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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Sheryl and I are seriously considering abandoning our 129F to get married and starting over for a K-3

I have received conflicting information from USCIS, the DHS, and CSC about our case status.

My local USCIS office says there is a request for 'initial evidence' on its way to me that was sent in August, which I haven't received, even though I sent them my initial evidence almost seven months ago.

A Congressional inquiry suggests they're still processing our case and have everything they need.

The national hotline told me that my six month window started when our case was transfered on June 10th.

I have no idea who or what to believe and, at this point, have lost all faith that our case will ever be approved.

I see all the approvals all around me that have only taken two or three months and I feel that starting over will simply be better than trying to untangle the horrible mess that has been made of our case.

It would be nice if I could receive a refund from USCIS for the service I haven't received that I paid for.

*shakes head* I have done all I can. :(


Dan & Sheryl (Twin Cities, MN and Calgary, AB Canada)

Feb 29 2004 - Met on LiveJournal.com

July 25 2005 - Things start to get 'romantic'

Nov 11 2005 - Met in person

Dec 31 2005 - Engaged

March 6 2006 - I-129F sent

March 9 2006 - I-129F NOA1

June 10 Case Transfered to CSC - assured by USCIS that NOA1 date would be honored

July 3 2006 - IMBRA RFE in the mail

July 5 2006 - RFE sent with extra evidence (plane tickets, receipts, letters, emails, photos)

July 10 2006 - RFE received

Aug 8 2006 - Congressional inquiry - told 129F cases are processed based on IMBRA RFE

Sept 20 2006 - Called DHS - Was told another RFE was sent three weeks ago

Sept 21 2006 - Local USCIS office claims RFE is a request for 'initial' evidence - RFE must be lost or was never actually sent.

Sept 22 2006 - Congressional inquiry #2- told "We are working on your case, please allow 60 days" ARGGHH

Sept 26 2006 - 6 touches from all my investigating

Oct 16 2006 - Finally received the RFE that's been holding up our case. It's the IMBRA RFE that we already sent in and was verified received!

Oct 17 2006 - Senator Mark Dayton's office finally gets USCIS to pull out petition for special processing.

Oct 24 2006 - FINALLY APPROVED!

Jan 18 2007 - Interview in Vancouver / K-1 received

Jan 23 2007 - Sheryl enters the US with me

Feb 17 2007 - Wedding!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: France
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It is really a sad story...

Can you get married in Canada and use the DCF (Direct Consular Filing) system to speed up the process?


- Carole -

K1 journey (2006) - the toughest one!

03/30/06 - I-129F mailed

07/31/06 - NOA2

08/26/06 - Packet 3 received

09/07/06 - Checklist sent back to Embassy

09/16/06 - Packet 4 received

10/03/06 - Interview

10/07/06 - Visa received by post

10/22/06 - Entered USA

01/06/07 - Wedding :-)

AOS journey (2007) - getting easier!

01/18/07 - AOS and EAD applications sent (USPS)

01/23/07 - NOA received

02/14/07 - Biometrics appointment

03/16/07 - Initial interview for AOS

04/08/07 - EAD card received

06/11/07 - CA Driver's License. EAD was needed to be allowed to pass the test in CA :((

07/23/07 - CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD!

I-751 journey (2009) - so much easier!

04/27/09 - Sent I-751 by regular mail

04/29/09 - NOA1 (received by mail on 05/12/09)

07/01/09 - Biometrics appointment (received by mail on 06/20/09)

07/25/09 - Approved - card in preparation (received by mail on 07/31/09)

07/29/09 - Card produced (received by mail on 08/05/09)

Taking a break from USCIS before applying for citizenship...

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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It is really a sad story...

Can you get married in Canada and use the DCF (Direct Consular Filing) system to speed up the process?

I investigated DCF and, no, they won't let me apply for DCF because I haven't lived there for a year.


Dan & Sheryl (Twin Cities, MN and Calgary, AB Canada)

Feb 29 2004 - Met on LiveJournal.com

July 25 2005 - Things start to get 'romantic'

Nov 11 2005 - Met in person

Dec 31 2005 - Engaged

March 6 2006 - I-129F sent

March 9 2006 - I-129F NOA1

June 10 Case Transfered to CSC - assured by USCIS that NOA1 date would be honored

July 3 2006 - IMBRA RFE in the mail

July 5 2006 - RFE sent with extra evidence (plane tickets, receipts, letters, emails, photos)

July 10 2006 - RFE received

Aug 8 2006 - Congressional inquiry - told 129F cases are processed based on IMBRA RFE

Sept 20 2006 - Called DHS - Was told another RFE was sent three weeks ago

Sept 21 2006 - Local USCIS office claims RFE is a request for 'initial' evidence - RFE must be lost or was never actually sent.

