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Hey guys, 


As I'm preparing for my interview, I've seen a lot of questions based upon the engagement that will be asked at the interview. I still have not officially proposed to my fiance and will not be able to do so before the interview, even though we saw each other during August as well, since I was hoping to propose to her at the States before our wedding. Our i-129F has already been approved, and we have been in a relationship for four years. We have thousands of photos, bills, receipts and call logs to show that this is a bona fide relationship and proof that we're both ready to get married as soon as we are in the United States. Also I have already bought a ring for the engagement, which I could show as well during the interview. 

 

So the fact that we're not yet engaged be an issue since it's worrying both of us a lot? Thank you in advance for any input you guys can give. Cheers.

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You are engaged. An engagement is an agreement to marry, nothing more. Anything else is just customs (a ring, an elaborate proposal, etc.).

The intent to marry was established with the I-129F packet already. A new letter of intent is fine to include as well.

 

The CO may or may not ask how you got engaged. The simple response is typically just "I asked him/her to marry me and they said yes".

 

Good luck.


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:

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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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Engaged is not a legal status. Many people decide to marry without a ring or a party or a facebook announcement. This is my second marriage and I've never had an engagement ring. Like most couples we both came to a point in the relationship where we realized this is what we wanted for the long-term and we decided to get married. 

 

The embassy doesn’t require a full love story of someone getting down on one knee and producing a ring that cost more than a month’s wages. They are interested in whether you are eligible to and wish to marry, that you understand you have to marry in order to remain in the USA, that you are marrying for love not a green card, and that you are eligible to immigrate. 

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Nowhere in the paperwork does it ask if there was a formal proposal or an engagement ring (for many of us there was, for many others there was not at the time the petition was filed or was not ever).

 

The forms do ask you to show you intend to marry each other, but the usual way of doing that for a fiance(e) visa petition is with the signed letters of intent.


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     EAD/AP In Hand: 2019-09-16
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28   GC Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Interview date: 2019-02-14      GC In Hand: 2019-10-02
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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I hope she knows that immigrating to the states includes marriage. :)


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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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5 minutes ago, Greenbaum said:

I hope she knows that immigrating to the states includes marriage. :)

We did submit separate signed letters with our I-129F with our intentions to marry within 90 days. So I would be very surprised if she didn't already know this lol

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1 hour ago, Greenbaum said:

I hope she knows that immigrating to the states includes marriage. :)

... because there's no such thing as a girlfriend/boyfriend visa :lol: (at least in the US).


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     EAD/AP In Hand: 2019-09-16
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28   GC Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Interview date: 2019-02-14      GC In Hand: 2019-10-02
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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