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Hi, all. Am trying to process all the info regarding a K-1 visa to bring my fiance to the US from Lao. Have done a lot of reading, have considered legal and other avenues of hired advise but thought I would see what this site has to offer first.

I'll admit I feel a bit overwhelmed with all the info and hopefully I can get it right first time around so as not to dely the process.

Just a little background on my situation;

I have been to Lao and Bangkok to visit her 3 times. Most recently Lao Sept. 3rd - Sept. 11 when we were engaged through a ceremony as is the custom there. Papers were signed by local "managers" and family members. As I understand it I now have the permission of the Lao government to marry her.

I make decent wages, have tons of documents showing daily communicatiion, send money regularly though paypal, have many photos of us together, have met most of her family, no criminal record and the only potential red flag I see is I am 25 years older.

I hope to fill out whatever forms are required ASAP. My main concern is doing it right first time. I would appreciate any advice, direction and help getting me started. I am hoping there are examples of filled out forms on this site as well. Also would be great to hear from anyone else here has brought over fiance from Lao.

Thanks,

Dan

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Hi Dan. Welcome to the forum! Here are some K-1 guides and flowcharts that will help you learn the process and timeline.

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1guide

http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow

And if you click "Example Forms" at the top, under "Guides" you'll be able to see sample completed forms.


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(Helping aunt with cousin's petition)

01/02/2011: PD (Priority Date)
01/04/2011: I-130 NOA1

02/16/2011: I-130 NOA2

08/04/2016: Received DS-261/AOS Bill

08/06/2016: Completed DS-261/Paid AOS Bill

08/16/2016: Received IV Bill

10/11/2016: Submitted AOS/IV documentation

10/11/2016: Paid IV fee bill

10/14/2016: Submitted DS-260

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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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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 ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

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:idea: Read more, post less.... Google can be your friend ! :idea:

Prior apologies if I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

Keep your timeline current: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

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Hi, it's very simple. I'm bringing my fiancé from Laos also!

I sent my paperwork in last week. Praying on good news soon.

I visited my fiancé this past March. And hoping he gets to celebrate Christmas with me here in the states!

And best wishes on your journey!

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Hi, Luke. Everything has gone smoothly so far. We have an interview date for later this month and thinking she will have her visa shortly after.

I used this site quite a lot for answers to any questions and now my biggest concern is how she will deal with the big difference in climate.

Good luck and happy to help if I can.

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Welcome to the site Dan!


 
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I-129F Petition
Service Center: Texas Service Center
I-129F Sent: 3/17/14
I-129F NOA1: 3/24/14
Alien Registration Number Changed: 3/25/14
I-129F NOA2: 8/25/14
Sent to NVC: 8/28/14
NVC Received: 9/8/14
Case # Assigned: 9/9/14
Left NVC: 9/11/14
Consulate Received: 9/16/14
Packet 3 Received (Instructions/Checklist): 9/19/14
Packet 3 Completed: 9/23/14
Medical Scheduled: 10/15/14
Packet 4 Received (Appointment Date): 10/2/14
Interview Date (Helsinki Consulate): 10/27/14
Interview Result: APPROVED!
Visa Received: 10/31/14
POE/Baltimore (BWI): 12/9/14
Married: 1/12/15
 
Adjustment of Status I-485
Service Center: National Benefits Center
I-485 Sent: 1/24/15
Delivered to Chicago Lockbox: 1/27/15
Check Cashed by USCIS: 2/2/15
NOA 1: 1/30/15
Biometrics Appointment: 3/13/15
Biometrics Completed (USCIS Baltimore) 3/13/15
Letter from DHS Advising of Potentially no Interview Required for our Case: 6/15/15
Case Transferred to Kansas City Missouri Field Office: 1/26/16
RFE Received Wanting a New Vaccination Supplement: 2/4/16
Appointment Scheduled with Civil Surgeon: 2/15/16
Appointment Cancelled due to Weather Conditions: 2/15/16
Appointment Re-Scheduled with Civil Surgeon: 2/16/16
Civil Surgeon Completed I-693 Vaccination Supplement Needed: 2/16/16
RFE Response Sent to Kansas City Field Office via USPS: 2/16/16
Delivered to USCIS Field Office by USPS: 2/19/16
Signed Return Receipt Receipt in Mail from USCIS: 2/22/16
I-485 Notification Application APPROVED - No Interview: 2/23/16
NOA 2 Approval Notice Received Through Mail: 2/27/16
Green Card Sent Through Mail Notification: 2/26/16
Received Card in Mail: 3/2/16
 
Employment Authorization I-765
Service Center: National Benefits Center
I-765 Sent: 1/24/15
Delivered to Chicago Lockbox: 1/27/15
NOA 1: 1/30/15
Biometrics Appointment: 3/13/15
Biometrics Completed (USCIS Baltimore) 3/13/15
EAD Approved: 3/30/15
Received Card in Mail: 4/8/15
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Sent Renewal I-765 to Chicago Lockbox: 1/30/16
Delivered to Chicago Lockbox: 2/3/16
NOA 1: 2/8/16
Biometrics Appointment: 3/2/16
No need to get them done due to getting Green Card
 
Removal of Conditions on Residence I-751
Service Center: Vermont Service Center
I-751 Sent: 1/16/18
Delivered to Center: 1/19/18
 NOA 1: 1/24/18
 

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Her interview was today. (Feb 22) She passed and will receive her visa March 3rd

Congratulations!

Received an email from USCIS, papers accepted. Now waiting for approval!

Edited by siribella

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How is the process going? Have you run into any problems?

No more problems. Now waiting on an answer!

Her interview was today. (Feb 22) She passed and will receive her visa March 3rd

How long after USCIS accepted your papers did you get an answer from them?

Again congratulations!

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No more problems. Now waiting on an answer!

How long after USCIS accepted your papers did you get an answer from them?

Again congratulations!

Thanks.

Here is a link to my timeline. Sompong & Daniel

http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/profile.php?id=218225

She arrives tomorrow.

Best wishes on your application,

Dan

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