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Hi. My girlfriend and I are totally new to this immigration thing, or at least I (the guy) am. I'm in my 30's and was born in the Midwest and now live in the DC area. I'm a biochemist and I do research in the biomedical field. My girlfriend is the one immigrating here from Thailand. She is beautiful, amazing, and awesome and I am so lucky to have met her. She is in her late 20's and grew up outside of Bangkok. She came here to study and is exceeding in her classes. She has a strong interest in early child development.

We met in 2011 and are getting married in July 2013, which is like 3 weeks away. Things are pretty surreal and exciting for us. We are doing the small civil ceremony at the courthouse in Annapolis Maryland and then pushing the Green Card paperwork out the door ASAP. Then hopefully we can travel after everything is official. I'm sure traveling has been difficult for a lot of people on this site, and that's no exception for my girlfriend. She hasn't been home in 3 years to see her family and I have never met them in person (we've done the Skype thing...does that count?). So hopefully everything goes smoothly so we can do a little traveling to Thailand.

Anyway, this actually seems like a legit site and a lot of our questions were answered by some knowledgeable people. We figured we'd join and hopefully gain a little more knowledge about the application process, and try to help others out too.

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Welcome.

I was where you are five months ago. Now im leading the welcome party.

VJ has been extremely helpful to me and things are going smoothly as my timeline suggests.

It will be for you too.

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AOS FROM F1

Met -January 8th, 2011

Married - February 1st, 2013

5/29/2013 - Mailed AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox

6/03/2013 - Package Received.

6/06/2013 - Check Cashed.

6/07/2013 - Receipt Date on NOAs - Transferred to National Benefits Center.

6/11/2013 - Received Hard copy NOAs.

6/14/2013 - Biometrics Appointment Notice.

7/08/2013 - Biometrics Done and Successful in Baltimore.

7/17/2013 - I-485 status updated to "Testing and Interview".

8/07/2013 - Interview Notice Received.(online/text).

8/08/2013 - Interview Notice Received.(Mail).

8/09/2013 - EAD Approved.

8/17/2013 - EAD Received.

8/22/2013 - SSC Received.

9/12/2013 - AOS Interview - Further Review needed.

10/03/2013 - AOS APPROVED!!!
10/15/2013 - GC Received.

.....till 2015.

30/09/2015 - Mailed ROC Package to Vermont Lockbox

09/11/2015 - Biometrics Taken in Baltimore

19/08/2016 - RFE received

12/10/2016 - RFE response package sent.

04/11/2016 - ROC APPROVED!!!

25/11/2016 - GC Received.

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Welcome aboard ship.

It appears she came on a Student Visa and then you met, fell in love. Were you communicating before that time and talking of Marridge.

Meeting the Parents is Not a Requirement weather Skype or in person.

The Great Advantage is she is already here in the US


TIM/MAV K1-JOURNEY
3/27/2007....We first met on myspace
1/30/10 ......My Honey proposed
8/15/10 ......He visit Philippines(2wks) & met my family
12/17/10 ....USCIS received the Filed I-129F for K1-visa
12/21/10 ....Received hard copy,NOA1
5/25/11.......Received RFE
6/09/11.......NOA2 approved
12/07/11.....Visa fee paid at BPI

6/11/13.......2nd visa fee payment
7/10-11/13.. Medical Exam completed@St.Lukes Clinic
1/15-16/14.. 2nd Medical exam updated
1/21/14...... k1 interview-Visa Approved
.....................................................................
8/29/14...... Submitted AOS application
10/03/14.....Biometrics
01/07/15.....Received my EAD card

01/31/15..... I got my SSN from the mail

04/20/15......AOS Interview - Approved :star:

4/24/15 .......Got the Driving Permit Card

4/30/15 .......Green Card Received :) (Exp.4/20/17)

http://youtu.be/BVf45EcdFwQ

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Hi. My girlfriend and I are totally new to this immigration thing, or at least I (the guy) am. I'm in my 30's and was born in the Midwest and now live in the DC area. I'm a biochemist and I do research in the biomedical field. My girlfriend is the one immigrating here from Thailand. She is beautiful, amazing, and awesome and I am so lucky to have met her. She is in her late 20's and grew up outside of Bangkok. She came here to study and is exceeding in her classes. She has a strong interest in early child development.

