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When my woman visited me back in November,we both got engaged in front of my family,The party wasnt meant for us,but we wore traditional clothes that i made for her.

Is it wrong to get engaged and file for I-129F form.Could our getting engaged be against it,even though we are not married.

We are yet to file until,until she gets her certificate come May.i need an urgent response in regard this,before we fill the form and submit the application come May ending


Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Nigeria
I-129F Sent : 2011-06-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-06-17
I-129F RFE(s) : No RFE
RFE Reply(s) : No RFE
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-09-27
Interview: 2nd Week of January

Immigrant Visa rescheduled for second week of February 2012

Visa Refused on Immigration Purpose February 2013

We Got Married and Filed Spouse Visa

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The purpose of an I-129F is for people who have gotten engaged but not married.

As NigeriaorBust said, as long as it does not look too much like a traditional wedding ceremony, then it should not cause any difficulty.


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July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

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September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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Where did you get engaged? What nationality are you or your fiance? We need to know this in order to give you correct consulate specific answers.

This should stay in the Vietnam subforum if the question is Vietnam specific because an engagement ceremony is pretty much required for a K1 visa

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I agree with Nigeriaorbust as long as it doesnt look like a traditional marriage ur good do walk a fine line when it comes to engagement parties and the Naija embassy..... Good Luck!


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Where did you get engaged? What nationality are you or your fiance? We need to know this in order to give you correct consulate specific answers.

This should stay in the Vietnam subforum if the question is Vietnam specific because an engagement ceremony is pretty much required for a K1 visa

I am from Nigeria.She was born in canada,but lived most her life in the states.she will b a citizen come May.there was a family party and we got engaged in front of my family.It wasnt an intended Party for us,but bcos i had all my family members around,so i took up the chance to let them know my intent


Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Nigeria
I-129F Sent : 2011-06-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-06-17
I-129F RFE(s) : No RFE
RFE Reply(s) : No RFE
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-09-27
Interview: 2nd Week of January

Immigrant Visa rescheduled for second week of February 2012

Visa Refused on Immigration Purpose February 2013

We Got Married and Filed Spouse Visa

dancin5hr.gif Visa Approved in May 2013dancin5hr.gif

POE was Easy in June 2013

USA Citizen July 2016

Who cares to know how long My Visajourney was???

SSN Arrives on 07/01/2013

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I am from Nigeria.She was born in canada,but lived most her life in the states.she will b a citizen come May.there was a family party and we got engaged in front of my family.It wasnt an intended Party for us,but bcos i had all my family members around,so i took up the chance to let them know my intent

In Nigeria - does what you did (the engagement, traditional clothes) = "marriage, just without the license"? (or something similar).

Nigeria has a tough embassy - and if they look on this as a "marriage" then you could have an issue.


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In Nigeria - does what you did (the engagement, traditional clothes) = "marriage, just without the license"? (or something similar).

Nigeria has a tough embassy - and if they look on this as a "marriage" then you could have an issue.

Nope,it is not regarded.what is regarded is the introduction of the two families.Engagement though brings attention/awareness btw family,but this wasnt in anyway documented,except for me giving her a ring.Going to the Registry is highly counted in Nigeria as a proper marriage (cos its documented legally).

The traditional clothes we wore was basically bcos i wanted her to look AFRICAN


Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Nigeria
I-129F Sent : 2011-06-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-06-17
I-129F RFE(s) : No RFE
RFE Reply(s) : No RFE
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-09-27
Interview: 2nd Week of January

Immigrant Visa rescheduled for second week of February 2012

Visa Refused on Immigration Purpose February 2013

We Got Married and Filed Spouse Visa

dancin5hr.gif Visa Approved in May 2013dancin5hr.gif

POE was Easy in June 2013

USA Citizen July 2016

Who cares to know how long My Visajourney was???

SSN Arrives on 07/01/2013

492
498

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whats a CR-1

It's a spousal visa issued when the petitioner and beneficiary have been married for less than 2 years. The CR stands for Conditional Resident.

Additionally, 90 days before the expiration of the 2 year condiitonal green card; holders file for removal of conditions and once removal of conditions is granted, the person is issued a 10 year green card.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Did you pay bride price ?

I didnt Pay Bride Price.She came all alone and we got engaged bcos i loved her more after seeing one another the first time


Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Nigeria
I-129F Sent : 2011-06-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-06-17
I-129F RFE(s) : No RFE
RFE Reply(s) : No RFE
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-09-27
Interview: 2nd Week of January

Immigrant Visa rescheduled for second week of February 2012

Visa Refused on Immigration Purpose February 2013

We Got Married and Filed Spouse Visa

dancin5hr.gif Visa Approved in May 2013dancin5hr.gif

POE was Easy in June 2013

USA Citizen July 2016

Who cares to know how long My Visajourney was???

SSN Arrives on 07/01/2013

492
498

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