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Hello,

 

So my fianceé and I filed in June and are awaiting our NOA2. 

Unfortunately we wasn't on any visa websites/groups prior to sending this and since joining VJ and getting somewhat halfway to our NOA2 (fingers crossed) I've started checking through the process that starts after the NOA2 is received, and a lot of people mention taking your copies of the submitted I-129F, however nowhere in the Instructions for compiling the I-129F does it state to copy this.

 

Will me not having copies of the original file submitted will cause any issues at the interview stage? 

 

Thanks for reading! 


Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

 

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2 minutes ago, LukeU said:

Hello,

 

So my fianceé and I filed in June and are awaiting our NOA2. 

Unfortunately we wasn't on any visa websites/groups prior to sending this and since joining VJ and getting somewhat halfway to our NOA2 (fingers crossed) I've started checking through the process that starts after the NOA2 is received, and a lot of people mention taking your copies of the submitted I-129F, however nowhere in the Instructions for compiling the I-129F does it state to copy this.

 

Will me not having copies of the original file submitted will cause any issues at the interview stage? 

 

Thanks for reading! 

 

No.

 

Main reason to keep copies is just to have a copy for your own records. Also, before the interview the CO reviews the petition they got from NVC. That is where a lot of the questions during the interview come from, so for some they like to review the petition and evidence submitted with it. In general it shouldn't be any issue honestly. We didn't keep a copy ourselves.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

03/06/2017 - NOA1's received via text

03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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A copy is not required. It is advised to have it in case anything is lost in all the movement of your case files so you can provide a copy (or reference it) rather than getting a 221g for something you could have just given them at the interview.


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

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

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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42 minutes ago, LukeU said:

Hello,

 

So my fianceé and I filed in June and are awaiting our NOA2. 

Unfortunately we wasn't on any visa websites/groups prior to sending this and since joining VJ and getting somewhat halfway to our NOA2 (fingers crossed) I've started checking through the process that starts after the NOA2 is received, and a lot of people mention taking your copies of the submitted I-129F, however nowhere in the Instructions for compiling the I-129F does it state to copy this.

 

Will me not having copies of the original file submitted will cause any issues at the interview stage? 

 

Thanks for reading! 

No isn't needed ,people just keep copies for their own reference.

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2 hours ago, LukeU said:

Will me not having copies of the original file submitted will cause any issues at the interview stage? 

 

No. In fact London will mail you a copy of the approved petition with your instructions for the London part of the process. Their specific procedure is found on their webpage. Learn the process for your consulate.

https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/applying-for-the-visa/

 

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16 hours ago, Wuozopo said:

 

No. In fact London will mail you a copy of the approved petition with your instructions for the London part of the process. Their specific procedure is found on their webpage. Learn the process for your consulate.

https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/applying-for-the-visa/

 

Thank you! I've definitely read their site but I must've missed the bit regarding receiving a copy of the approved petition. 

 

I'm pretty confident in any/all of the information on there being in my mind as we read it and double checked it that many times before submitting, but there's always room for second guessing yourself.


Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

 

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3 hours ago, LukeU said:

Thank you! I've definitely read their site but I must've missed the bit regarding receiving a copy of the approved petition. 

The embassy website doesn't say a copy of the petition is mailed to the beneficiary. That's something new in the last year or so that has been reported in the UK forum here on Visa Journey.  

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4 minutes ago, Wuozopo said:

The embassy website doesn't say a copy of the petition is mailed to the beneficiary. That's something new in the last year or so that has been reported in the UK forum here on Visa Journey.  

Thank you, that's put my mind at rest a little! As well as hearing the positive reviews regarding the UK embassy. I know we're getting a little ahead of ourselves with a June 14th NOA1 date but still, it passes some time 


Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

 

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2 hours ago, LukeU said:

Thank you, that's put my mind at rest a little! As well as hearing the positive reviews regarding the UK embassy. I know we're getting a little ahead of ourselves with a June 14th NOA1 date but still, it passes some time 

This is a good time to get your shot records and see if you need anything. NHS can be slow to give you a time slot or find your shot records. It's flu season now so find the cheapest flu shot and get documentation. Some GPs won't give them if you're not a child or senior citizen so you will likely have to pay for that. Many need the Td if they haven't had one in 10 years. The other is MMR and if you've got a record of two, then that's done. Having had chickenpox gets you waived for the varicella shot. Since the U.K. doesn't  immunize for chickenpox, most have had the desease. They take your word for it.

