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Wedding celebration on K1 Visa in a foreign country before filing for legal marriage in the US

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28 minutes ago, Margo2017777 said:

Thank you! I just got my K-1 VISA in hand and now i am bit paranoid even having a simple pre-wedding dinner with my family before leaving to U.S ))

 

No need to be that much afraid (paranoid). You can have dinner with close family (I would suggest refraining from gathering too many people), just make sure that there are no traditional (or formal) ceremonies related to marriage/wedding involved.

Then again, if you can wait for longer to go back after receiving AP and EAD, that would be an ideal case scenario.

 


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04/21/16 -- Marriage

----- CR1 Process -----

USCIS Stage [222 days from NOA1]

06/08/16 -- Sent I-130

01/31/17 -- I-130 petition sent to NVC [Received Email notification and MyUscis status update]

NVC Stage [105 days from NOA2]

Embassy/Consulate (Interview) Stage [43 days from Case Complete to Visa in Hand]

05/18/17 -- Consulate Received. CEAC Case status changed to "Ready"

06/01/17 -- Medical Examination [Complete. It took around 2 hours. Total Cost INR 11650 for Surat City Apollo Clinic]

06/12/17 -- Biometric (OFC) Appointment

06/13/17 -- Interview [7:30 AM at Mumbai, India]. Visa Approved

06/15/17 -- Visa in hand

06/21/17 -- POE at DFW (Dallas, Texas)

----- Removal of Condition -----

Removal of Condition (I-751) [TBD]

06/18/2019 -- Sent the package (3 Days before GC expires, cutting it close). Sent to Lewisville, TX via FedEx Ground

06/19/2019 -- Package received at around 9:30 AM (Hoping I don't get rejected for missing deadline)

06/24/2019 -- Card was charged with $680 fees. Text Message received confirming Receipt. Case routed to NBC (Case Number starts with 'MSC')

06/28/2019 -- NOA Hard Copy & 18 Months Extension Letter Received in Mail with NOA Date as 06/19/2019

07/12/2019 -- Biomentrics Appointment Letter received. The Letter is Dated 7/5/2019. Appointment is on 7/22/2019

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Well, i did it after my interview! but it was nerve wrecking, i remember in my POE  I was so scared! likeThe reception was pretty private and i asked all the guests that dont upload pictures. that's savage and anyways a lot of them upload it! 

 

Anyways i woudnt recommed it...even though i did it ..... lI was so stressed,  to just realize that we could have it later...and would be much better.... because the procces and AOS and wedding left us tight!!! but if we would did it later instead! would be more relax, no nights without sleeping thinking about POE!!! etc!!!!

 

just my little opinion! like you can ruin the whole process.... 


04/04/18  - Mailed I-129F

04/06/18 -  NOA1 notice date email/text

10/18/18 -  RFE notification

10/22/18 -  RFE received in mail

11/01/18 -  RFE sent to USCIS

11/06/18 -  RFE received by USCIS

11/14/18 -  NOA2

11/27/18 - NVC Received

12/12/18 - NVC Case number

01/8/19 - Scheduled interview-APPROVED

01/21/19 - POE! 

 

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4 hours ago, Kyle&Ana said:

Well, i did it after my interview! but it was nerve wrecking, i remember in my POE  I was so scared! likeThe reception was pretty private and i asked all the guests that dont upload pictures. that's savage and anyways a lot of them upload it! 

 

Anyways i woudnt recommed it...even though i did it ..... lI was so stressed,  to just realize that we could have it later...and would be much better.... because the procces and AOS and wedding left us tight!!! but if we would did it later instead! would be more relax, no nights without sleeping thinking about POE!!! etc!!!!

 

just my little opinion! like you can ruin the whole process.... 

Thanks for sharing ur experience. I think I gonna have a engagement party instead a wedding celebration. I don’t want to ruin the process 

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8 minutes ago, poh said:

The marriage was made official back in the state.  You are just over thinking it.

Incorrect.  If you were legally married before entering the US via a K-1, then fraud occurred. 

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9 minutes ago, poh said:

Many folks in the Vietnames K-1 thread done what I have done.    Maybe they don''t do this in Philippines but they sure do it in Vietnam.  it was just a ceremony and a party to accommodate their cultural marriage practices..  The marriage was made official back in the state.  You are just over thinking it.  This post should be moved to the Vietnam K01 thread where more appropriate response can be offered.

I can't speak to local customs, but because it wasn't an issue for some people does not mean it can't be an issue for others. Also, CBP officers are not familiar with local customs from every country, and they would be the ones to make that decision after the visa is granted.


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:

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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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On 7/1/2019 at 9:33 AM, DaveAndAnastasia said:

getting a tourist visa for a young single Russian is very difficult

Agreed, specially for the Schengen countries. I'm curious; did you consider the possibility of her getting a visit visa for Gibraltar?

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4 hours ago, HRQX said:

Agreed, specially for the Schengen countries. I'm curious; did you consider the possibility of her getting a visit visa for Gibraltar?

I meant for the US; she did get a Schengen visa twice before coming here (hence meeting in Italy once, and again later in Latvia and continuing on together to Austria). 


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50 minutes ago, DaveAndAnastasia said:

I meant for the US; she did get a Schengen visa twice before coming here (hence meeting in Italy once, and again later in Latvia and continuing on together to Austria). 

My apologies. I incorrectly assumed the opposite when I read the following:

On 7/1/2019 at 9:33 AM, DaveAndAnastasia said:

and for almost any third country it would have been reasonable to marry in she would have needed to get a visa

With her Schengen visit visa could have married in:

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Wow, am I glad I ran into this thread when I did.

My fiancee and I were planning to do the exact same thing.

First, pass the interview and get the K1. But before going to the US, holding an "unofficial" (i.e. purely ceremonial) wedding for her family and friends in China, not yet any legally binding marriage. 

Then enter the US, get legally registered married, hold US wedding ceremony, etc.

 

My fiancee had read in her WeChat groups that this is a common practice amongst K1 fiancees in China.

Never occurred to us that this would be problematic at all, since we assumed that a "ceremonial" wedding without legally binding marriage is NOT the same as being married.

 

Well, after reading all the answers on this thread, we now realize this is not okay, and need to call off the pre-US Chinese wedding, and go through the trouble of AP instead next year, planning the Chinese wedding from abroad.

What a bummer. Just glad I caught it before it was too late.

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On 6/29/2019 at 2:47 AM, Mmorales710 said:

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. 

Hi There,

 

Me and my husband has our engagement (not legal marriage ceremony) party a week before my K1 interview date. As long as there is no legal paperwork explain that you do not get married in Vietnam you should be fine. Do not mention anything about it in the interview as it will give a flag. I got my K1 visa a week after the interview.

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Everybody says don't do it. I wonder how many have actual experience with it? (notwithstanding that example from Australia, I suppose it could be a problem for some though.)

 

We checked with our immigration attorney, and he said it's not a problem in Thailand and that the Bangkok embassy staff is very familiar with the difference between a family ceremony only and a legal marriage registered with the local Aumpur.

 

-David

 


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