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  1. My husband and I began the entire process in February 7, 2017 and by the end of March 2017 we were approved for the CR 1 Visa. I wanted to share the process with the hope that I can be of use and help to those filing in Italy! We began by putting together our I-130. We included everything in our checklist. I called the U.S. Embassy in Milan about 5 times just to ask questions and to clarify anything I was not sure about on the checklist. In example, I had read that you needed to be a resident of Italy for at least 6 months before being apply to apply, but when I called, they told me that it didn't matter, just as long as I had my "permesso di soggiorno." Though, I did have a temporary permesso by June 2016 and received my permanent one until January 2017. I included copies of both in my packet. Things I included to prove bonafide marriage: 1. Italian healthcare booklet copies that showed my husband and I shared the same family doctor and address. 2. Copy of a notarized affidavit written by my mother stating her knowledge of the relationship between my husband and I 3. Copy of our joint bank account cards 4. Letter written by myself explaining our relationship and our story 5. Copies of the stamped pages of my passport to show when I came to visit husband, vacations, and roadtrip through East Europe we took to visit his birth place 6. Copies of first part of our instagram pages where you can see posts of us together 7. In timeline order: Printed pages of few texts before and after marriage Mail sent by family and friends to our address in Italy for me which also usually included a note for husband photos of us before and after marriage of us when were dating, vacationing, with family and friends, honeymoon, and the wedding. Wedding receipts Copies of gift receipts Copies of hotel receipts Our I-130 packet was approved in about 1.5 weeks after it was sent. We did not find out until 3 weeks later though because I called to ask the embassy since I had not heard anything. Our letter of approval arrived a few days later even though I had filled out the form for electronic notification. Our case was received on March 15, 2017 which was when we received our case number and information packet on everything we needed to have and do for the interview. It was received through email. We redid our evidence of bonafide marriage, gathered his police certificates (2), birth certificate (just for the beneficiary, not petitioner), I-864 packet for me and my joint sponsor since I had not worked in over a year, copy of his passport, marriage certificate, 6 passport style photos and the rest which I can't remember at the moment. When we had gathered everything we made an appointment online for the next week in Naples. We booked our room at Palazzo Mirelli which was a great place to stay. Our window faced the U.S. Embassy. We had the medical the day before our appointment. We arrived at about 7:40 or so. You get a ticket from the electronic machine in the front and sit and wait for your turn. They first did Chest X Rays,then they took some blood, then a talk with the doctor about where we would stay and what vaccinations husband had had so they took a look at his medical record/Vaccine history, then we found out he needed two vaccines so we went to do that and done. IMPORTANT: you should bring cash. we only had our debit card and had to pay up front, but there was no one there anymore (that dealt w/ the visa people) so we had to wait about 30 minutes so someone could come and let us pay and it was a hassle. The whole process took a little less than two hours. The day of our appointment we got in line at about 7:35ish and we were the second ones in line. We were let in and waited in the waiting room for a few minutes. We then got called in to a more private window and a very nice Italian officer took our documents. You should have copies of your birth certificate, marriage certificate, and possibly police certificates (?) because they will ask for the copies of those. The only documents he didnt ask for were the proof of marriage. we were then told to sit down and wait for the interview. We waited about 20-30 minutes. The interview was very short. The American officer asked my husband when and where we met and when did the relationship become serious. ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: As the beneficiary I did not expect to be asked questions, but I was. I had included in my I-864 my intent to reestablish domicile in the U.S., but the officer still asked me what were my plans when I got back and how could I prove that I was not planning on live 6 months here and there, etc. and whether I had a plane ticket. I could only tell her I had not made such concrete moves yet bc I was waiting to see if my husband was approved for the visa. I also did not have a lease or a job or really anything in Italy so i had nothing to close or quit. She told me i could write a letter stating my intent and plans in America. I still had an open bank account, my american phone number, we were moving in with my mother temporarily so I also wrote that, and I still had my car in America. I was also looking for work. She accepted it all and said we had been approved. My husband received his visa in the mail about 3 days later Long post but if anyone has questions, please ask :]
