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Filed: Other Country: Ireland
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Newbie here....

I understand the K1 and K3 options. Is there a visa you apply for if you are engaged, and your fiance lives overseas, you in the US and wish to marry outside of the US and immediately immigrate to the US?

We are not sure we wish to marry in the US, plus his family is very catholic, so we need to have a church wedding. I can see that I'd be stressing about time lines with the K1 visa only valid for 6 months and then have to marry in 90 days. Churches in my area require you attend for at least 6 months.

Thanks,

Lisa

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Is there a visa you apply for if you are engaged, and your fiance lives overseas, you in the US and wish to marry outside of the US and immediately immigrate to the US?

The only possibility for this would be if you were to marry where they allow DCF for CR-1 visa without residence. Even then the definition of immediately might mean waiting months in the country where you apply for DCF.


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Filed: Other Country: Ireland
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Hmm.. I live in Germany now, but moving back to US in the next month or so (much better job and very excited about it!) My Irish boy wants to stay in Germany for the rest of this year because of his job here, then he will move to the US Feb 1, 2009. Does it look like the K1 is the best visa and hope all works out for the best?

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if your main concern is having a church wedding, you could always have a church wedding in ireland and just have a civil ceremony here in the US


Removal of Conditions NOA: 2/24/11

Biometrics Appt: 8/15/11

ROC Approval: 9/30/11

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Card Received: 10/15/11

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Hmm.. I live in Germany now, but moving back to US in the next month or so (much better job and very excited about it!) My Irish boy wants to stay in Germany for the rest of this year because of his job here, then he will move to the US Feb 1, 2009. Does it look like the K1 is the best visa and hope all works out for the best?
Marry now and file I-130 when you return to the USA, he should be interviewed and receive visa by Feb 09.

I recommend I-130 for the CR-1 visa verses (I-130+I-129F) for K-3. CR-1 is an IMMIGRANT visa that allows work immediately upon entry, K-3 does not, K-3 requires Adjustment of status ($1010) and waiting for EAD inorder to work, EAD can take 90 days to get.


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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You could get married and then file for a K3 or CR-1 visa, if you don't mind being separated after you marry. That would allow you to marry wherever you want (for the most part). With the K-1, you must get married in the US. It is ultimately up to you when you want to wait, before the wedding or after. :P

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K-1 Process

I-129F Sent : 2007-04-28

I-129F NOA1 :2007-06-05

I-129F RFE(s) :2007-10-28

RFE Reply(s) :2007-11-05

I-129F NOA2 :2007-11-28

NVC Received : 2007-12-20

NVC Left :2007-12-27 (due to holidays :P)

Consulate Received :2007/12/28 (Vancouver)

Packet 3 Received :2008-01-07

Packet 3 Sent :2008-01-07

Packet 4 Received :2008-01-14

Interview Date :2008-02-11

Visa Received :2008-02-13

US Entry :2008-02-20

Marriage :2008-02-26

Wedding Ceremony: 2008-05-03

Adjustment of Status 4105.gif

CIS Office : Saint Louis MO

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

RFE(s) : 2008-03-29

Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01

Touched: 04/01 - 04/02 - 04/16 - 04/17 - 04/18 - 04/21 - 05/06 - 05/07 - 05/08

Transferred to CSC: 2008-04-30

APPROVED!! : 2008-06-18

Employment Authorization Document

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method :Mail

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01

Approved: 2008-05-12

Advance Parole

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method : Mail

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

Approved: 2008-05-12

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Hmm.. I live in Germany now, but moving back to US in the next month or so (much better job and very excited about it!) My Irish boy wants to stay in Germany for the rest of this year because of his job here, then he will move to the US Feb 1, 2009. Does it look like the K1 is the best visa and hope all works out for the best?
Marry now and file I-130 when you return to the USA, he should be interviewed and receive visa by Feb 09.

I recommend I-130 for the CR-1 visa verses (I-130+I-129F) for K-3. CR-1 is an IMMIGRANT visa that allows work immediately upon entry, K-3 does not, K-3 requires Adjustment of status ($1010) and waiting for EAD inorder to work, EAD can take 90 days to get.

CR-1's are really that fast? Why am I dinking around with this lousy K-1?


