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Hello all.

Thank you everyone for this site and all the very helpful posts I've read over these past months. I truly feel this site is responsible for many of the decisions I made during our filing process and saved us from a lot of trouble. The most important things I learned are to front-load your petition, make copies of it, and an RFE is not the end of the world :)

:star:Stick together. Take turns supporting one another. Anything worth having is worth waiting for. :star:

Special thanks to: “Anh map” “Vanessa&Tony” “dwheels76” “lssnodgrass” “M_&_R” “bt1” “Pinkrlion” “Joandjo” “Que Saudade” “Mogambi” “Kevymanuel” “tru_loves_journey” “beejay” and "kozah" for your answers to my questions and otherwise helpful posts.

Here is the interview account. Hopefully the information contained will be helpful.

First interview appointment was cancelled by the embassy due to attacks of US Embassies in other MENA countries. My prayers are with anyone affected by this. Second interview appointment was scheduled just over a week later.

He arrived early to be first in line but had to go back outside to the car because they wouldn't let him bring in the accordion-style, zip-up binder we had all of our evidence in (so he had to carry all his papers loose in a pile :wacko: ). This ultimately made him last in line and last to receive his interview. After entering they collected the fee and required documents (DS-230 part one, DS-156 two copies, DS-156K, I-134 with my financial documents, passport, police certificates, birth certificate, civil record, family extract, sealed medical exam results, and two US-sized passport photos). He then waited just over four hours to be called for his interview. Unlike other Beirut embassy reviews I've read, they asked him PLENTY of questions such as how did you and your fiancé meet (then she wanted a general account of the timeline of our relationship up until now), tell me about her parents, how do you overcome the cultural differences, what have you been doing while waiting for the visa process, she asked about his engagement ring he was wearing, asked if we were married, what do you love about your fiancé... I'm sure there was more. She did not ask for any evidence at all. None. I did however front-load our petition with pictures, emails, phone records, pre-marriage blood tests, letters of support from my family members; so perhaps she already had what she needed.

Other than the long wait (which is of course understandable) my fiancé said the experience was good and the CO was extremely nice and professional. He said she was very attentive and listened to him closely. All of her questions seemed very reasonable and relative, and his responses were absolutely perfect (truthful, respectful, and to the point). She told him his visa was approved and he can pick up his passport in one week. I was pretty surprised there will be no AP as he is a Muslim man with an Arabic name as well as with the recent events.

Thank you again everyone for your help. GOOD LUCK to all still in those dark days of waiting...

I am blessed be joined soon by my true love. (L)

K-1 Fiance Visa

02/16/2012 I-129F Petition sent to Dallas lockbox

02/20/2012 USPS delivery confirmation email received

02/24/2102 NOA 1 (Petition in California Service Center)

07/11/2012 RFE (email notice)

07/16/2012 RFE received in mail, requesting circumstances of meeting

07/18/2012 Mailed back RFE (overnight) with requested info

07/19/2012 Touch - "Request for evidence responce review"

07/24/2012 NOA 2

07/30/2012 NVC Received

08/03/2012 NVC Sent petition to US Embassy in Beirut

08/09/2012 US Embassy in Beirut received petition

08/14/2012 US Embassy in Beirut called fiance to tell him when to pick up interview requirements packet

08/22/2012 Picked up packet 3 (interview requirements)

08/27/2012 Medical exam

09/17/2012 INTERVIEW - Cancelled by Embassy due to security threats in MENA countries

09/25/2012 INTERVIEW Take 2 - APPROVED!

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Congratulations, si man! Your review is written elegantly and in valuable detail. I'll post a note in the MENA forum to let everyone there know about your success and your information.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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congraTZZZZ :dance: :dance:


27/02/2012: Sent I-130 to Chicago Lockbox

03/01/2012: NOA1

06/18/2012: NOA2 in email

06/23/2012: NOA2 in hand


07/09/2012: NVC received

07/26/2012: Case number/IIN - wrong embassy..grrrr

07/26/2012: DS-3032 sent (Emailed)

07/30/2012: New Case number

07/30/2012: AOS bill

07/31/2012: AOS bill shows PAID

08/01/2012: AOS package sent

08/02/2012: AOS package delivered

08/02/2012: DS-3032 accepted

08/03/2012: IV bill

08/06/2012: IV bill shows PAID

08/06/2012: IV package sent0

8/07/2012: IV package delivered

08/14/2012: Case complete

09/14/2012: Interview scheduled

US Embassy Abu Dhabi:

09/15/2012: Medical

10/02/2012: Interview *Result: AP*

12/31/2013: Visa in hand

03/19/2014: ELIS fee paid

03/20/2014: POE ABU DHABI / Chicago


04/03/2014: SSN applied

04/08/2014: SSN received

05/21/2014: Welcome letter received

05/22/2014: 10 years GC arrived in mail

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:dance: CONGRATULATIONS!!! :dance:

Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca


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