  2. Hello everyone! I decided to write about my full K-1 visa experience here and I hope it's gonna be helpful for some of you Italians going to Naples for their interview so expect a long detailed story! IMPORTANT NOTE: This is only my personal experience, based solely on our case, so you can use it as a reference but remember that every case is different. You might or might not need some of the documents listed here and waiting times may vary from case to case. Also, I have to admit I was pretty lucky the day of the interview and you might have to answer to many more questions and different ones. A little background here: I'm an Italian citizen, born and raised, and I'm engaged to a wonderful American man. We sent our petition last year and a few days ago I got my passport with the K-1 Visa and the famous "stupid-proof MUST NOT OPEN envelope". DECEMBER 2018: I-129F - Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) We gathered all the documents required ahead of time and this is what we sent in this precise order: - A check of 535$; - A cover letter listing all the contents included, signed by my fiancè; - e-notification of application/petition acceptance (form G-1145); - Completed, dated and signed form I-129F; - Petitioner's police and court records; - Petitioner's birth certificate; - Petitioner and beneficiary's passport pages with every stamp; - Petitioner and beneficiary's passport style pictures (remember to write your name with a pencil on the back of each one); - Our letters of intent to marry, dated and signed; - Petitioner and beneficiary's descriptions of our visits + pictures together + plane tickets, screenshots of our conversations, call logs, etc. We sent everything on December the 13th 2018 and they received it on December the 14th. IMPORTANT: Make a copy (digital and printed) of every document before sending it. The petitioner should send this exact copy to the beneficiary for them to have it on the day of their interview. The officer at the consulate will have the original petition with them. 19th DECEMBER 2018: NOA 1 (Form I-797C) On this date my fiancè received our first notice of action both in the mail and at his e-mail address, with our receipt number (3 letters and 10 numbers). The long wait starts now! Even tho compared to people who applied in 2016/2017, waiting times seem to be reasonably shorter now. FAQ: Many of you ask if it's possible to visit your fiancè in the United States while waiting for your NOA2. The answer is yes, BUT... at your own risk. There's an entire topic and discussion about it on this forum and as you can see, once again, each case is different. I noticed that, generally, people travelling on ESTA (which includes Italy) have much less trouble being admitted at the port of entry, but you can still be taken aside for a second inspection. This was in fact my case but it helped that I brought with me the entire petition we sent a few months earlier. If you wanna read my full experience on this matter, you can find it on this page under my username: https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/67796-yes-you-can-visit/page/134/?tab=comments#comment-9637431 29th MARCH 2019: NOA 2 (Form I-797) Only a week after I travelled to the US to visit my fiancè and only 100 days after our NOA 1, we received the green letter from USCIS stating that our case was APPROVED! Thankfully no RFEs. We came back from a family trip and we found the envelope in the mailbox. What can I say? We must have bothered our neighbours a lot cause we started screaming and crying from joy like little kids on Christmas Day. 30th APRIL 2019: NVC Approval Notice and CASE NUMBER My fiancè got an e-mail that he forwarded me then, from NVC-do-not-reply@state.gov containing the letter from the NVC in the attachements. The letter stated: "The National Visa Center (NVC) received your fiancé (e)’s/spouse’s approved I-129F petition from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). NVC will now forward the petition to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Naples, Italy. Please note that the transfer process can take several weeks. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will contact your fiancé (e)/spouse when they are ready to process his or her petition." This is important cause you will receive a case number (3 letters and 10 numbers) to complete your DS-160 later and that will be used for many other things. I got the NVC letter on paper at my address in Italy at the end of May, while I was still visiting in the US. 8th MAY 2019: Case received at the Naples Consulate & PACKET 3 We've got another e-mail from IVNaples@state.gov stating: "We have received your approved petition from the National Visa Center. Please refer to the attached information packet for directions on how to proceed. Please note that the fiancé visa fee is $265 and the medical fee is 220 Euro." In the attachment you will find the packet 3, with all the instructions on how to move forward with your case. You will also find instructions for the medical visit at Varelli and a list of documents you need to gather and have at the day of the interview. Don't collect the following documents too soon, cause most of them have an expiration date of 6 months. DOCUMENTS I COLLECTED (from Packet 3) - Make as many copies as you like/want of each document you get! - I completed form DS-160 at https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx . Remember to print the confirmation page once you're done. From the day you create your case, you will have 30 days to complete it. It shouldn't take long, but you can save and go back to it later if needed. You will need your case number from the NVC letter you received and a digital picture to upload (I had a scan of the passport style picture I sent with the I-129F and it was accepted). - Passport: must be valid for travel to the US and must have at least six month validity beyond the issuance date of the visa. - Birth certificate: original or certified copy. It must state both of your parents' names, date and place of your birth and it must indicate it is an extract from offical records. NOTE: If you require your "certificato di nascita" it probably won't have the names of your parents on it, so I suggest you get "estratto di nascita" instead. I collected one from my city of residence and another one from my birthplace. Ask for copies! They should be free. - Police certificates: required for EACH visa applicant aged 16 years or older and for EACH country you have lived for more than 12 months (There's a table to see which ones you need). You will need to get your Certificato GENERALE del Casellario Giudiziale (not PENALE) and Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti. I previously lived in Canada for more than 12 months so I had to obtain one from there too through a fingerprint agency that sent the request to the RCMP. You can book the appointment online at https://certificaticasellario.giustizia.it/sac/prenotacertificato and you will need to buy stamps (marche da bollo) of 19,87€ each. You can get an authenticated/certified copy of those too, but from my personal experience you only waste more money. At the interview they gave me the originals back and they kept a simple copy I printed from my computer! - Photographs: Six glossy, unretouched, unmounted color pictures 50x50 mm with a white background, frontal view. No glasses, no earrings, a ponytail is good but you can keep your hair loose as long as it's behind your ears and not covering your face. - Evidence of support: You will need to download the most recent I-134 form - Affidavit Of Support (check the expiration date of the form at the top of the page) from http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-134.pdf . Not the I-864. This needs to be completed by your American fiancè, dated, signed and sent to you in original along with these documents: 1. Bank statement: the petitioner has to go to their bank/financial institution and ask for one. It has to include the date of the account being opened, the total amount deposited for the past year and the present balance. 