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  1. Hello, I am new here and have done some research to find out if Kyiv will process the I-130/CR-1 via DCF. I have emailed the embassy, and this is the response. So forgive me if this is somewhere within the site. This was received yesterday June 19, 2019 Take note of they have listed on the link for exceptions. I have contacted a person within the embassy to ask if already living in Ukraine with my wife is an exception and was told yes. Dear Robert, Thank you for your inquiry. You are welcome to start the immigration process on behalf of your spouse. Under exceptional circumstances you may ask for permission to file the I-130 at the U.S. Embassy, Kyiv providing your justification. If approved, the U.S. citizen petitioner needs to be present at the time of petition filing. Each request for an exception will be evaluated individually. A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 at an Embassy or Consulate where USCIS does not have a presence should contact the Consular Section to request consideration of the request for exception and explain the circumstances in detail by sending an email to kyiviv@state.gov. The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over the Embassy or Consulate. The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances that warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS. USCIS has guidance on the circumstances that may qualify as exceptional on their website at: http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/AFM/HTML/AFM/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-3481/0-0-0-6254.html Even if approved for filing, this process is going to take up to two months. Below are major steps in the process and approximate timing for their reference. The U.S. citizen petitioner sends the request to file an I-130 petition with his justification to kyiviv@state.gov (The U.S. Embassy Kyiv) The U.S. Embassy Kyiv forwards such request to USCIS Athens for review and decision. USCIS Athens normally replies within 3 business days. The U.S. Embassy Kyiv communicates the decision to the petitioner by email. The following steps apply only if the USCIS approved local I-130 filing. The U.S. Embassy Kyiv sends I-130 filing instructions to the petitioner (the same day we get response from USCIS Athens). The petitioner needs to email kyiviv@state.gov with the request to schedule I-130 filing appointment when they have all the documents ready to file an I-130. The petitioner needs to be present in person. We normally grant requested appointment for the same date the petitioner is asking unless we are closed or have no appointments on that date. On the date of I-130 appointment the officer reviews the case and, if intends to approve I-130 petition, sends Adam Walsh Check (AWA) for the Petitioner. At the moment these checks are returned within 7 business days. The officer will only be able to approve the petition when AWA check comes back negative. When the officer approves the petition, we send the instructions on how to apply for the immigrant visa (Information Packet). The instructions contain the list of documents required for the immigrant visa and guidance on how to schedule the immigrant visa interview through the Call Center. When you have collected all required documents, you may schedule the visa interview. Please note, that they will need to undergo medical examination prior to the interview. This examination cannot be waived or completed at a clinic different from the one we instruct you to use. If, in the course of medical examination pre-screening it is required to complete additional testing for TB (this is based on the doctor’s review of the X-ray results), such tests take 2 months to complete. We are normally able to print the visa within 5 business days of the interview. Please let us know if you need more information. Sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Consular Section U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine
  2. A couple of questions for those with Ukraine interests! 1. Tell me a little more about the places where one can check their phones, etc. near the US Embassy. Is this a good idea? Is it safe? 2. I read several months ago about the best way to ship clothing, items etc. from Ukraine to the US. The article recommended using basic Ukraine mail but when I discussed this with my fiance, she was unsure as to how or where one might do this. I take it that the Ukrainian post office may be very different than what we in the US are familiar with. Has anyone found a "best way" to ship things using either Ukrainian mail or another service? My fiance lives in Bila Tserkva, about 45 minutes South of Kyiv. Thanks in advance.
  3. Hello, everyone. I'm wondering about k1 visa timelines. IT's very important for me right now, coz i'm at a crossroads, we just filed for i129f. And attorney says it's gonna be a year or more! If it's year i can finish master degree here, if it's less like 6-8months , then i won't. soon i have governmental exams and i don't know what to do! he filled the form in Florida. And another one, me and my family want to visit him and his family in us, should we apply for tourist visa or just wait and don't rush? (if you had any experience like that please let me know) my family has good income to show. And i was in us before on j1 visa, actually we met in us.
