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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Honduras
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Hi all! It's a pleasure to be greeting you, and I hope that you all are in good health!

So I've finally decided to begin the long but arduous process of bringing my fiancé to the US. My plan is to file the petition in the Summer/Fall of 2013. We have been in a relationship since August of 2009, and three years later, we are still very much in love and looking to finally be able to share a life together. I do however, have a few questions and hope that I will find some answers from anyone on here who is willing to help me out.

I am going to be filing the I-129F petition directly, with the guidelines I found here, and I have to ask whether it is necessary to file two G-325A forms, one for my data and one for his?

At the moment I do not own my own home, I live at my parent's and help them with rent and such. I am going to make an effort to get a small apartment before I file. But in the case that I didn't, would this have a negative effect on my petition?

In the three years that we have been together, I visited him in 2010, was not able to visit in 2011, but did visit this year in 2012 and will be visiting during the early months of 2013. Are we still eligible to apply for this petition?

Also, is there a certain quantity of photos together that is considered 'acceptable' for us to consider this petition?

I can't think of anything else at the moment, but I would appreciate any help that you all could give me! Thanks so much!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Yes you each have to fill out a G-325. Take that down there when with him to sign it if you are going to visit him another time before you file. Also save any boarding passes, plane ticket, hotel bills, atm receipts that you have from Honduras within the past 2 years. I sent 6 pictures and was approved. At the back of the pictures put the dates and who is in the pictures. Make sure the pictures are a variety with the two of you in different settings and some with friends and relatives.

Also take his passport pictures when you visit him. follow the guides like you are doing. Also he has to sign the letter of intent to marry you as you get close to the time of filing. I wish you the best.

Edited by Mr Smiley

Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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The number one piece of advice I can offer is to read the I-129F instructions thoroughly and then read them again. And then come back to them in two days and read them again. So many people going through this process miss some of the "little things" such as where to mail the petition or how much the petition fee is. It's important to go through this process knowing each detail and checkbox matters.

Since you're not planning to start the petition process until a year from now, it would be ideal for you to bookmark the USCIS website and check it in the event changes are made to the I-129F process, the petition forms are updated, etc.


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:

Coming Soon...

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Honduras
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Mr. Smiley - Thanks so much for the info on personal items, next time I visit I will be sure to take as many photos as possible with family members/outings. I'll contact the airline I've traveled on to see if they can provide me with past trip itineraries or something similar. Would records of Skype calls and texts/instant messaging be useful?

Paramedic - Thank you! Fingers crossed that everything goes well!

LeftCoastLady - Thanks! I'll take your advice to re read everything and make sure I get all the fine details down. I know it's really early to start planning, but I want to be as prepared as possible when filing time comes around. I hate doing everything last minute, especially with something so sensitive.

I'm still wondering though if the living situation might affect me. I really hope not!

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You've already made the best move - finding VJ :) It's a life saver when it comes to this process. Good luck!

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Good luck to your upcoming journey! :dance: :dance:


K1
05/22/12 - Mailed I-129F
08/17/12 - Approved I-129F NOA2 (85 days)
11/19/12 - Approved Visa!! (179 days)
12/01/12 - POE Honolulu, HI
12/21/12 - Wedding Day!
AOS, EAD and AP
01/05/13 - Mailed I-485, I-765 and I-131
01/09/13 - USCIS accepted case and received text
01/11/13 - Cashed check
01/08/13 - Received NOA1
01/18/13 - Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
01/22/13 - Early Biometrics Walk-in (scheduled Feb 7)
01/27/13 - We're pregnant!!
02/04/13 - Received Appointment Notice
03/04/13 - Approved EAD and AP (58 days)
03/12/13 - Received EAD and AP combo card
03/12/13 - Interview and Approved GC (63 days)
03/20/13 - Received Green Card

10/3/13 - Baby #1 arrived

2/17/14 - Pregnant again! LOL

10/20/14 - Baby #2 arrived
ROC
01/09/15 - Mailed I-751

01/12/15 - NOA

01/16/15 - Received NOA Letter

01/20/15 - Mailed DMV 1yr Extension

02/05/15 - Received Biometrics Letter

02/09/15 - Early Bio (Walk-IN)

02/19/15 - Biometrics Appointment

06/15/15 - Approved
06/15/15 - Card Ordered and Mailed

08/22/15 - Card Received

N-400 on or after 12/15/15



and they'll live happily ever, ever after...
Relationship Journey: Our pursuit to happiness

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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Mr. Smiley - Thanks so much for the info on personal items, next time I visit I will be sure to take as many photos as possible with family members/outings. I'll contact the airline I've traveled on to see if they can provide me with past trip itineraries or something similar. Would records of Skype calls and texts/instant messaging be useful?

Paramedic - Thank you! Fingers crossed that everything goes well!

