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  • Location Boston, MA, USA

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    Boston
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    Massachusetts

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  • Immigration Status
    K-1 Visa
  • Place benefits filed at
    California Service Center
  • Local Office
    Boston MA
  • Country
    Tunisia

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  1. Try in incognito mode or using another browser. If it works, clear your Chrome cache. Good luck!
  2. The Embassy in Tunis sent us the following in a email with our appointment date and time. We submitted my tax transcript from 2019 (I haven’t completed 2020 yet) My latest YTD paystubs The latest statements from my checking and savings accounts The latest statements from stocks and bonds that I could liquidate within a year without a heavy penalty. So not including 401, 403, CD, and joint property. The consular didn’t ask any financial-related questions and we received a verbal approval at the end of the interview. ************************************************** Affidavit of support (Form I-134) completed by the petitioner and bring a copy of the petitioner’s latest tax returns. Please note: U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents (green card holders) must report their income yearly, no matter where the income was earned. If taxes were not filed by the petitioner, please proof of your most recent total annual income + a signed letter explaining why taxes were not filed. If you require a joint sponsor, please provide a copy of the biographic page of the joint sponsor’s U.S. passport or Green Card, the Affidavit of support (Form I-134) and the joint sponsor’s tax documents.
  3. My (43F) fiancé (26M) had his interview today and received a verbal approval for his K1 visa; he picks up his passport in 6 days. He's Tunisian and Muslim. I'm Asian-American, Buddhist, and on the cusp of being out of my childbearing years. The age gap question came up, as we expected. I think that love blurs the lines of biological age, so aside from my initial reservations of having a flirtation with someone who was 23 years old (at the time), we've never personally discussed age beyond what we would do if we couldn't have children. The only other time was to prepare for his interview. I'm definitely young-at-heart, and he's got some old soul in him and can match me joke-for-joke, so we actually see each other similarly aged. No other questions regarding age. The other questions were about our trips together (4, not including when I first met him). What his plans were once he got to the US. And why we were getting married in the US and not Tunisia. Good luck with your process!
  4. I don't know if it helped our case; we included it in our petition to show our communication strength. Our interview is scheduled for 03/31. I hadn't thought about asking my fiancé to print those out to bring with him; I assumed they would have a copy of all the information we sent in the petition and any other information they gathered during background checks. Now I'm wondering if he should print out the entire petition packet that we submitted. I was able to download our chat log directly from Facebook when we were still using Messenger. To download: — Click on the disclosure triangle in the upper right corner of your Facebook window — Click on Settings & Privacy — Click on Settings — Click on Your Facebook Information — Click on Download Your Information — adjust the filters for date range, format, and media quality — you'll probably want to click Deselect All (just below the Create File button) and then select Messages — Click Create File It'll take a fair amount of time to get the file because that'll be all of your chats with everyone. You'll be able to get your file from Available Copies, which is the next tab over from Request Copy. We've since moved to Messages on the iPhone. I use iMazing (Mac and PC compatible), a program that can extract text and WhatsApp messages.
  5. We received notification from the Embassy on Friday that they scheduled our K1 interview. This was the first email that we received, so it was notification of receipt from NVC, instructions for next steps, and interview date, all rolled into one email. When you’re ready to schedule travel to the US, I recommend flying through Istanbul instead of Paris since there’s still a travel ban in place for non-US citizens transiting through Schengen countries. Good luck!
  6. 🇺🇸 My fiancé is from Tunisia 🇹🇳
  7. Please don’t despair! I’m (43F) 16.5 years older than my Tunisian fiancé (26M). USCIS only just approved our petition on the very last day of 2020. We also applied in early March. We had no RFE. We did have three visits over two years before submitting our petition, but I think what really helped our case was our letters of Intent to Marry. We both wrote human perspective letters, describing how we met, our emotions of falling in love, our feelings of despair every time we left each other at the airport, the proposal, and looking to the future. Much of this process is about presenting enough of the right paperwork. But the people reading and sorting our applications are still human, so we took that opportunity of persuasion, much like you would with a cover letter for a resumé. Good luck! We’re rooting for you!