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16 hours ago, Wuozopo said:

This is a good time to get your shot records and see if you need anything. NHS can be slow to give you a time slot or find your shot records. It's flu season now so find the cheapest flu shot and get documentation. Some GPs won't give them if you're not a child or senior citizen so you will likely have to pay for that. Many need the Td if they haven't had one in 10 years. The other is MMR and if you've got a record of two, then that's done. Having had chickenpox gets you waived for the varicella shot. Since the U.K. doesn't  immunize for chickenpox, most have had the desease. They take your word for it.

Many thanks, I spoke with my GP and he was pretty nonchalant about it all and just said "Let me know when you know the vaccinations you need and we'll see what we can do". I do have the vaccination record done so it's just to try to decipher it and see what I'm short of when I find the required list and then get booking my jabs. Thank you again. 

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Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

 

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43 minutes ago, LukeU said:

Many thanks, I spoke with my GP and he was pretty nonchalant about it all and just said "Let me know when you know the vaccinations you need and we'll see what we can do". I do have the vaccination record done so it's just to try to decipher it and see what I'm short of when I find the required list and then get booking my jabs. Thank you again. 

If you are over 18 years old, it is the four shots I mentioned above. 

  • Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR) 2 in your life
  • Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (Tdap) or Tetanus/Diptheria (Td) One must be in last 10 years
  • Flu (between Oct 1and Mar 31)
  • Varicalla (waived if you had chickenpox)

 

In the UK, you may have had Polio tacked on to your childhood Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis. It's okay as long as the three required diseases are covered in it. Some read DTP+Polio. 

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33 minutes ago, Wuozopo said:

If you are over 18 years old, it is the four shots I mentioned above. 

  • Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR) 2 in your life
  • Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (Tdap) or Tetanus/Diptheria (Td) One must be in last 10 years
  • Flu (between Oct 1and Mar 31)
  • Varicalla (waived if you had chickenpox)

 

In the UK, you may have had Polio tacked on to your childhood Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis. It's okay as long as the three required diseases are covered in it. Some read DTP+Polio. 

You're great thank you! Flu vaccination booked for this evening now at 5pm (£12 is better than the embassy fee I'm sure) and I'll give my GP a call next week for the Tdap or Td. I never thought I would be happy to have had chickenpox in my life but it turns out in this instance I'm happy that I have.


Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

 

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On 10/9/2018 at 10:33 AM, Ben&Zian said:

 

No.

 

Main reason to keep copies is just to have a copy for your own records. Also, before the interview the CO reviews the petition they got from NVC. That is where a lot of the questions during the interview come from, so for some they like to review the petition and evidence submitted with it. In general it shouldn't be any issue honestly. We didn't keep a copy ourselves.

When we got an email from the embassy that our case was ready for an interview, they  included a copy of the 129F and it had all of the markings from the adjudicator at USCIS, you could see the approval stamp with their signature and their notes up top.    THey basically put a check mark next to every single question I had answered on the original application. Also had a note up top which said 1st k1.

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1 hour ago, GP1977 said:

When we got an email from the embassy that our case was ready for an interview, they  included a copy of the 129F and it had all of the markings from the adjudicator at USCIS, you could see the approval stamp with their signature and their notes up top.    THey basically put a check mark next to every single question I had answered on the original application. Also had a note up top which said 1st k1.

Thank you, that's definitely nice to read. Now just to keep counting down the days, 119 already! 


Met while I was on holiday:  11/01/2017

Agreed that we were an item: 11/09/2017

She said yes: 04/06/2018

Filed I129f: 06/09/2018

NOA1 dated: 06/14/2018

NOA2 dated: 11/29/2018

 

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