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arrowIs it better for a US citizen to marry their SPOUSE in or out of country?
July 22, 2014, 7:15 am Last comment by mcooper76
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Hi everyone,

 

I am a US citizen and am looking to marry a Jordanian national (who has never been to the US before on a visitor's visa).

 

I am wondering what is the best course of action for me to take and what is the expected processing time?

 

-Should I marry him and apply for his immigration visa OUTSIDE the country? How long does that process take?

 

-Shall we get engaged and apply for the K-VISA (fiance visa) outside of the country? How long does that process take?

 

-Is it easier if he applies for a US visa as a visitor or a student (F-1) and when he gets to US we get married in-country and he changes his status in country?

 

I think the most convenient route would be to marry in-country and I adjust his status in-country when we get married. However, I am worried he might not get a US visitor or student visa....he never visited the US before and he is 26 years old.

 

Do you think if he get accepted to an English langauge progamme in the US it will be eaiser for him to get a student-visa?

 

Please advise on the best course of action for me to take and on the processing times.

 

I really appreciate your help! :)

 

Maria



 
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arrow"ready" waiting for "issued" (London K1)
July 22, 2014, 7:02 am Last comment by 1k1please
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Hi all,

 

I had my K1 visa interview in London last Thursday (Thurs 17th July, 2014) at 9am. I left the embassy around 11:20am with an approval!

 

Now I'm waiting for my CEAC status to update from "ready" to "issued" so that I can see some progress post interview! I know there has been a lot of topics on this in the past but I wanted to revive it in a new thread here today. I'm hoping to receive my visa by the end of this week or start of next. Checking the average times from interview date to getting the passport with new visa back in hand, it looks like it should be around 7-10 days so it's only been 5 so far for me, but with no update on my CEAC status I'm turning here to share the boat with others in the same situation and/or seek some info from others who have been through this.

 

Any thoughts on how long this could/should take?

 

Thanks!



 
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arrowPregnant and coming to the USA on K1 (How much will it cost us)
July 22, 2014, 6:08 am Last comment by kzielu
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Hi Guys, 

I'm looking for advice from people who have been or are pregnant and are coming to the USA on a K1 visa. 

 

How did you find insurance? (My partner lives with me in Australia so I cannot get it through her employer as she will not have any either) 

Were there alot of out of pocket expenses when you arrived for medical care? 

 

We are trying to find out if it will financially ruin us if I was to get pregnant just before coming over to the states. 

 

We have limited options due to having recently gone through IVF and having embryos left here in Aus. It will cost several thousands of $$ to bring them to the USA (Which we will do) but it will be much much cheaper if we do another round here in Aus and then ship them in a year or so. 

 

Thanks for any advice. 

 

 



 
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arrowDealing with negative people
July 22, 2014, 5:40 am Last comment by WickedGriffin
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Hi all.

 

I am the beneficiary moving to the US, Arizona, on a K1 Visa. I need and I seriously feel the need to vent here as I have dealt with too many NEGATIVE people. 

 

Okay, lets start with my own friends here in Germany: As soon as they knew I am going through a K1 Visa process with my Fiance, they changed their behavior. 2 people broke up contact with me. Ive never heard of them again. They were, at the beginning, so "supportive and interested" in my relationship to a US Citizen. But behind our backs, they were insulting and attacking us. I am from Germany - Bavaria - traditional country. 

They have called me a traitor, betrayer (betraying them for going to the US), they have called me stupid, dumb, etc. Behind our backs on of these persons started to spread BS about "America" and "Americans" as a whole. That America is such a bad horrible country. At fault for all the misery going on in the whole world. That americans are.... you name it!

 

Okay, my family? 

My Mother and my Dad are making MONEY BETS that "our marriage is not going to work out", because they think that "I ll never make it in the US, life is too hard, homeless people everywhere, masshootings". Thats how they picture America. I have no one to support me over here.  

My friends in Bavaria turned their backs on me! Hardly anyone is talking to me anymore! I am serious!! Maybe 2 - 3 people, the rest seems always to "know it all better", to tell me "that I must stay in Germany, because USA is so horrible, bad", they make it all look bad, they also make ME and my Fiance look bad. Ive had phone calls where I pick up the phone and the other guys are just insulting me for moving to the US. Well, basiscally saying: Are you fucked up or stupid, man?! ...

I dont know if its the german, especially Bavarian Mentality. But everyone is bitching about the USA, complaining, that me moving there is horrible, that I will suffer in the States, that life there is extremely nasty and bad, that I am not going to make it, etc. etc. etc!

 

I know a few americans also, of course, besides my Fiance and her family. And them? Well, lets put it that way: They are SO FULL of conspiracy theories that its HARD to talk to them about America and LIFE in America without stuff like "the cops are fucking everyone up!!!" "its all the governments fault!!!" "yes they are turning it all against us". 

They make ME also feel as if moving to the States is like spending time in Prison together with my Fiance ! Ive heard stuff, nasty stuff, my god people, yall would be either angry or embarrassed, too.

 

Short: My "Social Environment" is not supporting me mentally or emotionally. At all. Not a tiny little bit. The amount of negativity that people throw at me is overwhelming. Even the americans in my life seem to bitch bitch bitch, driven my FEAR and more FEAR, sorry guys, but the conspiarcy theory bullshit that Ive heard from them over the time is unbelieveable...

 

WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING WRONG, People ?!?!

 

What am I supposed to do? 

I feel like not talking to anyone anymore. I am so fed up, seriously. Did you go throug similiar things?



 
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arrowVisiting on VWP while studying at home country's university
July 22, 2014, 5:33 am Last comment by renatesol
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Maybe I'm overthinking this, but... I know I can't study in the US while I'm there on VWP, but should I encounter any problems if I tell the CO at POE that I will be writing my MA thesis (at the Norwegian university I'm a student at) while visiting? Am I right in thinking that the VWP rule only applies to studying, for credits, at a US institution?

 

I'm just covering my bases in case I'm asked what I'm going to do while my fiancee is at work. I also have a confirmation letter (as proof of needing to return after my 88 days) from my department saying I'm registered to submit my thesis in November this year.



 
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