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I plan on going to the interview with my fiance in Bogota and will be giving a full report on my experience. If any others have been through there and have not posted their experience ... how about a report? :

Bogota Colombia

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10/25/2005 I-129F sent to TSC

10/27/2005 Arrives at TSC case transfer from TSC to CSC

11/01/2005 1NOA from CSC

11/04/2005 check for $170 cashed, e-mail from CSC confirms 1NOA

11/05/2005 1NOA hard copy arrives by snail mail. Yessssss!

01/31/2006 Touched-email message case being reviewed 60 days notification

02/01/2006 2NOA E-mail Yesssssssssssssssssss!

02/07/2006 2NOA hard copy from CSC postmarked 02/03/2006

02/09/2006 NVC Receives 129F

02/14/2006 NVC sends 129F to Embassy using DHL

02/16/2006 Petition arrives at Bogota Embassy.

02/23/2006 Packet 3 sent to Embassy by courier and fax

02/24/2006 Emabassy receives Packet 3

03/02/2006 Notified of Interview at Embassy 04/04/2006

03/03/2006 Receive Packet 3 and 4

03/31/2006 Medical Interview

04/04/2006 Interview in Bogota Colombia-VISA APPROVED

04/05/2006 Pick up Visa

04/08/2006 Fly to Miami with Fiance

05/12/2006 Married

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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We have our interview in Bogota probably in April and have great information on the Embassy/USCIS Reviews at the top of VisaJourney. Here's the url if you don't see the link at top bar of site:

http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/index.php

You should use a translator if you don't know Spanish because the second one shown is fantastic and all to the point and most useful. My best wishes to you!!!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Patricia's interview is in just a few hours so needless to say, I can't even sleep right now, I will come back later as soon as I find out how everything went and let everyone know about her experience.

Mel :thumbs:


09-28-04 MET PATRICIA THRU HER AUNT

01-26-05 TRAVELED TO COLOMBIA ( OH YEAH WE'RE IN LOVE)

02-04-05 ENGAGED

10-11-05 K1 Sent (VERMONT SERVICE CENTER)

10-19-05 NOA-1

12-12-05 NOA-2 Approved

12-17-05 REC'D @ NVC

12-20-05 SENT TO BOGOTA

01-03-06 PACKET 3 ARRIVES

01-05-06 CHECKLIST FAXED & MAILED TO EMBASSY

01-23-06 INTERVIEW DATE 02-27-06 (ACCORDING TO EMBASSY WEBSITE)

02-06-06 PACKET 4 ARRIVES (INTERVIEW DATE NOW OFICIAL)

02-21-06 PATRICIA TRAVELS TO BOGOTA

02-22-06 LAB

02-23-06 MEDICAL & VISA PAYMENT

02-27-06 INTERVIEW 7:00 AM (APPROVED)

02-28-06 VISA ON HAND, RETURNS TO BUCARAMANGA

03-11-06 SHE ARRIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!! :)

05-25-06 @ 3:15PM. WE GET MARRIED

10-04-06 I-485 SENT TO CHICAGO (NO EAD OR AP)

10-17-06 RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENT FOR 10-19-06 @ 9:00AM

10-18-06 E-MAIL, CASE TRANSFERRED TO CSC

10-19-06 BIOMETRICS DONE, TIME TO START WAITING AGAIN . . . .

11-08-06 NO MORE WAITING, I-485 APPROVED ON 11-07-06, DONE! FOR 2 YEARS ANYWAY......

11-13-06 GREEN CARD (PERFECT) AND WELCOME LETTER RECEIVED IN MAIL, NICE THANKSGIVING

PRESENT!!

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She got it!!! Damn, it feels so good to know that she will be here in only a few day, I will be back later with a full report on her experience for you guys and hopefully it will help your SO!

Mel :thumbs:


09-28-04 MET PATRICIA THRU HER AUNT

01-26-05 TRAVELED TO COLOMBIA ( OH YEAH WE'RE IN LOVE)

02-04-05 ENGAGED

10-11-05 K1 Sent (VERMONT SERVICE CENTER)

10-19-05 NOA-1

12-12-05 NOA-2 Approved

12-17-05 REC'D @ NVC

12-20-05 SENT TO BOGOTA

01-03-06 PACKET 3 ARRIVES

01-05-06 CHECKLIST FAXED & MAILED TO EMBASSY

01-23-06 INTERVIEW DATE 02-27-06 (ACCORDING TO EMBASSY WEBSITE)

02-06-06 PACKET 4 ARRIVES (INTERVIEW DATE NOW OFICIAL)

02-21-06 PATRICIA TRAVELS TO BOGOTA

02-22-06 LAB

02-23-06 MEDICAL & VISA PAYMENT

02-27-06 INTERVIEW 7:00 AM (APPROVED)

02-28-06 VISA ON HAND, RETURNS TO BUCARAMANGA

03-11-06 SHE ARRIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!! :)

05-25-06 @ 3:15PM. WE GET MARRIED

10-04-06 I-485 SENT TO CHICAGO (NO EAD OR AP)

10-17-06 RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENT FOR 10-19-06 @ 9:00AM

10-18-06 E-MAIL, CASE TRANSFERRED TO CSC

10-19-06 BIOMETRICS DONE, TIME TO START WAITING AGAIN . . . .

