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Hey all! I just received my K1 visa in hand and will be flying off to US in about a months time. Can anyone let me know on what important documents I need to bring with me over there to adjust status? I am going to get married within a month of arriving and will submit my documents after that. Thanks!


K1 VISA

9 May 2018 - Received Date for NOA1

3 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (on I-797)

5 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (USCIS website)

16 November 2018 - Received I-797 physical letter from USCIS

26 November 2018 - NVC received petition

8 December 2018 - Case Number Received!

26 December 2018 - In Transit

3 Jan 2019 - Case received by US Embassy Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - Packet 3 received!

23 Jan 2019 - Received Interview date 

30 Jan 2019 - Interview date and passed!

31 Jan 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Ready" to "Application Received"

1 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Application Received" to "Administrative Processing"

4 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Administrative Processing" to "Issued"

5 Feb 2019 - Received e-mail/SMS to pick passport up

7 Feb 2019 - Visa and Package to be surrendered to US Immigration in hand

 

I've documented my experienced in my blog :) :

How I got my K1 Petition Approved (NOA1 - NOA2) - https://lifeofevesan.com/how-i-file-my-k1-visa-and-got-my-noa1-approved/ (I got a template that you can follow, read up for more information!)

Steps to take after you get K1 Petition Approved (NOA2 - NVC) - https://lifeofevesan.com/next-steps-after-my-usa-k1-fiance-visa-petition-approval/

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1 hour ago, tiggermuffin said:

Hey all! I just received my K1 visa in hand and will be flying off to US in about a months time. Can anyone let me know on what important documents I need to bring with me over there to adjust status? I am going to get married within a month of arriving and will submit my documents after that. Thanks!

The medical exam paperwork, so you don't have to get it done again hopefully.  

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Extra copies of birth certificates. 

 

If you hadn't come before on F1 I would say personal care items.  It took Mary time to find brands here she liked. 


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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~~Moved to AOS Family K1/K3, from K1 P&P as this is no longer a K1 processing question.~~


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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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Birth Certificate AND Translation. Preferably notarized (never know what you'll need in the future).

Old Driver's Licence 

Once you close up you bank accounts, if you can get to keep any Credit card, or debit card, have one with you, helps when trying to add to your USC account. 

Overall paperwork that you will need here. Diplomas, certificates etc. 
DS-3025 from medical is very very important if you want to save time and money for AoS.
You're moving to another country, so EVERYTHING you've got official, get it translated at least without notarization.

Pretty much that's about it. Just when You come here, plan ahead few steps. Marriage, AoS, Affidavit of Support, EAD, AP. Start gathering and putting those together early, because it WILL take more time than to file I-129f.

Don't rush it, have a checklist on a piece of paper when putting AoS together. And when you're done and about to send, one of you goes thru the list, other confirms that documents are present.
Other than that, really there is nothing to add. Plan 6months without work. 
 

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10 hours ago, PaulMac said:

Birth Certificate AND Translation. Preferably notarized (never know what you'll need in the future).

Old Driver's Licence 

Once you close up you bank accounts, if you can get to keep any Credit card, or debit card, have one with you, helps when trying to add to your USC account. 

Overall paperwork that you will need here. Diplomas, certificates etc. 
DS-3025 from medical is very very important if you want to save time and money for AoS.
You're moving to another country, so EVERYTHING you've got official, get it translated at least without notarization.

Pretty much that's about it. Just when You come here, plan ahead few steps. Marriage, AoS, Affidavit of Support, EAD, AP. Start gathering and putting those together early, because it WILL take more time than to file I-129f.

Don't rush it, have a checklist on a piece of paper when putting AoS together. And when you're done and about to send, one of you goes thru the list, other confirms that documents are present.
Other than that, really there is nothing to add. Plan 6months without work. 
 

Sound advice. Do you happen to have a checklist I might be able to use?


