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Hi All,

First of all this website has been an invaluable source of information. So thank you very much to the community!

My fiance (US Citizen) is currently living with me in Australia (I'm an Australian citizen) on a work and holiday visa. We have some questions about addresses:

1. On the I129F should she put her US address in the mailing address or her Australian address? She will be in Australia until August 2016 and we plan to send it off this month.

2. What address should be used on the other forms e.g. cover letter, supplements, letter of intent, G325a etc

3. We will be mailing the petition from Australia using Australian Express Post. Should it be sent to the Lewisville address?

Also have some miscellaneous questions:

1. We started communicating via eHarmony before meeting. I've read in most part that eHarmony is not an IMBRA could anyone who has actually met via eHarmony and has gone through the K1 process confirm this?

2. For my I129F pack I'm just using paper clips for each document/evidence and a bulldog clip to hold all of them together. For the photos (including the passport style photos) I'm just going to put them in a ziplock bag. I've followed the Cover Letter template on this website for the order in which I placed the documents. Is he way I'm doing this acceptable? I've read that other people get "fancy" and put tabs/dividers etc, is that necessary? How picky are USCIS about these things?

Thank you to anyone who can help!

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Hi, I'll answer what I can.

Hi All,

First of all this website has been an invaluable source of information. So thank you very much to the community!

My fiance (US Citizen) is currently living with me in Australia (I'm an Australian citizen) on a work and holiday visa. We have some questions about addresses:

1. On the I129F should she put her US address in the mailing address or her Australian address? She will be in Australia until August 2016 and we plan to send it off this month.

That's a great question. And I'm not sure on that....sorry

2. What address should be used on the other forms e.g. cover letter, supplements, letter of intent, G325a etc

I would say the US address. Can you put the mailing address of her parents or a sibling? I may be wrong as part of bringing someone over there is the requirement of establishing the ability to support the foreign fiancé. I think that the US Citizen has to have some kind of permanent address / an established domicile. Gov't wants to see that you'll have somewhere to live when you come, even if it's with mom and dad for a while...unless she has an address...then great!

3. We will be mailing the petition from Australia using Australian Express Post. Should it be sent to the Lewisville address?

Yes you would send it to the Texas lockbox address and they, in turn, will process your payment and send it away to one of the visa petition processing centers

Also have some miscellaneous questions:

1. We started communicating via eHarmony before meeting. I've read in most part that eHarmony is not an IMBRA could anyone who has actually met via eHarmony and has gone through the K1 process confirm this?

2. For my I129F pack I'm just using paper clips for each document/evidence and a bulldog clip to hold all of them together. For the photos (including the passport style photos) I'm just going to put them in a ziplock bag. I've followed the Cover Letter template on this website for the order in which I placed the documents. Is he way I'm doing this acceptable? I've read that other people get "fancy" and put tabs/dividers etc, is that necessary? How picky are USCIS about these things?

Yes that's acceptable. I did tabbies to help out the dude or dudette that was going to look at my file. Just helps with organization so he/she could flip to the section he/she wanted to look at is all but it is certainly not necessary.

Thank you to anyone who can help!


A Tale of Two Dakotaraguans

K1 Journey - 78 Days

 

Sent I-129F - 11/16/15 [Day 1]
NOA1 - 11/18 (Hard copy: 11/24) [Day 2, Day 8]
NOA2 - 12/18 (Hard copy: 12/26) [Day 32, Day 40]
NVC received file: 1/05/2016 [Day 50]
Obtained NVC invoice number, paid visa fee, filled out DS-160: 1/06 [Day 51]
Fiancé's medical: 1/12 9:00am [Day 57]
Interview: 1/22 9:30am, Approved! [67 days] (F)
Visa status = "AP": 1/25, "Issued":01/27, "In Transit: 2/02"
Visa packet in hand: 2/03 [Day 78]
POE: (Houston) 2/04, North Dakota arrival: 2/05

Married (civil): 2/05/16 (L)

AOS - 55 Days

 

I-485, AP, EAD sent : 3/03/2016 [Day 1]

Delivered: 3/04 [Day 2]

Electronic NOA1: 3/08 [Day 5]

NOA1 Hardcopy: 3/12 [Day 9]

Biometric Notification snail-mail: 3/26 [Day 23]

Biometrics Appt: 4/06 in Fargo, ND [Day 33]

Notification(s): "Your new card is being produced" (Green Card) 4/23 [Day 48]

"Your case was approved" (lol backwards) 4/26 [Day 51]

"Your card was mailed on 4/27" 4/28 [Day 53]

Green Card in Hand: 4/30 [Day 55]

D-day ("Dress day"/I do...again Day/wedding reception): 9/10/16

ROC

Spoiler

Window opens: 1/24/2018

Package sent: 1/26, Delivered: 1/29 at 11:17am to CSC - [Day 1]

Check cashed: 1/31 [Day 3]

NOA1: 1/29 [Day 1]

NOA snail-mail: 2/02 [Day 4]

Biometrics snail-mail: Sent 5/5, received 5/12 [Day 107]

Biometrics appt: Not required

Email: 5/25 "We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates. We last took action on 3/16" [Day 120]

Email 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 "Still reviewing your case blah blah" [Day 134, 148, 162, 176]

18 Month extension letter received, dated 8/18: 8/24/18

Citizenship

Spoiler

Window opens: 01/24/2019

 

 

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Hi All,

First of all this website has been an invaluable source of information. So thank you very much to the community!

My fiance (US Citizen) is currently living with me in Australia (I'm an Australian citizen) on a work and holiday visa. We have some questions about addresses:

1. On the I129F should she put her US address in the mailing address or her Australian address? She will be in Australia until August 2016 and we plan to send it off this month.

