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My husband and I got married in March 2016. We have been fortunate enough to be able to visit each other every 4-5 month since 2013. If this process take us into the next year will we have to visit each other once again before the process is complete? Not that we wouldnt want to but we are trying to save as much as possible for his finale move to me.

We have mailed our application which just arrived this past Wednesday. I have read many topics on this forum and the process checklist many time which have been very helpful. After receiving our final NOA and my husband waits for his interview at US consulate in Germany is there any other fee's that we will have to pay other than the I-130 application fee that was mailed with application? I believe he has to get a physical done as well. We just want to be prepared. Also do I have to be there in Germany when he gets his interview? What kind of an interview will this be. Again, we just want to prepare ourselves.



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yes there is a lot of work to be done between NOA2 and the interview. day,.



No you don't have to be at the interview. They will ask questions about your relationship to confirm it's genuine.

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You don't have to visit during the process. You can if you wish but if it's not affordable or you don't have any time off work it's not a problem. All you must prove is that you are a US citizen (or LPR), the marriage is legal and that the marriage is genuine. They also run some background checks on you to check that you have not committed any crimes that exclude you from petitioning. But basically this first stage is answering three questions.

1. Are you legally eligible to petition (I.e are you a USC or LPR)?

2. Are you legally married?

3. Is the marriage for love?





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Thank you all!! Everyone has been helpful. We received our first NOA yay!! We're super excited and nervous about everything going smoothly. :)

Welcome to the journey!

Just looked at your timeline and you might want to make some amendments.

Is your file with Nebraska? The embassy has defaulted to Armenia so you migh want to change that to Frankfurt (assume your husband lives in Germany?)

Also, the acceptance that you just received is the NOA1. You have marked it as the RFE. An RFE, if you are unlucky enough to get one,is a request for further evidence and will come in around 4 months time. You might not get one at all. You only get them if something is missing from your application or if a fact needs further evidence to substantiate it.





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Thank you, JFH for bringing that to my attention. I have made the corrections. The first NOA states our applications has been routed to the Nebraska office. I thought that was wired since there is an office in California.

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