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Question in terms of timing on a wedding venue.  When do /did people put deposits down?  Did you wait until you get formally approved after the interview?  Do you guess 10months out?

 

Just wanting to plan and be proactive

 

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Everyone will say not to plan anything until visa is in hand. You never know how your interview will go. I thought mine was going to be smooth sailing but ending up on AP for information verification since Sept. 19. I’ve been on AP for almost 2 months now and still waiting. My wedding date was for Nov.1st, I didn’t plan anything big so it didn’t really affect me, but for people who are renting venues, sending out invites and all that just be mindful that you literally cannot guess/ will not know anything until day of interview. This process is so unpredictable.

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2 minutes ago, gsdc23 said:

Everyone will say not to plan anything until visa is in hand. You never know how your interview will go. I thought mine was going to be smooth sailing but ending up on AP for information verification since Sept. 19. I’ve been on AP for almost 2 months now and still waiting. My wedding date was for Nov.1st, I didn’t plan anything big so it didn’t really affect me, but for people who are renting venues, sending out invites and all that just be mindful that you literally cannot guess/ will not know anything until day of interview. This process is so unpredictable.

This!  When your visa is in hand!


K1 Visa                                                                 Adjustment of Status                                                             ROC

Service Center : California Service Center                        CIS Office : Kansas City MO Service Center                           California Service Center

Consulate : Bucharest, Romania

I-129F Sent : 2011-11-18                                 Date Filed : 2012-09-04 Date                            Filed: 2015-05-26

I-129F NOA1 : 2011-11-23                                      NOA Date : 2012-09-06                                                             NOA1 Date: 2015-05-28

I-129F RFE(s) : none                                              RFE(s) : NONE                                              RFE(s): NONE

I-129F NOA2 : 2012-04-12                                                 Bio. Appt. : 2012-10-03                                                              BIO. Appt.: 2015-09-15

NVC Received : 2012-04-26

NVC Left : 2012-05-10                                           EAD/AP Approved : 2012-11-08                             ROC APPROVED:2015-10-26      

Consulate Received : 2012-05-14                               EAD/AP Card Received : 2012-11-17                         Green card Received: 2015-11-04    

Packet 3 Received : 2012-05-17                                          Green card Approved : 2013-07-08                        NO INTERVIEW

Packet 3 Sent : 2012-05-20                                                    NO INTERVIEW

Interview Date : 2012-06-26                                                 Green Card Received : 2013-07-15

Interview Result : Approved                                                 

Visa Received : 2012-06-26                                                   

US Entry : 2012-07-05

Marriage : 2012-08-24

 

N-400 Naturalization:

04/25/2016 N-400 sent to USCIS AZ courier address thru FedEx

05/04/2106 NOA I-797 Receipt Notice Date
05/27/2016 Fingerprints Bio-metrics appointment date
06/08/2016 E-notification of interview scheduling
06/13/2016 Received official letter regarding interview
07/18/2016 Date of Interview
08/11/2016 Date Oath Ceremony
Field Office: Kansas City, MO

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Don't make any plans until you have the visa in your passport.


AOS timeline

02/21/17 Sent AOS, EAD and AP to the USCIS Lockbox Facility in Chicago via UPS

02/24/17 USCIS received the application

03/14/17 Check was cashed

03/15/17 received NOA1s as text messages and emails( notice date is 03/13/17)

03/21/17 NOA1 hardcopies received in the mail

03/30/17 Biometrics Appointment letter received in the mail

04/11/17 Biometrics appointment

05/07/17 Day 75 -> called USCIS about my EAD/AP status: service request was made; my I-485 is still in the normal time frame

06/01/17 Day 100 since sending AOS to USCIS Chicago Lockbox

06/08/17 Day 107 -> new EAD status: New Card Is Being Produced( No RFE or RFIE)

06/12/17 Received NOA2 Approval Notice for EAD and AP in the mail

06/13/17 New EAD status: Card Was Mailed To Me

06/17/17 Day 116 -> Received EAD/AP combo card in the mail

10/18/17 Day 240 -> Green Card is being produced (no interview)

10/20/17 Day 242 -> Card Was Mailed To Me; Welcome To the United States-letter  was in the mail

10/25/17 Day 247 -> USPS couldn't deliver Green Card due to insufficient address; the mailman was too lazy to leave the letter on the porch

11/14/17  Day 267 -> Appointment at the USCIS Atlanta Field Office to request that USCIS resent my Green Card

11/15/17 Day 268 ->  Called USCIS and talked to an Tier 2 Immigration Officer: My Green Card will be resend to me

12/11/17 Day 294 -> Received a letter from USCIS saying that my Green Card will be resend within the next 30 days

01/09/18 Day 323 -> Filed a paperwork called DHS-7001 in order to talk to a USCIS Ombudsman about USCIS resending my Green Card

03/23/18                 -> My Green Card got finally delivered! :)

07/15/19                  -> File for ROC

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Sides, can always do a court house wedding then plan for a larger ceremony afterwards. Don't do it before visa in hand.


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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Option 1: Plan what you can but don't put anything down until the visa is in hand. (Highly preferred)

Option 2: Try to plan a date but ensure the location and services can be rescheduled.

Option 3: Try to plan a date and risk missing it. Very not advisable, but it's your money at risk.


