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  1. Everyone, I just wanted to let everyone that my visa journey is finally complete! I was able to bring her home and we arrived without any difficulty on December 30th. From start to finish, it has been an agonizing 26 months, particularly the last 19 months when my fiancee was stuck in Nicaragua. I doubted that this day would every come, after being trapped in the black hole of administrative processing for 17 months. Thanks again everyone for all of the help and support! Best regards, Steve
  2. Everyone, I have a question regarding the port of entry for my fiancee. We will be traveling together by air and will enter the US at IAH (Houston International Airport). Will my fiancee and I be able to go through the same line in immigration? If so, will we need to be in the line for US citizens or the line for foreigners? I am a US citizen, and my fiancee will have her foreign passport with K1 visa attached. I really hope that it isn't necessary for us to go separate ways in the airport. IAH is gigantic and will be very intimidating and confusing for my fiancee. She has never encountered such an airport before... Regards, Steve
  3. Everyone, The embassy is moving very quickly now. I just checked the status tonight and my fiancees passport is ready to be picked up. Only 3 week days after the interview! She will be coming home with me after Christmas. Regards, Steve
  4. Everyone, After being trapped in the black hole of administrative processing for roughly 17 months, our case was finally approved yesterday! My fiancee attended the appointment for the third interview at the embassy in Nicaragua. She had to resubmit the DS-160, acquire new police reports and medical exams, and provide proof of our ongoing relationship since the previous interview 13 months ago. She was only asked 3 questions at this third interview - "what is your name?", "when did your fiancee last visit?", and "show me a photo of you together". They also returned all of the evidence we had submitted at the 2 previous interviews. They took her passport, and said it would be returned with the visa attached in 3 weeks. Does anyone know how long this actually takes in Nicaragua? From what I have read people usually receive their passport with the visa stamp within 2-10 days. I will be visiting her for Christmas, and I would like to bring her home with me. Regards, Steve
  5. TBoneTx, I learned from informed sources outside this forum, that medical exams expire after 6 months. The DS-160 is only valid for one year. Police reports are also only valid for a limited time, and my fiancees are now more than 18 months old. Because the embassy sat on our case for so long, virtually everything we previously submitted has expired. There is no expiration date on the relationship evidence. However, everything we had previously submitted is now more than a year old. The embassy has nothing recent from the past 12 months. I just noticed that new email from the embassy came from the "managuaIV" email address, not the "managuaFPU" address that was used for everything when we were under AP. Perhaps this suggests that our case is out of the FPU and back into the normal main stream of visa processing within the embassy.
  6. Everyone, My K1 visa has been in process in the embassy in Nicaragua for about 19 months. We attended 2 interviews at the embassy, the last of which was November 6th of 2018. Our case has been in the black hole of administrative processing this entire time. We have had no signs of action out of the embassy for an entire year, other than their useless replies to the three inquiries from my Senators office. I finally received an email from the embassy after exactly one year of absolutely no activity. The letter was in spanish, so I had a bit of difficulty translating it. I am uncertain of the implications of the letter and what is happening. So I am posting the contents below, and asking for any insight as to what is happening. In short, the letter is requesting additional documentation, as well as a new DS-160 new medical exams, and says we need to schedule ANOTHER appointment. The letter also says our petition has been denied. It says we need to schedule another appointment for not submitting complete documentation. This is confusing to me, because we did submit absolutely everything they asked for 18 months ago, and all of the additional items they requested in our second interview one year ago. It appears to me that we are starting over from where we were 18 months ago, and in fact they have assigned a completely different case number which is in the email. It seems that it is impossible to ever complete the process, because the embassy waits until all of the documents, evidence and medical exams have long since expired, before doing anything. Then they request we submit everything again. Here is the english translation of the letter I received, please provide opinions on what is happening. Do they actually intend to complete our case, or is this just another ploy to further delay everything? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This office informs you that your petition has been denied under Section 221 (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of the United States of America. To continue with your process we require you to provide additional documentation. If you do not submit the requested documents within one year, your request will be canceled. SEND DOCUMENTS THROUGH OF CARGOTRANS SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT Before sending your documentation through CargoTrans, go to www.ustraveldocs.com/ni to create a profile and register. You can also register and obtain information by calling the Call Center, from Nicaragua at 7877-7600 and from the United States at (703) 745-5479. For not presenting complete documentation, you must schedule a new appointment by contacting the Call Center, at 7877-7600 from Nic. and at (703) 745-5479 from the United States. Similarly schedule your appointment online through: www.ustraveldocs.com/ni. New medical exams Record of local police (district) re-submit form DS-160 Present recent evidence of relationship (NoV / 18 - NOV / 19)
