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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Barbados
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I am not sure if this post is to be here or not since I haven't been on here too long. My fiance and I were planning to go through the whole K1 but now it looks as though the processing times for CR-1 don't seem to be that long. We are both from Barbados. He moved to the US after 1 year and 4 months together as his mother had filed for him before we got together. Now 5 years later he is eligible for citizenship. I am not sure if we should still go through with it a K1 since filing for a CR-1 is not taking that long. We had decided to go through the K1 visa because:

1)We can not afford a big wedding and he says if he has it in Barbados he would feel obligated to invite most of them.

2) His mother as well as one sister and other family members live there so they making it would not be a problem and his other sister and her family would be able to make it.

3) My mother and sister & all else who matter would be able to make it as they have a 10 yr visitor visa

But now reading about people having problems with getting social security card & other problems is making me scared. I told him to ask his sister & mum who have been living over there for a while what would be our best option rather that wait too late but he says he will talk to them about it later. The main reason we did not want to go through the whole filing for a CR-1 was because we do not have anything to show joint ownership of anything. We could open a bank account but as for rental that would be rather difficult.

I know its not too late to change our minds as he has to go for his naturalization first before either filing for the K1 or getting married and filing a CR-1. Also what is the average time in adjusting status from K1?

What do you other vjers think? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.


My Husband's naturalization timeline:
08/25/10: My Husband finally posts his naturalization application
09/01/10: Text message & e-mail notification acknowledging receipt of application. Forwarded to NBC
09/04/10: I-797 Received in the mail. Priority Date: August 30th 2010
02/02/11: Naturalization Interview (Postponed due to weather and probably backlogged)
03/11/11: Naturalization Interview..........PASSED!!!!!!!!
04/20/11: Oath Ceremony

02/04/11: Civil Marriage Ceremony in New York
02/05/12: Religious Marriage Ceremony in Barbados

USCIS
05/09/12: I-130 Sent
05/14/12: I-130 NOA1
01/17/13: I-130 NOA2

NVC
02/04/13: NVC Received
02/21/13: Case number assigned
02/22/13: Called and got case number & gave e-mail addresses
02/24/13: Emailed DS3032
02/25/13: AOS bill generated and paid
03/06/13: DS3032 Accepted
03/06/13: AOS appears as "PAID"
03/07/13: IV bill generated and paid
03/08/13: IV bill shows as "PAID"
03/11/13: Mailed AOS & IV Packets
03/13/13: NVC Received AOS & IV Packets
03/26/13: Case Complete!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!


04/10/13: Medical Exam
05/08/13: Interview



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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

Well, you're posting this on the Cr-1 board so most people are going to say CR-1

You don't have to show joint property or accounts to file for the Cr-1. We submitted some photos, cards and e-mails and were approved with no issues

Here is a comparason of visas. Only you and your significant other know what's best for you

http://www.visajourney.com/content/compare

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
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
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

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

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Barbados
Timeline

That was a major worry for me...thanks for clearing it up for me


My Husband's naturalization timeline:
08/25/10: My Husband finally posts his naturalization application
09/01/10: Text message & e-mail notification acknowledging receipt of application. Forwarded to NBC
09/04/10: I-797 Received in the mail. Priority Date: August 30th 2010
02/02/11: Naturalization Interview (Postponed due to weather and probably backlogged)
03/11/11: Naturalization Interview..........PASSED!!!!!!!!
04/20/11: Oath Ceremony

02/04/11: Civil Marriage Ceremony in New York
02/05/12: Religious Marriage Ceremony in Barbados

USCIS
05/09/12: I-130 Sent
05/14/12: I-130 NOA1
01/17/13: I-130 NOA2

NVC
02/04/13: NVC Received
02/21/13: Case number assigned
02/22/13: Called and got case number & gave e-mail addresses
02/24/13: Emailed DS3032
02/25/13: AOS bill generated and paid
03/06/13: DS3032 Accepted
03/06/13: AOS appears as "PAID"
03/07/13: IV bill generated and paid
03/08/13: IV bill shows as "PAID"
03/11/13: Mailed AOS & IV Packets
03/13/13: NVC Received AOS & IV Packets
03/26/13: Case Complete!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!


04/10/13: Medical Exam
05/08/13: Interview



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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Barbados
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That was a major worry for me...thanks for clearing it up for me

Also how do we know which service center it goes to since the address is given as the Chicago Lockbox and the CSC doesn't seem to as fast as the rest.


My Husband's naturalization timeline:
08/25/10: My Husband finally posts his naturalization application
09/01/10: Text message & e-mail notification acknowledging receipt of application. Forwarded to NBC
09/04/10: I-797 Received in the mail. Priority Date: August 30th 2010
02/02/11: Naturalization Interview (Postponed due to weather and probably backlogged)
03/11/11: Naturalization Interview..........PASSED!!!!!!!!
04/20/11: Oath Ceremony

02/04/11: Civil Marriage Ceremony in New York
02/05/12: Religious Marriage Ceremony in Barbados

USCIS
05/09/12: I-130 Sent
05/14/12: I-130 NOA1
01/17/13: I-130 NOA2

NVC
02/04/13: NVC Received
02/21/13: Case number assigned
02/22/13: Called and got case number & gave e-mail addresses
02/24/13: Emailed DS3032
02/25/13: AOS bill generated and paid
03/06/13: DS3032 Accepted
03/06/13: AOS appears as "PAID"
03/07/13: IV bill generated and paid
03/08/13: IV bill shows as "PAID"
03/11/13: Mailed AOS & IV Packets
03/13/13: NVC Received AOS & IV Packets
03/26/13: Case Complete!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!


