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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Egypt
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Hi everyone, please excuse me if this question has been asked several times already...June 11 I received emails that our I-129f and I-130 have been approved!!! :dance: Now the big question: can we have both processed simultaneously and take whichever comes first?? My understanding of the K-3 process is: the case gets sent to NVC, then to Cairo, then they request some paperwork, which I send to them and my husband; he has an interview. Whereas the CR-1 process: case sent to NVC, they request paperwork, and we send paperwork to NVC, the case gets sent to Cairo, and he has an interview. Is it true that when he gets an interview for K-3, he could go and request to have it processed as a CR-1?? And if so, would this take extra time? I was told this by a uscis rep. several months ago after I first filed. We both realize that the CR-1 route is less expensive, and would allow him to get a green card and SSN sooner, but our priority is to take the quickest route to be together.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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congrats on your approval. The K-3 route is faster, but not by too much anymore. They will send it to NVC then the I-129 will go to the consulate and the I-130 will stay at NVC and they will send you paperwork about the IR-1 and CR-1 visas. You can tell NVC to cancel the I-130 because you are going the K-3 route or you can keep it there and hold off as a backup plan. They will keep it active for a year at NVC and will send you a notice of cancellation unless you let them know to keep it active. The choice is yours.


I-130 Timeline:

12-11-2007- Married my Love

02-08-2008- CSC receives I-130

02-11-2008- Received Hardcopy NOA1

08-14-2008- Approved!!! 216 days...

08-21-2008- NOA2 Hardcopy received

08-27-2008- NVC Receives file, NVC Case Number issued

09-05-2008- AOS Fee Bill and DS-3032 Generated

09-06-2008- E-mailed DS-3032 to NVC

09-11-2008- Received Hardcopy of DS-3032 and AOS Fee Bill

09-15-2008- Mailed Hardcopy of DS-3032

09-16-2008- Paid $70 AOS fee online

09-17-2008- Received E-mail confirming the DS-3032 Agent

09-17-2008- Printed Coversheet for AOS paperwork

09-17-2008- IV Bill Invoiced

12-16-2008- Sent I-864 EZ to NVC

NOW: Debating on current situation...

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Filed: Other Country: China
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congrats on your approval. The K-3 route is faster, but not by too much anymore. They will send it to NVC then the I-129 will go to the consulate and the I-130 will stay at NVC and they will send you paperwork about the IR-1 and CR-1 visas. You can tell NVC to cancel the I-130 because you are going the K-3 route or you can keep it there and hold off as a backup plan. They will keep it active for a year at NVC and will send you a notice of cancellation unless you let them know to keep it active. The choice is yours.

No, no, no, no, no. Do not tell NVC to cancel the I-130 petition. Never do that. You can ignore them and do nothing or you can notify them you're pursuing the I-129F path and ask them to return the petition to the National Records Center but never cancel or withdraw a petition for a loved one if you want them to come to the USA.

The K3 route will be faster but if NVC actually receives the I-130, you do have the option of pursuing both through to an interview. If the I-130 arrived in Cairo even a day before the K3 interview, he can interview for a CR1 visa instead. This is a long shot though and if it doesn't work, you've waisted nearly $500.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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congrats on your approval. The K-3 route is faster, but not by too much anymore. They will send it to NVC then the I-129 will go to the consulate and the I-130 will stay at NVC and they will send you paperwork about the IR-1 and CR-1 visas. You can tell NVC to cancel the I-130 because you are going the K-3 route or you can keep it there and hold off as a backup plan. They will keep it active for a year at NVC and will send you a notice of cancellation unless you let them know to keep it active. The choice is yours.

No, no, no, no, no. Do not tell NVC to cancel the I-130 petition. Never do that. You can ignore them and do nothing or you can notify them you're pursuing the I-129F path and ask them to return the petition to the National Records Center but never cancel or withdraw a petition for a loved one if you want them to come to the USA.

The K3 route will be faster but if NVC actually receives the I-130, you do have the option of pursuing both through to an interview. If the I-130 arrived in Cairo even a day before the K3 interview, he can interview for a CR1 visa instead. This is a long shot though and if it doesn't work, you've waisted nearly $500.

Ultimately the decision is theirs. We may know not to have NVC cancel, but it is their decision which is why I gave them all the facts, not just my opinon.


I-130 Timeline:

12-11-2007- Married my Love

02-08-2008- CSC receives I-130

02-11-2008- Received Hardcopy NOA1

08-14-2008- Approved!!! 216 days...

