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Hello, all! I am in the beginning stages of filling out all the paperwork required for the K1.  First off I want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to the wealth of information on this site, it is absolutely amazing and makes the process less daunting. 

 

My questions are as when signing the cover letter and letter of intent does it matter if I use black or blue ink? Also, I have screenshots of my fiance and myself video chatting and wanted to know if that's something I would be able to use and if it would be okay for me to write on those printouts the day and time? I want to make sure all my I's are dotted and T's are crossed when it comes to this. Thank you in advance for your help. I looked and read just about every forum or thread when it came to starting this process please feel free to add any additional information.   

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I would say black ink because the K1 instructions for the form say to use black ink when filling out the actual form. So if they want black ink for the form you might as well do it for everything else. Is there not a way to print your video chats with any kind of time stamp?

 

Good luck on your k1 journey! there are a whole lot of people who have a lot of knowledge and experience to share on here!

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A Tale of Two Dakotaraguans

K1 Journey - 78 Days

 

Sent I-129F - 11/16/15 [Day 1]
NOA1 - 11/18 (Hard copy: 11/24) [Day 2, Day 8]
NOA2 - 12/18 (Hard copy: 12/26) [Day 32, Day 40]
NVC received file: 1/05/2016 [Day 50]
Obtained NVC invoice number, paid visa fee, filled out DS-160: 1/06 [Day 51]
Fiancé's medical: 1/12 9:00am [Day 57]
Interview: 1/22 9:30am, Approved! [67 days] (F)
Visa status = "AP": 1/25, "Issued":01/27, "In Transit: 2/02"
Visa packet in hand: 2/03 [Day 78]
POE: (Houston) 2/04, North Dakota arrival: 2/05

Married (civil): 2/05/16 (L)

AOS - 55 Days

 

I-485, AP, EAD sent : 3/03/2016 [Day 1]

Delivered: 3/04 [Day 2]

Electronic NOA1: 3/08 [Day 5]

NOA1 Hardcopy: 3/12 [Day 9]

Biometric Notification snail-mail: 3/26 [Day 23]

Biometrics Appt: 4/06 in Fargo, ND [Day 33]

Notification(s): "Your new card is being produced" (Green Card) 4/23 [Day 48]

"Your case was approved" (lol backwards) 4/26 [Day 51]

"Your card was mailed on 4/27" 4/28 [Day 53]

Green Card in Hand: 4/30 [Day 55]

D-day ("Dress day"/I do...again Day/wedding reception): 9/10/16

ROC

Spoiler

Window opens: 1/24/2018

Package sent: 1/26, Delivered: 1/29 at 11:17am to CSC - [Day 1]

Check cashed: 1/31 [Day 3]

NOA1: 1/29 [Day 1]

NOA snail-mail: 2/02 [Day 4]

Biometrics snail-mail: Sent 5/5, received 5/12 [Day 107]

Biometrics appt: Not required

Email: 5/25 "We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates. We last took action on 3/16" [Day 120]

Email 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 "Still reviewing your case blah blah" [Day 134, 148, 162, 176]

18 Month extension letter received, dated 8/18: 8/24/18

Citizenship

Spoiler

Window opens: 01/24/2019

 

 

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There is not. Our video chats are via Whatsapp and I have about 300 pages from that I plan on sending. That shows where we either called or video chatted over the app. You think that would be good enough verse sending screenshot photos that are not time stamped? 

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wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew that's a lot! lol! I don't think the uscis folks want to sift through 300 pages of anything. May I suggest to take some time to bring that number down and show that you guys have just been chatting etc since the relationship started.  

 

Heck I had over 10k of pages of correspondence between my husband and I via facebook. I chose chats about every 3 months to demonstrate the constant communication we had over the course of 6 years. Your stronger evidence is going to be the face to face time you have had (plane tickets, corresponding passport stamps, receipts, pics)  


A Tale of Two Dakotaraguans

K1 Journey - 78 Days

 

Sent I-129F - 11/16/15 [Day 1]
NOA1 - 11/18 (Hard copy: 11/24) [Day 2, Day 8]
NOA2 - 12/18 (Hard copy: 12/26) [Day 32, Day 40]
NVC received file: 1/05/2016 [Day 50]
Obtained NVC invoice number, paid visa fee, filled out DS-160: 1/06 [Day 51]
Fiancé's medical: 1/12 9:00am [Day 57]
Interview: 1/22 9:30am, Approved! [67 days] (F)
Visa status = "AP": 1/25, "Issued":01/27, "In Transit: 2/02"
Visa packet in hand: 2/03 [Day 78]
POE: (Houston) 2/04, North Dakota arrival: 2/05

Married (civil): 2/05/16 (L)

AOS - 55 Days

 

