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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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My wife entered as a K1, from Colombia, and she is awaiting her AP. We want to travel to Europe, so we need to get her a Schengen visa (and maybe a UK visa).

Has anyone obtained a Schengen visa for their spouse, especially if the spouse if from a country where most other countries typically deny visas to visitors (like Colombia). In other words, if she wasn't married to a U.S. citizen, with her ability to enter/return to the U.S., she would typically be denied a visa to Europe (or U.S. for that matter) due to her risk of non-return.

Thanks!


COL.GIF Marinela

US1.GIF Leo

K-1 Visa Timeline

05-17-05 : Mailed I-129F petition

05-25-05 : NOA1 date

08-15-05 : CSC says they will look into my delay and I should wait 30 days

08-19-05 : Correspondences sent to congresswoman and senator

08-23-05 : K1 petition approved by USCIS!

09-12-05 : NVC confirms receipt and assigns new case number

09-15-05 : NVC forwards package to embassy in Bogota

09-19-05 : Overnight and fax a Packet 3 response to embassy

09-27-05 : Embassy website shows we have a October interview date

10-03-05 : Packet 4 arrives (still no sign of Packet 3!)

10-06-05 : Packet 3 arrives (days after Packet 4!)

10-26-05 : Interview at embassy in Bogota and visa approved! (5 months)

AOS/AP/EAD Timeline

01-20-06 : AOS/AP/EAD sent to Chicago lock-box

03-08-06 : Received NOA assigning biometrics appointment of 30/Mar

03-24-06 : Received AP document!

03-26-06 : Received received Employment Authorization card with errors (argh!)

04-10-06 : Sent notice/documentation of EAD errors (their fault) to USCIS

04-18-06 : AOS transferred to CA service center

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Filed: Country: Indonesia
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You can apply the visa through consulate/embassy of one of the countries. There are some "rule of thumb" on which country you will apply your visa through (e.g. you should apply to the country where you plan to stay longer, etc). I think your wife will need to apply personally.

You can go to the consulates/embassy website from the country for more info.


I-130

Jun 28 2004 : Received at NSC

Oct 25 2004 : Transferred to CSC

Oct 29 2004 : Received at CSC

Nov 8 2004 : Received response from CSC that my file is being requested & review will be done

Nov 10 2004 : Email & online status Approved

Nov 15 2004 : NOA 2 in mail

Dec 16 2004 : NVC assigns case number

Dec 20 2004 : NVC sent DS 3032 to beneficiary, copy of DS 3032 & I-864 fee bill to petitioner

Jan 3 2005 : Petitioner received copy of DS 3032 and I-864 fee bill. Post-marked Dec 23rd.

Jan 11 2005 : Beneficiary received DS 3032 in Indonesia

Jan 31 2005 : Sent DS 3032 to NVC

Feb 8, 2005 : NVC received DS 3032

Feb 21, 2005 : IV fee generated

Feb 25, 2005 : Sent I-864 fee bill

Feb 28, 2005 : I-864 fee bill delivered to St Louis

Mar 3, 2005 : IV fee bill received

Mar 7, 2005 : Sent IV fee bill

Mar 9, 2005 : IV fee bill delivered to St Louis

Mar 28, 2005 : I-864 fee credited against case.

April 6, 2005 : Received I-864 package

April 7, 2005 : Immigrant Visa fee credited against case.

April 11, 2005 : DS 230 is generated

Aug 12, 2005 : I-864 & DS 230 received by NVC

Sep 14, 2005 : RFE on I-864

Nov 3, 2005 : Checklist response received at NVC

Nov 25, 2005 : Case completion

Dec 9, 2005 : Police Cert requested from the Netherlands

Jan 12 2006 : Interview success - Approved !!

Jan 19 2006 : Visa & brown envelope picked up

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Serbia
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As long as she is applying for AOS it is usually not a problem. As always there is a significant list of document that each country requires, but once you get everything most likely her visa will be approved. Don't worry.

Alex


February 1, 2006 - Married in Brooklyn, NY

February 7, 2006 - I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765 Filed

February 18, 2006 - NOA for I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765

March 16, 2006 - Biometrics for I-765, I-485

March 16, 2006 - I-131, I-130 touched

March 18, 2006 - I-765, I-485 touched

March 18, 2006 - RFE for I-485

March 20, 2006 - I-485 touched

March 27, 2006 - RFE sent out

March 31, 2006 - USCIS received the RFE

April 3, 2006 - I-485 touched

April 5, 2006 - I-485 touched

April 6, 2006 - I-485 touched

April 19, 2006 - AP approved

April 24, 2006 - AP received in the mail

April 22, 2006 - EAD touched

April 24, 2006 - EAD approved

April 29, 2006 - EAD received in the mail

May 15, 2006 - Interview letter received

July 12, 2006 - Interview

July 12, 2006 - APPROVED!!!!

