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Hello everyone, my now fiance and I have met once for a week after knowing each other for three years last year. We officially became a couple after that first visit. He's coming back in a few weeks for a week and then we plan on filing the I-129F. Is this enough "face to face" time? I know for the I-129F meeting once is enough but would this be enough to establish a bona fide relationship for the K1 visa? We've voiced and video called almost everyday for the past 3 years; we've known each other for 4.

 

Does anyone have similar experiences?

 

Also, any tips on how we can better "paint a picture" of our relationship?

 

Thanks everyone!

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Others have certainly been approved by Manila with less. Some have been refused with more. It really depends on your circumstances (any red flags?) and what evidence you can provide. If you do stay in regular contact (and have documentation of this) and have no red flags or other issues, then it does not sounds unusual to me.

I would suggest being there for the embassy interview as well.


Timelines:

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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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Thanks geowrian. 

 

I don't think we have any red flags. Our age gap is 5 years, there's no language barrier, no previous marriages, no children.

 

As for evidence, we have passport stamps, hotel reservations in both our names, photos with my parents when he met them, emails, chat logs.

 

What other evidence do you recommend we provide? For his next visit, he will be officially asking my parents for their blessing.

 

He also plans to be there for the interview but we're not sure if he'll be able to return before that as he's already maxed out his vacation time.

 

Thanks again!

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4 hours ago, TXBill said:

Hello everyone, my now fiance and I have met once for a week after knowing each other for three years last year. We officially became a couple after that first visit. He's coming back in a few weeks for a week and then we plan on filing the I-129F. Is this enough "face to face" time? I know for the I-129F meeting once is enough but would this be enough to establish a bona fide relationship for the K1 visa? We've voiced and video called almost everyday for the past 3 years; we've known each other for 4.

 

Does anyone have similar experiences?

 

Also, any tips on how we can better "paint a picture" of our relationship?

 

Thanks everyone!

It won't be a problem for the petition and you have quite a few months to paint the picture for the embassy 


YMMV

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Thanks @payxibka

 

Do you have any tips on how we can paint a picture of our relationship?

 

So far this is what we have: passport stamps, hotel reservations in both our names, photos with my parents when he met them, emails, chat logs.

 

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Hello, 

 

My K1 visa got approved last month and I am flying out on July 18th.

 

Me and my fiance had a whirlwind romance. We met in Feb 2018 online, became an item in March 2018, he traveled here in June for a week to see me and on the 4th day of being together, we got engaged.

 

We filed our application in December 2018 and got approved in May 2019.

 

Our age difference is about 11 years.

No criminal records.

He's a divorcee with one kid.

 

Yes, we Skype, call, text, wrote each other emails and sent snail mails a lot. We get in touch at least 3 times a day. Our daily communication would average about 2 to 3 hours (yes, we compromised on our sleeps a lot). On weekends, we can easily talk for 4 hours straight.

 

Some people think it's fast but like when they say, "when you know, you know...". For us, it wasn't fast enough. We knew we wanted to be together and defied a lot of odds just to be together.

 

So just gather enough evidence to prove bonafide relationship and hope for the best.

 

Hope this helps :)

 

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9 minutes ago, MarryMe987654 said:

Hello, 

 

My K1 visa got approved last month and I am flying out on July 18th.

 

Me and my fiance had a whirlwind romance. We met in Feb 2018 online, became an item in March 2018, he traveled here in June for a week to see me and on the 4th day of being together, we got engaged.

 

We filed our application in December 2018 and got approved in May 2019.

 

Our age difference is about 11 years.

No criminal records.

He's a divorcee with one kid.

 

Yes, we Skype, call, text, wrote each other emails and sent snail mails a lot. We get in touch at least 3 times a day. Our daily communication would average about 2 to 3 hours (yes, we compromised on our sleeps a lot). On weekends, we can easily talk for 4 hours straight.

 

Some people think it's fast but like when they say, "when you know, you know...". For us, it wasn't fast enough. We knew we wanted to be together and defied a lot of odds just to be together.

