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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: England
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Hi everyone,

I just have a question that I need a little advice on.

Once we have been granted the K1 visa (we are currently at the NVC stage) I am of the understanding that once you enter the US you are unable to leave and re-enter.

I was wondering if for example we were to go to Jamaica and get married there, then fly from there to my POE and then file everything is this still in the boundaries of the K1???

Any help with this is greatly appreciated

S & A

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Thailand
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Not possible with a K-1 visa: you cannot marry before entering USA or the visa is void and you must marry within the USA and file for the green card before you can leave the country.

You can marry in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or like we did the US Virgin Islands.

PS Do not go the British Virgin Islands once you are in the US Virgin Islands or else you won't be allowed back in with the K-1 visa.

Edited by ThaitoUSA

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Nigeria
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Not possible with a K-1 visa: you cannot marry before entering USA or the visa is void and you must marry within the USA and file for the green card before you can leave the country.

You can marry in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or like we did the US Virgin Islands.

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Hi everyone,

I just have a question that I need a little advice on.

Once we have been granted the K1 visa (we are currently at the NVC stage) I am of the understanding that once you enter the US you are unable to leave and re-enter.

I was wondering if for example we were to go to Jamaica and get married there, then fly from there to my POE and then file everything is this still in the boundaries of the K1???

Any help with this is greatly appreciated

S & A

Not possible. You need to marry in the US. How about having a wedding party in Jamaica (or elsewhere in the Caribbean) and then enter the USA using the K1 and getting legally married in the US?


August 23, 2010 - I-129 F package sent via USPS priority mail with delivery confirmation.

August 30, 2010 - Per Department of Homeland Security (DHS) e-mail, petition received and routed to California Service Center for processing. Check cashed. I-797C Notice of Action by mail (NOA 1) - Received date 08/25/2010. Notice date 08/27/2010.

After 150 days of imposed anxious patience...

January 24, 2011 - Per USCIS website, petition approved and notice mailed.

January 31, 2011 - Approval receipt notice (NOA 2) received by mail. Called NVC, given Santo Domingo case number, and informed that petition was sent same day to consulate.

Called Visa Specialist at the Department of State every day for a case update. Informed of interview date on February, 16 2011. Informed that packet was mailed to fiance on February, 15 2011.

February 21, 2011 - Fiance has not yet received packet. Called 1-877-804-5402 (Visa Information Center of the United States Embassy) to request a duplicate packet in person pick-up at the US consulate in Santo Domingo. Packet can be picked-up by fiance on 02/28.

March 1, 2011 - Medical exam completed at Consultorios de Visa in Santo Domingo.

March 9, 2011 at 6 AM - Interview, approved!

March 18, 2011 - POE together. JFK and O'Hare airports. Legal wedding: May 16, 2011.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Thailand
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Ok thats great. would we need any special travel docs to travel to the US Virgin Islands?

The US citizen needs to have a valid passport or government issued photo ID e.g. a driver's license AND official copy of birth certificate. The reason is that the US Virgin Islands are an international port, so upon leaving St. Thomas' airport everyone has to pass through immigration and customs. I find carrying a passport is far more convenient than a birth certificate, especially if I want to make a side trip to the British Virgin Islands (Remember, ironically, the British citizen cannot do this or risk having to start the immigration process all over again).

The non-US citizen just needs his or her passport. We had the signed copy of the marriage certificate with us and the agent asked to see it. Agent asked a couple of other questions like "When did you get married?" "When did you arrive in USA?" We were through in just a couple of minutes.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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A K-1 visa is a single entry visa. Once your fiance enters the U.S. with the K-1, she cannot leave for any reason without either a green card or advance parole, neither of which she can apply for until the marriage is done. And when she makes that single entry, both of you must be unmarried. So there is no way to marry outside of the U.S., either before or after her entry. You can have a wedding party anywhere you want before her entry; just make sure an official marriage is not part of the party.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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A K-1 visa is a single entry visa. Once your fiance enters the U.S. with the K-1, she cannot leave for any reason without either a green card or advance parole, neither of which she can apply for until the marriage is done. And when she makes that single entry, both of you must be unmarried. So there is no way to marry outside of the U.S., either before or after her entry. You can have a wedding party anywhere you want before her entry; just make sure an official marriage is not part of the party.

Just to clarify, the K-1 can leave for any reason at any time... it is the re-entry after the departure that is the problem without AP or status adjustment...


YMMV

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Search today's posts for one by (I believe) Just Bob in which he eloquently states reasons NOT to attempt visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Search today's posts for one by (I believe) Just Bob in which he eloquently states reasons NOT to attempt visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Here it is, in this thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/293184-travel-to-us-territories-not-states-for-honeymoon/

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Sadly, you cannot do so with the k1.. :( How about Hawaii instead? We are doing a week at the Trump in Vegas, and then a trip to Guatemala or a southeast asian tour once i get my GC! :)


My Journey:

We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

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Hi everyone,

I just have a question that I need a little advice on.

Once we have been granted the K1 visa (we are currently at the NVC stage) I am of the understanding that once you enter the US you are unable to leave and re-enter.

I was wondering if for example we were to go to Jamaica and get married there, then fly from there to my POE and then file everything is this still in the boundaries of the K1???

Any help with this is greatly appreciated

S & A

You answered your own q.

And think about the visa you got - it's a FIANCE visa, not a spouse visa. You enter as a FIANCE, you get married within the US.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: England
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You answered your own q.

And think about the visa you got - it's a FIANCE visa, not a spouse visa. You enter as a FIANCE, you get married within the US.

Ok Lisa thanks for POINTING that out to me, I don't know where i would be without you POINTING this out

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Thailand
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Seems like they stayed on Saint Thomas, which I would not advise. There are three major US Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John or sometimes affectionately called the #######, the Lady and the Virgin. St. John is the most pristine since 2/3 of it are National Park. The only place one would encounter Immigration on St. John would be at the ferry dock; officers occasionally ask to see ID or proof of legal residency.

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Ok Lisa thanks for POINTING that out to me, I don't know where i would be without you POINTING this out

*shrug* if you understood that, this thread wouldn't be here. No need to be snarky, I capped for clarity only.

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