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  1. Hello All, My Fiancee and I finally got approved after 408 days(NOA1 - May 10th, 2021) and I have ran into a few questions while gather documents for the next steps: I-134 Affidavit of Support - Part 2, Questions 16 - Benficiary's length of stay For this question do I just provide a rough estimate for the 3 month window when my fiancée will arrive here? Supporting Documents for I-134, Employers statement I talked to my manager, and he referred me to HR. They then provided me a 3rd party website for retrieving this information. Will that suffice? I feel like the I-134 instructions specifically state that the statement must come directly from your employer on business stationery. Conflicting Visas: My Fiancée's sister is in the US on a J1 visa and transitioning to a student visa. Would this have any effect on our application? My Fiancée got worried saying she read on other forums that people were getting denied if they had siblings in the US on multiple visas. Thank you all in advance!
  2. Hello all, I am a US citizen and I have already filed an I-130 for my foreign spouse (NOA - 12/08/2021) at the TSC. The current processing times indicate 10-14months of wait time before my spouse can join me in the US. As I was looking through the forums, I did the see the option of filing the I-129F as well for perhaps a faster entry of my spouse into the US (current processing times indicate 3.5-7months). However, the USCIS website (https://www.uscis.gov/family/family-of-us-citizens/k-3k-4-nonimmigrant-visas) indicates that the need for a K3 visa is rare as the I-130 is processed faster. So, I am in a bit of conundrum as to whether I need to file I-129F or just wait for my I-130 to be adjudicated. Greatly appreciate any feedback you all can share!
  3. Hi! Here I am with another question about DS-160. My circumstances: I starred working as a freelance translator in 2020 and this is my current occupation as well. In the year 2020-2021 I worked online as a freelance translator while traveling the Philippines. 2021-2022 I came back to my home country (Russia) and switched several addresses since then. When I was filling out my I-129f I looked up what to put as my work address if I’m self-employed, and it said “your home address if you work from home”. So stupidly enough I put the dates of my employment as 2020-current and put my address in Russia at the time of filing… The problem is that right above it in a different question it states that my home address for the year 2020-2021 was in the Philippines (you can ser the picture attached). I just realized that. The petition was approved. Now I’m filling out my DS-160 and it asks me about my work history again. Should I just put “2020-now *My current home addresses* (different from what I put in I-129f since I moved out)” there? Or should I do it very detailed, with dates for every address I used? For example: 01.01.2020-01.06.2020 *address #1 Philippines* — self employed 01.06.2020-01.01.2021 *address #2 Philippines* — self employed 01.01.2021-01.06.2021 — *address #1 Russia (the one listen in the petition)* — self employed 01.06.2021-now *address #2 Russia (my current address)* — self-employed? Thank you in advance!
  4. So, I submitted an expedite request for our I-129f via phone call last week and today I received an email about the denial. Specifically, under "Emergencies and urgent humanitarian reasons". I am a US Army veteran and I’m diagnosed with PTSD through the VA. I see a doctor regularly for treatment. The K1 waiting process has exasperated my PTSD symptoms to a high degree. I don’t want to get into specifics but its extreme. My doctor even wrote a letter supporting this claim and how an expedite would most definitely alleviate my symptoms. I feel like this falls under the “Disability” section of the guidelines. I mentioned I have a letter from my doctor when I originally requested the expedite but evidence wasn’t even requested. I got an email saying: “Although your situation appears serious, your expedite request did not meet the expedite guidelines set forth by USCIS”. I’m not asking for sympathy, just people’s honest opinions on this situation. Is there anything I can do? Is it worth while to try again to see if a different agent might accept it? Thanks in advance everyone.
