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Applying for K1 visa after F1 visa danial
4:15 am January 17, 2019


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Me and my girlfriend have been dating for more than 7 years now. We both have been together in US for around 6 1/2 years. I was on F1 student visa and She is a US citizen. We had our life planned and nothing was stopping us from being together. I am currently enrolled in a university and pursuing my masters degree. My girlfriend lives with me and has a full time job as well.

Last December I came home (Sri Lanka) for vacation and had to renew my student visa because my previous visa was expired. I was rejected F1 visa twice for very unfair reasons and given the 214g form. I was told by many people I might be stuck here for a while with the current immigration situation in US. They are rejecting almost all the F1 visas in my country.

So the only way to be back with my girlfriend soon and to continue my studies is the K1 visa. We have lot of evidence to prove our relationship is legitimate but we have not had an engagement.

Do we really need to have an engagement before applying for K1 visa?

What effects will have my F1 visa rejections towards the K1 visa?

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On AP for 120 Days and Counting
10:36 pm January 2, 2019


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Hey everyone ~

My fiance has been on AP at the US embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka since 4 September 2018 and our status on the CEAC site still has not changed from "Ready." We've emailed the embassy once a month and have gotten pretty generic responses. Our latest inquiry yielded this response ...

"Our office is waiting for certain clearances to further process your case. We understand your difficulty because of the delay in the processing. The timing for these clearances are generally based on the history of the case. Our office will contact you as soon as your case gets the clearance."

My fiance was born in Dubai, UAE and I'm aware that AP usually takes longer if the beneficiary is from a MENA country, so we're not really surprised.

Has anyone else's status been stuck on Ready? Also, does anyone else know what the "certain clearances" could be? Any advice appreciated!


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CEAC Status
3:56 am October 25, 2018


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My fiance had his interview on 4 September 2018 and was placed on AP. Our case status on the CEAC site still says "Ready." It has been updated a few times since his interview date. I wonder why the status hasn't changed to "Administrative Processing" yet though. Would anyone know why?

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I-130 Approved
5:26 am October 1, 2018

Chris & Pam

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Good day everyone.

Well, by His grace, my wife's visa was approved at her interview.

They kept her passport, and all the documentation she brought with her.

They gave her a form letter saying that she had been tentatively approved for the visa, and to return on the 11th of October to likely pick it up.

Now I understand that this a a legal matter, and that putting something in writing means something, so giving themselves "wiggle room" by stating it as they did makes sense.

When I check Ceac, it shows a status of issued, and says that visa has been printed.

My question is: do I sit tight and wait for my wife to get the visa in hand, or can I book a flight now in order to get as best a price as possible on airfare, since we are getting into the holiday season, and choosing a departure

date sooner than four weeks out usually raises the prices.

I'm happy to be in this predicament mind you. Having been in the visa process for over two years (initially went with a I-129F), I'm just anxious to actually get to sleep in the same bed as my wife.

I do appreciate any and all comments.


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Attn. Writers & English Teachers
4:07 am September 21, 2018

Chris & Pam

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Hey everybody,

My wife is going for her interview next Tuesday on the 25th.

The consulate and Sri Lanka does not allow anyone to accompany the beneficiary into the interview. So, in light of that, I thought it might be beneficial for her to be able to present a letter written by me to the consular.

I am posting what I have written, and would appreciate any and all feedback on it. Please feel free to suggest any edits to it.

Interview letter.pdf

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