  7. Thanks Greenbaum. I didn't think being married changed much of anything, other than it is no longer necessary to provide intent to marry statements, and there are slightly different forms to file. The beneficiary is still required to meet all of the same criteria, married or not. Anything that would cause her admission to the US to be denied as a fiancee would cause the same denial as a spouse. But I could be wrong. I could see it might be helpful if the evidence of a relationship was weak. But we have been together for 3-1/2 years, and provided a mountain of evidence. Airline tickets, hotel receipts, a large pile of photos etc. etc. from SEVEN visits together. Skype logs, physical letters and cards with postmarked envelopes and such from the first 2-1/2 years of our relationship. Letters from half a dozen people who have witnessed our relationship in person, Western Union receipts showing my financial support for two years, engagement ring receipt. And more. When I was at the second interview, I saw our file through the window that the consul had. It was literally three inches thick of solid paper, at least half of which was evidence my fiancee and I submitted. I was under the impression that getting married would cause the entire process to start over again, and we would be back to square one where I was 18 months ago. And since my fiancee has Nicaraguan citizenship, we would be stuck going through the same embassy again, where I would expect the same result as before. Unless she obtains citizenship or legal residency in a different country, which would require years. I have heard of numerous people who got married in a foreign country, and were unable (or required years) to get their spouse to the US. I would never be willing to marry someone without knowing if they could ever come to the US. Best regards, Steve
  8. Everyone, Thanks for the replies! I was in Nicaragua visiting my fiancee at the time, so I was unable to read all of the posts and referenced threads until now. I am still not sure what to do. We have been waiting on the results from our second interview for over 6 months now. Our case has been in AP since June of 2018. I have been constantly checking for updates on the CEAC website, and have noticed that the case has gone for months without being touched. The inquiry from my senators office on March 4 at least resulted in the case status being updated in March. But I now suspect that the status update wasn't because actual work was being done, rather that it was "touched" only to check the status for the senators office. I sent two emails to the embassy last month (April), and they didn't reply or even acknowledge receipt of my emails. Months ago, they at least responded to my emails. I am guessing they are angry now because I contacted my senator and therefore ignoring my emails. And I have not been sending excessive emails. Generally I have sent less than one email per month. I only sent two emails last month because I received no response. The case has not been touched again in nearly two months. I have been operating on the assumption that the embassy in Nicaragua has no intention of ever officially approving or denying our case. Rather they have decided to put it on a shelf forever, and claim that it is in AP so that they don't have to do any additional work, and so that I have no legal recourse to refute an actual denial. Perhaps my assumption is wrong, but I have no evidence to the contrary. As I said before, my fiancee previously lived in Costa Rica for 9 years and had a job, friends, safety, and a good life there. She had to give up all of that forever when she needed to return to Nicaragua to complete the visa process. She did not have citizenship or legal residency in Costa Rica. She can not likely ever return. The economy in Nicaragua is in shambles, and she has no work there. She has been physically assaulted, has had to move three times, and now lives in constant fear. The financial cost to fully support her, pay for three visits to Nicaragua, and pay all of the visa related expenses has reached $20,000 in the past year. My savings are rapidly becoming depleted and I will soon run out of options. My fiancee can not tolerate living with the conditions there any longer. She has frequently fallen into depression because of her situation. Soon she will be forced to leave Nicaragua to try to start a new life somewhere else. I think our only options will be to either force the embassy to complete the visa with a WOM, find a different method to get her into the US, or give up entirely and send her to some other country where she would have an opportunity to start a new life. Thanks for all of your replies. Regards, Steve
  9. Hello everyone, My K1 visa case is still stuck with no progress in the Nicaraguan embassy. My fiancee has been trapped in Nicaragua for an entire year now, and the situation has been causing considerable hardship for us. I met with an immigration attorney in February, and she suggested trying a congressional inquiry, through my state senators office. We did this 2 months ago, and as expected, it had no effect. The embassy did respond to the senator (they haven't responded directly to me since January). The only response they gave to the senator was the same as they have been telling me for the past 6 months, that the case was in administrative processing and I would hear from them soon. My attorney suggested trying a mandamus action. She doesn't do federal court cases, but she referred to a different attorney who does. I haven't contacted the new attorney yet. I was unable to find any information with mandamus actions in context of cases that are held up in an embassy. Does anyone on this forum have any knowledge or experience with mandamus actions? I know that a mandamus action is used to force a government entity to actually do their jobs, and complete a process or give a ruling on a case. Best regards, Steve
  10. A second medical exam will be required because the process has been so slow, her first medical exam has expired. Medical exams are only valid for 6 months. The second interview was required because my fiancee had been married previously (12 years ago) although the marriage was invalid because it was never recorded with the central registry. This fact was uncovered in the first interview, because they had a record of a 12 year old passport with the married name. I was unaware of this, so the embassy required a second "split" interview and additional documents. Steve
  11. No. We are waiting for instructions from the embassy. They must send the information first, telling my fiancee where she needs to go for the exams. I have asked them several times for this, but always receive the same reply of "your case is in administrative processing, we will contact you when it is finished." Steve
