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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ethiopia
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Hi All,

 

I'd love to hear some feel-good stories about K-1 visa approvals, or denials that were turned around. My fiance from Ethiopia and I just sent in our petition in October 2019 and as I watch more and more African countries undergo a travel ban I can't help to feel anxious. It's not a great time to go for a K-1, I know. 😕

 

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32 minutes ago, LibbyG99 said:

Hi All,

 

I'd love to hear some feel-good stories about K-1 visa approvals, or denials that were turned around. My fiance from Ethiopia and I just sent in our petition in October 2019 and as I watch more and more African countries undergo a travel ban I can't help to feel anxious. It's not a great time to go for a K-1, I know. 😕

 

The are getting hit with a travel ban because their governments are not sharing information with the USA. Ethiopia should be fine so don't worry 

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29 minutes ago, LibbyG99 said:

Hi All,

 

I'd love to hear some feel-good stories about K-1 visa approvals, or denials that were turned around. My fiance from Ethiopia and I just sent in our petition in October 2019 and as I watch more and more African countries undergo a travel ban I can't help to feel anxious. It's not a great time to go for a K-1, I know. 😕

 

You need to understand the context of the travel bans.  Some only involve diplomatic and official government passports being denied.  Some are based upon multiple factors like the country refuses to repatriate their own citizens expelled from the US, have poor and corrupt records that can not be verified making it hard to impossible to vet an applicant or beneficiary, or visa high refusal rates.   

 

Even if a country is on a ban list a consular officer can recommend a waiver.

 

In the age of heighten awareness and terrorism counties will come and go off the list.

 

You can search the timelines in the blue ribbon above for cases reported for Ethiopia.  There is also a regional forum to ask more specific questions.

 

Good luck on your journey.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ethiopia
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2 minutes ago, missileman said:

What do you mean?  

This year there is talk about adding Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Tanzania to the travel ban to the US. A lot of those are very close, geographically to Ethiopia and it makes me worry.....

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20 minutes ago, LibbyG99 said:

This year there is talk about adding Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Tanzania to the travel ban to the US. A lot of those are very close, geographically to Ethiopia and it makes me worry.....

And all of those have combination issues with documents, refusals and repatriation.  Belarus in Europe is on that list too and that seems odd.


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April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

July 14, 2020 Removal of Conditions submitted by mail  July 12, 2021 Biometrics Completed

August 6, 2021 N-400 submitted by mail

September 7, 2021 I-751 Interview, Sept 8 Approved and Card Being Produced

October 21, 2021 N-400 Biometrics Completed  

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Why don't you go for the CR1? 



 

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My timeline:
2011-10-31 US Entry with CR1
2013-09-02 ROC filed
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2016-08-02 N400 filed under 5 year rule
2017-05-04 Interview
2017-07-05 Oath Ceremony
Husband's timeline:
2013-01-16 US Entry under B2
2017-07-05 Filed for AOS
2017-10-30 Received approval letters for EAD & AP
2017-11-02 Combo Card received
2018-12-13 Interview date
2019-01-02 Approved
2019-01-09 10 year Green Card received
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2019-01-17 Filed I-130 LIN IR2 
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2020-03-11 Received NOA 2
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2020-04-20 Submitted civil documents
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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Italy
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11 minutes ago, little immigrant said:

Why don't you go for the CR1? 

I second this recommendation. It seems like you've already filed a K1 though. Your country is safe for now and you'll always have the CR1 as a backup plan. Looking back, I wished we did a CR1. Have we done that, we wont be dealing with adjustment of status, not being able to travel, not being able to work until EAD, AP, etc are done.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: New Zealand
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14 hours ago, LibbyG99 said:

This year there is talk about adding Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Tanzania to the travel ban to the US. A lot of those are very close, geographically to Ethiopia and it makes me worry.....

I believe Sudan and Somalia are already on the list, or have been?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ethiopia
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15 hours ago, qrk said:

I second this recommendation. It seems like you've already filed a K1 though. Your country is safe for now and you'll always have the CR1 as a backup plan. Looking back, I wished we did a CR1. Have we done that, we wont be dealing with adjustment of status, not being able to travel, not being able to work until EAD, AP, etc are done.

Ya we looked into the CR1 but it is a little tricky here in Ethiopia. They require a certified statement that I am single and able to marry from the US, but the US doesn't produce such a document. You used to be able to get one from the Embassy in Addis but now the Ethio gov no longer accepts that. I could maybe try to get something from my home city hall saying I'm not married and hope Ethio gov would accept. Also, for CR1 don't you have to show you own property together like house/car? We're too poor for that right now ha.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
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4 minutes ago, Jorgedig said:

No.  

I just asked because I read some quotes where some say it's not a great time for K-1. And others ask why he doesn't go for a CRI. I don't know what it means, but I think if one country is banned, it is banned. My fiance is in Nigeria and it's a scary thought all the way around, if this ban actually happens. 

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: New Zealand
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Just now, Besamiot said:

I just asked because I read some quotes where some say it's not a great time for K-1. And others ask why he doesn't go for a CRI. I don't know what it means, but I think if one country is banned, it is banned. My fiance is in Nigeria and it's a scary thought all the way around, if this ban actually happens. 

In general, CR-1s are preferable for folks from high-fraud or high-risk countries, because denials can be appealed, unlike for K-1s.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
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Just now, Jorgedig said:

In general, CR-1s are preferable for folks from high-fraud or high-risk countries, because denials can be appealed, unlike for K-1s.

In hindi sight, I should have just gotten married in May of last year. I didn't want to be in a hurry. I knew generally K1 is supposed to be faster than the other. But here I am, almost 8 months from the day I filed, with just a NOA1 staring at me.😃

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