04/10/13: Medical Exam
05/08/13: Interview



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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

You send it to the Chicago Lockbox and where it goes from there is based on where you live. The directions of the I-130 outline that

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
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
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

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

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Barbados
Timeline

You send it to the Chicago Lockbox and where it goes from there is based on where you live. The directions of the I-130 outline that

Good luck

Thank you very much for your help...me and my fiance are discussing it right now


My Husband's naturalization timeline:
08/25/10: My Husband finally posts his naturalization application
09/01/10: Text message & e-mail notification acknowledging receipt of application. Forwarded to NBC
09/04/10: I-797 Received in the mail. Priority Date: August 30th 2010
02/02/11: Naturalization Interview (Postponed due to weather and probably backlogged)
03/11/11: Naturalization Interview..........PASSED!!!!!!!!
04/20/11: Oath Ceremony

02/04/11: Civil Marriage Ceremony in New York
02/05/12: Religious Marriage Ceremony in Barbados

USCIS
05/09/12: I-130 Sent
05/14/12: I-130 NOA1
01/17/13: I-130 NOA2

NVC
02/04/13: NVC Received
02/21/13: Case number assigned
02/22/13: Called and got case number & gave e-mail addresses
02/24/13: Emailed DS3032
02/25/13: AOS bill generated and paid
03/06/13: DS3032 Accepted
03/06/13: AOS appears as "PAID"
03/07/13: IV bill generated and paid
03/08/13: IV bill shows as "PAID"
03/11/13: Mailed AOS & IV Packets
03/13/13: NVC Received AOS & IV Packets
03/26/13: Case Complete!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!


04/10/13: Medical Exam
05/08/13: Interview



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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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You have to decide what your goal is.

K1 visa is a bit faster but will be harder in the long run (because you have to get Work Authority, Temp Green Card and AP) and more expensive.

CR1 visa is a bit slower and will be easier because you have Green Card shortly after arrival and is less expensive.

Regardless, my personal view is whatever party you have (K1 party or CR1 party) should involve around 20 people at minimum. It is best to have family there, but even better to have parents from both sides in attendance (and in photos).

Because photos are important it is better to rely on someone with experience taking photos - and not a bunch of family members with their point and shoots.

One of the reasons why I did not file K1 is because our party was not very good - we did not have an outside photographer so the photos were not convincing enough (according to my personal view; example: the father of the bride was not in any photos and there were other photo problems) and our family members kind of gave up on the photography halfway through because they wanted to enjoy.

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I751 Was approved - 10 Year GC was granted

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4/14/2014: Notice Date
x/x/2014: Biometrics appointment

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Barbados
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You have to decide what your goal is.

K1 visa is a bit faster but will be harder in the long run (because you have to get Work Authority, Temp Green Card and AP) and more expensive.

CR1 visa is a bit slower and will be easier because you have Green Card shortly after arrival and is less expensive.

Regardless, my personal view is whatever party you have (K1 party or CR1 party) should involve around 20 people at minimum. It is best to have family there, but even better to have parents from both sides in attendance (and in photos).

Because photos are important it is better to rely on someone with experience taking photos - and not a bunch of family members with their point and shoots.

One of the reasons why I did not file K1 is because our party was not very good - we did not have an outside photographer so the photos were not convincing enough (according to my personal view; example: the father of the bride was not in any photos and there were other photo problems) and our family members kind of gave up on the photography halfway through because they wanted to enjoy.

Yes. I know that CR-1 is least expensive but we have been together for 6 years and we only see each other sometimes once a year for 6 weeks at most. Reason we haven't married as yet is because I just finish university and he prefers to file for me as a citizen (He is now applying for citizenship) instead of a LPR which means we can't get married until sometime next year then go through the whole CR-1 process I may not be with him until 2011! With the K1 Visa at least I maybe with him next year this same time!


My Husband's naturalization timeline:
08/25/10: My Husband finally posts his naturalization application
09/01/10: Text message & e-mail notification acknowledging receipt of application. Forwarded to NBC
09/04/10: I-797 Received in the mail. Priority Date: August 30th 2010
02/02/11: Naturalization Interview (Postponed due to weather and probably backlogged)
03/11/11: Naturalization Interview..........PASSED!!!!!!!!
04/20/11: Oath Ceremony

02/04/11: Civil Marriage Ceremony in New York
02/05/12: Religious Marriage Ceremony in Barbados

USCIS
05/09/12: I-130 Sent
05/14/12: I-130 NOA1
01/17/13: I-130 NOA2

NVC
02/04/13: NVC Received
02/21/13: Case number assigned
02/22/13: Called and got case number & gave e-mail addresses
02/24/13: Emailed DS3032
02/25/13: AOS bill generated and paid
03/06/13: DS3032 Accepted
03/06/13: AOS appears as "PAID"
03/07/13: IV bill generated and paid
03/08/13: IV bill shows as "PAID"
03/11/13: Mailed AOS & IV Packets
03/13/13: NVC Received AOS & IV Packets
03/26/13: Case Complete!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!


04/10/13: Medical Exam
05/08/13: Interview



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