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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Australia
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It was the best choice for us because we didn't want to wait, but it does cost more and it means more paperwork. If you can wait a couple months longer then it may not be the best choice for you financially. It may or may not be a faster way to be processed either. Sometimes the I 129F is not processed BEFORE the I 130.

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TIME LINE 2007

01/12/07-I Fly to Australia

01/25/07-We Got Married!

07/15/07-Point of Entry (K3 Visa)

K3 Time Line for the I-130, I-129F, EAD and AOS

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Lifting Conditions Timeline

11/06/09- Mailed Petition Via USPS Certified Mail

11/09/09- Your item was delivered at 11:08 AM on November 9, 2009 in LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA 92677.

11/12/09- Check Cashed

11/12/09- Return Receipt Arrives in Mail

11/13/09- Touched

11/16/09- NOA Received

11/27/09- Received Appointment Letter

12/18/09- Biometrics

12/21/09- Touched

01/08/10- Card Production Ordered (E-Mail)

01/09/10- Touched

01/14/10- Greencard Received

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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We just filed the I-130. Cost was an issue for us (CR-1 is almost 1/2 the cost of the I-130 and I-129F). Plus being able to work and travel upon arrival was also very important to us. We are willing to wait the addtional 1-2 months for the CR-1 because it will mean less hassle in the end.

Although the K-3 was designed to speed up the process, it's effectiveness seems to be decreasing.


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: FB-4 Visa Country: Peru
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It was the best choice for us because we didn't want to wait, but it does cost more and it means more paperwork. If you can wait a couple months longer then it may not be the best choice for you financially. It may or may not be a faster way to be processed either. Sometimes the I 129F is not processed BEFORE the I 130.

It seems that people who have filled the I 129F with the I-130 are taking longer to process (especially at Vermont). It used to be that the CR1/IR-1 was slower then the K3. I would recommend the CR1/IR-1 because it is cheaper in the long run, faster, and a better Visa. Good luck with your process. :thumbs:


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USCIS *CR-1 Visa*

2008-07-26 : I-130 Sent

2009-04-02 : Interview at Embassy in Lima, Peru Approved

2009-04-08 : POE Atlanta (256 days from sending I-130)

USCIS *Removal of Conditions*

2011-02-28 : Mailed I-751

2011-03-02 : USPS Delivery Confirmation

2011-03-10 : Check Cashed

2011-03-11 : Touched

2011-03-25 : USCIS confirmed they did not mail NOA 1, given case number

2011-04-05 : Infopass appointment passport stamped with I-551

2011-04-19 : Walk in Biometrics completed (2 weeks early)

2011-05-03 : Biometrics appointment (3 year anniversary)

2011-08-25 : Approved

2011-08-31 : Card in hand (184 days after sending I-751)

*Application for Naturalization*

2012-03-24 : Mailed N-400

2012-03-26 : NOA1

2012-03-29 : Check Cashed

2012-05-14 : Biometrics Appointment

2012-06-04 : Interview Letter

2012-07-09 : Interview in Raleigh, NC (Passed)

2012-07-20 : Oath Ceremony (119 days after sending N-400)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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Does not speed up process at USCIS, it does result in a K-3 visa which MAY save you 30 days or so for getting a visa.

HOWEVER, K-3 has many negatives.

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.

K-3:

I-130: $355

I-129F: NONE

Consulate: $131

AOS: $1010

($1496)

CR-1

I-130: $355

NVC I-864: $70

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

($825)

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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Does not speed up process at USCIS, it does result in a K-3 visa which MAY save you 30 days or so for getting a visa.

HOWEVER, K-3 has many negatives.

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.

K-3:

I-130: $355

I-129F: NONE

Consulate: $131

AOS: $1010

($1496)

CR-1

I-130: $355

NVC I-864: $70

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

($825)

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.

If money wasnt that much of a problem and i didnt have a problem with her working with in the first 3-4 months, would K-3 be a good way to go about it? I am not saying i am rich or anything, everyone wants to save money, but i guess after reading all the posts, it comes to opportunity cost, and everyone is different in that way. But if money wasnt a problem, would a K 3 on avg be faster? Also, if you get a K 3 interview and the CR I application comes around that time, does that mean the CR 1 interview will happen faster, because of the K 3?

Thanks for all the info. Much appreciated.

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Does not speed up process at USCIS, it does result in a K-3 visa which MAY save you 30 days or so for getting a visa.

HOWEVER, K-3 has many negatives.

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.

K-3:

I-130: $355

I-129F: NONE

Consulate: $131

AOS: $1010

($1496)

CR-1

I-130: $355

NVC I-864: $70

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

($825)

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.

