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I want to inquire about the K1 visa. I am registered nurse who got married in nov 2010 and divorced on may 2018. My ex husband was a Ghanaian just as I am. I became a US citizen in feb 2017 but we were separated Jan 2017. I met my recent boyfriend in dec 2017 when I went to Gh for a friend wedding after all these years. We realized we were school mates in the same high school but not friends. Since we met in dec 2017, I have been to Gh in oct 2018, 3 times in 2019. My boyfriend hasn’t married anyone before. What are my chances of being successful with the K-1 visa? Is it okay to say we met in dec 2017 even though I was separated in Jan 2017 and my divorce was finalized in may 2018? Or it’s a bad idea ? I know Ghana is a high fraud country so I want to know the best way to be successful. Thanks 
 

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: New Zealand
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10 minutes ago, Missycarlious said:

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I want to inquire about the K1 visa. I am registered nurse who got married in nov 2010 and divorced on may 2018. My ex husband was a Ghanaian just as I am. I became a US citizen in feb 2017 but we were separated Jan 2017. I met my recent boyfriend in dec 2017 when I went to Gh for a friend wedding after all these years. We realized we were school mates in the same high school but not friends. Since we met in dec 2017, I have been to Gh in oct 2018, 3 times in 2019. My boyfriend hasn’t married anyone before. What are my chances of being successful with the K-1 visa? Is it okay to say we met in dec 2017 even though I was separated in Jan 2017 and my divorce was finalized in may 2018? Or it’s a bad idea ? I know Ghana is a high fraud country so I want to know the best way to be successful. Thanks 
 

You must be honest about everything in the petition, including dates.

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26 minutes ago, Missycarlious said:

I know Ghana is a high fraud country so I want to know the best way to be successful.

Success won't occur if you lie.  In fact it can lead to a lifetime ban for misrepresentation.


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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

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia
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Your case looks pretty straight forward to me, with the caveat you already mentioned about him being from Ghana, a high fraud country. Your multiple visits will help your immigration application a lot. Good luck.


Marriage: 2014-02-23 - Colombia    ROC interview/completed: 2018-08-16 - Albuquerque
CR1 started : 2014-06-06           N400 started: 2018-04-24
CR1 completed/POE : 2015-07-13     N400 interview: 2018-08-16 - Albuquerque
ROC started : 2017-04-14 CSC     Oath ceremony: 2018-09-24 – Santa Fe

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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There is nothing wrong with your case, make sure you are honest. It’s okay to av met him while you were still married. 
you clearly need to explain when you started a relationship with ur boyfriends. Be careful with them dates, they pay attention, most importantly be honest. 

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Of all the Ghana cases we see here, this is one of the more solid ones and where I have more confidence in success. On the plus side you have:

- same culture/ethnicity

- multiple visits

- similar age

 

The reason we see a lot of denials in Ghana and other African countries is because the cases are so weak. They often follow the old pattern of older white female (and I don’t just mean a few years older, we are talking about 30-year age gaps), much younger man, woman has been married at least once before, has adult children and is beyond childbearing years, the man usually has never married nor had children but comes from a culture where having children is very important and where divorce and marrying a divorcee are frowned upon, marriage proposals on the first visit, not being able to speak each other’s language and having seemingly very little in common. Viewers of a certain reality show will be familiar of some real-life examples of this pattern. 

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Timeline in brief:

Married: September 27, 2014

I-130 filed: February 5, 2016

NOA1: February 8, 2016 Nebraska

NOA2: July 21, 2016

Interview: December 6, 2016 London

POE: December 19, 2016 Las Vegas

N-400 filed: September 30, 2019

Interview: March 22, 2021 Seattle

Oath: March 22, 2021 COVID-style same-day oath

 

Now a US citizen!

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22 minutes ago, JFH said:

Of all the Ghana cases we see here, this is one of the more solid ones and where I have more confidence in success. On the plus side you have:

- same culture/ethnicity

- multiple visits

- similar age

 

The reason we see a lot of denials in Ghana and other African countries is because the cases are so weak. They often follow the old pattern of older white female (and I don’t just mean a few years older, we are talking about 30-year age gaps), much younger man, woman has been married at least once before, has adult children and is beyond childbearing years, the man usually has never married nor had children but comes from a culture where having children is very important and where divorce and marrying a divorcee are frowned upon, marriage proposals on the first visit, not being able to speak each other’s language and having seemingly very little in common. Viewers of a certain reality show will be familiar of some real-life examples of this pattern. 

100% agree - often there are one or multiple red flags involved when people are denied. I don't see that based on the information presented...it doesn't guarantee success, but it doesn't jump out as a case likely to have problems either.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

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

12/1/16: 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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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Iraq
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Agree with what others have stated - just one additional tip based on personal experience:

There’s a RFE asking for timeline of events if a new relationship that leads to sponsorship occurs shortly after a marriage has been dissolved (we’re spouse visa, not fiancé, but I imagine this to be similar). To prevent this, you can write your own affidavit clearly outlining the timeline of events (highlighting when you separated from prior spouse, when you filed for divorce, when and under what circumstances you met your now fiancé, and when divorce became final).

 

Also - regarding proof of visits: Submit travel itineraries PLUS passport stamps if you have. If you don’t have stamps because you hold citizenship for both countries, then explain that pro-active as well to avoid an RFE :) 

 

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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