Love timeline:

??? 2003 -------> Started chatting regularly, became good friends

Nov 2004 -------> Fell in love

Jan 2006 -------> Met (in person) for first time

Apr 2008 -------> Wedding

Jun 2008 -------> Closed on house together

K-1 timeline:

Jun 11, 2007 -------> I-129f sent

Mar 20, 2008 -------> Visa in hand

AoS/EAD/AP timeline:

Apr 26, 2008 -------> Wedding

Apr 28, 2008 -------> Filed (forms mailed)

Apr 30, 2008 -------> Forms received by USCIS

May 06, 2008 -------> Cashed check posted to account

May 10, 2008 -------> NOA1 received for EAD, AP, and AoS

May 10, 2008 -------> Biometrics appt date received

May 28, 2008 -------> Biometrics for EAD & AoS

Jun 11, 2008 -------> AoS case transferred to CSC

Jul 05, 2008 -------> AP Approval

Jul 09, 2008 -------> EAD approval

Jul 14, 2008 -------> EAD and AP received

Jul 17, 2008 -------> AoS approved (card production ordered)

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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Hmm.. I live in Germany now, but moving back to US in the next month or so (much better job and very excited about it!) My Irish boy wants to stay in Germany for the rest of this year because of his job here, then he will move to the US Feb 1, 2009. Does it look like the K1 is the best visa and hope all works out for the best?
Marry now and file I-130 when you return to the USA, he should be interviewed and receive visa by Feb 09.

I recommend I-130 for the CR-1 visa verses (I-130+I-129F) for K-3. CR-1 is an IMMIGRANT visa that allows work immediately upon entry, K-3 does not, K-3 requires Adjustment of status ($1010) and waiting for EAD inorder to work, EAD can take 90 days to get.

CR-1's are really that fast? Why am I dinking around with this lousy K-1?

Did you notice it was by Feb 2009? :lol:


K-1 Process

I-129F Sent : 2007-04-28

I-129F NOA1 :2007-06-05

I-129F RFE(s) :2007-10-28

RFE Reply(s) :2007-11-05

I-129F NOA2 :2007-11-28

NVC Received : 2007-12-20

NVC Left :2007-12-27 (due to holidays :P)

Consulate Received :2007/12/28 (Vancouver)

Packet 3 Received :2008-01-07

Packet 3 Sent :2008-01-07

Packet 4 Received :2008-01-14

Interview Date :2008-02-11

Visa Received :2008-02-13

US Entry :2008-02-20

Marriage :2008-02-26

Wedding Ceremony: 2008-05-03

Adjustment of Status 4105.gif

CIS Office : Saint Louis MO

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

RFE(s) : 2008-03-29

Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01

Touched: 04/01 - 04/02 - 04/16 - 04/17 - 04/18 - 04/21 - 05/06 - 05/07 - 05/08

Transferred to CSC: 2008-04-30

APPROVED!! : 2008-06-18

Employment Authorization Document

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method :Mail

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01

Approved: 2008-05-12

Advance Parole

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method : Mail

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

Approved: 2008-05-12

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Did you notice it was by Feb 2009? :lol:

exactly...2009, not 2008...lol Man if it was that fast I would have been very disappointed! LOL


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Met online November 2005 playing City of Heroes

First met in Canada, Sept 22, 2006 <3

September 2006 to March 2008, 11 visits, 5 in Canada, 6 in NJ

Officially Engaged December 24th, 2007!!!

Moved to the U.S. to be with my baby on July 19th, 2008 on a K1 visa!!!!

***10 year green card in hand as of 2/2/2012, loving and living life***

Hmmm maybe we should move back to Canada! lol smile.png

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Filed: Other Country: Ireland
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Looks like the K1 is probably the best option for us. One more question: Is the "normal" time for a K1 is between 6-9 months? I ask because we can't file too soon, due to his requirement to not come to the US until after Jan 20th (all centered around his sales commission) and the K1 is only valid for 6 months after being issued, right?

Thanks again!

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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The entire process from filing to visa in hand is generally 7-8 months..somtimes a bit longer or a bit shorter. Once he is issued the visa, he can enter the US anytime within the 6 months after issuance. AKA the visa is valid for 6 months after being issued. If he is planning on entering the US Feb. 2009, I'd go ahead and get the I-129F filed now (or as soon as you have a US address). Go ahead and have him fill out and sign the G325A and get passport photos done to avoid mailing times.


