I'm wondering if anyone has a similar situation to mine and can provide me with advice or even some reassurance.
My partner and I met online in December 2016 and after a period of a few months we developed feelings for one and other, our situation at the time was rather complicated being that we were both in unhealthy relationships so I suppose we confined in each other and as a result, ended up falling inlove.
I have conversation histories saved from January 2017 on Line (mobile app like viber) and Facebook Messenger where we speak daily for hours, call each other for hours at a time etc. I recently traveled to the US to meet him and his family and everything was perfect and set in stone how genuinely inlove we are. I have photos of us together etc.
Anyhow, we have discussed marriage a number of times throughout our relationship (i have screenshots etc) and when I was in the United States we also discussed it. His family also aware of our intentions. He is a US Marine so travelling is a little difficult so he has yet to meet my family however will come in time. Although these have been discussions we have not made specific plans due to the uncertainty of processing times, nor has a ring been purchased (mainly because a ring isn't overly important to me, the commitment we have to each other in my opinion far outweighs the materialistic aspect). Is this enough? Do wedding plans actually have to be made and a ring be purchased to prove? (we're well aware we would need to get married within 90 days which is our intention).
It appears the process time is fairly lengthy and it's extremely hard being separated for such long periods of time, my main question is, would it be sensible to file the first step i.e. I-129F prior to purchasing a ring and him coming here...?
I was given estimated times such as 6-8 months, however have read some statistics of it being sooner, can the process be sped up? Does your nationality have anything to do with the processing times?
I really appreciate any correspondence, from anyone in a similar situation or that has been through this process already.
Thanks for reading and goodluck to anyone that is looking into or going for applications!
Extremely stressful, especially when everything is sincere and your fate is in the hands of someone you don't know!