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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
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I have a question. I'm just starting my K1 Visa petition and this whole process with my fiance. However, I am living with him in Colombia. I am a US citizen and I'm currently working and living here in Colombia. For the mailing address, would it be best to put my address here in Colombia? Or can I put my address in the US?

I feel like this is an obvious DUH question but I want to be absolutely sure I'm putting the right address. I just fear that something could get lost in the mail but I'm not nervous you know..

Thanks!


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August 22, 2017 - USCIS received 485, 131, 765 forms

August 24, 2017 - NOA1 Notice Date for 485, 131, 765

August 25, 2017 - Biometrics Notice Date 

September 15, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment for 485 and 765 Completed 

March 30, 2018 - Received RFE for I-131 (in hand April 5th) It was a request for more information because I (wife) filled the preparer's section of the form *face palm*

April 11, 2018 - USCIS  notification that our RFIE was received. 

May 18, 2018 - email from USCIS "new card is being produced" (269 days)

May 23, 2018 - Card was Mailed to me (e-notification)

May 25, 2018 - NOAs for EAD/AP approval  (mail)

May 26, 2018 - received combo card!! 

June 20, 2018 - Green Card Interview Date Notice

July 26, 2018 - Green Card Interview

August 3, 2018 - Green Card in hand!!

 

 

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K-1 Visa

December 2, 2016 - sent I-129F packet from Cartagena to my US mailing address

December 5, 2016 - my mom sent I-129F pack to Lewsville, TX

Decmber 6, 2016 - I-129F packet received

December 9. 2016 - NOA1 e-notification receipt

December 15, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopy

March 8, 2017 - NOA2 APPROVED

March 21, 2017 - NVC CASE # 

April 26-29 - Lab, Medical Exam, and Fingerprints done

May 2, 2017 - Interview in Bogotá  && APPROVED!

July 19, 2017 -THE LOML & I TRAVEL TO USA

July 27, 2017 - Married 

 

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I have a question. I'm just starting my K1 Visa petition and this whole process with my fiance. However, I am living with him in Colombia. I am a US citizen and I'm currently working and living here in Colombia. For the mailing address, would it be best to put my address here in Colombia? Or can I put my address in the US?

I feel like this is an obvious DUH question but I want to be absolutely sure I'm putting the right address. I just fear that something could get lost in the mail but I'm not nervous you know..

Thanks!

As far as i know, you have to put an address where ever you are currently living since they are going to send you a NOA1 which is notice of action 1 stating that they receive your packet and they will starting to review your case. And whenver you get back to US, you need to inform them immediately, you can request the address change online or call them. Your address on file needs to be changed immediately so that the upcoming notice will be sent to your new address.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
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As far as i know, you have to put an address where ever you are currently living since they are going to send you a NOA1 which is notice of action 1 stating that they receive your packet and they will starting to review your case. And whenver you get back to US, you need to inform them immediately, you can request the address change online or call them. Your address on file needs to be changed immediately so that the upcoming notice will be sent to your new address.

Ok, thanks!

Do you think it even matters that I'm living with him in Colombia?


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August 22, 2017 - USCIS received 485, 131, 765 forms

August 24, 2017 - NOA1 Notice Date for 485, 131, 765

August 25, 2017 - Biometrics Notice Date 

September 15, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment for 485 and 765 Completed 

March 30, 2018 - Received RFE for I-131 (in hand April 5th) It was a request for more information because I (wife) filled the preparer's section of the form *face palm*

April 11, 2018 - USCIS  notification that our RFIE was received. 

May 18, 2018 - email from USCIS "new card is being produced" (269 days)

May 23, 2018 - Card was Mailed to me (e-notification)

May 25, 2018 - NOAs for EAD/AP approval  (mail)

May 26, 2018 - received combo card!! 

June 20, 2018 - Green Card Interview Date Notice

July 26, 2018 - Green Card Interview

August 3, 2018 - Green Card in hand!!

 

 

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K-1 Visa

December 2, 2016 - sent I-129F packet from Cartagena to my US mailing address

December 5, 2016 - my mom sent I-129F pack to Lewsville, TX

Decmber 6, 2016 - I-129F packet received

December 9. 2016 - NOA1 e-notification receipt

December 15, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopy

March 8, 2017 - NOA2 APPROVED

March 21, 2017 - NVC CASE # 

April 26-29 - Lab, Medical Exam, and Fingerprints done

May 2, 2017 - Interview in Bogotá  && APPROVED!