LeftCoastLady - Thanks! I'll take your advice to re read everything and make sure I get all the fine details down. I know it's really early to start planning, but I want to be as prepared as possible when filing time comes around. I hate doing everything last minute, especially with something so sensitive.

I'm still wondering though if the living situation might affect me. I really hope not!

If you can't get the iteneraries copies of your passport stamps are good and also try to get the bank statements showing you purchased the tickets.

Living with your parents should not affext you too much especially if they are in approval. Have them write you letters of support saying how much they like your SO and are looking forward to him coming here to marry you etc... You also will have to meet financial guidelines with income to sponsor him. So a good paying job can be very helpful :)

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Marriage: 7/12/10
Filed I-130: 9/10/12
NOA1: 9/17/12
Transferred to NBC: 9/19/12
Sent to local office for adjudication: 9/21/12
RFE for Beneficiary BC received 12/13/12
Mail BC in response to RFE 12/17/12
NOA2: 12/20/12
NVC case number assigned: 1/29/13
Sent DS-3032 email: 1/31/13
Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 2/1/13
Pay I-864 Bill: 2/5/13
NVC Accepted DS-3032: 2/12/13
Received IV Bill: 2/13/13
Send Completed I-864: 2/16/13
NVC Received I-864 Package: 2/19/13
AOS Package accepted: 2/26/13
Pay IV Bill: 2/28/13
IV Packet Sent: 3/2/13
NVC Received IV Packet: 3/4/13
Case Completed at NVC: 3/13/13
Interview date: 4/30/13

APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

POE: pending

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Thanks Tintin and Evylin! All of this paperwork and planning makes me nervous :wacko:

Don't worry, that's when the VJ community comes in :)


K1
05/22/12 - Mailed I-129F
08/17/12 - Approved I-129F NOA2 (85 days)
11/19/12 - Approved Visa!! (179 days)
12/01/12 - POE Honolulu, HI
12/21/12 - Wedding Day!
AOS, EAD and AP
01/05/13 - Mailed I-485, I-765 and I-131
01/09/13 - USCIS accepted case and received text
01/11/13 - Cashed check
01/08/13 - Received NOA1
01/18/13 - Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
01/22/13 - Early Biometrics Walk-in (scheduled Feb 7)
01/27/13 - We're pregnant!!
02/04/13 - Received Appointment Notice
03/04/13 - Approved EAD and AP (58 days)
03/12/13 - Received EAD and AP combo card
03/12/13 - Interview and Approved GC (63 days)
03/20/13 - Received Green Card

10/3/13 - Baby #1 arrived

2/17/14 - Pregnant again! LOL

10/20/14 - Baby #2 arrived
ROC
01/09/15 - Mailed I-751

01/12/15 - NOA

01/16/15 - Received NOA Letter

01/20/15 - Mailed DMV 1yr Extension

02/05/15 - Received Biometrics Letter

02/09/15 - Early Bio (Walk-IN)

02/19/15 - Biometrics Appointment

06/15/15 - Approved
06/15/15 - Card Ordered and Mailed

08/22/15 - Card Received

N-400 on or after 12/15/15



and they'll live happily ever, ever after...
Relationship Journey: Our pursuit to happiness

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Honduras
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If you can't get the iteneraries copies of your passport stamps are good and also try to get the bank statements showing you purchased the tickets.

Living with your parents should not affext you too much especially if they are in approval. Have them write you letters of support saying how much they like your SO and are looking forward to him coming here to marry you etc... You also will have to meet financial guidelines with income to sponsor him. So a good paying job can be very helpful :)

So I should just run my passport through a scanner and get copies of the stamps? The statements won't be difficult to get :) And as for my parents - they are fully in approval of our decision to do all of this. They absolutely adore him since my dad has known my fiancé's family since his own childhood. He's made quite a good impression on them. I'm looking for a good job right now, I work at Chick Fil A, but I really want to have a decent savings account when I file. That's my biggest fear that the income issue will prevent my petition from getting approved :(

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So I should just run my passport through a scanner and get copies of the stamps? The statements won't be difficult to get :) And as for my parents - they are fully in approval of our decision to do all of this. They absolutely adore him since my dad has known my fiancé's family since his own childhood. He's made quite a good impression on them. I'm looking for a good job right now, I work at Chick Fil A, but I really want to have a decent savings account when I file. That's my biggest fear that the income issue will prevent my petition from getting approved :(

Just make copies of the passport with a copier. Your parents can help you sponsor him if they have income.