2. Letter from employer: my fiancè asked his boss to write a letter (better if it's on the company letterhead) stating the date and nature of employment, salary paid, position and asked her to provide him with the most recent pay stubs (we brought 8 just in case). We also downloaded a form from my fiance's workplace's website, that showed his yearly income. NOTE: this will determine if your American fiancè is eligible to be your sponsor and/or if you need a joint sponsor. Your fiancè's income must meet at least 100% of poverty guidelines. You can check them here for 2019 https://www.uscis.gov/i-864p . You will also need the so-called W2 form, that yor fiancè used to prepare tax returns. 3. Talking about taxes: bring form 1048 - U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. His was from 2018. - Letter of intent to marry: yes, a new one for each of you! It's gonna be similar to the first one but dated much closer and we called it "Letter of Reaffirmation of Intent to Marry". We changed a few words, we signed it and dated it. - Proof of ongoing relationship: also very similar to the ones you submitted with your I-129F. We included new pictures together and with his family, new screenshots of conversations and call logs. They never asked to see them at the interview but better safe than sorry. - Vaccinations records: I went to the ASL/ULSS with my libretto delle vaccinazioni and they printed a copy of my vaccinations records, plus an extra in English. I told them where I was going so they suggested I got a vaccine that I haven't done before. Included in the packet 3 you will find a chart explaining which shots you need to get based on your age. I had everything already (or so I thought... more details later) so since they were free (they were considered under "family reunification"/"ricongiungimento familiare") I got an extra that was not mandatory for immigration purposes. The most important ones are measles (morbillo), mumps (parotite), pertussis (pertosse), rubella (rosolia) and chicken pox (varicella). Since I've had varicella as a kid, my family doctor prescribed me an exam for IgG and IgM varicella antibodies, as proof of immunization. If you're missing some shots don't worry: they'll take care of it at the Varelli BUT... they're very expensive! Influenza is also mandatory, but may not be available in certain periods of the year, obviously. - Most recent I-94 - Travel History. You will need your passport number and this form simply states all your entries/exits to/from the US. The website is this one: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home . NOTE: Every document in a language different from English or Italian must be translated by a certified translator. No, you can't translate it yourself. EXTRA: Due to my busy work schedule and my long visit to the US, I didn't have enough time to collect all the documents required and my NOA 2's expiration date was in late July. I decided to ask for an I-129F Extension which was granted. I simply wrote an e-mail to the Naples U.S. Consulate at IVNaples@state.gov, providing my name, case and receipt number and explained the reasons why I was asking for an extension. I got an automated message and around a week later they answered telling me my request for an extension was approved for 4 months. Easy peasy. SCHEDULING THE INTERVIEW Once you collect all these documents, you're finally ready to schedule your interview. You need to go on this website https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-it/iv/users/sign_in and create an account. Once you're done, you'll have to pay a 265$ fee using a credit card and you can move forward to see which dates are available. Even before paying, you will need to select a location where you want your passport to be returned after the interview. Don't worry if the pick-up spot you selected is miles far from home, you can change the address later and you can sign up for DHL Express Shipment and have your passport delivered directly to your door. Ah, this service costs 30€... how could I forget. Remember to print the payment receipt cause they're gonna request it at the interview. NOTE: Italian applicants don't need to schedule the medical appointment. Once you select the date and the time of the interview, you automatically know that you have to be at the Varelli the day before the interview. One thing less to take care of! 4th NOVEMBER 2019: MEDICAL VISIT at ISTITUTO DIAGNOSTICO VARELLI (Naples) The instructions say that applicants are expected to arrive at 8:00am for the medical examination. I, being the paranoid myself as always, was in front of the Varelli by 6:45am and I already had 3 people waiting in front of me. The place opened at 7:00am and I went inside. I found a ticketing machine and I pressed "Consulate". My number was C1 and a young lady started calling for people that were there for the consulate. I sat in a waiting room and then they called me from one of the rooms nearby. Exams in order: 1. Blood test; 2. They sent me to the bathroom to collect an urine sample; 3. They checked my DS-160 confirmation page, they took 4 out of the 6 passport style pics, they checked my vaccines/immunization records, they asked for my address in Italy, my future address in the US and my e-mail address. Unfortunately after they checked my vaccines records, I was missing the one for influenza (it wasn't available at the time I got my records) and another vaccine that was "incomplete" cause my family doctor gave me a shot for tetanus only back in March (I had the richiamo after 10 years) and forgot the two correlated ones. No problem, but from 220€ I ended up paying 256€ for the medical visit. 