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So I am finally there. Sent, ready to receive my future wife in the states :) when that time comes. We are hoping for a miracle and that we do not get TX, but since I am from Virginia then it will is looking like the place it will go. But who knows, maybe a miracle will happen ;). I will keep up-to-date on progress, but hopefully it will not be too drawn out. If we do get TX and we hear nothing by August, we may just withdraw the petition and be married there in the Philippines, I will just live there for a short while and then file directly.

So the next step is waiting, but also preparing for the documents that she needs. I am familiar with the stuff needed for the I-134, the DS-160 and the DS-230 (both once NAO2 is approved), is there anything else she can do while we wait? Immunizations, how about NBI clearance, etc...?


Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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DS-230 is not needed. I would wait before getting the documents for the interview, as they should be dated closer to that time. Immunizations are given at the medical (they are included free of charge with your medical fee). Best thing to do now is just wait.


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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

08/09/2020 -- NOA1 date

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Thanks for the advice, will hold off from doing anything then. Time to start would be at the time of the NAO2?


Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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Too add to the comment above, she shouldn't expect anything from the embassy once the NAO2 is granted correct? Mainly because everything is listed online.


Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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coa24, on 28 Nov 2014 - 12:40 PM, said:

Too add to the comment above, she shouldn't expect anything from the embassy once the NAO2 is granted correct? Mainly because everything is listed online.

Most process' can be viewed online. Do you have hank's website address that is a handy dandy to do list. If not here is the address: http://visaconnection-philippines.com/#

I would recommend that you go over any documents you already have to ensure there are no mistakes in spelling to include Birth Cert., Passport etc. If you find errors get them corrected now while you have the time.

Once you get your MNL# then it's time to get moving because everything is predicated on that number.

And the last thing you should do is update your timeline here on VJ. It helps anyone who is trying to help you.

Return here to ask any questions. Lots of good people here willing to help out.


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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Too add to the comment above, she shouldn't expect anything from the embassy once the NAO2 is granted correct? Mainly because everything is listed online.

If you are in the Texas Service Center I would advise not worrying about the NOA2 or anything for a minimum of 3 months. I mean literally nothing has happened since I received my NOA1 in September. As far as tax documents and the I-134, don't even bother considering the interview won't take place until 2015. Your return for 2014 would be most relevant, something that can't be done until next year of course. I would suggest advancing on the complicated things only. For example, police reports for any countries in which your fiance has lived for more than 6 months. If it is difficult to get a birth certificate in the fiancee's country. Other than that, even if you have done nothing, there is about a 1-1.5 month window between the NOA2 and interview, giving you plenty of time to gather the needed documents. Pray you aren't in the TSC.


K1 Visa Event Date Service Center : Texas Service Center Transferred? No Consulate : Juarez, Mexico

I-129F: Sent 9/5/2014

I-129F: Arrived at Lewisville 9/8/2014

I-129F: NOA1 Text message/mail 9/11/2014

I-129F: Alien Registration Number Changed 9/16/2014

I-129F: Request to correct on document or notice assigned to an officer for response 10/25/2014

I-129F: Name Change request made 10/31/2014

I-129F: Crickets as of today

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So I am finally there. Sent, ready to receive my future wife in the states :) when that time comes. We are hoping for a miracle and that we do not get TX, but since I am from Virginia then it will is looking like the place it will go. But who knows, maybe a miracle will happen ;). I will keep up-to-date on progress, but hopefully it will not be too drawn out. If we do get TX and we hear nothing by August, we may just withdraw the petition and be married there in the Philippines, I will just live there for a short while and then file directly.

So the next step is waiting, but also preparing for the documents that she needs. I am familiar with the stuff needed for the I-134, the DS-160 and the DS-230 (both once NAO2 is approved), is there anything else she can do while we wait? Immunizations, how about NBI clearance, etc...?

If your fiance is from the Phillipines you can ignore most of what i said and get started. Their applications are processed lightening fast.


