My K1 Fiancé Visa Story: Application, Process, Costs, Interview Questions, Timeline etc. UK to USA

This K1 Fiancé Visa Process is a long and complicated journey. But once it’s all over, you will be happily reunited with the love of your life and finally can begin your lives together. Getting information on the process can be pretty difficult, so here’s my story including timelines, costs, interview questions and so on.

I applied for my Fiancé Visa in England so I went through the London embassy. If you’re applying from another country, even within the U.K., your timeline may be different to mine. 

I met my now-husband in England, about 4 years ago. We had been together for about 9 months when he got posted to Georgia, USA (he’s in the US Air Force. Even though we knew this day would come it was still awful). For a few months we did a long distance relationship, until I flew out to Georgia to visit him. While I was there, I fell pregnant and during my pregnancy, he deployed to Europe which was fabulous for me because it meant I could go and visit him, albeit I saw him for two weeks out of the first 8 months of my pregnancy.

Eventually, in May 2016 our son Caleb was born. We went to register his birth at the US Embassy when he was 13 days old so he could have dual citizenship between the U.K. and the USA (I can do a whole other blog post on that process). Whilst we were in London, my boyfriend got down on one knee in Piccadilly Circus and proposed to me. It was amazing! And where our K1 Visa Journey began. Such fun.


We filed the I-129F application, which you can download and get instructions for here, in May 2016. We sent a money order for the $535 cost and my new Fiancé went back to America without Caleb and I.

I can’t remember the new step, but it was basically waiting for confirmation that they’d received our application. On this confirmation letter you will get a receipt number which means you can track your status online.

In the meantime, I was still in England on paid maternity leave, missing my fiancé and raising my son alone. I had submitted my police check application and paid the £45 fee.

I was feeling pretty desperate to see my fiancé and in August 2016, I decided I was going to go to America to see him and risk getting turned away at the border.

Legally, you’re allowed to enter the USA while you’re waiting for your Fiancé Visa, however Border Control have the right to turn you away if they believe you intend on staying in the country. If you’re unsure about the legalities of traveling whilst waiting for your visa, I would suggest contacting USCIS.

If you decide to enter the States in this time period, you must bring evidence that you will return home. I brought paperwork showing I owned a car, a letter from my boss stating I was due back at work on a certain date and a letter from the charity that I chair stating I had to be back on a certain date. Thankfully I didn’t have to show these. When I arrived at Border Control in Chicago I was asked why we (Caleb and I) were there and where my son’s father was. I never mentioned he was my fiancé and they never asked, even though I had my engagement ring on and am left-handed, so they definitely saw it.

Anyway, we were in Georgia, loving life, bonding, meeting the family and so on and I was checking my status daily. When finally, in late September 2016, 4 months after I applied, we got the notification that my visa application had been accepted!!

While I was still in the States, I booked my interview at the embassy and my medical at Knightsbridge doctors in London. My medical cost £200.

I didn’t book my medical straight away, I waited until a few weeks before my embassy interview – for some stupid reason – and I could only get in 3 days before my interview. This held up my process by a few days and I would recommend booking your medical for at least a week before your interview.

The medical is pretty easy. You do a pee sample, eye test, x ray and any injections you need. I’d suggest getting as many injections done on the NHS as you can because the doctors is expensive. I got my Flu Jab done at Boots for £8 instead of £20 at the doctors. Take evidence of all of your vaccinations.

The interview was also easy. I was in and out of the embassy in less than two hours. They asked me where my fiancé and I met, how long we’d been together, what our son is called and when we planned to marry. I took evidence of our relationship but they never asked to see it.

Within 3 weeks of my interview, I was on the plane to the USA with my son. Our lives packed in to 3 suitcases (and 6 boxes that we’d shipped to my fiancé).

We flew into the States in November (6 months after we filed my application). Because it was the day before thanksgiving, flights were expensive so the cheapest option was to fly via Mexico. Not a good idea when you’re an immigrant. We entered the USA in Orlando. Since we’d flown in from Mexico we waited for hours in Orlando Airport. Caleb was fine since he has an American passport. However, my visa held us up and we waited in a side room for someone to check my paperwork. I handed over the envelope that the embassy had sent me, my police certificate and my medical paperwork. I answered a couple of simple questions and finally, after 30 hours of travelling with a 6 month old, I was allowed to legally enter the USA.