08-21-2008- NOA2 Hardcopy received

08-27-2008- NVC Receives file, NVC Case Number issued

09-05-2008- AOS Fee Bill and DS-3032 Generated

09-06-2008- E-mailed DS-3032 to NVC

09-11-2008- Received Hardcopy of DS-3032 and AOS Fee Bill

09-15-2008- Mailed Hardcopy of DS-3032

09-16-2008- Paid $70 AOS fee online

09-17-2008- Received E-mail confirming the DS-3032 Agent

09-17-2008- Printed Coversheet for AOS paperwork

09-17-2008- IV Bill Invoiced

12-16-2008- Sent I-864 EZ to NVC

NOW: Debating on current situation...

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Hi everyone, please excuse me if this question has been asked several times already...June 11 I received emails that our I-129f and I-130 have been approved!!! :dance: Now the big question: can we have both processed simultaneously and take whichever comes first?? My understanding of the K-3 process is: the case gets sent to NVC, then to Cairo, then they request some paperwork, which I send to them and my husband; he has an interview. Whereas the CR-1 process: case sent to NVC, they request paperwork, and we send paperwork to NVC, the case gets sent to Cairo, and he has an interview. Is it true that when he gets an interview for K-3, he could go and request to have it processed as a CR-1?? And if so, would this take extra time? I was told this by a uscis rep. several months ago after I first filed. We both realize that the CR-1 route is less expensive, and would allow him to get a green card and SSN sooner, but our priority is to take the quickest route to be together.

I say pursue both routes!! This is what I am doing. If you get to the K3 interview before the I-130 case is complete, you can wait for the I-130 to be complete and interview again for the CR1. You have not wasted $500. Using the online payments and the shortcuts, people have been getting their I-130's through the NVC in an average of 4 weeks. :thumbs:


4-29-08 - Mailed I-130 & I-129F together to CSC

CSC

I-130 I-129F

5-01-08 - NOA1 5-02-08 - NOA1

5-04-08 - Touched 5-06-08 - Touched

5-05-08 - Rcvd NOA1 in mail 5-08-08 - Rcvd NOA1 in mail

5-14-08 - Touched 5-14-08 - Touched

5-20-08 - Touched

5-29-08 - NOA2................................5-29-08 - NOA2

5-30-08 - Touched............................5-30-08 - Touched

6-02-08 - Rcvd NOA2 hardcopy..........6-02-08 - Rcvd NOA2 hardcopy

NVC

6-05-08 - NVC rcvd, new # & IIN.......6-04-08 - NVC rcvd, new #

6-15-08 - NVC invoiced AOS..............6-09-08 - Shipped DHL to Bs. As.

6-15-08 - Paid AOS online..................6-11-08 - Dlvd to Embassy

6-15-08 - Sent DS-3032 email...........6-17-08 - Received e-mail Packet 3

6-17-08 - AOS shows PAID!!!............6-25-08 - Turnned in Packet 3

6-17-08 - Sent AOS pkg Fed Ex.........7-11-08 - Medical

6-23-08 - DS-3032 accepted..............8-14-08 - Interview!!!

6-26-08 - NVC says my I-864EZ is not original Signature (BS!!!)

6-28-08 - IV bill invoiced online.

7-01-08 - Paid IV Bill online

7-01-08 - Re-sent I-864EZ

7-02-08 - IV Bill show "Paid"

7-02-08 - NVC Received I-864EZ, again!!

7-03-08 - Sent DS-230 via FedEx.

7-03-08 - NVC recieves and enters new I-864EZ

7-07-08 - NVC receives and enters DS-230

7-16-08 - CASE COMPLETE!!!!

8-14-08 - Interview. APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!

8-19-08 - POE, Washington DC.

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Filed: Other Country: China
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Hi everyone, please excuse me if this question has been asked several times already...June 11 I received emails that our I-129f and I-130 have been approved!!! :dance: Now the big question: can we have both processed simultaneously and take whichever comes first?? My understanding of the K-3 process is: the case gets sent to NVC, then to Cairo, then they request some paperwork, which I send to them and my husband; he has an interview. Whereas the CR-1 process: case sent to NVC, they request paperwork, and we send paperwork to NVC, the case gets sent to Cairo, and he has an interview. Is it true that when he gets an interview for K-3, he could go and request to have it processed as a CR-1?? And if so, would this take extra time? I was told this by a uscis rep. several months ago after I first filed. We both realize that the CR-1 route is less expensive, and would allow him to get a green card and SSN sooner, but our priority is to take the quickest route to be together.

I say pursue both routes!! This is what I am doing. If you get to the K3 interview before the I-130 case is complete, you can wait for the I-130 to be complete and interview again for the CR1. You have not wasted $500. Using the online payments and the shortcuts, people have been getting their I-130's through the NVC in an average of 4 weeks. :thumbs:

You only waste the $500 if you ultimately use the K3 visa.


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Costa Rica
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Congratulations!!!

What I want to know is how you got it to this point so fast?!?!


