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  1. Just FYI - it's not uncommon to assign a K-1 case to the consulate/embassy that covers your fiancée's residence as per the last entry on the I-129F regardless of what you select as the desired consulate. In which case if you're lucky (or if things are still in covid-19 holding) you can catch things before it's sent to China, but usually you end up having to request a transfer.
  2. Probably worth considering is that - most big & heavy things will likely cost more to ship than their replacement value - almost anywhere in the US has a very different climate than HK, so you'll need different clothes anyway
  3. Mini-Dave likes to pull Anastasia's hair, which would be a good enough reason for me ... 🤣
  4. Unless they've actually gone through all the PDFs and updated the validation to allow n/a to be typed (without doing things most people wouldn't know how to do, like disabling the script or putting another element on top of them), I'll bet actual enforcement of the "put N/A or none in all fields" policy won't actually happen.
  5. Processing times for K1s seem to go up and down a lot even in normal times. They went up a lot in the first half of 2017 (from a starting point of under 4 months to NOA2 on average), stayed about the same (6.5-7.5 months to NOA2 on average) though mid-2018, started going down again, got as low as a little over 3 months to NOA2 on average, and were slowly increasing again before covid-19 hit. And that wasn't the first time they'd gone up and down a lot in a three-year span.
  6. Note that after October 2nd, the fees for the I-765 (employment authorization) and I-131 (travel permit) will no longer be waived when filed concurrently with (or with evidence of) a pending I-485. And there have been a fair number of reports lately of very long times to NOA1.
  7. No actual knowledge, but given what it takes for a K-1 fiancé(e) to be able to work legally and what it takes for foreign doctors to do to be licensed to practice in the US, I'd think it unlikely.
  8. Would it take 3 months to marry in Spain due to family and/or travel requirements, or due to Spanish law? If it's the latter, you might consider marrying in a third country depending on what travel restrictions look like in the future.
  9. Though note that the fee changes effective October 2nd change this; the fees for EAD and AP applications will no longer be waived for new AOS applications starting then.
  10. Also there can be issues with traveling while late in pregnancy or with a newborn (so note that if she's going to need to fly to the interview location and/or to the US). And make sure they know about the pregnancy at the medical because they normally do a chest X-ray.
  11. I don't know if it's any different now, but historically there was rarely more than 3 days difference between the two, so it just doesn't affect the projections very much either way.
  12. Denmark, Iceland, and Gibraltar are the usual suggestions for third-country marriages in/near Europe (did some looking into this before deciding to just do a K-1). Most Caribbean countries also are good for this, I think (and I think Mexico, too) if you wanted to get married in a third country close to the US instead of close to France. An thread here from 2016 suggested Canada varied a lot by province.
  13. I guess it wasn't strictly patronymic related, but there have also been things like when we were applying for our marriage license the clerk not understanding why my wife's father's last name was [something]ov and her last name was [something]ova and thinking that was a typo ...
  14. I put Anastasia's patronymic as her middle name on the I-129F, then we didn't use it on our marriage license or AOS application. Which caused a little bit of trouble with the SSA when her old social security card (in her maiden name) didn't quite match the name on her green card and we wanted to update that (and we needed to do that to get a learner's permit). But we were able talk their way through it. Anyway, you'll probably run into some issues regardless of what you do; American government officials don't get patronymics.
  15. Though I think with the fees no longer being waived for them (as of Oct 2, anyway) a lot of people are going to look more carefully at the average processing times of their field office vs average EAD processing times before deciding to file them. Previous guidance was to always file them (because they're useful to have even if you aren't planning on becoming employed or traveling internationally before you expect to have your green card), but when you'd save a grand by not doing so that changes the calculations, I think.
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