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First my apologies to the website admins, I tried to post under reviews but it would not let me. It said I had to register first but I was already signed in to the site. So I wanted to convey our experiences, in the hopes it will help out.

First this could help out the people applying from Mexico City. My fiancée was able to do the medical exam there and also the asc. So I would advise anyone from Mexico City to have the medical done there before you go to the interview. So we just had to do the interview in Ciudad Juarez.

The interview was scheduled at 8:15 on the 28th of July. We got up early then we headed over about 7:20am or so. We did make a mistake by going to the embassy check in before going to the waiting area and being brought over. But she was able to get in. I would recommend to hold her purse for her. Because she had to bring that back out to me then was able to get back in. The interview lasted about a half hour or so. She said the interviewer were nice to her. Also another thing is they interviewed her in Spanish contrary to what was said that the interviews are in English only. My fiance speaks English but felt more comfortable with the interview in Spanish. Just something that was different that what was said about the interview. We were worried about a time she had a problem getting into the united states and was stopped and sent back. She went back voluntarily. She was totally honest on the ds160 form and they asked if she was ever stopped and she told them about what happened. They checked on the computer and said yes that happened but it was not problem. Honesty is key, because they already know about what has happened and recorded in the past. So she was approved, now we are waiting for the visa to be ready, the status was updated to issued so we are hoping to be on our way soon.

We stayed at City Junior hotel. Its OK, rooms are not big but its a basic place and not too bad and the people are friendly. I hope this helps someone out there. And sorry again for posting in this forum and not in the reviews. It would not let me.

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Mexico/Latin/South America regional subforum. ***


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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First my apologies to the website admins, I tried to post under reviews but it would not let me. It said I had to register first but I was already signed in to the site. So I wanted to convey our experiences, in the hopes it will help out.

First this could help out the people applying from Mexico City. My fiancée was able to do the medical exam there and also the asc. So I would advise anyone from Mexico City to have the medical done there before you go to the interview. So we just had to do the interview in Ciudad Juarez.

The interview was scheduled at 8:15 on the 28th of July. We got up early then we headed over about 7:20am or so. We did make a mistake by going to the embassy check in before going to the waiting area and being brought over. But she was able to get in. I would recommend to hold her purse for her. Because she had to bring that back out to me then was able to get back in. The interview lasted about a half hour or so. She said the interviewer were nice to her. Also another thing is they interviewed her in Spanish contrary to what was said that the interviews are in English only. My fiance speaks English but felt more comfortable with the interview in Spanish. Just something that was different that what was said about the interview. We were worried about a time she had a problem getting into the united states and was stopped and sent back. She went back voluntarily. She was totally honest on the ds160 form and they asked if she was ever stopped and she told them about what happened. They checked on the computer and said yes that happened but it was not problem. Honesty is key, because they already know about what has happened and recorded in the past. So she was approved, now we are waiting for the visa to be ready, the status was updated to issued so we are hoping to be on our way soon.

We stayed at City Junior hotel. Its OK, rooms are not big but its a basic place and not too bad and the people are friendly. I hope this helps someone out there. And sorry again for posting in this forum and not in the reviews. It would not let me.

Hmm, I've never heard or read that any embassy was English only, no way do they expect everyone to speak English. They have local nationals and Americans at every embassy and interviewees must speak to both and if requested they can get an interpreter for the American interview. Anyway, congrats.....especially since it change to issued so fast!

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Congrats! :joy: :joy: :joy: :joy: :joy:


Met June 2011

Baby 1 dob      Jan 28, 2013

Baby 2 dob     March 15, 2014

Baby 3 dob     May 11, 2018

Got married February 5, 2014:

USCIS: February 1, 2014:

Sent I-130: February 17, 2014:

NOA1 to NVC August 18, 2014:

Case Complete NVC March 17, 2015

Letter and instructions from NVC for INTERVIEW March 27, 2015

__________________________________________________________

Medical Exam May 26, 2015

Bio-metrics Appt. May 27, 2015 -

INTERVIEW DAY May 28, 2015 - APPROVED!!!!!!!!