I-485, AP, EAD sent : 3/03/2016 [Day 1]

Delivered: 3/04 [Day 2]

Electronic NOA1: 3/08 [Day 5]

NOA1 Hardcopy: 3/12 [Day 9]

Biometric Notification snail-mail: 3/26 [Day 23]

Biometrics Appt: 4/06 in Fargo, ND [Day 33]

Notification(s): "Your new card is being produced" (Green Card) 4/23 [Day 48]

"Your case was approved" (lol backwards) 4/26 [Day 51]

"Your card was mailed on 4/27" 4/28 [Day 53]

Green Card in Hand: 4/30 [Day 55]

D-day ("Dress day"/I do...again Day/wedding reception): 9/10/16

ROC

Spoiler

Window opens: 1/24/2018

Package sent: 1/26, Delivered: 1/29 at 11:17am to CSC - [Day 1]

Check cashed: 1/31 [Day 3]

NOA1: 1/29 [Day 1]

NOA snail-mail: 2/02 [Day 4]

Biometrics snail-mail: Sent 5/5, received 5/12 [Day 107]

Biometrics appt: Not required

Email: 5/25 "We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates. We last took action on 3/16" [Day 120]

Email 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 "Still reviewing your case blah blah" [Day 134, 148, 162, 176]

18 Month extension letter received, dated 8/18: 8/24/18

Citizenship

Spoiler

Window opens: 01/24/2019

 

 

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Oh I'm sure that will work just fine. Especially if you have pics from that first visit. With my pics I labeled the backs with the date taken and the place in pencil.  


A Tale of Two Dakotaraguans

K1 Journey - 78 Days

 

Sent I-129F - 11/16/15 [Day 1]
NOA1 - 11/18 (Hard copy: 11/24) [Day 2, Day 8]
NOA2 - 12/18 (Hard copy: 12/26) [Day 32, Day 40]
NVC received file: 1/05/2016 [Day 50]
Obtained NVC invoice number, paid visa fee, filled out DS-160: 1/06 [Day 51]
Fiancé's medical: 1/12 9:00am [Day 57]
Interview: 1/22 9:30am, Approved! [67 days] (F)
Visa status = "AP": 1/25, "Issued":01/27, "In Transit: 2/02"
Visa packet in hand: 2/03 [Day 78]
POE: (Houston) 2/04, North Dakota arrival: 2/05

Married (civil): 2/05/16 (L)

AOS - 55 Days

 

I-485, AP, EAD sent : 3/03/2016 [Day 1]

Delivered: 3/04 [Day 2]

Electronic NOA1: 3/08 [Day 5]

NOA1 Hardcopy: 3/12 [Day 9]

Biometric Notification snail-mail: 3/26 [Day 23]

Biometrics Appt: 4/06 in Fargo, ND [Day 33]

Notification(s): "Your new card is being produced" (Green Card) 4/23 [Day 48]

"Your case was approved" (lol backwards) 4/26 [Day 51]

"Your card was mailed on 4/27" 4/28 [Day 53]

Green Card in Hand: 4/30 [Day 55]

D-day ("Dress day"/I do...again Day/wedding reception): 9/10/16

ROC

Spoiler

Window opens: 1/24/2018

Package sent: 1/26, Delivered: 1/29 at 11:17am to CSC - [Day 1]

Check cashed: 1/31 [Day 3]

NOA1: 1/29 [Day 1]

NOA snail-mail: 2/02 [Day 4]

Biometrics snail-mail: Sent 5/5, received 5/12 [Day 107]

Biometrics appt: Not required

Email: 5/25 "We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates. We last took action on 3/16" [Day 120]

Email 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3 "Still reviewing your case blah blah" [Day 134, 148, 162, 176]

18 Month extension letter received, dated 8/18: 8/24/18

Citizenship

Spoiler

Window opens: 01/24/2019

 

 

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We tried to make sure that every time we had seen each other in person, we had multiple different items of evidence for our packet so for example when we spent the week in London together, I had our separate boarding passes, receipts for shows, attractions or restaurants in London we had visited and pictures placing us at those places for example the London eye as well as our Airbnb booking. I’ve tried to do that for every trip as well as submitting screenshots of call logs, a few pages of messages from WhatsApp and some screenshots of Facebook posts from other peoples profiles with us tagged in. 

