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K1 vs tourist visa and get married

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Hi all,

I am doing research for a collegue's daughter who just met a man in the UK. They are considering a K1 visa, well that was until I gave him the "average" time it takes to get one. Now they are wondering if it would be faster for him to get a tourist visa and then while he's here they get married. Since I am going the CR1 route I am not real sure which would be faster and easier to plan a wedding around. He had told me they were planning an August wedding and that's when I informed him that it would be best NOT to make and set in stone plans because this process can take awhile and they haven't even begun yet.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


VISA JOURNEY

USCIS Journey

02/23/09 ............I-130 sent

03/27/09.............NOA2

TOTAL 32 DAYS

NVC Journey

04/15/09.............Case # Assigned

07/10/09.............Interview assigned

TOTAL 105 DAYS

Embassy Journey

07/14/09.............Forward the case to Embassy in Dakar, Senegal

09/28/09.............Visa in Hand

TOTAL 80 DAYS

VISA GRAND TOTAL 217 DAYS

US CITIZENSHIP JOURNEY

Conditional Resident Journey

09/29/09.............POE New York PIECE OF CAKE!!!

10/27/09.............2 year Green card received

TOTAL 29 DAYS

Removal of Conditions Journey

07/18/11.............I-751 packet sent

03/23/12............10yr GC Received

TOTAL 249 DAYS

Naturalization Journey

07/03/12.............N-400 packet sent

07/23/12.............Resent N-400 packet (husband FORGOT check!)

08/23/12.............Biometrics done

09/12/12.............Interview letter received

10/16/12.............Interview scheduled

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
Timeline

If there is evidence of preplanning a wedding it is considered fraud and there is a chance of a lifetime ban. Some people come and do a quikie ( vegas /ocurt house wedding ) but they are risking being caught also.Personally I wish more would get caught.


First visit:2007-09-12 to 2008-09-23

I-129F Sent : 2007-11-24

I-129F NOA1 : 2007-11-30

I-129F NOA2 : 2008-03-31

NVC Received : 2008-04-21

NVC Left : 2008-04-23

Consulate Received : 2008-04-28

Packet 3 Received : 2008-05-20

Interivew date : 2008-08-07 CO asks inappropraite questions

His father died: 2008-08-18

Retain Marc Ellis 2008-09

Visited Nigeria again: 2008-11-12

petitioned returned to CSC :2008-11-27

returned to USA 2008-12-13

His father buried 2009-01-03

picks up K1 visa Nov 2009

Marriage Dec 2009

take throne as Igwe /Lolo 2010 or 2011

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Filed: Country: Germany
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Better to just follow the rules and deal with the wait IMO


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Hi all,

I am doing research for a collegue's daughter who just met a man in the UK. They are considering a K1 visa, well that was until I gave him the "average" time it takes to get one. Now they are wondering if it would be faster for him to get a tourist visa and then while he's here they get married. Since I am going the CR1 route I am not real sure which would be faster and easier to plan a wedding around. He had told me they were planning an August wedding and that's when I informed him that it would be best NOT to make and set in stone plans because this process can take awhile and they haven't even begun yet.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

He doesn't need a K-visa to come to the US to get married - just needs to come on VWP or tourist visa.

Now to come to the US, get married and then remain/live in the US, that's a whole other ball game.

  • What are the happy couple's plans?
Edited by Karin und Otto

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Oh wow, will let them know it's better to go K1 route.

I'm still learning of their plans as I just found out today. I think they are planning him coming here and getting married and then him returning to UK and then coming back here. I would assume then they go either the K-3 or CR1 route, correct?


VISA JOURNEY

USCIS Journey

02/23/09 ............I-130 sent

03/27/09.............NOA2

TOTAL 32 DAYS

NVC Journey

04/15/09.............Case # Assigned

07/10/09.............Interview assigned

TOTAL 105 DAYS

Embassy Journey

07/14/09.............Forward the case to Embassy in Dakar, Senegal

09/28/09.............Visa in Hand

TOTAL 80 DAYS

VISA GRAND TOTAL 217 DAYS

US CITIZENSHIP JOURNEY

Conditional Resident Journey

09/29/09.............POE New York PIECE OF CAKE!!!

10/27/09.............2 year Green card received

TOTAL 29 DAYS

Removal of Conditions Journey

07/18/11.............I-751 packet sent

03/23/12............10yr GC Received

TOTAL 249 DAYS

Naturalization Journey

07/03/12.............N-400 packet sent

07/23/12.............Resent N-400 packet (husband FORGOT check!)

08/23/12.............Biometrics done

09/12/12.............Interview letter received

10/16/12.............Interview scheduled

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Oh wow, will let them know it's better to go K1 route. "Better" is relative - depends on a lot of different things. It is (usually) the fastest route but can have some down sides on the US end.(Such as having to Adjust Status and wait to be able to work/travel etc.

I'm still learning of their plans as I just found out today. I think they are planning him coming here and getting married and then him returning to UK and then coming back here. I would assume then they go either the K-3 or CR1 route, correct?

Correct.

For the married/newly-married, K3 or CR-1 are the only two ways to go - CR-1 has some added benefits though (such as being a bit cheaper in the long run, and obtaining a PR/Green Card on arrival as apposed to having to adjust status after arrival and having to wait. CR-1 typically takes a bit longer though.) :thumbs:

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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one should never get a tourist visa for purposes of marrying. it is indeed fraud.

ive had my tourist visa since i was 12 years old. but when we decided to marry, i went home to my country.

to marry, K1 or K3.

to visit, tourist visa.

its as simple as that. good luck. :thumbs:


THE JOURNEY

03-31-08 - FILED for K1

04-16-08 - NOA1

06-11-08 - RFE on uscis website

08-12-08 - fiance started calling uscis every week cos he never got the RFE in the mail, requested for a new one

08-13-08 - touched

09-19-08 - touched

09-24-08 - touched

10-15-08 - new RFE finally in the mail (after hundreds of calls to uscis)

10-28-08 - fiance sent back RFE documents

10-31-08 - touched

11-04-08 - RFE reply recieved

11-05-08 - touched

11-10-08 - APPROVED (on uscis website)

11-11-08 - touched

11-13-08 - touched

11-17-08 - NOA2

11-24-08 - consulate received

12-15-08 - day 1 medical exam at SLEC

12-16-08 - day 2 medical exam results released

01-07-09 - INTERVIEW APPROVED

01-16-09 - visa received

02-12-09 - CFO

03-15-09 - FLIGHT

06-11-09 - wedding

07-10-09 - AOS

08-21-09 - biometrics

09-23-09 - repeat biometrics (argh!)

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