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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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We have been Skyping for months now and I finally booked my flight to Manila and will see her on November 22nd. We already plan for her to come here as soon as possible, so I was wondering if I should start the process now since it will take 5 or 6 months??

Anyone have experience with this?

Thanks,

Derek

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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In the 129f petition you will describe the exact dates and give evidences to the effect of when you met in person. Since that wouldn't have happened yet, your petition will be denied since you hadn't met yet.

No, you must wait. Have her sign the G325A and Letter of Intent when you meet, bring that back with you, collect the meeting evidences and then you file.

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

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

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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We have been Skyping for months now and I finally booked my flight to Manila and will see her on November 22nd. We already plan for her to come here as soon as possible,

She'll come here when she's given the visa. Could be 5-6 months, could be less and could be more.

You could join the military and get assigned to the front lines and qualify for an expedite...that would work....she'd be here and you'd be on the front lines.

so I was wondering if I should start the process now since it will take 5 or 6 months??

Anyone have experience with this?

Thanks,

Derek


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

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

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One of the requirements for the I-129F petition is to meet in person. You have to have already met in person at the time you file, you cannot file first and meet later.


K-1
NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014

 

AOS

NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;  Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  

RFE:  07/09/2015;  Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015

 

ROC

NOA1:  05/24/2017;  Biometrics:  06/13/2017;  Approved without interview:  09/05/2018;  10 Yr Green card Received:  09/13/2018

 

Naturalization

08/09/2020 -- Filed N-400 online

08/09/2020 -- NOA1 date

08/11/2020 -- NOA1 received in the mail

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I hope your first meeting went as well as ours did. Good luck!


06/26/2014 Met Online and Fell In Love

09/08/2014 Met In Person and Got Engaged

10/01/2014 Sent I-129F Packet to Dallas Lockbox

10/06/2014 NOA1

10/08/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

10/10/2014 Hardcopy NOA1 Received

11/10/014 NOA2

11/15/2014 Hardcopy NOA2 Received

11/21/2014 USCIS Sent to NVC

12/03/2014 NVC Received Case

12/04/2014 Case Number Assigned

12/05/2014 Paid K-1 Visa Fee at BPI

12/08/2014 CEAC Status IN TRANSIT

12/10/2014 CEAC Status READY FOR INTERVIEW

12/15/2014 SLEC Medical Exam PASSED

12/16/2014 SLEC Immunizations

12/21/2014 Hardcopy NVC Letter Received (letter dated 12/10/2014)

01/05/2015 Embassy Interview PASSED

01/05/2015 CEAC Status READY OPEN CASE

01/09/2015 CEAC Status ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING

01/12/2015 CEAC Status ISSUED

01/15/2015 Visa delivered by 2GO

01/21/2015 CFO completed successfully

02/04/2014 POE San Francisco, CA

03/12/2015 Married in Syracuse NY

04/02/2015 Sent AOS packet to Chicago Lockbox

04/09/2015 AOS, EAD and AP NOA1

04/29/2015 Biometrics at USCIS office in Syracuse NY

06/20/2015 EAD and AP RFE

07/07/2015 EAD and AP approval

07/15/2015 EAD and AP combo card received

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Save your boarding passes, in fact save whatever you can in relation to having met. Good luck!


I can explain it to you. But I can't understand it for you.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Go to the K-1 form, and print off what is exactly needed.

You cannot file until you meet face to face, spend time together, with proof, boarding passes, hotel receipts, engagement ring receipt, many pictures of family and friend together.,.,.,.,.,YOU have a lot of work to do!

Print the K-1 list, and go buy it, EXACTLY!

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Filed: Other Country: Philippines
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We have been Skyping for months now and I finally booked my flight to Manila and will see her on November 22nd. We already plan for her to come here as soon as possible, so I was wondering if I should start the process now since it will take 5 or 6 months??

Anyone have experience with this?

Thanks,

Derek

NO you can not start the petition process before meeting your fiancee in person. The BIG requirement with the I-129F Fiancee petition is having MET IN PERSON WITHIN THE PAST 2 YEARS.

You can have your fiancee complete the G-325A and the Letter of Intent to Marry while you are there visiting, that will save time and further delays.

