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Received I-797, Notice of Action. What comes next?

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Hey all,

I haven't posted in a while as we were waiting for an approval of our K-1 Visa Application.

Just a few days ago, it has finally arrived. That is, the I-797 Notice of Action has arrived in the mail at my fiance's (the petitioner's) place.

The receipt date is April 15th, 2014

The notice date is September 8th, 2014

I know that they now have to contact the NVC and they will take it from there and notify us.

As the beneficiary, I have a few questions at this stage:

1) Do I need to bring the original form I-797 to my interview at the Frankfurt Embassy?

2) Is there an average time on how long it usually takes until I have to do the interview? I'm in Germany, so not sure how that would affect things, if at all.

3) This would be the stage where I can bring letters from friends and family that have witnessed our relationship, right? I know this isn't necessary, but we have them, so I figured why not.

4) Is there such a thing as bringing too much proof to the interview? We have years of photos, emails, postcards, Skype conversations, etc. Also, from which time frame do they need proof? I have plenty of stuff ranging from 2007 until 2011 and beyond. Do they specifically need proof of relationship from the time span between the receipt date of the petition and now?

That's pretty much it for the moment.

I'm sorry if some of these are stupid questions. We just want to be sure that we have everything covered and no unpleasant surprises.

Thank you all in advance,

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
Timeline

*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum -- topic involves that phase. ***


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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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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You do not need the original I-797. Do hang onto it though and keep it in a safe place as you will need to file copies of it at various times in the future.

Evidence of a genuine relationshop is filed at the embassy the day of your interview. There is such a thing as too much. If you have 100 good pages of such evidence, you don't want to bury them in 1000 pages of mediocre evidence. Just cherry pick the best pages. Remember someone has to read that stuff and will not read 1000 pages,

Edited by Al422

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany
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1) Do I need to bring the original form I-797 to my interview at the Frankfurt Embassy? No, but I had a copy with me, just in case.

2) Is there an average time on how long it usually takes until I have to do the interview? I'm in Germany, so not sure how that would affect things, if at all. It all depends on how quickly you get through the NVC stage, how fast Frankfurt is to send you packet 3 and your interview letter, how fast you are to mail them the documents they want and how fast you are to get your medical done. There is no set timeframe, really. You could check some recent timelines of other German members to get an idea of how things are progressing at the consulate right now.

3) This would be the stage where I can bring letters from friends and family that have witnessed our relationship, right? I know this isn't necessary, but we have them, so I figured why not. You can, but if you have enough other proof it is unnecessary.

4) Is there such a thing as bringing too much proof to the interview? We have years of photos, emails, postcards, Skype conversations, etc. Also, from which time frame do they need proof? I have plenty of stuff ranging from 2007 until 2011 and beyond. Do they specifically need proof of relationship from the time span between the receipt date of the petition and now? As someone else said, pick the good proof. Don't send too much. At my interview, the CO just flipped through the pages, commented on one of the photos, and then handed them back to me. I was kind of insulted because I had spent so much time to assemble my package :) I had proof from throughout our whole relationship.

Edited by HK12

K1 Visa
Feb. 29, 2012: I-129F sent
March 8, 2012: NOA1 (VSC)
August 30, 2012: NOA2
Oct. 1, 2012: Packet 3 received
Nov. 3, 2012: Packet 4 received
Nov. 15, 2012: Interview - approved!
Jan. 18, 2013: POE New York Seaport
Feb. 2, 2013: Wedding

AOS
March 6, 2013: AOS Package sent
March 12, 2013: I-485, I-765, I-131 NOA's
March 29, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

May 10, 2013: EAD/AP approved
Sept. 5, 2013: "Potential Interview Waiver Case" letter received
Nov. 2, 2013: AOS approved (no interview)

ROC
Aug. 4, 2015: I-751 sent
Aug. 6, 2015: NOA1 (CSC)
Sept. 4, 2015: Biometrics Appointment
Feb. 10, 2016: ROC approved

 

Dual Citizenship
Aug. 26, 2016: BBG application sent (permit to retain German citizenship)
Nov. 21, 2016: BBG approval notice received (p/u at German Honorary Consulate, OKC: Feb. 6, 2017)
Dec. 8, 2016: N-400 sent
Dec. 12, 2016: Priority Date (NBC)

Jan. 9, 2017: Biometrics Appointment

Aug. 31, 2017: In-Line for Interview

Sept. 6, 2017: Interview Scheduled

Oct. 16, 2017: Interview

Oct. 25, 2017: Oath Appointment Letter received

Nov. 1, 2017: Oath Ceremony

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