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K1

NOA1: May 10th 2018

NOA2: October 30th 2018

NVC Received: November 30th 2018

Embassy Received: December 27th 2018

Medical: January 14th 2019

Interview: January 22nd 2019 (Approved subject to medical approval)

Medical approved and sent to the embassy: 24th January 2019

Visa in Hand: February 1st 2019

AOS / EAD / AP + OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS (WHICH MAY BE USEFUL TO KNOW)

POE: New York (JFK) February 6th 2019

SSN: Applied in SS Office on February 7th (New Haven)

Wedding: February 14th ❤

SSN Card received: February 20th

Marriage certificate received: February 21st

Passed Driving test theory (CT): February 21st

Opened first bank account (CT): February 21st

Attended 8 hour driver safety course (CT): February 23rd

AOS / AP / EAD Filed: 

NOA1: 
 

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On 2/11/2019 at 12:08 AM, myjourney2018 said:

The medical exam paperwork, so you don't have to get it done again hopefully.  

For the medical exam paperwork, i was given a soft copy from my medical in my home country is that the one that i can use for aos?


K1 VISA

9 May 2018 - Received Date for NOA1

3 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (on I-797)

5 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (USCIS website)

16 November 2018 - Received I-797 physical letter from USCIS

26 November 2018 - NVC received petition

8 December 2018 - Case Number Received!

26 December 2018 - In Transit

3 Jan 2019 - Case received by US Embassy Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - Packet 3 received!

23 Jan 2019 - Received Interview date 

30 Jan 2019 - Interview date and passed!

31 Jan 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Ready" to "Application Received"

1 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Application Received" to "Administrative Processing"

4 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Administrative Processing" to "Issued"

5 Feb 2019 - Received e-mail/SMS to pick passport up

7 Feb 2019 - Visa and Package to be surrendered to US Immigration in hand

 

I've documented my experienced in my blog :) :

How I got my K1 Petition Approved (NOA1 - NOA2) - https://lifeofevesan.com/how-i-file-my-k1-visa-and-got-my-noa1-approved/ (I got a template that you can follow, read up for more information!)

Steps to take after you get K1 Petition Approved (NOA2 - NVC) - https://lifeofevesan.com/next-steps-after-my-usa-k1-fiance-visa-petition-approval/

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13 hours ago, PaulMac said:

Birth Certificate AND Translation. Preferably notarized (never know what you'll need in the future).

Old Driver's Licence 

Once you close up you bank accounts, if you can get to keep any Credit card, or debit card, have one with you, helps when trying to add to your USC account. 

Overall paperwork that you will need here. Diplomas, certificates etc. 
DS-3025 from medical is very very important if you want to save time and money for AoS.
You're moving to another country, so EVERYTHING you've got official, get it translated at least without notarization.

Pretty much that's about it. Just when You come here, plan ahead few steps. Marriage, AoS, Affidavit of Support, EAD, AP. Start gathering and putting those together early, because it WILL take more time than to file I-129f.

Don't rush it, have a checklist on a piece of paper when putting AoS together. And when you're done and about to send, one of you goes thru the list, other confirms that documents are present.
Other than that, really there is nothing to add. Plan 6months without work. 
 

Thanks so much for this this is super helpful! Just a question, do i have to do medical again when i land in the us for paperwork?


K1 VISA

9 May 2018 - Received Date for NOA1

3 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (on I-797)

5 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (USCIS website)

16 November 2018 - Received I-797 physical letter from USCIS

26 November 2018 - NVC received petition

8 December 2018 - Case Number Received!

26 December 2018 - In Transit

3 Jan 2019 - Case received by US Embassy Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - Packet 3 received!

23 Jan 2019 - Received Interview date 

30 Jan 2019 - Interview date and passed!

31 Jan 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Ready" to "Application Received"

1 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Application Received" to "Administrative Processing"

4 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Administrative Processing" to "Issued"

5 Feb 2019 - Received e-mail/SMS to pick passport up

7 Feb 2019 - Visa and Package to be surrendered to US Immigration in hand

 

I've documented my experienced in my blog :) :

How I got my K1 Petition Approved (NOA1 - NOA2) - https://lifeofevesan.com/how-i-file-my-k1-visa-and-got-my-noa1-approved/ (I got a template that you can follow, read up for more information!)