Sept 22 2006 - Congressional inquiry #2- told "We are working on your case, please allow 60 days" ARGGHH

Sept 26 2006 - 6 touches from all my investigating

Oct 16 2006 - Finally received the RFE that's been holding up our case. It's the IMBRA RFE that we already sent in and was verified received!

Oct 17 2006 - Senator Mark Dayton's office finally gets USCIS to pull out petition for special processing.

Oct 24 2006 - FINALLY APPROVED!

Jan 18 2007 - Interview in Vancouver / K-1 received

Jan 23 2007 - Sheryl enters the US with me

Feb 17 2007 - Wedding!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: France
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awww; dropping down K1 and trying K3 is maybe the best solution then... Love is stronger!


- Carole -

K1 journey (2006) - the toughest one!

03/30/06 - I-129F mailed

07/31/06 - NOA2

08/26/06 - Packet 3 received

09/07/06 - Checklist sent back to Embassy

09/16/06 - Packet 4 received

10/03/06 - Interview

10/07/06 - Visa received by post

10/22/06 - Entered USA

01/06/07 - Wedding :-)

AOS journey (2007) - getting easier!

01/18/07 - AOS and EAD applications sent (USPS)

01/23/07 - NOA received

02/14/07 - Biometrics appointment

03/16/07 - Initial interview for AOS

04/08/07 - EAD card received

06/11/07 - CA Driver's License. EAD was needed to be allowed to pass the test in CA :((

07/23/07 - CONDITIONAL GREEN CARD!

I-751 journey (2009) - so much easier!

04/27/09 - Sent I-751 by regular mail

04/29/09 - NOA1 (received by mail on 05/12/09)

07/01/09 - Biometrics appointment (received by mail on 06/20/09)

07/25/09 - Approved - card in preparation (received by mail on 07/31/09)

07/29/09 - Card produced (received by mail on 08/05/09)

Taking a break from USCIS before applying for citizenship...

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Australia
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Her point is, move to canada to be with your SO - live there for a year and then apply for DCf....

If you reapply for a K3 you're starting all over again and waiting the same amount of time...so what's the point??


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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awww; dropping down K1 and trying K3 is maybe the best solution then... Love is stronger!

(L) It is.

Her point is, move to canada to be with your SO - live there for a year and then apply for DCf....

If you reapply for a K3 you're starting all over again and waiting the same amount of time...so what's the point??

I can't move to Canada. I have a full time job here, a new business I have just started, and a mortgage.

At least we'd be married in a K-3 situation. Would we have to wait the same amount of time? I don't think so. This is pretty unusual.


Dan & Sheryl (Twin Cities, MN and Calgary, AB Canada)

Feb 29 2004 - Met on LiveJournal.com

July 25 2005 - Things start to get 'romantic'

Nov 11 2005 - Met in person

Dec 31 2005 - Engaged

March 6 2006 - I-129F sent

March 9 2006 - I-129F NOA1

June 10 Case Transfered to CSC - assured by USCIS that NOA1 date would be honored

July 3 2006 - IMBRA RFE in the mail

July 5 2006 - RFE sent with extra evidence (plane tickets, receipts, letters, emails, photos)

July 10 2006 - RFE received

Aug 8 2006 - Congressional inquiry - told 129F cases are processed based on IMBRA RFE

Sept 20 2006 - Called DHS - Was told another RFE was sent three weeks ago

Sept 21 2006 - Local USCIS office claims RFE is a request for 'initial' evidence - RFE must be lost or was never actually sent.

Sept 22 2006 - Congressional inquiry #2- told "We are working on your case, please allow 60 days" ARGGHH

Sept 26 2006 - 6 touches from all my investigating

Oct 16 2006 - Finally received the RFE that's been holding up our case. It's the IMBRA RFE that we already sent in and was verified received!

Oct 17 2006 - Senator Mark Dayton's office finally gets USCIS to pull out petition for special processing.

Oct 24 2006 - FINALLY APPROVED!

Jan 18 2007 - Interview in Vancouver / K-1 received

Jan 23 2007 - Sheryl enters the US with me

Feb 17 2007 - Wedding!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: India
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Based on the number of recent approvals, you should give it another 30 days before doing anything drastic.