  5. Hello all, We received our NOA2 from USCIS on March 11th 2021, on April 15th we got notification from the NVC that our case was returned to USCIS after we had sent an inquiry about our case a couple weeks prior. No information as to why it was returned to USCIS. On April 22nd 2021 USCIS received the case and the current status says "Department of State Sent Case to USCIS For Review". We immediately sent an inquiry but have not heard back. Does anyone have any idea why the case would be sent back to USCIS? Would that indicate an issue with our case? Something we did or something USCIS got wrong? We would appreciate any insight if anyone has experienced something similar. Thanks, Colin
  6. Thanks for reading my post. I will try to be brief, so we submitted our I-129F For K1 Visa back on November 2021, few days later got the online notification that case was recieved and also the payment, all good here and we knew the waiting game was starting. In March 2022 , got an update on the online tool for tracking which said that "Document Was Returned to USCIS" telling us that some document was tried to be mailed to us but was "undeliverable" , after this I used a tool of USCIS to file an inquiry with the issue and then added a new addres for the document to be mailed again, they responded some weeks later with an email telling me that they got the inquiry and that the document was gonna be mailed again, but its been more than a month and we havent gotten the letter which we assume is NOA1 , and also on the online tool for tracking, the status is still in "Document Was Returned to USCIS" . My question is: What should we do? just wait till the letter gets to us? is it normal that its been more than a month and hasnt arrived? or should i contact them again?. Timelines: Filing and mailing I-129F with Payment : November 11 ,2021 Case recieved : November 17 ,2021 Document sent by USCIS: November 19, 2021 Notification of undelivarable : March 14, 2022 Me submitting the inquiry : March 31, 2022 USCIS reply to inquiry saying will try to deliver again: April 18, 2022
  7. Hi All, I have two questions with regards to filling out both my fiancé and my parents information on the I-129F form. Q1. With regards filling out my mother's last name (family name) my understanding is that I fill out her last name as it appears on my birth cert which is her marriage name and not her maiden name. Is this correct? Q2. Both my parents are deceased, in the city and country of residence sections I plan to just put "Deceased". Would this be sufficient or should I also add more information? Thanking you in advance.
  8. Hey all I’m starting this thread for any South African couples waiting for their visa to be processed, petition approved, or couples who have already been approved. If you have any stories or advice please do share. I sent my petition in on 02/12/2018 it was delivered 02/15/2018 I received my NOA1 02/20/2018. I’m currently waiting for my NOA2
  9. Hello all, My I-130 receipt notice has an IOE receipt number and states TSC at the bottom left. However, I subsequently received a USCIS online account access notice with VSC specified at the bottom left of the notice. I have since applied for I-129F and that has been delegated to the VSC. So, I am confused as to whether my I-130 is being processed at TSC or VSC. Every day counts and it looks like TSC currently has shorter processing times. Any help on this topic from the group here is greatly appreciated. TIA!
  10. Hello, We're filling out the I-129F form for a Fiance visa (k1) and we came across the section where it asks for the beneficiary name (my name) and we're very confused on how to write down the name in the western format. My passport has four names looking like that example: it's formatted as (First name, last name, grandfather name, great grandfather name). How do we fit this in the western format (Given Name, Middle Name, Family Name/Last Name)?
  11. Hello community, Just curious as to which petitions get transferred from the California SVC to the Vermont SVC. I understand, that it could be related to the criminal history. However, what is the common denominator for the cases that are transferred. I read somewhere on here that only petitions with criminal history/ arrests that fall under AWA get transferred for further investigation. Is that true?
  12. Hello, I received an RFE for an official disposition of a possession ticket I received in August. Because the ticket was plead no contest and the fine was paid, it never got moved to the court (no case) and the only official disposition comes from the Infractions Bureau here, like with traffic tickets. They gave me the disposition and all the information I needed with a seal and everything, but it comes from the Bureau, not the Court. Is this okay? Should this be explained with my evidence? The court refused to write a letter that they would not have it. Thank you all again.
  13. Hello All, I am wondering how I should present our evidence for meeting two years before our file date. I feel as though I reported it wrong or unreliably because what we have should have been sufficient, but we still received an RFE. We have hotel and flight itineraries, but how should we show that? There are no physical tickets, only digital confirmations and receipts. Previously, I screencapped the entire email or page that included name, card number, and location/time and put it on a word doc with other similar captures, like the cards used to pay for it. I also highlighted parts of the pictures, like relevant passport stamps on photocopies. Should we have not marked the pictures? Is there an "official" way to turn this evidence in? I included a reference page with paragraphs for each piece, should the explanation be directly beside the evidence and not on a separate page? Any advice appreciated.
  14. Just looking for a bit of an idea from other who may have similar situations.. I had an approved K1 with Montreal and was denied at the embassy and filed a I-212 waiver. Recently, the waiver has been approved and forwarded to the Embassy to readjust the K1. The embassy had only requested my passport since all my documents from k1 were still valid and up to date. I am in Administrative processing, which I did expect but I do not know for how long. I know no one does and can predict but has any one had experience with the Montreal consulate. My case as the k1 did update with different status' and change from immigrant to non-immigrant as well.
