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I'm looking to get some advice from people who have made this journey before me. We recently got engaged last summer and I've been doing research on which visa is the best route for us. I'm an American Citizen so r I should file for the k1 visa, k3 visa, or nr1/cr1 visa. If I decide to go for the spousal visa, then we will hold a wedding in her home country sometime this year. Which option do you all recommend? Also, do you all recommend that I hire an immigration lawyer to take care of the paperwork or is this process something I can handle?

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I'm looking to get some advice from people who have made this journey before me. We recently got engaged last summer and I've been doing research on which visa is the best route for us. I'm an American Citizen so r I should file for the k1 visa, k3 visa, or nr1/cr1 visa. If I decide to go for the spousal visa, then we will hold a wedding in her home country sometime this year. Which option do you all recommend? Also, do you all recommend that I hire an immigration lawyer to take care of the paperwork or is this process something I can handle?

Thanks!

As an engaged couple you can get a K-1 visa which means if you file now in 7-10 months she can enter the US to be married. You will then need to adjust her status so that she will become a permanent resident.

As a married couple you can apply for CR1. You can get married anywhere (assuming she can get a visa to visit) and then file the paperwork. It will take 8-12 months but she will enter as a permanent resident.

K3 is obsolete so don't worry about that. Either of the previous options is good, just depends how you want to be apart. You don't need an attorney. Just go to the top menu here where it says guides. It will tell you everything you need to know.


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It depends on what is important. If you file for a fiance visa, you would be apart during the engagement, and must get married in the US. If you go the spousal route, getting married abroad is an option as you mention, but then you are apart for a period of time after you are married. If you go the fiance visa your fiance will not be able to work/travel when they arrive, so that may or may not be an issue. Read the guides, but I think where you want to marry, when you want to be apart (during engagement or after marriage), and if your fiance wants to work immediately are the key factors...


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Thank you both for your replies, that helps alot! Are either any faster than the other in terms of processing time and when she can be in the US? Also, are the interviews much more difficult for one than the other?

Thanks again!

approximate times were given in the first reply though thing change constantly so no guarantee


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The CR1 is also less expensive overall.


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And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times

It's you, it's you, You make me sing.

You're every line, you're every word, you're everything.

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ROC Timeline

Sent: 7/21/12

NOA1: 7/23/12

Touch: 7/24/2012

Biometrics: 8/24/2012

Card Production Ordered: 3/6/2013

*Eligible for Naturalization: October 13, 2013*

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Keep in mind that in either case, the HCMC consulate has the expectations that you follow the customary steps in becoming engaged and or married in VN. Rushing things and not having customary ceremonies has been a game changer for many others.


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*** Thread moved from CR-1 Process forum to General Immigration Discussion -- OP hasn't yet settled on a visa type. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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