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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Peru
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Is the K1 Visa an immigrant or Nonimmigrant visa? They say differently everywhere you look and it's driving me nuts. Make up your mind people! Haha, but seriously. Anybody know? Also, we filled out the DS-160, for a nonimmigrant, so now we are a bit confused. And they say to pay the fees and fill out the other forms, but where are they? When I go to CEAC, it just says to fill out the DS-160. Our case was approved by the USCIS on March 26th, and we had to call the NVC to get the case number and invoice, we never received the welcome letter which I'm assuming is cause the embassy is still closed. Peru embassy, anyone know when that might open? 

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K-1 is a non-immigrant visa. it is handled by the immigrant visa unit at the consulate, so it's often processed by and through systems used for an immigrant visa.

An immigrant visa uses the DS-260, and has a bunch of other steps at NVC before being handed off to the consulate for the interview.


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: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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K1 visas are non-immigrant.  The NVC has very little interaction with the application.  They review the paperwork to the extent to see which embassy it should be sent to.  They assign a case number and send it in the next diplomatic pouch to the embassy.  

 

The only interaction you will get is through the embassy directly.  They will send the email to the beneficiary when they get the paperwork, which will include instructions to fill out DS-160 online, where and how to pay the fees, how to schedule the medical, and a checklist of documents needed to be presented at the interview.

 

Greenbaum has most the links to Packet 3 information for the various embassies - you can check the K1 progress report forum posts for more information.

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4 hours ago, FreeTanner22 said:

Is the K1 Visa an immigrant or Nonimmigrant visa? They say differently everywhere you look and it's driving me nuts. Make up your mind people! Haha, but seriously. Anybody know? Also, we filled out the DS-160, for a nonimmigrant, so now we are a bit confused. And they say to pay the fees and fill out the other forms, but where are they? When I go to CEAC, it just says to fill out the DS-160. Our case was approved by the USCIS on March 26th, and we had to call the NVC to get the case number and invoice, we never received the welcome letter which I'm assuming is cause the embassy is still closed. Peru embassy, anyone know when that might open? 

 

The K-1 process is quite strange. For a time, it is both a non-immigrant and immigrant visa type. That is why the links (what you received in the email) will send you the process for immigrant which would be the I-864 and DS-260 even though it truly is a non-immigrant visa requiring I-134 and the DS-160. As you go through the stages, within the NVC system you look up your file under immigrant (ceac.state.gov/). It stays that way until after your interview and the approval and your visa is ready for issue. At that point, it changes over to non-immigrant. It truly is a non-immigrant visa with immigrant intent.

 

Join us in the MARCH 2020 K-1 NOA2 to NVC to EMBASSY thread and download the PDF file on the first post of the first page for tips, tricks and hacks to follow your case to the embassy. I'll post both links below:


https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/733618-march-2020-k-1-noa2-to-nvc-to-embassy/#comments


PDF with tips, tricks, and hacks. BTW this PDF is updated from time to time so you might check back to ensure you have the latest information.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nfin98c33IEpB0T0FlURERriblYmlm5O/view?usp=sharing

 


Spoiler

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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*~*~*procedural question moved from “progress reports” to “process and procedures”*~*~*


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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