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  1. So i filed around may 19 and apparently I had a typo on my G1450 so my application got rejected. What will they use as my received/notice date when I correct my mistake? I am asking because of the 2 year meeting requirement. If the the receipt date gets moved ten we will be in trouble I presume
  2. According to the timelines that this site offers and the USCIS website, my case should in theory be coming up soon. Does the site with the tracking number from the NOA1 update when your case is opened? And if it does, roughly how long is it normally between it being opened and getting the NOA2? This may have been asked before but I couldn't find any information. Thank you in advance
  3. Hi we received a text back in March saying our case was received. I checked on the case status checker and it says they received ours in January. However we only ever got a text - never any mail or email. The text did say form I-1797 will be sent to us but we never got it. Do we need the physical noa1 mail or is just the text fine? thanks!
  4. On form I-134F it asks a question about my household size. I live in an apartment with my soon to be wife. Would my household size be 2?
  5. My fiance is from Ecuador so most likely her ID and birth certificate would be in Spanish. Do we NEED to get this stuff translated or can I just photo copy them? Also, she doesn't have a passport. It's been months since she applied for one but they won't get back to her. No updates whatsoever. Do I really need to copy this for the i-129f too? It would be much simpler if I could just give them an ID or something. Not everyone is willing to spend money on a passport they might not be able to even use after all. In any case, if I do need to get all of this stuff translated to send the packet in, where should I go to do so? Keep in mind I'll only have photo copies of this stuff to turn in to them, not originals since I'm all the way in the USA and don't have the time or the 300$ to travel for some paper since the government already wants me to spend over 1000$ on this visa. I literally don't know. She can translate herself but they're so picky so that's not an option.
  6. 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
  7. Does anyone know what exactly is going on and if this new Russian ban on visas indefinitely effects the K1 visas? I just filed my I-129f last week and am now freaking out! I’m confused about the whole non/immigrant descriptions as K1 says it is both. Please help 🥺
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Hi everyone, My fiancée just discovered that her name on her birth certificate is incorrect, and there is no way to change her name on her birth certificate in China. Her name on every other document is correct. The authorities in China told her she could get a Notarial Certificate of Former Name. Is that going to be enough? I've already submitted I-129F and just received the NOA1. Another issue is, I did not put down that name on the "Other Names Used" section of Form I-129F. I wonder if this is going to be an issue moving forward? A lawyer from China that my fiancée consulted with suggests canceling the form and submitting another one with the name filled on the "Other Names Used" section, but I think there's got to be a better way. I tried to call USCIS, and the automated assistance directed me to the "e-Request - Typographic error" (https://egov.uscis.gov/e-request/displayTypoForm.do?entryPoint=init&sroPageType=typoError) webpage. Should I submit one? Thanks for your help.
  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. It appears there have been no NOA1 receipt notices received by I-129F applicants since mid-December. I am one of the people that haven't received my NOA1 (packet received by lockbox on 13th Nov). Does anyone know whether they are actually processing the K1s right now? I don't understand how it could possibly take SO long even if there is an influx of applications. It's getting really frustrating.
  13. Hey friends, At about the end of January 2020 my girlfriend had flew back to her home country and I couldn't fly to see her after March 2020, nor could she fly here to connect with me again. We aren't married, but have been together for 4 plus years. Under economic circumstances(income, residence, full cost of K1 beyond application fee) I didn't file the K1 or CR1 visa app last year. Now I have the resources to apply, however it's been a tough year as everything was unknown, and knowing the US government is known for it's "efficient" time frames. We intend to not only be married, but to be together again. Question 1 At this period of time for the CR1, do any of you have recommendations of a country(ies) where we can both meet to get married? (I'm a US citizen and she is a Taiwan Citizen) I read that the CR1 route might be the way - however cost isn't an issue so a K1 seems pretty straight forward. Question 2 Are any of you in the same situation? Feel free to share your story for a bit. It's been frustrating for a lot of couples, I'm sure. Questions 3a and 3b? Have any of you filed the K1 during the times of March 2020 to March 2021? Please share your experience. Thanks in advance.