VISA RECEIVED: June 4, 2015

Point of Entry: JULY 14, 2015

SS Card Received: JULY 22, 2015

Green Card Received: AUGUST 27, 2015

__________________________________________

LIFTING CONDITIONS

Date Filed: April 15, 2017

Bio Appt:    June 1, 2017

I551 Stamp: YES - November 17, 2017

NOA:   Feb 16, 2018

Approved: Aug 2, 2018

10yr GC rec'd: AUG 9, 2018

 

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Thanks everyone for their congrates and good luck to everyone else. I think it was on either the state department site of the consulate. I remember reading that somewhere. Perhaps I misread it as well. But glad to know that it can be in both languages.

Rob and Rod, It did not take to long to schedule the appointment, after you get the letter from the embassy just do the online ds160 after that has been digitally signed but the applicant and you print out the confirmation page you go to that site and pay the fee and then schedule the ASC, Interview, and pick the DHL location.

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CONGRATS once again my friend. Best wishes on your future together with your fiancé/wife to be! :)


K-1

August 1, 2014: I-129F packet sent (USPS Priority mail)

August 5, 2014: NOA1 received (email/text)

August 9, 2014: NOA1 hardcopy received/Alien Registration Number changed

October 3, 2014: RFE notice received (email/text)

October 9, 2014: RFE hardcopy received (General question missed on I-129F part 3) *Oops

October 10, 2014: RFE response inquiry sent (USPS Priority mail)

October 15, 2014: RFE response review (USCIS)

October 21, 2014: NOA2 I-129F was approved (email/text)

October 28, 2014: NOA2 hardcopy received

November 13, 2014: NVC received and case number assigned

November 25, 2014: NVChard copy received (case was forwarded to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Consulate)

November 30, 2014: Filled out forms DS-160 online for fiancé (K-1) and step daughter (K-2)

December 3, 2014: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Consulate received case

December 18, 2014: NOA3 hardcopy received from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Consulate

December 22, 2014: Paid visa fees online and scheduled ASC Biometrics + Interview

January 20, 2015: Biometrics for fiancé in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico

January 22, 2015: Medical exam at Clinica Medica Internacional (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico)

January 26, 2015: Picked up medical results for fiancé (K-1) and step daughter (K-2)

January 27, 2015: Interview APPROVED!!! (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico)

January 30, 2015: CEAC status "Issued"

January 31, 2015: DHL tracking number received via email

February 3, 2015: Passports ready for pickup via email/DHL tracking (DHL Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - Lopez Mateos) POE El Paso, TX

April 11, 2015: MARRIED 

AOS

April 23, 2015: AOS/EAD/AP packet sent USPS Priority mail (K-1/K-2)

May 5, 2015: NOA1 received (email/text)

May 9, 2015: NOA1 hardcopies received (6) - Dated "4/28/15"

May 16, 2015: Biometrics appointment letter received

May 18, 2015: Biometrics completed (early walk-in)

July 10, 2015: EAD/AP approved (K-1/K-2)

August 25, 2015: AOS interview (K-1/K-2) Fresno, CA "APPROVED" 

September 4, 2015: Green Card received

ROC

May 26, 2017: ROC packet sent USPS Priority mail (K-1/K-2)

June 3, 2017: NOA1 received 

June 17, 2017: Biometrics appointment letter received

June 20, 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in)

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We successfully crossed today and I would like to share the experience so to maybe help someone. We stayed at the CityJunior Express hotel for the interview. We had the hotel get us a taxi, and all of our bags fix in the taxi :-) we had a lot. My fiancee talked with the taxi driver and he said he can take us across the bridge and then we could get out and go to the office. We did not have to cross the bridge with all our bags. We just went with the taxi. We took the Zaragoza Bridge. Once we crossed we entered with the taxi driver as well. She check in, then a few minutes later handed over everything to the immigration officer. She said he was friendly and it went quick, then we got the bags from the taxi then had them scanned by the boarder guards. Then we met the taxi on the other side. Then our taxi took us to our hotel in El Paso. It cost 80 dollars for the cab but it was money well spent i did not want to have to see my fiancee cross the bridge on foot lugging some of our bags. So this was a better way. We were there about 9:30 10:00.

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Thread has been moved from K-1 Process forum to K-1 Case Progress subforum to Mexico/Latin/South American regional subforum and merged with similar-themed review thread there.


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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