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Hey guys,

Our case has been sent to the Riyadh Embassy (finally, thx God). Now my fiancee has made an appointment with the Jeddah consulate to pick up the appointment letter for the police clearance & medical exam (they never sent us packet 3 and when I emailed them they just told us to start working on the generic packet 3 that's listed on their website).

My question is can I directly mail my financial information to embassy now and my fiancee will send every other document when she's finished collecting it (she still needs to translate her birth certificate)?

My second question is about paying the MRV fees. We signed up on US travel docs website and she will go pay at a SAMBA bank. After she pays, what are we supposed to do to set the interview date? Go back on the website? Wait for a response from the embassy?

Thanks guys, yall are awesoooome!

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Hey guys,

Our case has been sent to the Riyadh Embassy (finally, thx God). Now my fiancee has made an appointment with the Jeddah consulate to pick up the appointment letter for the police clearance & medical exam (they never sent us packet 3 and when I emailed them they just told us to start working on the generic packet 3 that's listed on their website).

My question is can I directly mail my financial information to embassy now and my fiancee will send every other document when she's finished collecting it (she still needs to translate her birth certificate)?

My second question is about paying the MRV fees. We signed up on US travel docs website and she will go pay at a SAMBA bank. After she pays, what are we supposed to do to set the interview date? Go back on the website? Wait for a response from the embassy?

Thanks guys, yall are awesoooome!

collect EVERY document that applies to you on the k-1 packet and do everything needed on the k-1 packet (get saudi police clearance, medical exam, pay the visa mrv fee, etc)

send all YOUR documents (financial docs, etc) to your fiancee (the beneficiary)

you do NOT send these to the embassy.. bring them on the day of the interview

when you are ready: you mail in the DS-160 confirmation page, passport copy and passport photos to tell the embassy you're ready for your interview...

they will schedule the interview for you, sadly, ours took 3 months :( hopefully yours doesn't go that long


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February 20, 2015 = NVC Approval Letter Received! (lol a week after Riyadh Embassy contacted us)

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Once the embassy in Riyadh receives the case from NVC will they contact us? You said they never emailed you the Packet 3 .....
My fiancé is also near Jeddah. If we don't hear from Riyadh can he schedule an appointment at the Jeddah embassy to get the letters for the medical and police clearance? Will they have his case in the system or should he print a copy of our "Ready" status from the ceac website?


22 Jan 2015 Love story begins in Mecca, KSA

22 May 2015 Engagement in Bahrain

22 July 2015 Trip to Bahrain & Qatar and finance's birthday

22 Nov 2015 Another trip with Fiancé to Bahrain

07 Jan 2016 Trip to Mecca, KSA and meeting his family

09 May 2016 U.S. POE @ Dallas DFW

22 May 2016 MARRIAGE

K1 Visa Journey

11 Jul 2015 Filed I-129F (Resent to Lockbox) (Day 01)

11 Aug 2015 NOA-1 notice date (Day 31)

08 Sep 2015 NOA-2 APPROVAL (Day 59) 28 days from NOA-1

25 Sep 2015 NVC assigned case number (Day 76)

04 Oct 2015 Packet 3 email from US Consulate, Riyadh (Day 85) 26 days after NOA-2

19 Nov 2015 Packet 4 email with interview date (Day 131) 46 days after Packet 3

25 Nov 2015 INTERVIEW Approved with Administrative Processing (Day 137) 6 days after Packet 4

09 Dec 2015 Non-immigrant case created ... aaaand back to AP :/ (Day 141) 144 days Administrative Processing

01 May 2016 VISA ISSUED (Day 285)

02 May 2016 Visa received (Day 286)

Visa received 9 months & 3 weeks (286 days) after filing I-129F petition.

