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My fiance and I been talking on the internet for a year and want to get married in January.  This will be first time meeting him in person and going to Ghana? Should we wait to marry or can I file fiance visa?..we really love each other 


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1 minute ago, milimelo said:

That would be a red flag, especially for Ghana. 

So should I just go visit in 2018 and then go back in 2019 and get married?


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June 15 2018--sent off Packet to Chicago Lockbox

June 18 2018--received packet and assigned to Potomac Service Center

June 18 2018--priority date and NOA 1 in the mail

June 28 2018-- RFE for missing I30A form

July 5 2018-- They must have found it....RFE received and will continue with the case

July 13 2018--Correspondence is being reviewed by USCIS

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You may think you're in love but truly, you'll need to spend time in person in order to know if you guys are a good fit and really want to be married to each other.

 

As others have said, Ghana is not an easy embassy, doesn't matter if you're attempting a K-1 or CR-1. Best is to meet multiple times, in Ghana and maybe outside of Ghana. I doubt it's easy for him to get a B2 to visit the US so you can probably scratch that off the list.

 

If you really want to proceed with a US visa application for your fiance, make sure to start gathering evidence every time you meet.


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Oh....and one more thing.......Evidence here on VJ shows that getting married on the first visit is probably a bad idea.......


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3 minutes ago, KULtoATL said:

You may think you're in love but truly, you'll need to spend time in person in order to know if you guys are a good fit and really want to be married to each other.

 

As others have said, Ghana is not an easy embassy, doesn't matter if you're attempting a K-1 or CR-1. Best is to meet multiple times, in Ghana and maybe outside of Ghana. I doubt it's easy for him to get a B2 to visit the US so you can probably scratch that off the list.

 

If you really want to proceed with a US visa application for your fiance, make sure to start gathering evidence every time you meet.

So about how many visits should I  make?...sorry I'm new to all of this


The Amoah's Timeline

June 15 2018--sent off Packet to Chicago Lockbox

June 18 2018--received packet and assigned to Potomac Service Center

June 18 2018--priority date and NOA 1 in the mail

June 28 2018-- RFE for missing I30A form

July 5 2018-- They must have found it....RFE received and will continue with the case

July 13 2018--Correspondence is being reviewed by USCIS

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I fully agree with all the other members that have posted here...

 

41 minutes ago, Roel said:

Pretty bad idea to get married on the first visit. Especially for that embassy. Besides, you really want to marry someone whose personality you only know from the internet? Take time to get to know each other, Ghana embassy will want to take few visits anyway.

In red, for me the best advise received here in the thread, please, know you each other, see if you have chemistry (not a cliche) Chemical process occur in the brain when you see a person who you loves (releasing endorphins and other wellness hormones etc.) See how thngs are between you in privacy,  besides,the other advises are really helpful too...

The way, whatever you take, need evidences the CR1 and the K1 and go the first time and get married would rise a Red Flag of the size of all Europe! Try to visit her, know you, as @missileman says , take pictures of both of you, with she's family when you know them because for both ways CR1 and K1 (specially for K1) evidence is fundamental! And Ghana is listed as a high fraud countries!

Read the forums about both ways and make your choice.


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1 minute ago, mrsbeckham2017 said:

So about how many visits should I  make?...sorry I'm new to all of this

It's hard to say. 1-2 visits frankly would seem too little for a difficult embassy like Ghana. Perhaps aim for something like 4 or so. You'll need a lot of face time. All the best.


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5 March 2017 (Fri): Delivered to Chicago, IL. <Signed for by: J. Chyba>
10 March 2018 (Sat): NOA1 hardcopy's date.
12 March 2018 (Mon): Check cashed.
13 March 2018 (Tue): Received text and e-mail notifications.
16 March 2018 (Fri): NOA1 hardcopy via normal mail.

16 March 2018 (Fri):: Biometrics appointment letter's date.

22 March 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment letter via normal mail.

5 April 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment at 9.00 am.

 

AOS Updates Post-Biometrics

19 July 2018 (Thu): Text and email notifications stating that as of 17 July 2018, case is ready to be scheduled for an interview and a notice will follow.