July 19, 2017 -THE LOML & I TRAVEL TO USA

July 27, 2017 - Married 

 

 

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
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Help! :help:I have a major concern about applying for the K1 visa. I am living and working in Colombia, the country of my fiance, and we want to apply for the K1 visa.

Will I be able to apply for the visa while living in Colombia? Can I put my Colombian address for the mailing address? I'm worried that mail might get lost but has anyone ever applied for the visa while living in their partner's country?

Thanks in advance!


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August 22, 2017 - USCIS received 485, 131, 765 forms

August 24, 2017 - NOA1 Notice Date for 485, 131, 765

August 25, 2017 - Biometrics Notice Date 

September 15, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment for 485 and 765 Completed 

March 30, 2018 - Received RFE for I-131 (in hand April 5th) It was a request for more information because I (wife) filled the preparer's section of the form *face palm*

April 11, 2018 - USCIS  notification that our RFIE was received. 

May 18, 2018 - email from USCIS "new card is being produced" (269 days)

May 23, 2018 - Card was Mailed to me (e-notification)

May 25, 2018 - NOAs for EAD/AP approval  (mail)

May 26, 2018 - received combo card!! 

June 20, 2018 - Green Card Interview Date Notice

July 26, 2018 - Green Card Interview

August 3, 2018 - Green Card in hand!!

 

 

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K-1 Visa

December 2, 2016 - sent I-129F packet from Cartagena to my US mailing address

December 5, 2016 - my mom sent I-129F pack to Lewsville, TX

Decmber 6, 2016 - I-129F packet received

December 9. 2016 - NOA1 e-notification receipt

December 15, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopy

March 8, 2017 - NOA2 APPROVED

March 21, 2017 - NVC CASE # 

April 26-29 - Lab, Medical Exam, and Fingerprints done

May 2, 2017 - Interview in Bogotá  && APPROVED!

July 19, 2017 -THE LOML & I TRAVEL TO USA

July 27, 2017 - Married 

 

 

 

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Have you considered marrying and filing dcf since you're a resident there already?? It usually takes a few months from start to finish. I did my husband application in August and our interview date is next month

I've been in my dr since March

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Married June 2016

Por siempre y para siempre Mi amor

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
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Because I want him to come to the US sooner without having to apply again for another visa.

I'm looking for some input on someone who perhaps lived abroad and applied for the K1 abroad. I'm not sure how common that is.


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August 22, 2017 - USCIS received 485, 131, 765 forms

August 24, 2017 - NOA1 Notice Date for 485, 131, 765

August 25, 2017 - Biometrics Notice Date 

September 15, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment for 485 and 765 Completed 

March 30, 2018 - Received RFE for I-131 (in hand April 5th) It was a request for more information because I (wife) filled the preparer's section of the form *face palm*

April 11, 2018 - USCIS  notification that our RFIE was received. 

May 18, 2018 - email from USCIS "new card is being produced" (269 days)

May 23, 2018 - Card was Mailed to me (e-notification)

May 25, 2018 - NOAs for EAD/AP approval  (mail)

May 26, 2018 - received combo card!! 

June 20, 2018 - Green Card Interview Date Notice

July 26, 2018 - Green Card Interview

August 3, 2018 - Green Card in hand!!

 

 

Spoiler

K-1 Visa

December 2, 2016 - sent I-129F packet from Cartagena to my US mailing address

December 5, 2016 - my mom sent I-129F pack to Lewsville, TX

Decmber 6, 2016 - I-129F packet received

December 9. 2016 - NOA1 e-notification receipt

December 15, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopy

March 8, 2017 - NOA2 APPROVED

March 21, 2017 - NVC CASE # 

April 26-29 - Lab, Medical Exam, and Fingerprints done

May 2, 2017 - Interview in Bogotá  && APPROVED!

July 19, 2017 -THE LOML & I TRAVEL TO USA

July 27, 2017 - Married 

 

 

 

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Because I want him to come to the US sooner without having to apply again for another visa.

I'm looking for some input on someone who perhaps lived abroad and applied for the K1 abroad. I'm not sure how common that is.

