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Filing I-129F abroad

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Hi

does anyone have any knowledge or experience of filing for a K1 visa when the petitioner and beneficiary live together abroad (UK)?

I am a dual citizen and for family reasons had to leave the US at a young age, I am only now able to return but would like to take my partner with me.

I have filed and received NOA1 yesterday (11 Aug).

I just wonder if anyone has experience with this situation. I wonder whether my case is more likely to be rejected given I have no residency or job in the US (although I have worked in finance for many years and will be able to pick up a job very quickly once we set up).

 

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There's no issue with filing the petition while abroad.

The I-134 for the interview (several months later) can be an issue if you don't obtain employment that will continue once in the US, or find a co sponsor (or self-sponsor since London permits it).

 

That said...have you considered marrying then doing DCF? This is faster, cheaper, and the CR-1 (spousal) visa is much better than a K-1 since no AOS is required after entry.

I know UK has marriage rules, but you can marry outside the UK still.


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

12/1/17: 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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12 minutes ago, geowrian said:

There's no issue with filing the petition while abroad.

The I-134 for the interview (several months later) can be an issue if you don't obtain employment that will continue once in the US, or find a co sponsor (or self-sponsor since London permits it).

 

That said...have you considered marrying then doing DCF? This is faster, cheaper, and the CR-1 (spousal) visa is much better than a K-1 since no AOS is required after entry.

I know UK has marriage rules, but you can marry outside the UK still.

I didn’t even realise that would be an option/ a better option. Having looked online the London embassy are processing applications within 90 days of receipt! My money order has already been cashed.. so I guess I’m stuck playing to long game this way.

I guess I could always do it this way if my application is rejected (a lot of money and time wasted though!)

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We have applied together from inside the UK (Essex) we have lived together for a few years as I’ve been on a work visa. We are still in the beginning stages but so far so good where that’s concerned. Not much guidance but a little assurance maybe :) 

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