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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Turkey
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Hello,

I am a bit overwhelmed by reading all of the State Dept. info and questions and answers on this site. My fiance is a turkish citizen and I am a US citizen. We were planning on filing for a K1 Visa, but it looks like that takes at least 6 months. What I am wondering is if he could come back to the US with me sooner if we were to marry in Turkey and file with the embassy there--but as I am not a Turkish resident I do not know if this is possible. In general what is the fastest way to be together--regarless of citizenship status, greencard processing, etc. We just do not want to be apart for 6 months and I have to return to the US in the Fall.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Thailand
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Hello,

I am a bit overwhelmed by reading all of the State Dept. info and questions and answers on this site. My fiance is a turkish citizen and I am a US citizen. We were planning on filing for a K1 Visa, but it looks like that takes at least 6 months. What I am wondering is if he could come back to the US with me sooner if we were to marry in Turkey and file with the embassy there--but as I am not a Turkish resident I do not know if this is possible. In general what is the fastest way to be together--regarless of citizenship status, greencard processing, etc. We just do not want to be apart for 6 months and I have to return to the US in the Fall.

In most, if not all countries, the USC petitioner must prove a minimum of 6 months residency in the foreign country to qualify for DCF. Also, you can not file for K visas using DCF. Only CR-1/IR-1


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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You have to be married and legally resident in the foreign country to file for a DCF. Unfortunately, the fastest route for a foreign partner to get to the US is a K-1 visa. I know it isn't what you want to hear but you are going to have to wait through the processing. None of us wants/wanted to be apart from our loved one but the reality of the situation is that there is a time that you need to wait for the processing.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Turkey
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Hello,

I am a bit overwhelmed by reading all of the State Dept. info and questions and answers on this site. My fiance is a turkish citizen and I am a US citizen. We were planning on filing for a K1 Visa, but it looks like that takes at least 6 months. What I am wondering is if he could come back to the US with me sooner if we were to marry in Turkey and file with the embassy there--but as I am not a Turkish resident I do not know if this is possible. In general what is the fastest way to be together--regarless of citizenship status, greencard processing, etc. We just do not want to be apart for 6 months and I have to return to the US in the Fall.

Hello Karen,

Of course it is possible to marry him in Turkey,there's no rule that if someone is not a Turkish resident he/she can't marry in this country.If you marry in Turkey,you have to apply for K3 visa and it's the hardest way as everyone knows ( in the meaning of waiting time).K1 is the fastest way to get the visa,if everything is ok that they want to see.Where does your fiance live in Turkey? He can get a lot of informations and advices or whatever he wants to learn,in Turkish forms.As he is an applicant from Turkey,he can easily learn what he needs to do from Turkish Forms.He's not going to be alone,there are a lot of applicants there sharing their knowledges,and help each other.I'm a Turkish Citizen,if anything you want to ask about Turkish procedure about visas,help you as much as I can with pleasure.Good luck.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Senegal
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Are you in Turkey now? I never knew about the DCF option (I hadn't done my homework very well), but if I had known about it, I would have stayed in Senegal with him until I reached the residency requirement. The k-1 might be fastest way to get him here, but if you do the DCF, you'll have the least amount of time apart. For me, that would have taken priority over actually getting him to the States. Just a thought. If it's possible, I would do the DCF. I so wish we would have gone that route.

Never mind-I just saw that you have to return to the US in the fall. If it's possible, I would try to rearrange that so that you can stay with him. Just my opinion.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Turkey
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You can check it out here;but I have to say,for my country there are so many changes about immigrations and you may wait for a long time to get DCF visa.I insist on that the fastest way to become together is applying for K1 visa.Although my fiance is a US citizen and he has a residence permit,we never thougt to apply for DCF visa.By the way,these are just my opinions according to my readings and hearings,decision is only yours:) I just want to share since I know how difficult it is to live in different countries and also it's too hard to get any info to decide what to do,by not knowing the foreign country's procedure.

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Filed: Other Country: China
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Hello,

I am a bit overwhelmed by reading all of the State Dept. info and questions and answers on this site. My fiance is a turkish citizen and I am a US citizen. We were planning on filing for a K1 Visa, but it looks like that takes at least 6 months. What I am wondering is if he could come back to the US with me sooner if we were to marry in Turkey and file with the embassy there--but as I am not a Turkish resident I do not know if this is possible. In general what is the fastest way to be together--regarless of citizenship status, greencard processing, etc. We just do not want to be apart for 6 months and I have to return to the US in the Fall.

