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  1. Hi all I am of Indian origin (UK born) as is my fiancé (us citizen). we have just received a RFE stating that shaadi.com is a imb - as it's charging for matrimonial services between us citizens and foreign nationals. its not because it's open to everyone around the world :s our culture doesn't encourage dating so every relationship is supposed to lead to marriage?! Also I was a basic memeber so didn't actually pay for the service (I have emails to show my photos weren't on there). please help?!
  2. kex80148

    Omegle an IMB?

    Hello, My fiancé and I are currently going through the process of putting together the I-129F petition. We met on Omegle.com and since it is not considered an IMB to our knowledge, we wanted to make that as clear as possible to prevent an RFE. Since we could not find any Terms of Service, we just wanted to include the Privacy Policy and the Wikipedia article in addition to our explanation in the letter as follows: << I first met my fiancé online, on ‘omegle.com', which is a free online chat website that allows users to socialize with others without the need to register. (Please Note: omegle.com is not considered an International Marriage Broker. It is used free of charge and without the need to register. The service of Omegle randomly pairs users regardless of their location, origin, gender, or country of citizenship in one-on-one anonymous chat sessions. Omegle does not match U.S. citizens/residents with aliens as their principal business.) On this site, we chatted via webcam/audio and realized we shared many common interests and hobbies. On ‘omegle.com', We exchanged phone numbers in order to communicate via iMessage and FaceTime, which we still do today. >> Should that be enough of an explanation with the attached documents to prevent getting an RFE? Thank you so much in advance! Best, Kristen & Martin
  3. Hello everyone, I don't really have a lot of time these days but if this topic has been covered by someone else I apologize for posting it again. I receive messages on occasion about IMB's so I think this should be a permanent sticky here on the site just to make it easier and less confusing for people to get through this already difficult and confusing process.. Briefly, my wife and I met on Cherry Blossoms back in 2014 and we were also confused by this IMB / International Marriage Broker thing. I contacted Cherry Blossoms directly and they sent a very nice email reply clearly stating they ARE NOT an IMB / International Marriage Broker. We were tangled up in this mess back then all it took was an email to Cherry Blossoms and they sent the letter. I guess now they are charging for the letter service which in my opinion is taking advantage of their already paying customers. If their sole intention to operate that site is for DATING and eventually MARRIAGE then why would that letter not be included since you obviously need it to file the I-129F petition properly. Yes this K1 Fiancee Visa process is at times miserable but I have ( unfortunately ) had to do it twice over the past 12 years. The first time i went through this process it was completely new to me, I looked at it as I'm sure you all do with excitement and anticipation of meeting this new person. We talked for over a year, met in person for 3 weeks which is really not a long time to get to know someone but eventually you have to make a decision right? I mean shes not going to wait forever but after 5 years we realized that our lives were going in different directions. You just can't anticipate everything and we had a very amicable separation and eventually divorce. It wasn't easy because A LOT of work went into the whole relationship so yes we tried but if it's not meant to be no matter what you do will not " FIX IT " no matter what anyone tells you. A few years later I decided that after my past experience I would give it another try going in with a lot more experience and understanding of what I was really looking for. I met my current wife in 2014 while I was already in the Philippines visiting someone else that really wasn't the one for me. Call it fate, destiny or whatever you like but we hit it off great and I felt like I knew her my whole life. Is this time around 100% bliss?? BWAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!!! No not even close BUT we are compatible, we are like minded and we are willing to understand each other and be flexible. I really think this is the key, flexibility. When you get two people from the same country, culture, socio-economic background, education, etc.... you will have problems so how much more with this?? PATIENCE... dear Lord patience of a saint at times because... well everything is just different here than there and it takes time to adjust and learn about each other. I'm really not trying to be discouraging but I just can't stress enough to TAKE YOUR TIME and get to know your partner because chatting for a year IS NOT comparable to being together for that amount of time. Meeting your partner on a 3 week vacation type of trip is also NOT COMPARABLE to that period of time when they arrive in your country. The second time around was much better but if you consider the chances of meeting your future wife in your last week of your visit and you never even talked before... No I don't believe it's some random chance or happening I believe that the person you are destined to be with will be there in the time they are meant to be there. If that makes sense then the point is take your time because a year or two is nothing compared to a lifetime with the wrong person. But It's REALLY worth the wait when you find the right one If you are not able to view the letter please let me know and I'll try to upload it again. If anyone has ANY questions or concerns please let us know, we re happy to help as much as we can. We also DID NOT use a lawyer either time and never had anything returned, the K1 processed through without an issue even with my divorce included the last time. Hope this helps Take care Brian & Marie So here is my letter to Cherry Blossoms Brian Jan 12, 2016, 8:45 AM to office Hello, I am a current member on your site and met my fiancee through your site while on vacation in the Philippines. We hit it off and our relationship is going great. We are currently in the process of filing the K1 visa and there is a question about how we met. The I-129f asks if we met through an international marriage broker. I read the "About Us" page on your website but I didn't see anything about you being or not being an IMB "International Marriage Broker". Can you please help clarify for me if you are or are not an IMB so I can answer the question on the I-129f form correctly? Thank you for your help and for a wonderful website. Because of the service you offer I met the love of my life. Sincerely, Brian Arnone Here is my letter to Cherry Blossoms Brian Jan 12, 2016, 8:45 AM Hello, I am a current member on your site and met my fiancee through your site while on vacation in the Philippines. We hit it off and our relationship is going great. We are currently in the process of filing the K1 visa and there is a question about how we met. The I-129f asks if we met through an international marriage broker. I read the "About Us" page on your website but I didn't see anything about you being or not being an IMB "International Marriage Broker". Can you please help clarify for me if you are or are not an IMB so I can answer the question on the I-129f form correctly? Thank you for your help and for a wonderful website. Because of the service you offer I met the love of my life. Sincerely, Brian Cherry Blossoms Letter back to me Cherry Blossoms Customer Support <office@blossoms.com> Jan 13, 2016, 3:35 PM to me Dear Brian, Cherry Blossoms is not an International Marriage Broker. There are no introductions or matchmaking services or social referrals between US Citizens and foreign nationals. There are no written consent forms or contracts that members sign. Members search and communicate with others from their own free will. The government has written a very broad definition that includes almost all companies. USCIS is now requiring information on the websites (not just CB) that provided dating services between US citizens and foreign nationals. The intent is to try to identify International Marriage Brokers that charge women $10,000 or more to marry a U.S. citizen. These companies profit from the marriage whether it is a valid marriage or not. These companies have an agenda in making the marriage happen. Your fiancée did not pay or signed a written consent authorizing the release of personal information. There were no introductions, both of you communicated from your own free will. You may also want to submit a signed letter from your fiancée confirming this fact. Enclosed is our letter. Best wishes, CB Staff P.S. Our US Visa Support offers an excellent comprehensive visa preparation service. We would be happy to assist you with your questions. For more information please contact us at visa@blossoms.com or (877)907-8472 for a free consultation. Our telephone hours are M-F 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Hawaii Standard Time.
  4. Hi How does one go about proving the site we met on is a non IMB. Apparently (or so Ive read) its not enough to just get a statement from them that they're not an IMB - you need to prove thoroughly. Just want to be prepared!
  5. I am supposed to get proof that Facebook is not an IMB, but I absolutely cannot find this information anywhere. For those of you who met online, how did you supply this? Thank you so much! Tina
  6. Smile_goongyi