For details on completing the petition process with USCIS follow the GUIDE here on VJ, click the link in the blue bar at the top of the page.

For all things Philippines, pop over to the forum

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/129-philippines/


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Unfortunately you have to meet first before filing. You better go meet her now then file the petition right away because CSC is processing I-129Fs like they're possessed or something..lol..people that filed this month are getting approved in two weeks. I myself got my NOA1 Oct 6 and got approved Oct 23.


USCIS BE LIKE.......WE ARE WORKING AS FAST AS WE CAN GUYS!

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28 Sep 2014 -- Mailed I-129F

01 Oct 2014 -- I-129F Delivered to USCIS

06 Oct 2014 -- NOA1 Received via Text/Email

14 Oct 2014 -- NOA1 Hard Copy Received

23 Oct 2014 -- Petition Approved as per USCIS website

30 Oct 2014 -- NOA2 Hard Copy Received

07 Nov 2014 -- NVC Received Petition

10 Nov 2014 -- NVC Case Number Assigned

17 Nov 2014 -- Status Update "Ready for Interview" as per CEAC website

20 Nov 2014 -- NVC Case# Notice Received

22 Nov 2014 -- Medical

16 Dec 2014 -- Interview

18 Dec 2014 -- 221(g) Received via email

22 Dec 2014 -- RFE Instructions received via email

05 Feb 2015 -- RFE Requirements submitted

15 Apr 2015 -- Visa Issued as per CEAC Website

17 Apr 2015 -- Received Embassy Email, Visa on the way!!!!

20 Apr 2015 -- Visa OnHand :)

27 Apr 2015 -- CFO Appointment

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Might be an idea to wait and see?

That's just a good idea anyway. Sometimes this wonderful chemistry can be had through text & then you meet the person & there's 0 physical chemistry. Happened to me once, before I met my Fiancee. Luckily that was a woman who lived in my city.

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ROC Timeline!

Service Center : California Service Center

NOA2017-09-01

Biometrics : 2017-09-28

ROC Approved 2019-01-17

 

AOS Timeline!

Marriage : 2015-01-10

AOS/EAD/AP NOA : 2015-01-20

Biometrics : 2015-02-17

EAD/AP Approved : 2015-03-17

NPIW : 2015-06-11

AOS Approved : 2015-11-24

 

K-1 Visa Timeline!

Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-11

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-08-12

Consulate Received : 2014-09-15

Interview Date : 2014-11-13

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2014-11-15

US Entry : 2014-12-31

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Argentina
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OP when you travel to PH:

  1. Keep your boarding passes.
  2. Make sure your passport is stamped.
  3. Take pictures (date stamped) of your time together and you meeting her family.
  4. Take pictures of you two together in front of several Manila specific landmarks.
  5. Take pictures of you two at any restaurants that you eat at. Keep the receipts at the restaurants.
  6. Keep any hotel receipts/vacation leases, make sure both of your names is on the agreement, if you stay at one.

That will be an excellent set of evidence of your meeting and time together.


~ Don't forget to 'Vote Up' useful advice from others ~

K1 Visa Journey [April 11, 2013 - August 31, 2014]
[2014-09-20] !!! WEDDING !!!
[2014-09-22] Applied for SSN
[2014-09-26] Marriage License in Snail Mail
[2014-10-22] Notification of SSC in mail, will arrive "within 2 weeks"
[2014-10-27] SSC Arrived!

2015-04-30] Mailed AOS Package!
[2015-06-16] EAD Approved!
[2015-06-16] AP Approved!
[2015-06-23] EAD/AP Card Received!

[2015-10-02] AOS Approved (No Interview)!

[2015-10-07] Greencard Mailed

[2015-10-09] Approval Notice Recieved

[2015-10-09] Greencard Recieved!

I used RapidVisa for my petition; a paperwork service. A K1 is $375.00 to use their hassle-free online application system.

Useful Links:
Igor's List | Advanced Search Tool | Q&A With a Former USCIS Adjudicator
Visa Status Checker (Once you get a Case # from NVC) | Offical USCIS Reasons for a K1 Denial

The advice offered by this user is not legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain legal advice.

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