4. Chest X-Rays in another room. 5. Doctor consultation: he asked me if I've ever been hospitalized, operated, if I have diabetes, if I smoke, if I take any meds (I do, so I needed to tell him which ones, the dosage and what I was taking them for. It helped that I had a certificate written by my doctor I got before I visited the US in March, with all the meds I take, so it was easier for the doctor to list them all). The doctor's assistant measured my weight and height, she tested my sight and she asked me if I wore glasses or contacts. The doctor examined my breath, he measured my blood pressure, the assistant got my temperature and she gave me the vaccine shots I was missing. They told me they were gonna contact me at the phone number I provided if there were any problems with the results and they told me they'd have sent the results directly to the consulate. REMEMBER: The next day, once the interview is done, the consular officer will give you a huge envelope with the updated list of vaccines and a cd-rom with the X-Rays. You will need to bring them in your carry-on bag cause they will ask for them at the port of entry. 5th NOVEMBER 2019: US CONSULATE in Naples/INTERVIEW - FINALLY APPROVED!! My appointment was at 9am but I was in front of the consulate gate by 8am. I had to wait for around 10 minutes and then they let me in. 1. You go through security, so take off your jacket, put everything through the metal detector and they tell you to turn off your phone. They're gonna keep it and they'll give it back once you're done with the interview. They give you a badge with a "V" for "visitor", a number and you exit the room. 2. You enter the consulate building and you go up on second floor. There's gonna be a desk with a photo booth in the back, in case you forgot/lost your pictures or in case they're not in the appropriate size. At the same desk you're gonna be called with your number. They asked for my birth certificate (they took both the one from my birthplace and the one from my city of residence), police records (casellario generale e carichi pendenti), 2 passport style pictures, confirmation page of DS-160, I-134 Affidavit Of Support, bank statement, letter from employer, W2, IRS tax transcript, recent pay stubs, etc. and the two new letters of intent. If you have copies of each document, they're gonna keep them (at the end of the interview they'll give you back copies or originals of some of these documents). They organize everything and they give it to you. 3. Sit, wait and watch some tv or talk to other people. It helps to calm you down! They're gonna call you with the same number from a booth with a glass window and they will talk through a microphone if you can't hear them clearly. You will need to give them all the documents you just collected at the desk, plus your passport. The young woman asked me a few questions about my relationship, how we met, all the places I worked at and what exactly I was doing and some other general questions. This was all in italian. I noticed that she had the original petition we sent in December right in front of her and she checked it briefly. She took fingerprints. Honestly, she was the one who asked all the questions and who looked at old pictures and conversations! And frankly, I didn't appreciate the fact she acted like she wasn't even listening to me cause she kept talking to her coworker, the consular officer from the booth next to her. She asked me why I visited and lived in Canada for one and a half year and I explained it, but once again she kept acting pretty indifferent. 4. Last step: the real interview. They called me again from a different booth and I found myself in front of the consular officer (Ugh! Panic!). He asked me if I preferred to speak Italian or English (I said English) and he made me swear that I was going to provide him with truthful and accurate information. From here on it varies: the guy was very chill, relaxed and he only asked me 3 QUESTIONS! I was indeed very lucky. Some officers ask many more questions, some ask for evidence, some ask for more details, but that's all he asked me: - Where/how did you learn English? - How and when did you and your fiancè meet? (Even tho I already answered this question earlier) - After how long you met, did you guys started dating/considered each other in a relationship? THAT WAS IT! He said he was gonna approve my visa and he was gonna keep my passport. He took my fingerprints once again, he gave me a pamphlet about domestic violence (that I already had and for some reason he gave me two copies) and he said my passport whould have arrived in the next week or so. He wished me well and he said "Have a nice day and congratulations". Oh, and he said that along with the passport with the visa stamped, I was gonna get in the mail a sealed envelope that I must not open. This will need to be taken too at the port of entry and only officers can open it, so make sure you keep it in your handbag/carry-on. NEXT STEPS 6th November 2019 - Checked my Visa status at https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING. 7th November 2019 - Checked again: ISSUED. 8th November 2019 - Passport with K-1 Visa stamped and the "off limits" envelope in hand, delivered to my house from DHL. CONCLUSIONS/ADVICES - Smile, always! Even tho you're nervous and dying inside of freight. A positive attitude makes for a good impression to the consular officer and other people assisting you. Talk to other people in the room: you probably already met some of them at the medical visit the day before. It helped me A LOT to keep my nerves under control and to relax. It might help others too! - Organize your documents from day 1. I bought a huge 200 pages folder and some stickers I used to catalogue each document (and to find them faster). Most interviews don't last more than 2-3 hours (not the actual interview, but the whole process) and most delays are caused by people not having the right documents or that are missing some. Don't make other people wait, be organized and have everything prepared in hand. Some people have to travel to Naples and have planes to get only a few hours later! (Me 😅) - Arrive on time or even better, earlier. Both at the medical visit, so you're gonna be the first and get out pretty fast and you can enjoy the rest of your day in Naples, and at the interview. - Don't talk back, be respectful and don't raise your voice if there's something wrong. Officers are willing to help you if there's anything wrong with your case, so be polite and collaborative. - Don't lie. Needless to say but... lying will only get you in trouble or more troubles. Not only you can risk to be denied at the interview, but you might have troubles travelling and being admitted to the United States at the port of entry again. Honesty always pays back. Best of luck to all the applicants out there! ❤️❤️
