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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hi everyone, I have a query I wanted to post to get some advice. Here's a little background - I am the beneficiary from the UK and my boyfriend is the US citizen and we after many years of dating on and off we made the decision last December to go through the K1 process so we can be together. Unfortunately I am required to finish a law training contract in the UK before I can move to the US which is due to finish around February/March 2013. Because of this, I originally thought we wouldn't need to file the paperwork for the visa until later this year and because I am not able to visit very often we had planned to get engaged some time over this summer.

However, in February of this year I started researching the K1 visa process on this website and quickly realised what a lengthy process it was and that if we wanted to have the visa ready by the time my contract ends then we needed to submit it asap (as we also have complications in our case). I had planned a visit for a week to the US a few weeks later in March of this year and in the short time we had, we put the I-129F application together and posted it whilst I was visiting him in March. Because of the short notice and change of plans my boyfriend hadn't had an opportunity to save up for an engagement ring and actually propose to me during this trip.

I have planned to go back to the US in two weeks time for another visit and I think the proposal will likely happen then (although I have been forbidden from asking any questions about it lol). My query is what to say to the Border Control when I land. We are engaged from the point of view of the K1 because we made the mutual decision to plan to marry prior to submitting the I-129F. But as far as I am concerned until he has proposed and I have a ring I don't feel right about referring to him as my fiance. When I am asked the reason for my visit I will say vacation but i'm not sure how to respond when I am asked who I am visiting, fiance or boyfriend? During my last visit I stated boyfriend and I wasnt asked any further questions but at that point we hadn't filed the I-129F. Now that we have filed it I am worried that if I call him my boyfriend that I am being untruthful but if I refer to him as my fiance that they will ask when he proposed and he hasn't yet. Does anyone have any advice?

Many thanks

Have a good day all!


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May 14, 2014 - Approval of EAD

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Australia
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I would say "fiance" because you have applied for a "fiance" visa and one would logically deduce from that, that he is your fiance. But... this is just my opinion :)

Goodluck and I hope you get that ring soon!


We became a couple : 2011-05-29
I visited him : 2011-10-28 - 2011-11-17
He visited me (and my crazy family) : 2012-02-05 - 2012-02-17
I-129F Sent : 2012-02-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-14
I entered on VWP to stay 3 months: 2012-04-11 - 2012-07-03
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Went to get my medical done for interview in Australia (much cheaper in the US and I was already here):2012-05-20
Medical issue diagnosed
K-1 petition cancellation request sent to CSC : 2012-06-01
Married: 2012-06-21
Filed for AOS : 2012-08-08
NOA1 : 2012-08-10
Biometrics : 2012-09-14
EAD approved : 2012-10-16
Applied for SSN : 2012-11-01
Received SSN : 2012-11-13
Received interview notice :2012-12-27
Interview- APPROVED :2013-01-28
Green card received :2013-02-04
Baby girl born :2013-03-09

Filed for ROC :2014-12-05
NOA :2014-12-11
Biometrics : 2015-01-15

ROC Approval : 2015-05-14

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I would say fiancé because they have a record you filed a K-1. If they ask when he proposed (and there is a good chance they won't), I would just say, "we decided in (whenever) that we wanted to start planning to get married." My husband and I ARE married and never got engaged, we just decided to get married. It's not a huge deal, you're over thinking it. Good luck. :)


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08.06.2010 - Sent off I-485
08.25.2010 - NOA hard copies received (x4), case status available online: 765, 131, 130.
10.15.2010 - RFE received: need 2 additional photos for AP.
10.18.2010 - RFE response sent certified mail
10.21.2010 - Service request placed for biometrics
10.25.2010 - RFE received per USCIS
10.26.2010 - Text/email received - AP approved!
10.28.2010 - Biometrics appointment received, dated 10/22 - set for 11/19 @ 3:00 PM
11.01.2010 - Successful biometrics walk-in @ 9:45 AM; EAD card sent for production text/email @ 2:47 PM! I-485 case status now available online.
11.04.2010 - Text/Email (2nd) - EAD card sent for production
11.08.2010 - Text/Email (3rd) - EAD approved
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12.11.2010 - Interview letter received - 01.13.11
01.13.2011 - Interview - no decision on the spot
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11.02.2012 - Mailed I-751 packet to VSC
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11.10.2012 - NOA1 received, dated 11.06.2012
11.17.2012 - Biometrics letter received for 12.05.2012
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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Thanks to you both, my gut feeling was to say fiance. I will bring a copy of the I-129F and proof of my ties to the UK in case I get called into a secondary interview.

Your right I was probably overthinking it, its a hazard of training to be a lawyer I overanalyze everything!


VAWA

February 10, 2014 - NOA1 for I-360, I485 and I-765

March 14, 2014 - Biometrics

April 4, 2014 - Approval of I-360!

May 14, 2014 - Approval of EAD

June 23, 2014 - I-485 transferred to NBC

August 7, 2014 - Put in service request

September 23, 2014 - Interview - approved!

October 4, 2014 - Green card received

Total time:7 months 25 days

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I would say fiancé because they have a record you filed a K-1. If they ask when he proposed (and there is a good chance they won't), I would just say, "we decided in (whenever) that we wanted to start planning to get married." My husband and I ARE married and never got engaged, we just decided to get married. It's not a huge deal, you're over thinking it. Good luck. :)

Seriously, but perhaps it's a British thing.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Keep it as fiance. On paperwork you two are seen as 'US Citizen' & 'Alien Finace(e)' (not 'Alien Partner). Don't let your emotions contradict the facts, otherwise it may do more harm than good.

You love him right? Of course you do! Otherwise you two won't file the peition! You know as well as anyone that he will propose to you, he is just being sweet and biding his time and getting you the best ring eva!!!

Relax, enjoy the time you spend with your husband-to-be :)


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11/11/2003 ~ We met online on a wrestling forum & MySpace promoting the same music band

14/07/2005 ~ Lost contact with each other :(

10/05/2010 ~ We got back in contact, re-establishing our friendship

25/06/2010 ~ Confessed our love for one another, officially a couple! ^_^

29/03/2011 ~ Flew to the USA to meet each other for the first time in Atlanta, GA

10/10/2011 ~ Flew to the USA for a surprise visit in her hometown of Chattanooga, TN

14/01/2012 ~ Flew to TN for a medical emergency; she was hospitalised

23/03/2012 ~ Flew to TN to take her for her first holiday to Miami, FL

29/03/2012 ~ Proposed to her in front of her favourite WWE wrestler CM Punk, she said YES!!!

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29/05/2012 ~ I-129f Sent

14/06/2012 ~ NOA1 Received (VSC)

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