Steps to take after you get K1 Petition Approved (NOA2 - NVC) - https://lifeofevesan.com/next-steps-after-my-usa-k1-fiance-visa-petition-approval/

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10 hours ago, tiggermuffin said:

Thanks so much for this this is super helpful! Just a question, do i have to do medical again when i land in the us for paperwork?

If you have a DS-3025 marked complete when you did the medical in Your country, then not. If it's marked not complete, then you'll need to get missing shots and get civil surgeon to fill out i693. Which will cost additionally. That's why it's always advised to get a FULL medical done, including shots before embassy. Look at that paper that the doctor gave you after medical, at the bottom left it should say whether it's complete or not. 

12 hours ago, DJClaire said:

Sound advice. Do you happen to have a checklist I might be able to use?

There are guides here, on VJ. Mostly follow that.

1. SSN

2. Marriage

3. Change name on SSN after marriage

4. AOS, AP, EAD.

5. Biometrics

6....

7. Profit lol

I gave you in previous reply almost whole information what will follow and what's needed. Be vary and read requirements, double and triple check before sending out paperwork, and make sure the check is for correct amount.

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3 hours ago, PaulMac said:

If you have a DS-3025 marked complete when you did the medical in Your country, then not. If it's marked not complete, then you'll need to get missing shots and get civil surgeon to fill out i693. Which will cost additionally. That's why it's always advised to get a FULL medical done, including shots before embassy. Look at that paper that the doctor gave you after medical, at the bottom left it should say whether it's complete or not. 

There are guides here, on VJ. Mostly follow that.

1. SSN

2. Marriage

3. Change name on SSN after marriage

4. AOS, AP, EAD.

5. Biometrics

6....

7. Profit lol

I gave you in previous reply almost whole information what will follow and what's needed. Be vary and read requirements, double and triple check before sending out paperwork, and make sure the check is for correct amount.

Yes I just checked the medical documrnt that the clinice sent me a month ago and I just realised that was the DS-3025 haha. There's no check box which says 'complete' but they checked  the box that states 'K Visa applicant voluntarily completed vaccination requirements' does this mean that I have all my vaccinations that I need?


K1 VISA

9 May 2018 - Received Date for NOA1

3 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (on I-797)

5 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (USCIS website)

16 November 2018 - Received I-797 physical letter from USCIS

26 November 2018 - NVC received petition

8 December 2018 - Case Number Received!

26 December 2018 - In Transit

3 Jan 2019 - Case received by US Embassy Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - Packet 3 received!

23 Jan 2019 - Received Interview date 

30 Jan 2019 - Interview date and passed!

31 Jan 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Ready" to "Application Received"

1 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Application Received" to "Administrative Processing"

4 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Administrative Processing" to "Issued"

5 Feb 2019 - Received e-mail/SMS to pick passport up

7 Feb 2019 - Visa and Package to be surrendered to US Immigration in hand

 

I've documented my experienced in my blog :) :

How I got my K1 Petition Approved (NOA1 - NOA2) - https://lifeofevesan.com/how-i-file-my-k1-visa-and-got-my-noa1-approved/ (I got a template that you can follow, read up for more information!)

Steps to take after you get K1 Petition Approved (NOA2 - NVC) - https://lifeofevesan.com/next-steps-after-my-usa-k1-fiance-visa-petition-approval/

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11 minutes ago, tiggermuffin said:

Yes I just checked the medical documrnt that the clinice sent me a month ago and I just realised that was the DS-3025 haha. There's no check box which says 'complete' but they checked  the box that states 'K Visa applicant voluntarily completed vaccination requirements' does this mean that I have all my vaccinations that I need?

Can you add a scan of that portion?

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Attached is a screenshot. Also, they only put in the dates for the following vaccines:

- TDaP

- MMR

- Varicella

- Influenza

 

Do I need to go to a USCIS doctor in the US to get the rest of the vaccines documented? I kept the certificates of the vaccines for the others.