You won't have to apply for another visa if you do the dcf. For me I married in June, filed his petition in August and we have a interview date for October. Once approved he will get his cr1 visa which is good for 3 years. I don't recall seeing anybody file for k1 while aboard but I wanted to share my experience while living aboard and going through the visa process


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Married June 2016

Por siempre y para siempre Mi amor

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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DCF is not available at all US embassies/consulates, check before making any plans.

OP: Review some previous postings for details, this question is asked quite frequently, and yes it can be done.

Edited by Pitaya

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

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

 

 

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
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Ok! Yes! Thank you! That's really all I wanted to know if I could apply while I am living in Colombia. It's not like my intentions are to reside in Colombia forever. I am here on a work visa and it will expire in January, I could extend it of course and while I am here we can to do the K1 and leave together if everything works out.

I will take your advice about looking for previous posts.. there's just SO MANY and I got overwhelmed.

DCF is not available at all US embassies/consulates, check before making any plans.

OP: Review some previous postings for details, this question is asked quite frequently, and yes it can be done.


Ok! Yes! Thank you! That's really all I wanted to know if I could apply while I am living in Colombia. It's not like my intentions are to reside in Colombia forever. I am here on a work visa and it will expire in January, I could extend it of course and while I am here we can to do the K1 and leave together if everything works out.

I will take your advice about looking for previous posts.. there's just SO MANY and I got overwhelmed.

Thank you!

DCF is not available at all US embassies/consulates, check before making any plans.

OP: Review some previous postings for details, this question is asked quite frequently, and yes it can be done.


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AoS

August 22, 2017 - USCIS received 485, 131, 765 forms

August 24, 2017 - NOA1 Notice Date for 485, 131, 765

August 25, 2017 - Biometrics Notice Date 

September 15, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment for 485 and 765 Completed 

March 30, 2018 - Received RFE for I-131 (in hand April 5th) It was a request for more information because I (wife) filled the preparer's section of the form *face palm*

April 11, 2018 - USCIS  notification that our RFIE was received. 

May 18, 2018 - email from USCIS "new card is being produced" (269 days)

May 23, 2018 - Card was Mailed to me (e-notification)

May 25, 2018 - NOAs for EAD/AP approval  (mail)

May 26, 2018 - received combo card!! 

June 20, 2018 - Green Card Interview Date Notice

July 26, 2018 - Green Card Interview

August 3, 2018 - Green Card in hand!!

 

 

Spoiler

K-1 Visa

December 2, 2016 - sent I-129F packet from Cartagena to my US mailing address

December 5, 2016 - my mom sent I-129F pack to Lewsville, TX

Decmber 6, 2016 - I-129F packet received

December 9. 2016 - NOA1 e-notification receipt

December 15, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopy

March 8, 2017 - NOA2 APPROVED

March 21, 2017 - NVC CASE # 

April 26-29 - Lab, Medical Exam, and Fingerprints done

May 2, 2017 - Interview in Bogotá  && APPROVED!

July 19, 2017 -THE LOML & I TRAVEL TO USA

July 27, 2017 - Married 

 

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Nicaragua
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Hello! I am in your same situation. I was living close to my fiance in his home country. I got all the information ready, but the K-1 129F packet does need to be mailed from the States. Fortunately, my parents came down in June to visit, and they took the packet back with them to mail. From that point, I have been in Costa Rica/ Nicaragua every step of the way, and it has not caused any problems. However, it helps that I use my parents' mailed address in the US. Whenever they get mail from USCIS, they scan it into the computer and email it to me. I highly recommend you have an address in the US of someone you trust who can help you along.

It's definitely better when you can be with them every step of the way. When we got our NOA2, I walked to his work and told him during his coffee break. Seeing that smile on his face was so special!

Edited by Laurel0708

Met: 09/14/2013

Started Dating: 02/09/2014

Began Long Distance Relationship: 02/13/2014

I moved to Costa Rica: 01/15/2015

My parents visited and he proposed: 06/29/2016

Packet Sent: 07/01/2016

NOA1: 07/05/2016

NOA2: 08/25/2016

NVC Tracking number: 09/12/2016

Medical: 09/28/2016

Interview: 10/11/2016

POE: 10/28/2016

Wedding: 1/6/17 !!!!!

