Getting An RFE for Form I-129F Petition

What is an RFE?

During the initial review of your petition, USCIS initiates the background checks of the petitioner and identifies issues that is needed to be addressed asking to submit additional information or documentation. A request of evidence is made when application is lacking evidence to determine an applicant’s eligibility for the benefit sought. The request will indicate what evidence or information is needed to fully evaluate the application.

 

Getting an RFE after sending form I-129 F can be frustrating. After long months of waiting and hoping that your petition to get approve fast and not hearing from USCIS you will just going to get an RFE. That sucks! Right? On the other hand, we should be happy because we finally know that they are actually reviewing our petition. Getting an RFE doesn’t mean that we have a chance of getting denied, it is actually more chances for our petition to get approve and they just want that missing piece before they can decide. We just need to wait another long months to get approved though. Once you received an RFE, don’t get disappointed rather just follow the instruction in the notice carefully and send it back in a timely manner or as soon as possible. You will get a notice on what other evidence is needed, where to send it and the deadline for your response.

In November 2014, 3 months after our petition was sent, my petitioner received an RFE due to lack of documents that will support his affidavit of divorce decree. In my post about filing form I-129F checklist I stated that my petitioner just sent an affidavit from his 1st marriage whereas he cannot obtain a divorce decree form since it was a long time ago. He sent another affidavit powered by attorney with more clear and precise explanation of why not having the divorce decree documents. On Dec. 8th, 2014 we received an approval notice in mail. We didn’t really expect it to get approved that fast after the RFE, but it did. Just be positive and be patient, as the saying goes everything happens at the right time.

 

 

 

Adjustment of Status Timeline

The ordeal of filing the petition and fiance’ visa is finally over. Once you marry your U.S. Citizen petitioner, you can now file for an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjustment to lawful permanent resident status or most commonly known as simply Ajustment of Status (AOS). The Form I-485 is used to file AOS with USCIS, while form I-765 is used to file for Employment Authorization Document(EAD) and Advance Parole(AP). You can file the EAD and AP together with AOS. 

Here is my AOS Timeline

Nov. 04, 2015 – Send form I-485 (AOS) together with form I-765 (EAD/AP)

Nov. 19, 2015 – Received the NOA 1

Nov. 24, 2015 – Received the Biometrics schedule notice

Dec. 08, 2015 – Biometrics appointment at USCIS Louiseville, Kentucky

Jan. 26, 2016 –  Form I-765 – Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Advance Parole (AP) approved

Jan. 27, 2016 – EAD/AP NOA2 hard copy received in mail

Jan. 29, 2016 – EAD/AP combo card received in mail

Mar. 28, 2016 – Received an RFE for Form I-485

Mar. 30, 2016 – RFE Sent back

Apr. 08, 2016 – Form I-485 Approved

Apr. 14, 2016 – NOA2 for Form I-485 hard copy received

Apr. 15, 2016 – Got my Green Card

My application got approved in just 5 months from sending the form without an interview.
 

K1 Visa Timeline 2014

Form I-129F is used to file petition to bring your foreign fiance'(e) (k-1) to the U.S. for marriage. When the petition is approved the k1 visa process will then follow. K-1 is a nonimmigrant visa that permits a foreign national fiance'(e) of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States to marry the petitioner within 90 days of admission to the U.S.

Here is the timeline of my K1 visa process in 2014, from filing the Form I-129F to getting the visa to departure and getting married.

July 31, 2014 – Form I-129f sent to USCIS

Read more here ➡ Filing Form I-129F

Aug. 07, 2014 – NOA 1 received

Nov. 05, 2014 – Received an RFE

Nov. 14, 2014 – RFE Sent back

Dec. 08,2014 – NOA 2 received

Jan. 08, 2015 – Case Number available

Jan. 12, 2015 – NVC Letter received

Jan. 22, 2015 – Paid visa at BPI

Jan. 23, 2015 – Submitted DS-160 online

Feb. 11, 2015 – Approved petition form from NVC arrived at USEM

Feb. 18, 2015 – Scheduled medical and interview online

Feb. 26, 2015 – First day of medical exam at St. Lukes | Letter from USEM received in mail

Feb. 27, 2015 – Medical Exam result for sputum

Mar. 11-13, 2015 – 3 days Sputum Exam schedule

Mar. 18, 2015 – Pulmonary evalution – negative

May 11, 2015 – End of 2 months Sputum Culture. Called St. Lukes – Immunization scheduled

