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Hey guys,

I'm a New Zealand citizen, living in Australia, and 8 months ago I met and fell in love with an awesome American dude :)

He's here on a working holiday visa, which is up in September, and we're in the process of getting our K-1 application together, so we can get married and start a life together in the US!

I've been lurking for a while, and I've read the guides and FAQs, and they've been a huge help so far.

I'm really looking forward to sharing our journey with this community :)


AOS Timeline

AOS (+EAD/AP) sent: 29 June 2016

NOA 1 Date: 07 July 2016

Biometrics Appt: 04 August 2016

Received EAD/AP 16 September 2016

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Welcome to the forum.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Hey guys,

I'm a New Zealand citizen, living in Australia, and 8 months ago I met and fell in love with an awesome American dude :)

He's here on a working holiday visa, which is up in September, and we're in the process of getting our K-1 application together, so we can get married and start a life together in the US!

I've been lurking for a while, and I've read the guides and FAQs, and they've been a huge help so far.

I'm really looking forward to sharing our journey with this community :)

You've already stareted your life togehter, right? Why is "America" the only place to be? Why not live in Australia or New Zealand?


Please stop adding religious comments to your posts. Stop blessing others - some people around here do not believe in "god' and it is offensive to be blessed by someone who think their religion is superior to anyone else's ideas. Do not offer blessings, religious comments, and such things to people as it's not your right to force your religion on others. Don't pray for me. Don't comment on how your prayers have been answered. Don't you think it's a little egotisitcal and offensive to suggest that YOU got what you wanted because you prayed and maybe someone else prayed and hasn't gotten what they wanted? Are you more important to "god" than other people? Keep your religion to yourself. It's not your right to force your religion on me or others. You have a right to believe what you want, but not force it down my throat in your posts. If I started adding abortion comments to my posts, I'd be banned. Relgion is fine and dandy for you, but not for me. Stop adding your relgious comments. If you actually believe there is a "god" then trust me, you are in huge violation of walking around all high-and-mighty suggesting anything - leave people to believe what they want!! This includes those who believe there is no such thing. It is ridiculously offesnive to see these continuous postings offering prayers, blessings, thanks to "god," and the dozen other religion-based comments. You have no right to force it on people. Freedom of religion does not give you the right to write about it and tell me this or that - it only allows you to believe and THINK what you want !! So, please, stop it. I'm tired of seeing these things and it's getting hugely offensive!

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Welcome to the forum.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

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You've already stareted your life togehter, right? Why is "America" the only place to be? Why not live in Australia or New Zealand?

Hi twonton, that's a good question!

I can't keep my fiancé here through a visa process as I'm not a permanent resident. NZers can remain here indefinitely but can't bring over non NZC family members/partners.

We tossed up between NZ and the US, and we both decided the US was better for us. His family is there, and my family in NZ and I don't get along very well, whereas I have extended family in the US that I am much closer to.

Also he is homesick, whereas I am a lifelong traveler, and don't feel nearly as anxious about settling down somewhere new as he does.

We didn't pick this route because it's the easy way (it isn't!) but because it's the best choice for our circumstances.


AOS Timeline

AOS (+EAD/AP) sent: 29 June 2016

NOA 1 Date: 07 July 2016

Biometrics Appt: 04 August 2016

Received EAD/AP 16 September 2016

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Hi twonton, that's a good question!

I can't keep my fiancé here through a visa process as I'm not a permanent resident. NZers can remain here indefinitely but can't bring over non NZC family members/partners.

We tossed up between NZ and the US, and we both decided the US was better for us. His family is there, and my family in NZ and I don't get along very well, whereas I have extended family in the US that I am much closer to.

Also he is homesick, whereas I am a lifelong traveler, and don't feel nearly as anxious about settling down somewhere new as he does.

We didn't pick this route because it's the easy way (it isn't!) but because it's the best choice for our circumstances.

Welcome to the forums! For us it`s kind of the same way. My fiance is so much closer to his family it would be unfair to "make him" move to my country. On top of that I don`t live in an English speaking country and since my English is fluent and his Dutch isn`t, it`ll be easier for me to find a job in the States than it would be for him to find one in Belgium.

Just like for you guys, people sometimes think we`re doing it cause it`s the easy solution while in fact, moving to the States for me will me much more difficult (administration etc) than it would be for him to move to Belgium, but for us as a couple it`s just better I move. Where will you be moving to in the States?


