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Fianc'ee in a war zone. can I do something to expedite

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Hi.

Pim is in the middle if the crisis area between Thailand and Cambodia .Her village is 5 miles from the temple that is a war zone, one of the pictures we submitted with the application was us together there (when it was quiet back in 2009)

In February when her village was bombarded, she and her family were refugees for almost 3 weeks and now the fighting is back on.

Needless to say the panic level (here and there) is reaching new boiling point.

Is there a way to expedite it. if the Fianc'ee is in real danger?

Who can I contact? what can I do?

The application is almost 5 months in the same "initial review" status

I just feel so helpless....

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Call USCIS and explain the situation. I don't know if they will expedite or not.


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i called uscis at the beginning of march when there were killings of men women and children above and beyond the ordinary in karachi...and my husband would have to walk to work and back puttin himself in great danger because the buses would be on strike and not run...soo we did call and request expedite due to humanitarian reasons and were approved expedite...so yes absolutely if she is in danger which she is then be prepared to document it..with travel warnings or other things that the government issues (they cant say it didnt happen then ) and they will give you a reference number for your expedite while they look into it...it took us just less than a week to find out we were approved expedite....then they pulled our case file and approved by the 24 of march....good luck


10/02/2010 Nikah/Marriage in Karachi
USCIS JOURNEY
11/10/2010 -Sent
03/24/2011 i 130 approved!!!
NVC JOURNEY
03/30/2011 NVC received case-04/07/2011 NVC Case Number Assigned
05/03/2011 CASE COMPLETE- In Que for INTERVIEW!!-05/17/2011 Received interview letter and info via email
EMBASSY JOURNEY
05/20/2011 Medical Appt/passed
06/15/2011 Interview result AP
06/21/2011 Submitted requested docs..under review
07/25/2011 CO called did phone interview result: PENDING MANDATORY AP/CO told us they have to do namechecks

03/07/2013 Case returned to USCIS waiting for NOIR/reaffirmation

04/18/2013 USCIS received case for review

08/19/2013 Received NOIR to respond by 9/18/2013

9/9/2013 Responded to NOIR/USCIS received documents awaiting response

9/20/2013 USCIS reaffirmed sent to embassy

1/04/14 Case opened for review

8/31/15 Interview- no questions visa approved on the spot

9/8/15 visa status issued

9/10/15 visa received

9/19/15 POE Charlotte

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i called uscis at the beginning of march when there were killings of men women and children above and beyond the ordinary in karachi...and my husband would have to walk to work and back puttin himself in great danger because the buses would be on strike and not run...soo we did call and request expedite due to humanitarian reasons and were approved expedite...so yes absolutely if she is in danger which she is then be prepared to document it..with travel warnings or other things that the government issues (they cant say it didnt happen then ) and they will give you a reference number for your expedite while they look into it...it took us just less than a week to find out we were approved expedite....then they pulled our case file and approved by the 24 of march....good luck

Yours is a CR-1, not K-1. K-1s are not eligible for expedited handling. Also, in your case, you filed in November 2010 and he is still not here in April 2011, nearly 6 months and he is not here does not qulaify as "expedited" in anything but a relative way.

The OP may ask, but should not have any unrealistic expectations. Exceptions to the rule for K-1s are very rare and usually involve only circumstances affecting the US citizen petitioner.


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i called uscis at the beginning of march when there were killings of men women and children above and beyond the ordinary in karachi...and my husband would have to walk to work and back puttin himself in great danger because the buses would be on strike and not run...soo we did call and request expedite due to humanitarian reasons and were approved expedite...so yes absolutely if she is in danger which she is then be prepared to document it..with travel warnings or other things that the government issues (they cant say it didnt happen then ) and they will give you a reference number for your expedite while they look into it...it took us just less than a week to find out we were approved expedite....then they pulled our case file and approved by the 24 of march....good luck

Thanks.

I will call on Monday and also contact my Congressman

This is from travel.state.gov :"We recommend that you defer travel near the Thai-Cambodian border in the area of the Preah Vihear temple because of a border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia. Soldiers from the two countries have been stationed along the border in this area since July 2008 and have exchanged gunfire on several occasions. Some artillery fire has struck several kilometers away from the border. Fighting has also extended some distance along the border from the temple complex. Until the situation has been resolved, you should exercise extreme caution if you must travel to areas along the Thai-Cambodian border where troop activities are reported. "

Her house is less than 5 miles from the temple (the temple is on the ridge overlooking her village)

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Yours is a CR-1, not K-1. K-1s are not eligible for expedited handling. Also, in your case, you filed in November 2010 and he is still not here in April 2011, nearly 6 months and he is not here does not qulaify as "expedited" in anything but a relative way.

The OP may ask, but should not have any unrealistic expectations. Exceptions to the rule for K-1s are very rare and usually involve only circumstances affecting the US citizen petitioner.

I didnt request the expedite until March when the killings began at his home and work place and we are just about complete with nvc ready to schedule interview ...so pull back a little bit before you think you know about my case completely

and while it may be a stretch for him to try expedite...anybody can try...especially if someone they love is in danger...I never said it would work i said he could request it...they would look into it...

