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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Earlier today was my honey's K-1 interview. I was there with her. She received the PINK ("pass") paper. :wow: We are truly elated. We are already planning on a party to celebrate! :dance:

I wanted to provide this detailed account of our interview experience in hopes that it might help someone else later. It should certainly stand as a beacon of encouragement, as you will see.

Our case had 3 potential red flags in it. They are as follows, in descending order of "redness" (as it were, and IMHO):

1. Short pre-engagement courtship. It was barely 2 months from meeting to Dinh Hon.

2. Big age diff. She is 20, I am 39

3. B2 attempted. this was done AFTER the K-1 petition was filed, so its pretty minor, but just puttin it all on the table

This was my fourth trip to Nam, and specifically set to coincide with her interview. If she was to pass, she would be returning on a flight with me for entry to the USA.

We arrived at about 07:45 for or an 09:30 interview. We waited in a holding pen area where they meter the visa hopefuls out in chunks of 10 or so. By 08:00 we were going thru security, getting a claim ticket for our cellies & camera. At 08:05 we had our que # & sat down in the waiting area. A short while later, at the peak, there were about 100 people filling the waiting area.

Within 15 minutes they called us up to turn in the official documents. I carried our stuff up to the counter where a Viet man sat. He did not make eye contact with me, so I left the window. I made sure my passport was in the "originals" clear envelop so they knew I was there. They processed the documents in a few minutes, returning some of our originals, including my passport. My honey then sat down next to me.

For about 3 hours we sat there. The waiting area is not climate controlled. The temperature rose with the wait time. We had several cups of water & my fiance was beginning to get the hunger shakes, having not eaten breakfast. She had cooked some fabulous french toast for breakfast (which I doused something good with the maple syrup I brought over), but I don't think she was in the eating mood, understandably.

As we sat, I counted the # of pinks & blues which I could observe from our vantage. By the time our # came up, the count stood at 14:10, pink:blue. Most of the pinks seemed to be going to older couples, and some officers seemed to be giving more blues than others.. but its hard to say if anything of statistical significance rose above the noise. Some people who came in after us left before us. Were were among the longest-timers in there. It seems like they fill up the room up for 1/2 day, drain it with ongoing interviews throughout the AM , then are set to fill it up again in the PM maybe and repeat the process. Not sure. Our number came up around 11:15 and we were done by 11:20.

I walked up to the counter first, BEFORE my fiance. I observed a slightly chunky white male CO and a female Viet translator with a notable scar on her face. They struck me only as regular people - there was nothing intimidating about them. They looked like people you might find at a BBQ. I then noticed a pink piece of paper was sitting directly in front of the CO. I gave a warm smile & a friendly "hello" to both the CO and the translator; they each returned my kindness. I advised them I was her fiance, and was available if needed. They told me "thank you". I opened the MacbookPro box which stored everything we brought for the interview, I told my honey "good luck", gave her a hug & took a seat, just out of sight, since I had observed that was their preferred approach.

My fiance advised me later the following occurred after I walked away: She removed everything from the box. The CO asked the following questions in order:

1. Where did you meet your fiance?

(translator begins to translate, my honey cuts her off & answers in English. The remainder of the interview is conducted entirely in English).

"VietnamCupid"

2. When did you meet your fiance? "July 2010"

3.a. To what countries has your fiance travelled? "Ummm.. Singapore..."

3.b. Where else? "Ummm.. Australia".

(CO glances at our meticulously prepared stack of neatly organized docs & pictures)

4. Who helped you prepare these? No one.. me & my fiance prepared it ourselves.

The CO says "Would you please call your fiance back over?".

I arrived back at the window. The CO then proceeded to ask ME some questions:

1. So this is your second trip to Viet Nam? (holding up 4 fingers) "Fourth."

2. When are you getting married? "As soon as we get to the USA."

3. Where are you getting marred? "We will have a civil wedding, followed by a small wedding party then later a ceremony & party back here in Nam so our families can meet".

He then asked about about my name. I go by my middle name & there was a little confusion on that point. I filled him in on some family history of this name & he made a joke to my fiance that she should know what our son's name was going to be. The CO says " "Congratulations. I wish you both the very best." He slam-stamped the pink paper declaring "Please arrive on June 29 to pick up your visa". I took the paper - the stamp had the same date as he stated. I smiled big and bright and gave both him & the translator a hearty "THANK YOU!". I let out a big hoot as we left the building. The guards only smiled at me.

