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  1. Found the guy who didn't read the instructions. Most of the information you send in is entered into a computer (either manually or OCR) to be verified (background checks etc). If you leave it blank, that could cause the automated portions to kick it back, and since the USCIS person cannot just answer it for you, no matter how obvious the answer is, you risk an RFE or worse. So always N/A or NONE every block you do not have an answer for. Any and all blocks (save checkboxes) should have SOMETHING in them.
  2. What waiver, specifically? If you mean the IMBRA Multiple filer waiver I don't think they add significant time, but rarely do people post about them. I added a Multiple Filer waiver in with my I-129F packet that was submitted in December 2019 and so far have not gotten an RFE or any other notices.
  3. CO's will accept documents in the native language of whatever country you are in. USCIS and NVC, however, will want translations. Basically anyone competent in both languages can do a translation, if required.
  4. https://apnews.com/19e43295c76d4d249aa51c9f643eb377 "There is a two-step process for obtaining U.S. immigration visas and green cards. Petitions are first considered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS. If granted, they must be approved by the State Department. Overall, there were 3.5 million petitions received from budget years 2007 through 2017. Over that period, there were 5,556 approvals for those seeking to bring minor spouses or fiancees, and 2,926 approvals by minors seeking to bring in older spouses, according to the data. Additionally, there were 204 for minors by minors. Petitions can be filed by U.S. citizens or permanent residents" While you can marry as a minor in the US (with parental permission) for USCIS to allow these into the country is ludicrous. I don't care what your religion is or if your parents signed, no one under the age of 18 should be given a MARRIAGE visa to enter the US. Its RIPE for abuse.
  5. Unless you have 221 with a SPECIFIC reason no one will know why they refused the visa. People post here all the time but we only see ONE side. Its like hearing one side of a divorce. You never get the other side. If you meet the paperwork requirements (and one of them is proof of a bonafied relationship) you should get the visa. K1s are not limited so they don't 'run out'.
  6. Most people 'fall back' on the CR1 to overcome a K1 issue, and spend even more time waiting. I would say, an average person should not have an issue getting a K1 is all the Ts are crossed and Is are dotted. Most of the ppl who post here never post the documents that you would need to see to actually get to the root cause of a k-1 denial. For every 'My fiance's K1 was denied' we never see the paperwork and we will NEVER see the USCIS/DoS notes. It wouldn't surprise me that the NVC will flag a file, ship it to the Consulate just to have THEM reject the applicant. Look at the top of the first page on the I-129F... Action Block? 'Field Investigation'? What codes can be put in there? As for the cited thread.. something is not being told. The CO denied based on not a bona fied relationship. How would they ever come to that conclusion at the consulate? I have become a bit skeptical of posters when they say they have no idea why the K1 was denied while at the Consulate.
  7. Have you read the conditions of a K1?? "In order to obtain a K-1 fiancé(e) visa, you and your fiancé(e) must intend to marry each other within 90 days of your fiancé(e) entering the U.S as a K-1 nonimmigrant. Your marriage must be valid, meaning both you and your fiancé(e) have a bona fide intent to establish a life together and the marriage is not for the sole purpose of obtaining an immigration benefit. If your fiancé(e) marries you within 90 days of being admitted to the United States as a K-1 nonimmigrant, he or she may apply for lawful permanent resident status in the United States (a Green Card)." Or is there some hidden decoder ring I need to find the sentence that has the words MUST/SHALL in it?? Because the language used by USCIS is all FUTURE TENSE. 1. I meet a girl. 2. I visit her. 3. We like each other and Agree to marry. Those 3 things satisify the legal requirements of a K1. No more. No less. Why would a person think that the beneficiary has ANY idea what they are getting into? Or that co-habitation is tolerable once the 'ohh, my foreign boy/girlfriend is coming to visit and we will travel together!' period is over? A new spouse, in a foreign country, with minimal language skills, no job, no family support (which they most likely had all their life), and no friends... yeah.. pull the trigger on that marriage ASAP. I'm sure you'll do fine.
  8. You will never see the what USCIS or DoS has put in your file. Adding the cruft that most people add simply slows the process down. Since we will never know the inner workings of the Consulate or the decisions/memo's/notices they must adhere to to say that 'front loading' helps is about as valid as choosing the number of Angels that can fit on the head of a pin. No one knows, and there is no way to find out. But I'm sure USCIS would LLLOOOVVVEEEE it if people would stop with 100+ pages of useless cruft.
  9. Dear Sir or Madam: I SmalltownPA, do hereby state that I am legally able and willing to marry The most beautiful woman in all of Vietnam, and intend to do so within 90 days of her arrival into the US using the K1 visa. This has worked on and I-130, an I-129F that I withdrew and a current I-129F in process. Really.
  10. Which you can EASILY spend traveling to see your wife/family or simply supporting them. I would happily give up $1225 to have my fiance with me 6-8 months sooner.
  11. In b4 everyone asks: What was the reason given on the 221(g)?
  12. What else do you call your fiance's kid? I know that it can't 'look like' a wedding, but from searching VJ, it seems 80/20 that having a family engagement party is a good thing. I don't drink much, and I really can't stomach the low quality of meat abroad, and fish is 100% off my menu when traveling, so I mainly stick to vegetables. I know I have to entertain and not look like a grumpy old man.. but like I said with my Chinese wife it was like 3 hours of eating, two or three photos and DONE. This is looking like a 5am to 10pm ordeal.
  13. Photos at the beach / resort in Phan Theit in the AM and PM is a dinner. I'm not sure if this is typical, but from my fiance's house you can throw a rock and hit 20 relatives. Its like they never wanted to move from their parents house.
  14. Agreed. CEAC status is really needed. My guess is that it may just say something like 'administrative processing' or some other generic reason. I'm 90% sure OP someone has a 3 year ban (that's the ONLY reason why I can think of there being a mention of 3 years, they were caught on an overstay and voluntarily left) and that would mean previous overstay/visa fraud. Are Waivers of the Three- and Ten-year Bars Available? A waiver of the three- or ten-year bar is available, if the visa applicant is the spouse or child of a U.S. citizen or the spouse or child of an LPR and only if the visa applicant can prove that the bar would result in “extreme hardship” to the applicant’s citizen or permanent resident spouse or parent. Hardship to the immigrant is not a factor, and hardship to the immigrant’s children is not a factor (even if the children are U.S. citizens). I doubt this would apply or even be available... 601 waivers are not that easy to get. 'Extreme hardship' is taken quite literally.
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