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Filed: Country: United Kingdom
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I am in the very first stages of filing for a K1 Visa. I am from the US, my fiance is from the UK... but we are both living together in China right now. We will be here for the rest of 2012.

Does anyone know any special issues, problems, or tips for people in our situation. I am primarily concerned with the Affidavit of Support, because I do not have much money based in the US. I have been working overseas for several years, so I have little to show in a US bank. I have filed taxes that show I made enough money in previous years, but I don't currently have thousands in an account. Will that be a problem?

Any info on this, or other things I might need to be aware of... I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!


April 26, 2012: I-129 filed

May 5, 2012: NOA1 Email Confirmation

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I am in the very first stages of filing for a K1 Visa. I am from the US, my fiance is from the UK... but we are both living together in China right now. We will be here for the rest of 2012.

Does anyone know any special issues, problems, or tips for people in our situation. I am primarily concerned with the Affidavit of Support, because I do not have much money based in the US. I have been working overseas for several years, so I have little to show in a US bank. I have filed taxes that show I made enough money in previous years, but I don't currently have thousands in an account. Will that be a problem?

Any info on this, or other things I might need to be aware of... I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!

We are in a very similar situation - USC and UKC both just filed for K1 and living together in Australia. In regards your question - we will also be submitting a cosponsor for the Affidavit of Support. Do you have anyone in the States they might agree to be a cosponsor? Although we both make money here, we hope that a cosponsor will help to support our case.

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Sent I-129F from Australia - 23rd April '12
Delivered to Dallas Lockbox - 2nd May '12
Cheque cashed at USCIS Dallas - 7th May '12
NOA1 Hardcopy received (notice date 4th May '12) - 18th May '12
NOA2 - 3rd August '12 (email notification)
Packet 3 received - 21st August '12
Packet 3 sent to Consulate - 18th September '12 (arrived 19th September '12)
Interview APPROVED! - 25th September '12
POE San Francisco - 23nd November '12
Married - 7th January '13

AOS/EAD/AP paperwork sent - 3rd February '13
NOA for AOS/EAD/AP - 21st February '13
Biometrics taken - 20th March '13

EAD and AP approved - 1st May '13

Application to register Permanent Residence/Adjust Status approved - 6th January '14

Good luck on your visa journey!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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You will need a co-sponsor, as foreign income doesn't count.


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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: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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Define "some"? You will need a very minimum of x3 the 125% poverty limit in easily liquidated assets, so if it's just you and your fiancee, no kids or other dependants, around $60'000. Some embassies want to see x5 in assets for a fiance visa.


Bye: Penguin

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 (pnd) Country: Honduras
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I'm in the same situation as you, we will be using a co-sponsor. :)


El destino me ha unido a vos.


I-129F K1 Visa Process
[01.18.2012] Sent I-129F Petition
[01.20.2012] NOA1
[06.13.2012] NOA2 - no RFE's
[07.09.2012] Petition received at NVC; case number assigned
[07.11.2012] Petition sent to Honduras consulate
[07.13.2012] Consulate received petition package
[08.07.2012] Received interview date & Packet 4 in email
[10.10.2012] Interview smile.png - APPROVED!
[10.18.2012] POE Houston
[10.29.2012] Marriage <3

I-485 AOS Process
[12.14.2012] Sent I-485 Package with I-765
[12.19.2012] NOA1
[12.24.2012] Biometrics letter received
[01.02.2013] RFE notice
[01.05.2013] RFE hardcopy received
[01.07.2013] Biometrics appointment
[03.04.2013] RFE sent back to USCIS
[03.19.2013] EAD approved
[03.27.2013] EAD arrived in the mail

[09.21.2013] I-485 approved

[09.26.2013] Green card sent in mail

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Does anyone know any special issues, problems, or tips for people in our situation.

You have to decide if she wants to apply for the visa and do the medical and interview in London or China. Is she prepared to stay in China past the end of the year to complete the steps if needed. Or is she prepared to return to the UK before the end of the year to process in London if needed?

I am primarily concerned with the Affidavit of Support, because I do not have much money based in the US. I have been working overseas for several years, so I have little to show in a US bank. I have filed taxes that show I made enough money in previous years, but I don't currently have thousands in an account. Will that be a problem?

It will be a problem if you can't show current (at the time of the interview) US income or enough assets to sponsor. If you were working for a US company on assignment in China, then a letter from that company explaining that your job will continue Jan 1, 2013 in the US with a salary of $xxxxx, then that should work. But a plan to find a new job in the US after Jan 1, wouldn't work. Finding a US sponsor would work for London. I don't know procedures in China. Each consulate is a little different.


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: IR-5 Country: Cameroon
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Define "some"? You will need a very minimum of x3 the 125% poverty limit in easily liquidated assets, so if it's just you and your fiancee, no kids or other dependants, around $60'000. Some embassies want to see x5 in assets for a fiance visa.

Thanks for ur answer penguin_ie , so having like 100,000$ saved in US account is enought for my fiance to be the sponsor? near his oversea salary.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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yes that is plenty


Bye: Penguin

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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