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K1


Sent I-129F: June 9th, 2015
Received at Texas Lockbox: June 11th. Sent to CSC!
NOA1: (NOA1 date June 15th 2015) Hardcopy arrived June 20th 2015
NOA2: July 23rd! Hardcopy arrived July 27th 2015
Left NVC in transit to Brussels Embassy: August 17th 2015
Received at Brussels Embassy: August 21st, 2015
Package 3 sent: August 25th, 2015
Package 3 reveived: August 26th, 2015
Checklist sent back: August 27th, 2015
Medical Appointment in Antwerp: August 27th, 2015 and August 31st, 2015
Received Package 4: September 11th, 2015
Interview: September 17th, 2015 : APPROVED!!!
POE: October 25th, 3.55pm 2015 at Washington Dulles Airport.
Wedding Courthouse: November 24th, 2015. (L)
Wedding ceremony and reception for friends and family US: April 2nd 2016 (L)
Wedding ceremony and reception for friends and family Belgium: October 8th 2016 (L)

AoS

Filed for AoS: June 17th 2016

Package arrived: June 20th 2016 8.05 AM

Check Cashed: June 25th 2016

Texts and e-mails NOA1: June 28th, 10.30 PM

Hardcopy NOA1`s: July 2nd

Biometrics letter: July 8th.

Biometrics appointment: July 20th, 11 AM, Charlotte, NC

Early walk-in Biometrics: July 14th!

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Welcome to the forums! For us it`s kind of the same way. My fiance is so much closer to his family it would be unfair to "make him" move to my country. On top of that I don`t live in an English speaking country and since my English is fluent and his Dutch isn`t, it`ll be easier for me to find a job in the States than it would be for him to find one in Belgium.

Just like for you guys, people sometimes think we`re doing it cause it`s the easy solution while in fact, moving to the States for me will me much more difficult (administration etc) than it would be for him to move to Belgium, but for us as a couple it`s just better I move. Where will you be moving to in the States?

Hi Kim (and Clint), thanks so much for your reply :)

It's definitely not a decision anyone should take lightly! I'll be based in the Pacific Northwest when I head over. You'll be West Coast based as well right? All the best!


AOS Timeline

AOS (+EAD/AP) sent: 29 June 2016

NOA 1 Date: 07 July 2016

Biometrics Appt: 04 August 2016

Received EAD/AP 16 September 2016

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Haere mai!

Nice to see a fellow Kiwi :D I'm from Auckland and just moved to the US 7 months ago.

Hope you have a quick and easy visa process. If you have any K1 questions, you can always PM me if you want, I still have all the forms and stuff I used :)


Our journey so far:

27 Mar '09: Met at work in Holland and started dating.

30 Nov '13: Got engaged in Scotland!

10 Jan '14: Sent I-129F package to Dallas Lockbox.

22 Jan '14: NOA1 received.

29 Jun '14: Congressman Lobiondo inquired at TSC about our case.

16 Jul '14: Senator Menendez inquired at TSC about our case.

21 Jul '14: NOA2 approved!! (180 days)

23 Jul '14: Case sent to NVC.

01 Aug '14: Received NVC case number.

07 Aug '14: Case sent to Dutch consulate.

13 Aug '14: Packet 3 received, completed the DS-160 form.

15 Aug '14: Sent Packet 3 back to the consulate.

21 Aug '14: Packet 4 received with interview date.

02 Sep '14: Medical examination.

16 Sep '14: Interview --> APPROVED!!

20 Sep '14: Passport with visa returned.

12 Oct '14: POE, entered the USA!

14 Nov '14: Married! <3

24 Dec '14: Filed AOS/EAD.

31 Dec '14: AOS/EAD NOA1's received.

29 Jan '15: AOS RFE received for 2014 tax return.

23 Feb '15: AOS RFE response sent.

13 Mar '15: EAD RFE received for legal married name affidavit.

17 Mar '15: EAD RFE response sent.

29 Apr '15: Filed InfoPass to find out why I still didn't get biometrics appt.

06 May '15: Biometrics appointment.

14 May '15: Received EAD (finally!)

22 July '15: Interview waived.

08 Sep '15: Got my Green Card!

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