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Nieve Canadian Fiance with US Wedding in August, HELP!

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Hi anyone who can help,

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I am currently working in a job in Canada for an international company. I am getting married in August and my Fiance lives in the US. We were planning on living in Canada but she got a great a big promotion so she wants to stay in the US (She is a US Citizen). The company I am working for is willing to transfer me to the US. I work as an Application Specialist for and engineering based Software company. I have a Diploma of technology and about 10 years of experience in the Engineering industry.

If doing a K-1

1. Because the wedding is in August and in the US. I shouldn't apply for a K-1 visa should I? In risk of not being able to enter the states for the wedding that is already planned and paid for.

2. How long does the K-1 take?

If trying to get an L-1

1. Does anyone know about L-1 visas and if it is possible to get one quick. and does the above experience qualify me as a worker of Specialized Knowledge in an L-1B

2. How does a Canadian apply for an L-1 at a POE?

3. L-1's are Dual Intent? So if I plan on staying in the US for the long term can I apply for PR?

4. If my L-1 application is denied is there a possibility of being denied the ability to cross the border to attend my own wedding in August?

I will probably have more questions but that's all I can think of for now.

Thanks in advance

a real Dumb (Nieve) Canuck

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I can't answer ANY of your L-1 questions, sorry! I will say welcome to the Canada Forum on VJ, and hopefully someone will come by and help answer them!

The only thing I can answer is to say that a K-1 visa is a visa that is given to fiances to go to the USA to marry their future spouse within 90 days of arrival and then to remain there with their spouse until they've adjusted status in the US. There are only two Consulates in Canada that handle these visas, AFTER they've been processed in the US. Depending on where your fiance AND you live, in both the US and Canada, there is no way you're going to have a K-1 by August.

I don't know what you mean by "planned wedding", but you can go the US to be married, as long as you come back to Canada, and at that time, you apply for a K-3 or CR-1 visa to join your wife in the US. Typically they take about a year.

As far as family based visas go, if you look at the top of the site you'll see a Guides section that will help you out in finding out what the different marriage visas are about.

I'm hoping that someone will come along and help answer some of your L-1 questions!

Best of luck in whatever course you decide to take to be with your fiance! (F)


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I thought we'd covered your L1 questions over at Canuck Abroad? :huh:

All you do is make sure you have all the required paperwork that is listed on the checklist, take it to a POE with your money to pay them, and hand it over. It only takes a few minutes to an hour (depending on their mood).

divorced - April 2010 moved back to Ontario May 2010 and surrendered green card


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