  15. I checked the forums before asking... My fiance is living in Ukraine and with the recent escalation of tensions I was looking for a way to expedite our I-129F application. The USCIS website says to call them for an expedite request but all I can ever get is some stupid robo-prompt that just sends me to the same link I was at! I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm struggling hard here
  16. Hi all, First-time poster here, and I’m very happy to find this community. We all know about the recent pushback in dates due to delays at USCIS for the K-1 visa, and it has me seriously considering trying to file for expedite in a few months. Here’s my situation: Fiancee and I have been together for 3 years, living together for 2.5, and engaged for about 2 years. We met when she was managing her family’s restaurant. It’s a super-cute story, but I’ll spare you the details😅 I filed an I-129f and received NOA1 on June 18th, 2021. My employment contract as a teacher in the beneficiary’s home country (Cambodia) is finished on June 31st, 2022. The school can’t renew my contract because they need someone who is able to stay the full year, so I am out of work as of July 1st, 2022. My school and I are on very, very good terms. They understand the situation and have told me they are willing to both provide character references and documents stating the reason that they aren’t able to continue my employment. I am the only one currently able to financially support my fiancée here in her home country, and I really do not want to have to leave her here just to go back and work in the US without her. I have plans to take a couple of courses and start work as soon as she and I get to the US, so support won’t be an issue. Knowing that alone won’t be enough for the me to establish enough support, I also have full support from my parents on the Affidavit of Support. They make roughly 3-4x the minimum household income required, so that shouldn’t be an issue. I see on some of the gov’t webpages that job loss could be a possible reason for expedite as a Severe Financial Loss or something similar(?), and I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with this, or could give me some perspective as to my possible chances of being approved for it. One of my parents has a relationship with our local congressperson who I would be filing this request through, in the hopes that it will actually get looked at/considered. Thanks so much for reading, and double thanks for any help or advice🙏 -Eric (Tasty)
  17. Hi, I am having a little freak-out moment right now and asking for your opinion. I was checking the I-129F PDF we filled out electronically. After filling it out electronically, my fiancé scanned it and manually filled out the empty fields with "N/A"s etc. I noticed that in the PDF version we did not check the 53rd question, which reads as "Have you and your fiancé(e) met in person during the two years immediately before filing this petition?" I know it's one of the two requirements for I-129F approval so I really, really hope my fiancé checked this box after printing out the form. We did write in Number 54 that we met in person in November 2021, and we also mentioned that in our letter of circumstances of meeting, and provided his boarding passes to Turkey. My fiancé said he checked each field twice when filling out manually, but he can't remember tbh. In this case, what could happen? I now wish we scanned the I-129F after we manually filled it... We have already received our NOA-1.
  18. Hello Everyone, I’m new to the group here. My partner and I are new to this K1 visa process and this is my first time posting on a forum like this. If possible, I was hoping someone could please provide some additional advice. I sent our I-129F application on 12/14/21. About it week later it was sent back to me on due to a missing signature in part 5 6a. This was a mistake on my behalf for missing. Outside of this mistake, I believe we have everything we need according to the checklist. I was hoping to resend the same application that we used but was wondering if this will still be accepted because each page is stamped at the bottom. If it’s best for us to re-print everything and resend it, would be acceptable for partner who is overseas to use the copies of her translated birth certificate forms? In reviewing further, I also realized that each of our letters of intent to marry do not have a subject line which states “letter of intent to marry”. Although the content of the letter is indicated, does the subject line need to be included? My last question is, if we ended up needing just rewrite the letters of intent to marry, do we need to have hand written signature or can it be an electronic signature made on the computer or iPad? Thank you, Jason
  19. My Fiancé passed her K1 interview at the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam an hour ago! Here are the questions she was asked: How did we meet? How many times did we meet? What are your fiancé's hobbies? What things does your fiancée dislike about his work? What is his job? How is his day? Describe his job? What is his address? What do we typically argue about? When was the last time we argued, and about what? How did he propose to you? Time and date? Will your parents attend you wedding in the U.S.? Where do you plan to get married? They also asked "after 2 months your fiancée proposed?" She answered "yes, but it was more of a promise to try our best to stay together in long distance relationship." I was not present for her interview. We did not have an engagement party. The first question was in English. There was a female translator who translated the question to Vietnamese. But my Fiancé answered in 100% English . The translator then smiled and stepped away after that. All English thereafter. We used RapidVisa to prepare our I-129F. (before we discovered this forum) No regrets, because their review of our petition and evidence brought us peace of mind. However, RapidVisa was not involved, nor did they really help us after NOA1 and NOA2. If you have any questions, please ask. We want to help others going through this. It's been stressful beyond belief leading up to the interview. Here's a TikTok video she made of everything she prepared, organized and brought to her interview. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DuWN7wCQLSfG-jtT0f8MLmXCvmMrbcLc/view?usp=sharing
  20. Hello now, I’m in panicking and I’m freaking out my boyfriend send our K-1 document by Fedex. well, I requested him to send USPS and I taught where to file when we send it by USPS. BUT!!! He sent it by FedEx to the address of usps!!! im so upset, and I’m so worry what’s happen in this situation! should we call USCIS or they will reject our documents??
