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  1. @carmel34 The only potential red flag they may raise is relatively short time knowing each other (several months) compared to other couples here, who often know each other for several years. This is also why I was thinking of attaching additional evidence showing how well we fit in all other dimensions (culture, hobbies, etc.) but I don't know if this is really a red flag or I'm just over-worrying. I may be overthinking it since "how long have you known each other" is not a question on I-129F either.
  2. She is in Russia. Does it help to front-load this evidence for Moscow embassy?
  3. One of the bullet points in K-1 guide mentions an optional step of providing proof of ongoing relationship (tickets of future trips, chat logs, etc.). In another post I've been reprimanded for trying to explain how my fiancee and I met (something other online sources recommend), being told that USCIS doesn't care for a love story, they just want 1-2 sentences with concrete dates showing evidence of having met once in the last 2 years. Reading other member's RFEs and official USCIS instructions I see absolutely nothing about proof of ongoing relationship. Some other posts even mention that it's just clutter that slows down processing of your application. Despite it actually being recommended in the VisaJourney guide (unlike a page of explanation/summary of how we met and summary of our trips together, which several members told me USCIS doesn't care about), I don't see any evidence of USCIS wanting this information. With the explanation of how we met, at least a case can be made that it's overly verbose answer to question 54 of I-129F. With proof of ongoing relationship, I see no way to tie it back to I-129F at all. So does this information help at all or is it just clutter? I also want to clarify that I have plenty of evidence to attach to our case, but if it just clutter that USCIS doesn't care about, I'd rather not add it.
  4. One of the reasons for wanting to change last name is that she doesn't want name ambiguity/confusion for our future children, which we'll likely have before naturalization.
  5. So based on what you're saying, we would need to use "Mariia" for now since that's what her zagran-passport states? Do you know if we'd be able to change it to "Maria" at the time of obtaining our marriage certificate in US (since we will be changing her last name to match mine anyway)?
  6. My fiancee has her name spelled weirdly (Mariia) on previous B-1 paperwork and her загран-пасспорт (zargran-passport). Can we put the correct spelling (Maria) on I-129F form for K-1 visa (and then mention Mariia as other names on later forms (i.e. DS-230), or do we have to state her first name exactly as it appears in zagran-passport and deal with renaming her on later paperwork years later (after naturalization)?
  7. Thanks guys, another question. If I received my own citizenship through my parents naturalization while being under 18 (I have Citizenship Certificate but no Naturalization Certificate), should I claim "Naturalization" or "U.S. citizen parents" for question 40 on I-129F? I'm not sure if the latter option is only applicable to people born abroad or for people such as myself as well.
  8. @Pitaya I'm still confused about the situation with mailing original Intent to Marry letter from the beneficiary when she's located on the opposite side of the world? Does it need to be original or can it be a scanned document? The original is not practical to obtain until the next time we see each other (in a month, and I wouldn't be able to mail the packet until I'm back to US a few weeks later). It seems like this would be a common problem, and I didn't see USCIS instructions specifically claim that they want the original (although VJ instructions say so). Can we send a scanned copy? Regarding the name ambiguity, her actual name is indeed written in Russian, my confusion is from the fact that she has it written differently from what we'd prefer in her B-1, travel/itinerary docs we plan to provide as evidence, and also differently in her social media accounts. Will this be a problem or will UCSIS staff understand that this is simply a translation quirk of the office where she obtained her B-1 visa?
