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Hi,

I have my K1 interview next week and have been going over the documents over and over again, and of course, the inevitable panic has set in and I'm worrying that I'm missing stuff, which I'm sure is normal for something as huge as this! Anyway, for people that have had interviews at London recently, please answer me this...

Do I need to furnish DS230 Part 2 at ANY point in this process? I have not been asked for it so far, but do I need to take it to my interview? I'm 90% sure I don't need it at all for a K1 Visa, but I need to be 100%. Do I need to send in any other DS forms, or are the one's I sent with Packet 3 everything?

I will be taking to my interview:

  • Passport and one photocopy of the photo page
  • ACPO police certificate and one photocopy
  • Original birth certificate and one photocopy
  • 3 US size passport photos
  • I-134 package from my fiancee and her parents (co-sponsors) and one photocopy of each form and supporting documents. Supporting documents include:
    - Letters to consulate
    - Proof of co-sponsor citizenship
    - Employment letters and pay slips from fiancee and parents
    - Bank letters and statements from fiancee and parents
    - Tax returns from fiancee and parents for previous 2 years
    - Investment details
  • A letter of intent from her and one photocopy
  • Payment receipt and interview letter
  • Some evidence of relationship since petition was sent

Am I all good to go? Am I missing ANYTHING?

Thank you!


K1 Timeline

Engaged in Coventry, UK: 7-25-2010

Filed i-129F: 9-23-2010

NOA1: 9-29-2010

NOA2: 2-18-2011 *143 DAYS AFTER NOA1*

NVC Received: 3-4-2011

Consulate Received: 3-8-2011

Interview: 6-6-2011 *APPROVED 251 DAYS AFTER NOA1*

Visa in Hand: 6-10-2011

P.O.E at San Francisco International, CA: 6-23-2011

Marriage in Sunol, CA: 8-18-2011

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Well since nobody is answering you...

I think you have all you need plus a surplus of things they won't even need. (That is assuming you have no arrests to explain, a prior marriage, a name change from your birth certificate, or any documents not in English.)

DS-230 Part 2 is for true immigrant visas like the CR1 for spouses where the greencard and SSN are approved before US entry. K1 is kinda like a hybrid because it is classified as non-immigrant visa, but the Immigrant Visa Unit handles the paperwork, thus some crossover in some extra steps the rest of the non-immigrant visas don't do. And sometimes the IV unit has generic letters or instructions that don't actually apply to their "step-child" K1 visa.

So many people ask that question and throw around "I think" you do this or that with Part 2. Is there somewhere you read it on the London website because the instruction page for K1s clearly says Part 1. And the list of documents page for the interview does not list Part 2 as something to bring. Where are people getting the idea they need it? Curious.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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http://london.usembassy.gov/application_documents.html

This is the page I'm going off.

All I need to bring is:

Birth cert.

Police cert.

Passport.

photographs.

MRV fee printout.

I-134 affidavit of support.

I think I have that right anyway ;) I'm not bringing a letter of intent because we got our interview within the validity period of the NOA2 nor am I taking evidence of our relationship. I've read over all the reviews of London and I don't believe I've seen anyone needing those.


David.

K-1 Timeline:

14 Sep 2010 - Mailed in I-129F.

08 Feb 2011 - NOA 2.

09 Jun 2011 - Visa in hand.

13 Aug 2011 - Wedding day.

AOS Timeline:

14 Oct 2011 - Mailed in AOS/EAD forms.

21 Oct 2011 - NOA for AOS/EAD.

05 Nov 2011 - Case transferred to CSC.

08 Nov 2011 - Biometrics.

29 Dec 2011 - EAD in hand.

05 Jan 2012 - I-485 Approved (AOS).

11 Jan 2012 - I-551/Permanent Resident Card in hand.

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I think I have that right anyway ;) I'm not bringing a letter of intent because we got our interview within the validity period of the NOA2 nor am I taking evidence of our relationship. I've read over all the reviews of London and I don't believe I've seen anyone needing those.

I suppose I'm looking at it as: If I don't take it, I'll need it, but if I do take it, I won't smile.gif


Ben

10/23/2009 - Met on eHarmony

09/20/2010 - Got engaged at the top of the London Eye 🙂

11/24/2010 - I-129F sent to Texas dropbox

11/29/2010 - I-129F received by CSC

03/21/2011 - Touched!

04/18/2011 - NOA2 approved by CSC 4 months 3 weeks after NOA1

07/18/2011 - Interview - APPROVED!!

09/20/2011 - Married!

10/11/2011 - AOS package mailed to Chicago lockbox

10/18/2011 - AOS package routed to National Benefits Center for processing

10/19/2011 - I-765 EAD noted on USCIS site

10/22/2011 - I-797C for AOS and EAD received

11/08/2011 - AOS file transferred to CSC

11/10/2011 - Biometrics appointment in SLC

12/12/2011 - Green card received dated 11/23/11

09/20/2013 - I-751 sent to CSC

09/23/2013 - I-751 received at CSC - NOA1

10/18/2013 - Biometrics appointment in SLC

08/29/2020 - N400 Application submitted online

08/29/2020 - N400 fee taken

01/20/2021 - Biometrics re-use notification

04/14/2021 - Interview scheduled notification

05/11/2021 - Interview!

