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Ok, where should i begin? My name is Steve and I've just married my soulmate Claudia. We've been together for 4 years now and married 4 years to the day that we met (not planned by the way). I am in the Army stationed in Germany, she's a German national. I am currently deployed to Iraq and won't be home for about another 5 months. The kicker is that when I return to Germany, my unit will be disbanding and moving back to the states in approximately 6 months. We've had quite a bit of time separated now as this is my second deployment to Iraq and we do year long deployments, I'm looking for the best visa to apply for that will allow us to travel to the states together when it is time for me to rotate back. And one that will allow her to work soon after we arrive to the states. This is all quite confusing as to which visa to apply for K-1, K-3, IR1/CR1, or go directly to the embassy in Germany since I only have a short time before I will receive orders to leave Germany. One other thing she will be on the orders that the Army cuts for me to travel with me and they military will be paying for her travel whether she has a visa or not. Please help!!!!! :wacko:

Lost In Iraq? :unsure:

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You cannot do the K-1 as it is for unmarried couples, planning a marriage in the US.

So K-3 or IR-1/CR-1 are your only options

Other then that I cannot be much help.

K-1 timeline

05/03/06: NOA1

06/29/06: IMBRA RFE Received

07/28/06: NOA2 received in the mail!

10/06/06: Interview

02/12/07: Olga arrived

02/19/07: Marc and Olga marry

02/20/07: DISNEYLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AOS Timeline

03/29/07: NOA1

04/02/07: Notice of biometrics appointment

04/14/07: Biometrics appointment

07/10/07: AOS Interview - Passed.

Done with USCIS until 2009!

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Look at Direct Consular Filing (DCF)


05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

07/08/2008 INFOPASS (I-551 stamp)

07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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