K-1 Process

I-129F Sent : 2007-04-28

I-129F NOA1 :2007-06-05

I-129F RFE(s) :2007-10-28

RFE Reply(s) :2007-11-05

I-129F NOA2 :2007-11-28

NVC Received : 2007-12-20

NVC Left :2007-12-27 (due to holidays :P)

Consulate Received :2007/12/28 (Vancouver)

Packet 3 Received :2008-01-07

Packet 3 Sent :2008-01-07

Packet 4 Received :2008-01-14

Interview Date :2008-02-11

Visa Received :2008-02-13

US Entry :2008-02-20

Marriage :2008-02-26

Wedding Ceremony: 2008-05-03

Adjustment of Status 4105.gif

CIS Office : Saint Louis MO

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

RFE(s) : 2008-03-29

Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01

Touched: 04/01 - 04/02 - 04/16 - 04/17 - 04/18 - 04/21 - 05/06 - 05/07 - 05/08

Transferred to CSC: 2008-04-30

APPROVED!! : 2008-06-18

Employment Authorization Document

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method :Mail

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01

Approved: 2008-05-12

Advance Parole

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method : Mail

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

Approved: 2008-05-12

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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Is the "normal" time for a K1 is between 6-9 months?

Appears to be presently the situation but is obviously subject to change at any time... One year ago some made it through is about 2 months because so much is dependant on service center and consulate


YMMV

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Is the "normal" time for a K1 is between 6-9 months?

Appears to be presently the situation but is obviously subject to change at any time... One year ago some made it through is about 2 months because so much is dependant on service center and consulate

Exactly, I read on a website for a couple who filed in 2000. They got approved in 2 weeks!!! 2 flippin weeks!!!...lol I wish.

Edited by ~Laura and Nick~

Let's Keep the Song Going!!!

CANADA.GIFUS1.GIF

~Laura and Nicholas~

IMG_1315.jpg

Met online November 2005 playing City of Heroes

First met in Canada, Sept 22, 2006 <3

September 2006 to March 2008, 11 visits, 5 in Canada, 6 in NJ

Officially Engaged December 24th, 2007!!!

Moved to the U.S. to be with my baby on July 19th, 2008 on a K1 visa!!!!

***10 year green card in hand as of 2/2/2012, loving and living life***

Hmmm maybe we should move back to Canada! lol smile.png

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Filed: Country: Jamaica
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Have you talked to your local Catholic Church? I used to work in a Catholic Church and there are ways around just about everything. In special circumstances, we would officiate weddings with little or no restrictions.


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You only get one trip

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Hmm.. I live in Germany now, but moving back to US in the next month or so (much better job and very excited about it!) My Irish boy wants to stay in Germany for the rest of this year because of his job here, then he will move to the US Feb 1, 2009. Does it look like the K1 is the best visa and hope all works out for the best?
Marry now and file I-130 when you return to the USA, he should be interviewed and receive visa by Feb 09.

I recommend I-130 for the CR-1 visa verses (I-130+I-129F) for K-3. CR-1 is an IMMIGRANT visa that allows work immediately upon entry, K-3 does not, K-3 requires Adjustment of status ($1010) and waiting for EAD inorder to work, EAD can take 90 days to get.

CR-1's are really that fast? Why am I dinking around with this lousy K-1?

Did you notice it was by Feb 2009? :lol:

Ha! I thought it was February 9th!! I was thinking DavidsPrincess was gone loony, or there was something I didn't know about!

:blush:


Love timeline:

??? 2003 -------> Started chatting regularly, became good friends

Nov 2004 -------> Fell in love

Jan 2006 -------> Met (in person) for first time

Apr 2008 -------> Wedding

Jun 2008 -------> Closed on house together

K-1 timeline:

Jun 11, 2007 -------> I-129f sent

Mar 20, 2008 -------> Visa in hand

AoS/EAD/AP timeline:

Apr 26, 2008 -------> Wedding

Apr 28, 2008 -------> Filed (forms mailed)

Apr 30, 2008 -------> Forms received by USCIS

May 06, 2008 -------> Cashed check posted to account

May 10, 2008 -------> NOA1 received for EAD, AP, and AoS

May 10, 2008 -------> Biometrics appt date received

May 28, 2008 -------> Biometrics for EAD & AoS

Jun 11, 2008 -------> AoS case transferred to CSC

Jul 05, 2008 -------> AP Approval

Jul 09, 2008 -------> EAD approval

Jul 14, 2008 -------> EAD and AP received

Jul 17, 2008 -------> AoS approved (card production ordered)

Now for my obnoxious signature Meez©:

0605_10033471973.gif

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