Really should use a US address in case USCIS needs to send something. They won't send abroad. But the US address should be monitored so the USC can be notified if something came in.

2. What address should be used on the other forms e.g. cover letter, supplements, letter of intent, G325a etc

I'd use the same.

3. We will be mailing the petition from Australia using Australian Express Post. Should it be sent to the Lewisville address?

Yep

Also have some miscellaneous questions:

1. We started communicating via eHarmony before meeting. I've read in most part that eHarmony is not an IMBRA could anyone who has actually met via eHarmony and has gone through the K1 process confirm this?

If you read the 129f instructions, USCIS defines an IMB as a site that coordinates social and information exchange. Other definitions include the wording if they charged you money to join, then they are an IMB. Listing your site as an IMB will not hurt your case. USCIS is being more stringent regarding this of recent times than in the past. There is a lot of unnecessary discussion about it (IMO) because it really is not a big deal to list them as one.

2. For my I129F pack I'm just using paper clips for each document/evidence and a bulldog clip to hold all of them together. For the photos (including the passport style photos) I'm just going to put them in a ziplock bag. I've followed the Cover Letter template on this website for the order in which I placed the documents. Is he way I'm doing this acceptable?

That's what I did.

I've read that other people get "fancy" and put tabs/dividers etc, is that necessary? How picky are USCIS about these things?

All this other fluff is just that. USCIS busts up your package and places them into their own folders, so extra stuff is just thrown away.

Thank you to anyone who can help!


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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Use a US address. USCIS won't send mail abroad. Parents, trusted friends etc (ideally, whatever address she could conceivably consider to be her "home" address or if she's lived there before). Note that this would be "mailing address". That can be different from "residence". Personally, I'd use the mailing address for the i-129f (which is what it asks for), and the residence addresses on the g-325a (which is what it asks for). You can even explain it in your cover letter (if you want to) but this won't be the first time they've seen it by a longshot.

There have been people getting RFEs for sites like eHarmony being an IMB. Not that that's a big deal (especially not with your timeframe) but save yourself the hassle and take care of it upfront. It's not a big deal either way.

All get sent to Lewisville by you, Lewisville routs to the service centers.

Doesn't really matter how you put it together, they do their own thing anyway. I used little sticky flags and paper clips because I couldn't *not*.


Marriage/ AOS Timeline:

23 Dec 2015: Legal marriage

23 Jan 2016: Wedding!

23 Jan 2016: "Blizzard of the Century", wedding canceled/rescheduled (thank goodness we were legally married first or we'd have had a big problem!) :sleepy:

24 Jan 2016: Small "civil ceremony" with friends and family who were snowed in with us. December was a bit of a secret and people had traveled internationally and knew we *had* to get married that weekend, and our December legal marriage was nothing but signing a piece of paper at our priest's kitchen table, without any sort of vows etc so this was actually a very special (if not legally significant) day. (L)

16 Apr 2016: Filed for AOS and EAD/AP (We delayed a bit-- no big rush, enjoying the USCIS break)

23 Apr 2016: Wedding! Finally! :luv:

27 Apr 2016: Electronic NOA1 for all 3 :dancing:
29 Apr 2016: NOA1 Hardcopy for all 3
29 Jul 2016: Online service request for late EAD (Day 104)
29 Jul 2016: EAD/AP Approved ~3 hours after online service request
04 Aug 2016: RFE for Green Card (requested medicals/ vaccination record. They already have it). :ranting:
05 Aug 2016: EAD/AP Combo Card arrived! (Day 111)
08 Aug 2016: Congressional constituent request to get guidance on the RFE. Hoping they see they have the form and approve!

K-1 Visa Timeline:

PLEASE NOTE. This timeline was during the period of time when TSC was working on I-129fs and had a huge backlog. The average processing time was 210+ days. This is in no way predictive of your own timeline if you filed during or after April 2015, unless CSC develops a backlog. A backlog is anything above the 5-month goal time listed on USCIS's site

14 Feb 2015: Mailed I-129f to Dallas Lockbox. (L) (Most expensive Valentine's card I've ever sent!)

17 Feb 2015: NOA1 "Received Date"
19 Feb 2015: NOA1 Notice Date
08 Aug 2015: NOA2 email! :luv: (173 days from NOA1)

17 Aug 2015: Sent to NVC

?? Aug 2015: Arrived at NVC

25 Aug 2015: NVC Case # Assigned

31 Aug 2015: Left NVC for Consulate in San Jose

09 Sep 2015: Consulate received :dancing: (32 days from NOA2)

11 Sep 2015: Packet 3 emailed from embassy to me, the petitioner (34 days from NOA2).

18 Sep 2015: Medicals complete

21 Sep 2015: Packet 3 complete, my boss puts a temporary moratorium on all time off due to work emergency :clock:

02 Oct 2015: Work emergency clears up, interview scheduled (soonest available was 5 business days away--Columbus Day was in there)

13 Oct 2015: Interview

13 Oct 2015: VISA APPROVED :thumbs: (236 days from NOA1)

19 Oct 2015: Visa-in-hand

24 Oct 2015: POE !

15 Dec 2015: Fiance's mother's B-2 visa interview: APPROVED! So happy she will be at the wedding! :thumbs:

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Thanks for all the replies! We ended up using her parents address and kept everything the same. I've already sent the petition so I can't change the Imbra question to yes. Hopefully I won't have any rfe's for that our anything else ? the only reason why I was concerned about it was because the instructions ask for a written consent form that the beneficiary signed giving permission to release information. But I didn't sign anything like that when joining eHarmony especially since it was all done online. Or is that just referring to the acceptance of the terms and conditions?

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