We met in 2011 and are getting married in July 2013, which is like 3 weeks away. Things are pretty surreal and exciting for us. We are doing the small civil ceremony at the courthouse in Annapolis Maryland and then pushing the Green Card paperwork out the door ASAP. Then hopefully we can travel after everything is official. I'm sure traveling has been difficult for a lot of people on this site, and that's no exception for my girlfriend. She hasn't been home in 3 years to see her family and I have never met them in person (we've done the Skype thing...does that count?). So hopefully everything goes smoothly so we can do a little traveling to Thailand.

Anyway, this actually seems like a legit site and a lot of our questions were answered by some knowledgeable people. We figured we'd join and hopefully gain a little more knowledge about the application process, and try to help others out too.

This paper work you are going to push out the door. I wonder what type of initial docs that will include?

Are you aware of what will happen when you return to Thailand with her. I mean in our culture what the family will expect? Sin sot for example. Will you do another wedding Thai style to make the family happy?

I suggest you find a copy of Thailand Fever on Amazon if you don't know enough about Thai culture so you can avoid any misunderstandings or confusion. Of course its possible your G F has explained all of this to you but we see many cases here where this is a huge mystery and creates many problems. No one here wants that to happen.

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Please remember. This not a Girlfriend any longer.. She is your Fiancee'. Yes, she is....!


TIM/MAV K1-JOURNEY
3/27/2007....We first met on myspace
1/30/10 ......My Honey proposed
8/15/10 ......He visit Philippines(2wks) & met my family
12/17/10 ....USCIS received the Filed I-129F for K1-visa
12/21/10 ....Received hard copy,NOA1
5/25/11.......Received RFE
6/09/11.......NOA2 approved
12/07/11.....Visa fee paid at BPI

6/11/13.......2nd visa fee payment
7/10-11/13.. Medical Exam completed@St.Lukes Clinic
1/15-16/14.. 2nd Medical exam updated
1/21/14...... k1 interview-Visa Approved
.....................................................................
8/29/14...... Submitted AOS application
10/03/14.....Biometrics
01/07/15.....Received my EAD card

01/31/15..... I got my SSN from the mail

04/20/15......AOS Interview - Approved :star:

4/24/15 .......Got the Driving Permit Card

4/30/15 .......Green Card Received :) (Exp.4/20/17)

http://youtu.be/BVf45EcdFwQ

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This paper work you are going to push out the door. I wonder what type of initial docs that will include?

Are you aware of what will happen when you return to Thailand with her. I mean in our culture what the family will expect? Sin sot for example. Will you do another wedding Thai style to make the family happy?

I suggest you find a copy of Thailand Fever on Amazon if you don't know enough about Thai culture so you can avoid any misunderstandings or confusion. Of course its possible your G F has explained all of this to you but we see many cases here where this is a huge mystery and creates many problems. No one here wants that to happen.

I agree 100% with what Ning is saying especially if you have never been to Thailand. This is a great site to find and ask questions. Welcome to the journey.


AOS Journey

11-04-2011 sent AOS to Chicago lockbox

11-07-2011 delivered

11-08-2011 Date on text messages but did not receive until 11-22-2011

11-23-2011 Check cashed.

11-25-2011 Hard copies of NOA1s

12-06-2012 Pui's Brother unexpectly passes away and we make an info pass appointment and receive an emergancy AP so she can return home. Pui leaves for Thailand for 2 weeks.

12-06-2012 Get a text message and email that she received an RFE

12-12-2012 RFE for original birth certificate. I swear we sent it along with a certificate translation of it.

12-20-2012 Pui returns from Thailand.

12-21-2012 We send the RFE back for with original birth certificate along with a new certificate of translation(I had to wait for her to return for her to sign)

12-26-2012 text and email they have received the RFE.

12-29-2012 Appointment for biometrics is 01-23-2012

01-13-2012 AP is approved.

01-23-2012 Biometrics appointment. Later during the evening the text and email saying the EAD is approved.

01-31-2012 EAD/AP combo card arrives.

05-22-2012 Email and text card is in production!

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