Clara and Jordan
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Immigration

A gift from France

UPDATE:

Clara has her green card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This means that she has completed the process in record time, and can now work and, should she desire to do so, leave the country (and return).

Here is the process in full:

Following the procedure for obtaining a
K-1 fiancé visa, Jordan has filed a petition for Clara with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service). This means that he has submitted the following paperwork: 

  • Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship. Acceptable evidence is an original U.S. birth certificate, an unexpired U.S. passport, a Certificate of Naturalization, or a Certificate of Citizenship. Copies are acceptable as long as they are clear and unaltered, but USCIS may request originals later.
  • 2 Form G325-A Biographic Data Sheets, one for himself and one for Clara
  • One passport-style color photo of Jordan and one of Clara, each taken within 30 days of filing (detailed instructions in Form I-129F)
  • The petition requires any divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment decrees if either you or your fiancé(e) have been previously married, but neither of us has.
  • Proof of permission to marry if you or your fiancé(e) are subject to any age restrictions. (For instance, in some U.S. states, you must receive special permission to marry if you are under the age of 16.) We didn't need such permission.
  • Evidence of having met face-to-face in the past two years, unless such meeting would cause extreme hardship or would violate long-standing cultural customs of either party. We submitted plane and train ticket stubs, and several photos of us together.

Not a bad effort! Jordan collected all this (including stuff that Clara sent him by mail), made one official copy and 3 copies as backups, and sent it the package by certified mail to the USCIS Vermont Service Center in St. Albans, VT. He sent the package on February 13th, and it was received on February 16th. Jordan got an official receipt on February 23rd, on Friday, March 10th, he got a letter saying THE PEITITION WAS APPROVED!!!

The petition was sent to the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, NH, where it was further processed. The the NVC sent the package to the U.S. Consulate in Brussels, which sent another information package to Clara informing her of the documents she needs.

Clara received the package from the Embassy on March 24th. She collected all the papers and requested an interview. The interview went very smoothly, in fact was hardly even an interview, and Clara received the visa on May 8th.

Now that she has the visa and is married, Clara and Jordan have to follow the much more complicated procedure for Adjustment of Status or, simply put, a (temporary) green card. In order to do so Clara obtained a Social Security Number in July and Jordan and Clara filed the gigantic bundle of papers that is the Adjustment of Status on August 18th. From now all they can do is wait – wait for any further communication from USCIS, wait for Clara’s work permit, and most of all, wait for a green card interview. Its going to to take a while.

We are still slightly ahead of schedule, which is great - but the hard part starts now. Obviously, we’ll keep you all posted, and when it comes through, initiate you into the further mysteries of US immigration.

We would like to say a big thank you to visajourney.com and to Julie for answering our questions. We would be hopelessly confused without their help.