 

Yes you you need to condense down your evidence but I wanted it to be abundantly clear that anyone could pick up our file and see that we had been together in person and we are in a genuine relationship. We just got our NOA2 back a couple of weeks ago so hopefully that approach works! Good luck with your journey :)


K1 & K2 Visa 

 

18th April 2017: I-129f sent

21st April 2017: NOA1 Received Date

25th April 2017: NOA1 Notice Date

26th April 2017: NOA1 text confirmation

2nd May 2017: NOA1 hardcopy

7th September 2017: NOA2 Approval date

21st September 2017: NVC Received
21st September 2017: NVC Case # Received

27th September 2017: Left NVC
27th September 2017: Case Ready

4th October 2017: Medical

12th October 2017: Interview

24th October 2017: Visas in Hand

27th October 2017: POE

16th December 2017: Wedding Day

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The color of ink on your signature is at the bottom of the barrel for worries. :P They just want a signature. But yeah, if you used black ink for the rest, then do the same for the letter.

 

18 hours ago, IslandMate714 said:

Our video chats are via Whatsapp and I have about 300 pages from that I plan on sending. That shows where we either called or video chatted over the app. You think that would be good enough verse sending screenshot photos that are not time stamped? 

I agree that 300 pages is overkill. Nobody will even look a that pile. My then-fiancee and I sent one page from every month we were together. YMMV, but I suggest sending something they will actually look at (them = the CO at the embassy...USCIS won't review any relationship evidence for the I-129F).

 

What embassy are you going through?


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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18 hours ago, IslandMate714 said:

There is not. Our video chats are via Whatsapp and I have about 300 pages from that I plan on sending. That shows where we either called or video chatted over the app. You think that would be good enough verse sending screenshot photos that are not time stamped? 

Just do about 10 to 15 pictures showing you together.  You don't need too much of that right now.  There have been many people here that got delayed as USCIS sent back binders that were considered to be "incorrect format to be read".  If you really need 300 pages to prove that you really met (that is all you need for the I-129F) then you may have other battles later.

 

Just give them what they ask for.  Do what they say.  Don't try to figure out their motivations.  You may need that information later but not with the I-129F.


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 11, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - NOA-1

 

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

 

 

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Kington, Jamaica I've read the COs there have their good days and bad days like everyone else. Just want to make sure we have the information we need for it to go as smoothly as it possibly can. As for the 300 pages (it's way more than 300 pages I stopped printing there), I will sift through it all and send them something that shows our ongoing relationship,  I just want to show that this is not a joke and that we are both taking this seriously. I realize that I may be putting the cart before the horse as I read the feedback I am getting. I need to focus on sending in the I-129F first and everything else comes after, I want to get all we need now just because I am not able to visit like I want to. 

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42 minutes ago, IslandMate714 said:

Kington, Jamaica I've read the COs there have their good days and bad days like everyone else. Just want to make sure we have the information we need for it to go as smoothly as it possibly can. As for the 300 pages (it's way more than 300 pages I stopped printing there), I will sift through it all and send them something that shows our ongoing relationship,  I just want to show that this is not a joke and that we are both taking this seriously. I realize that I may be putting the cart before the horse as I read the feedback I am getting. I need to focus on sending in the I-129F first and everything else comes after, I want to get all we need now just because I am not able to visit like I want to. 

You got this!!!  Just make sure that you have met in person within two years of the interview date, which won't be until 7 or 8 months after you submit the I-129F.  


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 11, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - NOA-1

 

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

You got this!!!  Just make sure that you have met in person within two years of the interview date, which won't be until 7 or 8 months after you submit the I-129F.  

The meeting within 2 years is as of the time of I-129F filing, not the interview.

 

Page 1 of the I-129F instructions:

" You and your fiancé(e):

...

Have met each other in person within the two years immediately before you filed this petition"

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Just now, geowrian said:

The meeting within 2 years is as of the time of I-129F filing, not the interview.

 

Page 1 of the I-129F instructions:

" You and your fiancé(e):

...

Have met each other in person within the two years immediately before you filed this petition"

I have heard that certain COs have denied applicants because they were actually past 2 or 2.5 years when they had the interview.  Just trying to error on the cautious side.  If you haven't met in over 2 ½ years prior to the interview it may be hard to show it is a real relationship.  This is at the COs discretion.  If they haven't meet in a few years they must have great proof of a real relationship.


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 11, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - NOA-1

 

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

I have heard that certain COs have denied applicants because they were actually past 2 or 2.5 years when they had the interview.  Just trying to error on the cautious side.  If you haven't met in over 2 ½ years prior to the interview it may be hard to show it is a real relationship.  This is at the COs discretion.  If they haven't meet in a few years they must have great proof of a real relationship.

The CO may have refused the visa because they didn't believe the relationship was legitimate, and the lack of face to face time is a factor for making that decision. But they cannot deny solely because you haven't met in over 2 years at the time of the interview. USCIS verifies this requirement prior to approval of the petition.

 

But yes, face time (both how much and how recent) would be a factor that the CO can look at. Preferably, the petitioner should be at the interview (or waiting outside if not possible). Or visit between I-129F filing and interview. But neither is a requirement...just a good way to show evidence of an ongoing relationship.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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