I-130

02-27-2008 - NOA-1

09-25-2008 - Approval Notice Sent!! (received email)

10-02-2008 - Received hard copy NOA 2 via mail[/size]

I-129F

03-03-2008 - Mailed I-129F via USPS next day service

03-04-2008 - I-129F delivered to VSC signed by P Novak at 1:50 pm

03-05-2008 - NOA-1 received in mail on 03-10-2008

09-25-2008 - Approval Notice Sent!! (received email)

10-02-2008 - Received hard copy NOA 2 via mail

NVC

10-06-2008 - Case received assigned case #

10-06-2008 - Case sent to embassy

10-06-2008 - Emailed DS 2032

EMBASSY

Embassy called my wife and set appointment for 10-10-2008 to pick up paperwork.

Appointment set for October 21, 2008 at 12pm

10-20-2008 Interview at 12pm. APPROVED!!PICK UP VISA 10-21-2008 at 3 pm

I-485 AOS

07-21-2009 - Mailed via overnigt. They received 7-22-2009 and rejected the same day.

07-29-2009 - Received rejected I-485 in the mail. (Incorrect fee's)

07-30-2009 - Mailed corrected packet overnight, they received next day 7-31-09

08-03-2009 - Received NOA for I-485 and I-765.

08-10-2009 - Received Biometrics appointment letter. Appt is on 09-02-2009 (DONE) Easy

09-15-2009 - I-765 Approved, Card production ordered

10-20-2009 - I-485 Appt Set

10-20-2009 - APPROVED!! Fast and easy 10-15 min interview.

10-21-2009 - CRIS email. Card production ordered.

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Philippines
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Congrats!! :thumbs:

My son named Zac

"My son's smile makes my day complete"

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MY K3 TIMELINE purple4.gifVid of how I prepared my interview documents purple.gifPapers that I brought on my USEM interview

AOS TIMELINE

06.17.2010 - submitted our papers

06.19.2010 - papers arrived at Chicago lockbox

06.24.2010 - Check cashed

06.28.2010 - NOA1 Hardcopy received (9 days from the day they got our papers)

07.05.2010 - Received Biometrics Schedule (July 26)

08.05.2010 - Biometrics done! (had to re-schedule from 7/26 to 8/5)

08.13.2010 - Got my interview letter

08.20.2010 - EAD card on production

09.06.2010 - Got my EAD Card (62 days)

09.07.2010 - Applied for SSN

09.14.2010 - SSN Card received

09.16.2010 - Interview schedule (APPROVED)

09.20.2010 - Welcome Notice Received ("Welcome to the USA")

09.25.2010 - 10 yr Green Card received! (98 days)

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Hi everyone, please excuse me if this question has been asked several times already...June 11 I received emails that our I-129f and I-130 have been approved!!! :dance: Now the big question: can we have both processed simultaneously and take whichever comes first?? My understanding of the K-3 process is: the case gets sent to NVC, then to Cairo, then they request some paperwork, which I send to them and my husband; he has an interview. Whereas the CR-1 process: case sent to NVC, they request paperwork, and we send paperwork to NVC, the case gets sent to Cairo, and he has an interview. Is it true that when he gets an interview for K-3, he could go and request to have it processed as a CR-1?? And if so, would this take extra time? I was told this by a uscis rep. several months ago after I first filed. We both realize that the CR-1 route is less expensive, and would allow him to get a green card and SSN sooner, but our priority is to take the quickest route to be together.

I say pursue both routes!! This is what I am doing. If you get to the K3 interview before the I-130 case is complete, you can wait for the I-130 to be complete and interview again for the CR1. You have not wasted $500. Using the online payments and the shortcuts, people have been getting their I-130's through the NVC in an average of 4 weeks. :thumbs:

You only waste the $500 if you ultimately use the K3 visa.

Steve/Jessica and Pushbrk, how does this work precisely, pursueing both routes to avoid making any mistakes)? So we let the I-129F go to the Consulate and run its course, submit all the paperwork and we go to the interview and get the visa. What if the I-130 is forwarded by NVC to the Consulate shortly afterwards, before I travel over? I go to another interview?

I imagined the visa would be placed in the passport. So it is possible to get both visas and then choose what you travel with?

And wont the Consulate make a problem of interviewing the same person for two different visas in a short time?

Many thanks for any feedback.


Website US Department of State, Consular Affairs Bureau: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_1339.html

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Filed: Other Country: China
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Hi everyone, please excuse me if this question has been asked several times already...June 11 I received emails that our I-129f and I-130 have been approved!!! :dance: Now the big question: can we have both processed simultaneously and take whichever comes first?? My understanding of the K-3 process is: the case gets sent to NVC, then to Cairo, then they request some paperwork, which I send to them and my husband; he has an interview. Whereas the CR-1 process: case sent to NVC, they request paperwork, and we send paperwork to NVC, the case gets sent to Cairo, and he has an interview. Is it true that when he gets an interview for K-3, he could go and request to have it processed as a CR-1?? And if so, would this take extra time? I was told this by a uscis rep. several months ago after I first filed. We both realize that the CR-1 route is less expensive, and would allow him to get a green card and SSN sooner, but our priority is to take the quickest route to be together.

