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  1. Maybe this has been covered in the preceding 134 pages somewhere. But I was going to call to see what the status was after receiving the NOA-2. I went back and reread the I-797 and found this little gem: "...You should allow a minimum of 30 days for Department of State processing before contacting NVC. If you have not received any correspondence from the NVC within 30 days, you may contact the NVC by email at NVCINQUIRY@state.gov. You will need to enter the USCIS receipt number from this approval notice an the subject line. In order to receive information about your petition, you will need to include the Petitioner's name and date of birth, and the Applicant's name and date of birth, in the body or the e-mail..." Having done that, in less than 24 hours I received this: "The National Visa Center (NVC) received your fiancé(e)'s/spouse's approved I-129F petition from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). NVC will now forward the petition to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Bogota, Colombia. Please note that the transfer process can take several weeks. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will contact your fiancé(e)/spouse when they are ready to process his or her petition." Included was the USCIS Receipt Number AND the Case Number. This may be a preferred way instead spending countless amount of time on the telephone.
  2. I think the best piece of advice I found on this forum was "Send in you I-129f, and get on with your life! You will be pleasantly surprised when it does get approval!" Seriously, go and visit your fiance and maybe when you return you will have your I-797 waiting when you return.
  3. It may not be required, but it certainly couldn't hurt. I remember reading to 'front load' your I-129F as much as possible. Photos with you and the family shows that you do have an interest. Yes, they can be 'shopped' but I would think that kind of info would emerge at the interviewing process. But this is only how I see it from my 'corner of the Milky Way' galaxy!
  4. I think I would be more inclined to do the IR-1/CR-1 visa route. The initial outlay is a little expensive but you don't have to deal with a lot of the requirements once you establish residency. I went with the K-1 for personal reasons. But like other say, your mileage may vary!
  5. Also on another note, NVC is currently processing visa applications received on Apr 3rd. So that explains mine and anyone else's delay.
  6. Ok here's the deal. My fiance and I have a 13 year difference. She lives in Ibague. I have made only 2 trips there but spent the whole time with them while I was there. Sent photos of us and her family together. I take it they like to see you integrate with the family. We got the NOA2 at the beginning of April. Now just waiting for NVC to do their thing. If you satisfy the RFE's, with your amount of face time in the past 2 years, you should be a shoe in for the next step. Good luck! BTW: I've been to Cartagena. Bocagrande is good but the vendors on the beach can be annoying! Good eats there though!
  7. Thanks for the tip. I'm sure there are bots and hackers harvesting the emails from this site. Several times I have been on here when all of sudden I am hijacked to another website!
  8. Sailormoon said: You are quite right, but some people do not know how to put intentions onto paper. The examples listed here worked for me. I just 'cut-and-paste' dates, names, and places as necessary. As for the "How you met", In Part 2 Item 53 says, "Have you and your fiancé(e) met in person during the two years immediately before filling out this application" I hope you would check 'Yes' since that is what they are looking for. Item 54 says, "If you answered 'Yes' to Item 53., describe the circumstances of your in-person meeting in Item 54. Attach evidence to demonstrate that you were in each other's physical presence during the required two year period." This is where you would add photos of you visiting your fiance. I just put a line in there stating that we met each other on line at X dating site. We later communicated on Whatsapp and continue to communicate on that medium. What you do is up to you, this worked for me.
  9. StormCloudRising, I just had my I-129F approved by USCIS and this is how I did it: Listen to the advice of (most) people here and front load the application. I had my fiance sign the example 'letter of intent to marry' from this forum. We had only met twice in 2018 but continued chatting via Whatsapp. So I included some 'snapshots' of some of or conversations. If you follow the guide in the K-1 flowchart, you will be ok. Like others that have said, do not bind or clip it. Mine was all loose leaf, but in order. About a pound of papers. Good luck!
  10. Yes, I provided the paper where my divorce was entered into the court records which was signed and stamped by a county presiding judge.
  11. I'll add my 2 cents here. I submitted my I-129F and it was received on December 31, 2018. It was transferred to the California Service center on January 4. I got my NOA-2 on April 8. 94 days! Original prediction was June 16, 2019!
  12. FWIW Madie9843, I sent my I-129F to the Texas lockbox(?). From there it was transferred to the California service center and processed in 94 days! Of course, "Your mileage may vary!" Good luck!
  13. This thread is very near and dear to my heart since I too am in the process of obtaining a visa for my fiance, (and her children), in Colombia. However, you can toss me in with the last 2 poster since I find it odd they kept her, a citizen of Colombia, passport! From what I have read here on Visajourney, if it is outright denied, they return it to you when the interview is concluded.
  14. I guess I will add my 2 cents in here. I knew I was going to apply for a visa for non-immigrant at some point. So I asked my lawyer who also handled my divorce 5 years ago, if he did visas. He told me that he didn't but that if I was diligent in my application, I should not have any problems. He knows others that do this process and it is a matter giving exactly what the USCIS and State Department want. He told me if there were any questions that I didn't understand from a 'legal standpoint', send him an email and he would advise me how to proceed. He didn't charge me anything for said advice and he was correct, (in as so far), with regards to the USCIS. I will put this disclaimer here though, we both are members of the same 'fraternal organization'. In the end, you as the sponsor are responsible for the content on the application. Albeit for a K-1 or a CR-1.
  15. If I may be allowed to pound my chest here a little bit, my application was submitted/received 12/31/2018 and today I received my notice of approval, I-129F NOA2. It was approved on 4/8/2019! 3½ months for approval isn't too bad. Its the first step/hurdle in a long 'visa journey', (pun definitely intended!).
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