Met online April 2004

Went to Mumbai to meet Poonam Sept. 2004

Sept. 2004 thru April 2006 ongoing relationship

Went back to Mumbai April 2006

Engagement April 2006

Nov.-Dec. 2006 went to Mumbai

K-1 Journey*

08-02-06 mailed I-129F

08-15-06 NOA1

08-18-06 touched

10-05-06 NOA2 (51 Days)

10-06-06 touched

10-07-06 touched

10-16-06 Received hardcopy of NOA2 in the mail

10-19-06 NVC received my petition (Please hurry, so she can be here for Christmas)

10-26-06 Received NVC letter stating it was sent to Mumbai (Letter dated 10-23-06)

12-09-06 Never received Packet 3, So we downloaded and sent to embassy

02-02-07 INTERVIEW (Missed 1st interview, waiting on new interview date)

04-02-07 New INTERVIEW Date.

04-02-07 APPROVED !!!!!

04-27-07 ARRIVED IN U.S.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Based on the number of recent approvals, you should give it another 30 days before doing anything drastic.

Any particular reason why? I've been hearing this for months.


Dan & Sheryl (Twin Cities, MN and Calgary, AB Canada)

Feb 29 2004 - Met on LiveJournal.com

July 25 2005 - Things start to get 'romantic'

Nov 11 2005 - Met in person

Dec 31 2005 - Engaged

March 6 2006 - I-129F sent

March 9 2006 - I-129F NOA1

June 10 Case Transfered to CSC - assured by USCIS that NOA1 date would be honored

July 3 2006 - IMBRA RFE in the mail

July 5 2006 - RFE sent with extra evidence (plane tickets, receipts, letters, emails, photos)

July 10 2006 - RFE received

Aug 8 2006 - Congressional inquiry - told 129F cases are processed based on IMBRA RFE

Sept 20 2006 - Called DHS - Was told another RFE was sent three weeks ago

Sept 21 2006 - Local USCIS office claims RFE is a request for 'initial' evidence - RFE must be lost or was never actually sent.

Sept 22 2006 - Congressional inquiry #2- told "We are working on your case, please allow 60 days" ARGGHH

Sept 26 2006 - 6 touches from all my investigating

Oct 16 2006 - Finally received the RFE that's been holding up our case. It's the IMBRA RFE that we already sent in and was verified received!

Oct 17 2006 - Senator Mark Dayton's office finally gets USCIS to pull out petition for special processing.

Oct 24 2006 - FINALLY APPROVED!

Jan 18 2007 - Interview in Vancouver / K-1 received

Jan 23 2007 - Sheryl enters the US with me

Feb 17 2007 - Wedding!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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Her point is, move to canada to be with your SO - live there for a year and then apply for DCf....

If you reapply for a K3 you're starting all over again and waiting the same amount of time...so what's the point??

I was thinking the same thing, from your time line info you are in the same boat as many, I would stick it out for another month or two, you will just prolong the wait by starting the process all over again.

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Filed: Other Country: Netherlands
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I also think you'd be better off just waiting on your current application. Someone else posted recently that too many inquiries from outside sources can actuallys low down your progress or cause more problems to your application because the person working on your case has to answer every single inquirey separately.

In any case, you've already put in this much time, I think you have to ask yourself if it is worth it to start from scratch and possibly have to wait the same amount of time re-starting now to get that approval. In the end, it's up to you, but personally I'd give the K-1 a little while longer.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Romania
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Fight to finish what you've started, onyxrev! Don't give up now! Write letters and emails to one thousand congressmen or senators, if you have to, but don't renounce! Your rights need to be respected and will be respected eventually!

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Filed: Other Country: Netherlands
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From:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...34056&st=15.

Senator Mikulski's office called today. The lady working on my case is really cool. I told her the truth about having my congressman looking into it as well. She said that normally she would drop a case if she found out that someone was duplicating efforts due to the high volume of inquiries they perform. I'm lucky because she told me that she has already started working on this and wasn't going to drop me because I told her. She said that they both inquire to the same place and now the officer will have to respond to both of them. Man, I'm glad I took all of your advice and didn't do all 4!! I'd be screwed.

She said that sometimes it does slow there efforts when they have to respond to both people. She however said she would be hearing something soon. She did say that it's a much more in depth response than what I could ever get from the website or the customer service line. She said they act as a direct liason with VSC and can talk directly to them. So, I think I should at least hear something soon.

I just wanted to let others know not to duplicate efforts. It's not suggested. I acted on impulse, but she said I didn't do anything wrong and everything will be ok.

Good Luck to everyone!!!


Our K-1 Visa/AOS/RoC timeline can be found here.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Someone else posted recently that too many inquiries from outside sources can actuallys low down your progress or cause more problems to your application because the person working on your case has to answer every single inquirey separately.

