K1 Visa and wedding planning (STRESS)

posted 7 years ago in Long Distance Relationships
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went through this and I was lucky in that it only took 6 months from file date to stamp in the passport.  However when we had our couples interview after our marriage and after filing for the change of status, we got to talking to the immigration guy that was interviewing us and he said there IS no timeline that they are required to follow.  

From my personal experience in going through this process with a few other ladies of my acquaintance at the same time, there really isn’t a rhyme or reason to it.  My petition for the fiance visa went through before a friend of mine that had filed several months before we had, and as far as I could tell there was no reason for her petition to have gotten hung up, but they randomly chose them to do a more thorough check on.  My other friend filed with a weeks difference then us and it took them 6-7 months longer to get the approval.  Granted in that case, the lady happens to work for the DoD (Defense Department), so that wait was a bit more understandable since she has secret clearances etc.

When did you file?  Have you gotten a date yet for his interview at the consul in New Zealand?

 

Here’s hoping that everything is done in time for your wedding date.  πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I sent my petition a little over a week ago, and it arrived at the Dallas lockbox Monday morning … (despite it being a holiday, so I’m not quite sure how that worked out!) I am still waiting on the NOA1 … but I hear that can take up to a week or two to recieve? Anyway – my planned wedding date is still more than a year away at this stage, so I am hoping everything comes thorough on time. You’re right though, it is extremely stressful. I hope that everything works out for you!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Jamersss:  Yeah we were pretty lucky.  We also decided because of the unknowns that we would do a civil ceremony first and then plan the big wedding.  I read enough stories where things had to be postponed or canceled because it took longer then expected that I just didn’t want to have to deal with that kind of stress.  >.<

Are you planning to visit him to be there for his interview?  I was there for my DH’s interview and in many ways I wonder if that isn’t part of what made things happen as easily as they did.  πŸ™‚

I totally know what you mean about it should be an easy yes, but there is always that worry that they will decide something is questionable.  I was SOOO glad when it all was over….  Now all we have left is filing to remove the restrictions on his greencard which I’ll be able to do in another couple of months.  πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Is it possible for him to get a visit/holiday  visa while the K1 is still pending ?

Post # 8
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3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@bells:  It’s possible, but from what I was told there is no guarantees that the US customs people will allow him in because there is the potential “risk of staying” because of the pending visa.  It comes down to what kind of “hair day” the customs official is having as to whether they decide it’s on the up and up or not.

Also if you are asking in regards to him flying here for the wedding, if they get married before the fiance visa is finalized then that can kill the fiance visa and they would have to start all over again.  

Post # 10
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1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

eeek! I just sent my I-129F packet yesterday and we ONLY have 6 months til our wedding that’s already paid for & etc so I’m praying praying praying for smooth processing and that I signed everything properly and etc!

We have been together over 6 years with TONS of evidence of flights and photos and emails and facebook convos and etc and I included a good 3-4 pages from every year we’ve been together so I think that will be enough evidence!

Honestly, with everyone who’s already booked their flights and all the money that’s already been put into the plans I think I might have to file for a request to “expedite due to financial loss” and get my employer involved to speed it up OR if that gets denied, write my congressman and get him in on it because that apparently speeds things up too.

If all else fails and september comes before the visa is issued, I’m thinking that we’ll HAVE TO continue with our wedding and void our K-1 and wait another year to be together or whatever because there is already too much going into our wedding day and its just impossible to cancel.

I requested in our cover letter to be approved/issued no later than Sept 15th or else we will suffer sever financial loss so hopefully that’s taken into consideration but filing an expedition might be necessary too… I don’t want to leave it to chance :[

I’m kicking myself because when I read that it takes 5 months for the CSC to process K-1’s I thought that meant the whole process took that long as a whole, not JUST the K-1 and then medical, interview, & etc still needed to be done…

I should have filed my paperwork before trying on wedding dresses… Embarassed

Good luck to you ladies!