  21. For K1 Packet filling, Is it okay to include in Proof of meeting within 2 years my CFO certificate copy and Apostilled AOS from petitioner (Philippines requirements for non-essential travel overseas 2021) Its our second meeting halfway to other country (Armenia) Is it really needed to submit 'Our love Story statement " ? We're very private and find it uncomfortable to video chat friends and family .We only have one photo of him video chatting my mom, and one photo of Us together video chatting his parents, do you guys think this is enough ? Thank you~
  22. Hi, Let's say my i-129f gets approved before my i-130. Xhat is the point of Adjusment of Status then? Like will they abandon the i-130? Can't I just wait for the i-130 to be approved and come back to my country when I need to finish the process ? Also, if I apply for EAD, can I leave the US with my K-3 or will they consider as abandonment of EAD ? Thank you so much for your help
  23. K1 related question-have approved I-129F and NVC sent to US Embassy/consulate in her country and awaiting interview-there were some misunderstandings between us and withdrew the petition, Misunderstandings were sorted out and want to keep active-how do I keep the petition active active and get back on track-thanks
  24. Hello everyone! This is my first time posting. I am a US citizen (also have Turkish citizenship) and currently living in the USA. I met my fiance through a family friend in the Fall of 2020. We maintained a long distance relationship for about 9 months. In the summer of 2021 I went to Turkey to meet my fiance and we decided to get engaged. We had a small engagement ceremony with both of our families in her house. After spending 3 weeks with her, I had to fly back to USA due to my job. Since my return to the USA, we have been video chatting literally everyday for hours. We now decided to get married but are in no rush. We don't have a significant preference on whether we get officially married in the USA or in Turkey. Nonetheless, our marriage ceremony will take place in Turkey with our families and friends likely in the summer of 2022. I am quite indecisive on whether to pursue a CR1 or K1 visa route. I have a very legitimate and prestigious job in the USA, thus we do not have any financial restraints. Namely, my fiance does not have to work in the USA or make money immediately. Our main priority is to bring my fiance to the USA as fast as possible. It has been really hard to be away from her and we really would like to be together ASAP. I know that with COVID-19 pandemic things have been slower than usual, which is expected. However, I am seeing an improvement in processing timelines. Turkish consulate currently processes and prioritized all K type and immigration visas. My fiance still has 8 months of college to go through before she can come to the USA. However, once she is done with school, we would like to be reunited promptly. If needed be, I can get married officially as soon as in January 2022 in Turkey or can delay it to pursue an official marriage in the USA once she arrives here. I apologize for the long thread but wanted to share as much as I could for the best guidance. Thank you in advance! I appreciate your time.
  25. Background & Plan: My fiance with two minor kids lives in her country and I have applied for a K-1 visa recently and received the receipt from USCIS. I know that it's a long wait before the visa petition moves through the different stages and finally gets the visa. Our plan is once she gets the K-1 visa she will come by herself to the US and we get married here and apply for I-485 for her and the kids. Below are my questions and appreciate it if anyone here who has the relevant experience could answer my questions here. Thanks much in advance. Questions: 1) As she will be coming by herself on the first trip on K-1 visa can I still go ahead and apply for I-485 for her kids along with hers or do the kids have to be present in the US for me to apply for them? If I cannot apply for the kids without them being in the US then what options do I have? 2) As the green card process might take a long time she might need to go back to her country after 2-3 months of stay in the US to take care of the kids till the green cards arrive. I heard that if the applicant leaves the US the applicant's I-485 will be terminated as USCIS will deem the I-485 application is abandoned. What is that I need to do here in such a way that she can travel back to her country and still have the I-485 in motion? 3) In connection with my question in #2 above someone suggested applying for advance parole so that she can travel back to her country. Is that true? If it is true then when I receive the green cards for her and the kids (hoping that I can apply for kids green cards along with her without them being in the US) can I courier them to her country so that she can come back to the US along with the kids? 4) To avoid all the above complications if she plans to come along with the kids on the first trip do I need to apply for K-2 visas for the minor kids now or based on her K-1 visa (kids details are mention in it) she just needs to fill up DS-160 forms for each of the kids before the interview to get the K-2 visas? I apologize for the long questions but I want to make sure that I do the right thing and not mess up the entire situation. Please answer in the same order so it wouldn't add up to the confusion I'm already in . Thanks much in advance.
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