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I'm looking for some general information and the immigration websites are making my head spin!

I'm a US citizen living in New Zealand for the past two years. I met my fiance here and we plan to get married in the Cook Island's in November. Lately, due to issues with getting my professional license in this country, I have been thinking about going back to the states.

My questions about k-1 are:

If I decided to get married in the states for this reason (so have my reception in Rarotonga but legally get married in the states) is it even possible to have this visa by the end of November?

All the information seems to talk about if the US citizen is in the US and having a long distance relationship. Can I lodge the application if I am also overseas?

My question about the spouse visa is:

I saw something saying that the spouse visa may take 18months to 2 years. Is this accurate?

Are there any differences in the difficulty of this applications or costs involved? What would you do in my situation?

After getting this kind of residence does one have to remain in the country a set amount of time to keep it?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Take a look at the guides under the "what visa do I need". The comparason guide will help you

It took us 10 months, so approx. 8- 12 is about a fair estimate.

So possibly by November, but that is cutting it close

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Be sure to read the Compare Guide to see the differences between the K-1 and the IR-1/CR-1: http://www.visajourney.com/content/compare


Part One: The K-1 Visa Journey:

USCIS Receipt of I-129F: January 24, 2012 | Petition Approval: June 15, 2012 (No RFEs)
Interview: October 24, 2012 - Review | Visa Delivered: October 31, 2012



Part Two: Entry and Adjusting Status:

POE: November 18, 2012 (at SFO) - Review
Wedding: December 1, 2012 | Social Security: New cards received on December 7, 2012.
AOS Package (I-485/I-765/I-131) NOA1: February 19, 2013 | Biometrics Appt.: March 18, 2013
AP/EAD Approved: April 29, 2013 | Card Received: May 6, 2013 | AOS Interview Appt.: May 16, 2013 - Approved Review Card Received: May 24, 2013

Part Three: Removal of Conditions:

Coming Soon...

"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat." – George Carlin

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