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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Brand new to this, been reading up a lot on the K-1 Visa...

My story:

I am from Canada and have been dating a guy from California for almost a year now, have no problem proving our relationship as we have seen each other countless times and talk endlessly... We are 22 and want to get married and start a life together. He does not meet the financial requirements, but has a friend who does and is willing to sponsor me... Will it matter that the friend is also only 22? ...Will we have a better chance of approval if I have a job lined up before I go? Want to get our own place together but almost think it would be better to be living at his parents house as then we would not have many financial worries and it would be easier to prove that if we both end up working minimum wage jobs we would be able to support each other easier, I have a decent job here at home and wondering if it matters at all if I was to save up a lot of money before applying?

...On another note also wondering about when the K-1 is in process of being approved and we want to visit what are solid ties back to Canada, I am currently living at home, have car insurance, work a full time job, and have a bank account as well as a cell phone contract and a student loan? ...Couldnt imagine not being able to visit him for months while waiting for the approval :(

With no actual proposal as this was more a mutual decision that we are ready for the next step, is this looked at as an issue/concern?

Any advice is helpful!

Thank You :)

Service Center : Nebraska Service Center

Consulate : Montreal, Canada

Marriage: 2014-03-08

I-130 Sent : 2015-02-28

I-130 NOA1 : 2015-03-05

I-130 Approved : 2015-08-05

USCIS Sent: 2015-08-14

NVC Received: 2015-08-20

Case Number Assigned: 2015-08-24

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill: Not Sure

Pay AOS Bill: 2015-08-28

Submit DS-261: 2015-08-28

AOS Bill Shows PAID: 2015-09-01

DS-261 Reviewed: 2015-09-09

Received IV Fee: 2015-09-10

Paid IV Fee: 2015-09-12

DS-260 Available & Submitted: 2015-09-15

Mailed AOS/IV Package: 2015-09-21

Case Complete at NVC: 2015-10-20

Interview Scheduled: 2015-12-07 :D


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China

The age of the friend will not matter.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam

The friend only needs to be 18 or older to sponsor. As long as he's a US citizen or permanent resident who is domiciled in the United States, and he meets the financial requirements, then he can be a sponsor.

No, it will not help if you have a job lined up before you go. You're not authorized to work in the United States yet. If you even mention you have a job lined up then it only opens up possibility for the CO to suspect your motive is more to get a job than to start your married life. Feel free to put out some feelers looking for a potential job, but don't make an issue out of that with the CO. It's not relevant to your case.

It will certainly help you start your life together if you've got some savings. It won't make any difference with the affidavit of support at the consulate, but it may help with the affidavit of support when you apply for your green card.

The CBP officer who screens you for entry will decide what constitutes strong ties. There are no hard and fast rules. What's good enough for one office might be woefully inadequate for another. When you say "living at home" I presume you mean your parent's home. That doesn't help. Everything else you listed is good, though. Bring as much evidence as you can.

A formal proposal is a big cultural deal in some countries, but not in Canada. It shouldn't be an issue.

12/15/2009 - K1 Visa Interview - APPROVED!

12/29/2009 - Married in Oakland, CA!

08/18/2010 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!

05/01/2013 - Removal of Conditions - APPROVED!

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