  14. Hello new friends, I sent my I-129F off Wednesday. I was so proud of myself for front-loading my petition with the following information: A print out of video chat records. A screen shot of the total texts sent between us. A letter from my mother saying she is happy and accepts my fiance into our family. A 5 page print-out of texts between us - just for evidence I guess... I included my flight receipts for those two trips I have already purchased (I am visiting again in 4 weeks and also in June/July.) my question? I have recently been told it is a really bad idea to front load. I am scared now. I am hoping to hear from those of you with experience - who have already reached the interview stage, perhaps - about whether you believe this is very harmful? I feel that this sort of information should be pinned for everyone to see :/ If it really is that detrimental. Thank you so much, T & M
  15. Hi everyone, my fiancé (the petitioner) had received a text saying ‘USCIS: your case was received. Official Receipt Notice (Form I-1797) to follow in Mail. ’ and gave us a receipt number. It’s been 7 days since the text and we have not received any mail or email, how long does it take to receive form I-1797? Also I’ve entered our receipt number in the status checker and it says that the number is not recognised. Anyone know why that is? Thanks
  16. 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!
  17. Hello everyone. I just have a question about the nvc validation date. What if your valid date is up and there is still no result from the interview? What should we do? TIA!
  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. 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
  20. Hello everyone. For the I-134, is it okay if my fiancé send it through e-mail and I'll just print it? Is it not going to cause any problems in my interview? TIA!
  21. In my excitement to finally submit my I-129F I chose EXPRESS mail thinking "as fast as possible" and forgot that my package was addressed to the Lockbox in Dallas and not the address in Lewisville that is the address for any express packages. I was able to track it ans it was received at 11:45am last Tuesday but I because I never received a notification that they received it based on the G-1145 Notification of Acceptance of Application/Petition form I attached with my email and phone number. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone had this experience and if they forwarded it to the correct address or if they returned it and how long it took? When I called USCIS they told me they would do one or the other but said there is no rhyme or reason and I just needed to wait.....I guess this is the beginning of my new hobby but to start off like this is really frustrating. I am hoping that I got someone in a great mood who believes in love and sent it to where it needs to be!
  22. 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
  23. Hi, I am currently preparing for i-129f. My fiance told me that I should file i-944 with i-129f but in the instruction of i-129, it doesn't say anything. From my understanding of i-944, I need to submit it when I'm in the process of adjustment of status which means after I enter the US. He called USCIS and they said I need to submit i-944 with i-129f but I'm still not sure if I need it because most of the questions in i-944 seem irrelevant to me. Does anyone file i-944 with i-129f?
  24. Quick question about filing location for I-129F. I am living abroad in Japan with my fiance and filing the i-129f for K1 VISA. I will have to send the entire packet to my family in the USA, who will then forward it to the correct filing location in the US. This is because i need to draw a check from a US bank account, so my mom will write the check, put in in the packet, and forward. Because the packet will be coming from within the states at that point (Priority, FedEx, or UPS), should it be sent to the Lewisville location? Any advice is appreciated.
  25. Hello everyone! I just finished filling up the I-129F form. Took me about 3 days just to make sure I did everything right and no details missed. Now, I don't know what to do next. I just want to apologize in advance if my lack of information offends anyone. Basically, I am just confuse and don't know what to do. In the form on page 8 and question 54, I did not fill it up yet because I am unsure of what to do and I just want to make sure that I am in the right path. The part that I am confuse about is, is this the part where I have to basically make the packet? The packet that consist of the form, payment, cover letters, statement of intent to marry, the proof of meeting in 2 years, evidence of relationship, etc. Or do I just write a paragraph of how me and my fiancee met and submit it? then after that make the packet and send it? Once again I do apologize if my lack of information leads me to asking a stupid question. Thank you, Emil
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