AOS and EAD Packet Sent: 1/18/17

NOA1: 1/23/17

Bio Appointment: 2/27/17

 
 
 
 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
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Oh wow.. ok thanks! I won't have any visitors coming any time soon....but maybe I can mail it to my sister and she can send it for me. And that's awesome! I want to be there for him too. :D

Hello! I am in your same situation. I was living close to my fiance in his home country. I got all the information ready, but the K-1 129F packet does need to be mailed from the States. Fortunately, my parents came down in June to visit, and they took the packet back with them to mail. From that point, I have been in Costa Rica/ Nicaragua every step of the way, and it has not caused any problems. However, it helps that I use my parents' mailed address in the US. Whenever they get mail from USCIS, they scan it into the computer and email it to me. I highly recommend you have an address in the US of someone you trust who can help you along.

It's definitely better when you can be with them every step of the way. When we got our NOA2, I walked to his work and told him during his coffee break. Seeing that smile on his face was so special!


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AoS

August 22, 2017 - USCIS received 485, 131, 765 forms

August 24, 2017 - NOA1 Notice Date for 485, 131, 765

August 25, 2017 - Biometrics Notice Date 

September 15, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment for 485 and 765 Completed 

March 30, 2018 - Received RFE for I-131 (in hand April 5th) It was a request for more information because I (wife) filled the preparer's section of the form *face palm*

April 11, 2018 - USCIS  notification that our RFIE was received. 

May 18, 2018 - email from USCIS "new card is being produced" (269 days)

May 23, 2018 - Card was Mailed to me (e-notification)

May 25, 2018 - NOAs for EAD/AP approval  (mail)

May 26, 2018 - received combo card!! 

June 20, 2018 - Green Card Interview Date Notice

July 26, 2018 - Green Card Interview

August 3, 2018 - Green Card in hand!!

 

 

Spoiler

K-1 Visa

December 2, 2016 - sent I-129F packet from Cartagena to my US mailing address

December 5, 2016 - my mom sent I-129F pack to Lewsville, TX

Decmber 6, 2016 - I-129F packet received

December 9. 2016 - NOA1 e-notification receipt

December 15, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopy

March 8, 2017 - NOA2 APPROVED

March 21, 2017 - NVC CASE # 

April 26-29 - Lab, Medical Exam, and Fingerprints done

May 2, 2017 - Interview in Bogotá  && APPROVED!

July 19, 2017 -THE LOML & I TRAVEL TO USA

July 27, 2017 - Married 

 

 

 

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Op I apologize I was wrong about being able to do dcf in Columbia and I'm sorry for giving you the wrong information. They stopped doing dcf there a few years ago but good luck with you journey


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Married June 2016

Por siempre y para siempre Mi amor

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
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Hey, question to your question. What's your status now? Did you end up using your address in Chile to send out the petition packet? Or what did you do if you have already sent in the petition?


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August 22, 2017 - USCIS received 485, 131, 765 forms

August 24, 2017 - NOA1 Notice Date for 485, 131, 765

August 25, 2017 - Biometrics Notice Date 

September 15, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment for 485 and 765 Completed 

March 30, 2018 - Received RFE for I-131 (in hand April 5th) It was a request for more information because I (wife) filled the preparer's section of the form *face palm*

April 11, 2018 - USCIS  notification that our RFIE was received. 

May 18, 2018 - email from USCIS "new card is being produced" (269 days)

May 23, 2018 - Card was Mailed to me (e-notification)

May 25, 2018 - NOAs for EAD/AP approval  (mail)

May 26, 2018 - received combo card!! 

June 20, 2018 - Green Card Interview Date Notice

July 26, 2018 - Green Card Interview

August 3, 2018 - Green Card in hand!!

 

 

Spoiler

K-1 Visa

December 2, 2016 - sent I-129F packet from Cartagena to my US mailing address

December 5, 2016 - my mom sent I-129F pack to Lewsville, TX

Decmber 6, 2016 - I-129F packet received

December 9. 2016 - NOA1 e-notification receipt

December 15, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopy

March 8, 2017 - NOA2 APPROVED

March 21, 2017 - NVC CASE # 

April 26-29 - Lab, Medical Exam, and Fingerprints done

May 2, 2017 - Interview in Bogotá  && APPROVED!

