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I've posted here a few times, but I end up with more questions every time. We're getting married in September and he will then return home to Canda so we can start the CR-1 process. I'm truly wondering if we absolutely NEED to have assistance (whether that be an immigration lawyer or a website like Rapid Visa) or if we will be OK on our own. It's pretty costly to get help, but I've seen plenty of people say that they just did their research and did it all on their own.

 

Do we need assistance? Is it worth the extra money?

 

I have seen some people say that they've used a lawyer if they had a complicated case, but neither of us has any criminal background, no previous marriages, or anything like that. I'd love to be able to save a little bit of money, so I just want to know everyone else's experiences with filing.


January 13th, 2017: The First Day

May 8th, 2018: The "Yes" Day

September 15th, 2019: The Best Day

CR-1: TBD

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8 minutes ago, adventuresoftheg said:

I've posted here a few times, but I end up with more questions every time. We're getting married in September and he will then return home to Canda so we can start the CR-1 process. I'm truly wondering if we absolutely NEED to have assistance (whether that be an immigration lawyer or a website like Rapid Visa) or if we will be OK on our own. It's pretty costly to get help, but I've seen plenty of people say that they just did their research and did it all on their own.

 

Do we need assistance? Is it worth the extra money?

 

I have seen some people say that they've used a lawyer if they had a complicated case, but neither of us has any criminal background, no previous marriages, or anything like that. I'd love to be able to save a little bit of money, so I just want to know everyone else's experiences with filing.

only people who doesnt know how to read, do not understand how to read procedure, do not know how to use computer, in short who are illiterate and those people who are so busy to DIY will need a help from a lawyer or a rapidvisa, although required documents will still come from both of you..

 

since you have mentioned that you dont have a complicated case, i assure that you can DIY, many people here did it... you can start by reading the guides in here...goodluck


Our Timeline:

(L)2015(L)

03 Nov - met online app (Skout)

(L)2016(L)

18 Jan - became couple officially

(L)2017(L)

15 Sep - met for the first time in person (Singapore to USA - 2 weeks)

(L)2018(L)

03 Feb - met for the 2nd time (USA to Singapore - 2 weeks)

08 Feb - got engaged 

22 Aug - I129f sent (DIY)

29 Aug - NOA1

          list of worries before approval:

          1) submitted 1 statement/letter of intent both signed by the pet/ben

          2) petitioner's accidentally/stupidly committed DWI after i129f submission

01 Sep - met for the 3rd time (Singapore to USA - 2 weeks)

(L)2019(L)

16 Jan - NOA2 (140 days from Noa1 - No RFE)

06 Feb - case received by NVC (21 days from Noa2)

08 Feb - case number received

WAITING FOR PACKET 3 FROM EMBASSY

May 2019 - 4th meeting :goofy:

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I used RapidVisa. In all honesty, it isn't worth the $450-550 they charge you. I wish that I had found this site before I had paid for them, because all they really do is prepare the petition with the information that you have to give them yourself, and if you pay for a premium package then they look over to make sure you have everything and organize it and send it to the USCIS for you, but you still have to gather everything yourself such as your evidence and whatnot. It's been convenient, but dealing with the agents is a hassle, and other than having it prepared/organized, there isn't really any substance to it really, and customer service is shoddy and ranges from extremely nice and helpful to annoying and sarcastic based on what agent you talk to at any given time. As far as I'm concerned, it's easy enough to just do it yourself and use this website among others as resources. It isn't at all necessary to pay for anything like that, most people on here are able to answer your questions very knowledgeably if you need help for things and there are tons of guides both here and other places online to use for preparing your petition. Save your money for something more important, like your wedding! You are coming from a low fraud country and have no complications, it should be fairly straightforward and easy

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I did the whole process myself twice with no outside assistance besides reading this forum. First I petitioned for my wife (CR-1) and later I completed a separate petition for my step son who followed (IR-2). It's not that difficult if you're willing to read the instructions here and on the USCIS forms, gather everything yourself, and arrange everything in the packages to be submitted. There's lots of useful information and hints on these forums that helped me through the process.

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Feb 24, 2014 We got married in the Philippines
Aug 12, 2014 Returned to USA after staying 6 months in the Philippines

Petition for my wife
USCIS
Sep 30, 2014 Mailed I-130 Pagkage @ Norco, CA
Oct 01, 2014 Received @ Phoenix, AZ Lockbox
Oct 06, 2014 USCIS E-notification
Oct 07, 2014 Check Cashed
Oct 09, 2014 NOA1 Received
Oct 30, 2014 NOA2 Received (Oct 26 Notice Date)

NVC
Nov 18, 2014 NVC Received Case
Dec 16, 2014 NVC Welcome Letter E-mail Received (Including Case Number & IIN)
Dec 16, 2014 DS-261 Submitted
Dec 17, 2014 Affidavit of Support Invoice Received
Dec 18, 2014 Affidavit of Support Invoice Paid
Dec 21, 2014 Mailed AOS and IV Package
Jan 14, 2015 Immigrant Visa Invoice Received
Jan 14, 2015 Immigrant Visa Invoice Paid
Jan 24, 2015 DS-260 Submitted
Mar 04, 2015 Case Complete
Mar 09, 2015 Interview Scheduled E-mail Received

US Embassy
Mar 20, 2015 Medical Exam
Mar 23, 2015 Medical Results Received
Apr 15, 2015 Interview - Visa Approved
Apr 18, 2015 Visa Delivered

USA
May 17, 2015 Point of Entry - Los Angeles
May 26, 2015 Social Security Card Received
Jun 23, 2015 Permanent Resident Card Received *** Removal of Conditions Apr 22, 2017 Mailed I-751 package from Norco, CA to California Service Center *** May 8, 2017 Check Cashed *** May 8, 2017 NOA Received

Petition for my step-son
USCIS Dec 30, 2015 Mailed I-130 package from Norco, CA *** Jan 04, 2016 Received @ Phoenix, AZ Lockbox *** Jan 06, 2016 USCIS E-notification *** Jan 07, 2016 Check Cashed *** Jan 11, 2016 NOA1 Received *** Feb 10, 2016 NOA2 Received (Feb 03 Notice Date) *** NVC Mar 05, 2016 NVC Welcome Letter Received (Including Case Number & IIN) *** Mar 17, 2016 DS-261 Submitted *** Apr 01, 2016 Immigrant Visa Invoice Received *** Apr 1, 2016 Affidavit of Support Invoice Paid *** Apr 01, 2016 Immigrant Visa Invoice Paid *** Jun 8, 2016 DS-260 Submitted *** Jun 11, 2016 Mailed AOS and IV Package *** Jul 22, 2016 Case Complete *** Aug 5, 2016 Interview Scheduled E-mail Received *** US Embassy Oct 17, 2016 Medical Exam *** Oct 19, 2016 Medical Results Received *** October 28, 2016 Interview *** Nov 3, 2016 Visa Delivered *** USA Mar 27, 2017 Point of Entry - Los Angeles *** Apr 21, 2017 Permanent Resident Card Received *** Apr 21, 2017 Social Security Card Requested (USCIS didn't process)

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