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Is Ukraine Brides Agency a marriage broker? [split topic]

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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Can anyone tell me if the Ukraine Brides Agency is actually a broker or not? They do not do the IMBRA screening process upon sign up on the site. However you do pay a fee to send letters, chat or things of that nature. I am lost with this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am due to arrive in Ukraine on the 1st of November to meet with my future wife and need to know if this IMBRA stuff needs to be handled before I arrive there.

Thanks.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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(This post was split from an ancient thread in the IMBRA forum and was moved here.)


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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 (apr) Country: Russia
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Most likely not. No harm in listing them as such on the 129f though.


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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Can anyone tell me if the Ukraine Brides Agency is actually a broker or not? They do not do the IMBRA screening process upon sign up on the site. However you do pay a fee to send letters, chat or things of that nature. I am lost with this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am due to arrive in Ukraine on the 1st of November to meet with my future wife and need to know if this IMBRA stuff needs to be handled before I arrive there.

Thanks.

Understand that the IMBRA law covers U.S. based companies only. However, to protect yourself make sure your fiancee is knowledgeable about IMBRA and can answer any questions posed by the embassy staff or USCIS personnel if she is asked. You should check to see where the agency you used is headquartered.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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I wasn't sure if Elena's Models was an IMBRA or not and got lots of conflicting answers. To figure it out I simply emailed EM and asked them if they are IMBRA. I got an email back saying that they are not IMBRA and do not follow IMBRA laws. I printed this out and put it in our packet and we never heard a peep about it after that.

Hope that helps


11/18/2013 - Filed I-129F
11/25/2013 - NOA1 text/email received
05/01/2014 - NOA2 text/Email received
06/18/2014 - Interview - Approved
07/31/2014 - Point of Entry
10/17/2014 - Married
10/23/2014 - Filed AOS/EAD/AP
11/07/2014 - 3x NOA1 text/emails received

12/05/2014 - Biometrics

12/22/2014 - EAD/AP Approved

01/02/2015 - EAD/AP Card Received

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ukraine
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It seems the hubub over the IMBRA question has died down at the embassy level. The important thing is if you have any legal problems in your past that requires disclosure on any immigration form make sure you disclose and tell your fiance about it because chances are they will ask her. You don't want any surprises. Like someone else says it doesn't hurt to mark it then explain.


I-129F Sent : 2010-01-16
Visa Approved!!: 2010-04-20
Visa Received: 2010-04-28
POE Chicago: 2010-05-01
Married: 2010-06-30
AOS filed: 2011-01-25
AOS Approved: 2011-03-25

ROC Approved 06-2013

Citizen 09-14

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