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  1. I’m from Ohio and my fiancé is from Canada. He is moving to the states. Since him visiting me can interfere with the K1 Fiancé Visa process… would I be able to visit him in Canada?
  2. Is anyone going through Rio had any movement in their K1 interview status?
  3. I am an American citizen living and working in Maryland, and my fiancé is a Portuguese citizen, and we are working towards his K-1 visa. On May 5, 2021, my fiancé had his K-1 visa interview in Paris (as the U.S. Embassy in his home country of Portugal closed due to COVID-19). After the interview, the interviewer told my fiancé that they had everything they needed for the time being aside from his medical exam results, which were being mailed from Portugal due to the exam documents not being ready by his interview date. Still, the consular took his paperwork & his passport and instructed him that this would all be mailed to his home address in Portugal once the visa was processed/approved. We haven't heard anything since. We have reached out multiple times to the Embassy (via online contact form, phone, emails to the embassy at multiple email addresses relating to visa processing -- such as ParisIVProcessing, ParisVisas, etc.), but neither ourselves nor our immigration attorneys have received any clear update as to what exactly is going on with our case and his visa. After months of trying and failing to get an update about our case from the U.S. Embassy in Paris, earlier this month I called the National Visa Center, which was able to confirm from their end that the U.S. Embassy in Paris has received all of the required documents for his case (they said his medical exam arrived about mid-May). The NVC was unable to give me further details and told me to call the U.S. Embassy in Paris. I called the Embassy’s Non-immigrant visa appointment line a few weeks ago (the only way I could reach someone, as there is no one I could get in touch with specifically for inquiring about visa issues), and the appointment line representative told me to check the status of our visa on ceac.state.gov. However, nothing showed up (just said "No Status" for our case). I called the Non-immigrant visa number again, and I was given a new email address to contact (fae_contactus+fr+courier+en@visaops.net) and told to explain our situation in a message and that they might be able to help more. Upon my initial correspondence (about two & a half weeks ago), I received an automatic reply that my message had been received, and then the next message I received (about a day after the first) was an apology for the inconvenience and said our case had been escalated to the appropriate department. However, I received another email shortly after that stating they had no information/updates that they could give me. I received another response last week (July 19) from that same email address saying that on May 25, the status of my fiancé’s visa was updated to "Refused", but they said that this “can also mean that the Embassy is still processing your case. We have no other information or contact details to give you.” That was the end of our email chain and the only real correspondence we've had with the Embassy in months. I called the NVC, and they were able to confirm it was a "soft refusal" under the 221(g), but they said they didn't know why and to contact the Embassy. We still aren't able to get in touch with anyone who can provide any updates regarding our case. Our immigrations lawyers suggested I contact my state senators for advice, so I did last week & they had me fill out a form and confirmed that they submitted an official inquiry to the Embassy. I am just wondering if anyone else is in this position with the U.S. Embassy is Paris and/or if anyone has had any luck getting in touch? I have been reading forums where I saw other Portuguese citizens had their interviews on May 5 as well...any insight on timelines? Is there any way to find out what may still be needed from my fiancé? Thank you so much in advance!!
  4. Hello everyone! We have almost everything ready to send the K1 visa papers, but there is one question I am not sure about. On the I-129F form, part 1, in the question of other names used. My fiancé has a Korean name which is his birth name and it is the one that appears on all legal documents: birth certificate, passport, credit cards, etc. However, when he moved to the US he started using Justin as it was easier to pronounce. This name does not appear on any legal document, but everyone knows him by that name. It appears in his emails, social networks and on his business cards. I just call him Justin, never by his original name. Should we put Justin in the section of other names used, even though it does not appear in any legal document? Thank you very much!
  5. Hi All, This is the background of my issue. I am an active duty service member in the army. Not trying to be entitled right now stationed at Oconus, not sure about the PCS orders yet. Now my fiance is in a foreign country and i want to expedite my case on humanitarian grounds. Do you think that would make a good enough case? Also what would be the process do we just call the military helpline and wait for someone to work on my case and give us some kind of tracking number to track the same? What have people done here regarding expediting their case, i know everybody's situation is different just trying to figure out as to how go about this process.
  6. When filling out the I134 Affidavit of Support, in the Dependents' Information section of the form, are they asking for my fiancee to be put here if I'm supporting her, or is it only asking for children/other dependents?