  9. The checklist on this website for I-129F is very useful, but some of the paperwork does not seem to align with that recommended by other blogs and articles I ran into. The USCIS website instructions do not seem to specify that either way is correct or wrong for this evidence (such as Letter of Intent). I want to confirm I'm sending correct evidence and in the correct format to avoid denials and RFEs. I also want to avoid sending excess documents as that is likely to do more harm than good, with the officer spending more time to make sense of all of them. Here are some of the confusions we ran into: Cover Letter: VisaJourney instructions state to provide a cover letter, which I did not see in instructions from USCIS or other blogs. Is this equivalent to K-1 Declaration Letter that other websites like CitizenPath mention? K-1 Declaration: VisaJourney makes no mention of this, this seems to mainly be a summary of how we met and as far as I understand serves as evidence of having met in person in the last 2 years. I see other websites also use this as evidence of Intent to Marry. Do you suggest keeping the 2 separate (see next bullet) or is a single K-1 Declaration (such as https://citizenpath.com/faq/k-1-declaration-sample/) good enough? Intent to Marry: A couple websites (such as example above) send a single 2-page letter describing how the couple met and a paragraph at the end that serves as evidence of intent to marry. The checklist on VisaJourney not only states that the 2 must be separate but that individually signed letters of intent must be included in the packet. The USCIS instructions only state that evidence must be provided. Can we provide a single letter with 2 signatures? We have no evidence of any wedding planning yet, but I do have engagement ring receipts, are those sufficient with a letter promising to marry signed by both parties? Also, can her signature be scanned? She's not in US, and getting a "wet ink" signature from her will probably delay the process by at least a month due to mailing logistics. I-94 Arrival-Departure Record: When visiting me in the US, she simply got a stamp in her travel passport. Yet page 11 of instructions for I-129F (https://www.uscis.gov/i-129f) makes it sound like an I-94 form must be provided for every visit to US. Reading more about this form, I saw that it's now automated and physical copy is only provided per request. Is this something we should request (which would also delay the process) or is this safe to ignore? Name ambiguity for fiancee: her first name appears differently on different paperwork (mainly due to how it was translated from Russian by different agencies, sometimes it seems like they're just adding arbitrary letters to it). Will this be an issue? Can we state her name as we want it to appear in official documents and simply state other forms (as used in previous B-1 and travel documents) in the section of I-129F asking for previously used aliases? Does the first name we state in K-1 need to match up with her previous travel documents and B-1 (which we're mainly attaching as evidence of having met before and ongoing relationship)? Thank you
  10. Thanks guys (who stayed on topic), looks like traveling shouldn't be an issue then. Similarly, we're looking at other alternatives for staying together while the process takes place (me working remotely from her country isn't an option since the paperwork for my entry there would similarly take over a year to process - a complication based on my original nationality). One other alternative I'm considering is her also applying for work authorization in Canada (Express Entry), a process that seems to be significantly more streamlined and may only take a few weeks. That way we'll only be a car-drive away from each other during the 14 months that the processing takes place. Do you know if her temporary relocation to Canada would raise any red flags in the CR-1 process?
  11. After my fiancee and I looked at both K-1 and CR-1 processes, we were very upset with the lengthy times. It's literally as if the government is stealing 1-2% of each of our lives. Since we're both in mid-30s, and eventually want kids, neither of us wants to wait around for 1-2 years while the CR-1 is processing (CR-1 seems like a saner option due to lower rejection rate, fewer headaches, and ability to get her a job here as soon as possible). A crazy idea popped into my head the other day. I'm a software developer, and it's relatively easy to find remote jobs in software. So I could work remotely while the 2 of us travel the world together, as long as CR-1 process allows that. Another option (since I have sufficient savings and investment income) is to not work at all during this time (the cost of living would be cheaper in many of the countries we could travel to, the only one losing out here is Uncle Sam on the tax revenue). This can effectively work as our honeymoon. Before moving forward with this, I have the following concerns: - Will CR-1 process/interview be negatively impacted by the fact that I (a US citizen) will be abroad for majority of their process? - Will CR-1 be negatively impacted if I don't work during this time/travel? If the issue is being able to prove that I can provide for my future spouse, can I simply get a job shortly before the final interview (my employer would be happy to have me back)? - Will CR-1 be negatively impacted by the fact that she travels (legally, using tourist visas) for majority of their process instead of staying in her country? - For CR-1, can she marry me while visiting on a B-1 she already has? Alternatively, if we get married in one of the countries we travel to, how hard would it be to convert that certificate to US for the purposes of CR-1?
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