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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Which do you think is faster thru the Vermont Service Center?

K1 or K3/CR1?

Ive been trying to look at the timelines, and what Im gathering, is that the K1 is usually around 6 months from sending in the petition to visa at hand (montreal)? And the K3/CR1 takes about 10 months for that?


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I-130 Journey - VSC CR1 & CR2

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xx-xx-10- I-130 NOA1

xx-xx-xx- I-130 NOA2

- Total Days from NOA 1 to NOA2 xxx

I-129F Journey - VSC K3 & K4

xx-xx-xx I-130 Received @ NVC

xx-xx-xx Case Completed at NVC :

xx-xx-xx NVC Left:

- Total Days from NOA1 to NVC Complete xx

- Total Days @ NVC xx


xx-xx-xx Received at Consulate

xx-xx-xx Medical Date

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

K3 and cr-1 seem to run around the same time. I did both and my CR-1 was a lot faster, but that was back in 2004. K3 should be faster, but not always the case. There is no rhyme or reason a lot of time with immigration,its a ####### shoot. There are some Cdn k1's that take a year as well.

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1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China

K-1 tends to be faster.

If considering K-3 or CR-1 you need to factor in the fact that you need to marry first before being able to file the I-130 petition.

If considering K-3 think carefully about it. CR-1 and K-3 tend to take about the same time, K-3 may save you about a month, however the K-3 has the added pain of adjustment of status, and it NOT a work authorized visa, so also has the added period of limbo waiting for EAD to be able to do things like take a job, get SSN, etc...

For the most part CR-1 tends to take a bit longer than K-3 to get if you prepare for NVC when they request I-864 fee, and Visa fee, as well as documents requested by NVC. In many cases the CR-1 petition reaches the consulate just before K-3 interview, which causes K-3 to get dropped and the interview becomes a CR-1 visa interview.


I-130: $355

I-129F: NONE

Consulate: $131

AOS: $1010



I-130: $355

NVC I-864: $70

NVC Visa fee: $400 ($355+$45)


I see many posts from K-3 holders stating, "Wow this sucks, I am stuck at home because I don't have EAD, DL, etc, or I am having hard time getting added to bank accounts because of NO SSN." K-3 has a 90 day or longer period of limbo while waiting for EAD or Green-card.

K-3 was developed at a time when CR-1 was taking much longer that today, NVC has greatly streamlined the CR-1 process to the point where K-3 becomes irrelevant.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada

The K1 these days takes anywhere from 6-12 months, so it's a bit faster, but not necessarily. We applied in June and I anticipate that we'll get an interview in March, maybe even April. So we're in the 10 month range. The summer and Christmas holidays seemed to have slowed us down a lot.

For us it boiled down to not wanting to be apart while married. So we went with the K1.... we would've done the K1 even if it was longer.

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