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Filed: Other Country: Vietnam (no flag)
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Hello everyone,

I’m Vietnamese and new on the board. My boyfriend and I met on a dating website. We both fell deeply in love, and we knew that we were born for each other even though we haven’t met in person yet. Currently, I’m waiting for my interview date for my B2 visa. If I get my visa and travel to America, which way is the best option for us?

A. When I get there he will propose me, and then I will return to my country and wait for him to file for a K-1 visa, which is faster.

B. When I get there we both will get married, and then I will return to my country and wait for him to file for a CR-1 visa, which is longer.

My concern is how long does Immigration process take for each one? At first, I thought both ways are not much different time in the process, but recently I have read the article on www.fianceevisaservices.com said that “Recently processing of Spousal Visas has gotten extremely slow, just like the bad old days. Revised June 2011.” I’m so confused, and as our situation I really don’t know which way is the best option? We just want to be together and forever as soon as possible since living away from each other is sad.

Any advice, recommendations or insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Coming here and getting married and filing I-130 (CR-1) along with adjustment of status is an option.

No it isn't. Entering on a tourist visa with the intent to stay and adjust status is fraud. OP, DO NOT DO THIS.

I've noticed here on VJ that I-130's for CR-1's are being approved in less than the 5 months posted time (out of the California Service Center anyway). Do you have a link to that specific article you reference.

Finally, I suggest you look through the Vietnam regional forum before any paperwork is filed. Many other VJ members who have spouses from Vietname and have dealt with the Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City (where you will have your visa interview) have mentioned time and again that you need to be very well preapred before going there for an interview.

Edited by Ryan H

Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Sweden
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for us, CR-1 was roughly the same time frame, and hubby will have 1) immediate work authorization and 2) in & out of country travel privileges.

With a K1, EAD can tkae 90 days, and not easy to come and go if there is an emergency back in other country.

Check out Igor's List to compare processesing times. Sound to me like the fiancee website was reporting negatively about spouse visa for marketing purposes.

oh yes... an dthere are requirements about you meeting in-person with any of these visas... so... might be REALLY hard to get K1.


IR-1/CR-1 Spouse CA Svc Ctr 2011 (82 days) Apr07: NOA1. Jun27: NOA2 text.
Delivery from USCIS to NVC (24 days) Jul21: CSC mailed it to NVC

NVC (43 days)
Jul25: "in the NVC bldg"---->Jul26: NVC Case#,IIN# (1 day in-house, 29 days since NOA2)

AOS i-864.....Jul28: bill rcv'd (2 days)& paid ---->Aug01: "paid"/mailed (4 days). Aug3: AOS in the bldg
Aug 11: phone rep "AOS RFE: 23/24a: no blanks" (pdf won't print n/a"). Fedex'd new copy (arrived Aug 12)
Aug 22: AOS approved

IV ds-230:
Jul26: send DS-3032 ----> Jul29: DS-3032 accepted (3 days)
Aug01: bill rcv'd (2 days)& paid ---->Aug02: "paid"/mailed (1 day)
Aug04:ds-230 delivered ---> Aug 12: "under review"
Aug 15: phone rep "RFE:ds-230 #30." (16th bdate left as "----") Fedex'd new copy (arrived Aug 16)
Aug 30: phone rep: "no military record." me: "it's there!" rep: "15 biz days starting today"
Sep 06: phone rep: "needs review. 15 MORE biz days" me: "no way" Supervisor asks Mgr "open file & verify it's complete since 8/16." 6 hours later: CASE CLOSED!

Consulate
Sep 13: INTERVIEW scheduled, email letter arrived
Sep 15: MEDICAL in Stockholm
Sep 23: Packet Left NVC -> Embassy
Oct 31: INTERVIEW 4-minutes and DONE. APPROVED. Visa is "in the mail"

Nov 27: arrival in USA

DIVORCE: final May 2015 - never whould have married without dating in-person for at least a year.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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At first, I thought both ways are not much different time in the process, but recently I have read the article on www.fianceevisaservices.com said that “Recently processing of Spousal Visas has gotten extremely slow, just like the bad old days. Revised June 2011.”

Update from my last post, I went to that site and saw the claim that is being made. Unless you have an interview pending in Accra, Ghana; I personally feel that claim is dubious. As I previously stated, most files that go through CSC are being approved in less than the 5 months posted time. Don't know how fast VSC is currently moving. The NVC stage can move quicker if properly managed on the petitioner's end (you obviously can't control things on the NVC end). And then once the file goes to the Embassy/Consulate, it depends on what they have available (in addition to transit time for the file to be shipped from the NVC to appropriate overseas location {N/A in EP cases}).


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Bottom line, "Do it right, sleep at night". The choice is ultimately you and your fiance's. Here is a comparison of all options, Marriage guide to Visas, best of luck on the path you choose.

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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Post advocating visa fraud has been removed.

You have correctly identified the two options legally available to you. There are pros and cons for each but it is up to each couple to decide what is best for their individual circumstances. Good luck to you.


“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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