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For various reasons, we are considering a two step entry to the US for our family. First just filing IR-1 for mom now, then about a year later, file for kids who will still be in Mexico.

I believe this would allow us to have the kids enter US in two years approximately, and would be far less expensive to process all the IR-1 while residing in Mexico and not have to file AOS in US (as in K1-K3)

Does this sound like a good idea? Or is it important to keep kids I-130 with mom's I-130 filing?

I am also considering filing a I-129F along with mom's I-130 just in case we need to change our plans and get everybody in at once. It would be a backup strategy only, since it seems to involve a lot of extra time and money to do AOS.

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This depends somewhat on how old the kids are.

Immigration will look more favorably on the petition if you bring everyone at one time. But, that is your call.

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