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Hi everyone I'm confused right now whether to start processing the k1 visa or just wait until I graduate from bootcamp. I will leave for bootcamp on May 26,2015 and my graduation day will probably be on July 2015. I currently have no job right now till I leave for bootcamp.

Which will be more efficient?

If I will file the k1 now, will they need the affidavit of support already or can I just do that afterwards?

I just don't want to wait that long to start the process and besides I have lots of free time now.

What are the things I should consider for filing before/after bootcamp?

My fiancé is at the Philippines right now and I just want to be with him as soon as possible. Thank you in advance. Hope ya'll can give me advices.

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You can actually file it right now and affidavit of support will be needed when your case is already approved and sent to consulate for interview. Process times varies and it will depend if your case will be endorsed to California service center or Texas service center. Well either the two it doesn't matter since you'll have ample time to do it.

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I would say, file now, but also send your fiance all of the documents that he will need future dated in case he gets an expedite or fast processing (if he gets approved while you're at bootcamp). Or if he get's the case approved he can wait until you get out of bootcamp to schedule his interview so that you can send the affidavit of support.

Either way you'll be fine I think.

My wife was planning on joining the navy as well, but I think now since we're waiting for my GC, we'll both join the Marines, we'll see what happens.

Goodluck!


2014-05-08 Sent I-129f
2014-05-12 I-129f received
2014-05-15 Received NOA1 email
2014-05-19 Received NOA1 hardcopy
2014-09-10 NOA2 Approved
2014-09-30 Package Left from NVC
2014-10-06 Received by Embassy
2014-10-31 Interview, Approved.
2014-11-03 Picked up visa.
2014-12-25 POE Ft. Lauderdale

2015-01-02 Wedding

---AOS---

2015-01-09 Filed I-485, I-131 and I-765

2015-01-12 AOS package received

2015-01-14 Email received: Case accepted and routed

2015-01-15 Check cashed

2015-01-20 Received NOAs in the mail

2015-02-07 Received Biometrics letter in the mail

2015-02-19 Biometrics Appt in Raleigh office.

2015-03-13 EAD and AP approved

2015-03-19 EAD and AP sent

2015-03-21 Received EAD/AP combo card

2015-03-26 Received 2nd Biometrics appointment for Charlotte office

2015-04-08 2nd Biometrics

2015-06-15 Received NPIW dated 06-11

2015-08-01 Green Card Approved

2015-08-03 Welcome Letter Mailed

2015-08-07 Welcome Letter Received

2015-08-22 Card Mailed

2015-08-26 Card Received

2015-11-20 Enlisted in the USMC

2016-02-16 Shipping date to bootcamp

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You can actually file it right now and affidavit of support will be needed when your case is already approved and sent to consulate for interview. Process times varies and it will depend if your case will be endorsed to California service center or Texas service center. Well either the two it doesn't matter since you'll have ample time to do it.

Thanks for the advice, I have been thinking about this since January. If they won't be needing AOS and my job information on the first step of filing, I guess I'll start the process asap. If I am here at North Carolina, will it still be California/Texas? Or theres other service center?

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I would say, file now, but also send your fiance all of the documents that he will need future dated in case he gets an expedite or fast processing (if he gets approved while you're at bootcamp). Or if he get's the case approved he can wait until you get out of bootcamp to schedule his interview so that you can send the affidavit of support.

Either way you'll be fine I think.

My wife was planning on joining the navy as well, but I think now since we're waiting for my GC, we'll both join the Marines, we'll see what happens.

Goodluck!

Thanks! I'm glad I asked for opinions here at VJ, I will do two copies of each document that we will be needing. Goodluck too on joining the Marines! Godbless!

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North Carolina should get processed by the Texas Service Center - assignment is due to geographic location.

Good lucky with your visa!


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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Follow up question, so if Im gonna start processing now, I will only be able to file I-129F which is $340 right? Because that is the first step and the other things to be submitted can be done after bootcamp?

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North Carolina should get processed by the Texas Service Center - assignment is due to geographic location.

Good lucky with your visa!

Ohhhh I see, I heard it is back logged with Texas Service Center, how long do you think it will take after submitting the I-129F? Thanks!

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Best of luck in boot camp. Like Adrian-Gloria said, get your fiance everything in advance just in case you get expedited.

Back in my day at Great Lakes, they called it basic training. When I went in, I couldnt contact my family for a while after induction, so better if your fiance has everything before you go in. Anchors aweigh!