  3. Hello there, fellow Italian applicants! I am the beneficiary of a K1 Visa submitted by my future husband, who is American. I am Italian-Canadian, born and raised in Italy. On March 14th, 2018 my Visa was finally approved. I now understand the full meaning the name of this website carries, it is indeed a journey. Throughout the process I decided to document my entire experience with the intention of posting it once it would be over, hoping that it might be useful to all those people who will be interviewed at Consulate in Napoli (or Naples). Perhaps most of the information will sound redundant or obvious, just keep in mind that I wrote every step in detail as it was happening, wishing to have a similar report to quiet my most trivial doubts (SPOILER: there will be MANY trivial doubts, just never feel stupid to ask). This website has been our most used guide. However, I suggest you always follow the instructions you are given as a primary source. There is nothing hidden, everything is pretty straightforward. I hope that sharing my experience could help you and serve you as a general reference, nothing more than that. Every case is different. Anyway, here’s what happened: We decided to get married in May 2017. After doing our research, we decided to go through the K1 Visa process without the assistance of a lawyer. I-129 F PACKAGE We filed our I-129F form and sent the package at the end of June 2017. Our I-129F package contained: - e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, which you can use to keep track of the status of your application. I highly recommend anyone to file it, they will send you a Receipt Number and your Case Status will be easily kept under control. - Completed Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) - Declaration of How We Met, written and signed by my future husband, the petitioner, in which he stated the day we met and provided some additional details about our relationship, such as the days we met each other’s parents and relatives, the trips we took together, how we keep in touch when we are apart, etc. It is a very personal statement, so feel free to compose it according to you own experience. The declaration is an extended point from the I-129F form, part 2, item number 54, that we decided to expand in a separate paper to provide further details. On the form, my fiancé wrote “Please read attached declaration”. - Both Letters of intent to Marry within 90 days of entry; we wrote and signed one letter each. - Passport copies - The petitioner’s birth certificate - The beneficiary’s most recent I-94, to show all my past entrances in the United States. You can get it for free on the USCIS website, after submitting your passport number. I also included copies of expired passport pages with stamps. - EVIDENCE OF RELATIONSHIP, for which I provided 8 photos of us in various situations (photos of just the two of us, photos with our families, etc); receipts of airplane tickets we took together; receipts of hotel stays and various tickets. I would suggest you to gather as much evidence as possible, and it’s totally up to you to evaluate how much material to send to USCIS. We felt we wanted to be safe, and we submitted anything official that had both our names. In the package I also decided to include a personal statement in which I informed USCIS about my dual citizenship. I am Italian and Canadian. I was born in Italy and I’ve always resided there, so I applied to the K1 Visa as an Italian citizen, but I’ve always used my Canadian passport to travel and I felt it was safer and nicer to explain it, in case anything would come up. I included copies of both my passports. I’m informing you about this just to suggest you to provide all the information you can about yourself from the very first step, to avoid delays in the process. As a matter of fact, it did come up during the interview, but did not constitute any setback. The package that we sent was a regular folder that we organized in sections. We also put a list on the first page to recap all the documents that we were submitting. MAKE A COPY OF THE WHOLE I-129F PACKAGE BEFORE SENDING IT AND KEEP IT FOR ANY FUTURE REFERENCE. Actually, what I did was updating the original folder as we moved on with the procedure, adding a new section each time there was progress. On the interview date I arrived at the Consulate with this massive (but very organized ) creation that contained every single page, notification, document submitted. It helped me to keep everything under control, as you will often need to check, double check, triple check. NOA1 - July 5th 2017 We received our NOA1 on June 5th 2017, about a week after sending our petition. We received one copy in the mail and we also got a notification by email. I made a copy of the NOA1 and placed it in a new section the folder. Visiting your SO during the wait: After receiving our NOA1, the longest wait of our life started. I visited my fiancé in the United States for a few months and we did most of the wait together, so I can’t really complain about the distance, but not a day went by without checking our status. If you wish to visit your SO during the wait and travel with your Italian passport, make sure you have a valid ESTA before you start the I-129F. It is indeed possible to visit, but remember that there is always the chance of being denied by a POE officer. As for my experience, I had the possibility to travel with my Canadian passport, which allows a 6 months B2 Visitor Visa. I spent 5 