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Well since nobody is answering you...

I think you have all you need plus a surplus of things they won't even need. (That is assuming you have no arrests to explain, a prior marriage, a name change from your birth certificate, or any documents not in English.)

DS-230 Part 2 is for true immigrant visas like the CR1 for spouses where the greencard and SSN are approved before US entry. K1 is kinda like a hybrid because it is classified as non-immigrant visa, but the Immigrant Visa Unit handles the paperwork, thus some crossover in some extra steps the rest of the non-immigrant visas don't do. And sometimes the IV unit has generic letters or instructions that don't actually apply to their "step-child" K1 visa.

So many people ask that question and throw around "I think" you do this or that with Part 2. Is there somewhere you read it on the London website because the instruction page for K1s clearly says Part 1. And the list of documents page for the interview does not list Part 2 as something to bring. Where are people getting the idea they need it? Curious.

Thanks yet again Nich-Nick for a fantastic response! You should work for the embassy :P

That is what I thought, I just wanted to be 100%. Don't want to fall at the last hurdle because I missed one document. They should really revamp the whole K1 process to avoid confusion with other visas. I think why people are getting confused, and why I certainly got confused is because the appointment letter the embassy sends you after receiving packet 3 tells you to review the following document.

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/unitedkingdom/164203/cons-visa/iv_018.pdf

As you can see it clearly asks for DS230 part 2 to be shown at the interview. Although this is the only time part 2 is mentioned in the K1 process, it certainly puts doubt in peoples minds. K1 applicants really need updated forms that apply only to them. This form also mentions payment at the embassy which of course is also false for K1'ers.

Thanks David...Or Katie! lol :)


K1 Timeline

Engaged in Coventry, UK: 7-25-2010

Filed i-129F: 9-23-2010

NOA1: 9-29-2010

NOA2: 2-18-2011 *143 DAYS AFTER NOA1*

NVC Received: 3-4-2011

Consulate Received: 3-8-2011

Interview: 6-6-2011 *APPROVED 251 DAYS AFTER NOA1*

Visa in Hand: 6-10-2011

P.O.E at San Francisco International, CA: 6-23-2011

Marriage in Sunol, CA: 8-18-2011

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Thanks yet again Nich-Nick for a fantastic response! You should work for the embassy :P

That is what I thought, I just wanted to be 100%. Don't want to fall at the last hurdle because I missed one document. They should really revamp the whole K1 process to avoid confusion with other visas. I think why people are getting confused, and why I certainly got confused is because the appointment letter the embassy sends you after receiving packet 3 tells you to review the following document.

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/unitedkingdom/164203/cons-visa/iv_018.pdf

As you can see it clearly asks for DS230 part 2 to be shown at the interview. Although this is the only time part 2 is mentioned in the K1 process, it certainly puts doubt in peoples minds. K1 applicants really need updated forms that apply only to them. This form also mentions payment at the embassy which of course is also false for K1'ers.

Thanks David...Or Katie! lol :)

Sorry, I'm David. My better half never writes on here so its always me ;)

I'm like you, I don't want to fall at this final hurdle... I may bring my entire file ;) or get the general consensus and bring what I need to.


David.

K-1 Timeline:

14 Sep 2010 - Mailed in I-129F.

08 Feb 2011 - NOA 2.

09 Jun 2011 - Visa in hand.

13 Aug 2011 - Wedding day.

AOS Timeline:

14 Oct 2011 - Mailed in AOS/EAD forms.

21 Oct 2011 - NOA for AOS/EAD.

05 Nov 2011 - Case transferred to CSC.

08 Nov 2011 - Biometrics.

29 Dec 2011 - EAD in hand.

05 Jan 2012 - I-485 Approved (AOS).

11 Jan 2012 - I-551/Permanent Resident Card in hand.

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They really don't ask for evidence of your relationship, but if you think you will be the first of 500+ who have reported their interviews, then do your thing.

They won't even put most of that financial evidence in the file and the interviewer won't even see it. You will be fine.

I think the interview letter is an example that as a K1, you're the stepchild getting information meant for the real immigrants. It gets worse in the US. Your I-94 (legal stay document) expires in 90 days, but you won't have your greencard yet. So you're a nothing for awhile who can't work or be issued a driver's license. (Most states require a 6 month minimum I-94 so you're the stepchild again) Try explaining the whole K1 process to a highway patrol "bubba" in Texas who wants to know why you didn't follow the state law and get a driver's license within thirty days of moving there. And if you're not a resident, then why are you still there with an expired I-94? Yeah, we did that about 11 PM one night. Poor Nick. Local law enforcement is not versed in Federal immigration law. Luckily I can talk my way out of a paper bag so it ended okay. Don't speed.

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England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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