 

So just gather enough evidence to prove bonafide relationship and hope for the best.

 

Hope this helps :)

 

Wow, that is truly a whirlwind romance.  When I fly to Philippines it takes me about 10 to 12 days just to adjust to due jet lag and time change.  I sleep the first two days


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1 minute ago, Falcon Cara said:

Wow, that is truly a whirlwind romance.  When I fly to Philippines it takes me about 10 to 12 days just to adjust to due jet lag and time change.  I sleep the first two days

I know. It's funny because I was expecting him to be jetlagged so I didn't really bother with any plans. We just wanted to be together.

 

He arrived at 1 AM, then drove back to our rented apartment. We were just up all night, talking about a lot of things... We were so excited to finally see each other again. Then, we napped for just an hour and when we woke up, it felt like we slept for 12 hours so we head out and had breakfast.

 

I didn't feel like jetlagged hit him. He slept regular nights and woke up the same. It's weird. Lol.

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6 hours ago, TXBill said:

Thanks geowrian. 

 

I don't think we have any red flags. Our age gap is 5 years, there's no language barrier, no previous marriages, no children.

 

As for evidence, we have passport stamps, hotel reservations in both our names, photos with my parents when he met them, emails, chat logs.

 

What other evidence do you recommend we provide? For his next visit, he will be officially asking my parents for their blessing.

 

He also plans to be there for the interview but we're not sure if he'll be able to return before that as he's already maxed out his vacation time.

 

Thanks again!

You should be good, and attending the interview his great.  I suspect he will be asked asked a few question regarding his past marriage, but they usually don't ask very many questions in general.  Make sure to ask him if you approved when the interview is completed or at least have your Kano fiancé ask the CO.


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Just now, Falcon Cara said:

You should be good, and attending the interview his great.  I suspect he will be asked asked a few question regarding his past marriage, but they usually don't ask very many questions in general.  Make sure to ask him if you approved when the interview is completed or at least have your Kano fiancé ask the CO.

The "approved " signal if not spoken is when you get handed the pamphlet 


YMMV

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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On 6/25/2019 at 9:19 PM, MarryMe987654 said:

Hello, 

 

My K1 visa got approved last month and I am flying out on July 18th.

 

Me and my fiance had a whirlwind romance. We met in Feb 2018 online, became an item in March 2018, he traveled here in June for a week to see me and on the 4th day of being together, we got engaged.

 

We filed our application in December 2018 and got approved in May 2019.

 

Our age difference is about 11 years.

No criminal records.

He's a divorcee with one kid.

 

Yes, we Skype, call, text, wrote each other emails and sent snail mails a lot. We get in touch at least 3 times a day. Our daily communication would average about 2 to 3 hours (yes, we compromised on our sleeps a lot). On weekends, we can easily talk for 4 hours straight.

 

Some people think it's fast but like when they say, "when you know, you know...". For us, it wasn't fast enough. We knew we wanted to be together and defied a lot of odds just to be together.

 

So just gather enough evidence to prove bonafide relationship and hope for the best.

 

Hope this helps :)

 

 

Hi thanks for your reply.

 

How did you show proof of your relationship/paint a picture or relationship? We're worried that we don't have enough proof because of the 2 visits.

 

Thanks

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2 hours ago, TXBill said:

Hi thanks for your reply.

 

How did you show proof of your relationship/paint a picture or relationship? We're worried that we don't have enough proof because of the 2 visits.

 

Thanks

In our 129-f, we sent about 10 photos of us together including photos with my family on a 5 pages. On the photos, I added info on who are in the photos, and when and where was it taken.

 

We also included his boarding pass, our hotel booking confirmation, car service emails, plane ticket. I think we also added his passport stamps showing departure and arrival. 

 

We also added a brief history of how we met. 

 

I don't think we sent email correspondence or call and text records. 

 

We only met once and it was only for 7 days so I am sure your two visits are enough. 

 

Hope it helps :)

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