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I recently was living in South Korea a year ago when I met my (now) fiance in Taiwan. I had to leave Taiwan about a month ago as I had some personal, non legal, issues to deal with.

So my girlfriend and I decided to get engaged so she could live here permanently with me in the States. She currently has a visitor's visa to enter the United States, what would be the easiest and cheapest way to make her a resident here?

Should she come here on a vistor's visa and then we apply for a marriage license, or should we sign the fiance petition to give her a fiance visa for the United States?

Cheers and thank you in advance!

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I recently was living in South Korea a year ago when I met my (now) fiance in Taiwan. I had to leave Taiwan about a month ago as I had some personal, non legal, issues to deal with.

So my girlfriend and I decided to get engaged so she could live here permanently with me in the States. She currently has a visitor's visa to enter the United States, what would be the easiest and cheapest way to make her a resident here?

Should she come here on a vistor's visa and then we apply for a marriage license, or should we sign the fiance petition to give her a fiance visa for the United States?

Cheers and thank you in advance!

Fiance Visa for sure. Coming here on a Visitors then marrying is visa fraud since you already have the intentions to marry. You may get discovered at the AOS interview, and she could be banned for life. Think very clearly about what you are doing.


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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Well gee Tom - not a lot of information to go on there. So are you asking how to bring your fiance here to the US on a tourist visa, get married and remain here? That could be a winding road you aren't prepared to go down.

  • To do it the right/legal way - if you're not already married, the K-1 fiance visa path is your only choice.
  • If you decide to get married - you have a couple of choices (CR-1 or K-3 Visa path).

Which is easiest, fastest and cheapest?

Depends - none are cheap, most are relatively easy and not many are what anyone would call fast.

In my opinion - if you're married - the CR-1 is the best overall.

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actually,try the safe side and read the guides for your options

my friend went to nyc last week with the intention to marry there on a 5 yr tourist visa,i will keep you all posted on what is going to be when i hear from him

good luck 2 ya

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I recently was living in South Korea a year ago when I met my (now) fiance in Taiwan. I had to leave Taiwan about a month ago as I had some personal, non legal, issues to deal with.

So my girlfriend and I decided to get engaged so she could live here permanently with me in the States. She currently has a visitor's visa to enter the United States, what would be the easiest and cheapest way to make her a resident here?

Should she come here on a vistor's visa and then we apply for a marriage license, or should we sign the fiance petition to give her a fiance visa for the United States?

Cheers and thank you in advance!

Fiance Visa for sure. Coming here on a Visitors then marrying is visa fraud since you already have the intentions to marry. You may get discovered at the AOS interview, and she could be banned for life. Think very clearly about what you are doing.

Haven't we established, in another thread, that they cannot deny based on intent alone?


Adjustment of Status

11/03/10 ------- AoS (I-130/I-485) Package mailed out (Priority Mail)

11/07/10 ------- AoS Package received and singed for

11/10/10 ------- NOA1 received for I-130, I-485 and I-765 (emails)

11/12/10 ------- NOA1 received for I-130, I-485 and I-765 (hard copies)

11/12/10 ------- Touches on I-130, I-485 and I-765

11/19/10 ------- Biometrics appointment letter received

12/06/10 ------- RFE for I-693 (I think the issue is that it was not signed. Called USCIS and will receive a letter in a few days explaining)

12/13/10 ------- Biometrics done

12/16/10 ------- EAD card in production (email)

12/20/10 ------- Received "Letter of Explanation" for RFE (Service Request to expedite my case. Called USCIS and was told to ignore that and just send in response to RFE.)

12/22/10 ------- Touch (Email for Post Decision Activity on EAD saying that a letter of approval has been mailed out)

12/24/10 ------- Received EAD in the mail

12/27/10 ------- Applied for SSN

12/31/10 ------- Received Interview letter

01/03/11 ------- Received SSN card in the mail

01/07/11 ------- Mailed out response to RFE (I-693)

01/15/11 ------- Email confirming USCIS received RFE response

01/31/11 ------- Approved!

Pre-Adjustment of Status:

2006 -------- Met Online

02/07 ------- Visited him in the U.S. for what was suppose to be a few weeks (Came in with birth certificate and health card. Health card expired a few months after)

08/07 ------- Decided to get married because we didn't want to be apart (in the U.S.)

10/10 ------- USCIS Medical Done

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