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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia
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Hi! I am new to the forums but I've been lurking for awhile and getting some great information. I am a US citizen living in Las Vegas trying to bring the love of my life from Russia. We are just starting the process as I will officially propose in a few weeks when I travel to Moscow. She is really nervous about the visa process so the info I've learned on the forums has helped a lot in calming her about everything.

So much thanks to everyone! :)

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If you choose to go for the K-1, just follow the K-1 guide in here and do exactly what it says and you'll get no RFEs. We couldn't have done ours without that guide. :D

Welcome to the forum, and good luck! :thumbs:


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

ROC: 04-22-2019 - 04-22-2020 (365 days)

 

Naturalization (Los Angeles County Field Office):

04-19-2020 - Earliest filing date

05-01-2020 - N-400 filed online

05-01-2020 - Received date

05-04-2020 - NOA1 online

05-08-2020 - NOA1 hardcopy

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia
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Yes we are going with the K-1. What kind of documentation is usually good? We have been taking skype screenshots, whatsapp screenshots, phone call screenshots etc and will get lots of pics when I go to Moscow. There is a big age difference between us but from what I've read that doesn't seem to matter too much with Russian K-1 process.

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In some countries a big age gap is considered a red flag, especially if the woman is much older than the man. I don't know about Russia, but it's probably not an issue. Are we talking 20 years difference or so?

Generally speaking you don't need to add much (if any) proof of ongoing relationship in the i-129f package itself, as USCIS is only interested in seeing proof that you have actually met within the last two years. They want photos of the two of you together, but as photos don't really prove WHEN you met, you definitely need to add boarding passes and especially passport stamps in the package. Also perhaps hotel receipts from your visits that proves you were in Russia when you claim you were and so on.

However, we decided to send some skype chatlogs (one-two screenshots from each month since we started talking), emails, tickets to places we had visited and the like in the i-129f package despite it not being necessary. Keep in mind that the embassy will have reviewed your file even before your fiancé goes to her interview, in some cases they might have made up their mind already by then, so I'd recommend sending a bit extra than just what is "necessary". It doesn't hurt. Just don't overdo it! :content:


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

ROC: 04-22-2019 - 04-22-2020 (365 days)

 

Naturalization (Los Angeles County Field Office):

04-19-2020 - Earliest filing date

05-01-2020 - N-400 filed online

05-01-2020 - Received date

05-04-2020 - NOA1 online

05-08-2020 - NOA1 hardcopy

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That age gap won't be an issue, I'm pretty sure. Me and my American fiancé have about the same gap in age too, him being the older one.

You seem well prepared so I don't see how this journey won't go smooth for you. Right now seem to be a good time to send the i-129f as well, looks like USCIS approves petitions much faster now than just a few months ago.


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

ROC: 04-22-2019 - 04-22-2020 (365 days)

 

Naturalization (Los Angeles County Field Office):

04-19-2020 - Earliest filing date

05-01-2020 - N-400 filed online

05-01-2020 - Received date

05-04-2020 - NOA1 online

05-08-2020 - NOA1 hardcopy

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Russia
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ok thanks, we have been documenting the same type of things. I am 43 she is 22. I look young though so I don't think it will be an issue. I plan to go back to Moscow to be there for her interview :)

On the Russian internet, I've read that if there's an age gap it means you'll be interviewed in separate rooms as opposed to in the same room. Then they will cross reference your answers to make sure you both same the same thing. It seems the most important thing is: don't make anything up or lie if you forget something, just be honest and say you don't know (same for your fiancee, she should just say that she doesn't know).....because if you give a different answer from your fiancee (or vice versa) then they get super suspicious.

Best of luck, hope it works out for you! :)


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 🇷🇺  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow* (Dec 2016-Jun 2017) 🇺🇸 Info about my DCF experience here and here

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad in Russia (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (Apr 2019-Oct 2019) 📝 Filed via mail, processed by MSC & passed interview

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office

26-Jun-2019: Case ready to be scheduled for interview 

04-Sep-2019: Interview was scheduled - letter to arrive in mail

09-Sep-2019: Interview letter arrived in the mail! ✉️

17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

18-Oct-2019: Case was approved! 🎉

22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

25-Oct-2019: 10 year GC Card received in mail 📬

 

*I don't understand this status because we DID have an interview!

 

🇺🇸 N-400 Application for Naturalization (Mar 2020-????) 🛂 Online filers note: Use INTERNET EXPLORER! Other browsers may not work!

Spoiler

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens!

01-Apr-2020: Filed N-400 online 💻 

02-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received online 📃

07-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received via mail

05-May-2020: Application transferred to another USCIS field office for review*

16-Jul-2020: Filed Non-Delivery of Notice online**

??-???-????: TBA... 

 

*NOTE: Moved to another state in May.

**NOTE: Did not receive Change of Address confirmation by mail

 

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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Take the application (print out the I 129 and G 325 biography document ) with you on the trip

it helps to get this filled out while with her as small section has to be filled out in her native language

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Russia
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On the Russian internet, I've read that if there's an age gap it means you'll be interviewed in separate rooms as opposed to in the same room. Then they will cross reference your answers to make sure you both same the same thing. It seems the most important thing is: don't make anything up or lie if you forget something, just be honest and say you don't know (same for your fiancee, she should just say that she doesn't know).....because if you give a different answer from your fiancee (or vice versa) then they get super suspicious.

Best of luck, hope it works out for you! :)

At the K-1 visa interview only the benificiary needs to appear. The US citizen may attend, but it is absolutely NOT necessary. In fact it seems most times the US citizen does not arrive. Just a few years ago it was not allowed for the US petitioner to attend.

Careful about what you read on the Russian internet.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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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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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Norway
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Welcome to the forum, and good luck on your journey!


04/28/2008 Met online/Facebook

09/18/2008 Visited for the first time :luv:(L)

09/18/2015 Got married (L)(L)

USCIS

11/17/2015 I-130 filed

11/23/2015 NoA 1 received

03/15/2016 RFE requested

03/22/2016 RFE hard copy received (request for original divorce decree from 1991)

05/09/2016 RFE received at Texas Service Center

05/19/2016 NOA 2 (I-130 approved by USCIS)

NVC

06/07/2016 NVC received

06/22/2016 NVC case number assigned

06/23/2016 NVC welcome letter by e-mail/AOS bill

06/27/2016 D-261 submitted (choice of agent)

07/09/2016 AOS bill paid

07/19/2016 IV bill paid

07/21/2016 IV application submitted

07/26/2016 AOS and supporting documents sent

07/29/2016 IV and AOS scan date

08/29/2016 Case Completed at NVC

Consulate

09/13/2016 Interview letter received

10/04/2016 Medical exam

10/24/2016 Interview - Approved

10/31/2016 Visa in hand

USA

11/11/2016 POE Detroit

12/01/2016 I have a job!! Because of DHS mess up with my name, I will start my new job in January.






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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Welcome to the forum.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

 

 

 

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