  7. Our case was recently updated to "Ready" on the ceac.state.gov website and the message says to wait for a packet of instructions. I would like to know who will get that packet and how? Is it my fiance (The American citizen) or is it me (The applicant)? Is it by mail or email? Thanks in advance for your help.
  8. My Indian fiance is about to get the k1 visa to come to America. Within how many days does she need to arrive to America?
  9. Hello all! I haven't started the k1 process yet but I'm just curious, once you've been approved with a k1 visa, what is the longest you can leave it before going to America (to then get married within the 90 days?). I read somewhere it is valid for 120 days. Is this true? Of course I'd need time to sort things out in the UK before leaving to the US with the k1 visa. So I was wondering how long one can wait. Does it 'expire'? O__o Hope that makes sense! And thank you in advance!
  10. I am absolutely heartbroken and gutted. I need some advice and help everyone. I have been watching visa journey for a long time and trusted everyone here and am thankful for the help but I have just lost big time. let me explain. I learned so much here that I felt I didn’t need a lawyer to help me through this process. I filed a I-129f petition for my fiancé on august 2020 and supplied ironclad evidence for it and fulfilled all the requirements. I included pictures from our time together in the last 2 years as well as family photos and everything else. However, the problem was my fiancé was 16 at the time I filed it. I did this because I knew with all the delays she would be 18 by the time she gets her visa. I filed from California to the California service center and waited very patiently for 7 months and got a RFE on March 16th 2021. Here is the RFE: “LEGALLY ABLE TO MARRY The evidence shows that your beneficiary was approximately 16 at the time of filing the petition. Generally, a person must be at least 18 years old to marry. Therefore, please submit evidence of the marriage requirements of the state in which you and the beneficiary plan to wed. Also, submit evidence that you and the beneficiary are able to comply with the states marriage requirements” when I saw this I searched everywhere on visajourney and found great advice so I compiled an amazing response with the evidences as follows. I stated the state we plan to marry was the STATE OF HAWAII. I did this because I needed a state where it was easy to get married at the age of 16 and California also allows it but the process would involve getting a court order and seemed very difficult. So I printed the marriage requirements of the state of Hawaii and put that in my response and Hawaii allows marriage at the age of 16 with parental consent, requires a birth certificate, and a drivers license of those over 18. I attached a notarized affidavit of consent signed by both parents and her birth certificate along with my drivers license. Everything was crystal clear and I confirmed with a marriage license agent these requirements and they said yes to all. However I just received a denial of form I-129f today I haven’t received the paper yet but it will be about this age discrepancy nonsense. they said in the RFE! That the state in which we plan to marry. So why would they deny if I provided that, a paralegal I called said they would probably want the evidence of marriage in California but I told her what the RFE said and that Americans are allowed to marry in whatever state they choose so she said you are absolutely correct about that. I need everyone’s advice. What should I do? This sounds like a big mistake on uscis, they sound have approved this petition. Also the problem is I don’t want to wait until she’s 18 to get married in Pakistan and then wait 2-3 years for her to come here maybe even longer since Covid is delaying everything. I can’t be without her that long. if I can get them to overturn this decision it would be the fastest way. Maybe appeal the decision, motion to reconsider? Or file a new I-129f petition? What do you guys think. And why the heck did this happen. Do I have a spot at a reconsider/ appeal. Please help. I’ll update the thread once I get the denial in the mail
  11. Hey everyone, me and my fiance have been needing some help deciding how we want to do our marriage and her visa for our future. We have read a lot about both a fiance visa (K-1) and a spouse visa. I'm American and she is Peruvian. We understand that the process for both does take time and depends on the embassy of Perú. We are looking for advice from anyone from peru thay knows how the embassy is currently functioning with fiance or spouse visas at the moment. We understand covid has put some delays on a lot of visa approvals but I beleive that they are still processing the spousal and fiance visas. We've come to understand that the spouse visa will probably take a minimum of 2-3 years however she will receive her green card and be able to work in the US and move in with me immediately after receiving the approval. The other options with the fiance is to wait a little less time, around a year, for her approval and get married in the US within 90 days of the approval. She would then have to wait 3-6 months ish for a status adjustment and receive, I beleive, her green card as well. During that period she can't work or leave the US is what we understand. The other thing we've read is I need to meet a certain income requirement. As I'm a student right now this might be hard depending on how high it is but not impossible. Does anyone know anything about the income requirement? I live in Oregon currently. In terms of how much is required and if they check house hold income or personal income? Do they check this through taxes from the previous year? Here's where we run into trouble trying to decide. We're both currently in school right now. I'm working on my bachelor's with about 3 years left and she is working on starting her PhD or masters. We are trying to plan in a way that we can be able to live together as soon as possible which means we are looking into options for her schooling and mine to align. Does anyone know if she can study while on the probation with the fiance visa at a US school? Or can she receive a student visa while waiting for either visa approval? The other option we were considering is the spouse visa in which I would finish my degree online and she would attend a post graduate program. I am also attempting to maintain an online job as an English teacher with TEFL certification. Does anyone know if it would be problematical legality wise to work out of the country with an online job? (tax laws etc.) Does anyone have any insight to our situation? On any part of it would be helpful. We've been debating what to do with constant research for 3 months now and haven't been able to make a decision so any help is appreciated. We have also looked at immigration lawyers as an option. If anyone knows if this is worth it and if so good references would be helpful. Thank you!