Mmm.. I doubt it. If one person were addressing my inquiries then I would be receiving a consistent response! And, If I had a consistent response then I wouldn't be nearly as worried.


Dan & Sheryl (Twin Cities, MN and Calgary, AB Canada)

Feb 29 2004 - Met on LiveJournal.com

July 25 2005 - Things start to get 'romantic'

Nov 11 2005 - Met in person

Dec 31 2005 - Engaged

March 6 2006 - I-129F sent

March 9 2006 - I-129F NOA1

June 10 Case Transfered to CSC - assured by USCIS that NOA1 date would be honored

July 3 2006 - IMBRA RFE in the mail

July 5 2006 - RFE sent with extra evidence (plane tickets, receipts, letters, emails, photos)

July 10 2006 - RFE received

Aug 8 2006 - Congressional inquiry - told 129F cases are processed based on IMBRA RFE

Sept 20 2006 - Called DHS - Was told another RFE was sent three weeks ago

Sept 21 2006 - Local USCIS office claims RFE is a request for 'initial' evidence - RFE must be lost or was never actually sent.

Sept 22 2006 - Congressional inquiry #2- told "We are working on your case, please allow 60 days" ARGGHH

Sept 26 2006 - 6 touches from all my investigating

Oct 16 2006 - Finally received the RFE that's been holding up our case. It's the IMBRA RFE that we already sent in and was verified received!

Oct 17 2006 - Senator Mark Dayton's office finally gets USCIS to pull out petition for special processing.

Oct 24 2006 - FINALLY APPROVED!

Jan 18 2007 - Interview in Vancouver / K-1 received

Jan 23 2007 - Sheryl enters the US with me

Feb 17 2007 - Wedding!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Someone else posted recently that too many inquiries from outside sources can actuallys low down your progress or cause more problems to your application because the person working on your case has to answer every single inquirey separately.

Mmm.. I doubt it. If one person were addressing my inquiries then I would be receiving a consistent response! And, If I had a consistent response then I wouldn't be nearly as worried.

If you are not getting help from one senator's office, you can contact another location in search of a competent, helpful person. I gave up on my senator's local office - they were mean and not helpful. But I found a great contact in another location who helped me tremendously. I would not give up since you will be starting all over - you have a lot of time invested and really it cannot be much longer now. I would try to contact another office and make an official inquiry with someone who understands.

Good luck.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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If you are not getting help from one senator's office, you can contact another location in search of a competent, helpful person. I gave up on my senator's local office - they were mean and not helpful. But I found a great contact in another location who helped me tremendously. I would not give up since you will be starting all over - you have a lot of time invested and really it cannot be much longer now. I would try to contact another office and make an official inquiry with someone who understands.

Good luck.

Hmmm. I had a nice, comfortable conversation on the phone with my Senator's Chief of Staff. She essentially said that Senators can make inquiries but ultimately have no power to push USCIS in any particular direction. For USCIS, following through with the requests for expedition that Senators can make is entirely optional and usually ignored.


Dan & Sheryl (Twin Cities, MN and Calgary, AB Canada)

Feb 29 2004 - Met on LiveJournal.com

July 25 2005 - Things start to get 'romantic'

Nov 11 2005 - Met in person

Dec 31 2005 - Engaged

March 6 2006 - I-129F sent

March 9 2006 - I-129F NOA1

June 10 Case Transfered to CSC - assured by USCIS that NOA1 date would be honored

July 3 2006 - IMBRA RFE in the mail

July 5 2006 - RFE sent with extra evidence (plane tickets, receipts, letters, emails, photos)

July 10 2006 - RFE received

Aug 8 2006 - Congressional inquiry - told 129F cases are processed based on IMBRA RFE

Sept 20 2006 - Called DHS - Was told another RFE was sent three weeks ago

Sept 21 2006 - Local USCIS office claims RFE is a request for 'initial' evidence - RFE must be lost or was never actually sent.

Sept 22 2006 - Congressional inquiry #2- told "We are working on your case, please allow 60 days" ARGGHH

Sept 26 2006 - 6 touches from all my investigating

Oct 16 2006 - Finally received the RFE that's been holding up our case. It's the IMBRA RFE that we already sent in and was verified received!

Oct 17 2006 - Senator Mark Dayton's office finally gets USCIS to pull out petition for special processing.

Oct 24 2006 - FINALLY APPROVED!

Jan 18 2007 - Interview in Vancouver / K-1 received

Jan 23 2007 - Sheryl enters the US with me

Feb 17 2007 - Wedding!

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