I am a Swedish citizen living with a US-citizen in sweden and she is registered swedish resident. We are looking into moving to US as soon as possible and have been looking at a lot of different options.
Since my girlfriend has been studying here in Sweden she cannot be a sponsor and we have to use one of her family members in the US as a joint sponsor.
I have a job offer in the US and our biggest concern is that i would have to work as soon as possible once arriving in the US since she is going to study in the US (or use savings and be bored to death for 3 months).
So basically here is the options we have looked at:
K-1 visa, get married in US, apply for AOS and work permit. (90 days without being able to work in the US?). costs money
K-3 visa, get married in Sweden, apply for work permit. (90 days without being able to work in the US?). takes time, costs money
CR-1 visa, get married in Sweden, (get to work immediately?) takes time
optional but risky:
get married in sweden and go to US on ESTA and apply for AOS upon arrival?
Right now we are not sure which is the smartest way to go, especially since we only get one shot at it. If we get married here we can no longer apply for the K-1 visa and if the K-1 visa gets denied we cant really just get married and apply for CR-1 straight after... ive also read that K-3 is not really a viable option any more.