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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hello all,

Both the I130 and K3 are at the NVC stage.

I130 NOA2 8/28, K3 NOA2 9/15.

I130 Fee bills received 9/25.

BUT, I got laid off a couple of weeks ago and am considering changing to a 'more cost-effective' lawyer, or not using one at all.

[ My current lawyer is very expensive but did a great job on my N400. However they filed the old I129f 3 weeks after the new one (inc IMBRA) came out - which I believe added time to our (already too long!) wait. So in general I'm a bit displeased with him]

My first Question is:

Is it advisable to switch lawyer or remove a lawyer during the process, taking into account where we are in our process?

Second is:

I make a reasonable salary (>5X poverty guidline - and can show 6years tax returns), but how will being unemployed (temporarily) affect the affadavit of support and general application?

I appreciate any help, pointers or redirection for these questions.

VJ has been a great resource for us so far. I showed our lawyer the I130 NVC Flowchart .pdf and he asked for a copy !!

Thanks to everyone,

LIL - aka 'the Muppets'

[in Brit-slang: Muppet = A foolish or stupid person, as in 'Don't be a muppet, I can't believe you're gonna do that.'

My wife claims it is a term of endearment and regularly calls me one, so that makes me Mr. Muppet and therefore her......]


LIL - aka 'the Muppets'

Timeline

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I-130

05/27/2006: I-130 application Sent

06/12/2006: NOA1 received

08/28/2006: NOA 2 (Approved 77days)

09/18/2006: NVC Case # assigned

09/25/2006: I864 and IV Fee Bills received (arrived jointly – using IL)

10/05/2006: Mailed both fee bill (confused what to do! K3 or I130 – finally decided to let both ride)

11/05/2006: Mailed back both I864 and DS230

01/29/2007: CR1 forwarded to London Consulate

03/01/2007: Packet 4 recieved

03/26/2007: CR1 Interview in London

I-129F (K-3)

06/19/2006: I-129F application Sent (Old, non-IMBRA)

06/26/2006: NOA1 received

07/17/2006: RFE (IMBRA) received

07/20/2006: RFE (IMBRA) replied

07/24/2006: Confirmation RFE reply received (July 24th)

09/15/2006: APPROVED (81 days)

09/18/2006: NOA2 received

09/26/2006: NVC received petition & assigned Case #

09/28/2006: Conf Letter received – Case # and ‘Case to be sent to be sent to London’ “within a week”.

10/03/2006: [ESTIMATE] – Case received at London Visa Unit.

xx/xx/xxxx: Packet 3 was never recieved

10/21/2006: Packet 3 (compiled by us) sent

11/09/2006: Medical Date

11/09/2006: Packet 4 received.

12/11/2006: Interview - Approved !!

12/21/2006: USA!!!

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Philippines
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I have similar problem too. My husband also got laid off two weeks ago, although he maintain a good amount of money in the bank. We will definitely file a co-sponsor which is his brother, but will there be big issue if he still don't have work upon filing the Affidavit of Support.

Is there anyone had the same issue before? please help us. Thanks a lot.


FORM I-130

7/14/06 - sent

8/1/06 - touched

8/5/06 - NOA1

8/8/06 - touched

9/25/06 - touched

9/26/06 - approved

***NVC***

10/6/06 - case number assigned MNL20067791xx

10/23/06 - DS 3032 Choice of Agent and AOS Fee Bill Generated

10/27/06 - emailed Choice of Agent

10/30/06 - DS 3032 and AOS Fee Bill received through snail mail

10/31/06 - send out the DS 3032 and AOS Bill

11/1/06 - received email from NVC accepted the Choice of Agent

11/6/06 - IV Fee Bill Generated

11/17/06 - IV Fee and AOS Received

11/18/06 - IV Check Send

11/20/06 - IV Check Delivered

11/20/06 - AOS Send to NVC

12/2/06 - Send the DS-230 Part I and II

12/6/06 - NVC received the documents

12/21/06 - Process at NVC Completed

02/13/07 - File left NVC to MNL Embassy

03/22/07 - CR1 Interview....on AR

04/16/07 - Still on AR

05/2/07 - Visa Released

05/4/07 - Visa in Hand after 5 weeks on AR

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I think once you get the choice of agent form from NVC, you can do away with the lawyer. Just go grab it from him if any mail from USCIS is being sent there, rather than to you. And on there choose yourself rather than the lawyer.

If not, just go into the lawyer's office and fire him. In person and in writing! Then notify the consulate and/or NVC that you'll be handling it from here on out.

The affidavit of support will require either a job with salary over the poverty guideline, or cash savings at excessive amounts. I foget what the level is for using assets (cash) in lieu of income, but check the instructions on the form.

If you don't have that, then you'll need a co-sponsor, who you can later relieve of obligation whenever you get a job again.

Each consulate regards co-sponsors differently, so talk to someone else whose been thru the same consulate you'll be interviewing at and see about other experiences.


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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I think once you get the choice of agent form from NVC, you can do away with the lawyer. Just go grab it from him if any mail from USCIS is being sent there, rather than to you. And on there choose yourself rather than the lawyer.

If not, just go into the lawyer's office and fire him. In person and in writing! Then notify the consulate and/or NVC that you'll be handling it from here on out.

The affidavit of support will require either a job with salary over the poverty guideline, or cash savings at excessive amounts. I foget what the level is for using assets (cash) in lieu of income, but check the instructions on the form.

If you don't have that, then you'll need a co-sponsor, who you can later relieve of obligation whenever you get a job again.

Each consulate regards co-sponsors differently, so talk to someone else whose been thru the same consulate you'll be interviewing at and see about other experiences.

Reba,

Thanks for you reply! do you know if there is any downside to changing or removing a lawyer? He will get the choice of agent form? - so I guess Ill need to make sure he gives this on to me.

Does anyone else have any experience of this?


LIL - aka 'the Muppets'

Timeline

---------------------------------------------------

I-130

05/27/2006: I-130 application Sent

06/12/2006: NOA1 received

08/28/2006: NOA 2 (Approved 77days)

09/18/2006: NVC Case # assigned

09/25/2006: I864 and IV Fee Bills received (arrived jointly – using IL)

10/05/2006: Mailed both fee bill (confused what to do! K3 or I130 – finally decided to let both ride)

11/05/2006: Mailed back both I864 and DS230

01/29/2007: CR1 forwarded to London Consulate

03/01/2007: Packet 4 recieved

03/26/2007: CR1 Interview in London

I-129F (K-3)

06/19/2006: I-129F application Sent (Old, non-IMBRA)

06/26/2006: NOA1 received

07/17/2006: RFE (IMBRA) received

07/20/2006: RFE (IMBRA) replied

07/24/2006: Confirmation RFE reply received (July 24th)

09/15/2006: APPROVED (81 days)

09/18/2006: NOA2 received

09/26/2006: NVC received petition & assigned Case #

09/28/2006: Conf Letter received – Case # and ‘Case to be sent to be sent to London’ “within a week”.

10/03/2006: [ESTIMATE] – Case received at London Visa Unit.

xx/xx/xxxx: Packet 3 was never recieved

10/21/2006: Packet 3 (compiled by us) sent

11/09/2006: Medical Date

11/09/2006: Packet 4 received.

12/11/2006: Interview - Approved !!

12/21/2006: USA!!!

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