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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Great advice.  I wasnt sure if it was more compelling of evidence to have a deposit down.  I would prefer NOT to lose money on a venue due to date delay, but want to ensure we have the best foot forward too.  Thank you all.  

 

We think we will probably do a courthouse type thing in USA and do a big wedding in Jamaica so both our families can attend.  That is very important to both of us

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1 hour ago, gsdc23 said:

Everyone will say not to plan anything until visa is in hand. You never know how your interview will go. I thought mine was going to be smooth sailing but ending up on AP for information verification since Sept. 19. I’ve been on AP for almost 2 months now and still waiting. My wedding date was for Nov.1st, I didn’t plan anything big so it didn’t really affect me, but for people who are renting venues, sending out invites and all that just be mindful that you literally cannot guess/ will not know anything until day of interview. This process is so unpredictable.

do you mind sharing what they needed?

 

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12 minutes ago, Sabrina02 said:

do you mind sharing what they needed?

 

I had my fiancé’s divorce documents translated by ASAPTranslate and the company made the tiniest error on his finalized divorce date & they caught it at the embassy stage. They put (8/30/2015 instead of 8/31/2015) off by one day. Since false documents are such a huge thing in Haiti they wanted to verify that the divorce was official & which date was accurate, even though my fiancé bought every official document showing that all the dates matched the divorce decree I provided to USCIS, they still wanted to check things on their end. So they gave us a 221g form & asked my fiancé to submit further confirmation of his divorce along with his passport, we provided them with the actual judgment paper from the judge & publicized it through the Haitian newspaper (it’s a thing they do out there to further confirm divorces) & we’ve been on AP since waiting for a decision. 

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27 minutes ago, gsdc23 said:

I had my fiancé’s divorce documents translated by ASAPTranslate and the company made the tiniest error on his finalized divorce date & they caught it at the embassy stage. They put (8/30/2015 instead of 8/31/2015) off by one day. Since false documents are such a huge thing in Haiti they wanted to verify that the divorce was official & which date was accurate, even though my fiancé bought every official document showing that all the dates matched the divorce decree I provided to USCIS, they still wanted to check things on their end. So they gave us a 221g form & asked my fiancé to submit further confirmation of his divorce along with his passport, we provided them with the actual judgment paper from the judge & publicized it through the Haitian newspaper (it’s a thing they do out there to further confirm divorces) & we’ve been on AP since waiting for a decision. 

They just mean to be horrible. So sorry to hear. Can you call and tell them its submitted? Best of luck with the other steps.

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Met Playing Everquest in 2005
Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
AOS X5
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Citizenship
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS

 

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2 hours ago, Sabrina02 said:

They just mean to be horrible. So sorry to hear. Can you call and tell them its submitted? Best of luck with the other steps.

I emailed them and they informed me that the documents were received, added to my file and that my case is under review with a CO. I just think they’re taking their sweet time, but I’m practicing my patience. Thank you very much; I wish you luck in your journey as well. 

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17 hours ago, fluffykim said:

Great advice.  I wasnt sure if it was more compelling of evidence to have a deposit down.  I would prefer NOT to lose money on a venue due to date delay, but want to ensure we have the best foot forward too.  Thank you all.  

 

We think we will probably do a courthouse type thing in USA and do a big wedding in Jamaica so both our families can attend.  That is very important to both of us

Just make sure you don’t go back to Jamaica and do the big wedding until your fiancé/husband has either AP or his greencard. If he leaves during the AOS process without AP he cannot come back unless you start all over with a CR1 visa


K-1 VISA

I129F Sent: 08/23/2017

NOA 1: 08/25/2017

NOA 2: 02/27/2018

NVC Received: 03/14/2018

NVC Case #: 03/15/2018

NVC Left: 03/24/2018

Embassy Received: 03/28/2018

Medical: 05/08/2018

Interview: 05/15/2018 

Visa issued: 05/18/2018

Visa received: 05/23/2018 

 

AOS

POE: 06/07/2018

SSN applied: 06/12/2018

SSN received: 06/28/2018

AOS Sent: 07/27/2018

Biometrics: 08/23/2018

Interview: 10/30/2018

Approval: 10/30/2018 

NOA2: 11/05/2018

Green card Received: 11/08/2018

 

 

NO MORE USCIS UNTIL ROC!!!!!😁

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, gsdc23 said:

I had my fiancé’s divorce documents translated by ASAPTranslate and the company made the tiniest error on his finalized divorce date & they caught it at the embassy stage. They put (8/30/2015 instead of 8/31/2015) off by one day. Since false documents are such a huge thing in Haiti they wanted to verify that the divorce was official & which date was accurate, even though my fiancé bought every official document showing that all the dates matched the divorce decree I provided to USCIS, they still wanted to check things on their end. So they gave us a 221g form & asked my fiancé to submit further confirmation of his divorce along with his passport, we provided them with the actual judgment paper from the judge & publicized it through the Haitian newspaper (it’s a thing they do out there to further confirm divorces) & we’ve been on AP since waiting for a decision. 

There is a lesson here for anyone using translators - check, doublecheck and then check again on those translations.   I used a service and the person who translated did such a bad job that I had to send it back multiple times for corrections.  I don't even speak the language they were translating from and even I could see glaring issues.    

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