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Marriage: 7/12/10
Filed I-130: 9/10/12
NOA1: 9/17/12
Transferred to NBC: 9/19/12
Sent to local office for adjudication: 9/21/12
RFE for Beneficiary BC received 12/13/12
Mail BC in response to RFE 12/17/12
NOA2: 12/20/12
NVC case number assigned: 1/29/13
Sent DS-3032 email: 1/31/13
Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 2/1/13
Pay I-864 Bill: 2/5/13
NVC Accepted DS-3032: 2/12/13
Received IV Bill: 2/13/13
Send Completed I-864: 2/16/13
NVC Received I-864 Package: 2/19/13
AOS Package accepted: 2/26/13
Pay IV Bill: 2/28/13
IV Packet Sent: 3/2/13
NVC Received IV Packet: 3/4/13
Case Completed at NVC: 3/13/13
Interview date: 4/30/13

APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

POE: pending

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Just some additional advice...before you decide to go with a K-1 Fiance Visa, take a look into an IR1/CR1 Spouse Visa (where you get married first, then file your visa paperwork). Some find it's a good option since, at the moment, it's taking around the same amount of time to go through the entire process. My husband (who's a UK citizen) and I chose the Spouse VIsa route because when all is said and done, he will enter the country as a Legal Permanent Resident and does not have to file any adjustment of status or any work eligibility paperwork. It ends up being a little less paperwork and less fees in the end. The downside is that we've had to spend some time apart as a married couple, but we married in April 2012, filed at the end of April 2012, and his interview is October 15...so our entire process from filing to POE is going to be right at 6 months and when he finally gets back home to California, all we have to do is wait for his Green Card to arrive in the mail and get his SSN, then he can live and work here with no extra paperwork or waiting.

I know the CR1 Visa may not be the option that best fits every situation, but we are happy we did it this way. Just wanted to share another option that may fit you better...or at least give you something else to look at. I've seen K1 visas take as long or longer to get approved and then there's still the marriage, AOS filing, and Work Eligibility filing that takes several months afterward. Good luck on your journey!


07/10: Met online, began exchanging emails, texts, and Skype
10/22/10: First time meeting in person!

03/17/12: Officially engaged in London!!

I-130 (IR-1/CR-1 Visa) Journey:

04/14/12: Married in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada!!
04/23/12: Mailed I-130 to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox
04/25/12: NOA 1, Priority Date, Routed to CSC
04/28/12: Check for petition cleared bank account
07/23/12: NOA 2
07/27/12: Petition arrived at NVC
08/15/12: NVC Case Number received over the phone, DS3032 email sent
08/16/12: IIN assigned
08/22/12: AOS Bill Invoiced and Paid, Sent DS-3032 email again
08/24/12: DS-3032 Accepted (email received from NVC)
08/27/12: IV Bill Invoiced and Paid
08/28/12: AOS Bill Shows PAID
08/28/12: Mailed AOS Packet
08/28/12: IV Bill Shows PAID
08/28/12: Mailed IV Packet
09/07/12: AOS Packet Received and Accepted by NVC
09/05/12: IV Packet Received and Accepted by NVC
09/07/12: Case Complete
10/09/12: Medical
10/15/12: Interview! APPROVED!!
10/19/12: Visa in Hand, Delivered at 2:55pm GMT
10/20/12: POE at LAX, Flight arrives at 7:15pm
10/23/12: Went to local SSA office, applied for SSN
10/27/12: Social Security card arrived by mail
11/6/12: Green Card arrived in the mail!

I-751 Journey (Removal of Conditions)

07/23/14: Sent ROC Paperwork to CSC

07/25/14: NOA Received

07/29/14: Check for application & biometrics cleared bank

08/18/14: Biometrics Completed

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Honduras
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Just some additional advice...before you decide to go with a K-1 Fiance Visa, take a look into an IR1/CR1 Spouse Visa (where you get married first, then file your visa paperwork). Some find it's a good option since, at the moment, it's taking around the same amount of time to go through the entire process. My husband (who's a UK citizen) and I chose the Spouse VIsa route because when all is said and done, he will enter the country as a Legal Permanent Resident and does not have to file any adjustment of status or any work eligibility paperwork. It ends up being a little less paperwork and less fees in the end. The downside is that we've had to spend some time apart as a married couple, but we married in April 2012, filed at the end of April 2012, and his interview is October 15...so our entire process from filing to POE is going to be right at 6 months and when he finally gets back home to California, all we have to do is wait for his Green Card to arrive in the mail and get his SSN, then he can live and work here with no extra paperwork or waiting.

I know the CR1 Visa may not be the option that best fits every situation, but we are happy we did it this way. Just wanted to share another option that may fit you better...or at least give you something else to look at. I've seen K1 visas take as long or longer to get approved and then there's still the marriage, AOS filing, and Work Eligibility filing that takes several months afterward. Good luck on your journey!

Jenniferjones101 - Wow, I really had no idea that the IR1/CR1 Spouse Visa existed...It seems like it's a really great option...Where did you and your husband get married? In the UK? And trust me - spending some time apart after almost 4 years wouldn't be much of a hassle! I'll definitely look into this, thanks so much!

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