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  Petitioner's Name: Thai
Beneficiary's Name: Nhu Anh
VJ Member: TQN
Country: Vietnam

Last Updated: 2008-07-23
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Immigration Checklist for Thai & Nhu Anh:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I-129F Sent : 2007-09-26
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-10-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-02-27
NVC Received : 2008-03-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-03-13
Consulate Received : 2008-03-17
Packet 3 Received : 2008-04-01
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-04-07
Packet 4 Received : 2008-05-17
Interview Date : 2008-06-17
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-06-24
US Entry : 2008-07-17
Marriage : 2008-07-25
Comments : Called NVC on 3/11/08; received new case number.
NVC processed the case on 3/12/08;case left on 3/13/08
Nhu Anh received pink slip on 6/17/08
Visa pickup is schedule for 6/24/08
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 127 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 238 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2008-07-17
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 20, 2008
Embassy Review : We arrived at the consulate 15 minutes till 7 A.M on June 13, 2008. My fiance lives in HCMC and we left our place early so traffic wasn’t a big deal. We parked our bike Sofitel Plaza and walked to the area across from the consulate. The armed Vietnamese guards won’t let you hang around in front of the consulate so everybody hung across of it. Street vendors tried to sell us many stuffs (chewing gum, novels, newspapers…). If you want a seat and a glass of iced milk-coffee, it’ll cost you 10,000VND from the local coffee there. The consulate opens its indoor- waiting area at 7:15, you can go in and stand waiting with your fiance. I notices there weren’t many immigrant applicants, most were student-visa, tourists. There are no fan in the waiting area, just ceiling fans.
At 7:30 A.M. the consulate opened its main door and only the fiance allowed to walk through security and inside. I handed my fiance about 15lbs of documents in two bags, and the medical examination results bag. I told my fiance I will return to the waiting area across the consulate every hour for her. At this point, I went outside the consulate and watched stream of people filing through the metal detector doors untill one armed guards with AK-47 shooed me away.
There weren’t anything to do while anxiously waiting for your loved one inside. I simply walked around the consulate block where the U.S Consulate and the France consulate are. You can walk to the nearby park near the HCMC Notre Dame church to stay cool. Diamond plaza is not open untill 9:30 A.M, so you can’t go inside to escape the heat, dusts, or use their restroom =)
I walked to the waiting area around 9 A.M and stayed there for a few minutes. I noticed one pregnant lady who was waiting with us in the morning came out of the consulate so I can expect my fiance will come out any moment. As the lady walked across Le Duan street, people gave her all kind of travel brochure and asked if she has received the pink slip; she got a green slip. I began to worry about my fiance and looked to the front of the consulate, scan its door for the sign of my fiance, who could show up any minutes now. At 9:35 A.M, There she is!! I spotted her and she saw me, I raised my thumb up to her and watched for her reaction. She didn’t react anything, she just smiled! Before the interview, I had told her that it does not matter what is the outcome of the interview, we’ll find our way out, hell! That’s the reason I’m here for our big day. As she walked to the waiting area, my anticipation for the worst grew tremendously . She said “green slip” with a smile. I kept saysing “ Are you joking with me” “Are you sure” She said “Is that what you want me to get” then she said “Pink” What the hell?? She opened one of the folder and pulled out the lighted-pink paper. I read it and it says visa picked up scheduled for June 24, at 4.PM. What’s a relief for us.
Her interviewer was an Asia-American lady with a Vietnamese lady translator. My fiance spoke English throughout the interview after hearing bad stories made by the mis-translated by the translator here in VJ. Here are the questions were asked during the interview:
1.Where do you work?
2.Can you speak English?
3.Can you speak Japanese (My fiance is working for a Japanese bank)
4.How do you meet your fiance?
5.Are you related to your fiance (We are both Vietnamese)
6.What’s your fiance do for a living?
7.When is he graduated from university (I’m a senior at a university)
8.What’s his major?
9.Does he plan to get a job after he has graduated?
10.Where do you plan to live?
11.Do you have a wedding plan? Have you booked a restaurant? Chuch?
12.How many time he visit you?(If you’re planning to come to VN for your fiance interview, give her your passport to show the consular officer that you’re here)
13.Who in this photo (My fiance asked to show a photo)
14. Do you have any relatives in the US?
Note: If you use a co-sponsor, tell that to the man or lady at the pre-screen windows. The man asked my fiance who’s on the second affidavit of support, which is my father. He told her that co-sponsor are not allowed for K1. My fiance told him that she’s aware that co-sponsor is still allowed in K1 case. He repeated the question and passed along our case.
At the end of the interview, the staffs filled out the pink slip and the interview lady signed and dated it. They took my fiance’s passport. Regard to the timeline, we did not included our timeline in the I129f. After reading so many cases were rejected because of the timeline, I have made a timeline and notorized it before leaving U.S. They didn’t even ask or look for it during the interview. I guess it’s depend on your I129f applications, if you have enough information that signify a strong relationship then they won’t ask for it, but again you never know! Get one!
It is a smooth journey for us to this point, we’re planning to leave VN in the middle of July and begin our lives together. We’re delighted to received supports, kind words and tips from Vjers here. We wish you all nothing but the best and forever in love with you love ones.
Thai and Nhu Anh
Rating : Good

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