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  1. This is the current message on ustraveldocs.com: Urgent Notice! Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from China.
  2. Can anyone tell me if a transit visa is needed when travelling through a Schengen airport from Pakistan with a valid K-1 visa in the passport? The exemption for needing a visa while travelling through Schengen airports is very confusingly worded. The K-1 is not a "residency" visa so I'm unclear. If anyone has a photo of their K-1 visa that, too, would help me figure out it if meets the criteria needed. Thank you.
  3. If you are called to redo a medical in anticipation of visa issuance, can the follow up interview be scheduled quickly? In other words, do they have a special category for people in that situation so they can set up an interview fast? Faster than the standard open times, I mean ... If you have any information about this, I’d appreciate it. Thank you.
  4. I have a pet peeve in that visa applicants/beneficiaries on this site from Pakistan almost NEVER post a timeline. Which means their cases are largely unhelpful for anyone in a similar situation or with a comparable visa. The site is meant to help, explain, and encourage other applicants but when critical information is missing on like applications, there is no way to gauge whether one's own case is reasonably on track or not. I would hope my brothers and sisters from South Asia and Pakistan would reconsider the sharing of information which could be of benefit to us all.
  5. You don't have to be, but if they allow you to be it's better. It shows support and proof of an additional in-person meeting.
  6. Unfortunately many of the best, most decent, and most upstanding citizens can get delayed by these extra security checks ("extreme vetting," "administrative processing," whatever you want to call them) so you can't be sure how long it will take for either visa type. I believe the marriage visa is the CR-1 and you would marry anywhere you could (Tunisia, France, etc.) and then apply as a married couple. In most high fraud countries or condor visa countries, those are approved in higher numbers than the K-1 visas and the green card received initially is for 10 years, not 2. Feel free to correct me if any of this information isn't correct, since this isn't our visa type.
  7. You should meet several times, in Tunisia, France, Spain, wherever you can meet. And keep joint photos, ticket stubs, hotel receipts, etc., when they have both your names on them or when they are clearly from the same date / time (e.g., two train tickets to same destination, same time, on same day). You are from one of the countries which is subject to extra scrutiny so you need very strong evidence and a lot of patience. Only five K-1s were approved in Tunis last month (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-statistics/nonimmigrant-visa-statistics/monthly-nonimmigrant-visa-issuances.html) so consider getting married before applying.
  8. Personally I listed all places (including college residence and study abroad programs) as separate entries and locales. If it was a short vacation of say 3 weeks or less or where I was moving constantly from place to place, I did not list it. Of course that entailed a relatively complicated listing of places but it was thorough. The CO complimented us on our good documentation but I don't know if that portion of our application was in his mind when he said that.
  9. They asked us about our wedding plans at the interview, and we had a date selected and reserved with evidence. I would advise you take some evidence of your intended wedding date.
  10. In addition to the 7 essentially banned countries, there are 26 countries which get extra scrutiny, those are normally found under the category called visas condor. You can look it up or you can PM me for more details on that. I realize it’s very discouraging and frustrating, but they’re just trying to do a security check for everyone’s safety. That doesn’t make it any easier. This is actually pretty helpful and explanatory. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_Advisory_Opinion http://hirschlaw1.com/information-on-administrative-processing/
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