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My current fiance said that she heard that US immigration doesn't like it if you met online initially...I'm trying to wrap my head around that because she lives across the world, how else would we have initially started talking? Of course, we have met in person since then and I'm going to her country soon to see her again, but, why would immigration dislike us having started talking online?

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There are a lot of people looking to get a green card in any way possible and the internet has opened up even more ways for them to scam US citizens. I would imagine that US immigration doesn't like cases where it seems like the beneficiary was scouting out people online just so they could get into the US. But if your relationship is real and you have spent time in person, it's not like they're judging you for meeting online. Just looking for fraud.

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They may or may not 'like' it, but meeting online isn't a significant impediment to get a fiance or spouse visa; it's extremely common, and will not be a reason for denial.

 

Things that are sort of connected to meeting online that can be problems

- Failure to either prove where you met online is not an international marriage broker or document that all US regulations for international marriage brokers were followed

- Little time together in-person (particularly with beneficiaries from high-fraud countries)


NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16

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Work

 

Tourism

 

You originally came from that country.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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1 hour ago, Bjh said:

My current fiance said that she heard that US immigration doesn't like it if you met online initially...I'm trying to wrap my head around that because she lives across the world, how else would we have initially started talking? Of course, we have met in person since then and I'm going to her country soon to see her again, but, why would immigration dislike us having started talking online?

I wouldn't say that they don't like it.  As others have said they really don't care.  But as to will they make it an issue really depends on which country you are applying from.  It won't be a reason of denial but could very well be an issue brought up by the CO.  It has been by others.   In our interview even though it was not brought up as an issue during our interview it was point number one in our NOIR.  The NOIR did not elaborate as to why it was an issue just that we met that way.  Now this was not the sole reason they returned the case as there were other things in the letter.  

If the CO wants to find reasons to return your case it could very well be one of them.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Bjh said:

My current fiance said that she heard that US immigration doesn't like it if you met online initially...I'm trying to wrap my head around that because she lives across the world, how else would we have initially started talking? Of course, we have met in person since then and I'm going to her country soon to see her again, but, why would immigration dislike us having started talking online?

Gshe simply needs to stop listening to whomever she heard this from


YMMV

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2 hours ago, Rich817! said:

I don't believe that, they be out of business other wise...

Public services operate with or without "business".

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

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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even people both living nearby meet online in dating apps as it is a lot safer than inviting a stranger to come to your house 

online we get to block and delete unwanted people

 

but we met in person when i volunteed to work a month in morocco (one time one night for dinner at his aunt's house)

later met in Paris when i was stuck in an ice storm in the airport with no french money,  no ATM because of the storm

and he and his brother bought me food

 

so people from far away can meet without online dating site

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Meeting online is not an issue. Many, if not most of us did, through various forms. 

 

Proving a legitimate and bonafide relationship is a different story. 


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)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

 

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20 minutes ago, adil-rafa said:

 

 

so people from far away can meet without online dating site

Agreed.   Fiancee Visa has been around since the seventies before computers or online were a twinkle in anyone's eyes


YMMV

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2 hours ago, NuestraUnion said:

Because it is not true.

 

Here is a bit of advice. You will have to brace yourself and start taking things you hear from people who are not professionals with a grain of salt. Now that you are involved in immigration you are going to keep hear ridiculous rumors, stories, and theories.

 

I swear I heard some of the most stupidest things in regards to immigration going through this journey with my now wife. Some of which made me question the intelligence of the people who told us.

No, they would rather you meet in a bar!

or it's a relative!

Does that sound better?

 

As Nuestra said, there is a lot of stupid stuff, that is either taken out of context or is plain wrong.

 

It's how most people meet all over the world today.

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Thread is moved from the K-1 Process forum to General Immigration Discussion -- topic is not specific to K-1.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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