Screenshot_20190213-001145_Drive.jpg


K1 VISA

9 May 2018 - Received Date for NOA1

3 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (on I-797)

5 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (USCIS website)

16 November 2018 - Received I-797 physical letter from USCIS

26 November 2018 - NVC received petition

8 December 2018 - Case Number Received!

26 December 2018 - In Transit

3 Jan 2019 - Case received by US Embassy Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - Packet 3 received!

23 Jan 2019 - Received Interview date 

30 Jan 2019 - Interview date and passed!

31 Jan 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Ready" to "Application Received"

1 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Application Received" to "Administrative Processing"

4 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Administrative Processing" to "Issued"

5 Feb 2019 - Received e-mail/SMS to pick passport up

7 Feb 2019 - Visa and Package to be surrendered to US Immigration in hand

 

I've documented my experienced in my blog :) :

How I got my K1 Petition Approved (NOA1 - NOA2) - https://lifeofevesan.com/how-i-file-my-k1-visa-and-got-my-noa1-approved/ (I got a template that you can follow, read up for more information!)

Steps to take after you get K1 Petition Approved (NOA2 - NVC) - https://lifeofevesan.com/next-steps-after-my-usa-k1-fiance-visa-petition-approval/

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20 hours ago, tiggermuffin said:

Attached is a screenshot. Also, they only put in the dates for the following vaccines:

- TDaP

- MMR

- Varicella

- Influenza

 

Do I need to go to a USCIS doctor in the US to get the rest of the vaccines documented? I kept the certificates of the vaccines for the others.

Screenshot_20190213-001145_Drive.jpg

Unfortunately, yes. IF your medical is fully and you've got all the vaccines needed, it would've marked as "Immigrant visa or parolee applicant completed vaccination requirements", as that's what you're going to be when applying for AoS, an Immigrant. I 'm not 100% on that, but that's what ours was marked with.

You'll need to find a USCIS approved civil surgeon that will sign off the i693 for you without full medical. What shots were you missing? It's difficult to find one that won't want to do a full medical all over cause they want that easy $$$, but some will do, you just gotta shop around. 

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20 minutes ago, PaulMac said:

Unfortunately, yes. IF your medical is fully and you've got all the vaccines needed, it would've marked as "Immigrant visa or parolee applicant completed vaccination requirements", as that's what you're going to be when applying for AoS, an Immigrant. I 'm not 100% on that, but that's what ours was marked with.

You'll need to find a USCIS approved civil surgeon that will sign off the i693 for you without full medical. What shots were you missing? It's difficult to find one that won't want to do a full medical all over cause they want that easy $$$, but some will do, you just gotta shop around. 

Yes, they marked mind as "Immigrant visa or parolee applicant completed vaccination requirements". I have all my shots certificate needed, just that on my DS-3025 they only put the dates for the 4 vaccines mentioned above. What checkbox did your physician put?


K1 VISA

9 May 2018 - Received Date for NOA1

3 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (on I-797)

5 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (USCIS website)

16 November 2018 - Received I-797 physical letter from USCIS

26 November 2018 - NVC received petition

8 December 2018 - Case Number Received!

26 December 2018 - In Transit

3 Jan 2019 - Case received by US Embassy Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - Packet 3 received!

23 Jan 2019 - Received Interview date 

30 Jan 2019 - Interview date and passed!

31 Jan 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Ready" to "Application Received"

1 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Application Received" to "Administrative Processing"

4 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Administrative Processing" to "Issued"

5 Feb 2019 - Received e-mail/SMS to pick passport up

7 Feb 2019 - Visa and Package to be surrendered to US Immigration in hand

 

I've documented my experienced in my blog :) :

How I got my K1 Petition Approved (NOA1 - NOA2) - https://lifeofevesan.com/how-i-file-my-k1-visa-and-got-my-noa1-approved/ (I got a template that you can follow, read up for more information!)

Steps to take after you get K1 Petition Approved (NOA2 - NVC) - https://lifeofevesan.com/next-steps-after-my-usa-k1-fiance-visa-petition-approval/

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