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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Ghana

Good Evening Beautiful people of of VJ..I would like to know the fastest way to get my husband in Africa to the US and the kind of forms i should go pick..We got married 3 months ago in Africa and Im in the US now and he is in Africa now also.I want him here as soon as possible.Please help me and kindly show me the directions and steps on the best forms for me to apply..Im confused over this K-3 visa and CR-1 Visa

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hallo :)

congrats on your marriage :dance:

you have to apply CR1 Visa but like everybody else you have to wait after you applied the I 130 :(

K3 is obsolete..you can try it but at NVC stage they will change your K3 with CR1 Visa

Good Luck

Edited by Jason and Shifa



* March 2nd 2012 --> I-130 sent

* March 5th 2012 --> I-130 Delivered at Chicago Lockbox

* March 7th 2012 --> Got NOA1 by SMS (Vermont Service Center)

* March 14th 2012 --> Got Hardcopy of I-797C in the airmail

* June 29th 2012 --> NOA2 (114days)

* July 5th 2012 --> Got Hardcopy of NOA2


* July 2nd 2012 --> NVC Received

* July 24th 2012 --> NVC Case Number and IIN received by e-mail

* July 24th 2012 --> E-mailed the DS 3032

* July 24th 2012 --> AOS Bill Paid

* July 26th 2012 --> AOS Bill Shows PAID

* July 28th 2012 --> AOS Package Sent

* August 2nd 2012 --> DS-3032 accepted

* August 3rd 2012 --> IV bill invoiced & PAID

* August 7th 2012 --> IV Bill Shows PAID

* August 17th 2012 --> IV Package Sent

* August 24th 2012 --> NVC Case Complete

* September 15th 2012 --> Interview Date Assigned


* October 16th 2012 --> INTERVIEW (Approved)

* October 19th 2012 --> Visa in Hand

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CR1 is the way to go. The K3 visa is obsolete and virtually impossible to get. There are many many threads on this topic.

Here is from the NVC: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_2993.html

I'm highlighting this part for you:

Important Notice: When both petitions have been approved by USCIS and sent to the NVC or when USCIS approves the I-130 before the I-129F, the availability of, as well as the need for, a nonimmigrant K-3 visa ends. If the NVC receives both an approved I-130 petition and an approved I-129F petition:

  • The nonimmigrant K-3 visa case will be administratively closed.
  • The application process explained below will not be available to the foreign-citizen spouse and cannot be used.
  • The NVC will contact the U.S. citizen sponsor and foreign-citizen spouse, with instructions for processing the IR-1 (or CR-1) immigrant visa. For more information on the immigrant visa process, review the Immigrant Visa for a Spouse webpage.

If the NVC receives the approved I-129F petition before it receives the I-130 petition, the NVC will process the I-129F petition.

Also to add, the K3 visa does cost more (almost twice as much) and often takes just as much time as a CR1 visa. http://www.visajourney.com/content/compare

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Colombia

congratulations on your marriage,since your already married you need to file the 1-130 form cr-1 visa,you wil see in some guides k-3 but it's no longer in use since about two years ago, now it's the cr-1

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan

CR-1 is way to go, its almost same time as K3 but its much safe cuz you are legally married. CR1 takes 9-10 months from application I-130 filled to the interview date assigned but if you are on top of your paper work you can get an interview in 6-7 months.

Send i-130 form and then have these forms ready to go

I-864 Affidavit of support

I-864A Contract between sponsor and household member (this is used if you will use a joint sponsor)

DS-230 Application for immigrant visa application

Legal Document

Marriage certificate (original)

Birth certificate (original)

Police Certificate (Original)

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i will be in the same problem in 2 months time... i'm getting married on december and my husband will be filing I-130 when he gets back in the US on january.. but i'm a bit confused right now because i've read that K1 visa is more faster.. i don't want to waste time being away from my fiance.. please help us out on what to do.. thank you guys!

PS: my fiance really wants us to be married before he comes back to US. but maybe i could convince him over taking the K1 visa if it has more advantage.


07-14-14: Mailed AOS packet via USPS express mail

07-15-14: AOS packet delivered

07-17-14: Got email notification from USCIS

07-21-14: received 3 NOA1 (AOS, EAD, AP) from the mail

07-28-14: received biometrics appointment letter (schedule on 08-11)

08-11-14: biometrics done

08-19-14: status is on "Testing and Interview"

09-11-14: EAD/AP approved

09-19-14: EAD/AP combo card received

10-06-14: case status update - interview scheduled on 11-06-14

10-08-14: received interview notice in the mail

11-06-14: Interview (Approved)

11-06-14: case status update "Card/Document Production"

11-07-14: case status update "Welcome Notice was Mailed"

11-13-14: case status update "Card was mailed to Me"

11-15-14: received GC and Welcome letter


09-07-16: mailed I-751 packet

09-09-16: ROC packet delivered

09-14-16: check cashed

09-16-16: NOA received

09-26-16: Biometrics appointment received

10-12-16: Biometrics done

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You can click on the same link I posted above to compare the visas. In my personal opinion, I did not do the K1 because it seemed to be taking as long as the CR1 and it cost twice as much. Plus I would have had to plan a USA wedding. I wanted my mom, a reverend, to marry us, so that eliminated the k1 for us.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China

Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.

Our journey:


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: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan

Please do CR-1 and file your I-130 after u r married. Many people file before getting married and it has caused them problems. Cr1 and fiancé visa is same time for processing. With cr1 u r safe and no paperwork after husband or wife enters US

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