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Filed: Country: Thailand
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We are wanting to get married right away on my next visit and want to start the process as soon as possible. My fiance from Thailand would like to be married sooner than later and so would I. I currently reside in the USA as a natural born citizen. She resides in Thailand with a daughter. They both will be immigrating here to live with me. Which is best a CR-1 or K-1...?

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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You will need to consider the daughter. A K-1 has a derivative visa, meaning you can include her daughter on the petition. The CR-1 does not, you will need to file an additional I-130 for the daughter.

The K-1 has that pesky adjustment of status following entrance into the US, the Cr-1 you enter as a LPR.

If she's looking to get married sooner than later, then CR-1 is your choice. However, it typically takes longer than a K-1

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Filed: Other Country: China
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You will need to consider the daughter. A K-1 has a derivative visa, meaning you can include her daughter on the petition. The CR-1 does not, you will need to file an additional I-130 for the daughter.

The K-1 has that pesky adjustment of status following entrance into the US, the Cr-1 you enter as a LPR.

If she's looking to get married sooner than later, then CR-1 is your choice. However, it typically takes longer than a K-1

Good luck - start reading the guides.

CR1 AND... CR2 for the daughter. The OP doesn't mention the daughter's age though. If she's 18 before the marriage takes place, then K1/2 is the way to go.

Otherwise, generally I advise people to make their life decisions first and then take the applicable immigration path. Sounds like marriage sooner and perhaps IN Thailand is a priority. K1 MUST marry in the USA and only after the visa is in hand.


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