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Limey

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  • Location Wilmington, NC, USA

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    Naturalization (approved)
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    Raleigh NC
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    United Kingdom
  • Our Story
    Met in a bar in UK. Kept in touch, visited 6 months later.

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  1. For the k1 application you need to show that you've physically met within 2 years prior to the application. Since you've already applied (and have NOA1) then I assume you've already handled that part. Showing ongoing and genuine relationship isn't too hard a bar to show especially for a Canadian. Canadians are unlikely to indulge in a scam to get into the US, which is a pretty similar country. The incentive for those in some other parts of the world to indulge in a scam is much higher. Since you're seeing each other regularly its actually pretty easy to show an ongoing relationship, if you can prove that you're meeting in person. It's certainly easier to prove than for many dating long distance. Ways to do this (I used some of these for Removal of Conditions but would apply at your stage too) 1) photo of you together with something that proves date. We were together in 2017 at Niagara Falls for a vacation and there was a big "150" marking Canada's birthday. Therefore these photos had to have been taken in 2017 (which we pointed out in the notes on them). Also we went to a Bills game together - could see in the photos the opponent and the score on the score board - that could prove the date of the game for anyone wishing to research it. 2) ATM withdrawals same date, same location. Use either ATM receipt, or bank statements to show this. 3) We each paid for different things. If we could show eg I bought dinner for two in Buffalo, and my fiancee paid for drinks later at a bar close by, then pretty good evidence we were together. 4) get i94 records. If you're making frequent trips across the border this is pretty good evidence, assuming you don't have other reasons to cross it. 5) phone logs from cell phone provider showing calls/texts to each other. A bit more official and online chats.
  2. Anyone of these is relevant evidence (with perhaps the exception of the chat logs) but its the combination that has true value. Once married and applying for ROC we had a joint account for household expenses but mainly used our individual accounts and took turns to buy groceries, pay our bar bill etc. We submitted statements from our individual accounts but noted that they showed us frequenting the same restaurants, grocery stores and being out of state in the same place at the same time. That's all good evidence especially when combined with the other types of evidence we had. I see people on here obsessing over how many pages of chat logs to send, or their love story about how they met, when they really don't prove much at all (if you're chatting online, you're likely not together in person). Documents with the same address are good, but if one was committing a fraud it would not be difficult to register someone at your address who wasn't actually living with you. Credit card statements matching up are a much better proof of a real and genuine in person relationship. Congratulations on the NOA2.
  3. Its going to be very uneventful because the guys on the border are very unlikely to go against the decision that has been made to give you a k1 by people who have studied your case in detail and interviewed you. In my case the first officer opened the pack and asked if I understood that I had to get married within 90 days or leave (I replied that I did, and told him our wedding was arranged for 2 weeks time). He then kept my passport and papers and sent me through customs with a card, and they directed me to a waiting room. About 20 minutes later a guy showed up with my passport and I was on my way. Its really nothing to worry about, essentially a formality unless you do or say something idiotic.
  4. I'd just write the letter yourself (typed), and then email it to him to print and sign. He can scan it or mail it back to you. It doesn't need to say very much at all. From what I recall mine just stated that I was free to marry, and intended to marry {wife's name} after entering the USA on my k1 visa in line with the time and other requirements of the visa. Make sure he understands what the letter means as its never good to get someone to sign something they don't understand.
  5. It's Canada, you're very unlikely to get any problems. I interviewed in London, UK - a couple of simple questions asked in passing while the lady was going through my paperwork about whether I'd met my fiancee's family, whether I'd seen her since filing the application (yes multiple times to both) and then I was approved. I left almost feeling a little disappointed I didn't get to chat more. It really doesn't feel like an interview. Denials are rare, Canada is very low fraud - its a very similar country to the US so very little reason for someone to commit fraud to get into the US if they are already living legally in Canada.