months in the United States, from the end of September 2017 to February 2018, because I was a non working student and I had the chance to go. I took the time I had to write my final thesis and be with my man. We were together when we received our NOA2 and my return ticket was shortly after that. During the interview I was legitimately asked questions about my frequent long stays, but because I have always been meticulous with my dates and in good faith about my travels, it didn’t raise any red flags. The website to track the status of your petition is: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/mycasestatus.do You will need to enter the Receipt Number written on your NOA1. NOA2 - 18 Jan 2018 Our I-129F petition was approved in 197 days, with no RFEs. On January 18th 2018, we finally received our NOA2 in the mail. It was a moment of great joy, and things definitely moved super fast for us after that. I made a copy of the NOA2 and put it in the folder. At this point, you could start gathering the documents of Packet3, if you plan to schedule your interview as soon as possible. Do not start gathering documents before you receive your NOA2, as most of them have an expiration date of 6 months. NVC NOTICE - Case sent to Naples, Italy - 06 Feb 2018 On February 6th, 2018, my fiancé received NOTICE FROM NVC, which includes your CASE NUMBER that you will need to use when filing the DS-160. The notice also informed us that our case had been sent to the Consulate in Naples. PACKET3 - 08 Feb 2018 On February 8th 2018, my fiancé received an email from IVNAPLES@STATE.GOV, notifying us that they had received our petition. In the same email they attached the Packet3, containing all the instructions for the interview and the medical examination. I immediately started to prepare and gather all the documentation required for the day of the interview. You won’t have to send anything to the Consulate, you just collect everything and present it on the day of the interview. The instructions also tell you how to book your interview once you have everything in hand, and pay the $265 fee. The medical fee is €220, and the visit will be automatically scheduled by the Consulate for the day before your interview date. REMEMBER TO GATHER EVERYTHING IN DOUBLE COPY. On the interview day, you will be asked to provide everything in duplicate evidence, and at the end they will give you back either the original or the copy of each document. This is what I had to do and what applied to my case, but there may be additional requirements if you need to present divorce certificates, if you were in the military, if you were adopted, if you lived in other countries than Italy for more than 6 months, etc. I happen to have never been married before, have never lived in other countries for more than 6 months, have no children, have never been in the military, was never arrested or have never had problems with the law, thus: - I completed the DS-160 ONLINE NONIMMIGRATION FORM, and printed the confirmation receipt. You will need the CASE NUMBER provided in the NVC notice, and after submitting the form you will be able to track the status of your case on the CEAC platform (https://ceac.state.gov/ceacstattracker/status.aspx). NB: When you check your status, remember to select “IMMIGRATION VISA (IV)” from the list of the Visa Application Type. Although the K1 Visa is a “non-immigrant” type, the tracking will only work if you select IV. I guess this depends on the fact that your nonimmigrant status will be extremely temporary, just the 90 days window to get married. - I requested my CERTIFICATO DI NASCITA at my Comune di residenza, and made an authenticated copy of it. I was also requested to gather the birth certificate of my fiancé again. - I requested my CERTIFICATO DEI CARICHI PENDENTI and CERTIFICATO GENERALE DEL CASELLARIO GIUDIZIALE at the Tribunale of my city. They need a stamp (marca da bollo) of €19,84 each, and I made an authenticated copy for both. I made authenticated copies at my Comune di residenza, and paid €2,5 each. - I re-printed a new I-94, because I travelled to the United Stated during the process - I took 6 American passport photos for the interview - My fiancé completed the I-134 Affidavit of Support Form and provided evidence of support, such as a letter from his employer, two pay stubs, his W2, a statement from his bank. Remember to verify if you need a co-sponsor by checking the income guidelines. - I printed my fiancé’s passport copy again - EVIDENCE OF RELATIONSHIP: I gathered 26 new photos and submitted other additional evidence, including new airplane ticket receipts and anything else we had. Then I had to verify that I had all the vaccinations required. I went to the Italian ASL and requested a new LIBRETTO DELLE VACCINAZIONI and CERTIFICATO DELLE VACCINAZIONI. I also had two shots that I had missing for free. I would recommend to do the same to any Italian applicant, because otherwise you will have to pay for them on the day of the medical exam and the fees are not exactly cheap. One of the vaccinations required is the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (the Italian TRIVALENTE). Since I had mine done privately during the ‘90s (it wasn’t mandatory in Italy back then), I had no proof of my immunization, so my medico di base suggested me to get IGG blood tests, which will tell you if you need to get the shot again. I was able to obtain all these documents in 10-12 days. On February 26th, 2018 I scheduled my interview for March 14th, 2018 and paid the $265 fee on the website indicated on Packet3, (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/). You will need to access the platform through “IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANT”. You won’t be able to complete this step unless your case is marked as “Ready” on the CEAC platform, so if you have any problems just wait a couple of days. I was actually able to book the interview only two days after my case was marked as “Ready”. I guess there was some processing from the Consulate in the middle of the way. I paid an additional fee of €30 for a DHL courier service that will deliver my passport at my residence. There are several options for the delivery/pick-up of the passport once the Visa is issued. You could either pick it up at the Embassy, at a