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Hello Friends:

I am now engaged to the woman of my dreams. She lives and works in Singapore (has been for 4 years) and is an Indian Citizen. I am a USC. We want to get married soon.

From what I have researched on this site, the following seem to be my options:

1. I apply for a K-1 Visa for my fiance.

OR

2. My fiance comes to US on B1/B2 visa and we get married in US and then file Adjustment of Status appn for her. (My fiance already has B1/B2 visa with her, so she can travel anytime) But I see there is a lot of warnings/cautions on Option 2 in the forum.

My questions are:

Option 1 (me apply for K-1 for her)

a. If I take this route, if my fiance wants to visit me in US a month later, will this create any problems for her to enter the country? Can immigration deny her entry? (She will be carrying documents with her to prove her ties to her job in Singapore along with a letter from her employer that she is on vacation for that period)

b. I reside in California, she is in Singapore. That said, how long can I expect that a K-1 process will take in so far as to getting that K-1 approved and she be allowed to travel to US to marry? I am reading 4-6 months, is this a realistic timeline?

Option 2 (she visits US on B1/B2, we marry in US)

a. I see warnings on immigration fraud (intending to marry or immigrate on B1/B2 visit). If this is a problem, then can we marry and she go BACK to Singapore and then I can apply for a formal visa petition for her? If we go this route, how long will that process take roughly? one year?

Please provide me with some enlightenment on these subjects. I would really appreciate your help.

Thanks

Sonny

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~Inquiry about family-related visas~


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

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Yes, she can visit while the K-1 is pending. Entry is not guaranteed, but here is a thread all about visiting while waiting > http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/67796-yes-you-can-visit/

If she comes on a tourist visa, you can marry and then she leaves before her I-94 expires. You can then file for a CR-1 visa.

K-1 visa guide > http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1guide

CR-1 visa guide > http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide1

Compare visas > http://www.visajourney.com/content/compare


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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Hello Friends:

I am now engaged to the woman of my dreams. She lives and works in Singapore (has been for 4 years) and is an Indian Citizen. I am a USC. We want to get married soon.

From what I have researched on this site, the following seem to be my options:

1. I apply for a K-1 Visa for my fiance.

OR

2. My fiance comes to US on B1/B2 visa and we get married in US and then file Adjustment of Status appn for her. (My fiance already has B1/B2 visa with her, so she can travel anytime) But I see there is a lot of warnings/cautions on Option 2 in the forum.

My questions are:

Option 1 (me apply for K-1 for her)

a. If I take this route, if my fiance wants to visit me in US a month later, will this create any problems for her to enter the country? Can immigration deny her entry? (She will be carrying documents with her to prove her ties to her job in Singapore along with a letter from her employer that she is on vacation for that period)

b. I reside in California, she is in Singapore. That said, how long can I expect that a K-1 process will take in so far as to getting that K-1 approved and she be allowed to travel to US to marry? I am reading 4-6 months, is this a realistic timeline?

Option 2 (she visits US on B1/B2, we marry in US)

a. I see warnings on immigration fraud (intending to marry or immigrate on B1/B2 visit). If this is a problem, then can we marry and she go BACK to Singapore and then I can apply for a formal visa petition for her? If we go this route, how long will that process take roughly? one year?

Please provide me with some enlightenment on these subjects. I would really appreciate your help.

Thanks

Sonny

No, those are not the options. The 2nd option you mentioned is FRAUD!!!! Coming to the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa with the intent to get married and adjust status is fraud!!

You have two legal options to choose from:

1. K-1 visa = fiancé(e) visa: beneficiary stays in India and you file for the K-1. Takes about ~6-9 months

2. CR-1 visa = spousal visa: you guys get married either in the U.S. or India. Beneficiary goes back to India after getting married in the U.S. and then you file for the CR-1. Takes about ~10-12 months

:guides: for more information!

http://www.visajourney.com/content/guides

K-1 guide: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1guide

CR-1 guide: http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide1

Edited by YouAndMeForever

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Your 2 options are:

  • File a K-1 visa, your fiancee comes to the US and you marry here in the US and adjust status
  • Your fiancee comes to the US on a visitor visa (B1/B2), you marry in the US and your new wife returns to her country before her I-94 expires. After marriage you file a CR-1 visa.

You cannot come to the US on a visitor visa with the intentions of staying to adjust status. This is fraudulent use of a non-immigrant visa.


K-1
NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014

 

AOS

NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;  Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  

RFE:  07/09/2015;  Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015

 

ROC

NOA1:  05/24/2017;  Biometrics:  06/13/2017;  Approved without interview:  09/05/2018;  10 Yr Green card Received:  09/13/2018

 

Naturalization

08/09/2020 -- Filed N-400 online

08/09/2020 -- NOA1 date

08/11/2020 -- NOA1 received in the mail

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