I could not believe they did not look at a single shred of evidence. Not even a picture. I did not front load the petition... I followed the instructions exactly as I understood them. There were only 2 pictures in our i129f petition... both of them taken at the Dinh Hon.. one was of me putting the ring on her finger, the other was her family all gathered around. Our Dinh Hon was small... about 20 people max. 60 at the party. Why did we sail thru the interview then? I don't know for certain. I think me being there and making sure they knew I was there early may have helped. I think we had manageable red flags. We were careful to follow the instructions EXACTLY as we understood them throughout the process. Our docs & pics were immaculate, but I don't see how they could have known that in advance. Perhaps it was just getting close to lunch & our CO was getting hungry. But I feel we did everything we could have done. Had we gotten blue, I'd have just shaken it off & gotten them what they asked for.

When I think back at the countless hours spent preparing a beautifully formatted OpenOffice spreadsheet of some 90 pictures, all the other documents as well as all the paper and ink, and more than anything, the anguish of the process... the HANDWRINGING. I have to say the US government actually does a pretty good job. Clearly this Consulate is special in the world, both in the volume it processes and in the amount of fraud they attempt to weed out. I felt they were understaffed at several points along the way. They did make some mistakes. The waiting area was too hot. I also think they should allow a B2-type visit while you are waiting. But its hard to argue with this result!

No visa in hand yet, but barring a disaster, I think we are money now. A very special thanks to all those who have helped us find our way along our visa journey. This site is really a god send in helping one make the best possible outcome in what can at times be a very daunting task :girlwerewolf2xn:

Good luck to all of you who who follow.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
Timeline

Sweet! Congratulations.

:dance::thumbs:

I might have to go into the hanger business. :D


CR-1 Visa

I-130 Sent : 2006-08-30

I-130 NOA1 : 2006-09-12

I-130 Approved : 2007-01-17

NVC Received : 2007-02-05

Consulate Received : 2007-06-09

Interview Date : 2007-08-16 Case sent back to USCIS

NOA case received by CSC: 2007-12-19

Receive NOIR: 2009-05-04

Sent Rebuttal: 2009-05-19

NOA rebuttal entered: 2009-06-05

Case sent back to NVC for processing: 2009-08-27

Consulate sends DS-230: 2009-11-23

Interview: 2010-02-05 result Green sheet for updated I864 and photos submit 2010-03-05

APPROVED visa pick up 2010-03-12

POE: 2010-04-20 =)

GC received: 2010-05-05

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your I-130 was approved in 140 days.

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Congratulations!

Thanks for the details about your experience. It sure helps those of us waiting to hear about results from those who go before us.

Scott


2010:

2010-10-25 - Introduced via a mutual friend

2010-12-24 - His VN Trip 1: Officially met

2011:

2011-01-27 - Her US Trip 1

2011-02-11 - She accepts proposal

2011-04-06 - I-129F submitted

2011-04-07 - Package signed for by J Auther

2011-04-11 - NOA1 Date USCIS (VSC)

2011-04-14 - NOA1 hardcopy received

2011-05-28 - His VN Trip 2

2011-06-10 - Engagement Ceremony HCMC, VN

2011-07-13 - Her US Trip 2

2011-07-29 - I-129F RFE

2011-08-03 - I-129F RFE Received at VSC

2011-08-26 - I-129F USCIS email notification of NOA2 mailed

2011-08-29 - NVC Received/Processing

2011-08-30 - I-797C, NOA2 hardcopy received

2011-09-02 - NVC forwarded paperwork to US Consulate HCMC

2011-09-08 - Consulate received and sent P3

2011-09-13 - P3 arrived

2011-09-29 - DS-156(packet 3) hand delivered to consulate

2011-11-04 - P4 receved via email

2011-12-07 - Interview, Got Pink

2012-01-12 - Travel to US. Chicago POE

2012-01-30 - Apply for SSN(spouse)

2012-01-31 - SSN receive from office

2012-02-25 - Our Wedding

2012-02-27 - Submit AOS/I-485 Package

2012-03-13 - Receive I-485 NOA1

2012-04-05 - Biometrics

2012-05-02 - EAD for spouse and stepson

2012-05-02 - AP for spouse

2012-05-03 - Apply fo SSN(stepson)

2012-05-29 - Interview

2012-05-29 - I-485 Approved

2012-06-06 - Green Cards received

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Congratulations astrlsrfr!

Of the people you saw get pink, how many brought their significant other with them? Were there a lot of fiancées waiting there like you were?


K-1 Visa

I-129F application received at USCIS: November 30, 2010

I-129F approved: March 28, 2011

Packet 3 Received: April 11, 2011

Packet 3 forms submitted to Consulate: May 4, 2011

Packet 4 received: June 16th, 2011

Interview date: July 25, 2011 (Pink!)

Pick up Visa: August 1, 2011

POE: August 5th, 2001 (Woot!)

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Sweet! Congratulations.