  4. My girlfriend and I have been dating for a few years now. She' has attempted numerous times for a B1 Visitors visa with no avail. We both knew it was a long shot but made 5 attempts. She has a child from a previous relationship whom will be 6 years old soon. I want to apply for both her and her son. But the situation is this. His father is from UAE, he has not been a part of his son's life since his son was only a few months old. She has talked with him about attaining letter so that she can apply for the K1 and he refuses. I've read this letter can be asked for my immigration. Is this something i need to be concerned about? And if so, what can we do to ensure a smooth journey. How can she leave with her child?
  5. Hello community! On January we married with my boyfriend from USA in Ukraine. We are together already one and half year. He come many times to Ukraine to me but I never was in USA. Now I'm pregnant 5 months and we decided to apply for I-130 and start immigration process for me to move to him. He will apply for petition in USA. I really have trouble with documents I need to send him from me. What support documents we need to give together with petition? How it suppose to look? (only electronically or also papers by post office) Should I translate to English and notarize certificate of marriage and my birthd certificate or do apostles in Ukraine on original certificates? Should I do certificate that I'm pregnant? And also translate and notarize? Sorry for maybe not so smart questions, but I want to be sure and don't make mistakes when I will send everything for first step to him. If you guys know, please write me. Thank you, Katya
  6. Hey everyone, So I'm helping my fiance (beneficiary) fill out his DS-160 and its asking for the national identification number. For everyone who filled this out from Ukraine, did you use your identification code (ідентифікаційний код) ? Or is this something different? Thank you !
  7. Hi: I am asking this on behalf of a friend of my wife. Is there anyone doing K-1, specifically in Ukraine? Her PD is as stated in the title. Is anybody near that date that has not gotten their NOA-2 still? Or from August or June? Thanks
  8. Hi everyone, We recently got our NOA2 (Oct 8 ) and just today I was told by NVC that case is received and obtained the NVC case number. ☺️☺️ Anyway, I am in the process of preparing i-134 and had few questions. Some info about me: Full time employee, 60K+ annual salary, couple grands here and there in checking/ savings, and brokerage accounts. I don't own a real estate or any other sizeable assets, no life insurance but I have a car loan. Questions: Do I need to enter my car loan? I owe about the same amount as the car worth, and IMO it doesn't make sense to list the value of my car in personal property (page 3, question 5) then have the similar amount in debt for question 8b. Is online account statements from Bank of America for past 12 months sufficient or do I need to get something official from a local branch? I plan on sending last years W2 and federal tax return forms (1040)- Is 1 year sufficient? How many months pay stubs should I send? Planning on getting a letter from HR as a proof of current employment, and getting brokerage account statement as well. I've read countless threads, official i-134 guide, and reviewed few completed sample i-134 pdfs but it's already past 1am so please let me know if I am missing anything else. Thanks.
  9. Hi everyone)) We are just getting started with out journey. We have known each other for 3 + years and have met briefly once back in April. We have an approved tourist visa. I will be meeting her in Ukraine in less than 2 weeks. We will spend a week there and come back to the US together for a few months. We have no intention of getting married in the US to try and circumvent any processes. We have have discussed this extensively and decided to follow the common and most sensible process, which appears to be the K1. I am just looking for any advice you all have for moving forward from here. I have read a lot of posts here and have researched this for the last few years. But as most of you already know, real world experience is the most informative. I am looking forward to the journey. I am sure there will be challenges along the way. We are ready for them )) I have talked to a few attorneys that specialize in the filing of these petitions. So that is most likely how i will proceed. I don't think i want to file on my own as there are too many areas for potential error. I wish all of you good luck in your adventures and i appreciate what you do here to help others through the process. I am prepared to contribute what i can as well as i navigate the process.