selected DHL facility, or have it sent to you. The website only accepts payment with debit cards, Visa and Mastercard. MEDICAL VISIT Istituto Diagnostico Varelli - March 13th 2018 The Varelli medical clinic is located quite far from the city center, although it doesn’t take long to reach by car. The instructions of the Consulate suggest you to get there by 8AM. I arrived there at 7AM and I already had 5 people in front of me, already waiting. I highly recommend to get there early as well, as you will have to re-do the same line each time for each part of the visit (blood test, urine test, X-rays, vaccine examination, general visit) I took a ticket number from the C (Consulate) button of the machine and waited in line. A woman at front desk called my number and took my passport. They will keep your passport until the end of the whole procedure. I signed a document and they sent me to a new waiting room, where shortly after I was called for blood and urine test. They need these tests to check you don’t have gonorrhea and syphilis. After that, I was sent to another floor, where I waited in line in a very narrow space, to talk about my immunization records and provide personal information. Two people were sitting behind desks taking care of this step. They were talking without any discretion. I could hear what the missing vaccines of other people were, where they were going to live in the United States, and all of the personal information asked. I didn’t like that. When my turn came, I provided my Italian address, my future American address, email, phone number and I had to give them my vaccination certificate and 4 photographs. I came prepared and I had every vaccine needed for immigration purposes. I gave them Italian style document photos and they accepted them, but warned me that the Consulate would only accept American style ones. I paid €220 and I was sent back upstairs, where I started a new line to get the X-rays done. After that, I was sent downstairs again, started a new line, and waited for the final medical visit, where they registered my weight and height, measured my blood pressure, checked my lungs and sight, made me complete a questionnaire of my medical history. After that, I was free to leave. They informed me that the Consulate would give me my results. Overall, I wasn’t impressed by the experience. The structure could improve its organization, but everyone was kind and informative. I personally feel that €220 is an overpriced fee for what you get. INTERVIEW - March 14th, 2018 - Approved! I arrived at the Consulate half an hour early, and passed the airport style security. I had to leave my phone and was given a number and a visitor pass. Once upstairs, two young ladies at a welcome desk made sure I had all the documents, took the originals and the copies, put them in their own order and gave them back to me. They were kind and informative. I sat and waited in a spacious room. There are booths where you will interact with consuls and functionaries though a glass window, standing. My interview took place in two steps. Step 1: my number was called from one of the booths. I walked there and I talked to an Italian woman, who took all my documents, examined them, and asked me a few questions about my fiancé and I. The documents were: passport, DS-160 receipt, interview and payment receipt, my birth certificate, my fiancé’s birth certificate, my fiancé’s passport copy, my police certificate, Affidavit of Support with the supporting evidence (letter from employer, pay stubs, tax documents, statement from bank), 2 American passport photos. The questions were about where my fiancé is from, what he does for a living, what I do for a living, if we had already made plans for the wedding, and confirmed our future home address. She organized all my documents in an open hardcopy file with our names, where they have the approved I-129F and all the previous documents submitted, took my fingerprints, gave me an envelope containing the results of my medical visit, and sent me back to the waiting area, informing me that I would shortly be called for the final phase of the interview. You will need to take the medical exam results with you when you will travel to the US with your new Visa. Step 2: my number was called again from a different booth, where the consul was waiting for the final interview. Upon arriving, I was asked if I preferred to speak in English or Italian, swore to tell the truth, and the interview began. The questions were different this time, more specific and detailed, asked in rapid fire. I guess each experience varies according to your own case and situation. What is important is to provide all the information truthfully and clearly, they are legitimately serious about your immigration petition and need to make sure you are too. Although it was a nerve-racking experience, I cannot write this review without expressing my appreciation for the way it is conducted. The CO who interviewed me was very formal. She listened carefully to my answers, insisting on various points when she needed more information. I was asked about 20-25 questions about my background, my family background, my fiancé’s family background, where, when and how we met, how old he is, where he was at the time of the interview, when was the last time we had heard from each other, how often we hear from each other, how we are going to arrange our wedding, what our respective families think of each other, requested quite detailed information about my fiancé’s family members, about how many times I had been to the United States, and since each time I went I did long stays, she wanted to know exactly my dates of entry and exits. I said that I had provided a I-94 to further document my travels and asked if she’d like to see it, and she replied that she preferred to hear it from me. After the interrogation, she concluded telling me that she was going to approve my K1 Visa and reminded me about the 90 days. I asked if I needed any proof of approval and she replied that I just have to wait for my passport to be delivered at home with the sealed Visa package which you must not open. My evidence of relationship wasn’t requested at all, let alone looked at. MY BEST ADVICE: Most of the interviews that take place at the Naples Consulate are generally reviewed