We got to celebrate Thanksgiving with my aunt, uncle and cousin in Florida and then went home to Georgia. With Christmas coming, wedding planning fell by the wayside. So we quickly booked a date at the Chapel on Base.


On January 7th we finally got married. It was a small wedding, not many family or friends on either side could attend. But we were surrounded by people we loved and we finally got to the be together after months of waiting. I would take that small, simple wedding over a big flashy one, any day of the week.

As soon as we were able to, we submitted my Green Card/Adjustment of Status application.

I was lazy and didn’t apply for my Social Security Number or Georgia driving license before my Fiancé Visa expired so now I have to wait for my Green Card before I can do either things. I’d definitely recommend you apply for both right after you get married.

Anyway, we applied for my Green Card by filling in the I-485 form. It cost $1,140 plus another $85 for my Biometrics (newer instructions say you don’t need to file that but please check with USCIS or your application will be delayed).

Two weeks later, I got a letter telling my to head to my local USCIS center to get my Biometrics done, basically a 15 minute appointment where they take your photograph and finger prints.

It’s now been 17 months since my initial Fiancé Visa application and we’re still waiting for my Green Card. I can legally live here but I can’t re-enter the country (therefore I can’t leave) and I can’t work. Once my Green Card arrives I will be able to travel and work like a US citizen can.

We are trying to get my Green Card application expedited. That in itself takes a while though.

So I hope this blog post helps you somewhat. If you have any questions please leave them below and I will try my best to help you.

Good luck with your applications!

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12 Things That Happen When You’re a Brit Living in America

1. No one understands a word you’re saying when you use words like ‘petrol’ and ‘path’ so you use the American alternative and then everyone you know in England is like ‘you’re English, use English words’.

2. You realise that two countries that both speak English have entirely different languages when you ask an American for a rubber or tell them you’re cooking a joint on Sunday.

3. Your confidence takes a boost because a U.K. size 10 dress size is only a 6 in America.

4. Of course you quickly end up a US size 10 because the food is so good and they don’t have Jamie Oliver running round taking the sugar out of everything.

5. People you meet ask you if the weather in England is really that bad. No my friend, it’s worse.

6. You resort to paying crazy shipping prices just to get some English chocolate/gravy/biscuits/tea bags. American food is good but nothing beats a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive.

7. You’ll always get that one person that wants you to say Harry Potter words. And if you’re like me you’ll love it.

8. You’ll have this conversation:

‘Where are you from?’

‘Norfolk’

‘How far is that from London?’

9. People will try to do your accent (after asking if you’re Australian/South African) and it usually goes like this ‘o’right mate, wunt sum tea and crUMpets. Cheerio’ and you ask yourself if you’ve ever heard an English person use that sentence in your life.

10. You order lemonade instead of sprite.

11.  People ask you what soccer team you support and if it’s not Man U or Chelsea the bonding  ends immediately.

12.  You get up to the register with the exact cash and then realise you forgot to add tax.

9 Things That Need to be Invented to Help Parents of Toddlers

Parenting isn’t easy. And parenting a toddler is even harder. I mean, surely this is the hardest age because you can’t ground a toddler? You can’t just tell them ‘no cartoons for a week’ and hope they stop being a brat for at least 30 minutes.

The whole job is a case of trial and error. You buy 50 million teething treatments, go through countless poop-stained vests, spend your life willing things to NOT WAKE YOUR BABY UP and just thinking how easier life would be if that one teeny tiny thing had been invented.

Here’s my list of things that need to be invented to help a mother (or father) out:
1. A toy that doesn’t perform a whole song and dance when you turn it off. 9/10 times you turn it off because you accidentally kicked it while your baby’s asleep and you want it to shut up immediately!

2. A lock button on the iPhone that can keep your child’s YouTube video/nana-on-FaceTime on the screen without the little darling pressing buttons and sending random, autocorrected words to your contact list.

3. SIPPY CUPS THAT DON’T LEAK.

4. Remote controls/phones for toddlers that look like their parent’s remote controls/phones. Kids can tell if they’re being given a fake phone.

5. High chair trays that don’t stain. If your toddler gets a bit of bolognese sauce on that clean, white tray it’s game over.

6. Also, high chair fabrics that are easy to clean.

7. Wrists straps to the stop your child throwing their cutlery on the floor.

8. Bibs that can’t be pulled off/bibs that can’t be pulled off that are waterproof. Why are all bibs with poppers not water proof?!

