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I'm looking for advice on how best to answer 2 questions that are typically asked during the K1 visa interview in Havana. The questions are:

Why are you marrying in the US and not in Cuba?

RESPONSE: My fiance and I thought long and hard about what would be the most efficient way to start our life together. We could have married first in Cuba however that would have delayed the start of our legal process by 3 months and put us back about $1500. We decided to file for the I-129F as the wait-time/process is the same as the I-130. As soon as he receives his green card we are going to return to Cuba to visit our family and have a wedding ceremony there. In the end the same amount of $$ will have been spent but our priority was starting our life together. Does this make sense? Is this a viable answer?

Why will you live in the US and not in Cuba?

RESPONSE: Is it posible to answer this and not offend the person/office/government asking us? We want to live in the US because there are more opportunities there for my fiance but this is an obvious reality so why would they even ask this? Can I sat that my fiance has an amazing job opportunity in the US working as an XYZ at XYZ? What have been people's responses to this?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!




06/09/2014 I-129F sent

06/16/2014 I-129F received
06/19/2014 NOA1 hard copy received

12/01/2014 I-129F approved!!

12/06/2014 NOA2 hard copy received

12/08/2014 NVC Received my packet

12/11/2014 Received case # from NVC after calling a million times

12/12/2014 NVC sent my packet to the embassy in Havana

12/18/2014 Received my Invoice# & Beneficiary # from NVC

12/20/2014 Received NVC confirmation via mail that my packet was sent to the embassy in Havana

12/24/2014 DS-160 Submitted and Interview Scheduled

02/17/2015 Interview in Havana - APPROVED!

02/24/2015 Fiancé picked up his visa

03/06/2015 POE Miami, FL - He made it!

04/24/2015 Married


05/21/2015 AOS package sent (I-485, I-765, I-131)

06/09/2015 NOA1 (I-485, I-765, I-131)

06/19/2015 Biometrics Appointment

08/16/2015 I-765 Approved

08/16/2015 I-131 Approved

08/20/2015 Received dual Work Authorization and Travel Permission Card

09/30/2015 Interview Waiver letter received

10/10/2015 Temporary Permanent Resident Card Received


07/21/2017  I-751 Sent

08/02/2017  I-751 NOA1

08/23/2017  Biometrics Appointment

09/01/2017  I-797 Extension Letter Received (1yr. Extension)

09/11/2018  Second I-797 Extension Letter Received (Additional 6mo Extension)

10/16/20018 Received notification that status had changed and that conditions were being removed and permanent (10 yr.) green card in process

10/22/2018  Received green card in the mail


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Hello, I don't know if this would apply to your situation so here is how I am going to address the first question about not getting married in Cuba. The Cuban Interest Section in Washington DC was closed in February so I was not able to get my documents (divorce decree, etc.) "legalized and certified", therefore we applied for the K1 visa instead.

As far as why we want to live in the US instead of Cuba? It would be nice to see how other people who have been approved their visa have answered this question. Your answer sounds good and honest. Best of luck.


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I wonder the same thing.. lol How does one answer why you chose to marry in US vs. Cuba? My reality is.. because it is cheaper and a shorter process. I guess that's simple enough and hope it works for an answer.

Second though why live in US vs Cuba.. well I dont know maybe because life is better in the US with more opportunities.

I don't think it will offend anyone since it is the US Consulate and not the Cuba consulate. But then again who knows.

2nd go round

1st K-1 Denied

Subitted Feb 2-6-15

NOA1 - 2-18-15

NOA2 - 8-18-15

Interview 11-25-15 - Denied

And Here we go again -

New K1 submitted - 1-9-16

NOA1 - 1-12-16 (according to USCIS)

Text received 1-15-16

hardcopy - not received yet as of 1-26-16

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