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Anyone here done K3 and followed up with CR-1?

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England

We are at the final stages of the K3 and have decided to follow through with it due to the fact we are finding it very hard being apart.

We have also done the starting stages of the CR1 (choice of agent bill etc) and have slowly been filling in the forms, just because I dont want to have to go through with the AOS once im there and then wait forever again.

My intention is to arrive in America on a K3, then return to the UK for the CR-1 interview so basically I am good to go.

Has anyone ever done this? I was wondering if there was ever any problems in returning for a CR1 interview when you already have a K3, and that if it really is worth it.

Im kinda stuck as to what to do, i think if i was planning to work asap then i would definatly want to do it. However my husband and I want to start our family very soon and so i proberly wont be working..............Im just trying to weigh out the options right now so would appreciate hearing from anyone who has done it.

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NOA2 Approval recieved in the mail - 08/09/06

I-129F Process - With new form!

NOA2 arrived in mail - 08/26/06

NVC For I-129F

Arrived at NVC and Case # assigned - 08/28/06

Case Sent to London - 08/31/06

Packet 3 arrived - 09/13/06

Packet 3 Sent - 09-14-06

Medical - 09-21-06

Recieved Police Certificate - 10-03-06 (Took 34 days)

Packet 4 arrived - 10-04-06


POE - Boston - 10-25-06

AOS Process

Sent AOS - 01/09/07

NOA arrived in the mail - 01/22/07

Biometrics Appointment - 02/02/07

Recieved EAD card - 04/02/07

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AOS Interview - 06/06/07 - APPROVED

Greencard recieved - 06/22/07

Petition to remove conditions

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I thought nowadays CR-1 is much faster than K-3. Check the timelines, but when I was doing it, there was no comparison...maybe for Brits it's different...anyway...good luck!

August 27, 2004 - - Married

09/07/04. Apply I-130 - (receipt date) (Day 1/NA/NA)

10/12/04. I-130 Approved - (Day 35/NA/NA)

10/16/04. NVC Receives Case (Day 39/Day 1/NA)

11/08/04. NVC Assigns Case Number (Day 62/Day 23/Day 1)

12/06/04. I-864 and IV fees sent out express (Day 88/Day 49/Day 26)

12/20/04. I-864 and DS-230 "generated" (Day 102/Day 63/Day 40)

01/07/05. I-864 and DS-230 sent express (Day 120/Day 81/Day 58)

01/10/05. I-864 and DS-230 Rec'd at NVC (Day 123/Day 84/Day 61)

01/12/05. NVC reports receipt of papers and begins entering information (Day 125/Day 86/Day 63)

01/14/05. System updated with "biographic forms received" message. (Day 127/Day 88/Day 65)

02/03/05. Case APPROVED and forwarded to EMBASSY! (Day 147/Day 108/Day 85)

02/10/05. Embassy receives case, interview appointment arranged via email for 03/03/05!



01/08/07. I-751 Mailed to TSC

01/11/07. Checks Cashed

01/22/07. I-797C Received. Green Card Extended 12 Months

02/08/07. Bimoetrics appointment (for 3/01) received

03/01/07. Biometrics Taken in Tampa

03/02/07. Online - Record - Updated (probably for biometrics)

06/04/07. Card Production Ordered (Allow 30 days for delivery)

06/11/07. 10 year card received.


04/08/08. Filed application

08/01/01. Received Interview Date (September 25)

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada

Yes, there are people who enter on K3 and go back for the CR-1 interview, and it's always a personal choice. If it's easy for you to fly back ... if you can afford it ... if it's safe while you're pregnant ...

If you want to enter on K3 and start a family, this may be the perfect time, since it's the only "job" you can do legally! If you decide to "get busy," AOS may be worth considering, since you wouldn't have to travel, and there'd be less of a rush to get a greencard anyway. Have you checked the wait time at your local USCIS office?

On the other hand, if working asap is the paramount concern, you could start submitting your Choice of Agent and other forms, with the intent of flying back. After getting the CR-1 visa, you might find a full-time job in the States with maternity leave.

I-130 sent Mar 30, 06

approved Aug 15, 06

I-129f sent April 24, 06

approved July 27, 06

Montreal interview Jan 18, 07

POE Toronto Jan 28, 07

EAD sent Jan. 30, 07

transferred to Vermont Feb 12

biometrics Feb 22

approved March 13

card returned undeliverable! March 27

called after 6 weeks to have EAD re-sent

AOS sent Jan. 30, 07

biometrics Feb 22

RFE for complete medical (!) Feb 23

Called Senator from NJ - never returned call

Infopass March 19 (no help)

Replied to RFE with duplicate medical March 19

Sent additional evidence (I-693A) March 26

NBC received supplement March 30

touched April 4

Interview July 16

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Have a search for posts by euro who returned to the UK for the CR-1 visa interview after entering the US on the K-3 as she is one that I can recall off hand from the UK.

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Echo the above, Euro did this, and it worked out very well for her. It might be worth while checking where your local office is and what the usual time frames are for AOS, if the time frame is an important factor.

I had thought of doing this too, but in the end went through AOS in SoCal which took approx 3 months.

Good luck with your decision.

Bear in mind that you don't have to decide any time soon either way :)

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