August 14, 2006 - Welcome to the US letter and I-130 approval received in the mail

August 15, 2006 - Permanent Resident Card received in the mail

So far so good

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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In theory, the requirements for a Schengen visa will be the same for every country. (In practice, some are easier).

Before we were married, my fiancee and I spent a week in Paris (she is Russian). She had a visa in less than a week.

If you are married, and applying in the US, you should have no problem.


2004-08-23: Met in Chicago

2005-10-19: K-1 Interview, Moscow (approved)

2007-02-23: Biometrics

2007-04-11: AOS Interview (Approved)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
Timeline

It seems this Schengen visa is for a single entry??

I travel to Europe 1-2 times per month, thus I'm hoping to obtain some visa so she can travel with me for various trips, without having to apply/purchase a visa per trip, or plan ahead for each trip.

Is the standard Schengen a single entry, or multiple entry visa? What might I do to get the appropriate type of visa so she can travel as I do, without advance planning and additional fees for each trip?

Thanks!


COL.GIF Marinela

US1.GIF Leo

K-1 Visa Timeline

05-17-05 : Mailed I-129F petition

05-25-05 : NOA1 date

08-15-05 : CSC says they will look into my delay and I should wait 30 days

08-19-05 : Correspondences sent to congresswoman and senator

08-23-05 : K1 petition approved by USCIS!

09-12-05 : NVC confirms receipt and assigns new case number

09-15-05 : NVC forwards package to embassy in Bogota

09-19-05 : Overnight and fax a Packet 3 response to embassy

09-27-05 : Embassy website shows we have a October interview date

10-03-05 : Packet 4 arrives (still no sign of Packet 3!)

10-06-05 : Packet 3 arrives (days after Packet 4!)

10-26-05 : Interview at embassy in Bogota and visa approved! (5 months)

AOS/AP/EAD Timeline

01-20-06 : AOS/AP/EAD sent to Chicago lock-box

03-08-06 : Received NOA assigning biometrics appointment of 30/Mar

03-24-06 : Received AP document!

03-26-06 : Received received Employment Authorization card with errors (argh!)

04-10-06 : Sent notice/documentation of EAD errors (their fault) to USCIS

04-18-06 : AOS transferred to CA service center

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Filed: Timeline

You pick what you apply for in terms of single/multiple entry. The fee is higher for a multiple entry visa, I believe.

My wife applied for a Schengen visa at the German Consulate in Atlanta last year (while in K3 status w/ AOS pending) and we had no problem with that at all. She's an Ethiopian citizen who would not stand a chance to obtain such visa w/o residency rights in the US. Since she has the latter, it was more of a formality to get the Schengen visa, really.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Thanks, I had called the consulate and they told me there was no such thing as a multiple-entry Schengen visa - I had a hard time believing that...

Hearing that there is a check box option puts me at rest, and I'll just make a few cancellable air reservations and hotel reservations to provide the needed "evidence" to show need for a multiple entry visa.


COL.GIF Marinela

US1.GIF Leo

K-1 Visa Timeline

05-17-05 : Mailed I-129F petition

05-25-05 : NOA1 date

08-15-05 : CSC says they will look into my delay and I should wait 30 days

08-19-05 : Correspondences sent to congresswoman and senator

08-23-05 : K1 petition approved by USCIS!

09-12-05 : NVC confirms receipt and assigns new case number

09-15-05 : NVC forwards package to embassy in Bogota

09-19-05 : Overnight and fax a Packet 3 response to embassy

09-27-05 : Embassy website shows we have a October interview date

10-03-05 : Packet 4 arrives (still no sign of Packet 3!)

10-06-05 : Packet 3 arrives (days after Packet 4!)

10-26-05 : Interview at embassy in Bogota and visa approved! (5 months)

AOS/AP/EAD Timeline

01-20-06 : AOS/AP/EAD sent to Chicago lock-box

03-08-06 : Received NOA assigning biometrics appointment of 30/Mar

03-24-06 : Received AP document!

03-26-06 : Received received Employment Authorization card with errors (argh!)

04-10-06 : Sent notice/documentation of EAD errors (their fault) to USCIS

04-18-06 : AOS transferred to CA service center

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Filed: Timeline
Thanks, I had called the consulate and they told me there was no such thing as a multiple-entry Schengen visa - I had a hard time believing that...

Hearing that there is a check box option puts me at rest, and I'll just make a few cancellable air reservations and hotel reservations to provide the needed "evidence" to show need for a multiple entry visa.