Keep us posted & give us hope!

Post # 11
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262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@KimmySumShuga:  You can always switch to the I-130 instead if that happens..get married and file for the permanent CR-1. Good luck!

 

My Fiance and I are switching from pursuing the K1 to the CR1 as the timeline for the K1 is so arbritary that it might end up taking as long as the CR-1 for us. K1 here is taking 6-8/9 months while the CR is taking 9-12 months,

Post # 12
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726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@KimmySumShuga:  I hope that your Fiance is able to get his visa in time for your wedding … although six months is cutting it very close! (Right now I  believe that the  average waiting time between recieving your NOA1 and NOA2 is five months, never mind all the other stuff!!) Let me know if you are somehow able to speed up the process though. I would love to do that myself if it’s possible. I really don’t think that I can wait another eight months!! 

good luck πŸ™‚ 

Post # 13
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444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I totally know how you feel, I’m at the packet 3 stage of the K1, and the thing that is delaying us is making a stupid appt for his fingerprints!!  For some reason they are booked until April 30/July 20 depending on type of fingerprint!!!  Its driving me mad, but I’m hoping we can get it done sooner by calling every day hehe

Post # 14
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3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Steampunk Angel:    That was the kicker for me in deciding that I would just do the civil ceremony.  I didn’t want to take the chance and deal with the extra stress and pressure!  When I was researching how to go about this all, I read so many stories about people having it take so long either by rotten luck or because they forgot 1 or more things that I just didn’t want to deal with that.

 

Hopefully it works out fast for you ladies that have weddings already booked!

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Oh Gosh! I’m going through stress overload! 

Okay So my fiance and I filed for the K-1 visa in Febuary, we got the acceptence from the USCIS in August, so I go the wedding hall and everything for Dec. 21st, 2012. My fiance is from Australia, and he just went for his interview 2 days ago. I was so happy because I read after the interview it takes four days to get your visa. My fiance calls me after the interview and tells me they want to do more additional processing!!!! And that might take two months!!!

I already paid for the hall and everything πŸ™ What am I suppose to do. I mean they give you a timeline in the USCIS website!!! Anyone going through this? I contacted my local congressman, yesterday maybe he can help. 

What are my options? They took his passport btw. Can he get his passport back and come as a vistor? And we can just have the reception and not get “legally married.” What can I do? If anyone can advise me I would so appreciate it. I’m an American Citizen and he’s an Australian Citizen. it shouldn’t have taken this long πŸ™ πŸ™

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My fiance is from England. It has been a long and stressful process, but here how it has worked out for us.

May 2011: Met my fiance. He came over to work in the states

Oct. 2011:  Fiance returned to England.

Feb. 2012: Engaged via the internet. Talk about romance. lol

March 2012: Started K-1 process

May 2012: Fiance met with embassy over issues with his passport.

May 2012: Fiance returned to the U.S. to visit and work again.

Sept. 2012: Fiance returned to England again.

October 2012: Fiance performed police checks in England.

Nov. 2012: Fiance attended his medical test in London.

December 2012: Fiance attended his visa meeting in London.

December 2012: FIANCE RETURNING TO STATES! Hopefully by the end of Decemeber! πŸ™‚

Late Dec./Early January 2012/2013: Court House Wedding & Apply for AOS

January 2014: 1 Year Vow Renewal

 

So I must admit it was a long process and a stressful process. Every time we had to meet with the embassy, we were holding our breath. We didn’t use a lawyer and it was doable without, but perhaps more stressful. We were originally planning on having a proper wedding within the 90 day process, BUT opted out because it was realllly stressful. AND prior to getting married, the process to work authorization is a long one, so we just wanted to get the ball rolling on that one.  So I made him PROMISE me that we will have the real deal within a year.  He is happy with just the court house wedding, but knows that I want a proper ceremony. 

Hang in there. It’s a bit of a process, but if you are committed and happy with your fiance, stick to your guns. Just keep the end result in mind!

 

 

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