July 19, 2017 -THE LOML & I TRAVEL TO USA

July 27, 2017 - Married 

 

 

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Colombia
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Op I apologize I was wrong about being able to do dcf in Columbia and I'm sorry for giving you the wrong information. They stopped doing dcf there a few years ago but good luck with you journey

I appreciate your help and input - thank you!


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AoS

August 22, 2017 - USCIS received 485, 131, 765 forms

August 24, 2017 - NOA1 Notice Date for 485, 131, 765

August 25, 2017 - Biometrics Notice Date 

September 15, 2017 - Biometrics Appointment for 485 and 765 Completed 

March 30, 2018 - Received RFE for I-131 (in hand April 5th) It was a request for more information because I (wife) filled the preparer's section of the form *face palm*

April 11, 2018 - USCIS  notification that our RFIE was received. 

May 18, 2018 - email from USCIS "new card is being produced" (269 days)

May 23, 2018 - Card was Mailed to me (e-notification)

May 25, 2018 - NOAs for EAD/AP approval  (mail)

May 26, 2018 - received combo card!! 

June 20, 2018 - Green Card Interview Date Notice

July 26, 2018 - Green Card Interview

August 3, 2018 - Green Card in hand!!

 

 

Spoiler

K-1 Visa

December 2, 2016 - sent I-129F packet from Cartagena to my US mailing address

December 5, 2016 - my mom sent I-129F pack to Lewsville, TX

Decmber 6, 2016 - I-129F packet received

December 9. 2016 - NOA1 e-notification receipt

December 15, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopy

March 8, 2017 - NOA2 APPROVED

March 21, 2017 - NVC CASE # 

April 26-29 - Lab, Medical Exam, and Fingerprints done

May 2, 2017 - Interview in Bogotá  && APPROVED!

July 19, 2017 -THE LOML & I TRAVEL TO USA

July 27, 2017 - Married 

 

 

 

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You won't have to apply for another visa if you do the dcf. For me I married in June, filed his petition in August and we have a interview date for October. Once approved he will get his cr1 visa which is good for 3 years. I don't recall seeing anybody file for k1 while aboard but I wanted to share my experience while living aboard and going through the visa process

CR-1 visa is only good for 2 years, not 3.


Mar 2014 - Married

5/7/14?? - Attorney mailed paperwork

5/15/14 DHS cashed check

5/19/14 - NOA1 received with PD 5/12/14

10/17/14 - NOA2 received

10/28/14 - Email received that file has been sent to NVC

11/13/14 - NVC received file

12/10/14 - NVC Assigned case number

12/12/14 - AOS Fee Invoiced

12/13/14 - Submit email to NVC to remove attorney as DS-261 Agent

12/16/14 - AOS Fee showing as Paid

12/17/14 - IV Fee invoiced

12/20/14 - IV fee available and paid

12/27/14 - DS-260 submitted

1/2/15 - AOS and IV packages sent to NVC

1/5/15 - USPS delivered packages to NVC

1/7/15 - NVC scanned in packages. Let the countdown begin...

1/30/15 - FINALLY got a reply to my email to remove the attorney from the DS-261

3/9/15 - Called NVC and they have checklisted us for an "incorrect" decree absolute from the UK, even though it is the legal official document. Have requested a supervisor review.

4/28/15 - Called and NVC said supervisor had reviewed and now claimed that the decree absolute was not included. After disagreeing with the less than helpful lady on the phone, and her not being able to get the review time right. (She kept changing her story between 42 days and 30 days).

4/30/15 - Sent the same copy of the decree absolute to the NVC from the UK, highlighting the "decree absolute" wording with a letter stating that this is the only document provided by the UK government.

5/6/15 - Scan date for checklist received.

6/5/15 - Case complete!!!

6/12/15 - Called and interview is scheduled for July 1!

6/14/15 - Received email with interview date and instructions.

6/19/15 - Case showing as ready on CEAC.

7/1/15 - Approved at interview!!!

7/6/15 - CEAC changed to Administrative Processing

7/7/15 - CEAC changed to Issued!!!!!

7/10/15 - Passport and packet delivered!

7/29/15 - Husband entered with visa at Dallas/Fort Worth airport

9/29/15 - GC delivered!!!

5/4/17 - ROC packet sent via USPS

5/9/17 - Tracking shows delivered

5/17/17 - Check cashed

5/19/17 - NOA1 received with date of 5/8/17

5/27/17 - Biometrics appt received 6/8/17

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