  10. Hello everyone. I am new to this site and would like your help. I have applied for K-1 visa on August 31 and got our NOA1 on September 7th. We know that we have to wait at least until the end of March 2019 until we get NOA2. She is in Ukraine and I went to visit her twice this year already. And due to my job I can't take any more days off until 6 months from now. We are thinking to apply for Visitor B-2 visa while we waiting. If she applies right now and gets approved then she can be here in January of 2019 and stay here for a months or so and go back there to prepare her documents needed for the second step for K-1 visa. Did anyone try this before? Will this influence in any way on K-1 visa if she already was here during the waiting period? I know its pretty small chance that she will get approved for B-1 visa but it is sure worth trying as we would not have to wait more then 8 months before we see each other. But we for sure don't want to risk it getting denied of K-1 visa. Please help..... Thank you.
  11. Hi All, Thank you for finding time to read my post. My question is when should we expect a notification from Kiev Embassy that they have received a paper file of our case and we could set up an appointment for the interview (Packet 4)? Our case left NVC on Oct 16th, case’ status was changed to “ready” on Oct 18th. I checked DHL web site and found out that packages were delivered to the Embassy on Oct 19th. I went ahead and set up appointment for the interview on Oct 23rd. We haven’t received a notification from the Embassy that they have already received to case. I decided to sent an inquire to them and ask about the case. They answered immediately that they had received file electronically and we would be notified when they would receive a paper file. They said the interview was canceled and I would be able to re-schedule it without paying fee again. Could you please share your experience: who did receive the packet 4 (beneficiary or petitioner)? In how many days after the case’ status was changed to “ready” you had received packet 4 from the Embassy? Does anyone have experience with re-scheduling the interview? When the receipt will be unlocked? I was told it would be in 24h after your cancellation, is it true or will it take longer? P.S.: Maybe everyone knows that but I just want to give you an advice - please don’t set up the interview date if you haven’t received a packet 4. The embassy won’t be able to conduct interview with you if they don’t have your paper file (petition). Thank for reading my loooooong post!
  12. Hello fellow Ukrainians, Anybody here currently waiting for K-1? Or received a K-1 recently? Would love to hear from you and just get in touch.
  13. Can anyone confirm lockers near the us embassy for cell phones? My fiancee has an interview this Thursday and how do you uber back if you don't have a cell phone. I heard there was lockers across the street but can't find that post again. Thanks for any help.
  14. Hi: Just as a reminder. Do not do the same mistake that others have done. The moment you enter the US, go online and get you I-94 and print it out. If possible go before you get married and apply for your Social Security number. As all of us that live currently in the US know very well that basically nothing can be done w/o a social security number. I dragged my wife outta bed the next morning with printed I-94 and necessary paperwork to file for social security and later that same day we got our marriage license, officiant to sign our license and marriage certificate, all in less than 10 hours. Currently times for AOS are extremely long. Do yourself a favor and file as soon as you can. Wedding ceremonies and else can be done later. Thanks and good luck to ya'll
  15. Hello - From NVC website: "All documents not written in English, or in the official language of the country in which you are applying for a visa, must be accompanied by certified translations". Does this mean that, unlike USCIS, NVC is OK with me uploading documents in Ukrainian (embassy will be in Ukraine)? It's a bit hard to believe having worked with USCIS for so long... Additionally, one of the civil documents is in Russian which is not an official language of Ukraine, but is accepted at the embassy there per their official checklist page. Any advise there? Thank you
  16. I feel like this process is so daunting and every time I turn around there is something new to do! We have a child together and it has been a year since we have seen each other and we are so close to him being here. He is currently residing in Russia and is waiting on his police check which is set to be ready June 14th and we have already done the DS-160. Once he receives his police check from Russia he will head immediately to Ukraine to get the police check there as well as medical exam and do the interview. My questions are what is needed to have the medical exam completed. What documents does he need to bring besides documentation of vaccinations and do we need to complete an online application for this as well? What are the steps after completing a successful interview? I feel like we have so much convincing evidence of our relationship and our son is also a U.S citizen which he inherited from me after being born in Ukraine. I'm so nervous that he will be denied for some silly reason and we will have to go without seeing each other for another year. I know this post is long. I'm just so ready for him to be here and I don't want to make any mistakes! If anyone has good forum links or links with information that would be fantastic!
