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  1. Just wanted to let you all know about our happy ending; sorry it took me a bit to get this post done. We first applied for a K1 December of 2017. The interview was August of 2018, denied. We applied again for a K1 January of 2019. (Yes, it is typically recommended to marry and apply for a CR1 after a K1 denial, but we felt our case was a lot stronger and took a chance.) We did get an RFE October of 2019 for intent to marry as well as essentially to refute the reasons for the previous denial. We were successful in getting the petition approved and the interview was 1/28/20. He was told the visa was approved at the interview, but that the old case still appeared active, so they had to take care of that. (I had already received notification that it was terminated.) It went to AP and on 2/26/20 changed to non-immigrant received. I'm not sure how much COVID slowed things down from there, but it went to AP 4/1, Received 5/21, AP 6/22. On 6/25 he received a call asking if he could travel before the medical expired on 7/13, and he said that he could. On 7/6 he got another call saying that they did not have his passport in his file but would look for it. From this point on we got persistent with our inquiries. On 7/27 he got another call, followed by an official email, asking him to make a new passport and get a new medical. The status changed to refused 7/28. The embassy received the passport and medical on 8/13. Status changed to AP on 8/19, updated again 8/20, and the visa was issued 8/26/20. He arrived in the US on 9/6 and we married 9/26. Thanks to God! Now we're trying to get AOS done.
  2. Here's my 2 cents... Pakistan is hard. It will be a difficult process. More visits and family approval would definitely help, but if that's not possible, don't let it stop you. Be prepared to explain this all well. Front load your application with as much solid relationship proof as you can. If you think it helps your case, send it, because they may not look at anything you bring to the interview. The fact that you have been together several years is good. We first applied for a K1 after knowing each other for a year and meeting once. It was denied. One of the reasons was that I hadn't had much interaction with his family. They also said our relationship was a "cultural aberration". We have now met in person 5 times, two of those in Pakistan with his family. We applied again. His interview was in January and he was "approved", but we're still waiting for the visa. We are not a same sex couple, so I can't comment on if your case would be viewed differently or not. A denial for a tourist visa would not hurt your case, so if it's an option at some point to try for one for more face time, go for it. Best of luck to you both!
  3. People have at times gotten a new medical and still waited months, but usually the visa is issued shortly after completing the medical.
  4. Yes, it is good. It looks like they will be contacting you for a new medical exam. This should mean they are ready to issue the visa, though there have been occasional instances where it still took a while.
  5. Amazing! Which lab did he use and how long did it take to get the result? We hope to be doing this soon!
  6. Did your fiancee make it? Any problems traveling through Turkey? Did she fly Turkish Airlines?
  7. K1 denials are very common in Pakistan, and you're usually left guessing the reason. We only found out our exact reason after applying a second time and receiving an RFE.
  8. K1 denials are very common in Pakistan, so don't worry about that. They kept your passport, so they intend to give you the visa, as long as there are no issues in the background checks. I have heard of someone getting their visa in 4 days, and then there are cases that take 1-2 years. Try your best to be patient and live your life. Inquire every couple of months, if it takes that long, so you are not forgotten.
  9. This is heartbreaking. Seems like a situation that could be easily fixed if they cared to. I'm so sorry.
  10. @F&S2018 have you explained your situation to the medical clinic? Maybe they would still do the medical if you have something from the embassy requesting it, even without the passport. I completely understand your frustration with the embassy, they don't respond to us either. I would definitely still attend the embassy appointment regardless. It might be the only way to actually talk to them.
  11. I know in Pakistan the clinic will not schedule a second medical unless you have something from the embassy requesting it. I would think the clinic could tell you.
  12. Sorry, that should say WOULDN'T include financial support. For some reason I can't edit.
  13. @Allaboutwaiting gave you the exact RFE. What I included was a letter explaining the obvious, that we can't make official plans until we know he is coming, but gave example of things we were considering. I included a few screenshots of chats to back up that we had talked about these things. I also included new letters of intent, a receipt for the wedding rings, pictures of my dress made in his country. I agree with @TBoneTX I would include financial support unless specifically asked for it. I am not advising anyone to pay for something that can't be refunded or do something they weren't already planning to do. But other examples could be a quote from a venue or catering service, email communication with your county clerk's office or your planned officiant. Just whatever you have that shows you are in some way preparing to get married.
  14. Consider recommending that K1s include additional evidence of intent to marry, more than just letters of intent. This has become a fairly common RFE.
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