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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Hello,

My fiance aaron (canadian citizen) and I (USC) were completly positive that we wanted to go the K1 route, until I had about 80% of my I129-F prepared that is. I discovered that with a CR-1 he would be able to work right away when we move to the US, which is a huge plus. Basically I am just asking for your opinion on which would be a wiser decision.

We originally met online in 2007, talked to each other quite often, our talking became more and more frequent, and in 2009 I decided to go to Canada on a study visa. We met in person on September 5, 2009 and have been together ever since.

My main concern with the CR-1 (and potentially the K1 also) is proving a bonafide marriage. We are not married yet so we would be filing as soon as we are married, would that look suspicious? In our two years of online chatting, neither of us saved any of the IMs (kinda sad). We have been living in an apartment together, and already have a joint bank account, and a bill in both of our names. Would these few things, along with some pictures of the two of us, be enough for evidence?

I have study and work permits that allow me to stay in Canada until 2013, so speed is not our main priority, although I miss home so much, and can't wait for the day I get to go back, with Aaron.

Thanks for your input, and goodluck to all of you in your journey.


GO STEELERS! :)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Mexico
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You will find countless people here who filed just a few weeks after they were married--including us--and it is generally not a problem

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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How long have you been in Canada. I think there is another route called DCF if both of you are living overseas. Take a look at this link: http://www.visajourney.com/content/dcf


Our AOS Journey started:

Nov 06, 2010: CS & CQ got married in Las Vegas

Nov 26, 2010: AOS-EAD-AP package sent out

Nov 29, 2010: Package delivered at 1:12pm

Dec 10, 2010: Received text messages from USCIS regarding receipt numbers for AOS, EAD, and AP

Dec 14, 2010: Received three I-797C from mail

Dec 18, 2010: Touched

Jan 05, 2011: Received RFE for I-485 (email)

Jan 10, 2011: Received RFE for I-485 (hardcopy)

Jan 11, 2011: Sent response to RFE for I-485 (Fedex/UPS do not deliver to PO Box. Only USPS does and it takes 2 days even for Express Post)

Jan 13, 2011: Response to RFE delivered

Jan 14, 2011: Touched

Jan 15, 2011: Touched

Jan 18, 2011: Received Biometric Appointment letter in mail

Jan 21, 2011: Biometric Appointment (Walk-in Successful)

Feb 10, 2011: Biometric Appointment (Originally Scheduled)

Feb 12, 2011: Received 1st text/email for EAD card in production and AP was APPROVED

Feb 17, 2011: Received 2nd text/email for EAD card in production

Feb 18, 2011: Received 3rd text/email for EAD card has been mailed out

Feb 18, 2011: Received AP!!!! YAY!!!!

Feb 22, 2011: Received EAD!!!!

Feb 22, 2011: Received letter for 2nd fingerprints :(

Mar 17, 2011: 2nd fingerprints

May 02, 2011: AOS Interview Approved!!!!!!

May 07, 2011: Received "Welcome to America" letter

May 09, 2011: Received Green Card. Yay!!!!!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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How long have you been in Canada. I think there is another route called DCF if both of you are living overseas. Take a look at this link: http://www.visajourney.com/content/dcf

If you are together in Canada and you can legally stay there till 2013, then go for spouse visa or DCF (if you are eligible). K-1 is more expensive but faster for couples who are apart. Also, he will need to AOS if he enters US under K1 and not been able to work until he gets his EAD or GC; it could take at least 2-3 months.

Plus, you have more time to plan a wedding in Canada rather than rushing to get married in 3 months upon arrival the USA.


Our AOS Journey started:

Nov 06, 2010: CS & CQ got married in Las Vegas

Nov 26, 2010: AOS-EAD-AP package sent out

Nov 29, 2010: Package delivered at 1:12pm

Dec 10, 2010: Received text messages from USCIS regarding receipt numbers for AOS, EAD, and AP

Dec 14, 2010: Received three I-797C from mail

Dec 18, 2010: Touched

Jan 05, 2011: Received RFE for I-485 (email)

Jan 10, 2011: Received RFE for I-485 (hardcopy)

Jan 11, 2011: Sent response to RFE for I-485 (Fedex/UPS do not deliver to PO Box. Only USPS does and it takes 2 days even for Express Post)

Jan 13, 2011: Response to RFE delivered

Jan 14, 2011: Touched

Jan 15, 2011: Touched

Jan 18, 2011: Received Biometric Appointment letter in mail

Jan 21, 2011: Biometric Appointment (Walk-in Successful)

Feb 10, 2011: Biometric Appointment (Originally Scheduled)

Feb 12, 2011: Received 1st text/email for EAD card in production and AP was APPROVED

Feb 17, 2011: Received 2nd text/email for EAD card in production

Feb 18, 2011: Received 3rd text/email for EAD card has been mailed out

Feb 18, 2011: Received AP!!!! YAY!!!!

Feb 22, 2011: Received EAD!!!!

Feb 22, 2011: Received letter for 2nd fingerprints :(

Mar 17, 2011: 2nd fingerprints

May 02, 2011: AOS Interview Approved!!!!!!

May 07, 2011: Received "Welcome to America" letter

May 09, 2011: Received Green Card. Yay!!!!!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Denmark
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Are you living together in Canada?

If you're considering staying in Canada because you're not in a hurry it might be worth mentioning DCF. It requires for you to be married and being a resident in Canada for a minimum of 6 months. Before promising too much there's a link to look at; http://www.visajourney.com/content/dcf or http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/621-dcf-canada-yes-virginia-you-can/ to learn more about it, and it may be great of someone having gone through it can advise you better.

I see others have suggested the same.


K1 process, October 2010 > POE, July 2011

I-129F approved in 180 days from NOA1 date. (195 days from filing to NOA2 in hand)

Interview took 224 days from I-129F NOA1 date. (241 days from filing petition until visa in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until POE: 285 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

AOS process, December 2011 > July 2012

EAD/AP Approval took 51 days from NOA1 date to email update. (77 days from filing until EAD/AP in hand)

AOS Approval took 206 days from NOA1 date to email update. (231 days from filing until greencard in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until greencard in hand: 655 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

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If you married relatively soon, went the IR-1 route then Aaron would enter the US with a 10 year green card after 2 years of marriage. DCF seemingly would be the swiftest route and the IR-1 least expensive with least "emotional" stress (having to file and wait, paperwork, ect.). Even though you are a Steelers fan, I wish you the best in your journey!! You certainly came to the right place for info and guidance as there are many in the know here (myself excluded).:dance:

Bob


  • Married in Manila: 08/20/2010
  • I-130 Sent to lockbox: 10/01/2010
  • I-130 Received: 10/03/2010
  • NOA-1 Received: 10/04/2010
  • NOA-2 Received: 02/01/2011
  • Received NVC: 02/08/2011
  • AOS Bill Generated: 02/10/2011
  • AOS Bill Paid: 02/10/2011
  • DS 3032 Emailed: 02/10/2011
  • IV Bill Generated: 02/14/2011
  • IV Bill Paid: 02/14/2011
  • IV Packet Received @ NVC:02/22/2011
  • NVC Completed 03/08/2011
  • Interview Date Post Sputum results May 17
  • Results negative, Interview scheduled 6/13
  • Placed in A/R 06/13/2011
  • I-601 required 07/18/2011
  • I-601 filed 11/9/2011
  • I-601 approved 11/29/11
  • 2nd Sputum test ordered 12/21/11
  • 2nd Sputum Test passed 02/21/12
  • Visa Approved!! 03/15/2012
  • Visa In Hand 03/17/2012
  • POE SFO 03/24/2012

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