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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I just spoke with the Pastor of my church who will be marrying Sheily and I. He said that he is booking up for dates this fall for a weddings. He asked if he could sent a formal letter stating the date that he would be marrying us. The letter would include the letter head from my church with his signature, my signature and my fiances signature. I called the USCIS today to ask them if this was possible. The first representative I spoke with told me I could send the letter to the VSC with my address and information from the case. Also include support that he would be part of this K-1 Visa process. I was then transferred to an immigration officer who told me this is not possible. The officer did not seem like she was to interested in discussing it. Pretty much cut me off and asked if I had anything else and the call was ended. So anyone have any advise in if I should sent the formal letter from my Pastor or not? Again another case with a different answer from 2 different people from the USCIS. I understand they are busy with a heavy case load but information needs to match between representatives and officers.

Sheily and I are now 87 days into our K-1 Visa process and continuing to patiently wait for our NOA2. We hope and pray we receive our NOA2 soon.

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Edited by EricandSheily2011

Eric and Sheily's K-1 Timeline

03/02/2011 - Our I-129F mailed to Dallas, TX Lockbox (USPS Priority Mail)

03/04/2011 - Delivery confirmation Dallas, TX USCIS 12:56pm

03/09/2011 - USCIS cashed check

03/14/2011 - Received NOA1 (March 09, 2011 as NOA1 date)

06/08/2011 - Receipt number in the USCIS system (now able to check status of our case online)

06/28/2011 - Received NOA2 email and text message with approval date of 06/27/2011

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Really not understanding the purpose of the letter. Is the letter just informational? The letter will have no barring on the K1 process.

Informational about our Pastor's intent to marry us. My Pastor asked for a set date and I told him with our fiance visa there is no way to know our date of approval or when Sheily will be arriving here in the US. The Pastor offered the letter to see if it'd be of any help in our case. I've never done anything like this before and I wanted to make sure I have every piece of information possible to bring Sheily and I together. Thank you, Life's Journey for your information. Sheily and I greatly appreciate it. This site has been great in helping us through our K-1 Process.

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Edited by EricandSheily2011

Eric and Sheily's K-1 Timeline

03/02/2011 - Our I-129F mailed to Dallas, TX Lockbox (USPS Priority Mail)

03/04/2011 - Delivery confirmation Dallas, TX USCIS 12:56pm

03/09/2011 - USCIS cashed check

03/14/2011 - Received NOA1 (March 09, 2011 as NOA1 date)

06/08/2011 - Receipt number in the USCIS system (now able to check status of our case online)

06/28/2011 - Received NOA2 email and text message with approval date of 06/27/2011

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The pastor letter will not have any barring on the process. So set a date far enough in advance to do the religious ceremony, and just get married at the justice of peace for the 90 requirement period.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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The time to submit such a letter is when you initially file the I-129F. If you were to receive an RFE (something you DON'T want to happen), you could sneak it it with the response.

Your fiancee could bring the letter to the interview at the Embassy, however, it may not be looked at by a CO.


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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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The letter will not be enough for an expedite, if that is your intention.

I agree with the others; do not send it by itself, it is unlikely to "meet up" with your petition. But if you get an RFE or whenever you send in the next round of paperwork, send it with, if nothing else, it'll go towards bonafides.


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Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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there is no purpose to this letter as it relates to the i-129f... whether at the beginning, middle or end...


YMMV

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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there is no purpose to this letter as it relates to the i-129f... whether at the beginning, middle or end...

Thanks everyone who replied to my post. Appreciate everyone's help in getting us through this process. We have not done anything like this before and just want to make sure Sheily and I do things the right way and have every piece of information we need to successfully make it through our visa process.


Eric and Sheily's K-1 Timeline

03/02/2011 - Our I-129F mailed to Dallas, TX Lockbox (USPS Priority Mail)

03/04/2011 - Delivery confirmation Dallas, TX USCIS 12:56pm

03/09/2011 - USCIS cashed check

03/14/2011 - Received NOA1 (March 09, 2011 as NOA1 date)

06/08/2011 - Receipt number in the USCIS system (now able to check status of our case online)

06/28/2011 - Received NOA2 email and text message with approval date of 06/27/2011

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Ethiopia
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Since you already sent the I-129f package, there is no need of sending it to USCIS now. However you can send it to your fiancee and she can take it to the interview and if she is lucky, she may get a chance to show it to the CO.

Good luck.


K-1 Time Line

Service Center:_California Service Center

Consulate: _Frankfurt, Germany

I-129F Sent: _2011-03-20

I-129F NOA1:_ 2011-03-30

I-129F NOA2:_2011-06-18

NVC Received: _2011-07-19

NVC Left:_2011-07-20

Consulate Received:_2011-07-25

Packet 3 Received: _2011-07-28

Packet 3 Sent: _2011-07-29

Packet 4 Received:_ 2011-08-09

Interview Date: _ 2011-08-24

Interview Result:_ Approved(After 3 weeks AP)

Visa Received:_2011-09-21

US Entry:_@ JFK 2011-11-16

Marriage: _2011-12-20

AOS, EAD, AP

Date Filed: _2012-02-07

NOA Date: _2012-02-13

Bio. Appt. Notice recieved_2012-02-17

Bio. Appt.:2012-03-12@ 8:00 AM in Columbus OH

Bio Done:2012-03-05 WALK IN- Columbus OH

State ID: 2012-03-05

DL Permit: 2012-03-08

AOS Transfer: 2012-03-14

AOS Touched @ USCIS: 2012-03-21

EAD/AP Approved & Card Producton: 2012-04-03

EAD/AP on Hand:2012-04-11

AOS_RFE: 2012-09-28

RFE Sent: 2012-11-09

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Haiti
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The letter will not help in anything, USCIS only cares about rather you and your fiance are free to marry and have a valid ongoing relationship, your pastor has nothing to do with this and wont help you get approved faster.