    IMB rfe

    Hello to all please help us what to do here. My fiancé got an rfe August 21 then received mail today, saying this: "The evidence in the file reflects that you met the beneficiary through the services of an International Marriage Broker (IMB). You stated that you met the beneficiary through OkCupid. This website is considered to be an International Marriage Broker as It is a business that charges fees for providing dating matrimonial, matchmaking services or social referrals between United States citizens and foreign nationals. Therefore, you are require submit a copy of the signed written consent Form that the IMB obtained from the beneficiary (name), authorizing the release of her personal contact Information to you." That was the letter of rfe, but we've been in okcupid for 3 days then after that we've chatted and talked using line apps. What kind of Form is this. Please help us. 😔
  7. So if it's a religious site that you pay that's considered a imb??
  8. Hello me and my fiance are in the process of filing our K1. We met back in August on the website DeviantArt. It is an art sharing site which allows you to display your own art to the internet. The website has little support. There are no ways of contacting by phone. We have emailed the staff multiple times with no reply. I've looked through their terms and don't see anything mentioned about marriage brokers. RapidVisa is telling us we need a letter from DeviantArt stating that the website is not a Marriage Broker and why they are exempt from IMBRA. https://about.deviantart.com/policy/service/ https://about.deviantart.com/policy/etiquette/ Any idea of what to do now? Thanks!
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