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K-1 Visa for a refugee

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Has anyone filed a K-1 visa for a fiance who is a refugee in another country? My situation is that I have a fiance who is currently a refugee in Italy. He's originally from Ghana. We have met in person & plan to get married upon his arrival. Additionally, when I go to visit him again in December, we plan to sign a premarital agreement. Are there any things I should know prior to filing the K-1 visa, as it pertains to refugees? Any advise you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Hey guys,iam asking this for a friend, my friend came italy as refugee,he got 6months stay,his fincee has apply for k1, now they are in national visa center, will they give him the visa?since he is a refugee? He is worried ,thanks

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On 10/13/2016 at 8:30 AM, ceejack said:

Has anyone filed a K-1 visa for a fiance who is a refugee in another country? My situation is that I have a fiance who is currently a refugee in Italy. He's originally from Ghana. We have met in person & plan to get married upon his arrival. Additionally, when I go to visit him again in December, we plan to sign a premarital agreement. Are there any things I should know prior to filing the K-1 visa, as it pertains to refugees? Any advise you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

If by that you mean a prenup, my best advice is wait until he is in the USA and he can see if there's any legal aid charities who will be willing to look over it for free or a very small fee.   Pre-nups can be torn to shreds if there's deemed to be any coercion involved in having one party sign them (like, sign this NOW or I won't continue with this Visa process), and in most states they are legally not worth the paper they're printed on if both parties have not had independant legal advice prior to signing them. 

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ceejack, did you file a K1? What’s the latest update? I’m in a similar situation and VJers are saying to go the CR1 route which is much more complicated to me bc marrying in a foreign country requires many more months and documents. 

 

Id prefer the k1 as it’s simpler but I am afraid what if they deny bc of his refugee status. 

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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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