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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Japan

Hopefully this will help someone.

Here is a short summary of our experience with the Toyko Embassy for the initial DCF filing of our I-130. Overall it was a surprisingly good process where they made you feel like people rather than case numbers. We were approved on the spot in under an hour.

The line

Arrive early for your appointment. We arrived one hour early and due to the long line were worried that we might not clear security in time. You wait outside so be prepared for the elements, especially if you have little ones with you. They tell you this on the webpage.

Security check

It is similar to an airline screening. You cannot bring in liquids, computers, cameras, cell phones, electronic dictionaries, etc. You leave them at the front and pick them up later. Overall the screening was not too bad and they treated you as people not criminals. It was a good first impression.


The people with appointments file into the waiting room after security. You get a number from a touch screen computer. Look for the computers when you enter the room.

Initial submission

When your number is called you go up and slide your documents to a kind, Japanese staff member who is VERY well versed in the details of the process. She was very professional but also put us at ease. A good second impression.

One point on the documents, it is best to complete everything rather than leave a blank. For example, one form asks for the address of your intended residence. Since we do not have our house yet we only put the city. We were told to just put a street address even if you do not intend to actually reside there. YMMV but it seems that a complete form was important.

You do not need to submit the Japanese marriage certificate since that information is already provided on the family registry. This point was not clear on the homepage but we were specifically told this information at the counter. Again with any of this YMMV.


After they process your papers (about 15 minutes in our case) you are called to another window for an interview with an American consulate officer. He asked us some basic questions like how did you meet, where do you call home, recent trips together, etc. Although it was an interview it felt more like a conversation with a person. It was a very good third impression of the process.

The people who had more questions seemed to be dealing with the financial aspects of the application. I could not hear much but I think there were questions about assets, etc.

At the end of the short (5 minute) interview we were told that our I-130 was approved and that the next stage would be an FBI check for the sponsor. Following that they would contact us for the final interview.

Final stage

After a few more minutes waiting you get called back to the first window where they return your original documents (passports and such) and answer questions about the process. I asked when the 2-year period from the marriage is calculated and was told that it is the date of entry into the US not the date the visa is issued. You might take this into account if your 2 year anniversary is close to your intended date of entry.

Overall it was a surprisingly pleasant experience. Hopefully it goes as well for future VJ applicants.

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Congrats...it looks like we are in the same boat!! We had our I-130 approved 4-9-07 and we received our noa2 the following week.Then, that same week received a letter from the Tokyo in English and Japanese.

So...i guess we both just need to have the FINAL interview for the visa.

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Congratulations! :thumbs:

"Daca voi nu ma vreti, io va vreau"

DCF Frankfurt Germany

01/12/2007 I-130 filed in person at the Consulate in Frankfurt

01/17/2007 Faxed the checklist to the Immigrant Visa Unit in Frankfurt

03/29/2007 Got letter from USCIS to provide evidence that our marriage is bona fide

04/02/2007 Sent to USCIS lots of evidence

05/03/2007 I have an unofficial "PETITION APPROVED" ...waiting for confirmation from Consulate

05/07/2007 Received email from USCIS ROME confirming that our petition was approved (why Rome? because we complained to the District Office Rome about the Sub-Office Frankfurt..it took too long for our petition to be approved)...now waiting for the interview letter from the Consulate

05/18/2007 E-mail from IV Frankfurt, our interview was scheduled for May 29th

05/19/2007 Packet 4 in the mail: ja ja ja interview letter

05/29/2007 Interview at 7.30 a.m. APPROVED Thank you, God!

06/01/2007 Visa arrived !

06/03/2007 Mayday on the plane POE Cincinnati

Living in Maryland

06/21/2007 Welcome Notice from USCIS

06/29/2007 Applied for SSN at the local Office

07/07/2007 Green Card arrived

07/09/2007 Another 2 Welcome Letters from USCIS...God, they really love me! :D

07/20/2007 Social Security Card arrived

Living@working in Maryland :)

01/18/2009 PCS-ing to Stuttgart Germany

Feb 2009 Received letter from VSC to start removing conditions.

Getting ready the packet for Removing Conditions I-751

03/12/2009 Mailed the I-751 packet to Vermont Service Center

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That's exactly my experience as well. We have the final interview on the 7th and we're all set.

It seems that doing DCF in a country where there is no USCIS office (such as Japan) is easier than in a country where there is one (such as the UK).

USCIS and the State Dept. should really work to simplify and standardize these processes!



01/31/07 - I-130 fedexed to California

02/01/07 - I-130 received by USCIS California

02/13/07 - received NOA1

04/10/07 - Petition approved (64 days)

04/17/07 - Received NOA2, petition on it's way to NVC

05/07/07 - Still nothing from NVC (those bums!)


04/05/07 - Re-filed I-130 at Tokyo embassy with no problems! (didn't need to canx first petition)

04/12/07 - Petition at embassy is approved (7 days!)

04/16/07 - Received notice of approval from embassy, submitted interview request

04/17/07 - Received notice of interview, which will be May 7

05/07/07 - Had interview at embassy, visa approved!

05/08/07 - Passport with visa delivered!!!!

Dang, the Tokyo embassy is fast!

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