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Hello

 

I saw a thread earlier today about being denied due to sending engagement ceremony photos and having them mistaken for a wedding by the embassy. Has anyone experienced this problem in Thailand's embassy? I am starting to worry because i sent our engagement ceremony photos with our i-129f  but maybe im thinking to much.

 

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8 minutes ago, Nick27 said:

Hello

 

I saw a thread earlier today about being denied due to sending engagement ceremony photos and having them mistaken for a wedding by the embassy. Has anyone experienced this problem in Thailand's embassy? I am starting to worry because i sent our engagement ceremony photos with our i-129f  but maybe im thinking to much.

 

Thank you for any replies

 

These are mostly stories from MENA and some other countries, but, I have heard of one from Thailand for being denied because of it. Essentially the embassy sees you as "too married" for a K-1 but not married enough for a CR-1. Was it a formal celebration type party of local customs and all or? Being if just normal street clothes and some friends and family, might not be an issue, but if fancy or custom type cultural clothing, then may have an issue.

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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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2 minutes ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

These are mostly stories from MENA and some other countries, but, I have heard of one from Thailand for being denied because of it. Essentially the embassy sees you as "too married" for a K-1 but not married enough for a CR-1. Was it a formal celebration type party of local customs and all or? Being if just normal street clothes and some friends and family, might not be an issue, but if fancy or custom type cultural clothing, then may have an issue.

It was formal at a temple and we exchanged rings in the photos as part of their custom. But it wasnt in cultural clothes.Thank you for your response I appreciate it.

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1 minute ago, Nick27 said:

It was formal at a temple and we exchanged rings in the photos as part of their custom.

 

Yea that may cause some issues. The more local, or traditional ceremonies are the ones that bring about the most problems for people later on. Now, that being said, doesn't mean it will happen as in getting denied because of it, unfortunately won't know until embassy level down the road. Not sure what you can do to 'counter' this with the embassy other than perhaps some form of sworn affidavits from the family about it just being an engagement party. It's really an unknown but we always advise against such customs and all just because of the chance of getting a denial as you have seen in another thread already.


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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1 minute ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

Yea that may cause some issues. The more local, or traditional ceremonies are the ones that bring about the most problems for people later on. Now, that being said, doesn't mean it will happen as in getting denied because of it, unfortunately won't know until embassy level down the road. Not sure what you can do to 'counter' this with the embassy other than perhaps some form of sworn affidavits from the family about it just being an engagement party. It's really an unknown but we always advise against such customs and all just because of the chance of getting a denial as you have seen in another thread already.

Ok I will look into getting the sworn affidavit. Thank you for your help good luck everyone

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It's not common to happen at most embassies, but can happen anywhere. I've seen it with MENA countries, "western" countries, Asia, etc.\

Hopefully they understand it's not a wedding. What's done is done, though...no way to know for certain what the IO or CO will determine.


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

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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21 minutes ago, geowrian said:

It's not common to happen at most embassies, but can happen anywhere. I've seen it with MENA countries, "western" countries, Asia, etc.\

Hopefully they understand it's not a wedding. What's done is done, though...no way to know for certain what the IO or CO will determine.

yes 😟 i wish i found this website way sooner then last month. I followed a book by nolo but it seems now that it can give bad advice sometimes. I appreciate the community here alot you guys are wonderful.

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4 minutes ago, Nick27 said:

yes 😟 i wish i found this website way sooner then last month. I followed a book by nolo but it seems now that it can give bad advice sometimes. I appreciate the community here alot you guys are wonderful.

Bets wishes. Please keep the thread updated too. :)


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

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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