  17. Our son is a US citizen and resides with me in the US while we wait for him to come here. Our son was born in Ukraine. Does his father need to present his original birth certificate during the interview?
  18. Hello, my fiancée and I went to the Kiev embassy on the 22nd of May and had our interview. At the end of the interview we were congratulated that our visa is now open and we will receive it within 3-5 days. For some reason the NVC case status on the CEAC webitse says Administrative Processing. Is this normal? We have been together for 5 years now.
  19. Our application was approved back in November but I never received any notifications or letters in the mail. My fiance finally received an e-mail and phone calls from the embassy. Fast forward, our application has been extended and they now have the correct contact information for me ( it was entered wrong in their system). We are trying to piece together what our next steps should be. He has no record of vaccines and is from Donestk and there may not be any record of them. Do they administer a few vaccines at the medical exam or what should be the process for him to do this while he waits for his interview. He is currently in Moscow. He is in the process of obtaining the police certificate from Russia and once he has received this he will go to Ukraine to complete the medical exam and police check there. How much in advance should the exam be scheduled prior to the interview? Is a week enough time? I have so many questions but hopefully I will find some answers by researching on this site. Since I never received the letter that our application was approved should I contact the center in California to obtain this letter? I was sent the copy of our approved application by the embassy. Thank you.
  20. Hi there: My fiance wants to know how good and reliable the service with TMM Express is. She send some equipment through DHL. DHL had a tracking number and although it was expensive, it was worth it. She is trying to go a little cheaper this time. Has anyone here send anything with TMM? She is sending it from Kryvoy Rog to Alabama. Any problems for them to clear stuff through Customs? TMM also does not have an agency in Alabama, but in NJ as I understand. Will the last part of the delivery be made by USPS? Thanks for any advice
  21. Hi ya'll....it was not a terrible wait, but we got our VOH (visa on hand) literally few minutes ago. It took 7 days from Tuesday approved interview to Tuesday delivery of passport.
  22. Hello - We are at NVC stage for my dad. He has a USSR military record (военный билет). Does anyone know if we should (if even possible) try and change it to a Ukrainian one?
  23. Hi there: I am currently trying to get my fiance to move and start packing the stuff she is going to take to the US. We got our K1 Visa interview approved yesterday. What are my best options for heavy stuff like shoes, medical equipment (homeopathy stuff), books and important stuff that cannot be lost in the mail or courier. Any good shipping companies from Ukraine to USA. We are near Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. Thanks for any help
  24. Hi: I have the financial documents I-134 ready for my fiances interview. What is the best way to get it to her in Ukraine? I have send printed pictures before and one time they didn't get to her by snail mail USPS. Anybody has experience with the other carriers UPS, FedEX or DHL with sending packages? I have used the last 3 services before and they seem very reliable. Internationally I trust the USPS, but when it gets to Ukraine...not so much. Thanks for any inputs.
  25. Hi: I have a dumb question. Anyone that filed their K1 in Kiev, did you have to have a wet signature for your documents? My package is still in limbo in the customs in Ukraine. Unfortunately it is also Easter Holiday there. I am taking another set of copies with me to her interview, which I intend to attend. My plan was for her to have all the originals I-134 etc before i get there. Not so much luck so far. I just don't want to take a photocopy of my employers letter to be dismissed and to go to my bank and ask for another letter of account statements. Both where time consuming and pain in the rear to ask, but if neccessary i will go and get them again. Thanks ya'll
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