9. A baby swing/crib hybrid. Basically a crib that swings (all night) so your toddler is rocked to sleep all night. It can also play lullabies, have a nightlight built in and maybe an intercom so you can talk to your baby.

What things would you like to see to help parenting a toddler a little easier?

*Some of these may have already been invented but I’ve never seen them.
** If you take one of my ideas and invent them, I want 50% of the profits.

Manchester Strong 

I’d planned another blog for today but after Monday night’s atrocity, I can’t bring myself to write about anything else.

When I first heard the news it said that it was a gas explosion. I didn’t question it. Why would a terrorist go to an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on a Monday evening? We don’t have terrorists in Manchester. And no matter how awful they are, they wouldn’t target children would they?

As the evening went on (my time zone is 5 hours behind the U.K. so while you were all asleep, it was unraveling on my evening news) I came to the horrific realisation that yes, yes they would attack children. They targeted and killed innocent families.

I’m sure we all squeeze our babies a bit harder now. I’m sure we’re all trying to talk ourselves down from wrapping them up in cotton wool and never letting them out of our sight.

I cried for most of that night imagining how excited these children would have been. How they should have tired for school the next day because they’d still been hopping around in the car at 11pm telling their poor dad how amazing Ariana was.

Parents who arrived to collect their children, believing that no harm could come to their babies between their seats and the foyer, were killed or left standing there unable to find their children.

It’s too sad. It’s a true act of terrorism. They’re targeting our kids and England’s future.

And we won’t stand for it.

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ is a British phrase – nay, a British way. Us Brits are known for keeping calm and carry on. We don’t let terrorists stop us. We continue to go to work, go to football matches and concerts, shopping malls, on the underground. We come together and comfort each other, we mourn for our lost ones but we never let the terrorists win.

During the World Wars our men went to fight and our women went to work.

With any horror comes the offer of a cup of tea, a chat and it’s back to business. We will never forget these innocent victims. We will never get over them. Even if we didn’t know them, we’ve taken them into our hearts and prayers and we will keep them there forever. But we won’t let the terrorists win!

I haven’t even bothered to learn the suicide bomber’s name. I don’t care to. Let him be forgotten. Let him have died for nothing.

Instead, let’s do the British thing. Offer a cup of tea to our neighbour. Love them and embrace them no matter their religion or ethnicity.

We won’t let the terrorists win. We won’t hate innocent people because of extremists. We won’t hide in our homes while they destroy our beloved country.

I’ve only been to Manchester once. I went with my brother in 2011 for Manchester Pride and I loved it. The city was dedicated to love and accepting people. It had such a buzz about it and you knew it was a special place.

Mancunians have a real sense of community. More than I ever saw growing up in rural Norfolk. This cowardly attack will make them stronger.

My thoughts and prayers are with Ariana Grande. She’ll be carrying a guilt for the rest of her life that isn’t hers to carry.

And with everyone who survived the attack. I hope they find strength and peace and that they won’t let this stop them enjoying their lives.

And my thoughts and heart will always be with the victims and their families. You were taken too soon. The world mourns for you and will remember you. God bless them all.

Georgina Callander 

Saffie Rose Roussos 

John Atkinson

Olivia Campbell

Kelly Brewster 

Alison Howe 

Lisa Lees

Angelika Kils

Marcin Klis 

Michelle Kiss

Jane Tweddle-Taylor

Martyn Hett 

Nell Jones

As our county grieves let’s remember to do something nice for our neighbours. Let’s show the world that we’re not afraid. Let’s keep calm and carry on.

The 10 Best Things About English Summers

This is an old post that I wrote in England, however I accidentally deleted it and reposted it in 2017 when I no longer live in England. 

I love everything about summer, life just seems a bit better, everything goes a bit slower and everyone seems to have a lot more free time(?).

My last two summers were amazing! I spent one in Florida and one in Georgia, mostly sunbathing and drinking. They were two of the best summers of my life.

But there’s something so amazing about spending summer in England. I don’t know what it is, but England seems to change and everyone’s in a good mood. So here are the 10 best things about an English summer:

1. Sunny days

I’m not completely delusional; I know it’s extremely rare we get sunshine during an English summer, but when we do its fabulous. Everyone seems to get a buzz about them, no one comes home from work tired and wanting to crash on the sofa. Everyone wants to go out and do stuff all the time. No matter what it is, even just sitting in the garden. You cannot be bored on a sunny day in England.