Hello Karen,

Of course it is possible to marry him in Turkey,there's no rule that if someone is not a Turkish resident he/she can't marry in this country.If you marry in Turkey,you have to apply for K3 visa and it's the hardest way as everyone knows ( in the meaning of waiting time).K1 is the fastest way to get the visa,if everything is ok that they want to see.Where does your fiance live in Turkey? He can get a lot of informations and advices or whatever he wants to learn,in Turkish forms.As he is an applicant from Turkey,he can easily learn what he needs to do from Turkish Forms.He's not going to be alone,there are a lot of applicants there sharing their knowledges,and help each other.I'm a Turkish Citizen,if anything you want to ask about Turkish procedure about visas,help you as much as I can with pleasure.Good luck.

UGGG. Married people do not have to go the K3 visa route. K3 is obsolete. The CR1 is the applicable visa but this couple cannot file DCF. She's not a resident of Turkey.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Turkey
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It covers a long period of CR1 visa type but the best side is,everything will be ready when the applicant enters the U.S.no need to deal with S.S.N or work permit etc.She mentioned that she wants to become together a.s.a.p. and because of this I advice her to apply for K1 visa.As she isn't a resident, of course she can't live İn Turkey for a year but she can come and marry and then apply for K3 visa,but she can't wait here of course,she has to return to U.S and they have to wait the crazy months or even a year.It can be taught K1 & K3 visas are alternatives of each other,but the couples who don't want to stay far away for a long time,they mostly apply for K1 visa.By the way,under what K3 visa is obsolote?I don't understand the reason of obsolotion of it.

Karen123,as your fiance is a Turkish & lives in Turkey and the application will be from Istanbul or Ankara.The best thing he has to do is to register any immigrant forms in Turkey,the best and the current answers are going to come from there,not only the applicants but also the immigrant lawyers answer and redirect the people daily 7/24.If there's something to obsess you,you can ask whatever you want.Think deeply and decide the best,waiting without knowing the certain date is so boring.Good luck again. :star:

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Turkey
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Thank you so much to everyone for your quick and detailed replies. It looks like we will just have to go with the K1 and wait as long as it takes, as I cannot reside in Turkey for 6 months right now and therefore cannot meet the residency requirements for the DCF. And yes, I have heard that K3 is obsolete...best to go with the CR1, as processing times are now equivelent, but for time's sake it looks like the K1 is the way to go for us. And great to hear from someone else from Turkey--I might send questions your way in the future once we start the process. So happy to find this site!


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Married, Istanbul: 12-25-09

Sent I-130: 02-22-10

I-130 Received: 02-23-10

NOA1 Dated: 03-02-10

NOA1 Received: 03-05-10

NOA2 Approved: 04-28-10

Received DS-3032/I-864 Bill: 05-10-10

Pay I-864 Bill 05-10-10

Return Completed I-864: 06-01-10

Return Completed DS-3032: 05-10-10

Receive IV Bill: 06-10-10

Pay IV Bill: 06-10-10

DS-230 to NVC: 06-15-10

Receive Instruction Package: 06-17-10

Case Completed at NVC : 08-30-10

Interview Date: 10-05-10

Port of Entry SFO: 11-05-10

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Turkey
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Thank you so much to everyone for your quick and detailed replies. It looks like we will just have to go with the K1 and wait as long as it takes, as I cannot reside in Turkey for 6 months right now and therefore cannot meet the residency requirements for the DCF. And yes, I have heard that K3 is obsolete...best to go with the CR1, as processing times are now equivelent, but for time's sake it looks like the K1 is the way to go for us. And great to hear from someone else from Turkey--I might send questions your way in the future once we start the process. So happy to find this site!

Good morning,

Whenever & whatever you need any informations,I can help you with a pleasure.Beside this, your decision is right about going with the K1.Don't worry anything about it,sooner or later he'll get his visa in one way.Tell your fiance to register any forms in Turkey,there are 2 forums which are the best.If he gives his nick name,I can help him there too.(I mean in the forum) I'm sure by talking in our native language and in our native time,he can get info fast & the best.Get the documents a.s.a.p and apply for the K1 visa.Good Luck both of you. :goofy:

* Important please note this, your fiance will need a birth certificate,in Turkey there are 2 types of it and also ın Turkish applicants there is a common misunderstanding about it since we use ''ıdentitiy card'' when someone asks for our certificates. But this is not the same what the USCIS wants.Tell him to take '' Vukuatlı Nüfus Kayıt Orneği''.. I have to write it in Turkish,because this is the word that he can understand easily.Tell him like that,he will understand exactly.

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