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Why get a K-1?

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Some people want to move, get married, and not have to leave. A spousal visa means you get married, but the beneficiary has to go home to their country and wait for an interview.

It all depends on how people want to get married and when they want to be separated.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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What is the benifit of a K-1? If it dosen't extend any visa and they have to return to their country why get it and not just the spouse visa?

It would probably be a good idea for you to read the comparison chart in the guide section.

K-1 entrants do not leave the country after. They file for adjustment of status and get to stay in the USA with their new spouse instead of being separated from their spouse for almost a year and in some cases over a year before they get to be together.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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A spousal visa means you get married, but the beneficiary has to go home to their country and wait for an interview.

Or the petitioner needs to return to the US due to obligations (e.g. work).


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
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!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
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
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
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
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Denmark
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For various reasons. Personally, I visited my then fiance(in the US), then visited a second time, then got engaged, then visited again a couple of months later. I was far by ready to get married to "a stranger". Even though we had met plenty of times, spend 24/7 skyping and knew deep down that we were going to be together, it would probably have been a disaster to rush things. Cheaper indeed but sometimes money can't make up for what time can do. We probably wouldn't have gotten married this soon if we could've just lived together for a few years before making the decision.

I reckon it's a personal choice. The benefit IS the personal choice of how to go about things.

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K1 process, October 2010 > POE, July 2011

I-129F approved in 180 days from NOA1 date. (195 days from filing to NOA2 in hand)

Interview took 224 days from I-129F NOA1 date. (241 days from filing petition until visa in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until POE: 285 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

AOS process, December 2011 > July 2012

EAD/AP Approval took 51 days from NOA1 date to email update. (77 days from filing until EAD/AP in hand)

AOS Approval took 206 days from NOA1 date to email update. (231 days from filing until greencard in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until greencard in hand: 655 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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What is the benifit of a K-1? If it dosen't extend any visa and they have to return to their country why get it and not just the spouse visa?

Welcome to the forum.

A lot depends on the specific circumstances of the couple. :yes:

Good luck on your immigration journey.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

 

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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What is the benifit of a K-1? If it dosen't extend any visa and they have to return to their country why get it and not just the spouse visa?

Why would you think they have to return to their country?

The K1 was created primarily because the process for foreigners getting married in some countries is difficult and time consuming. In some cases, it's nearly impossible to marry in the beneficiary's home country if the couple aren't the same religion. The K1 makes it possible for the beneficiary to come to the US, marry the US citizen petitioner, and then apply for a green card.

Another advantage of the K1 is that it allows for derivative K2 visas for the beneficiary's children up until they are 21 years old. A spousal visa doesn't allow for any derivative visas - each child would need a separate petition, and they're only eligible if the US citizen step-parent married the children's parent before they were 18.


12/15/2009 - K1 Visa Interview - APPROVED!

12/29/2009 - Married in Oakland, CA!

08/18/2010 - AOS Interview - APPROVED!

05/01/2013 - Removal of Conditions - APPROVED!

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Filed: Country: Mexico
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What is the benifit of a K-1? If it dosen't extend any visa and they have to return to their country why get it and not just the spouse visa?

I do not know what you mean by 'extend any visa'. The K-1 is used so the beneficiary can enter the US and marry their USC fiance(e) within 90 days after arrival. They do not leave. In fact, they cannot leave before filing AOS and getting AP or a green card or they will abandon the whole process. They stay with their loved one, file to adjust status and get a green card.

My husband and I chose to go the K-1 route because I did not want to go through the fuss of getting married in Mexico, and then have to separate from him right after we married to wait for a spousal visa approval. Once we were married, I wanted to be together, living as a married couple and not have to be split apart by the distance any longer. Other couples do it all the time, but it just wasn't the way for us to start our marriage together.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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