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What to do while waiting for the NOA2

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I'm from the UK too! For us, we booked a couple of trips around Europe, Canada and the US whilst waiting which was the best. I loved Canada! It was helpful to us as it was exciting travelling and we knew we'd see each other every 10-12 weeks. I know for some that its not always possible but it broke the time up in chunks. Other than that, we just had to wait and there's no way getting around that. I also found solace from my filing months thread on VJ. 

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You go on with your life, your daily life has no impact on the chances of getting a visa.


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2 minutes ago, jakejon said:

I'm from the UK too! For us, we booked couple of trips around Europe, Canada and the US whilst waiting which was the best. I loved Canada! It was helpful to us as it was exciting travelling and we knew we'd see each other every 10-12 weeks. I know for some that its not always possible. But it broke the time up in chunks. Other than that, we just had to wait and there's no way getting around that. I also found solace from my filing months thread on VJ. 

Thank you! That is a great idea. 

I would love to go to visit my fiancee in the US but I've heard that it is really unlikely that I would get a visitor's visa to go over there since we have filed for the K1 visa. They might think that I'm trying to shortcut the process.

How did you manage to go travelling in the U.S.?

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9 minutes ago, Ella and James said:

Thank you! That is a great idea. 

I would love to go to visit my fiancee in the US but I've heard that it is really unlikely that I would get a visitor's visa to go over there since we have filed for the K1 visa. They might think that I'm trying to shortcut the process.

How did you manage to go travelling in the U.S.?

I'm from N Ireland. I used preclearance in Dublin. You get super cheap flights from there and your all done with immigration there. Plenty of people have used preclearance! I had no problems-I think the officer didn't wanna speak to me much LOL. He was rushing me through! 

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Just now, Ella and James said:

Do you reckon that having a job will make the Consulate Officer more convinced that I won't become a public charge?

It is your life over there, the public charge is in the States. Your fiance has to prove income for support anyways. 


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13 minutes ago, Ella and James said:

I finished college last year and don't know if getting a job will help my chances of getting a visa.

What does everyone else do while waiting for the NOA2? 

If you are the petitioner then YES getting a job will certainty increase the likelihood of getting a visa. You must show income that you can support your family size. It's part of the process supported by the I-134 and tax and income statements.


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30 minutes ago, jakejon said:

I'm from N Ireland. I used preclearance in Dublin. You get super cheap flights from there and your all done with immigration there. Plenty of people have used preclearance! I had no problems-I think the officer didn't wanna speak to me much LOL. He was rushing me through! 

Did you use a visa or visa waiver? And did you have strong ties to Northern Ireland, for example, a job, bills to pay, a car, which would show that you were for definite going to come back to NI? Thank you 🙂

P.S. I also went to Dublin's Preclearance once but they denied me entry. 😞

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31 minutes ago, Greenbaum said:

If you are the petitioner then YES getting a job will certainty increase the likelihood of getting a visa. You must show income that you can support your family size. It's part of the process supported by the I-134 and tax and income statements.

I am the beneficiary. :)

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I used my ESTA. I took pay slips (6 weeks I think as I was paid weekly), a letter from my employer showing I was a FT Manager,  and that she approved my time off with the dates etc, took NOA1 from K1, itinerary, and few bank statements. I think that was it. Was never asked for any of it but always good to take with you I guess 

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My fiancé who lives in England visited me four times before we filed the K1 and once since. He has used his ESTA without any problems (out of Heathrow) and the worst grilling he's received when he landed here was when they asked him how we met and wanted to see proof of his return flight back to England. Honestly I think I've been questioned a lot more than him almost every time I've landed at Heathrow lol.  


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24 minutes ago, Mrs. M said:

My fiancé who lives in England visited me four times before we filed the K1 and once since. He has used his ESTA without any problems (out of Heathrow) and the worst grilling he's received when he landed here was when they asked him how we met and wanted to see proof of his return flight back to England. Honestly I think I've been questioned a lot more than him almost every time I've landed at Heathrow lol.  

Did he have a job too, which showed his ties to England? 

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