  8. Can you meet your fiancé in Turkey? He may not need a visa for Turkey, which would remove that stress. US citizens need a visa, but you can apply online, answer a few questions, and pay ~$50. My fiancé and I recently looked at flights going to Barbados since I have an uncle working remotely from there. I found that the flight to Barbados, with a layover, was about the same time as a direct flight to Turkey (~9 hours). His flight from Tunisia would be ~20 hours, and he would need to transit through London AND go through customs to re-check his luggage. We met in Turkey in November. It was much less complicated. We kept the trip low-key and mostly played house in an Airbnb.
  9. Also, my understanding from this thread so far is that NVC confirms that all our ducks are in a row; NVC only feeds cases when our beneficiary's country's US Embassy indicates they're ready for additional casework. The embassy will then reach out to schedule an interview in the time approximated here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html
  10. I found this resource for NVC processing times: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/nvc-timeframes.html For those of us waiting on confirmation that NVC has received and processed our cases from USCIS, it indicates that they are creating cases RECEIVED (not sent) from USCIS on 12/14. I assume all of our paperwork goes by snail mail. Once we submit our supporting documents, it looks like it'll be a 3 month wait for them to get on deck for review.
  11. Thank you so much for your insight! We received notification from Case Tracker that our petition was approved yesterday; another thing to be thankful for in the past year. We'll update our timeline once we receive the official NOA2 date. We've joined DECEMBER 2020 K-1 NOA2 to NVC to EMBASSY and downloaded the TIPS, TRICKS, and HACKS pdf. We've checked step 2 of https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/family-immigration/nonimmigrant-visa-for-a-fiance-k-1.html and noted the pre-interview checklist for documents we'll need to collate and translate https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Supplements/Supplements_by_Post/TNS-Tunis.html. We appreciate the work that the Visa Journey organizers put into this forum, allowing us to share our journey so others can learn and get support. We had a renewed burst of hope when another couple petitioning for Tunisia received their approval at the beginning of December. The timelines are so helpful!
  12. Well, if there's anyone else left in this thread for March filers, here's the update from our inquiry. We're listed as filed on 03/06. Our NOA1 on the mailed receipt is listed as 03/11. Our lawyer submitted the inquiry for us on 10/07 and received a response on 10/20. "Your case is currently delayed because the required security checks are still pending. We cannot make a decision on your case until we receive the results of these security checks." While this is mildly alarming because neither of us can fathom what in our lives could hold up a security check, we're hoping this is just par for the course and that whoever is working on fact-gathering finds overwhelming evidence that our lives are actually the rom-com they want to see; and that they should let it play out because the happy ending will be worth it. We wish everyone luck as we hope for our own!
  13. Hi! I just made a recommendation for the Ecuadorian addresses in one of your older threads. We used Plus Codes, which Google Maps supports, and is perfect for our situation; it provides a short code based upon global coordinates. Our application is still in “received” status so we don’t know yet if that’s acceptable; we also provided the closest landmark. It does sound like others were approved with less detailed addresses. You can see how to get your Plus Code in Maps here: https://support.google.com/maps/answer/7047426. Plus Codes are open source and you can read more about them here: https://plus.codes/. Good luck!
  14. We used Plus Codes. Google Map supports it. We pinned the location in Maps and it gave us a Plus Code. You can see how to do it here: https://support.google.com/maps/answer/7047426
  15. I only recently found out about Visa Journey and have been poring over the numbers. I think you may find the info in the K1 Visa Timelines helpful and encouraging. Luckily the USCIS was only closed for in-person services. USCIS has been issuing NOA2s throughout 2020. USCIS still shows turnaround time for CSC holding steady at 5-7 months. The trending average time for CSC is 188 days It looks like NVC has been receiving apps The timeline shows the transit time from USCIS to NVC is about a month. The timeline shows a dormant period (May and June) for apps leaving NVC The turnaround for an appointment at the embassy will likely get longer as the mail catches up. But at least you'd be in the backstretch of the visa process once your app is there. I imagine they would provide sufficient time to get the medical exam or help reschedule for a reasonable time. If Nigeria is closed for US travelers at the time you want to visit, maybe you can meet in a country that has lifted some of their restrictions for each of the countries. I hope my perspective is a little helpful and you submit your application soon. Good luck!
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