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First off hello to everyone, my name is Richard but my pals call me Ric.

I live in london and have a girlfriend in Sioux Falls SD. I'm going there to spend christmas when we will also be getting engaged. I'm Hoping you guys can guide me through the minefield that is ahead so I can join her there to live.

I don't really know if this is the correct section but my first question is Fiance or spouses Visa, which is the easiest or less painful route ?


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

Hi Ric! Welcome to Vj?

less painful route? well that depends on your definition of painful! The fiance visa is certainly quicker, however I've noticed a lot of complaints from people entering on a K-1 as they sit at home for 3 months not being able to work or travel. Plus it is an expensive visa, requiring $1010 after entrance into the US for adjustment of status; this is on top of all the filing fees

The CR-1, spousal visa, is a little bit longer - which is painful - but it is an automatic green card once you enter. This allows for work and travel.

Both visas have great benefits but also both have drawbacks. Read the guides for a more comprehensive breakdown of the process and the visas

Good luck - congrats on your upcoming engagement

August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2

February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete

May 4, 2009

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


April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

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

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony


September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Russia

Welcome to South Dakota as well! :-)

February 2008: Met while in Thailand

March 2008: Traveled to Russia to see her

May 2008: Traveled to Russia to see her

June 2008: Joint vacation to Italy

July 2008: Applied for and received B-2 tourist visa

August 2008: She comes to U.S. on B-2/ I proposed

October 2008: Traveled to Russia to see her and meet family

November 11, 2008: Filed for K-1, California Service Center

November 19, 2008: I-797 NOA1 received

December 2008: Went back to see her again

January 21, 2009: NOA2 received

January 29, 2009: Notice file sent to Embassy received

February 4, 2009: She comes to U.S. on B-2 for vacation in Hawaii

March 2, 2009: She receives notice of interview date and time

April 7, 2009: Interview in Moscow - Approved!

May 29, 2009: She arrives!

June 15, 2009: Applied for SS card

June 19, 2009: SS card received

August 14, 2009: Got married in Florida

Sept. 15, 2009: Sent AOS packet with I-485, I-765, and I-131

Sept. 22, 2009: Notice package received

Oct. 23, 2009: Notice received that I-485 had been transferred to CSC

Oct. 23, 2009: Notice received that application for travel (I-131) had been approved

Oct. 28, 2009: Advanced parole documents received

Nov. 20, 2009: Biometrics appointment received

Dec. 3, 2009: Biometrics Appointment

Dec. 29, 2009: Green Card and EAD approved and cards ordered (a little late on the EAD, but we'll take it)

Jan. 5, 2010: Green Card received

September 1, 2011: Filed I-751 for removal of conditions

April 2, 2012: Removal of conditions approved w/o interview, 10 year GC in the mail!

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