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Hey all, this is my frist post and I hope that I'm posting in the right spot!

I am a born USC working in Mexico, and just got engaged to a Mexican Citizen. She already has a tourist visa and travels back and forth from Mex to the US with her family. I would like to have her, eventually, become a naturalized USC. However, we are currently working and living in Mexico and will be for the next couple of years.

I had the idea of getting married in the US and having the ceremony in Mexico, but am not sure how to go about it. Can she enter the US as a tourist, marry me, then head back to Mexico? If so, when we move to the US, what happens next? Or

Does she apply for a K-1 Visa, get married to me in the US, then come back to Mexico?

Thank you for your help,


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Since you are living Mexico and will be in the near future, I would suggest to you get married in Mexico. Then when the time comes for you both to move to the US, you can file the I-130 petition at the USCIS field offices in Mexico that has jurisdiction over where you live (Juarez, Monterry, or Mexico City). By filing the petition at a field office in Mexico, the process will proceed quicker as all processing will occur in Mexico. Finally, if you and your wife are married 2 or more years when she has her interview, she will be issued an IR-1 visa which will result in her being issued a 10 year green card on her arrival in the US.

Lastly, she will have to reside in the US for 3 consecutive years before she will be able to apply for US Citizenship.

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She can enter, marry you and head back to Mexico.

Then when you are about a year away from wanting to move up to the US, then you will apply for a CR-1/IR-1 Visa for her to immigrate to the US.

The K-1 Visa is for the USC who want to bring someone to the US, marry them and keep them in the US with them.

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Thanks guys,

I think I´ll marry her in the US, spend two or more years in Mexico, and then apply for her CR-1/IR-1.

She has 3 years left on her tourist visa. Do you think she may have trouble renewing if she's married to me?

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