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Hello everyone! Honestly I’m FRUSTRATED with Lagos embassy. They cite COVID as the reason they are not processing K1 visas but have been processing IR-1/CR-1 visas since late last year! We need to raise our voices and fight for our rights! We have been separated from our loved ones for far too long. It’s been a year for me and I’m still stuck at the NVC. You can’t talk to anyone at the embassy except the operator who is RUDE. And the emails just give you the standard automated response. Please who is with me? I’m so angry. What can we do? I know there’s a petition but there are less than 1000 signatures https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-resume-k1-visa-processing-in-nigeria?redirect=false

 

Does anyone have suggestions? Our love and relationships are not less important than others. We too desire to marry and begin our families! 

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Lagos has issued a few K-1s in December.  Is it still possible to pay an attorney and become part of the current lawsuits?


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1 hour ago, Lady A said:

Hello everyone! Honestly I’m FRUSTRATED with Lagos embassy. They cite COVID as the reason they are not processing K1 visas but have been processing IR-1/CR-1 visas since late last year! We need to raise our voices and fight for our rights! We have been separated from our loved ones for far too long. It’s been a year for me and I’m still stuck at the NVC. You can’t talk to anyone at the embassy except the operator who is RUDE. And the emails just give you the standard automated response. Please who is with me? I’m so angry. What can we do? I know there’s a petition but there are less than 1000 signatures https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-resume-k1-visa-processing-in-nigeria?redirect=false

 

Does anyone have suggestions? Our love and relationships are not less important than others. We too desire to marry and begin our families! 

It has taken me and my wife from january 2020 until march 2021 to get our interview schedule through manila a total of 14 month on a CR1/IR1 was a little longer but less expensive route and better bennies cause now we are classified a IR1 after 2 years of marriage, i have not seen her in almost 2 yrs now. Hang in there it will come through eventually.

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1 hour ago, Murph4865 said:

It has taken me and my wife from january 2020 until march 2021 to get our interview schedule through manila a total of 14 month on a CR1/IR1 was a little longer but less expensive route and better bennies cause now we are classified a IR1 after 2 years of marriage, i have not seen her in almost 2 yrs now. Hang in there it will come through eventually.

Congrats to you! But you have an interview scheduled. We have no hope in sight. The embassy does not have any plan in sight to resume processing of K1 visas meanwhile are processing marriage, student and tourist visas. It’s like we don’t deserve to reunite with our loved ones or we are less important 

3 hours ago, In4theJourney said:

Contact your local congressmen in USA for an inquiry on your behalf. Doesn’t hurt and it’s free. 

Okay I’ll try this. Thanks 

2 hours ago, Lucky Cat said:

Lagos has issued a few K-1s in December.  Is it still possible to pay an attorney and become part of the current lawsuits?

What lawsuits? Please more info is appreciated 

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7 minutes ago, Lady A said:

What lawsuits? Please more info is appreciated 

The Milligan vs Pompeo class action suit.  It's ALLLLL over VJ.  Can't miss it if you search.

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24 minutes ago, Jorgedig said:

The Milligan vs Pompeo class action suit.  It's ALLLLL over VJ.  Can't miss it if you search.

Looks like OP cannot join the amended lawsuit since Nigeria is not a COVID Proclamation-banned country:

The lawyer's page says: "We are including in the amended litigation individuals who have been approved for K-1s by USCIS but who have not been issued visas because they are subject to a regional travel ban related to COVID (the “14 day” bans). If you are NOT being delayed because you’re from one of the travel ban countries, we recommend you pursue an individual lawsuit."

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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To be perfectly honest i just looked at the December stats for approvals in Lagos (January not out yet)

and 64 B1/B2;  were appoved 

and 250 F1 student visas (which to me is the real strange part as here in the US schools and colleges are doing remote internet learning

k1 -3

so,  yes,  i would be upset with the process 

 

all you can do is be patient as you are in line along with so many others and the line is long 

and the former administration banned Nigeria just a few months before the covid so the backup started early

Wishing u success 

and keep us informed of process so it can be passed on to others in the same boat as u

hope u  have a timeline on your profile 

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3 hours ago, JeanneAdil said:

and the former administration banned Nigeria just a few months before the covid so the backup started early

The Nigeria ban only affected Immigrant Visas, thus K-1 was not affected. The Foreign Affairs Manual confirmed that: https://web.archive.org/web/20201114114839/https://fam.state.gov/fam/09FAM/09FAM030214.html "K visas are nonimmigrant visas and therefore are treated as such for PP 9645 purposes and not subject to PP 9983."

3 hours ago, JeanneAdil said:

and 250 F1 student visas (which to me is the real strange part as here in the US schools and colleges are doing remote internet learning

It's not completely strange. Being in the local area of the college is way better time zone-wise than being in Africa. Also: https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during "Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. These schools must certify to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” certifying that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program. The above exemptions do not apply to F-1 students in English language training programs or M-1 students pursing vocational degrees, who are not permitted to enroll in any online courses." "Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding online courses for the spring and summer semesters. This policy permitted nonimmigrant students to take more online courses than normally permitted by federal regulation to maintain their nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency."

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
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Lagos has just started to re-issue  this week to K1s whose visas were expired due to not being able to travel during the lockdown and issue visas to those who interviewed right before the lockdown but didn't get visas. 

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1 minute ago, PatLuvO said:

Lagos has just started to re-issue  this week to K1s whose visas were expired due to not being able to travel during the lockdown and issue visas to those who interviewed right before the lockdown but didn't get visas. 

This is good to know! Thanks for the info!

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11 hours ago, JeanneAdil said:

To be perfectly honest i just looked at the December stats for approvals in Lagos (January not out yet)

and 64 B1/B2;  were appoved 

and 250 F1 student visas (which to me is the real strange part as here in the US schools and colleges are doing remote internet learning

k1 -3

so,  yes,  i would be upset with the process 

 

all you can do is be patient as you are in line along with so many others and the line is long 

and the former administration banned Nigeria just a few months before the covid so the backup started early

Wishing u success 

and keep us informed of process so it can be passed on to others in the same boat as u

hope u  have a timeline on your profile 

Where do you find the stats?

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.


Our journey:

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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!!!
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April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
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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)

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