-129F was filed and the interview. The last time I was in Chile to see Vinko was in May 2010. Flying to Chile is expensive so I don't really want to do this twice. Any ideas?

We went back and forth about if I should come to visit my fiance' during the waiting period, or wait and come during the interview. Money is tight just right now, so I had some worries about being able to afford two trips. We decided to go ahead and try to do both, although if the choice came down to it, I'd chose to be there for his interview over coming for a visit.


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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Jamaica
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Thank God the big step is out of the way, but bigger ones to come! In order to make sure that our "evidence of an ongoing relationship" is intact, I really am wondering about my return to Chile. I originally wanted to return to be there for Vinko's interview, but I am wondering if it will look better if I visited between the time the I-129F was filed and the interview. The last time I was in Chile to see Vinko was in May 2010. Flying to Chile is expensive so I don't really want to do this twice. Any ideas?

Well for the ongoing relationship... it's up to you non would measured any greater than the other. But if it was me I'd go prior to the Interview and so you can also provide more recent documents to prove your relationship. If the consulate would allow you to enter then I'd say going there to be present at the interview would work just as good. Know that it is not a requirement for you to appear for the interview unless otherwise requested.


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Dec 30 2010 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
May 12 2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)
May 23 2011 - NVC case # Assigned
Nov 17 2011 - COA / I-864 received
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Apr 30 2012 - Pay AOS fee

Oct 15 2012 - Pay IV fee
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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Chile
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The consulate does allow fiance(e)s to enter...


I-751 Removal of Conditions sent - 9/7/13

NOA1 received - 9/17/13

Biometrics appointment - 10/8/13

Removal of Conditions approved - 12/16/13

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Being there for the interview defiantly. Nothing says commitment like you being there and if something goes wrong, Plan B for the officer will be to quiz both of you. Plan B for the officer if you aren't there is "try again at a later time."

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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Personally, I'd go for the interview. It would really help out your fiancee (emotional support) and show the staffer doing the interview that you are serious and it is a real relationship.

If asked why you havent visited since May 2010, just explain why (money problems, work related etc).

If you go for the interview, you can bring all the documents you the USC needs to provide then.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Kenya
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If Chile allows the petitioner to be present for the interview, I say go for that. There is, in my opinion, no greater proof of an ongoing relationship than you standing there next to your fiance for the interview. I went with my (now) husband to his interview and it lasted 5 minutes - the CO looked surprised to see me, asked Sifa two questions, glanced at some pictures and did not want to see any of our other giant folder of proof of ongoing relationship. Obviously it will vary by consulate, but there's my two cents. I really do think it helps to be there for the interview if you can (and it certainly doesn't hurt!)


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08/16/12 - NOA :: 09/13/12 - Biometrics :: 04/12/13 - Approved :: 04/19/13 - GC received


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Croatia
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How exciting for your next big step to be in the near future :)

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I am currently asking myself the same question...and of course with all the fees and a wedding and transitioning, money is a tight issue for me too. But I think that going to the interview would be better.

You'll be able to be there with Vinko :) I'm sure he'll be nervous, and your presence will help him.

I'm sure it will help when the Consulate officer sees you there too! What more proof could they want or need if you're there in person haha :)

Good luck in your decision :)


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Engaged - 12/31/2010

File - 07/26/2011

NOA1 - 08/02/2011

NOA2 - 12/22/2011 (e-mail notice)
Visa Approved - 03/13/2012

Married - 03/31/2012 <3

*Started the AOS process a bit late cuse I'm a slacker and suck

But, we've had no issues. It's coming along. Interview should

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Chile
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Personally, I'd go for the interview. It would really help out your fiancee (emotional support) and show the staffer doing the interview that you are serious and it is a real relationship.

If asked why you havent visited since May 2010, just explain why (money problems, work related etc).

If you go for the interview, you can bring all the documents you the USC needs to provide then.

Exactly my thoughts as to why to go for interview!