If money wasnt that much of a problem and i didnt have a problem with her working with in the first 3-4 months, would K-3 be a good way to go about it? I am not saying i am rich or anything, everyone wants to save money, but i guess after reading all the posts, it comes to opportunity cost, and everyone is different in that way. But if money wasnt a problem, would a K 3 on avg be faster? Also, if you get a K 3 interview and the CR I application comes around that time, does that mean the CR 1 interview will happen faster, because of the K 3?

Thanks for all the info. Much appreciated.

Well if money was not a problem I'd probably move to a state where you could file at the CSS instead of the VSC haha

But seriously on average the K-3 will be a little faster (1 or 2 months) than the CR/IR-1 because the K-3 spends only a few days at the NVC.

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Ukraine
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I guess for some, you could reason your decision on 'upfront' costs and each petitioners available funds and budget. With the CR1, you basically pay for the adjustment of status right away. In my case, a wife and daughter would add up to $800 to the NVC before the visa is issued ... where as on the K3, you have 2 years time to come up with the money for the adjustment of status. Granted the fee is twice as much, but when the spouse receives her work authorization, her added income to the family budget will make it easier to pay for the AOS.

The other thing I hear a lot is how many CR1's get bogged down at the NVC ... whereas the K3 seems to fly through to the embassy and interview.

I'm no expert, and for certain there are advantages to the CR1, but these are a couple of issues to consider.

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Steve & Ksenia

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July 23, 2008 - Married my beautiful Ksenia

Oct 11, 2008 - I-130 Sent

Oct 13, 2008 - I-130 Delivered to Chicago Lockbox

Oct 20, 2008 - Checks cashed by USCIS

Oct 24, 2008 - NOA1 (I-130)

Oct 25, 2008 - I-129F Sent to CSC

Oct 29, 2008 - I-129F Received at CSC

Oct 30, 2008 - NOA1 for I-129F mailed to me - received 11/22/08 because of address change

Oct 31, 2008 - I-130 Touched

Nov 3, 2008 - I-130 Touched

Nov 18, 2008 - I-129F Touched

Nov 20, 2008 - I-130 (for step daughter) Touched

Feb 17, 2009 - Case received by the NVC

Feb 25, 2009 - Received letter from NVC dated Feb 20th saying they had received my approved I-129F

Feb 27, 2009 - Received 2 letters from NVC dated Feb 20th - they had received both approved I-130's

Mar 6, 2009 - Medical for Ksenia & Sasha completed in Kiev. Everything is great.

Mar 9, 2009 - Called NVC and found out our K3 is in "administrative processing"

Apr 6, 2009 - OUT OF A.P. !!! File being sent to Kiev !

May 5, 2009 - K3 interview in Kiev! APPROVED !!!

July 12, 2009 - ARRIVAL IN USA !!!

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I guess for some, you could reason your decision on 'upfront' costs and each petitioners available funds and budget. With the CR1, you basically pay for the adjustment of status right away. In my case, a wife and daughter would add up to $800 to the NVC before the visa is issued ... where as on the K3, you have 2 years time to come up with the money for the adjustment of status. Granted the fee is twice as much, but when the spouse receives her work authorization, her added income to the family budget will make it easier to pay for the AOS.

The other thing I hear a lot is how many CR1's get bogged down at the NVC ... whereas the K3 seems to fly through to the embassy and interview.

I'm no expert, and for certain there are advantages to the CR1, but these are a couple of issues to consider.

These are good points. The bottom line is that no one visa choice can be recommended for everyone. Each has advantages/disadvantages for your own particular set of circumstances. I dont buy the claims that one visa is a "better" visa. The best visa choice is the one that works for you.

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I guess for some, you could reason your decision on 'upfront' costs and each petitioners available funds and budget. With the CR1, you basically pay for the adjustment of status right away. In my case, a wife and daughter would add up to $800 to the NVC before the visa is issued ... where as on the K3, you have 2 years time to come up with the money for the adjustment of status. Granted the fee is twice as much, but when the spouse receives her work authorization, her added income to the family budget will make it easier to pay for the AOS.

The other thing I hear a lot is how many CR1's get bogged down at the NVC ... whereas the K3 seems to fly through to the embassy and interview.

I'm no expert, and for certain there are advantages to the CR1, but these are a couple of issues to consider.

These are good points. The bottom line is that no one visa choice can be recommended for everyone. Each has advantages/disadvantages for your own particular set of circumstances. I dont buy the claims that one visa is a "better" visa. The best visa choice is the one that works for you.

On avg, is the visa process faster? Also, will the K 3, bog my CR 1? i have read that some times its a negative thing to have both. Any truth to that?

Thanks in advance

Also, will i be filing a G 325 A with the I 130 and then the I-129F or just I-129F?

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