11-08-06 NO MORE WAITING, I-485 APPROVED ON 11-07-06, DONE! FOR 2 YEARS ANYWAY......

11-13-06 GREEN CARD (PERFECT) AND WELCOME LETTER RECEIVED IN MAIL, NICE THANKSGIVING

PRESENT!!

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I read Patricia’s detail interview report and it was excellent. Patricia is Mel37 fiancée, I am sure he will post it soon. :thumbs:

Regards,

Peter Miami


Johanna & Peter

Colombia / U.S.A.

I-129F / K-1 Fiancee Visa

08-20-02 - Met Johanna in Armenia, Colombia

10-05-05 - K-1 Sent to TSC

10-14-05 - Received NOA1 by E-Mail (Day 9)

12-22-05 - Reveived NOA2 By E-Mail & Mail (Day 78)

03-03-06 - Interview Date! (Day 149) Approved

03-10-06 - Johanna Arrived

05-27-06 - Married

I-485 / AOS (Did not applied for EAD or AP)

06-05-06 - Sent I-485 application to Chicago via USPS (Day 1)

06-06-06 - AOS Package Delivered at 12:29PM

06-12-06 - Received NOA1 by Mail

06-14-06 - Check Cashed

06-22-06 - Received Appointment Notice for Biometrics

06-26-06 - "Request for Additional Evidence" Online, waiting for letter

06-29-06 - Biometrics Done!

06-30-06 - Received RFE Letter by mail. (Missing Birth Certificate)

07-10-06 - Sent RFE by Express Mail USPS

07-11-06 - RFE Delivered @ 10:54AM Sign by D. Atwell

08-28-06 - AOS Transferred to CSC E-mail & USCIS Website (Day 85)

08-30-06 - Touched #1

08-31-06 - Touched #2

08-31-06 - E-Mail from CRIS & USCIS-CSSO - CSC received AOS Application

09-01-06 - Touched #3

09-01-06 - NOA by Mail Regarding Transfer to CSC

09-05-06 - Touched #4

09-07-06 - Touched #5

09-13-06 - Touched #6

09-15-06 - AOS Approved by Online Status & E-mail

09-21-06 - Received GC and Welcome Letter (Day 109)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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I know its already posted somewhere else but . . . .

I will keep this report short and detailed, hopefully it will help someone going thru the process!

Patricia got to the embassy at 5:30AM, and was third in line, it gets really cold so better be prepared.

Have passport and appointment letter ready, at around 6:15 a woman came out and told everyone waiting what line to wait in according to the type of visa they were there for.

For K-1 they give you a green tag and put it in a visible spot.

At 6:30 they let you in and go thru the security check, no cell phones with camera or any electric devices are allowed in. Once inside they will give you a colored folder, brown for K-1 visas with instructions on the inside on how to organize all required documentation, if you have any questions there is someone assigned to help with that, evidence of the relationship had to be set up outside the folder, no clips, staples, etc.

Now the waiting starts, it didn't seem like they were calling in any type of order, the first time she was called to a window she was asked a few questions, in her case they were:

01) How did you meet your fiance?

02) How many times has he traveled to Colombia?

03) How long have you been a couple?

Then, they checked that all documents in the brown folder were organized accordingly and kept it, she kept all the evidence for later, they asked her to sit down and wait to be called again.

Next she was called for fingerprints, they had a tough time with her because her fingerprints didn't show for some reason maybe because of how cold it was outside, they had to try many different things and nothing worked, they gave her a tissue with some type of lotion and that did it, then she was asked to sit down again and wait.

Finally, she was called again for the real interview (was about time) the CO was going thru the documentation in the brown folder and the questions started:

01) What's your fiance's name?

02) When did he come to Colombia?

03) Have you been married?

04) Has he been married?

05) Do you have children?

06) Does he have any children?

07) They asked her my ex-wife's name because I had been married before ( this one she did not really

expect but she had read it in my divorce certificate)

08) Asked her if I spoke english?

09) Where did she learn english? (I guess it was a good idea after all that she spent all of last year in school)

That was it for the questions, then he looked at all the evidence she had, pictures, letters we sent to each other, cards, phone bills. Then wrote her name on a green piece of paper for next day's appointment to pick up the visa and told her that it was approved.