:dance::thumbs:

I might have to go into the hanger business. :D

Congrats, and good luck in your future. :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::dance:

Kevin, let starts hanger business together. You order from the East Coast, and I will ship from the West.. :rofl::whistle:


I-130 Journey

USCIS

06-15-2008 : Marriage

08-16-2008 : I-130 Sent

08-18-2008 : I-130 Received

08-22-2008 : I-130 NOA1

02-02-2009 : I-130 NOA2 Approved 164 days from NOA1

NVC

02-04-2009 : Visited my wife for 2 weeks. 02-22-2009 come back to US

02-11-2009 : Received package from NVC

02-23-2009 : AOS Paid $70 (Online)

02-23-2009 : DS-3032 sent (by email)

02-25-2009 : Payment Received from my bank (AOS)

03-04-2009 : NVC has received the Choice of Agent DS-3032 (Online)

03-04-2009 : IV Application Processing Fees $400 (Online)

03-05-2009 : Payment Received from my bank (IV APS)

03-07-2009 : DS-230, and I-864 Sent (by USPS)

03-12-2009 : USPS confirm arrived at NVC for DS-230, & I-864

03-13-2009 : NVC received DS-230, & I-864 (Case in progress)

03-20-2009 : NVC case completed in 1 week NVC completed 03-20-2009.

04-02-2009 : NVC Left to HCM city

04-22-2009 : Medical Passed

05-12-2009 : Received a package IV from HCM Consulate by email

05-18-2009 : My wife got Pink.. yeah..

05-26-2009 : Visa received

06-18-2009 : US Entry!!! Yeah, my wife finally here.

06-29-2009 : Received SSN from snail mail

07-20-2009 : Green card received by mail

09-15-2009 : Writting test from DVM.

11-03-2009 : Driving Test.

01-20-2010 : Working.

04-20-2011 : Submit I751

04-26-2011 : Received I-797 NOA with Receipt Number

05-11-2011 : Received ASC Appointment Notice

06-03-2011 : Biometrics Apts @ 11:00 AM

10-11-2011 : Submit more evidence.

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congrats!!


To quotes a movie, “So how does it happen, great love? Nobody knows... but what I can tell you is that it happens in the blink of an eye. One Moment you're enjoying your life, and the next you're wondering how you ever lived without them.” I felt I found something with Kieu that is rare in life... true love.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
Timeline

Congrat! I think that your finance got a break big time! If you were not there to smooth thing with the CO, thing could have been different. Again, congratulation to you both.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Service Center: California Service Center

Consulate: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I-130 Sent: 2010-04-02

I-130 NOA1: 2010-04-13

I-130 RFE: 2010-10-04

I-130 RFE Sent: 2010-10-08

I-130 Approved: 2010-10-25

NVC Received: 2010-10-29

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 2010-11-09

Pay I-864 Bill: 2010-11-10

Receive I-864 Package:

Return Completed I-864: 2010-11-18

Return Completed DS-3032: 2010-11-22

Receive IV Bill: 2010-12-02

Pay IV Bill: 2010-12-03

Receive Instruction Package: 2010-12-28

Case Completed at NVC: 2011-01-11

Visa Received : 2011-04-30

Thank Visajourney! Couldn't have done without you guys!!!!!!

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so did you submit timeline, 10yr residency and stuff prior??


To quotes a movie, “So how does it happen, great love? Nobody knows... but what I can tell you is that it happens in the blink of an eye. One Moment you're enjoying your life, and the next you're wondering how you ever lived without them.” I felt I found something with Kieu that is rare in life... true love.

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Congratulations to both you and your fiancee!

Wow, I didn't know that I could go inside the consulate with my wife. I will definitely try to go to Vietnam to be with my wife in the waiting room.

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Congratulations!

Thanks for the details about your experience. It sure helps those of us waiting to hear about results from those who go before us.

Scott

I also want to thank you for the interview details. Most come here and take and do not help the others after them and these details are a huge help. I have noticed for awhile that we have gotten more to let us know this stuff and I am very happy to all that have. God bless you both and have a long and happy life.good.gif

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Congratulations astrlsrfr!

Of the people you saw get pink, how many brought their significant other with them? Were there a lot of fiancées waiting there like you were?

Thanks :o) I would say about 40% of the pinks which *I* observed seemed to have an SO with them. That prolly translates to like 60% of the K1/CR1s, ince you have to remember that there are also a few other visa types going on at the same time.

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so did you submit timeline, 10yr residency and stuff prior??

No. I had prepared all 4 of those extra docs in advance, just in case. I chose NOT to notarize them in advance, since I knew I would have time after her interview to notarize them if needed. We were prepared to offer them up in their un-notarized form, as a possible help during the interview.

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