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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I'm reading that you have to meet your fiancee within 2 years of doing a K-1 Visa.

My problem is... My fiancee and I met back in 2005 and I have been going back and forth to The Philippines since then. I have been to Philippines to see her 8 times since 2005. My problem is last visit (departure) was on July 4th 2009. I will be filing my I-129f by March 1st, 2011. Are they going with the 2 year limit by the filing date or the interview date? Confused!

I don't know if this will be an issue, but the reason I haven't made a recent trip is due to her being overloaded with her college courses and we would not have anytime together since she's in class in the daytime and doing her clinical duty at night time. She's graduating from college with BS in Nursing in April.

I have my US passport with all the arrivals and departures since 2005. I also have tons of pictures together during that time. We have chat logs and xoom, western union, and moneygram receipts, and phone records as well.

Just worried that my last visit was on July 4th 2009 and I'm filing my I-129f on March 2011.

I wouldn't mind making a trip over there this year before or during the interview, but I really hope it's not needed.


Vermont Service Center

US Embassy In Manila, The Philippines

I-129F Sent: 2011-04-25

I-129F NOA1: 2011-04-26

I-129F NOA2: 2011-09-29

NVC Received:2011-09-29

NVC Left: 2011-10-18

Consulate Received: 2011-11-03

Packet 3 Received: 2011-11-07

Interview Date: 2011-11-23

Interview Result: Approved!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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The July 2009 departure is within the 2 year rule, so you are fine.

I would at least make the trip for the interview.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Thanks! I'll probably end up going over for the interview.

The July 2009 departure is within the 2 year rule, so you are fine.

I would at least make the trip for the interview.


Vermont Service Center

US Embassy In Manila, The Philippines

I-129F Sent: 2011-04-25

I-129F NOA1: 2011-04-26

I-129F NOA2: 2011-09-29

NVC Received:2011-09-29

NVC Left: 2011-10-18

Consulate Received: 2011-11-03

Packet 3 Received: 2011-11-07

Interview Date: 2011-11-23

Interview Result: Approved!

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The July 2009 departure is within the 2 year rule, so you are fine.

I would at least make the trip for the interview.

But is the 2 year requirement at the time the petition packet is actually sent, or at the time of adjudication of the petition? If the latter, it will be likely that the OP's petition will be adjudicated after Jully, 2011 and then he would not fulfill the 2 year requirement.


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.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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But is the 2 year requirement at the time the petition packet is actually sent, or at the time of adjudication of the petition? If the latter, it will be likely that the OP's petition will be adjudicated after Jully, 2011 and then he would not fulfill the 2 year requirement.

Time petition is filed.

Need to have physically been together sometime within 2 years prior to petition filing.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ukraine
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But is the 2 year requirement at the time the petition packet is actually sent, or at the time of adjudication of the petition? If the latter, it will be likely that the OP's petition will be adjudicated after Jully, 2011 and then he would not fulfill the 2 year requirement.

Before the filing of the petition, the NOA1 date.


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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It's the filing date, so you're good on that

BUT: If you don't see her again between now and the interview date, you run an increased risk that the consular officer will conclude that you don't have a bona fide relationship or that you had one at one point but no longer do. After all, it will be well over 2 years by the time she interviews.

So go and file, but plan on at least one trip and take lots of photos to show the CO that you are very much in love.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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But is the 2 year requirement at the time the petition packet is actually sent, or at the time of adjudication of the petition? If the latter, it will be likely that the OP's petition will be adjudicated after Jully, 2011 and then he would not fulfill the 2 year requirement.

Within two years, no more, at the date the petition is first filed.


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

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