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My wife and I are applying for a CR1. We got married in Panama, because she could travel there without a visa and my father who has back issues could fly there from the states as opposed to 27+ hours of travel to Thailand. We also had a full traditional Thai ceremony in Thailand 2 months after the initial marriage.

She had her interview on April 28, 2015. They asked her 3 questions at the interview, why she got married in Panama. Then they asked where I stayed and where I was presently was.

She was told to wait, then called to a second window and given back all her original paperwork, copies of my Affidavit of Support originally filed in September and all the supporting evidence she brought to the interview. They only kept her current passport and pictures and gss registration confirmation printout.

They then gave her a letter saying that her case was under administrative review and while they could not say how long it would take, contact them in 7-10 days if we had not heard anything at that point. She was not given a reason, and it appears everyone at the embassy was happy with her answers at the interview

Anyone else experience this. What was the result. what time did it take.

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Keeping her passport is a good sign, hope you receive the visa soon!


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My wife and I are applying for a CR1. We got married in Panama, because she could travel there without a visa and my father who has back issues could fly there from the states as opposed to 27+ hours of travel to Thailand. We also had a full traditional Thai ceremony in Thailand 2 months after the initial marriage.

She had her interview on April 28, 2015. They asked her 3 questions at the interview, why she got married in Panama. Then they asked where I stayed and where I was presently was.

She was told to wait, then called to a second window and given back all her original paperwork, copies of my Affidavit of Support originally filed in September and all the supporting evidence she brought to the interview. They only kept her current passport and pictures and gss registration confirmation printout.

They then gave her a letter saying that her case was under administrative review and while they could not say how long it would take, contact them in 7-10 days if we had not heard anything at that point. She was not given a reason, and it appears everyone at the embassy was happy with her answers at the interview

Anyone else experience this. What was the result. what time did it take.

I think they just gave back all the info that isn't required in the file which will be forwarded to the USA later.

The fact that the marriage took place in Panama causes the case to need to be reviewed by a supervisor which is what A P is in this case. This is one time they indicated about how long they need.

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