to be shorter than mine has been, with less and more generic questions. I didn’t know what to expect and I was prepared to any possibility. I am happy about how it went. Do not take the questions I was asked as a reference. Actually, do not take any question of any review as a reference, or at least not to the point where you use them to prepare for the interview. They will have questions for you, and you will have answers for them. It could be about things you expect more, or things you expect less. To each their own. Just make the exchange worth all the sacrifices you’ve done to get to this final step, and everything will end smoothly. After all, you want to be there to prove you agree to play by the rules and to confirm the consistency of all the information you have submitted. Obvious tips that never get old enough: - Be confident. The interview can indeed get arduous, but as long as you are there in bona fide and with all the documents in the right place, there is no need to feel intimidated. They will understand you being nervous, so just worry about the accuracy of your answers and ignore that vocal tremor of yours. - Arrive early. - Smile! It’s the final step of your long awaited process. You will be married soon! AFTER THE INTERVIEW After the approval on March 14th, my CEAC case changed to “Administrative Processing”, and switched to “Issued” on March 16th. That’s when I knew my Visa was finally being printed and sent to me. Do not panic when you read that the Administrative Processing may take up to several weeks. If you were told your case was approved, it just means they are doing their final reviews and printing the super cool Visa on your passport. Here’s a recap of the fees: I-129F fee: $535 Embassy fee: $265 DHL fee: €30 (optional) Medical fee: €220 Marca da Bollo for “Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti” e “Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale”: €39.68 That’s all, FOR NOW! Good luck to you all!
  4. Hi Everyone, I have a general inquiry: Is the Packet 3 Email reliable/required to proceed with the Medical Exam and Interview for the Naples, Italy Consulate interview for K-1 Visas? We received the email from the NVC stating that our case number and file was headed to Naples. Our CEAC Case Status changed to "Ready" on the website on July 2nd. I heard that the Packet 3 email normally follows the status update on the same day. I've also heard that Naples doesn't always send it, but when they do, sometimes it's weeks later. I already have Packet 3/Medical instructions from another forum. We've completed the DS-160, paid the fee, and scheduled the interview for 3 weeks from today. I just want to know if I should reach out to the embassy to get the email. Do we actually need a print-out of the consulate's email to carry to the medical and/or consulate inteview? Thanks!
  5. I received this email from NVC on April 29 after all required documents have been electronically accepted ”NVC will work with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General in NAPLES, ITLY to schedule an interview appointment for you”. Who knows how long is the average of waiting time for interview in Naples (Italy)? Thanks
  6. Hi! I am currently preparing for the interview in a few hours. My only issue is that I received an e-mail from the medical institute yesterday to cal them urgently but I did not receive this until today. I do remember that they told me I can leave after the X-ray. They did not weigh me or check my eyesight, etc. All they said is that they will take the documents yesterday night to the US Embassy in naples. Is there anyone who had a similar situation? I am on my way to the medical institute. I hope I make it in time to the interview.
  7. Hi! My interview is scheduled for February 2019 but I have this issue regarding the return of my passport, which I can't seem to resolve. I even called the embassy and they were no help! I have received an e-mail which requires me to register the interview appointment and to choose a courier service for the return of my passport, and I chose Naples. However, my concern is that I do not live in Italy (I currently reside in Malta) and I am afraid that I will have to travel back to Malta on the next day after the interview. Is there any other way that I can pick up my passport other than being delivered at the courier service in case it takes longer than one day to arrive at the DHL Express Naples location? I also asked them if I could pay an extra fee so they can send it to me to my residence in Malta, however, they said that they are unable to do so since they offer that service only to location in Italy. Did anyone get their passports back on the same day of the interview? Thanks!
  8. Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any recent experiences using co-sponsors in the Naples Consulate. From post I've read here, the CO denied visas because of income requirements even though they had co-sponsors that qualified. I'm particularly worried because I'm a senior in college who will graduate this June but will have to wait 6 months before starting school again for my master's, that's another year before I have a (guaranteed) job. My parents (whom we will be living with) will co-sponsor and they make way over the required income for a 5 person household. However, I am deathly scared after reading these threads from people in similar positions but since they are so old I wonder if the experience/tendency has changed. Thank you for any information!
  9. My fiance and I have just completed the K1 Visa Process in Italy. This entire process was long and stressful, and I want to thank everyone on Visa Journey for providing information and support! I have documented the K1 Process to help anyone applying for the K1. Some of this document is specific to Italy or our relationship. We had a lawyer in the beginning, and many do not hire one. However a lot of this information may be useful to K1 applicants, so I'm sharing our experience. We did not receive an RFE, and my fiance received his visa 2 days after his interview. See the pdf below. Best of luck! Kelsey NOA1: October 2, 2017 NOA2: March 29, 2018 Interview: June 5, 2018 Visa Received: June 7, 2018 K1 Visa Process Step by Step.pdf
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