  12. Hello everyone, My fiance came to the US twice when he was a minor with a tourist visa. He used to stay here for vacation and then go back home. At the time of the filling for I-129F he didn't have an adult passport and because of the pandemic was going on we weren't able to get him a new adult passport. So we filed and sent the form using his old passport number (as we didn’t want to hold on the form any longer) but now after many months he was finally able to get a new one. Is there a way we can update the form? Should we wait for an RFE instead? Is it possible to get approved and just present his new passport at the Embassy/interview? We sent the form back on November 2020. They asked in the form if he had a passport so that's the reason we wrote down that one, I didn't really lie and wanted to be truthful that he has been here before. Any input is appreciated a lot.
  13. I am a US citizen and my fiancé is a Spanish citizen. We plan on getting married in Spain in August then moving to the US as soon as possible once we are married. We are unsure of the fastest way to get to the US in our situation. Should we apply for the fiancé visa now even though she will be my wife by the time she receives it? Or do we have to wait until we are married in Spain then apply for the spouse visa? Thanks so much for any advice!
  14. Hello everyone, I applied for my fiancé back in January of 2020 and a few months later, I got Request for Evidence (RFE) and I submitted what they asked for. A couple months after that, we got the approval from the USCIS after which they transferred the case to the National Visa Center (NVC). Now the case is at the NVC waiting to be transferred to the embassy in Amman. Do we need to do anything at this point or is it just a matter of waiting? I feel like it’s taking a really long time and everyone involved in this is getting worried. I am a single parent with full custody of my four kids who have developed a bond and strong relationship with my fiancé so we really really need her here ASAP. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  15. Hello guys. Still waiting on things to move forward in Lagos but I’m looking at the website to make an appointment and it keeps saying you are reaching the maximum number of times you can view this page. Is that right? How else do we check if their appointments available if we reach the maximum number of times to view the page? And has anyone had any luck with the K-1 visa recently?
  16. Hello everyone, I am a USC. I'm preparing the i129F packet for my Fiance and I have some questions for those who've been in a similar situation of being a previous petitioner. In 2014 I got married overseas in Egypt and petitioned for my ex, he was approved for a CR1 visa. After a 15 month process my then-husband flew here the following year in July 2015 and we stayed with some of my family where I was currently living. Everything started off great until issues between he and my family started. Then he wanted us to move out on our own so he started looking for a job, met with managers but never got call backs. He arranged to go stay with a mutual close friend out of state because he claimed he was feeling uncomfortable living with my family. He also wanted to try getting work out of state there. I was very upset about the change in plans, it was not what I was expecting at all. This created a lot of issues between us. Within a few months of his arrival that happened and he was staying out of state. I later flew and stayed for a month with him and for the most part it was horrible for me, lots of fighting and not getting along. I returned home after and separated (informally), which he did not like. When we did talk it was still more fighting and then a week or 2 of no talking. After a month and a half to 2 months I tried to reconcile and I sent him a box of marriage therapy type books I had been reading, treats, amazon gift cards etc for him and some things for our friends family he was staying with. He is the type to hold a grudge about everything and didnt reciprocate trying to reconcile. After going through depression, I felt fed up and filed divorce a few months later the following year. Shortly after I filed he contacted me apologizing and wanting to reconcile and mentioned that he was considering coming back home. I paid for a 1 year family pass for the zoo (I have 2 kids from a previous Relationship) to have something to do together. I even added him as an authorized user to my credit card in attempt help him start building his own credit. After a few months he ended up not coming back, instead he suggested I and my kids move there with him, which I didnt feel it was right removing my kids from their life and family here. Then he suggested I move there with him and leave my kids here and i could visit them periodically, that I wouldn't have to work and he would take care of it all. I was definitely not about to leave my kids behind and move away just because he decided he wanted to stay living in another state. I knew that my state gives a 6 month period before divorce finalizes incase the couple reconciles and decides to cancel it. I let the divorce process continue without cancelling and I'm glad I did. Clearly it was not working out and we couldn't even agree on what state to live