July 2013 Met online

Sept 2013 Met in person

Nov 2014 Engaged

Jan 23, 2015 Married

Jan 27, 2015 Filed I-130 DCF in Bangkok

Feb 18, 2015 I-130 Approved

March 2, 2015 Sent Packet 3 docs US Priority Express Mail

March 10, 2015 Packet 3 arrived US Embassy Bangkok

March 12, 2015 Received packet 4 email

March 25, 2015 Interview

March 25, 2015 Approved

March 26, 2015 Issued

March 27, 2015 Visa in hand

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Yes do make sure your fiance has everything he will need. You may not be available until after your done tech training (depending on the branch and job type.)


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Follow up question, so if Im gonna start processing now, I will only be able to file I-129F which is $340 right? Because that is the first step and the other things to be submitted can be done after bootcamp?

I-129f plus other requirements to be submitted along with that form. Your case will not get approved if it is incomplete. (I understood your statement as only submitting I-129f plus payment only, correct me if I'm wrong)

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I need to send the G-325A with the I-129F and other documents, right? My concern is I don't have a job right now, if I'm gonna put unemployment on the G-325A, will it affect the approval of the petition?

Thank you for all the advices! Appreciate it!

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I need to send the G-325A with the I-129F and other documents, right? My concern is I don't have a job right now, if I'm gonna put unemployment on the G-325A, will it affect the approval of the petition?

Thank you for all the advices! Appreciate it!

You can submit it and if they wanted a firm proof that you can support her living they will just send you an RFE but it's not really common at this stage. Just be ready to have a co-sponsor as you don't have enough income right now and look on the 2015 poverty guidelines.

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Hi everyone I'm confused right now whether to start processing the k1 visa or just wait until I graduate from bootcamp. I will leave for bootcamp on May 26,2015 and my graduation day will probably be on July 2015. I currently have no job right now till I leave for bootcamp.

Which will be more efficient?

If I will file the k1 now, will they need the affidavit of support already or can I just do that afterwards?

I just don't want to wait that long to start the process and besides I have lots of free time now.

What are the things I should consider for filing before/after bootcamp?

My fiancé is at the Philippines right now and I just want to be with him as soon as possible. Thank you in advance. Hope ya'll can give me advices.

if your 2014 income was below the thresh-hold in the I-864P,

then I suggest you wait until November 2015 to file.

Pull out a calendar, study the timeticks for chasing a K-1 visa,

and let us know yer thoughts?


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if your 2014 income was below the thresh-hold in the I-864P,

then I suggest you wait until November 2015 to file.

Pull out a calendar, study the timeticks for chasing a K-1 visa,

and let us know yer thoughts?

When Gloria and I filed last year, Gloria was living with me in Guatemala and had no income, so for two years she didn't file taxes (she was still a dependent of her parents). On April 2014 we sent out the application, she moved to the US in June and started working in July, her income is over the 125% poverty guidelines, when the time came for the interview, we provided the Affidavit of support, a letter of why she didn't file taxes for 2 years and also a letter of employment stating when she started working and how much she was earning and it was sufficient to get the visa approved.

Depending on the Op's particular situation, do you think she should really wait until November to file? Or is it a good idea to file just before leaving for Bootcamp, which will give her a couple of months to earn some income and also that way at least she'll be busy for 2 months, then graduation and then A-school...

As a side note, you should document your immigration+military experience, it'd be a cool story!


2014-05-08 Sent I-129f
2014-05-12 I-129f received
2014-05-15 Received NOA1 email
2014-05-19 Received NOA1 hardcopy
2014-09-10 NOA2 Approved
2014-09-30 Package Left from NVC
2014-10-06 Received by Embassy
2014-10-31 Interview, Approved.
2014-11-03 Picked up visa.
2014-12-25 POE Ft. Lauderdale

2015-01-02 Wedding

---AOS---

2015-01-09 Filed I-485, I-131 and I-765

2015-01-12 AOS package received

2015-01-14 Email received: Case accepted and routed

2015-01-15 Check cashed

2015-01-20 Received NOAs in the mail

2015-02-07 Received Biometrics letter in the mail

2015-02-19 Biometrics Appt in Raleigh office.

2015-03-13 EAD and AP approved

2015-03-19 EAD and AP sent

2015-03-21 Received EAD/AP combo card

2015-03-26 Received 2nd Biometrics appointment for Charlotte office

2015-04-08 2nd Biometrics

2015-06-15 Received NPIW dated 06-11

2015-08-01 Green Card Approved

2015-08-03 Welcome Letter Mailed

2015-08-07 Welcome Letter Received

2015-08-22 Card Mailed

2015-08-26 Card Received

2015-11-20 Enlisted in the USMC

2016-02-16 Shipping date to bootcamp

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