I say pursue both routes!! This is what I am doing. If you get to the K3 interview before the I-130 case is complete, you can wait for the I-130 to be complete and interview again for the CR1. You have not wasted $500. Using the online payments and the shortcuts, people have been getting their I-130's through the NVC in an average of 4 weeks. :thumbs:

You only waste the $500 if you ultimately use the K3 visa.

Steve/Jessica and Pushbrk, how does this work precisely, pursueing both routes to avoid making any mistakes)? So we let the I-129F go to the Consulate and run its course, submit all the paperwork and we go to the interview and get the visa. What if the I-130 is forwarded by NVC to the Consulate shortly afterwards, before I travel over? I go to another interview?

I imagined the visa would be placed in the passport. So it is possible to get both visas and then choose what you travel with?

And wont the Consulate make a problem of interviewing the same person for two different visas in a short time?

Many thanks for any feedback.

All good questions. Actually the best possible outcome (unlikely) is that he I-130 arrives at the Consulate even one day before your K3 interview. That means your K3 interview becomes a CR1 interview.

Otherwise, yes, two interviews and two visas but once the CR1 visa is issued, the K3 is invalid. You travel on the CR1 which would have been your choice if you had one anyway. There is no problem at the Consulate having two interviews.

I'm not actually recommending you do this but that's the procedure.


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All good questions. Actually the best possible outcome (unlikely) is that he I-130 arrives at the Consulate even one day before your K3 interview. That means your K3 interview becomes a CR1 interview.

Otherwise, yes, two interviews and two visas but once the CR1 visa is issued, the K3 is invalid. You travel on the CR1 which would have been your choice if you had one anyway. There is no problem at the Consulate having two interviews.

I'm not actually recommending you do this but that's the procedure.

Thanks for the feedback, Pushbrk. I guess we have some more thinking to do about how we will do this.


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Canada
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I have one follow-up question. I am in the same boat - petitions just got approved today and Pushbrk has made me think about the two choices. Let's say that the I-130 gets left behind at the NVC, and the I-129F gets sent to the Consulate, and if that happens can I request NVC to send the I-130 over or is decision really not mine at that point?

Second question I have is regarding the notification - will the consulate send me the notification that will let me know what petition(s) is being forwarded to the consulate or will the consulate notify me of the petition they actually received from NVC?

Replies, will be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!

-Fahad

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Japan
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The I-130 documents won't be forwarded to the embassy/consulate until you've paid the Affidavit of Support and Immigrant Visa bill, AND subsequently sent the Affadavit of Support and DS-230 to the NVC.

My wife was approved March 25, NVC forwarded the K-3 to the embassy on April 29, and the K-3 interview was scheduled for May 27. She has her K-3 visa, but we continued on with the CR-1 to avoid the adjustment of status processing time, even though it requires going to the embassy for the interview. The K-3 will be forwarded to the embassy/consulate automatically, so your spouse will get a packet of information within a week or so of it being forwarded over.

We paid the NVC bills for the AOS/IV once our attorney received notification that the I-130 was processed at NVC, at the beginning of June. The documents were processed by NVC by June 19, and we got an interview date for the CR-1 in Tokyo scheduled for August 18.

So, even if both petitions are sent to the NVC, you'll likely find that the CR-1 still takes a bit longer to process than the K-3. But you'll definitely know the I-130 has been touched before it goes off to the embassy; you have to either give them money and the applications, or inform NVC that you want to go the adjustment of status route.

I have one follow-up question. I am in the same boat - petitions just got approved today and Pushbrk has made me think about the two choices. Let's say that the I-130 gets left behind at the NVC, and the I-129F gets sent to the Consulate, and if that happens can I request NVC to send the I-130 over or is decision really not mine at that point?

Second question I have is regarding the notification - will the consulate send me the notification that will let me know what petition(s) is being forwarded to the consulate or will the consulate notify me of the petition they actually received from NVC?

Replies, will be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!

-Fahad

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I have one follow-up question. I am in the same boat - petitions just got approved today and Pushbrk has made me think about the two choices. Let's say that the I-130 gets left behind at the NVC, and the I-129F gets sent to the Consulate, and if that happens can I request NVC to send the I-130 over or is decision really not mine at that point?

Second question I have is regarding the notification - will the consulate send me the notification that will let me know what petition(s) is being forwarded to the consulate or will the consulate notify me of the petition they actually received from NVC?

Replies, will be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!

-Fahad

You need to read the step by step guide for CR1. Then you'll understand there are several steps requiring your interaction with NVC before the petition can be forwarded to the Consulate, including two fees you pay.


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