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I am writing this because I wish when I was going through this, someone else that had did. I hope to give hope to someone.

First, the best news of all, my oath ceremony is scheduled for 1-14-15 here in Houston. I am beyond happy and I want to thank Visa Journey for this forum. I could not have done it without your assistance.

My journey stated in 2008 when I met my future husband at a friends summer cook out. It was love at first sight....I know how cheesy that sounds. My husband is tall, handsome and really sweet (or so I thought). We got married in May 2009 and I found out his true colors shortly after. This is not a sob story so I will shorten this part - he was in an out of jail and I just couldn't handle it. We had our daughter June 2010 and now everyone, my family included judged me and said horrid things. I never set out to be a single mom but here I was...with no family here to assist. My whole world just seemed to fall apart. I started listening to 'WILL SMITH WISDOM' and other encouraging words. Looking back I don't know how I did it but between working full time and being a single mom, I completed my education and got a good job. I divorced by husband and ROC via a divorce waiver in April 2012. It took 23 months, 3 RFEs, 1 inforpass and 2 biometric appointments to approve my case but they did. That was April 2014.

I moved to Houston shortly after. I wanted to get a fresh start on life. I love America!!!! This is the only place I know that you do this! I bumped into this guy a good friend of mine tried to introduce me to several years before. At the time I met him, I was going through a tough times, including a divorce shortly after, the ROC process, I was juggling a single mom life, school and I had no place in my heart for a relationship. So I pretty much pushed him away but the poor guy pursued me for years, relentlessly. I finally decided to give him a chance and boy I should have done it sooner. He is an amazing man and he loves my daughter 100% It's almost as thought the universe repayed my patience. I am now engaged and the best part is this July 2015 I applied for N400 via a the 5 year rule. I interviewed Dec 2015, I got my oath letter 3 weeks after and now my oath ceremony is in less that 2 weeks.

I want to encourage everyone that has going through problems in your marriage and the immigration process. Hang in there. Do not give up. Stay away from trouble, pay your taxes and be a law abiding citizen. With time, your dreams will come true. Now the American dream is in my grasp. I am very excited to be completing this process but I never take for granted what it took or forget others who are still in the struggle.

Keep that head up and remember, the sun will always rise again.

Be blessed <3

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Congratulations on your success with your journey.



I-129F Sent : 3-31-2014, NOA2: 4-6-2014

NVC Received : some dinkelsberry yehoo in the house of clingons send our petition to the wrong consulate.

Consulate Received : July 30,2014 Transfer to right embassy complete.

Interview Date : Oct 22, 2014

Interview Result : AP , requesting another PC (not expired) and certified divorce decree (was submitted)Stokes interview via phone for petitioner 4 hrs after interview.

Oct 23 email notification visa approved.
Visa Received : Nov. 3 , 2014 VISA IN HAND.

US Entry : Nov. 21, 2014

Marriage : Dec 27, 2014

AOS send : May 12, 2015, received May 14, 2015 USPS priority

Email &text : May 18, 2015, check cashed May 19,2015, return receipt May 21, 2015 stamped USCIS Lockbox, NOA1 (3x) May 22,2015

Biometrics : June 1, 2015 letter received for appointment June 8, 2015, successful walk-in June 1, 2015

RFE : June 12, 2015 for income not meeting guideline. Income does ( ! ) exceed guideline.

RFE response : June 26, 2015 returned with a boat load full of financial evidence.

UPDATE: July 5, 2015 updated on all 3 cases, RFE received June 30, 2015.

Service request : Aug 12, 2015, letter received that it will be processed within 90 days from receipt of RFE.

UPDATE: Aug 24, 2015, EAD card being produced/ordered. ( 102 days from AOS receipt day and 55 days from RFE response received.) Thank you Jesus !

Emails : Aug 24, 2015, EAD approved, EAD card ordered.

I-797 EAD/AP approval notice received : Aug 27, 2015

EAD/AP combo card mailed : Aug 27, 2015, EAD/AP combo card received: Aug 31, 2015

Renewal application send for EAD/AP : May 31,2016 (AOS pending over 1 year). Received June 2, 2016,Notice date June7, 2016, emails,texts, NOA1 hard copy

Service request for pending AOS April 21, 2016, case not assigned yet.
Service request for pending AOS June 14, 2016, tier 2 said performing background checks.
Expedite request for EAD/AP Aug 3, 2016, Aug10 notification >request was received, assigned, completed. RFE letter requesting evidence for expedite, docs faxed Aug18

*Service request for I-485 Aug 3, 2016, Aug11 notification> request was assigned. Service request Dec 2, 2016.
AOS Interview letter received Aug 12, 2016

AOS Interview September 21, 2016.

Second Biometrics appointment letters received for EAD and AOS on Aug 15, 2016 for Aug 17 ( 2 day notice).

Second Biometrics completed Aug 17, 2016

Third Biometrics appointment letter received Aug 19, 2016 for Sept. 1, 2016. WTH ?!

EAD/AP (renewal) approval Aug 22, 2016, NOA2 received Aug 25, 2016

Renewal EAD in production notification text and online, expedite successful 4 days after RFE request response was faxed, Aug25mailed,Aug29received.

Sept. 21 Interview, 2 hour interview, we were separated and asked about 50 questions each for an hour each. IO was firm but professional, some smiles.
Several service requests made, contacted Senator and Ombudsman. Background checks still pending.
July 21, 2017 HOME VISIT.  Went well. Topic thread in AOS forum.
Waiting to skip ROC and get 10 yr GC due to over 2 year while pending AOS
AOS APPROVED Oct. 4, 2017 * Green card in hand Oct 13, 2017 !!!!!

First K1 denied after 16 month of AP. Refiled. We are a couple since 2009. Not a sprint but a matter of endurance.


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