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I've read I can file i129F after getting NOA1! Is it a good idea? Can that make the process for my wife to get to US faster? If approved based on i129F what type of visa she gets?Should I just stick to i130, will I spend less $$$ maybe?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Belarus
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I've read I can file i129F after getting NOA1! Is it a good idea? Can that make the process for my wife to get to US faster? If approved based on i129F what type of visa she gets?Should I just stick to i130, will I spend less $$$ maybe?

a lot of folks on this site say it is a waste of time. I didn't file the 129f. but I only heard of the K3 before I found this site not the IR-1/CR-1. At this point it is too early to know but I am still very nervous that I didn't file correctly

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Can that make the process for my wife to get to US faster?

No, if you filed the I-129F, your I-130 will be pulled from its current place in the queue and placed with the I-129F that was just submitted. An adjudication decision on both petitions is usually made at the same time, if both are approved, they are usually sent to the NVC at the same time. If the NVC receives both petitions at the same time or if they receive the I-130 first, the I-129F will be administratively closed.

If approved based on i129F what type of visa she gets?Should I just stick to i130, will I spend less $$$ maybe?

If the I-129F somehow arrived at the NVC ahead of the I-130, it would be processed and a visa received from it would be a K3. A K3 visa holder would have to go through the adjustment of status process prior to obtaining a green card whereas CR-1 visa holder does not need to adjust status.

My suggestion to you is to stick with the I-130, you will spend less money if you do as you would not have to pay the adjustment of status fee.


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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!!!
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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
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September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
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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
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November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
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September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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I've read I can file i129F after getting NOA1! Is it a good idea? Can that make the process for my wife to get to US faster? If approved based on i129F what type of visa she gets?Should I just stick to i130, will I spend less $$$ maybe?

Filing the I-129f for the K-3 is a waste of time. You're I-130 will be approved first and sent to NVC and the K-3 path closed.

K-3 is basically obsolete. It used to be a faster way for a spouse to get to the US, but CR-1 visa waits have improved to the point it is no longer needed.


USCIS- 260 Days

6/8/11~ Mailed I-130 Application, withdrew Canadian PR application
6/16/11~ NOA1 email and text message Case routed to CSC (Priority Date)
7/12/11~ The 'Money Order' Incident/Returned to Tennessee
8/03/11~ TOUCHED!
3/2/12~ APPROVED! NOA2!

NVC Electronic Processing- Montreal- 19 Days

3/21/12~ Received case number & IIN 20 Days after NOA2
3/21/12~ Sent in opt-in email
3/22/12~ Opt-in accepted
3/23/12~ DS-261 Submitted, never accepted
3/29/12~ AOS bill invoiced and paid
3/30/12~ AOS shows PAID- AOS Package emailed/received, DS-3032 emailed/accepted
4/2/12~ IV bill invoiced and paid
4/3/12~ AOS Checklist documents emailed(first time)
4/4/12~ IV shows PAID- DS-260 submitted/ IV Package emailed/received
4/4/12~ AOS Checklist documents sent again for CYA (second time)
4/5/12~ IV package accepted! No Checklists!
4/6/12~ AOS Checklist emailed(third time)
4/9/12~ AOS packet accepted (finally)
CASE COMPLETE!!

Interview 354 days from NOA1/ 362 days from initial filing date
5/29/12~ Medical@ Medisys, Montreal
6/4/12~ Interview APPROVED!!!
08/07/2012~ POE Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND by land
08/09/2012~ HOME!! 424 days from initial filing date!
08/14/2012~ SSN Received
09/10/2012~ Received Green Card

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I've read I can file i129F after getting NOA1! Is it a good idea? Can that make the process for my wife to get to US faster? If approved based on i129F what type of visa she gets?Should I just stick to i130, will I spend less $$$ maybe?

Generally it's a waste of time and money. I-129 gets you a K-3 visa, which usually takes as long to come as a CR-1 anyway. If you enter on a K-3 instead of a CR/IR-1, you then have to apply again to adjust status once in the U.S. and pay more fees. CR/IR-1 gets you an immediate Green Card.

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Thank you all for your comments! I will just stick to i-130 I guess that's the best path since at arrival it becomes green card and its fine with me if my wifes gets a conditional green card. The mos important thing is to get your loved one into US. Thanks again :)


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Comparison on K-3 vs CR-1 - http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/204324-wondering-if-i-made-a-mistake-marrying-in-us/page__view__findpost__p__3060767

K-3 administratively closed - http://www.visajourney.com/news/2010/02/07/department-of-state-to-close-k-3-visas-if-i-129f-and-i-130-petitions-approved-and-received-together/

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Basically, with automation closing the time gap these last few years, the K-3 is useless on many levels.

NVC Recognized This Also and started administratively closing I-129F petitions when they hit their office with an approved I-130 (3 years now? )

So, click those 2 links, read a bit.

And Please, regardless of what you read, or who you listen to - DO NOT FILE THE I-129F, as it's a waste of time.


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Comparison on K-3 vs CR-1 - http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/204324-wondering-if-i-made-a-mistake-marrying-in-us/page__view__findpost__p__3060767

K-3 administratively closed - http://www.visajourney.com/news/2010/02/07/department-of-state-to-close-k-3-visas-if-i-129f-and-i-130-petitions-approved-and-received-together/

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Basically, with automation closing the time gap these last few years, the K-3 is useless on many levels.

NVC Recognized This Also and started administratively closing I-129F petitions when they hit their office with an approved I-130 (3 years now? )

So, click those 2 links, read a bit.

And Please, regardless of what you read, or who you listen to - DO NOT FILE THE I-129F, as it's a waste of time.

Thanks


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