K1 Visa Event Date Service Center : Texas Service Center Transferred? No Consulate : Juarez, Mexico

I-129F: Sent 9/5/2014

I-129F: Arrived at Lewisville 9/8/2014

I-129F: NOA1 Text message/mail 9/11/2014

I-129F: Alien Registration Number Changed 9/16/2014

I-129F: Request to correct on document or notice assigned to an officer for response 10/25/2014

I-129F: Name Change request made 10/31/2014

I-129F: Crickets as of today

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She is from the Philippines, Will be visiting again at the end of December, quite stoked about it. Everything should be correct, I did look over the documents and compared at least 6 or 7 times. Then had a friend that went through the same thing look at them as well. So hopefully everything is good. I also specifically asked my fiance about what is written on her birth certificate and how to correctly spell. So hopefully everything is correct. But will definitely take another look. Thanks for all the advice :). I was actually looking for Hank's website earlier. I am certainly preparing for TSC, but hope I get lucky and package is sent to CSC. Package is suppose to arrive at Dallas Lockbox on December 1.

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Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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Filed: Other Country: Philippines
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So I am finally there. Sent, ready to receive my future wife in the states :) when that time comes. We are hoping for a miracle and that we do not get TX, but since I am from Virginia then it will is looking like the place it will go. But who knows, maybe a miracle will happen ;). I will keep up-to-date on progress, but hopefully it will not be too drawn out. If we do get TX and we hear nothing by August, we may just withdraw the petition and be married there in the Philippines, I will just live there for a short while and then file directly.

So the next step is waiting, but also preparing for the documents that she needs. I am familiar with the stuff needed for the I-134, the DS-160 and the DS-230 (both once NAO2 is approved), is there anything else she can do while we wait? Immunizations, how about NBI clearance, etc...?

When judging by your list you are ILL prepared not well prepared. :lol: No DS-230 BTW getting married takes even longer, K-1 is the fastest. :)

You want to get prepped for the K-1 visa process in Manila (plus CFO) follow the flashing arrow below...


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 

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Awesome! Best of luck to you. Buckle down for a long wait regardless of the service center. Ours took about 9 months from NOA1 to NOA2 and we were at CSC (CSC and VSC were going back and forth in terms of speed at the time). My only advice is to be patient. It would be a waste of time to start the K-1 and the get frustrated and begin the potentially longer process of CR-1. Hang in there and wait it out...it will happen.


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Steve and Joan
Met on Facebook 2/24/12
Met in person 6/5/12
Second visit 10/2/12
Engaged 10/3/12
NOA10/15/12
Third visit 12/10/12
Joan got her passport! 2/20/13
NOA2 4/24/13
Fourth visit 5/28/13
CFO 5/30/13
Embassy Interview APPROVED 6/6/13

Joan passed through immigration in Hawaii! She's home! 6/13/13

MARRIED 8/24/13

AOS, EAD and AP petitions sent to Chicago via Express Mail

EAD/AP Received 11/13/13

AOS Interview APPROVED 11/26/13

2-year Green Card in hand 12/5/13

ROC (I-751) sent to CSC via USPS Express Mail 8/31/15

ROC check cashed 9/4/15

ROC Biometrics 10/1/15

ROC Approval 4/6/16 (waiting for actual card)

Permanent Green Card Arrived 4/14/16
Naturalization Interview 2/22/17 APPROVED!

Oath Ceremony 3/21/17--Joan is a US Citizen!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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One post indirectly condoning fraud (a TOS violation) removed along with one post quoting.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Thanks everyone for the advice :) it is well appreciated. For the DS-230 haha, thought that was a requirement for the I-129F, thanks for the clarification. I guess at this point it is pointless to do a NBI clearance, besides that only takes like a few days to receive correct? In a way I kind of wish VSC was still doing the I-129F. Looking forward to this adventure. I assume I can visit anytime I want even with the visa in progress, she just cannot come and visit here in the USA while waiting for Visa.

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Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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Curious, do they really send you a text message and an email when you get the NOA1 case number?


Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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Filed: Other Country: Philippines
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If you completed the G-1145 and sent it with the petition, or signed up online at USCIS you will get text/email updates


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 

HandArrow.gif       Visa Process at USEM for the Philippines;  https://www.visaconnection-philippines.com/us-embassy-usem.html

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Hank forgot that we still use this version so can't say for sure which they will use for yours, but stand by it's in the mail.


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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