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Posting this on behalf of my wife's friend, who is in the current situation (you can just check my timeline to see it most definitely is not me :) ). She'd like to solicit feedback from the VJ community. My own 2 cents was "Just gotta wait" and I suspect that's what the general consensus is here, but can't hurt to double check. 

 

So here is the situation:

 

1. Petitioner is US male, beneficiary is Indonesian female. Age gap is under 10 years. Neither one is Muslim (just to make it clear it is not a Muslim marrying a Non-muslim situation). 

2. They met in person 2-3 times (I don't know the specific #). They met around a year prior to the I-129f submission, and at least once before the interview. 

3. Prior to the I-129f application, she tried for a B1/B2 visa, got denied due to not having sufficient ties to Indonesia. 

4. Her fiance reached out to his state's Senator to see if they could do anything about the B1/B2 tourist visa. Surprise surprise, no luck. 

5. K1 interview at the Jakarta Embassy was 3 months ago, in mid-April.

6. At the interview, she showed pictures of their engagement party (yes, I know, bad move). 

6. They kept her passport following the interview. 

7. A few days later, they contacted her and said if she needed her passport to travel somewhere, she should let them know. (bad sign IMO)

8. Since then, she's e-mailed them once or twice, and their reply was "we'll let you know when a decision has been made."

 

So she's been in AP since then, and is naturally a bit frustrated. Her fiance wants her to be more assertive with the Embassy, but she thinks that would be counterproductive. As I said, due to what I've read here on VJ, I think all she can do is wait, but as I said, I'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone had any other advice. Thanks!

 

 

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On 7/23/2019 at 1:18 AM, usmsbow said:

Posting this on behalf of my wife's friend, who is in the current situation (you can just check my timeline to see it most definitely is not me :) ). She'd like to solicit feedback from the VJ community. My own 2 cents was "Just gotta wait" and I suspect that's what the general consensus is here, but can't hurt to double check. 

 

So here is the situation:

 

1. Petitioner is US male, beneficiary is Indonesian female. Age gap is under 10 years. Neither one is Muslim (just to make it clear it is not a Muslim marrying a Non-muslim situation). 

2. They met in person 2-3 times (I don't know the specific #). They met around a year prior to the I-129f submission, and at least once before the interview. 

3. Prior to the I-129f application, she tried for a B1/B2 visa, got denied due to not having sufficient ties to Indonesia. 

4. Her fiance reached out to his state's Senator to see if they could do anything about the B1/B2 tourist visa. Surprise surprise, no luck. 

5. K1 interview at the Jakarta Embassy was 3 months ago, in mid-April.

6. At the interview, she showed pictures of their engagement party (yes, I know, bad move). 

6. They kept her passport following the interview. 

7. A few days later, they contacted her and said if she needed her passport to travel somewhere, she should let them know. (bad sign IMO)

8. Since then, she's e-mailed them once or twice, and their reply was "we'll let you know when a decision has been made."

 

So she's been in AP since then, and is naturally a bit frustrated. Her fiance wants her to be more assertive with the Embassy, but she thinks that would be counterproductive. As I said, due to what I've read here on VJ, I think all she can do is wait, but as I said, I'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone had any other advice. Thanks!

 

 

Hi! may I know her updates now? and is showing our engagement party pictures are bad move? why is that? thank you

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1 minute ago, Adhietia Ramadina said:

and is showing our engagement party pictures are bad move?

If it looks like you are married (dress, ring, etc) then you don't want to show the pictures.


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On 7/22/2019 at 2:18 PM, usmsbow said:

Posting this on behalf of my wife's friend, who is in the current situation (you can just check my timeline to see it most definitely is not me :) ). She'd like to solicit feedback from the VJ community. My own 2 cents was "Just gotta wait" and I suspect that's what the general consensus is here, but can't hurt to double check. 

 

So here is the situation:

 

1. Petitioner is US male, beneficiary is Indonesian female. Age gap is under 10 years. Neither one is Muslim (just to make it clear it is not a Muslim marrying a Non-muslim situation). 

2. They met in person 2-3 times (I don't know the specific #). They met around a year prior to the I-129f submission, and at least once before the interview. 

3. Prior to the I-129f application, she tried for a B1/B2 visa, got denied due to not having sufficient ties to Indonesia. 

