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My husband and I got married on March 25th 2010. We have our wedding celebration planned for October with friends and family, but we knew that the immigration process was going to be a long one and wanted to get started on it as early as possible. We filed our 1-130 on Monday and he received his delivery receipt today in the mail. No NOA1 yet, but its still early. We were all set to go the K3 visa route, but after reading forums on here, we aren't sure that is the best way to go anymore. I was wondering if you all could give us some advice on what we are looking at as far as wait times etc for K3 versus CR-1. From what I'm reading, it looks like the CR-1 is the less expensive route since it requires no adjustment of status. Ive also read that since I'm in Canada, it might be a little longer wait because Montreal is one of the slower processing places. I'm sure I'll have loads of questions as our visa application goes on. I just don't want us to make the wrong choices. I have some Canada specific questions also, but I will post those in the Canadian forums later :) Anyway, any advice you all can offer would be greatly appreciated. I'm a nervous wreck! haha.


Our Visa Journey:

06/18/2010 - Submitted I-130 pkg and cheque - Denied, missing information
07/07/2010 - Re-submitted pkg - Denied, same information incorrect or missing - pulling our hair out!
08/30/2010 - Re-submitted pkg AGAIN! this time tried a new answer on two questions.
09/03/2010 - received pkg
09/08/2010 - NOA-1 sent
09/13/2010 - Touched
12/13/2010 - NOA-2 Issued.
12/19/2010 - NOA-2 Hard Copy Received!
01/04/2011 - Received AOS Bill
02/01/2011 - Paid AOS Bill
02/23/2011 - Received IV Bill
03/29/2011 - Paid IV Bill
03/30/2011 - Mailed IV Packet
04/01/2011 - Mailed AoS Packet
04/21/2011 - RFE
04/29/2011 - Evidence Mailed in
05/06/2011 - Case Complete!
05/13/2011 - Received Email with Interview Date!
06/27/2011 - Interview! - APPROVED!!!
07/08/2011 - Visa in hand.
07/12/2011 - POE Niagara Falls, NY Rainbow Bridge. Less than 30 minutes!

Our RoC Journey:

06/21/2013 - Mailed in RoC package

06/24/2013 - Package arrived at VSC

06/25/2013 - NOA was sent out

07/31/2013 - Biometrics Appointment

08/19/2013 - Notice of Transfer to CSC

08/26/2013 - Touched. (probably when it was received by CSC I would assume)

10/02/2013 - RoC Approved

10/07/2013 - Received Approval Notice

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India

The K-3 has been effectively killed by NVC as of 1/2/2010. You'll be well served to follow the CR-1 guides and prepare accordingly.

Welcome to VJ.

Good luck! :)

03/27/2009: Engaged in Ithaca, New York.
08/17/2009: Wedding in Calcutta, India.
09/29/2009: I-130 NOA1
01/25/2010: I-130 NOA2
03/23/2010: Case completed.
05/12/2010: CR-1 interview at Mumbai, India.
05/20/2010: US Entry, Chicago.
03/01/2012: ROC NOA1.
03/26/2012: Biometrics completed.
12/07/2012: 10 year card production ordered.

09/25/2013: N-400 NOA1

10/16/2013: Biometrics completed

12/03/2013: Interview

12/20/2013: Oath ceremony


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia

you are very welcome,

our lawyer adviced us to follow the cr 1 route cus it is not a big difference in time, ans as you said its less expensive. also the inmigrant is able o work inmediatly gets to the usa, and the difference its like one month, so i think that the k3 is not that good anymore.

hope it's been useful!!!

08-11-2010: USEM received the case.
10-11-2010: Called USEM, need to send ASAP DS-230 and DS-2100
12-11-2010: emailed DS-230 and DS-2100
12-11-2010: Received Interview date
16-11-2010: Medical Tests
17-11-2010: Interview: APPROVED
23-11-2010: Passport received :)

03-12-2010: POE Miami- Washington D.C (DCA).
10-12-2010: Applied for replacement of S.S
17-12-2010: Received S.S card in the mail 7 days after applied for the replacement
20-12-2010: Received Welcome letter in the mail (Receipt date: Dec 14th)17 days after POE
27-12-2010: Green Card Received 24 days after POE

06-11-2012: I-751 Package sent Priority Mail
09-11-2012: Package received
15-11-2012: Check cashed
09-11-2012: NOA1
05-12-2012: Biometrics Appointment

N-400 Naturalization

01-21-2015: Express mail the N400application to Nebraska Center.

01-26 -2015: Application delivered at 7am

01-30- 2015: Check cashed

02-05- 2015: NOA

02-14- 2015: Biometrics letter received

02-25- 2015: Fprints taken

02-27- 2015: In line

03-13- 2015: Interview

03-19- 2015: Oath Ceremony!! Citizen at last!!! yaay!!!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada


You may or may not get a choice about whether you pursue the K3 or not, as mentioned above. As of February of this year, if the I-130 petition and the I-129F petition reach NVC at the same time (and they generally do) the I-129F will be disregarded.

Also, if you do send in the I-129F, you may in fact be slowing yourself down, once it arrives it has to be matched up with your I-130 and it has to be processed, so that is worth considering.

With the CR1 - you are work eligible immediately, you get a 2 year greencard and you have to apply to lift conditions after 2 years, but there is no adjustment of status as there is with the K3.

Montreal is slow, once your I-130 petition is approved and you do all your paperwork with NVC, it will take 3-4 months before you will get an interview. Plan on it taking from 8 months to a year.

Prepare yourself for NVC now, ensure you have a copy of your long form Canadian birth certificate, in about 2 months, go ahead and get your police check.

Have a look at the NVC shortcuts guide here at VJ:


Might also want to look at the VJ Wiki Canada page:


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China

Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !


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