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I am in the US military and im trying to marry my fiancee who is from Canada. We are unsure of which route to take regarding K1 VS K3 Visa. Of course we want to be together as soon as possible, so which would you suggest for some of you of have gone through this process?


1. How is the interview going to work? and what do they look for in the interview? I.e. (money, savings,debt, assets, etc) I do have a couple thousand is savings but i also have debt due to a student loan.

2. What is the time frame from when we put in the paper to when she can actually live with me in the states?

3. What is the total cost for the whole process? is one cheaper than the other?

4. Can she visit while we are waiting on approval of the visa? and if so how long can she stay before she has to go back.

5. Can she work in the US once the visa is approved or is there another process?

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

Easy you will be doing the K-1 because there is no more K-3. K-3 is CLOSED at the NVC.

K-1 will be faster than a CR-1 because montreal is the only place that does spousal visas and they are really backed up.

You need to view the guides K-1 have to apply for AOS EAD and AP after getting married. There are flow charts of the process and step by step guides in the guide section.

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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China

K-3 is no longer an option, NVC closes them when the receive both I-130 and I-129F at same time, USCIS has been tying them together and approving them at same time and then sending together to NVC. K-3 was an option that allowed a couple to be together while waiting a LONG I-130 approval process, this is not the case any longer since I-130 is approved before a K-3 would be issued, it no longer has a USE. Spouse visa would be a CR-1, NOT K-3

Two answer questions.

1) The consulate looks at income, if Income is sufficient, assets will not be needed to show support.

2) 9-10 months

3) K-1 $1800, CR-1 $800 K-1 has AOS ($1070) CR-1 does NOT.

4) Yes, however may be required to show strong ties back home, this is in the FAQ

5) K-1 NO, CR-1 YES. K-1 must adjust status and wait 4-5 months for EAD or green-card before being able to work, CR-1 gets green-card upon arrival to the USA and can immediately take a job.

OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.



Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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