Hi, I met my girlfriend here in Algeria and before that we did not know each other. We spent like 15 days together , and we traveled to another city here. As a matter of fact, I have all the proofs, bills, bus tickets, receipt of the money we would exchange as well as pictures. I too introduced her to the family. So far we have been in relationship for 4 months
Contact a US immigration attorney for K1 eligibility review and assistance with filing. The meeting must have been within the last 2 years.
You should definitely meet with an immigration attorney and show them all of your paperwork, Generally speaking, it would be good to meet again.
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If you have physically met within the last two year, and have proof, then you should be fine. However, seeing each other is only ONE of the requirements for K1. Contact an immigration attorney for assistance to see if you satisfy the other requirements. Good luck.
The above information does not constitute legal advice, and is intended only as general information. You should speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case, as not all facts are known at this time.
You probably have enough evidence for a K-1 and one meeting is all you need. However, you should also keep all emails, phone records, etc. since you and she must prove an ongoing relationship both when the petition is filed in the US and when you are interviewed 8-10 months later at the US consulate.
It sounds like you may have some good evidence for use in your case... evidence that many couples might not have to use with their submissions. I do a ton of K-1 work, starting in 1996 when there were only two other attorneys who had websites up on the internet dealing with the K-1 visa (I was the third).
I love doing K-1 cases, and each case always seems to have its own special "thing" that must be taken into account. Know that even in the most perfectly prepared, clean case, the USCIS and Consulate can and do make mistakes. For my clients, since I bill at a flat rate fee the client does not pay a penny more if I have to spend additional hours correcting a mistake made by the government during the course of the case.
If you do hire an attorney, find one with experience. You don't want to simply follow the bare-bones instructions that come with the I-129f form. The evidence used in each case should be tailored to fit the couple's unique history/situation, putting together a well-documented submission that does not engage in overkill. Also it is helpful to hire someone with knowledge of the new procedures during the Consulate stage of the process.
Lately I'm going from putting the case in the mail to visa issuance in 4 to 5 months. Of course, every case is different, and service centers and consulates go through fast phases and slower phases. But the bottom line is for a case to move as quickly as possible, you want to do the job correctly at the outset, follow up immediately with the USCIS or Consulate if they make a mistake, and all three (the attorney, petitioner and beneficiary) working together as a team to achieve the visa in the shortest amount of time possible.
There are definitely things that can be done to make the case move quickly, and conversely, there are things one can do to drag out the case if needed (believe it or not, a delay is sometimes sought due to marriage plans, however most of the time speed is what the couple is after).
Good luck with your case.
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