Which leads me onto point number 2…

2. Drinking

I don’t want to sound like an alchy here, but how good is it when you can just drink all day and no one judges you?!

It’s just so acceptable to drink throughout the afternoon and evening. Everyone heads to the local beer gardens and sits outside in the sun until about 10 o clock when it gets cooler and everyone tries to stumble home. It’s so much fun!

Of course this year I’ll have a baby so my days of drinking will probably be limited but I still can’t wait.

Also pre-drinks outside are 100x better than pre-drinks inside!

3. Sunglasses

It’s so much more acceptable to wear sunglasses and sunglasses means less eye make up. Win.

PSA: Summer does not mean it’s okay to wear sunglasses inside.

4. Colour

For someone who only wears black, white or grey, I am super exited for all the colourful clothes that come out in summer. I can’t wait to wear pinks and corals and white jeans.

Last summer I tried to branch out into colourful clothes a bit more and it made me feel a lot happier.

Summer shoes look way prettier than winter boots too. Brightly coloured sandals, strappy heels ugh they’re all so gorge!

Also, you can’t forget all the pretty lipsticks, blushes and nail varnishes!! I die.

5. Sunbathing

Once we get a hint of sunshine, everyone in England decides that they simply don’t need to wear clothes anymore – this is not one of the best things about summer. The fact that you can go and lay out in your own back garden and get a tan is though!

6. Festivals

Confession: the only festival I have been to is T 4 on the Beach. It was pretty amazing, it was my 18th birthday and there were some decent acts there. But yeah, I’ve never been to Wireless or V or Reading/Leeds.

Anyway, in my opinion, as long as there’s music and people gathered together outside, it is a festival. And there’s nothing better than being out in the sun (or probably rain), with your friends, good music and a drink (obv).

My town hosts ‘Europe’s Largest Free Festival’ or something and we get some pretty amazing people. One year Lemar came and he said Happy Birthday to me and I almost cried.

7. BBQs

   

 I don’t know why I made this number 7 because WHAT IS BETTER THAN A BARBEQUE?! It’s go everything I listed above : drinks, music, friends but there’s food too!!

8. The Ice Cream van

You know you still get a little bit of excitement and have to resist the urge to scream ‘DAD GIVE ME A QUID’ when you hear the sweet, out of tune, melody of the ice cream van.

9. Holidays

Whether it’s Maga, Ibiza or somewhere a bit fancier, us Brits are lucky to have all these holiday spots practically on our doorstep. My Ibiza days are behind me, at least for now, but that doesn’t mean you sassy little beasts can’t go and have an amazing time for me!

10. English Beaches

 If you live somewhere like Cornwall then you’re lucky enough to have gorgeous beaches on your doorstep.

If you live in King’s Lynn, you’re less lucky. Hunstanton beach isn’t dreadful, but it’s not the Maldives and the closest seaside resorts are Great Yarmouth or Skegness.

But you can’t deny there’s nothing better than going to an English beach, spending all your money on arcades and ending the day with fish and chips!

Let me know your favourite summer activities in the comments!

How to Fly With a Baby 


Caleb and I have done 8 flights in 5 and a half months and 7 of those flights we were travelling alone. The first time we flew, he was 2 months old and it was a lot easier the smaller he was but now I have mastered the art of flying with a baby and here are my tips for you:
1. Call ahead 

When flying with a baby on a long haul flight, you definitely want to call the airline’s customer service beforehand and reserve a cot. Not only do you have somewhere to put your baby, you also get extra leg room and they’re prepared for your arrival on board so they will ensure you have infant floatation devices and seat belts. 


2. Check baggage allowance

Some airlines allow 23kg for an infant even if they don’t have their own ticket, others only allow 5kg. It’s always best to call the airline and check because baby’s belongings take up so much more room in the suitcase than adults. 

3. Ask people for help  

I always ask the person who is taking me to the airport to park up and help me with my bags. That means you won’t be pushing a pushchair and simultaneously dragging a trolley full of suitcases. They can leave as soon as you get to the check in desk. Once you’ve dropped your bags things get a lot easier. 

4. Use a collapsible pram/sling

My pram/pushchair comes in 3 parts. I have the wheels, the car seat and the pram top. I check the pram top with my suitcases (I wrap it in bin bags to keep it clean). This is usually free but it’s always best to call ahead and check. 
I keep car seat and wheels with me because you’ll need a car seat during your trip and you can take them right to the plane door (as long as they come apart and the wheels collapse). 

