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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hi all,

We applied for the K1 visa in February and we would like to start planning our wedding. We have decided to go to Vegas (where we met) but an organised event rather than a little white chapel. What experiences can anyone share about planning and basically guessing when it will be held. Could we be more confident about booking a date when the NOA2 comes through?

Any thoughts would be grateful

Thanks

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Hi all,

We applied for the K1 visa in February and we would like to start planning our wedding. We have decided to go to Vegas (where we met) but an organised event rather than a little white chapel. What experiences can anyone share about planning and basically guessing when it will be held. Could we be more confident about booking a date when the NOA2 comes through?

Any thoughts would be grateful

Thanks

You should wait until the visa is in your hand before making any concrete plans.


Part One: The K-1 Visa Journey:

USCIS Receipt of I-129F: January 24, 2012 | Petition Approval: June 15, 2012 (No RFEs)
Interview: October 24, 2012 - Review | Visa Delivered: October 31, 2012



Part Two: Entry and Adjusting Status:

POE: November 18, 2012 (at SFO) - Review
Wedding: December 1, 2012 | Social Security: New cards received on December 7, 2012.
AOS Package (I-485/I-765/I-131) NOA1: February 19, 2013 | Biometrics Appt.: March 18, 2013
AP/EAD Approved: April 29, 2013 | Card Received: May 6, 2013 | AOS Interview Appt.: May 16, 2013 - Approved Review Card Received: May 24, 2013

Part Three: Removal of Conditions:

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Filed: Country: United Kingdom
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You should wait until the visa is in your hand before making any concrete plans.

Agreed. You have 6 months to plan once you have the visa, it's plenty of time. Try spending your time with family and friends to keep yourself busy while you are waiting. :)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Uganda
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Yes, wait until you have the visa. You can definitely start scouting locations, picking out decor items, and whatever else doesn't involve a definite date or having people make travel plans, but picking a date or making any concrete plans is a bad idea and a great way to add even more stress to this already stressful process.


Joy (& Aaron, who doesn't read/post here yet)

Dec. 27, 2010: First met each other in Entebbe, Uganda while I was visiting my friend/his cousin (12/27/10 - 1/10/11) (visited again Jul. 2-9, 2011 and Dec. 24, 2011 - Jan. 9, 2012; engaged 1/7/12)

K-1

Feb. 18, 2012: I-129F sent (delivered 2/21 per USPS & USCIS; NOA1 notice date 2/23/12; check cashed/email/text 2/24)

Aug. 9, 2012: NOA2!!! [NOA1 +168 days] (reached NVC 8/17, left NVC 8/20; @embassy 8/24; embassy confirmed receipt 9/5)

Oct. 24 - Nov. 8, 2012: I visited again (Nairobi: medical 10/31; interview 11/5 [NOA1 +256 days]; result--APPROVED!!!!!!!)

Nov. 15, 2012: Visa in hand (was ready for retrieval 11/12/12)

Nov. 20, 2012: POE, Boston!!! (legal marriage 12/12/12; family/friends wedding ceremony 1/12/13) (276 days)

AOS/EAD/AP

Feb. 4, 2013: AOS packet sent (delivered 2/6, NOA1 text/email & check cashed 2/11 midnight)

Feb. 11, 2013: NOA1 notice date for I-485, EAD, AP (I-485/EAD NOA1 hard copies & biometrics appt letter arrived 2/16, badly mangled AP NOA1 arrived 2/27; biometrics done 3/4/13)

Apr. 3, 2013: EAD & AP approved (received card 4/11)

Aug. 16, 2013: I-485 approved & green card production ordered!!!! (card arrived 8/26/13) (193 days)

ROC

2015 sometime? I've slept since then.

Naturalization

Dec. 20, 2019: N-400 submitted online (Boston, MA field office)

Jan. 9, 2020: Biometrics

Feb. 4, 2020: updated wait time = 4 months (estimated case completion June 2020)

Aug. 7, 2020: interview scheduled (!), but no idea when

Sept. 16, 2020: interview, Boston (approved)

Sept. 24, 2020: oath ceremony, Boston---DONE!!! (279 days from submission)

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What experiences can anyone share about planning and basically guessing when it will be held.

I've been around long enough to see people miss their wedding, lose money on plane fares, get in a major stress when it didn't look like their calculated plans were going to happen. Timelines are like a rollercoaster and it could reach the top by the time you get to that step.

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Could we be more confident about booking a date when the NOA2 comes through?

No, not really because stuff happens.

You should create a VJ timeline, as well as start preparing for what happens in London by reading this pinned thread London 2012- K1s from NOA2 to interview thread


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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Argentina
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While we all, strongly suggest, not to make any plans for the wedding until the visa is in your hand....

Vegas is, one of the few places in the world, prepared to receive couples in short notice for weddings that are not JUST a White Chapel type of wedding. You can look at the websites of ALL the known hotels on the Strip (Bellagio, The Venetian, The Caesar's, etc) and get most of the information there.... but you can also email them and ask.

I'm pretty sure, with your visa in hand, you will be able to plan something that fits your wedding expectations heart.gif in VEGAS in a very short time.

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