The next day she got there before 4:00PM, gave her a yellow sealed envelope, her passport and X-rays and some instructions for when she travels to the USA.

Some of the questions she was asked were in english, so I guess it's good if you know it.

Well this was it ladies and gents, I hope it helps somehow while you are floating thru this visa journey!

Thanks again EVERYONE!!!

Mel

Ohoh, I guess it wasn't that short after all, oh well!


09-28-04 MET PATRICIA THRU HER AUNT

01-26-05 TRAVELED TO COLOMBIA ( OH YEAH WE'RE IN LOVE)

02-04-05 ENGAGED

10-11-05 K1 Sent (VERMONT SERVICE CENTER)

10-19-05 NOA-1

12-12-05 NOA-2 Approved

12-17-05 REC'D @ NVC

12-20-05 SENT TO BOGOTA

01-03-06 PACKET 3 ARRIVES

01-05-06 CHECKLIST FAXED & MAILED TO EMBASSY

01-23-06 INTERVIEW DATE 02-27-06 (ACCORDING TO EMBASSY WEBSITE)

02-06-06 PACKET 4 ARRIVES (INTERVIEW DATE NOW OFICIAL)

02-21-06 PATRICIA TRAVELS TO BOGOTA

02-22-06 LAB

02-23-06 MEDICAL & VISA PAYMENT

02-27-06 INTERVIEW 7:00 AM (APPROVED)

02-28-06 VISA ON HAND, RETURNS TO BUCARAMANGA

03-11-06 SHE ARRIVES IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!! :)

05-25-06 @ 3:15PM. WE GET MARRIED

10-04-06 I-485 SENT TO CHICAGO (NO EAD OR AP)

10-17-06 RECEIVED BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENT FOR 10-19-06 @ 9:00AM

10-18-06 E-MAIL, CASE TRANSFERRED TO CSC

10-19-06 BIOMETRICS DONE, TIME TO START WAITING AGAIN . . . .

11-08-06 NO MORE WAITING, I-485 APPROVED ON 11-07-06, DONE! FOR 2 YEARS ANYWAY......

11-13-06 GREEN CARD (PERFECT) AND WELCOME LETTER RECEIVED IN MAIL, NICE THANKSGIVING

PRESENT!!

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Hi Mel,

Thanks to Patricia and you for doing this timeline write up for the pre and post interview. It is very useful for the rest of us. :thumbs:

Regards,

Peter Miami


Johanna & Peter

Colombia / U.S.A.

I-129F / K-1 Fiancee Visa

08-20-02 - Met Johanna in Armenia, Colombia

10-05-05 - K-1 Sent to TSC

10-14-05 - Received NOA1 by E-Mail (Day 9)

12-22-05 - Reveived NOA2 By E-Mail & Mail (Day 78)

03-03-06 - Interview Date! (Day 149) Approved

03-10-06 - Johanna Arrived

05-27-06 - Married

I-485 / AOS (Did not applied for EAD or AP)

06-05-06 - Sent I-485 application to Chicago via USPS (Day 1)

06-06-06 - AOS Package Delivered at 12:29PM

06-12-06 - Received NOA1 by Mail

06-14-06 - Check Cashed

06-22-06 - Received Appointment Notice for Biometrics

06-26-06 - "Request for Additional Evidence" Online, waiting for letter

06-29-06 - Biometrics Done!

06-30-06 - Received RFE Letter by mail. (Missing Birth Certificate)

07-10-06 - Sent RFE by Express Mail USPS

07-11-06 - RFE Delivered @ 10:54AM Sign by D. Atwell

08-28-06 - AOS Transferred to CSC E-mail & USCIS Website (Day 85)

08-30-06 - Touched #1

08-31-06 - Touched #2

08-31-06 - E-Mail from CRIS & USCIS-CSSO - CSC received AOS Application

09-01-06 - Touched #3

09-01-06 - NOA by Mail Regarding Transfer to CSC

09-05-06 - Touched #4

09-07-06 - Touched #5

09-13-06 - Touched #6

09-15-06 - AOS Approved by Online Status & E-mail

09-21-06 - Received GC and Welcome Letter (Day 109)

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I know its already posted somewhere else but . . . .

I will keep this report short and detailed, hopefully it will help someone going thru the process!

Patricia got to the embassy at 5:30AM, and was third in line, it gets really cold so better be prepared.

Have passport and appointment letter ready, at around 6:15 a woman came out and told everyone waiting what line to wait in according to the type of visa they were there for.

For K-1 they give you a green tag and put it in a visible spot.

At 6:30 they let you in and go thru the security check, no cell phones with camera or any electric devices are allowed in. Once inside they will give you a colored folder, brown for K-1 visas with instructions on the inside on how to organize all required documentation, if you have any questions there is someone assigned to help with that, evidence of the relationship had to be set up outside the folder, no clips, staples, etc.