May 14, 2015 – Back at St. Lukes for immunization

May 19, 2015 – USEM interview

May 28, 2015 – Visa on hand

June 1, 2015 – CFO seminar

June 8, 2015 (PH time) – Departure at NAIA Terminal 3

June 8, 2015 (US time) – Arrived at Kentucky International Airport

July 10, 2015 – Applied for social security number

July 14, 2014 – Received Social Security Card on mail

Sept. 04, 2015 – Got married

Sept. 05, 2015 – I-94 expired

Filing Form I-129F

So you’ve met this someone from an online dating site, chat room or other online sites? You’ve started with a long distance relationship and after countless of days, months or years of being away from your foreign boyfriend or girlfriend, you’ve dreamed of being together, and he finally decided to come visit you in your home country. You’ve spent time enjoying each other’s presence for a couple of days or weeks and took a lot of pictures together. When it’s time for him to go back to his country, you send him off to the airport and felt melancholic. I feel you. I remembered the time when I send Lee off to the Airport, I felt so sad, he hugged me tight and told me “I’m gonna get you soon.” So when he got back to the U.S., he hired an attorney to help him with the visa process (he didn’t want to get stressed solo), and he started collecting the documents needed. In just 3 weeks after he went back home, he’s done filing the visa application.

When he went to meet me in the Philippines in 2014, we’ve already decided that we’re going to file for a fiance’ visa. He brought with him the G-325A form, eventhough I can download it from there, he just wanted to bring it with him. So I just filled it out and signed it. A couple of days later I sent him my Letter of intent to marry and 2×2 passport type photo through UPS, because I forgot to get them while he’s in PH. So if you’re planning to file for K1 visa before you meet personally, I suggest to start collecting documents just before he visits you, so he can bring it with him when he goes back to US, and you can start the process sooner.

My I-129 F Checklist

  • Payment of $340
  • Form I-129F
  • Form G-1145 for petitioner and beneficiary
  • G-325A and passport style photo of Petitioner
  • G-325A and passport style photo of Beneficiary
  • Birth Certificate of Petitioner
  • Dissolution of Marriage Decree from second wife
  • Affidavit stating why did not include dissolution of Marriage Decree from 1st marriage
  • Criminal history
  • Letter certifying intent to marry by petitioner and beneficiary
  • Proof of having met in person in the past two years
  • Proof of ongoing relationship

Note: Make copies of all documents before sending them in, as they are needed on the interview at USEM. G-1145 is not necessary, only if you want to request a text message or email when USCIS accepts your form.

He couldn’t get a divorce decree from his first marriage because it was a long time ago and he doesn’t know where her ex was now. So he needed to get an affidavit explaining about it.

He got caught driving intoxicated in 2005 and that count as criminal history.

Those are the documents that we sent to USCIS. We filed for a fiance’ visa, meaning I will enter the US as fiance’ of an American citizen and we must marry within 90 days of my admission. You might want to use it as your guidelines, but still keep in mind, that you must visit http://www.uscis.gov/I-129f website for the updated fees and required documentation. When we filed for Form I-129f we only paid $340, but the new fee is now $535. So make sure to visit http://www.uscis.gov/.

In assembling the I-129F Packet you might want to make a cover letter, a table of contents of all the documents you included in the folder. The proof of relationship that we just sent are his airline tickets to Philippines, photos together, receipts of restaurants that we’ve been to while he’s visiting me. You can send more evidence if you want to. That’s it, goodluck on your Visa application.

Love at first click

Countless people have their own online dating stories, either looking for love or just looking around. People who are seeking for true love or searching for their soul mate in online dating sites are growing considerably since online dating has started. It’s clear why, as it provides you with countless source of people to meet from all over the world. Before online dating, this quest could be hopeless, but now, no matter where you are, you are just few screens away from the man of your dreams.

On the other hand, not everybody have good experience with online dating. Some had tragic and horror experiences as well. Hence, we have to be extra cautious when using online dating sites, as a lot of fake people or scammers are taking advantage of it. I’m lucky that I am one of those few people who were successful in finding their special someone in an online dating site.

Here’s my online dating story.

In 2012, my husband Lee and I met on Christian Filipina. He is a 48 year old, divorced single dad to a 3 year old boy, who is looking for a wife and a mother to his son. While I am 32, single and looking around. There is a wink button that you can click to let that person know you are interested with them. One day, he winked at me, I winked back at him, and we exchanged messages. At that moment we were both basic members and if you are both basic members you cannot read each other’s messages, until one of you upgraded into a paid membership. So we didn’t have the chance to get to know each other that time.

I got tired of using dating sites as I just keep on meeting scammers. I became inactive and a lot of things happened.

Two years have passed and on January 2014, I decided to open my old account in Christian Filipina once more. On March the same year, I received a notification that someone has winked at me, so I winked back. It was Lee, but we couldn’t remember each other anymore because it’s been 2 years since we first winked at each other. 2 days later, he sent me a message. He upgraded into a gold membership for 3 months so we were able to read each other’s message. We exchange emails and phone numbers. After 2 months of getting to know each other through emails, we became officially virtual bf and gf. Then, a month later, he told me that he was planning to visit the Philippines to meet me personally.

He went to the Philippines in July 2014. It was a quick 3 day visit because his son is going to start kindergarten soon. We even just had few photos together. When he went back to the US, he immediately filed for the K1 visa petition.

And that’s how it all started. Do you have an online dating story? Please share it on the comment box below.

Next is my K1 visa experience.