in. We divorced based on irreconcilable differences and it was finalized Dec 2016. He had to file a divorce waiver and remove conditions by himself and go the rest of the way without me. Fast forward, he attended his interviews, did his biometrics, gave them everything they wanted to know and was granted US Citizenship in the end. Now about my Fiance. We knew of eachother through a mutual female friend on fb 7 years ago but he and I never had contact back then. Over a year later He messaged me saying happy new year and gave advice about staying happy in marriage and sent a link but I never responded. I was married at the time and it wasn't my thing to talk to men even though he wasn't showing interest or trying to flirt or come on to me in any way. During my separation from my husband I contacted this man asking for help with translating some things. He happens to also be from the same country as my ex husband. So he finally responds back over a month later because apparently he was away in the military. We talk a little and he wants to block because he doesnt want to cause problems in my marriage. He had no idea that problems already were there and I was separated. It wasn't an issue any longer to me talking and being acquaintances. I let him know the current circumstances and then we didnt talk again for several days. We ended up excepting eachother as friends on fb several days later. While me and my ex were having problems and were separated, me and my now fiance were becoming friends. We became close, I considered him a best friend to me and he was there for me to vent a lot about the problems in my marriage. At the same time we started becoming attracted to one another and did like eachother but i didnt consider us as being officially dating or in a relationship. After my divorce became finalized I tried to move on with my life and went on to pursue a long distance relationship with my now fiance. But it wasn't entirely easy for me having been down this road of long distance relationship before and this whole process. I still had some fears of another relationship failing especially during that year after my divorce. I felt like all my heart, emotions, effort, time, etc. I put into my marriage and that whole process was for nothing in the end and it left me shattered inside. I feared this type of let down happening allover again. But I continued on having this new, long distance relationship. Several times we planned to meet in person but due to our work schedules and circumstances it became delayed. At the same time I felt like I needed this delay to fully heal and be whole again. In Nov 2020 we broke up for a short period without talking, due to other things. Mostly he felt the distance was becoming too much and felt that I was often purposely delaying our relationship even more from going foreward to the next step. Though he was trying to be patient through it all with me, we have had ups and downs over the last 3 years. Many times we talked about a future together and for the most part we get along great together and see eye to eye with many things in common. I also knew inside that I didnt want to pass him by and live with regrets later in life of what if. I arranged with work and got approval for vacation and flew to where he resides for work in Bahrain. This turned out being the best decision I could have made. We had an amazing time together. During that period we flew to kuwait to spend time with some of his family and I loved it. I took them each gifts and in turn they took me out and wanted to shop for me, my kids and my mom. They took me to dinner..it was really nice and they were so welcoming. After flying back to Bahrain I had one week left before returning home to the US. We talked about engagement before going to see his family and wanted to have it with them there and wanted to find rings in Kuwait but our trip was shortened due to missing a flight and having to schedule a later one and pay all over again, plus his work schedule.. he couldn't take more than just a few days off. So after returning to Bahrain, we shopped and purchased our engagement rings and became engaged Feb 28, 2020. Since then the pandemic picked up more and I havent been able to make another trip. I also work in a covid facility so it's been pretty hectic this past year and with my kids and my dad also getting covid and having to care for them too through it. Thank the Lord I have not had the virus yet. We have made some arrangements and discussed the details of our wedding and I know time is ticking and I need to file this now as it has to be within 2 years of meeting. I know that there are some red flags being I was married before and previously filed a CR1. Both are from the same country of Birth and Starting a relationship just after my divorce. I'm hoping for the best and just want to know if others have filed k1 after marriage and divorce, how did it go? I'm wondering if I will have to prove at some point the bonafides of my previous marriage. It's been just over 7 years since I had gotten married and just over 4 years being divorced. I've moved a few times and dont have much proof of anything left as he took whatever there was with him. Should I expect them to ask for some letter from my ex husband? Any thoughts or advice is appreciated.