  12. As far as I know. I haven't received anything informing me of any changes in status.
  13. Everyone, It has been a while since I have posted anything. My K1 fiancee visa case is still tied up at the embassy in Nicaragua , and there has been no progress in months. My poor fiancee had been enduring many hardships in Nicaragua. Recently, she was forced to find a different place to live (again) this time because of an abusive landlord. The landlord hired some thugs, and let them into my fiancees apartment where they proceeded to beat her up, because she refused to have sex with him. Then the new apartment she moved into was infested with bed bugs... Our second interview happened on November 6th. I asked the person conducting the interview if he thought my fiancee could have her visa in time for Christmas, and he said that should be no problem. However, nothing has changed. Every time I send an email to inquire about the status, I am told that it is in administrative processing and that I will be notified when it is ready. I hired an immigration attorney, and she noticed that the online status had been updated on December 27 saying that our case was ready for an interview. But my email inquiry several weeks later yielded the same response of "administrative processing". She sent an inquiry to the embassy two weeks ago, along with the form to notify them that she has entered the case as my attorney. However, she has received no response from the embassy. They had never failed to respond to my inquiries previously, always responding within 2-3 business days. My attorney is helping me do a congressional inquiry next through the state Senators office. There is nothing more that the attorney can do to help. Does anyone have any other suggestions? We have been in the visa process now for 17 months, and I don't think she will be able to endure the conditions much longer in Nicaragua. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Regards, Steve
  14. I was curious if the government shutdown is affecting visa processing. Specifically, my case has been stuck in "administrate procedure" at the embassy in Nicaragua for 10 weeks now. I know the state department is one of the areas potentially affected. Are the embassies directly affected by the shutdown? Regards, Steve
  15. We finally had the split interview on November 6. The man conducting the interview was very friendly, my fiancee and I both felt very relaxed. He interviewed my fiancee first for an hour or more. Then he interviewed me for about 10 or 15 minutes, to cross check some of my fiancees answers. The questions were all very easy, just very general questions. He didn't ask questions multiple times with different wordings. We never got the sense that they were trying to ask "trick" questions. He just asked my fiancee many different questions about me and my life, my family, our relationship and our visits together. Then I was asked a subset of the same questions. We got the sense that he was just confirming that my fiancee knew me and we had actually spent time together. We provided some additional evidence - the additional legal documents requested of my fiancee, photos of our last 2 visits together (which occurred after filing the petition), WhatsApp logs, and letters from 4 different friends and my sister, who have all witnessed our relationship. Two of these friends had actually traveled to Costa Rica and were with us for part of two different visits. The man conducting the interview told us that my fiancees medical exams were going to expire in a week, and that they would be unlikely to complete the visa before then. So she would need new exams. I asked if she would be able to have the visa in time to be with me for Christmas, and he said that should not be a problem. He said we would hear from them within 2 weeks. Unfortunately, we have heard nothing from the embassy about our case. My fiancee has not even received instructions for getting the new medical exams. It has been nearly 5 weeks since the interview. I sent an email asking about the status of our case, and was only told that it was in "administrative processing" and we would hear from them soon. I know the embassy will close on December 15 for the holidays, and will not reopen until sometime in January. We have given up all hope of being together for Christmas. I don't know what to do next. I don't understand why they continue to delay our case. Nicaragua has become a dangerous place, and my fiancee has suffered many hardships there over the past 7 months. Thanks for remembering my plight! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Steve
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