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Some consulates like to see family in wedding photos, most don't care. really, family approval is unnecessary for MOST consulates. If you fill out your information (country, timeline, consulate, etc) it will help us give you better advice.


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

 

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If you are talking about your visa interview it depends on the embassy/consulate.  Sometimes the USC spouse is allowed in. You need to be married to apply for the CR1


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez 

June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

If you are talking about your visa interview it depends on the embassy/consulate.  Sometimes the USC spouse is allowed in. You need to be married to apply for the CR1

I think the OP is talking about getting married without family present, and whether this will present a problem during the interview for their visa.

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Family not being there is not a bar for the visa. You may be asked why not, but it's usually not an issue with a reasonable explanation. Other communication with the family, meeting them, etc. usually suffices fine.

What country are you dealing with? That will help others since some are more strict.


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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:

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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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1 minute ago, EmilyW said:

I think the OP is talking about getting married without family present, and whether this will present a problem during the interview for their visa.

My wife mother couldn't attend our wedding in Hong Kong because she didn't have a passport.  It came up with the CO visit and they wanted to interview me.  

 

Definitely having the in laws and family at the wedding is beneficial but not absolutely necessary.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez 

June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

 

 

 

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Neither my husband nor I had family at our first wedding.   Everyone skype'd in to watch.  Then again it was a last minute thing:  we were going to marry in June, but he was coming to visit in April.  We bumped it up to get the ball rolling on the Visa, he left the US the next morning and then we has a second wedding with all the family once he moved here.   

 

We had no problems.  But I agree, it depends on the country you are talking about for the beneficiary.    If you can tell us that, we might be able to help more.

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Which consulate.


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18 minutes ago, JenMYoung said:

Thanks everyone. He is in Nigeria. I will fill out profile a friend just told me about this site and I'm working on it all. 

 That is a high fraud country so I would expect the consulate to be very strict.  Family at wedding would help.  Have you met a lot of times and have pictures, plane tickets, other evidence?  

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1 hour ago, JenMYoung said:

Thanks everyone. He is in Nigeria. I will fill out profile a friend just told me about this site and I'm working on it all. 

Nigeria is high fraud and a hard consulate.

 


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

 

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Have you met before, or are you getting married on a first time meeting?  How long have you known each other?  Does your family and his family support the relationship and marriage?  These are questions that are important and you will likely need to answer at the interview. 

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Not necessary to have family...However my husband's family was in attendance for our wedding when we got married in Nigeria..Nigeria is a high fraud country, but not having your family there has nothing to do with nothing but if his family attend, you will be fine..Nigeria used to be a very difficult embassy, but these days they are having more approvals...CO didn't seem to have a problem with my family not being there and we were approved...Just be sure to have other credible evidence such as lots of face time in person and other good quality evidence...

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No this isnt the first time we are meeting in person. His family loves me and I communicate with them on a regular. I speak, video chat, and message every day with him. It's been almost a year. All his family will be at this wedding. We plan on doing an elaborate wedding in a year after he comes to US and have memebers of my family too 

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