  17. Hi all, We understand that a family tree (both sides) is almost certainly required nowadays for the K1 interview. (Ho Chi Minh City) Can someone point us in the right direction on what exactly to include? Is there a popular format or template to follow? Thanks!
  18. On the form it ask where my fiance will be living when he arrives; the address I am living at now will be different in a few months. Should I wait to fill out this form until I move or will I be required to do a change of address withing the process of getting his Visa approved?
  19. Hi, My fiance is from Sao Paulo and I read that he needs 2 police reports, one from federal police and one from state. He got the Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais from federal police but the US embassy website also says he needs a report from state police with all previous addresses for the past 6 years. He's called everyone and nobody in Brazil knows what this is! Help PLEASE!!! Here is the page that says this... http://brazil.usembassy.gov/interview/forms-for-fiancee-visas.html
  20. Hello, Our K1 visa was received in Texas right around November 4, 2020. We are planning for an August 28th wedding. Found location, did guest list etc...but as I keep watching YouTube, I am starting to worry about the timeline. What are the opinions on moving the date? Thanks, Ashley
  21. Hi everyone 😊 COVID-19 has changed the everything, and I'm in a bit of a dilemma. My boyfriend and I have been together for nearly 2 years now, and in June of 2020, he proposed. I'm a U.S. Citizen, and he's a U.K. Citizen who often visits me on an ESTA. We had plans last year to file for the K-1 Visa, but with the US Embassy in London suspending the non-emergency visa services and interviews, we decided to wait a bit to see what was going to happen. During that time, I visited his family in the U.K., and since December, he's here visiting with my family in Texas. But still, nearly a year later, there hasn't been much change. It wasn't until just recently that we had the idea, "hey, what if we just go ahead and get married?" I've seen that it's possible to file for an AOS after getting married, as long as his intent on entering the country wasn't to do so. He came here just to visit, but now, with COVID-19 still in the way, and a possibly huge backup on K-1 visas, would it be a better idea just to go for AOS? I'm honestly afraid of the risks of him getting deported if something happens with the AOS, but he has no criminal history whatsoever, we're both in our 20s, and we truly do love each other and will have plenty of evidence of that. I'd love an opinion from someone, because I feel really stuck, and time is running out. Thank you
  22. Hi everyone, I came over to the U.S from Canada on the K1 Visa on March 20, and we got married on March 26. I'm now filling out the I-485 adjustment of status, but I'm not sure if I use my maiden name or my new married last name? I'm assuming I use my maiden name since everything before this has been with my maiden name?! Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
  23. Hello VJ Members! I had a quick question in regards to the I-134 affi form. On Page 4 Part 3 Item Number 38 As the petitioner do I need to check the check the box 'I Intend'. I do intend to sponsor my fiancé when he comes, the thing is that it is asking to add additional info on part 7 like room and board. I don't have that exact information as I haven't found an apartment of our own yet. Should I just I just write on Part 7: (K1 Process for permanent residence). Or should I just check the box and leave it at that. Any feedback will be appreciated.
  24. Hello all I want to update the community that my fiance has passed the K1 visa on Dec 1st, 2020. I am so happy that we will finally unite Questions from K1 Interview: 1. How did we meet? Who introduced us? 2. Where was the fiance born? What is his education? What was his major in college? Where does he work? 3. Where did we get engaged? Who made the first move? Now that she has passed the interview, she is coming to the US on Dec 21, 2020. I have a list of questions i hope the community could help me with? 1. I am currently living in an apartment, should i tell my landlord that my fiance is coming to live with me? Since she doesnt have a SSN, can she stay with me? 2. What is our next step? I have filled out the marriage license and waiting for her arrival to sign the document? What is the next paperwork should i fill out? Thank you.
  25. Hi. We've been gathering docs from our co-sponsor (who lives in california), and instead of 1040 she sent us this. I assume it is not the 1040 and I can't bring it to the interview, right? Also, another question. She also attached the W2 (the real one, everything is fine with it) to this. Can I even bring a W2 without a normal 1040? Thanks a lot for your help.
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