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  1. Congratulations to everyone on the approvals! @Naes needs hers next! Can't wait for ours, but we've still got some time. Our NOA1 is 9/28!
  2. Finally! We're so close. I'm a September 28th filer, but knowing that they're jumping into September now makes me so happy. We will all get through this!
  3. Oh my goodness, I did not even realize this! My grandparents were going to be co-sponsors, but I suppose I should only have one of them fill it out! Also, since our time may be coming rather soon, I've been trying to collect all of the necessary documents for the embassy. I got a copy of my tax returns from last year, I have a copy of my tax returns from this year (just filed), I have an official letter of employment from my job with their letterhead, stating my salary and position. I work full-time and I meet the requirements on my own, but I'm going to have a co-sponsor just in case. Should I get a bank statement now, or is what I have enough? I hope I'm not gathering this stuff too early... What would my co-sponsor need if they receive only retirement income? Just a copy of their most recent tax returns and a bank statement? Thank you
  4. I see you post a lot on here and I always appreciate the insight and assistance you have to offer. I truly hope that you get your NOA2 soon! You are correct about those of us from September and October who are already frustrated. I am a September filer and I haven't even waited half of what you have (we're currently on day 102 since NOA1), and my fiance and I are already frustrated and restless. Knowing that we still have at least 80 - 100 days more of waiting just for the NOA2 is not a good feeling at all. Then hearing about the long wait for the NVC stage certainly isn't pleasant, either. I am happy to see many June folks getting their NOA2's, and I hope to see some approvals from July rolling in by the time January is through. It breaks my heart to see that there are people from June (and even May!) that are still waiting just to get to the NOA2. You are right, though, just don't let the process be the focus. We are doing this because we love our future husbands/wives, and that is more important and powerful than this $hitty process. I'm just trying to be optimistic and hold on to the thought that, once we have reached the NOA2, the biggest wait time is more than likely behind us. Yes, there will be more waiting, but after waiting 6 - 7 months, I hope that the rest of the waiting won't feel so daunting. That is...unless we get an RFE for something we already sent them, and then get stalled even longer. So many things seem wrong with this process. Hoping it all goes smoothly.
  5. Oh my goodness I hope that you are right and that they really are picking up their speed, even if just slightly!
  6. Oh I agree with you! I'm just speaking from the pro-Trump perspective. As a side note, it's really funny and ironic to me when I see some #MAGA folks on Visa Journey. I just shake my head and laugh.
  7. It's pretty much what I had feared with this new administration. I'm pretty positive, but I also don't want to stick my head in the sand. #MAGA, right? Remember what Trump has been saying since the beginning. Americans first. Immigration is a privilege, not a right. It can be limited and obstructed or otherwise taken away. Those who are lucky enough to have made it through the process should be grateful and the rest do not deserve, nor are guaranteed anything and that's how it should be.
  8. Yeah, as an average wait time from NOA1 to NOA2, I think that sounds about right. I think it's definitely not impossible to find people who have waited 230+ days from NOA1 to NOA2, and my heart hurts for those folks, but I've seen a few people around here become really hysterical, saying wait times from NOA1 to NOA2 are 300+ days. Yes, it's a long wait, I'm not debating that, but 10 - 12 months to NOA2? I'll be highly skeptical unless I see it. My optimistic estimate is ~180 days, my pessimistic estimate is ~200. Maybe it'll be somewhere in the middle, who knows. My philosophy at this point is this: The wait time from the filing of the I-129F to NOA2 is pretty much the longest part. Yes, there's more waiting after the NOA2, I understand that, and depending on how things are looking at the NVC and the Embassy you will be interviewing at, it could take a while at that point, too. I'm not discounting that, people may get RFEs, or put into AP, etc., I know. However, even knowing that there's more work and more waiting after the NOA2 doesn't really matter to my fiance and I. We will just be overjoyed to have that part of the wait behind us. The way we see it, if we're already at 90 - 100 days, we're halfway or possibly even more than halfway through the biggest part of the wait. So my logic is why keep thinking like "Oh no, it's 200 days to NOA2! That's horrible!"? Why am I dwelling on the the 100 days that are already behind us? I should be thinking "Oh, it's somewhere from 80 to 100 more days until NOA2. We've already made it this far!" Likewise, once at the NVC and Embassy stages, we're not going to be dwelling on the previous 6 or 7 months we waited for the NOA2! I think it's more of a positive affirmation! Or I'm just a crazy person now and I'm proving that to everyone! Happy 2018!
  9. That's crazy! I know that the wait time from NOA1 to NOA2 is pretty high, but I don't think waiting 228 days is average or normal at all. I don't think the majority of filers should expect that many days, honestly. However, every case can be different. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can chime in here, but you may be at a point where you can reach out to your congressman/congresswoman and get them involved?
  10. Yeah you should definitely have already received your NOA2 by now, I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you are harassing the living hell out of them at this point? Especially since it's now officially past their posted processing times. No RFEs or anything, I assume?
  11. I believe the wait for NOA2 is around 180 - 200 days... Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it can be different for everyone. If I'm not mistaken, some people who filed back in May are still waiting? Not entirely sure. I was being over-optimistic thinking that it would only be 160 days, but I'm leaning more towards ~190, and that might be my optimistic guess. Think about it this way, though, we're almost certainly half way (or more!) to getting to the NOA2, right? I mean total wait time between NOA1 and NOA2, not until visa in-hand or POE. Sorry, figured I should clarify.
  12. I remember back in 2014/2015 when some people were speculating that the 2016 election was going to be Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton. Golly, what I'd give to have Jeb! as POTUS at this point. I'd take that awkward turtle and his guacamole bowls over the current circus any day!
  13. Happy New Year, everyone! Hoping all is well! As we crawl closer to (or past) the 100 day mark of waiting for the NOA2, is anyone else feeling kind of silly for choosing the K-1 route over the CR-1? Especially with all of the costs and waiting for EAD, etc.? Of course, it would be even more ridiculous to start all over from the beginning, but it seems like the CR-1 is still roughly the same amount of time at this point -- with less costs involved. I know that the reason my fiance and I opted for the K-1 was because we believed it would be quicker to be together in America, and, for a lot of people, the reason was to specifically have their wedding in America with friends/family. Feeling a little more blue than I should be on this holiday. Hoping I'm not being too much of a bummer!
  14. Agreed! My timeline bumped up to April recently!!! I don't think I've ever resented the holidays more than I have now haha!
  15. Kyle2017

    Questions About Kyiv Embassy

    Thank you for the information and the support! I'm going to do everything I can to visit my fiance again, and in fact, I would really like to be there for the interview itself in Kyiv if possible! Thank you for your concern, I honestly was quite shocked at some of the comments and the sheer mean-spirited nature of them. I tried to be as respectful as possible, even though I was upset, but I do understand that there are a lot of good people here with great advice.