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I am filing for a k3 visa for my husband. I filed i130 and I got receipt for it. Do I also need to file i129? And if yes when do I file it?

There is no need to file an I-129F for a spouse. The I-130 puts you on an immigrant spouse visa path. See the CR1/IR1 guide. K3 is virtually obsolete. You'll notice it's the most discussed topic in this K3 forum. Read up.


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I am filing for a k3 visa for my husband. I filed i130 and I got receipt for it. Do I also need to file i129? And if yes when do I file it?

Nope, no I129, the procedures changed this year. Find the forum with people on your same time frame(April or May filers) and start getting your papers ready for the NVC. The CR1 spousal visa will save you $1,000 and take about the same amount of time as the K3, maybe a few weeks longer. You can look at the immigration timelines stats and compare the NOA1 times to NOA2 and interview dates for the K3 and CR1 and see for yourself. Also, with the CR1, the beneficiary can start working MUCH faster than with a K3. We changed to a CR1 from K3 after finding this website, even though we did both 129 and 130.

Good luck!


USCIS (122 days)

09-25-09 : NOA1 I-130

10-05-09 : NOA1 I-129

01-25-10 : NOA2 I-130/I129 Text & email

NVC (62 days)

01-29-10 : NVC case number assigned via AVR

04-01-10 : SIGN IN FAILED WAHOoooo!!!

05-27-10 : Interview....visa Approved!!!

06-02-10 : Picked up Visa at Embassy

06-04-10 : POE NYC...no delays or problems.

Removing Conditions

3/30/12 I-751 filed and sent to USCIS CA Service Center

4/3/12 NOA1

5/30/12 Biometrics completed Santa Rosa, CA early walk-in without problem

10/11/12 Green Card approved

10/17/12 Green Card received

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