Here's the relevant part of the Schengen visa application form:

24. Number of entries requested

☐ Single entry ☐ Two entries ☐ Multiple entries

Schengen Visa Application Form - HTML

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Filed: Country: Indonesia
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Thanks, I had called the consulate and they told me there was no such thing as a multiple-entry Schengen visa - I had a hard time believing that...

Hearing that there is a check box option puts me at rest, and I'll just make a few cancellable air reservations and hotel reservations to provide the needed "evidence" to show need for a multiple entry visa.

I had multiple entry Schengen visa in 2000 :)


I-130

Jun 28 2004 : Received at NSC

Oct 25 2004 : Transferred to CSC

Oct 29 2004 : Received at CSC

Nov 8 2004 : Received response from CSC that my file is being requested & review will be done

Nov 10 2004 : Email & online status Approved

Nov 15 2004 : NOA 2 in mail

Dec 16 2004 : NVC assigns case number

Dec 20 2004 : NVC sent DS 3032 to beneficiary, copy of DS 3032 & I-864 fee bill to petitioner

Jan 3 2005 : Petitioner received copy of DS 3032 and I-864 fee bill. Post-marked Dec 23rd.

Jan 11 2005 : Beneficiary received DS 3032 in Indonesia

Jan 31 2005 : Sent DS 3032 to NVC

Feb 8, 2005 : NVC received DS 3032

Feb 21, 2005 : IV fee generated

Feb 25, 2005 : Sent I-864 fee bill

Feb 28, 2005 : I-864 fee bill delivered to St Louis

Mar 3, 2005 : IV fee bill received

Mar 7, 2005 : Sent IV fee bill

Mar 9, 2005 : IV fee bill delivered to St Louis

Mar 28, 2005 : I-864 fee credited against case.

April 6, 2005 : Received I-864 package

April 7, 2005 : Immigrant Visa fee credited against case.

April 11, 2005 : DS 230 is generated

Aug 12, 2005 : I-864 & DS 230 received by NVC

Sep 14, 2005 : RFE on I-864

Nov 3, 2005 : Checklist response received at NVC

Nov 25, 2005 : Case completion

Dec 9, 2005 : Police Cert requested from the Netherlands

Jan 12 2006 : Interview success - Approved !!

Jan 19 2006 : Visa & brown envelope picked up

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Serbia
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They still do have them, and when yo uapply they will ask you if you need it for a single entry or multiple. It really doesn't make any difference in documentation needed, for multiple all you need to show is that you are planning on going to any of the ocuntries multiple times. Also some countries do require more documentation than others.

Alex


February 1, 2006 - Married in Brooklyn, NY

February 7, 2006 - I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765 Filed

February 18, 2006 - NOA for I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765

March 16, 2006 - Biometrics for I-765, I-485

March 16, 2006 - I-131, I-130 touched

March 18, 2006 - I-765, I-485 touched

March 18, 2006 - RFE for I-485

March 20, 2006 - I-485 touched

March 27, 2006 - RFE sent out

March 31, 2006 - USCIS received the RFE

April 3, 2006 - I-485 touched

April 5, 2006 - I-485 touched

April 6, 2006 - I-485 touched

April 19, 2006 - AP approved

April 24, 2006 - AP received in the mail

April 22, 2006 - EAD touched

April 24, 2006 - EAD approved

April 29, 2006 - EAD received in the mail

May 15, 2006 - Interview letter received

July 12, 2006 - Interview

July 12, 2006 - APPROVED!!!!

August 14, 2006 - Welcome to the US letter and I-130 approval received in the mail

August 15, 2006 - Permanent Resident Card received in the mail

So far so good

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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If you guys dont mind: what is a Schengen visa?

Sorry, Anja

ok, found it - never mind.... should read before I ask.... :huh:

Edited by Anja_and_Henry

08/10/2009 - sent off I-751 to CA service center

08/16/2009 - check cashed

08/28/2009 - received NOA1

09/11/2009 - biometrics in Portland

03/30/2010 - done for the next 10 years.............

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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i got a Shengen-Staten visa in 1999 from the netherland embassy and didn't have a hard

time getting the visa . i was invited by a couple who i met in thailand , they lived in a place

called the Philippine. that's how we actually got to talk, because i told them i am from the

philippines. they told me they had a letter sent to them by a friend one time and the letter

reached the philippines , my country and then sent back to their friend and resent to the

philippine, netherlands.

anyway, all they asked from me was a paid ticket and hotel reservations ( showed them

reservations in amsterdam and belgium ). they said they usually give single entries only

for tourists , i wasn't aiming for a multiple entry anyway. i am just really a travel bug.

although i was advised by my ticket agent to bring all necessary documents like work,

salary certification, blah,blah,blah. it's better to be armed.

didn't get any hassles in the netherlands immigration either, they were very friendly.

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