  6. You shouldn't have any problems. I don't believe the immigration officers at the border can see your k1 status. But even if they could it shouldn't affect your visit - the chance of you overstaying or otherwise breaking the rules of a tourist visa when you're this far down the k1 route are pretty small - much smaller than the chances of you doing so when your k1 is months away. If you have a confirmed date for the interview in London, that's even more reason not to overstay.
  7. I agree. I would definitely give details of the offense in the interests of being as open as possible, even if its a misdemeanor. Then obtain a rap sheet from Georgia. If the offense doesn't show on there then I'd still provide it to show that you've attempted to obtain records but that none exist as far as you can tell. At least if the Feds do a search and it comes up, they can't refuse you on the basis you didn't list the offense. As we've already discussed it was a long time ago, and its not really relevant as you are the petitioner (it doesn't fall into the scope of crimes that prevent a petitioner from petitioning) so as long as its declared it shouldn't cause an issue for you.
  8. This deals with the beneficiary having a criminal record. OP states that its the petitioner who has the record.
  9. Just to confirm, this is the PETITIONER who has the record (ie the US citizen)? That's less of a problem than the BENEFICIARY (non US citizen) having the record. For good reason there are laws against those convicted of sexual or physical abuse petitioning for a k1, but the crime you mention is not a violent crime. It also happened a long time ago. Consulting a lawyer is probably a good idea if only because they might have more chance of obtaining paperwork, or documenting its non-existence, but I think things aren't as bleak as you might think.
  10. Its up to you how you organize it. At my interview (London, UK) they made clear to only give them the documents that they specifically asked for when at the counter for the initial part of the interview. So it definitely helps if you are organized and can find them quickly. Remember to keep all this stuff safely filed after the k1 is done too, you'll appreciate it later as you do AOS, ROC, naturalization etc - you may well find you need some of these same documents again.
  11. I don't see why its an issue, or requires a lawyer. There are questions both at visa and citizenship stage where you're asked about military training you've had in the past, training with weapons, whether you've been in military or police etc. As with all question USCIS asks, answer them truthfully. There is no prohibition on people who have served in foreign militaries immigrating to the USA. Its only a problem where there has been involved in oppression, war crimes etc.
  12. When I was going through this back in 2015 we penciled in a date based on visa expectations, with agreement with vendors that we could move it if visa was delayed. Our venue was a hotel and they said that sundays are rarely booked for events - this made it easy for them to schedule with relatively little risk they'd be losing another potential booking (as sundays were rarely booked up) and easy for them to flip to another sunday at late notice. In the end we were able to stick to our original date (we'd only scheduled around 3 months before the wedding so our guess on timelines was accurate). Our DJ, photographer, officiant etc all agreed similar terms about switching the date. Since most of our guests were from out of state or overseas few were going to have to work the next day, so sunday worked fine. Our wedding wasn't massive (about 40 people) but it was great that we were able to have a relatively traditional wedding combined with the genuine legal marriage and without too much stress about dates. I appreciate covid delays has probably made this much more difficult. As others have said, a wedding is just a wedding. A marriage is much more important - don't let the desire (or the demands of others) to have a big party get in the way of the basics of getting married and meeting the immigration requirements and timelines. Other people have no idea how the immigration system works so they don't realize the difficulties of trying to plan a wedding ceremony/party.
  13. Yes, good point, that would be a consideration in such cases. In the present case OP had stated she has a 9 year old child with their USC spouse, so that scenario isn't applicable here - both the time passed since OP immigrated, plus the fact that they had a child makes it very unlikely USCIS will see any chance of it having been illegitimate in some way.
  14. That's not a red flag at all. USCIS is only interested in whether the relationship is genuine. They aren't there to pass moral judgements. When I first met my now wife she was (unhappily) married, and when we started our relationship she was separated from her ex, but still married. It wasn't a problem with USCIS at all, and I was never asked about it at any point of the immigration process. In our case we had to wait over a year until her divorce was finalized before we could start the k1 (NC law requires at least 1 year separation). I think that tends to add to the evidence of a genuine relationship, it meant we'd had 4 or 5 visits to each other by the time we filed the k1 application. A scammer would probably prefer to find someone who is available to marry immediately and not bother with multiple meetings.
  15. I met my now wife in the old fashioned way, in a bar. We kept in touch by email and occasional skype calls (as well as frequent in person visits). No social media involved.
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