4. Her fiance reached out to his state's Senator to see if they could do anything about the B1/B2 tourist visa. Surprise surprise, no luck. 

5. K1 interview at the Jakarta Embassy was 3 months ago, in mid-April.

6. At the interview, she showed pictures of their engagement party (yes, I know, bad move). 

6. They kept her passport following the interview. 

7. A few days later, they contacted her and said if she needed her passport to travel somewhere, she should let them know. (bad sign IMO)

8. Since then, she's e-mailed them once or twice, and their reply was "we'll let you know when a decision has been made."

 

So she's been in AP since then, and is naturally a bit frustrated. Her fiance wants her to be more assertive with the Embassy, but she thinks that would be counterproductive. As I said, due to what I've read here on VJ, I think all she can do is wait, but as I said, I'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone had any other advice. Thanks!

 

 

1. I was also denied of a B2 visa, due to insufficient ties, shortly before filing for a k-1. 

2. I also submitted photos of our engagement party, with an engagement ring. 

 

They kept my passport. I had to be patient throughout the AP. After 3 weeks I was issued. 

 

Btw, my fiancée and I visited the embassy again after the interview, trying to see why the AP is taking so long. Maybe it helped.

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On 7/22/2019 at 11:18 AM, usmsbow said:

Posting this on behalf of my wife's friend, who is in the current situation (you can just check my timeline to see it most definitely is not me :) ). She'd like to solicit feedback from the VJ community. My own 2 cents was "Just gotta wait" and I suspect that's what the general consensus is here, but can't hurt to double check. 

 

So here is the situation:

 

1. Petitioner is US male, beneficiary is Indonesian female. Age gap is under 10 years. Neither one is Muslim (just to make it clear it is not a Muslim marrying a Non-muslim situation). 

2. They met in person 2-3 times (I don't know the specific #). They met around a year prior to the I-129f submission, and at least once before the interview. 

3. Prior to the I-129f application, she tried for a B1/B2 visa, got denied due to not having sufficient ties to Indonesia. 

4. Her fiance reached out to his state's Senator to see if they could do anything about the B1/B2 tourist visa. Surprise surprise, no luck. 

5. K1 interview at the Jakarta Embassy was 3 months ago, in mid-April.

6. At the interview, she showed pictures of their engagement party (yes, I know, bad move). 

6. They kept her passport following the interview. 

7. A few days later, they contacted her and said if she needed her passport to travel somewhere, she should let them know. (bad sign IMO)

8. Since then, she's e-mailed them once or twice, and their reply was "we'll let you know when a decision has been made."

 

So she's been in AP since then, and is naturally a bit frustrated. Her fiance wants her to be more assertive with the Embassy, but she thinks that would be counterproductive. As I said, due to what I've read here on VJ, I think all she can do is wait, but as I said, I'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone had any other advice. Thanks!

 

 

The next time your "wife's friend's neighbor-in-law friend" whatever (?) wants feedback from the VJ community, suggest that she join VJ and post her own question. This charade stuff grows old for other "sister's wife's friend neighbor-in-law"..... VJ members who have a tough time trying to figure out who we are talking to.... :secret:


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35 minutes ago, Pitaya (火龙果) said:

The next time your "wife's friend's neighbor-in-law friend" whatever (?) wants feedback from the VJ community, suggest that she join VJ and post her own question. This charade stuff grows old for other "sister's wife's friend neighbor-in-law"..... VJ members who have a tough time trying to figure out who we are talking to.... :secret:

Trust me, my wife and I have repeatedly told her and her fiance to do so. They just don't want to (I don't know why). My timeline and post history makes it pretty clear this isn't me at all.. 

 

10 hours ago, Adhietia Ramadina said:

Hi! may I know her updates now? and is showing our engagement party pictures are bad move? why is that? thank you

She's still waiting. My wife showed engagement party pictures at her interview for a K-1, and didn't have any problems but there was also a sign clearly in the background that said in English "Engagement Party". Also, when my wife and I saw her friend's engagement party pictures, we both agreed it looked like a wedding. If my wife, a native Indonesian, thought it was a wedding, I can only imagine what the CO in Jakarta thought. That being said, her friend was initially approved by the CO, so who knows... 

 

Anyway, yes, I would not show engagement party pictures. There is no benefit to do so, and could create a problem for you. 

