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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Austria
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Hello,

I have a question. I applied one month ago for the k1 visa and now i am thinking to apply also for the greencard lottery, since i think the greencard would come later but the procedure be easier. I am assuming though that i would be already in the states (in case i win) will be notified (but my mom will pick up my mail), but would it acutally help if i win the greencard? can i even participate or is it illegal?

Thank you and good luck with the visas :-)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Senegal
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It's interesting that you would ask this question. I don't know all of the answers to your questions, but I will say that my fiance is planning to do the same. Based on what I have read one does not affect the other. It is definitely not illegal, but the only thing to remember is that in order to be issued the K-1 visa you need to be in your country for the interview. Once you get to the US you should be able to at some point file for an AOS based on winning the visa lottery (if you win). But I must admit that I do not know all of the intricacies involved.

Hopefully others with more knowledge will chime in.

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hey.... I am not a 100% certain about this, but this is what I think, while it is not ilegal to apply for both I decided not to do it since you never know, they might get suspicious and think that you are only getting married for the visa, but that is just my own personal thought. On the other hand I was here in the States on the k-1 visa long before the results from the lottery were anounced and I will get my greencard before this next lottery comes trhough... so.... I don't know, since I one had the same question and this is how it worked out then I figured it wouldn't have made sense to do the lottery anyways, it would have taken longer for me to get here if I would've won it, on teh other hand it will be a greencard that will not depend on your marriage, but I just think it is unecessary, not bad, not ilegal and it is an easy process to just apply for it, but I do know that even when you win it takes a while to get the GC and be in the US... so... all these are just my own personal thoughts, hope they help.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Austria
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what i think now is that the earliest to move with the greencard in the lottery would be janary 2008. hopefully i will be in the states already then. but after the k1 the greencard is only temporary, righ? and the one in the lottery is a "Normal" one. or am i wrong? could i even take advantage of the lottery greencard after being issued the other one?

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what i think now is that the earliest to move with the greencard in the lottery would be janary 2008. hopefully i will be in the states already then. but after the k1 the greencard is only temporary, righ? and the one in the lottery is a "Normal" one. or am i wrong? could i even take advantage of the lottery greencard after being issued the other one?

The Greencard you get after doing K1/AOS is a normal Greencard.... it does have conditions that have to be removed 2 years after it was issued.... but you have all the same rights as any other Greencard holder....

I do have to ask "what is more important to you? Being with your loved one as soon as you can OR getting that Greencard????

Kezzie

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Austria
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god, i hate these questions. off course i want to be with my fiancee. if you would read my posts carefully you would see that i asked IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO CHANGE GREENCARDS WHILE I AM ALREADY THERE WITH THE K1 GREENCARD. Never mind, I know there are a lot of people out there who just get married to get to the States and that makes me upset too... But i am not one of them. So if the Greendcards are the same, and the conditions are the same, i do not need to apply.

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That was exactly my case. I got the K1 visa and a few days later (before entering the USA) I received my selection letter for DV 2007. I went on with the lottery process and then entered the USA with my K1 visa.

Now I got my K1 based GC and haven't heard of the DV lottery yet.

If you get picked at this year's lottery, your lottery-based GC will be for 2008. By that time, you'll already have a marriage-based GC. K1 is definitely faster. Believe me, that was my case.

Cheers


K1

May 21st 2006: Entered the USA on a K1 visa

July 2nd 2006: Marriage ceremony

Oct 10th 2006:Received Green Card

REMOVING CONDITIONS

August 12th 2008: Sent I 751 to CSC

Dec 5th 2008: Green Card in the mail

NATURALIZATION

Dec 4th: Sent N 400

March 18th: Interview

May 24th 2011: Oath in Minneapolis. Journey is over.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Colombia
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I have heard the same thing as Kweli stated and his word is more reliable have gone through it.

Peter Maimi


Johanna & Peter

Colombia / U.S.A.

I-129F / K-1 Fiancee Visa

08-20-02 - Met Johanna in Armenia, Colombia

10-05-05 - K-1 Sent to TSC

10-14-05 - Received NOA1 by E-Mail (Day 9)

12-22-05 - Reveived NOA2 By E-Mail & Mail (Day 78)

03-03-06 - Interview Date! (Day 149) Approved

03-10-06 - Johanna Arrived

05-27-06 - Married

I-485 / AOS (Did not applied for EAD or AP)

06-05-06 - Sent I-485 application to Chicago via USPS (Day 1)

06-06-06 - AOS Package Delivered at 12:29PM

06-12-06 - Received NOA1 by Mail

06-14-06 - Check Cashed

06-22-06 - Received Appointment Notice for Biometrics

06-26-06 - "Request for Additional Evidence" Online, waiting for letter

06-29-06 - Biometrics Done!

06-30-06 - Received RFE Letter by mail. (Missing Birth Certificate)

07-10-06 - Sent RFE by Express Mail USPS

07-11-06 - RFE Delivered @ 10:54AM Sign by D. Atwell

08-28-06 - AOS Transferred to CSC E-mail & USCIS Website (Day 85)

08-30-06 - Touched #1

08-31-06 - Touched #2

08-31-06 - E-Mail from CRIS & USCIS-CSSO - CSC received AOS Application

09-01-06 - Touched #3

09-01-06 - NOA by Mail Regarding Transfer to CSC

09-05-06 - Touched #4

09-07-06 - Touched #5

09-13-06 - Touched #6

09-15-06 - AOS Approved by Online Status & E-mail

09-21-06 - Received GC and Welcome Letter (Day 109)

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thanks kweli. i saw you received a packet 4 in your k1 process. what is in there? i thought there is only a packet 3....

Hi Terdan

In my packet 4 there was Interview date notification, List of doctors for medical exam and fee payement instructions. That's about it....

If I may give you my opinion, just go on with your K1. It faster and you get citizenship after 3 years Vs 5 years for DV lottery.


K1

May 21st 2006: Entered the USA on a K1 visa

July 2nd 2006: Marriage ceremony

Oct 10th 2006:Received Green Card

REMOVING CONDITIONS

August 12th 2008: Sent I 751 to CSC

Dec 5th 2008: Green Card in the mail

NATURALIZATION

Dec 4th: Sent N 400

March 18th: Interview

May 24th 2011: Oath in Minneapolis. Journey is over.

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