AOS TIMELINE

AOS package mailed on 12/16/08

AOS package delivered on 12/19/08

Check cashed on 12/26/08

NOA1 received on 12/30/08

Biometrics on 01/20/09

AOS interview on 04/30/09

EAD Card production ordered on 03/17/09

EAD Card received on 03/21/09

AOS interview APPROVED on 04/30/09

Card production ordered on 05/27/09

Welcome letter received on 06/05/09

Card production ordered again on 06/15/09

Permanent Resident Card received on 07/09/09

I-751 ROC TIMELINE

I-751 package mailed on 02/28/2011

I-751 package delivered on 03/02/2011

Check payment cashed on 03/04/2011

NOA1 received on 03/08/2011

Biometrics appointment on 04/05/2011

Card production ordered on 05/06/2011

I-751 Petition Approved on 05/06/2011

Approval letter received on 05/12/2011

Green Card finally received on 07/29/2011

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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The letter will not help in anything, USCIS only cares about rather you and your fiance are free to marry and have a valid ongoing relationship, your pastor has nothing to do with this and wont help you get approved faster.

actually the uscis does not care if you have an ongoing relationship, but that you have had a face to face meeting within the last two years


YMMV

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Filed: Country: China
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Definately have your fiancee bring it to the interview. If you are going to be there with her then she can take your passport and have the letter folded inside. But even then, don't count on the VO looking at it. Certainly won't hurt your chances.


Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Guangzhou, China
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-04-26
I-130 Sent : 2010-06-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-08
I-130 RFE : 2010-11-05
I-130 RFE Sent : 2010-11-06
I-130 Approved : 2010-11-10
NVC Received CaseFile: 2010-11-16
NVC Casefile Number Issued: 2010-11-22
Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2010-11-23
OPTIN EMAIL SENT TO NVC: 2010-11-23
OPTIN ACCEPTED by NVC: 2010-12-14
Pay I-864 Bill 2010-11-23
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-11-23
Return Completed I-864 : 2011-03-30
Return Completed DS-3032 : 2010-11-23
Receive IV Bill : 2010-12-17
Pay IV Bill : 2011-03-16
AOS CoverSheets Generated: 2010-11-27
IV Fee Bill marked as PAID: 2011-03-18
IV CoverSheets Generated: 2011-03-18
IV email packet sent: 2011-04-4
NVC reports 'Case Completed': 2011-5-2
'Sign in Fail' at the Online Payment Portal: 2011-5-2
Final Review Started at NVC: 2011-5-2
Final Review Completed at NVC: ????
Interview Date Set: 2011-5-5
Appointment Letter Received via Email: 2011-5-6
Interview Date: 2011-6-1
Approved!!!!!

I-751 Sent : 2013-07-02

I-751 Bio Appointment Date 2013-08-02

10 Year Green Card Approved!!!!!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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If you are just trying to get the date when your Visa would be approved – based on the letter from pastor then that is simply not going to work.

USCIS or NVC would not put your case on top based on letter from your pastor and coz he needs the date…… sorry dude that’s not happening.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Egypt
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I don't think the letter would change anything at all, they really don't care if you marry at a church or court as long as you marry within the 90 days. The government isn't based on church.


K1 Timeline
03/08/10 - I-129F packet sent to VSC
07/07/10 - Interview Date - APPROVED!
10/28/10 - POE @ Chicago
11/21/10 - Marriage

AOS, AP, EAD.
01/18/11 - AOS, AP, EAD packet sent
03/07/2011 - Biometrics appointment
03/29/2011 - AOS, AP and EAD approved (After 2.5 months)
04/04/2011 - Green card in hand[/size]

ROC
02/12/2013 - ROC packet sent
02/21/2013 - NOA1 Received
03/09/2013 - Biometrics appointment
06/19/2013 - ROC APPROVED!

N-400 Naturalization

06/20/2014 - N-400 Packet sent

07/15/2014 - Check Cashedarrow-10x10.png

08/04/2014 - Biometrics

02/19/2015 - Interview

03/26/2015 - Oath Ceremony
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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Australia
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I just spoke with the Pastor of my church who will be marrying Sheily and I. He said that he is booking up for dates this fall for a weddings. He asked if he could sent a formal letter stating the date that he would be marrying us. The letter would include the letter head from my church with his signature, my signature and my fiances signature. I called the USCIS today to ask them if this was possible. The first representative I spoke with told me I could send the letter to the VSC with my address and information from the case. Also include support that he would be part of this K-1 Visa process. I was then transferred to an immigration officer who told me this is not possible. The officer did not seem like she was to interested in discussing it. Pretty much cut me off and asked if I had anything else and the call was ended. So anyone have any advise in if I should sent the formal letter from my Pastor or not? Again another case with a different answer from 2 different people from the USCIS. I understand they are busy with a heavy case load but information needs to match between representatives and officers.

Sheily and I are now 87 days into our K-1 Visa process and continuing to patiently wait for our NOA2. We hope and pray we receive our NOA2 soon.

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I have to agree with the others the letter from your pastor will have no bearing on your case being approved faster or getting a date for interview either. As we all know this is just a waiting game. When in the fall would you like to get married? You could with a stretch plan for November. That's if you got approved in August :blush:

Edited by Barbara J

Divorced !st November 2012.

Married only 2 years 1 month

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