Edited by EAbbas

10/02/2010 Nikah/Marriage in Karachi
USCIS JOURNEY
11/10/2010 -Sent
03/24/2011 i 130 approved!!!
NVC JOURNEY
03/30/2011 NVC received case-04/07/2011 NVC Case Number Assigned
05/03/2011 CASE COMPLETE- In Que for INTERVIEW!!-05/17/2011 Received interview letter and info via email
EMBASSY JOURNEY
05/20/2011 Medical Appt/passed
06/15/2011 Interview result AP
06/21/2011 Submitted requested docs..under review
07/25/2011 CO called did phone interview result: PENDING MANDATORY AP/CO told us they have to do namechecks

03/07/2013 Case returned to USCIS waiting for NOIR/reaffirmation

04/18/2013 USCIS received case for review

08/19/2013 Received NOIR to respond by 9/18/2013

9/9/2013 Responded to NOIR/USCIS received documents awaiting response

9/20/2013 USCIS reaffirmed sent to embassy

1/04/14 Case opened for review

8/31/15 Interview- no questions visa approved on the spot

9/8/15 visa status issued

9/10/15 visa received

9/19/15 POE Charlotte

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I didnt request the expedite until March when the killings began at his home and work place and we are just about complete with nvc ready to schedule interview ...so pull back a little bit before you think you know about my case completely

and while it may be a stretch for him to try expedite...anybody can try...especially if someone they love is in danger...

Its a toll free number even!

You have a CR-1, he is planning to file an I-129f for a K-1. Big difference.


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Gary And Alla

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Thanks.

I will call on Monday and also contact my Congressman

This is from travel.state.gov :"We recommend that you defer travel near the Thai-Cambodian border in the area of the Preah Vihear temple because of a border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia. Soldiers from the two countries have been stationed along the border in this area since July 2008 and have exchanged gunfire on several occasions. Some artillery fire has struck several kilometers away from the border. Fighting has also extended some distance along the border from the temple complex. Until the situation has been resolved, you should exercise extreme caution if you must travel to areas along the Thai-Cambodian border where troop activities are reported. "

Her house is less than 5 miles from the temple (the temple is on the ridge overlooking her village)

I dont think this will be seen as the level of danger required for an expidite. Hope I am wrong. My family in that area doesnt feel threatend by the political situation in the area. The argument has been going on for years. The recent gun play shows they get carried away sometimes. It is typical Asian to pick a temple as a battleground.

The U S government has no choice but to issue the statement.

Your Congressman will get back to you in a month or so. They have no idea of nor influence over this situation in South East Asia. Nothing wrong with asking.

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It doesnt hurt to try k1s from Japan were being expedited after the earthquake


Daniel

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Service Center : California Service Center

I-129F Sent : Feb 9,2011

I-129F Received :In Texas then sent to CSC Feb 11,2011

Check cashed and in Initial Review : Feb 16,2011

I-129F NOA1 Hard Copy : Feb 15 2011

TOUCHED 04/04/2011 Is it wrong to be happy to be touched by a stranger?

I-129F RFE(s) : None

I-129F NOA2 :05/27/2011

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Consulate Received : 07/01/2011

Packet 3 Received : 07/18/2011

Packet 3 Sent : 07/19/2011

Medical Exam : 07/19/2011

Packet 4 Received :07/25/2011

Interview Date :09/13/2011

Interview Result : Approved

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Yours is a CR-1, not K-1. K-1s are not eligible for expedited handling.

That is not a correct statement. K-1's ARE eligible for expedites. Mine was expedited and so have many others here in VJ.

Edited by Juan & Nan

K-1 TIMELINE11/03/2010 Mailed I-129F Petition to USCIS VSC
11/15/2010 Received NOA1 in the mail
02/04/2011 Requested expediting of case for military deployment
02/11/2011 Expediting request approved
02/22/2011 Received expediting request approval letter in the mail
02/28/2011 NOA2 Document Received in the mail
02/28/2011 NVC received and case # assigned
03/01/2011 Case sent to Embassy
03/04/2011 Case received at the Embassy
03/09/2011 Embassy sent Packet 3 via mail (we did not wait for it, downloaded forms online)
03/15/2011 Sent Packet 3 to the Embassy
03/18/2011 Embassy received Packet 3 in the mail
03/28/2011 Received Packet 4 from Embassy
04/20/2011 Embassy Interview Date (APPROVED)
04/27/2011 POE JFK, NY
AOS/AE/AP TIMELINE
06/24/2011 Mailed the AOS/EA/AP
07/05/2011 Received NOA1's for the AP/AE/AOS dated 06/27/2011
07/08/2011 Received NOA for biometrics appointment
07/25/2011 Biometrics appointment
08/24/2011 Received AP/AE card in the mail
09/08/2011 AOS interview APPROVED
09/09/2011 Card in production
09/19/2011 Green card on hand!

I-130 TIMELINE - STEPDAUGHTER I-751 TIMELINE-WIFE

04/07/2013 Mailed I-130 petition 06/10/2013 Mailed I-751 petition

04/14/2013 Received NOA1 inthe mail 06/19/2013 Received NOA1 in mail

05/04/2013 Requested expediting due to military deployment %

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Why not just move away from the Temple?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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That is not a correct statement. K-1's ARE eligible for expedites. Mine was expedited and so have many others here in VJ.

It is a correct statement. Yours was an exception to the rule. That does not change the rule. For what reason was yours expedited?


VERMONT! I Reject Your Reality...and Substitute My Own!

Gary And Alla

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That is not a correct statement. K-1's ARE eligible for expedites. Mine was expedited and so have many others here in VJ.

Never mind, I see. Military deployment of the petitioner. This is an accepted reason to make an exception to the rule for K-1s. I mentioned in my earlier posts that they will sometimes make exceptions for reasons which involve the petitioner.


VERMONT! I Reject Your Reality...and Substitute My Own!

Gary And Alla

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