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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Egypt
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Hello, I am a new member to this site and must say I am feeling a bit overwhelmed reading all the various posts. So I could use some help please.

My story is that my fiance (although we are not officially engaged yet) want to get married and bring my fiancee from Egypt to where I live in the US. We have known each other for 4 yrs. and have never actually met yet. And due to circumstances that are making it difficult for me to go visit him in Egypt, I did not know if there was anything at all I could do now to help start the process?

I know having proof of our relationship is major, we have plenty of emails, and conversations though various social media sites, but I know without having pictures of us together, the chance of him being approved to come to the US is very slim.

I didn't know if there was anyway I could start the process now? Even without having pictures of us together.

If anyone could shed even a little light on the topic for me, I would appreciate it beyond belief!

I am also open to any suggestions anyone may have as I am beginning to feel hopeless.

Thank you~


Christy

"Be patient, what was written for you was written by the greatest of writers"

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Cyprus
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Welcome to VJ.

It is a requirement to have met in person within the last 2 years before filing the petition.
If you can't meet in Egypt perhaps you can both meet in another country.


Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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One of the requirements is that you MUST have met in person in the last 2 years before you can file. The fact that it is not convenient doesn't matter. For most of us it was difficult going to another country, arranging vacation and paying for tickets and hotel. If you don't meet you will not be able to file a petition. There are rare cases that bypass that where the people can NOT fly or leave the country. ( Think being hooked up to a respirator 24/7 rare ) You can spend hundreds of thousands of hours on Skype or Facebook or the phone and you still need to meet. Thinking you know someone well enough to marry without ever having met is not good. People in person are different than online. They may snore, fart, smell bad ( or any other bad habit ) and you won't know


This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Egypt
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Thank you both for the information. So lets say I am able to go to Egypt at the end of May (God willing), would we be able to file the papers after that then?


Christy

"Be patient, what was written for you was written by the greatest of writers"

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Thank you both for the information. So lets say I am able to go to Egypt at the end of May (God willing), would we be able to file the papers after that then?

Yes, upon return you can submit the petition packet. Make sure to keep boarding tickets for all flights, take pictures of both of you together, and make copies of stamps on passport. The more evidence the better.


21 Aug 2013: I-129F Sent

11 Feb 2014: Visa APPROVED!

20 May 2014: Wedding!

--

31 Jul 2014: Mailed AOS Packet

12 Feb 2015: AOS Interview - Approved

--

22 Feb 2017: Mailed ROC Packet

08 Aug 2018: ROC Approved

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Cyprus
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Thank you both for the information. So lets say I am able to go to Egypt at the end of May (God willing), would we be able to file the papers after that then?

Yes you can. As mentioned collect as much relationship evidence there as you can.

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Spoiler

 

I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.

 

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You cannot start the process until you meet in person. Once you have finally met, you can start the process whenever you are ready.


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: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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Hello, I am a new member to this site and must say I am feeling a bit overwhelmed reading all the various posts. So I could use some help please.

My story is that my fiance (although we are not officially engaged yet) want to get married and bring my fiancee from Egypt to where I live in the US. We have known each other for 4 yrs. and have never actually met yet. And due to circumstances that are making it difficult for me to go visit him in Egypt, I did not know if there was anything at all I could do now to help start the process?

I know having proof of our relationship is major, we have plenty of emails, and conversations though various social media sites, but I know without having pictures of us together, the chance of him being approved to come to the US is very slim.

I didn't know if there was anyway I could start the process now?

No, you NEED to meet in person first.

Even without having pictures of us together.

If anyone could shed even a little light on the topic for me, I would appreciate it beyond belief!

I am also open to any suggestions anyone may have as I am beginning to feel hopeless.

Thank you~


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

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

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jordan
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I strongly suggest that you get some pictures of the two of you with his family and friends. Preferably in front of a landmark that's recognisable.

pictures in front of landmarks are not needed, posing in front of a landmark doesn;t make a relationship more real or bonafide. Pictures are in fact secondary evidence and not a requirement. My friend petitioned for her Syrian husband and didn't send a single shred of supporting evidence with the petition, she merely sent the petition, the g325a birth certs and marriage cert...only what the USCIS site says to send and was approved with no rfe. She was like me and had never heard of visa journey before we applied. I sent very little evidence and even with HUGE red flags(I am 21 years older, different religion, divorced with children and he is from a MENA country) we didn't get an rfe. I recommend front loading, especially from Eygpt because it;s a tough consulate, but going as far as saying they need to seek out landmarks for the sake of posing for a few pictures just is not needed.



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pictures in front of landmarks are not needed, posing in front of a landmark doesn;t make a relationship more real or bonafide. Pictures are in fact secondary evidence and not a requirement. My friend petitioned for her Syrian husband and didn't send a single shred of supporting evidence with the petition, she merely sent the petition, the g325a birth certs and marriage cert...only what the USCIS site says to send and was approved with no rfe. She was like me and had never heard of visa journey before we applied. I sent very little evidence and even with HUGE red flags(I am 21 years older, different religion, divorced with children and he is from a MENA country) we didn't get an rfe. I recommend front loading, especially from Eygpt because it;s a tough consulate, but going as far as saying they need to seek out landmarks for the sake of posing for a few pictures just is not needed.

That's why I wrote "preferably" and "strongly suggest" rather than "must" or "need."

OP, the choice is yours. Do your research via Google and this site's search function. Read the recent posts and reviews for people going through your fiance's consulate to get an idea of what you'll be facing.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Egypt
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Thank you everyone so much for all of your advice, insight, opinions, and support!!

I of course know that having as much evidence as possible is the safest way to go, as having too much evidence is not a bad thing ;)

Just one other question, how did you all become so knowledgeable with all the terms and the whole process? What were some things you did to become so well rounded on the topic?


Christy

"Be patient, what was written for you was written by the greatest of writers"

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