Before I get to security, I put my son in the sling so I can collapse the car/seat wheels with both hands. If you don’t have a sling, the people at security are more than happy to hold your baby whilst you organise yourself. 

I always find that my wheels are too wide to go through the X-ray, try it once and if they are too wide remember to tell the people at security so they can do their checks while you go through the X-ray machine. It saves a lot of time. 

4. Keep calm and allow extra time at security 

I find getting through security the hardest part because there’s a queue behind me and so much to do. Just keep calm. You HAVE to get through security, you HAVE to take your coat/belt/shoes off and you HAVE to get your babies things ready. Everyone behind you can either offer to help, stand and complain or go around you/to another line. Don’t let them fluster you, you’ll take longer. Saying that, allow an extra ten minutes to get you through. 

5. Find your gate and then go shopping 

Once I know where my gate is, how close it is to the shops and how much time I have I find I can relax a bit more while I’m browsing the duty free Mac counter. You can’t rush choosing a lipstick, am I right ladies?? 
6. Change your baby before your flight 

It’s easier to change them in an airport bathroom than on an airplane. I’m not sure if other airlines do, but Virgin Atlantic has changing tables in their airplane bathrooms which are a God send!

7. Put the sling on at the gate 

It’s easier to get your tickets and passport out and collapse your pram at the plane door with two free hands. 

8. Smile at everyone near you 

They’ll be a bit kinder if your baby cries. 

9. Feed them when taking off/landing 

It helps with their popping ears. 

10. Accept help from anyone who offers

It’s pretty self explanatory but people always offer to help and it really does make life easier. 
11. Take lots of toys, clothes and disinfectant wipes 

Disinfect the crib, changing areas and everywhere your baby will touch and then let them have their toys. Also clothes because accidents can and will happen. 

10. Relax

You’re going on holiday, you have your cute baby and a couple of hours to just sit and play and cuddle and relax. If someone wants to be moody because a baby is crying, holding them up and so on then they’re not very nice people and you’re never going to see them again anyway. 

20 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming a Mother

1. Breast feeding is the best and worst thing you will ever do (should you choose to do it). The first few weeks might feel like you’re shooting razor blades out of your nipples – and your little guzzler won’t care – but I promise it does get better. Just invest in a lot of Lanolin.
2. Swimming during the school holidays is like being dumped in the middle of the Hunger Games which is taking place on board the Titanic. The baby pool is savage.
3 Speaking of swimming; if you want your baby to sleep, take them in the pool. They will be knocked out for the rest of the day!
4. You can and most probably will squirt yourself/your baby/anyone within a 1 mile radius in the eye with your breast milk. It never stops being funny.
5. No matter how drunk you are when you stagger home with cheesy chips and your heels in your hands, you will sober up as soon as your baby cries. Thank the Lord  for mummy instincts!
6. Also, hangovers and a baby aren’t the greatest combo but you can and will survive it.
7. There are whole new levels of sass when it comes to defending/protecting your child.
8. It’s a parent’s prerogative to  turn into one of those a-holes who takes up the pavement with your pram and not won’t feel any shame.
9. No matter how much blue or pink you dress your baby in, old ladies will still ask if it’s a boy or girl and then proceed to call him a her and vice versa.
10. When you become a mum, you don’t need to pay for haircuts again because your little sweetheart will rip your hair out for you.
11. Your face will come into contact with pretty much every fluid that your baby’s body can produce and you won’t care. At all.
12. Night feeds are the perfect time to catch up on your favourite box sets.
13. It is okay to swaddle your baby until it looks like it’s in a straight jacket to get it to sleep.
14. Giving birth is nothing like you see on tv.
15. Not even kissing Zac Efron would come close to getting a drool-filled kiss from your baby.
16. Once you run out of nursery rhymes, it’s perfectly acceptable to sing Beyonce/Jay Z/Drake to your baby. Probably not Kanye though.
17. You can sing any words to the tune of a nursery rhyme and your baby will love it.
18. Nothing in this world will make you feel happier (or more smug) than your baby smiling at you.
19. It is possible to breast feed and create an eyeliner wing that is 10x sharper than those razor blades coming out of your nipples.
20. Dummy roulette adds a bit of excitement to any parent’s day. To play all you need to do is buy only ONE dummy and then spend your days frantically searching for it while simultaneously praying that your baby won’t have a meltdown before you find it.