 

9 hours ago, Gomast said:

1. I was also denied of a B2 visa, due to insufficient ties, shortly before filing for a k-1. 

2. I also submitted photos of our engagement party, with an engagement ring. 

 

They kept my passport. I had to be patient throughout the AP. After 3 weeks I was issued. 

 

Btw, my fiancée and I visited the embassy again after the interview, trying to see why the AP is taking so long. Maybe it helped.

 

Thanks. How were you able to get into the embassy again? Via your finacee I assume? And who did you two talk to on your 2nd visit?

 

 

 


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9 hours ago, shawn1990 said:

Does their AP status says Nonimmigrant visa or the immigrant visa?

I don't know. 


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October 23, '18: NOA2- approval

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12 hours ago, usmsbow said:

Trust me, my wife and I have repeatedly told her and her fiance to do so. They just don't want to (I don't know why). My timeline and post history makes it pretty clear this isn't me at all.. 

 

She's still waiting. My wife showed engagement party pictures at her interview for a K-1, and didn't have any problems but there was also a sign clearly in the background that said in English "Engagement Party". Also, when my wife and I saw her friend's engagement party pictures, we both agreed it looked like a wedding. If my wife, a native Indonesian, thought it was a wedding, I can only imagine what the CO in Jakarta thought. That being said, her friend was initially approved by the CO, so who knows... 

 

Anyway, yes, I would not show engagement party pictures. There is no benefit to do so, and could create a problem for you. 

 

 

Thanks. How were you able to get into the embassy again? Via your finacee I assume? And who did you two talk to on your 2nd visit?

 

 

 

A day day after my interview, my fiancée came to visit me in my country and we went again to the embassy. I was surprised they let her in. She didn’t speak with my interviewer, but rather with another CO who checked the status. After she left, we noticed that the update date on CEAC changed. The status still remained on AP. 

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On 7/22/2019 at 1:18 PM, usmsbow said:

Posting this on behalf of my wife's friend, who is in the current situation (you can just check my timeline to see it most definitely is not me :) ). She'd like to solicit feedback from the VJ community. My own 2 cents was "Just gotta wait" and I suspect that's what the general consensus is here, but can't hurt to double check. 

 

So here is the situation:

 

1. Petitioner is US male, beneficiary is Indonesian female. Age gap is under 10 years. Neither one is Muslim (just to make it clear it is not a Muslim marrying a Non-muslim situation). 

2. They met in person 2-3 times (I don't know the specific #). They met around a year prior to the I-129f submission, and at least once before the interview. 

3. Prior to the I-129f application, she tried for a B1/B2 visa, got denied due to not having sufficient ties to Indonesia. 

4. Her fiance reached out to his state's Senator to see if they could do anything about the B1/B2 tourist visa. Surprise surprise, no luck. 

5. K1 interview at the Jakarta Embassy was 3 months ago, in mid-April.

6. At the interview, she showed pictures of their engagement party (yes, I know, bad move). 

6. They kept her passport following the interview. 

7. A few days later, they contacted her and said if she needed her passport to travel somewhere, she should let them know. (bad sign IMO)

8. Since then, she's e-mailed them once or twice, and their reply was "we'll let you know when a decision has been made."

 

So she's been in AP since then, and is naturally a bit frustrated. Her fiance wants her to be more assertive with the Embassy, but she thinks that would be counterproductive. As I said, due to what I've read here on VJ, I think all she can do is wait, but as I said, I'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone had any other advice. Thanks!

 

 

Ok so we also went through Jakarta.

 

- We tried visit visas twice.  Denied.  No stunner, added those denials to the visa application, and it didnt affect the IV case

- Getting the US senate involved in a visit denial probably annoyed them but they have to follow the rules and she might not have any ties

- I advised Nita to leave the embassy alone but I was very assertive from the time the folder hit the IV desk.  Emails, status updates, etc.  They have to talk to us.  They don’t feel like they have to talk to the immigrant.

 

SO:  Either she gave them an inconsistent story at her NIV interview (or) she is “too married for K1” are possible reasons for the delay.  You’ve already ruled out “screaming ACEH extremist” so that’s not it.

 

My advice - the USC needs to head back to his senator’s office, sign a privacy notice, get a caseworker assigned, and email the embassy with himself, caseworker, IV, and beneficiary on the email for a formal status check.  Not her job to get this immigrant petition processed through.  It’s his.

 

Wish em luck

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