AOS Journey

03 Aug 2016 Sent AOS/EAD/AP package to USCIS Chicago (Day 01)

08 Aug 2016 NOA AOS/EAD/AP (Day 05)

29 Aug 2016 Biometrics Appointment (Day 26)

11 Oct 2016 EAD approved and card ordered (Day 69)

12 Oct 2016 AP approved (Day 70)

18 Oct 2016 AOS Interview (Day 76)

22 Oct 2016 EAD/AP Combo Card Received (Day 80)

7 Nov 2016 Application for Permanent Residence Approved (Day 96)

22 Nov 2016 GREEN CARD RECEIVED (Day 111)

Green Card received 3 months & 3 weeks (111 days) after filing AOS package.

19 Aug 2018 Apply for Removal of Conditions

19 Aug 2019 Apply for Citizenship

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Correct. Go and schedule an appointment with The Jeddah consulate to get the letter for the police clearance. Take the NVC letter you should have gotten in the mail which has your NVC case number and a copy of NOA2 just in case. The consulate has strict rules about no cellphones so be aware of that. Go anytime to get your medical done, don't wait for a response from Riyadh.

Send an email to the Riyadh embassy before you've collected everything, just to get their attention. When you have paid the MRV fee online thru ustraveldocs then you can email Riyadh for an appointment.

For us, they scheduled the appointment a month later. Bring EVERYTHING that day. We didn't bring her original birth certificate so we went into administrative processing and we are currently waiting on a response after we mailed in the original documents.

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Correct. Go and schedule an appointment with The Jeddah consulate to get the letter for the police clearance. Take the NVC letter you should have gotten in the mail which has your NVC case number and a copy of NOA2 just in case. The consulate has strict rules about no cellphones so be aware of that. Go anytime to get your medical done, don't wait for a response from Riyadh.

Send an email to the Riyadh embassy before you've collected everything, just to get their attention. When you have paid the MRV fee online thru ustraveldocs then you can email Riyadh for an appointment.

For us, they scheduled the appointment a month later. Bring EVERYTHING that day. We didn't bring her original birth certificate so we went into administrative processing and we are currently waiting on a response after we mailed in the original documents.

Thank you so much for the reply, this is very helpful. Congrats on passing the interview! Hope you get your visa soon.

I did get an email of the K-1 packet today which is essentially the same as all what is online on their website so yeah didn't need to wait for it.

To schedule the interview did you mail in the DS-160 confirmation page, passport page copy, and 2 passport photos? In email the DS-2001 is not listed. I guess they stopped requiring this? You said you sent them an email too?


22 Jan 2015 Love story begins in Mecca, KSA

22 May 2015 Engagement in Bahrain

22 July 2015 Trip to Bahrain & Qatar and finance's birthday

22 Nov 2015 Another trip with Fiancé to Bahrain

07 Jan 2016 Trip to Mecca, KSA and meeting his family

09 May 2016 U.S. POE @ Dallas DFW

22 May 2016 MARRIAGE

K1 Visa Journey

11 Jul 2015 Filed I-129F (Resent to Lockbox) (Day 01)

11 Aug 2015 NOA-1 notice date (Day 31)

08 Sep 2015 NOA-2 APPROVAL (Day 59) 28 days from NOA-1

25 Sep 2015 NVC assigned case number (Day 76)

04 Oct 2015 Packet 3 email from US Consulate, Riyadh (Day 85) 26 days after NOA-2

19 Nov 2015 Packet 4 email with interview date (Day 131) 46 days after Packet 3

25 Nov 2015 INTERVIEW Approved with Administrative Processing (Day 137) 6 days after Packet 4

09 Dec 2015 Non-immigrant case created ... aaaand back to AP :/ (Day 141) 144 days Administrative Processing

01 May 2016 VISA ISSUED (Day 285)

02 May 2016 Visa received (Day 286)

Visa received 9 months & 3 weeks (286 days) after filing I-129F petition.

