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As titled, the embassy approved my fiance's K1 visa and she has received her passport and packet back a few days ago now, they did not bother to give her an immigrant summary, instructions to pay the fee or anything, just the passport, packet, and a tiny slip of paper detailing what to do, the last step being pay the IMMIGRANT FEE BEFORE DEPARTING for the USA. This is the second time in this process we've had something refer to immigrant when the K1 visa is not supposed to be directly an immigrant visa, the first time was when selecting her embassy appointment, since our ####### govt. closed to Delhi embassy for K1 processing, she had to fly hundreds of miles elsewhere and K1 showed up under immigrant visas for those appointments, not non-imm. So how the hell do we pay the Immigrant fee? Its been days now (USCIS site says to wait 5 from passport return) we have two case IDs and her A#, not sure which case ID we even need, neither is working. Sent a message to USCIS for help, of course there has been no response in days. Can she enter without any issues without paying this fee if USCIS can't get their #### together? Are we even supposed to be paying this fee for her K1 visa? The embassy seems to think so, but the whole concept of it being a NON-immigrant visa doesn't make much sense then.

 

Pic of the pathetic paper slip the embassy gave for instructions attached

 

Thanks in advance, one very frustrated fiance,

AG

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Edited by Ryan H
Reason for edit: to remove alternate spellings of profanity.

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On ‎7‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 1:31 PM, Hexxium said:

As titled, the embassy approved my fiance's K1 visa and she has received her passport and packet back a few days ago now, they did not bother to give her an immigrant summary, instructions to pay the fee or anything, just the passport, packet, and a tiny slip of paper detailing what to do, the last step being pay the IMMIGRANT FEE BEFORE DEPARTING for the USA. This is the second time in this process we've had something refer to immigrant when the K1 visa is not supposed to be directly an immigrant visa, the first time was when selecting her embassy appointment, since our ####### govt. closed to Delhi embassy for K1 processing, she had to fly hundreds of miles elsewhere and K1 showed up under immigrant visas for those appointments, not non-imm. So how the hell do we pay the Immigrant fee? Its been days now (USCIS site says to wait 5 from passport return) we have two case IDs and her A#, not sure which case ID we even need, neither is working. Sent a message to USCIS for help, of course there has been no response in days. Can she enter without any issues without paying this fee if USCIS can't get their #### together? Are we even supposed to be paying this fee for her K1 visa? The embassy seems to think so, but the whole concept of it being a NON-immigrant visa doesn't make much sense then.

 

Pic of the pathetic paper slip the embassy gave for instructions attached

 

Thanks in advance, one very frustrated fiance,

AG

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Relax their Cowboy! K-1 do not pay an immigration. Carry on as you are.

 

Many of our answers are predicated on the information you supply in your profile. When we look at the left column and can't determine your timeline OR your Embassy it's hard for us to give you a factual answer. Our answers will sometimes be tailored to a specific Embassy hence the reason for you to complete your profile. If you look at the profile of others here, they have a flag for their country, so it makes it easy for us to reply as we can quickly determine their Embassy. The country that should be used is the country where the interview will take place.

 

So, if you could help yourself out and complete your profile that sure would help us out when we want to reply to your question with factual information.

 

Go to the top right of this page select your name (it's on the upper right-hand corner)>my profile>[below your picture on the right column] edit my profile. Scroll to the bottom and fill in "Immigration Info". There now we can better serve you.

 

Once you finish that then return and you will see a flag in your profile. Select it and see what wonderful information will open up for you.

 

Thanks

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Reason for edit: to remove alternate spellings of profanity in quote.

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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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That sounds a  generic handout. As a K1 visa holder, you don’t pay.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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There is no "immigrant fee" for a K-1 holder.  All she has to have for entry into the US is her passport with valid K-1 visa and the sealed packet (which she will surrender at POE).

If you haven't already done so, I would suggest you study this K-1 flowsheet for upcoming events and requirements: https://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow/

 

You are currently at around step 13.

 

 

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Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
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Seems like a generic information for immigrant Visas and (almost) obvious mix-up in handing out the incorrect slip. It's India you know, what more can you expect? 🤣


Timeline Info below:

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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

07/22/2019 -- Biometrics Appointment Complete

 

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As stated on previous posts, there is no fee to pay. 

 

If your fiancée already has the visa in her passport and the K1 packet, she has everything to enter the US. 

 

Now it is time for you both to plan the next steps after entering: getting her SSN, getting married and filing for AOS.

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4 minutes ago, missileman said:

There is no "immigrant fee" for a K-1 holder.  All she has to have for entry into the US is her passport with valid K-1 visa and the sealed packet (which she will surrender at POE).

If you haven't already done so, I would suggest you study this K-1 flowsheet for upcoming events and requirements: https://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow/

 

You are currently at around step 13.

 

 

Thank you and the ones above you also, not sure why the Embassy is that bad at handing out important information, greatly appreciate you guy's quick response

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3 minutes ago, Hexxium said:

Thank you and the ones above you also, not sure why the Embassy is that bad at handing out important information, greatly appreciate you guy's quick response

Good luck.  Make sure she marries you and files for Adjustment of Status within 90 days of her arrival in the US......


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Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
  • I-797 extension letter  for ROC dated 4/2/2019  MSCxxxxxxxxxx received: 4/6/2019
  • Biometrics apt received for 4/25/2019: on 4/12/2019
 

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Posted (edited)
15 minutes ago, Hexxium said:

Thank you and the ones above you also, not sure why the Embassy is that bad at handing out important information, greatly appreciate you guy's quick response

C'mon man, it is our government working its hardest for us citizens and our overseas interests. Here is a link to a good set of FAQs about the K1 visa from the DOS perspective: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/family-immigration/nonimmigrant-visa-for-a-fiance-k-1.html#6

 

BTW, there are a lot of folks that have to do some extensive travel to find the appropriate interviewing US embassy/consulate. Most folks don't have the luxury of a US foreign service outpost in their city. For example, my wife and stepson had an over 1,400 mile (one-way) trip to get to the interviewing US consulate in China for K1/K2 visas. There are some folks with just as far a journey or more, some have to go to another country for their K1 interview business.

 

You will be done there soon.

Good luck on your immigration journey.

Edited by Pitaya (火龙果)

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1 hour ago, Hexxium said:

Thank you and the ones above you also, not sure why the Embassy is that bad at handing out important information, greatly appreciate you guy's quick response

It's not at all uncommon for K-1 applicants to get generic immigrant visa information from the government at various stages of the process, because it's a non-immigrant visa with immigrant intent, and therefore handled by the immigrant visa units at embassies and consulates. Unfortunately, sometimes this information is wrong for K-1s.

Edited by DaveAndAnastasia

K-1                             AOS
NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31    NOA1 Notice Date: 2019-04-11
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16           Biometrics Date: 2019-05-10
Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28
Interview date: 2019-02-14
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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Just as a general overall statement. Whenever I have a question concerning visas, immigration, next steps etc., I am just about ready to post a question on the forum when I stop and do a 'Search' in the upper right hand corner. I have never been disappointed with the results. When you think that "Nobody has been there," or "Done that," think again. This place is a treasure trove of information concerning visas from A-Z! Before painting the US government or the State Dept, for that matter with a broad brush, take time out to learn why things are the way the are. Good luck with your fiance and K-1, (and I hope to join you real soon!).

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.


Our journey:

Spoiler

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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