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Hello everyone,

I am clueless to be honest. I am trying to do my research and plan to file for a k-1 pretty soon however, I have questions.

my Fiance is from South Africa and we have only met once would this be an issue? also how long will it take start to finish due to coronavirus? If this is in the wrong forum group sorry 😬
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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia

Not an issue, as long as the meeting was within the last two years.

Right now, no one knows since they have halted most K1 visa interviews at the embassies. Some people who filed in November and December are still waiting to get them. It takes about 5-7 months right now to have the petition approved, and after that it is unknown because that's when you schedule the interview.

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11 hours ago, Lauren903 said:

Hello everyone,

I am clueless to be honest. I am trying to do my research and plan to file for a k-1 pretty soon however, I have questions.

my Fiance is from South Africa and we have only met once would this be an issue? also how long will it take start to finish due to coronavirus? If this is in the wrong forum group sorry 😬
Thank You 

Your topic was discussed not long ago. Here is the link to that very same topic 



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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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China

Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

December 18, 2023:  Filed I-90 to renew Green Card

December 21, 2023:  Production of new Green Card ordered - will be seeing USCIS again every 10 years for renewal


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Russia

Simple steps to determine if you should file:


Part 1: Can you file?

  1. Are you both free to marry (if either of you were married previously, you have proof of divorce, annulment, or death of previous spouse)?
    1. Note that some traditional ceremonies may not be legally binding, but can still be considered by USCIS or the state department to make you already married and so ineligible for a K-1.
  2. Do you have proof that you have you met in-person at least once in the past two years?
  3. Can you afford the filing fees?
  4. Has the US citizen done anything that would prevent them from filing a fiance(e) visa petition?
  5. Has the intending immigrant done anything that would prevent them from getting a fiance(e) visa?

If the answer to 1, 2, and 3 is Yes and the answer to 4 and 5 is No, you meet the legal requirements to file.

You should not file if you do not meet the legal requirements; the best case is that they reject your petition and don't charge you, but it's more likely you'll just be out the filing fees.


Part 2: Should you file?

  1. Are you ready to marry each other? (using the 90-day stay granted by the K-1 as a 'trial period' to get to know each other better is ... a really bad idea in my opinion)
  2. Have you considered the merits of a spousal visa vs a fiance(e) visa and determined this is the best path for you now?
  3. Does the US citizen meet the sponsorship requirements or have a qualified cosponsor lined up?
  4. If fiance(e) visas have a higher than normal denial rate at the embassy/consulate you're going through, have you done everything beyond the legal minimums that others who have gone through the K-1 process there recommend?

If the answer to all of these is yes and you can file, then you should file.

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

ROC                             Naturalization
NOA1 Notice Date: 2021-07-16    Applied Online: 2022-07-09 (biometrics waived)
Approval Date: 2022-04-06       Interview was Scheduled: 2023-01-06
10-year GC In Hand: 2022-04-14  Interview date: 2023-02-13 (passed)
                            	Oath: 2023-02-13


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