I-751 Removal of Conditions sent - 9/7/13

NOA1 received - 9/17/13

Biometrics appointment - 10/8/13

Removal of Conditions approved - 12/16/13

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Chile
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How exciting for your next big step to be in the near future :)

...

I am currently asking myself the same question...and of course with all the fees and a wedding and transitioning, money is a tight issue for me too. But I think that going to the interview would be better.

You'll be able to be there with Vinko :) I'm sure he'll be nervous, and your presence will help him.

I'm sure it will help when the Consulate officer sees you there too! What more proof could they want or need if you're there in person haha :)

Good luck in your decision :)

Exactly...I am very concerned about Vinko being there alone...had been down this route when he tried to get a tourist visa to see me and it was the site of a very big disappointment...that is reason alone to join him!


I-751 Removal of Conditions sent - 9/7/13

NOA1 received - 9/17/13

Biometrics appointment - 10/8/13

Removal of Conditions approved - 12/16/13

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Nothing says commitment like you being there and if something goes wrong, Plan B for the officer will be to quiz both of you. Plan B for the officer if you aren't there is "try again at a later time."
This is the very best of several excellent posts. Go a couple of days before, take pictures, find a place to print them out, and bring them to the interview, si man.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Definitely go for the interview. I was so happy that my fiance came :) CONGRATULATIONS! :D


My Journey:

We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

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Thank God the big step is out of the way, but bigger ones to come! In order to make sure that our "evidence of an ongoing relationship" is intact, I really am wondering about my return to Chile. I originally wanted to return to be there for Vinko's interview, but I am wondering if it will look better if I visited between the time the I-129F was filed and the interview. The last time I was in Chile to see Vinko was in May 2010. Flying to Chile is expensive so I don't really want to do this twice. Any ideas?

Hello Lisa!

Well, I would suggest do both! Of course, I just returned from visiting my fiance for New Year, received NOA2 last week, and I am returning at the beginning of March for 10 days. I am also planning to go to the interview (thinking that it might take place end of April or around first half of May). If your financial situation allows, why not go for both? Having said this, your decision should really involve some consulate-specific knowledge/research. Is it expected for the petitioner to be present at the interview in Chile? If you are not present, would this be an instant denial of Vinko's visa? I do not know the answer because I have not read reviews specific to Santiago de Chile, but I suppose that if you have patience and your funds are limited a trip for the interview might be the better choice.

Best wishes and I hope the interview is scheduled soon!


August 23, 2010 - I-129 F package sent via USPS priority mail with delivery confirmation.

August 30, 2010 - Per Department of Homeland Security (DHS) e-mail, petition received and routed to California Service Center for processing. Check cashed. I-797C Notice of Action by mail (NOA 1) - Received date 08/25/2010. Notice date 08/27/2010.

After 150 days of imposed anxious patience...

January 24, 2011 - Per USCIS website, petition approved and notice mailed.

January 31, 2011 - Approval receipt notice (NOA 2) received by mail. Called NVC, given Santo Domingo case number, and informed that petition was sent same day to consulate.

Called Visa Specialist at the Department of State every day for a case update. Informed of interview date on February, 16 2011. Informed that packet was mailed to fiance on February, 15 2011.

February 21, 2011 - Fiance has not yet received packet. Called 1-877-804-5402 (Visa Information Center of the United States Embassy) to request a duplicate packet in person pick-up at the US consulate in Santo Domingo. Packet can be picked-up by fiance on 02/28.

March 1, 2011 - Medical exam completed at Consultorios de Visa in Santo Domingo.

March 9, 2011 at 6 AM - Interview, approved!

March 18, 2011 - POE together. JFK and O'Hare airports. Legal wedding: May 16, 2011.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Chile
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This is the very best of several excellent posts. Go a couple of days before, take pictures, find a place to print them out, and bring them to the interview, si man.

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I-751 Removal of Conditions sent - 9/7/13

NOA1 received - 9/17/13

Biometrics appointment - 10/8/13

Removal of Conditions approved - 12/16/13

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