AOS Journey

03 Aug 2016 Sent AOS/EAD/AP package to USCIS Chicago (Day 01)

08 Aug 2016 NOA AOS/EAD/AP (Day 05)

29 Aug 2016 Biometrics Appointment (Day 26)

11 Oct 2016 EAD approved and card ordered (Day 69)

12 Oct 2016 AP approved (Day 70)

18 Oct 2016 AOS Interview (Day 76)

22 Oct 2016 EAD/AP Combo Card Received (Day 80)

7 Nov 2016 Application for Permanent Residence Approved (Day 96)

22 Nov 2016 GREEN CARD RECEIVED (Day 111)

Green Card received 3 months & 3 weeks (111 days) after filing AOS package.

19 Aug 2018 Apply for Removal of Conditions

19 Aug 2019 Apply for Citizenship

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I scheduled an interview simply by emailing riyadhiv@state.gov. They requested me to email them a copy of the DS160. Afterwards I received an email from a consulate officer with our interview date (you will have to print this email when you visit the embassy on the day of your interview). After I received the interview date, I mailed them the passport pics, DS160 confirmation page, etc. The ds-2001 is not used anymore, so don't worry about it.

Make sure you pay the fees on ustraveldocs first before requesting the interview.

Be prepared to showman pictures of the two of you. They want to see evidence of the relationship like an engagement ring, an engagement party, gifts sent to each other, emails sent to each other, texts messages.

Thanks and good luck to you as well

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I scheduled an interview simply by emailing riyadhiv@state.gov. They requested me to email them a copy of the DS160. Afterwards I received an email from a consulate officer with our interview date (you will have to print this email when you visit the embassy on the day of your interview). After I received the interview date, I mailed them the passport pics, DS160 confirmation page, etc. The ds-2001 is not used anymore, so don't worry about it.

Make sure you pay the fees on ustraveldocs first before requesting the interview.

Be prepared to showman pictures of the two of you. They want to see evidence of the relationship like an engagement ring, an engagement party, gifts sent to each other, emails sent to each other, texts messages.

Thanks and good luck to you as well

Thank you so much again for your reply :star:


22 Jan 2015 Love story begins in Mecca, KSA

22 May 2015 Engagement in Bahrain

22 July 2015 Trip to Bahrain & Qatar and finance's birthday

22 Nov 2015 Another trip with Fiancé to Bahrain

07 Jan 2016 Trip to Mecca, KSA and meeting his family

09 May 2016 U.S. POE @ Dallas DFW

22 May 2016 MARRIAGE

K1 Visa Journey

11 Jul 2015 Filed I-129F (Resent to Lockbox) (Day 01)

11 Aug 2015 NOA-1 notice date (Day 31)

08 Sep 2015 NOA-2 APPROVAL (Day 59) 28 days from NOA-1

25 Sep 2015 NVC assigned case number (Day 76)

04 Oct 2015 Packet 3 email from US Consulate, Riyadh (Day 85) 26 days after NOA-2

19 Nov 2015 Packet 4 email with interview date (Day 131) 46 days after Packet 3

25 Nov 2015 INTERVIEW Approved with Administrative Processing (Day 137) 6 days after Packet 4

09 Dec 2015 Non-immigrant case created ... aaaand back to AP :/ (Day 141) 144 days Administrative Processing

01 May 2016 VISA ISSUED (Day 285)

02 May 2016 Visa received (Day 286)

Visa received 9 months & 3 weeks (286 days) after filing I-129F petition.

AOS Journey

03 Aug 2016 Sent AOS/EAD/AP package to USCIS Chicago (Day 01)

08 Aug 2016 NOA AOS/EAD/AP (Day 05)

29 Aug 2016 Biometrics Appointment (Day 26)

11 Oct 2016 EAD approved and card ordered (Day 69)

12 Oct 2016 AP approved (Day 70)

18 Oct 2016 AOS Interview (Day 76)

22 Oct 2016 EAD/AP Combo Card Received (Day 80)

7 Nov 2016 Application for Permanent Residence Approved (Day 96)

22 Nov 2016 GREEN CARD RECEIVED (Day 111)

Green Card received 3 months & 3 weeks (111 days) after filing AOS package.

19 Aug 2018 Apply for Removal of Conditions

19 Aug 2019 Apply for Citizenship

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