 

EAD + AP Updates Post-Biometrics

6 August 2018 (Mon): NOA2 hardcopy's date.

6 August 2018 (Mon): Text and e-mail notifications received. New card is ordered and being produced.

9 August 2018 (Thu): Text and e-mail notifications received. Card is picked up by USPS.

10 August 2018 (Fri): NOA2 hardcopy via normal mail.

11 August 2018 (Sat): Combo card sent from Lee's Summit, MO via Priority Mail and no signature was required at delivery. Mailman dropped it in the mailbox like regular mails.

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Just now, mrsbeckham2017 said:

So about how many visits should I  make?...sorry I'm new to all of this

Ghana is considered to be a high fraud country.  To be honest, you need as much real time together as possible.......there is no set rule for number of visits, but some people who have married on the first visit have had/and are having difficult times with the embassies there.


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10 minutes ago, KULtoATL said:

You may think you're in love but truly, you'll need to spend time in person in order to know if you guys are a good fit and really want to be married to each other.

 

As others have said, Ghana is not an easy embassy, doesn't matter if you're attempting a K-1 or CR-1. Best is to meet multiple times, in Ghana and maybe outside of Ghana. I doubt it's easy for him to get a B2 to visit the US so you can probably scratch that off the list.

 

If you really want to proceed with a US visa application for your fiance, make sure to start gathering evidence every time you meet.

Why would a b2 be difficult for him to visit me?


The Amoah's Timeline

June 15 2018--sent off Packet to Chicago Lockbox

June 18 2018--received packet and assigned to Potomac Service Center

June 18 2018--priority date and NOA 1 in the mail

June 28 2018-- RFE for missing I30A form

July 5 2018-- They must have found it....RFE received and will continue with the case

July 13 2018--Correspondence is being reviewed by USCIS

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Just now, mrsbeckham2017 said:

Why would a b2 be difficult for him to visit me?

1.  High fraud country

2.  Girlfriend/Fiance in US.

 

It isn't impossible for him to get a B2 visa, however, he woud have to provide evidence of very, very strong ties to Ghana.  He MUST convince the CO hat he will, in fact, return to his home country.........


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  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
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  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
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Thanks to everyone..appreciate your help :D


The Amoah's Timeline

June 15 2018--sent off Packet to Chicago Lockbox

June 18 2018--received packet and assigned to Potomac Service Center

June 18 2018--priority date and NOA 1 in the mail

June 28 2018-- RFE for missing I30A form

July 5 2018-- They must have found it....RFE received and will continue with the case

July 13 2018--Correspondence is being reviewed by USCIS

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7 minutes ago, mrsbeckham2017 said:

Why would a b2 be difficult for him to visit me?

In 2016, the B2 refusal rate in Ghana was 65.7%. 


For my I-129F and K-1 detailed timelines, please refer to my timeline page :)

 

AOS + EAD + AP

Spoiler

1 March 2018 (Thu): FedEx 2-Day 10.30 AM to Chicago, IL.
5 March 2017 (Fri): Delivered to Chicago, IL. <Signed for by: J. Chyba>
10 March 2018 (Sat): NOA1 hardcopy's date.
12 March 2018 (Mon): Check cashed.
13 March 2018 (Tue): Received text and e-mail notifications.
16 March 2018 (Fri): NOA1 hardcopy via normal mail.

16 March 2018 (Fri):: Biometrics appointment letter's date.

22 March 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment letter via normal mail.

5 April 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment at 9.00 am.

 

AOS Updates Post-Biometrics

19 July 2018 (Thu): Text and email notifications stating that as of 17 July 2018, case is ready to be scheduled for an interview and a notice will follow.

 

EAD + AP Updates Post-Biometrics

6 August 2018 (Mon): NOA2 hardcopy's date.

6 August 2018 (Mon): Text and e-mail notifications received. New card is ordered and being produced.

9 August 2018 (Thu): Text and e-mail notifications received. Card is picked up by USPS.

10 August 2018 (Fri): NOA2 hardcopy via normal mail.

11 August 2018 (Sat): Combo card sent from Lee's Summit, MO via Priority Mail and no signature was required at delivery. Mailman dropped it in the mailbox like regular mails.

** Approved in 158 days **

 

 

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