Now the waiting starts, it didn't seem like they were calling in any type of order, the first time she was called to a window she was asked a few questions, in her case they were:

01) How did you meet your fiance?

02) How many times has he traveled to Colombia?

03) How long have you been a couple?

Then, they checked that all documents in the brown folder were organized accordingly and kept it, she kept all the evidence for later, they asked her to sit down and wait to be called again.

Next she was called for fingerprints, they had a tough time with her because her fingerprints didn't show for some reason maybe because of how cold it was outside, they had to try many different things and nothing worked, they gave her a tissue with some type of lotion and that did it, then she was asked to sit down again and wait.

Finally, she was called again for the real interview (was about time) the CO was going thru the documentation in the brown folder and the questions started:

01) What's your fiance's name?

02) When did he come to Colombia?

03) Have you been married?

04) Has he been married?

05) Do you have children?

06) Does he have any children?

07) They asked her my ex-wife's name because I had been married before ( this one she did not really

expect but she had read it in my divorce certificate)

08) Asked her if I spoke english?

09) Where did she learn english? (I guess it was a good idea after all that she spent all of last year in school)

That was it for the questions, then he looked at all the evidence she had, pictures, letters we sent to each other, cards, phone bills. Then wrote her name on a green piece of paper for next day's appointment to pick up the visa and told her that it was approved.

The next day she got there before 4:00PM, gave her a yellow sealed envelope, her passport and X-rays and some instructions for when she travels to the USA.

Some of the questions she was asked were in english, so I guess it's good if you know it.

Well this was it ladies and gents, I hope it helps somehow while you are floating thru this visa journey!

Thanks again EVERYONE!!!

Mel

Ohoh, I guess it wasn't that short after all, oh well!

I went to the embassy with Eliana, I'm sorry to say that it was 6 months ago and I didn't take notes (sorry), but the experience was blow by blow, the same. I don't think showing up a 5:30am gets you any thing. We got there at 7:00am. Once you're in it seems to go in no particular order. We had figured on spending the day, and didn't have to...it's all good.

I will say that my impression of Bogata was this: The only thing they were really interested in was language.

Who spoke english, who spoke spanish. This may have been because we had lots of evidence of an ongoing relationship, emails, e-ticket print outs, phone records, etc. I think we had so much that the didn't bother to look at any of it.

They talked to Eliana first, in spanish. Afterwards they spoke to me. The guy asked if I spoke spanish (he already tried english on Eliana...) I said "a little, but I'd rather speak english please". He promptly continued to ask me IN SPANISH how many times I'd been to Colombia, How long I knew Eliana, where we met, etc.

Lucky for me his accent was as bad as mine and I understood him fine. If he'd have been talking like my wife talks with her mother, we'd have been in trouble...

Long story short, be ready to show you can communicate with each other.

Good luck erveyone,

Neal

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Hi Craig and Other VJ members,

As soon as I get all the information from Johanna and I get a little break from work. I will write a detail interview report to help all other VJ members. :yes:

Good luck,

Peter Miami


Johanna & Peter

Colombia / U.S.A.

I-129F / K-1 Fiancee Visa

08-20-02 - Met Johanna in Armenia, Colombia

10-05-05 - K-1 Sent to TSC

10-14-05 - Received NOA1 by E-Mail (Day 9)

12-22-05 - Reveived NOA2 By E-Mail & Mail (Day 78)

03-03-06 - Interview Date! (Day 149) Approved

03-10-06 - Johanna Arrived

05-27-06 - Married

I-485 / AOS (Did not applied for EAD or AP)

06-05-06 - Sent I-485 application to Chicago via USPS (Day 1)

06-06-06 - AOS Package Delivered at 12:29PM

06-12-06 - Received NOA1 by Mail

06-14-06 - Check Cashed

06-22-06 - Received Appointment Notice for Biometrics

06-26-06 - "Request for Additional Evidence" Online, waiting for letter

06-29-06 - Biometrics Done!

06-30-06 - Received RFE Letter by mail. (Missing Birth Certificate)

07-10-06 - Sent RFE by Express Mail USPS

07-11-06 - RFE Delivered @ 10:54AM Sign by D. Atwell

08-28-06 - AOS Transferred to CSC E-mail & USCIS Website (Day 85)

08-30-06 - Touched #1

08-31-06 - Touched #2

08-31-06 - E-Mail from CRIS & USCIS-CSSO - CSC received AOS Application

09-01-06 - Touched #3

09-01-06 - NOA by Mail Regarding Transfer to CSC

09-05-06 - Touched #4

09-07-06 - Touched #5

09-13-06 - Touched #6

09-15-06 - AOS Approved by Online Status & E-mail

09-21-06 - Received GC and Welcome Letter (Day 109)

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