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My fiancee and I are currently going through the K-1 process. I was advised that NVC just sent my paperwork to Vietnam on June 23, 2018. I already booked a trip to Vietnam for my our engagement party on July 11 before our interview inquiry. Our marriage celebration will be on October. We will be filing the marriage license in the U.S. if her interview goes well.

 

Our concern is that what if my fiancee fails the interview and the i-129f was completely thrown out AFTER our marriage celebration? We plan to file for cr1 if that happens but would it look bad for our case because we had a marriage celebration while still going through the k-1 process or would it not be a problem as long as we don't file the marriage license until my fiancee is in the US?

 

When filing the i-129f, we signed the promise that my fiancee and I would get married within 90 days upon arriving in the US. 

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Assuming my fiancee passes the interview and receives her visa. Can we have a wedding celebration in Vietnam before filing for a legal marriage in the US?

 

The reason for this is because I want her friends and family to be able to attend her "wedding celebration" before we file a legal marriage in the US, where she won't have any friends or family. 

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Remember that the final decision lies at the POE. If he feels like you are already married he might deny you entry and strip of your visa.

But again there would be no way for him to know that, so I think it's a gray area. I hope some other more experienced members can shed some light. 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Just to give everyone a heads up, OP has a similar post here: 

I would suggest as others have, do not have a celebration of any sort before going for the K-1 interview or even after the interview as then if the Consulate or the officers at POE believe you are married that is a waste of your time and money. If this happens you start all over again and have to wait a good year to a year and a half as you would have to start from scratch and pay more money for the CR-1. 


 

 

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1 hour ago, Mmorales710 said:

Assuming my fiancee passes the interview and receives her visa. Can we have a wedding celebration in Vietnam before filing for a legal marriage in the US?

 

The reason for this is because I want her friends and family to be able to attend her "wedding celebration" before we file a legal marriage in the US, where she won't have any friends or family. 

I would advise against having any kind of celebration which could appear to be some kind of traditional wedding.. Although unlikely, pictures on a cell phone could be inspected at POE.   Per the requirements of a K-1, your wedding must take place in the US.  A better plan to return to her country for a celebration a few months after marriage in the US.  


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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bad idea

 

very bad idea


i 485, 130, EAD and AP

04/09/2019    NOA1 received/check cashed i 485 and 131

04/19/2019    Rec'd appointment letter for biometrics

05/02/2019    Biometrics

05/15/2019    Submitted initial request for EAD expedite 5/22 faxed info

06/05/2019    EAD APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!  06/06/2019    AP Approval

06/13/2019    Combo Card Received in Mail

06/19/2019    Social Security Card received in mail

10/07/2019     Received interview date letter for 11/7/19

11/07/2019     AOS Interview-Norfolk

11/10/2019     APPROVED (notification rec'd 11/10, approval dated 11/8)

11/14/2019     Case status update that card is in mail ❤️ received 11/16

DONE FOR TWO YEARS!!! ;)

 

Filed everything ourselves from K1, then married, withdrew k1, decided to adjust directly and filed I-130 and AOS ourselves with no RFE's or delays.

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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Marry and go the CR1 route.


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I thought it was going to be a quiet weekend.   A marriage ceremony will be interpreted as being married.  Let's say you do the ceremony and later after citizenship it is found out that you had a marriage celebration.   Guess who gets stripped of the citizenship and is deportable?  Why risk it?

 


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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!

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7 hours ago, Mmorales710 said:

Assuming my fiancee passes the interview and receives her visa. Can we have a wedding celebration in Vietnam before filing for a legal marriage in the US?

No. Married is married. If you are married and try to use a K-1 visa, that would be fraud.

If you have a ceremony but are not legally married, you can still be denied entry on the K-1 visa.

Best thing all around is to hold off on any sort of wedding ceremony/celebration until after marrying in the US. I get the friends & family wanting to be there sooner rather than later, but you need to focus on doing things right first. A ceremony can always come later. That's what most people have done.


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

12/1/16: sent

12/14/16: 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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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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This  very similar-themed question seems to come up every couple of weeks or so. A simple VJ Google search reveals  some of the recurring-themed answers. Here are just a few of the threads:

 

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/648985-k1-engagement-ceremony-vs-wedding-ceremony-will-having-them-affect-my-interview/

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/660758-two-questions-about-k1-visa-for-hcmc-consulate/

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/662187-beginning-k1-journey/

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/562682-can-i-have-a-civil-wedding-ceremony-with-my-fiance-who-i-will-start-sponsoring-this-week/

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/288888-engagement-ceremony-pictures/

 

I would suggest that you review some of these threads, there are some "pearls of wisdom" in several of the links. BTW,  the Google term I used was " Vietnam K1 wedding," if you want to read some of the numerous pages of similarly-themed thread responses.

 

Suggest that this country-specific topic be moved to the Vietnam Regional Forum.

 

Good luck on your immigration journey.

 


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