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Hi guys, sorry if this has been answered elsewhere but I am pressed for time. I am an Australian looking to relocate to the US to be with my partner/fiancee.

On looking at the USCIS website, the points raised that need to be met before petitioning for a K-1 fiance(e) visa are:

  • You (the petitioner) are a U.S. citizen. (TICK - my partner/fiancee is a U.S. citizen)
  • You intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e) entering the United States. (TICK - we definitely do!)
  • You and your fiancé(e) are both free to marry and any previous marriages must have been legally terminated by divorce, death, or annulment. (TICK - we are both divorced and free to marry)
  • You met each other, in person, at least once within 2 years of filing your petition. (CROSS - we haven't yet met)

I am flying to the US in October to meet Crystal for the first time. We are going to make sure we have plenty of evidence of us meeting and spending time together, as I know this is required for the K-1 visa. However I was told by a cousin, who has a friend whose husband is also Australian and who went through the process for a K-1 visa, and they were told they needed more than one visit/meeting before they could petition.

Just wanting to know if this is true? As the USCIS page clearly states "at least once", so sounds to me as though just one visit/meeting is all that is required?

Hoping there's someone out there who can shed some further light on this for us? Many thanks in advance!!

Michael.

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The requirement is meeting once within the last 2 years.

Of course more visits makes your case stronger, but it's not needed


07/09/2018: ROC packet sent with USPS 2-day priority shipping

07/11/2018: ROC packet delivered to the Vermont Service Center

07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)

08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)

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Good luck!

The first time meeting is the most special, hope you two have a wonderful time


07/09/2018: ROC packet sent with USPS 2-day priority shipping

07/11/2018: ROC packet delivered to the Vermont Service Center

07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)

08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)

08/13/2018: Biometrics appointment at east Hartford, ct

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The requirement is meeting once within the last 2 years.

Of course more visits makes your case stronger, but it's not needed

:thumbs: One is required...more is definitely better. I consulted an attorney (just to make sure I had everything straight--I then filed everything on my own with help from VJ) and she advised waiting until I met Joan a second time. We did, but then I went back to the Philippines two more times during the process. I am sure that plenty of people meet just once though. Good luck.


Mahalo/Salamat!

Steve and Joan
Met on Facebook 2/24/12
Met in person 6/5/12
Second visit 10/2/12
Engaged 10/3/12
NOA10/15/12
Third visit 12/10/12
Joan got her passport! 2/20/13
NOA2 4/24/13
Fourth visit 5/28/13
CFO 5/30/13
Embassy Interview APPROVED 6/6/13

Joan passed through immigration in Hawaii! She's home! 6/13/13

MARRIED 8/24/13

AOS, EAD and AP petitions sent to Chicago via Express Mail

EAD/AP Received 11/13/13

AOS Interview APPROVED 11/26/13

2-year Green Card in hand 12/5/13

ROC (I-751) sent to CSC via USPS Express Mail 8/31/15

ROC check cashed 9/4/15

ROC Biometrics 10/1/15

ROC Approval 4/6/16 (waiting for actual card)

Permanent Green Card Arrived 4/14/16
Naturalization Interview 2/22/17 APPROVED!

Oath Ceremony 3/21/17--Joan is a US Citizen!

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One meeting is perfectly fine, you might want to keep the boarding tickets, hotel receipts with both names on it as proof of this meeting.

###### luck :)



K1-K2 VISA
FEBRUARY 2015 APPLIED FOR I-129F K1-K2
RECIEVED NOA1
AUGUST 2015 RECIEVED NOA2
SEPTEMBER 2015 SENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
RECIEVED SYDNEY CASE NUMBER
CASE SENT TO THE SYDNEY EMBASSY
SEPTEMBER 2015 COMPLETED DS-160 K1-K2
OCTOBER 2015 MEDICAL COMPLETED
INTERVIEW - APPROVED
VISA ISSUED

DECEMBER 2015 ARRIVED INTO THE USA POA DALLAS TX 26TH DECEMBER
JANUARY 2016 MARRIED 29TH JANUARY
FEBRUARY 2016 SSN CARD RECIEVED

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS
MARCH 2016 SENT AOS PACKAGE K1-K2 21ST MARCH                                                       JUNE 2016 RECIEVED GREEN CARD K1-K2 11TH JUNE
ARRIVED AT THE CHICAGO LOCKBAG FACILITY 23RD MARCH

APRIL 2016 RECIEVED NOA 1 FOR AOS/EAD/AP 5TH APRIL
RECIEVED BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENTS 30TH APRIL
MAY 2016 BIOMETRICS TAKEN 10TH MAY

AP/EAD APPROVED K1 13TH MAY

COMBO CARD ARRIVED 21ST MAY

JUNE 2016 APPROVED AOS (NO INTERVIEW) K1-K2 3RD JUNE

 

 

 











 

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One meeting is perfectly fine, you might want to keep the boarding tickets, hotel receipts with both names on it as proof of this meeting.

###### luck :)

Hi The Notebook (sorry I can't see your name!),

I see it took you and your husband about 16 months from go to whoa, is that the standard amount of time for these sorts of things? Or will they vary?

Thank you!

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