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Confused about K3 or IR-1

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Hi there ~

I am not sure which is best to apply for first off : the K-3 or the IR-1

I have just sent my I-130 off, and naturally am very anxious choose the quickest option for simply being able to be re-united with my husband in America as soon as possible.

I know that on this forum many say that the K-3 visa is obsolete, but when I check the timelines of the overall statistics for processing the K-3 on this link:

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it seems that the K-3 is still being used and is taking quicker than the actual IR-1 as shown on this link:

My link

Am I perhaps not understanding the stats?

I don't mind the extra cost for the K-3 visa if it will allow me to live with my husband while my Visa is being processed, but if it really does take as long as the IR-1 then perhaps there is no point doing it this way?

Does anyone have any advice or experience on this matter?

~Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Regards

Liza

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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When an I-129F is submitted in addition to an I-130 to start the K3 process, the I-130 is pulled from its current place in the queue and placed with the I-129F that was just submitted (that's how they petitions are tied together); by submitting an I-129F you loose your place in line.

Both petitions are usually adjudicated at the same time and if 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 that was filed to start the K3 process is administratively closed leaving only the I-130 active which places you on the CR-1 path.


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Thanks Ryan ~

So it seems that filing for the K-3 at the same time is possibly a waste of time, seeing as they often arrive and are processed simultaneously? It may not be a case of one is quicker than the other, but that you can lose your place in the queue for the I-130 if you submit the I-129F at the same time...

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Egypt
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Hi there ~

I am not sure which is best to apply for first off : the K-3 or the IR-1

I have just sent my I-130 off, and naturally am very anxious choose the quickest option for simply being able to be re-united with my husband in America as soon as possible.

I know that on this forum many say that the K-3 visa is obsolete, but when I check the timelines of the overall statistics for processing the K-3 on this link:

My link

it seems that the K-3 is still being used and is taking quicker than the actual IR-1 as shown on this link:

My link

Am I perhaps not understanding the stats?

I don't mind the extra cost for the K-3 visa if it will allow me to live with my husband while my Visa is being processed, but if it really does take as long as the IR-1 then perhaps there is no point doing it this way?

Does anyone have any advice or experience on this matter?

~Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Regards

Liza

The K3 is a waste of time, and get's killed at the NVC, stick with the CR-1, its better, and better benefits when the beneficiary arrives in USA, SS card, can work, driver, etc. K3 costs more in the end..


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