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  1. Husband interviewed at Seoul consulate and got his visa approved. We’re sooooo happy to be finally done with this grueling process and look forward to being together without the long distance travel hassle. I wish the best of luck to everyone else still waiting as I know too well how agonizing this can be. Hang in there!
  2. No, during this time I was also unable to reach NVC by phone. The supervisor review had also rejected the document but wrote a couple more words in addition to their generic response (something like “US authority needed”), so that’s how we inferred that it was because the divorce wasn’t filed in US court. We called several lawyers (didn’t hire any, just the initial free consultation) and one of them said I should just submit a letter to explain the situation, so that’s what we did.
  3. I thought I would post an update after so long, maybe this would help others who run into similar issues. So after I had posted the above, we requested a supervisor review, and two months later, they finally gave a very terse explanation. Basically my husband and his ex were living in the US and had divorced via the Korean consulate (because they got married in Korea). The NVC people must’ve expected the divorce be filed with a US court or something because they were living in the US at the time. So we submitted a letter explaining the circumstances fully to show why the divorce was filed via the consulate. Another 2-3 months go by and we finally got DQ’d a few weeks ago! We were told that he should be expected to present his divorce documents for his consulate interview. Since it’ll be in Korea, we hope that the consulate people there have more experience navigating korean marriage/divorce procedures and not give us any more trouble about it. It’s a longer process than we had expected but we feel like we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to all who have read my posts and gave me advice, I wish everyone the best!
  4. Also to add a data point: my husband had I130 approved, waiting on NVC. We passed together through US custom preclearance (in Calgary, Canada) without any trouble.
  5. Update: this was in Calgary airport’s pre clearance. We stood in different lines, but when officer asked me if I was traveling with anyone, I answered that I was with my husband. He told me to wave him over, we passed quickly without any problems. Thanks again everyone!
  6. Hi all, My husband (from South Korea)’s immigration application is being reviewed at NVC (I-130 approved) and we’re planning to meet in Canada next week, sightsee a bit, before entering the US together (not to immigrate yet, but for him to stay with me for a while). We’re a bit paranoid of him getting rejected at the border and really want to minimize the chance of that happening because we have so little time together. So we’re wondering when we enter the US, does it help or hurt his chance of entering if we stand in the same line at the border and enter as a couple or stand separately (so I’ll go to citizen line and he goes to visitor line)? Or does this not matter? Anything else we should do or not do? thanks in advance to any tips people might have!
  7. We didn't have any problem with I-130. He's from South Korea and the website (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/SouthKorea.html) says The "Honin Kwankye Jeungmyongseo (Sang Sae)" was indeed the file we submitted.
  8. Hi all, my husband and I are very sad to see his "Marriage Termination Document" was rejected by NVC. We got a message that says "Please replace this with an acceptable divorce, annulment, or death certificate from a correct issuing authority. Please use our Document Finder at https://nvc.state.gov/find for acceptable documents guidelines." but we did indeed double triple check the state.gov website and this is the exact document they wanted. We were baffled and I called the NVC and the person who received the call said they don't know why the reviewer rejected the document, and said we could submit a new letter saying "this is indeed the correct document". But even so she said that'd put us at the back of the line again. It is quite infuriating we are being made to wait for something that wasn't our mistake. Has anyone had this happen to them? How did you resolve it?
  9. Update: my husband passed through the customs in JFK just fine! They didn’t give him any hard time at all. Thanks to all and happy Thanksgiving!
  10. Hello, congratulations on your approval once again. If i may ask a few questions cos I and my wife are curious and dying to get a feedback from the USCIS. We filed in March.


    1. When did you file?

    2. What supporting documents did you submit? 


    I would really appreciate your reply. Thank you, God bless you.

    1. welkin


      Filed Feb 5th (you can see it on my timeline). I submitted:

      - marriage certificate

      - affidavit from two friends who know us

      - itinerary of us traveling together

      - joint bank account statement (we married in January and opened the account around that time, so it was very new and didn’t have a lot of activity)

      - proof that he has been added to my insurance (medical, life)

      - pictures of our wedding and guestbook (with comments from our friends)

      - pictures of us and with our friends

      - postcards that we sent to each other

      - photos/receipts of gifts that we bought each other


      i hope your petition gets approved soon!

  11. Thanks! That’s great relief, because we haven’t seen each other for so long, would hate to have to abandon this upcoming trip!
  12. PD Feb 5 2021, Texas service center Just got approved Nov 22 (still waiting for snail mail for next steps)
  13. Thanks, I did see the pinned thread, but most of the posts were about pending I-130, I’m not sure if approved I-130 makes it harder or easier which is why I made this thread.
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